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September 2012

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

Although June and the meeting in Baltimore seem very long ago, most of us have brought back new ideas, renewed commitment, strengthened friendships, and up-to-date information from that wonderful conference.

2. We’re All in this Together: Interprofessional Education and Advising Our Future Health Care Professionals

Anne Wells, Ed.D.
Carol Aschenbrener, M.D.
Lucinda Maine, Ph.D.

Make no mistake: the delivery of health care in the United States is already moving toward transformation

3. Can My Student Be My Friend: Faculty-Student Boundary Issues in Advising and Teaching

S. Michael Plaut, Ph.D.

Faculty-student relationships at the college level can become close and may even involve a certain level of personal disclosure. There must be limitations to this closeness…

4. Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Advising International Pre-Medical Students

Karthik Aghoram, Ph.D.
Francie Cuffney, Ph.D.

The number of international undergraduate students applying to US medical schools has increased by 34% over the past decade. These students come from diverse educational backgrounds and hold varied immigration statuses. In order to effectively advise these students…

5. MD-PhD, Is it Right for Me?

Joseph T. Barbieri, Ph.D.
Sonja Cox
Ruth Gotian, M.S.
Leslie Harrington, M.S.
Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Terry B. Rogers, Ph.D.
Jana Toutolmin

M.D.-Ph.D. training organizes the experimental and clinical thinking to enable the physician scientist to recognize new ways that clinical care benefits from research investigations and, conversely, to extrapolate research discoveries into clinically significant outcomes…

6. The Future of Advisor Portals

Jennifer Athay Adams, Pharm.D.
Michael Margitich
Moraith G. North
Connie O’Hara

Health professions advisors need to receive feedback on the success of their students in the application process to various health professional programs in a quick and efficient manner. These needs have been addressed through the development of Advisor Portals…

7. Global Clinical Experiences for Pre-Health Professions Students

Anne Wells, Ed.D.
Tricia Todd, M.P.H.
Evelyn Lucas Perry, D.D.S., M.P.H.
W. David Brunson, D.D.S
Marcia Boynton, J.D.
M. Johnson

With increasing numbers of pre-professional students seeking opportunities to participate in international outreach — or global clinical experiences — there has been much discussion in the advising community about both the value and challenges of these experiences.

8. Empowering Students with the Tools for Their Best Application

Alexandra Tan, Ph.D.

As Academic advisors, we are charged with helping students navigate the confusing and sometimes tumultuous waters of higher education. We discuss prerequisites and volunteering, but what about how students complete the application?

9. Physician Assistants: Meeting the Workforce Needs of the U.S. Healthcare System

Reviewed by Anthony Brenneman, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C.
Michel Statler, M.L.A., P.A.-C.

In October 2010, the Boards of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association approved the creation of a joint task force to develop recommendations to address the future of the physician assistant workforce.


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