ATSU-KCOM Students Commemorate Those Lost on 9/11

On September 11, the A.T. Still University Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) Student Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons worked with the Kirksville, MO community to put together a ceremony for Patriot Day. Patriot Day is annually recognized as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” to honor the lives that were lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001. The ceremony was held at noon outside the courthouse in the middle of downtown Kirksville. The students were joined by the local police department, fire department, and ambulance district.

CCOM/MWU Faculty, Staff, Students Invited to New Osteopathic Soft Tissue Clinic

Faculty, staff, and students from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM/MWU) have been invited to participate in a new Osteopathic Soft Tissue Clinic (OSTC) to take place on the school’s Downers Grove, IL campus. The clinic will provide an opportunity for first- and second-year osteopathic medicine students to practice their treatment skills under the supervision of an osteopathic physician while also improving the overall health of the Midwestern University community. The clinic will open on October 1, 2014, and will be open Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The clinic is supported by two student groups, the CCOM/MWU Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO), as well as faculty from the college.

DMU-COM Students Receive Honors

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) will applaud two Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students at the AOF Honors 2014 Banquet on October 24 at the AOA OMED meeting in Seattle, WA. Katie Eggerman, MPH, will receive the AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award, and Mali Schneiter will accept the Welch Scholars Grant. Last year, Ms. Eggerman was a member of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Board of Trustees. She currently serves as the National SOMA Board Treasurer this year. Ms. Schneiter has held positions as both Secretary and President of her class, Vice President of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government Association, and an active member of several campus organizations.

LECOM Wins Local Business Award

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and its healthcare partners were recently awarded the 2014 Commitment to Erie Business Award. The Millcreek Health System was the overall winner for businesses with more than 50 employees. The awards program, now in its third year, was designed to recognize local employers for their commitment to their industry, customers, employees and the region. LECOM is the only osteopathic medicine academic health center with its partners Millcreek Community Hospital and the Clinical Practices of LECOM.

LMU-DCOM Alumnus Dr. Heath Named 2014 AOF Resident of the Year

On September 15, David J. Heath, DO, a 2011 graduate of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN, was named the the American Osteopathic Foundation’s (AOF) 2014 Resident of the Year. 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.

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. He also serves as an ambassador to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council of Interns and Residents, is a peer reviewer for the Journal of the AOA (JAOA), and a representative to the Osteopathic Residency Advisory Committee. The AOF Outstanding Resident of the Year Award will be presented during the AOF Honors 2014 Banquet on October 24 in Seattle, WA, in conjunction with the AOA 2014 OMED conference.

NSU-COM Receives $1.95 Million Grant to Investigate CFS/ME

Mary Ann Fletcher, PhD, who serves as the Schemel professor for the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), and her research team were recently awarded a $1.95 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study complex biomarkers of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in men.

Dr. Fletcher and her team will combine the findings from this federally funded four-year study with data the team previously compiled from its other sponsored programs in Gulf War illness (GWI), a related neuro-immune disorder. Grants for these four studies total nearly $10 million and have been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the NIH.

PCOM Students and Staff Meet with Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell

On September 4, several students in the PCOM chapter of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)—along with select staff and faculty—attended the Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference. At the event, the students were able to meet with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, who served as the keynote speaker for the event. The students were able to speak with Gen. Powell about their future as military physicians and pose for a photo.

RowanSOM Orientation Week Culminates in Volunteer Service Projects

On August 8, nearly 50 new Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) students traveled to the Food Bank of South Jersey to conclude their new student orientation week by participating in service events. At the food bank, students helped pack more than 400 lunches, gift bags, and several hundred parcels of canned food for area residents in need. The next day, more than a dozen students joined a larger group of volunteers for a program at Heart of Camden, a community-based organization dedicated to revitalizing Camden’s Waterfront South neighborhood through affordable housing, family, and youth services.

TouroCOM-NY Middletown Branch Campus Welcomes Inaugural Class

The Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York campus in Middletown, NY opened its doors to its inaugural class of 135 osteopathic medical students on Wednesday, July 30. Kenneth J Steier, DO, MBA, MPH, MHA, MGH, serves as the school’s Founding Dean and a professor.

VCOM–CC Remembers 9/11 in SAMOPS Ceremony

On the morning of September 11, 2014, students, faculty and staff gathered below the flag poles in front of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, and the lives lost on that day. Students from the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) organized the event, which included a military processional, a time of reflection, the lowering of the flags to half-mast and a musical performance.

WesternU/COMP Students Author Textbook Chapter

Three osteopathic medical students at the Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) co-wrote a chapter of “The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery,” published by CRC Press. The students, Houman Badrzadeh, Michelle Knosp, and Peyman Tashkandi, started the project when they were Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) students in WesternU’s Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences in 2011-2012. The MSMS program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their learning and reasoning skills and improve their chances at successfully applying to the professional colleges at WesternU and other institutions.

The students co-authored “Chapter 7: Carbon Nanoplatforms and Their Application for Neurological Disorders” with Babak Kateb, MD, the Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT). The students are listed as contributors affiliated with Western University of Health Sciences.

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September 2014
Vol. 8, No. 9