Campus Roundup: National ShaDO & National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week Edition

Each year AACOM—in collaboration with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the National Pre-medical Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA)—encourages all premedical and DO students, and our member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) to participate in National Shadow a DO Student (ShaDO) Week and National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week. During the week of April 19-25, this year’s National ShaDO Week was held in conjunction with the AOA-sponsored 2015 NOM Week. Osteopathic medical students, professionals, schools, and organizations throughout the United States participated in this year’s National ShaDO and NOM Week events, engaging with their communities and promoting osteopathic medicine nationwide.

ACOM Celebrates National ShaDO Week and NOM Week

April 20-24, medical students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) celebrated National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week with a variety of activities to promote the osteopathic medical profession and engage the local community. To jumpstart the annual celebration, ACOM students volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass to assist children with homework and spend quality time with them. On Thursday, April 23, the osteopathic medical students participated in NOM Week-inspired face painting to “face their futures as a DO.” ACOM also participated in National ShaDO Week, during which pre-medical students visited the campus to shadow ACOM osteopathic medical students. The week culminated with the inaugural “ACOM’s Got Talent” community event, showcasing the talents of ACOM students and faculty.

CCOM SGA and SOMA Inspire ShaDO and NOM Week Events

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter worked together to bring the CCOM students a week filled with exciting National ShaDO and NOM Week activities and events. In honor of National ShaDO Week, CCOM hosted 37 ShaDO participants over three days. CCOM’s NOM Week Committee also spearheaded various events and activities throughout the week. The Committee held the COM’s first NOM Week Video Competition—with the goal of creating and distributing videos that promote the osteopathic medical profession and increase awareness of osteopathic medicine in a creative and engaging way. To kick-off the 2015 NOM Week celebration, CCOM held free student lunch talks with special speaker presentations, including CCOM Dean Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, who spoke about “Promoting Osteopathic Medicine.” CCOM students also spent a day at the local Benjamin Jr. High School where 260 kids spent their gym periods going through a mini-medical school and learning about osteopathic medicine. Other highlights of the week included:

  • Volunteer opportunities to help spread awareness of the osteopathic profession in the community, including CCOM students promoting osteopathic medicine at the Midwestern University Clinics in Downers Grove by distributing several infographics and other materials developed by the COM and its DO students
  • Daily profit shares—the proceeds of which benefited a local charity, the Hope and Friendship Foundation
  • A student appreciation lunch
  • NOM Week theme days that encouraged students to voice their DO pride on social media and share event participation, including DO Style Day and a photo contest kickoff, DO Hero Day, DO Advocacy Day, Throwback Thursday, and DO Pride Day

CUSOM Highlights National ShaDO Week

National ShaDO Week was the main focus of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) SOMA chapter during NOM Week. CUSOM hosted 12 prospective students as they shadowed first-year osteopathic medical students each day, April 21-23, at the COM’s campus. During their visit, the prospective students sat in on lectures and attended OMM, clinical skills, and anatomy labs with their DO student mentors.

DMU-COM SOMA and SAAO Collaborate in NOM Week Spirit

At the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), leaders of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) teamed-up to celebrate NOM Week and National ShaDO Day by hosting speakers, panel discussions, and 12 pre-medical students from across Iowa and Illinois. The DMU-COM students generated school spirit and exciting activities for themselves and students in other DMU programs with events like an acro-yoga session, open mic night, and various games, prizes, and free osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) treatments. “NOM Week is important for students because it allows us to take pride in our profession,” says first-year DMU student and SOMA President Reeya Patel. “It’s also a great way to spread information about the osteopathic profession." Ms. Patel also won the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) NOM Week "DO Style" photo contest for the picture she submitted performing acro-yoga in her white coat.

GA-PCOM Hosts 2015 NOM Week Activities

At the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), student leaders prepared an array of activities including an Alumni Panel featuring J. Steven Blake, DO, and Amanda Fischer Reeves, DO, who spoke about “Osteopathic Practice: Then and Now.” GA-PCOM osteopathic medical students participated in community service activities including the Trot to Clot Walk and Run at Stone Mountain Park benefiting Hemophilia of Georgia, a Multiple Sclerosis Walk at Piedmont Park supporting the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a March of Dimes walk at Suwanee Town Center.

LMU-DCOM Launches Billboard Campaign during NOM Week

During NOM Week, billboards around the Knoxville area touted the faces of emerging leaders in osteopathic medicine who all had one thing in common: they were all alumni from the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). In recognition of the 2015 NOM Week, the billboards (at left) will continue to display these distinguished faces through the month of May. The new billboard campaign features four LMU-DCOM graduates who successfully apply their degrees to enhance health through quality care in Knoxville, TN and throughout the United States.

NSU-COM Hosts Series of NOM Week Talks

From April 20-24, the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) hosted various free events at the COM’s campus geared toward promoting osteopathic medicine and providing insight to the students’ future careers as DOs. At NSU-COM, NOM Week encouraged the celebration and promotion of osteopathic medicine and provided an opportunity osteopathic medical students to show their osteopathic pride. Events included:

  • Residency “Speed Professional” event
  • Dr. Joshua Courtney, DO, Founder and CMO of COMBANK, lunch talk
  • Dr. Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, AOA Liaison, lunch talk
  • “Nuts & Bolts” Residency talk
  • “OPP Clinic” lunch talk

PCOM Celebrates 2015 NOM Week with Full Roster of Activities

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students, faculty, and staff celebrated the 2015 NOM Week with a plethora of events that helped raise awareness for osteopathic medicine. Throughout the week, the COM’s name reached high into the Philadelphia sky, as the crown lights of the PECO Building displayed the words, “PCOM Celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week.”

Throughout National ShaDO and NOM Week, PCOM’s osteopathic medical students traveled to La Salle, Eastern, and Villanova universities to meet undergraduates and discuss osteopathic medicine with those interested in pursuing medicine. As part of National ShaDO Day, a group of undergraduates also visited PCOM and GA-PCOM to shadow and learn from DO students and faculty, and view demonstrations of osteopathic manipulative treatments. To close out the week, Lauren Noto-Bell, DO, Assistant Professor, OMM, gave an interview to a local radio station to discuss and promote osteopathic medicine and address misconceptions about the discipline.

VCOM-VC Creates DO Day on the Drill to Recognize NOM Week

In celebration of NOM Week, 35 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) osteopathic medical students, along with VCOM-VC alumna, Amy Doolan, DO, flooded the Virginia Tech Drillfield for the first “DO Day on the Drill.” Held on Tuesday, April 21, DO Day on the Drill, organized by VCOM-VC student Kali Theis, brought osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) treatments to the community. During the event, 80 local participants were screened and treated by the first and second-year DO students. The receptiveness to the process was a major contributor to the success of DO Day on the Drill, which was also held in support of the 2015 NOM Week (at left).

WCU-COM Brings National ShaDO and NOM Week Awareness to Mississippi

As the Mississippi Legislature named April 19-25 as NOM Week in the state, the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) planned events to observe the 2015 week-long event. Activities began on April 17, when the WCU-COM Research Symposium was held in conjunction with the University Lecture Series. On Monday, April 20, there was a community reception and open house of the medical college facilities at the Hattiesburg campus, including a brief introduction to the field of osteopathic medicine and an update on the COM’s status and future plans. April 22-24, WCU-COM hosted National ShaDO Week events, during which pre-medical students interested in exploring osteopathic medicine shadowed WCU-COM’s DO students. Finally, on Monday, April 27, Robert G. Good, DO, past president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), presented "Climbing the Mountain of Medical Education."

WVSOM Celebrates Nutrition during Annual COM Week

Prior to this year’s events, Mayor John Manchester signed a proclamation officially recognizing COM and NOM weeks in the Lewisburg community (below). To celebrate the occasion, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) focused on the “body” aspect of the Mind, Body, Spirit theme during the school’s annual Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Week, April 13-17. This year’s theme focused on nutrition in health and healing, and included a cooking event hosted by WVSOM’s Integrative Medicine club, and lectures about plant-based diets managing diabetes. COM Week events culminated on Friday, April 17, with a dinner and lecture by Fred Mitchell Jr., DO, and Kai Mitchell, CEO of the Mitchell Institute for Advanced Osteopathy, entitled “The Practice of Osteopathy: Mitchell’s Perspective—A Brief Synopsis.”

In Other COM News

KCU-COM Student Earns Prestigious Sarnoff Fellowship

Ryan Coute, a second-year osteopathic medical student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), was recently chosen as a recipient of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation Fellowship. He is one of only 14 recipients nationally to earn the prestigious fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation strives to engage medical students in research with preeminent cardiovascular scientists to foster the future generation of leaders in the field. Mr. Coute, who plans to focus his research on cardiac arrest, will spend a year conducting intensive laboratory research alongside a member of the Sarnoff Foundation’s Scientific Committee who will provide guidance and foster career development. Mr. Coute will receive a stipend, as well as funding to present his research findings at two national conferences at the end of the fellowship year.

LECOM Announces New LECOM Health

On Tuesday, May 5, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) President John M. Ferretti, DO, announced that the Millcreek Health System, a health care and educational delivery system, became LECOM Health. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has been solidly at the epicenter of the Millkcreek Health System, supporting its health care vision and advancing the educational and medical core of its mission. Dr. Ferretti describes the exciting steps that the health system is taking to solidify its commitment as a community-owned and run seminal delivery system for health care in the western Pennsylvania region.

To promote fitness and wellness for the betterment of the community, LECOM opened the John M. and Silvia Ferretti Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. To answer the need for better oral health care, the COM has opened the LECOM Dental Offices, and with Erie County’s senior population now approaching one-of-four residents, LECOM is adding another component for older adults with the acquisition of three residential communities, the adoption of LifeWorks Erie, and construction of the Senior Living Center. LECOM Health will coordinate with full complement of the academic health system.

RowanSOM Hosts Dodgeball Tournament Benefiting Local Health Clinic

The Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) organized a collaborative Rowan University dodgeball fundraiser on March 30. The event was an opportunity for the students of three Rowan campuses—Stratford’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, Camden’s Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), and Glassboro’s main campus—to interact in a non-academic setting and allow Rowan’s pre-professional students to network with medical students. Proceeds from the dodgeball fundraiser were donated to the Camden Saturday Health Clinic, which is a clinic managed by RowanSOM students and provides free, comprehensive health care and education to the local community. The clinic aspires to strengthen health awareness in the community, while respecting cultural differences and barriers.

RVUCOM Presents Inaugural Diversity Week

Students of the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) recently implemented the COM’s first Diversity Week to highlight and celebrate religious, ethnic, racial, and gender differences in health care. Throughout the week, faculty members spoke on topics such as how patients’ cultures or backgrounds may affect their health (at left). At the end of the week, Senator Irene Aguilar, MD, delivered a keynote speech on “Universal Health Care as a Health Disparities Intervention.” Following the presentation was a “club bazaar,” during which each of the RVUCOM clubs and organizations set up booths to discuss various aspects of diversity in health care.

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