Invitational Conference Focuses on Simulation and Interprofessional Education 


Midwestern University Receives $75,000 CVS Caremark Donation

Midwestern University recently received a $75,000 donation from CVS Caremark to create a new Student Resource Room on the Downers Grove Campus. Midwestern President and CEO Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, and Chicago College of Pharmacy Dean Nancy Fjortoft, PhD, accepted the grant from CVS Caremark Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services Papatya Tankut, RPh. “CVS Caremark is a wonderful partner for the University and we are grateful that they decided to honor us with the very important gift of a student resource center room,” said Goeppinger.

The new room will serve as a space for student leaders of such groups as the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government Association and the Midwestern University Student Senate to hold meetings, develop plans and organize events.

MSUCOM Focuses Attention on HIV-prevention Programs in Caribbean

The Caribbean island of Hispaniola, currently home to roughly 75 percent of the region’s AIDS cases, has become the locale of a new HIV-prevention initiative developed by the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Led by Dr. Reza Nassiri, Associate Dean of MSUCOM and Director of MSU’s Institute of International Health, the program highlights the crucial roles that screening and prevention education play in controlling the global HIV/ AIDS epidemic, focusing on providing pertinent training and mentoring for local health care personnel in Hispaniola. The goal is to “address the critical role of HIV prevention with a primary focus on cultural competency,” says Nassiri. 

OU-HCOM Announces Newly Endowed Research Chair

On January 17, 2012, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) announced its newest endowed research chair named in honor of John J. Kopchick, PhD, OU-HCOM Milton and Lawrence H. Goll Eminent Scholar and Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The chair will be held by a researcher recruited into the OU-HCOM Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2016. The scientist nominated to be the Kopchick Chair, along with an associated research team, will be located in the new Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Maryilyn Y. Stuckey Academic & Research Center. The $5 million endowment for this chair is supported by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Ohio University.

PNWU-COM Receives Donation of $2 Million Student Center

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) recently became the owner of its $2 million, 10,000 square foot student center. The donation was made on January 23, 2012, by Dr. John Cadwell and wife, Priscilla Cadwell, who had been leasing the center to the school since January 2011. The Cadwell Student Center houses one large classroom, one smaller classroom, a large study hall and numerous study areas, in addition to a student lounge and kitchen. The Cadwells, whose daughter will be in the first PNWU-COM graduating class this May, both hold positions with the college; Mr. Cadwell is a pro-bono college administrator for PNWU-COM and Mrs. Cadwell is a representative on PNWU’s Regional Advisory Cabinet. The goal of the donation is to allow the school to grow by providing more space for new students.

RVUCOM Students Receive Avalanche Rescue Training

The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) Rural & Wilderness Medicine Track recently sent 14 student doctors to the Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for their first experience in avalanche rescue training. The 14 students participated in a day of comprehensive, hands-on exercises led by Park County Search and Rescue, the Flight for Life flight crew and the ski patrol and avalanche rescue dogs from the Wolf Creek Ski Area. The day included a drill requiring the students to participate in a live simulation of an avalanche burial using dummies as the victims. The program was designed to teach proper procedures for rescue, treatment and evacuation of avalanche burial victims.

UNECOM Receives Grant to Support Student Fellowships

The Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation recently awarded the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) a grant to support student fellowships in Neurocritical Care and Neurology. The grant will allow UNECOM to sustain two additional medical student research fellows. These student fellows will participate in neurology and neurocritical research with UNECOM partners, including Maine Medical Center and Togus VA Medical Center, in the summer of 2012. The grant will also be used to sustain the CEN K-12 Education Module on Brain Safety, an educational program championing the importance of prevention and brain safety, as well as the CEN Summer Intern Program for high school and undergraduate students.

The Maine-based Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation provides direct funding and scholarships to those with TBI or epilepsy, along with grants to contribute to medical advances in this field.

University of Pikeville Proposal for State University Status

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently announced that review is underway of a proposal that would grant public state university status to the University of Pikeville. The 1,100-student institution located in southeastern Kentucky, home to the Kentucky College School of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), is currently the only university in Kentucky with an osteopathic medical school. The proposed legislation suggests funding for this plan could be derived from unallocated multi-county coal severance tax funds at a rate of $13 million per year. The proposal is currently being analyzed by the National Center for Higher Education Management System; no decision date has been announced.

UMDNJ-SOM Students Publish Medical Board Exam Preparation Guide

Two students from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) recently published a comprehensive guide detailing helpful strategies and insights exclusive to medical board exam preparation. The book, entitled How to Prepare for the Medical Boards: Secrets for Success on USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1, was authored by Adeleke Adesina and Farook Taha, both fourth-year students at UMDNJ-SOM.

Mr. Adesina and Mr. Taha used their own effective strategies (Adesina scored 225/97 and Taha scored 248/99 on the USMLE) to compile a combination of study tools including board review course information, major topics being tested, practice questions and tips for reading and retaining mental notes. The book also features a seven-week schedule for students to follow in order to manage their time while studying. How to Prepare for the Medical Boards is now available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iUniverse.

VCOM-VC Participates in First Study of Head Impacts in Youth Football

Recently, head injury research teams from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VC) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University teamed up with former Dateline NBC co-anchor Stone Phillips to conduct the first-ever study of head impacts in youth football (players are between 7 and 8 years old). The research included gathering data by placing instrumented helmets on several youth football players to measure the number of times the head suffered contact. The resulting numbers show more than 750 hits to the head over the course of a season, exposing young brains to an elevated risk of injury. During this study, Phillips interviewed two of the lead researchers in the new field of youth sports injury, VCOM’s Sports Medicine Chair Gunnar Brolinson, DO, and Virginia Tech / Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Head Stefan Duma, PhD. For more information, and to view the full report with video, visit

WesternU/COMP Incorporates MMI into Admissions Requirements

The Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) recently incorporated into their admissions process a modified version of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), developed originally at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The new process will consist of two objective and structured clinical examination-style interviews (as opposed to the original 10 used at McMaster) during which applicants will respond to questions and scenarios posed by trained actors simulating patients. “Adding MMI to the admissions process gives a more robust, richer picture of the candidate,” says Susan Hanson, COMP Executive Director of Admissions. WesternU/COMP is using MMI in its admissions procedure for students applying for the 2012-2013 academic year.

WVSOM Offers Free Public Clinic

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) opened its new Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic on January 17, 2012. The clinic is a project supported by the college to give second-year osteopathic medical students hands-on experience practicing clinical principles and techniques. Twelve physicians (six local DOs and six full-time WVSOM Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine faculty physicians) supervise the students during their patient interactions. First-year students will be required to attend the clinic in its last four weeks to observe the second-year students. The Student OMM Clinic now operates every Tuesday afternoon through April 3, and is free to the public





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February 2012
Vol. 6, No. 2