Who at WesternU has made you feel supported and how? Professor Maureen O’Hara was my instructor for the online course Academic Roles and Scholarly Publications. She is very precise when correcting our papers, making us ready for the day we may want to publish a paper. When I was struggling with some aspects of the course, she met with me on a Saturday at the University, one-on-one, to help me with my paper and the online tests! Now that’s dedication!!
Elizabeth Wilson, RDH, B.S.
Describe an engaging aspect of your program: As a clinical dental hygiene instructor at a community college, WesternU’s Health Professions Education track of the MSHS program is especially engaging because courses are so applicable to my work environment. Since students in the program come from a variety of healthcare backgrounds, I appreciate how the faculty provide opportunities to research topics of interest related to our respective fields in health education.
Has your involvement in student clubs impacted you and your community? I am excited to volunteer at this year’s PVHMC Kid’s Health Fair helping WesternU healthcare interprofessionals screen and vaccinate over 450 children in the local community.
Who is your favorite faculty member? I have been happy with all the faculty. The professors are personable and professional and truly treat each student as an individual through encouragement and respect, while understanding the needs of adult learners.
Vimmy Khan, B.A.
Describe an engaging aspect of your program: The classes are formatted to build upon each other, this approach gave me a perfect understanding of the program from the foundation to the top. The best thing about the program was how the class discussions were never dry, the professors were great conductors of meaningful discussion. I learned the most from these in class discussion/debates.
Who at WesternU has made you feel supported? Dr. O’Hara is amazing! She takes time out of her incredibly busy schedule to address each concern you have and is fantastic when it comes to helping you understand the material and helping you with your papers. She is the best! Dr. O’Hara has a wide spectrum of knowledge that she applies to all situations, in the classroom and out.
Tina Meyer, DHSc, MS, PA-C
Education: DHSc, Nova Southeastern University; MSHS, Western University of Health Sciences; PA Certificate, Western University of Health Sciences
WesternU distinctive: The MSHS degree brings people together from all disciplines as teachers of health professions and patient educators. This interdisciplinary environment is very rich in collaborative learning by nature.
Beyond the classroom: I supervise clinical days for the Pomona Community Health Action Team and am also the advisor of a new student club that is currently being formed that will focus on physical medicine, rehabilitation and long term disability issues. I am a consultant and speaker for the Center for Disability and Health Policy, teaching clinicians and others to better care for persons with disability.
Value of a WesternU education: Collaborations with other disciplines, patient centered approach to teaching and learning, and the opportunity to benefit the community with our skills.
Best advice: WesternU is a great place to stretch and grow, especially for people who understand that in the larger scheme of things, quality healthcare affects us and our loved ones in profound ways.
On interprofessional education: Interprofessional Education (IPE) allows us to view issues from a vantage point other than our own. IPE prepares students to function in health care teams which ultimately benefit patients and families by utilizing collective knowledge and strengths.
Maureen O’Hara, PA-C, DrHSc
Why WesternU: Since I have a master’s and doctoral degree in Health Science, I wanted to teach in the subject matter that I really enjoy.
WesternU distinctive: We have just reworked the focus of the Academic Roles and Scholarly Publications class to concentrate on the academic writing style that is required in all the classes. The papers written for the class practice using the APA style and the five-chapter format.
Best Advice: The Master’s of Health Science program has small classes for an intimate setting for learning to take place. As an instructor, I have found the students to be very supportive of one another. When you become a student here, you will find this to be true.
Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA
Education: EdD, University of La Verne; MS, Western University of Health Sciences
Where I’m from: Formerly Assistant Dean for Assessment, College of Allied Health Professions and Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Education, Western University of Health Sciences; clinical coordinator/instructor for Physician Assistant Education at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, Calif.
Clinical specialty: Pediatrics
Other notable items: Chaired the Education Council of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; served on the editorial board of Perspective on Physician Assistant Education; the Human Genetics Curriculum board for National Institutes of Health; continues to see patients when she covers at the clinics of DO and PA alums.
Why WesternU: “The spirit of humanism at WesternU has a lot to do with why one should chose to come here. We support each other and our students in ways you don’t always find in health care institutions.”
Why did you choose WesternU? I chose Western University of 3 primary reasons: (a) I was looking for an institution where I could gain an education degree based on the foundation of my medical background. (b) Cost and location: WesternU is 10 minutes from my place of employment and the cost per unit was significantly less than other local institutions offering similar programs. (c) Facility to Student ratio: Balancing life between work, family and a Master’s degree program can be challenging. Having a low faculty to student ratio allowed my to have access to my instructors when that extra encouragement, assistance and support was needed.
Amber Edwards-Singletary, MS, PA-C
My experience at WesternU was wonderful, both in the PA studies program and the Masters of Health Sciences program. The staff was experienced and personable. I especially appreciated the fact that every student and their progress/success mattered. We were known by our names and not just as a “number.” Overall, I’d be willing to say, that my experience was the rule and not the exception.
Giving honor where it is due, Dr. Bowlin was the single most influential person in my professional development. She is dynamic, professional, caring, intelligent and sincere. She made learning fun, but always demanded that I do my best. She lives by a higher standard and is not afraid of challenge. She is humble and promotes the importance of respecting and valuing the support and contributions of every member of the health care team. She is a true role model and WesternU is fortunate to have her.
Keep up the great work WesternU!
Helen Musharbash, B.S.
Who is your favorite faculty member and why? I really cannot say that any faculty member has fallen short of providing extra support for my future goals. Every faculty member in the MSHS program was kind enough to meet with me whenever I needed the extra help or a push. Drs. Meyer, Sellen and O’Hara have all dedicated extra time to helping me out with my projects whether it be finding the project to statistically analyzing data or even using proper writing format. These faculty members among the rest in the department are exactly what the program needs to help students succeed to their full potential.
Simone Yik, MS, PharmD
“I enrolled in the Health Professions Education program to be able to have the skills as a good clinician in patient counseling. The program helped me learn the tools to be able to teach my colleagues in the health professions. The program has taught me, first and foremost, good communication skills. It has helped me learn to communicate effectively to an audience, with new technological tools and media that are available to instructors. I have learned the background of what is required to create a curriculum, and how to subsequently implement it. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in expanding their role as an educator in the health professions.”