RVUCOM Highlights Military Students

11-2015_RVU-COM-military-BMilitary students have been in the spotlight at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) several times over the last month. Students and dignitaries who are serving or have served in the armed forces were honored during the annual Military Appreciation Day on September 25.

A reception was held on Veterans Day to recognize the service of future military physicians and to honor those who have previously served. RVUCOM President and CEO Clinton E. Adams, DO, who served in the U.S. Navy for over 30 years, kicked off the event with a speech, which recognized those students who have served in the armed forces as well as Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) students. RVUCOM also received notification that it received the Military Friendly School designation for the third consecutive year.

KCU and Harris-Stowe State University Partner to Provide Novel Pathway to Osteopathic Medical School

11-2015_KCU-HSSU-HandshakeThe Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) has partnered with Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), the highest-ranking institution in Missouri for granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African Americans. The partnership between these two universities creates a dual undergraduate and graduate degree program as well as guaranteed acceptance into KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM). Through this partnership, KCU and HSSU provides a pathway for under-represented minorities to enter the profession of medicine and create a physician base that is more representative of the ever-changing face of the communities they serve.

“We are excited to enter into a partnership with such a historic institution as Harris-Stowe State University,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, KCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership is not simply about enhancing diversity within our student body—it is about addressing intolerance, improving cultural competency in the next generation of physicians, and most importantly, tackling the key issue of health disparities within the communities we serve.”

Five HSSU students will be selected each year to participate in this program. Upon completion of their first three years of undergraduate studies at HSSU, these students will attend their fourth and final year at KCU, where they will receive a full scholarship to simultaneously matriculate in the one-year Master of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences program. Upon successful completion of their year at KCU, these students will be awarded an undergraduate degree from HSSU and a Master of Science degree from KCU. They will also be guaranteed admission into the KCU-COM medical school, pending fulfillment of all admissions requirements.

AZCOM/MWU Students Win Doctor’s Dilemma Exercise in Tucson 

11-2015_DrsDilemma-AZCOMFriday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) students, as a group comprised of third- and fourth-year students won their division in the Doctor’s Dilemma program at a meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Arizona Chapter in Tucson, AZ in November.

The Doctor’s Dilemma is a jeopardy-style event where teams are asked dozens of questions pertaining to little-known diseases, diagnostic techniques, and medical history in general internal medicine, as well as gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, and other subspecialty areas. Students from the University of Arizona (Tucson and Phoenix campuses); A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA); and Creighton University also participated in the event.

ATSU-SOMA Student Receives Award from Alaska Native Corporation

Second-year DO student at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), Megan Aspelund, was honored with the Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s (BBNC) Student of the Year Award at the 2015 BBNC Shareholder meeting in Naknek, AK. The mission of BBNC is to enrich the lives of Native people through economic development, employment and educational opportunities, and responsible resource management. Ms. Aspelund is currently doing her clinical rotation at the Adams County Medical Center through HealthSource Community Health Center in Mt. Orab, OH, one of 12 ATSU-SOMA community partnership campuses nationwide.

ATSU-KCOM Hosts Annual Interprofessional Education Cross-Campus Collaborative Case


Students from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and nearby universities from both Kirksville and Mesa worked together for the annual Interprofessional Education Cross-campus Collaborative Case (IPE-CCC). The collaboration provides students in health professions fields with an interprofessional teamwork experience to gain insight into collaborative practice competencies. It also reveals the complexity of health care delivery and need for collaboration between health care professionals to reach the best health outcomes for clients and patients.

Nursing and health science students from area undergraduate universities were paired with medical and dental students from ATSU. For six weeks, student teams worked together on a fictional case. The case provided an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to provide the best care possible to the hypothetical patient and their family. Each presentation involved a multi-faceted approach to patient care that utilized specialties from each student’s respective field.

NSU-COM Student Embraces Dual Leadership Roles

11-2015_Saamia-Shaikh-NSUCOMThird-year osteopathic medical student Saamia Shaikh currently serves as the administrator of public affairs for Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) Executive Board Student Government Association. Ms. Shaikh, who is also a first-year student in the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, was recently elected to the Student Bar Association Elections Committee. Shaikh is the second student to pursue NSU’s dual DO/JD degree program and looks forward to representing both law and medical students.

CUSOM Chair of Emergency Medicine Serves on National Security Council Roundtable

Gregory Christiansen, DO, MEd, Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Campbell University Jerry M.11-2015_WH-Stop-Bleed-CUSOM-crWallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was part of a roundtable hosted by the National Security Council (NSC) regarding the role of non-medical bystanders in critical and emergency medical situations. The roundtable led to the White House and NSC’s recent co-sponsored launch of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign. The goal of the initiative is to build national resilience by better preparing the general public to save lives by raising awareness of techniques such as stopping life-threatening bleeding.

The meeting was hosted in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House earlier this year, and was attended by 50 senior leaders from 35 national organizations representing 9-1-1, allied health disciplines, emergency management, EMS, fire service, law enforcement, medicine, nursing and public health along with key federal personnel, and National Security Council (NSC) staff. Dr. Christiansen was invited to be part of the roundtable because of his years of experience in emergency medicine, including service as a medical commander of the Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team where he was deployed to support the President of the United States during events and to manage response efforts during natural disaster events.

MU-COM Faculty Deliver Presentations at Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons

Two Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) faculty members were invited speakers at the 2015 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons, a national program that ran from October 4-7, 2015, in Chicago, IL. The audience was made up of surgeons from the several sub-specialty divisions of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS). The two MU-COM representatives, Drs. Kuchera and Williams, each delivered lectures attended by several hundred surgeons.

LECOM Leadership Receive Impact Award

On Friday, November 6, at the final event of the Jefferson Educational Society's Global Summit VII in Erie, PA, John M. Ferretti, DO, President and CEO of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), and Silvia M. Ferretti, DO, Provost, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at LECOM, were each presented the Thomas B. Hagen Dignitas Award. The award is given to Erie citizens who have made a profound impact on society. The award was presented by Thomas B. Hagen, the award's namesake. Mr. Hagen is Chairman of the Board of the Erie Indemnity and Erie Insurance Group companies.

Following the award presentation, Vice President of Academic Affairs at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) Norman Gevitz, PhD, presented a lecture on the inception and evolution of osteopathic medicine through seven generations of DOs. The Global Summit is an annual event in Erie bringing experts from science, health, education and politics for public lectures.

CUSOM Students and Faculty participate in wilderness medicine conference

11-2015_CUSOM-WildMedCampbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) students and faculty recently participated in the WellSpan York Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Residency’s 9th Annual Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Conference (WildMed). Held in The Woods of Hannover, PA, the conference is hailed as “one of the most unique Wilderness Medicine Conferences on the East Coast.” The course is entirely outdoors, is sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society" (WMS), and supports the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). The founding members of Wilderness Medicine recognized a need to develop a specialty that would educate and foster research in locations where medicine was practiced in austere environments. Conferences like WildMed provide the education and tools needed to function effectively as a physician in unexpected scenarios when resources are scarce.

CUSOM students spent the weekend with medical students from PCOM, University of Maryland, Penn State, LECOM, and the University of Pittsburgh, learning survival skills, disaster assistance and bioterrorism reaction skill in various scenarios from how to assist malaria and Dengue Fever patients in the field, to search and rescue operations, and wound care, including gunshot victims.

VCOM-CC Hosts Collaboration for Success

On November 2, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM–CC) students participated in an interprofessional education (IPE) immersion event. As part of a developing interprofessional certificate program, the event is designed to provide a basis for students to make educated clinical decisions in a collaborative setting. The program begins in a student’s first year of medical school and ends in the family medicine rotation of the third year. During these three years, students will participate in immersion events with students from the Lander University nursing program and the Presbyterian College of Pharmacy. Students who successfully complete the IPE program will be recognized during graduation ceremonies.

VCOM-VC Hosts Mini-Med School

11-2015_VCOM-VC-CRUndergraduate students from Virginia Tech’s Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) and the National Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA) participated in the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) SMNA’s first mini-med school series on October 5. SNMA prepared a 40-minute lecture on cardiology, which participants were then able to apply in a practical break out session where SNMA members taught pre-medical students about using a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. This interactive session allowed students to learn about heart rate, respiratory rate, heart sounds, and blood pressure. SNMA’s goal as an organization is to get pre-health students from minority and diverse backgrounds exposed to medicine.

CCOM/MWU Students Participate in Residency Ready Day

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) called all third-year students back to the Downers Grove Campus on Wednesday, November 5 for a Residency Ready Day. The afternoon was filled with information focused on preparing students for residencies. Throughout the afternoon, CCOM/MWU students covered topics including: residency application timeline, obtaining letters of recommendation, applying for residencies, picking a specialty and creating a stellar CV/personal statement. The students also heard a presentation about how physicians receive compensation by Brent Smith, DO, Vice President of Clinical Integration at Edward Hospital and CCOM/MWU alumnus.

PCOM Launches New Master’s Degree Program

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has launched a new master’s degree program in Aging and Long Term Care Administration (ALTCA) for those interested in advancing their career in the growing field of aging services. The interdisciplinary program features courses in the biological, environmental and psychosocial aspects of aging as well as courses in organizational development and leadership to provide students with management and leadership skills. At the core of the new program is the Nursing Home Administration 120-hour program, which satisfies the educational requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania. Additionally, students will complete a six-credit Administrator in Training course, which provides 1,000 hours of administrative experience in a long-term care facility.

“The focus on administration is directed toward furthering the careers of those already employed in the aging services, as well as those who have an interest in working in facilities and providing services for the aging population,” said Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Co-Director of the ALTCA program.

Graduates of the program can take advantage of careers in organizations including nursing home facilities, home health care programs, assisted living facilities, and opportunities in community-based aging organizations along the continuum of care.

OU-HCOM Takes Home Top Mentor Award

For the second year in a row, a faculty member at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has been named Mentor of the Year by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Katy Kropf, DO, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, was honored in October for her work in helping shape the future of osteopathic medicine through her mentorship of students and young physicians. Dr. Kropf is a 2002 OU-HCOM alumna who has been teaching at the college’s Athens campus since 2008.

LMU-DCOM Anatomy Professor Participates in National Geographic Expedition Workshop

Zach Throckmorton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN, presented his lecture,Homo Naledi Strides Again,” on November 21 at the East Tennessee State University General Shale Natural History Museum Visitor Center and Gray Fossil Site in Gray, TN.

In his presentation, Dr. Throckmorton discussed the process of discovering, describing, and sharing Homo naledi, the newest member of the Genus Homo and a close relative of humans. He answered questions about Homo naledi’s appearance and how it interacted with its environment, as well as how it is related to people alive today. Another topic discussed was the appearance that Homo naledi intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave chamber, a behavior previously thought limited to modern humans.

“Homo naledi changes how we think about our own evolution,” Throckmorton said. “And how we're researching Homo naledi is changing the scientific process of paleoanthropology.”

In January 2014, Lee Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, put out a call on social media looking for young scientists to participate in a workshop where they would be part of the description, analysis, and first work on exciting new fossil material. Dr. Throckmorton was one of approximately 25 junior scientists selected for the initial workshop from a pool of more than 300 applicants.

Since the discovery, Dr. Throckmorton is a co-author on a paper entitled, Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa published on September 10, 2015, in eLife, an open access research journal in the life sciences and biomedicine fields. He has also served as co-lead author on a paper entitled, The foot of Homo naledi,” published October 6, 2015, in Nature Communications. The publication goes into more depth on the anatomy of the foot, described in the paper as “predominantly modern human-like,” which indicates a foot well adapted for walking on two feet.

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