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Students Host Fundraiser for Ukraine, Celebrate Match Day, Take a Guided Hike and More

April 14, 2022


AZCOM/MWU Student Rallies Midwestern Community Support for Ukrainian Homeland

Heart-shaped pins and handmade bracelets raised funds, and students collected medical supplies, during the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) Student Government Association’s “Hearts for Ukraine” emergency relief initiative.

Anastasia Glazunova is looking forward to adding the initials “DO” to her name two years from now. Her desire to help people is part of why she has looked forward to achieving the goal of becoming an osteopathic physician.

But Anastasia’s family in Kyiv, Ukraine, and the current events affecting them, has redirected her focus to the now. Many members of her immediate family, including her father, her sister and her grandparents, as well as extended family and friends, were in the direct line of fire when Russian troops invaded Kyiv.

“I was born in Kyiv, and while my family brought me to the U.S. when I wasn’t even two years old, I have visited Ukraine almost annually since then,” Anastasia says. “The war has been heartbreaking for me since it began in February. It has been difficult to watch the atrocities occur without being able to do anything about it.” Read more about the fundraiser.

U.S. News Ranks UNTHSC/TCOM as the Nation’s Top Osteopathic Medical School for Primary Care

U.S. News & World Report
released its annual list of best medical schools for primary care, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) was ranked as the top osteopathic school in the nation. This marks the second time in the last three years that UNTHSC/TCOM has been ranked as the top osteopathic school in the country. Read more about UNTHSC/TCOM’s ranking and read AACOM’s press release to learn more about all the colleges of osteopathic medicine that were recognized.

PCOM Hosts Inaugural ‘Trauma Day’ Event for Students

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students experienced their first trauma day on the Philadelphia campus. Students collaborated with one another on various cases and trained on simulation mannequins, then debriefed with physicians to improve their skills for when they are in the field. View more photos from the event on PCOM’s Facebook page. 

DMU-COM Dean Expands Professionalism and Leadership Training

Photo: DMU-COM Dean Steven Halm, DO, FAAP, FACP.

A truly engaged group of 70 second-year and 10 first-year Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students recently volunteered to participate in a four session medical leadership program introduced to DMU-COM this year. The Professionalism and Leadership in the Medical Setting program, or PaLMS, was designed nearly 10 years ago by Steven J. Halm, DO, FAAP, FACP, dean of DMU-COM. The program was designed to share standard leadership principles that have been widely accepted by the military and business worlds for decades and adapt these principles to the unique features of the medical and healthcare fields. Dr. Halm has taught the program at two other medical schools and at dozens of residency programs. There are currently more than 1,000 graduates of the PaLMS program. Read more about the program and the reasons Dr. Halm created it.

PCOM Georgia Students Celebrate Residency Matches

Photo (left to right): Student doctors Sarah Lewis matched to a pathology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans and Silvia Cherian matched to an internal medicine residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

More than 99 percent of PCOM Georgia's osteopathic medical students matched into 19 specialty areas during Match Day 2022.

In fact, 58 percent of fourth-year PCOM Georgia students matched into what the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce considers primary care and core specialty areas. These specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry. Other students matched into specialties including anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and radiology.

Twenty-one percent of graduates will stay in Georgia to complete their residency training, having matched into residency programs in cities including Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Macon, Marietta, Rome and Savannah. Read more about PCOM Georgia’s successful Match Day.

CCOM/MWU Students Explore One Health Connection at Lyman Woods

Photo: CCOM/MWU students participate in a guided hike in Lyman Woods to further understand One Health principles. 

Students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) organized a guided hike with a naturalist of the neighboring forest preserve to further explore the One Health concept. “The hike in Lyman Woods highlighted the natural world that we are surrounded by and the importance of maintaining the environment,” said Jordan Mitchell, CCOM/MWU ‘24, one of the organizers of the event. Read more about the day and the One Health initiative.

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic Starts in Medical School

Shocking new data recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscores the need to prepare our physician workforce to combat opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs).

The CDC provisional data clearly shows that the drug epidemic in the United States exploded during the pandemic-induced lockdown: between May 2020 and April 2021 more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States. That was far more than the 70,630 people who died from drug overdoses in 2019, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And 2018 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that an unacceptably high—92 percent—of individuals who need SUD treatment do not receive it. Read more from Olalekan Ogunsakin, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York.

VCOM-Auburn Sees Excellent Match Results for the Class of 2022

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Photo (left to right): VCOM Auburn Class of 2022 students Kent Scruggs, Katelyn Ducker and Haley Warwick celebrate Match Day at VCOM-Auburn.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) experienced yet another excellent Match Day on March 18, with 99 percent of the students from the class of 2022 matching to specialties. Approximately 65 percent of students in the class of 2022 matched into primary care fields, an area of special emphasis for VCOM. Read more about the successful Match Day on VCOM-Auburn’s Facebook page.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Color Run Fundraiser

041422_IOME_VCOMCC_850x400Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) students, faculty, staff and loved ones came together and braved the cold and wind for the “Viva! Color Run” on Saturday, March 12. The event raised funds for St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg, where many VCOM-Carolinas students gain valuable experience. The event featured a kid’s fun run, a 5K run, live DJ, food and an activities fair. Read more about the event on VCOM-Carolinas’ Facebook page.

VCOM-Louisiana Hosts ‘Mini Match’ Event for Class of 2024

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Photo (from left to right): VCOM-Louisiana second-year medical students Shantasia Thomas, Ke’Yon Jones, Allison Woods and Torhiana Haydel

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana)’s inaugural class of medical students has reached a new milestone and with it, a new tradition has been born: Mini Match Day. Members of the Class of 2024 were invited to an event in their honor featuring cupcakes with their photos on them, which the students then attached to a poster announcing where they will be completing their clinical rotations next year. Read more about the event on VCOM-Louisiana’s Facebook page.

WVSOM Camp for High Schoolers Will Focus on Pharmacology

In a year when the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is observing the 50th anniversary of its founding, one of the school’s most beloved outreach programs is also celebrating a milestone. WVSOM’s Just Say KNOW educational camp is now in its 10th year.

Just Say KNOW was established in 2013 and is designed to introduce high school students and recent high school graduates to science- and medicine-related concepts. The event has had different focuses during its history, such as Just Say KNOW to Anatomy and Just Say KNOW to Neuroscience—but the 2022 camp will return to its initial theme of Just Say KNOW to Drugs, with participants learning about pharmacology. Read more and hear from the program director on what the anniversary means to WVSOM.