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CCOM/MWU Students Gain Knowledge about Community Health Centers

Students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) recently participated in the Illinois Primary Health Care Association’s annual “Understanding & Serving America’s Underserved: An Introduction to Community Health Centers” program. Thirty students from medical, dental, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner programs, including students from Midwestern’s College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, spent the day at the North Kostner Clinic in Chicago, IL to learn about serving the underserved. Speakers from local health centers served as program faculty and shared their commitment to their health centers and the patient populations with the students.

Third-Year CUSOM Student Accepted to Duke University Theology, Medicine and Culture Fellowship

06-2016_CUSOM-colin-CRThird-year Campbell University medical student Colin Good has been accepted into the Theology, Medicine and Culture (TMC) Fellowship at Duke University. While his classmates matriculate into their fourth-year rotations later this summer at Campbell University affiliate hospitals in five locations across North Carolina, Colin will begin his fellowship at Duke and will complete his final year of medical school in 2018. Initially drawn to pursuing a career in medicine through family experiences with palliative care, Colin believes true healing involves treating the mind, body, and spirit, and he is vested in addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering patients experience. Read more.

Heritage College Expands Health Care Careers Camp

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has expanded the health care careers camp for high school students that it initiated last year. As a pilot program, OU+REACH, Re-imagining Educational Approaches to Careers in Healthcare, brought 18 students from the Dublin City Schools’ Biomedical STEM Academy to the Heritage College, Dublin campus to participate in case-based medical learning activities under direction of faculty and students from the Heritage College and the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions. This year, OU+REACH was held as a summer camp June 14-16 and expanded its recruitment, drawing 40 high school students from six school districts in two Ohio counties.

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KCU Alumnus Receives 2016 Power of One Award from Heart to Heart International

06-2016_KCU-award-CRRoyce Keilers, DO, a member of the 1965 graduating class of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), received Heart to Heart International’s (HHI) 2016 Power of One Award for his life’s work to advance primary care medicine and build bridges between people, organizations, and cultures. Dr. Keilers was honored with the award during the Compassion Gala at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel on May 7.

The Power of One Award is presented to an individual who significantly supports HHI’s humanitarian mission by exemplifying compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis. Dr. Keilers led the way in forming the International Primary Care Educational Alliance with the goal of bringing together physicians, health care providers, foundations, governments, and industries to enrich global health through primary care education.

“Our mission at KCU is to improve the well-being of the communities we serve, and increasing access to primary care medicine is a key strategy for fulfilling that purpose,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, KCU president and chief executive officer. “It’s rewarding to see our alumni truly embody our University’s mission in such far reaching ways. Dr. Keilers’ dedication to increasing access to primary care throughout the world is commendable and serves as an example for us all.”

LMU-DCOM Students Hold Annual Donor Memorial Service

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) held its annual Donor Memorial Service on Monday, May 16, at the Hamilton Math and Science Building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, TN. The ceremony began with opening remarks from LMU-DCOM Dean Brian A. Kessler, DO, followed by the national anthem and color-guard presentation. Several LMU-DCOM students performed songs and shared their gratitude to the donors and their families and spoke of the great legacy their family members were leaving. The LMU-DCOM Anatomical Donation Program is a whole body donor program established to give students the best medical education possible, and provide thorough anatomical training that is vitally important to the comprehensive education of future physicians. Read more.

PCOM Establishes Venture Fund to Fuel Innovations in Primary Care

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) announced it has committed through its Foundation the allocation of $5 million to a new venture capital fund designed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care field, with a specific focus on primary care.

The Primary Care Innovation Fund is the first such endeavor in the College’s 117-year history and will invest in companies with established products and services that are health care-related and focused on primary care. PCOM is the first osteopathic medical school to establish such a fund.

The establishment of the fund underscores the COM’s mission of advancing knowledge and intellectual growth broadly, and its commitment to the well-being of the community through leadership and service, said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, PCOM President and CEO. He added that he was hopeful the more than 13,000 osteopathic physicians and other health care professionals whom PCOM has educated could benefit from these innovations by addressing the quality, access and affordability of health care for their patients. The fund will also provide myriad benefits for the COM’s students, faculty, staff and alumni by opening doors financially to those who have a product or service appropriate for funding, and connecting those individuals to learning and networking opportunities within the investment community. Read more.

Rocky Vista University to Offer Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

Rocky Vista University (RVU) recently announced that it will offer a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS), with the first class matriculating in August of this year. The announcement came after receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the University’s accrediting agency.

The MSBS program will consist of a nine-month curriculum in the biomedical sciences designed to help strengthen the academic background of candidates who are seeking admission into graduate health programs such as medical school, veterinary medicine, dental school, physician assistant studies, or other professional or graduate level programs.

“This unique Master’s program will prepare aspiring students to be successful applicants to health professions doctorate programs,” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, RVU President and CEO. “It is our belief that the students we recruit will return to their communities and serve in rural, underserved and urban areas of the Mountain West States and beyond.” Read more.

UP-KYCOM Student Gives Stranger New Lease on Life

06-2016_KYCOM--Heather-CRKentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine student Heather Snyder demonstrated the meaning of selflessness and compassion by donating blood marrow and giving a second chance at life to a leukemia patient she’s never met.

When Snyder decided to become a bone marrow donor, she contacted the Delete Blood Center (DBC), an organization that registers as many bone marrow donors as possible to help patients survive blood cancer. According to DBC, every year 13,000 people in the U.S. will need a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor and less than half will receive one. Snyder said her role in the process of helping the leukemia patient survive is over but that it’s only the beginning of a healthy journey for the patient. Snyder hopes to inspire others to become bone marrow donors. Read more.

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June 2016
Vol. 10, No. 5