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element Thursday, July 24, 2014

News & Announcements
Hospice Medicine Fellowship
New Hotel Program
Private Funding Opportunities
Alzheimer's Clinical Trials

Diabetes Education Class
Patient Care Workshops
Autism Conference

Grand Rounds & Seminars

Recurring Items
Security Reminder
Media Review

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Now Accepting Applications for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Drexel University/Hahnemann ACGME accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is now recruiting for the 2015 program year. The interview process will begin in September 2014. We are accepting applications from all eligible specialties, including family medicine and internal medicine.

Our balanced curriculum will prepare fellows for practice excellence within hospice and palliative care. Fellows will spend 4.5 months each in hospice and inpatient palliative care consultation rotations. Longitudinal experiences include outpatient palliative care clinic, long-term care settings, and inpatient pediatric consultation. Additional required rotations include pain management, oncology and congestive heart failure.

For information about applying, please contact Akimi Jones, fellowship coordinator, at 215.967.1632 or

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Procurement Services Launches New Philadelphia Hotel Program

The new Philadelphia hotel program offers discounts to faculty, professional staff and students for business and personal travel. Prospective students and their families who are visiting the University may also book rooms at the discounted rates.

You will receive these discounts by booking with Drexel's preferred Philadelphia hotels; all reservations must be made online at the program website.

If you have any questions about the new Philadelphia hotel program, please email or

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New Private Funding Opportunities

A listing of the very latest funding opportunities, with deadlines from now into the fall and winter, has been posted on the
Research SharePoint website. A DrexelMed username and password are required. Visit now, as some resources have tight application deadlines.

A listing of the latest funding opportunities from President Fry's priority foundations has also been posted on the site. Please notify Bernadette McNulty (contact below) if you decide to apply for any of those opportunities. The president requires that any inquiry/application to these foundations be coordinated through Institutional AdvancementFoundation and Corporate Relations.

For assistance, please contact Bernadette McNulty, director, Foundation and Corporate Relations–DUCoM, at or 215.255.7388.

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Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials

The Memory Disorders Program offers numerous clinical trials for individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Participating in trials can be beneficial for both the participant and the medical community. Trials provide additional options for treatment, ignite a sense of hope in the individual with the disease and further advance the medical community's knowledge. Neurologist and memory disorders specialist Dr. Carol Lippa is currently hosting three clinical trials for AD:

  • An immunotherapy for mild AD
  • A nutritional supplement for mild to moderate AD
  • Symptomatic treatment of stubbornness/agitation in individuals with AD

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and would like to learn more about clinical trials, please contact Kate Bowen at 215.762.1776 or Carolyn Edwards, RN, MSN, at 215.762.7783. Our research team members have extensive experience managing studies and encourage patients and their caregivers to participate.

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Diabetes Education Class

Date and Location
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. – noon
Hahnemann University Hospital, 4th Floor North Tower
Conference Room 496

Presented by:
Lyn Weisbein, RN, CDE, clinical nurse specialist

Learn the basics of diabetes and basic nutrition for diabetics, such as:

  • Types of diabetes
  • Medications
  • Recognition and treatment of low blood sugar
  • Introduction to carbohydrate counting and reading labels
  • Complications
  • Understanding basic portion control
  • Exercise and weight loss
  • Setting goals

Please call Patricia Lawrence at 215.762.8872 to register.

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Patient Care Service Excellence Workshops
This summer, the clinical practice group is offering two workshops for anyone involved in patient care or service.

You Make the Difference: Service Excellence at Drexel Medicine

Dates and Times
August 1, 9 – 11 a.m.
August 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

This workshop will:

  • Inspire and motivate participants to strive for excellence in patient service
  • Discuss the context and importance of patient satisfaction
  • Set expectations for service at Drexel University Physicians

LEADing for Patient Loyalty: Service Recovery at Drexel Medicine

Dates and Times
August 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

This workshop discusses:

  • Proactive versus reactive service
  • Listen-Empathize-Apologize-Deliver model of service recovery
  • The Empathetic "No"
  • Scripts and skill practice for common scenarios

Participants must register for workshops via Career Pathway under the Employee tab in DrexelOne. For more information, contact Jennifer Livingston, 215.255.7312 or

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SAVE THE DATE: Creating Integrated Health Care Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date and Location
Saturday, November 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Behrakis Grand Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
University City Campus

Program Overview
An interdisciplinary conference for health care professionals and students in nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapies, health counseling, health education and other health-related professions.

Program Highlights

  • Describe the ideal environmental, behavioral and/or individual supports needed during the provision of health care to people with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Identify barriers to the delivery of integrated care in: primary care, emergency departments and inpatient health care settings.
  • Propose technology or information system improvements to eliminate the barriers to interprofessional communication across acute and primary care settings.
  • Define measures to demonstrate the effectiveness of policies to improve treatment outcomes and efficiency of care for this special needs population.

Learn More
All attendees must register in advance by October 8. To register, please visit the event registration page. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please email or call 215.762.7086.

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Security Reminder of the Week Security Reminder of the Week
Protect sensitive data with encryption

If it is absolutely necessary to store or transmit electronic protected health information or any other sensitive data to a laptop, smartphone or USB, make sure the device is encrypted. If your device is lost or stolen, no one will be able to access the data.

Utilize standard Drexel University College of Medicine encryption solutions for your devices:

  • Sophos Safeguard Enterprise or Credant software on computers. You will have the software notification icons on the task bar.
  • Blackberry and GOOD Mobile application for iPhone and Android.

USB devices must be encrypted with approved HIPAA-regulated vendor solutions (i.e., AES 256-bit FIPS 140-2 certified cryptography) from IronKey or McAfee. Please visit the IT website section on Encryption for more guidance.

Please contact Technical Support at 215.762.1999, or email if you have any questions.

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Media Review

Friday, July 18, 2014: Carol F. Lippa, MD, professor and interim chair, Department of Neurology, was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a clinical trial for a new drug that could help manage Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, July 18, 2014: Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, was interviewed for a story on WHYY's radio program The Pulse about a new hepatitis C drug and its high cost to patients. Kenneth George, PharmD, clinical pharmacist for the Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, was also interviewed.

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Grand Rounds & Seminars

There are no grand rounds or seminars this week.


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