The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Programs in Allied Health (PiAH) have experienced a tremendous amount of change and innovation over the past eighteen months. The PiAH have been part of VUMC for many years, some of them since the early part of the 20th Century. They operated as part of VUMC under the auspices of Vanderbilt University until April 2016. The legal transition between the two institutions required that the programs also transition by teaching-out remaining VU students, moving staff from VU to VUMC and opening the programs under VUMC. On the way to achieving this massive undertaking, the following milestones were marked:
- In spring 2016, the Programs in Allied Health (PiAH) moved to their new administrative home in the Office of Health Sciences Education, under the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, VUMC Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs and VU Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education).
- In March 2017 Petrice Sprouse, MHSA was hired as the Director of Programs in Allied Health. In this capacity she is part of the VUMC OHSE team. Donna Rosenstiel, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Health Sciences Education, served as Interim Director for Programs in Allied Health from April 2016 through March 2017, and continues to be involved with PiAH administration and strategic planning.
- In academic year 2016-17, Perfusion Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dietetic Internship, and Neurodiagnostic Technology graduated their final Vanderbilt University classes, closing their VU programs and opening programs under the auspices of VUMC. Medical Laboratory Science and Nuclear Medicine Technology took similar steps a year earlier, in summer 2016. All PiAHs are now operating under the auspices of VUMC.
- The Dietetic Internship had a successful reaccreditation application, including a site visit from its programmatic accreditor, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- VUMC moved forward in its pursuit of institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). A successful preliminary site visit took place in April 2017. The final institutional report is due in November 2017, and a full site visit will take place in Spring 2018.
- The new Programs in Allied Health Advisory Board will meet early in the fall of 2017. It will provide strategic oversight for existing programs and guidance for planning the future of the VUMC PiAHs.
For more information about the Programs in Allied Health, please visit ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/Alliedhealth.