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Campus Roundup

ATSU-SOMA Alumni Brave Hurricane Irma to Provide Care

101917_ASTUSOMA_CRAs Hurricane Irma ripped across Florida last month, Cassandra Beard, DO, MPH, and Evan Wolff, DO, MPH, were working as residents at Larkin Community Hospital in south Miami. The A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) alumni were determined to deliver patient-centered care in the midst of the devastating storm.

In preparation, hospital staff deployed hurricane shutters and sandbagged doors. As the storm hit land, patients with nowhere to go could not be released. Flooded streets and dangerous debris stranded workers at the hospital for days on end.

Drs. Beard and Wolff credit their medical education with helping them weather the storm. Dr. Wolff is grateful for his experience handwriting notes and orders, which became a necessary skill when the power went out. Dr. Beard recalls ATSU mentors who taught her to visualize situations from a patient’s perspective. The tactic helped her maintain focus and overcome personal anxiety in a difficult situation.

As the nation recovers from an unusually severe hurricane season, the ATSU community extends its deepest thanks to the first responders and health care providers, like Drs. Beard and Wolff, who risked their own safety to save countless lives.

Campbell Medical Students Provide Health Care on Global Medical Missions

101917_Campbell_CRWhile the summer months are a time for many students to “get away,” not all who journey from campus are on vacation. Numerous Campbell medical students traveled to countries in South America and Asia to participate in medical mission trips during May, June, and July.

Led by a group of four osteopathic medical students and two faculty members, the team brought medicine and medical equipment provided by MDF Instruments to several remote villages in Armenia.

“We were in Armenia for nine days, and during those days we saw over 300 patients,” said Victoria Kaprielian, MD, associate dean for faculty development & medical education, who added that some patients in nearby villages walked for more than three hours to visit the clinic. Read more.

DMU-COM Alumnus Shares His Patient-Focused Approach

After five years as a hospitalist and medical director in a large health organization, Haseeb Ahmed, DO, MHA, found himself increasingly drained emotionally and angry at a health care system that "bankrupts people every single day." That's why he decided to co-found Health Suite 110, an Overland Park, KS-based direct primary care practice. He visited the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) on October 13 to talk with students about his practice, in which patients pay a monthly fee based on their age for unlimited access, in person and electronically, to the physician. Dr. Ahmed does not accept insurance and provides lab and imaging services, medications, and equipment to his patients at cost. "The current system is volume-based versus value-based, where physicians need to see 30 to 40 patients a day just to cover costs," he told students. "There's no incentive to just talk to patients. In direct primary care, our mission is to serve the patient and serve the community at the lowest price possible, and avoid nickel-and-diming people." Read more.

LMU-DCOM Symposium Addresses Opioid Epidemic

101917_LMUDCOM_CRStudents across health profession programs gathered at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) on September 29, 2017, for an all-day symposium titled, “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Control Drug Misuse.” The symposium was designed to prepare LMU health professions students who will soon enter clinical training and future residencies where they will encounter patients exhibiting drug seeking behavior and patients addicted to these medications.

The event featured John Temple, author of American Pain. In his book, Temple tells the story of how the current opioid epidemic began with two felons who were twin brothers that made millions from a gigantic south Florida pain clinic that sold opioids to addicts. Read more.

PCOM Students, Faculty Recognize Primary Care Week

National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event designed to highlight the importance of primary care, and to bring together health care professionals and students across the health care spectrum to discuss the important role primary care providers play in the health care system.

At the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), several student organizations collaborated on a number of events recognizing NPCW, which occurred October 1-7.

"Primary care is the foundation of value-based quality care in our country,” said Michael Becker, DO, MS, professor and vice-chair, family medicine. “Having an excellent relationship with a primary care physician enhances the overall care that a patient receives regardless if it is delivered by a generalist, specialist, or hospital." Read more.

OU-HCOM Rolls Out New Videos Profiling its Three Campuses

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) boasts three campuses across the state of Ohio: its original home on the Ohio University campus in rural Athens; one in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, opened in 2014 with OhioHealth as its preeminent educational partner; and one in Cleveland launched the following year in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic. Each campus offers its own unique attractions to the osteopathic medical students who study there, and these features are highlighted in a new set of short campus-specific video tours created for the college’s Office of Admissions. The campus video tours can be viewed on the Heritage College’s YouTube channel.