ACOM Collaborates with Wiregrass Community for Faculty Development Workshop and Local Science Camp
Higher Learning Educators Unite for Inter-Institutional Workshop
On Thursday, July 7, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) hosted its 2nd Annual Inter-Institutional Faculty Development Workshop, in which nearly 40 educators across various disciplines, including health, medicine, and science, convened to discuss innovative teaching styles. Educators from three Wiregrass higher learning institutions and various disciplines discussed opportunities and innovation in the classroom, including team-based learning and “flipped classrooms.” Participants explored these innovative teaching strategies, their application at institutions, and ways to understand and overcome learner resistance.
ACOM Hosts Women in Science Camp for Local School-Age Girls
ACOM also hosted its Women in Science educational camp July 11-13, during which more than 130 high school and middle school girls from across the Wiregrass explored careers in health and science. The three-day program kicked off ACOM Science Week, and is part of ACOM’s “Beyond the Classroom” initiative. The program is designed to encourage local high school and middle school girls to pursue career paths available for women in the fields of health and science. Read more.
ATSU-SOMA Celebrates Graduates, Welcomes New Cohort
A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) celebrated their sixth graduating class on May 20, 2016. The ATSU-SOMA Class of 2016, with 101 graduates, accepted their DO degrees, including eight military graduates. Subsequently, 108 ATSU-SOMA students confirmed their professional commitment during a white coat ceremony held on July 15, 2016.
Incoming AZCOM Students Visit Art Museum to Hone Analytical Skills
At the end of July, 250 students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)’s incoming Class of 2020 attended a “Learning to Observe” orientation event at the Phoenix Art Museum in Glendale, AZ. The annual field trip helps the new medical students develop a foundation for the basic observation skills needed to become good physicians, as well as build a sense of class camaraderie. AZCOM Dean Lori Kemper, DO, and Associate Dean Mark Speicher, PhD, MHA, joined students as they toured through many of the museum's galleries, receiving thought-provoking instruction on how to observe, analyze, and interpret different artworks. After practicing the new skills in the galleries, the students discussed ways to apply their new observation skills to patient interactions. Read more.
CCOM/MWU Student Awarded Prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship
Midwestern University student Nicole Paprocki (left) has been selected for the nationally-recognized Schweitzer Fellowship, a program for graduate students who aspire to become lifelong leaders in community service. Ms. Paprocki, a second-year medical student at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), joins 31 exceptional graduate students from Chicago-area universities who will design and implement innovative community-based projects to address the health needs of underserved Chicagoans.
For her project, Ms. Paprocki will design a health professions pipeline program for socio-economically disadvantaged youth through a partnership between CCOM and the Instituto Health Science Career Academy. As part of the program, high school students will have access to engaging classroom health lessons that align to their science curriculum, a summer career explorers program, and ongoing mentoring from medical students.
“One’s zip code, race, or class should not affect access to health education or culturally-competent care,” Ms. Paprocki said. “As a teacher at the Instituto Health Science Career Academy for four years, I was inspired by my students’ academic potential, empathy, and desire to help their community. Through the Fellowship, I hope to empower diverse, socio-economically disadvantaged students to enter the healthcare professions as the next generation of bilingual doctors, nurses, therapists, and scientists.” Read more.
CUSOM Student Receives Welch Scholars Grant
Johnny Jaber, third-year medical student at Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was selected by the American Osteopathic Foundation’s (AOF) Board of Directors and Committee on Scholarships & Awards to receive a 2016 Welch Scholars Grant. A native of southern California, Jaber has been an active student since he began medical school at Campbell, volunteering in the Campbell Community Care Clinic and performing research in public health and medicine.
Named in honor of Sterling Welch, DO, for his outstanding generosity to the AOF and his desire to support osteopathic medical students, recipients are chosen because of their outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and strong commitment toward osteopathic medicine. Read more.
Photo above: MS-III Johnny Jaber with Dr. Greg Christiansen and MS-III Julie Aldrich researching the impact of incorporating ultrasound in medical education.
Senator Roy Blunt Visits KCU for Opioid Roundtable
On July 19, 2016 the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) welcomed U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), (at left) who met with physician and science faculty, as well as medical students, to discuss education and treatment issues related to the opioid epidemic.
KCU, which is home to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), is among the 60 U.S. medical schools the White House recognizes for its commitment to enhance education for students who will prescribe opioids as doctors.
See KCU's news release.
Heritage College Helps Launch New Ecuador Research Facility
Leaders, staff, and students from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) were among the members of an Ohio University delegation that visited Ecuador in mid-June, to open a new research facility in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. The Center for Research on Health in Latin America is a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot, six-story, level 2 and 3 biohazard research facility which can accommodate 22 permanent research groups and support personnel, as well as visiting researchers and students. Heading up the facility will be Mario Grijalva, PhD, a Heritage College professor of microbiology, who also directs the college’s Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute. Read more.
PCOM Opportunities Academy Aims to Address Lack of Hispanic Health Professionals
Part of PCOM's ongoing partnerships with two leading Hispanic-serving educational institutions, this new program launched July 12. Opportunities Academy is designed to provide a pipeline that routes motivated students with an interest in STEM+M toward four-year degree programs and into training for the health professions. Read more.
PCOM Names New Chief Research and Science Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, as the COM’s Chief Science and Research Officer, effective July 1. In this role, Dr. George-Weinstein will oversee the Division of Research, which provides operational support, resources, intramural funding, and development for research activity across all functional areas for both the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses.
“Dr. George-Weinstein served our College for many years in various capacities on our faculty, helping to educate the next generation of health care professionals while conducting ground-breaking research in the areas of wound and disease treatment and prevention,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, PCOM President and CEO. “We are thrilled to elevate her to the position of Chief Science and Research Officer, to help us create an even more robust research arm across this institution.” Read more.
TouroCOM Doctors Honored with Laureate Awards
Three professors from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) have received Laureate Awards from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Inc. (NYACP). Associate Professor Conrad Fischer, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor Christos Paras, DO, and Adjunct Assistant Professor Niket Sonpal, MD, have all been recognized. The awards are bestowed upon members of the American College of Physicians (ACP) who have demonstrated “an abiding commitment of excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their region, and the ACP.” They have volunteered to provide board review for members of the ACP during upcoming certification examinations. Read more.
New VCOM-VC Student Presented with AACOM Scholarship
Qiana J. Smith, first-year student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC), is one of AACOM's five 2016 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship awardees. VCOM-VC Dean Jan Wilcox, DO, presented Qiana with the AACOM scholarship check on August 1, 2016 (pictured at right), the VCOM-VC Class of 2020's first day of medical school. View the student profiles and winning essays for this year's Arnstein Scholarship recipients.