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Board of Visitors Approves Academic Affiliation with Inova
A new academic affiliation with the Inova Health System Foundation will include a research institute and a School of Medicine campus in Northern Virginia. Click the photo to learn more.
SOS: New, Student-Run Medical Spanish Course Helps First Responders
Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. To address that, UVA grads and EMS volunteers Marc Blatt and Sabhi Singh created a curriculum so that first responders can better communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients. Click the photo to learn more.
UVA’s Board of Visitors approved $15.7 million over three years to expand human brain research.
#TeamTuesday: Michael Swanberg just received his PhD from UVA School Of Nursing. His passion for nursing began in the 1970s, when he took a trip to India to learn how to meditate. There, he encountered members of a Mother Teresa-founded group providing end-of-life and hospice care. The experience inspired him to enroll in nursing school, and ultimately, after several years working as a labor and delivery nurse, he went back to school and became a certified nurse midwife. Michael wanted to reach women during their prenatal period, a golden opportunity to teach them about prevention and nutrition.
Then, as Michael puts it, he had a “midlife crisis” and enrolled in the Peace Corps. He participated in efforts to eradicate the Guinea worm, a parasite that used to infect millions every year, and helped women learn to read. That experience led him to get his master’s in education after he came back to the U.S. Michael likes to laugh about getting his AARP membership card the same day he got his master's.
Michael moved to Charlottesville when his brother needed a house sitter for his farm. He initially came to UVA to work as a nurse midwife and left that position to teach and ultimately seek a PhD at our nursing school. His research focuses on African-American infant mortality rates in Charlottesville. #UVAgrad
Better Together: Three Decades In, Team Approach Improves Patient Care
In this era of team-based care, UVA nursing and medical students are learning, side-by-side, about one another’s roles, strengths and responsibilities. The result? Better collaborators, and a safer, more holistic approach to patient care. Click the photo to read more.
Hero of the week: Lauren Mahoney is one of our second year residents. She is always taking a hard look at the clues to the case. #sherlock #panoptic
Great job this year Lauren! You will always be part of the UVA neurology family.