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2024 Q1 Newsletter

Letter from the president

Dear ADPHS members and community,

     As we embark on a new year, there is much to be excited about in our organization. The communications committee has made great strides in developing our website, Thank you to Christina Gunther from Sacred Heart University for spearheading this effort. A key addition is the new shared resources page where members can access useful materials like learning contracts, dissertation guidelines, program handbooks, and more from several of our member institutions. This wealth of resources will provide valuable insights into the operations of other doctoral health sciences programs.

     The program assessment committee is preparing for the next round of Program of Merit evaluations under the dedicated leadership of Chairperson Lynda Goodfellow from Georgia State University. PoM status serves as external validation of your program's quality and effectiveness. It demonstrates to stakeholders, including students, faculty, employers, and the broader academic and healthcare communities, that the program meets rigorous standards and is committed to continuous improvement.  Watch for more announcements about how to apply coming soon.

     The governance committee, chaired by Beverly Henry from Northern Illinois University, has been diligently ensuring the growth and development of our organization. They will soon convene to establish a new standing committee focused on serving doctoral health sciences faculty and students. This presents an exciting chance for interested faculty to take on leadership roles as committee chairs/co-chairs within the ADPHS.

     Please be on the lookout for a calendar invitation to an upcoming general meeting.  We invite you to join us to innovate, lead, and connect with our diverse member network united by a passion for moving doctoral programs forward.  Let's build the future of health sciences education together.

I look forward to our first meeting of 2024! The new year holds great promise for our community.



Douglas Kuperman, PhD

Rush University

Our committees have been hard at work...

ADPHS committees have recently undertaken several projects aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs in the health sciences. These projects include the development of a set of guidelines for extramural program assessment, as well as initiatives focused on curriculum development and research collaboration. If you are interested in learning more about these projects and how they can benefit your institution, we invite you to explore our website further. Interested in collaboration? Our communications committee is developing a searchable database to connect members with shared research interests. Complete this short form if you are interested in networking and partnership opportunities for faculty and students interested in collaborative multi-site research projects.​

Member Resources

We recently launched our member resources pages.  We have compiled resources and best practices on program management, the dissertation process, supporting faculty and students, interacting with leadership and much more. The resources are available to all paid members to help programs evolve to meet emerging needs in healthcare education. 

Not yet a member? By joining our organization, you can:

  • Access shared curricular resources from top programs nationwide on our members-only website. Learn best practices and get insights to enhance your own program.

  • Participate in our Program of Merit review process. Connect with directors and faculty at other institutions and gain an in-depth understanding of their unique programs.

  • Take on leadership roles in national committees focused on assessment, communication, governance, and more. Chair a committee driving advancements across all member programs.

  • Attend our general meetings to engage with fellow members, exchange ideas, and stay updated on critical topics like AI integration, student/faculty outreach, and addressing common program challenges.

Joining is easy. Click here to learn more about how to become a member.


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