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White House Director of Drug Policy Joins PCSOM Roundtable

(Photo caption: Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (left) and Paul E. Patton, President of Pikeville College (right) participate in the PCSOM roundtable.) White House Director of Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske recently attended a roundtable sponsored by the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) to discuss educational programs on substance abuse, especially prescription drug abuse, and the medical school’s approach to training doctors to confront drug abuse challenges in rural America. PCSOM administration, students, faculty and alumni attended the roundtable and discussed the current prescription drug abuse situation in Eastern Kentucky, training PCSOM students for practice in the rural environment, and collaboration among PCSOM, public health, criminal justice and community partners in addressing prescription drug abuse. According to Kerlikowske, “Prescription drug abuse and its consequences is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. The Obama Administration is mounting an unprecedented effort to address this national public health epidemic through a balanced approach of education, monitoring, proper disposal and law enforcement.”

RVUCOM Students Provide Medical Care to Underserved Population in Kenya

Fourteen Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students, along with RVUCOM Dean Bruce D. Dubin, DO, JD, and Associate Professor of Family Medicine Camille Bentley, DO, recently traveled to Western Kenya to provide medical care to thousands of underserved people. Several Ohio Northern University PharmD students, three Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine students and one Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine also participated in the trip.

The team served in a district hospital, the Hovic Center orphanage in Kisumu and the Bonyo Health Clinic while in Kenya. Fifty local villagers acted as translators.

Maine Osteopathic Association Raises More Than $10,000 UNECOM Scholarships 

(Photo caption: UNECOM students who received scholarships from the “Doctors for Maine’s Future” program.) The Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) recently convened for its Mid Winter Conference, during which the association held its first super raffle and silent auction, with proceeds going to the Doctor’s for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM.) The program was established by the state of Maine to provide $25,000 scholarships for medical students with Maine roots. UNE must match state funding dollar for dollar with philanthropic contributions. MOA’s original goal was to sell 100 tickets at $100 each. The super raffle raised $9,500, and proceeds from the silent auction are still being tallied, but MOA has more than doubled its fundraising goal.

VCOM Dean Appointed by governor to Health Workforce Authority

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, Dean and Executive Vice President, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The purpose of the Authority is to provide for the health, welfare, convenience, knowledge, benefit, and prosperity of the residents of the Commonwealth and such other persons who might be served by the Authority. The Authority is being established to move the Commonwealth forward in achieving its vision of ensuring a quality health workforce for all Virginians. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins will serve a two-year term. She also was appointed to serve as a member of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council in August of 2010.

WVSOM Named Top Rural Physician Medical School by Academic Medicine

Academic Medicine has published a study, “Which Medical Schools Produce Rural Physicians? A 15-Year Update,” in which the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) was ranked as number one. The study used data of physicians who graduated between 1988 and 1997 to determine which medical schools (allopathic and osteopathic) graduated the highest percentage of physicians practicing in rural areas. According to the study, 41 percent of WVSOM 1988 to 1997 graduates practice in rural areas.

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March 2011
Vol. 5, No. 3