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ATSU-SOMA Holds First Culinary Medicine Workshop

071218_ATSUSOMA_CRA.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) recently held its first culinary medicine workshop as part of the Osteopathic Wellness Lifestyle (OWL) program. Student participants learned to blend the culinary arts with researched-based medical science to treat and prevent many chronic diseases. 

The curriculum promotes the use of nutritious food as medicine in response to many common, chronic health concerns. For example, students learned about the correlation between diet and metabolic disease while preparing black bean sweet potato stew. They also explored the research on foods that fight cancer while cooking a tasty sesame broccoli dish with brown rice. 

“It has made me more aware of the effects diet has on health, and I plan to apply this knowledge by incorporating more detailed nutritional advice into treatment plans where appropriate,” says osteopathic medical student Benjamin Jiao. Read more.

CUSOM and Campbell Law to Launch JD/DO Dual Degree Program

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Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) and the Campbell Law School are partnering to offer a unique dual degree opportunity. The new program allows students to pursue and obtain a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree simultaneously. Prospective students will be able to enroll in the fall of 2019.

“This JD/DO degree will represent the second osteopathic medical school in the nation to have this combined degree program,” said John M. Kauffman, Jr, DO, Dean of CUSOM. “In many respects, law and medicine are synergistic disciplines, so it is an advantage for Campbell University to offer a six-year program leading to graduates earning both a Juris Doctor degree and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.”

“This is a unique opportunity for highly-credentialed and ambitious students to earn both a medical and law degree in six years,” said J. Rich Leonard, Dean of Campbell Law. “Although they would be licensed to practice in either field, we anticipate that their focus will be on attaining positions in health care administration at the highest levels. They will be uniquely credentialed for these opportunities.” Read more.

DMU-COM, NAMI Partner to Educate Students on Mental Illness

This spring, Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) became the nation’s first medical school to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s leading advocacy group for mental illness, to offer NAMI’s provider education program to osteopathic medical students. Lisa Streyffeler, PhD, Assistant Professor and Chair of Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities, and Bioethics, was invited to give a presentation at the National NAMI Conference in New Orleans. She described DMU’s new pilot to provide the NAMI program to osteopathic students at the end of their third year and the University’s plans to expand the program to students in the institution’s other clinical programs. Read more.

ICOM Grants $500K to EIRMC to Establish Internal Medicine Residency

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The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) has partnered with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) to establish an internal medicine residency—the first of its kind for the Idaho Falls-based hospital.

ICOM Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer Robert Hasty, DO, along with Founding President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Farnsworth, EdD, MHSA, MBA, presented a $500,000 check to EIRMC Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sollis, on Thursday, June 28.

“As Idaho’s first medical school, ICOM is committed to supporting graduate medical education,” Dr. Hasty said. “Idaho currently ranks 49th in the nation for both the number of physicians and resident physicians per capita. Our partnership with EIRMC will have a lasting impact not only in eastern Idaho, but throughout the state.” Read more.

Photo: (left to right) Kellie Harrington, ICOM student; ICOM Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Kevin Wilson, DO; ICOM Founding Dean, Robert Hasty, DO; EIRMC CEO Jeff Sollis; ICOM President, Jacob Nilsson, ICOM student; and Dr. Tracy Farnsworth.

NYITCOM Exercise Physiology Research: Female Runners and Metabolism

071218_NYITCOM_CRUndereating is common among recreational female runners, but many don’t realize it can create too wide a gap between caloric intake and expenditure and actually result in slower metabolism. This poses a problem for female runners, who often face societal pressure to maintain their physique, says Joanne Donoghue, PhD, Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manual Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM).

Females now make up 43 percent of marathon finishers in the U.S.–an all-time high. Yet most studies of female runners consist of the professional and elite, not recreational runners. With this in mind, Dr. Donoghue recruited 21 female recreational middle distance and long distance runners (NYITCOM and NYIT School of Health Professions students), to study energy expenditure vs. caloric intake.

Each runner self-reported daily food intake and mileage ran, while researchers measured resting metabolic rates. While caloric intake was similar between the two groups, with both eating only slightly more calories than required by their resting metabolisms, the long-distance group had a lower resting metabolic rate. Although the long-distance runners exercised significantly more, they consumed the minimal energy required to perform basic functions, such as breathing and digesting food. This created a greater deficit between calories in vs. calories out, which can put the body into a starvation mode and slow the resting metabolism in order to conserve fuel.

“These findings suggest that restricting calories can actually hinder fitness and weight maintenance goals in the young female recreational female runner, but much is still unknown about the recreational runner as she ages,” said Donoghue. “We propose further research regarding the impact of running on metabolism, body composition, and hormones throughout the female life span.”

VCOM-Auburn Holds Second Annual “Boot the Second-Years” Celebration

071218_VCOM_Auburn_CREdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) faculty, staff, and administrators gathered on Friday, June 1, in historic downtown Opelika, AL for a special celebration in honor of the campus’ second-year students. This celebration, held at a popular restaurant in the historic district, marked a major achievement for these students as they leave campus and move on to clinical rotations. Attendees were encouraged to wear their cowboy boots to the event as the second-year students are being “booted” off campus.

Making this event even more special was entertainment by local band Route 66, which featured VCOM-Auburn’s OB-GYN Discipline Co-Chair R. Kraig Smith, MD. Event attendees dined on delicious food, danced to popular songs, and enjoyed each other’s company. “I am sad to leave campus, but I am so excited to get out of the classroom and work with patients in the clinical setting,” said second-year student Hannah Patterson. “We will certainly miss seeing these students on campus, but we are so excited for them to take the next step—that's what they came here for,” said Jake Williamson, PhD, VCOM-Auburn Assistant Vice President for Student Services.

VCOM-Carolinas Receives Diversity Award

071218_VCOM_Carolinas_CREdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) received the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Award for its minority student recruitment and programs that work with underserved and rural communities! The Greenville and Spartanburg Chambers of Commerce and the Riley Institute at Furman University recently recognized Upcountry South Carolina diversity leaders at the 14th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner. The event honoring individuals and organizations for diversity and inclusion efforts took place at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

With the mission of producing globally minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of the underserved and improve health, VCOM recruits diverse students who are underrepresented in health care. The student body at VCOM is 27 percent nonwhite, and 14 percent of its students identify with an underrepresented population.

VCOM-Virginia Alumni Visit to Help Lecture Using Interactive Simulation Technology

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) students received a hybrid lecture with interactive simulation technology about pharmacology and cardiac issues. Fred Rawlins, II, DO, VCOM's Associate Dean for Simulation and Educational Technology, and his sons, Frederic Rawlins, DO, and Jonas Rawlins, DO, were part of the simulation presentation. These hands-on experiences provide a safe environment for students to try new skills before their first patient encounters.