Midwestern University Student Earns Golden Stethoscope Award for Research
Photo: Rachna Karumuri (CCOM 2023) received the Golden Stethoscope Award from the Indian American Medical Association of Illinois.
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) is proud to announce that third-year student, Rachna Karumuri, is the honored recipient of the Golden Stethoscope Award from the Indian American Medical Association of Illinois for her research. Ms. Karumuri investigated the expression of two novel molecular biomarkers in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer.
Ms. Karumuri achieved this award for her research project titled “Evaluation of Cornulin and DJ-1 as Novel Prognostic Biomarkers of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” She developed the project under the guidance of her faculty mentor Hilal Arnouk, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology at Midwestern University.
“As hypothesized, we found statistically significant data depicting a decreased expression of the tumor suppressor gene Cornulin and an increased expression of the oncogenic protein DJ-1 with each subsequent stage of tumor progression strongly suggesting the utility of Cornulin and DJ-1 in the early diagnosis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Moreover, these novel biomarkers can be used to predict clinical outcomes and stratify patients based on the aggressiveness of their individual tumors, a core concept in modern precision medicine,” Karumuri said. Her research findings will contribute to the scientific knowledge that will allow physicians to diagnose cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma lesions earlier leading to a better prognosis for patients afflicted with this type of skin cancer.
Read more about Karamuri’s work and significance of the Golden Stethoscope Awards.
WVSOM Introduces Virtual Reality Educational Component
When you think of virtual reality, images of video games and 3D movies might be the first thoughts to cross your mind. But the technology also is expanding its reach into educational environments.
Medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) have a new method of learning patient scenarios, one that uses a headset and hand controllers in a virtual reality simulation.
Second-year student Andrew Green participated in two different virtual reality demonstrations. He said he didn’t think the simulations were a substitute for working with human-patient simulators yet, but can present a realistic experience for how students should interact with patients.
“Before we get out on rotations and we are put into more real-life scenarios, this can give us additional practice without having to coordinate the use of standardized patients,” he said.
Read more about WVSOM’s simulation facilities and how the technology will be used to further student education.
PCOM Student Clubs Host Women's Health Symposium
Photo: Organizers of the event from PCOM AMWA, PCOM OB/GYN and PCOM Oncology club. From left to right: Sarah Song (DO`24), Karoline Loretan (DO`24), Zoe Beausoleil (DO`24), Sonya Levine (DO`24), Shuchi Sehgal (DO`24) and Megan Czachor (DO`24).
On Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, student organizations from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted the fourth annual Women’s Health Symposium on the Philadelphia campus. Leaders from PCOM American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) chapter, PCOM OB/GYN club and PCOM Oncology club came together to host the event.
“September is Women’s Health Month and we wanted to continue this event that focuses on bringing together female healthcare professionals, as well as female patients,” shared Sonya Levine (DO `24), AMWA community service leader. “Our goal in hosting this event is to improve interpersonal relationships with patients, engage with patients from different backgrounds, remain inclusive and open-minded and supplement what we learn in our didactic years with real-world examples,” continued Ms. Levine.
Read more about the two day event, which featured five unique sessions focused on different elements of women’s health.
CHSU-COM Hosts Historic First White Coat Ceremonies
Photo: John Graneto, DO, Dean of the CHSU-COM, coats Jonathan Wongsavanh, student doctor in the CHSU-COM inaugural class of 2024, at their historic first white coat ceremony that was delayed one year due to COVID.
First- and second-year medical students at California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) participated in the time-honored tradition of receiving their short white coat on Saturday, October 2, 2021. History was made at the CHSU-COM when two ceremonies were held on the same day for 199 medical students in the classes of 2024 and 2025, since the ceremony for the inaugural class of 2024 was postponed a year due to COVID-19.
Medical students were coated by John Graneto, DO, CHSU-COM dean; Lisa Chun, DO, associate dean, osteopathic clinical education and simulation; and JoAnna Jackson, DO, chair of the department of specialty medicine. The ceremony signifies the beginning of a medical student’s journey and the short white coat is a display to the medical community that they are in the process of learning their trade and eventually will receive their long white coat.
Read more about the inaugural event and Dr. Graneto’s address to the students.
ICOM Names First-Ever Preceptors of the Year
Photo Caption: Student doctors Michael Kushner (left) and Dallas Sturdevant (right) present Joseph Weatherly, DO (center) with a Preceptor of the Year Award. Dr. Weatherly serves as a regional assistant dean for ICOM, representing Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho.
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) recently recognized 10 physicians from hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state and beyond with the inaugural Preceptor of the Year Award.
Hundreds of physicians volunteer their time to serve as preceptors to ICOM students. These preceptors educate student doctors, spending more than 130 hours working with each student in clinical areas, assigning tasks, overseeing their work and providing feedback to help each student grow. These clinical hours provide student doctors with the real-world experiences they need as they advance in their field.
ICOM’s third-year students on clinical rotations nominate and choose the award recipients—one preceptor in each of the college’s core sites.
Read more about the recipients of ICOM’s inaugural award.
Des Moines University Beams with Pride
Photo: Students were among those who signed a beam that’s now part of Des Moines University’s new campus.
On a brilliantly sunny autumn day, Des Moines University’s new campus steering committee watched a white beam be “flown” to its permanent home in the uppermost southwest corner of the Innovation Building, under construction on an 88-acre site in West Des Moines. The beam carried the signatures of donors, friends of the University, faculty, staff and students. The Innovation Building is one of several structures that will welcome Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students and employees when the university moves to its new campus in 2023. The beam’s journey began at a special event near the new campus and then was transported to DMU’s current campus so that members of the campus community could sign it.
Read more about the new campus and groundbreaking ceremony.
TCOM’s ROME Program Takes the Spotlight at TMA Meeting on Access to Healthcare
Photo: TCOM’s Dr. John Gibson teaching students using Ultrasound technology; TCOM ROME students
The gold standard for rural osteopathic medical education, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)’s ROME program was on display at a recent meeting of the Texas Medical Association on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. Assistant Dean for Rural Medical Education John Gibson, MD, made a presentation about all facets of the ROME program and the benefits rural communities are seeing.
“I love talking about the ROME program,” said Dr. Gibson as he began. “This program was founded by Dr. John Bowling many years ago, and he cultivated many aspects of the curriculum that really got us into a great position. We are very proud of our rankings from primary care and the placing of graduates after residency into rural areas.”
Read more about the ROME program and what students should expect from the program.
A Culture of Giving at RVUCOM-SU
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah Campus (RVUCOM-SU)’s medical students gave back to the local and international communities this past week with two different service projects. Hosted by the RVUCOM-SU AMWA Chapter, students put together hygiene kits for young women around the world in support of Days for Girls, an organization which helps to educate young girls about women’s health in underserved areas. Then, over the weekend, over 70 students volunteered at the St. George Marathon’s medical aid stations, which was supervised by Dr. Ben Wilde, vice-chair of the department of primary care medicine, and Dr. Mark Wardle, co-director of the global medicine track.
Read more stories like this on RVUCOM-SU’s Instagram account.
VCOM-Carolinas Holds Annual Spirit Day
On September 8, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) held its annual Spirit Day. Members of the Class of ‘24 and Class of ‘25 showed school spirit for their alma maters that day by dressing down and wearing their favorite college gear. Many colleges were represented, with Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University and the University of Florida among those with the largest number of graduates.
Future Healthcare Providers Honor Silent Teachers
Photo: Jeffrey Seiple, director of anatomical donor services, Candice Tucker (DO '24), who led the planning of the service and Ron Wilde, anatomical donor services coordinator, hold marigolds during a ceremony honoring individuals who donated their bodies to further the education of PCOM Georgia's medical, physician assistant, physical therapy and biomedical sciences students.
As the clock struck noon on Thursday, September 16, the atrium at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus (PCOM Georgia) quieted as students prepared to honor their first patients.
Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP, dean of osteopathic medicine, addressed the students. She said, “Your patients made the ultimate sacrifice for you. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable. And, you, in turn, cared for your patients with empathy, compassion, patience and honor. Today, we are able to step back and recall what these beautiful people have given us. “Thank you, donors, for being there for our students. We are forever grateful.”
Students, faculty and staff members gathered to recognize the 20 individuals who donated their bodies as silent teachers to further the medical education of 277 future healthcare providers.
Read more about the ceremony to honor the donors.