TouroCOM-NY Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Minority Scholarships
Nearly $66,000 was raised during Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY)’s second official “parlor” meeting to fund scholarships that will offer underrepresented minorities the opportunity to attend TouroCOM-NY.
Hosted by attorneys John Lynch and Sylvia Khatcherian, 80 invited guests attended, including political, judicial, medical, and other leaders from Harlem, as well as Touro officials.
The Harlem community efforts resulted in donations that brings the total proceeds raised for the TouroCOM Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students to approximately $160,000.
LMU-DCOM Launches International Medicine Scholars Program
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) has selected four students from the Class of 2016 for its inaugural LMU-DCOM International Medicine Scholars Program. The student scholars will represent LMU-DCOM at medical schools abroad, as they embark on four-week international rotations trips in September 2015. The destinations of this year’s scholars program include Ganzhou City, China and Queensland, Australia.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to gain experience in an international health care setting, and we are confident they will represent us well," said John Williamson, MD, Director of International Medicine at LMU-DCOM.
The student scholars will represent LMU-DCOM at medical schools abroad, as they embark on four-week international rotations trips in September 2015.
KCU-COM Students Sponsor Underserved Community through "Eat Smart Champs" Pilot Program
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) recently completed its Score 1 for Health “Eat Smart Champs” pilot program. The preventive health and community outreach program focuses on reaching children and families of greatest need by administering free, comprehensive health screening and education. Over 12 weeks, ten second-year osteopathic medical students each sponsored a family from underserved neighborhoods by providing one-on-one nutrition counseling. The DO students and families worked together to develop new habits for healthy eating and active living. On August 11, a special dinner was also held for KCU-COM students and the families to celebrate successful completion of the program and award the participating children.
ATSU, WesternU, and WVSOM Named “Great Colleges to Work for 2015"
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) was recently named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. ATSU won honors in two categories, including job satisfaction and work-life balance.
The results, released on July 20 in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities. Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) are also listed among this year’s great colleges to work for.
AZCOM/MWU Students Mentor Local High School Students during Annual Health Careers Institute
Kyle Pipkin, a second-year DO student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU), is one of 11 AZCOM/MWU students who volunteered as mentors for a select group of 48 high school students during MWU’s annual Health Careers Institute (HCI) for High School Students. The 8-day camp, held at Midwestern’s Glendale Campus in July, offered the high school students first-hand experience for health care careers.
“We were all at that level of education at one point, not knowing what we wanted to do but excited to learn,” Mr. Pipkin says. “Volunteering for the Health Careers Institute helps remind us why we’re here.”
The AZCOM students are not too far removed from the age when they begin making decisions about their future. From OMM labs, suturing, and venipuncture to full “Code Blue” emergency scenarios with simulated patient mannequins, the HCI participants were immersed in the mechanics of a medical career.
Medical Students Begin Training in New CUSOM Residency Programs
On Wednesday, July 1, Southeastern Health, in collaboration with the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), took a leap in its transition to a teaching hospital. Three residency programs began—emergency medicine, internal medicine, and family medicine—with additional programs to launch in future years. Newly-minted physicians began training in these three programs as first-year residents, followed by 40 third-year CUSOM students on July 27. Medical students will be spending much of their third and fourth years of medical school doing clinical rotations at the newly-renovated, state-of-the art teaching facility.
LECOM Senior Living Center Opens Its Doors to Local Elderly Residents
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Senior Living Center (SLC) welcomed its first 50 residents on Monday, June 22. Prior to move-in day, the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging gathered key LECOM health administrators, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership officials, and other community leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The LECOM Senior Living Center is built to accommodate 138 residents, and was developed with a full range of skilled nursing clinical services to ensure that the SLC staff maintains optimal health of and high quality of life for the residents.
PCOM Launches Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently announced the launch of its Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. This new department will oversee the Forensic Medicine degree programs and provide pathology teaching, as needed, to all programs on the Philadelphia campus. At the head of the new Forensic Medicine and Pathology Department is PCOM alumnus Gregory McDonald, DO.
RVU-COM Professor Performs Surgery on Cut Suit in Zero Gravity
Top trauma surgeons—from the United States, including Anthony LaPorta, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Course Director of the Military Track at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), and from the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada—recently collaborated in an innovative “zero gravity” medical simulation.
On Friday, June 26, Dr. LaPorta and the other surgeons boarded specially-equipped jets from the Flight Research Laboratory at the NRC that would enter into more than 15 parabolic flight maneuvers, creating between 20 and 30 seconds of weightlessness at a time. While experiencing zero gravity, the surgeons performed medical procedures on a cut suit—a body suit which contains synthetic organs and blood, providing a realistic way to practice surgical procedures. This experiment is the first of its kind. The results of the project are projected to be extremely beneficial to the future of medicine and space travel, and potentially helpful for injuries that occur in other environments where there is not always immediate access to health care.
Jeb Bush Makes Campaign Stop at VCOM-CC
Spartanburg was recently host to Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in July. During his visit, Bush met with members of the local community and Republican party, and other supporters who came out to speak to the former governor.
Bush also visited the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) where he was the guest speaker for the Palladian View's “Bridge the Gap” Quarterly Leadership Series. Bush fielded questions on a number of hot topics—from a balanced budget amendment to congressional term limits—during a panel discussion with local media at VCOM-CC.
Carisa Champion-Lippmann Named to AOA Board of Trustees
In July, Carisa Champion-Lippmann, OMS-IV, JD, received the loftiest of honors when she was named to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees as its sole student representative during the AOA’s 95th Annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago, IL.
Ms. Champion-Lippmann, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) class of 2016 student and Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate, was also the inaugural student in NSU’s pilot parallel DO/JD program and received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law in May 2015.
A New Beginning: VCOM-Auburn Inaugural Class Attends Campus Orientation
Wednesday, July 30 was a momentous day for Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) as members of the inaugural class of 2019 reported for campus orientation. Students, faculty, and staff kicked off the orientation session with a family-style picnic. The following day began with an inspiring opening speech by VCOM Chairman of the Board John Rocovich, JD, LLM. From developing effective study habits to the Code of Medical Ethics, students were introduced to a wide range of information by VCOM-Auburn faculty and staff presenters and panels, and participated in group sessions.