PCOM Receives First Ever Full Scholarship Endowment from Alumnus

In April, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) announced a $1 million donation from alumnus J. Steven Blake, DO. The endowment will be used to establish the J. Steven Blake, DO '89 Scholars Society, which will provide full-tuition scholarships to African-American students, based on academic performance. The J. Steven Blake, DO '89 Scholars Society is the first full scholarship program at PCOM.

RVUCOM Students Provide Health Services in Nepal

In March, eight students from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) traveled to Nepal to provide medical care to underserved populations in Kathmandu. RVUCOM Acting Dean Thomas Mohr, DO; Associate Professor of Family Medicine Camille Bentley, DO; and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Jill Pitcher, DO, joined the students on the university’s first mission to Nepal. In conjunction with A Broader View (a medical mission charity) and (an organization that addresses poverty-related issues in mountain cultures), the RVUCOM students and staff provided pediatric physical exams and head-to-toe screenings for more than 300 children in Kathmandu. Those on the mission also developed the children’s first permanent health records.

Grand Award-Winner VCOM Honored at CASE Conference

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) received a Grand Award for Annual Reports Class 1 at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III “Bring Your A-Game” Conference in Atlanta, GA, on February 21. More than 1,000 entries were submitted; just 39 Grand Awards were given. “The recognition means a lot to our college and to all who contribute to the publication each year,” said VCOM Director of Marketing, Website and Publications Cindy Shepard Rawlins. Ms. Rawlins (far left), along with VCOM Director of Development and Alumni Relations Diane Sutphin (far right), were present to accept the award.

Western U/COMP Featured in Los Angeles Times

The Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) was featured in an April 6 Los Angeles Times Business Section article entitled, “Booming medical school brings life to downtown Pomona,” by Ricardo Lopez. The article focused on the school’s growth in the past decade, and on its positive effect on Pomona. View the full story at,0,1875405.story.

Western U/COMP-Northwest Receives 2012 Small Business Award

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce recently bestowed its Small Business of the Year award on Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (Western U/COMP-Northwest). The award was given in recognition of Western U/COMP-Northwest’s service to and involvement in the Lebanon, Oregon, community. The college received the award during the Chamber’s Distinguished Service Awards ceremony in March 13,

WVSOM Receives Largest Scholarship Endowment to Date

From left to right: Gary White, Dr. William Mullen, James Harless, and WVSOM President Dr. Michael Adelman gather for a photo as WVSOM receives its largest donation to date.

Logan County, West Virginia, residents Gary and JoAnn White recently donated a $200,000 scholarship endowment to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). The Dr. William B. Mullen & Jennifer White Scholarship was created as a memorial to the Whites’ daughter, Jennifer, who passed away in December 2011 from complications associated with cerebral palsy, and to thank her lifelong doctor, William B. Mullen, DO, a WVSOM alumnus. The scholarship endowment is the largest single donation received in the institution’s

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