ATSU Unites with Special Olympics Arizona to Host Patriot Day
A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Special Olympics Arizona partnered to commemorate 9/11 through Patriot Day, a national day of service, by providing the opportunity for more than 200 athletes to receive free sports physicals on the ATSU Mesa campus.
“We shall never forget. We shall remember this special day – we will keep the events and the tears in our minds, our memory, in our hearts as we carry on,” said ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences Dean Randy Danielsen, PhD, during the opening ceremony.
This year’s event at ATSU marked the first stand-alone Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®—a health outreach initiative offering health services and information to athletes in need—event hosted by any medical university nationwide. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® ensures participants are fit and healthy to participate in the hundreds of games hosted by Special Olympics Arizona each year. In October, more than 1,000 athletes, partners, and coaches will look forward to the State Fall Games, a statewide competition held at the culmination of each sports season. Under the supervision of faculty and staff, students from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), and Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health worked together in interdisciplinary teams to provide sports physical examinations to athletes.
Nearly 400 faculty, staff, students, and community members attended the event, which was directed by ATSU's Jim Farris, PT, PhD, and Gerry Keenan, MMS, PA-C. The City of Mesa Police and Fire Departments and Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman also attended to show their support.
“Providing care for Arizona’s wonderful Special Olympics athletes while serving our community on Patriot’s Day, a national day of service, resonates deeply with our University’s mission,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO.
Association of Black Cardiologists Honors TouroCOM with “Spirit of the Heart” Award
TouroCOM Lauded for “High Regard for Applied Knowledge and Discovery”
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) honored the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) with its prestigious “Spirit of the Heart” Award, bestowed at the organization’s 6th Annual Awards Dinner.
The award and presentation honored individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to cardiology and advancement in health equity by eliminating cardiovascular disease disparities in the delivery of health care. ABC’s annual awards event serves as a celebration of life with proceeds supporting community outreach, heart disease prevention, and education of underrepresented minorities.
“TouroCOM’s high regard for applied knowledge and discovery are what we need to develop diverse students who are equipped to lead in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences. I am proud to be a member of their Board,” Dr. Icilma V. Fergus said, president of ABC, director of the Mount Sinai Heart Center for Cardiovascular Disparities, and a member of TouroCOM’s Community Advisory Board.
Founded in Harlem in 2007, an integral part of TouroCOM’s mission is to train osteopathic physicians with an emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine.
UP-KYCOM Raises Funds for March of Dimes
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)’s ACOPeds Club raised more than $400 for the local March of Dimes “March for Babies” event, hosting a series of fundraising activities. Rounding out the service project, the ACOPeds Club was joined by first- and second-year students for an OMT clinic and teddy bear suture clinic, which was held in conjunction with the event walk-a-thon. The ACOPeds Club plans to participate in the March of Dimes annual event again next year.
CCOM Students Participate in Blackfeet Volunteer Medical Corps
Eight second-year students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) participated in a week-long medical service project organized by the Blackfeet Volunteer Medical Corps in Browning, MT, which is located on the Blackfeet reservation near Glacier National Park. Midwestern University alumni also attended the volunteer trip.
Students were paired with either a volunteer or a hospital physician, and had the opportunity to observe specialists in cardiology, family medicine, and emergency medicine as they treated Blackfeet patients at the federally-funded Blackfeet Community Hospital. In addition to clinical experiences, students participated in a 10-mile hike to Iceberg Lake, as well as a cultural presentation by tribal elders at the Chewing Black Bones Campground.
Local High School Students Learn About Osteopathic Medicine in RVUCOM’s MASH Camp
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students recently held a Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp, sponsored by the RVU Rotary Community Corp, for 30 local high school students. The purpose of MASH was to introduce high school students to health-related careers and provide hands-on exposure to skills used by medical professionals. Participants learned to take vitals, operate an ultrasound and EKG machine, and to read x-rays. The camp participants played Health Jeopardy, participated in an anatomy and a Q&A session with the student doctors, and learned about osteopathic medicine techniques. At the end of the two information-packed days, the high school students received certificates of achievement from RVUCOM Dean Dr. Told during the closing ceremony.
Midwestern University Partnership Receives Approval for Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Midwestern University (MWU) and Mountain Vista Medical Center announced approval of by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) of a new Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mountain Vista Medical Center on October 6.
The program will take its first fellows starting in July 2016, under the leadership of Program Director Sudhakar Reddy, MD, and Ned Sciortino, DO, Director of Medical Education. The new fellowship program is the fourth postdoctoral partnership between MWU and Mountain Vista Medical Center. The hospital also hosts rotations for medical students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU).
Projected physician shortages have made establishing new Arizona-based osteopathic residency opportunities a top priority for AZCOM and Midwestern University’s Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (MWU/OPTI). According to Midwestern University statistics, 97 percent of Arizona-native AZCOM students who receive postdoctoral training in-state stay in Arizona to practice, reducing the need to address shortages by recruiting physicians from other areas of the country. MWU/OPTI currently sponsors 14 osteopathic residency and fellowship programs in the southwestern United States and was recently granted Initial Accreditation as a Sponsoring Institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
CUSOM and Harnett Health Celebrate Partnership in Medical Education
Harnett Health and Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) announced their affiliation agreement to complete third and fourth year medical students’ training in January 2014. Campbell University medical students began making rounds Monday, July 27 at Betsy Johnson Hospital, Central Harnett Hospital, and at four other Regional Campuses across North Carolina under the training partnerships established with community hospitals and clinics.
"Collaboration and teamwork are not new for Campbell University and Harnett Health," said Kevin Jackson, interim president of Harnett Health.
On October 14, Campbell administrators, faculty, and students gathered with Harnett Health leadership and staff, as well as community officials and supporters, to celebrate their partnership in medical education, which was announced in January 2014—and now the reality that the relationship has had a positive impact on the health care of CUSOM’s surrounding community.
"Today is an historic day for Harnett County, Harnett Heath, and Campbell University," said Dr. John Kauffman, dean of the medical school. "A day of realized visions and dreams. The vision of Dr. Jerry M. Wallace to see a medical school training physicians for rural and underserved North Carolina. The vision of Mike Nagowski and the leadership of Harnett Health to see a health system become an academic medical center. And although the dream is yet to be fully realized the next chapter has begun."
The medical students training with Harnett Health have spent the past two years studying at CUSOM in Buies Creek, NC. They will spend the next two years learning hands-on medicine alongside Harnett Health’s physician medical staff while continuing to live in the Buies Creek area and becoming members of the community.
“Having medical students as part of a health care team adds an invaluable perspective,” said Dr. Michelle Langaker, Director of Medical Education for the Harnett Health region.
TouroCOM-CA Study Shows Health Improvements from Restricting Sugar Intake
Results from a study by researchers at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TouroCOM-CA) and UC San Francisco revealed key outcomes about sugar consumption. Among research results, after just 9 days on the study’s sugar-restricted diet, virtually every aspect of participants’ metabolic health improved, without change in weight. Funding for this study was provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), UCSF Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and Touro University.
“I have never seen results as striking or significant in our human studies; after only nine days of fructose restriction, the results are dramatic and consistent from subject to subject,” said Jean-Marc Schwarz, PhD, TouroCOM-CA, senior author of the research paper. “These findings support the idea that it is essential for parents to evaluate sugar intake and to be mindful of the health effects of what their children are consuming.”