ATSU-KCOM Conducts 10th Anniversary Flight 5966 Remembrance Ceremony

On October 19, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) held it’s Day of Compassion ceremony outside the school’s Interprofessional Education Building (IPE). This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy. Staff, faculty, students, community members, and distinguished guests were on hand to honor the 13 lives lost on October 19, 2004, in the crash of Flight 5966. The passengers of that flight were on their way from St. Louis to Kirksville for a conference focused on developing a compassionate campus.

The only two survivors of the plane crash were in attendance. John Krogh, PhD, a former faculty member, and Wendy Bonham. The flag pole in front of the IPE Building was dedicated as a symbol of the university’s strength and resolve to educate compassionate, humanistic healthcare professionals who will treat patients within communities spanning the globe.

ATSU-SOMA Students Spearhead Non-Profit, Project Pueblo

Project Pueblo is a 100 percent volunteer, student-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping families of the Navajo American Indian Reservation located only three hours from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA) campus in Mesa, AZ. Spearheading Project Pueblo are students Ryan Wycliffe, OMS ll, ATSU-SOMA, and wife Lori Wycliffe, D2, a student at ATSU's Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Recently, Mr. and Mrs. Wycliffe organized 18 students from the ATSU-SOMA Class of 2017 and two students from ATSU-ASDOH Class of 2017 to participate in a Project Pueblo service project to improve living conditions for families on the Navajo American Indian Reservation. In one weekend, students finished building a hogan (traditional Navajo home) for a woman who had previously lived with her seven children in an uninsulated trailer. In the future, the group hopes to travel back to provide medical and dental services to families.

CUSOM’s Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences Recognized in Building Awards

The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences, home to the school of osteopathic medicine and physician assistant programs, received honorable mention in the 1st Annual Building North Carolina Awards, sponsored by BusinessNC magazine.

DMU-COM Releases Public Health and Emergency Medicine Training Video

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) Dean J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, along with several colleagues at the college, recently used their experience in and knowledge of public health and emergency medicine to generate a training video for hospital residents, nurses, and attendings. The video focuses on the proper use of personal protective equipment and effective planning for emergency medical situations. Watch the video.

KCUMB-COM Students Coach Local Children for 5k Race

A group of first- and second-year osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) volunteered their time throughout October to train children for the 29th annual Cliff Hanger 5k run in Kansas City, MO. KCUMB-COM purchased new running shoes for each of the 70 children who participated in the training program. Then, on Sunday, November 2, the KCUMB-COM students ran alongside 30 of the children who participated in the training program as they completed the race.

LECOM and Highmark Announce Scholarship Recipients

Five osteopathic medical students at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) have been chosen for scholarships through a program designed to increase the supply and retention of physicians in medically underserved areas. The students, Samuel Sawyer, Catherine Conway, Gabriella Chibbaro, Adrien Ennis, and Anthony Cocciolone, are the first recipients of the LECOM and Highmark Student-To-Practice Academic Scholarship. The scholarship provides each recipient $20,000 for tuition in exchange for their commitment to practice primary care in areas in Pennsylvania and Appalachia designated by Highmark as having physician shortages. The Student-To-Practice Academic Scholarship is made possible through Highmark’s commitment of $500,000 over five years to create scholarships for LECOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) graduates. See more at

LMU-DCOM Graduate Named 2014 AOF Resident of the Year

David J. Heath, DO, a 2011 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), has been named the 2014 Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF). The Outstanding Resident of the Year Award recognizes and honors outstanding osteopathic residents who embody a great spirit of altruism and whose combination of clinical promise, leadership, ability to think outside the box, and commitment to their patients and the osteopathic profession separate them from the majority. Dr. Heath is currently Chief Resident in the emergency medicine residency program at Cleveland Clinic – South Pointe Hospital (SPH)/NEOOEM Consortium in Warrensville Heights, OH.

MU-COM Hosts Veterans Day Activities

On Veterans Day 2014, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) presented a lunch session for its military members, including veterans and Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) student participants. MU-COM recognized those who completed military service in the past, and also shared updated information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnostic classifications and the latest treatment options. As more service members continue to return home from, recognizing and treating PTSD has become increasingly important for physicians. This is the second year MU-COM has participated in the AACOM Joining Forces program.

NIH Awards $1.4 Million to OU-HCOM to Study Muscle Strength Loss in Seniors

On October 16, the National Institutes of Health awarded a $1,376,867 grant to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) to allow researchers to more closely examine reduced muscle strength in senior citizens. The four-year study is being conducted by Brian Clark, PhD, professor of neuromuscular physiology at OU-HCOM and Executive Director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute. The study will use noninvasive techniques to better understand the role the brain and nervous system play in muscle weakness. Muscle weakness is a serious public health issue for aging populations, as it interferes with physical activity, limits mobility and increases injury and mortality in senior citizens.

The study will also test the effectiveness of cognitive and physical activity exercise interventions to see which is more effective at preventing the loss of muscle strength. An advisory board of senior citizens in the broader Athens area will provide recommendations about the type of interventions that would be most compatible with the lifestyle and abilities of aging adults. The study, officially named Unraveling the Neural Contributions of Dynapenia in Elders (The UNCODE Study), is expected to begin recruiting participants over the age of 65 in the spring of 2015.

PCOM Honors the Work of its Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) was the recipient of the college’s 2014 President’s Leadership Award at the annual President’s Recognition Reception in November. The reception honors those donors who through their generosity to PCOM, are admitted membership to the President's Leadership Circle.

The Alumni Association was honored for its dedication and commitment to serving the college and the osteopathic profession. Among its endeavors are its sponsorship of the annual PCOM Golf Classic, which raises money for the college’s five community-based healthcare centers; the Alumni Association Scholarship; the Albert D’Alonzo DO Memorial Student Fund; and its most recent gift, a scholarship named for former college president and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD.  The Alumni Association also provided two separate gifts of $100,000 each to PCOM’s Philadelphia and Georgia campuses to benefit their clinical learning and assessment centers.

AOA President and NBOME Chair Visit PNWU-COM

American Osteopathic Association (AOA) President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Chair, Dr. Wayne R. Carlson, DO, visited the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) on October 29. Dr. Juhasz and Dr. Carlsen enjoyed lunch with the PNWU-COM student body and spoke expressively on current topics in the osteopathic profession. Dr. Carlsen had discussed the latest in certification and continuing professional development opportunities. Dr. Juhasz presented the latest on continuing medical education and the future of the profession. After a tour of campus, Dr. Juhasz provided instructions for students in the osteopathic manual manipulation lab and later that evening met for dinner with student leaders and PNWU-COM staff.

UP-KYCOM Hosts PreSOMA Conference

On October 18, the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) SOMA Chapter, along AACOM and representatives from eight other colleges of osteopathic medicine, welcomed 80 pre-medical students to the UP-KYCOM campus for a PreSOMA Conference. The conference provided information about osteopathic medicine, osteopathic medical schools, and the benefits SOMA brings to medical students. Attendees traveled from Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania to participate in this event.

VCOM–CC Students Provide Free Health Screenings for Local Children

On November 12 and 14, students and staff at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) held their annual health screening days for elementary school children at the local Meeting Street Academy. Led by adviser and VCOM-CC faculty member Hanna Sahhar, MD, osteopathic medical students offered free back-to-school screenings for the young students, including height and weight measurements and blood pressure and vision exams.

VCOM-VC Hosts Leading Global Health Seminar Speaker Series

Established in 2013, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) Leading Global Health Seminar series provides experiences and stories from leaders in the medical field on various issues of global health importance. This seminar series is attended by VCOM-VC medical students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members.

The most recent seminar speaker, Peter Michaelson, DO, PhD, visited VCOM-VC on October 14 to share his broad range of experience in practicing with a uniquely osteopathic point of view. Dr. Michaelson is an American physician practicing in Germany, with a private practice in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and complementary modalities in Munich, Germany, and Ft. Pierce, FL. 

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November 2014
Vol. 8, No. 10