SMU eNews

Letter from the Editor

Most would agree that working in partnership with others is a positive pursuit. Close cooperation can produce a variety of benefits for all involved, increasing the chance of achieving success and fulfilling shared goals. The stories in this issue of eNEWS demonstrate the value of partnership to education and the practice of healthcare.

Instructional Designer Ted Curran and Associate Professor of Nursing Fusae Kondo Abbott were happy to travel to a Japanese public university earlier this year to share their expertise in online learning. The experience also taught them something: Samuel Merritt University (SMU) offers excellent distance learning experiences because it fosters collaboration between its faculty and staff by investing in technological training.

SMU is poised to extend that collaboration to all of our programs by incorporating interprofessional practice into our culture and curriculum. With studies showing that better teamwork among medical professionals enhances the quality and safety of healthcare, Professors Terry Nordstrom and Karen Wolf talk about why the interdisciplinary approach will benefit students and patients.  

Read about what was behind PT Associate Professor Rolando Lazaro’s decision to apply for a Fulbright grant and what his plans are now that he has won the prestigious award — including the development of a multidisciplinary community health clinic at SMU.

Inspired by Associate Professor Richard Rocco, SMU podiatry students are forming a volunteer team to help reduce the risk of Mycrobacterium skin infections at local nail salons.

In this issue, you also will learn about our 2013 commencement speaker — the first male dean of nursing at UCSF who specializes in working with community partners to improve urban health.

Sharing stories is at the heart of this newsletter so we hope you will help shape the next issue by sending your ideas or suggestions to the eNEWS editor at

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