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March 21, 2018

ATSU-KCOM Students Participate in Baby Bottle Fundraiser

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A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (ATSU-KCOM) chapter of the L. Linton Budd Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology Society recently participated in the Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic's annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser. Lifeline is a nonprofit organization that supports expecting mothers and newborns in need. ATSU-KCOM students held a bake sale to raise $200 for the center.

 “We were surprised and so grateful to be able to raise money for the Lifeline Pregnancy Center from the generous donations of students, staff, and faculty at ATSU-KCOM,” says first-year Rachel Scott, student president of the L. Linton Budd Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology Society’s ATSU-KCOM chapter. “Our donation directly and positively impacts a local center that provides much-needed care to a patient population so close to the interests of our group: expecting mothers and newborns. Thank you for all of the ATSU-KCOM support that made our donation possible!”

CUSOM Students Win at NC-ACP Scientific Session

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Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) students were in the spotlight last week at the 2018 Scientific Session of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NC-ACP) in Greensboro, NC. The event brings residents, researchers, and physician educators together to share internal medicine advances and connect with colleagues.

The winning team included second-year medical students Kyle Admire, Julia Brogdon, and Brian Gorman, who presented their work “Anti-tNASP Antibodies Are a Potential Diagnostic Marker for Malignant Tumors” and won first for Best Clinical Research. Read more.

Three DMU-COM Students Selected for Global Health Internships

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) Global Health Pathways of Distinction Internships are highly-selective opportunities for students to explore and conduct research on health topics while working with some of the best minds in science, medicine, and public health. These internships also allow students to bring their passion and knowledge to the table, as the three 2018 interns, all second-year osteopathic medical students, are eager to do. Christine Jackson will work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in its climate and health program, researching effects of climate change on community health. Sasirekha Pandravada will spend her summer at the U.S. Global Change Research Program in Washington, DC, which was created to foster understanding about and responses to global change. Joshua Tomashek will intern at the Pan-American Health Organization, where he’ll contribute his passions for LGBTQI health, aging, international public health, and clinical research. Read more.

KCU-COM Assistant Dean Receives Certified Physician Executive Credentialing

032218_KCUCOM_CRThe American Association for Physician Leadership® announced Anne VanGarsse, MD, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, Vice Chair of Primary Care and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) has earned the prestigious Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification. CPE designation indicates a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and management education while also demonstrating effective health care industry knowledge and leadership skills.

Dr. VanGarsse also serves as Chief Health Officer for the Health Partnership of Johnson County (HPC), a federally-qualified community health center. Read more.

CCOM Students Participate in Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

032218_CCOM_CRStudents and faculty members from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) recently participated in a national event in Washington, DC to inform lawmakers about the importance of osteopathic medicine and encourage action on vital healthcare issues.

The CCOM students started the day with a meeting with Joe Heck, DO, who served as the U.S. Representative for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2017 and was the first DO elected to the House of Representatives. Dr. Heck discussed the importance of advocacy and encouraged the students to take an active role in politics. The students also learned about important issues and current legislation that could impact them in their future medical careers.

Suicide Prevention Training at MU-COM

On February 6, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) had the unique opportunity to put on a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training event based on a resolution written by its own SOMA chapter. The measure, which was approved at the Fall 2017 SOMA House of Delegates, encourages SOMA chapters across the county to implement QPR training at medical schools to combat the devastatingly high number of suicides within the medical community.

The MU-COM SOMA chapter officers, Christy Reick and Annalissa Kammeyer were instrumental in partnering the event with the Meaningful Medicine Mentoring Program offered at MU-COM. This allowed for over 150 students to attend the training event led by Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the neighboring Indiana University School of Medicine. Overall this provided a great experience for students to practice asking difficult questions and having difficult conversations with their peers on the topic of suicide.

NSU-KPCOM Student Garners Paul Ambrose Scholarship

032218_NSUKPCOM_CRNova Southeastern University Kiran J. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) student Hytham Rashid, class of 2019, was selected as a 2018 Paul Ambrose Scholar, becoming one of 40 U.S. health professions students who earned this honor. As a Paul Ambrose Scholar, he will present his work to lower the disproportionate incidence of HIV/HCV coinfection among the LGBTQI+ community by incorporating needle exchange services into HIV test counseling in South Florida.

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research—the professional organization representing accredited and emerging graduate public health programs, medical and health professions faculty members, and students dedicated to interprofessional prevention education and research.

PNWU-COM Student Shares His Story for “What Matters in the End” Week

In anticipation of "What Matters in the End" week, a campus-wide event showcasing the importance of end-of-life care and planning, first-year Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) medical student Joshua Stanfield shares the story of the first time he realized he couldn't save everyone.

"I read and reread the chart. We got to him in time. I saw the CPR: it was correctly performed. Everything was done in time, with a precision I could only aspire to at the time. And Jim died. We were not gods. Not even close." Read more.

PCOM Welcomes Special Olympics PA

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Students in the PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine) AID (Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities) program, the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Special Olympics Committee, and the Robert Berger Pediatrics Society recently welcomed more than 50 athletes with the Special Olympics PA - Philadelphia program for a day dedicated to physical fitness, arts and crafts, and learning about health and wellness. Read more and view a short video.

VCOM-Auburn SNMA Student Organization Hosts Minority Physician Panel

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As part of Black History Month events at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn (VCOM-Auburn), a minority physician panel discussion was held February 16. A group of six physicians answered student questions, discussed the challenges they faced as a minority, and also offered some outstanding career advice. Gary Hill, DO, FACOI, VCOM-Auburn Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, opened the panel with a few words about the importance of increasing diversity in higher education. Hill said that he was excited to hear the stories of the physicians on the panel, and noted to students that the evening’s guests had all gone above and beyond in their medical careers. “Write down what you want in a practice,” said panel guest Nicholas Jones, MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon in the Atlanta, Georgia area. “That way you know what is most important to you and you can find a happy medium,” Jones added. “Medicine is a remarkable way to spend your life,” said panel guest and Auburn-Opelika, Alabama cardiologist, Michael Williams, MD. “There will always be challenges, but you can let it define you, or you can define it,” Williams added. Read more.

VCOM-CC Enjoys a Good Time for a Good Cause

032218_VCOMCC_CRThe Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) held its annual Gala at the Spartanburg Marriot on February 3. The “Fire and Ice” themed event attracted over 300 students, faculty, and staff. The Gala featured a raffle with items donated by the South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society (SCOMS), 3M, BMW, and a variety of other local businesses, with proceeds benefiting St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg and a free clinic at the Gaffney Senior Center. With food, fellowship, and a spirit of celebration, attendees danced the night away for a good cause.

VCOM-VC Hosts Annual Research Recognition Day

032218_VCOMVC_CRStudents, health professionals, and scientists were invited to present posters about research innovations and programs to improve human health. Speakers and poster sessions provided a forum to learn about new trends in health care research. Student poster winners at VCOM-VC included Carrie Fisher, second place in Biomedical Research; Chris Wyatt, second place in Clinical Research; Paneeni Lohana, first place in Educational Research; and Kahley Stanco, second place in Educational Research.


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