From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

New Advisory Board Members

COMP would like to welcome two new COMP Advisory Board members:

Craig Garner, JD, has been the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of trustees of Coast Plaza Hospital, an acute care hospital in Norwalk, Calif., since April 2002.

Rick Shinto, MD, MBA, joined the Aveta management team in November 2004 and has served as Aveta’s CEO since November 2007.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Scott Helf, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Professor, gave a talk on “Electronic Medical Record Security, for Non-Geeks” at the 49th annual Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons conference in Palm Springs.

Dr. David Connett, Assistant Dean for Post Doctoral Education and Development, gave a talk on “Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology” at the same conference.

Michael Seffinger, DO, Chair of the Department of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at COMP published a chapter titled “Palpation Reliability and Validity” in Leon Chaitow’s popular interprofessional textbook Palpation and Assessment Skills; Assessment through Touch, 3rd Edition; Philadelphia: Elsevier/Churchill/Livingstone, 2010.

COMP NMM/OMM Department faculty presented lectures and experiential laboratory sessions at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California Annual Convention in Palm Springs Feb. 10-14, 2010. Ray Hruby, DO, FAAO, presented on OMM for Respiratory Illness; Jesus Sanchez, DO, MSHPE, MS, presented on Osteopathic Manual Medicine for Pain Syndromes; Rebecca Giusti, DO, presented on Self-Wellness.

COMP Seminar Series

COMP will be holding its monthly seminar on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at noon in Bartlett Theater, HPC Building. Dr. Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, Director of the Center for Integrative Toxicology and Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Michigan State University, will be presenting “Role of Cannabinoid Receptors in Host Resistance to Influenza and Immune Homeostasis.” The COMP Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, runs once a month from September to May.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Kudos to second year PA student Jennifer Warrington and her husband Paul. Paul is pilot for UPS and is being honored by UPS for his and Jennifer’s humanitarian efforts in Cambodia. They have gone on many missions in Cambodia to assist those in need. This past week a UPS film crew was here to document Jennifer’s education as a Physician Assistant as part of a video that highlights the Warrington’s commitment to their mission in Cambodia. Let’s congratulate Jennifer and Paul on their award.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, and Assistant Professor Vicky Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, were invited speakers at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego Feb. 17-20. More than 7,500 persons attended this annual conference, which focuses education and research in 18 sections of clinical interest. Dr. Selkowitz gave a platform presentation for the Orthopedics Section on the “Difference in EMG Activation Between Superior and Inferior Fibers of Gluteus Maximus During Therapeutic Exercises.” Dr. Graham gave a platform presentation for the Education Section on “Experiential Learning to Enhance DPT Students’ Understanding of Factors Affecting Patient Compliance.”

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Mark Nguyen and David Pham recently published an article: Nguyen HM, Ma K, Pham DQ. Clevidipine for the treatment of severe hypertension in adults. Clinical Therapeutics 2010;32:11-23.

Drs. Sheryl Chow and Cynthia Jackevicius had previously published an article on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease in Pharmacotherapy; this article was featured as a top story in Medscape.

From University Advancement:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Tony Khan, DO ’10, who will receive a $50,000 medical scholarship funded by a grant from the UniHealth Foundation.

New Alumni Connection

The February 2010 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. The latest edition features the latest news on University and College events, the opening of the new Health Education Center and more. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at