South Jordan Report – November 2020

The winter holiday season has arrived and 2020 will soon come to an end. As a campus community, we have overcome a lot in the past year. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of our students, faculty and staff who have continued to work hard, despite being faced with tremendous challenges and uncertainty and fulfill Roseman University’s mission. I’m extremely proud of all of you in our close-knit community who achieved so much.

Our College of Dental Medicine clinics – Roseman Dental – continue to safely treat and care for patients of all ages who might otherwise neglect their oral health. I’m confident that through the outstanding care provided by our students, residents and faculty, our communities are filled with more bright and healthy smiles.

In response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, between January 4 and March 31, Roseman Dental will offer new and existing patients a $250 voucher to be used for dental care. New patients will also receive credit for the cost of their initial examination and necessary radiographs. At Roseman Dental, our community’s oral health is our #1 priority. It is our hope that despite the fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic, the public knows that it’s safe to continue to seek both urgent and routine dental care.

The College of Pharmacy is wrapping up the year by encouraging student pharmacists to think about residency opportunities following graduation in May. Last month, the College presented “Preparing for Residency,” offering students information about available residency, benefits and how to apply. Further, this week student pharmacists and faculty are attending the first-ever virtual Midyear Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), where they are getting additional information and updates on the profession of pharmacy and residency opportunities. They were also privileged to hear the opening session keynote address by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, a recent COVID-19 survivor who gave a first-hand perspective on the important role of frontline healthcare workers in effectively treating and caring for patients. This week, they’ll also hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID.

I would like to congratulate the College of Nursing’s July 2019 cohort of students who graduated last month with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. Now, more than ever, our communities need you and I’m confident that with your Roseman education combined with your tenacity, you will find success as you pass your board exams and enter the nursing profession. In February, a new cohort will be joining the hundreds of College of Nursing students at the South Jordan campus who are working towards graduation in 2021 and beyond. I look forward to welcoming them soon.

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge all of our academic programs for coming together to inspire future generations healthcare professions. Last week, pharmacy, nursing, and dental students recorded an interprofessional panel to help educate high school students about future careers in healthcare. The recording was shared with several local area high school teachers who will present it during their class time. At least 200 high school students are projected to view the presentation. I’m hopeful some will become future Roseman University students.

I’d like to close by wishing everyone Happy Holidays, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

 

Sincerely,

Frank Licari
Dean, College of Dental Medicine
Interim Chancellor, South Jordan Campus