ATSU-KCOM First-year Students Participate in 3rd Annual Poverty Simulation
On August 21, first-year osteopathic medical students at the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) participated in the college’s 3rd Annual Poverty Simulation. Student participants were given a role and scenario of what resources to use in short periods of time. This exercise is meant to simulate some of the stress felt by those struggling with the pressures of poverty to give medical students a feel for what their future patients may be experiencing in their personal lives. The Complete DOctor course and the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency hosted this interactive event.
ATSU-SOMA Faculty and Students Present at NACHC CHI Conference
Faculty and students from the A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) led presentations at the 2013 National Association of Community Health Center’s Community Health Institute & Expo (NACHC CHI) held August 25-27 in Chicago, IL. ATSU-SOMA conference attendees submitted 13 posters, based on the theme of social determinants of health. Six of these submissions were selected to present as both poster and oral presentations.
AZCOM/MWU Hosts Health Care Career Fair for Local High School Students
In July, The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) hosted a free eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students. Through this institute, 48 local high school student participants interested in careers in health care had a chance to explore this field first-hand. AZCOM/MWU faculty and advanced students taught workshops in anatomy, physiology, and introductory skills for various health professions, with a special focus on how to prepare for college and what to expect from various medical professions. Additionally, participants visited Arrowhead Hospital where they took part in an emergency medical services mock rescue scenario presented by the Glendale Fire Department.
New CCOM/MWU Students Participate in Service Day
Before the start of the fall semester, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) students participated in the college’s annual service day for first-year students. This year, 209 new osteopathic medical students packaged over 2,000 pounds of food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, raised awareness for the Autism Society of Illinois with a tag day sale, cleared brush and performed general maintenance around the local area, performed maintenance and led activities for children attending day camp at the Camp Fire USA campground in Bolingbrook, IL, and much more. This annual event is held to give new students first-hand experience with the needs of the community they will one day serve as health professionals, as well as to reflect a university-wide commitment to community service.
KCUMB-COM Administers First Exam Using iPads
On August 19, first-year osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) took their first exam of the semester using Apple iPads. In its efforts to promote sustainability throughout the campus, the university began the shift to a tablet-based curriculum when it provided all students with iPads at the beginning of the academic year.
MU-COM Holds First White Coat Ceremony
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) hosted its first White Coat Ceremony on August 11 for the school’s inaugural class of osteopathic medical students. The ceremony is a traditional way of marking the start of a student’s career as a health care professional. The future physicians began classes on August 12.
International Group Names NSU-COM Professor Top Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Kenneth Johnson, DO, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently named a Top Obstetrician/Gynecologist by the International Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (IAOBGYN). Dr. Johnson will be profiled in an upcoming issue of “The Leading Physicians of the World.” The IAOBGYN spotlights physicians that have demonstrated success and leadership in their profession and provides an opportunity to network, collaborate, and share information with medical professions from around the globe.
RowanSOM Offers Young Profs Summer Camp
This summer, children participating in Rowan University’s Young Profs Summer Camp were able to participate in a mini medical school session presented by members of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). Participating osteopathic medical students brought their stethoscopes, otoscopes, reflex hammers, and more, to help the campers better understand the purpose of a doctor’s checkup. Participants in the Young Profs Summer Camp high-functioning sufferers of autism spectrum disorders or Asperger’s syndrome. The RowanSOM SOMA mini medical school lesson was part of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Mini Medical School Lesson curriculum, which is designed to help teach children about health and fitness.
UNE Awarded $35,000 Grant from Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation The Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education at the University of New England (UNE) is pleased to announce that the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has awarded the university a $35,000 President’s Grant. The grant is an investment in bridging campus-based interprofessional education with practice environments across the community. The grant will support a two-day Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Summit that will bring UNE together with Maine’s health care workforce leaders. The goals of the summit, planned for May 2014, are to support current national initiatives to align the needs and interests of health education and the health care workplace and advance enhancements addressing patient safety, care delivery, and population health. UNE’s collaborative summit team includes representatives from the university’s Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Professions, the School of Community and Public Health, and the Nursing Department.
VCOM-CC Pediatrics Organization Volunteers at Back-to-School Day
The American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) student organization at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-VC) played a major role at the Middle Tyger Community Center Back-to-School Day community celebration on Saturday, August 17, helping to provide health screenings, including scoliosis, blood pressure, BMI, hearing, and obesity prevention, and donate school supplies for 161 families in Spartanburg, SC and the surrounding area.
VCOM-VC Students Participate in VCOM Olympics
On August 23, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) introduced the inaugural VCOM Olympics, a competition between the osteopathic medical student class of 2016 and class of 2017. All participants dressed in the VCOM colors of maroon and orange as they competed in a wide range of categories, including tug-o-war, basketball, volleyball, an obstacle course relay, dodge ball, kickball, trivia, VCOM Idol (a singing competition), a pie-eating contest, and more. The event was created to foster community among the student body outside of the classroom.