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Center for the Future of the Health Professions
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Center for the Future of the Health Professions

​The Center for the Future of the Health Professions was developed to provide state, local and national policymakers and health system stakeholders with accurate, reliable, and comprehensive data and research about the healthcare workforce, so they can effectively plan for a sustainable future and make the best use of available resources.

  • Vision +

    • ​The vision of the Center is to become a national and international network and resource focused on the future of health professions; particularly those health professions in which ATSU currently has educational programs or plans in the future. The aim of the Center is to bring greater visibility to ATSU as a preeminent institution of healthcare innovation, research and education.

  • Goals +

    • The goals for the inaugural year 2018-2019 include:

      1. Publishing a periodic electronic newsletter, periodic research reports, and occasional “one pager” based on recent data and/or regulatory changes. The ATSU Health Professions Messenger is the inaugural issue.
      2. Hosting panel discussions with experts on a variety of health policy topics. The first panel discussion was held on September 11, 2018 on “The Future of Programmatic Accreditation.”
        The next panel discussion topic will be “Workforce Projections for the Health Professions”. We will invite ATSU faculty and staff to participate on site or through Zoom technology. The third panel discussion will address “The Challenge of Clinical Training Sites.”
      3. Hosting a page on ATSU’s website with health policy updates and resources.

  • Panel Discussions +

    • The ATSU Center for the Future of the Health Professions conducts periodic panel discussions designed to foster an interprofessional dialog on contemporary and emerging themes and issues relevant to the health professions and health professions education. All ATSU faculty and staff are invited to participate in-person or virtually via video conference.​

      Panel discussion schedule

      • The challenge of clinical training sites (date TBD)
      • Workforce projections for the health professions (date TBD)
      • The future of programmatic accreditation (September 11, 2018)

  • Administration and Steering Committee +

    • Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA
      Director

      Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, Emeritus, DFAAPA, is director of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) Program in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) in Mesa, Arizona. Since graduating from the University of Utah physician assistant program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, educator, and editor. He received his BS in health science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his masters in PA studies from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on internal medicine in 1997 and his PhD in interdisciplinary arts and sciences from the Union Institute and University in 2003 with an emphasis on medical education. He completed over 20 years with ATSU as academic coordinator (1995 – 1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of ATSU-ASHS (2004-2010) and returned as dean of ASHS in 2012 through 2018.

      Amanda Weaver, MBA
      Program Administrator

      Amanda Weaver, MBA, retired on July 1, 2014 as executive director for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) after almost 20 years. She received her masters in business administration from Arizona State University in 1998. She is a 2001 graduate of the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship Program. She was the first recipient of the first honorary degree (doctor of humane letters) conferred by ATSU-SOMA in 2014. She received The Riland Medal for Health Policy from New York Institute of Technology in 2014.

      Steering Committee

      • Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA,MA
      • Elton Bordenave, PhD, MED
      • Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH
      • Jim Farris, PT, PhD
      • Norman Gevitz, PhD (Ex-Officio member of the Center)
      • Leonard Goldstein, DDS, PhD
      • Jyothi Gupta, PhD, FAOTA
      • John Heard, PhD
      • Dwight McLeod, DDS, MS
      • Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, FACOI
      • Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
      • Greg Rubenstein, MA
      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
      • Albert Simon, DHSC, MEd, PA-C
      • Robert Trombly, DDS, JD
      • Margaret Wilson, DO

  • Newsletters +

    • Center for the Future of the Health Professions newsletter
      Spring 2019

      Introduction

      Welcome to the inaugural issue of the A.T. Still University (ATSU) Health Professions Messenger, a periodic newsletter published and distributed electronically by the newly created Center for the Future of the Health Professions based in ATSU’s Department of Academic Affairs. The vision of the center is to become a national and international network and resource focused on the future of health professions; particularly those health professions in which ATSU currently has educational programs or plans to in the future. The aim of the center is to bring greater visibility to ATSU as a preeminent institution of healthcare innovation, research, and education.

      The goals for this inaugural year 2018-19 include:

      1. Publishing a periodic electronic newsletter, periodic research reports, and occasional “one pager” based on recent data and/or regulatory changes. This ATSU Health Professions Messenger is the inaugural issue.
      2. Hosting panel discussions with experts on a variety of health policy topics. The first panel discussion was held on Sept. 11, 2018 on “The Future of Programmatic Accreditation.” The next panel discussion topic will be “The Challenge of Clinical Training Sites.”
      3. Hosting a page on ATSU’s website with health policy updates and resources.

      Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA, is the center director, and Amanda Weaver, MBA, is the program administrator. Dr. Danielsen is director of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) in Mesa, Arizona. Since graduating from the University of Utah physician assistant (PA) program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, educator, and editor. He received his BS in health science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his master’s in PA studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on internal medicine in 1997, and his PhD in interdisciplinary arts and sciences from the Union Institute and University in 2003 with an emphasis on medical education. He completed over 20 years with ATSU as academic coordinator, chair of physician assistant studies, and as dean of ATSU-ASHS, and returned as dean of ATSU-ASHS in 2012 through 2018.

      Amanda Weaver, MBA, served as executive director for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) for 20 years. She received her master’s in business administration from Arizona State University in 1998. She is a 2001 graduate of the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship Program. She was the first recipient of the first honorary degree conferred by ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in 2014. She received The Riland Medal for Health Policy from New York Institute of Technology in 2014.

      Panel discussion: The future of programmatic accreditation

      The topic of the first panel discussion hosted by A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Center for the Future of the Health Professions was “The Future of Programmatic Accreditation,” which took place on Sept. 11, 2018. This session was organized by Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, and moderated by Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president of academic affairs. The eight panelists included two deans and six faculty and/or department heads from ATSU:

      • Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD, director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
      • Jyothi Guptha, PhD, FAOTA, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy
      • Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, ACOI, dean of ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine
      • Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, chair of the Department of Audiology
      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
      • Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies
      • Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, and COI, chair of the Department of the Master of Public Health program
      • Robert Trombly, DDS, JD, dean of ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

      Dr. Gevitz opened the session noting the timeliness and importance of the topic. In July 2018, the Trump administration proposed a regulatory overhaul of accreditation by introducing a wide-ranging rule-making session. Diane Auer Jones, the principle deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education noted, “The administration’s goal is to reduce compliance requirements for accreditors, freeing them up to focus on education equality while more clearly defining the college oversight roles of these agencies, state governments, and federal regulators.”

      The panelists addressed where programmatic accreditation in the health professions is now and what is likely to be the future. Panel discussion transcript (pdf)

      Scholarly activity

      ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies

      Fick, J, Dishman, L, Adler, K, Williams, L (2018), Exploring hospital CEO’s perceptions of health administration graduates’ leadership competencies. Journal of Health Administration Education, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp.229-267.

      Angelopoulou, M, Shanti, SD, Chaffin, J, & Love, A (2018). Association of Food Insecurity with Early Childhood Caries. Journal of Public Health Dentistry

      Leafman, J, Mathieson, K Perceptions of telemedicine for patient education among online support group patients with chronic or rare conditions. Cogent Medicine, Sept. 2018. 10.1080/2331205X.2018.1525148

      ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences

      Danielsen, RD; Silent No More: Harassment in the Workplace. Clinician Reviews, February 2018; 28(2) pgs. 6-7. Editorial.

      Danielsen, RD; Do You Trust Your Organization? Clinician Reviews, April 2018; 28(4). Editorial.

      Danielsen, RD; OTP: Pipe Dream, Smoke Screen, or the Right Thing Clinician Reviews, August 2018; 28(8), 11-14. Editorial.

      Danielsen, RD; Are we overproducing NPs and PAs? Clinician Reviews, December 2018; 28(12), 6-7. Editorial.

      Danielsen, RD; (2018) Blood Pressure Measurement, in Dehn, R.W. & Asprey, D.P. Clinical Procedures for Physician Assistants. 4th Edition. 2006.W.B. Saunders Company. IN PRESS

      Danielsen, RD; Ortiz, G; Symington, S. Chronic Urticaria: It’s More Than Just Antihistamines! Clinician Reviews. 2018; 27(1): 36-42

      Ross, WG; Danielsen, RD; What’s the Buzz? Treatment Strategies in Chronic Subjective Tinnitus. Clinician Reviews. 2018; 27(10): 34-41.

      Electeriou-Kokolis, E; Danielsen, RD; Kokolis, Rn. Overlooked adenocarcinoma of the scalp, Case Report, JAAPA. December 2018. Vol. 31. No 12.

      Welch Bacon CE, Van Lunen BL, Hankemeier DA. Post-professional athletic training students’ perceptions concerning the healthcare competencies. Athletic Training Education Journal. 2018; 13(4):309-323.

      Mace K, Welch Bacon CE. Athletic training educators’ knowledge and confidence about competency-based education. Athletic Training Education Journal. 2018; 13(4):302-308.