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ATSU-SOMA Students Awarded NHSC Scholarships

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded three students from A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) and three students from A.T. Still University-School of Dentistry & Oral Health with National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarships for their commitment to primary care.

Since 1972, the NHSC has connected 45,000 primary health care practitioners to communities with limited access to primary care. Today, 9,200 NHSC members provide care to more than 9.7 million people in the United States. The NHSC Scholarship application process is highly competitive, receiving 1,700 applications from over 430 schools nationwide this year, of which A.T. Still University ranked among the top 20 schools with NHSC scholarship awardees.

AZCOM/MWU Offers Anatomy-Based “Spring Training” for LA Dodgers Trainers

On March 3rd, the Los Angeles Dodgers training staff assembled at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) to brush up on their anatomy in anticipation of the 2015 baseball season. It was the third spring training workshop conducted at the University by the team.

Fifteen trainers from within the Dodgers Major League and Minor League systems joined AZCOM/MWU Anatomy Professor Randall Nydam, PhD, and Associate Professor Heather F. Smith’s, PhD, gross anatomy lab for training on the AZCOM students’ cadaver specimens. The trainers’ specific focus was inspection and assessment of joints and limbs—the anatomical areas most commonly injured among professional baseball players.

LA Dodgers Medical and Rehab Coordinator Nick Conte, PT, led the training staff in their two-hour lab session to prepare themselves for treating Dodgers players’ injuries in the upcoming season.

CCOM/MWU Students Spearhead the 2015 Integrate Chicago Conference

On February 7, the students of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) spearheaded the 8th annual Integrate Chicago conference. Integrate Chicago is an annual conference that unites health care professionals and students from the Chicago-area schools of medicine, both MD and DO, with the aim to increase awareness and understanding of integrative medicine and to build Chicago’s Integrative Medicine community.

Each year a distinguished and dynamic group of speakers share their latest research and experiences for a comprehensive one-day exploration of the many modalities of integrative, complementary, and alternative medicine. Highlights of the 2015 program included:

  • Keynote speakers:
    • Bob Rakowski, DC, CCN, Putting the Health Back in Health Care
    • Robert Ellis, DO, PhD, The Philosophy of Care
    • Sonia Oyala, MD, Mind-Body Medicine for Stress Management
    • Diverse exhibitors
    • And dynamic breakout sessions.

CUSOM and Southeastern Health Announce First Osteopathic EM Residency Program in NC

The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) and Southeastern Health in Lumberton, NC have received approval to create an emergency medicine residency program. The program has received full American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accreditation status, and will be transitioning to single accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as the two accrediting bodies unify over the next five years. 

CUSOM has committed to developing residency programs around the state for its graduates, especially in hospitals positioned to meet the needs of rural and underserved communities. According to the National Rural Health Association, 75 percent of residency graduates from rural programs will practice in rural locations.

Dean of Campbell’s osteopathic medical school Dr. John Kauffman says, “This residency program is one of many new programs CUSOM is developing to advance the mission of educating and preparing physicians to care for the rural and underserved populations in North Carolina, the Southeastern United States and the nation.”

LMU-DCOM Announces its Free CME Event: Best Practices in Clinical Teaching

On Thursday, April 9, Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), in joint sponsorship with The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), will present "Best Practices in Clinical Teaching: A Panel Presentation.” The presentation will be hosted at the LMU-Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, TN and will provide physicians and other health professionals with free Continued Medical Education (CME) credit.

This CME activity is designed to teach practitioners how to better integrate the training of medical students into busy clinical practice settings. During the event, the panel of clinical teaching experts will present discussion topics on preceptorship in a busy practice, promoting student learning, and the art of preceptorship—to improve teaching and learning at rotation sites in consideration of practice time constraints.

The speakers and panel members will include faculty and alumnus of LMU-DCOM, and MDs and DOs from surrounding area medical and health care practices. Visit the LMU-DCOM website if you are interested in registering for the upcoming event

NSU-COM’s Biomedical Informatics Program Ranks Sixth Nationally

The Biomedical Informatics Program at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) was recently announced as one of the “Best Value Online Master’s in Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs” for 2015 by the independent online publication, BestMedicalDegrees.com. NSU-COM’s Biomedical Informatics Program ranked No. 6 on the list of the top 25 programs in the United States, and the highest in Florida.

The Biomedical Informatics Program at NSU-COM focuses on training leaders to bridge healthcare and information technology. The program centers on computer science with a medical informatics focus, clinical informatics with a concentration in the areas of applications and evaluation, and the business and management of health information technologies (HIT).

“NSU is proud to be ranked among the best health informatics and health information management programs in the nation,” says NSU-COM’s Biomedical Informatics Program professor and director Jennie Q. Lou, MD, MSc. “This field is growing rapidly with the requirement of electronic health records and the national push to digitize health care, and NSU is preparing our students for successful careers in this area.”

RVUCOM Students Provide Health Care in Ecuador

As part of the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) Global Medicine Track, 20 medical students recently traveled to Ecuador to provide health care to impoverished and remote communities. Under the supervision of faculty physicians, the students saw up to 120 patients each day, while simultaneously running the pharmacy and lab area. The RVUCOM students rotated where and with whom they worked, which allowed them to experience many different facets of medical practice. It truly was a learning experience for everyone involved.

WVSOM Library Features Traveling Exhibit about AIDS

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) James R. Stookey Library is raising awareness about AIDS, a disease that had a tremendous impact on society and individuals in the 1980s.

The currently displayed exhibit, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture” is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit and is on display at WVSOM from March 16 to April 25. The exhibit will feature stories from individuals with AIDS, determined to survive the disease throughout the decades of fear and confusion as relationships between science, government, and society evolved.

Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, states that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” Open to WVSOM students, employees, and the community, the exhibit invites the public to experience the educational opportunity offered by the NLM.

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March 2015
Vol. 9, No. 3