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ATSU Partners with NACHC to Form Research Center

On Sunday, August 27, during the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) annual Community Health Institute in San Diego, CA, leaders from A.T. Still University (ATSU) and NACHC signed a proclamation establishing the National Center for Community Health Research (NCCHR).

Research conducted at the center will promote health and wellness for underrepresented patients in the communities served by health centers. The purpose of NCCHR is to establish and encourage the adoption of evidence-based best practices for health centers while creating interprofessional research opportunities for ATSU students and faculty, as well as health center clinicians. Read more.

Incoming AZCOM Students Receive Stethoscopes from Jason Madachy Foundation

090717_AZCOM_CRDuring orientation for AZCOM (Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine) in August, a special presentation was made to the incoming DO students from the Jason Madachy Foundation. Each member of the Class of 2021 received a new stethoscope with the words “Excel in Leaving a Mark” engraved in the metal. The presentation was made in honor of the late Jason Madachy, a medical student at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who passed away unexpectedly in 2007. AZCOM students will also be invited to a pre-graduation reception co-sponsored by the Foundation in 2021. They will be encouraged to reflect on the moments that followed their receipt of the stethoscopes and encourage them to give back in kind to future classes.

Two Female, American Indian Surgeons Speak at BCOM White Coat Ceremony

090717_BCOM_CRTwo female, American Indian surgeons spoke at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)’s second-ever white coat ceremony. At the event, held August 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, the 162 members of BCOM’s incoming class of 2021 received their traditional white coats.

Lori Arviso Alvord, MD, a New Mexico native, is the first female Navajo to be board-certified as a surgeon. Dr. Alvord was born in Crownpoint, about 150 miles west of Albuquerque. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned her MD at Stanford University Medical School. She completed a six-year residency at Stanford University Hospital and earned her board certification as a surgeon in 1994.

Adele Lente, MD, is a member of Isleta Pueblo. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, and in 2002, graduated from the UNM School of Medicine. She completed her surgical residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, after which she practiced in Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo reservation. Dr. Lente is a general surgeon currently practicing emergency general surgery and trauma in El Paso.  Read more.

Photo: BCOM co-founder and President John L. Hummer; Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD; Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation; and BCOM Founding Dean Dr. George Mychaskiw II, DO, at the 2017 white coat ceremony. 

CCOM Program Encourages Peer Mentorship

090717_CCOM_CRThe Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) encourages new students to form relationships and connections during their first few weeks on campus. One way new students can gain valuable insight and encouragement is through the student-run “Big Sib-Little Sib” mentorship program.

As part of the peer-mentoring program, first-year medical students are matched with a second-year student who they can turn to for advice about medical school, campus organizations, study tips, and other information to help them succeed. The “siblings” meet each other at an annual picnic held early in the fall quarter.

The first-year medical students complete a survey and are matched according to their interests and qualities they are looking for in a mentor. The friendships that are formed through the Big Sib-Little Sib program often last throughout the medical school journey and beyond.

Photo: CCOM students host a Big-Sib Little-Sib picnic.

DMUCOM's Grads Score 100 Percent Exam Pass Rate

Members of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)’s class of 2016 achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on Level 3 of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). DMU-COM’s Class of 2016 was the nation’s only class to achieve a 100 percent first-time pass rate in 2016.

Also noteworthy are the 221 scores reported by the DMU-COM class of 2019, which turned in a 99.6 percent pass rate on COMLEX Level 1, up from 95.7 percent last year. Nearly 20 percent of these students tested one standard deviation above the national mean on the Level 1 examination.

These board achievements place DMU-COM students above the national average. Read more.

Altruism Displayed at NSU-COM OMS-II Health Fairs

090717_NSUCOM_CRDuring the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) OMS-II Health Fairs held August 12-13 at various locations throughout Broward County, approximately 1,000 patients received vital access to a range of health care education and medical screenings. Pictured left/right are faculty members along with students from the college's Silverman Society at Covenant Village in Plantation, FL.

PCOM Students Launch Program to Ease Transition to Med School

090717_PCOM_CRA new pilot program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), run by second-year osteopathic students for rising first-years, aims to ease the transition into medical school, particularly for those who haven’t had recent or much exposure to anatomical sciences courses.

TISSUE—teaching introductory study skills utilizing experience—is a two-week program that brings the rising first-years to campus early to acclimate to the pace and culture of medical school, while also preparing them to work with cadavers as part the Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine (SPOM).

Overall, students who participated in TISSUE said they felt less anxiety about starting medical school. They also noted that learning from students who were in their shoes just a year ago was helpful. Read more.

Heritage College Students Learn, Network in OhioHealth Research Externship

090717_OUHCOM_CRThe summer was packed with clinical research opportunities for students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), including 15 students who took part in the OhioHealth Summer Research Externship Program. Through their participation in the program, Heritage College students from Athens, Cleveland, and Dublin contributed to a variety of studies initiated by physicians at OhioHealth’s central Ohio teaching hospitals. The eight-week externship introduces medical students from around the state to OhioHealth graduate and post-graduate medical education; gives them experience in how to plan and carry out translational clinical research; and lets them network with clinicians in the OhioHealth system and with other medical students.

TUNCOM Students Give Back to the Community During “Day of Service”

090717_TUNCOM_CROrganizing books, making lunches, and sanding trash cans aren’t the typical activities medical students find themselves doing during their first week of school. At Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), however, it’s how 135 new students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine spent their final day of orientation as part of the university’s first “Day of Service.”

As part of Touro’s mission–to serve, to lead, to teach—the new students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time at HopeLink, Spread the Word Nevada, the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, the Henderson Heritage Senior Center, and Opportunity Village where they helped make a difference in the community. Read more.