ATSU-KCOM Hosts Student Multi-Sport Tournament Fundraiser to Benefit Local Food Pantry

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) hosted the Winnerfest Multi-Sports Tournament January 10-11, 2014, on its campus in Kirksville, MO. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the local Kirksville food pantry, as well as medical expenses for injured ATSU-KCOM student Emily Ryan-Michailidis. Winnerfest was sponsored by the ATSU-KCOM Biomedical Sciences Club and Sports Medicine Club.

ATSU-SOMA Students Experience Caring for Metro Phoenix Homeless

First-year osteopathic medical students from the A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) are gaining experience in caring for the homeless through volunteer involvement with Circle the City. Circle the City is Arizona’s first medical respite center, and provides care to people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix, AZ. Through collaboration with area hospitals, Circle the City provides homeless people with a place to heal after hospitalization. Once monthly, ATSU-SOMA students, under faculty supervision, visit the 50-bed facility to practice and develop their clinical history-taking, as well as physical exam and OMT skills.

DMU-COM Assistant Professor Named Guardian of the Profession

Adrian Woolley, DO, Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manual Medicine at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) and 1995 DMU-COM graduate, was recently recognized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as a Guardian of the Profession. A Guardian of the Profession is an osteopathic physician who advances the culture of osteopathic medicine by having served in a local, state or national osteopathic leadership role. A Guardian also demonstrates a strong sense of pride in the osteopathic medical profession and works actively to advance osteopathic medicine with colleagues and the general public. 

KCUMB-COM Announces Military Medicine Addition to Curricular Offerings

On January 29, Bruce Dubin, DO, Dean of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM), announced the addition of a military medicine track to the College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum. As a kick-off event for the recent announcement, KCUMB-COM hosted Major General Philip Volpe, DO, United States Army (retired), to speak to KCUMB-COM students.

LECOM Opens Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has opened the LECOM Institute for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, a specialized, state-of-the-art treatment facility for patients with chronic wounds. Located within Millcreek Community Hospital, the LECOM Institute for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine offers the latest protocols and therapies, such as negative pressure, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetic treatments. A growing elderly population is one factor contributing to an increase in the number of individuals with chronic wounds. Of particular note, the institute will also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to its patients thanks to a partnership with Healogics, the world’s largest wound care management company. By offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the institute expects to achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, healing rates, and patient satisfaction rates.

LMU-DCOM Senior Associate Dean Appointed to Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination

Michael J. Wieting, DO, MEd, Senior Associate Dean at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination. The Board of Osteopathic Examination was created in 1905 by an act of the State Legislature. This board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all physicians practicing osteopathic medicine within the state are qualified.

MU-COM Receives Arnold P. Gold Foundation Grant to Fund Mentoring Program

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has awarded Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) a $25,000 grant to fund its Meaningful Medicine Mentoring ProgramThe program is designed to develop Indiana physicians into mentors for first and second-year osteopathic medical students enrolled at MU-COM. More information on this grant can be found online at

NSU-COM Virtual World Tool Featured in News

On December 16, 2013, the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) Department of Medical Education was prominently featured in a news story—filmed at the NSU Health Professions Division and broadcasted on local news station WPLG Local 10—regarding the college’s use of Second Life (SL) virtual-world technology. SL is a web-enabled, computer-based, and simulated multimedia tool that provides students and professors with an innovative way to interact, collaborate, and engage as avatars. After the segment was aired, a number of WPLG Local 10’s national broadcast affiliates also aired the segment.

$1 Million Gift Supports College Center at PCOM

On February 6, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) 1977 alumnus Michael C. Saltzburg and his wife, Wendy Saltzburg, made a $1 million dollar gift to benefit the College’s Clinical Learning and Assessment Center. The gift establishes an endowment fund that will help to maintain the facility. The Clinical Learning and Assessment Center comprises an 11,000 square foot facility that houses 15 patient exam rooms, four simulator training rooms, an OR, an ER/trauma bay, an ICU/CCU/medical surgery suite, and 68 simulation trainers. The Saltzburg’s gift is in addition to the family's donation of an operating table in the new Surgery Operating Room and a previous $115,000 contribution. Dr. and Mrs. Saltzburg will be acknowledged for their gift with the naming of the new center at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on April 10, 2014. The new center will be officially designated the Dr. Michael and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center.

RowanSOM Leadership Development Series for Administrators and Staff

On January 24, the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) held the first session of its new five-session Leadership Development Series for a number of the school’s staff. The program is designed to provide department administrators, program directors, and supervisors with concepts and tools to enhance their leadership skills.

VCOM-CC Students Run Mini-Med School to Deaf and Blind Students

Thirteen students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM–CC) organized a “Mini-Med School” experience in January for students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) in Spartanburg, SC. The VCOM-CC medical students visited SCSDB, delivering presentations about bones, muscles, organs, the importance of healthy living and physical activity, and giving the children hands-on experience in a range of activities, from taking a pulse and listening to a heartbeat to touching a preserved human heart, lung, and brain. The purpose of the Mini-Med School experience is to teach children about how to achieve wellness, inspiring an interest in science and medicine, and encourages middle- and high-school students to explore careers in the medical field.


VCOM-VC Post-bac Students Travel to El Salvador for Health Research

On January 5, 22 students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) Post-baccalaureate Pre-Med Program and nine VCOM-VC staff traveled to El Salvador for a week-long health education mission trip. The students prepared short educational sessions before the trip to deliver while on the mission. Session themes included personal hygiene, violence and bullying prevention, substance abuse prevention, nutrition, and oral hygiene. 

WVSOM Hosts On-Campus COM Week Activities 

WVSOM hosted its Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Week activities February 17-21. The focus of this year’s events was on the “Spirit” aspect of the osteopathic medicine “mind, body, spirit” principle. The school’s COM Week events were kicked off on February 17 with a speech from John Lewis, author of “From the Dry Bone to the Living Man,” a biography of Dr. A.T. Still. Other events include a physician panel discussion on spirituality and practice, a student panel discussion on faith and the healing arts, and more.

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February 2014
Vol. 8, No. 2