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COMs Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2013

Four of the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) were honored as members of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2013. Recipients of this accolade were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th annual meeting, Leading Change, on March 4 in Washington, DC. COM honor roll members include:
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
  • Midwestern University, including the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)

ATSU-KCOM Observes Third Annual GHHS Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care

On February 11, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) joined medical schools and institutions from across the nation in observing the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care. Twenty-three osteopathic medical students from ATSU-KCOM visited Schuyler County Elementary School to provide mentorship and guidance on bullying, self-esteem and achievement to the students through the college’s Leadership, Education, Ambition, Respect, No Limits (LEARN) program. The program provides youths with positive role models and teaches them about creating goals and building trust and understanding.

New Lecture Series Kicks Off at CCOM

This year, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM) has begun a new speakers program to bring talented and inspiring physician speakers to its campus. Sponsored by the CCOM Dean’s Office, the Gallery of Stars lecture series features speakers from a wide variety of subjects. These presentations will be given during a mid-day break for students. 

One of the speakers scheduled for the spring is Christopher J. Hejmanowski, DO, an ER physician who was deployed with the United States Marines in Iraq.

LECOM Administrator Receives Award at Safe Communities Erie Annual Meeting

On February 13, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia M. Ferretti, DO, was presented with the Safe Communities Erie Award of Distinction at the group’s annual meeting. She received the award in recognition of her role as a founding member of Safe Communities Erie and for her continued commitment to public health education. Two other LECOM faculty, LECOM School of Pharmacy Dean Hershey S. Bell, MD, and Kimberly Burns, RPh, JD, also received awards.

NSU-COM Opens Nation’s First Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine

On February 12, Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) held a grand opening for the nation’s first Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine. The Institute is the only one of its kind offering treatment for patients with conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). The institute will also conduct clinical research on neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders such as CFS/ME, GWI, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The institute contains a clinical research unit, including research laboratories, along with a patient clinic, faculty offices and conference facilities.

$1 Million Grant Helps Fund Expansion at PCOM

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has recently awarded the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) a $1 million economic growth initiative grant. The grant funds will be used to erect a new Clinical Learning and Assessment Center on the PCOM campus. The planned 11,000 square foot building will house PCOM students, hospital affiliates and local first responders. “This grant will help us expand what is already a thriving program,” remarks Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA, PCOM Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

WVSOM Observes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013

On March 7, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) held an early observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013, recognized otherwise on March 10. The WVSOM Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association and Student Affairs office, with the support of the Office of Women’s Health (OWH), hosted a lecture and film screening for the local community on the WVSOM campus in honor of this occasion.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place each year in March and is intended to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the United States. For more information, visit here.

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