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ATSU-KCOM Provides Summer Healthcare Career Experience for High School Students

HIgh School students attending this year's Summer Healthcare Career Experience at ATSU-KCOM

A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and Truman State University partnered to provide a Summer Healthcare Career Experience (SHCE) for students interested in health care as a future profession. The event was a four-day program and involved hands-on activities at both ATSU and Truman State University. Read more.


ATSU-SOMA Dean Morgan Shares Expertise at Aspen Ideas Festival

Dr. Morgan participates in the panel discussion “Reimagining Physician Training and Partnerships to Create Healthier Communities

Dean of A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, (second from left) recently attended the Aspen Ideas Festival at the invitation of the American Osteopathic Association. The Aspen Ideas Festival, hosted by the Aspen Institute, is an annual gathering designed to bring together leaders from a variety of fields to engage in thoughtful discussion on the most impactful issues shaping modern life. By creating opportunities for discussion and collaboration, the festival inspires action and catalyzes change.

Dr. Morgan participated in a panel discussion at the event, entitled “Reimagining Physician Training and Partnerships to Create Healthier Communities.” He highlighted ATSU-SOMA’s unique partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, as well as the School’s innovative work in community-oriented primary care. Jay Bhatt, DO, chief medical officer and president of Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association, and Joe Wilkins, senior vice president and chief transformation officer of Atlantic Health System rounded out the panel.

“The experience was everything it promised to be, and set the stage for even greater collaboration between ATSU-SOMA and other innovative, forward-thinking health care experts,” says Dr. Morgan.

Heritage College Dual-Degree Student to Chair COSGP

071317_OUHCOM_CR-webOhio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) student Dan Krajcik (pictured) was elected in April to be national chair of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) for the coming year. Krajcik, a fourth-year medical student in the DO/MBA dual-degree program, was president of the Heritage College Student Government Association in 2014-15; national parliamentarian of COSGP in 2015-16; and national first vice chair of COSGP in 2016-17. As national chair, Krajcik’s duties will include overseeing the council’s executive board and representing the nation’s osteopathic medical students to professional organizations such as COSGP’s parent organization, AACOM, and its board of deans; the American Osteopathic Association; and AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Read more.

PCOM Hires Two New Administrators

Christina Mazzella, new chief human resources officer, effective June 19. In this role, Ms. Mazzella will oversee the development and management of human resource strategies that support the College’s overall business plan and strategic direction. Read more about Ms. Mazzella.

Margaret (Pat) McKeon, new chief compliance officer, effective June 26. In this role, Ms. McKeon will oversee the College’s compliance program as well as maintain and provide guidance on ethical standards across departments, offices and programs. Read more about Ms. McKeon.

RVUCOM Receives Accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute

RVUCOM simulation centerRocky Vista University’s (RVU) Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation Center has received full accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). While RVU previously received accreditation for the Surgical Simulation Center by ACS, this designation as a Comprehensive Education Institute is a step above the level previously held. This designation allows RVU to deliver all manner of accredited simulation programs moving forward. To date, RVU is the only osteopathic college to receive this accreditation by ACS.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Awards Top Honor to Queens Resident Payal Aggarwal for Service, Leadership, Research, and Dedication

071317_TouroPayal_CR-webWhen Payal Aggarwal, DO, (pictured) was just six years old she visited her grandfather in India in the hospital. He had cancer and she told him the experience of their visits made her want to become a doctor when she grew up. “He said nothing would make him happier,” Aggarwal recalled in a recent interview.

She began volunteering at age 10 for the American Cancer Society. Fast forward to last month when her dream became reality—she donned a cap and gown at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and joined the graduating class of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-NY).  Last Saturday she began her residency at Brooklyn Hospital in pediatrics. 

“I hope to pursue pediatric oncology, so I was thrilled to match into pediatrics! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store,” she said. Read more.