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Students Unveil Mobile Medical Clinics, Land Coveted CDC Fellowship, Organize Baby Book Drive and More

June 24, 2021


Campbell University Brings Vaccinations and Primary Care to Mt. Olive with New Mobile Clinic

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Photo: Interprofessional team in front of one 40 ft mobile clinic vehicle that features two exam rooms

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)’s brand new Mobile Health Education Clinics debuted during a week-long local mission trip from May 31 to June 1 serving migrant farm workers and their families in Mt. Olive, North Carolina.

Overall, the team provided health assessments and COVID-19 testing and administered the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for 76 patients. They also enrolled 100 patients, including children, for continued follow-up and primary care through the Community Care Clinic.

“This has afforded us the ability to really expand,” shared Dr. Joe Cacioppo, chair of community and global health and associate professor of emergency medicine. “We are 100 percent equipped to do full-fledged primary care for communities that have no access to healthcare otherwise.”

“This [first trip] has been a real success,” he continued. “We’re identifying so many people that really need ongoing care. I think I’m going to have an overbooked clinic for the next several weeks!” Read more.


ICOM Student Doctors Unveil Mobile Medical Clinic

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Photo (from left to right): Bart Wear, director of Homes of Living Hope; Stephen Hutchins, OMS-II; Krista Niezwaag, OMS-III; Albert Nakayama, OMS-III; and Lijah Vann Gardner, OMS-III

While the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is known for its state-of-the-art facility, in the school’s satellite parking lot sits a mobile medical clinic of humble origin, built by students and destined to serve a community in need approximately 2,300 miles away.

For the last two years, ICOM student doctors have worked to transform a shipping container into a standalone mobile medical clinic that features two exam rooms and a hybrid lobby/office area. The modular clinic will be transported to Lomas de San Isidro, Mexico, to serve a community living in extreme poverty.

“One of the greatest joys of this project has been in doing good for others, we tend to do great for ourselves,” said student doctor Krista Niezwaag, ICOM medical student and project lead. “We got to, every Saturday, have a place where students got to find connection, got to find worth in doing something with their hands, and got to find joy in the imperfect, which is not something we get to do in medical school very often.” Read more.


ATSU-SOMA Celebrates 101 New Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) celebrated 101 graduates becoming doctors of osteopathic medicine during commencement ceremonies. The event was divided into three separate ceremonies to allow for appropriate social distancing, and the coronavirus pandemic was central to the commencement address delivered by Karen Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, CS-F.

“You are going to be better physicians because of the experiences you have had,” Dr. Nichols said. “We are experiencing the kinds of changes of life plans we’d never thought we would have to do. We are experiencing a heightened awareness of the risk to our own health. That will make you a better doctor, because when you have to share that life-changing diagnosis of diabetes, severe heart failure, cancer, you will know what those life-changing impacts feel like. Those of us who learned our craft in an easier day salute you.” Read more about the address from Dr. Nichols and the graduation celebrations.


UNTHSC/TCOM Faulty Member Lands Coveted CDC Fellowship

tcom_250px_06242021The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)’s Dr. Didi Ebert, an associate professor in family medicine and OMM, is passionate about closing the gap on racial, ethnic and social disparities in healthcare. Her passion, combined with compassion, has helped her land a highly coveted Population Health Training-in Place Program Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The yearlong fellowship, which starts in July, provides formal training in policy analysis and development as well as program evaluation. Read more about Dr. Ebert and this distinction.


VCOM-Virginia Student Organization Hosts Baby Book Drive

vcomvirginia_06242021_850pxwThe Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians student organization hosted a Baby Book Drive from June 1-4, 2021, to gather books for ages 0-6. They collected over 150 books through donations and an Amazon wish list. These books went toward the Reach Out and Read Program for the New Beginnings Pediatrics Clinic. Read more on VCOM-Virginia’s Facebook page.


VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Annual 3rd Year Picnic and Awards

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Members of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) Class of 2022 returned to campus on June 1 for an awards ceremony and picnic to celebrate the completion of their third-year rotations. Students and preceptors attended the event, which honored those who went above and beyond in 2020-2021. Some COVID-19 measures were still in place on campus, with the attendees split in half between the college’s two large lecture halls for the duration of the ceremony and social distancing while indoors.


PCOM Holds Virtual Research Week

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently hosted a week-long Virtual Research Week to showcase research that has been conducted on all three campuses. Students, faculty, staff and residents displayed posters to the PCOM community highlighting their innovative and collaborative research.

"Participation in this year's virtual event was particularly impressive in light of the challenges we faced to maintain research activity with a restricted campus, lab and clinic access, and soaring hospital admissions,” shared Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, chief research and science officer. Read more about the event, including winners. 


DMU Lands 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant to Support Global Health Opportunities

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Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) is a member of one of 10 grant-winning teams between Colombia and the US to receive grants in the most recent Innovation Fund competition sponsored by the Colombian Institute of Educational Loans and Studies Abroad and the US Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Innovation Fund is a public-private sector collaboration among the US Department of State and Partners of the Americas working with companies, foundations, regional government entities and academic networks to champion the power of education to support innovative partnerships and training programs between the US and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. DMU-COM, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Cundinamarca Department, Columbia and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas Bogota, are on a team for a project on sustainable health equity: alliances for public health and community well-being. Read more about the grant and collaboration.


PCOM South Georgia Joins NIH’s All of Us Research Program

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia Campus (PCOM South Georgia) has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program to provide research opportunities for medical students, graduate students and faculty members.

Through the All of Us Research Program, the PCOM community can actively participate in research on many aspects of health. It provides PCOM faculty and students from all three locations with opportunities to participate in ongoing studies and develop their own research projects.

Winston Price, MD, associate professor at PCOM South Georgia said, “This program will bring a unique cohort dataset and expansive tools to the PCOM family of researchers.” Dr. Price is a member of the All of Us Community and Providers Gateway Initiatives partners and is passionate about bringing more research opportunities to South Georgia.

The program is a part of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative, an emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account people’s individual variations in genes, environment and lifestyle—a whole person approach that PCOM South Georgia students and faculty also follow.

Read more about the partnership between PCOM South Georgia and the NIH.


UNE COM “Maine COVID Sitters” Presented with the 2020 Osteopathic Champion Award

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Photo (from left to right): MOA Executive Director Amanda Richards; Rachel Hampton, ’24; Laura Knapik, ’22; former MOA President David F. Scaccia, DO, MPH; and Margaret Calamari, ’23

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) student group, “Maine COVID Sitters”, was honored with the 2020 Osteopathic Champion Award at the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA)’s Awards Luncheon in June. The group was started by five students at UNE COM (pictured above) who recognized the need for health professions students to provide child care, pet care and household services to healthcare families in the Greater Portland area. The award recognized their outstanding contributions to the osteopathic profession during the height of the pandemic, when more than 65 UNE students from across multiple disciplines volunteered to help their community.


Dr. Owen Recognized as PCOM Georgia's First Professor Emerita

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Professor Emerita Mary P. Owen, JD, PhD, CS, served as a faculty marshal at the PCOM Georgia commencement held prior to her 2019 retirement.

Mary P. Owen, JD, PhD, CS. The suffixes after her name indicate the range of her expertise, interests and experience. Dr. Owen is the first retired Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus (PCOM Georgia) professor to be recognized as a Professor Emerita, which marks her distinguished service to the college.

One of the founding faculty members hired at PCOM Georgia in 2005, Dr. Owen began her career with the college as an associate professor of neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology in the department of biomedical sciences. She earned the designation of Costin Scholar after attending the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Education, a yearlong educational experience that signifies expertise in teaching, research, management and leadership skills. In 2009, she earned the title of tenured professor, which she held until her retirement in 2019. Read more about her extraordinary career and future plans.


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