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AZCOM/MWU Holds First Annual Clinical Rotation Regional Showcase

The First Annual Clinical Rotation Regional Showcase was held on January 17 at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU).

First- and second-year AZCOM/MWU’s students were the beneficiaries of the new on-campus orientation program regarding their third- and fourth-year rotations. 

The Showcase brought together faculty and student coordinators, AZCOM/MWU faculty, and current third- and fourth-year students on rotation to present information about the four regional rotation programs currently supported by the COM in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Oklahoma. The presentations were followed by open table discussions and Q&A sessions for each region.

CUSOM Hosts Southeastern Regional AOASM Conference

CUSOMOn January 31, the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) hosted the Southeastern Regional American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) Conference. Conference topics included: exercise associated collapse, fractures/dislocations, exercise induced asthma/anaphylaxis, cardiac screening in athletes, cervical spine injuries, and traumatic brain injury.

The conference also featured the “Sports Med Wars” competition for which CUSOM medical student, Anthony Parker said, “The Med Wars competition in the afternoon was a nice way to bring out everyone's competitive nature while letting us all learn some very practical clinical skills.”

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Reveals New Brand Identity

On January 28, the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) announced the school’s refreshed brand identity, now the Kansas City University (KCU) of Medicine and Biosciences. KCU unveils its newly branded name and logo in recognition of its upcoming centennial celebration.

In anticipation of the school’s anniversary, KCU President and CEO Marc B. Hahn, DO, recognizes that “it is crucial to have an identity that accurately reflects the importance and impact of the globally-recognized medical university that we are.” Dr. Hahn further explains that the new brand provides KCU with a refreshed identity that reflects the COM’s innovative and personalized education, and positions it to deliver the next generation of osteopathic health professionals. 

LECOM Names New Faculty and Staff

Nanette CrawfordNannette Crawford, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Pathologist with the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, is the lead author for an article recently published in the Seminars in Speech and Language professional journal. The article “Community-Based Resources for Concussion Management” focuses on the role of speech-language pathologists in the rehabilitation of patients experiencing cognitive and communication-related difficulties as the result of a concussion. Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso Bess Sirmon-Taylor, PhD, co-authored the article.

Rick Slaven of LMU-DCOM to Present at NAEMSE Symposium

Director of the Center for Simulation and Training at Lincoln Memorial University—DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Rick Slaven has been selected to present at the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) 20th Annual Educator Symposium, to be held August 4-9 in Nashville, TN.

For the symposium, Mr. Slaven will present his manuscript "Vicarious Simulation; A Medical School Model,” which will feature LMU-DCOM's model of vicarious learning and its associated successes. The presentation will include the importance of post simulation debriefing as well as discussion on various case presentations.

"I am honored to be selected to present at NAEMSE's national symposium," said Slaven. "There is a growing body of literature within higher education which suggests that students are able to use another's experience to learn vicariously.”

The Center for Simulation and Training at LMU-DCOM contains six simulation suites designed to simulate real-world health care environments including an ER, delivery room, ICU, operating room. Ambient sounds are played to mimic the sounds of a hospital, and full-body simulation manikins and partial body simulators are used to teach, train, and assess student competency.

OU-HCOM Faculty Co-Author and Publish Book

OU-HCOMRecently, two faculty members at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) co-authored and published a book that offers guidance to field researchers for how to handle challenges faced while working internationally.

Disasters in Field Research: Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events, was written by OU-HCOM’s Gillian H. Ice, PhD, MPH, and Nancy J. Stevens, PhD, along with Darna L. Dufour, PhD, an anthropology professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and published by Rowman & Littlefield.

PCOM Celebrates Annual Founders' Day

PCOMThe Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) celebrated its annual Founders' Day in honor of the COM’s founders Oscar John Snyder, DO, and Mason Wiley Pressly, DO. During the event, a ceremony is held to honor the recipients of PCOM’s highest honors, the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal and the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal. This year’s recipients of the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal were Oliver Bullock, DO, and Joseph Dieterle, DO; and the recipients of the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal were Lauren Smith, DO, and Valerie Moore, DO.

RowanSOM Family Medicine Doctors Train Physicians from China

RowanSOMThe Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (RowanSOM) Department of Family Medicine recently hosted two doctors from China’s Sichuan province for a 12-week primary care training program. Drs. Bo Li and Hu Min worked with faculty and residents to gain an understanding of how RowanSOM teaches its students and residents, and how to apply it to their own physician training programs back home in China.

RVUCOM Students Participate in Training Session with U.S. Ski Team Physicians

RVUCOMRVUCOM recently teamed up with the United States Ski Team physicians for an annual training session. During the session, the physicians taught RVUCOM students how they treat emergencies they encounter on the slopes. One RVUCOM student, Anthony Garzone, volunteered for an emergency scenario with the RVU “cut suit,” (pictured left) a body suit that allows physicians and students to perform surgery and other invasive treatments, for added realism. Mr. Garzone played the part of a snowboarder who had collapsed with tension pneumothorax, and the students learned how the physicians identified his symptoms and took appropriate actions, which included needle-decompressing his chest.

TouroCOM-NY Announces New Leadership Board

On February 20, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine—New York (TuoroCOM-NY) announced the formation of its Advisory, Advancement and Advocacy (AAA) Board. The Board was created to assure that the COM receives significant community input as it develops programs that serve the interests and needs of the Mid-Hudson Valley Region, the state of New York, and the nation.

The AAA Board’s founding members are experienced and well-respected leaders in the Hudson Valley and the TouroCOM-NY University System, including Founding Dean and Board Chair Kenneth Steier, DO, MBA, MHA, MPH. Each Board member brings industry-specific knowledge to TouroCOM-NY that will enhance the COM as a central location for the community, school districts, government officers, and foundations and organizations to understand the new role medical education will play in NY.

The AAA Board will be hosting the first Community Open House of TouroCOM-NY on March 22.

WesternU/COMP Students Awarded in California Osteopathic Video Challenge

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) students Natalie Hollick and Katherine Scribner recently competed in the California Osteopathic Video Challenge. Competing against osteopathic medical students throughout the state, the pair won an award for their innovative video entry featuring their original song “Help! I Need a Doctor.”

The creative compilation captures the sequence of events following an “injured patient,” played by Natalie, as she seeks the care of an osteopathic physician (DO). The song continues along about the patient’s journey, describing the distinctiveness of medical care provided by a DO, and the hands-on benefits of osteopathic medical practice. The lyrics go on to highlight Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), and specific OMM techniques that can restore patient mobility.

“Help! I Need a Doctor” also emphasizes osteopathic principles such as treating the whole patient.

Watch the video.

WVSOM Opens Mini-Medical School to Community Members

WvSOMThe West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is offering community members insight into the medical field by providing a “Mini-Med School.”

Beginning February 2, “Mini-Med” will help participants learn and gain knowledge on specific health-related topics including the musculoskeletal, brain and neurology, endocrinology, and cardiopulmonary systems. The four-week program will take place one evening per week at the Clinical Evaluation Center on WVSOM’s campus. The courses provides community members insight to medical education, as well as WVSOM students the opportunity to engage in community service. 

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February 2015
Vol. 9, No. 2