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VCOM-VC Mannequin Challenge

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM–VC) students took part in the Mannequin Challenge to raise awareness for the osteopathic profession and OMM.

ACOM Students Compete in Simulation Tournament in Preparation for National SIMLYMPICS

On Saturday, November 19, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) held its third annual ACOM SIMLYMPICS competition. Hosted by ACOM’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), four teams of medical students competed for the chance to represent ACOM at the National SIMLYMPICS competition in Washington, DC during the 2017 AMSA National Conference. 

SIMLYMPICS is a national event created in 2012 by students from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Each team is presented with an emergent clinical scenario, which requires medical knowledge, clinical skills, team work, communication, and calm nerves to overcome. The event highlighted how clinical simulations prepare medical students for emergent situations.  

AZCOM Students Host AACOM and NBOME Representatives

Students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) welcomed two distinguished visitors to its Glendale Campus earlier this month. AZCOM students learned about participating in medical student advocacy and about preparing for COMLEX-USA testing.

Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations, educated students about AACOM’s ED to MED campaign, the Association’s national grassroots advocacy effort to educate elected officials and the community about the issues facing medical and graduate students. John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, President and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), visited with students to present and answer questions about the COMLEX-USA board examinations. Dr. Gimpel also addressed the differences between COMLEX-USA and USMLE, and circumstances under which students should take both exams.

CUSOM Hosts Regional SNMA Conference

CUSOM hosts SNMA conferenceThe Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Student National Medical Association (SNMA) (pictured above) hosted the Regional Leadership Institute last month with both allopathic and osteopathic medical students from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia to foster leadership within the regional SNMA membership.

In addition to the SNMA Region IV business meeting, the conference consisted of presentations by CUSOM faculty:  "Health Disparities and Inequality in Medicine" with Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO; "Step 1 and Step 2 Study Tips" with Yen-Ping Y Kuo, MS, PhD; and "Osteopathic Medicine" with Charles J. Smutny III, DO.

In a post-event survey, students mentioned how motivated they were after Dr. Lowe-Payne's conversation about inequalities in medicine and what medical students and future residents can do to promote the underserved. Attendees also expressed their gratefulness in hearing board prep tips given by Dr. Kuo and upperclassmen. “The allopathic students' excitement in seeing a musculoskeletal dysfunction treated by Dr. Smutny was wonderful, and everyone was highly impressed with our facilities in Smith and Levine Hall and the warm CUSOM hospitality. Overall, the conference was quite a success!" said Brandis Moore, OMS-II, President of the CUSOM SNMA Chapter. Read more

DMU-COM Recognized for Family Medicine

In October 2016, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) released findings of its 35th national study on the percentage of graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools who entered family medicine residency programs as first-year residents in the previous year. The authors noted Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) “as having both the most graduates (68) of any of the U.S. medical schools and the largest percentage of graduates (32.7 percent) entering family medicine.” Calling the production of family physicians “a key measure of social responsibility” for medical schools, the report’s authors added: “Primary care has been demonstrated to improve health care outcomes and reduce health disparities while reducing per capita costs.” They also contended that U.S. medical schools aren’t producing enough primary care physicians to meet the nation’s needs. Read more. 

Heritage College Repeats as Komen Race Sponsor

Komen Race for the Cure at OU-HCOM

At right: First-year medical student Kathleen Long listens to the chest of community member Noah Hogan, a participant in the 2016 Komen Athens Race for the Cure, while Timothy Law, DO, MBA, right, assistant professor of family medicine, looks on.

For the second year, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) was among the many local sponsors of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Athens, OH, held on October 23. The race, which raises money to prevent breast cancer and search for a cure, has long been held in other U.S. cities and around the world. OU-HCOM also fielded a team for the event, and faculty and students staffed medical aid stations. Komen has had a 17-year relationship with the college’s Community Health Programs, providing more than $1.16 million to its Healthy Adult Project: Breast Education & Screening Program. Read more.

LECOM Holds 23rd Annual Scholarship Fund Auction

LECOM hosts silent auction

At left: Guests at the LECOM Erie Student Scholarship Fund Auction browse the Silent Auction items. 

More than 800 unique live and silent auction items were up for bid Saturday, November 5, at the 23rd Annual Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Student Scholarship Auction. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund to help deserving LECOM students defray the cost of medical, dental, and pharmacy school. 

Most LECOM students graduate with student loan debts in excess of $250,000. The challenges of a new climate in the medical field coupled with uncertainty and instability in the economic forecast make the monies raised at the yearly event even more welcome and necessary. The LECOM Erie Student Scholarship Fund Auction followed the LECOM Bradenton Student Scholarship Fund Auction, which took place the week prior. 

LMU Mourns Loss of Faculty Member Jonathan King, DO

The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) community is mourning the sudden and untimely loss of Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Jonathan King, DO.

Dr. King, 65, of Pontiac, MI, passed away suddenly on November 12, 2016. Dr. King joined the faculty of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in March to help reshape the clinical skills curriculum. In his brief tenure, Dr. King had already made an impact on students and outcomes. His students described him as a kind and patient teacher who will be greatly missed.

Dr. King dedicated his professional life to serving as a professor and a physician of osteopathic medicine. Prior to working at LMU-DCOM, Dr. King was a faculty member of the Department of Primary Medicine at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) and the Course Director for the clinical medicine course at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, FL. Dr. King had over 11 years of teaching experience in osteopathic medical schools and practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine for 22 years. 

“Our campus community and the LMU-DCOM family have suffered a great loss with the passing of Dr. Jonathan King,” said Brian A. Kessler, DO, Dean of LMU-DCOM.

NSUCOM Haiti Disaster Relief TeamTwo NSU-COM Groups Collaborate to Reopen Clinics in Haiti

The Disaster Medicine Club (DMC) and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) teamed up to collect goods and financial donations to help rebuild two medical clinics damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Dispensaire Ste. Rose de Lima de Maniche and Dispensaire communautaire and Bon Berge de Fonds de freres in Maniche, Haiti.

PCOM Explores Mindful Eating with Silent Meal Event 

PCOM students practice mindful eatingA growing body of research suggests that mindful eating—focusing on one’s meal, rather than distractedly eating—could help with weight issues and with making healthier food choices. To give medical students a better understanding of their diets and how to talk to patients about mindful eating, the Mind and Body Club at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently hosted “Savor,” a silent meal to experience and understand the technique of mindful eating. PCOM students partook in a silent lunch, designed to encourage them to focus on what they’re eating—sight, smell, taste, and texture. Students discussed the importance of mindful eating and the health benefits of eating food that is locally sourced, or “farm-to-table.”

VCOM-Auburn Named MedWar Tennessee Champs

VCOM-AuburnTwelve members of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) Auburn Wilderness Medicine group (pictured at right) recently competed in MedWar Tennessee, an adventure race that integrates emergency medical simulations sponsored by the Lincoln Memorial Univeristy-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN.

Competitors ran, mountain biked, orienteered, pitched a tent blindfolded, and completed seven medical simulations over 13 miles and 6,000 feet of ascent and descent on mountainside trails in Cumberland Gap National Park. Medical simulations included several interesting scenarios under the theme of this year’s race, “the Apocalypse.” VCOM-Auburn fielded four teams to compete in the 31-team race on October 22. The VCOM-Auburn team won the overall competition.

VCOM-CC Lights Up the Community with Public Art Installation


VCOM-CC Lights ArtOn October 4, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC)  in Spartanburg, SC shined a light on the growing Northside community. As the sky darkened that evening, the historic Spartan Mills smokestack on campus was illuminated as part of “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” a special public art installation designed by artist Erwin Redl. Nine installations lit up the city throughout the evening and, at the end of the night, community members arrived at VCOM-CC for a grand finale and fireworks display. Read more.