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CUSOM Poised for Strong Open

The Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), the first osteopathic medical college in North Carolina, is looking forward to a strong start when its doors open to students in 2013. The school reports that more than 700 applicants are currently vying for a spot in CUSOM’s 150-seat inaugural class. In support of the new college’s efforts to provide primary care physicians for North Carolina’s underserved rural areas, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Golden LEAF Foundation each donated $2 million to CUSOM, which founding Dean John Kauffman, DO, says will be used to outfit the new school’s simulation lab.

Researchers at MSUCOM Study Effects of OMM on Pulmonary Disease

A team of osteopathic physician researchers at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) has launched a study of the use of osteopathic manual manipulation (OMM) to treat patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The goal of the study is to prove a correlation between treatment to pulmonary function and biochemical markers, thus identifying an effective, non-invasive and drug-free treatment for pulmonary disease. The study involves 60 patients, each receiving 12 weeks of treatment.  The patients will be divided into three groups: a group receiving OMM, a group receiving hands-on treatment without OMM, and a group receiving the protocol treatment. A two-year, $100,000 grant from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in partnership with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation is funding the study.

PCOM Receives $50,000 Donation from Independence Blue Cross

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Healthcare Center-Lancaster Avenue Division recently received a $50,000 grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to form a patient-centered, interprofessional medical home. PCOM Professor and Chair of Family Medicine Harry Morris, DO, says the goal is “to manage all aspects of a patient’s care. Having one point of contact helps patients control chronic conditions and simplifies the sometimes confusing maze of the health care system.” The PCOM Healthcare Center-Lancaster Avenue Division provides medical services to the underserved in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

VCOM Signs Agreement to Develop New Campus in Auburn Research Park

At the August 30th ceremony pictured above, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) signed an agreement with the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) and Auburn University to develop a new VCOM campus in Auburn, Alabama. VCOM plans to build a new facility in the Auburn Research Park that will feature classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. “Our goals for a new branch campus are to provide state-of-the-art medical education and research and train students to practice medicine in areas with the most need,” said VCOM Board of Directors Chairman John Rocovich. The new campus is projected to open in fall 2015 to an initial class of 150 students.

Western U/COMP Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP), located in Pomona, California, celebrated its 35th anniversary on September 4. Western U/COMP, then just COMP, opened its doors to its inaugural class of 36 students in the fall of 1978 under the leadership of Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. In 1996, as its program offerings grew, COMP became Western University of Health Sciences. Today, the university confers degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.

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September 2012
Vol. 6, No. 9