MSUCOM Students Travel to Brazil

(Photo at left: Group in front of UFPA Institute of Tropical Medicine.) A group of MUSCOM students led by Professor Reza Nassiri, Director of the MSU Institute of International Health, traveled to the Eastern Amazon region of Brazil for 10 days to learn about tropical diseases as part of a study abroad tropical medicine elective course. The course is the result of a partnership between MSU and the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Belem, Brazil. 

Students visited the Barros Barreto Hospital and System Unique Do Saude community clinics in Belem; learned about the diagnostic laboratory aspects of infections and tropical disease from UFPA Institute of Tropical Medicine faculty members; and attended lectures given by Brazilian doctors and Professor Nassiri on tropical medicine and common cancers in the Amazon region. As the final part of their trip, the students took a day trip to the island of Maracuja, Para, on a health care delivery boat. Students worked alongside Brazilian volunteer physicians on the boat, which is equipped with a triage space, four examination rooms, automated diagnostic laboratory, pharmacy and dental office. Along with providing medical care to the inhabitants of Maracuja Island, the students distributed toys, food, clothes and baby formula.    

CHEAO Offering $500 Award to Health Professions Graduates Who Commit to Practice in Area

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio (CHEAO) is offering a $500 award to a recent graduate of a health professions or allied health program (not limited to OUCOM graduates) who commits to practice in one of 21 counties in Southeast Ohio. Interested individuals must meet the following requirements to apply: has graduated from an accredited educational program in the health care field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; is an Ohio resident from the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) region; has provided service to the community through volunteering; and has career plans that include practicing in a health care-related position located in the AHEC region for years to come. Applications should be sent to the College of Osteopathic Medicine and are due February 28. The winner will be announced in the Spring.

For more information and to view the application, visit here.

Touro University California Holds Free Health Fair at Supermarket

Touro University California recently partnered with Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center to hold a free health fair at Seafood City Supermarket, a Filipino-influenced grocery store. The event was organized by Kaiser Permanente Asian Pacific Islander Association and the Filipino American Medical Society at Touro University, and featured free blood pressure, blood glucose and body fat tests; prescription consultations; and workshops. Around 50 students volunteered at the fair, which was targeted at immigrants or low-income families and served hundreds of people.

VCOM Named Business of the Year by Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was honored at the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce December Annual Chamber Dinner as the area’s “Business of the Year.” The award recognizes community involvement, civic and charitable contributions, innovation and economic impact on Montgomery County, Virginia. VCOM’s operations have had a total economic impact of over $210 million annually, and the college contributes to the local community by providing a summer enrichment program for high school students; health education to middle and high school students and other community groups; fundraising for those in need; and patient care as part of its clinical education program.

Governor Schwarzenegger Praises Western U President

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger praised Western University of Health Sciences President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, in a proclamation for his leadership and service to California and health care. “It is a pleasure to extend my gratitude for your years of service to the osteopathic medical community,” states the proclamation. “I applaud your tireless efforts to offer innovative solutions to California’s and our nation’s health care challenges. Your input and expertise continue to be of critical value to our state, and I commend you for mentoring some of California’s most talented researchers and health care leaders.” Dr. Pumerantz is the founding president of the Western University of Health Sciences, established in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
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February 2011
Vol. 5, No. 2