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This Week@WesternU Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019

by Jeff Malet

January 28, 2019

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Blood Drive

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the bloodmobile, which will be parked near the WesternU Pet Health Center.

For appointments, call 800-879-4484 or visit

Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring photo ID with proof of age. Donors under the age of 17 must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form.

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Humanism in the Health Sciences

Humanism in the Health Sciences is accepting submissions for the 2019 issue from students, alumni and WesternU employees. The 2019 theme is “Staying Human.” Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2019. Click here to read more:

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN Lunch and Learn Series
Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in HPC Amp 1 (Prem Reddy).

The Rev. Nora Jacob, MDiv, will present “Restorative Justice.” RSVP is required. Please RSVP here if you would like to attend.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius recently received recertification for Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS). Additionally, she obtained her Board Certification in Cardiology. This is the first time that the certification is offered through Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

Dr. Jackevicius was invited to provide an editorial for the ARTEMIS trial ( that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Jackevicius CA, Ko DT. Medication copayment vouchers, adherence with antiplatelet therapy, and adverse cardiovascular events following myocardial infarction. JAMA 2019;321-37-9.
Four P3 IPBP students had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jackevicius on a publication in Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. Yokota M, Taher K, Dickson F, Luck B, Jackevicius C. Critical appraisal of the FOURIER trial. J Contemp Pharm Pract 2018;65:12-5. 

Dr. Jackevicius chaired an ACCP Cardiology PRN Task Force to update the Heart Failure key paper article. This is the updated publication of key articles for managing heart failure. The previous update was conducted 10 years ago, also chaired by Dr. Jackevicius.

Jackevicius CA, Page RL3, Buckley L, Jennings D, Nappi JM, Smith AI. Key articles and guidelines in the management of heart failure: 2018 update. J Pharm Pract 2018.

Published online ahead of print December 19, 2018.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Interest in osteopathic medical schools continues to grow
For the first time in history, osteopathic medical students make up more than 25 percent of the U.S. medical student population. 

Fall 2018 (first-year) student enrollment at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) increased 5.7 percent from fall 2017 first-year student enrollment, according to data released by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

Western University of Health Sciences osteopathic medicine programs in Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon reach their enrollment caps each year, so class sizes remain steady. But the increasing number of applications to both campuses reflects the growing interest in osteopathic medicine. 

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COMP Seminar Series
Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in HEC Classroom A, Pomona and streamed to Lecture Hall 1, Lebanon. Garret R. Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, UC Riverside, will present “Latrotoxin action in the nervous system – Lessons from the black widow spider. Lunch will be served with RSVP to (Pomona) or (Lebanon) by noon Feb. 13, 2019.

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Compassion Conference
Earlier this month, WesternU COMP-Northwest hosted the Competency of Compassion Conference for students in health care professions. More than 50 students from WesternU’s Rural Health Track, University of Oregon’s Rural Health Club, students from Pacific University, and medical professionals from Albany Fire Department participated in the conference. The conference included sessions on improving clinical outcomes; reducing burnout and promoting engagement; narrative medicine; and active listening.

“Compassion is an essential part of the patient experience and overall healing,” said Di Lacey, assistant vice president for the Oregon Campus. “Providing an interprofessional perspective at both the presenter and participant level was incredibly powerful and enabled attendees to explore barriers and best practices in compassionate care.”

“Understanding what patients need and learning to balance that with the personal health of health care providers will help these future care caregivers provide exceptional care to both their patients and themselves,” she added.

An optional session lead by Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, was held in the anatomy lab before the conference. More information on that session may be found here.



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Gary Pape, MA, DDS, MA Ed, recently published an article he co-authored titled “Assessing the Professional Identity of Dental School Faculty: An Exploratory Study” in the Journal of Dental Education, November 2018. Click here to view the article:



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.”

The lecture will be streamed via Zoom link to COMP-NW Lecture Hall 1. Live streaming of the event will be available via this link:

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