Student Town Hall

Students bring their questions for the second bi-annual event

Students, along with leaders from the Office of the President, College of Graduate Studies, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Student Affairs, gathered in Watanakunakorn Auditorium, Monday, Oct. 22, for the University’s second bi-annual Town Hall meeting.

Nuur Alkenany, a second-year College of Pharmacy student; Geetika Srivastava, a second-year College of Medicine student; and Andrew Whipkey, a second-year student in the College of Medicine and College of Graduate Studies, served as student moderators.

To provide a variety of responses, the panel included President Gershen, along with Richard Kasmer, Pharm.D., J.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Pharmacy; Eugene Mowad, M.D., senior associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Medicine; Steven Schmidt, Ph.D., vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies; Sandra Emerick, Ed.D., chief student affairs officer; James Barrett, interim associate executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions; and John Wray, vice president for administration and finance..

Questions and concerns from the student body

From finding the next president to diversity, a number of questions were asked and answered during the one-hour session. See some of the examples below.

  • What steps is the University taking to better represent and increase underrepresented minorities at NEOMED? Have there been any changes in the College of Medicine enrollment pipelines to recruit those types of students?
  • The need for better communication across the University, regarding the ongoing situation with the Gross Anatomy Lab.
  • What will be the process of finding the next president, once President Gershen retires? How will students be involved in the search?
  • What’s the status of rotation and residency partnerships, especially following the closing of Northside Regional Medical Center?
  • What is in place to continue the strong connection with Cleveland State University once President Gershen retires?
  • What will rotations will look like with new partnerships and expansions?
  • What is being done to encourage College of Pharmacy students to attend events, such as town halls?

What’s next?

More questions were asked than could be answered in the one-hour session. Keep an eye on The Pulse, where we’ll publish responses to additional student questions.

If you weren’t able to make it or Zoom in, check out the recording of Monday’s Town Hall. The next student Town Hall will be held in Spring 2019.

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