ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-SOMA Faculty and Students Participate in IPE Competition
A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA) participated in the inaugural A.T. Still University Interprofessional Education Collaborative Case Competition (IPE-CCC) in early December. Participants included seven interdisciplinary teams of graduate-level health professions students representing nine programs from ATSU’s Arizona and Missouri campuses. Each team in the competition was asked to prepare and present an analysis of a hypothetical clinical case and make recommendations for an enhanced interprofessional team approach for that case. The ATSU Student Committee on Interprofessional Education produced the competition.
KCUMB-COM Partners with AHEC to Host Teen Medical School Workshop
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) and the Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC) partnered to host a medical education workshop for teens interested in a career in osteopathic medicine. The workshop was held on January 21 on the KCUMB-COM campus. Approximately 25 high school and undergraduate students participated in the workshop, which began with a presentation on medical school requirements, followed by numerous hands-on and interactive activities such as osteopathic manipulative medicine demonstrations and dissection labs led by KCUMB’s osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) fellows and second-year osteopathic medical students. Photo courtesy of KCUMB.
NSU-COM Expands Medical Outreach Trips to Developing Nations
In December 2012, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) expanded its international medical outreach programs to Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. Supervised by NSU-COM medical faculty and area physicians, NSU-COM second-year medical students traveled abroad during their winter break to rural and medically underserved communities in Peru and Jamaica to provide medical services such as physicals, cancer screenings and other medical examinations. The students were also able to bring medical supplies and offer health and wellness lessons to members of these communities. The NSU-COM international medical outreach programs will continue this spring with a trip to Ecuador and a summer trip to Jamaica. Photo courtesy of NSU-COM.
PCOM Student Awarded Schweitzer Fellowship
Roland Dimaya, (at left) a second-year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), was selected by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) as a 2012-2013 Schweitzer Fellow. During this fellowship, Mr. Dimaya will be engaged in a project entitled “The Art of Looking,” where he will work with mentally and physically disabled individuals in an effort to empower them and strengthen their interpersonal abilities through art. During his fellowship, Mr. Dimaya will also train several other interested PCOM students who will lead the program after his fellowship year. Upon completion of his fellowship year, Mr. Dimaya will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life.Photo courtesy of PCOM.
PNWU-COM Receives Approval for Class Size Increases
The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has granted a class size increase to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM). A request by PNWU-COM was submitted to COCA on December 1, 2012, to increase the school’s class size from 75 to 135 students. COCA granted the increase, allowing class-size increases of up to 135 students beginning in August 2013.
RVUCOM Hosts Presentation by Former NASA Astronaut and Military Veteran
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) recently hosted a presentation by a former NASA astronaut and decorated United States Army veteran, Brigadier General Robert L. Stewart (Ret.). Throughout the day, Stewart visited classes and met with student doctors in the RVUCOM Military Medicine Track, sharing his knowledge and experiences and passion for getting young people involved in the sciences and passing on his message to “reach beyond ourselves.” Photo courtesy of RVUCOM.
VCOM-VC Hosts American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Southeast Region Student Conference
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) hosted the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Southeast Region Student Conference on the college’s campus January 12. The conference included lectures and workshops from VCOM’s sports medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine faculty members and sports medicine fellows. Fracture management, sudden cardiac arrest, joint injections, dry needling, and casting were featured topics of the conference. Photo courtesy of VCOM.
WVSOM Offers Free Public Clinic
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) opened its Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clinic on January 16, 2013. The clinic is a project supported by the college to give second-year osteopathic medical students hands-on experience practicing clinical principles and techniques. Thirteen physicians will supervise the roughly 200 students during their patient interactions. First-year students will be required to participate in at least one clinic visit shadowing the second-year students. The Student OMM Clinic operates every Wednesday afternoon through March 27 and is free to the public. Photo courtesy of WVSOM.