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This Week@WesternU Dec. 16-20, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

December 16, 2019

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From the College of Graduate Nursing

Kudos on accomplishments
Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Assistant Dean for Research and Administration, and Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, Dean of CGN, co-wrote an editorial focusing on recent events involving the California State Board of Pharmacy, and the implications for health professions.

Hicks, R.W., Lopez, M., & Curry, K. (2019).  The gain of so few at the cost of so many.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(12), 683-684.


From the College of Pharmacy

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Mark Nguyen has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. His three-year term will begin in 2020.

Dr. Sheryl Chow attended the 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and served in the following capacities:

  1. Chair of the Writing Group for the AHA Presidential Scientific Advisory on Opioids in Brain Health and Cardiovascular Disease: expected publication in 2020.
  2. Chair of the Writing Group for the AHA Scientific Statement on Complementary and Alternative Medicines in Heart Failure: expected publication in 2021.
  3. Immediate Past Chair, AHA Clinical Pharmacology Committee of the Clinical Cardiology Council
  4. Newly appointed member of the AHA Program Committee for the 2020 Annual Scientific Sessions in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Anne Kugler, Dr. Hyma Gogineni, and Dr. Linda Garavalia (former Associate Dean of Assessment) collaborated to publish a paper on utilizing flipped classrooms in a block system.

Kugler, A.J., Gogineni, H.P., & Garavalia, L.S. Learning Outcomes and Student Preferences with Flipped vs Lecture/Case Teaching Model in a Block Curriculum. Am J of Pharm Ed 2019; 83(8) Article 7044.

Dr. Shawn Smith recently published work from his PGY1 residency project in the American Journal on Addictions. The study involved identifying barriers and facilitators to prescribing naloxone.

Martino, J.G., Smith, S.R., Rafie, S., & Marienfeld, C. Physician and Pharmacist: Attitudes, Facilitators, and Barriers to Prescribing Naloxone for Home Rescue. Am J Addict. 2019;

Dr. Anne Kugler presented data on assessment logistics about Objective Structured Clinical Exams at the 2019 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in New York. The work stemmed from the Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) program. Two other PPAD faculty, Dr. Josephine Aranda and Dr. Eunice Chung, also contributed.

Kugler, A.J., Aranda, J.P., Chung, E., & Haines, S. MeRIT Project: The Impact of Test Session Assignment on Student Performance on Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs). ACCP Annual 2019, New York.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

COMP seminar series
COMP will hold its monthly seminar at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in HEC Lecture Hall 1 in Pomona, streamed to Lecture Hall 2 in Lebanon. Jon Kobashigawa, MD, Professor, DSL/Thomas D Gordon Chair in Heart Transplantation Medicine and Director of the Advanced Heart Disease Section and Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will present “The Past, Present and Future of Heart Transplantation.”

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From the Center for Clinical and Translational Research Department

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Airani Sathananthan and the clinical research team at the WesternU Center for Clinical and Translational Research recently completed the Mylan-sponsored ‘GAZELLE’ clinical trial, “A Randomized, Multicenter, Open-Label, Parallel-Group Clinical Study Comparing the Safety and Efficacy of MYL-1601D with NovoLog® in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Patients.” The study took place at Western University of Health Sciences Patient Care Center from March-December 2019. Dr. Sathananthan was the acting Principal Investigator and cooperated with Dr. Nishita Patel and Dr. Christal Pham as Sub-Investigators and Jose Villegas, Albert Medina, and Edith Avitia as coordinators in this Phase 2 human research clinical trial. Congratulations to the research team on completing one of many ongoing clinical research trials at WesternU.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kudos on accomplishments
Teresa Y. Morishita, CVM Professor of Poultry Medicine and Food Safety, was a featured speaker at the 2019 Georgia Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Alpharetta, Georgia. Dr. Morishita spoke for seven hours on backyard poultry medicine: “Backyard Poultry Medicine Basics,” “Common Digestive and Respiratory Diseases of Backyard Poultry,” “Common Reproductive Diseases, Incubation Issues, and Diseases of Young Poultry,” and “Disease Outbreaks and Opportunities in Backyard Poultry Medicine for Veterinary Practitioner.”

CVM Professor Malika Kachani gave two presentations at the 28th World Echinococcosis Congress in Lima, Peru. The theme of the congress was “Toward the Control and Elimination of Echinococcosis.” The first presentation was “Control of Hydatid Disease in the Context of the Neglected Zoonotic Disease System. One Health Interventions in the Oloisukut Conservancy,” Narok, Kenya (Malika Kachani, Japhet Magambo, Eberhard Zeyhle, Jackson Mpario, Erastus Mulinge and Peter Gathura). The second presentation was “One Health, the Reality Out There. Translating theory into practice” (Malika Kachani, DVM, PhD and Maryam Othman, MD, MPH).  Dr. Kachani also gave a presentation at One Health Day at WesternU in November, in collaboration with her COMP colleague Maryam Othman, MD, MPH, titled “One Health, the Challenge in the Practice.”

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