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Students Attend Surgery Week, Honor Anatomical Donors, Debunk COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and More

August 19, 2021


UIWSOM Unveils New Mobile Osteopathic Medicine Unit

Photo (left to right): Dr. Lorena Paul; Madeline Perez; Dr. Nile Barnes; Lilly Zhang (OMS III); Katie Hernandez (OMS III); Renee Sone (OMS III); Hannah Redwine (OMS II); Unknown name (Pre-med student); Hans Bruntmyer, DO; and David Offenbaker, RN.

On Saturday, July 24, between the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 white coat ceremonies, the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) unveiled a brand new mobile osteopathic medical unit that will serve the San Antonio community by providing osteopathic manipulative medicine and medical treatment to those in need as an extension of UIWSOM’s outreach medicine program. The vehicle purchase and outfitting were made possible through a grant from the Moody Foundation. The mobile osteopathic medical clinic is dedicated to the memory of Sam Wages, UIW’s director of procurement and business support services, who passed away suddenly last year. Mr. Wages was instrumental in the purchase of the mobile unit and many other projects benefiting both UIW and UIWSOM for the San Antonio community that was near and dear to his heart. Read the local coverage of the mobile medical unit.

NSUKPCOM_Brooke_Alexander_08192021_200x300Brooke Alexander Earns First Place Poster Honors

Fourth-year Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) student Brooke Alexander took first place honors in the clinical case category for her poster “Bronchogenic Cyst Under the Veil of an Adrenal Adenoma” at the Florida Medical Association David A. Paulson M.D. Poster Symposium held July 31. View this story and similar stories on NSU-KPCOM’s Facebook page.

UNTHSC/TCOM Student Spends Unforgettable Week at the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic

UNTHSCTCOM_Olivia_Tomasco_08192021_200x300Photo: Olivia Tomasco after returning from a week at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center.

In March, when Olivia Tomasco’s phone rang and she saw “Palm Springs” on the screen, her heart skipped a beat. The fourth-year University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) student knew the call meant she was invited to spend a life-changing week at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Summer Institute for Medical Students learning about addiction, recovery and much more.

“When I answered the phone and received the news, I was absolutely elated and literally was jumping up and down and turned bright red because I was so excited,” Tomasco said. “My interest in addiction medicine had amplified with each rotation and, even on my OB rotation, I had seen how the disease of addiction affects pregnant women and new mothers. So, at that point, my desire to better understand addiction had really grown to a new level.”

The opportunity was competitive. She was one of just 15 medical students selected from more than 600 applicants from across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Read more about the week-long experience and how it has changed how Tomasco views addiction.

RVUCOM’s Surgery Week Prepares Third-Years for Clinical Externships

RVUCOM_08192021_850x450Each month, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) faculty and fourth-year medical students host surgery week, a series of workshops that teach third-year medical students just starting their clinical externships important surgical skills such as suturing, how to identify instruments, knot-tying, gloving, scrubbing and more. The workshops are hosted in RVU’s Healthcare Simulation Centers on the Colorado and Southern Utah campuses. View more photos from surgery week on RVUCOM’s Facebook page.

How Utah County’s First Medical School Wants to ‘Flip Education on its Head’

NoordaCOM_08192021_850x400Photo: Inaugural Class of 2025 together with their faculty from the white coat ceremony.

The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) has officially opened with its inaugural class of 90 medical students in Provo, Utah. Orientation week festivities were capped off with the white coat ceremony on Saturday, July 31, and a variety of local media outlets covered the school’s opening. Noora-COM was honored to have Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, as the special guest to provide the keynote address. Read more from KSL News.

PCOM South Georgia Students Honor Anatomical Donors During Memorial Service

“Being on campus and learning from the oldest teacher—the human body—helped bring a sense of normalcy to our first year of school.”

Student doctor Katrina Hall, OMS I, was one of many who spoke about the impact that donors and their families have made in her medical education at a recent body donor memorial service held at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia Campus (PCOM South Georgia). Students, staff and faculty honored the families and loved ones who donated their bodies to science during an intimate ceremony.

Hall continued, “Through the sacrifice of your family members and loved ones, we were able to see firsthand how the systems of the body work together and the systemic impact when something in the body does not function correctly. Their lives have had countless impacts. The donation of their bodies to science has brought healing to our class and will contribute to the healing of many others.”

First-year osteopathic medical students and biomedical sciences graduate students spend their initial academic year at PCOM South Georgia, learning firsthand the intricacies of the human body in the anatomy lab. It is through the generosity of anatomical donors that hands-on training is possible. Read more about the ceremony and other student perspectives.

Students Debunk COVID-19 Vaccine Myths at Local Health Fair

Photo: Dr. Edo-Abasi U. McGee (left) and Dr. Valerie E. Cadet (right) led students as they worked to educate community members about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Medical students from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus (PCOM Georgia) and pharmacy and biomedical sciences students worked to educate community members about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine at a local health fair on July 31. The group’s mission is to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake within the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) population through direct grassroots engagement, led by faculty members Valerie E. Cadet, PhD, director of health equity curricular initiatives and an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and Edo-Abasi U. McGee, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice. Read more about the students behind the local health fair.

Pharmacy Student Joins Clinical Rotation at Family Medicine Interprofessional Education in Health Care

PCOM_08192021_850x450Health care professionals across all specialties can agree that interprofessional education (IPE) is essential for more thoughtful and successful patient outcomes. Members of a health care team need to work together to ensure their patients are receiving the best care possible. As Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s interprofessional education-focused efforts continue to expand, programs are working together for student success. One initiative that was recently launched will send PCOM Georgia’s doctor of pharmacy students to PCOM’s Family Medicine Office to interact with their doctor of osteopathic medicine peers in a clinical setting. Read more about the IPE initiative.

Day of Service Prompts 204 WVSOM Students to Volunteer in Greenbrier County

WVSOM_08192021_850x400Students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) discovered the rewards of giving back to their community during a volunteer event. Known as the Day of Service, the outing was organized by the school’s office of student affairs. Each year at the close of orientation week, first- and second-year students participate in community service projects at various locations in and near Lewisburg, WV.

This year, 204 students gathered at 18 sites in Lewisburg, Fairlea, Ronceverte, Frankford, Maxwelton and White Sulphur Springs to help with physical labor tasks. Students painted, cleaned, swept, hung banners and performed landscaping and gardening work, among other assignments. Eleven WVSOM faculty and staff members participated as well.

Anosh Akbar, a first-year WVSOM student, was one of about 10 volunteers who picked up garbage at Dorie Miller Park in Lewisburg. “Community service is at the heart of being a medical student, and a commitment to helping others will make us better doctors one day,” Akbar said. “It was nice to talk with peers as we worked together, and it allowed us to meet people from the area we hope to serve.” Read more about the Day of Service and other students who attended.

AZCOM/MWU Conducts Musical Icebreaker at Class of 2025 Orientation

AZCOM_08192021_850x500The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU)’s incoming class of medical students recently spent a day at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in north Phoenix, AZ, as part of their class’ orientation activities.

The new group of students had a chance to get to know each other in an informal setting and introduce themselves to AZCOM/MWU faculty. They were also treated to the Music in Medicine Experience, an interactive presentation from MIM that included a scavenger hunt to identify various musical instruments from around the world located in the MIM collections. The activities were designed to help students understand the value of listening and observation as physicians, as well as relax before embarking on the challenges of didactic study. View the story on AZCOM/MWU’s website.

There’s No Stopping Research at DMU-COM

Photo: Maria Barnes, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and nutrition, right, was among the 29 DMU faculty who worked with students in the Mentored Student Research Program this summer.

Thirty-six Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students and 29 faculty mentors participated in the Mentored Student Research Program, as did a student from Juan N. Corpas University in Bogota, Columbia, and another from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, who participated virtually. Each student researcher completed an abstract and two- to three-minute video presentations about their research. Project topics included analysis of the adverse effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, sleep apnea, climate effects on mammalian evolution, cardio-renal disease, joint movement measurements, cancer and estrogen regulation of blood pressure. All students plan to present at the DMU Research Symposium in December. Read more about the program and the students behind the projects.

VCOM-Virginia Held Annual VCOM Olympics

On Friday, August 6, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) held the VCOM Olympics. The first- and second-year students competed against each other in different athletic events. The VCOM Olympics benefit the Frank B. Rocovich Memorial. Congratulations to the Class of 2024 for winning the gold! View more pictures on VCOM-Virginia’s Facebook page.

VCOM-Louisiana Students Host Open House

VCOMLC_08192021_850x500Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana) second-year medical students participated in an open house event at the Medical Office of Mangham in Mangham, LA on Saturday, August 7. During the event, students provided COVID-19 vaccinations and children’s annual vaccinations, checked blood pressure and listened to the hearts and lungs of open house visitors.

VCOM-Auburn Holds Orientation

VCOMAC_08192021_850x400The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) held its new student campus orientation for the Class of 2025 on Monday and Tuesday, July 12-13. Students were welcomed to campus early Monday morning by addresses from VCOM Board Chairman John Rocovich Jr., JD, LLM, VCOM President and Provost Dixie Tooke Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, and Campus Dean Heath Parker, DO. Numerous presentations about campus and community resources were given to the new students. They were also able to get to know each other in small group sessions. The first week ended on Friday, July 16, with a picnic with faculty, staff and administration that featured Auburn University’s golden eagle, Aurea.

ICOM Welcomes Fourth Class of Student Doctors

ICOM_08192021_850x400The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) welcomed its fourth cohort of student doctors to campus on Monday, August 2, for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. 

The Class of 2025 is comprised of 162 students from across the United States—19 of whom hail from Idaho and 34 from across ICOM’s five-state target region, which includes Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“It is always difficult to get into medical school, but this class in particular had to show strength and resilience in difficult times to meet the rigorous standards for admission,” said ICOM Dean and Chief Academic Officer Thomas J. Mohr, DO. “That perseverance and motivation that allowed them to continue to excel during the pandemic will serve them well as they take on the challenges ahead. We are thrilled to have them join the ICOM family!” Read more about ICOM’s Class of 2025.

TouroCOM-NY Harlem’s Award-Winning “Mini Medical School” Scores Again

Photo: Jordan McDonald (left) with mentor Kowshik Sen (right) in the lab.

The “MedAchieve Scholars” program at the Harlem Campus of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York (TouroCOM-NY) has been awarded the 2021 “Inspiring Programs in STEM Award” from INSIGHT Into Diversity, for the third consecutive year.

 “We are honored to accept this award, which recognizes TouroCOM-NY’s commitment, embodied in its mission, to increasing the ranks of underrepresented minorities in medicine and to serving the underserved,” said Nadege Dady, EdD, dean of student affairs at TouroCOM-NY. “The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken the lives of millions, has demonstrated in shocking detail the crucial need to reduce health and health care disparities. This can be accomplished only by bringing more diversity into medical education and into the physician workforce.”

MedAchieve is a two-year “mini medical school” that serves local high school students in New York City interested in pursuing medicine or other health science careers. Most of the students attend public schools in Harlem, come from low-income households and will be the first in their families to attend college. They meet throughout the academic year for two hours of lectures, labs and other activities and are mentored one-on-one by TouroCOM medical students, who design the curriculum and teach the foundations of medicine and how the body responses to stress, injury and disease. Read more about the program and Jordan McDonald, a 2016 participant, and Kowshik Sen, his TouroCOM mentor.