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,;

or AlessaGalvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit

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:

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Sunil Prabhu (PI), Ying Huang (Co-I), Jeffrey Wang (Co-I), Arezoo Campbell (Consultant) have been awarded funding of their R03 award entitled, “Chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer using a combinatorial nano-drug system,” in the amount of $149,000.

This is a substantial milestone for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and WesternU, as it is the second consecutive NIH award for Drs. Prabhu, Huang and Wang.

Drs. Anandi Law, Cynthia Jackevicius and Mark Bounthavong (Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System) had an article published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Click here to view the article.

Anandi V. Law, Cynthia A. Jackevicius, and Mark Bounthavong. A Monograph Assignment as an IntegrativeApplication of Evidence-Based Medicine and Pharmacoeconomic Principles. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2011; 75 (1) Article 1.

From the College of Optometry:

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation lectures

“Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation: Integrating a Neuro-visual-postural Model of Service for Neurologically Affected Persons,” presented by William V. Padula, OD, DPNAP, FAAO, FNORA and Raquel Munitz, MS, COVT, Feb. 26-27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the WesternU campus. This two-day lecture should be of interest not only to the optometry community but also to many of WesternU faculty.

Please contact Maria Espinosa at extension 3493 or at for additional information and to RSVP. There is a nominal fee of $25 per day to cover food and administrative costs.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CPM faculty member Bora Rhim, DPM, and student Joshua Hunt, Class of 2013, co-authored a paper titled “Lisfranc Injury and Jones Fracture in Sports” that was recently published in the January issue of Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Clin Podiatr Med Surg 28 (2011) 69–86).

Congratulations to Darren Leavitt for being awarded 2nd prize ($200) for his video submission of Charcot-Marie Tooth disease and its involvement with Pes Cavus in the adult foot for the New York State Podiatric Medical Association’s Annual Resident/Student Research competition.

His video submission was presented at the New York Podiatric Clinical Conference Jan. 28–30. His video submission can be viewed at this link:

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education:

Kudos on accomplishments

Applications to the Physician Assistant program are up 4 percent this year with an applicant pool of more than 1500candidates applying. This week alone the PA program will be interviewing 100 applicants.

Department of Physical Therapy:

Congratulations on Clinical Specialization

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) held a Ceremony for Recognition of Clinical Specialties as part of the opening ceremonies on February 9 at the Annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association. The following alumni are among the 939 Physical Therapists nationwide in 2010 that met the requirements of the ABPTS and have attained certification as clinical specialists in their respective practice areas. This brings the total to date of 10,348 clinical specialists nationwide in eight recognized specialty areas.

Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), Richelle Molina, PT, DPT, OCS – DPT ‘08

Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS), Katie Rojek, PT, DPT, NCS – DPT ‘09

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Amy Chew, Brian Kraatz, and Mathew Wedel of COMP attended the Western Area Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 19. Wedel presented a talk titled, "A Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from the Late Triassic of South Africa."

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The February 2011 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. The latest edition features upcoming alumni spring events, including a golf tournament for scholarships, open houses and a Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at

From the Pumerantz Library:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Frances Chu, MSN, MLIS on her acceptance into the National Library of Medicine 2011 fellowship program in BioMedicalInformatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. This weeklong course is offered in the spring and the fall and limited to 30 fellows per session. It is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science.