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Students Attend Forum for Mental Health, Receive Rural Health Award, Offer OMT During a Marathon and More

November 18, 2021


UNTHSC/TCOM’s Dr. Albert Yurvati Receives Prestigious Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award

11182021_UNTHSCTCOM_Albert_Yurvati_200x300One of the most distinguished and decorated alumni in the history of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, DO, PhD, is the 2021 recipient of the Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).

Dr. Yurvati, a 1986 graduate of TCOM, received the award virtually on Wednesday, November 3. He is the only person in the history of ACOS to receive all three of their highest awards.

“It is a real honor to receive this award that culminates my recognition by the ACOS,” said Dr. Yurvati. “I’ve have always strived [to] represent TCOM in the best possible way and to receive all three of the highest awards from ACOS is something I will always be grateful for.” Read more about Dr. Yurvati’s career and recognitions.

AZCOM/MWU Students Join Peer Forum for Mental Health

Members of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) student community are helping to address one of modern medicine’s most important challenges–improving the mental health of medical students and healthcare providers. AZCOM has partnered with Midwestern University’s Office of Student Services to participate in a weekly Resiliency Forum, where students from all of Midwestern’s healthcare disciplines can meet with their peers, discuss resiliency methods and mindsets during their didactic and experiential learning and plan strategies to safeguard their mental health throughout their upcoming careers.

‘Bright, Compassionate, Inspiring’ WVSOM Student Receives Rural Health Award

11182021_WVSOM Matthew_Parsley_200x300A student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) was named the recipient of the West Virginia Rural Health Association’s 2021 Outstanding Rural Health Student Award during the organization’s annual conference.

Second-year student Matthew Parsley will receive a $1,000 cash award, an engraved piece of Blenko glass and a certificate as this year’s recipient. The award recognizes extraordinary student-initiated and student-performed activity in the field of rural health by nominees whose accomplishments include clinical, infrastructure development, research, promotional or volunteer activities.

Parsley, a native of Williamson, WV, has been involved in numerous outreach efforts during his time as a medical student. He said he hopes to inspire residents of rural areas to achieve their goals despite obstacles they may face.

“I was raised by a single mom who always encouraged me and pushed me to try my hardest when it came to academics and planning for my future,” he said. “Even though our family was of low socioeconomic status, all I needed to get where I am was support from somebody like her. I’m thankful for whatever role I might be able to have in contributing to rural West Virginia, in being that figure in somebody’s life who helps them strive for whatever they want to do.”

PCOM Georgia Dean Holds Listening Sessions with Medical Students

Photo: To get to know student doctors in the DO program at PCOM Georgia better, Dr. Andrea Mann holds regular small group listening sessions over lunch.

Andrea P. Mann, DO, FAAP, dean of the osteopathic medicine program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia, disclosed to a group of ten second-year DO students that one of her former colleagues told her she wouldn’t like being a dean. “You can’t teach, and you can’t have relationships with students,” she was told. “Watch me,” she said.

To get to know the students in the program better, Dean Mann holds small group listening sessions over lunch. She feels it’s important to understand her students’ viewpoints to give them the best learning experience possible. Read more about Dr. Mann’s sessions and some of the questions that students asked.

DMU-COM Offers Interprofessional Treatment in Marathon Recovery Zone

Five thousand, one hundred and sixty-seven athletes finished races during the IMT Des Moines Marathon this October. A lucky 124 of these athletes visited the Des Moines University Recovery Zone where 86 Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students and nine faculty members came together to aid in the runners’ recovery. A team at each treatment table was made up of a DO student, a physical therapy student and a podiatric medicine student. Read more about the event and care that DMU-COM students provided.


RVUCOM Director of Research and Scholarly Activity Receives Multiple Research Honors

Amanda Brooks, PhD, director of research and scholarly activity at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), was elected secretary for the AACOM Council of Osteopathic Researchers. In this role, she will be helping to coordinate tasks and advocate for osteopathic research. Dr. Brooks was also accepted as a member into the Sigma Xi Honor Society for Scientific Research based on her body of work. She is interested in how alterations in gut bacteria, often due to medication, can change both a person’s mental state and their physical well-being. She has multiple ongoing projects centered around the impact of the gut microbiome on osteoarthritis and the specific biological changes that occur in the joint. Her office also recently hosted RVU’s Annual Research Week for students to find mentorship and funding for their research projects. Join RVUCOM in congratulating Dr. Brooks on Twitter.

OU-HCOM Student Group Publishes Annual Art/Lit Journal

The Humanism in Medicine student organization at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) at Dublin, Ohio, has published the sixth annual issue of ART-ery, an online art and literary journal featuring creative works by Heritage College students and faculty and physician assistant students from Ohio’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. The organization, founded on the Dublin campus in 2015, celebrates the continuity of art and medicine and promotes humanistic values in future physicians. View the current issue of ART-ery.

UNE COM Organizes a Three-Part Legislative Advocacy Training Series

Photo: UNE COM students who organized the Legislative Advocacy Training, representing various clubs and organizations including the American Medical Association-Student Chapter, Medical Students for Choice, Student Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Health Policy Club, Student Doctors for Health Equity, Medical Student Pride Alliance and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

As part of Social Determinants of Health Month (SDoHM), the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) hosted a series of events around accessible, diverse, inclusive and equitable medicine. The American Medical Association Club (in collaboration with various student groups) invited Maine State Representative, Sam Zager, to lead the first of a series of three trainings dedicated to legislative advocacy.

Representative Zager spoke to what medical students can do to navigate, advocate and instigate change within the state legislature. “Medical students already have the communication and organizational skills to be amazing advocates,” he says. “Figure out what you care about and find something on that."

CHSU-COM Helps Prepare Local Students for Medical School Applications

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) recently hosted its fourth Pre-Med Pathway Bootcamp to help local students prepare to apply to medical school. This four-weekend bootcamp, which spanned over four Saturdays in October, provided more than 25 Central Valley pre-medical students with an opportunity to prepare for the MCAT, learn about the medical school application process and experience the medical school environment. Read more about the bootcamp program.

KCU-COM Students Teach Interactive Curriculum with Local Elementary Students

KCU Score 1 for Health hosts a program called CHAMPS (Coaching Health and Movement Program with Students) Anatomy Academy. It enlists volunteer Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) students as health coaches for children. The medical students are currently teaching fifth grade students at McKinley Elementary about the human body over an eight-week span. Read more coverage from the Joplin Globe and KSN News.