Posted on Jun 7, 2017

USF Nursing DNP student attends conference in Spain

USF Nursing DNP student attends conference in Spain

USF Nursing student, Duellyn Pandis, was selected to present her study during this year’s 15th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Pandis is a recent Doctor of Nursing Practice grad and owner of Passport Health, a travel health agency.

The five-day conference was from May 14 through the 18th. She initially submitted her abstract in January and was accepted to present on “Effectiveness of Text Messaging Reminders with Taking Ty21a Vaccine.”

“When I set out to do my DNP, one of my big goals was to present at ISTM,” Dr. Pandis said. “It is all surreal. Everything has come together.”

The poster was part of her DNP project, which she worked on with Marie Eilis Tessa Onia, DNP.

Dr. Pandis started her business, Passport Health, as a way to guide travelers through all the necessary vaccinations that may be required. These real-life experiences guided the conceptualization of her DNP group project.

Dr. Onia and Dr. Pandis met during an advanced diagnostics course. After discussing the merits of different approaches for a joint DNP project, they finally decided to study the effect of text messaging on adherence to an oral typhoid fever vaccine regimen.

“Throughout the program, her academic performance, citizenship, and scholarship have been exemplary,” said Dr. Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, FNP-C, CPHQ, assistant professor and director for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at USF College of Nursing. “We were absolutely delighted to learn of the selection of her DNP Project work, focused on improving health outcomes for international travelers requiring typhoid prevention, for dissemination at the ISTM international conference in Barcelona earlier this month.”

Dr. Pandis will join the College in the fall as a faculty adjunct.