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OU-HCOM's New Curriculum Updates, PCOM's First-Ever Wellness Fest in the Campus Roundup

ATSU-KCOM Hosts First Heartland PreMed Conference for Undergraduate Students

Students A.T. Still University—Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) hosted the first Heartland PreMed Conference at its Kirksville, MO campus on Saturday, September 8. Co-sponsors of the event were Des Moines University, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Marian University-College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Presenters from around the country, 15 medical schools, and other exhibitors were able to offer a full-scale list of sessions, hands-on activities in ATSU-KCOM’s labs, and mock interviews to around 160 people from 72 undergraduate schools. The one-day conference gave undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine the opportunity to learn more about the field. Read more.

ATSU-SOMA and Corbin’s Legacy Host Back-to-School Health Fair for Children in Need

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On Tuesday, September 25, A.T. Still University—School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) hosted approximately 300 children from local Title I schools for the second annual Corbin’s Legacy Back to School Health Fair. Children received free health, hearing, vision, and dental screenings, provided by ATSU-SOMA students and faculty. The event was hosted in partnership with local non-profit organization, Corbin’s Legacy.

Students in third through fifth grades from Mesa Public Schools were bused to the University’s Mesa campus. During the event, children rotated through stations, receiving various health screenings, as well as fun activities like bowling and hopscotch. Each child received a backpack full of school supplies and a grocery gift card. Corbin’s Legacy provided hot lunches.

Renowned Physician and Educator Honored for Service to UP-KYCOM

KYCOM_CR_10042018Edward G. Stiles, DO, FAAO, was named this year’s John A. Strosnider, DO, Memorial Lecturer at the annual University of Pikeville—Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) Founders Dinner on September 14. The award acknowledged Dr. Stiles’ service to UP-KYCOM and the osteopathic profession. As a member of the original UP-KYCOM faculty, Dr. Stiles was heavily involved in the early development of the medical school. He remains a well-respected educator, teaching osteopathic principles and practices.

Dr. Stiles has also received the Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Osteopathy Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, and the American Osteopathic Association Great Pioneer of Osteopathic Medicine Award.

Warren General, AHN, and LECOM Health Sign Agreement to Improve Quality, Value, and Breadth of Services in PA

Officials from Warren General Hospital (WGH), Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Health recently joined community leaders and hospital employees to celebrate the signing of an affiliation agreement that will strengthen and expand the services that WGH provides. Last November, WGH, AHN, and LECOM Health announced plans to establish an affiliation that would work to advance their current strategies for delivering high-quality, high-value health care in the Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

As part of the affiliation agreement, a joint venture between AHN and LECOM Health will have a membership interest in WGH. WGH will receive support from AHN, LECOM Health, and Highmark Inc., for capital investments and for community health reinvestment projects.

MSUCOM Students Provide Clinical Care to Detroit's Homeless

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Detroit Street Care is outreach project that enables Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) students to provide medical assistance to the homeless. Through this program, medical students at the college’s Detroit Medical Center site recently offered clinical care to the city's homeless population with supervision from Richard Bryce, DO, and Mary Jo Voelpel, DO.

Second year student Allison Jennens, President of Detroit Street Care, commented on the benefits the program offers to both students and the community. “We learn all these medical textbook things in the classroom and then we get to apply what we learn on people just five minutes away and really practice it and learn," said Jennens. “And the people who come see us, they don't mind taking the extra time for us to learn and talk about it with each other. And then we get to apply it on people who really need it. I went into medicine because I like to help people, and the first two years of medical school are really studying. This is a chance for me to get out and actually help people and apply it to people who live just a block down the road." Read more.

NSU-KPCOM Student Research Wins Recognition

NSUKPCOM_Rathore_CR_10042018Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) fourth-year students Veena Varki, MS, MPH, and Maria Rathore received a second-place award for their case study, “Everything Is Fine and Dandy: A Rare Case Presentation of Asymptomatic Dandy Walker Malformation in an Adult.”

Varki presented the research project at the Florida Chapter American College of Physician 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting poster competition held September 8 in Tampa Bay, FL.

NYITCOM Students Named to National Political Action Honor Society

Several New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) students from the Old Westbury campus and NYITCOM at A-State campus have been named to Omega Beta Iota (OBI), the National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society.

Samantha Gottlieb, academic medicine scholar from NYITCOM, and Nicole Ebalo, second-year medical student from NYITCOM at A-State, were among the 30 osteopathic medical students selected nationwide for this year’s induction. Omega Beta Iota was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the work that medical students contribute to the political system. Induction into OBI is an honorary recognition for politically-active medical students and professional mentors who demonstrate excellence in health care politics.

OU-HCOM Debuts New Curriculum

When the 266 members of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)’s Class of 2022 began classes in August, they became the first students to train under its new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum (PHWC).

The new curriculum—designed to train physicians for the rapidly changing world of modern healthcare—features the “flipped classroom” approach, in which students prepare for class by doing pre-work at home, then come to the classroom to learn through interactive team-based problem solving. Another notable feature of the PHWC is its emphasis on personal wellness for both students and faculty; each are provided with protected time from academic work in which to foster their own well-being. Read more.

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PCOM Holds First-Ever Community Wellness Fest

On September 22, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held its first-ever community Wellness Fest, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. PCOM students, faculty, and staff welcomed nearly 600 members of the surrounding community to campus for a day of free food, free health screenings, and fun for the entire family.

 “PCOM Wellness Fest allowed us to open our campus up to the community to educate them about the whole person approach to wellness that comprises the osteopathic philosophy,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, President and CEO. “When we focus on the health of the community, we improve health outcomes for the individual.” Read more.

RVUCOM Students Receive Training for Wilderness Medicine Emergencies

RVUCOM_CR_10042018Second-year students from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track participated in an annual orienteering course at Castlewood Canyon State Park on September 25.

Supervised by David Ross, DO, FACEP, Director of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track at RVUCOM, the students searched for patients using only a map and compass . After locating patients off the main hiking trail, students assessed and treated simulated injuries ranging from a hiker with a head injury and broken arm to a woman in premature labor. Students were able to execute emergency medicine techniques in a controlled environment, such as apply a tourniquet and perform an intubation, as well as work as a team to coordinate treatment in a high-stress situation. The course also allowed students to learn how to transport patients in isolated areas, which is especially important for students who intend to practice medicine in rural or remote areas.

VCOM-Virginia Students Serve the Local Community with Health Fair

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) students provided the local community with basic healthcare checks and information at the 2018 Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by AARP. At the Christiansburg Recreation Center, attendees were able to have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked, receive their flu shot, and were provided with health-related information. Students also performed osteopathic manual manipulation for those interested.

Exhibitors from around the area, including the New River Valley, Roanoke, Salem, Floyd, and others, were on hand to help visitors explore ways to stay healthy, feel healthy, and age well.

UNE COM Hosts Mentor Networking Session

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Mentoring has been a common theme at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM). On Saturday, August 4, physicians and students came together for mentor networking. AT the event, 40 students and 21 physicians participated in informal roundtable discussions about what it is like to be physicians in the current health care climate. To start, participants shared some personal history and interests , then had the opportunity to discuss more pertinent questions related to establishing a career in medicine.

Students welcomed the opportunity to connect with physicians from different backgrounds and specialties. One student commented, “I really enjoyed the event… more like it would be so appreciated.” The physicians who attended were alumni and friends of UNE COM, and stated that they attended the event to have a greater connection to students and to give back to UNE COM.