Ray Symposium

“Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics and Patient Care,” by keynote speaker Joshua S. Benner, PharmD, ScD, President and CEO, RxAnte, Inc. and Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institution.

5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. Reception immediately following the Symposium. Presented by the College of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Education Program. Please RSVP by April 2 to Renee Cook at 909-706-3826 or rcook@westernu.edu.

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East West Scholarship Dinner

Western University of Health Sciences’ sixth annual East West Scholarship Dinner will take place Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, Calif. 91776. Reception and registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. Click here to read the full story.

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Health Screening and Resource Fair

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 on the WesternU Esplanade, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Free screenings for blood pressure, dental, glucose, osteopathic manipulative therapy and vision and education on asthma and healthy living, colorectal cancer awareness, emergency preparedness, heartburn awareness and medication therapy review (please bring a list of your medications and dosage). Sponsored by WesternU and Target Pharmacy. Click here to view a flier in English and Spanish.

Volunteer Clinics

The Asian American Health Professional Student Association (AAHPSA) held two clinics during spring break: On Monday, March 19, 45 student volunteers from seven different colleges provided seven different services to 70 Asian American Senior Citizens in Rowland Heights with the help of Drs. Hata, Lam, Pearce, Redding and Wong. On Thursday, March 22, 11 volunteers provided OMT to senior citizens at our annual Chinatown clinic with the help of Drs. Lam and Trinh. In addition, AAHPSA’s four service learning students completed their assignment by providing blood glucose and cardiovascular screening and education to the patients.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Kay Kalousek, COMP associate dean and associate professor at WesternU, is the first COMP graduate to become dean of an osteopathic medical school. A.T. Still University (http://news.atsu.edu/index.php/archives/1376) (ATSU) announced on March 27, 2012 that Kalousek had been appointed dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) in Mesa, Ariz. She will begin her duties on July 1. Click here to read the full story.

The new dinosaur Brontomerus, described by Dr. Matt Wedel of COMP and CPM and colleagues in 2011, is featured in the April 2012 issue of the children’s magazine Highlights, on page 40. The color artwork for the piece is freely available at http://svpow.com/2011/11/14/more-brontomerus-artwork-from-highlights-magazine/.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

On Sunday, April 1, the PA 2013 Class participated in the Walk for Kids 2012 for the Ronald McDonald House. Eighty-nine students participated in the walks held at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, the Honda Center in Anaheim, and in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The Walk for Kids is a 5K walk designed to raise funds and awareness for the services and programs provided by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. The PA Class was challenged to raise $5,000 and they exceeded that goal and have raised $5,720. The PA 2013 class is ranked as the fifth highest team for the amount of donations gathered. Congratulations to the PA Class 2013 for representing WesternU in the most positive manner.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, participated in the Walk for Kids 2012 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Along with more than 10,000 participants, Dr. Konecne took part in the 5K walk in Anaheim which was held in conjunction with walks in several other locations throughout Southern California.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Class of 2012 students who will be entering a residency or fellowship program. Click here to view the list as of March 27, 2012.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Faculty member Liz D. Cooke, RN, MN, AOCN, ANP, will receive a 2012 ONS Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education or Patient/Family Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society at a reception on May 2 in New Orleans.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward excellence in written description of a patient education development activity or an innovation in delivery of professional nursing education either in the context of an academic program or via continuing nursing education or staff development.

From the Pumerantz Library:

National Library Week

April 9-13 is National Library Week. This year we are bringing back popular events such as, Book Repair Day & Fine Free Friday, and offering new ones, like the Women of WesternU Exhibit & Reception from 1-3 p.m. on April 9. Stop by the library during National Library Week to view the exhibits, take in a library lecture or two, or drop off a book in need of repair.

For a full listing of the workshops, events, and exhibits available during National Library Week view the National Library Week events guide. For information on library news and events you can visit our blog.