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Students Attend a Black History Month Panel Discussion, Teach a Healthcare Camp and Receive Vaccinations While on Rotation

February 18, 2021

Liberty Healthcare Students Continue Serving on Front Lines of Pandemic, Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) students have continued to work as front-line healthcare workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and, in doing so, are at a higher risk of exposure to the virus. As such, the leadership at Liberty advocated that its clinical students be prioritized for the first wave of vaccine rollout to healthcare workers in VA, which began this month. The university advocated that its nursing and osteopathic medical students, as well as allied health students, are vital to the healthcare workforce and represent the current and future of healthcare delivery in America and the world. Read more about the vaccination efforts.

PNWU Names First Chief Diversity Officer

PNWUCOM_CR_Mirna_Ramos-Diaz_02182021Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) recently selected Mirna I. Ramos-Diaz, MD, MA, FAAP to serve as the university's first chief diversity officer. In this role, Dr. Ramos-Diaz will work with her PNWU colleagues to educate, engage, empower and advocate for the PNWU community and our partners by cultivating resources to create and affirm an environment that is inclusive, equitable and diverse. Through those efforts, PNWU aims to become a model for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.

“Dr. Ramos-Diaz is a local and national leader in diversity equity, and inclusion for health care, and we are privileged to work with her,” said Michael Lawler, PhD, MSW, president of PNWU. “With her expertise and leadership, PNWU will advance its capacity to equally serve all members of the community.” 

Read more about Dr. Ramos-Diaz’s new position at PNWU-COM, as well as AACOM's interview with Dr. Ramos-Diaz about her inspiring work as the faculty program director for the Roots to Wings program

Slavery to Freedom: February Lecture Series Focuses on Inclusive Excellence and Transformative Change

2021 marks the 21st year of the Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, Slavery to Freedom, which focuses on the history and legacy of African Americans in the United States. The series features new lecturers each year from diverse disciplinary backgrounds—but that’s not all that makes this year’s lectures different.

Usually hosted in the Kellogg Center to accommodate the wider East Lansing, MI community, this year’s series will be held virtually. Though the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM) sponsors the series, it was always conceived to be a university-wide dialogue around the history, heritage, struggle and resilience of African Americans in this country, said Marita Gilbert, PhD, the college’s associate dean of diversity and campus inclusion.

MSU students, faculty and professors, as well as students from other higher education institutions, community members, lawmakers, legislators, and elementary, junior high, and high school students from the area normally attend the lecture series. Read more about the upcoming lectures and the history of the initiative.

Critical Partnerships Help Keep UNTHSC/TCOM Students on Rotation and Vaccinated

TCOM_CR_250pxw_02182021There has always been a unique bond between the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Forth Worth -Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) and the JPS Health Network, two medical powerhouses in Fort Worth, TX. Scores of UNTHSC/TCOM students roam the hospital on a daily basis doing critical rotations and learning from some of the best physicians in the country. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that bond was put to the ultimate test, but through collaborative efforts, these partners have become even closer.

UNTHSC/TCOM third- and fourth-year students regularly call JPS home during their rotations. As the pandemic spread, UNTHSC/TCOM students shifted to a virtual platform for their rotations. In September, UNTHSC/TCOM students returned to JPS facilities for rotations in a small pilot group. By late October, the students were back to full capacity with roughly 75 students per month rotating at JPS.

Once vaccines received approval, distributions to medical facilities around the country began in earnest. UNTHSC/TCOM leadership, while awaiting its own shipment, knew where to turn. Read more about the partnership and vaccination efforts of UNTHSC/TCOM.

CCOM/MWU, AZCOM/MWU Students Experience Spoken Word Poetry Night

CCOM_CR_AshleeHaze_200pxwStudents from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) joined other members of the Midwestern University community for a special virtual event in honor of Black History Month.

Poet and spoken word artist Ashlee Haze performed virtually for both the Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ campuses in February. Ms. Haze is an award-winning poet and spoken word artist who resides in Atlanta, GA. She is one of the most accomplished poets in the sport of poetry slam and has been a part of the Atlanta poetry circuit for over a decade. 

This virtual event was part of ongoing programs and educational opportunities Midwestern University provides to bring greater understanding, diversity and inclusion to our colleges and programs. 

AZCOM/MWU Humanity in Medicine Course Begins in Spring

The AZCOM/MWU class of 2024 will explore Humanity in Medicine starting in the Spring 2021 quarter. The course, formerly an elective class, is now standard for all first-year AZCOM/MWU students as part of Midwestern University’s Five-Point Plan for Diversity and Inclusion.

Headed by Kathleen Muldoon, PhD, anatomy professor in the Midwestern University College of Graduate Studies (CGS), the course will include lectures and discussions on topics of diversity, inclusion and equality, combined with focused breakout groups facilitated by AZCOM/MWU and CGS faculty and fellow AZCOM/MWU students.

WVSOM Sets Attendance Record for Event Highlighting Rural Medicine

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s 10th annual Rural Practice Day educated students about practicing medicine in rural areas—an integral part of the Lewisburg, WV-based school’s mission. This year’s event took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was attended by a record-setting 232 individuals. Through a series of speeches and panels, Rural Practice Day brought together WVSOM alumni and West Virginia political and medical leaders to discuss the rewards and challenges of practicing medicine in rural and underserved locations. Read more about the rural medicine event.

RVUCOM Celebrates Black History Month with Pioneer Profiles

In celebration of Black History Month, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) has published a series of profiles of Black American pioneers on its blog. Pioneers include Daniel Hale Williams, MD, who performed the first open heart surgery in 1893; Katherine Johnson, mathematical genius who mapped the trajectory of the first American manned flight into space; Vivien Thomas, who developed a procedure used to treat blue baby syndrome; and Berry Gordy Jr., founder of the iconic Motown Records. Read the blog to learn more.

DMU-COM Alumni Share Insights during Black History Month Panel

During his obstetrics/gynecology residency, osteopathic medical physician Adrian Simien, DO, learned that his attending physician, a white woman, told a patient behind his back that “that colored doctor didn’t know what he was talking about.” Dr. Simien was among three Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) graduates who shared insights, experiences and advice during a panel discussion hosted by DMU’s Multicultural Affairs Office on February 10 as part of the University’s Black History Month events. Read more about the diversity panel.

PCOM Georgia Plans Healthcare Camp for High Schoolers

Planning for Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus (PCOM Georgia)'s Summer Math and Science Academy, a two-week enrichment program to be held in June, is well underway. The camp provides an opportunity for motivated metro Atlanta high school students to explore the wide variety of healthcare professions available to them. Read more about the enrichment program.

Noorda-COM Hosts Virtual Screening of Black Men in White Coats

The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) hosted a virtual screening of the documentary film Black Men in White Coats and invited newly admitted and prospective students, faculty and staff and community leaders to participate. The film seeks to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine through exposure, inspiration and mentoring. The film’s organizers have partnered with medical schools around the country to provide this documentary screening to bring awareness to the issue which affects our entire nation.

The screening was made available to attendees over a three-day period and then the school hosted a 30-minute question and answer session with Dale Okorodudu, MD, Founder and Executive Producer of Black Men in White Coats.