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ATSU-SOMA Hosts Back-to-School Health Fair for Children in Need

100517_ATSUSOMA_CROn Wednesday, September 27, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) hosted approximately 200 children from Title I schools for a back-to-school health fair on its Mesa, AZ campus. Children received free health, hearing, vision, and dental screenings provided by ATSU students and faculty. The event was hosted in partnership with local nonprofit organization, Corbin’s Legacy.

During the event, children rotated through stations, including various health screenings and fun activities like bowling and hopscotch. They also received gift cards for food and school uniforms, and enjoyed a hot lunch. Mesa Mayor John Giles made an appearance, as did ATSU’s mascot, Bucky the Ram of Reason. Read more.

CCOM Students Offer Soft Tissue Clinic

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM) students offer a free Osteopathic Soft Tissue Clinic for faculty, staff, and students on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University. The clinic provides an opportunity for first- and second-year CCOM students to practice their osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) skills under the direct supervision of CCOM faculty members while also improving the overall health of the Midwestern University community.

At the clinic, patients discuss their concerns, receive a structural exam, learn about osteopathic medicine, and receive soft tissue treatment. The clinic is supported by two student groups, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO), as well as the osteopathic manipulative medicine department.

RVUCOM-SU Welcomed its Inaugural Class with White Coat Ceremony

100517_RVUCOM_CRRocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) welcomed its inaugural class of 2021 with the annual White Coat Ceremony. The event was held at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, UT on September 16. Thomas N. Told, DO, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of RVUCOM, was the keynote speaker and told of his life-long dream to build an osteopathic medical school in Utah:

“I am a native Utahan and as a young boy, I promised myself I’d return one day to help the small towns of Utah find and keep their doctors, since so many students must leave the state to become physicians.”

Utah ranks 44th in the nation for primary care physicians, with 58.4 active primary care physicians per 100,000 people. Also during the ceremony, Chris Hart, Mayor of Ivins, presented a key to the city to RVU’s Founder, Yife Tien. Read more.

OU-HCOM Humanist Student Group Highlights Creative Works

A student group at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has published the second annual edition of its online art and literature magazine, ARTery. The magazine, which accepts creative contributions from students and faculty at all three Heritage College campuses, is a project of the Humanism in Medicine Club (HIM), which has chapters at the College’s Dublin and Cleveland campuses. In addition to putting out the publication, HIM sponsors activities meant to promote basic humanistic values, such as kindness, and has organized a book discussion club. View the new edition of ARTery.

PCOM Holds Panel Discussion in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Day

100517_PCOM_CRPCOM Alzheimer's researchers and residents participated in a recent panel hosted by the Geriatrics Club.

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, the Geriatrics Club at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held a panel discussion with several faculty members who study that disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, as well as residents in PCOM’s neurosurgery residency program.

“We’ve found that olfactory pathways are vulnerable to infectious insult,” said Brian Balin, PhD, Professor and Chair of Bio-Medical Sciences. “Because smell is impacted, we believe it could lead to damage in the brain where the sense of smell is interpreted, which is located in the specific area of the brain earliest affected in Alzheimer’s.” Read more.

PNWU Releases Podcast Discussing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the NFL

Thomas Scandalis, DO, Dean of Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), and Robert Sorrells, PhD, Associate Dean for Pre-Clinical Education, hosted a podcast interview with Ben Utecht, former NFL tight end, Super Bowl champion, and author of “Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away.” The discussion focused on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and how this disease is reshaping the how we view injuries and safety in football, and reality of the potential damage caused by high-impact sports.  Read more.

WVSOM’s Clinical Evaluation Center Participates in First-Ever Simulation Week

100517_WVSOM_CRSimulation, the creation of realistic circumstances in order to teach skills and enhance competencies, is rapidly changing the face of education in health care. This style of learning was presented during West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s first-ever Healthcare Simulation Week, which took place September 11-15.

During the week, WVSOM Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC) staff provided different training scenarios and demonstrations for staff and students. Those activities included a pop-up simulation contest between faculty, staff, and students to locate Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on campus; an open lab observation where faculty and staff observed second-year students participating in an open lab case; a moulage demonstration where participants could use a selfie booth to show off their fake cuts, wounds, and scrapes; and a “Life in the ER” presentation where attendees observed an emergency room and obstetrics simulation.

Photo: WVSOM Clinical Evaluation Center health educator Lisa Seldomridge administers a fake wound during a moulage demonstration that was part of WVSOM’s CEC Healthcare Simulation Week.