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ATSU-KCOM Students Participate in Christmas-Themed Simulation

011718_ATSUKCOM_CRA.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) students participated in a Christmas-themed simulation at the Drabing Human Patient Simulation Center. The students were exposed to different scenarios featuring many famous Christmas characters. Frosty the Snowman was in for a nose job, but had complications from the anesthesia. Santa Claus was there for Type 2 Diabetes. The Grinch had an aortic dissection because his heart grew too big. Also, grandma got run over by a reindeer in the new immersion room. Read more.

Health Inequities Focus of Conference Organized by CCOM Students

011118_CCOM_CRStudents from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) hosted the annual Student Interventions in Health Inequities conference on the Midwestern University Downers Grove Campus. The conference was developed by the Midwestern University Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter to increase medical students’ knowledge about health disparities with a focus on how they can advocate for change. 

The event drew students studying medicine and other health care fields from several local colleges and universities. At the conference, attendees learned more about disparities in the access to care, healthcare delivery systems, and how to take action to address these concerns. Discussion topics included addressing the needs of underserved patients and information about tackling health inequity through political, community, and patient advocacy.

“I really enjoyed the lecture regarding grassroots activism and the establishment of a trauma center on the Southside of Chicago,” said osteopathic medical student Abby Sapadin. “It was important for me to see a real-world health professional actively advocating for his local patient population while achieving work-life balance. It makes me feel like I might be able to do the same one day when I’m practicing."

CUSOM Student-Run Care Clinic Filling Need for Rural Health Care

For the last three years, medical students at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) have dedicated their time and knowledge to care for rural areas in Harnett and surrounding counties. The students have staffed the Community Care Clinic to help those in the community get the medical attention they need.

“This is our third year being open,” said clinic co-director and osteopathic medical student Justyne Murphy. “We see more than 300 patients who are returning patients.” Read more.

DMU-COM Gains New Rotation and Internship Site in China

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) has a new rotation and internship site in Kunming, China, the capital and largest city in the Yunnan Province. The rotation site is in the Sanford Pediatric Clinic, an outpatient clinic housed within Calmette International Hospital. This site is a great opportunity for osteopathic medical students who have an interest in pediatrics to learn about the Chinese way of care. DMU has 13 partner sites in 10 countries and will have nearly 50 students complete international rotations or internships in 2018. Read more.

LMU-DCOM Student Gives the Gift of New Hands

Christmas came early for 11-year old Macy Presley and seven-year old Christopher Olvera, both of Loudon, TN, who had their first fitting of custom 3-D printed prosthetic hands on December 11, 2017. The hands were a gift from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) student, Cole Carter. Read more.

011118_NSUKPCOM_CRNSU-KPCOM Student Garners Top Award

Abhinay Reddy, osteopathic medical student at the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM)—won the first-place award at the student poster competition at the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians’ annual scientific meeting held December 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. His winning entry was “A Curious Case of COP: Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia Presenting as a Solitary Lung Mass.”

High Schoolers Spend a Day as Medical Students at OU-HCOM

011118_OUHCOM_CRThe Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) hosted a “medical student for a day” event in December, in which college faculty, staff, and student members of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) gave about 40 underrepresented minority students from the Cleveland area high schools a taste of what a medical student’s day is like. The College’s other two campuses in Athens and Dublin hosted similar events earlier in 2017.

Photo: Student Doctor Amanda Scott tells high school students about the simulation mannequin.

PCOM Launches Crowdfunding Platform

Student groups, faculty members and staff at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) can now raise money for various projects related to research, events, programs and more through the College’s new crowdfunding platform, Impact PCOM. “Impact PCOM was started with the goal of engaging students, faculty and staff directly in the fundraising process, enabling them to see the immediate results of their efforts,” said Carrie Collins, JD, PCOM Chief Advancement Officer, adding that alumni are also encouraged to donate to the project of their choice. “Projects funded through Impact PCOM are meant to positively impact the community, both on and off campus, by reinforcing and expanding the College’s footprint in Philadelphia and Georgia.” Read more.

RVUCOM Hosts Days of Diversity

011118_RVUCOM_CRRocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) is hosting a new series of events called “Days of Diversity” to help students and employees “discover the world around us and the world within us.” For the students, this raises their awareness about the unique challenges and perspectives of the diverse populations they can expect to treat one day. The first event, Stronger United Than Divided, involved a privilege walk (in which participants stepped forward if a statement applied to them), followed by a discussion. The privilege walk demonstrated that people receive different types of advantages in their lives while others may not. The next event, “Cultural Competency Through Identity Circles,” focused on how personal identities are developed.

TouroCOM Honors Founders and TouroCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board

Harlem community leaders and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY) founders and their supporters packed the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem Wednesday night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school’s opening in Harlem and their joint efforts to educate underrepresented minorities (URMs). All proceeds from the Gala will go towards funding additional scholarships for URMs. Read more.

TUNCOM Student Spotlight: Puja Patel

Even before her Touro University of Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) journey began, Puja Patel was all too familiar with hospitals.

Growing up, Patel was in and out of hospitals with her grandparents who simultaneously battled cancer, as well as her dad who struggled with his own health issues. As a biological sciences major at the University of California, the Orange County native knew she wanted to become a doctor.

“When I began my undergrad, I really wanted to go to medical school,” Patel recalled. “Despite how tough my classes were, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. The hospital setting was not new to me. I had talked to a lot of doctors growing up, which helped spark my interest in a medical career.” Read more.