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Tanja Adonizio, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and Michelle Schmude, Ed.D., associate dean for admissions, enrollment management and financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine recently completed the Harvard Macy Institute scholars program for academic leaders in healthcare in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard Macy Institute is offered by Harvard Medical School. Admission to the Institute’s Program for Educators in Health Professions is competitive and is granted to attendees submitting a winning project proposal. During the intensive 12-day program, attendees learn strategies and gain insight into “six major themes: teaching and learning; curriculum; evaluation; leadership; educational research; and information technology” and how to successfully implement their proposed plans. The project Adonizio and Schmude proposed was, “ePortfolio for Professional Development Competency Assessment of Medical Students.” The Geisinger Commonwealth team developed the ePortfolio project as a means to assess medical students’ competency and growth in the crucial area of professionalism.


Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.P.E.N., the Robert S. Anderson Endowed chair and medical director of the physician assistant program at Misericordia University, was awarded the first-ever American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Lifetime Achievement Award during Clinical Nutrition Week at the ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award & Gala in Orlando, Florida, February.

Known as the “Father of Parenteral Nutrition’’ in the medical field, Dudrick has been credited with one of the three most important advancements in surgery during the past century along with open heart surgery and organ transplantation. The Nanticoke native’s pioneering research at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, from 1961-66 led to the development of the central venous feeding technique known as intravenous hyperalimentation or total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

His technique allows people who cannot eat to receive nourishment through a tube that bypasses their intestines. The technique is widely used to this day to prevent malnutrition in patients of all ages who are unable to obtain proper nutrition by standard means.

Founded in 1976, ASPEN works to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. It is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition.


A book by a University of Scranton faculty member, Patricia Moyle Wright, Ph.D., titled “Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions,” recently won a 2016 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, taking first place in the Palliative Care and Hospice category. Wright co-edited the textbook with Beth Perry Black, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rana Limbo, Ph.D., associate director and senior faculty consultant of Resolve Through Sharing, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The textbook serves as a state-of-the-art resource on perinatal and pediatric palliative care. With new evidence-based research and findings from scholars and practitioners worldwide, it provides different, and even competing perspectives that address the complexities of the tragic experience of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric death. The book serves as a reference for researchers but also includes practical information for professionals who care for families touched by perinatal or pediatric loss.

Wright is an associate professor of nursing at The University of Scranton, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She joined the university’s faculty in 2007. Her clinical expertise is in end-of-life and hospice nursing. Her research is centered on end-of-life care, with a particular emphasis on grief and bereavement. She has published numerous articles and two books on topics related to end-of-life care. Wright, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Misericordia University. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago.


Eugene Lucas, an assistant professor in the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University, has been recognized with the 2017 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence as Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania. The award recognizes Lucas for his demonstrated excellence in nurse practitioner clinical practice. He will receive the award in June 2017 at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners national conference in Philadelphia. Lucas is coordinator of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program in Wilkes’ Passan School of Nursing. In that role, he mentors students to clinical excellence, confirmed by their 100 percent pass rate on national board certification examinations. In addition to his work as a member of the Wilkes nursing faculty, Lucas provides behavioral health care services in various clinical settings. He is a dedicated volunteer at the free medical and dental clinic for the working uninsured at Volunteers in Medicine, Luzerne County, where he has helped to increase patient access to behavioral health services. He was recently awarded a grant from the AllOne Foundation for over $250,000 to start an integrated behavioral health and wellness center at the clinic. He has been actively involved in the Care for PA campaign, advocating to grant nurse practitioners full practice authority in the state. He also has been recognized as the top recruiter of new members for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, a statewide advocacy organization for nurse practitioners. Lucas earned the doctor of nursing practice degree at Wilkes University. He also earned a master’s degree in Nursing and ANCC certification as a family nurse practitioner from Misericordia University and a master’s certificate and ANCC certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Drexel University.