From University Advancement:

Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine has arrived!

The new edition of Humanism in Health Sciences magazine has arrived. The theme of the 2012-13 edition is “Beneath the White Coat.” An electronic copy of the magazine is available online at

Humanism in the Health Sciences is written by students, alumni, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. It is published annually and distributed free of charge.

Alumni events

The WesternU Alumni Association sponsored or hosted three evening receptions for alumni, students, faculty and other guests at three recent professional conferences around Southern California:

Thursday, June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach during the California Veterinary Medical Association’s PacVet Conference

Friday, June 21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim during the California Podiatric Medical Association’s Western Foot and Ankle Conference (“The Western”)

Friday, June 28 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina during the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Quannetta T. Edwards, FNP, WHNP, FAANP, presented two three-hour workshops at the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-23, 2013. Dr. Edwards presented on: “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Key to Optimizing Outcomes for Women,” a presentation that focused on hereditary breast cancer syndromes including an update on BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Her second presentation was “Risk Assessment: The Genomics of Lynch and other Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes for Application into Clinical NP Practice.” In addition to the two workshops, she facilitated an oncology forum, an update on current issues facing NPs in oncology practice; she also assisted educators on a three-hour workshop on Genomics of the Family History in Primary Care Practice.

Dr. Donna M. Emanuele was inducted as a Fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioner organization (FAANP). The induction was conducted at the AANP conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June 2013. The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) impacts national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the AANP mission. Her outstanding work in policy and practice resulted in this distinguished award.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Posters presented by Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty at the recently held American Diabetes Meeting in Chicago, Ill.:

Dr. Jonathan Watanabe presented a poster based on work with colleagues at the VA – two of whom (Drs. Chen and Bounthavong) are WesternU alumni. JH Watanabe, Mark Bounthavong, Timothy Chen, Sunder Mudaliar. “Comparison of adherence levels and ADA lipid goal attainment in a retrospective cohort of veterans.”

Dr. Olivia Phung presented a poster based on a Merck-funded project co-authored by colleagues at Hartford Hospital. Phung OJ, Sobieraj DM, Engel SS, Rajpathak SN. “Early Dual Therapy is Associated with Improved Glycemia in Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis.” This poster was also featured in the Clinical Pearls Guided Audio Poster Tour.

Dr. Janice Hoffman was successful once again in securing a $4,000 Target Case Study Competition grant for “Capturing the growing Pharmacy market.”

Congratulations to the Pharmacy Practice residents and fellows for 2012-13 on their many accomplishments. Click here to view a complete list.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CPM student Colin McKay, DPM ’16, won the 27th annual American Podiatric Medical Writers Association (APMWA) Student Writing Competition for his article, “Practice Management, a Look at Tax Entities.” He will receive a $1,000 honorarium from a special endowment by Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin to the APMA Educational Foundation.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, recently had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME), to be held in October in Newport, R.I. The presentation, “Comparison of Student Empathy Scores Across Four Graduate Health Professions,” is a result of ongoing collaborative research with Dr. Beth Boynton and Professor Suzie Kovacs from CVM, and Dr. Richard Sugerman from COMP. ABSAME was founded in 1975 as an interdisciplinary professional society dedicated to strengthening behavioral science teaching in medical schools, residency programs, and in continuing medical education. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Humanizing Health Care: Reducing Disparities through Interprofessional Teams.”

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CDM Assistant Professor Jerry Minsky, BS, DDS, was appointed Chair to the SCDA Hospital Dentistry Group. Click here for more information.

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