Santa’s Workshop

Students from Western University of Health Sciences provided Christmas cheer, food, activities and gifts to 100 children through the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services during Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 1, 2012.

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Free health clinic

WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Madison Elementary School, 351 W. Phillips Blvd., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The event will feature free physical wellness exams, including a full physical exam, blood pressure, glucose tests, and Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. All ages are welcome. Children’s educational activities will include reading and tutoring.

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Medication disposal event

The Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences will hold a free medication disposal event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 (12/12/12). The Pharmacy is on the first floor of WesternU’s Patient Care Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:


Kudos on accomplishments

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Family Practice, Neuromuscular Medicine, was informed that his recent novel text, “Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body” is being translated into Italian having only been in print since October 2012. This text is one of several clinical anatomy texts and electronic Apps Dr. Benninger has been asked to write.



From the College of Allied Health Professions:


Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Alumnus Patti Nakagawa, PT, DPT ’03, was recognized recently in “California PT Notes,” an electronic memo produced by the California Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Nakagawa, who serves as Manager of Orthopedic and Sports Therapy, has celebrated National Physical Therapy Month with the staff at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for the past 14 years and decided to honor their Director by making a generous donation in her name to the CAL-PT-FUND. The CAL-PT-FUND was established in 1977 as a nonprofit organization to advance evidence-based physical therapy practice in California by promoting the development of researchers and clinical scholars.



From the College of Pharmacy:


Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Thomas Kleyn obtained his credentialing from the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist (AAHIVP).

Dr. Hyma Gogineni and Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman passed the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS) Ambulatory Care examination.

Dr. Doreen Pon passed the BCPS Pharmacotherapy examination.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:


Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor and avian microbiologist Dr. Miguel Saggese was for a second time invited to Madrid, Spain on Nov. 25, 2012 to give a full-day series of lectures on avian, rodents, rabbit and reptile anesthesia. This event was organized by Improve Iberica (the Iberian Peninsula), an affiliate of Improve International, a non-governmental organization with a goal to provide “Continuous Professional Development for Veterinarians in Europe.”

These lectures were part of a year-long course on exotic animal medicine offered as continuing education to veterinarians. After successful completion of a final exam at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies, veterinarians receive a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice.


Veterinary Instructor and resident in radiology and diagnostic imaging Dr. Betsy Charles published a paper titled, “An Approach to Imaging Algorithms for Equine Lameness Diagnosis.” The article appears in a monograph collection “Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice” that is a premier resource for continuing education for veterinary medicine.

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Dr. Charles has been active in organizational leadership development through various programs including the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE). Most recently she was invited to present a leadership workshop at the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference titled “The Veterinary Leadership Experience Approach to Leadership.” This conference will be held Jan. 3-6, 2013 in Chicago.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:


Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Lester Jones made significant contributions to the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA).

In the introduction: “The First Podiatric Medical Education Issue for the New Millennium,” by Lester J. Jones.

Under Clinical Correspondence: “An Educational Model for Patient Safety and Disclosure of Medical Error in Podiatric Medicine,” by Lester J. Jones and Leonard A. Levy; and “Educating the Podiatric Physician in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness,” by Leonard A. Levy and Lester J. Jones.

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CPM students and faculty volunteered at the Lion’s Club Health Fair in Santa Ana on Dec. 8, and at the Holiday Half Marathon at Fairplex in Pomona on Dec. 9, which attracts an estimated 3,500 adolescent runners and 2,000 adult runners.




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