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Students Find Ways to Serve During the Pandemic, Compete in a Bioethics Competition and Celebrate Black History Month

February 04, 2021


Still Caring Health Connection Finds Ways to Serve Community During Pandemic

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The A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) student organization Still Caring Health Connection typically holds several health and wellness screenings each year, but due to pandemic protocols has had to find new ways to serve the community.

In a normal year, ATSU-KCOM students who join the Still Caring Health Connection organization would have probably participated in a half-dozen health screenings or other similar events throughout northeast Missouri by now, doing what they can to increase access to care for underserved populations. 

Obviously, this hasn’t been a normal year. The coronavirus pandemic has required numerous changes in all aspects of life, and health sciences education and outreach is no different. COVID-19 protocols have not permitted Still Caring Health Connection to hold its regular screening events, a loss for the community and eager ATSU-KCOM students ready to take what they’ve learned and begin making a difference. Read more about the work the student organization is doing.


KCU-COM Student Doctors Win Inaugural Bioethics Bowl

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Medical students enrolled in the Masters in Bioethics dual-degree program at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) debated bioethical issues in medicine and won first-place in the inaugural Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Bioethics Bowl held virtually on January 24.

Ryan Pferdehirt, PhD, KCU instructor of Bioethics, coached fourth-year student Euna Kim, third-year students Tanner Riscoe, Fatima Bilal and Paul Creger and second-year student Kaitlyn Schuberth as they competed with students from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), as well as students from Touro-California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM-CA) who organized the competition.

The teams were given scenarios and in response presented cases and offered rebuttals to three osteopathic physician judges. Read more about the first-place finish.


LMU-DCOM Alumni Celebrate Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

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It was a historic and emotional week as several alumni from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) joined healthcare workers across the nation in receiving the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. On December 14, 2020, health care workers from around the nation began flooding social media with pictures of them leading the way by taking the first dose of the Pfizer, Inc. COVID-19 vaccine. After a year filled with trials and a pandemic that has resulted in over 300,000 deaths, LMU-DCOM alumni are rolling up their sleeves to be a sign of hope to their communities. Read more about the students and alumni.


OSU-COM Medical Students Help with State’s Vaccine Rollout

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It’s the largest pandemic-driven vaccine distribution program in the history of the United States and Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) students are a part of it.

Right now, about 175 medical students from the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus in Tulsa and 54 medical students from OSU-COM at the Cherokee Nation campus in Tahlequah are doing their part to vaccinate Oklahomans for COVID-19.

Students in Tulsa are assisting nurses and pharmacists as they administer COVID-19 vaccines as well as checking in those with vaccine appointments, helping patients with paperwork and consent forms, and conducting post-vaccine observation at the OSU Medicine Healthcare Center. Read more about the vaccination efforts of the students.


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PCOM Names 2021 Mason Pressly Award Winner

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) medical student Justin Canakis was named the PCOM Founders' Day Mason Pressly Award winner. This award is presented to a stand-out student who has contributed to the College, the osteopathic profession and local communities.

“During medical school, I had the opportunity to lead some wonderful organizations and give back to the community—to be recognized for these efforts is humbling and truly an honor,” shared Mr. Canakis. Read more about Mr. Canakis and the award.


The State of the Black Male in Medicine

Robert Walker, PhD, associate professor of physiology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia (PCOM Georgia) recently moderated a panel of local physicians on the topic of the state of the Black male in medicine. The panelists included Daryl Crenshaw, MD, Frederick Powell, MD and Cheau Williams, MD.

Together the panel discussed the identity, health and wellness of the Black male with the PCOM community including students, staff and faculty. The group of Black male physicians touched on discrimination, microaggressions and racial disparities experienced by physicians of color both in and out of the healthcare setting while underlining the importance of increasing the number of Black men in medicine through exposure, inspiration and mentorship. Read more about the panel discussion.


Local Students Attend Virtual SPARK Program

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Students from CA Gray Junior High School in Moultrie spent the morning virtually speaking with students and faculty from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia (PCOM South Georgia) during the second annual SPARK program. SPARK (Students Progressing in Academics from Readiness and Knowledge) is a pathway program that introduces students in underserved communities to osteopathic medicine, while fostering confidence in them as they consider healthcare careers.

“We aim to promote leadership, boost interest in the sciences and improve college and career readiness knowledge,” Dana Brooks, assistant director of admissions said. Brooks added, “It is very rewarding to our student ambassadors, faculty and admissions team to have the opportunity to share the pathway to becoming an osteopathic physician. Our goal is to create interest and a realization that becoming a physician can be a reality right here in Moultrie!” Read more about the SPARK initiative.


RVUCOM and Community Partner, South Metro Fire Rescue, Published in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine

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Photo (from left to right): Rebecca Ryznar, Anthony LaPorta, Dave Ross, Susan Carter, Alissa Lenz.

In 2018, South Metro Fire Rescue coordinated a series of hyper-realistic active shooter simulations with multiple agencies/institutions, including the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), to evaluate triage methods from “point of injury to and including care in the operating room (OR) and evaluation of real-time system logistics.” To date, it is one of the largest simulations conducted and during which law enforcement “established a warm zone from the initial [simulated] shooting,” the results of which have been published in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine: “The Next Nine Minutes – Lessons Learned from Large Scale Active Shooter Training Prior to the Stem School Shooting.” Read more about the research publication.


TouroCOM Gets Con Ed Grant for Minority Youth STEM Program

Consolidated Edison is partnering with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem in support of MedAchieve, the school’s popular afterschool STEM program that mentors underrepresented minority youth who want to become doctors or other health science professionals. Con Ed is supporting the award-winning program with a $5,000 grant, provided in December.

"We are grateful for this support from Con Edison,” said TouroCOM Harlem Dean of Student Affairs Nadege Dady, EdD. “With a shared vision of expanding opportunities in STEM for students underrepresented in healthcare, we continue to meet our goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has also broadened our ability to expand the teaching around public health for the participants in this program. We thank Con Ed for their generosity and sponsorship." Read more about the scholarship program.


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TCOM Celebrates the Beginning of Black History Month

February is Black History Month and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is proud to honor the pioneering efforts of many African-American men and women who have paved the way for many in the medical and osteopathic community. From Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, the first black woman to serve as a Dean at a medical school, to Williams G. Anderson, DO, the first black President of the American Osteopathic Association, and Dralves Edwards, DO (pictured left), TCOM’s first African American student. These and many others opened doors that were previously shut, inspired generations and changed the face of medicine. Read more about TCOM’s celebration of Black History Month.


VCOM-Virginia Congratulates the Class of 2021 Military Matches

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Congratulations to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) Class of 2021 students who recently received their Military Match. This marks another accomplishment in the student's military medical careers. Read more about the students who matched.


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VCOM-Louisiana Students Donate Food, Non-Perishables to Lake Charles Residents

Photo: First-year medical students, Katelyn Thompson (left) and Sarah Sober (right), both of Lake Charles, LA, delivered food and non-perishable items to residents of their hometown who were affected by hurricane Laura in fall 2020.

As part of an ongoing effort by Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana) to support those affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta in late 2020, students, faculty and staff donated food and non-perishable items to Catholic Charities of Lake Charles, LA. Spearheaded by medical students from the Lake Charles area, the most recent round of donations was delivered over the holiday break.


WVSOM Task Force Focuses on Easing Pandemic-related Stress

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has strived since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain the safety of its students, faculty and staff. But anxieties resulting from the spread of the virus are inevitable, and behind the scenes one campus organization is working to help medical students have a voice in ensuring that pandemic-related stress is addressed.

In September 2020, Julianna Quick, a learning specialist and student counselor at the school, and Roy Russ, PhD, WVSOM’s associate dean for preclinical education, created WVSOM’s Stress Relief Task Force as a forum in which students can make administrators aware of their concerns. The task force, which includes one student representative from each of the four graduating classes currently enrolled at WVSOM, was established at the request of James W. Nemitz, PhD, WVSOM’s president, and Craig Boisvert, DO, WVSOM’s vice president for academic affairs and dean.

The group’s objective is to assess students’ level of pandemic-related stress and find ways to speak to their concerns. Quick, who co-chairs the task force with Russ, said ongoing communication plays an important role in achieving that goal. Read more about the task force and actions WVSOM is taking to keep their students safe.