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LECOM Students Help Homeless at Local Hospital

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton Campus (LECOM-Bradenton) students and teachers are providing free clinical services to low-income and homeless patients at the Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Bill Galvano One Stop Center in Bradenton, Florida. Through a collaborative effort between LECOM-Bradenton and Manatee Memorial Hospital, two students per month assist a supervising professor, currently Anthony J. Ferretti, DO, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at LECOM-Bradenton, in offering primary care services to those in need. The program, which benefits the local community while also offering LECOM-Bradenton students early clinical experiences, has been operating since 2009.

MU-COM Receives $48 Million Donation

Michael Evans, CEO of AIT Bioscience and founder of AIT Laboratories, recently donated $48 million toward construction of the new Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), which will become one of just two medical schools in Indiana. With the addition of MU-COM comes the opportunity for medical and technical development in Indianapolis, as well as medical education and job opportunities for local residents. MU-COM is currently recruiting students and is set to open its doors in 2013.

NSU-COM Launches Art Observation Program

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) recently launched an innovative Art Observation program. The program, through the examination of artwork, is designed to help train osteopathic medical students to more effectively observe their patients. The course will combine hands-on training with facilitated clinical discussions about utilizing art observation principles to observe patients. Participating students will visit the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the art observation portion of the course. The program was designed by Dianna L. Silvagni, JD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education at NSU-COM.

Dublin, Ohio is Site of New OU-HCOM Extension Campus

In early July, Ohio University and the City of Dublin, Ohio, completed real estate transactions that secured some 60 acres of land in order to facilitate an expansion for the university. A portion of that 60 acres, roughly 14.8 acres, complete with three existing buildings, will be used to expand the Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). The property was purchased using a portion of the $105 million Osteopathic Heritage Fund gift the school received in 2011. The new Dublin site is projected to open in 2014 with an inaugural class of about 50 students.

PNWU-COM Expands

On June 12, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) broke ground on a 22,000 square-foot expansion project entitled “Phase II.” The addition, which will expand the PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PNWU-COM) Butler-Haney Hall, is projected to cost a total of $5 million and is slated for completion by fall 2013. The addition will include two large auditorium classrooms, along with several offices. Funding for the project thus far has come from a contribution made by the Osteopathic Foundation of Central Washington and donations from the local community.

UP-KYCOM Hosts PEPP Program for High School Students

High school students from 20 counties in Kentucky recently completed a Professional Education Preparation Program hosted by the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). The annual two-week program, which the school has conducted since 1999, is designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with a better understanding of what it takes to be a medical student and what is needed for success as a health care provider. The students experienced lessons on anatomy, history, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology, and participated in labs and clinical observations at Pikeville Medical Center.

High School Students Participate in TUCOM-CA Summer Internship

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA) recently hosted a summer internship program aimed at providing students from local high schools a first-hand look at osteopathic medicine and osteopathic medical education. The program included four intensive sessions led by TUCOM-CA volunteer professors. Students participated in lessons covering osteopathic manual manipulation (OMM), preventive medicine, and neuroscience. The program concluded with an overview of global health and a discussion on how osteopathic physicians can impact the health and wellness of communities around the world.

VCOM-CC Student Medical Association Founds Youth DO Program

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) has partnered with several Spartanburg-area youth organizations to develop a DO Young Scholars Program. The program will provide a number of mentoring events for local junior high and high school students to gain experience in the medical field. The first DO Young Scholars Program event, Aspiring Doc Day, was held on Saturday, June 16. Students participated in an anatomy lab and learned how to perform eye and ear exams, lumbar punctures, and endotracheal intubations.

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July / August 2012
Vol. 6, No. 7 / 8