Dr. Costanzo: Still Living the ATSU Mission
On her 40th birthday, after 14 years as a nurse, Leigh Anne Costanzo, DO, made the decision to go to medical school. It was an encouraging conversation with a coworker that inspired Dr. Costanzo to take the next step in her career. “I had heard it before, but something clicked that day,” she says.
Although Dr. Costanzo had loved working in health care, she wasn’t entirely satisfied with the education she received as a nurse. “I joke that I went to medical school because I needed debt and stress,” she says. “The truth is, I always wanted to know more. My nursing program didn’t provide enough of a focus on physical medicine. That’s what swayed me to go to medical school.” Read more.
AZCOM Class of 2021 Enjoy Musical Icebreaker at Orientation
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)’s incoming class of DO candidates recently spent a day at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in North Phoenix, AZ, as part of their orientation activities.
One of the new students in attendance was Wade Wright, who is a bit more familiar with AZCOM than his peers—his father was a member of AZCOM’s second graduating class in 2003. “I was a young child when he was a student,” Mr. Wright says. “I remember many tag-alongs to lectures and community outreach projects on campus as a kid. Now I’m at AZCOM myself, and this trip was a great time. The best part was meeting my peers and working together with them through the scavenger hunt. It was also neat learning about the instruments and music of so many different cultures.”
CCOM Students Care for Community with Day of Service
Each year before beginning their course of study, first-year medical students at Midwestern University participate in a day of service. This year, 204 new students at the University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) assisted senior citizens, packed food, cleared brush, and more as part of their orientation program.
Participation in service projects gives students first-hand experience with the needs of the community they will one day serve as health professionals. The projects also reflect a University-wide commitment to community service. Read more.
Photo: New students at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in a day of service as part of their orientation program.
DMU-COM Students Perform Back-To-School Physicals
Thanks to an interprofessional team of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students and physical therapy students, 180 kids got the physicals they needed to start a healthy school year. The students were joined on July 27 by DMU alumni who oversaw the back-to-school physicals at Des Moines' North High School.
"I was able to provide a physical for a girl who had been part of a sports team for a couple of years but was unable to participate in games because she hadn't been able to afford a physical exam," said osteopathic medical student Kayln Stensrud. "It was exciting to see how excited she was at the completion of the process, as she looked forward to fully participating in sports."
Photo: Ostoepathic medical student Pardeep Singh checks a student's blood pressure.
OU-HCOM Pipeline Program Graduates First Senior Class
With its first full year of operation behind it, the Aspiring DOctors Precollege Pipeline Program at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OH-HCOM) has graduated its first class of high school seniors. Thirteen students from Warrensville Heights High School have completed the program and are headed to college, with most aiming at careers in health care. Many also leave with scholarship money, thanks to funding from the St. Luke’s Foundation and the city of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. The program, which offers academic STEM enrichment, personal mentoring, and hands-on learning activities to high schoolers interested in health care careers, was created to boost enrollment of underrepresented minorities. Read more.
Photo: Warrensville Heights High School students in the Aspiring DOctors program learn about the equipment on an ambulance of the city’s fire-rescue squad.
PCOM Launches Outdoor Medicine Rotation at BSA Jamboree
Several fourth-year osteopathic medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently embarked on an outdoor medicine clinical rotation during this year’s National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. With supervision from Erik Langenau, DO, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, as well as Jamboree medical staff, students provided direct care to 6,000-8,000 scouts and volunteers assigned to their base camp.
In addition, each student participated in regular debriefing and small group learning activities with Dr. Langenau. PCOM is the first medical school to embark on creating an organized clinical rotation at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
PNWU-COM Releases Second Episode of The Scientific Method
On this week’s podcast episode, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) Chief and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Melissa Lemp, DO, discusses the anti-vaccine movement and works to clear the smokescreen on vaccines in America.
“99 percent of the time children should get their vaccines, and there’s very few contrary indications against that. I advocate for children and I advocate for parents making the right decisions, and providing accurate information is very important. Your child is the most important thing in your life; that’s why I do my job.” Listen now.
NSU-COM Student Wellness Cruise Serves Multiple Purposes
On August 2, the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) coordinated its third Sunset Wellness Orientation Cruise for incoming class of 2021 students aboard the Grand Floridian yacht. The excursion allowed the entering students to enjoy a three-hour cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Intracoastal Waterway and get acquainted with their classmates, faculty, and staff members. Another event aspect involved the availability of 10 student wellness stations, which were organized to provide vital information to the incoming students and help them thrive during their medical school experience and beyond.
RVUCOM-SU Celebrates Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
On July 14, the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) campus officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guest speakers included Scott L. Wyatt of Southern Utah University, Eduardo Illanes of Oz Architecture, and a video message by Governor Gary Herbert. Following the dedication by Elder Steven E. Snow, Maha Sallam, Chair of the Board, and Yife Tien, Founder of RVU, cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the opening of Utah's first osteopathic medical school.
The inaugural Class of 2021 participated in orientation activities the week of July 17, which included a social gathering at Veyo Resort and a service project at the Southern Utah Veterans Home. Classes officially began on July 24. Watch the video that was shown at the ribbon-cutting ceremony which explains the origins of the RVUCOM-SU campus.
TUNCOM Faculty and Students Train Young, Aspiring Physicians at Camp MED
Faculty members and students from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) participated in Camp MED to help prepare incoming high students for a future career in medicine.
Camp MED gives aspiring young physicians the opportunity to work with professional physicians and student doctors in a week-long mentorship program. The experience allowed the young students to gain a deeper insight into the world of medicine. Daliah Wachs, MD, and Noah Kohn, MD, helped mentor the groups of students, as did several TUNCOM students. Read more.