ATSU-KCOM SNMA Presents Annual Cultural Diffusion Show
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) recently held its annual Cultural Diffusion show. The show consisted of performances by community members and Truman State University students, as well as ATSU students, faculty, and staff. Some of the performances included belly dancing, singing, circus hand balancing, and Nepalese dancing. The evening concluded with an international fashion show. Models displayed outfits from countries such as China, Germany, Ghana, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam. SNMA promotes fellowship, volunteering, community outreach, and exploration of diversity in medicine for ATSU-KCOM students.
CUSOM Hosts First Research & Educational Symposium
The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) was occupied with more than 100 resident physicians, medical students, faculty, and staff during the first Research & Educational Symposium, a collaboration of five hospital sites with approximately 20 faculty members working to provide a collaborative effort to improve patient care.
This year’s event welcomed several Campbell Medicine Alumni, such as Rachel Dellehunt, DO ’17, and Matt Walker, DO ’17 with Cape Fear Valley Health; Christopher Benton, DO ’17 with Southeastern Health; and others who presented case presentations that discussed cases and treatment techniques they may employ in their clinical setting. Read more.
KCU-COM Graduate Helps Professional Football Player Reclaim His Life
They started off as doctor and patient. But in the months and years to follow, they became and remain close friends. Vance Johnson, a former professional football player, and Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) graduate Mark Twardowski, DO have now teamed up to deliver a message to future physicians about helping patients battling addiction.
As a former wide receiver with the Denver Broncos, Johnson is used to meeting people who seem in awe of his celebrity. But when he first met Dr. Twardowski at the height of his drug and alcohol addiction, Johnson says the doctor wasn’t interested in football.
“He pulled up a chair and started talking to me about Vance, about my life, my family,” Johnson recalls. “Not one time did he talk to me about sports.” Read more.
DMU-COM Hosts “Live from the Heart”
More than 250 Iowa high school students and teachers learned about heart health, anatomy, STEM careers, and much more at “Live from the Heart,” a hands-on event held at Des Moines University on February 23. The event was organized primarily by Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students; more than 50 volunteered to staff its tours and activities.
The day began with a screening of an actual open-heart surgery, guided by Gary Hoff, DO, FACOI, FACC, a cardiologist and DMU emeritus faculty member who was named the 2014 George Northup Educator of the Year by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). Students then participated in tours of the University’s campus and anatomy lab and a variety of hands-on activities with anatomy specimens, medical mannequins for intubation and heart sounds, surgical knot tying, and demonstrations of osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) techniques, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and ultrasound and laparoscopy machines. In addition, volunteers for the American Heart Association (AHA), instructed students on CPR. Students gained exposure to science and health care careers, sharper observation and communication skills, and a greater understanding of how lifestyle choices affect personal health. Read more.
NSU-KPCOM Students Teach the Texas Two Step CPR Technique
On February 25, about 100 people gathered at Nova Southeastern University Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) to learn the Texas Two Step and receive lifesaving CPR training. The Texas Two Step lessons, which were introduced by a group of Texas medical students in 2015, have spread to dozens of cities in six states across the United States, including Florida. Third-year osteopathic medical student Parth Gandhi served co-organizer as of the event.
Demonstrations of the five-minute, hands-only CPR technique were held simultaneously at several South Florida sites, including NSU. Research indicates that 70 percent of cardiac arrests that occur outside of hospitals happen in homes, and fewer than 46 percent of these people receive CPR before help arrives.
Recapping DO Day 2018 at PNWUCOM
This week, Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWUCOM) representatives converged on Olympia for DO Day 2018. The annual event, organized by PNWU and WOMA (Washington Osteopathic Medical Association), brings osteopathic representative from around the state together to create an opportunity for future and current osteopathic doctors to interact with state legislators. It is an event designed to increase awareness of the growing impact that osteopathic doctors are having on Washington health care, and for students to join conversations regarding pending legislation in the state’s capitol. Some highlights from this year’s event include: tremendous turnout from those involved, including 17 physicians, five ATSU students, three PNWU staff, two WOMA staff, and 62 PNWU osteopathic medical students; 66 appointments with Legislators and Aides (constituents for each District attended these meetings); valuable student discussions with legislators and aids on a variety of issues; and a showing of genuine appreciation and recognition from state legislators on the impact osteopathic medicine is having on the state.
RVUCOM Celebrates DO Day of Wellness
In February, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) celebrated DO Day of Wellness at both the Colorado and Utah campuses. In Colorado, students participated in a series of workshops which focused on different areas of wellness: social, financial, environmental, physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, and spiritual. Activities included OMM treatments, tips on reducing one’s carbon footprint, massages, and learning about essential oils. In Utah, students played mental health trivia, practiced Tai Chi, played games, and held a Nerf gun war in the hallways.
TUNCOM Honors Female Students During National Women Physicians Day
In honor of National Women Physicians Day on February 3, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) students and faculty, along with students in other Touro University programs, celebrated the accomplishments of women in health care.
Hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, students and faculty took their photos with a celebratory pink picture frame to recognize the day. The frame included the trending hashtag #IAmBlackwell in honor of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to earn her MD degree in 1849.
“I think National Women Physicians Day helps raise the importance of how many women are actually in the medical field,” said Toni Young, a second-year osteopathic medical student at TUNCOM. Read more.