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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 27-March 3, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

February 27, 2017

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From the College of Optometry:

WesternU, Sight Savers America help children with severe visual impairment
Four children with severe visual impairment visited Western University of Health Sciences’ Eye Care Institute Feb. 22, 2017 and went home with Freedom Scientific Onyx HD Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) to help them complete schoolwork, see their loved one’s faces, perform at their highest potential for a variety of tasks at home, keep up with the academic demands of their fully-sighted peers at school, and even reach for the stars.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Ray Symposium
The College of Pharmacy will hold the 2017 Ray Symposium at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Keynote speaker Dana Goldman, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, will talk about “Re-Thinking Value in an Era of Health Reform.” Click here for more information and to register.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
At the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Annual Session 2017, the WesternU CDM ASDA organization was awarded in two areas. Congratulations to the “On the Cusp” newsletter team led by Editor-in-Chief Kelly Nelson, DMD ’18, for the ASDA Most Improved Newsletter, as well as Diana Liao, DMD ’18, for ASDA’s selection of the National Delegate of the Year.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), has awarded Kara C. Mintier, DO, COMP-Northwest Assistant Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) and Family Medicine, as the 2016 Item Writer of the Year for her contributions to the NBOME Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA Level 3).

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Medical Anatomy Center news
COMP-Northwest students Nick Pettit, Ali Abu-Alya, Wilson Chen and Hilary Swift presented research projects at the Western States Research Forum in Carmel, California. The innovative student research projects included: Designing a palpable surface anatomy footplate for blind and ultrasound guided posterior tibial nerve blocks, Using ultrasound to assess innovative implant positioning on donor cadavers as a paradigm shift to restore function of the hand, Google Glass integrated with ultrasound finger probes and Ductoscopy on donor cadavers to train physicians to identify breast cancer using ductoscopy. The students were mentored by  Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy. The Medical Anatomy Center has established approximately 22-25 student research projects per year during the past five years with predominantly COMP-Northwest students and plans to involve more WesternU and external students from other medical schools in 2017-18.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC, who received the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar award from the APTA Section on Women’s Health at the Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 18, 2018.  The scholarship is awarded to a section member who has had an abstract accepted for presentation at the APTA Combined Section Meeting with the intention to submit a publication to the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Christian Veterinary Mission club fundraises for trip
First- and second-year College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) students in the Christian Veterinary Mission club will head to Nicaragua for a summer mission providing animal health care to communities in need. Click here to read the story and learn how to help.

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