Santa’s Workshop

More than 200 foster children and their families enjoyed food, games, gifts and a visit from Santa Dec. 6, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

WesternU’s Student Government Association (SGA) organized the workshop with support from the Office of University Student Affairs and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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WesternU Chamber Singers

The WesternU Chamber Singers and Humor As Medicine held an Open Mic Night on Dec. 5, 2014 for students, faculty, staff and administration from all colleges to share their creative talents through song, instrumental pieces, spoken word, rap and magic performances. The WesternU community enjoyed more than 15 performances, including a special guest performance by the barbershop quartet Extra! Extra! The WesternU Chamber Singers also performed for the children of underserved families during the annual Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 6. To spread holiday cheer to those residing in nursing homes under the care of Dr. Alan Cundari, the Chamber Singers will be performing Christmas carols for the residents of Country Villa Nursing Facility this coming week.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Coordinator of Dental Informatics and Assistant Professor Alexander Lee, DMD, and Assistant Professor Jedediah Burton, DMD, worked together on a formative feedback app about how “”iPads Provide Dental Students with Fast, Formative Feedback on Clinical Performance.””

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Students Rotate at the Dental Clinic at Chaffey College:

WesternU DMD students are rotating at an affiliated site, the Dental Clinic at Chaffey College, providing dental care for college students. This experience is part of a seven-week externship rotation where fourth-year DMD students rotate at various community clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, School Based Oral Health Centers, and unique clinics dedicated to underserved patient populations. The Chaffey College Dental Clinic, initiated last year, is unique in the services offered because of the partnership with WesternU DMD students and faculty. Click the link to a recent article in The Press-Enterprise to read the full story:

Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, assistant professor of Oral Medicine & Geriatric Dentistry, and Ziv Simon, DMD, MSc, lecturer, Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, co-authored an article in Medical Clinics of North America titled “”Common Dental and Periodontal Diseases: Evaluation and Management.”” It was first published online by Elsevier Inc. on Oct. 18, 2014, and is posted at: The article is part of the historic Medical Clinics of North America issue co-edited by dentists, titled: “”Oral Medicine: A Handbook for Physicians.”” The handbook includes nine articles “” …designed to provide medical practitioners with clinically relevant information regarding health and disease of the oral cavity and perioral structures.””


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Sarah Wolff, DO 2015, has been named 2014-15 COMP Pomona Student DO of the Year. Click here to view a Facebook post.

Lee Kenyon, DO 2016, has been named 2014-15 COMP-Northwest Student DO of the Year. Click here to view a Facebook post.

COMP-Northwest hosts Political Panel

Class president Ginger Cupit, DO 2017, led a panel discussion December 11 with guest speakers Jeff Heatherington (President and CEO, FamilyCare Health Plans Inc.), Sean Kolmer (Health Policy Advisor to Gov. John Kitzhaber) and State Rep. Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg. Sen. Alan Bates, DO, D-Ashland, joined the discussion via Skype.

The panel discussed and responded to questions related to Medicare and Medicaid as well as political bipartisanship, and the need for working across party lines to remove “”silos.”” All agreed that clarity, conversation and collaboration were key factors needed to advance any issue. They also discussed many of the business aspects that all physicians must consider. Topics included billing costs, legal issues, and the need to guide patients to live healthier lifestyles. Sen. Bates highlighted the day’s conversations by telling the students, “”Pay attention to the business aspects, but your first duty as a physician is to take care of your patients.””

Donor Patient Memorial – Oregon campus

COMP-Northwest held a Donor Patient Memorial for families on Friday, Dec. 5. The memorial was organized by the COMP-Northwest Class of 2018 in honor of 94 donors. Most of the donor-patients were from Oregon. Two were from Washington and one was from California. About 100 people attended the memorial. Lebanon High School’s JROTC program displayed the flag to honor the donors who had served in the military. Pete Butler with the American Legion Post 51 Honor Guard played taps. COMP-Northwest anatomy professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, gave the commemorative address and opened the ceremony. Students lit candles for each of the donors, thanking each for their contribution to medical education.

More information on the Willed Body Program can be found here.

Kudos on accomplishments

Five COMP-Northwest students and Dr. Brion Benninger, representing both the Military club and the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), presented at the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) in Washington, D.C.

Click here for a list of students who presented and to read more news from Dr. Benninger.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

WesternU Assistant Professor Mathew Wedel, PhD, from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the College of Podiatric Medicine, co-authored an article, “”A Ceratopsian Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Western North America, and the Biogeography of Neoceratopsia,”” published Dec. 10, 2014 in PLOS ONE. The new dinosaur, Aquilops americanus, meaning American eagle face, represents the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America. WesternU Multimedia Specialist Gary Wisser is acknowledged in the publication for providing a high-resolution scan of the cranium.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to read more from The Webb Schools in Claremont, California.

Click here to read more from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.


From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

At a recent American Academy of Optometry meeting in Denver, Colorado, College of Optometry students had the second highest of new Student Fellows, 52, out of a total of 419 new Student Fellows, beating out bigger schools and more established programs. It is an accomplishment to achieve a Student Fellow and requires a significant commitment.

Click here to view a new Student Fellows by School/College graphic and a list of new CO Student Fellows.


From the College of Pharmacy:

College of Pharmacy professor earns geriatric pharmacy practice honor

College of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Janice Hoffman, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, received the 2014 Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Award from the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP). The Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Award recognizes the certified geriatric pharmacist who fosters the principles of good pharmacy practice, demonstrates excellence in geriatric patient care, and promotes the value and rigorous standards established by the CCGP.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Dr. Miguel Saggese recently had a research paper published in the Journal of Raptor Research: “”Wintering of Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) in Argentina: Insights form new records between 1993 and 2008″” by Saggese, MD, I. Roesler and C.F. Marano, JRR 2014, 48:345-360. The Journal of Raptor Research was established in 1967 and is an international, peer-reviewed, scientific journal dedicated entirely to the dissemination of information about birds of prey.

Dr. Saggese also contributed to the recent meeting of the Society of Immunological Veterinarians in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The presentation, (made by Dr. Pablo Regner) “”Crowned Eagle ( Harpyhaliaetus Coronatus) Plasma Neutralizing Ability of Snake Venoms (Harpyhaliaetus Coronatus) Is Not Depending of Adaptive Immune Mechanisms by Regner, P., Quaglia A., Costa de Oliveira, V., Saggese, M., Wiemeyer, G., Capdevielle, A., de Roodt, A.,. This new presentation is a result of the collaborative research between Dr. Saggese’s lab and several institutions from Argentina. The study was made possible thanks to the support of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Park Rangers at Telteca Wildlife Refuge, Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Texas A&M University, CECARA, Universidad de Mar del Plata, PCRAR – Fundacion Bioandina and Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Dr. Pedro Diniz had a manuscript accepted for publication at PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases titled “”Bartonella spp. Bacteremia in Blood Donors from Campinas, Brazil.”” Luiza Helena Urso Pitassi1; Pedro Paulo Vissotto de Paiva Diniz2; Diana Gerardi Scorpio3*; Marina Rovani Drummond1; Bruno Grosselli Lania1; Maria Lourdes Barjas-Castro4; Rovilson Gilioli5; Silvia Colombo6; Stanley Sowy2; Edward B. Breitschwerdt7; William L. Nicholson8, Paulo Eduardo Neves Ferreira Velho1.

From the Southern California Medical Museum:

Opening in 2015

Pardon our dust, we are moving in! The Southern California Medical Museum is in the process of installing display cabinets and other furniture into its new home in the Nursing Science Center on WesternU’s Pomona campus. We are making great progress, and hope to be ready in January to open our doors and welcome you in. We are very happy to share our museum of medical history with you at the University, and will be sending progress updates as we continue our move.

Click here to visit the Southern California Medical Museum website.

Click here to read more about the museum.


From University Advancement:

Advancement news

More than 100 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and preceptors joined College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson at the WesternU/COP Dinner at Tortilla Jo’s Restaurant at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. The dinner was held on the evening of Monday, December 8, during the 49th American Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition.

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