KCUMB-COM Faculty Featured on Kansas City Radio

John J. Dougherty, DO, KCUMB-COM Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Medical Affairs and Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, recently was the featured guest on KCUR - Kansas City Public Media's Up to Date, a public affairs/talk show.  Dr. Dougherty and show host Steve Kraske discussed the history and future of osteopathic medicine. The show also featured an osteopathic manipulative treatment demonstration by Kevin Treffer, DO, KCUMB-COM Associate Professor of Family Medicine.

LECOM’s Operational Impact on U.S. Economy Nearly $230 Million

According to Paul Umbach, President of consulting firm Tripp Umbach, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) total operational impact on the United States economy is nearly $230 million and 700 jobs, not including the individual impact of all graduates. The research shows that just the effect of the 2009 graduates alone pushes the impact over $1 billion, by adding another $865 million dollars and employment support for 7,500 people residing in the United States. Currently, 142 LECOM alumni practice medicine in the Erie, Pennsylvania region, having a $372 million impact on the community, which supports another 2,840 local jobs. Tripp Umbach researchers estimate that the 480 LECOM alumni that practice primary care in regions of the country where physician shortage is a major problem saved the nation’s health care economy more than $1.7 billion in 2009.

This year, 389 physicians will graduate from LECOM and LECOM-Bradenton. After the physicians begin practice, each generates 20 additional jobs and more than $2 million in economic impact.

LMU-DCOM Students Host Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry 

(At Left: LMU-DCOM students volunteering at the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry.)

Members of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) hosted the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, April 6. The mobile pantry gave away 15,378 pounds of food to 823 members of the community. SOMA held a fundraiser to raise the $800 needed to pay for the transportation costs associated with the mobile pantry, and more than 40 student volunteers helped distribute the food.  

MSU Director Receives Outreach Award for Work on Epilepsy in Zambia 

Gretchen Birbeck, MD, MPH, Director of MSU's International Neurologic and Psychiatric Epidemiology Program and Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), was honored as a regional winner of the 2011 Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award for her outstanding leadership and research on epilepsy in Zambia. Dr. Birbeck has been studying in Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990s and has made significant contributions to disease research and medical development in sub-Saharan Africa. She proved the existence of a direct relationship between malaria andneuropsychiatric disorders that affect thousands of children, and her research has appeared in more than 60 publications.

PCOM Student Receives Schweitzer Fellows Award for Outstanding Community Service

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine student Jillian Heck has been honored as a 2010-2011 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellow.  This award is given annually to a “humanitarian, theologian and physician” devoted to serving one’s community. Deemed a “leader in service,” Ms. Heck has dedicated much of her time to helping individuals in need, both in Philadelphia and abroad. She spent a year volunteering at an after-school program to help educate young adults about HIV, working to correct misperceptions about the disease and sharing facts and prevention tips.  

SAMOPS Hosts Third Annual Military Symposium at RVUCOM

(At Left: RVUCOM past and present military students and distinguished military guests pose in front of a Blackhawk Military helicopter on the RVU lawn.)

The Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) recently hosted Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (RVUCOM) third annual Military Symposium. All RVUCOM military students participating in the Health Professional Scholarship Program were invited to attend the symposium and lectures and participate in discussions related to military medicine and the military match for residencies. The event began when RVUCOM student John Muhonen, LT, MS, U.S. Army combat veteran and helicopter pilot, flew in and landed a UH-60A Blackhawk Military helicopter on campus as a demonstration of the aid Aviation Support and MEDEVAC operations can offer. He and his crew led a discussion on calling for air support in a military medical scenario.

Students who attended the event learned about rotation opportunities, future careers as military physicians and the military match, and heard from speakers on the various paths for specialization in the military.  RVUCOM has the highest percentage of students on military scholarships outside of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

VCOM Students and Faculty Provide Relief to Tornado Victims 

Students and faculty at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) recently completed a volunteer trip to Glade Spring, Virginia, to assist victims of the tornadoes that hit the area on May 1. The VCOM volunteers provided medical care and prescriptions to eight families, assisted more than 30 others and used the school’s outreach fund to distribute over $3,000 to affected individuals. Many students and faculty plan to return to the area as more assistance is needed. A large group of VCOM students recently traveled to Alabama to provide medical and humanitarian relief for the tornado victims there, as well.

WesternU Receives National Recognition for Community Service 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named Western University of Health Sciences to its 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The CNCS, a federal agency that has engaged more than 5 million Americans in service activities, recognized WesternU as a leader among colleges and universities for the school’s steadfast dedication to serving its community and using higher education to help others. More than 1,600 WesternU students each volunteered 20 hours or more during the 2009-2010 academic year, for a combined total of more than 32,000 hours of community service. A total of 851 colleges applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a 9 percent increase over last year, proving the growing emphasis higher education institutions are placing on community service. For more information, visit: here.
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June 2011
Vol. 5, No. 6