LECOM Announces Plans for Dental School

Determining a need for dental medicine to play an integral role in its team approach to health care, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has announced plans to open a dental school in Erie, Pennsylvania as well as at their Bradenton, Florida campus. Both schools will include off-campus dental clinics where students can provide dental care to the surrounding communities. The Erie school will open in 2015 and the Bradenton school in 2012.

LMU-DCOM Students to Participate in Reality Television Show

A realitybased television show is being developed about the house calls made by Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) students and their mentor physicians. “Black Bag Warriors,” developed by Ramp It Up Entertainment, will follow students in their fourth-year clinical rotations, as they make house calls throughout the Appalachian region. A rural primary care rotation is a requirement for LMU-DCOM students in their final year, which often includes making house calls to their patients’ homes. “The decision to participate in a reality series production is an innovative and groundbreaking one,” said LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean Ray E. Stowers, DO. “Perhaps the series will even revive some interest in the centuries-old practice of house calls in medicine. We hope to show viewers the quality care our students and our partner physicians in the community are providing to the patients of Appalachia.”

MSU-COM Professor Awarded AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award

Terrie Taylor, DO, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, will receive an American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award on February 8, 2011. Dr. Taylor has been studying treatments and methods of prevention for malaria for more than 20 years. She spends six months of every year in Malawi researching and training physicians and medical students, and was recently awarded a $9.1 million federal grant to create new malaria prevention and control strategies in Malawi.  Dr. Taylor is one of six doctors who will receive the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine, named after the American Medical Association founder and honoring physicians and medical students who exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care.

RVUCOM Students First to Participate in Antarctica Video Teleconference 

Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students made history in October, becoming the first American medical students to speak with a medical team in Antarctica live via video teleconference. Many of the students are enrolled in RVUCOM’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine educational track. 

The students were able to talk with four physicians from the McMurdo Station medical team for an hour about the team’s experiences practicing medicine in one of the most remote places on earth. Discussions focused on the types of health care situations the physicians encounter, challenges and effects of living and working in Antarctica, as well as the process of medical evacuation.  McMurdo Station is the largest of the three main American-staffed outposts in Antarctica.  The event was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Raytheon Polar Services, and was arranged by Thomas Told, DO, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Director of RVUCOM’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine program, and Douglas Freer, MD, Medical Director of Raytheon Polar Services. 

UNECOM Program Featured on CBS Evening News

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine’s “Learning by Living” program was featured on CBS Evening News on November 26, 2010. The program allows medical students to live in nursing homes, gaining new perspectives on the lives of the elderly patients. Since its inception in 2005, 20 students have participated in the program, 16 of them from UNECOM, and the others from other medical schools and health professions programs

The feature focused on UNECOM student Matt Sharbaugh, who lived at the Chelsea Soldiers Home in Boston, Massachusetts for 11 days, and Soo Chong Kim, a student from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, who stayed at the Jewish Home for the Aged in Upper Manhattan for 12 days. Sharbaugh was admitted and experienced the home as if he were suffering from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, congestive heart failure, and right-side weakness from a recent stroke; Kim was being treated as if she were a recent stroke victim.

 The “Learning by Living” program was created by Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, UNECOM director of geriatric education and research. “It is about being in the shoes, in the wheelchair, living the life over an extended period of time, that’s the key,” said Gugliucci. “It’s difficult to treat a person when you don’t really have a great handle on how that person feels, what they go thorough day after day.” To watch the feature visit here.

UNTHSC Professor Honored

The American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) has named Monte Troutman, DO, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), its 2010 Internist of the Year.  The award honors excellence in the practice of clinical medicine. 

VCOM Medical Students Participate in Health Care Outreach Program

Photo at left: VCOM osteopathic medical students provide a free health care screening to a Pulaski Community member. More than 50 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) medical students volunteered their services to more than 70 Pulaski Community members on December 3, 2010. As part of a health care outreach program, the students worked with four physicians to provide blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks and body mass evaluations. The students also prepared and gave participants gift bags containing blankets, hats, gloves and personal items. 

VCOM – Carolinas Campus Highlighted on Morning Show

Photo at right:VCOM-Carolinas Campus faculty and staff represent VCOM-CC on Fox Carolina’s Morning Show, highlighting Spartanburg, South Carolina and its schools, healthcare, businesses, and attractions. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) new campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was highlighted as the seventh institution of higher education to settle in Spartanburg during a Fox Carolina’s morning show. The two-hour live broadcast included VCOM- Carolinas Campus faculty and staff, and showcased Spartanburg schools, health care, businesses, non-profit groups, and area attractions.

WesternU Gala Raises $125,000 for Student Scholarships

Nearly 500 guests attended Western University of Health Sciences’ annual A Tribute to Caring (ATC) gala on November 13, 2010. This year’s ATC raised $125,000, which will provide scholarship support to students from Western University’s colleges of biomedical sciences, dental medicine, graduate nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, allied health professions, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.

COMP-Northwest Earns WASC Approval

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest has received final approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC.)  The new campus will open in 2011 in Lebanon, Oregon, and will receive curriculum and support from WesternU-COMP in Pomona, California, but because of its geographic distance, needed additional approval from WASC. “COMP-Northwest has passed its final significant hurdle in achieving the green light necessary to formally accept and matriculate students in Lebanon,” said COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO. 

Since January 2007, COMP-Northwest has been fully accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, the only accrediting agency for pre-doctoral osteopathic medical eductional institutions.

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