From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Michael A. Seffinger, DO, FAAFP, is now the President-Elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy® (AAO). Dr. Seffinger, who is also Chair of the NMM/OMM Department, will become AAO President in March 2011.
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Jessica Pierog, DO ’05, who recently started an Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University and is now an attending in the Emergency Department, traveled to Haiti on behalf of Stanford and will be traveling to Nepal for EMS education along with presenting four research papers. Additionally, she has been accepted to the Stanford Masters in Epidemiology program for medical researchers.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Health Professions News

World Health Day is April 7, 2010. The focus is urbanization and health. The campaign slogan is “1000 cities – 1000 lives.” Worldwide events call on cities to open up public spaces to health, whether it is activities in parks, town hall meetings, clean-up campaigns, and others. Urban health champions will be highlighted to illustrate what people are doing to improve health in their cities. For more information, visit the World Health Organization Web site.

From the College of Pharmacy:

COP News

Join the College of Pharmacy at the fourth annual Ray Symposium to be held in the new Health Education Center auditorium on April 15, featuring Dr. Michael Cohen speaking on medication safety. For more information please visit

Please consider supporting this year’s eighth annual GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic on June 9, 2010 at Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita. This prestigious tournament supports scholarship funds for those students who have an interest in pursuing an independent pharmacy career. For more information contact Paul A. Stover at

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary internist and researcher Dr. Pedro Diniz has published his study titled “High Prevalence of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Dogs from an Indian Reservation in Northeastern Arizona.” This work involved a large group of collaborators from academia, the U.S. government, private industry and the Hopi Indian tribe.

The complete citation is: High Prevalence of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Dogs from an Indian Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. Pedro Paulo V.P. Diniz, Melissa J. Beall, Karina Omark, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, Daryn A. Daniluk, Katie E. Cyr, James F. Koterski, Richard G. Robbins, Pamela G. Lalo, Barbara C. Hegarty, and Edward B. Breitschwerdt. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Volume 10, Number 2, 2010.

The recent issue of California Veterinarian carries an excellent article that resulted from an interview with Dr. Tom Phillips and Dr. Pia Phillips. In the article the Merial Veterinary Research Scholars Program is described along with remarks from DVM alumni. Drs. Phillips emphasize the importance of involving our health care professional students in early career research experiences. Congratulations Drs. Tom and Pia Phillips!

The complete citation is: “New Research Program at WesternU,” California Veterinarian, Volume 64 (2) p. 35, Mar/Apr 2010.

From the College of Optometry:


The College of Optometry will serve as host to a prestigious international conference this week. The 6th International Congress of Behavioral Optometry (ICBO) will meet April 8-11 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario and on WesternU’s campus. The Optometric Extension Program Foundation puts on ICBO every four years, rotating between Europe, Australia and the U.S. Click here for more information.

From University Advancement:

COP Grant

The CVS Caremark Corporation awarded WesternU’s College of Pharmacy a grant of $75,000 to establish the “CVS Caremark Student Pharmacist Services Suite.”