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ATSU-SOMA Opens OMM Center on Arizona Campus

051817_OMM-Center-ATSU-SOMAATSU-SOMA recently celebrated the grand opening of the A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center Arizona. Physicians at the center will provide osteopathic manipulative treatment to address a variety of problems, including neuromusculoskeletal issues, headaches, neck pain, lower-back pain, fibromyalgia, jaw pain, chronic otitis, and injuries related to sports or the performing arts. The center will also offer specialized services for children with special needs.

“We are thrilled to open a center dedicated to the highest quality in osteopathic manipulative medicine,” said David Shoup, DO, the center’s medical director. “Services will benefit patients of all ages and foster interprofessional collaboration at the University.” Read more.

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AZCOM students from L to R: Nathan Fairbourn, OMS-II; Prabhdeep Uppal, OMS-I; Lucy Shi, OMS-II; Dennis Datuin, OMS-II; Tiffany Ziegler, OMS-I; Geoffrey Boyer, OMS-I; Sino Mehrmal, OMS-I; Amber Lau, OMS-I; Jamie Shawver, OMS-II.

AZCOM Students Advocate for Their Profession on Capitol Hill

In April, nine Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) students joined over a thousand of their peers who put on their white coats and marched to the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. to advocate for the future of their profession.

AZCOM student representatives had the opportunity to meet with many Congressional officers, including members of Senator John McCain and Representative Krysten Sinema’s offices, to discuss what DOs do and the importance of reinstating funds for Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME). The students took full advantage of unique and rare opportunities to positively impact the future of DOs directly from Capitol Hill, including delivering a letter to Representative Trent Franks to explain the ways that THCGME funding is a vital part of many rural and underserved communities.

“This funding will expire in September,” Nathan Fairbourn, OMS-I, explained. “Unless we can renew the authorization, we would see not only the loss of 752 residency spots to train mostly primary care physicians, but in millions of people across the country losing access to care in rural and underserved areas.”


Art and Medicine Unite Renowned Pottery Artist Creates Custom Olla Pot for Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

051817_BCOM-OllaWritten by Jessica Salopek
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has been outspoken in the belief that cultural awareness is an important element of effective health care. Dr. Richard Selinfreund, an associate professor of pathology at the school, took that message to heart when he first envisioned commissioning a custom piece of artwork representing how the culture of the Southwest interconnects with medicine.

With the backing of an anonymous donor, Selinfreund approached Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean of Multicultural Inclusion Justin McHorse with his idea, who in turn reached out to Josephine Seymour, a renowned Native American potter. “When I was the director of the American Indian Program at NMSU, we invited Josie to campus to meet with the students and view a documentary film she is featured in titled Grab,” McHorse said. “I knew she was the right person to approach with Dr. Selinfreund’s idea of connecting the students and faculty with the cultures in this region.” Read more.

CCOM Welcomes AOA President-Elect

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CCOM students welcome AOA president-elect, Dr. Mark Baker, to the Downers Grove Campus.

Students and faculty members from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) gave a warm welcome to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) president-elect during his visit to the Downers Grove Campus. Mark Baker, DO, traveled to campus to share information about the growth of the osteopathic profession and encourage students to be active members of the organization.

“Today, the osteopathic profession is growing by leaps and bounds,” Dr. Baker said. “You are the future of our profession and we want to engage you and support you in any way that we can. When I look out at this group, I see leaders, potential, and opportunities.” Read more.

051817_CUSOM-NoShaveNeuro-CalendarCampbell University Med Students Pose for a Beardly Calendar to Raise Testicular Cancer Awareness

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month so a group of gentlemen partnered with SGA for neuro block by committing to growing out their beards to raise awareness for testicular cancer. We have showcased those beards in a marvelous and beardly calendar with all the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation. Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer seen in men 15-35 years of age in the US. The Movember Foundation is taking steps to raise awareness of the disease in the general population and is aiding in researching new and better treatment options for Testicular Cancer.

Giles Knowles, OMS-I and organizer of the event, would like to thank Chris Ferrante, co-organizer, and photographers Ryan Welborn and Rachel Sorrells

Fleming Encourages 2017 MSUCOM Graduates to Live as Spartans; “Never Give Up”

The 298 members of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (MSUCOM) Class of 2017 spent one final evening together under the lights in the Breslin Student Events Center on May 4 before embarking on the next phase of their medical careers.

The college’s commencement and hooding ceremony included an address by 1999 alumnus Mark E. Fleming, a U.S. Navy captain, Gulf War Veteran, flight surgeon, and orthopedic trauma surgeon.

Fleming told the graduates that regardless of who they are or where they came from, they can reach the pinnacle of their profession. He encouraged them to rise to meet the challenges that will face them and live as Spartans – never giving up and never backing down. Read more.

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DO Day in April

NSUCOM Student Advocacy on Display at DO Day

On April 5, about 30 first- and second-year Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) students participated in DO Day in Washington, D.C., and marched along with more than 1,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students to advocate for continued federal funding of teaching health center graduate medical education. Throughout the day, DOs and students participated in a march across Capitol Hill and conducted dozens of meetings with senators, members of Congress, and legislative aides.

The NSU-COM students traveled to DO Day with James Howell, MD, MPH, assistant dean of professional relations; Marie Florent-Carre, DO, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine and public health; and Ronald J. Renuart, Sr, DO, FACP, president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and a 1990 NSU-COM alumnus.

Students from the Heritage College, Athens, staff an information table in Ohio University’s student center for NOM Week.

Heritage College Students Turn Out in Force for NOM Week

Students from the Heritage College, Athens, staff an information table in Ohio University’s student center for NOM Week.

Medical students at all three campuses of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)–Athens, Dublin and Cleveland–participated in a wide range of activities to celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week April 16-22. Student projects included recruiting potential bone marrow donors; putting together snack packs for families of children receiving medical care; helping out at a food pantry; cooking breakfast for families at a Ronald McDonald House; writing cards to children receiving hospital treatment; cooking dinner at a homeless shelter; and painting rooms at a women's crisis center for residents who were displaced after the facility’s roof came off. April also marked the first-ever celebration of Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month in Ohio, thanks to legislation passed last year by the Ohio General Assembly. Watch a video about the celebration.

051817_PNWU-Mass-CasualtyPNWU Hosts Mass Casualty Incident Training Exercise

At 9:06 a.m., Ben Hittle, the Director of Security at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, made contact with local dispatch to report a single explosion—with extensive damage—to the exterior of the northwest side of the UCC building. As early reports of an explosion at PNWU began reaching local emergency crews, screams of agony rang out across the lush green fields of the campus.

As Hittle’s team swept the exterior of the UCC building for additional threats, the East Valley Fire Department (EVFD) arrived, preparing to establish a central command. They had to assess the damage to the building before they could enter to assess patients. As they surveyed the scene, PNWU medical students and local emergency responders made first contact with the “victims” of Saturday’s Mass Casualty Incident Training Event. Read more.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Edward Bilsky, the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

PCOM Hosts Annual Research Day

Advancements in the field of biomedical science result from an intense effort and exchange of ideas. Discoveries that someday may be translated into treatments and cures were displayed at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s annual Research Day, an event designed to foster awareness of ongoing research and promote collaboration among researchers.

Students, residents, faculty, and staff presented posters describing their research on topics such as ways to reduce the use of opioid pain medication; family planning in refugee settings; and the role of infection in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more.

TUNCOM poster winners holding their poster on Asian Flush Syndrome

DO Students Spread Awareness of Asian Flush Syndrome, Win First Place in State Competition

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) medical students Vincent Pan and Jocelyn Nguyen were recently awarded first place for their poster on Asian Flush Syndrome in a contest held by the Nevada State American College of Physicians.

After winning first place, the two students presented their work to the National American College of Physicians during a March meeting in San Diego.

“I don’t think we anticipated that we would have this much success,” Pan said. “We knew that the project had a lot of potential, and it still has a lot of potential to enact change in alcohol education.” Read more.

051817_VCOM-AC-Disaster-Drill-event-(1)VCOM-Auburn Holds Disaster Drill Simulation April 28, 2017

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) faculty, students, and staff conducted two disaster drill exercises on April 28 alongside the Auburn University Office of Risk Management and Safety (AU RMS). Additionally, local emergency responders, including fire and EMS units, took the opportunity to train during the event.

The first phase of the event in the morning featured a HAZMAT situation that was the result of a simulated collision between transit buses and a truck carrying compressed gas cylinders. Read more.

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SC Health Professionals Visit VCOM-Carolinas for Disaster Simulation and Training

On Wednesday, March 29, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) hosted 40 healthcare professionals (photo above) from throughout the state of South Carolina for emergency response training and a mock disaster simulation. The simulated bomb explosion was treated as a genuine mass casualty situation on the campus grounds, and required participants to triage victims who were distressed and wounded in a variety of ways by the explosion. Read more.

Sneha ShahVCOM-Virginia Student Selected as Student Representative for AOF Board of Directors

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is proud to share the news that osteopathic medical student Sneha Shah, Class of 2019, was recently selected by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) to join the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) Board of Directors as a Student Representative. Read more.


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Vol. 1, No. 8
May 18, 2017