Commencement 2019

Western University of Health Sciences will award more than 1,000 degrees at Commencement ceremonies May 22-24 in Pasadena, California and May 31 in Lebanon, Oregon.

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Click here for information about the COMP-Northwest Commencement ceremony in Lebanon, Oregon:


WesternU Commencement on social media

For everyone participating in and attending Commencement ceremonies: Help us make the 2019 Commencement ceremonies memorable. You can help us make a virtual scrapbook on social media by tagging and mentioning us on Twitter and Instagram (@westernunews), and finding us on Facebook (@westernuniversityofhealthsciences).

Please use the hashtag #WesternUGrad2019 for ceremonies in Pasadena that take place May 22-24 and for the ceremony in Lebanon on Friday, May 31.


Ray Symposium examines racism and health care disparities

Racism and discrimination take a powerful toll on African Americans, leading to higher mortality rates and disparities in care. To eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, we must understand and combat racism in America, said Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, keynote speaker for Western University of Health Sciences’ Ray Symposium, held April 18, 2019, on the WesternU-Pomona campus.

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WesternU welcomes second class of kindergartners for Mini-Medical School

Western University of Health Sciences students from the Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) hosted more than 40 kindergarten students from La Verne Science & Technology Charter school, part of the Pomona Unified School District, for the school’s second Mini-Medical School.

Kindergartners learned about the human body and medicine Friday, April 26, 2019 on the WesternU-Pomona campus.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

New Dean Kathleen Satterfield takes helm at critical time for WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Podiatric Medicine is trying something unprecedented in podiatric medicine – having its students sit for the same licensing exam as osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) students.

To provide stability during this critical juncture, WesternU has tapped CPM Associate Dean V. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, MAPWCA, as the College’s new dean, effective May 1, 2019. 

“Dr. Satterfield has been an integral part of the College of Podiatric Medicine from its early days. She is uniquely qualified to lead the College as a seasoned academic podiatric physician and surgeon,” said Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, President of Western University of Health Sciences. “She will ensure that the high standards of performance and accomplishment set by the College over the past decade will continue to be met, indeed, surpassed, even as our students enter a new era for podiatry at WesternU and beyond.”

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Fellowship named for CPM Founding Dean Emeritus
The Department of Surgery of USC’s Keck School of Medicine unveiled the Lawrence B. Harkless Limb Preservation Fellowship, honoring WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Emeritus Lawrence Harkless, DPM. Click here to read more in PM News:



From the College of Pharmacy:

AACP Walmart Scholars
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars award is conferred to individuals with interest in pursuing a career in academia. WesternU College of Pharmacy has two recipients of the 2019 AACP Walmart Scholars program. 

Dr. Neeloufar Fakoufar is a current PGY-1 resident with Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman. She will be co-mentored by Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Anandi Law.

Hajer G. Ibrahim is a current fourth-year COP student. Dr. Hyma Gogineni will serve as her mentor for the program.

Dr. Don Roosan contributed to an article on technology in AACP Academic Pharmacy Now. This was based on his work while at KGI. Fortunately, he brings his expertise in this area of rapid advancement to us at WesternU. Academic Pharmacy Now, 2019 Issue 1

Dr. Janice Hoffman co-authored an article comparing full time physicians at a nursing home with community physicians, and the impact on prescription volume. Click here to view the article.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi led a study on changes in hematological blood values in foals during the first year of life. The results provided a comprehensive and updated reference range for over-time hematological values in foals. The study was support by an extramural collaborative grant estimated at $50,000. Faramarzi, B., Rich, L. Hematological profile in foals during the first year of life. Veterinary Record. 184(16), 1-5 (2019).



From WesternU Health:

Kudos on accomplishments
The WesternU Health Medical Center Team received their highest score ever during a three-year IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan) clinical audit. Under the leadership of Margarita Rivera, RN, Director of Clinical Operations and in partnership with Christal Pham, PharmD, CDE, Assistant Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services, the facility received a score of 100 percent. This interprofessional collaboration improved quality for patients and reflects outstanding teamwork.