WesternU welcomes SHPEP students

Western University of Health Sciences held a white coat ceremony June 23, 2019 at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California to welcome 80 young men and women from across the country into the health professions and the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).

WesternU received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide an intensive residential summer enrichment program supporting students with fully paid housing and board as well as stipends. WesternU is one of 12 institutions nationwide hosting SHPEP, which encourages students from financially disadvantaged families and groups underrepresented in medicine to enter health professions.

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Summer fun in the anatomy lab

The Pomona Health Career Ladder summer program concluded its weeklong session Friday, June 21, 2019. About 35 middle school and high school students spent most of the week at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. and their final day on the Western University of Health Sciences Pomona campus. They took a tour of the WesternU Pet Health Center, played “Jeopardy!” with anatomy-based answers, and learned about the organs and internal systems of various species in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s multidisciplinary classroom.

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students Anthony McCloud and Christopher Pann organized the middle school activities and College of Veterinary Medicine students Kyla Varagnat and Matthew Drozd organized the high school activities.

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From OPTI-West:

ACGME Continued Accreditation
OPTI-West Graduate Medical Education Consortium received Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Continued Accreditation. OPTI-West is comprised of 19 graduate medical education training programs in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Dr. Lisa Warren is the Designated Institutional Official and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education. This is a huge milestone for the osteopathic profession. Click here to read more about OPTI-West.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Nikki Koehler, Manager of Clinical Rotations and Graduate Placement, who was elected as Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) Clerkship and Residency Coordinators Committee. The committee consists of one representative from each member college of the AACPM who is charged with the graduate placement services and/or the establishment of a clerkship rotation schedule for their college. Koehler will serve as chair of the committee for a two-year term.