SMU Hosts World’s ONLY* Zombie Healthcare Symposium Oct. 31

Health academics address wellness concerns of the underserved zombie population

Oakland, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) —  Owing to its ghoulish mission to reduce health disparities among the living and the undead  – and to prepare future healthcare professionals for the zombie apocalypse  – Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is proud to host the third annual Zombie Healthcare Symposium on Monday, Oct. 31, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in Bechtel Hall on the Oakland, Calif. campus.

The morbid symposium (as seen in The San Francisco Chronicle and heard on KQED’s State of Health) includes a variety of live and video presentations from the world’s leading academics on zombie healthcare who all, coincidentally, are faculty at Samuel Merritt University.

The free event is open to the public, and zombies – real or in costume – are encouraged to attend.

Among the #ZombieHealth presentations:

“Running Mechanics in the Undead: Giving Zombies a Leg Up on the Competition,”  Profs. Andrew Smith and Stephen Hill, Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC)

“The Neuroanatomy of the Zombie Brain,” Dr. Barb Puder, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Basic Sciences

“Zombie-Related Repetitive Stress Injury in the Shoulder Complex,”  Sharon Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

“This is the ultimate revenge of the nerds,” said presenter Michael DeRosa, PhD., chair of the Master Physician Assistant Program. “We’re all science geeks at heart and this gives us a chance to continue teaching subjects in our curriculum, but in a funny, Halloweenish context.”

Who: Health experts from SMU, students, zombies, the undead public

What: Zombie Healthcare Symposium #ZombieHealth

When: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Samuel Merritt University, Health Education Center (HEC), 400 Hawthorne Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Photos from previous symposium:

Media: Justin Berton, Associate Director of Media Relations, cell 510.499.6305

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,500 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

*We say “ONLY” because we gave up trying to find another but respect that another MAY exist

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