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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 18-22, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

August 18, 2014

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WesternU welcomes next generation of health care providers

No law or public policy will change health care as powerfully or meaningfully as the next generation of health care providers will themselves, Western University of Health Sciences’ incoming class heard Saturday, August 9, 2014. California State Sen. Norma Torres, D-32nd District, told more than 1,000 students entering WesternU’s nine graduate health professions colleges that new health-care laws passed at the state and federal levels "cannot succeed without the work of skilled, and trained, health care providers. It is your leadership, your training, your dedication and your skills that will help fight cancer, cure deadly diseases, rehabilitate patients and provide care to those who need it." Torres was the keynote speaker for WesternU’s annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremonies, held at Fairplex in Pomona. Students and their families celebrated the beginning of their graduate health sciences education during the event, which was presided over by Philip Pumerantz, PhD, founding president of WesternU.

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Western University of Health Sciences held its seventh annual Student Technology and Research Symposium (STARS) July 29, 2014. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a supportive and friendly venue for WesternU students to present the results of their research conducted during the summer. Click here to view a complete list of students, their projects and their mentors.

Hand 2 Hand

A free family event, Hand 2 Hand, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at Simons Middle School, 900 E. Franklin Ave., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The event will feature free middle and high school sport physicals, backpack and school supplies, dental and medical preventative screenings, blood pressure, blood glucose, vision test, haircuts and clothing (five items per person).

Click here to view a flier in English and Spanish.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Olivia Phung is the recipient of the 2014 American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) New Investigator Award. The New Investigator Award recognizes an ACCP member who has made a significant impact on an aspect of clinical pharmaceutical science. The awardee must have been a member of ACCP for more than three years; must have completed his or her terminal training or degree less than six years previously; and must have a research program with a substantial publication record that includes a programmatic theme or an especially noteworthy single publication. Dr. Phung’s research focuses on the use of systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Phung will deliver the annual New Investigator Award Lecture on Oct. 13, 2014 at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Maisie Dawes has been notified of the publication of a paper in the spring edition of Bovine Practitioner. The paper, "Clinical examination, diagnostic testing, and treatment options for neonatal calves with diarrhea: A review," was co-authored by Dr. Dawes in conjunction with colleagues Jeff W. Tyler, Food Animal Section Head and Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO; Douglas E. Hostetler, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Dusty W. Nagy, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO; and Ronald K. Tessman, Senior Veterinary Scientist, Merial Limited.

Dr. Miguel D. Saggese was just informed that a short communication he co-authored and was also the corresponding author on has recently been made available as "on line first" in ECHOHEALTH, published by the International Association for Ecology and Health. The article is titled "West Nile and St. Louis Encephalitis Viruses Antibodies Surveillance in Captive and Free-Ranging Birds of Prey from Argentina." It can be accessed at:

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, dean of the College of Dental Medicine, has been named as the Chair of the ADEA Task Force on the Elimination of the Human Subject/Patient Component of the Clinical Licensure Exam. The goal of the task force is to bring the various communities of interest together to develop an action plan to transition to an examination process that does not involve the use of live patients. The task force has representation from the American Dental Association, clinical licensure boards in the U.S. and Canada as well as the ADEA Councils of Students and Residents, Allied Program Directors and Deans.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

CPM poster wins first place

Three WesternU CPM administrators won first place for an outstanding poster abstract at the recent American Podiatric Medical Association Scientific Meeting in Hawaii. Dr. Lester Jones, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, presented the poster that earned the award. It is titled "Practice Re-Entry: A Pilot Project for Partnering with State Podiatric Medical Boards for Assessing Fitness to Return to Practice." Drs. Lawrence Harkless, Founding Dean, and Kathleen Satterfield, Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Curriculum/Outcomes Assessment, also contributed to the poster and the program from which it was taken – the Podiatric Physician Re-Entry Program or PPREP, an assessment program for DPMs referred by state medical boards for retraining. The program is run in partnership with the UC San Diego PACE Program (Physician Assessment and Clinical Education).

Kudos on accomplishments

Robert A. Christman, DPM, EdM, has spent his entire career focusing on podiatric imaging and later on education and instructional design, especially online learning, by means of advanced training, academia, and research. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is the editor and author of the textbook Foot and Ankle Radiology; its 2nd edition will be published in 2015. His most recent achievement is a five-part special section in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association titled "Radiographic Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle." Part 1, "The Distal Leg," was published in the Journal’s 2014 July/August issue.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Lyman Wood, OMS I and Jesse Gortner, OMS II, received top honors and runner-up of the 2014 Sandy Marks Clinical Anatomy Research Award. Both were mentored by Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC) and conducted their research in the McDaniel Anatomy Research lab, Lebanon, Oregon. Lyman Wood conducted research titled "Lateral ankle sprain anatomy – can the bifurcate ligament be consistently identified with ultrasound on cadavers." Jesse Gortner conducted research titled "Variable modalities of endotracheal tubes to visualize vocal cords using ultrasound with donor cadaver patients." Both integrated ultrasound with donors from the COMP-Northwest Willed Body program. Lyman and Jesse were among 12 student research scholars representing WesternU from Lebanon, Oregon. Dr. Benninger recently completed teaching videos associated with Netter’s Human Atlas 6th Ed. Dr. Netter was a physician and an artist, which is why his work is so appreciated by health care students worldwide. Dr. Benninger brought a novel finger probe (SonicEye) and different Glass demonstrations including Google Glass to Beijing, China. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the techniques utilizing the SonicEye finger probe and Glass technology.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU to host softball games against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

The Physical Therapy Department at Western University of Health Sciences will host a double-header softball game against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) on Oct. 4, 2014. Gates open at 3 p.m. Games will be at 4 and 7 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E. St., San Bernardino, California – home of the Inland Empire 66ers minor league baseball team. Click here to read the full story.

Department of Health Sciences News

An excellent continuing education event will be presented by the Southern California Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) board members at WesternU. The lecture will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 in the Health Professions Center (HPC), Bartlett Theater. The cost is $20 for SOPHE members and $25 for non-members. Sign-up today with the link provided below and tell all of your friends and fellow Health Science colleagues of this great opportunity.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Four humors

The Pumerantz Library will have on exhibit "And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors" from Aug. 4 to Sept. 12, 2014. This traveling exhibit by the National Library of Medicine details how the four humors – blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm – influenced The Bard’s plays. For more information please view the Library’s news and events blog.

From University Advancement:

Win $50 for saying what "The WesternU Way" means to you

Please join WesternU on social media and answer the question "What does the ‘WesternU Way’ mean to you?" for a chance to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. We will highlight a select number of responses in the WesternU calendar.

Click here for more information. Click here to view a poster.

WesternU View

The Summer 2014 edition of WesternU View is now available. Click here to view an electronic version.

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