TouroCOM Students Travel to Albany for Advocacy Day
On March 9, 2016 Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem students traveled to Albany, NY to participate in the annual Medical Society of the State of New York Advocacy Day, where they met with legislators and advocated for a variety of issues important to medical students and doctors.
The agenda included proposing new legislation to ensure clinical clerkship slots for New York State medical students, and advocating that international medical schools be required to meet or exceed American medical education standards. The students also supported legislation calling for transparency in the health care profession and opposed state legislation that would permit expanding the scope of retail clinics. This year’s Advocacy Day was supported by the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS).
Heritage College Students Talk Health Care Policy with Legislators
Nearly 400 students on three campuses of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) got to talk health care policy with government officials last month during the college’s third annual Health Policy Day. Taking part were Ohio State Reps. Sarah LaTourette, Nickie Antonio, Heather Bishoff, and Debbie Phillips, as well as former state Rep. Ted Celeste, and Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH, Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Ohio State University.
Presentations at the Athens, Dublin, and Cleveland campuses were shared with all via teleconference, after which small groups discussed issues including women’s health; children at risk; pain management and addiction; Medicare and long-term care; Medicaid expansion; and the redesign of behavioral health. The event prepared students for AACOM’s recent COM Day on Capitol Hill and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s DO Day on the Hill—when DOs and osteopathic medical students visit Washington, DC, to educate members of Congress and their staffs on the importance of osteopathic medicine.
PCOM: Celebrating the Dream PCOM honors MLK and students, faculty, and alumni who seek to improve the lives of others.
The Office of Diversity and Compliance at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted its annual “I am the Dream” awards ceremony on February 26, held in honor of the lives and legacies of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and of PCOM alumnus William M. King, DO, who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his patients and the larger Philadelphia community.
Regina Benjamin, MD, the 18th U.S. surgeon general, served as the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which recognized students and faculty who have made a positive impact on the lives of others, and have demonstrated excellence in their own personal and professional lives. Earlier in the day, Dr. Benjamin met with students to discuss leadership roles in the changing field of health care. “For us to become a healthier nation, it’s going to require leadership,” she said. “That leadership starts right here in this room.”
LMU-DCOM Ranked #2 for Primary Care Residences by U.S. News
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) has been ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report in medical schools that produce the highest percentage of primary care residents. The ranking is based on 2013-2015 data averages.
Approximately 80 percent of the members of the Class of 2015 LMU-DCOM entered their first year of residency training in a primary care residency, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and transitional year/traditional rotating internship.
A number of the nation's other osteopathic medical schools also made it onto the list, including Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) which was ranked first and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) which ranked third, among others. See the full ranking list of medical schools.
RVUCOM Celebrates Second Annual Diversity Week
In March, RVUCOM students, faculty, and staff participated in the second annual Diversity Week. This week-long event is entirely planned and run by the students to celebrate, raise awareness, and discuss the complex issue of diversity in health care. Topics covered religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity of both physicians and patients. Events throughout the week included guest speakers Dr. Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts who discussed racial diversity and Dr. Anna Wegleitner who presented on transgender medicine, as well as several discussion panels and viewings of TED Talks.
CUSOM Partners with North Carolina Baptist to Provide Health Screenings
The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) has partnered with North Carolina Baptist Men to provide health screenings at mobile clinics. Medical faculty and students provide basic health screenings and referrals in the mobile clinic facility provided by the NC Baptist Men’s Baptist on Mission medical/dental ministry.
Campbell has staffed two mobile clinics this year in communities right outside the medical school doors—in Benson and Lillington, NC—and plan to continue to partner with the Baptist ministry to host clinics regularly throughout each academic year.
Patients who attend the clinics receive dental care, medical screenings, and eye care. While some patients had heard about the clinic and planned to attend, many stated they simply saw the mobile clinic and stopped by to receive care.
“At Campbell, we train our students to care for their patients’ mind, body, and spirit,” said John M. Kauffman, DO, CUSOM Dean and Chief Academic Advisor. “Partnering with the Baptist Men’s ministry creates opportunities for our students to have hands on experience throughout the year with patients and the opportunity to offer prayer and spiritual counseling as well.”
In addition to staffing mobile health screening clinics this semester, Campbell medical students will continue to work with the Episcopal Farmworkers' ministry and take a mission team to Honduras over Spring Break.
KCU Wellness Activities Promote Healthy Lifestyles
As part of the recent Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) wellness programming, the school recently hosted a number of activities as a reminder to students to find balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As part of Higher M-Pact’s annual fundraiser, KCU students supported the mentorship of high-risk youth by delivering Valentine roses in its rose delivery service program. Students learned to plan and prep easy, healthful, inexpensive, and delicious meals from during KCU Catering Manager Joy Lawson's cooking and nutrition classes. An all-levels yoga class, designed to help KCU students balance and breathe, was instructed by a local yogi. Proven to improve verbal reasoning and memory, as well as decrease stress, Dr. Barth Wright, PhD, KCU Associate Professor, led an introductory mediation class. Students also shared what they do to keep their bodies, minds, and spirits well on KCU's "Wellness Wall."
KYCOM Students Support Pediatric Cancer Research
University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) second-year medical students shaved their heads to raise awareness and support for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds childhood cancer research. The event, sponsored by the KYCOM student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, raised more than $1,400 to benefit pediatric cancer research.
“We’ve all been affected by cancer in one way or another, but as student doctors we rarely get to put ourselves in the shoes of the patients we hope to treat,” said William Geisen, KYCOM Class of 2018. “This event served as a vehicle for students to step outside the classroom and show support, in a nontraditional way, for their future patients.”
CCOM Students, Faculty Members Go Bald to Fight Cancer
Students at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) led an effort to raise more than $104,600 to battle childhood cancer. CCOM/MWU students, faculty, and members of the community agreed to have their heads shaved as part of an annual St. Baldrick’s event. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. The event raises money to support childhood cancer research and helps increase awareness about children who are suffering from the effects of cancer treatments. This marks the sixth year that CCOM students have organized a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.
Western U Osteopathic Medical Students Celebrate Match Day Four years of hard work led to one envelope that contained their future.
Western University of Health Sciences/ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) celebrated Match Day on its Pomona, CA and Lebanon, OR campuses March 18, 2016. Match Day is a national celebration where medical students find out the residency they will attend after graduation.
At 9:00 AM, students in Western U/COMP’s Class of 2016 opened envelopes containing their residency locations and reacted with shouts, hugs, and tears. Of the 198 students who matched in Pomona as of March 18, 120 placed in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency programs, 70 placed in American Osteopathic Association (AOA) residency programs, and eight placed in military residency programs.
After the students opened their envelopes, they were invited to the front of the lecture hall to announce their name, specialty residency program and location. Their information was pinned to an electronic map displayed on the lecture hall screens. Western U/COMP Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Susan Mackintosh, DO, MPH, provided a toast to the graduates in Pomona.
“To all of your successes, especially your successful matches and placement,” she said. “Most importantly, to the successes that lie ahead and to your journey ahead. As you leave here, we want you to know that you are always part of our family and we are so proud of you all. Congratulations to the Class of 2016.”