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The Key to Curb Binge Drinking, Teddy Bear Clinics, and More in Campus Roundup

ATSU-KCOM Holds Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

Student giving check-up to a teddy bearA.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)’s Alpha Phi Omega hosted its annual Teddy Bear Clinic on the Missouri campus in February. The service fraternity teamed up with volunteers from A. T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health and Truman State University. The event teaches children what to expect when they visit different providers, while exposing them to health care settings in a positive way.

Local children brought their favorite stuffed animals to the clinic and learned about various tools they may encounter during an appointment. They were escorted through eight stations where the stuffed animals received physical exams, dental care, shots, casting for broken bones, and other medical treatment.

“This event is a great way for ATSU students and children to connect in a fun, meaningful way,” says osteopathic medical student Jessica Clark, who helped coordinate the event. “ATSU students are able to apply the information they’ve learned in an interactive environment that promotes health and wellness in our community.” Read more.

AZCOM Class of 2022 Meets at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)’s incoming class of DO candidates will spend a day at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in north Phoenix, AZ, as part of their orientation activities.

The new group of students will have a chance to get to know each other in an informal setting and introduce themselves to AZCOM faculty. They will also be treated to an interactive presentation from MIM, which will include a scavenger hunt to identify various musical instruments from around the world located in the MIM collections. The activities are designed to help students understand the value of listening and observation as physicians, as well as relax before embarking on the challenges of didactic study.

AZCOM Dean Lori Kemper, DO, and Associate Deans Sean Reeder, DO, Katherine Mitzel, DO, FACEP, and Randall Nydam, PhD will accompany the class and preside over the group’s activities.

Campbell Medicine Honors Sports Medicine Fellows

Doctors holding certificatesThe Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) honored Shaun C. Knox, DO, PharmD, and Mohammed Qureshi, MD, for their outstanding achievement and contribution to the School’s Sports Medicine Fellowship.

“In Sports Medicine, you have many customers—the athlete, the coaches, the trainers … Dr. Knox and Dr. Qureshi both assimilated into the profession, and we are grateful for their service to the University and community,” said CUSOM Dean John Kauffman, Jr., DO.

Throughout the past year, Knox and Qureshi were responsible for seeing patients in the Campbell University Health Center, teaching in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Lab, being on the sidelines for high school and University athletic events and conducting research in the Human Performance Lab. Read more.

Summer Student Research Program Wraps Up at DMU-COM

Student presenting research
The eight-week Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) concluded July 20 with a keynote by Ralitsa Akins, MD, PhD, provost at the University, and oral and poster presentations by MSRP participants. This year, 16 DMU students–15 of them in osteopathic medicine–and 17 undergraduates from six colleges and universities participated in the program, submitting 32 abstracts for the final event. They investigated topics ranging from treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome, renal control of blood pressure, and estrogen’s ability to mitigate hypertension, to the clinical implications and food insecurities resulting from the rising cost of insulin. More than 30 DMU faculty served as mentors who guided the students’ research. Read more.

KCU Named A 2018 Great College to Work For by Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, a respected source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators, has named Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), as one of the United States “Great Colleges to Work For.”

KCU was recognized in two categories: Compensation & Benefits and Facilities, Workspace & Security. Recognition in these two categories means KCU was among the 10 highest- scoring institutions among the 53,000 respondents at 253 institutions. Results are reported for two-year and four-year colleges.

“KCU is pleased to be able to provide a work environment and compensation and benefits that attract top-notch faculty and staff and support their ability to ensure the success of our students—our number-one priority,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, President and Chief Executive Officer of KCU. “We are honored to be recognized nationally for our commitment.” Read more.

LECOM Hosts Annual Golf Tournament

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) recently held the third annual LECOM Health Challenge PGA TOUR event at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY. The LECOM Health Challenge was shown on the Golf Channel in nearly 200 countries. LECOM is able to promote the college and osteopathic medicine to this vast audience of golf fans. This is one of 26 golf events used by professional golfers to qualify for the regular PGA TOUR. This year’s winner was Nelson Ledesma from Argentina. Last year’s winner was Chesson Hadley, who has had a great year since joining the PGA TOUR after the 2017 LECOM Health Challenge. Hadley is scheduled to play in The (British) Open Championship at Carnoustie.

New Study from LMU-DCOM Finds Key to Curb Binge Drinking on College Campuses

Approximately 40 percent of college students in the United States binge drink according to a survey by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This alarming stat sent researchers including LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine’s Vinayak K. Nahar, MD, PhD, MS and Richard Kim, MS, osteopathic medical student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), searching for predictors of responsible drinking or abstinence from binge drinking using a multi-theory model approach.

The findings, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, point to a model with a comprehensive set of supports to turn those behaviors around. Nahar, assistant professor of public health and one health at LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine, joined Manoi Sharma, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Health at Jackson State University, and M. Allison Ford-Wade, PhD, MS, Professor of Health Promotion at the University of Mississippi, as primary investigators.

“‘Because I said so’ is not good enough anymore,” said Kim, co-author on the study. “You have to give them a why.” Read more.

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NSU-KPCOM Student Coauthors Research in International Journal

Sheikh Ali, osteopathic medical student at Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, served as second author of the article “The Use of Dehydrated Amniotic Membrane Allograft for Augmentation of Dural Closure in Craniotomies and Endoscopic Endonasal Transphenoidal Surgeries,” which was accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Neurosurgery.

Osteopathic Medical Students and Psychology Students Collaborate on New Health Outreach Initiative at PCOM

A new program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) aims to help the patient population of its community-based health care centers meet their healthy lifestyle goals through weekly phone calls with osteopathic medical students and clinical psychology doctorate students.

The Health Support Program, funded by a $50,000 grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, involves students reaching out to patients with high need who may need additional support to establish/reach agreed upon health goals; cope with chronic diseases such as diabetes; adhere to healthy lifestyle behaviors; engage in treatment, whether medical or behavioral; problem-solve around any obstacles to meeting goals; and attend upcoming primary care visits. Read more.

VCOM-Auburn Faculty and Students Train for Mass Casualty Event at Nation’s Premier Facility

VCOMAC_CR_072618Faculty and students from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) trained for mass casualty scenarios June 25-29 at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL. Situated on part of the former Fort McClellan grounds, the CDP is the nation’s premier all-hazards training center. VCOM-Auburn faculty and students completed the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course. This course provides instruction on effectively developing, preparing, activating and implementing a response for a mass casualty event at the operations level for a health care facility and its personnel.

The HERT course culminated in two full-scale mass casualty simulations, each sending approximately 100 “victims” to the response facility. Each victim was triaged, fully decontaminated, treated, and dispositioned in just over three hours.

“This was one of the best training courses offered by the U.S. government that I have ever attended,” said osteopathic medical student Mike Brisson, a captain in the Alabama Army National Guard and a longtime emergency medical services (EMS) responder. “I highly recommend this course for all medical students -- particularly those that desire emergency management leadership roles within the hospital or local community,” Brisson added.

VCOM–Carolinas’ SEE Program Encourages High School Students to Pursue Medical Careers

Student performing OMT
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) annual Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) gives high school students a taste of medical school. From July 9-20, 25 boys and 48 girls descended upon VCOM’s campus in Spartanburg, SC for lectures and labs in neuroscience, anatomy, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), and more.

Designed to promote science and medicine to area high school students, SEE encourages these students to pursue medical careers. One of the program’s aims is to address the shortage of physicians in rural and underserved areas by recruiting medical students from those regions. SEE also promotes diversity by seeking to recruit from these areas.

There was no cost to participate in this program, and lunch was provided. Rising sophomores through rising seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher were eligible to attend.

Student performing OMT VCOM-Virginia Held 9th Annual Southeastern Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows’ Conclave

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) hosted 23 doctors from 10 sports medicine fellowships, along with 12 faculty members. Doctors from around the southeastern U.S. traveled to Blacksburg, VA to learn from esteemed faculty physicians. Workshops ranging in topic from dislocations to IV and ultrasound use covered needs specific to sports medicine needs.

High School Students Learn about Infectious Diseases during WVSOM Summer Camp

High-schoolers learning biology
For one week every summer, high school students interested in science have the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in a “Just Say KNOW” camp at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) campus.

The camp, now in its sixth year, has grown into the Just Say KNOW Scholars Program, which will focus on a different science topic every year as opposed to pharmacology each year. Essentially, this will give the opportunity for students to return to the camp with a fresh topic to learn, building their interest. This year, the camp focused on infectious diseases.

“Learning about prominent infectious viral agents, both past and present, is important to understanding current outbreaks,” said Crystal Boudreaux, PhD, this year’s camp organizer. “Also, the team of professionals it takes to treat and combat infectious diseases goes far beyond the treating physician.” 

The camp also provides WVSOM students who have an interest in education the chance to mentor the high school students and communicate medicine effectively. This year’s medical student camp interns were Heather Farr and Samantha Braun.

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