WesternU’s Austin Lecture to focus on adverse childhood experiences
The annual Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine, Pharmacology & Health Care Policy will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Lecture Hall I of Western University of Health Sciences’ Health Education Center, 701 E. Second Street, Pomona, California.

Keynote speaker Vincent J. Felitti, MD, UCSD Clinical Professor of Medicine and Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, will present “Exploring the Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.” The lecture is open to the public and will also be streamed live to WesternU’s COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

LMSA’s National Conference at WesternU stresses the importance of diversity and uplifting patients
The Latino Medical Student Association held its 11th annual National Conference and 32nd annual West Regional Conference at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California April 7-10, 2016. WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific is the first osteopathic medical school to host the LMSA National Conference.

The conference brought about 300 students, vendors and workshop organizers Friday and more than 600 people Saturday to the WesternU campus. The conference included guest speakers, workshops, networking activities and an exhibitor fair.

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Sobelson to give keynote address for WesternU COMP-Northwest Commencement
The second class of osteopathic medical physicians to graduate from the Oregon campus of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) will be awarded their diplomas beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 on the Samaritan Health Sciences campus in Lebanon. Lori Sobelson has been selected to serve as the keynote speaker for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest) Class of 2016 commencement exercises. Sobelson is Director of Corporate Outreach for Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Inc., based in Milwaukie, Oregon. Bob’s Red Mill is a dedicated supporter of WesternU COMP-Northwest and the medical school’s mission. Click here to read the full story.


Kudos on accomplishments
The WesternU chapter of the Student National Medical Association received multiple awards at the annual Medical Education Conference in Austin, Texas. The SNMA won the Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Osteopathic Service Award, which is a national award given to a chapter who not only leads the way in reducing health care disparities in underserved areas but also has committed themselves to promoting osteopathic medicine in their communities. The SNMA was also awarded Chapter of the Year for Region I which is a regional award given to a chapter based on their amount and uniqueness of community service to include mentorship and outreach in their local neighborhoods.

Congratulations to second-year COMP student Hannah Kang, who presented her research poster titled “Patients’ Perception of Hypertension” at the Annual National Meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston on April 2, 2016. Co-authors were Dr. Fanglong Dong (GCBS) and Dr. Airani Sathananthan (COMP).

David F. Hitzeman, DO, MACOI (visiting lecturer from the American College of Osteopathic Internists) came to Pomona to talk to COMP students and Internal Medicine faculty. Special thanks to SOIMA co-Presidents OMSI Priya Patel and OMSI Byron Rastegari and to Dr. Airani Sathananthan. https://www.facebook.com/COMPPomona/


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Allied Health Professions Dean Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, DFAAPA, was recently awarded the recognition of Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). This means she has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the PA profession in such areas as distinction in medical practice, education, research or health care management, leadership in medicine or health care, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong learning and community service. Click here to visit AAPA’s website.


From the College of Pharmacy:

WesternU’s Ray Symposium features expert on research ethics
Western University of Health Sciences’ Ray Symposium will feature a leading voice in conducting responsible and ethical research.

The 10th Annual Ray Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow at 5 p.m.

Michael W. Kalichman, PhD, Professor and Founding Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program, will present “Science, Truth and the Public Trust.”

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, Advanced Genetics Nurse-BC, FAANP, was recently selected to the Global Health Council’s World Health Assembly Delegation of  the 69th World Health Assembly, World Health Organization (WHO) held in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Dr. Edwards will be attending the May 2016 delegation.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

The Diagnosis Journey of a Pemphigoid Patient
Are you clinically aware of diseases such as Pemphigus and/or Pemphigoid? Are these diseases on your clinical radar screen (differential diagnosis)? You are invited to hear the patient perspective regarding the challenges involved in the diagnosis of these diseases. The International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation supports increasing awareness of these diseases and wants to shorten the time to diagnosis for all patients

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 22 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Supported by the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation (www.pemphigus.org). The Advanced Oral Diagnosis Workgroup (AODW) in the College of Dental Medicine seeks to enhance the oral diagnostic education of student dentists and other health-care professionals throughout the spectrum of their professional careers.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Assistant Professor Jijun Hao has received an approval of his international patent titled “Compounds and methods for inhibition of hedgehog signaling and phosphodiesterase.” The patent was published by the International Bureau under No. WO 2016/040951.


From the Pumerantz Library:

Optometry Then and Now
“Optometry Then and Now,” a collaborative exhibit by the Pumerantz Library and the College of Optometry, is open through June 30 in the library’s lobby. A grand opening was held April 6. Click here to view a flier. Click here to view a Facebook post on the opening.


National Library Week
April 11-15 is National Library Week. To celebrate, the library is sponsoring the following programs for students:

Coloring contest – Monday through Wednesday, April 11-13, Library first floor: color in the library and post your work to our board for judging. The winner will receive a gift card.

Guest speaker at noon Wednesday, April 13 in HEC, Classroom E. Join us for a lecture on black women artists healing through art by Valorie Thomas, PhD, of Pomona College. Her talk is titled “Afrofuturists Looking to Heal.” Bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

Team Games Night and DIY Dessert Bar – 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the librarys’ fourth floor conference room. Bring friends and play some games while you decorate and eat cupcakes. Registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.

Fine free Friday – Friday, April 15, all day: Return an overdue book and pay no fines. Old fines and fees cannot be waived.

For more details read the library’s News and Events blog or contact Rudy Barreras (rbarreras@westernu.edu or ext. 5476).