Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at AU stresses teamwork

For Dr. Andrew Balas, it is all about teamwork.

 

The dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University gave his annual State of the College address Tuesday with AU President Brooks Keel, Provost Gretchen Caughman and College of Nursing Dean Lucy Marion on hand. And the school, which trains health professionals like physical therapists and physicians assistants, is looking for that kind of collaboration in the workplace as well, Balas said.

That is important "knowing that the health care in this country is becoming more and more team oriented, knowing that there is no single profession that can make a difference in achieving great outcomes in health care," he said. "We need a full team. We need a full team with a variety of health professionals."

Debbie Layman of Costa Layman Farms in Trenton sees it every year when several colleges at AU collaborate to offer farm workers a health fair that is coordinated by the College of Nursing but also includes students and faculty from Allied Health Sciences and Medical College of Georgia as well.

"It's really a fabulous opportunity for all of the disciplines to work with each other," said Layman, a graduate of the College of Nursing, who was on hand for the address.

Balas said the college is growing both in terms of enrollment and budget but also in new degrees and new fields. The college began a doctoral program in Applied Health Sciences last year that now includes eight students and is building up its Master of Public Health program as well, he said. But it is also about addressing unmet needs, Balas said. Three years ago, the university did not have a degree program in nutrition but then the college launched a Dietetics program and is partnering with University Hospital to build it up, he said.

"This is an important area," Balas said. The program currently has 13 students but has received 120 applications to get in, he said.

"This is a draw," Balas said. "This is the desire to be enrolled in this program."

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