AZCOM Class of 2019 Students Tour Art Museum, Receive Stethoscopes

09-2015_PAM-group2_MWUTo develop a foundation for the basic observation skills needed to become good physicians, incoming Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) students attended a “Learning to Observe” orientation event at the end of July at the Phoenix Art Museum. AZCOM Dean Lori Kemper, DO, joined students as they toured through many of the museum's galleries, from Modern to Asian, European, and Western. Students traveled in small groups to the museum for the afternoon, where they received thought-provoking instruction on how to observe, analyze, and interpret different artworks, including details such as emotion, color, and setting. After practicing the new skills in the galleries, the students came together again to discuss ways to apply their new observation skills to patient interactions.

Upon their return to campus, special presentations were made to the incoming DO students from the Jason Madachy Foundation. Each member of the Class of 2019 received a brand-new stethoscope with the words “Excel in Leaving a Mark” engraved in the metal. The presentation was made in honor of the late Jason Madachy, a medical student at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who passed away unexpectedly in 2007.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis Visits CUSOM

09-2015_tillis_CUSOMUnited States Senator Thom Tillis visited the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) this week to speak with CUSOM Founding Dean John Kauffman, DO, regarding Medicaid funding of graduate medical education (GME) and state authorization reciprocity agreements.

LECOM Health and Allegheny Health Network Announce New Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician Training Program for Western Pennsylvania

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Health, through its teaching hospital Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH), and Allegheny Health Network are working together to prepare new physicians to meet the critical care needs of patients with severe respiratory and related illnesses. MCH recently received approval for an accredited fellowship program in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine from the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The program is being operated in conjunction with two teaching hospitals within the Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital.

This expands the joint post-graduate medical education programs between MCH and St. Vincent. MCH Internal Medicine residents currently train with attending physicians at both hospitals. These are the first of a number of joint physician training programs that the two health systems are anticipating for their teaching hospitals as they work together to prepare and keep physicians in western Pennsylvania.

LMU-DCOM Anatomy Professor Part of National Geographic Discovery Expedition

An international team of scientists, including an anatomy professor from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), took part in the research, leading to the discovery of a new species of human relative, announced on September 10 by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society, and the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF).

In January 2014, Lee Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, put out a call on social media looking for young scientists, early in their careers, to participate in a workshop where they would be part of the description, analysis and first work on exciting new fossil material. Having followed the buzz on social media, Zach Throckmorton, PhD, knew something big was about to happen, but wasn’t exactly sure what. The findings are described in two papers published in the scientific journal eLife, as well as in the October issue of National Geographic magazine.

Midwestern University Medical Students: Care for Community with Day of Service

09-2015_CCOMTrinityThis year, 207 new students at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) participated in an annual day of service as part of their orientation program. 

Participation in service projects allows students to gain first-hand experience with the needs of the community they will one day serve as health professionals. The projects also reflect a University-wide commitment to community service. 

The students completed the following projects:09-2015_northern-il-food-bank

  • Inspected, sorted, and packaged food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Raised awareness for the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
  • Led activities for children as part of the PlayStreet Program at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Chicago and the Camp Fire Program in Lombard
  • Cleared brush and performed general maintenance at local organizations and helped prepare for the first day of school 
  • Wrapped gifts for children at the Humanitarian Service Project of Carol Stream


OU-HCOM Scientist Receives $400K from NIH to Conduct Back Pain Study

A study called Back Exercises to Neutralize Disability (The BEND Study) at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) is testing a promising exercise that may improve muscle size and function in patients with recurrent low back pain. The BEND Study, funded by a $408,375 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, is implementing Kaatsu training principles, a technique developed by a Japanese sports scientist that uses a device resembling a blood pressure cuff.

“Through the research of Dr. Clark and others at the Heritage College, we are developing a knowledge base and tools that will improve the quality of life for many people in Ohio and elsewhere,” says OU-HCOM Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, DO.
Findings from a pilot study conducted by Brian Clark, PhD, professor of neuromuscular physiology and executive director of the OU-HCOM Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI), also suggests that Kaatsu could be beneficial for certain individuals, muscle conditions or locations that can’t safely use high weights.

PCOM Receives National Honor for Excellence in Diversity

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—PCOM will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

“Diversity is a core value at PCOM,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and CEO. “Our goal is to integrate diversity into the fabric of our soul. It starts with our Board of Trustees, our leadership team, our faculty, our employees, and our student population.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PCOM for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of the College, from its recruitment efforts, to its academic offerings, to the physical space on its Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. Much of this activity has stemmed from the formation of the President’s Diversity Council, a group of individuals from both campuses who make recommendations to Dr. Jay Feldstein on matters of equity and diversity, and provide strategic execution of the College’s Diversity Plan.

RowanSOM Appoints Associate Dean for GME

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) recently appointed Joanne Kaiser-Smith, DO, to Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME), effective as of July 1, 2015. Dr. Kaiser-Smith has been a member of the RowanSOM faculty since 1987, and has served as the Assistant Dean for GME since 2010. Under her leadership, RowanSOM’s GME program has seen great success, including the expansion of the GME programs within its OPTI, including the first Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship in the state. She has also been overseeing the transition of the school’s programs into the single accreditation system.

Dr. Kaiser-Smith is an Associate Professor in RowanSOM’s Department of Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She has served in leadership positions, received awards from various national organizations, and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Physicians. 

NAACP Honors TouroCOM for Community Service; Award Presented at 14th Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Mid-Manhattan Branch recently honored the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) with its distinguished Community Service Award. The Award was presented at the organization’s 14th Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon, held at the elegant Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
          09-2015_NAACP-AWARD_TouroCOMTouroCOM’s Executive Dean Robert Goldberg, DO, surrounded by students, faculty and TouroCOM Community Board Members and partners, accepting the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch’s Community Service Award at the organization’s 14th Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon.

The Award was presented for TouroCOM’s commitment to training osteopathic physicians with an emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and African Americans in medicine.

“TouroCOM has excelled in its commitment to expanding educational opportunities and careers in medicine, science, research and technology to underrepresented minorities and African Americans while also establishing linkages and programs for elementary and high school youth,” said NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch President Geoffrey E. Eaton. 

At the luncheon, attended by more than 400 civic and community leaders and elected officials, TouroCOM’s many community service efforts were detailed and hailed as significant achievements. This year, the Fund has raised approximately $160,000 by bringing together community leaders who want to help underrepresented minorities attend TouroCOM, graduate with minimal debt, and serve their own communities in an effort to improve public health.

Inside OME Header
September 2015
Vol. 9, No. 9