From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP-Northwest welcomes inaugural class

COMP-Northwest, the Pacific Northwest campus of Western University of Health Sciences’ (WesternU) College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), formally welcomed its inaugural class of 107 students Saturday, July 30, 2011, during Convocation and white coat ceremonies held on the COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon. Click here to view the full story and to view the photo galleries.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, Professor of Clinical Anatomy COMP-NW and faculty at Samaritan Health Orthopaedic Residency, was invited to present his ultrasound research at the summer World Congress of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting held in Columbia, South Carolina. Click here to read more.

In Dr. Benninger’s lab, 16 mentored students have won top national research awards in clinical science, basic science, and educational research. A total of 18 projects representing up to two years of work each were blind- and peer-reviewed and accepted and published at a national meeting. Click here to read more.

The American Osteopathic Association Council on Research and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation approved a grant submitted by Marcel Fraix, DO, FAAPMR, to fund the study “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Alone or in Combination on Balance and Visual Function in Patients with Vertigo and Somatic Dysfunction.” This grant will allocate $99,790 over the span of two years to support of the efforts of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of members from the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in COMP, Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Allied Health Professions and the College of Optometry. Research efforts will focus on examining the efficacy of OMT and VRT in individuals suffering from dizziness and vertigo.

COMP Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Professor Scott Helf, DO, was a speaker for two sessions at Campus Technology 2011 in Boston July 25-28, representing COMP, COP, CDM, CPM, and GCBS. The titles were “Learner Analytics via the Cloud: Sophisticated Statistics Made Easy,” and “Academic Progress Portal: Catching Students BEFORE They Fail.”

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

MSHS 25th Anniversary

The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program will celebrate its 25th anniversary when classes resume on Aug. 8, 2011. The goal has remained the same for those 25 years – to create better health care educators and professionals, and to increase their availability. Click here to read the full story.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, for having his research, “The Influence of Patellofemoral Pain on Hip Muscle Activation During Therapeutic Exercise: A Pilot Study Using Fine-Wire Electrodes,” accepted for a podium presentation at the upcoming California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference Sept. 22-23 in Long Beach.

From the College of Pharmacy:


The latest edition of RxBound, the official magazine for the College of Pharmacy, is now available.

Click here to view the magazine.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor Dr. Wael Khamas and alumnus Richard Reeves, DVM ’09, have published a manuscript. This collaboration between faculty and a student (now alumnus) serves as a reminder of the enrichment that scholarly effort brings to the curriculum and the profession. The complete citation is: Morphological Study of the Oesophagus and Stomach of the Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer. W. Khamas and R. Reeves. Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Anat. Histol. Embryol. 40 (2011) 307–313. Click here to view the article.