WesternU pioneer Donald Dilworth, DO, dies

Donald R. Dilworth, DO, who dedicated his life to mission work and was one of the earliest supporters of Western University of Health Sciences, has died.

Dr. Dilworth, who died in early January, served as a medical missionary for 15 years in Ecuador, and then practiced for many years in Escondido, California.

Dilworth, along with fellow WesternU pioneer Ethan Allen, DO, traveled to Chicago to recruit Dr. Philip Pumerantz to move to California and become the founding president of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in 1977. Dilworth served from 1977 to 1985 as one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of COMP, which became Western University of Health Sciences in 1996.

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WesternU hosts Pomona’s Promise Health Summit

Community leaders, health care leaders, business owners and residents gathered at Western University of Health Sciences to talk about building a healthier Pomona.

Pomona’s Promise Health Summit #2, held Jan. 21, 2015, focused on improving the health and well-being of the Pomona community. Pomona’s Promise builds off of Pomona’s Youth and Family Master Plan, a community-authored document that focuses on specific action steps, accountability and successful outcomes to better Pomona.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

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Dean Paula Crone was recently invited to meet with Governor John Kitzhaber, community leaders and students in Lebanon, Oregon to discuss education initiatives with Linn Benton Community College (LBCC). Held at the Lebanon Transportation Center, this meeting provided the dean and governor an opportunity to learn about curriculum additions at LBCC and to discuss future collaborative sessions pertaining to WesternU/COMP-Northwest.

COMP alumna Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO ’93, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, urging lawmakers to permanently reform the Medicare physician payment system. Click here to read more on the American Osteopathic Association’s website, which includes a video link to her testimony.

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), Lebanon, Oregon, with his known disruptive innovation approach to educational, basic and clinical science research recently accepted an invitation to the Scientific Advisory Board, “”Anatomy”” (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy). Dr. Benninger is recognized as one of the top clinical anatomy educators and researchers worldwide presenting and teaching in several countries each year.

Lebanon High School student Bonnie Kenyon received several accolades for the ultrasound research she conducted in Dr. Benninger’s lab last summer as part of Saturday Academy. Dr. Benninger will be mentoring at least two high school students this summer.

Dr. Benninger is mentoring medical students on radiology and clinical anatomy research projects using the novel Sectra Visualization table. Our students will be presenting several firsts with this research.

Dr. Benninger, adviser to orthopaedic, sports medicine and surgical clubs at COMP-Northwest, hosted a Total Knee Replacement session in the clinical anatomy lab on Jan. 23. The session included didactic elements of arthritis, surgical anatomy and the technology of an actual knee replacement. Special thanks to Dr. Sweeney, guest orthopaedic surgeon from Northern California, Zimmer medical, and Samaritan Health Services for all their support to create this amazing learning experience. Special thanks to second-year student Babe Westlake and the student leadership in the surgical clubs for their professionalism.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

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Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNPc, WHNPc, FAANP, authored a chapter in a recently published textbook titled, “”Genomic Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses.”” Goolsby, MJ & Grubbs, L. Advanced Assessment, 3rd edition, Philadelphia: FA Davis.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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CVM Associate Professor Ohad Levi has been notified that a manuscript he contributed to has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA). “”Comparing the Ability of Veterinary Medical Students to Perform Laparoscopy versus Traditional Ovariectomy on Live Dogs,”” by Ohad Levi, Philip H. Kass (UCDavis), Lyon Lee (CVM Associate Professor), Valerie Cantrell (CVM Class of 2013), David Clark (CVM Professor) and Dominique Griffon (CVM Associate Dean for Research and Professor).

CVM alumna Allie McPhee, DVM ’14, recently published an Ebook: “”Keepin’ it Paleo,”” a Paleo cookbook.

From the College of Optometry:

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Dr. Bennett McAllister gave a presentation to the meeting of the Los Angeles County School Nurse Association (LACSNA) on Jan. 21. More than 100 school nurses were in attendance to learn about the changes in California law regarding vision screening that now, for the first time, include provisions for near visual acuity a critical component for reading and classroom success. In addition to near vision testing, the nurses learned about the validated symptom survey, CISS, and other criteria for referral to an optometrist when complete vision exams are indicated.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

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Dr. Steven Friedrichsen, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, was a presenter and panelist at the National Roundtable on Dental Collaboration Jan. 24 in Chicago. The National Roundtable brings together the national leadership of organized dentistry, dental specialty organizations, industry and education to focus on a specific topic and then develop key strategies for the profession. This year’s topic was “”Interprofessional Collaboration: What does it mean for the Dental Profession and what will be the impact.”” Dean Friedrichsen provided information on the Interprofessional Education program at WesternU as well as the collaborative education and patient care initiatives in the College of Dental Medicine.

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