Campus Roundup

Kirksville Students Participate in First Family Health Fair

060117_ATSU-KCOM_CRStudent volunteers from A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) provided free screenings to community members during the first Family Health Fair.

The event, held at William Matthew Middle School, was sponsored by ATSU-KCOM’s Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant and Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Centers (NEMO AHEC). Community members of all ages attended. Medical students checked patients’ pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, while ATSU-MOSDOH students provided oral health education. Volunteers and community organizations distributed informational literature on nutrition, chronic disease management, and health careers. Read more.

ATSU-SOMA Student Holds Food Drive for Hawaiian Children in Need


Rachael Galvin, DO, MPH, ’17, recently organized a food drive to provide 50 children in need with nutritious meals over spring break. While completing her clinical rotations in Hawaii, Dr. Galvin taught health and nutrition at a local elementary school, where she learned that many of her young students were experiencing homelessness and hunger. The children relied on the school to provide breakfast and lunch, but went hungry over school breaks.

Dr. Galvin was determined to find a solution. With the support of her teachers and classmates at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), she organized a donation drive. Thanks to an enthusiastic response from the community, the program was a huge success. Each child received a backpack with meals and snacks to last seven days. Read more about Dr. Galvin’s exciting year.

AZCOM Class of 2017 Includes the College’s Largest Military Representation

As Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (AZCOM)’s Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation at the end of May, 22 students received a special recognition on the stage at Midwestern University’s Auditorium.

This year, 22 graduates–the largest number of military students in AZCOM’s history–were honored at commencement. In another first, 18 of these students were able to match to military residencies, which represents AZCOM’s most successful military match to date. The graduates in military residencies–representing the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force–will be able to count their residency time as years of military service.

Program Gives Insight into Health Professions

060117_CUSOM_CRCampbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) gave some deserving students from across the country an opportunity to learn about what it takes to be a health professional.

The Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment Program (HPREP) offers participants a hands-on, as well as an academic experience, in order to find out if the medical field is in their future.

“The program targets first-generation college prospects, financially disadvantaged, under represented minority students and students with an interest in practicing in rural areas,” said Meredith Blalock, Campbell University director of communications and marketing, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “We found health care professionals tend to practice within a 50-mile radius of where they’re trained. So, we’re hoping to keep a lot of our students in the area to help here locally.”

CCOM Students Bridge into Clinical Years

060117_CCOM_CRTo mark the end of their didactic years and celebrate the beginning of their clinical rotations, students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) participated in a Bridging Ceremony on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.

The ceremony for the Class of 2019 featured student speakers, academic awards, a performance by the CCOM Chorale, and an address from CCOM alumnus Michael Alebich, DO. Several CCOM faculty members also received excellence in teaching awards. During the ceremony, the class recited the Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment and unveiled their vision statement, which includes a promise to provide “patient-centered care, while embracing and protecting diversity.”

Heritage College Student Honored by Family Physician's Group

Ryan Paulus, OMS-II at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) at Dublin who’s training to become a primary care physician, has received the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)'s Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year Award for 2017. The award recognizes an osteopathic medical student who demonstrates excellence, leadership, and community service in family medicine. Paulus was announced as the 2017 winner at the ACOFP Annual Convention in Kissimmee, FL, in March. Paulus, who is from Celina, Ohio, plans to practice family medicine in the state after graduation. He was featured in a recent story in the Columbus Dispatch that focused on the state’s primary care physician shortage and the Heritage College’s partnership with OhioHealth to train more primary care physicians in central Ohio. Read more.

PNWU Run for Your Life 5K Raises Nearly 16K for Northwest Harvest

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences recently hosted the 7th Annual Run for Your Life 5K. 

The event, which took place April 8 on the PNWU campus, succeeded in raising $15,912 for Northwest Harvest’s Three Squares Backpack program, which feeds hungry children in up to 50 high-need public schools throughout Washington.

We recently caught up with Colby Nixon, PNWU osteopathic medical student and the race director for this year’s event, who joined us fresh off of presenting the check to Northwest Harvest. Read more.

PCOM Online Learning Hosts First Live Webinar for Physicians

On May 3, the Department of Professional Development and Online Learning at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted its first live webinar entitled, "An Osteopathic Approach to Asthma in Pediatrics." This webinar was presented by Meghna M. Shah, DO, MPH, an osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine resident physician.

Dr. Shah earned her DO degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed her residency in the Department of Pediatrics at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Prior to joining PCOM, Dr. Shah worked as a pediatric hospitalist at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York. For more information click here.

060117_CutSuitWeek_RVUCOM_CRRVUCOM Participates in Cut Suit Week

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students participated in Intensive Surgical Skills Course (ISSC), a week-long course which is nicknamed "Cut Suit Week,” due to the many cut suits being used in training. A cut suit is a human-worn suit that allows students to perform realistic surgical procedures. At ISSC, military students are pushed to their stress limits as they are forced to act quickly and efficiently to help patients in different trauma scenarios (such as explosions and shootings). Strategic Operations (makers of the cut suit) provide actors, props, sets, and pyrotechnics for the purpose of training medical students and other emergency professionals. This in-depth training has been proven through various studies to increase the knowledge and skills of the participants, allowing students to feel more confident and competent when practicing medicine with actual patients.

TUCOM-CA Brings OMT to the Community

060117_TUCOM_NOM-Week_CRThe student doctors of Touro University California’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM-CA) celebrated this year’s National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week by providing free screenings and osteopathic manipulative treatment at the Vallejo Ferry Building, the area’s portal to San Francisco.

Students also reached out to the community by distributing boxes of food, clothing, books, and toys to those in need at Faith Food Fridays. Others fed the homeless at First Baptist Soup Kitchen and led wellness sessions on campus. And children and parents engaged in hands-on learning at the Student-Run Free Clinic’s workshop on healthy snack alternatives for your kids.

VCOM-Auburn SAMOPS Members Raise Money for Vets on Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)-Auburn students, faculty, and friends joined members of the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) for a group bike ride. Bikers began their ride at the VCOM-Auburn Campus, where the flag was raised, then lowered to half-staff. SAMOPS members also reflected on the importance of the day prior to the bike ride.

As part of the bike ride, SAMOPS raised funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps military personnel suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions by building a series of facilities, called “Intrepid Spirit” centers, in which these injuries can be diagnosed and treated. VCOM-Auburn is truly enriched by its student military service members, and is grateful for the men and women that gave their lives defending this nation.

VCOM-Virginia Students Team Up for A.T. Still Park Clean-Up and Leadership Development

060117_VCOM-VC_CRTwenty medical students and representatives of student organizations from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)-Virginia traveled to Jonesville, Virginia on April 30, where they assisted in beautification of the A.T. Still Memorial Park, named for the founder of osteopathic medicine.

During the day, students painted picnic shelters, fencing, and housing for trash bins, and also worked on gardening and landscaping. After completing their work in the park, students participated in a group brainstorming activity, helping one another with ideas for student organization fundraising, future workshops, goals, and mind-body-spirit events.

“By working with leaders of other organizations, we were able to gain insightful ideas for future events and further develop our plans,” said Corinna Bayuk, VCOM-Virginia Class of 2020. “It was a fun and rewarding day, and everyone was happy to give back to the founder of the profession we are so proud to be a part of!”

WVSOM Class of 2017 Grads Celebrate 100 Percent Match

Match Day is yet another day when medical students anxiously await results. More specifically, they learn where they will match into a residency program — their next step into their specialty of choice in their careers as physicians.

The event typically takes place in early February for osteopathic medical students (DO) and early March for allopathic medical students (MD). Securing a spot in a hospital or clinic in a student’s preferred specialty is a coveted position to be in. Jim Nemitz, PhD, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s vice president for administration and external relations, noted, “For a medical school to reach 100 percent match is spectacular. Each of our students know where they are going and are prepared to enter the workforce as physicians.”


Vol. 1, No. 9
June 1, 2017