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OU-HCOM's Biggest Class Ever, WCUCOM's Drone Project, and More in Campus Roundup

ATSU Receives Insight Into Diversity 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

A.T. Still University (ATSU) received the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. ATSU is the first health professions university to be named a HEED Award recipient for consecutive years. The award process consists of a comprehensive application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees, continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.

“The ATSU community is honored to receive this award for two consecutive years,” said ATSU Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, Clinton Normore. “This esteemed award affirms our continued commitment to achieving a culturally proficient University community and the value we place on diversity and inclusion throughout our campus and community relationships.”

Mini-Medical School Aims to Educate Community

Community members were invited to explore current topics in health care at Midwestern University’s Mini-Medical School. The four-week medical education program is designed for those who want to learn more about topics taught in medical school or other professional health care programs at Midwestern University’s Downers Grove Campus.

A Midwestern University faculty member or student group helped present each session. The first session featured OMM Scholars from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) who discussed the history of osteopathic medicine and provided a demonstration of the unique skills DOs can bring to diagnosis and treatment, and led a question-and-answer session. Additional sessions covered topics such as gender differences in heart attacks, the future of dentistry and pharmacology.

Marathoners Receive Welcome Relief from DMU-COM Students

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Runners who completed the annual IMT Des Moines Marathon on October 20 received medals and slices of pizza, but the real treat at the finish line was the 163 Des Moines University (DMU) students and 12 faculty who stood ready for them in the athlete recovery zone.

Ninety-five of the students are in the university’s osteopathic medical program; other students represented DMU’s podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. They provided osteopathic manual medicine treatments, physical therapy, and foot and ankle first aid to 182 athletes.

See You in 40 Years: ICOM Buries a Time Capsule

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Faculty, staff, and students at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) buried a time capsule on school grounds Friday, October 12. The receptacle is located in the ICOM Courtyard, underneath the school’s “selfie” feature, and contains artifacts and documents reflecting the creation of Idaho’s first medical school, including: a physician white coat; event programs from the school’s ribbon cutting and white coat ceremonies, the school’s first newsletter, a certificate of occupancy, photographs, and more. The time capsule will be opened on September 5, 2058, 40 years after ICOM’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We can only imagine the technological and medical advances that will occur over the next four decades,” said Dr. Robert T. Hasty, ICOM Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer. “When this time capsule is opened in 2058, it will be an opportunity to reflect on the significant role ICOM will undoubtedly serve in changing the landscape of health care in Idaho.” Read more.

LECOMBradenton_CR_110118LECOM-Bradenton Student Awarded National Health Service Corps Scholarship

Tin Wong, a first-year osteopathic medicine student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus (LECOM-Bradenton) from Bethesda, MD, was awarded a National Health Service Corps scholarship, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program awards scholarships to students pursuing primary-care health professions training. Scholarship recipients commit to provide health care services in underserved or health-professional shortage areas.

Dr. Michael Wieting Awarded Educator of the Year

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) named J. Michael Wieting, DO, FAOCPMR-D, FAAOE as the recipient of the 2018 AOF W. Douglas Ward, PhD, Educator of the Year Award during the 2018 Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED). Wieting is the Senior Associate Dean for Lincoln Memorial University—DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and also serves as professor of both physical medicine and rehabilitation and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He has impacted the lives of countless future physicians in his 24 years in osteopathic medical education, and spends much of his time mentoring individual students, assisting them with academics and their preparations for the residency match and future careers.

“I went to medical school to be a doctor, not an educator. But in residency it was driven home to me that good physicians are good educators of their patients on a one-to-one basis. A good physician must explain well, motivate people and meet patients where they are,” said Wieting of his journey toward becoming a lifelong teacher. Read more.

OU-HCOM Welcomes Biggest Class Ever, Honors OhioHealth Exec

OUHCOM_CR_110118On September 23, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) welcomed 266 students in its class of 2022—the largest in the college’s history—during its 43rd annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. Speaking was Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of OhioHealth, who received the college’s Phillips Medal of Public Service.

Dr. Vanderhoff, who played a key role in the agreement making OhioHealth the preeminent medical education partner for the college’s Dublin campus, told the students that while technology will allow physicians to help patients in new ways, it will also require them to rethink their role. Doctors of the future, he suggested, will need to focus on making care more affordable and easier for patients to navigate, to work at “keeping people well rather than waiting to treat them when they’re sick,” and to serve as not just care providers, but also educators and team leaders. Read more.

Photo: Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA speaks at Heritage College Convocation 2018.

NYITCOM Students Shine at OMED 2018

NYITCOM_CR_Tyler_King_110118New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) made an impressive showing at this year’s Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED), the world’s largest gathering of osteopathic physicians. Throughout the conference, NYITCOM students received special recognition for their commitment to research and medical education. A total of 20 poster presentations were given by NYITCOM students, with six posters winning awards in the student poster presentation contest.

“The opportunity to represent more than 15,000 osteopathic medical students at 34 colleges of osteopathic medicine and 51 sites as the next national president is an absolute honor and privilege,” said third-year medical student Tyler King (pictured left), who was elected president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students. “I hope to make my peers and administration proud at both NYITCOM campuses by crafting a vision for the 2019-2020 year that leads students through this exciting time for the osteopathic profession.”

RVUCOM Kicks off Days of Diversity Series with “Dances from Around the World”

RVUCOM_CR_110118Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) kicked off its Days of Diversity Series on its Colorado Campus with “Dances from Around the World.” Students learned about traditional and modern dances, including the Salsa of Spain, Korean Pop, and a traditional Bhangra folk dance. Hosted by RVU’s Days of Diversity Committee, the series is dedicated to celebrating the many cultures found in the world and at RVU, as well as equipping students with the tools to practice medicine as socially conscious health care providers.

By experiencing cultures through dance, food, and discussions, students enrich their physician training and learn to surpass cultural barriers to compassionately and collaboratively treat patients. Future events in the series include “Understanding the Healthcare Needs of Women” and “Cultures and their Interpretation of Healthcare.”

TUNCOM Faculty Uses Science and Passion to Perfect Love of Rowing

Kristina Lindquist, Director of Instructional Design at the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), recently competed in the Masters National Championships for rowing at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. Over the weekend-long race schedule, Lindquist competed in six 1,000-meter races. More than 100 rowing clubs participated from across the country.

“Rowing is a great recreational sport. When I was finished with my races, I hurt in places I didn’t even know I had,” she joked.

With a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Lindquist utilizes her knowledge to help her on the water. “People think you just go out there and stroke, but that’s not what it is at all,” she said. “You have to develop your motor program, which means your brain sends signals to your muscles, and the sequence of those signals help you perfect your strokes. When you’re racing, you don’t have to think about it; you just do it.”

WCUCOM Drone Project Featured in Forbes Magazine

During the 2018 Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED), Dr. Italo Subbarao presented his HiRO drone project, an innovative "ambulance drone" designed to be sent into disaster areas to deliver medical kits and help doctors direct emergency care through a live interface.

Dr. Subbarao is the Associate Dean, Pre-Clinical Sciences & Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine) at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  “We had a successful presentation at OMED 18 discussing AI, Telehealth, and the Drone work we have done with HiRO at WCUCOM,” he said. “Recently, our efforts on HiRO have been featured in the latest issue of Forbes and PBS Next Avenue. We have also received some excellent local press from the Sun Herald in Biloxi as well as some radio shows.”

You can read more about the drone project in Forbes magazine.

West Virginia Governor Announces Funding for WVSOM’s Healthy Children’s Initiative

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Governor Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Healthy Children’s Initiative, a program that raises awareness about childhood obesity and works to promote healthy life choices, will receive $50,000 in funding. The initiative was created in 2011 along with the Abracadabra television series to help create a healthier West Virginia for the state’s youth.

“When you’re able to give away money that’s great stuff,” Justice said during a press conference Wednesday morning that was hosted on WVSOM’s campus in Lewisburg. “West Virginia used to be 50th in everything. The likelihood of crawling out of 50th with Jim Justice as your governor was not very high. But the reality is we have and we are on our way. I don’t think we want to go backwards. West Virginia today is a different place than it was 22 months ago.”

VCOM-Auburn Students Win ACOEP Assembly Intubation Challenge

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Three members of the student American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) chapter at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn (VCOM-Auburn) took first place in the Resident Student Organization Advanced Airway Challenge at the ACOEP 2018 Scientific Assembly Conference October 21-25 in Chicago, IL. Named the “Tracheal Ringers,” the team, including second-year students Ala'a Alrafati, Elise Kahn, and Julie Sawyer, had to rapidly intubate two adults and two infants in a simulated motor vehicle accident in the shortest amount of time possible. Their time of seven minutes and seven seconds beat out multiple teams of residents and upper-class students, leading them to place first out of 15 teams.

VCOM-Carolinas Class of 2021 Earns College Olympics Win

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This week, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) classes of 2021 and 2022 competed in the annual VCOM Olympics. Games included numerous sports, trivia, and video games throughout the week. The event promotes camaraderie, helping students get to know each other and having fun outside of school. The final event was a chili cook-off. Both teams competed with great strength, but in the end the second-year students won the games.

Governor Northam Talks Addiction at VCOM-Virginia

VCOMVirginia_CR_110118Governor Ralph Northam visited the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia) on his final stop in a grand round lecture series on opioid addiction. As a physician and politician, Governor Northam spoke about the devastating impact of opioid addiction and how doctors, like VCOM-Virginia’s osteopathic medical students, can combat it. With him was Ryan Hall, a recovering addict from Covington, VA, who shared his experience with the disease. Read more.