From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU Pet Health Center nurtures the human-animal bond
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) reintroduced its Pet Health Center to the community with a focus on nurturing the human-animal bond.

The WesternU Pet Health Center grand opening Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 featured a ribbon cutting ceremony with university, city, and business representatives and tours of the facility. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor and Avian Veterinarian Miguel Saggese was invited to Madrid, Spain in January 2016 to give a full-day series of lectures and wet lab on avian physical therapy and orthopedic surgery. These lectures were part of a year-long course on exotic animal medicine. 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. The event was organized by Improve Iberia, an affiliate of Improve International, a non-governmental organization with a goal to provide “Continuous Professional Development for Veterinarians in Europe.”


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

College of Podiatric Medicine to hold inaugural Dean’s Lecture March 3, 2016
The College of Podiatric Medicine will hold its inaugural Dean Lawrence B. Harkless Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Western University of Health Sciences’ Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701. E. Second Street, Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Keynote speaker Julie A. Freischlag, MD, Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis, will present “Bloom Where You Are Planted.”

Click here to read the full story. Click here to visit the College of Podiatric Medicine’s website.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
The Department of Family Medicine presented their ongoing research, looking into peer teaching and its utilization in ECM, at the annual Society of Teachers in Family Medicine conference in Phoenix, Arizona Jan. 28-31. Dr. John Pham and Dr. Steven Lam, along with fourth-year students Eric Kim and Tom Stocklin-Enright, were among the team presenting. Their research was titled, “Second-Year Medical Students as Teaching Assistants: Innovative Peer Teaching Model and Outcomes in Preclinical Medical Education.” They presented this topic in both poster form and in a presentation/discussion format with medical educators from across the country. The STFM conference was held annually to further the cause of medical student education and to inspire continual advancement of both students and teachers.

Three second-year COMP and COMP-Northwest students, Meher Raza, Elise Klesick and Kyle Blair, had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the 7th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference on Feb. 9, 2016. Their study is titled “’A Needs-Based Perspective to Improve Medical Care and Education in Cono Sur, Lima, Peru.”

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and the Executive Director of the Medical Anatomy Center, had his co-authored textbook, Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body, accepted for a 2nd edition. This is exciting as it allows us the opportunity to improve on our first edition. This was the first human dissector “manual” that integrated photographs with significant text.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Jaejin An has secured a subcontract through Kaiser Permanente for a grant awarded by Bristol-Myers Squibb. The grant is titled, “Evaluation of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and rheumatoid factor and their associations with resource utilization and costs in rheumatoid arthritis patients in an integrated healthcare system.” The amount of the subcontract to Dr. An is $38,996.


From University Advancement:

Leslie B. Williams Scholarship
College of Optometry Project Coordinator Robert Williams and his family established an endowed scholarship honoring his wife, Leslie B. Williams, who died on Dec. 31, 2015 after suffering a brain injury.

A career educator, Leslie discovered the relationship between vision and learning during Bob’s long involvement with the optometric profession. She had an uncanny ability to detect possible vision problems in her students, often referring them for a visual evaluation, lenses and vision therapy. The Williams family wishes to honor her commitment to both education and optometry through this scholarship, which will be presented to a fourth-year College of Optometry student with interest in the connection between vision and learning beginning in 2016.

Alumni news
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Alumni Office held their latest Sudden Snack event, distributing more than 550 Rice Krispies Treats to WesternU students on the Esplanade near Ethan Allen Park. These giveaway events are held a few times each year to increase awareness of the Alumni Association and offer students a break from their studies and a treat.