WesternU’s Ray Symposium examines how to communicate science effectively

A prominent advocate for science and technology education will talk about “Communicating Science Effectively” at Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Ray Symposium.

The Ray Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Click here for more information: 

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AAHPSA in Pomona

On Saturday, March 24, 17 students from the Asian-American Health Professions Student Association (AAHPSA) volunteered in a free health fair in Pomona, serving a predominantly Hispanic population. The clinic was held in conjunction with the Pomona Unified School District for their annual Male Engagement event, with COMP and College of Optometry students providing free glucose, BMI, blood pressure, and osteopathic manipulation screenings. Under the preceptorship of Dr. Steven Lam from COMP, AAHPSA addressed the concerns of 29 patients.​ Click here to view photos on Facebook.


iSquad in the community

The Student Innovation arm (iSquad) of the Center for Innovation facilitated an event at San Manuel Indian Reservation Saturday, April 7. San Manuel Indian Reservation held its annual One Heart, One Mind, One Spirit Symposium working with local tribal schools, Indian Health Service, TANF offices, and other organizations that serve Native American families. iSquad students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy and the College of Allied Health Professions led trainer sessions in STEM for K-6, middle school and high school participants. Participants used STEM blocks creating a unique design of the tallest vehicles structured to roll or slide down a ramp successfully without breaking. Participants were taught horizontal stability, scientific learning, gravity, and center of transferability while learning computational thinking focusing on the real-world applications of problem solving. In addition, COMP Lifestyle Medicine Track students held a Culinary Medicine booth preparing and demonstrating healthy nutritional meals while providing basic preventative health information. Students guided participants in learning and making healthy meal options, such as protein balls, avocado slaw and spring rolls while educating on diabetes and high blood pressure. It is more important than ever to spread the knowledge, skills, self-care and discipline that will carry on through patients’ lives. For more information about iSquad click here.


2018 Photo Competition

University Student Affairs and Public Affairs are happy to announce the start of the 2018 Photo Competition. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff.

We have many artistic and creative individuals in our WesternU family, so we cannot wait to see your submissions! The theme of the competition is “WesternU Way,” so an ideal submission should reflect life at WesternU and fit one of these three categories: Action, Community, or On-campus Activities. Finalists will be chosen for public voting on Facebook in April and cash prizes will be awarded.

Submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2018. To read all competition details and rules and to submit your photo(s) please
click on this link.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Medical Anatomy Center news
On April 4, Dr. Benninger, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, designed and delivered a Continuing Medical Education course titled “Acquiring a Video Assisted Airway Integrating Emerging Technologies with Innovative Teaching Philosophies.” He brought in the latest video-assisted laryngoscopes to be conducted on current interactive hi-fidelity simulation models including virtual reality, a specially prepared donor cadaver, ultrasound finger probe and hand-held systems while applying andragogical teaching methodologies. Click here to read the full story.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CPM Assistant Professor Aksone Nouvong, DPM, FACFAS, and Dieu-Thu Nguyen-Khoa, MD, of UCLA published “Red, Hot, and Swollen Foot in Diabetes: Charcot or no?” March 30, 2018 in Medscape.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Drs. Davies, Pon, and Garavalia described the outcomes of implementing Gagne’s instructional design in our longitudinal pharmacy calculations curriculum. Davies M, Pon D, Garavalia LS. Improving Pharmacy Calculations Using an Instruction Design Model. Am J Pharm Ed 2018; 82(2):144-51.

Dr. Malcolm and his colleagues published a paper describing outcomes associated with the use of ibogaine in patients with opioid use disorder undergoing detoxification treatment. Malcolm BJ, Polanco M, Barsuglia J. Changes in Withdrawal and Craving Scores in Participants Undergoing Opioid Detoxification Utilizing Ibogaine. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2018 Apr 2:1-10. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2018.1447175. [Epub ahead of print]