Campus Roundup

ACOM Faculty Member Receives Two-Year Research Grant from American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently awarded an AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA) to Audrey Vasauskas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). Through her project entitled, “The Role of FKBP51 in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” Dr. Vasauskas will continue her research into this disease and its long-term effects. This is the first extramural (external) research grant for ACOM, which will help foster greater opportunity for future research funding at the institution. This two-year AIREA grant funding will begin July 1, 2017, and conclude June 30, 2019. Read more.

ATSU-SOMA Announces 2017 Hometown Scholars

062917_ATSUSOMA_CR2017 Hometown Scholars, from left to right, Christina Humphries, D2, Michael Geiger, OMS-III, Jessica Rydberg, OMS-III, and Julian Hirschbaum, OMS-IV.

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Hometown Scholars award.

The Hometown Scholars program was developed in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in response to the needs of community health centers to create a pipeline of exceptional medical and dental students who are committed to serving in America’s health centers. To be eligible for the award, students must be endorsed by the leader of a community health center. The winners will receive a $2,500 scholarship to support their medical or dental education at ATSU-SOMA. Read more.

BCOM Graduates First Community MCAT Prep Class

062917_BCOM-MCAT-Prep-Course-2017It was a grueling 15 weeks for the prospective medical school applicants who recently graduated from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)’s first community MCAT prep course (pictured above).Developed by Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Samuel Kadavakollu, PhD, the class met two evenings a week and some Saturdays to help students interested in applying to medical school improve their scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination covering everything from math and physics to biochemistry and organic chemistry. The demanding eight-hour exam is required by almost all U.S. medical schools and scores play a primary role in admissions selections. Read more.

Campbell Medicine Has Highest Percentage of Residents Match in Family Medicine

062917_CUSOM_Family_Medicine_CRThe Jerry M. Wallace Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) had the highest percentage of recent graduates match into family medicine residencies in the state this year, according to the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

Of the 150 inaugural graduates of the School of Medicine who participated in the 2017 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), 20 percent of those new physicians matched into family medicine residency programs. Read more.

LMU-DCOM Student Selected for Research Project at America’s Top Rehabilitation Hospital

062917_LMUDCOM_CRShannon Strader (pictured), a first-year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), is one of 12 students from across the nation selected to participate in the summer externship program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL.

Strader will spend eight weeks this summer working in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab which has been ranked as the top rehabilitation hospital in America since 1991 by U.S. News and World Report. During the program, students spend two, four-week rotations on separate inpatient rehabilitation services and have the opportunity to observe and participate in related clinical activities. Read more.

PCOM Aims to Improve COMLEX-1 Pass Rates

062917_PCOM_CRThe COMLEX-USA, or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States, is a critical test that every osteopathic medical student must pass in order to proceed with their medical training.

With such high stakes on the line, many students can feel anxious about failing the test on their first attempt. Indeed, several forums, articles, and workshops are geared towards students with the sole purpose of helping them pass on their first try.

Thanks to a 2017 AACOM research grant, researchers at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) are hoping to create an early-warning system for faculty and administrators to identify students who are at risk of failing, and get them the support they need. Read more.

RVUCOM Holds Disaster Scenario Training

062917_RVUCOM_Disaster_CROver the weekend of June 2, medical students from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) traveled to Baggs, WY (40 miles north of Craig, CO) to participate in an intense, realistic training exercise. The exercise was created as part of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track, a special program for students who are interested in practicing medicine in rural or underserved areas of the country. In addition to the medical students, several EMTs from Little Snake River EMS also took advantage of the training exercises to learn or improve upon skills.

The training exercises consisted of several training scenarios. During the first scenario, students were told that an explosion had taken place at an oil and gas facility. Upon arriving, they found victims with realistic wounds and injuries: burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, broken arms, disorientation, and more. Students learned to triage and prioritize patients, determine the mode of transport (ambulance or air medical search and rescue helicopter), and to work as part of a medical team, all while factoring in environmental hazards, working in tight or potentially dangerous spaces, dealing with distractions, and more.

Touro University Nevada Medical Students Pave Way for Improved Marijuana DUI Testing

Nevada Governor Sandoval signs a new law on DUI testing for marijuana testing. In mid-May, Nevada lawmakers passed bill AB135 and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed, creating a new law that will change the standard for DUI testing for marijuana impairment thanks to the dedication and hard work of two medical students.

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) students Graham Lambert and Charles Cullison provided integral research and information to lawmakers to change from urine testing to blood testing as the primary assessment for those thought to be driving under the influence of marijuana. Lambert, a former Petty Officer and Avionics Specialist in the United States Navy and Cullison, a native Nevadan, recently completed their second year of medical school and will soon begin clinical rotations as third-year students. Both are pursuing their medical education as part of the military’s Health Professions Scholarship Program and will be commissioned as active duty officers at the end of their medical training. Read more.


Vol. 1, No. 11
June 29, 2017