ATSU-SOMA Celebrates Diversity and Scholarship at Pinning Ceremony
On Saturday, February 4, A.T. Still University's (ATSU) Graduate Health Professions Scholars (GPS) were recognized at a pinning ceremony with ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, and the Board of Trustees. The scholars represent an array of programs at the University, including two students from ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). ATSU-SOMA strives to attract scholars whose values and life experiences complement the University’s vision for whole person healthcare.
GPS awards are granted to students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to ATSU’s mission to provide health services in underserved communities. At the pinning ceremony, students were recognized for their accomplishments in volunteering, advocacy, and leadership.
AZCOM Student Volunteers Introduce Hundreds of High Schoolers to Medical Careers
Exams are on the horizon for Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (AZCOM) students at the end of February, but some students are still taking time out of their preparation and studies to help prepare and stage Midwestern University’s annual Health Sciences Career Day at the University’s Glendale Campus.
Caption: Arizona high school students try medical techniques at the annual High School Career Day at Midwestern University.
Part of Midwestern’s annual outreach to high school students, the Health Sciences Career Day, will see almost 1,000 young students from schools all across Arizona. Arriving in the early morning hours, the student groups will pair with Midwestern University student mentors from AZCOM and other programs to go on a whirlwind tour of the various health care careers offered at the University. Hands-on labs and presentations will let the high schoolers get an up-close-and-personal look at a range of fascinating career possibilities, while the student mentors will answer questions about prerequisites and how to prepare for health care careers.
Winter Formal Ushers in New Year
Students and faculty members from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) ushered in the new year with an annual Winter Formal gala. This longstanding tradition encourages students to spend time outside of the classroom relaxing and interacting with fellow students and faculty members.
A student committee, composed of officers from the student council executive boards, plans the Winter Formal. The event is open to all students on the Downers Grove Campus and more than 1,100 attended this year’s event.
DMU Students Advocate for Health Care
Caption: DMU-COM students talk with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Former University President.
Approximately 25 Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students talked with Iowa’s key elected officials during DMU's annual legislative breakfast on January 24 at the Iowa State Capitol. The students convened at the Capitol before dawn met dozens of state legislators and lobbyists, as well as Governor Terry Branstad, Past President of DMU. Students discussed issues vital to osteopathic medical education and gained experience in advocacy.
KCU Researcher Finds Evidence Probiotics May Alleviate Progression of ALS
An imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract may contribute to the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) according to new research led by Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) scientist Jingsong Zhou, PhD, (at left) and Jun Sung, PhD, of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Their preliminary research suggests probiotics could be a potential therapy for the disease.
The study, which appears in the Clinical Therapies journal, found evidence that targeting gut microbiota with natural bacteria products was successful in alleviating ALS progression in animal models.
Funding for the research came from one of 58 ALS Association grants totaling $11.6 million, which was raised through the international Ice Bucket challenge. Read more.
NSU-COM Student DO of the Year
In December, fourth-year student Kristi Ray (at right) was named Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)’s 2016–17 Student DO of the Yea (SDOY)r. Kristi was nominated by her peers and chosen by the NSU-COM Local Selection Committee, whose members were determined by the national Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). Read more.
Heritage College Students Talk Opioid Abuse at Health Policy Event
Caption: State Rep. Terry Johnson, DO, a 1991 Heritage College graduate, talks about his battles as a legislator to curb excessive prescription of opioid painkillers in Ohio.
At its fourth annual Health Policy Day, held February 3, more than 240 first-year students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) delved into the pressing and timely issue of opioid abuse in Ohio—which currently leads the nation in number of deaths by opioid overdose.
Offerings included a panel discussion on policy initiatives by three state officials with medical backgrounds; a panel of health care practitioners who shared insights from the front lines about how the opioid issue has affected their practice; and accounts from two second-year Heritage College students about how opioid abuse by friends and loved ones has touched them personally.
Under the theme “Healing Ohio’s Opioid Crisis,” this event is only the latest example of the college’s ongoing commitment to bringing the principles of osteopathic medicine to bear on this issue. Read more.
Heritage College Event Offers Tips on Working in Interprofessional Teams
Caption: Andrew Morris-Singer, MD, talks about how “relational leadership” skills can improve interprofessional teamwork.
A nationally-recognized expert on interprofessionalism in health care, Andrew Morris-Singer, MD, President and Founder of the nonprofit Primary Care Progress, was the keynote speaker at a Leadership Summit sponsored by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Office of Rural and Underserved Programs. Dr. Morris-Singer offered practical advice on how to foster a more personalized and cooperative model of teamwork, which draws more fully on the expertise of all health care professionals of a team.
"Research shows that this kind of teamwork translates into shorter hospital stays, fewer ER and urgent care visits, and lower health care costs," Dr. Morris-Singer said. The summit also included a series of interactive workshops during which students tried different strategies of relational leadership.
PCOM Student Default Rates Drop
A new report highlights Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) as being among the schools with the lowest student default rates in the country. The Student Loan Report conducted an analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education and placed PCOM at 143 on a list of more than 4,500 schools comprising all schools eligible for federal student loans for which the Department of Education has data. These include public schools, private schools, and non-degree/for-profit schools.
PCOM is one of five osteopathic schools on the list, including Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Read more.