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Students in DMU-COM’s Homeless Community Outreach Program Receive Gift of Gratitude

Homeless Community Outreach membersKelly Leopold was living in a homeless camp in the shadow of the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. He forged a friendship with students of Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), members of the university’s Homeless Community Outreach, who visit the city’s homeless communities every week to offer friendship, coffee, and other basic provisions. In January, Leopold presented to the students a beautiful colored pencil illustration of a lighthouse, titled “Paradise,” which now is displayed in the campus’s Student Education Center. Now in permanent housing, Leopold continues to meet with his DMU-COM student friends on a regular basis. Read more.

Photo caption: Kelly Leopold, standing just right of the framed illustration, presented his art to DMU-COM students in gratitude for their friendship while he experienced homelessness.

LECOM Joins the Millcreek Mall to Promote Wellness Through Walking

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Health and LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center hosted a kickoff event to introduce a new Millcreek Mall walkers program. The LECOM Walk for Wellness is a 1.2 mile route through the mall with fitness stations where walkers can exercise.

In addition, participants in the free LECOM Walk for Wellness may attend monthly health education programs presented by physicians from Medical Associates of Erie, an affiliate of LECOM Health. Programs will cover topics designed to keep walkers healthy as they learn about heart health, women’s and men’s health, colon cancer, cataracts, and diabetes among other topics.

“Supporting regular exercise and providing health information and screenings are the best ways to build a healthy community,” said James Lin, DO, the Vice President of Senior Services and Adult Living at Millcreek Community Hospital and Director of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, LECOM Health. “The LECOM Walk for Wellness encourages more exercise by offering community members access to walking, exercises and health resources in a clean, safe, weatherproof environment.”

LMU-DCOM To Host Go Red Day for Community

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine's (LMU-DCOM) American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center and students from the Walk With a Doc program are teaming up to host a Go Red Day at LMU-DCOM on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event, which supports women's heart health will include a community walk, survivor stories, and a CPR training course.

The community is invited to attend Walk With a Doc, a community walk beginning at 10 AM in the LMU-DCOM parking lot. Following the walk at 11:15 AM, participants are invited to a reception where they will hear heart disease survivor stories and are invited to bring photos of their loved ones to post on an honor wall. Making a special appearance between 11 AM and noon will be Wings Air Rescue, an air medical transport provider for western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia. Read more.

OU-HCOM Students Study Food Insecurity in Motor City

OU-HCOM students presenting
On January 24, a group of students from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) shared information and insights from a service learning trip they made to Detroit last November to learn about issues of food insecurity and food justice in that community. The event was part of a panel on food insecurity—organized by the student group Physicians for Patients: Social Medicine in Action—that covered topics including the meaning of food security, sovereignty, and justice; their impact on health and wellness; and why it is important for physicians to understand them.

While in the Motor City, nine members of the OU-HCOM group met with grassroots community organizations including Capuchin Soup Kitchen—Earthworks Urban Farm, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Mercado Food Hub, and Keep Growing Detroit to learn how people in the Detroit area are addressing food issues. Members of Physicians for Patients stressed that taking in socioeconomic determinants of health is just another part of the holistic view of the patient that osteopathic physicians strive for. “Food insecurity isn’t in its own box,” noted one student. “There are so many things that affect that.”

Photo: Students from the group Physicians for Patients present about a trip they made to Detroit, to learn about food insecurity there.

PCOM Hosts Founder’s Day 2018

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) recently honored its founding with celebrations on both campuses, and a luncheon to honor the winners of the founders’ namesake awards: the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal and the Mason W. Pressly Memorial Medal.

Each medal is presented to an alumnus or student who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service to the osteopathic profession, PCOM, and the community. 

Also honored at the luncheon was Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, vice president for Graduate Programs and Planning, who received the PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Honor—the association’s highest award—for his four-plus decades of service to PCOM. Read more.

NSU-KPCOM Students Participate in Beach Cleanup

NSU-KPCOM student group photoOn January 14, osteopathic medical students from across the country, many of whom were in town to attend AACOM’s national Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Winter Meeting at Nova Southeastern University Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM), participated in the college’s DO4U Volunteer Beach Cleanup at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

RVU-COM student wall squatting

RVU-COM Hosts Series of Stress Relief Events

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-COM) is hosting a series of events called Endorphin Fix to help students and employees alike relieve stress and get them moving with exercise-based activities. Most recently, students and staff on the Colorado campus participated in Seven-Minute Power Workouts, which consisted of doing jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and other exercises in one-minute increments (for a total of seven minutes). At the Southern Utah campus, students, and staff participated in Comedy Hour, which included a variety of stand-up acts and improv exercises for the audience. There will be new activities each month until the end of the school year.

VCOM-Auburn Students Present Poster at COSGP Symposium

VCOM students at a conference
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) students Bruno Moraes and Tiffany Lin recently presented a poster at AACOM’s annual Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Winter Research Symposium at NSU-KPCOM. The research they presented was titled “A comprehensive system for mass casualty education, training, triage, telemetry and tracking.” The project was a product of VCOM’s Disaster Day training event and innovative technologies to help first responders assess and tackle mass casualty events. The authors of the project were Joseph Bauer, OMS 3, VCOM-Auburn Emergency Medicine Chair Jeremy J. White, DO, PhD, VCOM-Virginia Associate Dean for Simulation and Educational Technology Fred Rawlins, II, DO, VCOM-Virginia Executive Director for Primary Care Research Network and The Center for Bioinformatics and Genetics Harold Garner, PhD, VCOM-CC Associate Dean for Simulation and Educational Technology and Professor for Emergency Medicine Darlene Myles, DO, FACOEP, Bruno Moraes, OMS 2 and Tiffany Lin, OMS 2. Thanks to those who helped with the project and those who made disaster day at VCOM possible!

VCOM-CC SOMA Welcomes Students to Second Annual Leadership Symposium

020818_VCOMCC_CROn Saturday, January 27, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) hosted the 2018 Leadership Symposium. The second annual event of its kind on this campus, this year’s Symposium was an all-day event.

Starting bright and early, the day was filled with workshops and panels focused on empowering the student body, covering topics such as community leadership, advocacy, and choosing a medical specialty. Former Spartanburg Mayor, Bill Barnet, joined the conversation and presented the keynote address, Leadership in the Community.

As the College’s first-year class is currently preparing to elect student organization leadership teams and the second-year class gets ready for third- and fourth-year clinical rotations, the event was well-timed. SOMA hopes students left with an awareness of the various forms that leadership can take and with the tools to identify and strengthen their own leadership styles. Equipped with these skills, students will be better prepared to effect change in their profession and in the local community through leadership and advocacy.

VCOM-VC Students Help Locals in El Salvador on Medical Mission Trip

VCOM student holding hands with older ladyThirty-five students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) went to El Salvador on a medical mission trip January 20th to 27th. During their time, they were able to provide medical care for more than 550 patients and visit two local orphanages. Donations like glasses and shoes (and even some jewelry) made a huge impact on the local people the students came in contact with.