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This Week@WesternU, April 9-13, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

April 9, 2012

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Ray Symposium

“Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics and Patient Care,” by keynote speaker Joshua S. Benner, PharmD, ScD, President and CEO, RxAnte, Inc. and Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institution.

5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Health Education Center, second floor. Reception immediately following the Symposium. Presented by the College of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Education Program. Please RSVP to Renee Cook at 909-706-3826 or

Click here for more information. Click here to view the story.

East West Scholarship Dinner

Western University of Health Sciences’ sixth annual East West Scholarship Dinner will take place Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, Calif. 91776. Reception and registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. Click here to read the full story. Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner website.

Health Screening and Resource Fair

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 on the WesternU Esplanade, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Free screenings for blood pressure, dental, glucose, osteopathic manipulative therapy and vision and education on asthma and healthy living, colorectal cancer awareness, emergency preparedness, heartburn awareness and medication therapy review (please bring a list of your medications and dosage). Sponsored by WesternU and Target Pharmacy.

Click here to view a flier in English and Spanish.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, will be held on June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. Golf Ball Drop from the driving range will happen at 11:45. The owner of the golf ball that lands in the hole or closest to the pin will be the winner of the 50/50 prize. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2012 Cadillac, sponsored by Symes Cadillac of Pasadena. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $175 per golfer or $700 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 11, 2012.

For more info or to sign up, please contact Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, email, or Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495, email

Click here to view the website.

March Mania

Thank you to everyone who participated in the March Mania Class Scholarship Tournament, which concluded with a viewing of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game on April 2. Students, faculty and staff in Pomona and Lebanon raised about $750, which will be matched by the President’s Scholarship Fund for a total of $1,500. The competition winner is the Class of 2015. Details on applying for the scholarship will be forthcoming.

Also, congratulations to Jenette Muhar in University Advancement for winning the NCAA Tournament Bracket competition and the Kindle Fire. Click here to view a slideshow of the March Mania activities.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Gail Singer-Chang and Scott Helf presented “A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Osteopathic Medical Student Performance and Success” at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Annual Meeting March 28 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Juan Ramirez and Dr. Neil Patel of WesternU’s Office of Institutional Research were instrumental in the study.

Dr. Helf also presented “Use of Dashboard Portal to Manage Student Progress.”

Drs. Sheree Aston, Susan E. Mackintosh and John T. Pham and Dennis Muscato presented “Inter-Institutional Interprofessional Education (IPE)” at the AACOM meeting. Click here for more information.

Click here to view the AACOM 2012 Annual Meeting Program.

Fourth-year COMP student Justin Roth will present an abstract at the Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore. on June 15, 2012. Click here for more information.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

The DPT Class of 2013 recently attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo as part of their coursework this semester so that they could learn firsthand about the variety of opportunities available for persons with a disability. The 46 students, along with thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and health care professionals, attended the Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For the past 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, health care professionals and professional therapists. It has been the nation’s foremost event for companies to demonstrate their products and services to the largest community of end-users and industry professionals, and more Expos are planned to take place this year in New York, Houston, Atlanta, San Jose, and Chicago.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius has been invited for a Visiting Professorship at Kobe-Gakuin University in Japan. She is in Kobe from April 5 to May 10, 2012 providing lectures in her area of clinical expertise – Cardiology.

Two of our faculty have previously had this honor – Drs. Chung and Gupta. This is indeed international visibility for WesternU.

Two College of Pharmacy students were selected for the 2012 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars Program. Hang (Hazel) T. Tran, with faculty mentor Huan (Mark) M. Nguyen, and Michael R. Trillanes Jr., with faculty mentor Patrick G. Chan, will receive $1,000 travel scholarships from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Kissimmee, Florida July 14-18, 2012. The goal of this scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary professor and small animal clinician Dr. Beth Boynton presented “Preventive Pet Healthcare at WU-College of Veterinary Medicine” on March 11 in Alexandria, Va. to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges at their annual meeting. She highlighted our innovative programs in teaching veterinary students about wellness care for pet animals, a two-year course sequence that begins in the first week of Year 1 in our curriculum.

The program was initiated by the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare -a team of veterinary professionals, academia, and industry leaders focused on a singular mission: to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian, with the vision of improving overall health of our pets.

Veterinary Assistant Professor and equine dentist Dr. Elizabeth Schilling and veterinary faculty colleagues Dr. Paul N. Gordon-Ross, Dr. Linda Kidd, and Dr. Peggy Schmidt presented a poster March 11 to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges at their annual meeting. The presentation title was “Distributive Veterinary Clinical Education: Clinical Educational Facility Selection.”

Academic leaders in veterinary medicine express significant interest in the “distributive clinical education” model pioneered at Western University of Health Sciences because of the success achieved here. This approach had not been extensively used in veterinary medicine until our curriculum demonstrated its advantages. The poster provided veterinary educators with practical information and access to key WesternU faculty members whose experience and leadership represents the leading edge of this education strategy.

The College of Veterinary Medicine celebrated student research and academic achievement at its Phi Zeta Student Research and Honors Day March 26, 2012. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

Alumni Scholarships

On April 6, the WesternU Alumni Association awarded the first of two annual $1,000 scholarships to Stephen Kang, PharmD ’14, during the College of Pharmacy’s Honors Day. The Association established an endowment several years ago to fund this scholarship for humanistic, caring and dependable WesternU students who both excel academically and exemplify the qualities of an engaged alumnus/a through their extracurricular involvement; but this is this first year these annual scholarships are being awarded. The Association’s second 2012 scholarship will be presented to Helena Tzou, OD ’14, at the College of Optometry’s Honors Day on Friday, April 20.

From the Pumerantz Library:

“Women of Western U” Exhibit and Reception

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library would like to invite you to a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. today, April 9, 2012 as we celebrate the “Women of WesternU,” a first in a series. Faculty, staff and students are invited to this event to see the exhibit and enjoy our guest speakers. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. The exhibit will be available for viewing through the summer. Please contact the library at 909-469-5323 or visit the library blog for more information.

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