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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 13-17, 2018

by Rodney Tanaka

August 14, 2018

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Convocation 2018

Check out WesternU’s coverage of Convocation and White Coat Ceremonies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and look for the story and slideshow on WesternU’s website:


WesternU welcomes two new board members

Western University of Health Sciences welcomes two new Board of Trustees members who have deep connections to health care and education.

Elizabeth Zamora, MBA, is executive director of Pomona-based Bright Prospect, which empowers high-potential low-income students to gain admission, succeed and graduate from four-year colleges and universities by providing a comprehensive counseling and support system throughout their high school and college years.

Art Antin, MA, is co-founder and chief operating officer of VCA Inc, a leading provider of pet health care services delivered through more than 900 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp franchise.

Click here to read the full story.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU Pet Health Center receives Nestlé Purina donation for nutrition center
The Western University of Health Sciences Pet Health Center received more than $32,000 from Nestlé Purina PetCare to renovate and upgrade what is now the Purina Nutrition Center, which will benefit clients and veterinary students on rotation. 

Click here to read the full story.


Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Mohammad Mir was the invited moderator in the 11th World Microbiology and Immunology Congress held recently in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As moderator, Dr. Mir was in charge of scientific presentations and panel discussions in the meeting. Dr. Mir also gave an invited talk focused on his current research program at WesternU. The title of his talk was “Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Nucleocapsid Protein Augments mRNA Translation.” Dr. Mir received the best presentation award in this Microbiology and Immunology meeting.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest Vice Dean John T. Pham, DO, and COMP-Northwest students Syna Daudfar and Codee Gorman published “Hemiplegic Syndrome After chopstick penetration injury in the lateral soft palate of a young child” in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. August 2018, Volume 118, Number 8, Pages 555-559. Click here to read the article:

Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, published a new book for grade-school readers, “Totally Amazing Facts About Dinosaurs,” through Capstone Press. The book is available at

On Aug. 5, 2018, COMP Associate Professor Chaya Prasad, MD, MBA, and third-year COMP student Justin Cohen gave a presentation at the ACOFP-CA (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians of California) Conference in Anaheim, California. The topic was “Burnout in the Medical Profession.” Their presentation aimed at shining light on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and burnout and how these factors greatly impact the care that physicians provide. This sensitive subject has shown to be very apparent in medical students as well, leading Dr. Prasad to bring a third-year medical student onto the panel to share his experiences. To most, burnout and depression are things that we constantly hear about in the medical profession, but have no means of identifying or preventing them.  Dr. Prasad also discussed the various routes one can develop resilience from. The medical community at ACOFP demonstrated a strong interest in the presentation as most, if not all, have experienced some level of burnout. After the presentation, it was clear that the physicians believed they should all have a vested interest in learning the tools necessary to not only recognize burnout but to also develop resilience.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Stephen O’Barr’s former MSPS student Megan Molina, MSPS ’16, has passed the Comprehensive Exam and moved to PhD candidate status at the University of Arizona. She also was featured in the UofA daily newspaper on receiving a second year of private funding of her research.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Dean Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN, published the following:

Hicks, Rodney. W. and Roberts, MaryEllen. (2018).  Annotations: A power tool for writers. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(8), 421-423.

This is the first clinical guideline for Nurse practitioners. This is an electronic publication.

Hicks, R. W. (2018).  Hypophosphatasia. Layette, LA:  Care on Point.



From University Advancement:

Alumni reunion
WesternU will hold an Alumni Reunion Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 on WesternU’s Pomona campus. All alumni are invited to attend as we also honor the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Registration will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A campus open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The program and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Click here to visit the Alumni Reunion 2018 website:


University Advancement Hosts Movie Night For Students & Alumni
On Aug. 8, 2018, the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations office hosted a movie night to welcome incoming students. Every college was well represented, as 40 students and alumni came out to Ethan Allen Park to watch “Wonder Woman.” Everyone enjoyed fresh popcorn, chips, and beverages on a beautiful summer night in August. Movie night was a success, as students were able to connect with their new classmates and begin to build new friendships and lifelong professional relationships.

Click here to view photos on Facebook.



From the Patient Care Center:

Diabetes classes offered
The WesternU Medical Center is offering weekend diabetes classes and a support group.

Diabetes Education Class, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Click here to view a flier.

Type 1 Diabetes Support Group “Type Who? Type You!” 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Click here to view a flier.



From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

University Archives book sale
Starting August 6, 2018, the Pumerantz Library Special Collections will be holding a book sale of duplicate rare and older books. The collection is made up of the rare books that have been generously donated to the university. We have received extras and can help you get started on your own personal collection of antique medical books. The authors represent the best practitioners of their times. Some important authors represented are: Henry Gray, William Osler, and Russel L. Cecil. All campus disciplines are represented. Come check these books during the library’s regular operating hours. If you have any questions, please contact the Archives at or 909-469-5323 and ask for Archives.

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