WesternU Health – Oliver Station hosts grand opening

Western University of Health Sciences held a grand opening ceremony on Feb. 7, 2019 for WesternU Health – Oliver Station. Located in Portland’s historic Lents neighborhood, it is the first medical clinic the University has opened in Oregon.

WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It is wonderful to have you all here for this remarkable occasion of opening this beautiful clinic that has been a dream for this community and a dream for the University,” he said.

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On Sunday, WesternU Health – Oliver Station hosted State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer for her coffee with constituents meeting in the clinic’s new conference room. The meeting would have been canceled due to a snowstorm had John T. Pham, DO, Vice Dean of COMP-Northwest, not offered the clinic’s conference room space.


Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which celebrates the significant contributions and achievements of African-Americans throughout history. College of Health Sciences MSPA students are organizing a blood drive on Feb. 14 (see info below) to help the community and to honor Dr. Charles R. Drew, an African-American surgeon and physician who developed a way to process and store plasma. He created two of the first blood banks and is often cited as the father of blood banking.

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Blood Drive

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the bloodmobile, which will be parked near the WesternU Pet Health Center.

For appointments, call 800-879-4484 or visit www.LStream.org.

Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring photo ID with proof of age. Donors under the age of 17 must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form.

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Interprofessional collaboration

Dr. Rodney W. Hicks from the College of Graduate Nursing and Drs. Jacob Jensen and Jonathan Labovitz from the College of Podiatric Medicine collaborated on a publication intended to advance safe perioperative care that occurs through interprofessional team work.

Here is the citation: Jensen, J., Hicks, R. W., & Labovitz, J. (2019).  Understanding and optimizing tourniquet use during extremity surgery.  AORN Journal, 109(2), 171-181. https://doi.org/10.1002/aorn.12579



From the College of Pharmacy:

Message from Dean Robinson
I am pleased to report that our WesternU Continuing Pharmacy Education program underwent a comprehensive review from ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) in fall 2018 and we received a full six-year (maximum) accreditation through fall 2024. Congratulations to Renee Cook and Mary Guenthart for their extraordinary work in completing our self-assessment report and in handling any and all questions that were raised by the review team. Thanks also to the faculty and staff who provided additional support through our accreditation process.


Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to College of Pharmacy Associate Dean Anandi Law, BPharm, MS, PhD, FAPhA, on the following accomplishments:

Dr. Law has been appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, beginning March 2019. This is the second time Dr. Law has been appointed to the EAB of the Journal of the American Pharmacist Association. Dr. Law is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for other journals: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Innovations.

Dr. Law was named a Top Reviewer for the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) in 2018. The criteria for considering the Top Reviewer award include promptness, number, accuracy, thoroughness, professionalism, and more importantly, the quality of reviews.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Matt Wedel of COMP and CPM was quoted and the University mentioned in this Atlantic article on the new dinosaur Bajadasaurus, which is currently #7 on their website:


Dr. Brion Benninger held a CME workshop “Fusing Medical Skills & Novel Education Techniques with Innovative Simulation” Feb. 1, 2019. First-year medical students Marcus Pearson, Tyler Madison, Zachary Smith, and William Cooper Maloney facilitated the medical skills stations. Chemeteka Community College Paramedic Director Greg Lander and his trainees attended the workshop as well as Associate Dean Lucy Jones and other administration colleagues from Linn-Benton Community College Healthcare Occupations. 


COMP Seminar Series
Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in HEC Classroom A, Pomona and streamed to Lecture Hall 1, Lebanon. Garret R. Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, UC Riverside, will present “Latrotoxin action in the nervous system – Lessons from the black widow spider.” Lunch will be served with RSVP to emunoz@westernu.edu (Pomona) or kmack@westernu.edu (Lebanon) by noon Feb. 13, 2019.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Fourth Annual College of Podiatric Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Franklin J. Medio, PhD, will present “The Recognition of Podiatric Medicine as a Medical-Surgical Specialty: Breaking Down Barriers through Education and Training.”

The lecture will be streamed via Zoom link to COMP-Northwest Lecture Hall 1. Live streaming of the event will be available via this link: https://westernu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4wh7zimFSqO_LQKw0mcbbw.

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