School of Nursing happenings
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.
May 26 — School of Nursing professor presents at national conference on race
Piri Ackerman-Barger, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Stereotype Threat: A Threat in the Air, Mind and Body” at the 28th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this study was to contribute student perspectives to the body of knowledge related to promoting student success for under-represented groups in schools of nursing and medicine. Piri hopes the interactive presentation deepens educators understanding of students’ stereotype threat and helps students reach their full academic potential.
May 19 — Master’s-degree student presents at national teaching exposition
Kimberly Mason, a nurse and master’s-degree student at the School of Nursing, presented during the session, “Reemergence of Pertussis: Mutations, Transformations and Implications for Infant Health,” at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Kimberly addressed the concern of infant mortality in hospitalized infants as a result of pertussis cases. Her session enabled participants to examine the causes and transmission of pertussis, identify three complications of pertussis and interventions to prevent its progression, and analyze proper educational methods and treatment options for pertussis in advanced stages. Kimberly is a member of the class of 2016, Master of Science — Leadership Degree program.
May 14 — School of Nursing assistant professor publishes study on compassion in national psychology journal
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the study, “A Wandering Mind is a Less Caring Mind: Daily Experience Sampling During Compassion Meditation Training” in The Journal of Positive Psychology. The tendency for one’s mind to drift, from one topic to another frequently, has been associated with worse intra- and interpersonal functioning. For the study, Philippe sampled 51 adults during nine weeks of a compassion-meditation program to examine effects on mind wandering and caring behaviors. The results indicated that compassion meditation prompted less mind-wandering and more behaviors toward oneself. A clinical neuroscientist, Philippe’s work focuses on adults with diagnosed mood, anxiety disorders and chronic pain disorders.
May 12 — School of Nursing doctoral student presents at telemedicine conference
Michelle Parish, a graduate student pursing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership, participated in three presentations at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Los Angeles. Michelle, along with fellow UC Davis researchers, discussed “An Integrated, Sustainable Model of Consultation Based Telepsychiatry in Primary Care,” “Asynchronous Telepsychiatry: Feasibility and Sustainability in Primary Care” and “Automated Machine Translation Applied to Medical Psychiatric Interpretation Using Google Glass, Mobile Apps.” Michelle is in her first year of the School of Nursing program and also works as a clinical research project manager in the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis Medical Center.
May 8 — School of Nursing alumna shares vignette during National Nurses Week
An article by Deborah Greenwood, a doctoral alumna of the School of Nursing and 2015 president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, appears online as part of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) celebration of National Nurses Week. In “Patient Engagement through Remote Monitoring,” Deborah shares how remote monitoring can facilitate patient engagement in self-management through patient education, ongoing support and care coordination. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Deborah argues informatics principles are essential as we envision new models of care for chronic disease such as diabetes.
May 4 — Dean Young discusses interprofessional education at California institute
Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discussed interprofessional education at “Seismic Shift in Nursing Roles,” an event presented by The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) and the American Academy of Nursing. Dean Young was invited to participate in the discussion because of her unique perspective in how interprofessional and interdisciplinary methods play a role in the education of future health care leaders. Health care reform and other drivers, such as an aging population and the Institute of Medicine's report on the Future of Nursing, are creating new opportunities for nurses to contribute to the health of the communities they serve. CINHC partners with California nursing leaders and health care organizations to expand educational capacity to educate nurses, increase workforce diversity and develop nurse leaders capable of meeting the challenges of a changing environment
April 30 — School of Nursing alumni awarded grant for diabetes project
Perry Gee, a nurse and educator who graduated with the School of Nursing’s inaugural doctoral class in 2014, received funding support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) through the Pipeline to Proposal Awards program Tier 1. The project, “Comparative Effectiveness of Online Peer Support for Diabetes Treatment Approaches,” is in collaboration with fellow alumna Deborah Greenwood. Together, they plan to build a partnership with the Diabetes Hands Foundation and online communities of two English-language and Spanish-language websites to promote effective self-management of the disease. PCORI provided a total of $700,000 awards to 47 community-led projects, ranging from $10,700 to $15,000. Gee is a faculty member at Idaho State University. Greenwood serves as president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
April 29 — Dean Young presents at Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Nursing
Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discussed the interface between older adults and health care systems at the 7th Annual Norman and Alicia Volk Lecture in Geriatric Nursing, sponsored by the NYU College of Nursing and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Event organizers said health systems designed with the older adult at the center hold the greatest promise for advancing healthy aging. Dean Young is a nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care. In addition to her extensive academic and research background, Dean Young practiced in critical care and as a geriatric nurse practitioner in community-based, long-term care. The mission of the institute is to shape the quality of health care of older adults through excellence in nursing practice.
April 28 — School of Nursing doctoral student awarded One Health scholarship
Sally Moyce, a nurse and doctoral student, was selected as a 2015 One Health Student Summer Research Fellowship recipient. Only six of 22 applicants were chosen based on a personal statement, research proposal and mentorship support. Sally will use the $5,000 award in her field work looking at acute kidney injury in California’s agricultural workers. The mission of the One Health Center of Expertise is to assess and respond to global health problems arising at the human-water-animal-food interface and to develop solutions that focus on the foundations of health in collaboration with local partners. Sally is slated to complete the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy program in 2016.
April 25 — School of Nursing graduate student honored as Latina Leader
Rocio Hernandez, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing, was honored as a Latina Leader by the Marin Democratic Party. Organizers selected Rocio for her leadership in Hispanic health policy and her work in enhancing people’s lives in Marin County. Rocio was honored at lunch event in Marin County. Rocio works as a licensed mental health practitioner and advocates for those suffering injustices through family violence, adolescent sexual assault, education inequities, poverty and racism.
April 25 — Associate dean discusses nursing education at national conference for health journalists
Debbie Ward, associate dean for academics at the School of Nursing, participated in the panel discussion, “The Shifting Demands in Health Provider Education” at the Association of Health Journalists annual conference, “Health Journalism 2015.” Debbie and fellow panelists focused on the new approaches in health care education that are challenging many long-held beliefs and how the stresses of these changes must be carefully monitored and addressed. The event aims to strengthen journalists’ coverage of health and health care issues.
April 18 — Clinical professor and masters-degree students present at UC Global Health Day Conference
School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor Gerald Kayingo, Jennifer Fukasawa, a physician assistant graduate student, and Jerry John Nutor, a nurse and master’s-degree student, all presented posters at the UC Global Health Day Conference at UCLA. Kayingo presented his work on task shifting and capacity building for non-communicable diseases in Uganda. Fukasawa presented the poster, “Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Springs in Healthcare: Lessons for Japan,” which detailed a study examining the therapeutic benefits of hot springs for preventing diseases and managing many chronic illnesses. Nutor’s study, “Household Resources as Determinants of Child Mortality in Ghana,” investigated the contribution of household resources to child mortality in Ghana, beyond the influence of maternal education as a measure of socioeconomic status.
April 15 — UC Davis nursing school wins awards for alumni marketing campaign
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis won four awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VII, for the school's “Remember” campaign. The awards—two gold, one silver and one bronze—were earned for an outreach campaign to the UC Davis Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Programs alumni. Assistant Dean for Development Sallie Grace Tate, along with Senior Director of Communications and Marketing Jenny Carrick, developed the program to engage with previous alumni, build affinity with them and hopefully motivate them to philanthropically support the School of Nursing programs. The project included a booklet mailer, a microsite, remember.ucdavis.edu, a media campaign in trade magazines and online, a series of mailings to the alumni, and alumni receptions at physician assistant and nurse practitioner professional conferences.
April 8 — School of Nursing professor presents two talks at University of Utah College of Nursing
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, presented two talks at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Mary Lou discussed “Social Determinants: Research on the Impact of Global Migration on Child and Family” and “Transformational Research: Engaging Interdisciplinary Teams and Community Partners to Promote Health Equity in Multicultural Communities.” Both talks were joint presentations of the University of Utah College of Nursing and the Health Sciences Office of Health Equity and Inclusion.
April 7 — School of Nursing professor published HIV study in national magazine
Sheryl Catz, a professor at the School of Nursing, published "Providers' Perspectives on Prescribing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention" in the quarterly HIV Specialist magazine of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In this study, Sheryl and her co-authors assessed providers’ views on proactively prescribing a regimen of an HIV-antiviral medication to people who do not have HIV, which helps prevent HIV from establishing itself and multiplying in the body. The study found providers have mixed feelings about the practice. Sheryl, a clinical psychologist, conducts research in the areas of HIV, health behavior promotion, chronic disease management and health information technology.
April 7 — Doctoral student awarded national nursing scholarship
Robin Whitney, a nurse and Doctor of Philosophy student at the School of Nursing, was awarded a research doctoral scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. She earned the $5,000 award based upon her program of study. Robin’s research examines employment and financial challenges that disproportionately affect cancer survivors. Robin plans to analyze hospital readmissions among cancer patients in California for her dissertation and continue participation in the Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group’s work on improving care coordination for cancer patients.
April 2 — School of Nursing faculty publish study on electronic data sharing in health care
School of Nursing Assistant Dean for Research Jill Joseph and Assistant Professor Katherine Kim published their study, “Comparison of Consumers’ Views on Electronic Data Sharing for Healthcare and Research,” in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. New models of health care delivery seek to improve quality, access and cost and rely on secure technology and the willingness of people to share their data. This paper addresses this gap, reporting on a survey that asked about California consumers’ views of data sharing for health care and research together. The study concluded 40 percent of Californians say they believe that health information exchanges hurt data privacy and security.
April 2 — School of Nursing master’s-degree students present at interdisciplinary symposium
Laura Corson and Charlie Dharmasukrit, both nurses and current students in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science - Leadership Program, presented their thesis research at the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium. Their poster, “Student Nurses’ Perception of Self-efficacy, Readiness and Perceived Clinical Judgment through the Use of Multi-patient Simulation: A Pilot Study,” detailed their study which aims to increase student awareness to safely and effectively prioritize, delegate and implement care for multiple people in a clinical setting. Other master’s-degree students participated as well, including Jerry John Nutor who spoke on a panel on interdisciplinary research and practice and presented the poster, “Yolo Hospice: Cultural Competence Assessment.” Jennifer Fukasawa presented “Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Springs Therapy in Healthcare: Lessons from Japan.” Lori Jagoda shared her poster, “Assessing the Influences on Rural Women’s Reproductive Life Plans: A Cross-sectional Descriptive Study;” and Michelle Parish displayed “Asynchronous Telepsychiatry: A Collaborative Care Model that Introduces a New Physician Support Role” in a Grad Slam round.
April 2 — Doctoral alumnus publishes studies in national informatics journals
Perry Gee, a member of the inaugural class of doctoral students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published “e-Patients Perceptions of Using PHRs for Self-Management Support of Chronic Illness” in the latest issue of Computers Informatics Nursing. The purpose of this study was to learn from chronically ill adults how and why they use personal health records for self-management support and productive patient-provider interactions. Perry also published “The eHealth Enhanced Chronic Care Model: A Theory Derivation Approach,” with fellow School of Nursing graduate Deborah Greenwood and faculty members of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Perry and his team reviewed research on eHealth tools that support self-management of chronic disease using the Chronic Care Model and presented a revised model to show how those tools can be used to increase efficiency of how people manage their own chronic illnesses. Perry graduated from the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy program in 2014 and is a faculty member at Idaho State University.
April 1 — School of Nursing dean, students present at health-care quality forum
Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and several current master’s-degree students participated in the Fifth Annual UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum at UC Davis Health System. Dean Young was a keynote speaker at the event designed to share best practices and innovations in quality initiatives that include trainees and students, or that integrate into undergraduate, graduate or life-long learning programs. Ann Doherty, Brandon Duck, Jeralynn Frederick and Rebecca Forbes, all current students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science - Leadership program presented posters on the topic of patient safety. Their Class of 2015 classmates, Nicole Mahr and Cheryl McBeth, presented posters on high-value care and patient experience of care respectively.
March 21 — Doctoral student inspires students during pinning ceremony at California State University, East Bay
Claire Valderama-Wallace, a nurse and doctoral student in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as faculty speaker during the pinning ceremony at California State University, East Bay. Claire, who teaches community health nursing, was selected by the class to address the East Bay Student Nurses' Association’s 52 students. She acknowledged the sacrifices and support of their loved ones, partners and friends and recognized the individual personalities, perspectives and experiences of the students. Claire invited the students to return to school to help advance the profession of nursing as advanced practice nurses, educators and researchers and encouraged them to hold onto the ideals that inspired them to pursue nursing in the first place.
March 16 — School of Nursing professor publishes paper in national gerontological journal
Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published “RNs’ Transitions into Director of Nursing Positions in Nursing Homes: Hiring Practices and Role Development” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. The paper discusses registered nurses’ transitions into their first nursing home director of nursing position, including hiring practice and role development. Elena’s findings highlight gaps across practice, policy and research, emphasizing the consequences of limited attention to gathering evidence of the breadth and depth of nursing director role demands and qualifications. Elena’s current research aims to develop a resource guide so nursing directors can safely and effectively delegate day-to-day tasks in nursing home settings.
March 14 — School of nursing professor presents compassion workshop at regional convention
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Science and Practice of Compassion in the Modern World” at the Southwest Regional NAM Convention in San Francisco. Philippe discussed how meditation practices influence brain systems implicated in attention regulation, emotion awareness, emotion regulation, and self-views. He also focused on how those practices are being integrated into clinical interventions for a variety of psychological problems. NAM is the official lay apostolate of the Maronite Church of the United States and helps nurture interest in the church’s spiritual, cultural and ethnic roots.
March 11 — Dean Young presents at national nurse faculty scholars meeting
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young presented “Academic Negotiations: The Move Toward Leadership” at the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars 2015 Leadership Meeting. The program works to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training and salary and research support to young faculty. A nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing, Dean Young also contributed to a session to build on foundation research by connecting scholars to a larger community with a presentation on gerontology, dementia and nursing homes.
Feb. 20 — Doctoral student presents at International Stroke Conference
Michelle Camicia, a nurse and doctoral student at the School of Nursing, presented “ The Needs of Family Members at the Bedside of Stroke Patients during Inpatient Rehabilitation: A Triangulated Study Using Art, Interview and Survey ” at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The study explored the needs of family members of stroke patients admitted to an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Northern California. Michelle’s research focuses on decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability. She also serves as director of operations for the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.
Feb. 19 — Dean Young moderates panel discussion at national health conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young led the panel discussion “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report: Better Healthcare and Lower costs — Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering” at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in Orlando, Florida. The annual conference is led by the Society for Health Systems, an organization of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, one of the largest professional associations that serves industrial engineers worldwide. Dean Young was the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group. The group, which included hospital CEOs, health-care leaders, physicians and other experts, completed a report to President Obama in May 2014 that focused on how to improve quality and lower costs of health care from the management and design perspectives.
Feb. 18 — Graduate nursing students spend afternoon at the capitol
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate students met with legislators and their staff and also learned about the legislative process as part of annual legislative day event at the state capitol. The group of eight Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership master’s-degree leadership and doctoral students met with representatives from the University of California Office of the President Government Relations Office. They learned about effective strategies to communicate with legislators, sat in a Senate Health Committee hearing, and also met with staff from the offices of Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D — Sacramento) and Bill Dodd (D — Napa). The school organizes the annual legislative day through a partnership with the health system’s Government and Community Relations Office.
Feb. 18 — School of Nursing professors, graduate students publish study in national journal
Associate Professor Janice Bell and Adjunct Professor Jeri Bigbee, both from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, along with doctoral students Bronwyn Fields and Sally Moyce, published “The Impact of Insurance Instability on Health Service Utilization: Does Non-metropolitan Residence Make a Difference?” in The Journal of Rural Health. The study examines how discontinuous and no health insurance are major barriers to health-care utilization. Janice, Jeri and their team discovered insurance instability is associated with higher use of emergency services and reduced use of nonhospital health-care services.
Feb. 12 — School of Nursing graduate receives Heroes and Heart Award
Maya Vasquez, a master’s-degree alumna from the School of Nursing, was named a 2015 recipient of the Heroes and Heart Award from the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Honorees were recognized at a luncheon on Feb. 12 for demonstrating exceptional service and leadership within the community. As a registered nurse and a board-certified lactation consultant, Maya’s dedication to breast-feeding education led to the hospital’s certification as the only Baby Friendly Hospital in San Francisco. Maya earned her Master of Science - Leadership in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership in 2013.
Feb. 9 — Physician assistant graduate publishes acupuncture findings
Ben Kavoussi, a 2014 graduate of the School of Nursing’s physician assistant certificate program, published “Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: Ritual Healing or Medicine? ” in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, an affiliate of the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The study is a synopsis of selected articles in the last decade and provides evidence that acupuncture is no more effective for lower back pain than various forms of non-invasive controls, including pricking the skin with a toothpick at non-acupuncture points. Ben is a former Army Medic who currently teaches a recertification course to California Army National Guard medics.
Feb. 5 — Doctoral graduate publishes study on diabetes self-management and remote monitoring
Deborah Greenwood, a nurse and doctoral graduate from the School of Nursing, published "Better Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Using Paired Testing and Remote Monitoring” in the American Journal of Nursing. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial was to determine how, with clinician telehealth support, a patient learns from pre- and post-meal glucose data. The study combined paired testing, a structured glucose monitoring method and nurse care coordination with the technology component. Deborah is part of the inaugural Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy program at the School of Nursing, which graduated in June 2014. Deborah is a program coordinator and diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network and serves as president of the American Association of Diabetic Educators.
Jan. 28 — Master’s-degree student presents at hospital conference
Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, a first-year student in the School of Nursing’s master’s-degree leadership program, presented at the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She discussed “ICU Liberation: An Interprofessional Team Approach to the ABCDEF Bundle.” The MHA Keystone Center operates projects focused on care transitions, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, emergency rooms, intensive care units, obstetrics, safe care, sepsis and surgery. The center is also a co-leader in three national projects aimed at eliminating specific hospital-associated infections.
Jan. 23 — Doctoral student publishes study on stroke, editorial on care transitions
Michelle Camicia, a nurse and doctoral student at the School of Nursing, co-published “Early Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions and Stroke Patient Outcomes” in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The study uses national data to examine the time from stroke onset to inpatient rehabilitation facility admission and patient outcome. Camicia also published her first editorial, “Transforming Health Care through Improving Care Transitions: A Duty to Embrace,” in Rehabilitation Nursing. Camicia’s research focuses on decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability. She also serves as director of operations for the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.
Jan. 20 — Doctoral student publishes study in Public Health Nursing journal
Sarah Brown Blake, a nurse and current doctoral student at the School of Nursing, was published in the journal Public Health Nursing. Her study, “Spatial Relationship among Dairy Farms, Drinking Water Quality and Maternal-Child Health Outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley,” explores the geographic relationships among dairy farms, nitrate levels in drinking water, low birth weight and socioeconomic data at the ZIP-code level in the San Joaquin Valley. She conducted the study for her thesis as a master's degree student at the School of Nursing. Sarah earned a Master of Science — Leadership in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership in June 2014. Her doctoral research focuses on environmental health disparities and social determinants of health.
Jan. 15 — Assistant professor presents at UC Davis School of Medicine wellness lecture
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed findings of his recent research on the mechanisms and impact of contemplative practices, including a variety of mindfulness and compassion meditation techniques, at the School of Medicine. The Wellness Lecture series is offered by the Office of Student Wellness to support students in achieving and maintaining optimal physical and emotional health. Philippe teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the areas of health promotion, clinical psychology and cognitive-affective neuroscience.
Jan. 9 — Clinical professor publishes article in physician assistant journal
Gerald Kayingo, assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, published “Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Physician Assistant Education: Preparing the PA Student for the Practice of the Future,” in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. As part of a three-year, national, cross-sectional study, Gerald collaborated with two other physician assistant professors to investigate to what extent PA students are exposed to patient-centered medical homes during the didactic and clinical phases of their education. Gerald’s research focuses on patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and quality and safety. The peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by the Physician Assistant Education Association, provides a forum for sharing ideas and innovations to enhance PA students’ education.
Jan. 7 — Assistant professor awarded Jack Cole Society Award from his alma mater
Gerald Kayingo, an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, was awarded the Jack Cole Society Award from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program for his significant contribution in support of the physician associate profession. The mission of the Jack Cole Society is to foster academic achievement, clinical excellence and professional leadership in physician associate students. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Gerald was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, the same program from which he earned his Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Degree.