From the College of Health Sciences:

Physician assistant named Best Health Care Job in the U.S.
Physician Assistant (PA) is the top-ranked health care job in the United States, according to a recent report compiled by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) titled Best Health Care Jobs 2019.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that more than 39,000 PA jobs should become available between 2016 and 2026, which is a 37.3 percent employment growth for the PA profession.

The median salary for PAs is $104,860 while the profession’s unemployment rate is 0.8 percent. In another survey by USNWR, the PA profession ranked No. 3 in the top 100 Best Jobs in America.

WesternU offers degree programs for several other Best Health Care Jobs in the top 10, including No. 2 dentists (College of Dental Medicine), nurse practitioners (College of Graduate Nursing), pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists and physicians (College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and COMP-Northwest).

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Kudos on accomplishments
College of Health Sciences Emerita Professor of Physical Therapy Education Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, was named an Elite Reviewer for 2018 for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The designation of Elite Reviewer reflects the number, timeliness and quality of reviews contributed to the Archives as judged by the editors. This is the third consecutive year that Dr. Redman-Bentley has received this honor.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Thierra Nalley, PhD, was part of an international team of researchers describing the partial skeleton of the fossil human relative Australopithecus sediba. The results were published in a special issue of the open-access journal PaleoAnthropology Jan. 17, 2019. Dr. Nalley contributed to the project by building 3D models of the lower thoracic spine from microCT scans of the fossils to allow new analyses while protecting the original specimens.

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Scouts at the Southern California Medical Museum
COMP’s Scouting service learning group worked with local Scouts to help them earn medicine merit badges. The event was held at the Southern California Medical Museum (housed in WesternU’s Nursing Science Center) where everything the Scouts needed to know for the badge could be found in one of the many historical sections. Thanks to Drs. Elliot Weinstein and Hans Davidson for their community involvement and thanks to first-year osteopathic students and members of the Scouting service learning group: Jason Cinti, Steve Ferlita, Andrew Martinez, Emuejevouke Umukoro and Rosalie Ellis.

The Southern California Medical Museum is featured in a story by Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist Trevor Summons. Click here to read the column.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine student earns American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine student Athena Kepler has received a $45,000 AQHF (American Quarter Horse Foundation) Margaret A. Haines Scholarship.

This scholarship is made possible by the late Margaret A. Haines, a passionate and vocal supporter of the health and well-being of horses. It promotes the funding of cutting-edge research, including the control and treatment of laminitis, the study of immunizations and vaccines for infectious diseases, and genetic and musculoskeletal injury treatment.

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CVM Associate Professor Miguel Saggese was invited to Madrid, Spain, last month to present on avian medicine. These lectures were part of a year-long course on exotic animal medicine. After successful completion of a final exam at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies, veterinarians receive a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. The event was organized by Improve Iberia, an affiliate of Improve International, a non-governmental organization with a goal to provide “Continuous Professional Development for Veterinarians in Europe.”

Dr. Saggese, together with coauthors Natalie Nguyen, DVM ’15, and Dr. Curtis Eng, Director of Clinical Relations and Associate Professor of Zoo/Wildlife Medicine, recently published a research paper in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine titled “Analysis of Historical Medical Records of California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus) Admitted for Lead Exposure to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens between 1997 and 2012: a case series study.” This paper is the culmination of several years of teamwork. Dr. Nguyen is the first author and spearheaded this project through the years, in collaboration with Drs. Eng (corresponding author) and Dr. Saggese. This study contributes to a better understanding of how intervention and therapeutic approaches have been essential for the recovery, release, and sustainability of these birds as a wild population.

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2018 Dec;49(4):902-911. doi: 10.1638/2018-0022.1



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration with ARMC Emergency Medicine Physician (Dr. Neeki) and one COMP medical student, had one poster presentation accepted at the 25th Annual AAEM Conference. Their study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of Tranexamic Acid In Trauma-Induced Intracerebral Hemorrhage. The same group has an oral presentation accepted at the same conference,  which aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of Tranexamic Acid In a hospital setting.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Fourth Annual College of Podiatric Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Franklin J. Medio, PhD, will present “The Recognition of Podiatric Medicine as a Medical-Surgical Specialty: Breaking Down Barriers through Education and Training.”

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