WesternU receives state funding to assist vulnerable populations

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing and College of Allied Health Professions received state funding for the second consecutive year to serve vulnerable and underserved populations. The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) will receive $288,625 from the 2015-16 California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development Song-Brown program. The Department of Physician Assistant Education, part of the College of Allied Health Professions, will receive about $177,000 from the Song-Brown program in 2015-16.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Defense honors WesternU’s Physician Assistant program

In June 2014, Ann Schultz, MPAS, RRT, PA-C, was hired by Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Allied Health Professions as an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant (PA) Education program. Two months later, the U.S. Army Reserve Captain was sent to Fort Bliss, Texas to assist soldiers preparing for and returning from deployment around the world. Schultz is about halfway through her yearlong deployment. She made a surprise return to WesternU Feb. 13, 2015 to honor University administrators who have supported her during her absence.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

WesternU symposium features top neuroscientists

Top neuroscientists from around the world will convene at Western University of Health Sciences February 28, 2015 for a symposium, "From Molecules to Mind." The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in the WesternU Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The symposium will be live-streamed to WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP-Northwest students helped clean up the Masonic Cemetery in Albany on Saturday. The medical students were joined by guests at the Albany Helping Hands Shelter. The clean-up was part of the students’ service learning project.

The COMP-Northwest Military Medicine Student Association spent time at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon on Valentine’s Day. The VA home held a party for the veterans with sweets and live music. The students volunteered with set up, clean up, food service, and most importantly, visited with veterans and their families.

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM and her Creighton University collaborator Dr. Ken Hermsen presented a paper titled "Dental Cementum Increment Analysis Can Determine Four Seasons at Death" at last week’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Orlando, Florida.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

DentaQuest collaborative

February 2015 marks the conclusion of the College of Dental Medicine’s participation in an 18-month nationwide collaborative with DentaQuest regarding reducing early childhood caries in children 0-60 months of age. As part of this collaborative, we successfully reduced the number of new cavities in our 0-60 month child population at our Gidley School-Based Oral Health Center (SBOHC) in El Monte. In addition, we demonstrated a shift in the caries risk assessment from high to moderate. As these children aged out of the collaborative, our goal was to maintain the patient centered care and keep the DentaQuest learnings as part of our Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). To further support our CQI in our patients 6-20 years of age, a core team at WesternU CDM applied and was selected as the only academic institution in the state of California, and one of fourteen teams for the nationwide DentaQuest Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative. The goal of the DCM Collaborative is to adopt a care model that focuses on chronic disease management as well as the reduction of cavities in children ages 6-20. We will also use this protocol to train non-dental primary healthcare providers to deliver care that will assist in managing cavities. This DCM Collaborative spans 18 months and will conclude in August 2016. Representing the DCM Collaborative Team are: Senior Leader Dr. Timothy Martinez; Team Leader and Key Contact Dr. Marisa Watanabe; Dentist Champion Dr. Dianne Tungol; Data Manager Marc Bernardo; Improvement Coach Josih Hostetler; and Evaluator Mary Foley.

Kudos on accomplishments

CDM student Nicholas Bumacod was appointed to a 2015-16 national leadership position with the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). He was selected for the position of Council on Communications, video editor at the ASDA Board of Trustees meeting in January.

From the College of Optometry:

Public comment period open

Dr. Bennett McAllister, as a member of the Evidence Based Optometry Committee of the American Optometric Association, would like to announce the opening of the public comment period for the newest Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on the Adult Eye Exam. Peer and Public Review is an integral part of the CPG building process and comments are welcome. To participate: Click here to access the online Peer & Public Review Comment Form and guideline information. Log all comments and suggestions within the document. Forward the completed document to QualityImprovement@aoa.org. The peer and public review period officially began Feb. 6, 2015, and comments will be accepted through March 10, 2015. The finished guideline will be available later in 2015.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

CVM alumna featured in commercials

CVM alumna Rachael Sachar and her mobile equine practice are featured in two Intuit Quickbooks commercials. Click here to view the commercials.

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

On Feb. 16, more than 75 College of Veterinary Medicine alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered in Las Vegas for a reception during the Western Veterinary Conference. Guests enjoyed complimentary food and drinks, lively conversations, and a campus update from Dean Nelson.

The Office of Alumni Relations is promoting several upcoming events to alumni.

For more information, please go to http://www.westernu.edu/alumni/alumni-events/, or contact Russel Heskin in the Alumni Office. Feb. 24: Alumni Networking Mixer in Glendale, Calif. – For details, contact Austin Braunwalder. Mar. 13: WesternU Reception at the ACOFP Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. – Register online at https://westernu-acofp.eventbrite.com. Mar. 21: CGN Reception at the CANP Conference in Newport Beach, Calif. – Register online at https://westernu-canp.eventbrite.com. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events.

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