WesternU at the LA County Fair

WesternU students and faculty will volunteer at the annual WesternU Interprofessional Health Fair at the Los Angeles County Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in the Clocktower Plaza at Fairplex. The Health Fair, co-sponsored by the Executive Student Government Association (SGA) and the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Students (APhA), serves hundreds of fairgoers with free dental, vision, and OMM screenings and more. The Fair opens Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kudos on accomplishments:
Associate Professor Brian Oakley recently co-authored a research paper, “Hyperspectral microscope imaging methods for multiplex detection of Campylobacter.” In the paper, Oakley designed and validated new 165 rRNA oligonucleotide probes for detection and identification of Campy-lobacter using fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH). Co-authors from the USDA Agricultural Research Service used hyperspectral microscopic imaging to identify several foodborne pathogens directly from spectral scattering signatures without the use of fluorophores. This work has important implications for the rapid identification of microbial pathogens without the use of PCR or culture-based methods. The research is published in the March 2019 issue of the Journal of Spectral Imaging (doi: 10.1255/jsi.2019.a6).


WesternU Equine Health Symposium set for Sept. 21
The inaugural WesternU Equine Health Symposium is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the VCC Johnson Auditorium, 505 E. Second St. Pomona, CA 91766. The symposium is intended for people from the local community who are passionate about animals/horses (veterinary students, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, farriers, trainers, and all horse owners) to come to know our college and learn about important equine health topics. The day will consist of multiple presentations given by well-reputed veterinarians/preceptors and our alumni, focused on teaching the public about important medical conditions in horses including podiatric issues, lameness, colic, and alternative medicine. It’s a great opportunity to gain knowledge about a variety of equine health topics and gives WesternU CVM a chance to network with the local equine community! Refreshments and lunch will be provided, and raffle prizes awarded.

Student registration is free until Sept. 11.

Registration: : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westernu-equine-health-symposium-tickets-68214496395.

Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Dental Medicine

Kudos on accomplishments:
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Gary Pape, MA, DDS, MA Ed, Associate Professor in the WesternU College of Dental Medicine, received the prestigious Mastership Award during the AGD’s convocation ceremony July 20, 2019.  The Mastership Award is the highest honor available in the AGD and is one of the most respected designations in the profession. This accomplishment meets the highest criteria for professional excellence. Dr. Pape completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques.


From the College of Health Sciences

Kudos on accomplishments:
Approximately half of the graduates from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2019 have taken the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) early with a 100% first-time pass rate. One graduate scored a perfect 800.

“Kudos to the faculty who are dedicated to providing excellence in education and inspiration to students,” said College of Health Sciences Interim Dean Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, FNAP. “Kudos to the students who have worked hard and utilized the resources provided. These results are a team effort.”

Harshavardhan Deoghare, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Education, added, “Not only are the students able to pass the board exam (taking it early and in the first attempt), WesternU DPT students are also praised for their clinical readiness by clinical instructors and employers.”


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Kudos on accomplishments:
WesternU COMP-Northwest Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, was presented with the Leading International Clinical Anatomist/Physician Educator and Innovator Award and was an invited guest speaker at the Plastinarium Institute, Guben, Germany on August 13, 2019. He presented on “Current and Future of Anatomy: Education Philosophies, Clinical Dynamics and Innovation.”

He was also invited to participate with creative projects of the human body, which is both artistic and addresses clinical value.


LEAD Open House
LEAD will host an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the Health Sciences Center, Room 101 (LEAD lobby) to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. You’re invited to join a welcoming gathering for new and returning students. Please stop by for refreshments, fun, and chance to meet new members of the WesternU Family.