Campus Roundup

ATSU-SOMA Students Volunteer to Pack Meals for Children in Need

012518_ATSU_SOMA_CROn Monday, January 8, 85 volunteers from A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) packed hundreds of meals for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). In addition to providing volunteers, ATSU-SOMA held a fundraiser to cover the cost of the food. The meals, comprised of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and vitamins, will feed 126 children in the Philippines for one year. This was the fourth year ATSU-SOMA held a packing event for FMSC.

“It was inspiring to see more than 100 people in one room, working together like a well-oiled machine, with the common goal of helping children and families in any way we could,” says first-year osteopathic medical student Johnathon Chung. Read more.

CCOM Students Raise More Than $3,000 to Help Families Impacted by Homelessness

012518_CCOM_CRStudents from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University helped make winter a little more manageable for families in need at a Chicagoland homeless shelter.

The Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) at CCOM conducted a week-long holiday drive with the help of faculty and staff. The students were able to raise more than $3,000 to aid Margaret’s Village and provide each of the 55 children currently at the shelter with a winter coat, hat, gloves, and holiday gifts. In addition, CCOM students collected books and stuffed animals for the children. Margaret’s village provides assistance to families who are transitioning out of homelessness.

Photo: CCOM students raised money to provide warm clothing and gifts to children transitioning out of homelessness.

DMU-COM: Proud to Partner in Improving Mental Health Care

012518_DMUCOM_CRDes Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) is inspired and grateful to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation to meet a growing need for compassionate and accessible mental health care in the state. Today, that effort advanced further when Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds gave her Condition of the State Address at the Iowa Capitol.

Last fall, DMU-COM announced a bold proposal to become the nation’s first medical school to offer NAMI’s provider education program to our medical students as a way to give these future providers a deeper understanding of mental health issues. DMU-COM worked with The Des Moines Register to host a highly attended December forum of gubernatorial candidates to discuss the need for more mental health care. Then, on December 14, the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation announced a lead gift of $50,000 to help launch the DMU-NAMI Provider Education Project. Read more.

Photo: Celebrating good news for mental health care in Iowa at the State Capitol Building today were Jeritt Tucker, MS, PhD, assistant professor, behavioral medicine; Kayln Stensrud, DO’20; Nico-Al Gotera, DO’20, MPH’21; Lisa Streyffeler, PhD, chair, behavioral medicine; Nichole Shumway, DO’20, MPH’22; DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, PhD; Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds; and Disha Jain, DO’20.

OU-HCOM Student’s Research Links Weight Gain, Cesareans

Research by a fourth-year medical student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) on risk factors associated with unplanned cesarean births has been written up in the medical press. Osteopathic medical student John Francescon was first author of a study analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was presented during a poster session at the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group from November 17 to 21 in Montreal. The research, which has been reported by Family Practice News and Frontline Medical News, found that women who gain more than the Institute of Medicine-recommended amount of weight during pregnancy are at increased risk for having an unplanned C-section birth. 

PCOM Hosts Surgery Weekend

Surgeons and soon-to-be-surgeons of all specialties descended on the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently for a weekend filled with hands-on activities and lectures designed to further knowledge and foster collaborative care, and highlight osteopathic physicians as leaders in the field of surgery.

On Friday, January 12, more than 300 PCOM neurosurgery residents, medical students, and support staff filled Ginsburg Auditorium for the 5th Annual PCOM Neurosurgery Symposium. The event highlights PCOM’s Neurosurgery Residency Program, a collaboration of five hospital sites with approximately 20 faculty members working to provide excellent neurosurgical training to PCOM residents. Read more.

PNWU-COM Students Host Second-Annual “Mental Health Week”

From January 22-26, for the second consecutive year, Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) osteopathic medical students are hosting Mental Health Week. The students kicked off the week with a student-led discussion, which was attended by all first- and second-year students. Throughout the week, medical students are hosting activities related to mental health, including yoga, meal prep/nutrition, puppy therapy, suicide prevention talks, and more. Guest speakers are scheduled to take part in the events.

TUNCOM Opens Two New Training Centers Positioned to Make Profound Impact on Health Care Education

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) opened the doors of two new impactful centers on campus—the Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation and the Chantal & Stephen J. Cloobeck Regional Center for Disaster Life Support. The institution, which continues to lead the state of Nevada as the largest medical school, will now have even greater impact on health care education and the community.

“Our goal in opening these innovative centers is to make a meaningful impact regionally in the education of medical providers and first-responders,” said John Dougherty, DO, Dean of TUNCOM. “The need for this type of hands-on training is critical in Nevada but also across the southwest.” Read more.

SOSA Conducts Two-Day Surgical Conference at VCOM-Auburn

012518_VCOM-Auburn_CRMembers of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) conducted a Surgical Conference for interested Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) students December 2-3, 2017. The event was filled to capacity with students that were eager to hear from speakers and guest panels, see demonstrations, and get hands-on experiences in workshops.

According to VCOM-Auburn Surgery Chair Paul Brisson, MD, MS, 30 students at a time rotated among six stations in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal was that everyone could experience each station by getting quality, hands-on instruction,” said Brisson. He also noted that student leaders in SOSA approached him about conducting the conference. “This was an idea that the students came up with and subsequently executed,” said Brisson. “It is a great testament to what VCOM-Auburn medical students can do when they put their minds to it,” he added.

VCOM-CC Spreads Community Christmas Cheer

012518_VCOMCC_CRThis Christmas season, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) Student Services and Student Government Association worked together to make the holidays special for local children in need. In the weeks leading up to the winter break they collected non-perishable food items for Arcadia Elementary, a nearby school where 100 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunches. The items collected by students, faculty, and staff helped to ensure these students had food over the holiday break. 

012518_VCOMVC_CRVCOM-VC Sends Holiday Cards to Veterans

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (SAMOPS) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) held a Holiday Cards for Veterans event before the holiday break. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to decorate cards for United States veterans as a small ‘thank you’ during the holiday season.


Vol. 2, No. 2
January 25, 2018