Alumni Connection

"Living Healthy" Lifelong Learning Workshop Engages and Informs

J.P.Orlando '96, director of medical education development with Lehigh Valley Health Network, explains present and future challenges in physician education, and their impact on individuals and society. Photos by John Kish IV.

The Alumni Association's most recent Lifelong Learning workshop ("Living Healthy, Well-thy, and Wise") could not have been more timely. On Saturday, March 20—the day before the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reform health care and the medical insurance industry—Moravian alumni gathered on campus for a day of thought-provoking and informative sessions on optimizing health, "Health Insurance and Health Care Availability," "The Economics of Information, Uncertainty, and Incentives in Health Care," and "Medical Education: Doctors and Patients Facing an Uncertain Future."

With expert opinions offered from a variety of perspectives, the interactive sessions encouraged attendees to take a deeper and broader look at the often complex issues and how they affect individuals and society. Presenter J. P. Orlando '96, Ed.D., director of medical education development at Lehigh Valley Health Network, pointed out significant challenges in medical education, which include an aging poulation (yet lack of geriatricians), a system that rewards specialized procedures but not preventative care, and the enormous cost of medical school, which discourages physicians from becoming primary care providers. Throughout the day, attendees shared their own range of opinions, and sometimes lively debate; all agreed the day was informative and enjoyable.

Panelists Brian Corvino '02, Georgia Tetlow, M.D., and Kelly Brooks '05 discuss their unique perspectives on wellness.

Presenters and panelists included alumni J. P. Orlando; Steve Vanya '79, psychiatric caseworker, LVHN; Chris Miller '94, managing director of Freedom Physical Therapy; Brian Corvino '02, partner, Pharmastrat; and Kelly Brooks '05, associate chaplain for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Moravian faculty members Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, and Peter von Allmen, professor of economics, also presented sessions. "What we call now call 'health care' is actually based on disease care," said Georgia Tetlow, M.D., during the lunchtime panel discussion "Perspectives from Health Care Practitioners." "True health care begins with self-care—it requires constant learning, and it is not just physical, but also mental and spiritual."

Register Now for Alumni Weekend, May 21-22

It's been a long winter! What better way to celebrate spring than to return to our beautiful campus and reunite with old friends? Reserve May 21 and 22 on your calendar for Alumni Weekend. Your Association has planned an event-filled weekend. Highlights include a Friday night gala at Hotel Bethlehem (featuring entertainment by the JazzHounds); Alumni Association Annual Meeting; 50+ Club Breakfast; Saturday picnic lunch with the Big WAHU Caribbean Band, featuring Joe Mixon '81; and reunions for classes ending in "0"  and "5." For the complete schedule and online registration, please go to  www.moravian.edu. You may also register by mail; look for your Alumni Weekend 2010 brochure in your mailbox this week. We hope to see you at Alumni Weekend!