Roseman University Neighborhood Health Series to Present “Depression Research & Treatment” on Thursday, May 19

LAS VEGAS – May 2, 2016 – Major depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year. Roseman University’s May Neighborhood Health Series, “Depression Research and Treatment,” will offer the latest information on depression, including the development of fast-acting anti-depressant drug therapies.

The presentation takes place from 4:30 to 6 pm on Thursday, May 19 at the Roseman University’s Summerlin campus, located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended at speakers.roseman.edu or by calling 702-802-2872.

Jeffery Talbot, PhD, assistant dean for research and faculty development for Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy and director of the university’s center for research on substance abuse and depression, will discuss the discovery and development of psychiatric drugs targeting substance abuse and mood disorders.

“Depression can result in persistent sadness and loss of energy, it can take an enormous toll on a person’s ability to work or have healthy personal relationships and is a leading cause of suicide,” said Talbot. “Though many drugs are currently available to treat people with depression, existing drugs do not work quickly, and they do not work for everyone. Many people with depression simply don’t respond to available medications, so there’s a real need for new antidepressants.”

In 2014, Dr. Talbot and a team of collaborators made international news for their discovery of a new drug compound that may eventually lead to a fast-acting antidepressant. The team’s research in mice showed that the drug produces evidence of a mood lift within 24 hours and then continues working for sustained relief.
“What made the study unique and exciting was that in the same drug we seemed to have both of the properties you want in an antidepressant — both rapid and sustained effects,” said Talbot.

Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series are designed to bring the community together to learn, share and collaborate with physicians, researchers and other healthcare practitioners on issues related to health and well-being. Each month features an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with high blood pressure, and coping with an aging parent.

Guests will also experience elements of Roseman’s six-point Mastery Learning Model and will be invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

In addition to the May topic, upcoming Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series events are planned throughout 2016:
• Thursday, June 16, 4:30-6 pm, “Goldilocks and Your Blood Pressure: What Level is Just Right?” featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern
• Thursday, September 15, 5:30-7 pm, “Demystifying Cancer, A Disease That Has Affected Us All,” featuring Dr. Sanford Barsky
• Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm, “Help with Open Enrollment: The ABC’s of Medicare,” featuring Dr. Catherine Oswald

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Contact:
Jason Roth
702-968-1633
jroth@roseman.edu

Roseman University Researcher Awarded $100,000 Grant from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA)

SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH – April 26, 2016 – Elizabeth Unni, BS Pharm, MBA, PhD, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation to study medication adherence.

The grant will identify patients who were prescribed statin medications to reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event (CVE), who then had a heart attack or other CVE. The goal of this research is to identify whether statin medication adherence changes after a CVE, and if it declines, to study patients’ changing beliefs about statins and better understand the reasons he or she might stop taking them. Identifying and understanding changes in adherence and the reasons for the change can lead to better solutions for care providers who want to help patients reduce the risk of a future cardiovascular event, and can also reduce healthcare costs in the long term.

“Comparable studies have not been done in the U.S., but it has been done in Europe, and what they have seen is that there are about 20 percent of patients who, after a CVE, stop taking their medication,” said Unni. “The additional thing we are adding is a survey of the people whose adherence decreases, to understand why they stopped taking the medications. If we can understand the reasons then we can do something as an intervention to help patients realize the importance of taking these medications.”

The grant is a collaboration between Dr. Unni from Roseman University of Health Sciences’ South Jordan, Utah campus, Olayinka Shiyanbola, BPharm, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin, and Brandon Bellows, PharmD, MS, from the University of Utah. Dr. Bellows also works at SelectHealth in Utah, so the data for the study will come from SelectHealth patients.

After they have the results of this study, Unni and her collaborators would like to do a longer-term study that identifies a baseline of patients’ beliefs toward medication adherence, then follows those people for several years to see what happens if they experience a CVE, a new diagnosis, or another life-changing event.

The PhRMA Foundation is focused on helping independent scientists conduct research on important topics related to the pharmaceutical industry. This grant funding is available three times a year; it’s extremely competitive and designed to help build a pool of “highly-trained, top-quality scientists to help meet the growing needs of scientific and academic institutions, government, and the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry,” according to the PhRMA Foundation website.

“I, and the entire College of Pharmacy faculty and staff, are proud of Dr. Unni for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Dr. Scott Stolte, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Roseman University. “She has worked hard to build the baseline of experience and expertise it takes to be competitive for a grant of this magnitude.”

This is the first PhRMA grant that any researcher from Roseman University has received. Dr. Stolte believes it may open doors for Dr. Unni and other Roseman faculty members to be granted funding from PhRMA for other projects.

“This grant is a very prestigious, highly competitive award that recognizes talented young researchers,” said Dr. Martin Lipsky, Chancellor at Roseman University’s South Jordan, Utah campus. “Dr. Unni’s grant relates to patient adherence, a critical element in developing strategies for taking better care of patients, both locally here in our own community and nationally.”

About Roseman University of Health Sciences


Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher education with campuses in Henderson and Summerlin, Nev. and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Medicine, offering a Doctor of Medicine (currently in development); a College of Dental Medicine, offering an Orthodontics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Find more information at www.roseman.edu/learn-about-us.

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Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy Honored with $50,000 NobleCause Grant to Foster Volunteerism

HENDERSON, Nev. – March 28, 2016 – The College of Pharmacy at Roseman University of Health Sciences is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant through NobleCause, a grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their communities.

Seven awards of $50,000 were available to organizations working to assemble partners to develop volunteer leaders to work toward multiplying the number of volunteers needed to address significant local issues.

These funds will support the College of Pharmacy’s on-campus Medicare Call Lab. Through a partnership with Nevada’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), volunteer student pharmacists from the Roseman University chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) answer phone calls from Medicare beneficiaries and provide unbiased information to help them make informed decisions about their Medicare enrollment and coverage options. The goal of the lab is to help beneficiaries enroll in the most cost-effective plan to meet their individual needs.

“Students volunteering in the Medicare Call Lab receive special training and are guided by SHIP,” said Dr. Leiana Oswald, ASCP faculty advisor. “As a result, they have become very knowledgeable about the complexities of Medicare and the various extra help coverage options available to Southern Nevada beneficiaries.”

Oswald adds that recently, under the guidance of a SHIP counselor, a second-year student pharmacist saved a Medicare beneficiary who called the lab almost $1,000 a month. “This is a great example of the lab’s success,” says Oswald.

Currently, approximately 30 students are SHIP trained and field calls. The lab currently fields up to 25 calls per month, with the number of calls expected to increase as more student pharmacists become trained to volunteer. The NobleCause grant will support the Medicare Call Lab’s primary goal to assist 30,000 beneficiaries in partnership with SHIP Nevada in 2016-2017 and a secondary goal to demonstrate how this call lab can be replicated in pharmacy schools across the nation.

NobleCause is made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by NobleHour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful, measureable acts of goodness. The competition awarded 107 organizations with $6,500 and seven organizations received $50,000 grants.

“We set out to encourage communities throughout the country to tell us their big, sustainable ideas to inspire quality volunteerism,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for TreeTop Commons and NobleHour. “By organizing local volunteers to address local concerns, NobleCause award recipients are defining social responsibility right in their own communities.”

For more information regarding Roseman University’s Medicare Call Lab or to have your plan evaluated free of charge call 702-968-6615. Information about the Medicare Call Lab can also be found online at www.roseman.edu/MedicareCallLab.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 3,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

About SHIP
Nevada’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) program provides information, counseling and assistance services to Medicare beneficiaries, their families and others. Certified counselors provide information on: Medicare benefits, including Part A, B, C, and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage; Medicare supplemental insurance; long-term care insurance; Advantage Plans; Medicare Savings Plans; related health insurance; beneficiary rights; and grievance/appeal procedures. Referrals to other community resources are made as needed. There are 54 SHIP’s in the nation, including territories. The program is federal grant funded by Administration for Community Living. Nevada SHIP is administered under the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division.

About NobleHour
Since 2007, NobleHour has proven to be the volunteer management solution for organizations across the nation. With its robust online platform, Noblehour enhances community engagement with a variety of innovative and transformative tools for finding, tracking, and measuring volunteer, service‐learning, and community service initiatives. With offices in Lakeland, FL, and Portland, OR, The NobleHour team is a dedicated group of pioneers, scientists, and artists with unbelievable talents and an astonishing willingness to think outside the norm to empower people to “do good” in their communities. Visit www.noblehour.com to learn more!

With the Aging Population Expected to Double by 2050, Roseman University Geriatrician Addresses the Community With Facts, Inspiration and Real Stories: “Role Reversal: Caring for our Aging Parents”

LAS VEGAS – March 14, 2016 – America’s aging population is expected to double by 2050 – with longer life expectancies families are and will have to pull together in the role of caregiver. Please join us at Roseman University’s March Neighborhood Health Series, “Role Reversal: Caring for our Aging Parents,” to hear directly from Dr. Lisa Rosenberg.

Sponsored by America First Credit Union, the presentation takes place from 4:30 to 6 pm on Thursday, March 17 at the Roseman University’s Summerlin campus, located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended at speakers.roseman.edu or by calling 702-802-2872.

Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, director of geriatrics for Roseman University’s College of Medicine will discuss how to coordinate care, manage aging and the health challenges that come with it, and how to work together for happy and healthy lives. She will also talk through several case studies of real patients and their families. Dr. Rosenberg is available after the session for questions and/or interviews.

“Shifting roles and family dynamics complicate what is already a difficult situation – watching our parents age,” said Rosenberg. “Often we step in to help manage our parents healthcare, which leaves us with many questions and the need to learn, amidst our own needs and challenges.”

Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series are designed to bring the community together to learn, share and collaborate with physicians, researchers and other healthcare practitioners on issues related to health and well-being. Each month features an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with high blood pressure, and coping with an aging parent.

Guests will also experience elements of Roseman’s six point Mastery Learning Model and will be invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

AARP will also be present to offer additional resources and information to those who might need help navigating care of their parents.

In addition to the March topic, upcoming Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series events are planned through June 2016:

· Thursday, April 14, 4:30-6:00P, “High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, A Pharmacists’ Perspective,” featuring Dr. Ragini Bhakta
· Thursday, May 19, 4:30-6:00P, “Depression, Research and Treatment,” featuring Dr. Jeffrey Talbot
· Thursday, June 16, 4:30-6:00P, “Goldilocks and Your Blood Pressure: What Level is Just Right?” featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern
· Thursday, July 21, 4:30-6:00P, “Demystifying Cancer, A Disease That Has Affected Us All,” featuring Dr. Sanford Barsky

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 3,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Launches Nine-Month RN to BSN Program

HENDERSON, Nev., Jan. 20, 2016 - The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences has expanded its offering of nursing degree programs with the creation of a 9-month (35-week) RN to BSN program. The college is enrolling its first class to start in May 2016.

“Roseman University’s new RN to BSN program is structured to support working nurses in completing their baccalaureate nursing education while continuing their day-to-day responsibilities,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing. “This offers nurses the opportunity to expand their clinical and theoretical skills and knowledge so they are better positioned to advance in the profession.”

Roseman University utilizes a block curriculum where students take only one class at a time, focus intently on that content area, and master the content before proceeding to the next block or course. The RN to BSN program consists of eight blocks each taught online by expert faculty with a myriad of clinical, educational and professional backgrounds. The program also includes two one-week, on-campus residencies in Henderson, Nevada. Students are assigned to groups for specified learning activities to develop leadership, communication and team skills. Students will also complete projects that enhance their previous clinical experiences.

Information about the Roseman University RN to BSN program can be found online at roseman.edu. In addition the new RN to BSN program, the college offers an on-campus 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 16-month hybrid, online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Roseman University College of Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Recent reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine have called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80 percent by 2020 to respond to the demands of an evolving healthcare system and meet the changing needs of patients.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN to Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Roseman University Launches Neighborhood Health Series at its New Summerlin Campus

LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2016 – Roseman University of Health Sciences launches its new Neighborhood Health Series, aimed at bringing the community in to learn, share and collaborate with physicians, researchers and other healthcare practitioners on issues related to health and well-being.

This free series starts January 21, and will occur monthly at the university’s Summerlin campus at One Breakthrough Way. Each month will feature an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with high blood pressure, and coping with an aging parent.

Guests will also experience elements of Roseman’s six point Mastery Learning Model and will be invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

“Listening to our community has been at the heart of our work at Roseman, and the Neighborhood series gives us yet another opportunity to listen, learn and share some of the newest research and thinking in healthcare. We are pleased to invite the community into our new building for this time of learning and fellowship,” said Roseman University’s President, Dr. Renee Coffman.

Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series is planned through June 2016:

  • Thursday, January 21, 4:30-6:00P, “The ABC’s of Medicare,” featuring Dr. Catherine Oswald
  • Thursday, February 18, 4:30-6:00P, “Understanding Drug Addiction in Our Families and Community,” featuring Dr. Jeffrey Talbot
  • Thursday, March 17, 4:30-6:00P, “Role Reversal, Caring for our Aging Parents,” featuring Dr. Lisa Rosenberg
  • Thursday, April 14, 4:30-6:00P, “High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, A Pharmacists’ Perspective,” featuring Dr. Ragini Bhakta
  • Thursday, May 19, 4:30-6:00P, “Depression, Research and Treatment,” featuring Dr. Jeffrey Talbot
  • Thursday, June 16, 4:30-6:00P, “High Blood Pressure, New Thinking about the J-Curve, Prevention, Treatment and Research,” featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern

Please register for each event at speakers.roseman.edu or by calling 702-802-2872.

Roseman University is working towards accreditation of its degree granting allopathic medical school, which plans on welcoming new students in the fall of 2017.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Roseman University’s Dental Medicine Program in Utah receives CODA accreditation

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – November 30, 2015 – At its August 2015 meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine-South Jordan the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”.

“Faculty, staff, and students in the DMD program have worked hard since the program’s inception to ensure that we were able to meet the rigorous requirements of the accreditation process, and we are pleased that the Commission’s accreditation process recognized the quality of our DMD program,” said Dr. Frank Licari, dean of the College of Dental Medicine-South Jordan.

Roseman University’s DMD program submitted its Application for Initial Accreditation to CODA in September 2010, approximately one year before enrolling the first class of DMD students, and hosted an accreditation site visit in March 2011. At that time CODA granted a status of “initial accreditation”, a common step in the accreditation process for new dental programs.

CODA conducted a second site visit when the program was in its second year, and a third visit—the most recent—just prior to the graduation of the inaugural class in June 2015. The site visit team then presented their findings to the full Commission at a subsequent meeting. The Commission will conduct follow-up site reviews every seven years.

Having an accredited DMD program is critical for ensuring that graduates are able to meet the requirements to obtain professional licensure in the dental field or to study in dental specialty programs throughout the U.S.

“Receiving accreditation is a very important step in validating the quality and success of our Doctor of Dental Medicine program,” said Dr. Martin Lipsky, chancellor of Roseman University’s South Jordan campus. “Not only did they receive accreditation, but they accomplished it without any recommendations or additional reporting requirements, which is remarkable for a new school. I commend all the faculty and staff for their work to ensure that the program achieved this important milestone.”

Roseman University of Health Sciences is also regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. You can find more information about CODA on the American Dental Association’s website at www.ada.org/coda.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher education with campuses in Henderson and Summerlin, Nev. and South Jordan, Utah. The university offers degrees for Doctor of Medicine (MD, currently in development), Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), and Master in Business Administration (MBA). Roseman is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is an equal opportunity institution. For more information, visit www.roseman.edu.

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Roseman University Dental Student Chosen as Winner of National Research Event

- Andrew Gross, a second-year Doctor of Dental Medicine Student, was chosen from a group of 70 student clinicians who participated in this year’s program –

The Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association (SCADA) honored Andrew Gross, a second-year student at Roseman University’s College of Dental Medicine, for his research submitted to the 2015 Student Clinician Research Program (SCRP).

“This award is a great honor for any student in the competition and we are extremely proud of Andrew for his accomplishments,” said Dr. Frank Licari, dean of the College of Dental Medicine-South Jordan. “It is also meaningful for Roseman University because as a developing program people don’t expect our students to be able to compete with students from long-standing and well-established research programs at other dental schools. It speaks to the quality of our students and faculty, and the commitment we have made to excellence in education and research.”

SCADA hosts this program each year to highlight elite-level student dentists who are participating in research at their individual dental schools. This year was the 56th annual event, and there were over 70 student clinicians, representing research from 39 countries, who submitted research for the competition.

First-, second-, and third-place winners were chosen in the categories of Clinical Science/Public Health Research, and Basic Science Research. Gross was chosen as the first-place award winner in the basic science category for his research on chronic periodontitis.

Specifically, Gross’ research looked at the activation and progression of Matrix-Metallo Proteinases (MMPs), which play a role in chronic and aggressive periodontitis.

Chronic periodontitis is the second most prevalent oral health disease affecting 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 and 70 percent of adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. alone. When the regular metabolic pathways for oral microbiota are disrupted, and they combine with toxins produced by bacteria in the mouth, it triggers an immune or inflammatory response that can lead to this disease.

The goal of Gross’ research is to further clarify the mechanisms behind MMP activation, regulation, and dysfunction; characterize the pathways involved; and evaluate the efficacy of potential therapeutic targets to prevent or resolve chronic and aggressive periodontitis.

Gross will also explore the possibility of working with researchers from Roseman’s pharmacy program to develop potential treatment options based on the research.

“My project was up against well-funded, well-known labs,” said Gross. “To know that we have done this as a small school and with a relatively new program, it feel good and helps legitimize Roseman University as a research institution.”

He received the award at a reception on November 7 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. during the ADA’s annual session. As a first-place winner, he also got $750 and a travel package to present his research at the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. in March.

The SCRP began in 1959 at the centennial session of the American Dental Association (ADA) in New York City as a way to promote student research and encourage student participation in organized dentistry, and has remained a joint venture between the ADA and DENTSPLY International since that time. Initially it was a simple table clinic presentation where students could demonstrate new techniques, but today it has expanded to include more than 7,000 students participating in clinical and basic science research.

Students who present research at the national level become members of SCADA, which means they may be eligible for fellowship funding that will help support their graduate education. More information about SCADA is available at www.scadaresearch.org.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher education with campuses in Henderson and Summerlin, Nev. and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Medicine, offering a Doctor of Medicine (currently in development); a College of Dental Medicine, offering an Orthodontics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Contact: Tracy Hernandez
Marketing & Communications Director
801-878-1035
thernandez@roseman.edu


Roseman University College of Medicine One Step Closer to Reality

- College receives approval to continue accreditation process  -

LAS VEGAS – OCTOBER 15, 2015 – The Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Medicine has received notice from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has been approved as a candidate for accreditation, authorizing an LCME survey visit for consideration to receive preliminary accreditation status.

“The decision by the LCME to grant Roseman’s College of Medicine a survey visit is a major step forward in the development of a non-profit, private, LCME-accredited medical school in Southern Nevada,” said Renee Coffman, PhD, president of Roseman University of Health Sciences. “I’m very proud of the hard work of the College of Medicine and Roseman University administration, faculty and staff, for preparing a solid and actionable plan that demonstrated to the LCME our readiness, thoughtfulness and preparation for the next steps in the accreditation process.”

Coffman added that the College of Medicine’s effort toward accreditation will only intensify. “We must now prepare extremely hard for the preliminary accreditation survey visit so that we validate that we can and will deliver on everything contained in our plan,” Coffman said.

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA, founding dean of the College of Medicine, said Roseman is now another step closer to its vision to serve the community as a premier private, MD-granting medical college preparing the next generation of physicians to meet the demands and special needs of today’s patients. “Our mission is to educate competent, caring and ethical physicians from diverse backgrounds who will dedicate themselves to improving the health of communities in Southern Nevada and throughout the Intermountain West,” said Penn. “Our medical students will be prepared through Roseman’s innovative educational model focused on mastery learning, an unwavering commitment to the concept of lifelong colleagues, and values that place patients first.”

Dates for the survey visit have not yet been scheduled; however the visit is expected to take place in early 2016. The College of Medicine will be notified of the decision regarding preliminary accreditation after the June 2016 meeting of the LCME. After the College of Medicine achieves preliminary accreditation status, it will be allowed to recruit its charter class for fall 2017.

The LCME accredits complete and independent medical education programs whose students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education, and which are offered by universities or medical schools that are chartered and operated in the United States or Canada.  Currently, there are 144 LCME-accredited medical schools, with an additional nine working towards accreditation in the coming years. The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority for the accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree.

About the Roseman University College of Medicine
Roseman University began building the foundation for its MD-granting College of Medicine in 2010 through the establishment of medical research programs that now focus on diabetes and obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, and adult stem cell and regenerative medicine. On December 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Roseman University unanimously approved the university’s plan to develop an allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada. Under the direction of Dr. Mark A. Penn, in January 2014, Roseman University’s College of Medicine submitted an application to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to begin the accreditation process. The College of Medicine is housed at Roseman University’s Summerlin campus.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

 

 

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Awarded $1 Million Grant to Help Veterans Become Professional Nurses

HENDERSON, Nevada – October 14, 2015 - Roseman University of Health Sciences announced today that the College of Nursing at its Henderson, Nevada campus has been awarded a three-year, $1,050,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support military Veterans’ transition into high-demand, professional nursing careers. Roseman University is the only institution to be awarded the grant in the Intermountain West region.

“The College of Nursing at Roseman University is pleased to help our service men and women transition from soldiers to students, and ultimately to registered nurses,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, Ph.D, dean of the College of Nursing. “Not only does this provide great career opportunities for our veterans, but it helps address the need for highly skilled professional nurses in Southern Nevada and the region.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration projects that grants awarded to Roseman University and 30 other institutions across the country will enable more than 1,000 veterans nationally to obtain baccalaureate nursing degrees. Under the grant, Roseman University and other recipients will recruit veterans and prepare undergraduates for practice and employment in local communities and also develop career ladders that include academic and social supports, career counseling, mentors and linkages with veteran service organizations and community health systems.

Working closely with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Roseman University’s nursing program will provide veterans the opportunity to receive academic credit for prior military training, experience and leadership. The program will also address the physical, emotional and environmental issues that may be unique to veterans that could potentially impact learning, completion of the program, and the ability to gain employment once they graduate. This includes faculty development activities to enhance faculty understanding of military culture and teaching strategies that address the unique needs of veterans both in and outside of the classroom.

“Studies have shown the difficulty for veterans assimilating back into civilian life, getting a job and using the medical skills they developed in the military,” said Jene Hurlbut, RN, MSN, Ph.D., professor and Roseman’s grant program director. “The grant enables Roseman University to build on the foundation of their military experiences with the nursing education curriculum and clinical experiences to develop them into nursing leaders.”

Roseman’s College of Nursing offers an 18-month Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing and a 15-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The programs, accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, are taught using Roseman’s highly effective teaching model that is unique to health professions education. The Roseman Educational Model is immersive and incorporates mastery learning, problem-based and active learning, cooperative or team-based learning, and a block system model of curricular design specifically engineered to support attainment of learning outcomes and the highest level of achievement for all students.

Roseman assesses students based on its mastery learning philosophy, rather than the traditional testing and letter grading system. Students are assessed regularly on their knowledge and skills, and must score 90% or higher on assessments of their programmatic knowledge and clinical skills. This model has been employed from the inception of the university and is utilized in all academic programs. Throughout the institution’s history, the Roseman Educational Model has been proven to produce competent, high-quality health care professionals.

For information about the Veterans to Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Roseman University, call 702-968-1651 or email vbsn@roseman.edu.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The University is currently developing an MD-granting medical school based at its Summerlin campus. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant UF1HP28516, “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program,” for $1,050,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.