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AZCOM /MWU Creates New Postgraduate Medical Fellowships

The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) has announced the creation of new postgraduate training opportunities for its alumni. The school has established a series of in-state postgraduate osteopathic residencies to train new physicians in both urban and rural settings through Midwestern’s Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (OPTI) program. The neuromuscular medicine fellowships will begin July 1, 2012, and are available for individuals meeting requirements set by the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Osteopathy.  

LECOM Joins Local Corporation in Property Purchase

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the LORD Corporation announced in December that LORD will relocate and combine its operations in Erie, Pennsylvania, to an existing 1 million-square-foot facility in Summit Township, Pennsylvania. LECOM will purchase the LORD Technology Center, adjacent to the Erie LECOM campus. Rich McNeel, Chairman, President and CEO of LORD, said that “LECOM will be able to expand its school onto the adjacent property. The collaboration between business leaders and state and local government agencies has resulted in a win-win solution for LORD, LECOM, our employees and our community.”

During the 18-36 months that LORD will take to relocate, the corporation will lease the space from LECOM. LECOM will then assess the research facilities and growth needs of the school and determine the best use for the property. LECOM Board Chairman Michael Visnosky, Esq, said, “The efforts of many good people working together are providing the opportunity for growth and expansion to two of Erie’s home grown enterprises.”

MSU Professor Receives Grant to Further Cerebral Malaria Research

Michael Potchen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Michigan State University (MSU), has received a three-year, $200,000 grant from the Dana Foundation to validate the findings of the Malawi MRI Research Team. Dr. Potchen leads the team with Terrie Taylor, DO, University Distinguished Professor, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

More than 3 million children are affected by cerebral malaria annualy, and 25 percent of them will die. Dr. Potchen says that it is not yet known how the disease damages the brain throughout the course of the illness. The team will scan 25 children over the next three years using an MRI at the Cancer Disease Hospital in Zambia, which is four times stronger than the MRI machine used in Malawi. They are seeking to validate initial evidence about how cerebral malaria damages the brain and produces epilepsy, behavioral disorders and severe cognitive and motor disabilities. According to Dr. Potchen, the team’s work “could lead to significant new approaches to prevent the disease or minimize its destructive effects in the brain.”

NSU-COM Named Member of United States Pharmacopeia

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) was recently named a member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the quality, purity, identity, and strength of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. NSU-COM is the first college of osteopathic medicine ever accepted for USP membership. USP’s standards have helped ensure public health throughout the world for nearly 200 years.

NSU-COM Launches New Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Programs

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) and Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami, Florida, recently received approval from the American Osteopathic Association to establish several new osteopathic medicine residency training programs. The programs will begin on July 1, 2012, and will include a traditional rotating internship, a neurology residency, an ophthalmology residency, a hospice and palliative care fellowship, and an endocrinology fellowship.

RVUCOM Holds Military Appreciation Reception

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) recently held a Military Appreciation Reception, marking a milestone for the school, which currently has 100 student doctors participating in the armed services Health Professions Scholarship Program. RVUCOM’s student military presence is perhaps the largest military student body in medical school outside of the military’s own Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

RVUCOM offers a Military Medicine track, specifically designed for students who are slated to enter active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy or Air Force. The track incorporates experiences related to Medical Corps Officer military obligations, leadership and discipline, and military environments/field exercises.

TouroCOM Administrator Featured on Local Radio Program

Kenneth J. Steier, DO, Clinical Dean and Professor, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York (TouroCOM), was recently featured on a local CBS radio station, sharing with listeners the mission of TouroCOM. He highlighted TouroCOM’s work to draw students from Harlem to attend the medical school, and then to practice in the underserved area.

UNECOM Professor Awarded Grant to Improve Child Health in Southern Maine

Christopher Pezzullo, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), and pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer, University Health Care, has been awarded a grant to improve child health in southern Maine. Dr. Pezzullo will use the 2012 Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) planning grant, funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to explore ways to improve access to immunizations and health screenings for children in Cumberland County, Maine’s most populated and ethnically diverse community. His project also aims to engage physicians to work on community health projects focused on rural and/or low-income medically underserved children in their local areas.

The project will work with the community to decrease barriers possibly preventing children from receiving immunizations, and to connect families to health insurance programs and medical practices. “Research suggests that providing vaccinations at alternative sites, such as school and childcare facilities, can increase access to vaccinations,” said Dr. Pezzullo. “This project is a first step toward gathering more evidence with the ultimate goal being to increase childhood immunization rates in Maine.”

VCOM Medical Reserve Corps Welcomes 170 Inaugural Members

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student chapter recently partnered with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (VMRC) to establish the VCOM Medical Corps. The Medical Reserve Corps, formed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. The introductory VCOM Medical Corps meeting marked the chartering of the group and welcomed more than 170 student doctors. VCOM Associate Dean for Clinical Education and faculty advisor for VCOM’s ACOEP student chapter James Powers, DO, said that the students will be “provided with unique training opportunities in principles of the incident command system, Basic Disaster Life Support, decontamination training, nuclear disaster training, and much more.” In reference to the meeting turnout, he said, “We are excited by the tremendous interest in the VCOM Medical Corps and our students look forward to working with VMRC and serving the New River Valley.”

Chinese Hospital Administrators Visit WesternU/COMP

In December, Dr. Xitong Cao, President and CEO, and Dr. Ke Xu, a staff member of the dialysis center, Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital in China, visited Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) to learn more about osteopathic medicine and lay the groundwork for future collaboration. Dr. Cao is interested in developing a student exchange program between WesternU and Chinese medical students. “I want to learn from WesternU how to develop a successful management style and educational style and take it back to China.”

WesternU/COMP Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Edward V. Barnes II, MD, said that WesternU also has a lot to learn from the visiting doctors and their facility. “The fact that [they have] a kidney hospital that does things a little differently than we do here in the States might bring different perspectives and new innovations in the way that we do things. It would be good to collaborate.”

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