Executive Committee

History of the UD/MVH Healthcare Symposium

The 2018 symposium marks the ninth year that the University of Dayton's Office of Premedical Programs has partnered with Miami Valley Hospital to present this annual symposium.


The eighth annual University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium was titled, Building a healthy Dayton:  next steps.”  It continued to focus and expand on the themes explored in the seventh symposium in order to improve the health of communities.  The keynote speaker was Nick Buettner, the Community and Corporate Program Director for the Blue Zones Project.  His talk was titled, “The Blue Zones Project:  Building Healthier Communities” and focused on common factors identified in communities or “Blue Zones” throughout the world where people routinely live longer, healthier, and happier lives.  Following the keynote address, current Dayton and Montgomery County Health Commissioner, Jeff Cooper, MS, presented an overview of the public health assessment for the Dayton region. 

Additional presentations highlighted programs and initiatives in the Dayton area that are working to improve the health and wellness of local communities.  The other presenters featured were:  Jessica Saunders, MPA; Dr. Joseph Scherger; Dr. Sara Paton; Terra Williams, MPH; Dr. Marietta Orlowski; Jodi Long, LISE-S, LICDC-CS; Dr. Katherine Cauley.  The symposium also featured a poster session were University of Dayton premedical and predental undergraduate students presented on a range of biomedical/healthcare topics.  The afternoon student symposium featured discussion panels on the following topics: life in dental school, life in medical school, the gap year experience, advanced care practitioners, careers in public health, medical specialties.


The seventh annual University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium was titled, “Building a healthy Dayton one connection at a time.” It focused on ways to expand our vision of healthcare to better meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families in order to build healthy communities. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rishi Manchanda whose presentation was titled “the upstream effect - what makes us get sick?” In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, Dr. Manchanda introduced a new model of the healthcare workforce that includes “upstreamists” who improve social determinants of health. Other presenters featured were: Jessica Saunders, MPA; Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH; Jim Gross, MPH; Jeffrey Lycan, RN, BS, MS; and Theresa Thompson, PhD. The symposium also featured a poster session where students presented on a variety of healthcare/research topics and an afternoon student symposium on the following topics:

  • Doctors, PAs, and NPs Working Together
  • Global Medicine
  • Life in Dental School
  • Gap Year Experiences
  • Practicing Medicine in Specialty Fields
  • Life in Medical School
  • Medical school and the application process
  • Pediatric residents panel


The Sixth Annual University of Dayton & Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium was “The Best Care Possible: Improving the Patient Experience through a Community Approach to Advance Care Planning.”  The symposium highlighted the need for a more person-centered, family-oriented care model, which focuses on patient-physician communication and advance care planning. University of Dayton alumnus Dr. Joseph Scherger, Vice President for Primary Care and Marie E. Pinizzotto, MD, Chair of Academic Affairs at Eisenhower Medicine Center in Rancho Mirage, California,  served as host for the program. Speakers included Dr. Bernard Hammes, director of medical humanities and Respecting Choices for Gundersen Health System, and Karen Peterson, director of program operations for Honoring Choices Minnesota, both of whom spoke about their organizations’ efforts to coordinate community-wide advance care planning initiatives. They were followed by a panel of local community leaders including Sen. Peggy Lehner speaking about related legislation in Ohio.


The focus of the Fifth Annual University of Dayton/Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium was “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery” and highlighted several organizations and individuals who are making great strides in changing the ways healthcare is delivered so as to improve outcomes and lower costs. Dr. Marjorie Bowman, Dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, returned as our moderator. The symposium featured T. R. Reid, foreign correspondent, who discussed “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Healthcare.” Additional speakers were David Moen, MD, and Ken Coburn, MD, MPH.


The Fourth Annual Healthcare held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 featured a panel of local healthcare specialists discussing various controversies in preventive medicine.  Dr. Marjorie Bowman, Dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine moderated a series of presentations focusing on areas such as breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings, coronary artery disease screenings, immunizations and the role of genetic testing in preventive medicine. Presenters include Sherman Alter; M.D., Mukul Chandra;  M.D., Margaret Dunn, M.D., MBA; Marvin Miller, M.D.; Joseph Scherger, M.D., MPH.


In 2012, the timely topic of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) was again explored through presentations related to the national, state and local perspectives on PCHM.  A second track was titled “Meaning in Medicine: Exploring connections between medicine and spirituality”.  The keynote speaker this year was Dr. Harold Koenig, Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University.  Dr. Koenig’s address was titled “Religion, Spirituality and Medicine: Research and Clinical Applications”.


The 2011 Symposium provided two tracks of break-out sessions.  One track was titled “Incorporating global health into your career” and the second track focused on the Patient Centered Medical Home.  The keynote speaker was author Tracy Kidder who spoke of global health initiatives explored in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains.


In 2010, Dr. Scott Morris, Director of Church Health Center was the keynote speaker.  Church Health Center, located in Memphis, TN is the nation’s largest healthcare clinic for uninsured individuals.  Dr. Morris’ address was titled “The future of healthcare for the poor in America”.  In addition to the keynote address, panels of local physicians spoke of their agencies’ efforts to provide services to local underserved populations.

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