ATSU-KCOM NOWPA Holds Service Project for National Women Physicians Day
On Saturday, February 3, members of the National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association (NOWPA) at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) held a service project in honor of National Women Physicians Day. Student volunteers worked with the local chapter of Days for Girls to assemble 60 kits of hygiene products for girls in developing countries. Days for Girls is a nonprofit organization that provides girls around the world with sustainable menstrual care solutions, so they can stay in school longer and access the opportunities afforded by a quality education.
“Days for Girls is an amazing organization with outstanding women who spend time sewing the pieces of the kits before assembly day,” says osteopathic medical student Katelyn Deveraux. “This was such a meaningful project because we knew these kits would keep girls in school, and may even inspire them to become physicians.”
Student leaders from ATSU-KCOM NOWPA hope to continue the relationship with Days for Girls, and plan to seek out additional volunteer opportunities with the organization.
LMU-DCOM Students Launch The Kenley Project
Students at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) are providing care boxes for parents of stillborn or premature babies within their local community. The students will assemble the care boxes on Valentine's Day and plan to deliver them to Middlesboro ARH Hospital in Middlesboro, KY.
The Appalachian region suffers from increased rates of poverty as well as stillborn and premature births. This often leaves hospitals and community members in need of basic emotional and financial resources after experiencing birthing complications. In line with LMU-DCOM's mission of service to humanity in Appalachia and beyond, students in the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter at LMU-DCOM created The Kenley Project to show compassion to these patients and families during times of tragedy and uncertainty. Read more.
OU-HCOM Student Takes Lead on Trauma-Informed Care Article
Kristin Cuevas, a second-year medical student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), was lead author of a paper about how physicians can better care for survivors of sexual trauma, which was published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Cuevas worked with OU-HCOM faculty members Jane Balbo, DO (’07); Krista Duval, DO (’08); and Elizabeth Beverly, PhD, on the article, “Neurobiology of Sexual Assault and Osteopathic Considerations for Trauma-Informed Care and Practice,” which earned attention from national media including stories in The DO magazine and Newsweek. Read more.
NSU-KPCOM Second-Year Student’s Article Published in Scientific Reports
Arthur Strzepka, Nova Southeastern University Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) class of 2020, coauthored the article “Repeated Measures of Blood and Breath Ammonia in Response to Control, Moderate, and High Protein Dose in Healthy Men,” which was published in the February issue of Scientific Reports–Nature. His research explores a novel method of measuring systemic ammonia through breath.
RVUCOM-SU Hosts Women’s Leadership Conference
The Women in Medicine Club at RVUCOM-SU hosted the Ignite Your Influence conference on Saturday, February 10. The conference supports and promotes women’s personal, professional, and leadership development. The conference started with keynote speaker Mary Crafts, who spoke on “Electrifying Your Influence.” This was followed by several breakout sessions which focused on mentoring, coaching, entrepreneurship, leadership, and wellness. RVUCOM-SU medical student, Haley Shumway said, “It was an inspiring conference. It was eye-opening and fun to be able to help make it happen.”
TUNCOM Students Celebrate AOA Match Day
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) matched 11 new residents at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas during the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Match Day on February 5. In total, 32 Touro students matched in a variety of specialties at hospitals and medical centers across the country.
The remainder of the fourth-year students will find out where they will begin their residencies during the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) match week from March 12-16.
“Today’s match was outstanding news for our participating students who have worked tirelessly over the last four years to get to this point,” said John Dougherty, DO, Dean of TUNCOM. “With such a critical need for physicians in Southern Nevada, we are thrilled that one-third of our matched students will be doing their residencies at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas.” Read more.
VCOM-Auburn Students and Faculty Hold Doc Trot Fellowship Event
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) students and faculty recently took part in a “Doc Trot” in the Opelika, AL, downtown historic district. The purpose of this biannual event is for medical students to spend time with faculty members, or “docs,” in a casual setting. The Doc Trot, which is sponsored by the Via Wellness Committee, takes place simultaneously in local restaurants within walking distance. Students divide into small groups that rotate among these restaurants, where faculty members are stationed. The event is beneficial to students as they are able to solicit advice and input from VCOM-Auburn faculty about specialties, rotations, and any other topics that they are curious about.
“The Doc Trot was an amazing way to interact with physicians and faculty outside of the medical school environment,” said osteopathic medical student Amanda Lee. “Students were able to talk with the physicians on a more personal level and ask questions that you might not ask in class,” Lee added.
VCOM-CC Travels to the Dominican Republic for Outreach Trip
On January 13, 2018, a group of students, faculty, and staff from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC), as well as several external preceptors and volunteers, embarked on a one-week medical outreach trip to the Dominican Republic. Over the course of the week, the team served 456 patients and filled about 913 pharmaceutical prescriptions, both in temporary and existing clinics. VCOM-CC students expanded their medical knowledge and gained intercultural sensitivity, as preceptors imparted their unique insight and experience to the student doctors.
“[The mission trip] was one of the first times I truly felt like a physician,” reflected Wesley Shane, osteopathic medical student in the class of 2020. “Working in an environment with limited resources forced us to be flexible and creative, but it also taught us to appreciate everything we have at our fingertips in the U.S. Collaborating with the local physicians and seeing how strongly each advocated for his or her patients to ensure they got the care they needed reminded me of why I entered the medical field.”
VCOM-VC Student Club Hosts Suture Clinic
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC)’s Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) club hosted a suture clinic on January 31 with Mike Breiner, MD, Chair of Surgery. Both first-and second-year medical students were in attendance to learn more about suturing skills. They were able to practice their techniques in the anatomy lab on pig skin and ask any questions they had about the skills.