Women’s Clinic

WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will hold a free Women’s Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Health Professions Center (HPC) Clinical Skills Lab, second floor, 550 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The clinic will feature free pap smears, breast exams, health screenings and nutrition and fitness education. No treatments or medications will be available. Click here to view a flier. Click here for more information.

Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call 909-766-0171 or email pchatwomen@gmail.com.

Interprofessional Health Fair

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 on the Esplanade in front of the Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. Free health screenings, free health education and awareness. Fun health activities for children. Free parking in Lots 26 and 27. Organized by WesternU’s Student Government Association and the American Pharmacists Association. Click here to view a flier in English and Spanish.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

100 percent pass rate

WesternU Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) students recently made history when all 50 entry-level nursing students passed the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse (RN).

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States.

The 100 percent pass rate for these nursing students was a first in the eight-year history of the College of Graduate Nursing’s (CGN) MSN-E program. Click here to read the full story.

Defining the Role of Nursing Amid Health Care Reform

Health care reform will dramatically change the way health care is delivered and financed in California. The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) has received a grant to take the lead in developing and defining the roles of nurses in this changing health care landscape, as it aligns exactly with CINHC’s mission to transform the capacity of nurses to meet the evolving health needs of Californians. The work includes convening leaders statewide to define the role of Registered Nurses (RNs) in the era of health care reform, as well as to develop a Transition to Practice Program (TPP) for RNs in the emerging role of care coordinator. CINHC is partnering with WesternU to offer a Care Coordinator Program beginning March 4, 2013. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Give Kids A Smile

Smiles were boundless when Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine (CDM) students, faculty, and staff administered free dental care to more than 80 children during the third annual Give Kids A Smile one-day volunteer initiative at The Dental Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Gerald Thrush, PhD, Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, and colleague Terence Ma, PhD, from California Northstate College of Medicine, presented at the Educause Southwest conference in Austin, Texas on Feb. 13. Their presentations were on “Technology to Track Learner Outcomes” and the “Academic Progress Portal: Catching Students Before They Fail.” They explained the academic theory behind institutional, program, and course level outcomes, as well as discussed and demonstrated technologies to track those outcomes, ranging from and pivoting on the senior administrative, university, college, course, and as granular as the per student level. Links to their presentations can be found here: http://www.educause.edu/west-southwest-regional-conference/2013/supporting-students-academic-planning-progress-and-learning-analytics.

COMP-Northwest Associate Professor John Mata, PhD, co-authored two papers on the use of taurolidine for treatment of osteosarcoma. The first paper, “The effects of taurolidine alone and in combination with doxorubicin or carboplatin in canine osteosarcoma in vitro,” was published in BMC Veterinary Research: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1746-6148/9/15. The second paper still in press, “A case study of personalized therapy for osteosarcoma,” will soon be available in the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, COMP-Northwest Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons of Oregon conference and gave a presentation, “Integrating clinical anatomy, ultrasonography and physical signs of the foot,” on Feb. 22, 2013.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM and second year CDM student Shirley Hsieh, MSMS, attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences this past week. Dr. Wedel and her Creighton University collaborator Dr. Ken Hermsen assembled and moderated a symposium on “How Hard Tissue Histology Helps Solve Cases,” which was very well received. Dr. Wedel presented a paper titled “Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum: A Validation Study,” in which she summarized the results of a project three years in the making, and her paper was named runner up for the Kerley Award, the only award the Physical Anthropology Section of the Academy awards for the section’s best paper. Hsieh presented a paper titled “Does Cut Direction Affect Cementum Increment Viewing?” She also became CDM’s first trainee affiliate of the Academy, specifically the Odontology Section.

Dr. Wedel also nominated OMS2 2nd Lt. Rina Eden for student membership in the Pathology/Biology section of the Academy. Her application was approved, making Rina COMP’s first trainee affiliate of the Academy.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to the 14 DPT students who supported the Free Wheelchair Mission in the recent “Run for Mobility” held at the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach. The WesternU DPT Team of seven runners, with participants from each of the DPT classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, raised almost $3,600, which will provide 49 wheelchairs. In addition, seven students from the DPT classes of 2013 and 2014 served as volunteers for this annual event. Founded in 2001, the Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. The total participation of 70 volunteers and 110 runners in this event resulted in more than $100,000 being raised, which will provide 1,376 wheelchairs worldwide.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess has been appointed as an APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Delegate during the upcoming 2013 APhA House of Delegates in Los Angeles, March 1-4, 2013.

In addition, he has been appointed coordinator for the APhA-APPM Immunizing Pharmacist Special Interest Group (SIG).

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