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“Detective Work” for a Summer Internship, Inaugural Scholarships for ICOM Students, and More in Campus Roundup

AZCOM Incorporates Innovative Ultrasound Training into Curriculum

AZCOM_CR_092018Students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM)’s incoming Class of 2022 became the second cohort to benefit from an innovative training program designed to incorporate ultrasound diagnostic procedures into their studies.

Spearheaded by AZCOM faculty members Charles Finch, Jr., DO, Chair of Integrated Medicine, and Randall Nydam, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the program integrates ultrasound training via hands-on exercises and workshops in preclinical courses and clinical rotations. New this year is an ultrasound component for osteopathic manual manipulation classes and workshops, and the college has invested in additional equipment for all workshops. AZCOM’s new Ultrasound Club provides support from student members who help troubleshoot and work as peer instructors in the workshops.

AZCOM students perform an ultrasound: Priya Sharma practices ultrasound scanning on Morgan Pinto while Noelle Provenzano explains the readings.

BCOM Student Takes to “Detective Work” for Summer Internship

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Second-year Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) student Chase Cho knows first-hand that persistence and determination pay off when striving toward goals. After reaching out to 15 clinicians and faculty members across the country, he managed to secure an internship and spent his summer performing “detective work” with physicians and researchers from the often-overlooked specialty of medical genetics.

Cho said his internship was very rewarding and gave him knowledge he will call upon no matter what specialty he ultimately pursues in his career. “Medical genetics is an extremely interesting field, and it’s such a young specialty that it’s not one medical students necessarily hear about unless you know someone in the field or you’re in a learning hospital setting,” he added. “This experience has made me want to learn more and I think the study of genetics will become more and more common in the medical field in the years to come.” Read more.

GA-PCOM Medical Student Inspired by Fiancée’s Medical Situation

GAPCOM_CR_092018Kevin Guzman, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Georgia Campus–Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee, GA, has learned first-hand what it’s like to be the loved one of a patient at the same time he’s learning how to treat patients in medical school. Between the time Guzman graduated from college and started medical school, his fiancée, Alyssa Ouano, was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a kidney disease that occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) lodges in the kidneys. Local inflammation can occur which may hamper the kidneys' ability to filter wastes from the bloodstream.

With graduation planned for May of 2019, Guzman said, “I always have Alyssa in the back of my mind when treating patients. How would Alyssa feel if I neglected to ask them a question? I don’t take things that patients tell me for granted.” Read more.

LECOM Opens School of Health Services Administration

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) announced today the formation of the LECOM School of Health Services Administration (SHSA). The school will emphasize teaching the business of health care as it prepares future leaders to deal with the evolving need for competent and well-trained administrators and providers. SHSA brings together the Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) and the Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics (MSBE) under one administration.

Silvia M. Ferretti, DO, LECOM’s Senior Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs, announced that Timothy Novak, DBA, MSA, will serve as Dean of SHSA. “Dr. Novak’s vision, innovation and leadership as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and program director have quickly advanced the success of LECOM’s MHSA program from its beginning in 2014 to #6 in 2018 as ranked nationally by BestColleges.com” said Dr. Ferretti. “Our MHSA graduates are quickly advancing into senior executive healthcare leadership positions across the nation technically prepared and ready to lead in today’s complex industry.” Read more.

LMU Researchers Find Key to Getting College Students to Eat Their Fruits and Veggies

Nationwide, 63 percent of college students eat less than the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day, according to a survey by the American College Health Association (ACHA). Vinayak K. Nahar, MD, PhD, affiliate research faculty for LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and Assistant Professor of Public Health and One Health at LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine, served as co-investigator on a study to explore the key to getting college students to eat a healthier diet.

The findings, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), show that a benefit-oriented approach to nutrition increases college students’ willingness to consume fruits and vegetables, yet the availability and cost of healthy food on campus are critical to changing their eating habits. Dr. Nahar joined primary investigators Manoj Sharma, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Health at Jackson State University, and M. Allison Ford, PhD, Professor of Health Promotion at the University of Mississippi, on the study. Read more.

ICOM Awards $35K in Inaugural Scholarships to Idaho Students

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The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) has awarded its inaugural scholarships to seven students in its Class of 2022. The students, all of whom are Idaho natives, received $5,000 each. Apart from being Idaho natives, each of the recipients have at least a 3.5 GPA and submitted an essay explaining why they’re choosing to become osteopathic physicians.

“I am excited for the inaugural ICOM scholarships and what it means to the medical students who have received them,” said Robert Hasty, DO, ICOM Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer. “Our endowment will grow over time and we will be able to provide greater scholarships in the future.” The $35,000 in scholarships came from the ICOM Scholarship Fund, to which 88 percent of the school’s employees contribute.

Early Admission Program Helps Premed Students Attend MSUCOM

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A new agreement will give Grand Valley State University (GVSU) premedical undergraduates early admission assurance into the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). The agreement, which was signed today, reserves up to five positions for GVSU students per year.

According to Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, Vice Provost for Health at GVSU, preference will be given to students who are Pell grant recipients, first-generation college students, or graduates of a high school in a medically-underserved rural or urban area. Under the agreement, MSUCOM will waive supplemental application fees for GVSU students who qualify and provide them with opportunities to network with medical students, faculty, and staff members. Read more.

NSU-KPCOM Students Join Forces to Fight Cancer

NSUKPCOM_James_Hong_Shuhua_Zheng_CR_092018Second-year Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) students Shuhua Zheng, PhD, and James Hong published a new book, 100 Ways to Kill Cancer. Dr. Zheng authored the book and Hong served as editor.

“In this book, we tried to present a concise overview of the unique features and vulnerabilities of cancer cells,” the students said. “By understanding those features, you will be able to appreciate how new generation of treatment strategies can specifically eradicate cancer while leaving normal tissue cells relatively untouched.” They presented each treatment strategy as an independent story on Amazon’s website.

First Class Chosen for Heritage College Transformative Care Continuum

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The inaugural class of the Transformative Care Continuum.

The first cohort of eight students have begun their training in an innovative primary care curriculum demonstration project that launched with the beginning of classes last month at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OH-HCOM). Developed in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, the Transformative Care Continuum (TCC) is an accelerated, competency-based curriculum path that will prepare students for careers in family medicine through a continuous experience from medical school through residency and beyond, which has earned the college membership in the American Medical Association (AMA)’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

TCC students, who must commit up front to practicing family medicine, are embedded from their earliest days of medical school with an interprofessional family medicine care team at one of two Cleveland Clinic sites—Cleveland Clinic Akron General or Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, Lakewood. The students will move into residencies at these same sites upon successful completion of the TCC. Read more.

RVUCOM Hosts Digital Health Day

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The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s first annual Digital Health Day brought digital health innovators on campus to discuss the intersection of health care and technology. Students had the unique opportunity to engage with leaders in the field of digital health and interact with various companies utilizing cutting-edge technology to advance healthcare delivery services.

Event highlights included an address by keynote speaker Katherine S. Richardson, MD, Healthcare Innovation Leader and Director of Physician Experience at Kaiser Permanente, as well as a panel of physician entrepreneurs. During an interactive vendor session featuring companies such as Care on Location and CORHIO, students were able to sample digital health products including a digital stethoscope. The event, organized by RVU’s Digital Health Club, not only showcased the benefits of digital innovation, but also gave students an insight into how digital technology will impact their future careers as physicians.

TUNCOM Student Spotlight: Yesenia Vasquez

TUNCOM_CR_092018Growing up the daughter of Central California immigrant field workers, current Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) student Yesenia Vasquez felt that pursuing an education beyond high school was not expected of her.

“My parents were field workers, and even though I excelled in school, people in my hometown assumed that I would end up pregnant while in high school,” she said. “That’s how they viewed Hispanic females with my background.”

When Vasquez was in the fourth grade, a nurse came into her class to talk to them about puberty. It was that discussion that sparked her interest in medicine, and upon completing an anatomy and physiology honors class in high school, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. Read more.

UNE COM National Youth Leadership Forum

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Based out of Boston, MA, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) features high school students from across the country with genuine interest in the health science professions. Two groups visited the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) campus on July 16 and 17 for a day of immersive learning. Assistant Director of Recruitment and Alumni Services, Annie Connors, was the driving force behind the event. Annie and second-year osteopathic medical student Jenna Wozer spent months planning the NYLF visit.

“One of the students came from Biddeford High School,” Connors recalled about the event. “This young lady came up to me at the end of the first day and could not say enough how much fun she had and what it meant to her. I think this particular example truly highlights how we are not only furthering our own agenda of education and student recruitment, but we are providing a service to our community as well.”

VCOM-Auburn Student Awarded Anderson Minority Scholarship

VCOMAuburn_CR_092018Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) Class of 2021 student Joselyn Miller was recently one of four students selected to receive the VCOM William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship. The college scholarship is named for VCOM-Auburn Advisory Board member and civil rights leader William G. Anderson, DO, and is open to minority student applicants at VCOM who have completed their first year in good standing, show strong leadership and involvement, have a keen interest in osteopathic principles, and are committed to addressing inequalities in health care.

Miller, from Las Vegas, NV, is an Alabama State University Biology graduate who is interested in trauma surgery or emergency medicine. Miller noted that she was especially excited about the scholarship as she and Anderson shared an alma mater. “This scholarship is a stepping stone for me to continue my pursuits, to live up to the words that define Dr. William Anderson and to create a positive impact in my community and beyond,” said Miller.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Policy Engagement Lunch and Learn

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On Friday, September 7, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) hosted its first Policy Engagement Lunch and Learn. The series explains why becoming involved in policy engagement is important at the medical student level. Jeff Cashman, MS, DO, who is a Young Physician Board of Trustees Member for the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), and Marty Levine, DO, MPH, FACOFP, discussed ways to get involved on state and national levels.

Throughout this series, SOMA aims to help students meet the requirements for membership in Omega Beta Iota, the national osteopathic political honor society, as well as for the SCMA's Leadership Distinction award. At the end of each lunch, debate and discussion is open for a variety of topics concerning health care policy. This gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions and learn about what is currently affecting the medical field.

VCOM-Virginia Students Hold Service Project Benefiting Local Children

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On September 7, first- and second-year students at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) collaborated for a service project called Laborers for Linus. The students made fleece-tie blankets for local children in foster care and hospitals.

Project Linus is a non-profit whose mission is to “provide love, a sense of security, worth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteers.” One-hundred seventeen students made 70 blankets to be donated to the organization. The event was sponsored by the Class of 2021 and funded through a grant. Many students bought their own fleece and yarn as donations.

WVSOM Chooses Oracle Cloud for Security to Lower Costs

WVSOM_CR_092018Technology plays an important role in educating future physicians. That is why the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) made the decision to switch to the Oracle Platform and Infrastructure Services in the Cloud to improve security.

“It’s really important for our students that we have this advanced technology because we are now in a generation that has grown up with phones and computers since grade school,” said Kim Ransom, WVSOM’s Director of Information Technology. “There are certain expectations of having technology that is modern and current, and to be part of the cutting edge. In the medical profession you don’t want to be technologically behind the curve.”