DMU-COM Associate Dean Receives Fulbright Specialists Award
Yogesh Shah, MD, Associate Dean of Global Health at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to participate in a Fulbright Specialists project at Kigali Health Institute (KHI) in Rwanda. Through this program, Dr. Shah will work with KHI to establish a Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Training in Rwanda and neighboring African countries. The Fulbright Specialists Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and has been supporting international educational exchange activity for more than 60 years. The Fulbright Specialists program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative projects at host institutions across the world.
LECOM Gift Facilitates Gannon University Simulation Center Upgrades
In December, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) presented a $50,000 grant to Gannon University as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two schools to enhance the medical training available to regional health care providers. The grant monies were used to purchase a TraumaMan unit and MicroMaxx ultrasound equipment, both major enhancements to Gannon’s Patient Simulation Center. TraumaMan, an alternative to cadaver use, is a simulated human torso form designed for use by medical students to practice advanced medical procedures.
MU-COM Receives $5 Million Grant from Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Marian University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) recently received a $5 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The Fairbanks Foundation, an independent, Indianapolis-based private foundation, awards grants to organizations and initiatives that facilitate the growth and vitality of key economic sectors, such as life sciences, in the Indianapolis region. MU-COM will use the grant to bridge the gap between its start-up expenses and its expected tuition revenues.
NYCOM/NYIT Announces Official Name Change
On December 5, the former New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) officially announced the changing of its name to the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine). “We want to proudly and clearly spell out our full name as a college of osteopathic medicine,” said Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs and Acting Dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, in announcing the school’s new name.
OU-HCOM Receives Final COCA Approval to Recruit Students for Dublin Campus
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) recently received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to begin recruiting students for its extension campus in Dublin, Ohio. The extension campus was built to help mitigate the growing primary care physician shortage in the state by providing the capacity to educate more individuals committed to practicing in Ohio following their graduation from medical school. The Dublin campus will welcome its inaugural class of 50 medical students in July 2014.
VCOM Holds Second Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) hosted its second annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on its Blacksburg, Virginia, campus on November 12. The event drew nearly 200 guests and 25 different chili submissions, and raised $1,000 for clinic medical supplies and VCOM’s Appalachian Rural Outreach project events. VCOM’s Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) Student Chapter was responsible for organizing and conducting the event.
VCOM-CC Hosts On-Campus Children’s Wellness Fair
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) held a Kids’ Wellness Fair on its Spartanburg, South Carolina, campus on November 17. More than 30 stations allowed children and their parents to learn about healthy habits. Stations included neuron cookie making, proper hand-washing demonstrations, a Zumba, child yoga, and music therapy, among many others. The fair drew more than 220 attendees, with over 150 volunteers from the school and surrounding community staffing the event.