WesternU’s East West Scholarship Dinner to honor longtime pharmacy educator

Western University of Health Sciences will honor College of Pharmacy Professor Sam Shimomura, PharmD, at its annual East West Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 West Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, California 91776.

The East West Scholarship Dinner raises money to provide scholarships each year to WesternU students in graduate nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant education, optometry, podiatric medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. Applicants from all ethnic backgrounds are selected based on academic excellence, community service and financial need.

To date, more than 300 WesternU students have received awards totaling more than $425,000.

Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner website to buy tickets or become a sponsor: http://www.westernu.edu/east-west/.

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2018 Photo Competition

University Student Affairs and Public Affairs are happy to announce the start of the 2018 Photo Competition. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff.

We have many artistic and creative individuals in our WesternU family, so we cannot wait to see your submissions! The theme of the competition is “WesternU Way,” so an ideal submission should reflect life at WesternU and fit one of these three categories: Action, Community, or On-campus Activities. Finalists will be chosen for public voting on Facebook in April and cash prizes will be awarded.

Submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2018. To read all competition details and rules and to submit your photo(s) please click on this link.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine Professor to talk biosurveillance threats at TEDxUCLA
The U.S. has seen numerous zoonotic disease outbreaks in recent years, yet it is woefully unprepared for the next one, according to Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Tracey McNamara, DVM, Diplomate ACVP.

McNamara will bring this urgent message to the TEDxUCLA conference “Waves” on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Royce Hall, UCLA. Click here for more information and to buy tickets: https://tedx.ucla.edu/

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine Class of 2018 Achieves 100 percent Board Pass and Residency Match
Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine’s Class of 2018 has scored a perfect 100 percent Boards Part II pass rate as well as 100 percent in the residency match processes.

“The faculty and I are so proud of the hard work our students have put in to obtain these outcomes,” said College of Podiatric Medicine Interim Dean Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS ED.


Kudos on accomplishments
Himani Patel, DPM ’16, was one of the 2018 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Manuscript Award Winners.

Kevin Ragothaman, DPM ’16, received first place in the 2018 ACFAS Poster Competition in the Scientific Format category.



From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU, Reach Out to host Health Sciences Day
More than 100 high school students from the Inland Empire will participate in the inaugural Health Sciences Day, hosted by Western University of Health Sciences and Reach Out.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the WesternU Health Sciences Center, 450 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN alumna to be inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) alumna Lisa R. Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

Roberts, a 2001 graduate of CGN’s Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program, is the fourth CGN graduate to earn the honor. Approximately 700 nurse practitioners out of more than 235,000 have earned the distinction.

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Kudos on accomplishments
College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Professor Gwen Orozco, PhD (c), MSN, RN, was a First Place Poster Winner at Azusa Pacific University’s 14th Annual Research Symposium for “A Phenomenological Exploration of the Meaning of Antepartum Bed Rest: Beyond Postpartum.”

CGN Assistant Professor Khoa (Joey) Dang, MSN, RN, FNP-C, published the following: Dang, K. (2017).  Thrombocytopenia in Adults. In J. Fitzpatrick, C. M. Alfes, & R. Hickman (Eds). A guide to mastery in clinical nursing (150-152). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Dr. Wendi Swanson published the following: Gardenier, D., Roberts, L., & Swanson, W. (2018). Should the NP curriculum be standardized? Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(3), 140-141.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Message from GCBS Dean Michel Baudry
Please join me in congratulating Ed Wagner, PhD, for his appointment as Director of the MSBS Program in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences at Western University of Health Sciences.

Since the beginning of the GCBS, Dr. Wagner has served in several roles within the college, including Director of several courses and advisor for many MSMS and MSBS students. Dr. Wagner was hired as full-time faculty in COMP in 2001 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2014.  He has received several grants from the NIH, has published numerous papers in high impact journals and has mentored many students in his laboratory.

Dr. Wagner is an enthusiastic teacher, researcher and colleague who is a dedicated advocate for graduate education and research.  



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM was the Science Guest of Honor at Norwescon 41 in Seattle, from March 28 to April 1. Matt gave invited talks on dinosaurs and stargazing, participated in panels on alien biology and creature drawing, and helped preschoolers unleash their inner dinosaur at the convention’s “Dino Stomp.”

Vicki Wedel of COMP was an invited professional at Norwescon 41 in Seattle, from March 28 to April 1. Vicki moderated panels on humans and evolution, protecting humanity’s future, and biology doesn’t care what you believe. She also participated in panels on women in STEM careers and geologic, archaeological and forensic dating methods.