AZCOM Students Move into National Leadership Positions
Two Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) students recently were named to prominent positions in national osteopathic associations. Ian Coker, class of 2020, was elected as the President of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) during the 2018-2019 SAACOFP National Student Executive Board elections in Austin, TX. Ryan Dyches, class of 2019, was named to the Board of Directors for the American Osteopathic Foundation as Student Director. Mr. Dyches also continues to serve as an Executive Board Member for the AACOM Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.
CCOM Students Celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week 2018
Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) students celebrated National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week 2018 in April with a variety of community service projects, educational events, and campus activities. Students from CCOM participated in the events to increase awareness about osteopathic medicine and to promote healthy lifestyles.
During the week, CCOM students organized several community service projects such as volunteering at Pierce Downer School’s Science Olympiad and conducting a mini-medical school for students at Oak Lawn Community High School. In addition, they demonstrated their DO pride during several campus events and participated in a discussion with Mikhail Varshavski, DO, commonly known as "Doctor Mike," a board-certified family medicine doctor, social media personality, and philanthropist.
NOM Week was developed as a means for students, faculty, and physicians to come together and educate the public about osteopathic medicine.
Photo: CCOM students showed their DO pride by explaining why they chose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine.
Interprofessional DMU-Drake Team Takes Top Prize at National Competition
For several months earlier this year, a health team of two Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMUCOM) students, Da Hee “Mary” Lee and Autumn Hargraves, and two Drake University students, Lauren Blum and Kate Crane, worked diligently to help two 64-year-old individuals overcome their addiction to opioids. Adding to the patients’ challenges were the fact they live in a rural West Virginia mining community racked by the opioid epidemic, their access to health care services was slim and the locals’ tolerance for “outsiders” swooping in to “fix things” was nil. The health care team studied the realities, culture, and people of the area, watched a documentary on the opioid crisis in America, and scouted for grants and government funding to support their proposal. The solutions they proposed utilized local resources. They also landed the team the top prize at the 2018 CLARION National Case Competition held April 14 at the University of Minnesota. Read more.
KYCOM Student Wins First-Place in Medical Writing Competition
Mustafa Basree, MS, a first-year student at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) from Columbus, OH, recently won first-place in the Namey/Burnett Preventative Medicine Writing Competition, sponsored by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).
His article, “Breastfeeding as a Lifestyle Risk Factor Curbing Breast Cancer Risk in High-Risk Women,” supports the goal of reducing breast cancer mortality and disparities by providing evidence for clinicians, population scientists, and policymakers to improve the prevalence of breastfeeding through clear messaging, education, and evidence-based medicine. In the article, Basree also seeks to inform high-risk pregnant women faced with deciding whether or not to breastfeed. Read more.
Kamie Powell: Raising the Bar for Student-Athletes
While some people have donned a number to compete in varsity sports before slipping on white coats for medical school, very few do both at the same time. First-year Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) student Kristina “Kamie” Powell is an exception.
Powell, a first-year MSUCOM student, is also a pole vaulter for the MSU Women’s Track Team and was recognized recently at the 21st annual Spartan Academic Excellence Gala as an outstanding student-athlete.
“They introduced us by college,” she explains. “When it was my turn, Andrea Amalfitano, DO, Dean of MSUCOM, was introduced, I was introduced and that was that. My teammates thought it was funny to see one person for a college there. I like representing COM and the track team, so it was nice.” Read more.
NSU-KPCOM Student to Present Poster Focused on Elderly Patients
Vatche Melkonian, Nova Southeastern University Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) class of 2018, presented a poster of his current research project “Falling Down the Slippery Slope of Anticoagulation in the Elderly,” at the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference being held July 21-24 in Orlando, FL. His research involves a retrospective chart review of anticoagulation use in octogenarians who presented with fall injuries to the trauma bay at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL.
Region-wide Audience Celebrates PCOM South Georgia at Groundbreaking Ceremony
A broad cross-section of South Georgia’s health care, education, development, political and community leadership came together in Moultrie, GA, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, for a groundbreaking ceremony for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-South Georgia (PCOM-South Georgia).
PCOM South Georgia is a four-year medical program which is an additional location of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA. Students from Georgia and the region will be recruited for PCOM South Georgia’s first class of 55 medical students with classes scheduled to begin in August of 2019. Read more.
RVUCOM Faculty and Students Receive Honors at ACOFP Conference
Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) faculty and students were recognized by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) with several awards and honorary positions during the national conference held in March.
Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., Dean and Chief Academic Officer of RVUCOM, received the ACOFP Lifetime Achievement Award. This renowned accolade honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated career-long service to patients, the field of osteopathic family medicine, and the ACOFP.
Duane Koehler, DO, FACOFP dist., current President of the ACOFP, presented Dr. Told with the prestigious award. “After 35 years in rural practice,” he said of Dr. Told, “he hung up his white coat and put on the suit coat of academia. Given [his] career-long commitment to practicing and teaching and because [he is] a beloved mentor and friend to all, we gratefully present [him] with this 2018 ACOFP Lifetime Achievement Award.”
David J. Park, DO, FAACP, FACOFP, Vice Dean of RVUCOM and Campus Dean of RVUCOM’s Southern Utah location, was elected as Vice President of the ACOFP. Additionally, Jill Pitcher, DO, FACOFP, Associate Professor of Family Medicine was named a Fellow of the ACOFP.
RVUCOM Student Doctor Elizabeth Stoll received the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Award while RVU’s student chapter of the organization was awarded with the President’s Award for upholding the high ideals of the ACOFP. Read more.
RVUCOM-SU Celebrates its Inaugural Class During Arbor Day
Arbor Day 2018 at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) was a commemorative celebration, which involved the planting of a Raywood Ash Tree, along with the placement of 134 bricks engraved with the names of all the inaugural students, class of 2021. This was a vision that RVUCOM-SU Dean David J. Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP, had a year ago, which was a great way to give credit to the inaugural class for their pioneering efforts. The Raywood Ash tree is known as a world tree; because the roots reach deep into the earth and the tree goes high into the heavens which symbolizes the past, present, and future.
TUNCOM Students Volunteer on Mobile Health Care Clinic
Touro University Nevada was well represented during the Family Connect community outreach event at Cambridge Park on April 11.
Students from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), as well as the Schools of Physician Assistant Studies (PA), Nursing, Physical Therapy (PT), and Occupational Therapy (OT), volunteered their time on the Mobile Health Care Clinic to provide free services to those who stopped by.
“Having all of our programs collaborate for Family Connect was a great way to help promote Touro University Nevada,” said Amie Duford, Assistant Professor in the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “When we all come together for the sake of the community, our students benefit greatly from the inter-professional education. In addition to them becoming more experienced students, we’re providing much-needed services to our underserved populations.”
WVSOM to Hold Sixth Annual Just Say KNOW Scholars Program
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is offering a one-week summer camp for high school students to learn more about contagious disease and medicine.
“High school students will get the opportunity to bring infectious disease topics to life through biochemistry experimentation and solving outbreaks by team-based learning,” said Crystal Boudreaux, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at WVSOM who will lead the camp.
“Students will gain an understanding for careers that contribute to the success of physicians and finding cures that are not at the forefront of seeing patients,” she added. “Students will engage in critical thinking and problem solving as it applies to a real-world scenario. These are skills important for all disciplines. In the end, we hope to enhance their interest and curiosity not only in medicine but other professional careers.” Read more.