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ATSU-KCOM Students Provide Medical and Dental Health Care to Local Uninsured Community 

On May 6, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) students partnered with ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health students for a student-led, provider-supervised, medical and dental outreach event. Conducted by ATSU's student organization, Still Caring Health Connection, the interprofessional event focused on providing medical and dental services—physical exams, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) treatment, diabetes and cholesterol panel screenings, oral health education, fluoride varnishes, and oral hygiene education—to uninsured patients in the area.

KCU Academic Center Recognized for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ (KCU) has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the energy-efficient, high-performing design and construction of its newly renovated Academic Center. KCU partnered with Kansas City, Missouri-based Helix Architecture and Design on the renovation. The new Academic Center was certified, in part, because of its repurposing of 90 percent of the materials from the site’s previous building. After a year of renovation, the structure was transformed into a cutting-edge academic learning center housing two lecture halls with a combined capacity of more than 700 students, KCU received recognition for green building leadership, and for creating an environment that saves money and resources, while promoting renewable, clean energy and a positive impact on health.

LECOM Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Senior Living Center

In anticipation of the arrival of the first residents later this month, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Health administrators and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the LECOM Senior Living in Erie, PA. After more than two years of planning and construction, the newest facility in the growing LECOM Health System is planned to open on June 22. The LECOM Senior Living Center adds to the continuum of care that is designed to maintain the high quality of life for the center’s residents. With the recent acquisition of the Parkside Senior Living Communities, LECOM Health now offers a full continuum of care from independent living and personal care apartments to skilled nursing care at the senior center, and outpatient services under the direction of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging.

In anticipation of the arrival of the first residents later this month, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Health administrators and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the LECOM Senior Living in Erie, PA. After more than two years of planning and construction, the newest facility in the growing LECOM Health System is planned to open on June 22. The LECOM Senior Living Center adds to the continuum of care that is designed to maintain the high quality of life for the center’s residents. With the recent acquisition of the Parkside Senior Living Communities, LECOM Health now offers a full continuum of care from independent living and personal care apartments to skilled nursing care at the senior center, and outpatient services under the direction of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging.
The LECOM Senior Living Center has created 250 jobs. The facility also will allow the COM’s medical, pharmacy, and dental students to work collaboratively and to learn more effectively the complexities of caring for the elderly.

LECOM Bradenton Graduates First MHSA Distance Education Class

Eleven students of the inaugural class of the Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) received their diplomas as part of LECOM Bradenton’s commencement ceremony on June 7. Several of the program graduates have already applied their newly acquired knowledge to advance their professional opportunities and scopes of responsibility. 98 percent of the curriculum is delivered through a dynamic, web-based distance education platform by an expert team of faculty with deep healthcare industry experience. Degree completion is in 18 months for our January cohorts and 24 months for our June cohorts. The next MHSA cohort begins January 2016.

LMU-DCOM Students Log Over 11,000 Hours of Community Service

On June 16, students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) celebrated the completion of 11,231 community service hours at its annual Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH) Hours Awards Ceremony. TOUCH is a program started by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) to encourage osteopathic medical student involvement in community service activities. Through this program, students are recognized for their hard work and dedication in serving others during their years spent in medical school, and awarded based on the number of hours they accrue over the year.

Twenty-five LMU-DCOM students logged over 100 hours of community service and received Gold-level recognition and 71 LMU-DCOM students logged over 50 hours and received Silver-level recognition. Each year, one student is chosen from each school by the COSGP as a top participant with Platinum-level recognition for community service on a local, national and international level. The Platinum recipient at LMU-DCOM was second-year osteopathic medical student Emmanuel Okenye, who completed 375 hours of community service, which included participation in the LMU-DCOM community wellness program at local schools, as well as international service through the school he founded in Nigeria.

Over the last year LMU-DCOM students have held a Kids' Pediatric Health Fair, given free health screenings at several events, mentored students and helped create a community wellness program at local schools, and volunteered through Servolution and Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, among other contributions to service. 

UP-KYCOM Students Host “KYCOM Cares Day”

On a mission to serve, more than 140 medical students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) hosted “KYCOM Cares Day,” a citywide community service event encompassing 15 locations throughout the City of Pikeville. UP-KYCOM students and faculty volunteers participated in activities at Judi’s Place for Kids, a child advocacy center, and at the local YMCA and animal shelter. The event included a student-organized wellness and OMT clinic, as well as a clinic for veterans that was hosted by the KYCOM Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. KYCOM’s Student Government Association logged more than 500 volunteer hours during the annual event and registered more than 200 donors for a bone marrow drive.

VCOM-CC Gives Back to Local Free Clinic

Since the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) opened in 2011, a number of medical students have volunteered their time while gaining hands-on experience with patients, physicians, and other clinical staff at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg, SC. The clinic has provided VCOM-CC students with the invaluable ability to interact with patients, learn from mentoring physicians, and practicing what they have learned in the classroom, and in turn, the college and its student organizations have promoted several opportunities for giving back to the clinic. In June, VCOM-CC presented St. Luke’s Executive Director Patricia Whitney with a $2,000 check to sponsor a community event that will be held in the fall. All proceeds from this event will benefit the free medical clinic and help improve the services it provides for the underserved population of Spartanburg County.
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June 2015
Vol. 9, No. 6