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Two Honors for Polomano

Two very big honors for Penn Nursing Associate Dean for Practice Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, Professor of Pain Practice, one local and one about 7,000 miles away.

One Health Award

On October 26th, Polomano, along with colleagues John Farrar, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Elliot Hersh, DMD, PhD, MS, Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine, received the 2016 One Health Award for their work. This award recognizes efforts in promoting One Health initiatives and education to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in all aspects of healthcare. As a team, Polomano, Farrar and Hersh were recognized for their leadership and collaboration in advancing pain education and practice at Penn and nationally.

“The ability to leverage discipline specific perspectives in pain education has enriched our students’ learning,” said Polomano.  “Our health profession students have opportunities to learn from our exceptional and dedicated Penn pain faculty in the latest science guiding pain care.”

The four-school (Nursing, Medicine, Dental and Veterinary) One Health Committee accepts nominations for candidates who are full-time staff or faculty members engaged in professional education that bridges two or more of the schools with outreach/innovation in training and service in clinics or to the community. The award ceremony took place at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion, as part of the 2016 Microbiome Symposium.

Keynote Speaker

A month after receiving the One Health Award, Polomano traveled to China to give the keynote address at the first ‘Anesthesia Summit Forum of Multi-Disciplinary Teams for Perioperative Pain Management’ at Peking University People’s Hospital. The address took place on November 27th, and Polomano presented on inter-professional pain education and collaboration as part of her Penn China Research and Engagement grant. This inter-professional conference on perioperative pain management was jointly hosted by the Chinese Association of Anesthesiologists and Chinese Collage of Surgery in Beijing. Polomano was the first nurse to give a keynote address at the country-wide medical pain conference.