DMU-COM Student Chosen as Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar

Jenell Stewart, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Public Health student at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been selected as a 2011-2012 Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar. Among just 20 U.S. graduate students to be so honored, Stewart will spend a year in Lima, Peru, providing patient care and researching women’s health and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. She will work with researchers, policy makers and local care providers at two universities, as well as the Ministry of Health National STD and HIV Strategy Offices in Lima.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Fogarty scholars program is headquartered at Vanderbilt University and places students with top-ranked research centers in developing counties, keeping its scholars and mentors connected with one another throughout participants’ careers.

LECOM Professors Receive Distinguished Teaching Award

Two faculty members from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) were recently awarded the LECOM John M. and Silvia Ferretti Award for Distinguished Teaching. Kim Moscatello, PhD (pictured far left), Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Independent Study Pathway at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), has been at LECOM for eight years. Theodore Makoske, MD (at left), Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Director of History and Physical Examination, and Assistant Director of the Independent Study Pathway at LECOM, also received the award. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Government Association and the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association. Both honorees were presented their awards at the LECOM Awards Banquet and Luncheon.

The LECOM John M. and Silvia Ferretti Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented to members of the clinical or preclinical faculty for outstanding service in simulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at LECOM.

OU-HCOM Researcher Receives $150,000 NIH Grant for Book Research

Jacqueline Wolf, PhD, Chair of the Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, has received a $150,000 three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research she will conduct for her next book. A Social History of Cesarean Section in the United States will focus on social and cultural factors, as well as medical issues, that contributed to the 455 percent increase in cesarean sections between 1965 and 1987. Dr. Wolf describes her project as a historical examination of births by cesarean section and changing medical indications for cesarean section from the mid-19th century to the present and hopes the book will help shape the national conversation about the efficacy of the current 32.9 percent cesarean section rate. She plans to complete her book by the end of the three-year grant period.

PCOM Student Makes Lake Rescue

Brandon Eck, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) student, was riding his bike along the Schuylkill River this spring when he witnessed a car run off of the road and crash into the water. After calling to the driver and receiving no response, Brandon yelled to a nearby woman to call 911 and jumped into the water to try to free the man from his car. “I dove down four or five times and wasn’t able to free him,” Eck said. Four or five additional people, along with a motor boat, helped Eck free the man from his seat belt and pull him to the shore, where rescue teams took the victim and Eck, who had a partially torn tendon in his toe and cuts on his arm and leg, to the hospital. The car’s driver, Sgt. Stephen Naughton, a 31-year Philadelphia police veteran, died of a heart attack that he possibly suffered before his car hit the water. “The outcome wasn’t what I hoped it would be,” said Eck, “but I know I did my best.”  (Photo at left: PCOM President Matthew Schure, PhD, congratulates Brandon Eck on his rescue efforts.)

PCSOM Changes Name to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Pikeville College became the University of Pikeville (see last month’s article) on July 1, with the addition of a Masters in Business Administration program. University of Pikeville President Paul E. Patton announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees that the University has been reorganized into two schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). “Our new name reflects the expanded outreach of our mission and the areas we serve, and will enhance our ability to continue to keep the promise we made when our school was founded,” said UP-KYCOM Dean Boyd R. Buser, DO.  

TCOM Hosts Ninth Joint Admission Medical Program

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) recently hosted 28 Texas college sophomores for the Joint Admission Medical Program Summer Internship. The five-week intensive residential program includes medical school testing preparation, graduate-level physiology and medical ethics courses, two days of preceptorships, an EMT ride-along day, mentoring by TCOM students, community service, a summer theatre arts program, workshops and team-building activities. The program is in its ninth year.

UMDNJ-SOM Student Selected for CDC Fellowship

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) runs the CDC Experience Epidemiology Fellowship program, which provides a small group of U.S. medical students with an understanding of the role of epidemiology in medicine and health and the role of physicians in the public health system. Farhad Modarai, a student from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine, has been selected as one of eight program participants. The students will receive hands-on training and CDC work experience, attend monthly seminars and participate in field investigations, including travel to areas where disease outbreaks have occurred.

While at the CDC, Modarai will work on projects involving prescription overdose and issues arising from the use of multiple medications, fall prevention in the elderly and injury prevention in children and teens. He also will pursue his interest in epidemiologic assistance investigations that the CDC conducts to assist U.S. health departments and overseas health organizations with emergency response to infections and environmental disease outbreaks or pandemics. Modarai co-founded Project Revitalizing Education and Advancing Camden’s Health (REACH) at UMDNJ-SOM to address the needs of the youth of Camden, New Jersey. Project REACH conducts youth-initiated community health service projects in Camden using a problem-based learning approach to teach preventive health in the city’s middle schools.

UNECOM Department Chair Profiled in Book on Women in Osteopathic Medicine

Jane E. Carreiro, DO, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Director of Graduate Medical Education, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, was recently profiled inThe Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine, by  Thomas A. Quinn. The book features women who rose above adversity to become osteopathic physicians in the profession’s early years, as well as current prominent female osteopathic physicians such as Dr. Carreiro.

VCOM Faculty Member Presents at World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine

Dean Sutphin, PhD, Associate Vice President for International and Appalachia Outreach, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC), recently presented at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Beijing, China. Dr. Sutphin presented “Honduras Dengue Outbreak Emergency Response Case Study,” which he co-authored with VCOM Dean Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, Vice Dean Jan M. Wilcox, DO, and Jessica Muller. Dr. Sutphin also presented three posters at the World Congress.   

WVSOM Forms New Resource Center for West Virginians

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has formed the WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health (CRCH). The CRCH will provide research, education and outreach opportunities to the general public, health professionals, schools, businesses and health care organizations. Its purpose is to coordinate health promotion, disease prevention and disease management outreach activities in rural West Virginia. The center will be housed at WVSOM, but will provide assistance, services and programs throughout the state. “The center is here to do research on the health needs of West Virginians, develop some educational tools to help improve health and educate the citizens of West Virginia about their health care needs,” said WVSOM President Michael Adelman, DO, JD.

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