Campus Roundup

AZCOM Students Kick Off Fall Semester with Service Opportunities

While the beginning of a fall semester can be a busy time for osteopathic medical students, many students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) took time from their didactic coursework to participate in service projects in the local community. When a school nurse at a local elementary school wanted to provide more comprehensive health screenings for her students, AZCOM volunteers stepped up to help. The volunteers, in partnership with the Frontier Elementary School nursing staff, assisted in conducting hearing and vision assessments and testing for color blindness and scoliosis. For many of the AZCOM students, it was their first hands-on interaction with a pediatric patient population and a valuable learning experience.

CUSOM Provides Health Care to Local Community

Over 110 North Carolina farmworkers were provided health care by Campbell medical students and faculty at the 2016 Episcopal Farm Workers Festival.

10-2016_CUSOM-campus-roundupEach fall, the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Community and Global Health Club organizes medical student volunteers for the Farmworker’s Festival held in Newton Grove. The annual festival is hosted by the Episcopal Farm Worker’s Ministry and CommWell Health and this year, 110 patients received osteopathic manipulative treatment and basic health screenings.

"I absolutely love working with the Campbell students," said Tammy Dunn, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, CommWell Health Northwest. "We so enjoy the partnership with CUSOM at this event and the community loves it. I think they were able to see firsthand the diverse cultures that we serve and the challenges of those patients.”

The medical school’s next opportunity to serve rural and underserved communities in North Carolina and around the world is during fall break when a team of more than 20 CUSOM students, faculty, and staff will embark on medical mission trip to Ecuador.

Grant Provides Funds for Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke Research at Midwestern University

Midwestern University researchers will benefit from a new grant created to encourage innovative scientific investigation.

Michael Walczak, DO, MD, was an alumnus of the University and spent his entire medical career in California. Licensed in internal medicine, he specialized in nutrition and sports medicine, hypothyroidism, and anti-aging. Dr. Walczak passed away in October 2015. He established this legacy grant to express his gratitude for his education at CCOM and to support Midwestern University faculty and student researchers, who he believed will be leaders in unlocking answers to widespread and often highly preventable cardiovascular diseases.

The Michael Walczak, DO Research Award is designed to encourage faculty members and students at the University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) to create hypothesis-driven research that involves therapies and potential new therapies for diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. The award will provide up to $25,000 over a two-year period for research where the primary investigator is a member of the CCOM faculty. The intent of the award is to encourage the creation of new pilot data that can be developed into additional research projects focusing on the often-linked disease states of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Read more.

Heritage College to get New Home

OU-HCOM_new home-CRNew facilities will be built for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in Athens, OH. The existing Athens campus buildings, which are renovated dormitories built in the 1960s, will be replaced. The medical school, now housed in buildings on the University’s West Green, will move into a new building of 114,000 gross square feet, anchoring a new college green for Ohio University. The new, purpose-built facilities will better support the College’s educational, research, and public-facing clinic needs. Read more.

KYCOM Focuses on Appalachian Health

The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) was among the participants and sponsors of the Appalachian Health Hackathon October 6-8 in Somerset, Ky. Modeled after MIT's Hacking Medicine Program, the event was the first of its kind in Kentucky, bringing communities together to focus on the unique challenges in Appalachian health. 

PCOM Library Receives NIH Grant to Study Patient Health Literacy

As the U.S. health care industry continues to shift its focus towards maintaining wellness and preventing disease, health literacy and patient education are becoming more important aspects of care. Yet a 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion found groups such as those over 65, minority populations, and those with incomes at or below poverty level are more likely to experience limited health literacy.

Many in these groups comprise the 22,000 patients served annually by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s community-based health care centers in Philadelphia and rural Sullivan County, PA.

Now, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, the PCOM Library is working with the health care centers to coordinate a patient-education needs assessment, to determine how education among the health care centers’ patient population factors into their understanding of their personal health issues, self-management of their health, and ultimately, compliance with the care plan laid out by their PCOM physician.

“Studies have shown that a patient's level of health literacy can affect compliance and adherence to their health care provider's treatment plan, and access to credible health/patient education information is something that libraries provide,” explained the study’s principal investigator (PI), P.J. Grier, MPA, MLIS. “Ultimately, we’d like for the library to provide a sustained patient-education delivery platform, in concert with physicians and mental health providers in the clinics.”

The goal of the project is to provide the library with information that can serve as the groundwork for future research that targets specific aspects of PCOM’s patient population, such as health conditions, areas of residence, or insurance status.