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White Coat Ceremonies, Halloween Costume Winners, and More in Campus Roundup

Hospital Day Brings Rotation, Internship, and Residency Options to ATSU-KCOM Campus

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On September 13, the Clinical Affairs department hosted Hospital Day in the Thompson Campus Center at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville campus. The event provided students with the opportunity to visit with representatives from hospitals that offer student rotations, internships, and residencies. Hospitals came from around the country to introduce their student and postgraduate programs.

“Hospital Day gives our students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with rotation and residency opportunities, and it is the first step of figuring out the direction they want to go as a professional,” says Adam Moore, DHA, Director, Clinical Business Office. “It also gives the rotation and residency sites opportunities to become familiar with the medical students.” Read more.

ICOM Honors Retiring Idaho Governor with Room Naming Ceremony

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The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Idaho’s first medical school, honored Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter during a room naming ceremony on Monday, November 5. ICOM unveiled its 250-seat, “Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter Auditorium,” to Idaho’s Governor of 12 years. ICOM students and staff, along with various community partners, gathered to watch Governor Otter and first lady Lori Otter cut the ribbon on their namesake auditorium.

“It’s a great day. I have to tell you, my spirits are high but my feelings are a little tender. When I saw that signage on the wall, I think about all that we went through to bring this school to Idaho,” Governor Otter said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This was something that I wanted to see happen, and eventually the magic of a public-private partnership came together, and that’s why we’re here today.”

LECOM Health Expanding Rural Health Care in Corry

Corry Memorial Hospital (CMH), an affiliate of LECOM Health, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Corry Medical Arts Building (MAB) that will house the Corry Rural Health Clinic. The new clinic will house both primary care and specialty physician offices. Construction of the nearly 10,000 square-foot building will start in early November and be completed by June 2019.

The building features 22 exam/treatment rooms that provide physicians and patients an exceptional environment for health care delivery. The multi-disciplinary clinic will provide a broad spectrum of care including Ob-Gyn, orthopedic surgery, endocrinology, general surgery, urology, podiatry, geriatrics and internal medicine, and family medicine. The new building has a multi-purpose conference room that can be used for physician and patient consultations and will serve as a teaching center for LECOM students and residents. Read more.

LMU-DCOM Medical Student Receives Prestigious National Award

LMUDCOM_CR_111518The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) named Zuri Hudson, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Lincoln Memorial University—DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN, as the recipient of the 2018 William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship during the 2018 Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED). This prestigious award is given in the form of a $10,000 scholarship that recognizes today's minority medical students as they work to become tomorrow's doctors.

Hudson received the award for being an outstanding minority osteopathic medical student committed to osteopathic principals and practice, has excelled academically, and has proven to be a leader in addressing the educational, societal and health needs of minorities. She is appointed to the national Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and held the position of Diversity Representative during the 2017-2018 academic year. She is president of LMU-DCOM’s Class of 2019 and served as chief medical student for Cumberland Medical Center of Covenant Health in Crossville, TN from 2017 to 2018. While on campus, Hudson was actively involved in student activities. She participated in the Walk with a Doc program along with Student Osteopathic Medical Association events including What’s in a Doctor’s Bag and the Mobile Food Pantry. Read more.

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NSU-KPCOM Students Focus on Stress Relief and Self Protection

The Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) recently hosted a self-defense course for members and nonmembers at the Team Crave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio in Plantation, FL.

“The two-hour class, taught by Sensei Yaniv Rosenberg, not only taught us invaluable techniques to defend ourselves, but provided stress relief from the long hours spent studying. We bonded over our shared passion for women’s rights and debated who had the strongest right hook,” said second-year medical student Jade Walter, President of the college’s AMWA chapter.

PCOM Restructures Programs and Departments

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced the formation of two new schools as part of a recent academic restructuring: the PCOM School of Health Sciences and the PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology. The new schools join the school’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, which encompasses the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs across all campuses and locations, the PCOM School of Pharmacy, established in 2010 and located at the institution’s branch campus in Suwanee, GA.

The PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology brings together all of the college’s psychology and leadership graduate programs under one roof: clinical psychology; counseling and clinical health psychology; educational psychology; mental health counseling; school psychology; organizational development and leadership; aging and long-term care administration; public health management and administration; and non-profit leadership and population health management. The school also houses several certificate programs, including applied behavior analysis.

Rocky Vista University Celebrates its Annual Research Appreciation Day

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Rocky Vista University (RVU)’s annual Research Appreciation Day celebrated students, faculty, and staff for their innovative research amid a full day of presentations and plenary talks. Students and faculty showcased their research on Tuesday, November 6 during oral presentations and a poster session, and in several research categories, including biomedical, clinical, and epidemiology research. Student presenters were eligible to win prizes for outstanding performance as part of the research competition.

RVU also welcomed guest speakers Diego Restrepo, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Rebecca Ryznar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at RVU; and Robert Valuck, PhD, Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. As part of the event’s neuroscience theme, speakers shared their experiences in research including developing approaches to image and modulate brain function and the opioid overdose epidemic.

TouroCOM-NY Students Receive Human Touch Community Impact Grant

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Congratulations to Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-NY)’s student doctor Shreel Parikh, who along with fellow student doctors Nick Ingram, Neel Patel, and Avni Sheth, received a Human Touch Community Impact Grant from the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF). The grants, awarded in three categories, empower medical students to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

TouroCOM’s award is for mentoring and tutoring in underserved areas. The four TouroCOM students are co-directors of the school’s Med-Achieve program, an after-school mentoring program that increases awareness and interest in medicine and other health professions among students from public high schools in Harlem and other parts of Manhattan. Many of the high school students live in medically underserved communities, and a majority are underrepresented minorities.  The high schoolers attend weekly labs and lectures at TouroCOM taught by the medical students, and are matched one-on-one with a TouroCOM student mentor who works with them throughout the year. So far this year, Med-Achieve has enrolled 54 students from 20 high schools across the city.

UNE COM Wine Tasting Proves Particularly Palatable

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The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) celebrated its inaugural Wine Tasting and Fundraiser on Friday, September 21 at the Harold Alfond Forum. Meghan Jastrzembski, a second-year medical student at UNE COM, created the concept of the event, which the Student Government Association’s social committee helped execute. Meghan wanted an event to bring the larger COM community together, where first- and second-year students could interact with one another, faculty, and staff, in an environment not centered on academics. The student body was also looking for an event to raise money for a scholarship in Deane Kenny Stryker’s name, a first-year student who, Meghan stated, “left our community and world far too early, but not without making an indelible impression on all those who came within her orbit.”

Through the event, students raised $8800 for the scholarship. Organizers hope to make it an annual event where alumni and third- and fourth-year students may be able to participate in the future.

VCOM-Auburn Holds Fourth White Coat Ceremony

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The White Coat Ceremony for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn (VCOM-Auburn)’s fourth class, the Class of 2022, was held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Auburn Arena. During the ceremony, family and friends cheered all 161 students as they walked across the stage and received their white coats.

Martin Levine, DO, FACOFP, dist., a past president of the AOA, was the special guest speaker at the ceremony. In his speech, Levine urged the future physicians to form strong, long-lasting bonds with their patients and to work tirelessly to improve their well-being. Following the ceremonial events, students, families, and friends joined VCOM-Auburn faculty, staff and administrators at the campus building for a reception, building tours, and a merchandise fair.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Fall Research Fair

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Every autumn the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas) hosts a Fall Research Fair. The 2018 event was held on October 31, with some students and researchers appearing in costume for a fun learning experience.

Students saw posters and listened to presentations from faculty members Zoltan Hajdu, MD; Jillian Bradley, PhD; Scott Ochs, PhD; and others on the VCOM-Carolinas campus. A variety of research topics were presented in a friendly atmosphere to familiarize students with various avenues of research, with lively dialogue between students and faculty members.

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Students at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) came up with lots of creative and spooky costumes for Halloween this year.

Carolyn Sayers brought home first place for the first-years as Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine. In first place for the second-year class was Rachel Hall and Hannah Kazem as a game of Operation.


WVSOM Honors Christopher “Dino” Beckett, DO, During Presidential Installation Ceremony

WVSOM2_CR_111518Christopher “Dino” Beckett, DO (pictured left), Class of 2000, was recognized for his continuous commitment to community service during the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s presidential installation ceremony in Lewisburg, WV. Beckett is often touted as an alumnus who has made significant positive impacts in his local community, which is why he was chosen as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, recognizing his tireless dedication in working to make his hometown a healthier community.

Beckett completed his residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, after which he returned to Williamson, a small, coal-mining town in Mingo County with a population of fewer than 3,000 residents. He opened a family practice there and began offering a free clinic once a month to cater to patients who had little or no insurance. This led to the transition of his practice to a nonprofit federally qualified health center, called the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, which is now the parent organization of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition and the Williamson Farmer’s Market. Patients are prescribed vegetables, encouraged to eat healthy, and have follow up care with diabetes educators and community health workers in the same location to help improve health outcomes.