SMU eNews

Letter from the Editor

With each issue of eNews we gain greater appreciation for how far and wide members of the SMU community are spreading their knowledge. Our students, staff and faculty are continually reaching beyond the classroom to share their skills with online readers, underserved communities, and the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The stories in this issue of eNews demonstrate the scope of SMU's engagement with a wide variety of populations — Laotian villagers, uninsured patients living with chronic pain, and at-risk high school students interested in advanced education.

Recognizing that giving has its own rewards, SMU faculty members Garry Johnson and Peter Miskin and 18 ABSN students recently traveled to Laos on a medical mission. Student Patricia Wong summed up the trip by saying: "We brought our knowledge, skills and the physical resources we could carry with us. The experience taught us to do good for as many people as possible with limited resources."

DNP student Kathy Geier has been described by Professor Cecily Cosby as "a genuine representative of the SMU Care, Learn, Transform model." Furthering the University's goal of expanding academic programs to meet current and future healthcare needs, Geier is working to create an orthopedic nurse practitioner residency. She also finds time to take part in free joint replacement surgeries for people who desperately need, but cannot afford, the expensive medical procedures.

Next July, SMU is proud to partner with FACES for the Future in hosting their Summer Medical Academy for the second year in a row. The program, co-founded and directed by our own Dr. Tomás A. Magaña, provides healthcare internships, academic support and wellness training to underserved high school students in an effort to spark their interest in future healthcare careers.

In the library, a new open access publication fund seeks to widen the accessibility of our faculty's scholarship. Also, in an effort to shine a light on our faculty's honors and achievements, a new webpage has been created that chronicles how their talents are being recognized by other professional organizations.

And please remember to attend the February 21 Picchi Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Victoria Sweet. Her book, "God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine," has been praised as "a transcendent testament to health care past" (New York Times) and "a remarkable journey into the essence of medicine" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Read these and other stories in the February issue of eNEWS. For future issues, please send your ideas or suggestions to the eNEWS editor at We look forward to working with you to get your news out to the community.

Thank you.

Judi Baker
Associate Director of Web Commnications & Social Media
Debra Holtz
Media Relations