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Osteopathic Medical Students Across the Country Are Pitching in to Support Their Local Communities

April 23, 2020


You’ll read about an ICOM student delivering medical supplies to St. Luke’s, OU-HCOM students beginning their public health rotation, and how one osteopathic medical student helped create the Des Moines Childcare and Household Management Resource Network.


ICOM students standing beside donations to St. Luke's hospital
ICOM Student Delivers Medical Supplies Donated to St. Luke's

Student Doctor Lei Ye (third from left), a first-year medical student at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) and an active member of the Idaho Chinese Organization (ICO), helped to deliver masks, gloves, and other supplies to aid health care providers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about his efforts to assist his community.


Members of the OU-HCOM class of 2021 at their convocation.
Members of the OU-HCOM Class of 2021 at their convocation. 

Third-Year OU-HCOM Students Begin Public Health Rotation

As part of its efforts to help the state of Ohio in its battle against the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has created a COVID-19 public health rotation for third-year medical students. The four-week course was designed by the medical school in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and implemented with help from other state agencies. 
Learn more about the course


Jazmin GarciaPCOM Celebrates Match Day Virtually

On Friday, March 20, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s fourth-year students in the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) program and fifth-year students in the doctor of clinical psychology program celebrated the news of their Match. In the wake of COVID-19 and strict social distancing restrictions, students took their celebrations online, sharing news of their successes on social media via the hashtag #PCOMmatch. (pictured: Jazmin Garcia Read more about their virtual celebrations on the PCOM website.


A view of the back of TCOM students arm in arm
TCOM students arm-in-arm at the UNT Health Science Center.

With Less Than Six Weeks Until Graduation, TCOM Students Ready to Tackle COVID-19

In just six weeks, scores of students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center—Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) will be joining the ranks as medical professionals. Little did they know just a month ago, they would be joining the profession at a time of worldwide crisis due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Check out the university website to learn more about how the students are preparing to take on this challenge.  


VCOM students hold "I Matched at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth" signVCOM-Virginia Students Still Celebrated Their Match Day

Congratulations to all of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) fourth-year students who matched into their residencies! Despite Match Day celebrations being cancelled due to COVID-19, VCOM students celebrated by sharing their match information over social media. Check out more of the celebrations on the VCOM Facebook page. 

TUNCOM students in protective gowns assist with COVID-19 testing
Students Provide COVID-19 Screenings to Las Vegas Population

Recently, students from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) and Touro’s School of Physician Assistant Studies provided COVID-19 screenings to the Las Vegas homeless population at Cashman Center. On Facebook, you can watch Allison Boynton, a third-year COM student, share her experience.


Osteopathic Medical Student Creates Des Moines Childcare and Household Management Resource Network

Sydney StanleySheltering-at-home and social distancing are not options for front-line health care employees. Working to provide some relief to these individuals and their families are more than 80 Des Moines University students, representing all eight of DMU’s graduate medical and health sciences programs. Led by osteopathic medical student Sydney Stanley (pictured), they created the Des Moines Childcare and Household Management Resource Network to help with household and childcare tasks for members of the Polk County medical community, from physicians and nurses to pharmacists and custodians. Read more about Sydney’s efforts on the DMU website.


VCOM-Auburn receives Auburn Chamber of Commerce's Eagle Award
Auburn Chamber Presents Eagle Award to VCOM-Auburn

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) was presented with an Eagle Award at the recent Auburn Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual Meeting. According to the Chamber, Eagle Awards are presented to businesses or individuals who have made broad contributions to the Auburn community. Check out more on Facebook.


LUCOM Celebrates Class of 2020 Match Day

In the wake of COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) fourth-year osteopathic medical students virtually celebrated the long-awaited news of their Match on Friday, March 20. LUCOM student-doctors achieved an incredible 99 percent match, the highest so far in LUCOM's history. Read more about this amazing class on the LUCOM website. 


Kindness Initiative Fund Started with KPCOM Dean to Help Those with Financial Need Due to COVID-19

What started as a random act of kindness involving a woman paying it forward at a grocery store turned into a collaborative effort as Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) showed heart and a willingness to help.

The initiative, led by the NSU-KPCOM’s Dean, Elaine M. Wallace, DO, MS, occurred after a double encounter while putting groceries in her car. Read more about Dr. Wallace’s story and initiative on the KPCOM website. 


WVSOM COVID-19 trucker package with apples and hand sanitizer
WVSOM Staff Members Provide Care Packages for Truckers

WVSOM employees found a creative way to help those who are ensuring the region's stores remain stocked and infrastructure keeps operating during the coronavirus pandemic: distributing care packages to tractor-trailer drivers at a local rest stop. Read more about this innovative solution on the WVSOM website.


AZCOM, CCOM Students Enrolling in New Master of Public Health Program 

Osteopathic students from Midwestern University's Arizona and Illinois campuses have embarked on a new online educational program designed to enhance their future practice opportunities. The new Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a 56 quarter-credit hour online program that offers interprofessional opportunities to join health care teams that link human, animal, and ecosystems health management and employ One Health principles.


 

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April 23, 2020