Students Co-Curate Exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Attend a Research Symposium and Spend Time in Alaska for a Tribal Medicine Track

Published December 13, 2022

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PCOM Student Co-Curates Exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Janita Matoke in front of plaque for Black Healthcare StudiesPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) medical student Janita Aidonia Matoke recently co-curated “Black Healthcare Students: Black Students Breaking Barriers in Medicine,” at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibit, which was on display until December 11, 2022, dove deeper into the barriers that Black students face when pursuing a career in healthcare. Learn more about Matoke’s inspiration for creating the exhibit and how it reflected her own journey to medical school. 

UNTHSC/TCOM Leadership Presents Patient Safety Course to 2022 IHI Forum

Dr. Frank Filipetto and Dr. Lillee GelinasPhoto: Dr. Frank Filipetto and Dr. Lillee Gelinas

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)’s innovative patient safety course, and information about how to incorporate it into an academic curriculum, was on display at the 2022 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Frank Filipetto, DO, dean of UNTHSC/TCOM, and Lillee Gelinas, DNP, RN, CPPS, UNTHSC/TCOM assistant professor and patient safety section director, presented how they developed and implemented the patient safety course into the third-year medical school curriculum to several leaders from graduate healthcare programs from around the United States. 

“Patient safety has to be a priority, and those of us in the profession have an obligation to fill in the very serious gap and opportunity in medical education to prepare medical students and early career physicians with robust knowledge and competencies right now,” Filipetto said. Read more about the innovative curriculum.

DMU-COM Research Symposium Reflects Diverse Interests, Draws Large Crowd

DMUCOM students present poster to facultyPhoto: In person again, DMU students and faculty relished the opportunity to share and explore their recent research

The large crowd that attended Des Moines University’s 13th annual Research Symposium on December 1, 2022 reflected diverse scientific interests and great excitement for an in-person opportunity to explore them. Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) students and faculty presented 79 posters, eight students gave oral presentations and all enjoyed a fascinating keynote about next-generation nanovaccines by Balaji Narasimhan, PhD, director of the Nanovaccine Institute in Ames, Iowa. Read more about the symposium.

OSU-COM Medical Student Spends Time in Alaska as Part of Tribal Medicine Training

OSU-COM student holds salmon next to her husband and daughterPhoto: OSU-COM at the Cherokee Nation medical student Ashton Glover Gatewood, right, fishes with her family near Wasilla, Alaska

For medical student Ashton Glover Gatewood, spending time in Wasilla, Alaska, treating patients and learning from physicians at the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center was both quite similar and very different to her time in tribal health facilities in Oklahoma. Gatewood—a member of the Choctaw Nation and a descendant of Cherokee and Chickasaw ancestors—is a third-year medical student at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, and part of the first cohort of Tribal Medical Track students.

“One of the best aspects of doing the Tribal Medical Track is learning from different tribal facilities. There is so much that we have in common but also differences between our nations,” Gatewood said. “It’s been fun hearing stories of dip net fishing, gold mining and moose hunting in Alaska and trout fishing, deer hunting and stomp dancing in Oklahoma. One overarching theme is the love that we share for our communities and hope for the future of health and wellness in Indian Country.” Read more about OSU-COM’s Tribal Medical Track and Gatewood’s time in Alaska.

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WVSOM Recognizes Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Mark Waddell, DO, was named the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Alumni Association’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, and Deborah Schmidt, DO, was named the 2021 Distinguished Alumni of the Year after that year’s award was postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Waddell and Schmidt are also current WVSOM faculty members. Read more about the distinguished awardees and what the recognitions mean to them.