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Students Participate in a Wilderness Medicine Simulation, Join a Rural Medicine Training Program and Attend an Inaugural Summit for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

March 04, 2021


ICOM Students Participate in Wilderness Medicine Simulation

Photo: A second-year medical student (left) works with a standardized patient (right) during the simulation event.

Medical students at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine's (ICOM) Wilderness Medicine Elective Course recently participated in a simulation event on campus. The scenario involved a stranded hiker (standardized patient) suffering from hypothermia. The medical students worked to stabilize the hiker until he could be transferred to a medical facility for treatment. Read more about the simulation event.

DMU-COM Awarded $2 Million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to Facilitate Telehealth Workforce Training

Des Moines University has been awarded a $2 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). This funding will help support the acquisition of the latest telehealth technology and equipment that will be part of the University’s planned state-of-the-art simulation center on its new campus, which is set to open in 2023 in West Des Moines, IA.

“This EDA investment will help train Des Moines area healthcare providers in telehealth technologies critical to responding to the pandemic, while also preparing students for the future of health care delivery,” said Dennis Alvord, acting U.S. Department of Commerce assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. 

This project will permit health care providers and students to train with simulated and live patients to advance clinical training. 

PCOM South Georgia Medical Students Join Rural Medicine Training Program

PCOM_SGeorgia_CR_03042021Five medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia (PCOM South Georgia) are taking the initiative to learn more about practicing medicine in rural areas with the help of the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA AHEC). With a goal of improving the number and distribution of healthcare providers, the nonprofit organization hosts a two-year multidisciplinary program that gives students of different health professions the opportunity to practice hands-on training in a rural environment.

Chizoba Akunwanne (pictured) said that the training she will receive during the program directly lines up with her passions and professional goals. “I made it a mission to become a physician who practices in the underserved areas, to provide service to the underserved and to foster the elimination of health disparities. When PCOM South Georgia presented me with the opportunity to work with the SOWEGA AHEC, I decided that this program would give me the opportunity to reach out to the rural community in South Georgia where I hope to practice medicine. When I found out this program was going to provide us with telemedicine training, I was impressed. We are currently in a pandemic, and many physicians have turned to telemedicine to remain engaged with their patients. This training will enhance my professional growth and development.”  Learn more about the rural medicine training program.

PCOM Georgia Readies Students for Vaccination Effort

Training in giving inoculations was accelerated for DO students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia (PCOM Georgia) as it was recently added to the first-year primary skills course. In addition to DO students, pharmacy and physician assistant students are trained to deliver inoculations so that they have the skills to volunteer at COVID-19 vaccination sites.

To date, about 45 students, faculty and staff members have signed up to help with inoculations and a wide variety of tasks as part of the Medical Reserve Corps that assists the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments.

Due to COVID-19, a permanent curriculum change in the DO program has recently taken place on all three campuses. At the urging of Jay S. Feldstein, DO, first- and second-year DO students are receiving training in giving inoculations as part of their primary skills course. Harry Morris, DO, MPH, Ali Moradi, MD, MPH, DrPh, and George Fredrick, MD, direct the osteopathic medicine primary care skills courses in Philadelphia, Suwanee and Moultrie, respectively, and have worked together to align their curriculums to include early injection training. Read more about the vaccination efforts.

PCOM Student Elected CDO of LMSA Northeast Region

PCOM_CR_03042021Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) medical student Dianne Mancheno has been named chief development officer of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Northeast Region. In this role, Ms. Mancheno will lead the organization’s new chapter development and serve as a mentor for new campus leaders.

“As president of the PCOM chapter of LMSA, I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of this great organization when my term ended,” shared Ms. Mancheno. “When the opportunity arose to be considered for a role in regional leadership, I knew I wanted to pursue it. Though balancing this role and studying for my board exams will be tough, I am happy that I will continue to be involved and that I will get to support the mission of the organization and my community,” shared Ms. Mancheno. Read more about Ms. Mancheno’s new role as chief development officer.

UNTHSC/TCOM Students Balance Study, Family and Service During Global Pandemic

It’s been more than a year since US communities first heard the term COVID-19. After months of masks, social distancing and vaccine creation, what began as a medical mystery continues as a global war against a virus. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals serve on the frontlines – caring for the sick and consoling those who lost family members. At the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), tomorrow’s doctors balance study, family, service and advocacy amid this pandemic. Read more about the adjustments medical students have made during the pandemic.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) Students Wrap Up Successful Inaugural Summit for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

On Thursday, February 25, the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Colorado Campus (RVUCOM) Student Diversity Taskforce hosted its fourth and final event in the Summit for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with guest speaker Dr. Manuel Del Real, Executive Director of HIS Initiatives and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO. This last session, “From Here Forward,” focused on bringing the topics of implicit bias, equity, and health disparities in the context of higher education while providing the RVU community with actionable steps to move forward with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Previous sessions in the series featured different guest speakers and experts in their fields and focused on how to recognize implicit bias and its impact on health equity. The summit also offered a safe space for students, faculty, and staff to share their thoughts and retell stories or personal experiences. View RVUCOM’s social post about the summit.

Virginia Campus Enjoyed the VCOM Drive-Thru Gala

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) enjoyed the VCOM Drive-Thru Gala, the MASKerade You Never Saw Coming! The event included catered meals, photo opportunities and live music. Students, faculty and staff came out dressed in their pandemic best. Read more about the event.

VCOM-Auburn Holds Virtual Research Recognition Day

On Friday, February 19, The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) held its fourth annual Via Research Recognition Day. This event, started on the Auburn campus in 2018, provides a full day of activities focused on medical research, with a special emphasis placed on student research activities. This year’s event featured 40 abstract submissions in the areas of biomedical research, clinical case reports, clinical research and educational research. Following virtual poster presentations, P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FACOFP, VCOM’s vice provost for research, gave an overview of research efforts at all four of the college’s campuses. Keynote speaker Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, FAAO, gave a presentation entitled “Osteopathic Research: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” Hensel highlighted the importance of being involved in research and resources available to the prospective researcher. Following Hensel’s presentation, Kaelin Young, PhD, MEd, an assistant professor for cell biology and physiology, was recognized with the VCOM-Auburn Researcher of the Year award.

VCOM-Carolinas and VCOM-Virginia Fourth-Year Students Gather on Carolinas Campus for Ultrasound Training

VCOMCC_CR_03042021Fourth-year medical students from The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) and VCOM-Virginia gathered on the Carolinas campus on Friday, February 19 to begin a four-week ultrasound course. The work is part of their fourth-year medical electives. The students have didactic training twice a week and clinical shadowing three times a week.


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