School of Allied Health Professions

PA staff members complete half-marathon

Can you run 13.1 miles? Geri Finn and Melissa Dorr, staff in our physician assistant program can. They both completed the Papillion Half-Marathon this past weekend.

This was Geri’s third half-marathon and Melissa’s eighth.

Why do they run?

Melissa says, “Running is a passion of mine, and my son, Anthony, is my inspiration to lead a healthy lifestyle.” She trains six days a week with a combination of running, yoga, and strength training.

Geri says, “I run because I love the challenge and it keeps me in shape.” She trains four days a week. “I meet friends to run at 5:00 a.m.”

You go, girls!

Annual SAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine

The annual School of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

This alt=""year’s recipient of the SAHP Excellence in Research Award was Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, PhD, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education. This award recognizes significant research contributions and addition to the knowledge of the clinical, scientific, and/or educational community.

alt=""Kathleen Volkman, PT, MS, NCS, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment in the SAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty and students and between students.

alt=""Dennis Strauss, MD, was recognized for his Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions. Each year we recognize someone who has made extraordinary contributions in health care, education or service that result in the significant advancement of the School and the allied health professions.

Students gather to listen to Iman Ahmad, PhD, explain her poster at the SAHP Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Each spring, in conjunction with the awards ceremony, the School of Allied Health Professions sponsors a Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine. The forum showcases faculty and student posters in three categories: educational exhibits, critical reviews, and research. This year, 85 students, 25 faculty, and two staff participated with 78 posters.

A book of the abstracts presented at the forum is available on the forum website:


Another publication for PA

Congratulations to Stephane Vandermeulen, MPAS, PA-C, and her colleagues from Anatomy, on the publication of, “Enhancement of anatomical learning and developing clinical competence of first-year medical and allied health profession students,” in Anatomical Sciences Education.

This is the first article demonstrating use of lightly embalmed cadavers to teach students how to examine for ligamentous injuries of the knee. Abstract…