Incoming AZCOM Students Receive Stethoscopes from Jason Madachy Foundation
During orientation for Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) students in August, a special presentation was made by the Jason Madachy Foundation to the incoming class of DO students. Each member of the AZCOM Class of 2020 received a brand new stethoscope with the words “Excel in Leaving a Mark” engraved in the metal.
The presentation was made in honor of the late Jason Madachy, a medical student at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who passed away unexpectedly in 2007. AZCOM students will also be invited to a pre-graduation reception co-sponsored by the Foundation in 2020. They will be encouraged to reflect on the moments that followed their receiving of the stethoscopes and encourage them to give back in kind to future classes.
At left: New students at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in a day of service as part of their orientation program.
Before beginning their rigorous course of study, first-year medical students at Midwestern University participate in an annual day of service. This year, 204 new students at the Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM/MWU) assisted senior citizens, packed food, cleared brush, raised awareness, and more as part of their orientation program. The students completed a number of mission projects including the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Wheaton Food Pantry, and Humanitarian Service Project; Family Shelter Service and SCARCE; the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield; and the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Female Veterans in Wheaton, among other service programs.
Participation in service projects gives students first-hand experience with the needs of the community that they will one day serve as health professionals for. The projects also reflect a university-wide commitment to community service. As a testament to Midwestern University’s dedication to service, the University has earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the last several years. This award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement. Read more.
CUSOM and Harnett Health Welcome Resident Physicians
At right: Dr. John M. Kauffman, Jr., Dean of Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, welcomes residents to Harnett Health.
Harnett Health welcomed the inaugural cohort of resident physicians to Harnett Health's Campbell University affiliate residency program last month and also hosted a public celebration at Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington.
Campbell administrators, faculty, and students gathered with Harnett Health leadership and staff as well as community officials and supporters to present the residents with their long white coats and celebrate the next milestone in the partnership announced in January 2014. Fifteen resident physicians will complete their medical training at Harnett Health in the medical education partnership with Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM).
The residents join medical students training with Harnett Health who have spent the past two years studying at CUSOM. They will spend the next two years learning hands-on medicine alongside Harnett Health’s physician medical staff that now includes residents.
“This is another momentous occasion that began with the vision of Dr. Jerry Wallace in 2011,” said CUSOM Dean John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO. “Last year, we gathered to celebrate the first medical students on rotation at Harnett Health, today we celebrate these 15 residents, and three years from now, we will be gathered to celebrate their graduation from residency. Together, Harnett Health and Campbell University are changing health care in our community.”
At left: Medical students at the Heritage College, Athens, hold up signs to show their support for preventing physician suicide.
On August 20, about 140 students, faculty, staff, and others attended simultaneous events at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)’s Athens, Dublin, and Cleveland campuses to observe a National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide.
The events were part of a nationwide initiative organized by Care2, a large online activist community. The Day of Solidarity was organized around a Care2 petition urging the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to take action to prevent medical student and resident suicides. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates that about 400 doctors die by suicide in the United States each year. Read more.
WVSOM Celebrates Grand Opening of New Student Center
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) officially celebrated the grand opening of the school’s new student center with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.
WVSOM leaders and special guests, including WVSVOM Board of Governors, Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester, political delegates, and Sen. Joe Manchin had the honor of cutting the giant green ribbon in front of WVSOM students, faculty, staff and alumni.
WVSOM President Michael Adelman, DO, said that the celebration culminates years of work to provide a space completely devoted to enhancing the student experience.
“At WVSOM we’re all about our students and this building is dedicated to them and to all of our alumni who came before them,” Dr. Adelman said to the crowd. “It’s taken four years from concept to completion and I really can’t wait for everyone to see the outcome.”
Manchin referred to WVSOM’s excellence in providing health care to the residents in the state—a testament to the osteopathic vision the founders had more than four decades ago.
“This is the shining star of West Virginia as far as health care delivery,” he said. “I’m so appreciative of what the osteopathic school does for the state of West Virginia—giving us more health care in rural West Virginia than any other institution. This (Student Center) makes this a complete campus now and you all should be extremely proud.”
NBOME Donated Flood Relief Funds to WVSOM
At left: NBOME Board Chair Gary Slick, DO, MA; WVSOM President Michael Adelman, DO, DPM., JD; NBOME President and Chief Executive Officer John Gimpel, DO, MEd; and WVSOM Student Government Association Vice President John Apgar. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) presented a check to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) to support flood relief efforts at the school.
WVSOM President Michael Adelman, DO, DPM, JD, accepted the $500 check on behalf of the school, which was presented at the executive board reception on September 9. The money will benefit WVSOM students, faculty, and staff who have been affected by the June flood. NBOME President and Chief Executive Officer John Gimpel, DO, MEd, and NBOME Board Chair Gary Slick, DO, MA, presented the check.
“The NBOME Board was very saddened to learn of the devastation and destruction caused by the recent floods in West Virginia,” Gimpel said. “The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners expresses its best wishes to the WVSOM community in making this small contribution to WVSOM students in need as a result of the recent flooding. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered.” Read more.
PCOM Remembers 9/11
A crowd of students, faculty and staff gathered in the courtyard in front of Evans Hall recently for a memorial ceremony to remember those lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks. The PCOM Pulmonics opened the ceremony with a short musical selection, and the crowd was addressed by PCOM Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, Kara Gallagher, DO, and alumnus John Chovanes, DO, who thanked the crowd for their time and attention, and stressed the need to remember those who gave their lives to save others on that day and those in the military who continue to defend the country.
“When you’re drinking the water, don’t forget who dug the well,” Dr. Veit said.
Dr. Chovanes was on the front lines of the disaster in the days following the terrorist attacks; in the rubble of the World Trade Center, he helped rescue a Port Authority policeman who had been trapped for more than 10 hours. Dr. Chovanes also serves as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, and has completed several tours at combat support hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event was hosted by the PCOM chapter of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Read more.
VCOM-Carolinas Students Team Up for Outreach Donation Drive
At left: The winning VCOM-Carolinas student group, A.T. Still House, with their donation box for items to be shared on upcoming medical outreach trips.
This summer, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) student organizations at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) hosted a 10-day donation drive to collect items for upcoming medical outreach trips. In order to encourage a bit of friendly competition on campus, SGA divided first- and second-year students into four “houses,” similar to the groupings in the Harry Potter series, but named for notable osteopathic physicians A.T. Still, Fred Mitchell, Harrison Fryette, and Lawrence Jones. At the end of the collection period, the A.T. Still House came out on top with the most donations, and were rewarded with a dress-down day. More than 260 items were collected from first- and second-year student donations throughout the drive, and were distributed to children in need during recent VCOM outreach trips.
Official 2016 VCOM Olympics–Frank Rocovich Championship
To kick off each academic year, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) holds a competition between the first-year and second-year medical students in an effort to promote teamwork and enhance the family environment of the COM. This year, the competition took on an addition to its title in order to honor a beloved late member of the VCOM family by officially becoming the VCOM Olympics–Frank Rocovich Championship.
It was his commitment to VCOM and love of involvement that compelled VCOM’s students to dedicate the competition to Frank’s memory. From kind words to loving memories, Frank spoke to what VCOM strives to represent. Frank was born on March 23, 1982. He passed away during an accidental fall in his home on September 29, 2015. Frank was the Activities and Events Coordinator at VCOM-Virginia. He studied at Averett University and resided in Roanoke, VA.
Once the opening ceremonies were completed, the class of 2019 and class of 2020 competed head-to-head in various events including tug of war, flag football, volleyball, and soccer. While the class of 2020 started the day in the lead with a victory in the donut eating contest, it was the class of 2019 who ended the day as champions.
The students of the class of 2020 are pictured in front of the VCOM-Auburn building.
VCOM-Auburn Inaugural Class Attends Campus Orientation, Kicks Off School Year
On July 17, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) officially kicked off the start of its second school year as 162 new students from the class of 2020 reported to campus for orientation. A welcome picnic was held for the new students, their families and VCOM-Auburn faculty and staff. New students were eager to get the school year started and interested in getting to know each other and the faculty. “Starting class and beginning to study affirmed all the interest I have in medicine and the reasons why I wanted to be here at VCOM-Auburn ,” said class of 2020 student Ernest Philon.