AZCOM/MWU, John C. Lincoln Health Network Establish New Osteopathic Residency Program
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) and John C. Lincoln Health Network have worked collaboratively to establish a general surgery training program for osteopathic medical school graduates. The new residency program, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), was approved for two residents to begin each year for a total of 10 residents in the program.
Also, Evelyn Schwalenberg, DO, MS, was appointed to serve as Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Associate Professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM), effective September 10.
DMU-COM Students Establish New University Elective
Des Moines University (DMU) has created a new elective that seeks to better prepare students for future roles as military officers. It offers speakers and sessions on military medicine, structure, function and even etiquette. The elective was the brainchild of DMU students Joshua Dilday, Justin Chaltry and Megan Loftsgaarden, who are president, vice president and secretary, respectively, of the national Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS).
LECOM and Grove City College Continue Partnership Through Early Acceptance Programs The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Grove City College, a liberal arts college in Grove City, PA, recently announced an expansion of their established strategic partnership. The two schools renewed their existing formal Early Acceptance Program (EAP) agreement for the osteopathic medicine program, and signed new agreements for LECOM's School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine. Grove City College students interested in medicine, pharmacy, and/or dentistry will now have the opportunity to gain provisional early acceptance to the LECOM. LECOM now has more than 60 affiliations with undergraduate colleges and universities for BS/DO degree programs.
PCOM Students Meet with New AOA Executive Director
In October, Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, Executive Director and CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), sat down with first- and second-year students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to hear their thoughts on the profession and to discuss the role of the AOA. From policy initiatives to global affairs, the discussion touched on issues important to students and physicians alike.
RowanSOM Hosts National AMSA Conference
More than 200 medical students from both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools throughout the region participated in a national conference of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) entitled “Empowering Future Physicians Conference,” held on the RowanSOM campus in Stratford, NJ October 11-13. The event provided aspiring physicians with the opportunity to interact with physicians and health professionals to gain skills to help them become better physicians. The conference featured sessions designed to engage tomorrow’s physicians in issues that inspire a commitment to people-centered care during an era or rapidly changing technology. The workshops highlighted the fact that tomorrow’s physicians will always be physicians-in-training, required to simultaneously be healers, researchers, educators and students.
RVUCOM Hosts Annual Military Appreciation Reception On October 18, Rocky Vista University (RVU) hosted its annual Military Appreciation Reception to celebrate and honor future military physicians. The event was attended by many military dignitaries including Col. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. RVU has one of the highest percentages of students on military scholarship of any civilian medical school in the United States and offers students a designated military medicine track.
UP-KYCOM Partners with Local VFW Organizations to Provide Free Health Clinics The Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) is partnering with local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organizations to expand community outreach in the form of free health clinics for military veterans living in the local community, and is also open to the general public. The SAMOPS at UP-KYCOM has two teams working on this effort, military member volunteers and civilian volunteers.
During these clinics, first- and second-year medical students provide hands on medical care under the supervision of attending physicians. The clinics offer blood pressure checks, glucose checks, heart and lung exams, vision screening, ear and nose exams, height and weight checks, hip to waist ratio evaluation, body mass index evaluation, and osteopathic manipulation. The goal is to add a new health care service each time clinics are held.
VCOM-CC Class of 2017 Participates in Mock Standardized Patient Training
On Thursday, October 3, students at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) participated in Mock Standardized Patient (SP) simulations and training. For the first time, students from the Class of 2017 were faced with the task of interacting with “patients” in a simulated environment, while students from the Class of 2016 role-played specific scenarios they had been trained to reenact. The purpose of this exercise was to provide a patient encounter experience for the Class of 2017, allowing them to provide non-invasive physical examinations, receive feedback on the encounter, and most importantly, improve their skills as a future physician.
VCOM-VC Holds Health Outreach Event at Local Festival
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) student Hispanic Community Medical Outreach Club (HCMO) held a special outreach event, held October 13 in conjunction with the Roanoke Latino Festival in downtown Roanoke, VA. The HCMO was able to provide free health screenings and offer counseling on diet and exercise to festival attendees.
WVSOM Participates in Interdisciplinary Training Event The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) collaborated on an interdisciplinary day of training held November 11 at the Clinical Evaluation Center on WVSOM’s Lewisburg, WV campus.
Activities included the presentation of cases by students, a discussion on pain management and ethics, as well as interactions with robotic patient simulators and standardized patients: individuals from the community who have been trained to accurately portray the role of a patient suffering from specific medical conditions.