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ATSU-SOMA Enters Partnership to Establish the First Residency and Medical Training Community Campus in Washington, DC

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) has partnered with Unity Health Care, Inc., and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education to establish the first residency and medical training community campus in Washington, DC. In July, the Unity Community Health Centers will welcome 10 medical students and six residents. To encourage participating osteopathic medical students and residents to complete their medical education in a primary care setting, the collaboration is designed to foster a primary care and family medicine residential initiative.

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging Earns NICHE Certification

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Institute for Successful Aging and Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH) are the first Erie, PA health care organizations to receive the national NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) certification. Only 450 health care systems across the United States participate in this interdisciplinary program, which is designed to help health care professionals improve geriatric patient care. The NICHE principles focus on driving change in the culture of health care systems to achieve patient- and family-centered care, and NICHE certification demonstrates a commitment to continued progress in improving quality.

PCOM Hosts the 2013 National SOSA Convention

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) chapter of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA), along with the Daniel L. Wisely Surgical Association, hosted the 2013 National SOSA Convention. The convention was held in March and drew more than 250 attendees. Attendees were able to participate in suturing, skin grafting, casting, trauma, and simulator training workshops.

VCOM Students Participate in Terrorism Response Training

Each year, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) and Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) host training sessions aimed at preparing students to respond effectively during and after a terrorist attack. In May, VCOM-CC hosted a two-day anti-terrorism and terrorism response course entitled “Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism.” The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and the American College of Medical Toxicology produced the course. The session was open to all VCOM-CC students and staff, as well as the local community; all second-year students at the campuses were required to attend. VCOM-VC graduate Danielle Deines, DO, went through a similar program in her second year of osteopathic medical school and was one of the many responders on the scene during the Boston Marathon bombings.
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June 2013
Vol. 7, No. 6 / 8