Campus Roundup

072717_ATSUSOMA_CRStill Spotlight: Ralph Desir

Ralph Desir, a second-year student at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), has accomplished a lot at a young age. He graduated from college and was accepted into his first-choice medical school, where he serves as president of the student government. He is on track to graduate in two years. As a physician, he plans to serve the underserved by practicing at a community health center. He also hopes to continue in leadership roles, advocating for the profession. So, what is the secret to his success?

“I’d have to go back to my mom,” says Desir. “She’s been the most influential person driving me to go into medicine. She’s always encouraged me to be the best person I can be, and she’s always inspired me with what she’s done in her life.” Read more.

072717_VCOMAuburn_CRVCOM-Auburn Celebrates as Inaugural Class Moves on to Clinical Rotations

Despite thunderstorms and a steady rain, members of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) class of 2019, along with faculty and staff, gathered on June 15 for a “Boot the Second Years” celebration at the Red Barn in Auburn University’s Ag Heritage Park. This celebration was held to recognize VCOM-Auburn’s class of 2019 as they finish the year up and move on to their clinical rotations.

“I’m excited to get out there and do what I came to medical school to do,” said second-year student Scott Wilder. “I’m super thrilled to get out of the books, see patients and learn on the job,” added Wilder, who will be completing his rotations at East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) in nearby Opelika, Alabama. Read more.

VCOM’s SEE Program Empowers High School Students to Pursue Medical Careers


The Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) hosted each year by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) had a record number of applicants for its tenth summer program at the Virginia campus in Blacksburg, and its fourth year at the Carolinas campus in Spartanburg.

During the week-long day camp, VCOM students and faculty offer participants a holistic approach to learning about medicine and careers in the health care field. With more applicants and participating VCOM students and faculty every year, the SEE Program has grown to further VCOM’s mission to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations.

LECOM, Erie Playhouse Agreement Names Playhouse Stage “LECOM Stage at the Playhouse”

The Erie Playhouse and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) announced a 25-year, naming-rights agreement for the stage at the Erie Playhouse. Starting with the 101st Playhouse season, the stage will be referred to as LECOM Stage at the Playhouse, a title that will also be prominently displayed on the façade of the theatre on West 10th Street in gratitude for a major gift that allowed the Playhouse to reach its financial goal for completing stage renovations in its downtown Erie facility. Read more.

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inducts First Chapter at LMU


The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inducted its inaugural class on May 12, 2017, at the Woodlake Golf and Country Club in Tazewell, Tennessee. Inductees included 21 students from the LMU-DCOM Class of 2018. Also inducted at the ceremony were Dr. Pamela Schultz, an alumnus from the Class of 2017, and Dr. Michael Wieting, senior associate dean of LMU-DCOM and professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Read more.

Community Members Experience “Day in the Life” of CCOM Students


The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) recently opened its doors to community leaders to provide them with an up-close view of the academic rigors CCOM students experience on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, Professor and Dean of CCOM, invited a group of community members to campus to show them "A Day in the Life" of a CCOM student. The participants included members of the Dean’s Advisory Board, which is comprised of community and health care leaders.

“Our goal for this day is to broaden the curriculum of CCOM’s medical students with the knowledge and experience each of you can bring to the table," Dr. Nichols said in her address to the Advisory Board. “We value your opinion, experience, and expertise. We want to expand the reach of the healthcare professions and better prepare future osteopathic physicians for the many nuances of this profession,” she added.

With photos: CCOM invited community members to experience a “Day in the Life” of an osteopathic medical student.

Ashwin Kalyandurg walks on his hands.NSU-COM Student Sets World Record for Hand-Walking

On June 20, fourth-year student Ashwin Kalyandurg spent the day aiming to break the Guinness world record for walking the farthest on his hands in eight hours. By 5:10 PM, he had traveled about 3.17 miles, besting the 2002 record by 100 meters.

Kalyandurg was first recognized for his noble effort to walk on his hands for more than 10 hours during NSU’s annual Relay for Life event on April 2016 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Caption: Ashwin Kalyandurg demonstrates his hand-walking abilities for Elaine Wallace, DO, MS, MS, MS, NSU-COM dean.

Dean Gilliar Invites You to Celebrate NYITCOM's 40th Anniversary

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) is celebrating 40 years of excellence in medical education. The NYITCOM 40th Anniversary Academic & Scientific Symposium will be held on September 15 and the NYITCOM 40th Anniversary Black Tie Gala will be held on September 16. Watch the invitation video from Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, Dean of NYITCOM and read more about the celebration.

PNWUCOM Launches The Scientific Method Podcast

From health care to pop-culture; controversial conversations to advancements in scientific technology and more, The Scientific Method provides expert insight into the power of science on society. We are an exercise in overcoming the noise and discovering the truth.

In episode one, on the heels of John McEnroe's claim that female tennis superstar Serena Williams would be “ranked 700” if she played against men, I sat down with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWUCOM) Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education, Idaho Air National Guard Colonel, and former United States Air Force Freestyle Greco-Roman wrestling team physician Brandon Isaacs, DO, to discuss the role that gender plays in athletics and the physiology of men versus women. Listen here.


WVSOM’s Abracadabra Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

The children’s television series, Abracadabra, has received a nomination for the Ohio Valley Chapter’s 53rd Annual Regional EMMY Awards.

The show, produced in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), received a nomination in the Children/Youth/Teens Category. Abracadabra, which is part of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) larger Healthy Children’s Initiative, is in its fifth season. The TV series features magic, ventriloquism, humor, and original music to demonstrate important lessons about health, nutrition, exercise, and science. Read more.

TouoCOM-Harlem Graduates Receive the 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award

072717_TouroHarlem_CRThe award is given to medical students who are involved in public health issues in their communities and who increase awareness of the U.S. Public Health Service’s mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the nation. Since 2012, the Excellence in Public Health Award has been given by the USPHS to visionary medical students nationally who are advancing initiatives to improve social justice.

Daniel Barbash (below) and Terrence Yao Tian (above) coordinated the TouroCOM fall and spring health fairs, where Harlem community members interacted with students and faculty from TouroCOM to foster this important relationship and provide important health screenings. TouroCOM works in conjunction with the Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) and other local health groups to provide rapid screenings for these major illnesses, provide support on dealing with these illnesses, and provide information on how to obtain further help.

“This award is a testament to the education provided by the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and to the high caliber of your students.  We hope that this will encourage your faculty and students to continue their strong work in public health.” George A Pourakis, MD, MPH, Senior Public Health Analyst, LCDR/USPHS, DHHS/HRSA/Office of Regional Operations, Region II.

TUNCOM Student Spotlight: Alexa Lewis, College of Osteopathic Medicine


Nothing was going to stop Alexa Lewis from working in the emergency room. Even in high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lewis knew the emergency room was her career calling.

Being able to help others in need is an ability that drives Lewis to succeed in the medical field. It took a terrifying encounter during her sophomore year of high school to realize that, but the DO ‘18 student from Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) has never once looked back. Read more.


Vol. 1, No. 13
July 27, 2017