Announcements

PCC Open House

WesternU’s Patient Care Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Students, staff and the public are invited to attend this free event, which will include:

• Eye Care Center: Vision screenings, frame styling by the experts, prize raffles, vendor fair, product samples, clinic tours and information sessions.

• WesternU Pharmacy: Flu shots, travel medicine counseling, osteoporosis and diabetes screenings.

• Medical Center: Information about Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehab, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

• Foot & Ankle Center: Foot screenings, electronic foot pressure sensing, and a presentation on general foot health.

• Western Diabetes Institute: Educational information on diabetes and hypertension; post-screening educational services, including arranging proper follow-up.

• Dental Center: Information about Dental Center services

Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Christina Tatum, 909-469-5454.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, March 21, 2011 is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476, sterrazas@westernu.edu;

or Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436, agalvan@westernu.edu;

or visit http://webassets.westernu.edu/westernu-news/golf/index.html.

Preview Day

Registration is open for the fourth WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, March 5, 2011, highlighting health education opportunities offered at WesternU. Click here to read more.

Click here to register for Preview Day: http://westernu.info/previewday.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Tyler Carson, DO ’12, who attended the annual American College of Osteopathic Surgeons conference in San Francisco and presented a research poster representing both WesternU and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The poster was titled “Grading of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A proposal of MRI measurement Techniques.” He won second place in the Neurosurgery division and was one of only two medical students to win an award. He was awarded $300 and a plaque. Click here and scroll down to page 5 to view a photo of Tyler and the other award winners.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

New Joint Commission standards will change the credentialing and privileging process for PAs and APRNs, according to the new Joint Commission Standards BoosterPak, released in January 2011. Previous Joint Commission standards allowed PAs and APRNs equivalent credentialing and privileging processing through the HR department. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) however, does not recognize the equivalent process. The Joint Commission elected to align their standards with CMS on this issue. Under the new clarification guidelines, certain PAs and APRNs must now be processed through the medical staff department, not HR. Section B3 of the Joint Commission BoosterPak states, in part:

Those who provide “medical level of care” must use the medical staff process for credentialing and privileging, making all [medical staff] standards applicable. APRNs and PAs who provide “medical level of care” must be credentialed and privileged through the medical staff standards process.

For most hospitals in California, the norm has been for PAs to credential through the medical staff office. It is nice to see California ahead of the curve!

PA faculty member Tim Wood and department chair Roy Guizado took part in a charity event this past weekend by completing a 56-mile bicycle tour in Palm Springs. The entry fees and donations for the Tour de Palm Springs were collected and distributed to various charitable agencies in the Palm Springs area. About 3,000 people participated in the fundraising event.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Wang on being invited to review NIH’s R01 grant applications for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM/NIH) together with the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS/NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH).

Dr. Janice Hoffman completed the requirements to obtain the credentials for a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP). The purpose of the CGP credential is to identify and recognize those pharmacists who have expertise and knowledge of drug therapy principles for older adults. For this reason, the CGP credential is ideal for pharmacists who provide MTM services to older adults.

Professor Roger Klotz was invited to speak to the pharmacy committee of the California Association of Physician Groups; regarding Pharmacist Provided Direct Patient Care Services. The presentation included discussions of pharmacy practice regulations that allow pharmacist to provide direct care, what services can be provided, protocol development, and reimbursement issues.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius is a co-Investigator on a four-year operating grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Canadian equivalent to NIH) for the study: Measuring and Improving the Quality of ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Care. The team was awarded $1 million over four years. The submission was ranked first within its section.

RxBound

The latest edition of RxBound, the official magazine for the College of Pharmacy, is available online. Inside you will find articles that capture the wonderful spirit of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends. Click here to view the magazine.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Tiffenie Harris for her publication in the February issue of Optometry: the Journal of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Harris and her co-author, Richard Meetz, OD, present “The optometrist’s role in the management of hypertensive crises.” The article discusses the epidemiology of hypertension, guidelines for the prevention, detection, and treatment of high blood pressure, and presents two clinical cases requiring an active optometric role in reaching a successful outcome.

In the same issue, Dr. Jasmine Yumori is acknowledged for her Healthy Eyes Healthy People grant. Dr. Yumori’s grant application was selected as the only recipient for the state of California during a competitive process. More than 55 applications were received, with 20 projects being awarded funding across the country. Dr. Yumori will head up an initiative to provide screenings and education for Pomona’s uninsured and indigent populations.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Robert Christman, Jonathan Labovitz, and Aksone Nouvong have been named as 2011 recipients of the National Academy of Practice Distinguished Practitioner recognition. They join distinguished practitioners and past NAP academy members Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, Dean; Dr. Lester Jones, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; and Dr. Kathleen Satterfield, Associate Professor, who serves as current Membership Chairman of the NAP Podiatry Academy.

Dr. Christman is Assistant Dean, Curriculum & Instructional Technology. Dr. Labovitz is Chair, Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics and Dr. Nouvong serves as Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs.

The NAP promotes interdisciplinary health care models and task forces, identifying policies and barriers that affect the practice.

The black-tie induction ceremony will be held March 25-26 in Arlington, Va. at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel and will include the Academies of dentistry, osteopathic and allopathic medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, social work and veterinary medicine in addition to podiatric medicine.

From the Pumerantz Library:

New Exhibit

A traveling exhibit commemorating African American academic surgeons’ contributions to medicine and medical education is now open at the Pumerantz Library through March 26, 2011. Click here for more information.