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Classes Honored with “Drive-Through” Events as More Schools Host Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

July 23, 2020

You’ll also read about TUNCOM’s “Walk for Justice,” “White Coats for Black Lives,” and more in this week’s Campus Roundup.

VCOM-Auburn and VCOM-Louisiana Congratulate Classes with Drive-Through Events

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A finish line party is held each year on the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) to recognize first-year students as they cross the finish line of their first year of class. Despite logistical issues this year due to the worldwide pandemic, the finish line party lived on in the form of a drive-through event. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana) also welcomed their inaugural class with a drive-through welcome to kick-off orientation week.  


Jay Olson and Jason Hirshberg

AZCOM Students Receive National Recognition

Two Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) students received awards at the local and national level for their commitment to osteopathic excellence. Jay Olson (AZCOM 2021) received the Distinguished Student Service Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), and Jason Hirshberg (AZCOM 2020) earned the Excellence in Public Health from the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Physician Professional Advisory Committee.


Burrell College Earns Full Accreditation

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The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine has received full accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Read more about this important milestone on the Burrell College website.


TUNCOM Campus Community Comes Together for “Walk for Justice” 

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The Touro University Nevada community peacefully marched through downtown Henderson during the “Walk for Justice” on June 19. Touro University Nevada CEO & Senior Provost Shelley Berkley and Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford delivered opening remarks. Read more about TUNCOM’s participation in the walk.


Health Care Summer Camp Held for Underrepresented Students 

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Thirty-two high school students from metro Atlanta recently spent their days learning about health-care careers while participating in the online PCOM Georgia Summer Math and Science Academy. The program was designed to serve as a pipeline to guide motivated students toward careers in the fields of science and medicine. Visit the PCOM website for more information about the summer camp.  


CHSU-COM Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration 

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California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) in Clovis celebrated the opening of their new osteopathic medical school. Watch the CHSU-COM Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration! Be sure to check out the school’s YouTube video commemorating the event.  


KPCOM Dean Dr. Elaine M. Wallace Receives Women of Distinction Honor

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Dean of Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM), was selected as a March of Dimes Women of Distinction honoree in late June. Women of Distinction honors and celebrates female leaders in South Florida who are chosen by the community and selected by an esteemed committee of past recipients and distinguished women leaders. 


VCOM-Carolinas Holds Virtual Graduation Ceremony

In the wake of widespread campus shut-downs and event cancellations, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) held a virtual graduation ceremony on May 15. Honoring 158 graduates, the college used video featuring VCOM President and Provost Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, Matthew Cannon, DO, Dean for the Carolinas Campus, and “virtual hooding ceremony” for many of the graduates.


White Coats for Black Lives at VCOM-Virginia

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The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) faculty, staff, and students participated in “White Coats for Black Lives,” a photo campaign intended to allow the medical community to come together in unity. To learn more about “White Coats for Black Lives,” visit the VCOM Virginia Facebook page.


WVSOM Celebrates Retirees, Employees’ Awards, and Years of Service

As part of a virtual Employee Celebration hosted by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s Office of Human Resources, the school honored retirees, recognized employees for years of service, and awarded faculty and staff for their work in advancing the institution. President James W. Nemitz, PhD, said, “I think there’s a sense of community that is stronger than ever at WVSOM, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone working together, cooperating and figuring out how we can meet the challenges we are facing, both in our personal lives and our professional lives.” Read more about their recognition on the WVSOM website.


RVU Hosts Pride Month Movie Discussions

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In honor of Pride Month, Rocky Vista University (RVU) students, faculty, and staff virtually gathered for two thoughtful discussions about the films Moonlight (2016) and A Secret Love (2020). The discussions were led by Jen Fisher, MLIS, Instructor of Medical Humanities, and touched upon the intersections of sexuality and race and the perseverance of love through the decades. Read more on RVU’s Twitter feed.