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This Week@WesternU, April 27-May 1, 2015

by Rodney Tanaka

April 27, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Newsom tops slate of esteemed speakers at WesternU’s Commencement ceremonies

Top education, health and political leaders will inspire Western University of Health Sciences graduates as they celebrate the beginning of their health professions careers.

WesternU will hold Commencement ceremonies for its Pomona, Calif. colleges in Pasadena, Calif. May 20-22, 2015. These ceremonies, along with the inaugural Commencement for WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus June 5, will mark the final graduation ceremonies presided over by Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, who will retire in September after leading WesternU since its inception in 1977.

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WesternU’s Austin Lecture speaker challenges and inspires

Western University of Health Sciences students were challenged to become remarkable doctors and to make a difference in their patients’ lives at the 4th Annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine, Pharmacology and Health Care Policy.

The lecture, held April 21, 2015 in WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), featured keynote speaker Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Project at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

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WesternU holds Trends in Autism Conference

The 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences featured diverse approaches to treating autism, with the goal of “”Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together.””

The conference, held April 18, 2015, featured keynote speaker Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of “”Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention.”” She spoke about “”Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems, and What We Can Do About It.””

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP-Northwest addresses need for greater emphasis on physical activity

A recent study by Oregon State University shows that a majority of U.S. medical schools do not offer any courses on physical activity, and when the courses are offered, they are rarely required.

This could leave doctors ill-prepared to assist patients who could benefit from exercise, said Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sports science in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Services, and the study’s lead author.

COMP-Northwest is addressing this issue on several fronts by providing students more opportunities to stay active, creating a Healthy Living and Wellness curriculum track, and teaching the community about eating and living healthier.

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COMP alumnus working The Night Shift

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific alumnus Jon Fong, DO ’84, is a writer and medical consultant on the NBC television series “”The Night Shift.”” He wrote an upcoming episode, scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, that features Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. The episode centers on health resources for veterans. Click here to read the full story and to view photos of Dr. Fong on the set.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius published the following: Shore S, Ho PM, Lambert-Kerzner A, Glorioso TJ, Carey EP, Cunningham F, Longo L, Jackevicius CA, Rose A, Turakhia MP. Site-level variation in and practices associated with dabigatran adherence. JAMA 2015;313:1443-50.

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Click here to read the commentary in Medscape related to this paper.

At the recently held California Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting (West Coast Exchange) in Anaheim:

Dr. Hyma Gogineni and Professor Roger Klotz presented a two-part program regarding physical assessment describing the pharmacist’s role followed by a workshop in which participants utilized physical assessment skills.

Dr. Karl Hess presented that APhA Immunization Certificate CE program and the Immunization Update CE (with his previous resident Dr. Keri Hurley). He also served as a Delegate (as Past Speaker).

WesternU team of student pharmacists Kayla Uh and Jessel Villegas won the Patient Counseling Competition. Kudos to our students! They were ably led and coached by Dr. Eric Gupta. Dr. Gupta also presented a talk to the CPh-PAC (Political Action Committee).

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN ranked among top 15 nursing schools in U.S.

The College of Graduate Nursing ranked as the 15th best nursing program in the nation, according to the Spring 2015 Rankings of Top Graduate Programs. The rankings are based on ratings and reviews from current or recent students’ rankings posted on (

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

WesternU’s Dental Center to hold free screening for seniors

The Dental Center at Western University of Health Sciences will hold a free dental screening for seniors 55 and older from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015.

The screening includes an X-ray of the jaws and teeth and a brief oral examination and cancer screening to determine if any abnormal conditions are present. It also includes a discussion with the patient as to whether they might be appropriate to receive care from WesternU students at The Dental Center. Please call 909-706-3910 to make an appointment, which is required.

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Click here to visit the Patient Care Center’s website.

From Western Diabetes Institute:

Kudos on accomplishments

Western Diabetes Institute Executive Director Andrew Pumerantz, DO, FACP, published the following: Bissett SM, Pumerantz AS, Preshaw PM (2015) Periodontal disease and diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 19: 134-40.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

For the second year in a row, CVM fourth-year preceptor Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, of the Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio, Texas, was selected from a field of about 200 Small Animal speakers, as Small Animal Educator of The Year by the Western Veterinary Conference.

Dr. Ohad Levi presented his project, “”Comparison Between Training Models For Teaching Veterinary Medicine Students Basic Laparoscopic Surgical Skills,”” at the 12th Veterinary Endoscopy Society (VES) meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif. earlier this month. Dr. Levi’s co-investigators in the project were Kurt Michelotti (DVM 2015), Dr. Peggy Schmidt , Minette Lagman(MSc, COMP), Dr. Maria Fahie, and Dr. Dominique Griffon, all from WesternU.

Dr. Levi also started a lab for second-year CVM students, “”Introduction to Minimal Invasive Surgery basic skills.””

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley co-authored a presentation given at the 7th International Seminar of Veterinary Medicine in Algeria. Dr. Raja Chalghoumi, an Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department, University of Carthage, Tunisia, gave an oral presentation titled, “”Genome sequencing of novel Clostridial isolates from the chicken GI tract.”” Dr Chalghoumi was a Fulbright Scholar mentored by Dr. Oakley when he worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and their collaboration has continued as co-PIs on a proposal funded by USDA Section 1433 funds from WesternU CVM.

Separately, Dr. Oakley established an extramural cooperative agreement funded by the USDA ARS for a project titled, “”Identifying Intestinal Microflora Associated with Feed Conversion Efficiency.””

From University Advancement:

WesternU Alumni Association Scholarship recipients

At the College of Dental Medicine Senior Awards and Honors Day Ceremony on Thursday, April 23, Somang Hope Lee, DMD ’16, and Ho-Hyun (Brian) Sun, DMD ’17, received the 2015 WesternU Alumni Association Scholarship from Russel Heskin, Director of Alumni Relations. These scholarships are awarded annually to two humanistic, caring, and dependable Western University of Health Sciences students who both excel academically and exemplify the qualities of an engaged alumnus or alumna through their extracurricular involvement. This is the first time in the scholarship’s history that both recipients have been from the same college. Hope and Brian each received a plaque and $1,000.

Where WesternU alumni live

WesternU has more than 10,000 alumni living in all 50 states, according to information compiled by the Office of Alumni Relations.

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From the Pumerantz Library:

Celebrating Library Preservation Week

The University Archives will celebrate Library Preservation Week April 27 to May 1 with three noontime workshops on “”Preserving Your Family Memories””

    • April 27, Workshop I, “”Preserving Family Papers.””

    • April 28, Workshop II, “”Preserving Family Photographs.””

    • May 1, Workshop III, “”Preserving Home Movies.””

The workshops will discuss causes of deterioration and proper care and handling of materials, and will provide storage guidelines and other helpful tips. All workshops will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Library Conference Room. Seating is limited to 20 people.

Click here to go to the library workshops calendar. From there, click forward to the month of April or May and click on the respective workshop to register.

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