Campus Roundup

June 26, 2018

ATSU-SOMA Hosts Family FitFest

Female student hoola-hoopingOn Friday, May 18, A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) hosted the ATSU Family FitFest on the University’s Arizona campus. ATSU-SOMA students taught nutrition and health lessons to children of all ages at the event. The University provided food, games, and prizes. Youth attendees visited educational booths, where they participated in engaging learning experiences designed to teach health concepts. For example, children learned how much sugar is in different beverages and what a clogged artery looks like.

“You can never predict which tiny bit of information might stick with a child forever,” says osteopathic medical student Shovna Mishra. “If we are able to inspire positive attitudes about food and teach children to make healthy lifestyle choices, our efforts can go a long way for the future.”

The event was the culmination of a larger effort to prepare children to lead a healthy lifestyle. This spring, over the course of several weeks, ATSU-SOMA students volunteered at Superstition Springs Elementary School to teach Nutrition and Health Awareness to 120 fourth-graders. The community health program is designed to promote whole person wellness by reaching children when they are beginning to make their own healthy lifestyle choices. The interactive lessons include physically engaging games to model the body’s functions. ATSU-SOMA student volunteers acted as mentors, influencing youth participants in a positive way.

ATSU-KCOM Student Strengthens Interprofessional Relationships with TSU Nursing Students

Students surrounding patient bed
Students from Truman State University’s nursing program in Kirksville, Missouri, participated in an interprofessional education experience at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) Drabing Human Patient Simulation Center. Nine nursing students joined ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) student Garrett Rissler, as he acted as the delivering physician in the birthing suite.

Each nursing student had the opportunity to manage the labor process and assist in the delivery of the newborn. After delivery, each student then conducted newborn resuscitation on the newborn simulator.

“The Truman State University nursing students are a fantastic group, and I had a great time learning with them,” said Rissler. “It is becoming more and more important in health care to have good team dynamics, and the Human Patient Simulation lab is a great opportunity to foster both interprofessional education and communication.”

BCOM Hosts First Annual Medical Student Research Day

Students holding their awards
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) hosted its first Medical Student Research Day. The event, organized by several BCOM faculty members, was designed to celebrate student research accomplishments and to provide an opportunity to present their research projects to fellow students and faculty. All BCOM students engaged in research projects were encouraged to attend and participate in the event. Assistant Professor of Cell Biology Steven Ontiveros, PhD, who chaired the event, said the day is also intended to help students learn the process of presenting research.

The overall winner of Best Research Poster (and first place winner in the clinical sciences and OMT category) went to second year osteopathic medical student Victor Liao for his project titled “Regularly Applied Lymphatic Pump Technique Reduces Duration of Upper Respiratory Infections.” Zac Taylor, first place winner in the biomedical sciences category was titled, “Gene Regulatory Networks Can Accurately Identify Important Genes in Zebrafish Cardiogenesis as Demonstrated by Camta1 Knockout.”

The other Medical Student Research Day awardees were Victoria-Lynn Ramos in the population and public health category for the project “New Mexico and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act” and Katherine Kleinberg in the medical education research category for “Efficacy of Collaborative Testing for Long-Term Retention of Medical Knowledge.” Read more.

Two CCOM Students Awarded Prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship

Two Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) students have been selected for the nationally-recognized Schweitzer Fellowship, a program for graduate students who aspire to become lifelong leaders in community service. Osteopathic medical student Amean Amra and Chicago College of Pharmacy student Divya Khandekar will participate in the year-long service learning program that empowers Fellows to design and implement projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities.

For his service project, Mr. Amra plans to work to increase awareness of sexual and reproductive health in Arab youth at the Arab American Family Services by establishing a weekly educational program. Through his project, he hopes to provide access to information and services.

As new Schweitzer Fellows, Mr. Amra and Ms. Khandekar join the Chicago program alumni who have provided over 120,000 hours of community service to more than 150 community groups over the course of the program’s 20-year history. Read more.

CUSOM “Mini Medical School” Leaves Big Impact

Faculty standing on stairwellIn 2016, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) held its first “Mini Medical School” to help the general public become acquainted with its curriculum and medical faculty. Led today by co-director Oscar Aylor, with support from the Community and Global Health and Health Policy Departments, Mini Medical School continues to welcome members of the community to Campbell Medicine for instruction on basic and clinical science topics taught by real faculty members.

Snow Bowden, town manager of Erwin, North Carolina, was one of the 30 Mini Medical School attendees who “graduated” from this session on May 1. Though it was his first time participating, Bowden praised the quality of the program.

“The level of commitment and compassion that each of these faculty members bring to the subject matter blows me away. They are completely committed and invested in the program,” he said. Read more.

DMUCOM Students Support Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

Eleven students in Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMUCOM) contributed first aid and blood pressure screenings at the 2018 JDRF One Walk at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, IA. The event raises funds for the search for a cure for this autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults. The event raised $788,600.

“I signed up in order to practice my first aid skills and because I think the JDRF Walk is a really great event,” said DMUCOM student Amin Gosla. “Although it rained during the event, I really enjoyed talking to some of the participants as they stopped by our booth.”

KCUCOM OMM Fellows Honor Local Veteran Affairs Community

Students at the Veteran's Affairs office
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) fellows recently put into action the university’s mission of improving the well-being of the communities we serve. After spending time at local Veterans Affairs hospitals during clinical rotations, the OMM Fellows decided to sell American flag lapel pins. They then used the money raised to buy gift cards for groceries and gave those out to veterans at the Kansas City Veteran Affairs. Andrew Moore said, “Through our rotations we came in contact with many wonderful people, who we were honored to help… we could all see how much of a need there is for an extra helping hand.” 

NSU-KPCOM Students’ Article Published in Peer-Review Journal

062818_NSUKPCOM_CR_Collage-webNova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) second-year students Scarlett Somarriba, MS (left), Eisa Samar, MS (center), and  Evelina Arzanova, MS (right) had their coauthored article, “Reference Values for Assessing Localized Hand Lymphedema Using Interhand Tissue Dielectric Constant Ratios,” published in the June issue of Lymphatic Research and Biology under the mentorship of Harvey N. Mayrovitz, PhD.

RVUCOM Students Participate in Rural and Wilderness Medicine Program

Students pulling patient out of a truck
Over the weekend of June 2, medical students from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) traveled to Baggs, WY, to participate in an intense, realistic training exercise. The exercise was created as part of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, a special program for students who are interested in practicing medicine in rural or under-served areas of the country.

The training exercise consisted of three “scenarios.” During the first scenario, an explosion had taken place at an oil and gas facility; the second scenario was an active shooter situation at an elementary school; and the third scenario was a rodeo ground accident and helicopter crash at the neighboring airport. At each scenario there were victims with realistic wounds and injuries. The students learned to triage and prioritize patients’ injuries, determine the mode of transport, and to work on a medical team, all while factoring in environmental hazards, working in tight or potentially dangerous spaces, and dealing with distractions.

VCOM-Auburn Holds First Via Research Recognition Day

Student explaining poster to faculty
On Wednesday, May 16, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) held its first Via Research Recognition Day. This event serves as a forum for health professionals and scientists in academic institutions, teaching hospitals, and practice sites to present and benefit from new research innovations and programs intended to improve the health of all people. The poster session and competition included 62 academic posters from VCOM-Auburn and Auburn University students.

Overall winners in the poster competition included first place finisher Tuyen Tran for his poster titled "Oxidative Stress Modification by Acrolein, a Product of Secondhand Smoke, Disrupts Critical Functional Hallmarks of Apolipoprotein E." Matthew Pickich finished in second place with his poster titled "Therapeutic Benefit of a Turmeric Extract in a Nutritionally and Oxidatively Induced Rat Model of Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis.” Amber Neal finished in third place with her poster titled "Non-conformity in the Anatomical Description of the Duodenum and the Impact on Clinical Communication." 

“Many of the judges and attendees were surprised by the unique research projects conducted by our busy medical students,” said Paul Brisson, MD, VCOM-Auburn Professor and Discipline Chair for Surgery. “There is no question that these projects greatly advance the research skills of the students and the reputation of VCOM, but more importantly contribute to improving the health and safety of patients,” Brisson added. Read more.

VCOM–Carolinas Student Elected National Chair of the Council of Student Government Presidents

Portrait of Jamie BeckmanEdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas (VCOM–Carolinas) Class of 2020 student Jamie Beckman was recently elected National Chair of AACOM’s Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP). Beckman is the first VCOM student ever elected into this position, and will represent all osteopathic medical students before AACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and other related organizations. Congratulations to Mr. Beckman for his election to this prestigious position and for the leadership he provided as President of VCOM–Carolinas’ Student Government Association.

VCOM-Virginia Students Raise Money for Local Family

Students hand oversize check to the Graybeal family
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM-Virginia)’s Student National Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) held its second annual Project Smile flag football game on June 2. The group raised more than $3,000 which will go to the Graybeal family, in Wytheville, VA. The money will help with the cost of their son Braxton’s surgery to correct his cleft lip.


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