ATSU-KCOM Students Host Annual Teddy Bear Clinic
Students from Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), recently hosted their annual Teddy Bear Clinic. The purpose of the event is to teach children what to expect when they visit various health care providers, and to expose them to a health care setting in a positive way.
Local children were invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals to the clinic. The children escorted their fluffy friends through eight health care stations, where the stuffed animals received physical exams, dental care, shots, casting for broken bones, and other medical treatment. Children learn about the various tools they may encounter in a doctor or dentist’s office, and what to expect during an appointment.
“This event is a great way for ATSU students and children to connect in a fun, meaningful way,” says first-year osteopathic medical student Jessica Clark, who helped coordinate the event. “ATSU students are able to apply the information they’ve learned in an interactive environment that promotes health and wellness in our community.” Read more.
AZCOM Student Association Creates Campus-Wide Artistic Initiative
A pair of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) students are the driving force behind a new Midwestern University initiative to highlight the arts and humanities in their campus community. Class of 2020 students Caroline Bakhit and Naira Sargsyan founded the Caring HeARTS Association as a student-driven organization that invites faculty, staff, and students at Midwestern’s Glendale Campus to share their artistic creations, including original art, photography, poetry, and creative writing, in a 50-page full-color journal entitled THRIVE.
“As osteopathic student doctors, we founded this journal in hopes of integrating art and medicine,” the organizers state in the journal’s preface. “Osteopathic medicine has taught us that each person is a unit of mind, body, and spirit, capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. Through promoting humanism, creativity, self-awareness and personal growth, we hope to help the body function properly, by keeping one's mind and spirit balanced.”
The two second-year students were inspired in part by their experience at AZCOM’s annual trip to the Phoenix Art Museum, an activity designed for incoming first-year students to bond with their classmates and learn the importance of observation skills. Read the first issue of THRIVE.
Photo: The cover of the first issue of THRIVE, a student-produced arts and humanities journal with contributions from Midwestern University faculty, staff, and students.
BCOM Volunteers Train 592 Locals at CPR Event
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi honorary osteopathic service fraternity participated in the 2018 National Texas Two Step CPR event. The annual event aims to educate the public on the benefits of compressions-only (aka hands-only) CPR. The program started in 2015 as a grassroots event organized by Texas medical students hoping to teach the technique to as many people as possible. By 2017, the event had grown to include 14 cities and all medical schools in Texas. For this year’s event, they expanded to include six additional states, with the BCOM students representing New Mexico.
More than 70 BCOM volunteers participated in the event in late February, which was held over two days at the Mesilla Valley Mall, where they reached 592 community members. Sigma Sigma Phi member Joya Singh called the event a “huge success,” noting that the live tracker during the event placed BCOM second in the nation, falling only behind Chicago’s site at the Field Museum. Across the nation, the 2018 Texas Two Step CPR event trained 7,832 people in 26 cities across seven states. Read more.
CUSOM Celebrates 2018 Residency Match
Screams of joy extended far beyond the lobby of Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences on Friday, as members of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Class of 2018 joined medical students all over the country for Match Day, when they learn where they will spend the next several years of their training.
Osteopathic medical student Melissa Wyche expressed excitement at matching to her first choice, an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville, NC — one of Campbell University’s Residency Programs.
“I am thrilled to have matched into my number one choice for residency. It is a blessing to be able to continue my medical education in the state of North Carolina and continue working towards my goal of becoming an OB/GYN,” she said. Read more.
Photo: Campbell’s Match Day event was held on March 16. One hundred percent of the School’s expected graduating class has matched to date.
CCOM Student Receives Prestigious Chicago Young Leader Award
Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) student Nicole Paprocki has been selected for the prestigious 35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact Award. Paprocki, a third-year medical student, received the award for her leadership efforts including developing a pipeline program for socio-economically disadvantaged youth through a partnership between CCOM and the Chicago charter school Instituto Health Science Career Academy.
“As a 2011 Chicago Scholar, I am grateful to the organization for developing my leadership skills as I navigated to and through college," Paprocki said. “Through the Scholars de Salud program, I aim to give back to my community by empowering other ambitious young people who may experience barriers to higher education with the knowledge, confidence, and professional network to start a career in health care.” Read more.
DMU-COM Hosts Girls Exploring Medicine and Science (GEMS)
More than 240 central Iowa girls in grades 4-7 gathered on the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) campus March 24 to gain hands-on experiences in topics ranging from anatomy and first aid to surgery, research, nutrition, and neuroscience. Girls Exploring Medicine and Science, or GEMS, is a free annual event at DMU-COM designed to inspire participants to pursue education and careers in medicine, health, and science.
“Ever since I was little, I wanted to go into medicine in part because of the positive influences I had growing up. But I know that not all girls have that,” says second-year osteopathic medical student Erin Traxler, whose mother is a nurse. Traxler is president of the University’s Women’s Medical Alliance, sponsor of the GEMS event. Read more.
NSU-KPCOM Match Day Ceremony Elicits Excitement
On March 16, medical schools across the country, including the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM), hosted Match Day ceremonies, where graduating seniors received their match results for where they will work to complete their residencies. More than 150 students, family members, friends, faculty, and staff members attended this year’s NSU-KPCOM Match Day Ceremony.
Photo: Students share joy of match results for where they will experience their residencies.
OU-HCOM Students Learn about Immigration as a Health Care Issue
With immigration at the forefront of many national policy debates, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) convened a group of care providers, policy experts, and community activists on February 9 to help first-year medical students understand how immigration policy may affect them as physicians, and what it takes to effectively and compassionately serve immigrant populations.
During the college’s fifth annual Health Policy Day, students heard two panel discussions on the responsibilities of care providers and public health advocates in a time of immigration policy change. The event also included screenings of videos by nine OU-HCOM students, sharing personal experiences with immigration policy or working with immigrant patients.
Panelists addressed topics including health problems they see in populations they serve, the need to build trust and connection with patients, and ways in which policy impacts care. Read more.
Photo caption: Suha Abushamma, MD, right, an internal medicine resident at Cleveland Clinic, spoke about topics including her own experiences with U.S. immigration authorities, during Health Policy Day 2018. Listening is Sarah Rubin, PhD, assistant professor of medical anthropology at OU-HCOM.
PCOM Creates New Culinary Medicine Elective
First- and second-year DO students are taking part in a new elective at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) called "Culinary Medicine." Based on the groundbreaking curriculum at Tulane University, this four-week course is designed to teach future doctors about nutrition and healthy eating, so that they will be able to discuss it with their future patients. Think of it as a "practice-what-you-preach" approach. PCOM is currently the only medical school in the city that has implemented this program.
There are four cohorts that take the course one day a week. At the beginning of each class, students review out-of-classwork, including readings and test quizzes related to health and nutrition, and then they head into their test kitchen to create healthy meals. During their cooking sessions they learn how to make traditional dishes (such as spaghetti and meatballs) in a more healthful way.
Students then gather to eat their healthy meals and review patient case studies similar to what they would find on their board exams. So not only are they learning about health and nutrition, they are also preparing for their boards, which is incredibly important for any medical student. Read more.
RVUCOM Students and Faculty Receive Accolades at ACOFP
At the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) conference in March, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) faculty, students, and student clubs were awarded and elected for various honors and positions. Among those recognized were Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP, dist., Dean and Chief Academic Officer of RVUCOM, who was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the ACOFP.
The RVUCOM student chapter of ACOFP was also honored at the conference with the President’s Award which recognizes the school chapter that has done the best overall job with membership recruitment, community service, and communication to the membership. Also honored were: Elizabeth Stoll, OMS-II, who received the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Award; David Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP, RVUCOM-SU Campus Dean, who was elected by the Congress of Delegates to the executive position of Vice President of the ACOFP; and Jill Pitcher, DO, FACOFP, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, who was named a Fellow of the ACOFP, a designation that recognizes those who have demonstrated a level of dedication to osteopathic principles in family medicine (in practice, academically, or administratively).
TouroCOM Hosts Trauma Day
About 50 high school students enrolled in Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)’s highly successful after-school program, Med-Achieve, with their TouroCOM student mentors following their final session for the semester, "Trauma Day". At "Trauma Day" the TouroCOM student mentors, adorned with fake blood and lying impaled with foreign objects to mimic real injuries, helped show the aspiring physicians how to become first responders and help "patients" with life-threatening injuries survive a simulated train wreck. Among the injuries were lacerations, broken bones, severe burns, dislocations, and fractures. The students were taught how to check breathing, pulse, circulation, and cervical spines for damage.
"They all performed very well," said David Colbourne, MD, assistant clinical professor, who planned and oversaw the instruction. "Giving them the experience of what it is like to handle an emergency is going to help them later on when they go on to become doctors." Read more.
TUNCOM Students Advocate during DO Day on the Hill
A handful of students from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) traveled to Washington, DC for the annual DO Day on the Hill. Students met with congressional delegations to advocate for critical health care needs, including access to educational funding and emergency care. More than 1,000 medical students across the country met on Capitol Hill for this incredible event.
Photo: (from left to right) Osteopathic Medical Students Josh Marcum, Denice Praxidio, Vanessa Halvorsen, Toni Young, and Taylor Farish.
VCOM-Auburn Student Organizations Hold Human Trafficking Workshop
Imagine having no identification, no money, no personal possessions, no idea where you are or what time it is. You owe a huge debt to someone, have no way of paying it off and you are being held against your will. You are scared, depressed, malnourished, receive little to no routine medical care and you are physically and mentally abused regularly. We imagine a situation like this as one of hopelessness, cruelty, and not something that would happen in the United States, the land of the free.
I am overwhelmed with all the information that has been presented today,” said workshop attendee Steven Presley, MD, VCOM-Auburn EAMC Director for Student Medical Education. “For us, as physicians, seeing patients in the emergency room, this is incredibly helpful information,” Presley added.
Hendrix and Victoria Lafontant, a husband a wife team from the VCOM-Auburn class of 2020, were instrumental in organizing the trafficking workshop. “Our vision with this training is to prove its importance and relevance to the medical professional, and hopefully have it incorporated into the curriculum here at VCOM as well as other schools across the country,” said Victoria Lafontant.
Photo: (left to right) Amber Neal (AMWA, Class of 2020); Melissa Peters, MD; Victoria and Hendrix Lafontant, (both, CMDA, Class of 2020).
VCOM-CC Islamic Medical Association Offers Free Health Screening at Spartanburg Masjid
The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) recently hosted a free Health Screening at Spartanburg Masjid. The event coincided with the mosque’s bi-weekly potluck, which traditionally follows the third prayer of the day.
Medical students from IMA and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) conducted blood pressure and blood glucose checks, medications consolidation, heart, lung, ear, nose and throat exams, as well as provided osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).
Thirty-nine people registered and received free health screenings, and two students from the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) performed OMM. In addition to the medical students, Michael Tillirson, DO, Assistant Professor for Family Medicine at VCOM-CC was in attendance, and met with each patient to discuss their health concerns.
Barbara Ross-Lee Provides Keynote for VCOM-VC Black History Month Series
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC)’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, as the keynote speaker for the William G. Anderson, DO, Black History Month Series. She rounded out Black History Month activities with a moving discussion about diversity in health care. Dr. Ross-Lee is the first black woman to serve as dean of a medical school in the United States.
Photo: VCOM-VC’s SNMA with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee and Dean Willcox.
WVSOM Recognized by U.S. News for 20th Year
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s top medical schools. For the 20th consecutive year, WVSOM has received recognition by the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” annual publication. This distinction is solidifies WVSOM’s reputation among all allopathic and osteopathic medical schools nationwide.
WVSOM is No. 4 in the percentage of graduates entering primary care specialties, based on 2015-2017 residency data. Specifically, 69.2 percent of WVSOM graduates entered primary care residencies.
“A main component of WVSOM’s mission is to educate students as lifelong learners who will later serve in rural areas. Our mission really focuses on primary care; so to be recognized for two decades as a top medical school proves that WVSOM is delivering in its mission,” said President Michael Adelman, DO, JD.