ATSU Hosts Second Annual IPE-CCC
A.T. Still University (ATSU) hosted its second annual Interprofessional Education Collaborative Case Competition (IPE-CCC) simultaneously on both its Arizona and Missouri campuses in December. IPE-CCC provides health professions students with an interprofessional teamwork experience to gain insight into collaborative practice competencies, roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, interprofessional communication, and teamwork. The competition also reveals the complexity of health care delivery and the need for collaboration between healthcare professionals in order to reach the best health outcomes for clients/patients. Along with ATSU's participating osteopathic medical students, students from four other universities, 14 programs and 11 different professions, also participated in the competition.
AZCOM/MWU Hosts Mini Anatomy Class for Area Children
More than 100 sixth-grade students from Cheyenne Traditional School in Scottsdale, AZ participated in an introductory glimpse into medical education. The event was made possible through the efforts of Charles Finch, DO, Chair of Integrated Medicine at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU). Participating students received an introductory greeting from Dr. Finch and students from AZCOM/MWU, where they learned some basic information about how to turn an interest in science and medicine into a future healthcare career. The students then proceeded to a lab featuring prepared heart, lung, and brain specimens for student groups to study.
CCOM/MWU Students Participate in Residency Ready Day
The Chicago College of Osteopathic
Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) hosted a Residency Ready Day on November 22, 2013. The entire day was filled with information geared to preparing students for residencies which are a vital step in the post-graduate education of future physicians. Throughout the day, the CCOM/MWU students covered topics including: obtaining letters of recommendation, applying for residencies, interview and rotation etiquette, and CV/personal statement help. The students also participated in an exercise where they were each assigned a role such as congressman, Medicaid patient, DO, health insurance provider, etc., and explored issues in healthcare policy from the point-of-view of their role.
CUSOM Student Government Association Runs First Official Service Project
First-year students from the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) kicked off the holiday season with an evening of celebration and service for Operation Christmas Child, the first official service project by the school’s Student Government Association. The charter class enjoyed homemade cookies and sipped hot chocolate while packing 64 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child full of toys, hygiene items, educational materials, and candy. The items were donated by the CUSOM students and their families.
DMU-COM Expands Online Medical Terminology Course
The Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (DMU-COM) online medical terminology course has recently expanded to offer a Spanish version of the course, as well as a certificate option. The course is the most popular page on the DMU-COM website, receiving more than 200,000 page views per month from people around the world. Since the course began in the 1990s, it has attracted more than 1,000 participants from the United States, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Europe, Pakistan , the Philippines, and more.
LECOM Mentoring Club Hosts Christmas Party for YMCA Kids Club
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine student members of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Mentoring Club hosted a holiday party for more than 50 children at the local YMCA Kids Club. Participating osteopathic medical students collected donated gifts from their fellow students, as well as faculty and staff at LECOM, and delivered them to the children during the holiday party in December.
LMU-DCOM Students Make Record Donation to Angel Tree Program
The Phi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) recently donated over 400 gifts to the original Angel Tree in Knoxville, TN, an annual project sponsored by The Angel Tree Optimist Club. Osteopathic medical students, physician assistant program students, and LMU-DCOM faculty and staff all contributed to the drive, which culminated in the largest donation by any school or group of students in the history of The Angel Tree. The donation is the second largest single gift made to The Angel Tree since its beginning in 1975.
NSU-COM Researchers Receive $4.1 Million Grant to Investigate Gulf War Illness
The Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine recently received a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to fund its research project titled “Understanding Gulf War Illness (GWI): An Integrative Modeling Approach.” The project, which was selected as one of two DoD Gulf War Illness Research Program Consortium awardees, will be led by grant recipients Mariana Morris, PhD, Professor of Clinical Immunology and Director of the Gulf War Illness Project, and Nancy Klimas, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine.
PCOM AMOPS Sponsors Operational Medicine Symposium
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Chapter of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons (AMOPS) sponsored an Operational Medicine Symposium in conjunction with the Naval Recruiting Office at Naval Support Activity Philadelphia on December 13. Rear Admiral Charles Harr (Ret.), Deputy to the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Deputy Director, Medical Corps. Reserve Component, and Rear Admiral Thomas Beeman, Assistant Deputy Surgeon General for Reserve Affairs led the program.
William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation Donates $1 Million for Geriatrics at RowanSOM
The William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to the Rowan University Foundation to establish an Endowed Chair in Geriatrics at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (RowanSOM) New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA). The endowment will provide a perpetual funding source to support geriatric research, clinical care and education programs at the NJISA and – when combined with two RowanSOM endowments already established by the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation – will result in a fund of more than $2 million.
TUNCOM Dean is First Practicing Physician in Nevada to Receive National Award from ACP
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has voted to elect Mitchell D. Forman, DO, Dean and Professor at the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), and member of AACOM’s Board of Deans, to Mastership in the ACP. Dr Forman is the first practicing physician in the state of Nevada to receive this honor. Mastership is conferred only on a very select number of candidates around the country who are deemed distinguished through the practice of internal medicine and represent the qualities of strength of character, integrity, bravery, perseverance, compassion, devotion, steadiness and clinical competence.
UP-KYCOM Students Finish Summer Research Program
Six medical students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) completed research projects through the medical school’s new summer research fellowship program. Kolton Brusveen, Robert Cline, Shan Desai, Samuel Handshoe, Remina Panjwani, and Ravi Raithatha presented project on topics including osteopathic manipulative medicine, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Students provided oral presentations and poster displays of their research projects during KYCOM’s CME Alumni weekend, Peds Symposium ,and most recently during a Current Issues in Medicine lecture at KYCOM. The KYCOM Research Committee, with the support of administration, developed the KYCOM Student Summer Research Fellowship program which gives up to six osteopathic medical students interested in research the opportunity to work with an internal or external mentor on a research project while they pursue their DO Degree. Upon the successful completion of program, participants receive a stipend for their work.
VCOM-CC Pediatrics Organization Provides Screenings for Local Elementary School Students
On December 12, 2013, students from the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians organization at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) volunteered their time at Meeting Street Academy in Spartanburg, SC to provide health screenings for its students. Under VCOM-CC staff supervision, medical students from the college provided screenings for 55 Meeting Street Academy students. These screenings included height and weight measurements, and blood pressure, vision, hearing, and scoliosis checks.
VCOM-VC Staff and Students Provide Free Health Screenings
On November 8, 2013, 34 second-year students and six faculty from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia campus (VCOM-VC) traveled to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA to offer free health screening services at the Center's holiday event, the "Mistletoe Market." Screenings offered by VCOM-VC included blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol monitoring, glucose testing, skin screening, cancer risk assessment, health and nutrition information with body mass index (BMI) calculations, and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy.
WVSOM Hosts Community Mini-Medical School
Beginning January 27, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is offering members of the community a dynamic introduction to human health with a Mini-Med School led by second-year osteopathic medical students. Participants will gain valuable insights into how the body functions. During the four-week course, community members will learn about the causes of common physical ailments. Systems examined will include the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, neurology and rheumatology. The program is geared toward curious individuals who want to understand more about how the body works and how to enjoy healthy living at every age. Participants must be 18 or older to attend. Student organizers for this year’s event are Katrina Dempster and Stephanie Lam from the Class of 2016.