June 30, 2010

Adventures in Sports Medicine

The faculty of the SLU Athletic Training Education Program and the Billiken Athletic Staff hosted a program in Sports Medicine for the Adventures In Medicine and Science (AIMS) Program at Chaifetz Arena.  The students received hands-on instruction in techniques to learn more about athletic training and sports medicine.

AIMS students observe as SLU Athletic Trainer Jonathan Burch conducts a Swim-Ex workout with Men's Basketball Student-Athlete Brian Conklin.

The AIMS Program is an outreach program of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  For more than 20 years, AIMS has offered summer workshops for high-achieving students who have an interest in becoming medical professionals.  These experiential programs feature observations of live surgery, extensive study of human anatomy, and exposure to multiple facets of careers in medicine.  The workshops are an outstanding way to help young people determine their future plans for study in college and beyond.

Faculty for the programs include surgeons and medical professionals from across the community who conduct laboratories, lectures, tours and dissections.  Students eligible for admission are entering their junior or senior year of high school, or freshman year of college in fall, 2010. 

June 29, 2010

Improvements Underway on Medical Center Campus

June 28, 2010

New Improvements Build a Closer Community
Construction Will Change the Face of the Medical Center
Construction is underway on a new Education Union and recreation center at Saint Louis University Medical Center -- two improvements that will make the campus that houses SLU's health sciences programs even more vibrant.

The campus is home to the schools of medicine, nursing and public health; Doisy College of Health Sciences; Center for Advanced Dental Education; Center for Health Care Ethics; and Center for Outcomes Research.
The Education Union will beautify the streetscape of the Medical Center.
Expected to open in 2011, the facilities will add to the dramatic changes to the campus' landscape that began in 2007 with the opening of the Edward A. Doisy Research Center, a 10-story glass and steel soaring testament to the University's dedication to biomedical research.

Located in the heart of the medical center, the brick and glass 30,000-square foot Education Union promises to be the hub of activity at the Medical Center, and will serve as a new sleek and welcoming front door for the campus known for its pioneering education for future health care professionals. A new addition will double the size of the building that used to belong to Tenet, which is being refurbished.
The Education Union will be for both relaxation and education. It will include a 225-seat, state-of-the art auditorium for large lecture classes as well as areas for study.

The building also will house the new teaching space for SLU's standardized patient simulation education program, which offers students a learning opportunity to practice new diagnostic and communication skills on "patients" who really are actors feigning illnesses. The building will include a café-style restaurant and student lounges, and will be the new home of SLU's Interprofessional Education Center, an innovative program that teaches collaboration and teamwork to tomorrow's health professionals.

A short walk from the Education Union, SLU literally is leveling the playing field of a new athletic complex that is expected to be complete next spring. The facility will contain an NCAA-regulation, eight-lane running track, which rings a full-sized soccer field. The athletic center will expand opportunities for all students to participate on intramural and club sports teams, and will be a convenient oasis for the Saint Louis University Medical Center family to enjoy informal opportunities for exercise. In addition, it will be the home field of SLU's Division I track team, pumping additional energy into the Saint Louis University Medical Center.

"Having these central congregating places will cement the sense of community among students, faculty and staff at Saint Louis University Medical Center," said Philip Alderson, SLU's vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. "Along with the Doisy Research Center, both projects will change the face of Saint Louis University Medical Center to make it an even more inviting place."

June 24, 2010

SLU Faculty Participate in NATA Annual Meeting

The 2010 National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium was held in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Tuesday June 22-Friday June 26.
SLU faculty members participated in the symposium. Dr. Kitty Newsham presented a Case Study: "Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in an Intercollegiate Athlete with SSRI" and Dr. Tony Breitbach serve as the moderator for a Feature Presentation: " Navigating the Emerging Student-Athlete 'Perfect Storm': Managing Mental Health Problems and Responses at the Collegiate Setting."

In addition to the educational presentations, the annual meeting provide faculty and students opportunities to network with colleagues and learn about new products and innovations from exhibitors.

June 15, 2010

SLU Athletic Training Students and Faculty Cover Nike Hoop Jamboree

The Nike Hoop Jamboree has been held for the 12th year at Saint Louis University, hosted by the St. Louis Eagles Basketball Club.  The Hoop Jam brings in over 100 top basketball players aged 15 and under for basketball instruction and leadership development.  Many athletes from this camp have went on to play in the NBA.  The SLU Athletic Training Education Program has worked with Nike and the Eagles to provide for the camp. 
Hoop Jamboree Medical Staff: (back row) Tony Breitbach, Ann Schmerbauch, Jason Bennett (front row) Diane Schlesselman, Meghan Gehrs, Emily Monahan (not pictured) Darcy Downey, Kitty Newsham, Kellie Black, Jacob Blasingame, Ilene Chambers

St. Louis native and New York Knicks player David Lee addresses the participants at the Hoop Jam.

June 03, 2010

Summer Internships Underway for SLU AT Students

SLU athletic training students take MAT 590 Athletic Training Field Experience during the summer between their two years in the professional phase of the program.
The course is based in a summer internship experience and this year's internships are very exciting:

Jacob Blasingame - St. Louis Rams Football Club, St. Louis, MO
Geanie Butts - Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL
Mollie Cole - University of Missouri Baseball, Columbia, MO
Meghan Gehrs - Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Club, Sauget, IL
Laura Gosewisch - Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, IL
Emily Monahan - AC St. Louis Soccer Club, St. Louis, MO
Diane Schlesselman - KC Explorers Professional Tennis, Kansas City
Ann Schmerbauch - River City Rascals Baseball Club, O'Fallon, MO