From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU well represented at Western Medical Research Conference
Western University of Health Sciences sent its largest contingent of students ever to the Western Medical Research Conference (WMRC), held annually in January in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Nineteen students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), four from COMP-Northwest, and four from the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) delivered 22 research talks and four posters. 

WMRC is the largest faculty-mentored student and resident research meeting in the U.S., with nearly 500 abstracts presented by students, residents and faculty this year. 

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Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Mihai Covasa of COMP has published a paper in the journal “Nutrients” titled “Probiotics: How Effective Are They in the Fight against Obesity?.” Second-year DO medical students Kiran Mazloom and Imran Siddiqi are authors on the paper and have been working with Dr. Covasa for the past year.

COMP Assistant Dean Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, earned a Merit Award for his presentation of “Student Academic Performance Factors Affecting Matching into First-choice Residency and Competitive Specialties” in a Short Communications session at the Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference Jan. 10-12, 2019 at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. COMP faculty Katherine Mitsouras, PhD, and Marian Safaoui, MD, and GCBS faculty Fanglong Dong, PhD, co-authored the short communication with Dr. Helf.



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:

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From the College of Optometry:

House of Ruth donation
College of Optometry students, in keeping with the Core Value of Caring, collected boxes of needed goods for the House of Ruth, which provides critical, life-saving and supportive services to victims of domestic violence. Click here to read more and to view a photo on Facebook.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Assistant Professor Spring Halland was a guest speaker at a STEM conference (Math and Sciences) for eight-grade girls. Dr. Halland spoke on veterinary medicine as part of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM Conference.

CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi was recently notified by CVM alumna Allison Salinger, DVM ’18, of her match for a surgery residency at Mississippi State in Equine Surgery. According to Dr. Faramarzi, it is a very competitive program and only a small percentage of applicants get accepted.

CVM Professor Victoria Voith gave a presentation “Self-Mutilation Syndrome in a Male Horse” at the interdisciplinary Forum of Applied Animal Behavior which was held recently at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Ariz.



From Strategic Alliances:

Health Career Ladder
Western University of Health Sciences will hold its sixth Health Career Ladder (HCL) academy of the academic year on Saturday, February 23, 2019, on the Pomona campus. HCL is a free enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for students in the city of Pomona interested in the health professions. It also extends support and education for students’ parents and/or guardians. The program is organized by Pipeline to Health Careers (PHC) with support from the Pomona Unified School District and the department of Strategic Alliances. We wish all the participating individuals the best this upcoming Saturday!

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