ATSU-KCOM Students Donate Microscopes
On October 12, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) students in the Alpha Phi Omega Club donated gently used microscopes from the university to local children at area schools. The club handed out 100 microscopes to and performed a demonstration of how to use them.
KCUMB-COM Students Honored for Community Service Efforts
The Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO, recognized the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) Advocates for Diversity in Medicine club with the Achievement Honoree Award. The club received this award in recognition for its continual community service outreach efforts. KCUMB-COM student Allison Jakeman accepted the award on behalf of the club at the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri 2013 Recognition of Achievements Celebration on October 17.
LMU-DCOM Students Hosts Mobile Pantry
On October 19, the LincolnTUCOM-CA Professors, Researchers Receive Patent for HIV Therapy Research Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), in conjunction with United Healthcare, hosted the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry. Approximately 600 bags of food were distributed to the public during this event. LMU-DCOM SOMA hopes to host another Mobile Food Pantry again in the spring.
PNWU-COM Students Co-Host Lecture on Postpartum Depression and Psychosis
On October 17, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine Family Medicine Club and OB/GYN Club co-hosted a lecture on postpartum depression and psychosis. Clinical psychologist Joy Staley, PhD, facilitated the intimate story of Keri, a mother of two, who experienced postpartum depression and psychosis after the birth of her first child. The lecture discussed Keri’s journey through postpartum deperession, and described how her family doctor and other influences led to her recovery. The lecture drew 85 student attendees as well as several members of the PNWU faculty and staff.
Miriam Gochin, PhD, MS, and Guangyan Zhou, PhD, professors and researchers at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA) have recently been granted a U.S. patent for developing a new class of compounds that are expected to be active against this cell-to-cell transmission of the HIV-1 virus, preventing the virus from attaching to the cells and killing them. If proven safe in further studies and clinical trials, these kinds of compounds could prove beneficial as alternative therapies for AIDS.
VCOM-CC Students Host Emergency Medicine Expo
On September 20, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) hosted an Emergency Medicine Expo. The event was held on the VCOM-CC campus and included a demonstration by the Spartanburg Fire Department in which the “Jaws of Life” were used to simulate a vehicular extraction. Additionally, students were given the opportunity to tour the Spartanburg Advanced Rescue Team (SART) vehicle, Spartanburg Fire Department rescue vehicles, and the Spartanburg Regional “Regional One” medical transport helicopter.
The purpose of this event was to educate medical students in what patients experience before they arrive in the emergency room, the types of immediate care they receive after an emergency, and to learn more about the roles of first responders. The Emergency Medicine Expo is expected to be an annual event for VCOM-CC students, and the ACOEP plans to increase the number of local partners and demonstrations for next year’s event.
VCOM-VC Student Organization Raises Money for Appalachian Medical Missions
On September 25, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) student chapter of the Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) hosted the Third Annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser for Appalachian Medical Missions and Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The event drew 26 chili entries and more than 230 attendees and raised approximately $500 from ticket sales.
Revenue from sales was donated to medical missions providing for the health care needs in rural Appalachia and other rural regions. Canned goods were also collected, an estimated 900 pounds of food, and donated to Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank.
WVSOM President and Healthy Children’s Initiative Awarded for Excellence in Rural Health
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) President Michael Adelman, DO, DPM, JD, and the WVSOM Healthy Children’s Initiative received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Rural Health. Dr. Adelman accepted the award on October 22 during the West Virginia Rural Health Conference Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon. The Governor’s Award for Excellence is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptionally meritorious, creative and effective contributions to the improvement of health for the people in rural West Virginia.