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Students Celebrate Commencement, Host First Ramadan Iftar Event, Plan Memorial Service for Their First Patients and More

May 26, 2022


Twin Sisters Graduating from KCU-COM Joplin Aim to Take Medical World by Storm

and Morgan Clare knew they wanted to be doctors since elementary school. They achieved that dream together at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) Joplin campus and will now enter surgical residency together.

“It’s a double-edged sword because we’ll always go to bat for each other and be supportive, but on the flip side, if there’s a thing that we do wrong, we’ll be sure to let the other one know,” Morgan Clare said. “It’s a constant balance of being supportive but also giving constructive criticism so that we’re always the best versions of ourselves.” Read more about the sisters and their journey through medical school in The Joplin Globe.


KCU-COM Graduate Possesses a Passion to Give Back

KCU-COM graduate Joe Li took an unusual path to arrive at his DO degree. His journey began in poverty and just being able to make ends meet, to becoming a physician in the city where he grew up. Joe endured many challenges and much heartache but believes in empathy and kindness.

A guidance counselor and a teacher recognized Joe’s potential and kept encouraging him. Something made Joe listen. “In the end, I decided I didn’t want to disappoint my family,” he said. “I didn’t want to waste my chances.” Joe persevered, and made up his missed courses at night school, summer school and independent studies, then graduated high school on time in the class of 2008. Read more about Joe and his commitment to preventable care and community service.

WVSOM to Place Opioid Overdose Rescue Kits on and near Campus

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has addressed the opioid epidemic in multiple ways, from establishing an educational series on the topic to creating opioid awareness toolkits to be used in communities throughout the state.

Now, the school is preparing to place ONEbox units—user-guiding boxes containing the overdose-reversing medication naloxone—at seven locations on and near its Lewisburg campus, including at the affiliated Robert C. Byrd Clinic, for use in the event of an opioid overdose emergency. When opened, the battery-powered boxes play a video that gives step-by-step instructions on how to administer the naloxone intranasally, much like automated external defibrillators that provide real-time instructions on saving the life of someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest. Read more about WVSOM’s role in decreasing the stigma around opioid overdose prevention.

Campbell Medicine Celebrates Sixth Spring Commencement

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) faculty, staff and guests gathered in Barker-Lane Stadium with 164 graduates for the school’s sixth spring commencement exercises. Including today’s 145 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine recipients, North Carolina’s only osteopathic medical school has now graduated more than 900 physicians.

Brian A. Kessler, DO, CUSOM dean, commended the graduates on their perseverance in medical education through a pandemic and challenged them to continue to be leaders in medicine.

“To our osteopathic graduates and our graduates who completed the master’s program, you have gone above and beyond what is expected.  We are thankful for you trusting us to provide a portion of your education. I would encourage all of you to continue to give your fullest measure of devotion to your professional pursuits and offer superior care to those around you with the absolute best of your abilities.” Read more about the graduation ceremony and celebrations.

PNWU’s Muslim Medical Student Association Hosts University’s First Ramadan Iftar Event

On Tuesday, April 12, in the Grand Foyer of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) Butler-Haney Hall, PNWU-COM’s Muslim Medical Student Association (MMSA) hosted a Ramadan iftar event for the first time.

“The iftar is part of a ‘fast with us’ event that we created to invite students from all backgrounds to try a day of fasting with us,” explained student doctor Lekaa Elhajjmoussa, who founded the PNWU Muslim Medical Student Association (MMSA) during her first year of medical school. “From my understanding, this had never been done at our university before.”

Read more about the event and an interview with student organizer Elhajjmoussa.

OU-HCOM Graduates 239 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

Stephen E. Markovich, MD
, OhioHealth’s president and chief executive officer, challenged graduates of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Class of 2022 to hold themselves accountable to be the doctors they want to be and do so with humility. The 239 graduates were the first students trained under the college’s new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum, which takes an integrated, patient-centered approach to medical education and emphasizes team-based problem solving. Approximately 70 percent of the class of 2022 will stay in Ohio for graduate medical education training and nearly 55 percent of the graduating class will pursue a primary care specialty. Read more about OU-HCOM’s 2022 graduating class.

UNTHSC/TCOM’s Kate Russell Named Student of the Year by Texas Medical Association

052622_IOME_UNTHSCTCOM_Kate-Russell_200x300The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section honored University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) second-year student Kate Russell with its 2022 Student of the Year award. 

“I was so surprised and honored when my name appeared on the screen at our virtual Winter Conference,” said Russell. “I have the privilege of working with a wonderful team of colleagues here at UNTHSC/TCOM and I was humbled that they nominated me for this award. I couldn’t have done anything this year without their hard work and support!”

Russell, who is part of UNTHSC/TCOM’s Class of 2024, has served in numerous roles in her time in medical school. Read more about Russell and her numerous contributions to UNTHSC/TCOM.

ICOM Graduates Inaugural Class of Osteopathic Physicians

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) made history on May 13, as 145 members of the College’s inaugural class officially became physicians—the first ICOM-trained medical doctors and the first osteopathic physicians educated in Idaho.

“Today’s ceremony was a sweet and wonderful experience for these talented and devoted new physicians,” said Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth, President of ICOM. “Idaho ranks last in the nation in the number of physicians per capita—and preparing and graduating this rising generation of competent and caring physicians is essential to the good health and welfare of all Idahoans.” Read more about the commencement, including an address from speaker Colonel Kevin O’Connor, DO.

PCOM Female Student Leaders Excel at the National Level

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has a long tradition of leadership and service. This dedication to improving the communities that they serve is not only an integral part of PCOM’s tradition but a central tenet of their 2025 Strategic Plan. One strategic initiative states, “PCOM embeds diversity, equity and inclusion in its curriculum, policies, processes and practices to advance student, faculty and staff performance and excellence in service to communities.” Several female student leaders have recently pushed themselves to be a true embodiment of this strategic initiative. Read more about each of the nine PCOM female leaders who are helping inform and influence their respective professional organizations and the communities they serve.

NSU-KPCOM Graduation Ceremony Celebrates the Class of 2022

During the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) commencement ceremony held May 13 at NSU’s Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, several degrees were conferred in a range of programmatic areas. Additionally, a variety of awards were presented to class of 2022 graduates during the KPCOM Senior Awards ceremony held May 12 in the Steele Auditorium.

During the graduation ceremony, 226 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 47 Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, 47 Bachelor of Science in Public Health, 21 Master of Science in Health Informatics, 20 Master of Public Health, 17 Master of Science in Nutrition, 12 Master of Science in Medical Education, 9 Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management, 6 Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy, 6 Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and 5 Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy degrees were conferred. Get the latest news and view pictures from the ceremony on NSU-KPCOM’s Facebook page.

First Patients Teach Students Intricacies of Human Body

Photo: Dean Andrea Mann, DO, is flanked by first year DO students who planned a memorial service for their first patients. Also included in the photo are anatomical donor services staff members.

PCOM Georgia students, faculty and staff members gathered in the campus Atrium to celebrate the individuals who selflessly gave of themselves to ensure future healthcare providers truly understand the intricacies of the human body. Family members and friends of these donors were invited to a breakfast and a ceremony planned by students in which they received the cremains of their loved ones, hand-written thank you notes and expressions of gratitude. Read more about the service that PCOM Georgia students attended.

TUCOM Trio Named Schweizer Fellows

Three Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California (TUCOM-CA) students were named Albert Schweitzer Foundation Bay Area Fellowships honorees—the first time TUCOM-CA has ever had three students named in one cycle. “Touro really shone brightly this year,” said Tami Hendriksz, DO, dean of TUCOM-CA. Read more about each student and view more news on TUCOM-CA’s Instagram.


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