CCOM/MWU Students Host Winter Clothing Drive for Multicultural Center

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)  campus, with the direction of CCOM/MWU osteopathic medical student and ACOFP Volunteer Coordinator Laura Nettekoven, MS,, hosted the Hamdard Center’s ‘Giving Tuesday’—an annual, national event that encourages charitable giving.

For their ‘Giving Tuesday’ event, the ACOFP student organization headed a donation drive to help the Hamdard Center collect needed supplies for the women and children of its local domestic violence shelter. They collected gently used winter coats and twin comforters along with new hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, umbrellas, and gym shoes. 

The Hamdard Center was established as a proactive response to address the needs of underserved populations, continuing efforts in its new paradigm of care and comprehensive service model.

CUSOM Emergency Medicine Club Hosts Basic Skills Event

On November 18, CUSOM’s Emergency Medicine (EM) Club met for an intravenous (IV)-and basic skills lab. In addition to practicing administering IVs, students also used the SIM lab to learn other skills such as oxygen administration and cardiac monitor use. The lab is taught by students and faculty from medical and PA programs.

The CUSOM EM Club provides students with the opportunity to apply educational curriculum to a clinical setting as they practice medical techniques, such as intravenous (IV) therapy/methods, on human subjects.

LECOM & Allegheny Health Network Announce Academic Affiliation

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) have announced plans to establish an academic affiliation at Forbes Hospital in suburban Pittsburgh, PA. AHN’s Forbes Hospital will serve as a clinical campus to educate LECOM students and retain highly qualified doctors, and to help efforts to address the critical shortage of physicians in western Pennsylvania.

Steven Wolfe, DO, Director of Medical Student Education for Allegheny Health Network, has been named Dean of the Forbes Hospital Clinical Site. Classroom spaces and a new student lounge are being prepared at Forbes to accommodate the clinical rotations and program training for 26 third-year LECOM students, beginning in June 2015.

NSU-COM’s Online MPH Program Rated Among Top 50 Nationally

The Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) online Master Public Health Program was ranked number 17 on the list of the U.S. Top 50 Best Online Master of Public Health Programs for 2014-15. To determine the rankings, Public Health Online analyzed data from hundreds of available online public health degree programs to determine which colleges truly excel in online learning at the master’s level.

OU-HCOM Heritage College Researcher Identifies Promising Diabetes Drug

A drug developed at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) shows promise in halting the onset of obesity-related type 2 diabetes.

Research undertaken by Kelly McCall, Ph.D., OU-HCOM Associate Professor of Endocrinology; her research team; and colleague Frank Schwartz, M.D., Heritage College OU-HCOM Professor of Eendocrinology, J.O. Watson Diabetes Research Chair, and Director of Ohio University Diabetes/Endocrine Diseases Biorepository, have looked at how the drug C-10 affects various autoimmune-inflammatory diseases. Lab results from preclinical studies indicate that type 2 diabetes could potentially be slowed or stopped in patients who take C-10, which blocks a key pathway that plays a role in the disease.

Dr. McCall’s research has been supported through multiple grants, including a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. C-10 is awaiting clinical trials.

Students and Faculty Showcase Research at KCUMB's 23rd Annual Research Symposium

Students and faculty mentors gathered to showcase their research November 19th during the 23rd annual Research Symposium at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB-COM). The theme for the event, which included more than 30 research presentations, was "Seeing Osteopathic Medicine Differently: Structure and Function are Reciprocally Interrelated."

Flavia Costa, Ph.D., research instructor in the College of Biosciences, served as chair for the event, and Steven Gustafson, DO, Assistant Professor of Pathology, was the co-chair. Four awards were given, including the Norbert W. Seidler, Ph.D., Prize for Research, and the Betty Jo White, DO, Prize for Research.

PCOM Raises Over $600 for Ronald McDonald House 40th Anniversary

For the 15th consecutive year, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held its annual Lights of Love project to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Thanks to the donations of students, faculty, and staff the college was able to donate more than $600.

At a ceremony on December 17, Jay S. Feldstein, DO, President and CEO of PCOM, presented a check for the funds to Jim Murray, former Philadelphia Eagles general and co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. An evergreen tree in the college’s courtyard stands illuminated with Christmas lights in honor of the donations of the PCOM community.

“Calling All Angels” Gala Raises Support for RowanSOM CARES Institute

More than 400 supporters from throughout the region came out on October 30th for the “Calling All Angels” gala to benefit Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (RowanSOM) CARES Institute. The seventh annual event, held this year at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin, netted more than $125,000 to help the CARES Institute continue its mission to provide vital services to thousands of Southern New Jersey children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

While CARES will provide more than 2,000 patient visits this year involving South Jersey children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect, a video presentation at the gala demonstrated how CARES reaches children around the world. Therapies and methods developed at CARES are in use in nearly 90 countries and the video included thank-you messages from child health workers in Israel, Hungary, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Sweden, India, and Japan.

RVUCOM Class of 2017 Gives Back

In December, the Rotary Community Corps of the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Parker, collected coats and other winter gear for the Denver Indian Center—a non-profit organization which supports, empowers, and educates native tribes.

A total of 70 articles of clothing were given to families in need, just in time for Colorado’s cold weather and holidays.

VCOM-CC Students Host Inaugural 5k Run

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) OB/GYN organization hosted its first De-Sun-Brrr 5k and Global Health Run on Saturday, December 6. VCOM-CC students and coordinated, volunteered, and participated in the 3.1 mile road race.  Students and faculty also offered osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a signature technique in osteopathic medicine, for runners after the race.

VCOM-VC Educates Community in Gluten-Free Expo


A Gluten-Free Expo held at the Blacksburg Library in November drew 437 attendees. Erin Louk Dennis, a second-year Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) student, represented the College’s Family Medicine Club as she spoke about Celiac Disease. Dennis shared brochures and posters, demonstrating to be effective tools for explaining the disease and further educating attendees.

Other highlights of the afternoon event included samples of gluten-free foods and relevant information about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Cathy Prati served as the event coordinator shared of the expo’s benefits and success, noting the thankful attitudes shared by many of the attendees for the Expo. 

Western U/COMP Northwest Holds Donor Patient Memorial at Oregon Campus

The Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) held a Donor Patient Memorial on December 5. The memorial was organized by the Western U/COMP Class of 2018 in Lebanon, OR where students had the opportunity to honor and thank each of the 94 donors for their contribution to medical education.

Western U/COMP Anatomy Professor Brion Benninger, M.D., opened the ceremony and gave the commemorative address. Students lit candles for each of the donors, while Lebanon High School’s JROTC program displayed the American flag in honor of the donors who served in the military. About 100 people were in attendance at the memorial.

Western U/COMP Student Raises Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness

Sean Wyman, a second-year student at the Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP), was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) when he was 19 years old. PH is a rare pulmonary disease and Wyman realized how few resources are available for children with PH, motivating his ongoing/influential advocacy efforts.

Inspired to communicate to kids about this condition, Wyman created an animated series about the potentially deadly disease called “Lips Panted Blue,” named for a common symptom of PH called cyanosis that causes blue lips (and nails). Wyman applied for the Tom Lantos Innovations in Community Service Awards through the PHA, and was awarded $5,000 to produce the animated series that is aimed at giving children and teens with pulmonary hypertension a tool to better relate to and understand the disease.

WVSOM Students Explore Underground Mines

The most recent West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Rural Health Initiative (RHI) event took place in Lewisburg, WV where 13 medical students and 8 staff members descended about 800 feet underground to explore two coal mines.

This was the third year the RHI program has provided these innovative coal mine simulation scenarios — designed to provide students with an understanding of the coal industry, its environment, and potential worker illnesses and injuries related to the industry. The two-day event included visiting the National Mine Health and Safety Academy as students worked through two different scenarios with the WVSOM Clinical Evaluation Center’s simulators, and the Arch Beckley Coal Mine in Eccles and Speed Mine where students observed miners in their element.

WVSOM’s RHI events are designed to encourage students to practice medicine in rural areas.

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January 2015
Vol. 9, No. 1