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ATSU-SOMA Integrates Total Immersion Training Model into Curriculum

A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) has integrated an innovative total-immersion-training model into their health system science (HSS) curriculum. ATSU-SOMA has been working with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to create the program.

ATSU-SOMA second-, third-, and fourth-year students are spread across the country at 12 community health center campuses in order to practice HSS in an authentic setting, according to Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, chair of public health and director of practice-based research at ATSU-SOMA. Throughout these year-long courses, students create and complete primary care projects focused on the social determinants of health. Ultimately, their goal is to improve the health of the community through their work at the health center campuses.

ATSU-KCOM Student Organization Donate Thanksgiving Meals

121417_ATSUKCOM_CRA.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) student organization, Sigma Sigma Phi, created Thanksgiving baskets for community members in need. The idea for the event started this past spring when students raised around $1,440 and created 36 Easter baskets that included meals, candy, and toys for families with young children. With the success from that event, Sigma Sigma Phi decided to make Thanksgiving baskets as well.

All 48 members of Sigma Sigma Phi participated by emailing donations, buying supplies, assembling baskets, and more. A goal of 40 baskets was set and passed. More than $2,131 in donations was collected, and 52 baskets for families in need were made. Contributions came from all across the Kirksville, Missouri campus. A total of 22 student organizations, 10 academic departments, and 16 individual donors pitched in to contribute to the basket collection. Read more.

Meet Ryan Dyches from AZCOM, the New AOF BOD Student Representative

121417_AZCOM_CR“By way of introduction, my name is Ryan Dyches. I am an OMS-III and an OMM Scholar/Fellow at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. I am beyond excited to serve you as the next American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) Board of Directors (BOD) Student Delegate. Having served a year on the COSGP general council, I am looking forward to carrying on the work that has been accomplished by my wonderful predecessors. I will aim to be the primary liaison between students and physicians, to link the two organizations of COSGP and AOF together, and to contribute in any way possible to the moving forward of our profession.

My family is made up of my beautiful wife Sami, my perfect daughter Emma (11 months), and my Chiweenie dog Charlie. I like to ride motorcycles, fix bicycles, shoot guns, snuggle while eating a tub of Tollhouse cookie dough, hike, and compose music with friends and family. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and I'll see you soon in January!” – Ryan Dyches

DMU-COM Students Win Awards at Research Symposium

121417_DMUCOM_CRThe eighth annual Des Moines University Research Symposium, held December 7, attracted nearly 550 faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, residents, and area medical and scientific professionals. The keynote speaker, Melissa Burroughs Pen᷉a, MD, of the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), presented “Environmental Exposures and Cardiovascular Disease–A Challenge for Health Equity Worldwide,” which highlighted air pollution issues affecting cardiovascular health. Seventy posters and four oral presentations provided students and researchers the opportunity to discuss their current research projects in movement science, education, public health, and biomedical science, and to compete for presentation awards. Several Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students won presentation awards. Read more about the symposium and the awards presented.

LMU-DCOM to Host Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), in conjunction with the LMU-DCOM Community Wellness Program, will host a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry and Wellness Fair on Saturday, December 2, 2017, in the Mary Mars Gymnasium on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. The Mobile Food Pantry will be available from 9AM until 12:30PM CT, or until the food runs out. Families will sign-in and food will be distributed based on household size. LMU-DCOM students will be on site to do height, weight, and blood pressure screenings. Read more.

OU-HCOM Hosts Medical-Themed Art Exhibit

121417_OUHCOM_CROn November 14, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) at Dublin hosted the opening of an anatomically themed art exhibit in the lobby of its Medical Education Building 2. The exhibit, which featured drawings based on photographs of bones, showcased the work of students from the Dublin City School District’s Biomedical Research Academy program. The Dublin campus has developed a strong partnership with the school district, many of whose students have visited the campus for the OU+REACH health careers camp and other learning opportunities. 

Photo: Osteopathic medical student Jacob O’Day, left, talks to a Dublin City Schools student during the art show opening

MSUCOM Students and Faculty Attend Screening of Documentary "The Feminine Touch"

WKAR-Public Media from Michigan State University hosted a screening of "The Feminine Touch," a documentary about women in osteopathic medicine, on November 29. Following the showing, MSUCOM held a panel discussion with four wonderful women who took time to share their insights on our panel: Shirley Harding, DO, Emily Hurst, DO, Rachel Young, DO, osteopathic medical student Stephanie Chavez-Yenter, and moderator Kirsten Waarala, DO. The event sparked lots of positive discussion and interaction.

In addition to their panelists, MSUCOM would also like to thank their hosts from WKAR - Public Media from Michigan State University and their partners at the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

NSUKPCOM Student Earns First-Place Honors

121417_NSUKPCOM_CRVikisha Hazariwala (pictured left), class of 2019, earned first-place honors in the experimental research category in Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSUKPCOM)’s Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education Ninth Annual Scientific Research Poster Competition held November 3 in the NSU Don Taft University Center.

Hazariwala served as first author of the winning poster titled “Zinc and S-Adenosylmethionine Mediate Lung Inflammatory Cytokines in Otherwise Healthy HIV-1-Infected Individuals.”

PCOM Receives Initial Approval for Additional Location

On December 5, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received initial approval from the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to establish an additional location in Moultrie, Georgia. With this approval, the college will move forward with the development of PCOM South Georgia, a four-year campus with an opening class of 55 doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students.

Dean and Chief Academic Officer H. William Craver III, DO, said, “We’re excited as we move forward in making significant investments in South Georgia in capital infrastructure, pipeline programming and the educational scope of the region. It is a pleasure to be working with physicians, healthcare facilities and educational partners in South Georgia. I am truly appreciative of the assistance of the consortium and its leadership, along with our founding anchor hospitals as this initiative progresses.” Read more.

121417_TUNCOM_CRTUNCOM Faculty Focus: Dr. Joe Hardy, Associate Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Get to know TUNCOM Associate Professor Joe Hardy, MD, in this interview. Dr. Hardy has been with TUNCOM since 2012 and served in the Air Force. He answers questions such as what sparked his interest in the medical field, why he loves TUNCOM, his advice for medical students, and more. Read the interview


VCOM-VC Students Reach Out to a Rural Community

121417_VCOMVC_CREdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) students held a community health fair at Franklin Heights Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia on November 18, 2017. The students provided BMI screenings, osteopathic manipulation, blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and health information to members of the community at no cost. Rocky Mount native Kelsey Hodges, VCOM-VC class of 2020, helped lead this event along with VCOM faculty member Brian Dickens, DO. “We had a lot of VCOM student organizations involved. We worked to make it bigger because the church tried to have a few health fairs before, but they couldn’t get it to the size they wanted because they didn’t have enough help. We shot for a lot of participants and wanted to get people involved. It was purely community outreach,” said Kelsey. 

VCOM-CC Student Awarded Scholarship for Pay-It-Forward Attitude

121417_VCOMCC_CRCongratulations to James A. Stroman, II, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) class of 2021 student and recipient of a $100,000 Spencer C. Disher MD Scholarship! Established in 2008, this private, local scholarship is offered through the Nurturing the Pipeline Program at Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Stroman’s hometown of Orangeburg, South Carolina. This collaborative program between RMC and local colleges works to increase the number of underrepresented minority students from South Carolina attending medical school. In bestowing this award, the Board of Trustees noted Stroman’s impressive pay-it-forward attitude and his dedication to the Orangeburg community. 

VCOM-Auburn Sees Success Again in 2017 at MedWar Tennessee

121417_VCOMAC_CREdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) teams placed second and third out of 34 teams in MedWar Tennessee, an outdoor adventure race that integrates emergency medical simulations. Competitors ran, hiked, biked, and orienteered over 11 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation change through Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. During the race, team members worked together to recognize and treat emergency wilderness medical scenarios including tension pneumothorax, methanol moonshine poisoning, severe hypothermia, full thickness burns/compartment syndrome, cervical spine trauma, delivering a baby in a tent, and applying a tourniquet to an arterial injury on the arm. J.J. White, DO, PhD, VCOM-Auburn’s Chair for Emergency Medicine, noted that he was especially proud of the VCOM teams, both for finishing and for the effort they put into training for the event.