KCUMB’s New Students Learn About Their Community by Giving Back

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ (KCUMB) 255 new medical students participated in the university’s 14th Annual We Care Community Service Day. Students, faculty and staff volunteered in 13 locations throughout the Kansas City area, mainly focusing on the Northeast neighborhood, where the university is located. Volunteers sorted and repackaged food at a community food bank, built closets at a women’s shelter, tutored children at a lower income elementary school, and transplanted plant bulbs as part of a beautification project along a major nearby boulevard. KCUMB Executive Director of Community and Student Affairs Sara Selkirk says the annual event introduces new students to the university’s emphasis on community service. “Medical school is only the beginning of their commitment to a career of service. We believe it is important to place emphasis on the aspect of caring for people and community even before students attend their first class.”

Midwestern University Breaks Ground on Multispecialty Clinic

Pictured from left: Martin T. Tully, Mayor of Downers Grove; Karen D. Johnson, PhD,Vice President, University Relations; Mary W. L. Lee, PharmD,Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, Pharmacy, Optometry, and Health Sciences Education; Dennis J. Paulson, PhD, Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, Medical and Dental Education; Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD,President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University; Dean P. Malone, Vice President, Finance; and Arthur G. Dobbelaere, PhD Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, participate in the clinic groundbreaking.

Midwestern University has broken ground on the Midwestern University Clinic, a $120 million facility that will house a multispecialty clinic and low-cost dental clinic for the people of Downers Grove and DuPage County, Illinois. “The new clinic will welcome the entire community and offer quality health care at reduced, affordable fees,” said Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD. Scheduled to open in 2013, the facility will offer clinical education experiences for Midwestern students.

NSU-COM Establishes Master’s Degree Program in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) will begin offering a Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness 35 credit-hour degree in January 2012. The online program will include interactive videos, and participating students will come together for two onsite meetings. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, and will provide students with the knowledge and applied skills needed to work in the rapidly growing field of emergency and disaster preparedness. Students will be able to specialize in one of four degree tracks: maritime safety and security, cyber security, law enforcement/criminal justice, or public health.  

NSU-COM Faculty Member Named Educator of the Year 

Joseph DeGaetano, DO, MS, Associate Dean of Clinical and Graduate Medical Education at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine(pictured at left), received the Educator of the Year Award during the 31st Annual Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Convention and Family Medicine Update. The award honors an individual who has significantly enhanced the academic credibility of osteopathic family medicine in the state of Florida by a sustained, long-term commitment to osteopathic family medicine in academic settings.

Google Science Fair Winner Conducts Winning Research at UNTHSC

Shree Bose is the Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner and winner in the 17-18 age group category. The Fort Worth, Texas, high school student conducted the research for her project on ovarian cancer treatment at the University of North Texas Health Science Center with mentor Alakananda Basu, PhD, professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology. Listen to a brief interview with Ms. Bose on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

VCOM Hosts High School Students for Summer Enrichment Program

Fifty-four high school students from areas of Appalachia lacking sufficient health care were exposed to the medical field when they participated in the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) fourth annual Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE). The students were nominated by their science teachers and experienced lab activities and sheep brain and heart dissections. Students also attended lectures with medical students and faculty.   

VCOM-CC Inaugural Class Begins Medical Education

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus’s (VCOM-CC) inaugural students began classes on August 8 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Of the 162 students, nearly 40 percent hail from North and South Carolina.

WesternU/COMP – Northwest First Students Begin Classes

On August 8, the 107 inaugural medical students of the Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest began classes. When Oregon Governor Dr. John Kitzhaber delivered the Convocation keynote address, he told new students that COMP – Northwest was going a long way toward helping meet the primary care physician shortages in Oregon, the Northwest and the United States.  View a slideshow of Welcome Week at COMP – Northwest.


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October 2011
Vol. 5, No. 10