ATSU-KCOM Introduces New Method for Teaching Professionalism 

The A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATCU-KCOM) class of 2017 recently participated in a new method of teaching professionalism at their orientation July 10-13. Students took part a role-playing session run by The Brewsters, an interactive program on health professions ethics. Students were presented with various scenarios demonstrating how decisions you make in medical school can affect your career as a physician. Participation in the program was conducted using electronic tablets. Although professionalism is taught each year during ATSU-KCOM orientation, COM faculty believe this method has proven to be more promising than past programs. Students who participated in this program will continue to use The Brewsters material throughout their first year.

ATSU-SOMA Opens New Anatomy Lab

The A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) has introduced a new state-of-the-art anatomy lab to its campus. This lab boasts some of the most advanced classroom technology available today, including touchscreen computers that implement 3-D anatomy program presentations (complete with 3-D glasses) to view the human body using virtual animation. The objective of this lab is to merge modern technology with conventional educational methods, such as cadaveric dissection and pro-sections. 

To view a brief video demonstration, click here.

CCOM/MWU Introduces New Clinic

On July 16, more than 200 community members, local dignitaries, health care professionals, and university officials were present as Midwestern University unveiled its new $113 million Multispecialty Clinic at the school’s Downers Grove, IL campus. The 193,000 square-foot clinic will provide a wide-range of health care services to the community and feature graduate health care students, including students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM/MWU), offering care under the close supervision of faculty mentors. For more information about the Multispecialty Clinic, visit

CUSOM Welcomes Inaugural Class 

On July 31, the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) welcomed its charter class of 162 students for the school’s inaugural orientation. The opening of CUSOM drew the attention of several local news outlets, including WNCN, a Raleigh, NC news station.

KCUMB-COM Hosts Hands-On OME Introduction for Local High School Students

On July 23, the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM), in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED), hosted 50 high-achieving high school students on its campus for an informative event intended to expose young students to meaningful careers in medicine. As part of their NYLF/MED experience, students participated in hands-on medical workshops led by COM faculty, learned about medical ethics and research, shadowed practicing physicians, and received a tour of the KCUMB-COM campus.

KYCOM Students Travel to the Dominican Republic on Medical Mission Trip

July 16-23, 33 student volunteers from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), accompanied by seven mentor volunteers, participated in a weeklong mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Throughout the trip, the mission team treated about 900 people at clinics in Batey Nueve, Batey Cuchillo, and Batey Cinco. Patients were provided with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, first-aid care, and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

LECOM Student Co-Authors Resolution Regarding FDA Blood Donation Policy

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) student Brian R. Wlosinski recently co-authored a resolution calling for the repeal of an FDA policy which bars blood donations from men who have sex with other men. Proponents of this effort believe overturning the FDA’s policy would greatly benefit the blood supply in the United States.

Mr. Wlosinski, along with Whitney J. Fix-Lanes, the House delegate from the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), recently co-authored this resolution, which requested that the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) stand with the American Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and other organizations in asking the FDA reconsider its stance on this policy. The AOA’s House of Delegates passed the resolution unanimously.

NSU-COM’s Medicine Department of Medical Education Wins First Place in Video Contest

On July 1, the Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) Medicine Department of Medical Education earned first-place honors and a $250 prize for its self-created video entitled “Simulation Tips and Tricks,” which was submitted into a video contest at the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Annual World Conference held June 30-July 2 in San Francisco, CA.

The video is based on the September 2012 simulation experience in which second-year NSU-COM students spent a week in the school’s Simulation Clinic working with faculty members on simulated severe burn victims.

OU-HCOM Breaks Ground on New Dublin, OH Campus

On July 26, the Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) celebrated the commencement of construction for its new campus in Dublin, OH. COM leadership, as well as leaders from university, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the City of Dublin, and OhioHealth participated in a tree planting ceremony at the site of the new campus during the celebration.  “Ohio University and its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have a rich tradition of serving Ohio. The extension of the Heritage College to central Ohio, and next year to the Cleveland area, addresses the need for more primary care physicians and will enhance the availability of medical care for future generations of Ohio citizens,” said Richard Vincent, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. The development of the OU-HCOM Dublin campus is funded by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations’ gift to the COM in 2011. The inaugural class of osteopathic medical students will begin classes in July 2014.

UMDNJ-SOM Officially Becomes RowanSOM

On July 1, more than 600 students, faculty, staff, local government officials, and other visitors witnessed the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Stratford division of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences become officially integrated with Rowan University. Several distinguished guests, including AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO, MBA, and AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, were also in attendance at the event. A ceremonial banner with the school’s new name, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), hung over the event.

RVUCOM Participates in RVU’s First University-Wide Annual Service Day

On July 23, students from the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) participated in RVU’s first annual Service Day at Fishback Park in Denver, CO. Over 170 RVU medical students, faculty, and staff, along with staff from Denver Parks and Recreation and First Bank, volunteered their time and efforts to help beautify the area in and around the park.

RVU mentors led a total of seven teams on various community service projects throughout the morning, including trash pickup, pruning of dead and broken trees, area cleanup, and trail restoration work. Denver Parks and Recreation estimated that the volunteer work of the RVUCOM team was equivalent to 453 man hours.The Service Day event also included presentations by distinguished speakers, including RVU President and CEO Cheryl Lovell, PhD; Scott Gilmore, Deputy Manager from Denver Parks and Recreation; and David Zwerenz, Senior Vice President of First Bank. The event was organized by the RVU Student Government Association (SGA), Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM), and through the assistance of Denver Parks and Recreation.

VCOM-CC Leads D.O. Young Scholar's Summer Program

Throughout the week of August 26-30, 18 local middle and high school students visited the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) to participate in the D.O. Young Scholar's Summer Program. The program, which is led by current VCOM-CC students, is organized by the school's chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a national organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.

The D.O. Young Scholar's Summer Program is modeled after the VCOM curriculum, with different days focused on different parts of the body. The week-long program also includes an ambulance tour, and training on other clinical skills, such as performing CPR and wrapping sprained ankles. Motivational speakers, SAT preparation, and a tour of Wofford College's campus that included a discussion of financial aid were also built into the program.

VCOM-VC Hosts Medical Science Immersion Camps

Over sixty high school students participated in the Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) held July 8-19 at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC). Two medical science immersion camps, one week for boys and one week for girls, introduced high school students in medically underserved areas to human anatomy and its relevance to healthy lifestyles and medicine.

During the camp, second-year VCOM medical students taught participants about the heart, lungs, bones, brain, and digestive system through interactive lectures and learning activities. SEE campers worked with the VCOM-VC’s osteopathic medical students to identify body systems and structures in the college’s anatomy lab and were able to put their new knowledge into practice through hands-on projects including building model organs, dissecting sheep brains, walking the path of blood through the heart, conducting a neurologic exam, resuscitating a simulation mannequin, and competing as teams in anatomy-themed quiz games.

Students attending the SEE camp this year come from 15 counties across medically underserved areas of Appalachia. The high school participants rated the experience highly in final evaluations which were submitted anonymously. VCOM-VC will offer the camp again in July, 2014.

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