A Major Setback
On Oct. 30, 2015 Jeffrey Mazzamurro, Pharm.D., had just completed his final day of a six-week longitudinal APPE rotation at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. He was driving home to Connecticut when his car lost its grip, hit a median and flipped a few times. The resulting injuries left him wheelchair-bound, as a C5-C6 tetraplegic, with no leg, core or finger movement. He has just partial arm mobility.
Mazzamurro still had three APPE rotations to complete before he could graduate, which would now prove difficult. But WNE University College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Evan Robinson, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Joshua J. Spooner and Assistant Dean of Experiential Affairs Dr. Kim Tanzer stepped in to help, going above-and-beyond the typical responsibilities of a student-educator relationship.
“Dean Robinson and Dean Spooner drove an hour to see me in the hospital, and checked in on me periodically. Whenever I needed anything, they were there,” Mazzamurro said. “They gave me their mobile numbers in case they were out of the office. Dean Tanzer traveled a lot too. We had meetings with my rotation preceptors, whether it was virtual or in person, and she drove from Massachusetts to Connecticut to meet with me.”