WesternU’s Ray Symposium examines how to communicate science effectively

A prominent advocate for science and technology education will talk about “Communicating Science Effectively” at Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Ray Symposium.

The Ray Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Click here for more information: http://www.westernu.edu/pharmacy/pharmacy-outreach-events/ray-symposium/pharmacy-ray-symposium-current-event/

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

PA Day
On April 7, 30 WesternU PA students volunteered to host a PA Day at Alta Loma High School. The PA students provided hands-on workshops to expose and educate more than 80 high school students from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District about medicine. The PA students taught the high school students how to take vital signs. The high schoolers became comfortable in obtaining pulse rate, respiratory rate, and manual blood pressure readings. In a second workshop, high school students examined pupils, ocular motor functioning, oropharynx evaluations, listening to heart and lungs, and performing deep tendon reflexes. This was all accomplished with the assistance of PA students who provided instruction. Additionally, the PA students were able to discuss the PA profession with the high school students and guided them to be successful in high school and college. Click here to read more: http://www.inlandcoalition.org/blog/2018/4/10/generational-mentoring-pa-students-show-high-schoolers-just-what-physican-assistant-is-all-about



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
CGN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumna LaSonya Davis, DNP, FNP, WHNP-BC, led a successful implementation of CSU Channel Island’s 1st Global Health Symposium. DNP student Melanie Cross, MSN, PHN presented her work about the state of human trafficking. CGN Assistant Dean Ivy Tuason, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, was the keynote speaker for the event and presented her global health work in the past seven years including her research in Tanzania exploring the health beliefs and behavioral practices of people with albinism.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Mini-Medical School
WesternU COMP-Northwest held Mini-Medical School on April 13. The event is sponsored by the medical school as well as Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), and is in its eighth year. Approximately 300 kindergarteners from Lebanon area schools attended the event, which focuses on health-related topics. Students rotate through stations where they learn about proper handwashing and germs, the skeletal system, cardiology, and even visit a “surgical suite.” The event is coordinated by Jeannie Davis, EdD, and is made a reality thanks to the many volunteers that help run the stations. A photo gallery can be found on the WesternU COMP-Northwest Facebook page.


Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Chaya Prasad and her students from the Pathology Interest Group, Dylan Denault (OMS III), Mohammad Kahn (OMS II), Victoria Lee (OMS II) and Melissa Russell (OMS II), conducted a hands-on workshop at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference hosted by the Keck School of Medicine on February 23, 2018. Their presentation, “You Had Me at 3D: an Innovative Low Budget Hands On Workshop,” discussed advances in 3D imaging with more than 30 attendees. This marks the first time students have been allowed to conduct a workshop at this conference. The presentation was well received with hands-on demos and active participation from workshop attendees.

Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM was the featured speaker at Discovery Day on Saturday, April 14, at the Raymond M. Alf Museum in Claremont, where he gave a public lecture, “Death From the Sky! How to See it For Yourself.”


Medical Anatomy Center news
Dr. Benninger, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, designed and provided an environment which included crossover, context-based, embodied and incidental learning with mixed simulation and technology. First- and second-year students from medical clubs at COMP-Northwest were invited to learn and experience video laryngoscopy (VL). He brought in 4 VL systems (Eagle Vision, Glidescope, King Vision and McGrath) and paired them with hi-fidelity simulation models from 7 Sigma and a specially prepared donor cadaver. Dr. Benninger’s goal was to create a memorable experience to learn and is reaching out to provide such skills to underserved areas globally using Hodei Glass technology to teach from Lebanon, Oregon.

Click here to read a story in the Albany Democrat-Herald: http://democratherald.com/news/intubation-goes-high-tech-video-enhances-decades-old-medical-procedure/article_3f085ff5-c651-5c11-8b1b-644b8f95d45f.html 



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Miguel D. Saggese is the corresponding and senior author on a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases: J. Ibarra, R. Mera y Sierra, G. Neira, D. Ibaceta, and M. Saggese: “A case of air sac nematode (Serratospiculum tendo) infection in a free-ranging austral peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus cassini) in Argentina.”

In addition, Dr. Saggese is the first and corresponding author on another manuscript, “Long-term nesting territory occupancy in Black-chested Buzzard-eagles Geranoaetus melanoleucus inPatagonia, Argentina” by M. Saggese, E. DeLUcca, A. Quaglia, W. Nelson and D. Ellis. This manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Raptor Research.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley, along with others and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, recently completed a research project in which they studied the effect of the transfer of intestinal contents from older chickens to chicks on growth and pathogen resistance. They found that the inoculum improved both the growth and resistance to challenge with Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella enteriditis. This project may provide a new pathway to development of improved probiotic products.

CVM Professors Jose Peralta, Ana Alcaraz and Dean Smylie were informed that their abstract titled “The use of OneNote to support student learning in Problem-Based Learning” was accepted for the bi-annual Veterinary Education Collaborative Conference, organized by the AAVMC, that will take place in Ithaca, New York, in June 2018. The presentation will be part of the Educational Technology Speeding Dating session.

A second abstract, presented by Dr. Jose Peralta and co-authored with Dr. Alcaraz, was accepted in the Problem Solving session. The title is “Facilitator Support Group: What does it mean?” Both presentations actively reflect the interest of the group to support the development and advancement of the PBL facilitation process at the CVM.

CVM student doctors Sonja Richter (DVM 2021) and Soraya Aramburo (DVM 2021) assisted Drs. Josep Rutllant and Beth Boynton in showcasing veterinary medicine for Palomares Day in March. There were about 50 scientifically oriented students, several of which were interested in pursuing veterinary careers.

Dr. Beth Boynton presented veterinary medicine as a career to eight classes of upper grade school students last month in Fontana.

Dr. Boynton attended the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary medicine in Canada. Attendees came from Europe, South America, as well as North America. She presented on “Communication Training in an Integrated Curriculum” and “Building a Relationship Centered Approach for Faculty and University Services.”