CCOM/MWU Students Volunteer in Nicaragua

A group of 24 students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) elected to spend part of their summer on a mission trip in Nicaragua. The volunteer medical trip took place from May 27 to June 3, in conjunction with the non-profit agency Global Medical Training. The goal of the trip was to provide medical care to rural underserved areas throughout Nicaragua and help students gain important clinical experiences while broadening their understanding of global health issues. During the trip, students had the opportunity to practice their physical examination, differential diagnosis, and patient interviewing skills under the supervision of licensed physicians.

CUSOM First-Year Students Participate in Surgical Knot Clinic                                          

The Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Emergency Medicine Club recently arranged a surgical knot clinic for first-year osteopathic medical students. The clinic, which was initially planned to introduce 10-15 students to surgical knot-tying techniques, quickly expanded to two flights of three sessions to accommodate the over 50 students interested in taking the clinic. The three sessions were: 1) one- and two-handed techniques; 2) interrupted suturing and its modifications; and 3) continuous suturing and its modifications. According to the club, participants showed a great deal of interest in continuing the trainings into the next academic year and in advancing to more sophisticated techniques such as cosmetic suturing, tracheostomy, and chest tube.

DMU-COM Students Accepted into WHO Summer Internship

Daniel Cole and Katie Stover, osteopathic medical students at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), were both accepted into summer internships with the World Health Organization (WHO). The internships will take place at the Who’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Cole will work in WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment, and Ms. Stover will intern in the Department of Aging. DMU-COM students have earned summer internships with the WHO each summer since 2009.

LECOM Releases Economic Impact Study

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) recently released an economic impact study for the college entitled “Driving America’s Healthcare Economy: The Impact of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.” The report was generated by Tripp Umbach, a national consulting firm specializing in market research and economic analysis. The study highlights LECOM’s contributions to the economies of Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as the three communities where LECOM has campuses, Erie and Greensburg, PA and Bradenton, FL. The report also details the impact of LECOM’s alumni. For more information and to download the study, visit:

OU-HCOM Participates in Medicaid Clinic

On June 26, counselors and appointed Affordable Care Act navigators from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) volunteered their time to assist members of the community with Medicaid enrollment during a free Medicaid Enrollment Clinic hosted at The Work Station in The Plains, an employment and education agency in The Plains, OH.

RVUCOM Receives ACS Accreditation

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) received notification that its Institute of Surgical Simulation received a Three Year Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. This makes RVUCOM the first osteopathic organization in to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons.   

VCOM-CC Pediatrics Organization Volunteers at NICU/PICU Reunion

On June 7, 22 members of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) studen
t organization from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) volunteered at the 2014 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) Reunion in Spartanburg, SC. Along with their faculty advisor, Hanna Sahhar, MD, medical students from VCOM’s pediatrics organization helped to run the event, which drew 72 registered child graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) program and approximately 200 family and friends. The NICU/PICU Reunion is a bi-annual event for child graduates of either unit at SRHS, with a purpose of celebrating the life of children who have overcome major medical events. It allows hospital staff and volunteers, including the medical students from VCOM-CC, to see the progress the children have made and celebrate in their success.

VCOM-VC Golf Tournament Honors the Memory of Blake E. Fought

On June 2, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) held the Sixth Annual Blake E. Fought Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Blacksburg Country Club in Blacksburg, VA. The tournament, sponsored by the Cornwell-Bireley Foundation, raises funds toward endowing the scholarship established in memory of Blake E. Fought, son of Amy Fought, DO, VCOM-VC alumnus. Blake was a 19-year old student at Radford University who died unexpectedly in 2007. A total of 128 golfers participated in the tournament and over $19,000 was raised for the Blake E. Fought Memorial Scholarship.

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June 2014
Vol. 8, No. 6