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LMU-DCOM Medical Students Celebrate American Heart Month

02-2016_LMU-DCOM_ahm-CR-webStudents at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) are helping raise awareness for the American Heart Association (AHA). Osteopathic medical students and physician assistant students gathered in the shape of a heart on the hill in front of LMU-DCOM on Wednesday, February 3, to promote American Heart Month.

Throughout the month of February students hosted several events in the local area to help raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. On Friday, February 6, students performed wellness checks, including screenings for body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, at a local Walmart.

LMU-DCOM is an authorized training center for the AHA. LMU-DCOM offers a wide range of courses and certifications for today’s health care providers and the public at large through its Center for Simulation and Training. Using LMU-DCOM’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the AHA Training Center’s multi-disciplined instructors provide medical education in the areas of Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

In addition to AHA activities, through the student-led LMU-DCOM Community Wellness Program, medical students will join with LMU-DCOM’s AHA Training Center to teach students cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in various schools throughout Claiborne County.

ACOM Hosts the 2016 Wiregrass District Science Fair

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) hosted the 2016 Wiregrass District Science Fair at the Wiregrass Commons Mall in Dothan, AL on Friday, February 19. Sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Foundation, this year approximately 100 elementary, middle, and high school students from several Wiregrass counties showcased their science fair projects.

The District Science Fair is an important event that gives students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in their appropriate level math and science courses. ACOM visited more than 15 schools throughout the Wiregrass to engage and encourage fair participation, and ACOM medical students mentored many science fair participants as they completed their projects. This was a great way for ACOM to support the science and math curriculum in the area and encourage future careers in the science and health care fields.

CCOM/MWU Welcomes AOA President to Campus

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) welcomed John W. Becher, DO, President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), for a visit to Midwestern University’s Downers Grove Campus in February.

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CCOM students welcome John W. Becher, DO, President of the AOA, to the Downers Grove Campus.

Dr. Becher shared information with CCOM students about the demographics of the osteopathic medicine profession, the AOA’s ongoing efforts to support osteopathic research, and the role medical students have as leaders and advocates for the profession.

“I encourage you to get involved in your community and let people know what osteopathic medicine is all about. In addition to medicine and surgery, we also provide the osteopathic perspective that includes evaluation and treatment,” Dr. Becher told the first- and second-year medical students in attendance. “You are the future of the profession and we need your input,” he added.

Dr. Becher also shared with students the new AOA multimedia ad campaign designed to increase public awareness about the unique benefits of osteopathic medicine. In addition to talking with students, Dr. Becher met with faculty and administrators from the CCOM Dean’s Office and toured the campus.

DMU-COM Students Attend Iowa Caucus

Every four years, Des Moines University students gain the chance to shake hands, take selfies, and talk with the next president of the United States. That’s because the Iowa caucuses are considered to be the first major electoral event in the candidates’ long road to the White House, and Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students were enthusiastic participants on February 1. To prepare them, the DMU-COM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter hosted “Caucus 101,” an informational presentation, on January 19. It drew more than 100 people and was featured on the national SOMA website. “Our students are active and focused on giving back to the community,” says DMU-COM President and CEO Angela Walker Franklin, PhD. “The event was part of their being very civic-minded."

Marian University Unveils Bust of Andrew Taylor Still, DO

A bronze bust of Andrew Taylor Still, DO, founder of osteopathic medicine, was unveiled at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) on January 28. The sculpture was created by Brandon D. Crandall.
The bust of Dr. Still includes a description of osteopathic medicine’s origins as a uniquely American health care philosophy that recognizes the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—in optimizing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The bust is a gift from James M. Williams DO, an Indianapolis physician and former president of the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA). Dr. Williams helped dedicate the sculpture, sharing fascinating stories about osteopathic medicine that he has witnessed over his many years in practice.
“This is an historic occasion at Marian University,” Paul Evans, DO, Vice President and Dean of MU-COM said. “We will be continually reminded of A.T. Still and his ideas which were the foundation of the osteopathic profession. Everyone who visits the college will now have an even clearer vision of Dr. Still and his contribution to the provision of health care in Indiana, the United States, and the world.”

Patients Rank PCOM Doctors Among Best in United States

Doctors who attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) have been voted among the best in the United States, according to an annual analysis of patient reviews and ratings.

The Vitals Patients' Choice awards, now in their eighth year, are distributed based on more than six million patient ratings and reviews collected from Vitals' provider databases. Each year, only five percent of doctors in the United States receive the recognition—and PCOM is among this year’s top five American universities producing Vitals Patients’ Choice awardees.

“Everyone wants a knowledgeable doctor. And in today’s busy world, people want a doctor who values their time and doesn’t keep them waiting," said Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive Chairman for Vitals. "Vitals Patients’ Choice identifies the physicians who patients value for many reasons.” Some of the care factors considered for the award include patient reviews of bedside manner, doctor-patient face time and degree of follow-up.

RVUCOM Wins Best Program Award for Realistic Surgical Curriculum

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) was awarded the Best Program Award by Military Training Technology Magazine at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Together with Strategic Operations, RVUCOM developed an innovative Intensive Surgical Skills Course, which introduces students to high stress medical scenarios. This curriculum, along with simulation centers, utilizes the cut suit—a wearable bodysuit that simulates the physical effects of trauma on a live human. 

“To put this into perspective,” said Thomas Told, DO, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of RVUCOM. “There were hundreds of exhibitors from Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and more. Out of all of them, we were judged the best program for the use of simulation in teaching medical students and armed forces personnel.”

Harlem High School Students Learn about Medicine through TouroCOM-NY’s “MedAchieve”

02-2016_TouroCOMmedach2_cr-webFifty Harlem high schools students recently gathered at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY) where they viewed multiple medical procedures and gained hands-on experience through interactive displays at a fair designed to expose them to the world of science and medical careers.

TouroCOM-NY medical students from close to 20 TouroCOM-NY clubs ran interactive sessions to introduce the teens to the areas of interest and medical and surgical specialties during their recent “Specialties Fair.” The event was part of their “MedAchieve” afterschool enrichment program, geared at exposing the teens to science and medicine, and to the potential of becoming future doctors who will provide care for the underserved.
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February 2016
Vol. 10, No. 2