Students Present Research Projects, Save a Life on Vacation, Intern at the CDC and More

Published May 28, 2024

Campus Roundup Inside OME

NoordaCOM Hosts Third Annual Research Symposium

Student discusses research poster with faculty member

The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine’s symposium included contributions to research projects, case studies, and literature reviews. While students from all cohorts frequently participate in external research conferences and presentations, NoordaCOM also provides internal opportunities to show off their contributions to research projects, case studies and literature reviews.

Today’s research covered all kinds of topics, including social impact (diversity in medical education, public health), biomedical sciences and clinical and transitional medicine. View more photos from the symposium on NoordaCOM’s Instagram.

2024 CHSU-COM Research Day

Students discuss insights from poster

Hosted by the California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) and College of Biosciences and Health Professions, CHSU Research Day showcased students' and faculty's research and scholarly activities.

Marina Roytman, MD, health sciences clinical professor, UCSF; Liver Program director, UCSF Fresno; and President of the Fresno Madera Medical Society, presented “The Central Valley’s Rise in Alcoholic Hepatitis During the Pandemic.” View more photos from the event on CHSU-COM’s Instagram.


From Humble Beginnings to Great Endings: How This UNTHSC-TCOM Graduate Defied All Odds

Lamont, California, a simple location referred to only as a census-designated place in Kern County in the south-central portion of the state, is where Diana Garcia Garcia grew up with her family, watching them work each day in the lush orange and grape fields. She visited them during lunch hours and saw the hard work that her parents did in those fields, and it inspired in her a dream of becoming a doctor. In two weeks that dream will be fulfilled as she will graduate from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM).

“I think it’s slowly starting to sink in,” she said. “I reflect and to think that I’m going to walk the stage and work in this profession is a dream come true.” Read more about Garcia’s journey to medical school.

Annual Kenneth A. Suarez Day Fosters Wide-Ranging Presentations on Healthcare Research

Students pose outside of Kenneth A. Suarez building

The Kenneth A. Suarez Research Day is an annual opportunity where students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) present their research topics to the Midwestern University community on the Downers Grove and Glendale campuses. Faculty judges listened to a variety of student presentations and the event culminated in the announcement of several winners. Read more about two CCOM student presentations.

Kylie in a red blazer with a stethoscope

ARCOM Graduate Becomes Heroine on Vacation, Saving Woman’s Life

Photo: Kylie Dunn is a River Valley native from Alma, Arkansas, and graduated from ARCOM on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

A fun vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, turned into a life-saving mission for Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) graduate Kylie Dunn, DO, as she jumped into action to help save a woman who had a medical emergency.

Dr. Dunn and a group of friends were celebrating life’s milestones in Charleston in April and decided to stroll through the historic City Market. Little did they know, fate had a different plan. As Dr. Dunn and her friends were admiring jewelry in a store, an emergency unfolded in front of them. “All of a sudden, right next to me a lady fell and hit the ground.” Dunn says the woman was suddenly unconscious and gasping for air. Read more about Dunn’s quick actions to help save a life.

Donor Recognition Ceremony Honors Students' "First Patient"

Students holding a moment of silence

Photo: Students, faculty and staff gather in ICOM's courtyard for a moment of reflection.

At the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), medical students meet their first patient during their first year of school. The introduction occurs during the anatomy course, held at the Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. Working with their first patient—a donor human body—provides student physicians with an in-depth understanding of human anatomy.

“Our donors represent our students’ first patient and that experience our students will carry with them throughout the rest of their medical education and beyond,” said Stephanie Child, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy at ICOM. Read more about ICOM’s first donor recognition ceremony.

VCOM-Carolinas Holds Annual Military Promotion Ceremony

Student receives epaulets

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) held its 10th annual Military Promotion Ceremony at the DuPre House on Friday, May 17, 2024. This year's class featured fifteen recipients of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, the most of any graduating class in VCOM-Carolinas' history. View more photos from the event on VCOM-Carolinas’ Facebook.


VCOM-Louisiana Holds First Osteopathic Graduation in State History

Photo: Heather Addison, DO, Class of 2024, celebrates during VCOM-Louisiana’s historic graduation ceremony.

On Friday, May 10, 2024, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Louisiana Campus (VCOM-Louisiana) made history when it graduated the state’s first class of osteopathic physicians. The 139 graduates comprising the campus’s inaugural Class of 2024 represent the first step toward resolving the physician shortage in Louisiana and the Delta region. Read more about VCOM-Louisiana’s first graduating class.


DMUCOM Student Selected for CDC Internship

Rachel Mansk, MPH, who completed her first year at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMUCOM), will participate in a virtual internship this summer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She became interested in climate change’s health impacts after a trip to rural Peru.

“I want to connect global health, environmental hazards and clinical medicine,” she says. Her internship is one of DMU’s Distinguished Global Health Internships, highly selective research opportunities that enable students to explore global health research topics at various organizations. Read more about Mansk and her internship.

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM)

During the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) commencement ceremony held May 9, 2024, in NSU’s Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 374 excited DO graduates marched across the stage to accept their diplomas in front of a genial mix of friends, family members, peers, university administrators and faculty members. View photos on NSU-KPCOM’s Facebook.

Collaboration Between WVSOM and Marshall Will Allow Medical Students to Earn Dual DO/MPH Degree

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has entered into a partnership with Marshall University, in Huntington, WV, that will allow the medical school’s students to supplement their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree with a master’s of public health degree through a five-year program. Read more about the partnership and how it will help future generations of medical students.