Still Living the ATSU Mission: David McCall
David McCall, DO, MSEd, recently moved back to his hometown of Waco, TX to begin his career as a surgeon. After four years of medical school and five years in a general surgery program, the A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) alumnus was prepared to apply his skills as a medical professional to help others, both locally and globally.
From a young age, Dr. McCall knew that health care was his calling. He grew up in Nigeria, where his parents worked as medical missionaries. The family moved back to Texas when Dr. McCall was in high school, but he continued to accompany his father on medical mission trips, providing much-needed care in underserved areas of Ghana, Haiti, and Cuba.
“That’s what led me into medicine,” says Dr. McCall. “I felt the calling to do medical mission work, serving people here in the U.S., but also in developing nations.”
After completing his undergraduate and graduate education at Baylor University, Dr. McCall began the process of applying to medical schools. In researching his options, he realized ATSU-SOMA was the perfect fit. Read more.
CUSOM Unveils Smith Hall Research Center
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) celebrated the opening of a newly constructed 7,000 square foot biomedical research facility—an addition that will lead to groundbreaking medical advances in treating prominent diseases and improve the health of patients in North Carolina and beyond.
Campbell Medicine unveiled the Smith Hall Research Center to University officials, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests with an Open House ceremony at its location on the fourth floor of the at the Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Medical Sciences, located on the University’s Health Sciences campus.
The new facility includes 14 lab benches with 28 workstations equipped for research in the areas of cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, fluorescence microscopy, protein, DNA and RNA analysis, and small molecule separation. The center also includes a room designed for use with radioactive and controlled substances.
“Campbell Medicine aims to expand research collaboration amongst students, faculty, and residents while increasing research productivity with publications, presentations, and extramural funding,” said John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP, Dean of CUSOM. “This is certainly a very exciting time for Campbell and the School of Medicine.” Read more.
DMUCOM Students Give Back-to-School Physicals
Des Moines University held a free clinic providing back-to-school physicals on July 26 and 27. One-hundred-seventy-two students, 14 faculty members, and two graduates representing programs of osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, and health care administration provided care to 126 central Iowa youth pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Prevent Blindness Iowa, Dental Connections, the Polk County Health Department, and Amerigroup and Caremore joined the interprofessional effort in the DMU Clinic on campus to provide vision checks, dental screenings, immunizations, and information on community resources.
NYITCOM Professor Gives Presentation on the Opioid Epidemic
A 2018 study released by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) found that half of Americans suffer chronic pain lasting three months or longer. While the U.S. opioid epidemic continues to sweep the nation, Sheldon Yao, DO, Chair and Associate Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), maintains that osteopathic manipulative treatments learned by NYITCOM students will be the future of pain management. Watch a short video of Dr. Yao’s work.
Student’s Composition Examines Complexity of Culture
A short story by Nova Southeastern University Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) osteopathic medical student Hytham Rashid was recently published in the online medical student journal In-Training. His story, “Her Son, His Mom,” that discusses navigating patient confidentiality—at the intersection of health and culture. Read the story.
PNWU to Simulate Opioid Overdose in “Neuro Week” Lesson for Native American and Mexican American Students
On July 25, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) hosted a full day focused on opioids, pain, and addiction for young Native Americans and Mexican-Americans living on the homelands of the Yakama Nation.
The program aims to teach Roots to Wings students about the sensory (pain) and limbic (reinforcement, drives and emotions) systems as part of the Summer Program for Yakima Students (SPYS)’s “Neuro Week." In one of the most interactive and made-for-camera lessons of the program, SPYS students will be able to immerse themselves in an opioid overdose case using robotic simulators in the PNWU Simulation Lab. PNWU-COM students and an ER doctor guided students through the activity.
PCOM Students Receive Appointments on the SNMA Board of Directors
Two Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students, Janet Nwaukoni (pictured on left) and Chetachi E. Odelugo (pictured on right), were recently named to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Board of Directors. Ms. Nwaukoni will serve as co-chair of the International Affairs National Committee, while Ms. Odelugo will serve as co-chair of the Osteopathic Schools National Committee. Read more.
Cathy Ruff Receives RVU’s Faculty Innovator Award
Cathy C. Ruff, MS, PA-C, Chair and Program Director for the new physician assistant program (pictured on right) was awarded the Faculty Innovator Award during Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s white coat ceremony.
The Faculty Innovator Award was established by Clinton E. Adams, DO, RVU President and CEO, in 2017 to honor RVU faculty for their outstanding achievements in academic excellence. Each year, it recognizes a professor who is recognized by his or her peers for their academic discipline, who is highly regarded by the students, who has achieved excellence in service and academic scholarship, and who exemplifies RVU’s core values.
Ms. Ruff was selected for the award for her innovation in developing the curriculum for the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree program. Under her direction, it has become the first PA program in the United States to base its entire curriculum on competency using entrustable professional activities (EPAs). She had previously analyzed models used in Europe and by the Association of American Medical Colleges, as well as other professional programs within the country, to create the curriculum in just 26 months.
TUNCOM Donations for Third Mobile Clinic
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) unveiled its third mobile clinic during a special ceremony surrounded by donors, community partners, and members of the Southern Nevada community at City National Arena on July 19.
Thanks to generous donations from City National Bank, the Vegas Golden Knights, Zappos, and Findlay RV, the third mobile clinic will help TUNCOM address the health care shortage in Southern Nevada by providing free primary care services to low-income seniors throughout Southern Nevada.
VCOM-Auburn Sports Medicine Holds “Fit to Play” Workshop for Young Athletes
On Monday, July 30, faculty from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn)’s Sports Medicine program held an educational workshop for junior high and high school athletes at Reeltown High School in Notasulga, AL. Called “Fit to Play,” the workshop was designed to educate young athletes about the importance of health, nutrition, academic success, concussion prevention and identification, and environmental health issues. VCOM-Auburn’s Sports Medicine department was one of five nationally to be awarded a grant by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) to host a humanitarian service project focused on underserved members of local communities. Diana Ramage, a former Auburn University and LPGA golfer discussed her struggles with diabetes and how to overcome adversity as an athlete. Keynote speaker Mike Lutzenkirchen, founder of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, gave an emotional speech about his son, Phillip, a former Auburn University football player, who tragically passed in a drunk driving accident. Lutzenkirchen emphasized the importance of developing strong character traits and the dangers of alcohol abuse and not wearing seatbelts.
SOMA Leaders Represent VCOM–Carolinas at AOA House of Delegates Annual Business Meeting
Leaders from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) represented the VCOM student body in Chicago at the 2018 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates and respective organization meetings July 20-22. During the event, VCOM–Carolinas class students held an Instagram takeover to keep fellow students up to date.
SOMA concurrently hosted their annual Summer Leadership Meeting, where chapter leaders hear from leaders in various fields of medicine. Topics included wellness in medicine and building a personal brand for residency. As the student channel to the AOA, SOMA also had the opportunity to talk with AOA Chief Executive Adrienne White-Faines about the organization’s strategic plan and how students are included in this vision.
VCOM-Virginia Hosts Local High School Students to Encourage STEM Careers
Local high school students had the opportunity to explore the field of medicine this summer through Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM-Virginia)’s Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) camp. With one week for girls and another for boys, VCOM-Virginia students helped the high school students to learn what it’s like to be a medical student and were available to answer any questions. Hands-on labs and lectures were intermingled with fun activities. The camp is offered at no cost and lodging is provided for those who travel from further away. The SEE program hopes to increase the camper’s knowledge of careers available to them in the STEM fields.