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TouroCOM-NY Dean Honored for Leadership and Service to Minority Community

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY) Dean of Student Affairs Nadege Dady, EdD, received a Nubian Union Legend Award at the organization’s recent Chasing Stars Holiday Gala in Greenwich Village. The award was presented to Dr. Dady and other honorees who exemplify “unconditional sacrifice and community service [and who] stand as icons of stewardship to everyone.”

01-2016_NubianAwards_CRPictured at left: Honorees and hosts at Nubian Union Gala (left to right) Randy Gener; Clark D. Everson; Nadege Dady, EdD; William Gibbs, MD; Richard Alston (front); Henry C. Rawls

The Nubian Union is composed of two community-based non-profits focused on the growth of brain injuries, especially among minority youth: Unity Missionary Investors, which aids economically-challenged communities with tools and programs; and the Nubian Cultural Center for Research & Development, a multigenerational program that promotes racial and ethnic harmony through cultural exchange and education.

DMU-COM Hosts Mobile Clinic at Iowa Cross Country Race Event

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Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) osteopathic medical students and faculty staffed the DMU Mobile Clinic as a first aid station at the 37th annual Living History Farms Off-Road Races on November 21. Dubbed the biggest cross country race in North America, the seven-mile event—a fundraiser for the central Iowa attraction—draws up to 7,500 participants, many in costume, who wade through creeks, dodge animals, and crawl over gullies.    

PCOM Hosts AOA and HHS Officials for Provider Week of Action

01-2016_AOA_HHS_PCOMOfficials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the nonprofit Enroll America, and the American Osteopathic Medicine (AOA), visited the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) on January 19, as part of the HHS’ “Provider Week of Action,” which highlights the work of community health centers and providers.

John Becher
, DO, PCOM Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine and President of the AOA; Ester Krofah, Deputy Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform; and Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of the HHS, addressed an audience of students, administrators, and faculty on the critical role of physicians in educating patients about coverage. “Our goal is to make sure no Pennsylvanians are uninsured," said Ms. Grossi.

Charmaine Chan, DO, Instructor of Family Medicine, and Steven Mosey, Osteopathic Medical Student, PCOM, gave both the physician and student perspectives on the importance of health care enrollment. “It’s a continuous dialogue, educating patients on why they need healthcare coverage,” said Dr. Chan. “It’s a tough job, but an important one.”

CCOM/MWU SOMA Auction Raises Money for Advocacy Trip

Students at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) recently held a fundraising event for the annual DO Day on the Hill legislative advocacy trip to Washington DC. Members of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) hosted the Annual Benefit Auction at a local restaurant in January. Participants enjoyed an evening of networking, food, and fun while raising more than $4,500 to support the student trip, which will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 on Capitol Hill.

“CCOM students work very hard to be leaders on a national scale and actively work to make the world a better place. The Benefit Auction helps fund the most meaningful advocacy work in which our students participate each year, their trip to Washington DC to speak to their elected officials,” said Nick Tackett, Osteopathic Medical Student, SOMA President at CCOM/MWU. 

BrickStreet Foundation Donates $900K to WVSOM

01-2016_WVSOM_BrickStreet_CRThe BrickStreet Foundation recently donated $900,000 in scholarships to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM).  

“This is a first of its kind in the history of WVSOM,” said WVSOM President
Michael Adelman, DO. The donation was the largest single gift since the school’s founding in 1972. “I’m thrilled to have BrickStreet make such a profound commitment to WVSOM students through this scholarship endowment. BrickStreet Foundation should also be credited for its keen awareness of the ramifications of extraordinary debt that can be placed on physicians as they select their future paths. This generosity will not only benefit the students directly, but it will impact their future patients as well.”

Kirk Aguirre, Business Director for the West Virginia Large Business Team at BrickStreet Insurance, explained how one of the goals of the BrickStreet Foundation is to give back to local communities where. 
“One of the products of this foundation is the scholars program, which is a program that provides educational opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. This is a specifically targeted program that allows us to reach our injured work community as well,” said Mr. Aguirre. “We hope to continue the success and vision that Dr. Adelman, the board and foundation have set into motion.”

Heritage College Free Clinic Honored by State

01-2016_OUHCOM_CAMIn a ceremony on December 2 at the Ohio Statehouse, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Association of Free Clinics named the Heritage Community Clinic (pictured at right), located on the Athens campus of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), as Ohio’s Free Clinic of the Year for 2015. This is one of four new awards established by state legislation in 2014, designating December as Free Clinic Appreciation Month. The Heritage Community Clinic serves qualifying adults in six southeastern Ohio counties, and its two mobile units regularly travel into multiple counties around the region. In 2014-15 the clinic served close to 600 patients with care valued at over $72,000.

KYCOM Recognizes Osteopathic Medical Scholars

The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) recently recognized its newest Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program participants. The University, in conjunction with KYCOM, offers students a cooperative eight-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a DO degree.

Up to 10 scholars are selected each year. After completion of The University’s bachelor’s degree program, eligible scholars will be admitted to the medical school if they have maintained a required cumulative and science GPA in undergraduate work, met a required score on the MCAT, and participated in program activities. Scholars must also participate in extracurricular health-related community service activities, community physician “shadowing,” pre-med club, and KYCOM student activities.

“We are excited to provide this program for outstanding high school seniors who want to pursue a career in medicine and desire the opportunity to serve their communities in a significant way,” said
Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of UP-KYCOM. “The Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program is an important step in helping us to continue to fulfill our mission of easing the physician shortage in rural and underserved areas of Kentucky and Appalachia.”

KCU-COM Researcher Receives Victor E. Speas Foundation Grant

On November 9, 2015, Jingsong Zhou, PhD, Research Investigator and Professor of Physiology at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), received a $165,000 grant from the Victor E. Speas Foundation to support continued study of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Specifically, the grant will support additional work addressing muscle-bone crosstalk in the disease.

“This grant is an excellent opportunity to further ALS research,” said Dr. Zhou. “What makes this study so unique is that we will approach our research from many different angles. Prior to joining KCU-COM, I studied the muscle and bone impact on ALS, but there are still many questions to answer. With ALS, multiple organs can impact the progression of the disease. This study will focus on that impact.”

The Speas Foundation restricts its grants to those organizations that improve the quality of health care in the Kansas City area. The grant will have a one-year duration.

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January 2016
Vol. 10, No. 1