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Midwestern University Dedicates State-of-the-Art Science Hall

Midwestern University recently hosted community leaders, media representatives and supporters of the university at its Downers Grove, Illinois, campus for a dedication ceremony for a new state-of-the-art science hall. The 239,000 square-foot, $88 million, energy-efficient building contains a dental simulation lab, a testing center that will allow 230 students to simultaneously take electronic exams, an accreditation suite, and osteopathic manipulative medicine and anatomy labs. “We dedicate this building,” said Midwestern University President Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, “to our wonderful faculty and staff, to our many alumni who continue to support us as they meet health care needs in their communities, and to our students who want to serve in health care because they have a driving need to care for others.”

MSUCOM Educates More Canadian Medical Students

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) has launched a new initiative with the Canadian Osteopathic Association and Lambton College to increase the number of osteopathic physicians in Canada. Currently, Canada does not have an osteopathic medical college and has only around 20 practicing osteopathic physicians in the nation. Over the next several years, MSUCOM plans to recruit up to 25 qualified Canadian students each year. Dean William Strampel, DO, explains that while there has been some work done to establish an osteopathic medical college in Canada, getting the school up and running would take more time. In the meantime, he says, “we decided on this pilot program here at MSU, with graduates returning to Canada to build the osteopathic profession there.” MSUCOM’s class of 2014 has 316 students, 14 of whom are from Canada. 

NSU-COM Receives $1 Million Grant for Physician Training in Underserved Areas

Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a five-year, $1 million federal grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train medical residents to provide expert care for patients living in rural and underserved communities. The funding will be used to create curricula and clinical training programs in medically underserved communities, as well as to develop training in areas including all-hazards preparedness, genomics, and medical informatics. The programs are aimed at encouraging more primary care residents to become practicing physicians in the underserved areas in which they receive training.

RVU-COM and Affiliate Receive HRSA Grant

The United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded a five-year, $770,000 grant to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, to train primary care internal medicine residents. The grant proposal was a joint effort of Parkview, Rocky Vista University, and the Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution. Funding will benefit Parkview’s new osteopathic internal medicine residency program, which will matriculate its first trainees in July 2012. Parkview Medical Center is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area, and will serve the surrounding community while training future physicians.

WVSOM Holds Luminara Event for Injured Student

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) faculty, staff and students gathered September 19 for a hope and life ceremony for a second-year student who was injured in a car accident during the Labor Day holiday. The event allowed the WVSOM community to share stories about the student and offer words of encouragement for his recovery. Messages of inspiration were written on the luminary bags, which spelled the word “hope” on the parade field outside of the Alumni Center on the night of the ceremony (pictured). Remarks were made by Meg McKeon, EdD, Assistant Vice President for Student Development; President Michael Adelman, DO; and a number of first- and second-year students. Students also delivered prayers and provided musical performances. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to send a message to the student and his family through a live stream on the Internet. The event raised $5,000 for the student’s care and rehabilitation.

WesternU Sponsors Our Body Exhibit

The Western University of Health Sciences, along with Inter Valley Health Plan and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, sponsored an educational exhibit, “Our Body: Live Healthy,” at the Los Angeles County Fair from September 3 – October 2.  The exhibit used real human specimens preserved through a process known as polymer impregnation or plastination, to show fair-goers how bad habits, such as smoking and drinking, transform internal organs. Healthy lungs, kidneys, brains and livers were placed next to unhealthy specimens to show the differences. Physicians, nurses, and medical students from the three sponsors were on hand to answer questions, and guest speakers participated in “The Doctor Is In,” where more information about healthy lifestyles was presented.

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October 2011
Vol. 5, No. 10