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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 19-23, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

August 19, 2013

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WesternU welcomes more than 1,100 new students at annual Convocation ceremony

Tomorrow’s health care professionals should embrace diversity, help direct resources away from high-cost treatments and toward cognitive care, and seek out patients rather than waiting for them to simply show up, a leading Southern California health administrator told Western University of Health Sciences’ class of incoming students Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

William Henning, DO ’86, Chief Medical Officer of the Inland Empire Health Plan, made the remarks during his keynote address at WesternU’s annual Convocation and white coat ceremonies, held at Fairplex in Pomona. More than 1,100 new students, their families and friends celebrated the beginning of their graduate health sciences education during the event, which was presided over by Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of WesternU.
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From the Patient Care Center:

Backpack giveaway

As children head back to school after the summer break, the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences reminds parents that good vision is critical to learning.

The ECC is giving away a limited number of backpacks filled with school supplies as an incentive to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye examination. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

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From LEAD:

WesternU kicks off LEAD Wellbeing Initiative with art exhibit

Western University of Health Sciences students, administration, faculty and staff, along with Pomona residents and Arts Colony tenants, turned out by the dozens on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 for the kickoff of WesternU’s Learning Enhancement & Academic Development’s (LEAD) Wellbeing Initiative.

The kickoff was held at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, Calif., and took the form of an art show, featuring paintings, photos, sculpture and other artwork by WesternU students and staff, incorporated into the dA’s own “Making Connections” exhibit.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP student inspires, educates while battling pulmonary hypertension

When Sean Wyman was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) at 18, doctors told him the severity of the illness would prevent him from ever working or going to school.

But Wyman was destined for more than that. He graduated from UC Riverside in 2011 with a bachelor’s in psychology, earned a Master of Science in Medical Sciences from Western University of Health Sciences the following year, and enrolled in WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in fall 2012 to become an osteopathic physician.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Instructor/Clinical Faculty Steve Snyder, PT, DPT, CSCS, who recently achieved the status of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Founded in 1978, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sports science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries to support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius and her colleagues published the following: McCarren M, Furmaga E, Jackevicius CA, et al. Improvement in guideline beta-blocker prescribing in heart failure: a cluster-randomized pragmatic trial of a pharmacy intervention. J Card Fail 2013;19:525-32.
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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jerry Minsky has been invited by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to review and comment on the training modules its National Disaster Medical Services uses to train dentists who are going to be deployed in disaster responses.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Optometry alumnus Joe Lao, OD ’13, received the COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. His photo appears in the August 2013 edition of VP Today. Click here to view the issue.

From the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy Associate Director June Isaacson Kailes, MSW, LCSW, has been re-appointed to the FEMA National Advisory Council, an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters. Click here to read the full story.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Rare Books on Anatomy

Rare books ranging from 1849 to 1934 on Anatomy from our Special Collections are on display in the first floor lobby of the library. These books are displayed in an antique bookcase that is just as interesting as the books themselves. Stop by to see the display and ask a librarian to see the books up close.

From the Office of University Recruitment/Strategic Enrollment Management

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, highlighting health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for Preview Day.

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