AZCOM/MWU Supports National Mental Health Awareness Initiative
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) has taken steps to support the national initiative to understand the mental challenges of osteopathic medical education and improve the health of DO students.
AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) distributed the first survey focusing specifically on the mental wellness of osteopathic medical students. The survey results, which included more than 10,000 responses from DO students around the nation, were presented at AACOM's 2016 Annual Conference, where osteopathic medical education leaders came together to discuss topics, including mental health among medical students. Caleb Hentges, a third-year osteopathic medical student and 2016 AZCOM/MWU Student DO of the Year, serves as the national MHATF Coordinator.
AZCOM/MWU’s Student Government Association (SGA) recently distributed mental health awareness cards to all students. The SGA also circulated suicide prevention cards, provided by the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA), in conjunction with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.
BCOM’s Student ACOP Named Chapter of the Month
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)’s American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) Student Chapter has been named chapter of the month for October. Despite being a new school, the BCOM chapter made an incredible impact in their community through an impressive number of events, including:
- Volunteering at Jardin de los Ninos, a daycare for homeless and near-homeless children
- Visiting the Onate High School Health Occupations class and conducting a panel about entering the healthcare industry
- Giving building tours to students of the Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces
- Hosting a campus-wide “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” fundraiser throughout the month of October
CCOM/MWU Students Host Conference to Address Health Inequities
Students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) hosted the second annual “Student Interventions in Health Inequities” conference on Midwestern University’s Downers Grove campus on December 3. The conference was developed by the CCOM/MWU Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter to increase medical students’ knowledge about health disparities and focus on how they can advocate for change.
During the full-day conference, speakers with vast experience dealing with health inequalities discussed issues like correctional medicine, LGBTQ health, poverty, mental health, and domestic violence, including a keynote address from Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, President of the American Public Health Association. More than 60 medical students attended from CCOM, Rush University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
DMU Celebrates “Day of Unity”
More than 200 Des Moines University students, faculty, and staff gathered on campus to stand in support of the first-ever “DMU Day of Unity,” held on November 29. In light of an increasingly divided and charged political climate around the country, students organized the event to affirm inclusiveness—one of the University’s core values—and to promote its campus community where diverse identities and respectful and open dialogue are valued.
“At DMU, we live our mission as one university,” University President Angela Walker Franklin, PhD, told the crowd. “There could not be a better opportunity to show our unity and that we want to foster an environment for all people.” DMU Day of Unity was one of several campus events held after the 2016 election that provided safe, open environments for students, faculty, and staff to speak honestly about their hopes and concerns. Read more.
Heritage College Hosts Statewide Pre-Med Event
On November 12, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) hosted “Ohio Medical Education Day,” an annual workshop aimed at preparing students for careers in medicine. More than 200 pre-medical students visited the OU-HCOM Athens campus for the event. The workshop featured sessions on choosing and financing medical school, mastering the interview process, networking, and weighing the pros and cons of taking a gap year before enrolling. Attendees interacted with medical school administrators from around the state, heard from a panel of current medical students, and toured the campus during the event. Read more.
PCOM Hosts Fourth Annual Military Medicine Conference for Med Students
The Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (SAMOPS), along with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) President’s Subcommittee for Military Members, Veterans/Discharged and Their Families, recently presented the fourth annual “Military Medical Student Symposium,” a two-day event designed as an opportunity for MD and DO military medical students across the country to connect with each other and their future leaders in military medicine.
Several active military physicians shared their experiences with nearly 80 student attendees during breakout sessions and discussed the important role doctors play on the battlefield. Recent medical school graduates, including PCOM alumnus C. Woodworth Parker, MS, DO, discussed their participation in the Health Professions Scholarship Program, which allows students to have the cost of their medical education covered by the military in exchange for four years of service as a physician, dentist, pharmacist, or veterinarian. Attendees also participated in hands-on trauma simulations in the Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center.
"Military medical students from DO and MD schools across the region—and even some from across the country—attend this event,” said Alex Blau, an ensign in the naval reserve who served as coordinator for the symposium. “It’s apropos that the event is held annually at an osteopathic institution, as DOs make up a significant portion of Military Physicians, certainly a greater proportion than is found in the civilian sector. The unique skills we learn at our osteopathic institutions are of great benefit to the military, where medicine is often practiced in austere environments where our hands may be the best tools we have to treat our battalion or squadron."
The event is open to any MD, DO, or dental student who is currently in the HPSP program or is considering joining the military, and also to any pre-medical or pre-dental student interested in learning more about a medical career in the military.
RVUCOM Receives Military Friendly School Award
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) received a Top 10 Gold-Level Military Friendly® School Award for 2017. This award, created by Victory Media, highlights schools that demonstrate the strongest support for veterans and students in the armed forces. In addition to having among the highest percentage of students on military scholarships of any civilian medical school, RVUCOM also offers the Military Medicine Enrichment Track to prepare students for their service as military officers.
WCUCOM HiRO Drone Coverage
The first fully-equipped medical multirotor drone with telemedicine capability is the newest innovation from Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., third-year osteopathic medical student at WCUCOM. The two previously collaborated on researching Twitter usage during crises, specifically the February 2013 Hattiesburg tornado. The pair put their Twitter study findings into action by creating the Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations (HiRO).
The HiRO is a modified DJI S1000+ drone and is capable of transporting a 20-pound telemedical kit in emergency situations. The kit contains medical supplies and a smartphone with a direct video connection to a doctor trained in emergency medicine. The HiRO made its debut when students from WCUCOM simulated a mass shooting at John Bell Williams airport. After receiving the HiRO telemedical kit, a volunteer tended to victims by applying a tourniquet and bandaging a chest wound while being directed by a doctor through a Google Glass headset.
The next steps of the project include developing a fleet of drones and creating specific kits for different emergency situations. Currently only the cardiac kit has been tested, but the team wants to create Ebola and trauma kits. Dr. Subbarao notes that the project has the potential for many applications, including military and hazardous material situations. “Although the project is still in the quality control testing stages, we believe it can transform health care delivery around the world,” said Dr. Subbarao. Read more.