Campus Roundup March 13, 2020

March 11, 2020

NSU-KPCOM Infectious Diseases expert educates public on Coronavirus, ATSU-SOMA’s Mass-Casualty Simulation, the new Paul Ambrose Scholars from VCOM-Auburn, and RVUCOM’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and more.  

ATSU-SOMA students triaging a patient during a mass casualty simulation exercise.
ATSU-SOMA students receiving guidance from Mesa Fire Department

ATSU-SOMA Students Experience Success with Mass-Casualty Simulation

A.T. Still University—School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) hosted a mass-casualty simulation after receiving Stop the Bleed training from Major Michael Hay, U.S. Army combat medic and civilian paramedic. Read more about the event on the ATSU website.

TUCOM-CA Students Publish in JAOA on the Unique Risk of Metabolic Syndrome for Shift Workers

In the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), medical students Kshma Kulkarni and Marie Schow from Touro Universiy College of Osteopathic Medicine—California (TUCOM-CA) publish on the unique risk of Metabolic Syndrome for Shift Workers. The authors explain the impact that night shift work has on the body and outline how physicians can best address the health needs of this population and what companies can do to ease the burden on their employees. Read more about the article on Touro University’s website and on the JAOA article page

Ashley Denmark, DO with her husband and three children

VCOM-Carolinas SNMA Hosts Alumnus for a Series of Pro-Diversity Events

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) hosted Ashley Denmark, DO, (Class of 2015) on February 28 and 29 for several events designed to inspire diversity in medicine. On the evening of February 29, the organization hosted a networking event with Dr. Denmark, VCOM students, faculty, and other physicians and professionals from the Spartanburg community. Read more about the event.


Two VCOM-Auburn Students Selected as Paul Ambrose Scholars

Two students from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) were recently selected as Paul Ambrose Scholars. Ashley Rizzieri, MPH, (left) and Denisia Thomas, MS, both from the VCOM-Auburn class of 2023, were honored with the award. More can be found on the school’s Facebook page.

From left: Jan Willcox, DO, FACOFP; Jeanne Nwagwu, President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA); and Hilda Hutcherson, MD

VCOM-Virginia Hosts Nationally Renowned Expert in the Field of Women’s Health

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) had the honor and privilege to host Hilda Hutcherson, MD, as a part of the annual William G. Anderson Black History Month Speaker Series. When asked about the impact of having Dr. Hutcherson speak to the VCOM students, Jeanne Nwagwu, President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), said: "In the medical community, there are very few people of color. To have someone with the notoriety like Dr. Hilda Hutcherson come and speak to our VCOM community meant everything.” VCOM-Virginia has more information about the speaker series online. 


NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University Celebrates D.O. Day

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University celebrated DO Day on Wednesday, March 4 with events in both Jonesboro and Little Rock. Both groups focused on the opioid epidemic. Local news covered the event.


NSU-KPCOM Infectious Diseases Expert Featured in Multiple Stories on Coronavirus

The coronavirus has been the topic of media stories. As this virus spreads across the globe, and more cases are discovered in the United States, and Florida in particular, reporters are talking with experts on what it all means and what we can do to help curtail the spread and help keep ourselves safe. Bindu Mayi, MSc, PhD, (pictured above) is a Professor of Microbiology in the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, and has been a spokesperson on various infections, having appeared on multiple panels attended by health care professionals and public officials, including representatives from the CDC. Read more about Dr. Mayi’s public appearances and remarks on the NSU website.

UIWSOM_VIVA-SA-Healthy-Corner-Store_CR031220UIWSOM University Launches Pilot Program to Bring Healthy, Affordable Foods into Convenience Stores

In Spring of 2019, city leaders and the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) worked together to launch a new a pilot program in an effort to bring healthy, affordable foods into convenience stores. The VIVA San Antonio Healthy Corner Store Initiative targets food deserts, or areas ailed by limited access to non-processed, whole foods. Read more about the program and its efforts on the UIWSOM website.  

From left to right: Selina Martinez (AZCOM 2022); Irena Grauzinis (AZCOM 2022); Yanjin Li (AZCOM 2023); and Allison Walen (AZCOM 2021) in downtown Phoenix near the Arizona State Capitol.

AZCOM Students Chosen for AzAFP’s Emerging Leaders Day Program

Four Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) students were selected to participate in the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP) Emerging Leaders Day Program, held in late February at the Arizona State Capitol. Yanjin Li, Irena Grauzinis, Selina Martinez, and Allison Walen were selected by AZCOM to attend the event in downtown Phoenix.

RVUCOM-CO and CU students meet with Colorado Representative Dylan Roberts.

RVUCOM Students Demonstrate Advocacy in Action on Capitol Hill

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students and faculty met face-to-face with legislators at the Colorado and Utah state capitols to advocate for key issues affecting patients and medical providers. While the issues differed between the two campuses, the students gained valuable experience in health policy and shared their unique perspectives with their representatives. Read more about the meet-up on the Rocky Vista University blog.


DMU Medicine & Health Sciences Students Get "Real" in Simulation Exercise

Thirty one first-year students at Des Moines University participated in an instructive orientation session on Friday afternoon in the university’s simulation center. Representing the osteopathic, podiatric, physician assistant, physical therapy and public health programs, the students had volunteered for the event to learn what it was like being on interprofessional health care teams. Faculty members guided their discussions in an orientation session, observed their interactions with the patient and then led a debriefing. Their “patients” were community members who served as “standardized patients,” trained to depict the conditions presented in the case. Read more about the orientation program.


March 13, 2020