Western Diabetes Institute presents symposium Aug. 24-26

The Western Diabetes Institute’s Center for Periodontal Health presents the First International & Interprofessional 3-Day Symposium on Diabetes and Periodontal Disease August 24-26, 2015. The symposium will be held each day from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 2. Lunch will be provided.

Topics and speakers will include: “What is periodontal disease and its association with diabetes?” by Philip Preshaw, BDS, PhD, FDS, Professor of Periodontology, School of Dental Sciences and Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, UK.

“Pathophysiology of periodontitis in people with diabetes: the mechanisms of interplay between two common diseases” by WesternU College of Dental Medicine (CDM) Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Biomedical Sciences Bradley Henson, DDS, PhD, and CDM Assistant Professor Diana Folmsbee, DDS.

“Periodontal management in people with diabetes: the UK and US situations” by Susan Bissett, NIHR Clinical Research Fellow & Team Lead, Dental Clinical Research Facility, Newcastle University, UK; Heidi Davila, RDHAP, Center for Periodontal Health, Western Diabetes Institute, WesternU; and Jorge Oaxaca, DDS, Private Dental Practitioner, Seal Beach, Calif.

“Implications for diabetes care: redesigning and scaling team-based care” by Andrew Pumerantz, DO, FACP, Professor of Internal Medicine, Founder and Executive Director, Western Diabetes Institute, WesternU.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Dental Medicine Dean Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, will be honored with the Champion Academic Impact Award at the Center for Oral Health’s 30th Anniversary Gala Nov. 20, 2015 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The award recognizes Dr. Friedrichsen’s leadership in engaging dental education with underserved communities throughout his career.

Click here to read more on the Center for Oral Health’s website.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

More than 50 COMP-Northwest medical students and four COMP-Northwest faculty members volunteered their time completing patient health screenings at the Asian Health and Service Center’s 14th Annual Health Fair in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 22.

COMP-Northwest students and faculty screened approximately 350 patients in two sections. In one section, patients completed a general health survey and were treated with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) when needed. In a second area, medical students measured patients body mass index (BMI), glucose levels, blood pressure, and vitals. Students also consulted patients on their screening results.

The students’ work was overseen by COMP-Northwest faculty members John T. Pham, DO, Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, and Ed Goering, DO, as well as COMP and COMP-Northwest Dean Paula M. Crone, DO.

Medical students from Oregon Health & Science University and Pacific University also volunteered at the screening. FamilyCare Health Plans was the title sponsor for the event.

“It was a great opportunity for us to partner with the Asian Health and Service Center and provide health screening for the Asian community,” Pham said. “Patients were very appreciative of the care they received. Even with simple OMM they were very thankful.”

More information on the Asian Health & Service Center can be found here.

The COMP-Northwest OMM Department is pleased to announce that Janice Blumer, DO ’91, was awarded WesternU Distinguished Faculty of the Year for Teaching. In addition, she was named Distinguished Faculty for Teaching for COMP-Northwest.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius, her cardiologist colleagues at the VA, her former fellow Dr. Lingyun Liu and her former resident Dr. Noelle deLeon published a paper based on a study about the impact of a Heart Failure post-discharge management clinic at the VA on readmission rate. Study results showed a significant reduction in 90-day readmissions.

Jackevicius CA, de Leon NK, Lu L, Warner A, Chang DS, Mody FV. Impact of a multidisciplinary heart failure post-hospitalization program on heart failure readmission rates. Ann Pharmacother 2015; DOI: 10.1177/1060028015599637. Published online ahead of print August 12, 2015. Click here to read the paper.

Dr. Jackevicius serves as the Associate Clinic Director of this heart failure clinic at the VA greater Los Angeles which she was instrumental in setting up in conjunction with the Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Freny Mody, who serves as the Clinic Director.

Of note and relevance in the current environment of SB493 and advanced practice pharmacists is the fact that Dr. Jackevicius has had an advanced scope of practice at the VA for this clinic where she provides direct patient care as a provider; interviewing patients, performing physical assessment, ordering medications and related monitoring tests, educating patients, and following up patients related to HF medication therapy management.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CVM Professor Ana Alcaraz was one of the keynote speakers at the Brazilian Veterinary Pathologist College (CBPV) annual meeting held recently. The conference took place in Belo Horizonte and was hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Federal University from Minas Gerais. More than 500 professional veterinarians, pathologists, residents and students attended the meeting.

Dr. Alcaraz also participated in a round-table discussion about ways to enhance the teaching and learning of veterinary pathology. The discussion was organized following the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recommendations to improve veterinary education worldwide, as proposed in December 2013 during the OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education.

CVM Professor Malika Kachani was selected by the WesternU Academic Senate as a recipient of the Provost’s Shared-Governance Travel Award to attend the 2015 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute in Denver, Colo. Upon her return, Dr. Kachani presented a summary of the workshops she attended to the Senate. She will also be sharing the knowledge she acquired on shared governance with the CVM community. Dr. Kachani would also like to thank Dr. Gary Gugelchuk, University Provost, for this honor and for supporting the WesternU faculty and protecting Shared Governance.


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