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Students Host Local Vaccination PSA, Learn and Teach Ultrasound Technology, Host Virtual AAPI Community Event and More

May 13, 2021

Touro University Nevada and North Las Vegas Partner to Create COVID-19 Vaccination PSAs

Photo (from left to right): TUNCOM students Jose Parra, Luis Sanchez and Valerie Mendez, who were featured in the public service announcements.

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) and the City of North Las Vegas collaborated on a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Students and faculty from across Touro’s programs delivered brief messages for the PSAs, in addition to North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and will help us regain a sense of normalcy,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada. “This vaccine will help keep us safe as we work together to put this pandemic behind us. I am fully vaccinated, and I encourage all Nevadans to get your COVID-19 vaccine.”

The PSAs have been distributed to local television stations for broadcast in the Las Vegas television market and have appeared on Touro’s and the City of North Las Vegas’ official social media accounts.

“It is important to get vaccinated so that we may help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said third-year osteopathic medical student Valerie Mendez. “Unfortunately, there's still a lot of vaccine hesitancy. By participating in this PSA, I hope to encourage more people to get vaccinated so that we can continue to keep our friends and family safe.”

You can view the PSAs narrated both in English and in Spanish.

NSU-KPCOM Drs. Elaine Wallace and Sandi Scott-Holman Named Champions of Humanistic Care

NSUKPCOM_05132021_450Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) Dean Elaine M. Wallace, DO, MS, MS, MS, MS, (pictured left) and Sandi Scott-Holman, DO, (pictured right) assistant professor of family medicine and director of NSU’s Student Medical Center, were recognized as Champions of Humanistic Care by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

More than 200 physicians, nurses and healthcare team members were selected by their healthcare institutions to receive this recognition for exhibiting compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Champions of Humanistic Care honorees will be recognized at the Gold Foundation’s virtual gala on June 10.

“Nurses, doctors and care teams have shouldered an incredible burden for more than a year now, caring in uncertain and harrowing conditions, when their own safety was at times at risk and when the normal support systems were dismantled,” said Richard I. Levin, MD, president and CEO of the Gold Foundation. “They have stood in for family members who could not be in the room, they have adapted again and again, and through it all, they have brought their own humanity to bear in caring for patients. It is our honor to recognize their critical contribution of humanism in healthcare during this ongoing crisis.”

Congratulate Drs. Wallace and Scott-Holman on NSU-KPCOM’s Facebook.

NYITCOM at A-State Surpasses 2,500 Fully Vaccinated Arkansans Through Free Clinics

Photo: Tina Mirzakhanian, a first-year medical student at NYITCOM at A-State, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Joe Collins at a free clinic held in Wynne, AK.

As of April 27, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) has fully vaccinated 2,395 Arkansans through free COVID-19 vaccine clinics led by the medical school, with that number likely to surpass 2,500 following another “second-dose” clinic.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our students, faculty and staff are doing to serve the people of our region and help protect so many people from this awful virus,” said Dr. Shane Speights, dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “As a medical school, we are serious about our role in impacting communities through healthcare, and there’s no better way to do that right now than by bringing vaccines to people who desperately need them.”

Read more about NYITCOM at A-State’s work to vaccinate diverse groups across the region, including communities with large minority populations.

UNTHSC/TCOM Students Learning Key Ultrasound Technology, and Teaching It Themselves

TCOM_Louisa Weindruch_05132021University of North Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) student Louisa Weindruch (pictured right) saw what ultrasound technology could do in an emergency room. Cassidy Weeks recognized its value to rural healthcare. That’s why both students are striving to learn all they can about the emerging use of ultrasound technology to diagnose disease and potentially save patients’ lives.

The pair of second-year students recently completed a study on the teaching technique that is fundamentally expediting the learning curve for students using ultrasound. The technique is called “near peer teaching.” They presented their findings to a prominent audience at the RTT Collaborative National Conference on April 9.

“I think it made for a better learning environment because your classmates are more willing to fail in front of you, a classmate, instead of an instructor,” Weeks said. “Ultrasound is such a hands-on skill, so what we saw was students are willing to try and test out the ultrasound in many ways with the TAs (teaching assistants) and students to help guide them.”

Read more about the students’ experience with learning and teaching ultrasound.

Noorda-COM Holds First Accepted Student Day

Noorda_05132021_850On Saturday, April 24, the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) hosted its first Accepted Student Day for the inaugural class of 90 medical students. At the virtual event, students were joined by their parents, spouses and significant others together with faculty, staff and administrators to learn more about the school, life in Provo, UT and planning for the start of their medical school journey.

Congratulate the incoming students on Noorda-COM’s Instagram page.

WVSOM Launches Platform to Train Community Health Workers

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s Center for Rural and Community Health’s online Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP) training platform opened to the public March 22. The platform is available for use by individuals who wish to be trained as community health workers, community members who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with social services and healthcare systems.

Community health workers are trained to help friends and neighbors develop a healthier lifestyle; answer basic questions about health, disease, nutrition, physical activity and health behaviors; and partner with doctors, nurses, dietitians, personal trainers and others in promoting health. Community health workers establish a trusting relationship with local residents that enables them to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

James W. Nemitz, PhD, WVSOM’s president, said he is pleased that the school is able to offer a program with the potential to enhance health on a far-reaching basis.

“The online CHERP training platform is a first for the school. It will enable people everywhere to access instruction that will help them make a difference in their communities,” Nemitz said. “I’m proud of our team of professionals who created the program and the platform to deliver it to the world.”

Read more about the CHERP training platform.

PCOM Students Launch Medical Spanish Course 

Photo (from left to right): Camila Salazar Maneses (DO '23); Kimberly Tena Diaz (DO '23); Dianne Mancheno (DO '23); Karen Alejandres (MS/Biomed '21); Laila Kalaf (DO '23)

This spring, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) launched the medical Spanish course “What is the Patient Saying? Medical Spanish Introductory Level” on the Philadelphia and South Georgia campuses. This pilot course is designed for intermediate and advanced Spanish-speaking students who desire to expand their medical Spanish communication skills in topics such as cardiology, neurology, pulmonology and gastroenterology as well as their patient-care skills. The course will be hosted virtually throughout the spring 2021 semester.

“We have worked diligently to get this course off the ground and students who go through it will be better equipped to communicate with and provide care for their Spanish-speaking patients,” shared Laila Kalaf (DO ‘23), one of the student organizers of the course who also serves as a teaching assistant.

This course is a continuation of the Medical Spanish Series that began last spring. After seeing such a positive response to the series, Ms. Kalaf as well as PCOM students Karen Alejandres (MS/Biomed ’21), Kimberly Tena Diaz (DO ’23), Dianne Mancheno (DO ’23) and Camila Salazar Meneses (DO ’23) joined together to create this course. Ms. Alejandres, Ms. Diaz and Ms. Mancheno also serve as TAs in this course. These students work alongside course directors Arturo Bravo-Nuevo, PhD, associate professor, bio-medical sciences; Eleonora Savio-Galimberti, MD, PhD, assistant professor, bio-medical sciences and Savita Arya, MD, associate professor, bio-medical sciences, PCOM South Georgia, as well as course administrator Ross Adamn.

“All credit for starting this course goes to the students who put the work in to bring it to fruition. From planning the course curriculum to meeting with administrators for budget approval, this course wouldn’t be possible without them,” shared Dr. Bravo-Nuevo.

Read more about the medical Spanish course.

Stricklands Endow Scholarships for PCOM Georgia Doctoral Students

Photo: Sandra and Clyde Strickland support PCOM Georgia doctoral students with an endowed scholarship fund.

Merging their faith with their passion for medicine and education, Gwinnett County philanthropists, entrepreneurs and business owners Clyde and Sandra Strickland recently established an endowed doctoral scholarship fund at PCOM Georgia. Through the fund, $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to three students, one from each doctoral program on the Suwanee campus, to include those earning degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.

North Carolina natives, the Stricklands have been residents of Gwinnett since 1969. With a belief in caring for their community, the couple will provide the yearly scholarships to PCOM Georgia students who are graduates of Gwinnett County Public Schools. “We want to help our neighbors here,” Sandra said. “We can’t help everybody around the world and in other states, but we can surely do something right here in our own community.”

Read more about the new scholarship for PCOM Georgia students.

AZCOM/MWU Operation Hope Volunteers Help Boost Vaccination Levels

At Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus Vaccination Center, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) volunteers have helped distribute over 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines as part of Operation Hope, Midwestern’s contribution to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Operation Hope is a community effort to provide vaccinations for the Midwestern University community of students, faculty, staff and their families; university clinic patients; and local businesses and organizations, in conjunction with state health departments. Over 75 percent of Midwestern University’s community of faculty, staff and students are now fully vaccinated.

DMU-COM Student Honored with an Excellence in Public Health Award

DMUCOM_Aubrey_Massmann_200As a child, Aubrey Massmann wanted to become a journalist, but that changed when she was in middle school and her father became ill. “I’d always loved hearing people’s stories, but I realized a lot of people were falling through the cracks in medicine, and they needed their stories told,” she says. Aubrey will graduate in May with a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) and a master of public health (MPH) degree from the College of Health Sciences. Those dual credentials reflect her passion for healthcare, patient advocacy and the environment—and those passions fueled her accomplishments as a DMU student, which led to her selection for a 2021 Excellence in Public Health Award from the US Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. Read more about the DMU-COM student behind the award.

RVUCOM Student Leaders Host AAPI Community Event

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In light of the stark increase in anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes, students from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s Student Government Association and Student National Medical Association hosted a virtual panel to discuss the model minority myth and how it affects the Asian-American community. Guest speakers included Susana Park, MA, a global health scientist and policy liaison for the AAPI COVID-19 project, and Raihan Faroqui, MD, neurology clinical researcher, and David Park, DO, vice president and campus dean of RVUCOM-Southern Utah. View more about the event on RVUCOM’s Facebook page.