From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

AOA President visits WesternU

American Osteopathic Association (AOA) President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, had a blast at Western University of Health Sciences.

Juhasz spent some time at a local shooting range with a small group of College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific administrators and students then addressed a larger COMP group during his visit Jan. 7, 2015 to Pomona, California.

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COMP alumnus Damon Zavala, DO ’99, was named Ringside Physician of the Year by the Association of Ringside Physicians.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

WesternU-PUSD celebrates opening of fourth school-based oral health center

The Pomona Unified School District and Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine celebrated the opening of a new school-based oral health center at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences in Pomona, California Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

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In an effort to promote interprofessional collaborative education, three faculty members from the College of Dental Medicine were invited as guest speakers for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Dec. 5 and 12, 2014. Dr. Jenny Tjahjono presented “”Introduction to Dentistry,”” Dr. Bertha Alarcon presented “”Management of Common Dental Emergencies,”” and Dr. Elizabeth Andrews presented “”Introduction to Oral Pathology.”” The presentations were well received and the speakers were invited back for future presentations.

Faculty and staff from WesternU CDM participated in a “”Train-the-Trainer”” on Dec. 12-13, 2014 in preparation for the Special Smiles care at the Special Olympics World Games to be held in Los Angeles July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015. During the training, faculty were given an overview of the Healthy Athletes – Special Smiles program which includes an oral health screening, patient education, preparation of a simple sports mouth guard, and an application of fluoride varnish. WesternU CDM Faculty and staff are planning on directing the Special Smiles program at the USC campus for athletes participating at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the games. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will participate in the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. For more information on Healthy Athletes or the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles visit:

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Robert A. Christman, DPM, EdM, Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, and Vada K. Satterfield, DPM, have been recognized in appreciation for participating as expert manuscript reviewers during the 2014 year by Warren S. Joseph, editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA), in its year-end issue.

Part 3 of Dr. Christman’s five-part Special Section, Radiographic Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle has been published in the November/December 2014 issue of JAPMA. Part 3 focuses on the lesser tarsus (which includes the cuneiform, navicular, and cuboid foot bones).

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Doreen Pon and Mark Nguyen received a Healthy Living grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) for $10,000. The grant, received for Orange County Society of Health System Pharmacists, is funded by Purdue Pharma, L.P. with additional support from Teva Pharmaceutical and supports a project focused on prescription medication safety that will be conducted by our faculty for OCSHP along with our students.

Dr. Anandi Law, along with two of her former fellows, has published in the European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, “”Examining the preferences of elderly patients for adding indications to the prescription label (Rx Label).”” The study highlights the potential benefit to elderly patients whose complex medication regimens often results in confusion in product selection. Adding a medication’s indication to the Rx label is an evolving standard by state boards of pharmacy given the potential benefit. Congratulations to Anandi Law, Prashant Sakharkar and Amir Zargarzadeh for their contributions to patient safety research.

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Drs. Ying Huang and Brad Andresen recently published an article: Chang A, Yeung S, Thakkar A, Huang KM, Liu MM, Kanassatega R, Parsa C, Orlando R, Jackson EK, Andresen BT, Huang Y. Prevention of Skin Carcinogenesis by the