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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 5-9, 2018

by Rodney Tanaka

February 5, 2018

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Celebration of Life for Dr. Pumerantz

A Celebration of Life for Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Those unable to attend will be able to video stream it live at:

Click here to view a flier.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

College of Podiatric Medicine Class of 2018 earns 100 percent Pass Rate on National Board of Podiatric Medical Exam
WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) Class of 2018 students achieved a 100 percent pass rate for the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations (APMLE) Part II Written and Part II Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (CSPE) given by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

All 34 students from the class passed on their first try, which is itself a first for WesternU CPM.

Click here to read the full story.


Dean’s Distinguished Lecture|
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, will present “Sisyphus and the Sailboat – The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.”

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN receives state funding to address medically underserved areas, mental health needs
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development awarded Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing $132,000 from the Song-Brown program to support its Family Nurse Practitioner program. The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) was one of 11 programs within California to receive an award.

This award will augment the College’s primary care education and further prepare nurse practitioners with additional skills to address the mental health needs of the state’s population, said Christine Magladry, DNP, RN, FNP, interim director of CGN’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

“California residents will truly benefit from this award, as it supports education and training of the next generation of health care providers” she said. “The award increases primary care services for Californians in medically underserved areas.”

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius along with former WesternU COP faculty Drs. Lama Nazer and Olivia Phung and past Advanced Elective student Purvi Vira, published the following: Vira P, Nazer L, Phung OJ, Jackevicius CA. A longitudinal evidence-based medicine curriculum and its impact on the attitudes, knowledge and behavior of student pharmacists. Am J Pharm Ed 2018; Published online ahead of print Jan 24, 2018. doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe6510.

Dr. Jackevicius was also interviewed and quoted in this article in Pharmacy Today:



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Medical Anatomy Center news
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy was the invited keynote speaker at the Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) December 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. He was asked to speak of Clinical Anatomy as a health care futurist and
Innovator. His presentation challenged current curricula and teaching methods by providing integrated new approaches and emerging technologies addressing health maintenance, safer and expedited rehabilitation, simulation and e-learning. He coined and defined Dynamic Clinical Anatomy as an umbrella term encompassing new and/or evolving landmarks, artifacts, and real time structural/spatial displacement created from the interaction between emerging technologies and their fluidity with the human body, emphasizing clinical importance. He invited everyone to be part of the paradigm shift of how we teach, train and update health care to individuals, health care teams, communities and globally.



From the Pumerantz Library:

Exhibit & Family Fun Day @ the Pumerantz Library
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit “Pictures of Nursing: the Zwerdling Postcard Collection” will arrive on Feb. 12, 2018 and remain on display in the Pumerantz Library until March 23, 2018. The College of Graduate Nursing is collaborating with the Pumerantz Library on showcasing this invaluable and evolving occupation and exploring the cultural values of this profession through historical postcards. For more information about the Zwerdling Postcard Collection please visit the NLM’s exhibit page.

The Pumerantz Library is delighted to announce a Family Fun Day to be held in the library’s lobby on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Nurses will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and there will be crafts and fun things to do from 1 to 4 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing you and your children.

For more information please contact Mary Helen Ellis at or by phone at extension 5321.



From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Alumni Office hosted another Sudden Snack event on the Esplanade near Ethan Allen Park and distributed nearly 600 giant cookies to students. This event, now in its sixth year, is designed to increase awareness of the Alumni Association among current students, as well as to acknowledge the students’ hard work. It is timed to coincide with the end of the first-year students’ IPE small group meetings… one of the few times that such a large group of students seem to all be on the same schedule. On campus students received an email from Director of Alumni Relations Russel Heskin around 2:45 p.m. (just before the IPE meetings begin), inviting them to come out that afternoon to enjoy a little treat. Pictures from the event can be seen at


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