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Midwestern University Establishes Partnership to Generate More Osteopathic Residency Opportunities in Arizona

Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, recently announced the establishment of three new residency programs. The new programs were created to expand residency opportunities for osteopathic physicians in the area, and are the first postdoctoral programs established in Mesa since 2006. With looming physician shortages, creating more Arizona-based osteopathic residency opportunities was a high priority for the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM). The hope is that physicians in the new programs will remain in Arizona following their residencies, helping to bolster the state’s physician workforce. (Photo courtesy of AZCOM)

Ohio University Research Team Receives NIH Grant to Study Low Back Pain

A team of two Ohio University professors, Brian C. Clark, PhD, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), and James S. Thomas, PT, PhD, College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), recently received a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a comprehensive study on low back pain treatment. The “RELIEF Study” (for Researching the Effectiveness of Lumbar Interventions for Enhancing Function) will examine the effects and clinical effectiveness of three non-surgical treatments used to treat chronic low back pain. The study will be performed through OU-HCOM’s Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI). With 162 study participants, the RELIEF Study is OMNI’s first large, randomized clinical trial.

UP-KYCOM Opens New Building

On September 15, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) held the grand opening of its new home on campus, the Coal Building. The $40 million, nine-story educational facility includes state-of-the-art research, teaching and manipulative medicine labs; study areas; classrooms; and offices. The building was made possible with grants from the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission, as well as a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration and the New Market Tax Credit Program.  (Photo courtesy of UP-KYCOM)

Chinese Physician Delegation Visits VCOM-VC to Learn About Family Practice

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) recently hosted a delegation of six physicians from China as part of their tour of family medicine practices and residency programs across the United States. The physicians, representatives from the Chinese province of Sichuan, are in the process of developing their province’s first family medicine residency programs. Their visit to VCOM was intended to help them gather more knowledge about the training and practice of family medicine to assist in the development of their own programs. (Photo courtesy of VCOM)

Western U/COMP Faculty and Staff Volunteer at Care Harbor LA

Faculty and students from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP), College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dental Medicine, and College of Allied Health Professions recently volunteered their services at the four-day Care Harbor LA clinic, the largest free health clinic of its kind. Care Harbor LA took place September 27-30 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and offered free medical, vision and dental services to residents of Los Angeles County, which is home to nearly 2.2 million uninsured individuals. Clinic attendees requiring follow-up care were given the opportunity to schedule an appointment at a local clinic for additional services.

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October 2012
Vol. 6, No. 10