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Students Celebrate NOM Week, Provide Vaccinations to Local Communities and Attend Osteopathic White Coat Ceremonies

April 29, 2021

CCOM/MWU Earns High U.S. News Ranking

CCOM_350_04292021Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) recently earned a top spot on the U.S. News and World Report ranking of Best Medical Schools in the practice area of primary care. The school ranked 17th on the list that evaluated medical schools based on faculty resources, the academic achievement of entering students, qualitative assessments by schools and residency directors and the proportion of graduates practicing primary care medicine. Read more about CCOM/MWU’s national ranking, and read about all our member colleges’ U.S. News placements in AACOM’s coverage.

Student Vaccinators Make an Impact

PCOM Georgia_850_04292021Photo: PCOM Georgia students, including Kelsey Rice (DO '23) and Kanan Patel (DO '24), are playing a critical role in scaling up inoculation efforts in Georgia.

More than 450 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus (PCOM Georgia) medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students are working to meet the great need for COVID-19 vaccinators in Georgia.

Due to a permanent curriculum change, first- and second-year medical students were trained early to provide this much-needed service. Third- and fourth-year pharmacy students are also a great resource in the mixing and administering of vaccines, while physician assistant students are trained to administer vaccinations during their first year in the 26-month program.

Student doctor Arya Kishor (DO ‘23), said, “It was such an honor to help administer COVID vaccines and play a small part in the progress that has been made through the pandemic. Vaccinating Newton County teachers was especially rewarding because I was able to show my appreciation for all that they have overcome this past year, while also helping them feel safer doing what they love!”

Read more from PCOM Georgia osteopathic medical students on their vaccination efforts.

WVSOM President Emphasizes Growth in State of the School Address

WVSOM_250_04292021Continued growth and service to West Virginia and perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic were recurring themes when West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) President James W. Nemitz, PhD, provided WVSOM’s annual State of the School address on March 31.

During a virtual presentation to the school’s faculty, staff and student leadership, Nemitz provided an overview of the school’s 2019-20 academic year. He said the osteopathic medical school has lived up to the vision established by physicians who, a half-century ago, saw a need for an institution that would educate physicians to serve rural populations.

“We had visionary founders who recognized that West Virginia desperately needed physicians, especially in rural areas,” Nemitz said. “Now, almost 50 years later, when you compare WVSOM to other medical schools in the state … we’re the leading producer of physicians who practice in rural West Virginia and we continue to lead in graduates who choose a primary care residency.”

Read more about WVSOM’s State of the School address.

Pre-Med Students Build Skills for Medical School Success at CHSU-COM

CHSUCOM_850_04292021Photo: Dr. Kevin Steed, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Education at CHSU-COM, prepares 29 pre-med students for medical school during a virtual Pre-Med Boot Camp.

Twenty-nine local pre-med students participated in California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM)’s virtual Pre-Med Boot Camp in March. During the four-weekend boot camp, attendees participated in activities to prepare them to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) including study tips, test taking strategies and Anatomy and Physiology MCAT concept reviews.

Participants of the boot camp also received a virtual tour of the CHSU-COM facilities, including the Simulation Center, and received insights into DO school and curriculum.

The boot camp was led by CHSU-COM faculty members, Samuel Kadavakollu, PhD, MSc, Director of MCAT and Preparatory Programs and Interim Department Chair of Biomedical Education, and Kevin Steed, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Education. Read more about the virtual Pre-Med Boot Camp.

AZCOM/MWU Selects New Group of OMM Scholars

AZCOM_850_04292021The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) has selected the next candidates for the college’s Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Scholars program. Class of 2023 students Kobe Miller, Sarah Osborne and Kathleen Wong were selected from a large group of applicants to become OMM Scholars. The OMM Scholars program allows AZCOM/MWU students to extend their clinical education from two to three years, as well as participate in teaching, research and leadership experiences. OMM Scholars hold specific responsibilities within the OMM Department in addition to their regular academic requirements, and they enjoy unique opportunities in advanced osteopathic education, osteopathic teaching, leadership development, research and community service. They receive reduced tuition expenses, extra course credits and a stipend for their OMM laboratory participation.

RVUCOM-SU Students Volunteer at COVID Vaccine Clinic

RVUCOM_04292021On April 17 and 18, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah Campus (RVUCOM-SU) hosted its first vaccine clinic during which students volunteered to administer the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to RVUers and members of the Ivins, UT community. See photos from the event.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Pediatric and Neonatal Bootcamp for Second-Year Students

VCOMCarolinas_850_04292021On Saturday, April 17, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) hosted a Pediatric and Neonatal Bootcamp course for second-year medical students. The course was taught by pediatric faculty at VCOM-Carolinas and was directed by Hanna Sahhar, MD, FAAP, FACOP, discipline chair for pediatrics. Ten modules were included in the day’s activities, including well-child visits for children two months, six months and four years of age and high-fidelity simulations of seizure and anaphylaxis. Additional modules included airways clinical skills and vascular access clinical skills. The boot camp utilized VCOM-Carolinas’ state-of-the-art educational facilities, including the Simulation Center.

VCOM-Virginia White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2024

VCOMVC_04292021On Sunday, April 18, 2021, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) Class of 2024 students received their white coats at their white coat ceremony. This ceremony is a rite of passage for the students and signifies a commitment to the osteopathic profession. Friends and family joined them to help celebrate. View additional photos and comments on VCOM-Virginia’s Facebook.

VCOM-Louisiana Celebrates First Osteopathic White Coat Ceremony in Louisiana

VCOMLouisiana_04292021Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana), the newest branch of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus, held its inaugural white coat ceremony for the class of 2024 on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This ceremony was the very first osteopathic white coat ceremony to be held in the state of Louisiana.

PCOM Celebrates NOM week with #WhyIDO Social Campaign

PCOM_04292021Photo: David Kuo, DO, associate dean of graduate medical education at PCOM, shares why he chose to pursue osteopathic medicine.

To celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine week, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) asked community members to share their motivation and inspiration for choosing osteopathic medicine. Watch the video.

Liberty Osteopathic Medical Students Celebrate Highly Successful 98% Match Rate

LUCOM_300_04292021Photo: Monica Nemat matched in pediatrics at Spectrum/Michigan State University Helen Devos Children’s Hospital; John Sinkovich matched in internal medicine at Spectrum/Michigan State University Grand Rapids.

This time last year, medical education was completely changed by COVID-19. Virtual learning quickly became the new normal and symbolic milestones annually held in person were occurring on computer screens. On March 19, and like last year, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) fourth-year osteopathic medical students virtually celebrated the long-awaited news of their match—their future location for residency placement with family, classmates, staff and faculty at LUCOM. Read more about LUCOM’s match day celebrations.

UNTHSC/TCOM Students Partner with TRHA for Big Bend Border Medical Mission Trip

UNTHSCTCOM_04292021The Texas Rural Health Association chapter at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) spent spring break on their second annual Big Bend medical mission trip to west Texas. The goal was for medical students and physicians from UNTHSC/TCOM to organize and run free medical clinics in one of the most medically underserved areas in the state. Their mission was simple, to bring healthcare to west Texas and increase the quality of life for residents. At the same time, the students were given the opportunity to practice clinical skills, patient interviews, physical exams and diagnostics—all under the watchful eyes of overseeing physicians. Read more about the Big Bend medical mission trip.