Campus Roundup

ATSU and the Kirksville Community Commemorate Those Lost for Patriot Day

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (ATSU-KCOM) Student Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAOPS) worked with the Kirksville community to honor Patriot Day. Annually, these entities work together for Patriot Day to honor those that were lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony was held on the courthouse lawn in downtown Kirksville. Local firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service teams were on hand to show their support for those lost that day. Two ATSU-KCOM students shared personal accounts of how the attack affected them in their lives and how the country pulled together as one to help.

Still Serving the ATSU Mission: Danny McClure

092117_ATSU_SOMA_CR_McClureDanny McClure, DO, ’13, recently returned to Adelante Healthcare, the community health center where he did his clinical rotations as a student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). Fresh out of residency, it’s his steadfast commitment to the ATSU mission that has inspired him to brave another blazing Phoenix summer. 

Dr. McClure, a psychiatrist, leads an innovative program to integrate behavioral health and primary care. The collaborative model of care allows him to provide direct service to patients, while also advising the clinic’s primary care physicians, with whom he works closely, on matters related to behavioral health.    

In keeping with ATSU’s mission, Adelante provides affordable health care in underserved communities. Dr. McClure is passionate about working with this patient population. He grew up in rural Alabama, and draws on his childhood experience with poverty to empathize with his patients. Read more

Campbell Medical Student to Lead Family Medicine Leadership Program

092117_Campbell_CRThird-year osteopathic medical student Erin Clark is one of 30 scholarship winners nationwide selected to participate in the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. As a scholarship recipient, Clark will participate in a year-long leadership development program.

The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP). It aims to ensure the future of the Family Medicine specialty by increasing the number of family medicine leaders through leadership training.

“I’m particularly interested in contributing to underserved populations while focusing on social determinants of health and access to quality care,” Clark said. Read more.

DMU-COM Students Take Care of Their Classmates

Near the end of his first academic year in Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), Yazeed Ibrahim had an idea: He thought it would be helpful to share some of the lessons he learned in his first year with the next year's incoming class. He brainstormed with classmate, Daniella Rao, on a script for a video of useful tips, which modeled the video on the pre-flight instructions that flight attendants typically present. The resulting video, shown to the first-year students during orientation, featured DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, PhD, as the "captain," presented lots of useful advice and humor, and even included some "bloopers" at the end. The video also allowed the second-year students to emphasize that they stand ready to help their "junior" classmates. Watch the video.

Medical Students to Host Third Annual Cooper’s Carnival in Honor of Local Boy with Christianson Syndrome

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) students will host Cooper's Carnival on Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Harrogate City Park. Hosted by LMU-DCOM Pediatrics Club and Physicians and Students Serving Appalachia Gaining Education (PASSAGE), the event is a fundraiser to raise money for the Christianson Syndrome Association (CSA) as well as raise awareness of this rare disorder. LMU is honored to welcome Eric Morrow, MD, a Brown University faculty member and one of the leading researchers on Christianson Syndrome to speak to attendees at 4:00 PM at the Harrogate City Park. Read more.

MSUCOM Statewide Campus System Named Regional Assessment Training Center by ACGME

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)’s Statewide Campus System has been named one of five regional assessment training centers by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The other sites are at Vanderbilt University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Cleveland Clinic, and the ACGME’s Chicago headquarters. Each regional site features local instructors partnering with ACGME faculty to teach critical methods for assessment in a practical application including significant time devoted to medical simulation. The regional centers will also share resources and training tips.

MSUCOM is the only DO school and the only center that is sponsored by a community-based training consortium. Read more.

Heritage College Admits First Three Early Assurance Students

092117_OUHCOM_CRThe newest incoming class of students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), who started classes in July, included the first three students to matriculate through the college’s Early Assurance Programs. Since 2013, the Heritage College has signed Early Assurance Program partnerships with five universities across the state: Ohio University, Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll, Ohio Dominican, and Otterbein. Through these partnerships, selected students from Ohio can earn both undergraduate and DO degrees in as little as seven years, if they meet criteria for coursework and academic performance. EAP student Nathan Katz (pictured bottom right) did his undergraduate work at Baldwin Wallace; both Amy Mehlman (pictured bottom left) and Rosemary Oaks (pictured on top) went to Ohio University. Read more.

PNWU Podcast The Scientific Method Releases New Content

The Scientific Method is Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)'s foray into the world of intellectually entertaining dialogue. From health care to pop-culture, from controversial conversations to advancements in scientific technology and more, we provide expert insight into the power of science on society. The Scientific Method is an exercise in overcoming the noise and discovering the truth.

The latest podcasts are "Opioids in America: Tackling Our National Emergency" and "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Healthcare." Listen now.

PCOM Students Honor the Lives Lost on September 11

092117_PCOM_CRPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participated in the remembrance of September 11 with a ceremony hosted by the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS), honoring the lives lost 16 years ago in the largest terror attacks on U.S. soil. Read more and view a video of the ceremony.

Touro University Nevada Holds Annual White Coat Ceremony for New Students

092117_TUNCOM_CRNearly 300 students from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) were presented with their white coats as a symbol of their commitment to becoming quality health care professionals during a special ceremony with their friends and family in attendance.

“The White Coat ceremony is a symbolic event where our students begin their journey to become lifelong learners and empathetic, evidence-based practitioners,” said Ray Alden, PhD, Provost of Touro University Nevada.

Photo: Osteopathic medical students Ryan Wolsky (left) and Jason Wang (right).

VCOM-Auburn Faculty Member Presents Research at Military Health Symposium

092117_VCOM-Auburn_CRJ.J. White, DO, PhD,(pictured right) for Emergency Medicine and Kenny Brock, DVM, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Division and Research, represented Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) at the 2017 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS). Joining White and Brock from the VCOM-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) were Skip Garner, PhD; James Mahaney, PhD; and Gunnar Brolinson, DO.

White presented his REAP-grant funded research titled, “Wireless Ecosystem for Mass Casualty Assessment and Triage.” The goal of this research was to create a scalable, cost-effective system that has the potential of becoming the new standard in the intelligent application of novel technologies to mass casualty, disaster, and critical event data collection, triage, and tracking.

Mobile Medical Unit Helps VCOM-CC Care for the Community

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) recently received a donation that will help further the College’s mission to serve those with limited access to health care, and help to provide hands-on training for medical students. In May 2017, ReGenesis Health Care donated a mobile medical unit to VCOM-CC, a gift that improves the College’s ability to provide care in Spartanburg and throughout the southern Appalachian region. The mobile unit has two exam rooms equipped for medical procedures, which allows patients to be treated on location.

The College’s primary purpose for use of the mobile medical unit will be to further the education of VCOM-CC students, and to improve access to health care throughout southern Appalachia. The vehicle will allow students to gain practical skills under the supervision of VCOM-CC faculty, as they gain a better understanding of patient care and the challenges faced by residents of rural and medically-underserved areas.

VCOM-Virginia Campus Collects Supplies for Disaster Relief Efforts

092117_VCOM-VC_CRThe Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) collected supplies to be sent to areas affected by recent natural disasters in Florida and Texas. Students, faculty, and staff brought in items for VCOM-VC to deliver to Community Christian Church in Dublin, VA, which will take the delivery to where it is needed. Personal items, food, and encouraging letters were collected to help those in need. The drive was sponsored by the Via Wellness Club at VCOM-VC.


Vol. 1, No. 17
September 21, 2017