Convocation opens school year for Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division faculty
Loyola Health Sciences Division faculty members filled the Quiet Study Room in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing September 22 for the 2014 Faculty Convocation and Reception at the University’s Health Sciences Campus.
The Convocation annually celebrates the official opening of the new academic year at Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Health Sciences Graduate School and Health Sciences Library. Led by President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., and Provost Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, this event recognizes new faculty members, congratulates those who have been promoted or tenured, honors school award recipients, pays tribute to deceased or retired faculty, and looks ahead to another year of academic excellence.
“We are clinicians and researchers, surgeons and nurses – all health care professionals, all sharing a commitment to our students. They represent our promise to those who are ill that we will do everything in our power to keep the health sciences moving forward,” Gamelli said in his introductory remarks. “Together, we are sustaining the discovery and delivery of new treatments to extend life and improve the world’s well-being.”
Highlights from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s year, shared by Gamelli, included:
- The further advancement of simulation science;
- Enhanced community nursing services in Rogers Park to help the community and prepare students for the real-world challenges they will face; and
- Collaboration with Stritch School of Medicine through interprofessional education through initiatives such as poverty simulation events and the new Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE).
Stritch School of Medicine highlights focused on the rollout of a new strategic plan with priorities including:
- Accelerated research to improve patient care outcomes and the health of populations that Loyola serves, with emphasis on reducing health disparities;
- Sustainable community and academic partnerships to provide service experiences for students while optimizing ongoing relationships with those in need; and
- Engagement with those directly affected by health care disparities and the inclusion of reflection as part of every service experience.
Gamelli’s comments on the Health Sciences Graduate School highlighted:
- Planning for the interior space of Loyola’s Center for Translational Research and Education in anticipation of the opening of the CTRE in April 2016 (the glass exterior is now nearly complete); and
- New initiatives to broaden the scope of the Graduate School’s biomedical sciences training, including a proposed MS in biostatistics/bioinformatics.