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This Week@WesternU, April 24-28, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

April 24, 2017

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PUSD Community Service Awards

Congratulations to everyone from WesternU who was honored with a Community Service Award from the Pomona Unified School District during a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 19. Kudos to Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry (Marshall Lions Vision Clinic), Jenny Tjahjono from WesternU College of Dental Medicine (School Based Oral Health Centers), Dr. Jan Boller from WesternU College of Graduate Nursing ( Pomona Promotores), Dr. Elizabeth Rega from Pomona Health Career Ladder and students Kavitha Narra and Alfredo Guerrero from WesternU COMP Pomona for Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT). #WesternUWay

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Research Recognition

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education recently recognized WesternU’s interprofessional contributions by selecting the University as one of its Innovations Incubator sites. WesternU is conducting research on student and patient outcomes of an interprofessional practice rotation for chronic disease as part of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s LC3 program (Longitudinal Chronic Care Course). 

LC3 is an educational, clinical practice and research intervention that pairs a student with a patient over four years.  Students act as health coaches to patients with chronic conditions including diabetes; participate in an interprofessional practice rotation in their clinical years; and learn from preceptors from various fields of health care.

The project represents a partnership between LC3, the Western Diabetes Institute, and IPE. 

Dr. Edward Barnes leads this initiative. Project champions including Drs. Sheree Aston, Andrew Pumerantz and John Tegzes, and other project team leads include Drs. David Dickter and Cesar Ochoa. The work has been recognized as important in the National Center’s mission to “gather, synthesize, aggregate and disseminate information, knowledge and evidence about the effectiveness of interprofessional practice and education on health outcomes and its potential to transform health care and health professions education in the U.S. and beyond.”


From the College of Pharmacy:

WesternU’s Ray Symposium tackles drug pricing
Providing broad access to life-saving drugs and rewarding the innovators who develop those drugs often end up in opposition, but there is a better way to address this problem.

That was the message from Dana Goldman, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, who served as the keynote speaker for Western University of Health Sciences’ Ray Symposium April 20, 2017.

The Ray Symposium, presented by WesternU’s College of Pharmacy and Interprofessional Education program, honors Max D. Ray, MS, PharmD, Dean Emeritus of the College of Pharmacy. The symposium focused on “Re-Thinking Value in an Era of Health Reform.”

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Kudos on accomplishments
Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, presented his abstract titled “Metalo-beta-lactamasas: enzimas de importancia clinica” at the Conference “Impacto de la Biocatalisis en la Chimica de Alimentos, Farmaceutica y Ambiental” at Veracruz, Mexico on April 6-7.

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman and her co-authors published the following: Emmanuelle Schwartzman, Andrea Walsh Haron, Mary Kate McGinty, Katrin S. Fulginiti. Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Accreditation Requirements and Challenges. Clinical Pearls. California Journal of Health-System Pharmacy September/October 2016.

Dr. Schwartzman also received news that her PGY1 residency has received renewal until 2019, based on midpoint review.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU College of Allied Health Professions names new Department of Health Sciences Chair
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Allied Health Professions has named Gail Evans Grayson, EdD, as the new Chair of the Department of Health Sciences.

Evans Grayson has taught in the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program at Western University of Health Sciences as an adjunct professor for the past 11 years and brings a wealth of experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, skills enhancement training, and teaching to her new role.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Holly McDaniel, MSHS ’17, on nearing the completion of the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship. Following the match process, McDaniel served the City of Chino, Department of Community Services where she worked to implement employee wellness programs in businesses throughout the city. McDaniel is the fifth MSHS student from the Community Health Education (CHE) track to complete the Fellowship.

The Fellowship fosters the development of graduate student health professionals to influence positive change in public policy, systems, and the built environment throughout the Inland Empire and San Gabriel regions. The Fellowship runs from September to May each year. The program began in 2010 as a collaboration between MPH programs at Loma Linda University and Claremont Graduate University. The MSHS program was invited to participate in 2013. Dr. Tina Meyer, College of Allied Health Professions, serves on the Fellowship Advisory Committee. Fellows earn a modest stipend during the nine month program, half of which is paid by the MSHS program. Persons wishing to support students accepted to the Fellowship may contribute directly at or contact

Our thanks to Partners for Better Health who implements the Fellowship, Claudia Benitez of the City of Chino for serving as Holly’s preceptor this past year, and to Holly for her fine representation of the MSHS program and WesternU.


CAHP 20th anniversary celebration
The College of Allied Health Professions celebrated its 20th anniversary April 19. Click here to view photos on Facebook:


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Click here to read the latest accomplishments from the College of Veterinary Medicine.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Clinical research study
Do you or someone you know have Type 2 Diabetes?

Do you currently take insulin once or twice per day?

If so, consider participating in an important Clinical Research Study comparing two different types of basal (long-acting) insulin.

We are looking for participants who:

Are least 18 years old and have type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Are willing to return to clinic for regular site visits and have phone contact between appointments

Are using one type of insulin with or without oral medications

Qualified participants will receive the study drug (insulin) and study related medical visits and procedures at no cost while participating in the study.  In addition you may receive compensation for your time.

Visits will occur at Western University of Health Sciences, Patient Care Center, 795 E. Second St. Suite 5, Pomona, CA.

To learn about how you can participate and see if you would qualify please contact:

Research Coordinator – Albert Medina 909-469-8626 or Dr. Sathananthan 909-706-3818 or email us at


From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

University Archives
Preservation Week is April 23-29, and the University Archives is promoting it with an exhibit titled, “Preserving WesternU’s Moving Images.” The exhibit explains the process in digitizing the university’s video collection and is available for viewing at the Pumerantz Library. For more information please contact Olivia Solis, University Archivist at 909-469-5323.


Relieve Stress @ the Library
Finals (and/or life) stressing you out? From April 24-May 31, the library’s 2nd floor computer lab will transform into a stress reduction room! Come pop bubble wrap, color, knead play-dough, “operate” on Library Larry, or just take a breather. The room will be open every day during the library’s regular hours. For more information or questions please contact the Reference and Outreach office at 909-469-5323 or at

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