From the College of Health Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Gunnar Fillerup, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, and Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, presented at the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) conference held in Charleston, South Carolina October 16-18, 2019.  The presentation, “‘Are you sure you don’t want to be a PT?’ – Influence on Career Choice in Pre-Health Care Students,” discussed how a brief interprofessional academic and clinical experience in PT can not only identify and address misconceptions of the role of PT, but also can result in changes in career choice.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Joe Bertone recently was named to the American College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Committee focusing on Compounded Drugs.

Dr. Bertone has also been invited to present three hours of continuing education at the annual convention of the AVMA in San Diego in 2020. His topics will be “Neurology made easy: basics”; “Neurology made easy: cases”; and “Sleep deprivation in horses.”

CVM Associate Professor of Microbiology and Avian/Wildlife Medicine Miguel D. Saggese was invited by Fundacion Neotropical to attend and present at the Third Andean Condor International Congress in Valledupar, Colombia. Dr. Saggese presented a training course on raptor medicine for veterinarians, biologists and zookeepers as well as the closing plenary, “Biomedical aspects of condors and vultures: Implications for their study, ecology, welfare and conservation.” The meeting concluded with a roundtable discussion to outline the important Andean Condor conservation plan.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Ultrasound workshop
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, designed and provided ultrasound workshops to first- and second-year COMP-Northwest medical students in November focusing on a variety of point-of-care diagnostic-quality handheld ultrasound systems. Systems included the latest generation Sonosite finger probe, which is a novel wearable wireless system, handheld portable GE V-Scan extends systems, and the Clarius handheld wireless with artificial intelligence linked to android and/or Apple iPhones. Benninger combined innovative handheld ultrasound systems with applied anatomy for WesternU students to be the first medical school in the US to formally integrate handheld ultrasound, sonoanatomy, physical examination and point-of-care skills enabling cutting-edge ultrasound teaching while developing tomorrow’s medical curricula.



From the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning:

This week’s CETL Sessions
All faculty and staff are invited to come join a professional development opportunity!

Register online at: If you have trouble registering online, please email

Lunch will be served.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance.


Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10

InteresTED: The Brain (PART I)
Come join us for some lunch and fascinating discussion about the brain, its myths, its potential, and its mysteries, as we watch two engaging TED talks about this fascinating organ.

What We’ll Learn About The Brain in the Next Century, by Sam Rodriques: In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in neuroscience. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease — like lasers that drill tiny holes in our skulls and allow probes to study the electrical activity of our neurons.

What Percentage of Your Brain Do You Use? by Richard E. Cytowic: Two-thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated for over a century: that we use only 10% of our brains. Hardly! Our neuron-dense brains have evolved to use the least amount of energy while carrying the most information possible — a feat that requires the entire brain. Cytowic debunks this neurological myth (and explains why we aren’t so good at multitasking).

Presented by Tim Wood, DHSc, PA-C, Associate Vice President for CETL


10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Webinar – What Is DEI? How Can I Be a Better Ally?
During this webinar, we’ll discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education and review the concept of being a better ally, including action items and key takeaways you can immediately apply in the workplace to support your and your team’s performance and productivity. We’ll also review highlights of the many DEI conversations that took place at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in October, and consider learnings and strategies from the recent Women Advance IT leadership conference at the University of Nebraska.

Presented by EDUCAUSE


Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

Not Your Mama’s Journal Club: Strengthening Teachers’ Professional Identities Through Faculty Development
How do YOU characterize your professional identity as a faculty member and educator? What resources and mechanisms do you use to enrich yourself and nourish your role in academia?  This NYMJC session will review and discuss this article from Academic Medicine by some of the best minds in faculty development in health professions education. (Academic Medicine Vol 94, No 7 July 2019).

Facilitated by Gary Pape, DDS, MA, Associate Professor, College of Dental Medicine