TCMC to hold 5th Annual Research Symposium

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 04/24 2014 11:48PM

Updated 04/26 2014 01:58AM

On May 8 and 9, 2014, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will hold the 5th Annual Research Symposium at our Medical Sciences Building, located at 525 Pine Street, Scranton. This annual event highlights the achievements of our students, faculty, and community partners, who together implemented meaningful research and quality improvement projects throughout TCMC’s 16-county region in northeast and north central Pennsylvania. TCMC’s research programs include biomedical and translational research in the areas of cancer, aging and chronic illness as well as community health and clinical investigations. These events are free and open to the public.  
The two-day symposium will kick off at Noon on Thursday, May 8th with keynote speaker Mary F Barbe, PhD, Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Director of MicroCT Core and Imaging Center at Temple University School of Medicine. Following the speaker, from 1:00pm-3:00pm, faculty, staff, and residents will present a poster session, with light refreshments to be served. From 4:00pm-6:00pm, TCMC students will present their Quality Improvement Community Collaborative Projects (QuICCs) at a poster session and wine and cheese reception. The QuICC projects involve TCMC second year students in working with clinical partners throughout TCMC’s three campuses to address important healthcare quality issues.
On Friday, May 9th, TCMC students will present their Community Health Research Projects (CHRPs) during a poster session from 9:00am-11:00am. The CHRP experience provides students with an opportunity to apply the concepts, strategies, and tools acquired through the course of their studies to health research and to contribute to improved health in the region by conducting projects with community partners. Then, at 11:00am, a keynote address – “Faith Based and Public Health Partnerships” – will be given by Kay Jones, PhD, Executive Director, Schuylkill County’s VISION, and Marie Beauchamp, Interfaith Health Network of Schuylkill County. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be available for this lecture.
Mark V. White, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at TCMC, states, “The Annual Research Symposium is a hallmark of TCMC’s commitment to and celebration of the many types and forms of research, scholastic endeavor, and evidence-based educational and clinical models which we espouse and practice.  It is an event to which we look forward every May, and is a chance every year for us to recognize and share some of the wonderful work and projects by, with, and among our students, faculty, staff, administrators, clinical partners, community agency partners, and all of our stakeholders.”
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, TCMC will confer degrees upon our second class receiving the doctorate in Medicine (MD) and our fifth class receiving the master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (MBS). The ceremony will take place at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre at 11:00am.
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