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NYITCOM at A-State's Newest Class, Milie Fang's Advice to New Students and More in Campus Roundup

Incoming AZCOM, CCOM Students Receive Stethoscopes to Celebrate Their First Year of Study

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As osteopathic medical students from the Class of 2022 arrived for orientation at Midwestern University’s two campuses in Downers Grove, IL, and Glendale, AZ this summer, they received a brand-new stethoscope with the words “Excel in Leaving a Mark” engraved in the metal. Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) students were also treated to a special presentation from the Jason Madachy Foundation. The foundation’s address was given in honor of the late Jason Madachy, a medical student at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who passed away unexpectedly in 2007.

CUSOM Welcomes Sixth Class

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) welcomed 164 new medical students with the close of its first-year orientation activities on July 27. The students represent 90 undergraduate institutions and more than 20 majors.

“We are delighted to have seated such a robust and highly-credentialed class,” said CUSOM Dean John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO. The new class of 2022 began the academic year with the second-year students on July 30 while third- and fourth-year medical students began their second mediweek of rotations at CUSOM’s regional campuses throughout North Carolina. The new first-year class represents the sixth class of medical students at Campbell. Read more.

"Treat Yourself Better"

MUCOM_CR_250Milie Fang, a second-year osteopathic medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), wrote an advice piece for incoming students.

“Before medical school,” she wrote, “I never felt the need for self-help or self-love. Instead, what I felt was the need to constantly take on responsibilities to feel useful, important, and to have purpose. I was used to working 18-hours a day (without breaks) as a medical scribe and research aide and had unrealistic expectations of what I could handle. When I look back, I really don’t know how I made it this far in medical school. Things are different now. I’ll spare you the details of my journey, but instead I’ll share a few tips on how I focus on the now and find joy in being in the moment when life seems a bit too overwhelming. Enjoy!” Read more of her advice.

NYITCOM Coats Next Class of Physicians

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Newly coated medical students from NYITCOM at A-State. Photo courtesy of Travis Clayton.

A week of celebration ensued at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) as the newest medical students of the Long Island (Old Westbury, NY) and Jonesboro locations received their white coats, a rite of passage signifying their official start in medical school. NYITCOM at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) kicked off their celebrations on August 10 with a white coat ceremony held in the Fowler Center on the Jonesboro campus. Second-year students Anand Bhagat and Margaret Kell were awarded the Gregory William Berner Scholarship, NYITCOM at A-State’s first endowed scholarship.

NYITCOM at A-State’s newest class is eager to support the mission of improving health care in the Mississippi Delta region and other underserved communities. The 120 students of the NYITCOM at A-State Class of 2022 represented seven of the eight Delta region states. Among these students was Roland Brutus of Arkansas, intent on continuing the legacy of his physician father, who tragically passed away while helping medically-underserved communities in Mexico.

Collegiality Displayed on Annual Student Wellness Cruise

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On August 1, the Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteoapthic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) coordinated its fourth annual Sunset Wellness Welcome Cruise for incoming class of 2022 students aboard the Grand Floridian yacht. The excursion offered entering students the enjoyment of a three-hour cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Intracoastal Waterway and the opportunity to interact with their classmates, as well as faculty and staff members.

A pivotal event aspect of event included the 10 student wellness stations—organized to provide vital information to the incoming students and help them thrive during their medical school experience and beyond. Topics at the stations included academic aids, emotional wellness, nutrition, personal health, physical activity/exercise, recognizing when you are in trouble, relaxation, social outlets, stress reduction, and substance use.

PCOM Recognized for Efforts to Diversify STEM

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. INSIGHT Into Diversity selected Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

PCOM was chosen for its myriad pipeline efforts to encourage African-American and Latino high school and middle-school age students to consider a career in STEM+M (STEM and medicine). A signature program of the college, the PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy, is a two-week, intensive learning experience for students at ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania and Esperanza College. In Georgia, the program extends to Gwinnett County Public Schools' Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools. Students enrolled in the academy also have the opportunity to work on research projects throughout the academic year with PCOM faculty and students. Read more.

RVUCOM Granted Continued Accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute

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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation was granted continued accreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as part of the Accredited Education Institutes (AEI) program. The program promotes patient safety through simulation, development of new technologies, identifying best practices, and promoting research and collaboration among the institutes. To be granted continued accreditation, the Institute must evaluate the effectiveness of its education through faculty assessments, continuous improvement of training programs, and involvement in simulation-based research and scholarly activities.

To date, RVUCOM is the only osteopathic medical school to receive this accreditation by the ACS. Additionally, it is one out of only two medical schools in the Mountain West region to hold this distinction. As part of the Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation, medical students of RVU can perform surgery using the cut suit (a human-worn body suit which simulates realistic trauma). Students and surgical residents practice techniques such as suturing, ultrasound, intubation, crichothyrotomies, and other important procedures and skills.

VCOM-Auburn Student Selected for Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) class of 2019 student Captain Mike Brisson, PhD (pictured above), has been selected as one of two externs for the 2018 Carolina Wilderness EMS program. “The Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship is dedicated to training the future international leaders of wilderness EMS,” said Course Director Seth C. Hawkins, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, MFAWM. “It differs from other wilderness medicine rotations in that the emphasis is almost entirely on EMS activities, rather than general wilderness medicine.”

Dr. Brisson said that his background in EMS and his interests in wilderness medicine and previous life experiences like ski patrol, being an Eagle scout, and his military work as an Army aviator piqued his interest in this externship opportunity. “This wilderness EMS externship will allow me to fulfill a professional goal to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and also expand my knowledge to better care for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, particularly in remote and austere environments,” said Dr. Brisson.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Stress-Relieving Ice Cream Social

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The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and the Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) partnered to host a stress-relieving break for the new first-year students at the end of their first week of medical school. CMDA members served ice cream and mingled with new students as MHATF lead a therapeutic session of succulent planting. It was an opportunity to unwind and to make connections with these organizations.

VCOM-Virginia Club Hosts Race in Memory

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The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia (VCOM-Virginia)’s Sports Medicine Club held its annual Adventure Race at Claytor Lake in Pulaski, VA. Proceeds from the event went to the J. Michael Bernardo Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of a member of the Class of 2010. The three-part run, kayak, and bike race was well-attended by many students and the community.

WVSOM Welcomes Member of First Graduating Class for Convocation

082318_WVSOM_CRThe convocation and white coat ceremony will mark the Class of 2022’s commitment to a life of health care service. The special event will take place at 9:30 AM ET, Saturday, August 25, at the Conference Center located in the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Student Center. This year, 206 first-year students will participate in the coating ceremony. Naomi Wriston, DO, MS, FAOCOPM, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. She was a member of the first graduating class, which comprised of 36 students.