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Fast-Acting DOs Save Life, Students Study MRSA Colonization, and More in Campus Roundup

ATSU-KCOM Hosts Annual Patriot Day Ceremony for Kirksville Community

On September 11, 2018, the community at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) gathered to honor and remember the lives lost during terrorist attacks 17 years before. A community ceremony organized by ATSU’s Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS), was held on the Adair County Courthouse north lawn.

The annual Patriot Day Ceremony included the national anthem sung by ATSU’s MEDleys; an invocation delivered by Josh Wood; remarks from ATSU students including Crystal Lafleur, U.S. Navy ensign; and presentation of colors and playing of “Taps” by members of VFW Post 2508. Read more.

DO Alumna Entered into Midwestern University’s Littlejohn Society

AZCOM_CR_10162018Midwestern University President and CEO Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, honored three new recipients of the Littlejohn Award at the University’s annual recognition dinner held in September at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, AZ. This year’s honorees are alumna Shannon C. Scott, DO, FACOFP, Assistant Dean, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) and Medical Director, Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic; Jose A. Hernandez, PhD, Chair, Biochemistry, Midwestern University College of Graduate Studies; and Laurie J. Miller, RVT, CVT, CVPM, Practice Manager, Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic.

Dr. Scott is a 2004 graduate from AZCOM. She has been employed by the University since 2005, where she was hired on as a clinical instructor and began practicing at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in 2008 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Scott became a clinical associate professor in 2013 and was promoted in 2017 to the position of Medical Director for the Multispecialty Clinic and Assistant Dean for AZCOM. She has earned multiple honors, including the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Young Physician of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year from the Student American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She has also served as President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

BCOM Research Team Awarded Grant to Study MRSA Colonization in Medical Students

An ongoing research project started by a group of students from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)’s inaugural class received a grant that will allow the study to continue for the next two years. In 2016, medical students Stephanie Ayala, Chris Hooshmand, Marlina Ponce de Leon, and Andrew Ortega approached BCOM professors Debra Bramblett, PhD, and Michael Woods, PhD, about conducting a study on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.

During the study, nasal swabs are taken from the volunteer participants twice a year over the course of their four years of medical school. The participants are also required to fill out a survey providing their prior health history, their use of antibiotics, and demographic information. Dr. Bramblett said, “We hope to find some associations between certain demographics or places of employment or medical history which will inform us why certain people may become colonized or what variables affect the rate of colonization.”

Fast-Acting MSUCOM Physicians Honored for Lifesaving Effort

Lauren Azevedo, DO, and Ryan Keating, DO, both graduates of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), were enjoying a boat ride with family members on Gun Lake near Wayland, MI when they heard shouts and saw a group of young men on another boat signaling for help. Dr. Azevedo, a pediatrician who had just graduated from a residency program at St. John Providence Hospital in Detroit, dove into the water and swam to the adjoining boat. She found a young man named Camerson Chichosz, whose leg had been severed and she shouted to Dr. Keating, a neurologist who had just completed his neurophysiology fellowship, to join her. The two attached a tourniquet as Azevedo applied pressure and got the man to shore.

The two were recognized for their effort with the Barry County Life Saving Award, which was presented on July 10 by Barry County Undersheriff Matt Houchlei during the county commissioners meeting. Both are quick to point out that there were others involved in the effort and that while they appreciate the honor, everyone from the firefighters to the EMTs helped get the injured man to the hospital. Read more.

NSU-KPCOM Students’ Poster Garners Top Honors

NSUKPCOM_CR_10162018Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) Class of 2019 students Parth S. Gandhi and Avinash Ram received first-place honors for their poster “Lost in the Forest: A Rare Case of Forestier Disease – Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH),” at the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association’s inaugural Case-Con Poster Competition. The event was held on October 1 during the American College of Emergency Physicians national conference in San Diego, CA.

OU-HCOM Student Takes Part in Pediatric Oncology Program

OUHCOM_CR_10162018Nathan Reynolds, osteopathic medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), gained firsthand experience in research-driven medical care this summer through the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Reynolds is one of 54 students in the country selected to take part in the program, where he worked under the guidance of Melissa Hines, MD, a researcher and practitioner in the pediatric intensive care unit. Reynolds was part of a research team evaluating diagnostic criteria for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocyosis, a disorder of the immune system that causes the body to attack itself, causing organ failure and ultimately death, if untreated. By determining which diagnostic criteria are the best predictors of the disorder, the team hopes to increase the likelihood that future patients are diagnosed correctly in early stages. Read more.

New Elective Teaches Medical Spanish to PCOM Students

PCOM_CR_10162018A poll recently conducted by the Associated Press—NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 60 percent of Hispanic adults have had difficulty communicating with their health care provider due to language or cultural barriers. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is working to train future physicians to bypass some of those barriers as part of a new elective course on medical Spanish.

The online course for third and fourth-year DO students is designed to teach participants not only common words and phrases but also a better understanding of some of the cultural aspects that can play a role in a Spanish-speaking patient’s health. It features 36 lessons in total through which students learn not only vocabulary and grammar but also listening skills, in the form of video vignettes or “telenovelas.” Students are tested throughout the course on their written and listening skills, and at the end participate in a virtual patient encounter with a standardized patient. Read more.

RVUCOM Hosts Annual Military Appreciation Ceremony

RVUCOM_CR_10162018Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) honored and celebrated military servicepeople in the school’ community during its Annual Military Appreciation Ceremony on October 4. Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, President and CEO of RVU and retired Rear Admiral, and Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., Dean of RVUCOM and veteran, welcomed guests, including community emergency personnel and honored guests.

Event highlights included the Missing Man/POW Remembrance Ceremony, which was narrated by Anthony LaPorta, MD, FACS, Professor of Clinical Surgery and Course Director of the Military Track at RVU, and was carried out by the RVU Color Guard.

VCOM-Auburn Students Secure NHSC Scholarships

VCOMAuburn_CR_10162018Two College of Osteopathic Medicine Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) students were recently awarded National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships. First-year VCOM-Auburn student Jared Bies and second-year student Benjamin Taylor were selected by the NHSC to receive the scholarships.

The NHSC is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration,. The NHSC Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholarship recipients commit to provide primary care health services in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). According to the NHSC, HPSAs are defined as areas lacking health care providers in the areas of primary care, dental health, or mental health.

PRIDE in Healthcare Presents “General Bias” Workshop

On October 1, PRIDE (Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equality) in Healthcare, in partnership with the student chapters of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas), presented their first in a series of four workshops on bias in health care.

The presentation, “General Bias,” was intended as an introduction to this complex topic. Wofford College Assistant Professor Rhiannon Leebrick, PhD, presented an examination of the nature of bias and how future physicians may encounter it. She provided the attendees with a framework of the types of bias, basic strategies to use when bias is in ourselves at work, and suggestions for dealing with bias encountered. Over 60 students, faculty, and staff members attended the workshop.


VCOM-Virginia Students Further Develop OMM skills

Students at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) were able to learn more about sacrum and pelvis diagnoses—common ailments for osteopathic physicians to treat. David Woodson, DO, Assistant Professor for osteopathic manual manipulation at VCOM-Virginia, led the students through different techniques before they tried them on each other.

WesternU COMP Alumna Honored by AOF, ACOI

WesternUCOMP_CR_10162018Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/ COMP) alumna Nicolette Rosendahl, DO, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Resident of the Year for Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Foundation and American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Rosendahl was honored during AOF’s 2018 Honors Gala held October 5 in San Diego, CA. 

Dr. Rosendahl is a third-year internal medicine resident at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, and currently applying for a fellowship next year in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She was nominated by Leatrice Olson, DO, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. “She is very actively involved in teaching other residents and students and is a leader in the Internal Medicine Residency program,” Dr. Olson said. “Nicolette is a very caring and compassionate resident and an excellent physician. She provides excellent care to many patients. I am honored to have had the opportunity to nominate Nicolette for this award.”

Installation Ceremony Celebrates Dr. Nemitz as WVSOM’s Seventh President

A celebration took place on the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) campus during the installation ceremony of WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, PhD. The installation, which took place September 28, is an official recognition of the School’s change in presidents and marks a new beginning for the institution. The formal ceremony included words of support from the WVSOM Board of Governors’ Chairman Charles Davis, DO, and Alumni Association President Robert Olexo, DO. Music was provided by the Greenbrier Valley Chorale and the Greenbrier Academy for Girls.

“It’s been an honor for me to take part in this selection process and see its completion with Dr. Nemitz as the seventh president,” Dr. Davis said. “The office of president and the word ‘honor’ just feel right in the same sentence. It’s an honor to hold a position of power, leadership and responsibility. I have no doubt that Dr. Nemitz will keep the honor and integrity of this great institution.”