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AOA Names New VP of Accreditation and COCA Secretary

Alissa P. Craft, DO, MBA, is the new American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Vice President of Accreditation and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) Secretary. Prior to her new appointment, Dr. Craft held faculty positions at three osteopathic medical schools, and ran a neonatology department at a Phoenix hospital.

As Dr. Craft takes assumes her role with the AOA, her first and primary undertaking will be assisting COCA on their petition with the U.S. Department of Education to remain the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.

Dr. Craft recognizes and values the osteopathic philosophy and its emphasis on the continuum of wellness, and that “through single GME, we get to bring that philosophy to everyone,” she says. Her position with the AOA, she notes, provides her with the exciting opportunity to influence so many students and is “driven by the possibility of serving a larger group of future physicians.” 

Western U/COMP Founding President Retires

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, officially retired on Tuesday, September 8—the same day he started at the college 38 years ago.

Dr. Pumerantz became involved in osteopathic medicine after the AOA contracted him as a consultant, and later hired him on full time, to help establish new osteopathic medical schools in the East and South. After learning about the philosophy, Dr. Pumerantz’s interest and passion in osteopathic medicine began to grow, spurring his later decision to serve as founding dean of Western U/COMP, which opened its doors to its first class of 36 students in Pomona, CA in 1978. After serving as the face of the university for so many years, and accumulating long list of achievements and accolades, Dr. Pumerantz retires at 87 years old, leaving behind him a remarkable legacy at the school which he helped establish.

Western U/CDM Dean Steps into Role of Western U Interim Provost

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Dental Medicine (Western U/CDM) Dean Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, is now Interim Provost of Western U. In his capacity as Interim Provost, he will be responsible for providing oversight and support to all nine colleges of the University, and to the academic support units. He will also maintain his duties as Western U/CDM dean.

Dr. Friedrichsen will serve as interim provost on a part-time basis, taking over some of the duties of Provost and Chief Operating Officer Gary M. Gugelchuk, PhD, who has assumed the role of Interim President upon retirement of Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. WesternU’s permanent presidential search is ongoing.

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September 2015
Vol. 9, No. 9