OU-HCOM Professor Receives Educator of the Year Award

Richard Klabunde, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), recently received the American Physiological Society’s (APS) 2012 Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year award. Dr. Klabunde was selected based on his exceptional classroom teaching; commitment to the improvement of physiology instruction; and local, national and international contributions to physiology education.

Oklahoma Governor Plans to Increase Number of Physicians in Underserved Areas

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed legislation aimed at increasing the number of physicians in underserved and rural areas of the state. House Bill 3058 creates a new residency training program which will be affiliated with the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM). Governor Fallin also signed Senate Bill 1280, which provides $3.08 million to fund the new residency program. The program will help ensure that more graduating medical students have access to residencies in the state, and the hope is that they will remain in Oklahoma to practice in underserved and rural areas.

PNWU-COM Receives Full Accreditation

Pacific Northwest University of Health Science-College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) has announced that it has been granted full accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). PNWU-COM graduated its first class this year.

RVUCOM Receives Full Accreditation

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) has announced that it has been granted full accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). RVUCOM graduated its first class this year and is currently the only for-profit medical school in the United States.

Two UMDNJ-SOM Students Selected for Fellowship

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) recently announced the selection of its 2012-2013 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) students Jason Keiner and Samuel Master were among the honorees. Today, there are roughly 240 ASF fellows nationwide, all working toward implementing service projects to benefit underserved communities. Mr. Keiner and Mr. Master will be working on Project REACH, an after-school health education intervention program for children in underserved communities.

UP-KYCOM Takes Part in Anti-Child Abuse Initiative

In early 2012, the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic (UP-KYCOM) became one of the founding members of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. In May, the Partnership announced a comprehensive educational and awareness campaign to work toward eliminating child abuse in Kentucky and Indiana. The group hopes to partner with media and other interested organizations to develop and disseminate educational and awareness materials aimed at eradicating child abuse. For more information on the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse, visit

VCOM 10th Anniversary Featured on Local CBS Affiliate Station

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) 10th anniversary was the topic of a recent news story covered by Blacksburg, VA, local news station WDBJ7, a CBS affiliate. The broadcast ran on May 23, 2012, with a supplementary article posted on the station’s website, Focal points of the story included VCOM’s expansion onto a second campus, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC), the graduation of VCOM’s largest class to date, and the school’s dedication to recruiting students who are committed to practicing in local, medically underserved areas.

WesternU Co-Authors a Study on Interprofessional Education

Leaders in interprofessional education (IPE) from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), ., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, collaborated on the article, “Interprofessional Education: A Review and Analysis of Programs from Three Academic Health Centers.” View the article online. The article explains the importance of IPE programs, describes implementation strategies and assessment policies for these programs, and provides recommendations to other institutions preparing to launch IPE programs. The article will be published in the July 2012 issue of the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) journal, Academic Medicine.

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June 2012
Vol. 6, No. 6