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CUSOM Partners with CommWell Health to Provide Clinic at Local Festival

On September 21, 15 second-year medical students from the Cambell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) participated in the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry's 24th Annual Farmworker Festival in Dunn, NC. The students hosted a booth with one of CUSOM’s partner organizations, CommWell Health. Farmworkers and their families who visited the booth received osteopathic manipulative treatment, health information in both Spanish and English, and health screenings. CUSOM medical students took patient information and performed initial intake tasks of taking blood pressure readings, body mass index (BMI) measurements, and patient histories. Several medical students and CommWell Health staff who are fluent Spanish speakers served as translators for the team. The CommWell team also worked with the students to draw blood for STD, cholesterol, and blood sugar tests.

KCUMB-COM Medical Students Train Children for Upcoming 5K Run

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) are currently training children for an upcoming 5K run. Approximately 15 members of KCUMB-COM’s Fit Doctors Association, a student organization, have partnered with three elementary schools near the KCUMB-COM campus to train third- through eighth-graders in preparation for the November 2 Cliff Hanger Run in Kansas City, MO. 

MU-COM Hosts DO Mentoring Workshop

On October 9th, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) Timmy Global Health Student Club welcomed Michael A. Evans, PhD, founder and chairman emeritus of AIT Laboratories, as a guest lecturer for the group’s speaker series. Dr. Evans’ $48 million pledge was instrumental in the university’s ability to open Indiana’s first medical school, MU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 110 years. Read more on this story

NSU-COM Participates in More than 600 Community Projects in FY 2014

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) claimed the top spot in the university’s Fiscal Year 2014 Community Collaboration Database, which serves as a compilation of the community outreach endeavors conducted annually by NSU’s 18 colleges, schools, and centers. NSU-COM submitted 608 approved community projects.

OU-HCOM Study Shows Impact of New Primary Care Course

A groundbreaking course at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) is helping improve students’ views of primary care, according to a research paper published in October in Family Medicine. The article, “Changing First-Year Medical Students’ Attitudes Toward Primary Care,” was authored by Heritage College and Ohio University faculty members Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD; Sharon Reynolds, EdD; Jane T. Balbo, DO; Sarah Adkins, PharmD,; and Randall Longenecker, MD. The researchers surveyed new medical students before and after taking the college’s intensive, required, weeklong “Introduction to Primary Care” course, finding that the course improved both students’ knowledge and perceptions of the field.

PCOM Partners with Thomas Jefferson University on DO/MPH Dual-Degree Program

In September, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) signed an agreement with Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health that allows DO students the opportunity to receive a Master’s of Public Health degree from Jefferson while completing their osteopathic medical coursework at PCOM. Those embarking on the dual-degree path can attain both degrees in as little as five years.

RVUCOM Hosts Mass Casualty Training Exercise

On October 15, the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) hosted a mass casualty training exercise. The exercise was a collaboration between RVU Public Safety and Security Department and several law enforcement and public safety agencies, including several police departments, private ambulance companies, SWAT teams, and soldiers from the US Army. The drill scenario included two shooters and explosive devices, designed specifically to “overtax” the responders and provide insight which will help them better respond to potential mass emergencies in the future. The exercise also allowed RVU students to receive firsthand experience of applying their medical knowledge to treat disaster victims quickly and efficiently.

UP-KYCOM Hosts PreSOMA Conference

On October 18, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) hosted a PreSOMA Conference. UP-KYCOM's Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Chapter and AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Application Services Gina M. Moses, MEd, welcomed pre-medical students from across the region to experience and learn more about osteopathic medicine, osteopathic medical schools, and the benefits SOMA brings to medical students. Prospective students were also able to learn more about PreSOMA and how the organization helps prepare students for osteopathic medical school.

Local Students Leave their Mark at VCOM-CC

On October 13, elementary school students from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership in Spartanburg, SC visited the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) to paint their own handprints on stepping stones that will eventually become a path in the Four Seasons Garden that is being built on the corner of the campus. The event was held as a community outreach effort to get the local residents involved in the campus.

VCOM-VC Students Participate in Flu Clinic

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus’s (VCOM-VC) Linda Frasca, MD, Chair of Appalachian Medical Missions, Associate Professor, and the Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) student organization advisor, trained, certified, and supervised 40 VRHA students to give free flu shots to VCOM-VC first- and second-year students and post-baccalaureate students at Academic Primary Care Associates. About 200 flu vaccines were given during the two free flu clinics in October. The Flu shot clinics allowed the students to become up-to-date with their flu immunizations and gave the second-year students the opportunity to practice giving injections.

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October 2014
Vol. 8, No. 10