ACOM to Join BEME as an International Collaborating Center

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) has been invited, through a competitive application process, to join the Best Evidence Medical Education Collaboration (BEME) as a BEME International Collaborating Center (BICC). Among the 12 additional institutions invited to serve as a BEME BICC, ACOM is the only college of osteopathic medicine. Other appointed US institutions include Georgetown University Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine.

As a member of the BEME Collaboration, ACOM will be contributing to initiatives promoting the translation of educational research into practice. The ACOM BICC team is led by three current faculty members: Nehad El-Sawi, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Integrity; Sebastian Alston, MD, Professor of Pathology; and Dennis Baker, PhD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Enrichment.

ATSU-KCOM Student Elected to Serve on ACP Council of Student Members

Bhargav Chandrashekar, an osteopathic medical student at the A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), has been elected to serve as a National Representative on the American College of Physicians (ACP) Council of Student Members (CSM).

ACP's CSM comprises 13 medical student members elected to provide the medical student perspective in the development of policy, programs, and products and services. The CSM is responsible for responding to requests from ACP's Board of Regents, committees, and staff for review of programs, products and services, and advising the ACP Board of Regents and Board of Governors on various issues related to medical education.

ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 137,000 includes internists, internal medicine sub-specialists, medical students, residents, and fellows.

ATSU-SOMA Student Named to AOA Position

Alice Chen, an osteopathic medical student at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) has been selected to serve as the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees Student Representative starting in July 2014. In this position, Ms. Chen will represent the opinions and interests of U.S. osteopathic medical students.   

Members of AZCOM/MWU Leadership and Student Receive AOMA Awards

Two members of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University(AZCOM/MWU) leadership recently received honors from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) as part of the association's annual awards program. AZCOM/MWU Dean Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS, received the AOMA's 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award and AZCOM/MWU Chair of Pediatrics Gregg Zankman, DO, was named the AOMA 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. Additionally, Charlene Adrian, a current AZCOM/MWU medical student, was recognized with a association's Student Distinguished Service Award.

CCOM/MWU Students Celebrate NOM Week

Students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) celebrated National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week, April 13-19, with a variety of community service projects, educational events, and a proclamation by the Village of Downers Grove, IL to increase awareness about osteopathic medicine and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Throughout the week, CCOM/MWU students organized several community service projects such as volunteering at the Pierce Downer School Science Olympiad, preparing home-cooked meals for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, conducting a mini-medical school for students at Eisenhower Junior High School in Darien, IL, and hosting a campus-wide NOM Week celebration.

Students, Faculty, and Staff Attend CUSOM's First International Medical Mission

On March 9, eight medical students and seven supervising staff clinicians and physicians from the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) embarked on the school's very first international medical mission trip to Choluteca, Honduras. The trip was made possible through the support North Carolina Baptist Men (N.C.B.M.), which handled the trip logistics, helped acquire drug treatments, hosted the team at its compound in Choluteca, and raised local awareness about the clinics. The clinics interviewed patients, performed physical exams, made diagnoses, and offered treatments.
Such mission experiences give medical students the opportunity to see diseases not common in the United States, and work with patients from medically underserved areas of the world with limited resources. CUSOM has already begun planning for more international medical mission trips in the future.

DMU-COM Professor Named SOMA Educator of the Year

Gary Hoff, DO, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), was selected as the 2014 George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award by the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) House of Delegates during its spring convention held March 7-8 in Washington, DC. He was nominated by the SOMA chapter at DMU-COM. The award was developed in honor of George Northup, DO, a mentor to many osteopathic medical students throughout his career. In his 32 years of teaching, Hoff has helped prepare an estimated 6,000 physicians.

KCUMB-COM Faculty and Students Participate in Annual Mission Trip

A team of medical students and faculty from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) embarked on the college's annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic, which took place April 25-30. While on the mission, the team performed physicals for the Kansas City Royals Developmental League players at their Baseball Academy. The KCUMB-COM students and faculty also held a clinic to treat and provide health screenings for individuals living in medically underserved areas around La Romana. The team was able to meet with approximately 600 patients during their visit.

LECOM Celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and its students joined with their local communities in celebrating National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week, April 13-19.
To kick off NOM Week, students hosted their annual Healthy Living Fair on April 12. More than 70 students representing 15 clubs and organizations provided information on health-related topics, including women's health, travel safety, heart health, skin safety, and poison prevention. Free blood pressure and bone density screenings were offered, and students gave demonstrations of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). On April 14, Erie, PA Mayor Joe Sinnott presented a proclamation to representatives from LECOM's Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA).

LECOM Bradenton Hosts National Osteopathic Medicine Week Activities

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus (LECOM Bradenton) participated in an array of activities in celebration of National Osteopathic Medicine Week, April 13-19. LECOM's medical students participated in a proclamation from the Manatee Board of County Commissioners, hosted a YMCA Healthy Kids Day, ran a What is Osteopathic Medicine? Information Booth at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, hosted a mini-medical school, held a memorial service for the deceased who have donated their bodies to science, and held a "Ban the Tan" sun safety event at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.

MU-COM Sponsors WTHR Health and Fitness Expo

For the second year, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) will serve as a sponsor for the WTHR (an Indiana news station) Health and Fitness Expo, to be held April 26-27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. MU-COM sponsorship covers the "Celebration of Wellness 5K" expo kickoff race. MU osteopathic medical students and nursing students will also be running Health Screening Zone at the event, where they will be performing adult health screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, and cholesterol.

NSU-COM Student Honored with Humana Award

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) student Katia Jean Baptiste recently received the Terry G. Smith, MD, Memorial Primary Care Medicine Preceptorship. Ms. Jean Baptiste will now complete a four- to six-week paid summer preceptorship at a Humana-owned primary care medical center in South Florida. Humana created the Terry G. Smith, MD, Memorial Primary Care Medicine Preceptorships to honor the memory of Dr. Smith, a longtime Humana leader and respected primary care physician in South Florida.

OU-HCOM Assistant Dean Recognized for Rural Healthcare Training Programs Work

Randall Longenecker, MD, Assistant Dean for Rural and Underserved Programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) recently received a national award for his role in helping prepare medical students and residents for practice in rural areas. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) presented its 2014 Outstanding Educator Award to Dr. Longenecker on April 24, during association's 37th Rural Health Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Longenecker was nominated for this award by OU-HCOM students based on his work as a rural physician, his efforts in bringing together students from all of Ohio's medical schools for rural health retreats, and his success in connecting students with opportunities for networking, leadership, and advocacy.

PCOM Participates in Franklin Institute Science Festival

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently participated in the Franklin Institute's 10-day Science Festival held in Philadelphia, PA. Highlights included exhibits by Denah Appelt, PhD, PCOM Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Pharmacology, created an exhibit of plastinated body parts, and Greg McDonald, DO, Vice Chair, Clinical Associate Professor, and Director of Forensic Medicine, who created and walked festival-goers through a crime scene mystery activity.

 PCOM also participated in the festival's Science Carnival on the Parkway, which included more than 150 exhibitors. PCOM's exhibit took place inside its Mega Brain®, a portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit where PCOM researchers were on hand to explain the human brain's structure, function, trauma, and disease.

RowanSOM Co-hosts 6th Annual Community Health Fair

The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and the Gift of Life Donor Program sponsored their Sixth Annual Community Health Fair at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ on April 19. Students from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and the Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (RowanGSBS) provided free health information and screenings, as well as prizes, giveaways, and games for children. Proceeds from the day's 1K Walk/5K Run benefited the Gift of Life Donor Program.

TouroCOM-CA Hosts Research Day

On April 30, the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TouroCOM-CA) hosted a campus Research Day. The event included speeches by TouroCOM-CA professors, research posters by students and faculty, and guest speaker Ira Schwartz, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the New York Medical College.

TouroCOM-NY Student Wins Fellowship to Support Mission Work in Ghana

Alia Sommerville, an osteopathic medical student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY), has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF). The scholarship is currently being used to fund Ms. Sommerville during her seven-week medical mission trip to Ghana where she is working in two OB/GYN clinics, helping to deliver babies and care for patients. The NMF is a non-profit organization that advocates for increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians in the United States. The $5,000 award was made possible by The Lincoln Fund, a long-time supporter of the NMF and its mission.

UNECOM Competes in CLARION 2014 National Interprofessional Team Case Competition

A team of students from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) participated the CLARION 2014 Interprofessional Team Case Competition, held April 11-12 in conjunction with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education conference in Minneapolis, MN. CLARION is a University of Minnesota student organization focused on interprofessional collaboration. During the competition, student teams are given a case and charged with creating a root cause analysis. Each team presents its analysis to an interprofessional panel of expert judges who evaluate the analysis based on real-world standards of practice.

UP-KYCOM Announces Summer Medical Research Fellows

The University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) has announced the newest group of students selected to participate in the college's 2014 Summer Research Fellowship Program: Jason Ballenge, Emily Broomell, Andrew French, Jasmine Gray, Chris Jarzabek, and Dawn Neal. Thoughout the duration of the program, these students will work with internal or external mentors on the projects conducting research on a variety of topics, including neurologic, mental health, and cancer conditions. Upon the successful completion of the program, participating students will receive a stipend for their work.

VCOM-CC Pediatrics Organization Receives Awards Locally and Nationally

The American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) student organization at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) was nationally recognized for the second consecutive year at the ACOP National Conference in April. Members of the VCOM-CC ACOP student organization were awarded Best Poster for Research and Best Poster for Student Club.

VCOM-VC Students Win Jeopardy Competition

On March 8, a team of students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) won the 2014 Medical Jeopardy Tournament held during the Virginia American College of Physicians (ACP) annual meeting in Richmond, VA. The team of four osteopathic medical students was comprised of Hussein Al-Mohamad, Ryan Anderson, Rohini Manaktala, and Logan Rhea, who competed against other medical student teams representing medical schools from across the state of Virginia.

WVSOM Holds Campus IPE Event

On April 23, the entire class of second-year students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), along with 11 WVSOM faculty members and 73 nursing students from Bluefield State College, participated in an Interprofessional Education event held on the WVSOM campus. The first half of the day introduced the event's projected IPE goals and objectives, along with an overview of standardized patient simulation. Afternoon sessions included standardized patient encounters for the participants. Students were also exposed to Advanced Cardiac Life Support simulations utilizing robotic high-fidelity patient simulators. For the first time in a WVSOM IPE event, a progressive multi-modality simulation case utilizing Standardized Patients, participants, patient simulators, task trainers, and electronic health record was developed. This day-long IPE event is part of a series of trainings offered at WVSOM aimed to unify different members of a healthcare team to foster collaboration and trust.
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