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Campus Roundup

Many of our colleges are celebrating graduations. Visit the 2018 Graduation page to learn more and view a gallery of graduation ceremonies.

DMU Honors Students with Gold Humanism Awards

You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to know that physicians who are compassionate as well as highly skilled likely provide better patient care. But the Arnold P. Gold Foundation specifically defines those qualities and recognizes them among medical students as members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) was the nation’s second osteopathic medical school to have a GHHS Chapter. At its annual Gold Humanism Awards Ceremony on June 4, DMU-COM honored 27 students as well as two residents two residents with the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (HETA).

KCU-COM Breaks Ground on New Center for Medical Education Innovation

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), one of the top 10 educators of physicians in the U.S., broke ground on a new state-of-the-art Center for Medical Education Innovation (CMEI) June 4, 2018, on the campus of KCU.

The 56,000-square-foot facility will provide the latest in virtual reality, haptic technology, and simulated clinical experiences for educating the next generation of physicians and health sciences professionals. The $33 million facility will be built on four levels and will feature multifunctional “future-proof” space that will allow for changes and emerging technologies in the coming years.

“The CMEI will be much more than a building. This new facility will transform the curriculum for medical education and how medical and health sciences students are educated, “commented Marc B. Hahn, DO, President and CEO of KCU-COM. “Our students will have the opportunity to practice over and over in virtual scenarios until they are confident and prepared when it comes time to treat actual patients, thus reducing medical errors and improving health outcomes for the communities we serve.”

The CMEI is the latest of several major strategic initiatives KCU has embarked upon recently to ensure the highest-quality training of students and meet workforce demand in the health sciences, noted John P. Smith, DO, Chairman of the KCU Board of Trustees.

KYCOM Graduates First OMSP Students

061418_KYCOM_CRAspiring osteopathic physicians can complete their entire education at the University of Pikeville Kentucky (UPIKE) through the institution’s Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP). The eight-year program, which launched in 2010, allows qualified students to obtain a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree, and later earn the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). The first two students to complete OMSP, Sarah Helphinstine, DO, and Luke Wright, DO, graduated in UP-KYCOM’s Class of 2018.

Helphinstine, of Vanceburg, KY, graduated cum laude from UPIKE with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in May 2014. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a resident assistant (RA) during UPIKE’s two-week, residential Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) for high school students interested in medicine. Upon entering KYCOM, she served as a PEPP instructor. This summer, Helphinstine will begin her residency training at the University of Kentucky-College of Medicine’s East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency program in Hazard, KY.

Wright, of Georgetown, KY, played baseball for UPIKE and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2014. He benefitted from the educational and personal connections made possible through OMSP during his eight years on campus. The first physician in his family, Wright will begin a general surgery residency this summer in Chicago, IL. He and his wife plan to return to Kentucky upon completion of his residency program.

Photo: The first two students to complete UPIKE’s Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program, Sarah Helphinstine, DO, and Luke Wright, DO, graduated in UP-KYCOM’s Class of 2018.

LMU Medical Students Recognized Nationally for Outstanding Efforts in Humanism in Medicine

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is one of eight medical schools recognized nationally by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as an Outstanding Chapter.

Humanism in medicine and compassionate care for patients are qualities everyone looks for in a physician. In keeping with its mission to prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians who are committed to the premise that the cornerstone of meaningful existence is service to humanity, LMU-DCOM launched its inaugural chapter of the GHHS in May 2017. The chapter has since coordinated outreach programs such as the Kenley Project, which provides care boxes for parents of stillborn or premature babies within their local community. Its student members have also provided labor at food drives and given CPR classes at local schools. The LMU-DCOM GHHS chapter was chosen from among 160 chapters for the recognition.

“We knew very early that we wanted to be a ‘working’ club, one that proved its value through service projects and initiatives to improve and encourage our student body,” said Rick Slaven, MPS, NRP, coordinator of student advancement and chapter liaison for the LMU-DCOM GHHS chapter. “The addition of the GHHS chapter at LMU-DCOM has enhanced the learning environment at the school. Faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss GHHS and reiterate the importance of compassion not only in health care, but in life.”

OU-HCOM Students Practice Responding to Mass Casualty Events

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) hosted “Disaster Day” events this spring in Cleveland, OH, and Dublin, OH, where interested medical students from all three campuses received training on how to respond to mass casualty situations. Through both events, students took part in hands-on practice sessions on trauma first aid and triage before participating in disaster simulations. On April 14, OU-HCOM in partnership with Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, staged a scenario of an industrial explosion in a paint factory. Then on May 5, students from Dublin and Athens Campuses–with help from OhioHealth, Summa Health System Akron campus simulation team, Med Flight, and the Washington Township Fire Department–practiced responses to a staged building collapse and school shooting. The Dublin event drew the attention of local news media, with Columbus TV news airing stories about the event.

VCOM Campuses Induct Inaugural Gold Humanism Honor Society Members

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Photo: VCOM-Carolinas inductees to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Select fourth-year students at all three campuses of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) were inducted into the inaugural group of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). These students were nominated by their peers and then chosen by a selection committee. The society recognizes students who display compassionate patient care and are role models for others.

As the first groups of GHHS members at VCOM, they are responsible for carrying out a signature project and starting GHHS activities at each campus. Participation by members and working on the full-integration of GHHS into VCOM, so that the entire student body is aware of the organization, rounds out the requirements to maintain membership.” Read more to view all GHHS members from VCOM campuses.