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From the Heart: ATSU-KCOM Student Shares Comeback Story

022117_Sydney-Priest-OMS-IA.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) student, Sydney Priest, OMS-I (at right), stood in front of a packed classroom full of faculty, staff, and students one year after suffering a debilitating stroke. She recalled the events of that day. On January 26, 2016, Priest suffered a stroke in her apartment after classes.

Due to of the severity of her condition, Priest was flown to University Hospital in Columbia, MO. There, doctors discovered she experienced a basilar artery occlusion, a rare kind of ischemic stroke. These strokes occur because of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.

An emergency procedure was required to remove the three-centimeter blood clot in the back of Priest’s brain. After intense rehabilitation, Priest is now back on the Kirksville, MO campus ready to resume medical school and care for those who may go through similar experiences.

"I've been so inspired by my rehab doctors," says Priest. "I want to be able to encourage others and let them know I've been there. I want them to know they can recover too." Read more.

ATSU-SOMA Students Attend DO Day at the Legislature

On February 21, students from A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) filled the Arizona State Capitol with white coats for DO Day at the Legislature.DO_Day_at_the_Capitol_ATSU-SOMA

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association holds the event each year to give Arizona’s osteopathic community an up-close look at the legislative process. Participants meet with key legislators and learn about current issues in health care. This year, topics included loan repayment programs and funding for graduate medical education. ATSU-SOMA students appreciate the opportunity to advocate for patients and the profession.

"Visiting the legislature helps me, as a future clinician, understand the governing body that will impact my practice," says Hillary Park, OMS-II. "I see the legislature as the place where the rubber meets the road, where real changes can be made, and progress inches forward. As a future physician and advocate for my patients, making my voice heard is part of what it means to be a doctor." Read more.

AZCOM Class of 2019 Participates in Bridging Ceremony

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The AZCOM Class of 2019 displays copies of Being Mortal, a gift provided to celebrate their transition from didactic studies to clinical rotations.

On February 24, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) held a bridging ceremony for the Class of 2019. The ceremony commemorated the transition period from didactic studies to clinical rotations and was attended by key faculty members, and 250 students and their families. Faculty department chairs presented awards to top students who excelled in their particular subjects.

In addition to receiving a customized set of scrubs in preparation for clinical rotations, all class members were gifted the book Being Mortal, a memoir reflecting on the feelings of a patient facing death, to better prepare the students for the emotional challenges that will face them in a few short months. The gift was generously donated by Mr. Gerald Wissink, FACHE, a founding board member of the BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit.

BCOM Class of 2020 Visits New Mexico State Capitol

February 9 Declared BCOM Day at The Roundhouse

BCOM_state capitol groupStudents, staff, and faculty from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine visited the New Mexico State Capitol where both the Senate and the House passed a memorial to support the declaration of February 9 as “Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Day at The Roundhouse.”

All 161 members of BCOM’s inaugural class made the trip to Santa Fe where they visited the Executive Office and met with state representatives. “The students got a chance to interact on a one-on-one basis with legislators and give them feedback on how New Mexico can attract other students and physicians to move here,” said BCOM Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean of Multicultural Inclusion Justin McHorse. “They advocated for loan repayment programs, tax credits, and other incentives that will entice physicians to stay in the state and practice medicine.” See more photos.

CCOM Welcomes Dr. William Anderson

030917_WAnderson_CCOM-CRStudents at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) welcomed William G. Anderson, DO, (at left) to the Downers Grove Campus and learned more about his impact on the profession and the civil rights movement.

Dr. Anderson was a founder of the Albany Movement, a desegregation coalition established in Albany, Georgia in 1961. Dr. Anderson worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was an integral part of the civil rights movement. He is a strong proponent of osteopathic medicine and continues to promote justice and equality for all. Dr. Anderson spoke to CCOM students about how the level of respect they will receive as physicians provides them with the opportunity to improve our society. Read more.

DM-U Got Talent: So Much More Than Medical Students

DMU students showed off their diverse performance abilities at the "DM-U Got Talent" Show on February 3. Musicians, dancers, Weird Al Yankovich-like spoofers, a slam poet, and others wowed the more than 300 students, faculty, family members and friends who attended the campus event. Jane Crotteau, OMS-II, second lieutenant in the Army, proposed the event as a way for students to showcase their talents, blow off steam and have fun. “We also wanted an event that would bring together the whole DMU community,” Crotteau said. 

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DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, PhD, joined air guitarist Patrick Gilson and real guitarist Joe “Dr. Shredgnar” Lynch, both osteopathic medical students, on stage at the “DM-U Got Talent” Show.

JAOA Publishes Case Report by UP-KYCOM Students and Faculty

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) recently published an article written by University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) students and faculty. The case report, "Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in the Management of Isaacs Syndrome," was written by Lisa K.T. Shanahan, DO; Selena G.M. Raines, DO, MPH; Rachel L. Coggins, DO; Teanna Moore, DO; Michael Carnes, DO; and Laura Griffin, DO. A patient with Isaacs Syndrome benefited from myofascial release and osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine, suggesting that osteopathic manipulative treatment may be useful in managing other peripheral nerve hyperexcitability disorders. Read the case report.

Pirates and LECOM Announce Bradenton Ballpark Naming-Rights Agreement

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today announced a naming-rights agreement for the Club’s spring training ballpark in Bradenton, FL. As part of a 15-year naming rights agreement, the former McKechnie Field is now LECOM Park.

LECOM is the nation’s largest medical college, and with Millcreek Community Hospital and the clinical practices of Medical Associates, forms the nation's only osteopathic Academic Health Center. With campuses in Erie and Greensburg, PA., as well as Bradenton, FL, LECOM shares in the Pirates commitment to both Western PA and the City of Bradenton, making the educational institution a natural partner with the Pirates in Bradenton. Read more.

LMU-DCOM Celebrated Compassion During National Patient Solidarity Week


Faculty and staff give free hugs to medical students during #SolidarityWeek.

Compassion was the focus during National Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care at Lincoln Memorial-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). Solidarity Week, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, was held February 13-17, 2017. The events of Solidarity Week are designed to strengthen the critical bond that exists between patients and people who care for them, and demonstrate humanism in medicine.

The week’s activities were planned by LMU-DCOM’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). GHHS is one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in medical schools, and a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. LMU-DCOM is one of 13 osteopathic medical schools approved to have a GHHS program.

“One of the best ways we can teach students to have compassion for others is by showing them compassion personally,” said Rick Slaven, Director of the LMU-DCOM Center for Simulation and Training and chapter liaison for the LMU-DCOM GHHS chapter. “We want to lead by example. During this week, we shared stories of compassion with our students and encouraged them to think about how they can show compassion to their patients.” Read more.

NSU-COM Students Receive Scholarships

Four Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) students—George Abreut, Alixandria Fiore, Wilson Pfeiffer and Austin Price—were each awarded $1,000 Florida Vascular Society’s Next Generation Student Scholarships through the Florida Vascular Foundation for their academic achievements and interest in vascular surgery. The scholarships were provided to defray costs associated with their participation in the 30th Annual Scientific Sessions being held May 4–7 in Amelia Island, FL.

PCOM "Coffee and Cases" Aims to Grow Clinical Skills

The sun is just beginning to rise in the sky as more than 20 first- and second-year medical students file into a classroom in Evans Hall. Peter Bidey, DO, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, stands in front of them at a white board and begins to relay to the group the case of a patient who was recently treated for diabetes-related complications through one of the college’s health care centers.

Dr. Bidey presents the facts of the case, tying in aspects from the second-year students’ lectures on the endocrine system, and the first-years’ lectures on biochemistry. The students, sipping the coffee and eating donuts he has provided, then create a list of questions they would ask the patient, and a diagnosis, which they then present to Dr. Bidey.

These early-morning sessions, dubbed “Coffee and Cases,” occur once a month and are meant to be very informal. Led by Dr. Bidey and a resident from the PCOM/Suburban Community Hospital Family Medicine residency, the sessions are hosted by the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) but are open to all DO students. Read more.

Touro Medical Student Wins Award for Research at Homeless Shelter

030917_MalhotraGupta_tourocom_CRA fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) won first place in a poster competition for her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter. The award was presented at the recent 61st Midwinter Conference of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association in Dallas.

Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta (at left) said her research grew out of her community service work and interest in studying the need for nutrition education programs in homeless shelters and whether they would have an impact long-term. 

“I wanted to see whether it would make a difference,” said Malhotra-Gupta. “A lot of the participants were never screened for diabetes though they were overweight and had risk factors. We educated them and showed them how to build a healthy food plate.” Read more.

Touro University Nevada Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Launch Geriatric Fellowship Program

Touro University Nevada recently received a $1.2 million grant from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s executive budget to help fund a one-year geriatric fellowship program that will graduate four fellows per year. Beginning in July, fellows in the new geriatric medicine fellowship will train under the supervision of physicians at the university as well as its expanded Touro Health Center. Touro University Nevada is also working with several community partners to improve health care in the Silver State, including the Veterans Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Nevada Senior Services, Fundamental Health care, Las Ventanas, and the Lou Ruvo Brain Center/Cleveland Clinic. Read more.

VCOM-Auburn Completes January Medical Mission Trip

Students and faculty from the Auburn campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Auburn) completed a medical mission trip this January to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Thirty-eight students and faculty members attended this mission trip, traveling daily by bus to various temporary clinics in schools and churches. Approximately 420 patients were seen in four different clinics.

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VCOM-Auburn second-year students Caitlin Roach, William Hamrick, Nicole Tobin and Anthony Horton stop for a photo while working in a temporary clinic in a school in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.

Patients were initially seen in a triage area, then subsequently issued a waiting number. When called, they saw a doctor in an exam area, and were issued a prescription, if needed. Patients needing further care were assigned to a local doctor for follow up. Read more.

VCOM-Carolinas: Convocation Brings Experience to Students and Faculty

On February 3 and 4, the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) hosted an educational convocation event for students from both the Carolinas and Virginia campuses. The event took place at VCOM-Carolinas in Spartanburg, SC, and mirrored the national SAAO convocation held throughout the country annually.

“The national convocation allows students and faculty from around the nation to come together and learn techniques, theories, and new approaches,” said Eric McLaine, Class of 2019 student and SAAO Education Chair. At VCOM, students were encouraged to attend the student-organized convocation not only to practice and hone their osteopathic manipulative medicine skills, but to experience the influence and styles of various faculty members they may not otherwise encounter. Read more.

VCOM-Virginia Students Attend White Coats on Call Day

On February 1, 2017, VCOM-Virginia Class of 2019 students Sarah Cottrell-Cumber, Kendra Le, and Sneha Shah attended the Medical Society of Virginia’s White Coats on Call Day. This opportunity was made possible by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) student organization.

030917_VCOM-White-Coat-on-Call-DayThe students traveled to the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA, and visited legislators, including Blacksburg-area State Senator John Edwards (at right), to advocate for the HB2317: Safe Syringe Program. The program would allow physicians to legally exchange clean needles for contaminated needles in high-risk communities with greater amounts of IV drug use, such as Southwest Virginia, in order to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and encourage contact with providers for rehabilitation opportunities.

“Our trip to the Virginia State Capitol was a refreshing break from medical school lectures and books,” said Shah. “It was a great experience advocating for an issue that I am passionate about, especially knowing that HB2317 would be implemented right here in Southwest Virginia. I came out of our meetings with delegates and senators feeling like I learned more about the political landscape around health care and how to better advocate for the future.”

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