Rangos School of Health Sciences
Today's health care team includes a wide variety of specialists dedicated to understanding and treating illness and injury, and Duquesne's John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences is committed to training those practitioners. Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain valuable experience through internship and fieldwork programs in western Pennsylvania's leading medical facilities.
Support for the following areas is vital to maintaing Duquesne's position as a leader in training these professionals to meet the needs of their patients:
Endowed scholarships ensure that Duquesne can attract and retain the most talented and motivated students for generations to come. Support for Educational Emergency Funds. will assist students who experience unforeseen financial circumstances that would otherwise force them to drop out before completing their degree programs.
Equipment and Technology Fund
Support is sought for the continuous acquisition, maintenance and upgrading of state-of-the art educational technology. Specific needs include advanced patient simulation technology -computerized mannequins that can be programmed to present a wide variety of symptoms, providing students with challenging and realistic clinical exercises.
Service Learning Mission Trips
For the past several years, the School has conducted mission trips to Africa. While administration would like to formalize these opportunities within the service learning requirement of the University's new undergraduate core curriculum, funding is needed to assist students with travel expenses and provide a more permanent infrastructure for the program.
Human Anatomy Dissection Laboratory
The human anatomy laboratory supports cadaver dissection for teaching and research of human anatomy. The lab has eight large flat panel screens to view animated presentations or instructor demonstrations using GoPro Video technology. Additionally, a virtual anatomy lab featuring zSpace technology includes five computer stations with 3D capabilities, allowing students to explore the human body in greater depth and detail.
Student Facilities Improvements
The School seeks to provide a more comfortable and functional atmosphere by renovating the student lounge and outdoor patio area, and by extending wireless Internet
access throughout its facilities in Rangos and Fisher Halls.
Faculty and Student Research Research
Faculty and students work collaboratively in the exploration of particular topics, contributing directly to the body of scientific knowledge and to the academic reputation and prestige of the School and the University. Through mentoring and assistance in disseminating results as conference papers and publications, faculty teach students the value of participating in a scholarly community.
Endowed chairs and professorships help the School to attract and retain outstanding teachers and scholars.
Endowed funds provide a steady source of income for teaching enhancement, hands-on learning projects, visiting lecturers and non-tuition student expenses, such as travel for presentations at professional conferences.
Unrestricted gifts allow the dean to direct resources to the School's most critical needs and to respond to unexpected opportunities. The majority of gifts to the Rangos School are designated for a specific program or purpose, making such discretionary funds particularly valuable.