WesternU named “Great College to Work For” five straight times by The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Western University of Health Sciences has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the fifth consecutive year, and also made the Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.

WesternU was recognized in five categories: Collaborative Governance, Compensation & Benefits, Professional/Career Development Program, Respect & Appreciation and Work/Life Balance.

“I am delighted that The Chronicle has once again honored the university for its collegial environment,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “Humanism and caring truly are our core values, and serve as the foundation for all our teaching, learning, caring and working.

“Our reputation as a great place to work springs from the people who live these values. Our presence year after year on the Great Colleges list reflects the cheerful ‘can-do’ attitudes and efforts of our close-knit community. I thank all involved for sustaining this so remarkably.”

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WesternU’s nursing, physical therapy programs among top 15 in the nation
Western University of Health Sciences’ nursing and physical therapy programs rank among the top 15 in the nation, according to a new report.

The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) is ranked by the National Center for Education Statistics Top Graduate Programs as No. 14 in the nation for nursing degrees for 2016. The Department of Physical Therapy Education, part of the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP), is also No. 14 among physical therapy programs in 2016. The 2016 Top Graduate Program rankings represent graduate schools and programs all across the nation and are based on student reviews.

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From Western Diabetes Institute:

Deputy Commissioner from India visits Western Diabetes Institute at WesternU
India has the second highest number of diabetics in the world – nearly 69 million people – trailing only China. More than 1 million deaths are attributed to diabetes there. Such a widespread problem requires collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach.

Damodar Bachani, MD, MPHM, Deputy Commissioner of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, visited the Western Diabetes Institute (WDI) at Western University of Health Sciences July 6-7, 2016 at the invitation of WDI Founder and Executive Director Andrew S. Pumerantz, DO, FACP.

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From the Office of Academic Affairs:

AACOM grant
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has awarded a $10,000 grant to WesternU’s Interprofessional Education department for inter-institutional research on internet-based interprofessional patient simulations. Students from COMP and Ohio University will participate. IPE Research Director David Dickter, PhD, will be the primary investigator in partnership with COMP Associate Dean Susan Mackintosh, DO, MPH, COMP Office of Medical Simulation Assistant Director Lisa Munoz, and faculty from Ohio University, in a project to be championed by WesternU Vice Provost Sheree Aston, OD, MA, PhD.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

College of Graduate Nursing receives federal funding to train nurse educators
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing $229,970 for the National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

This is the eighth year that HRSA has provided support to the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN). Funds from this award will be used to prepare future nurse educators enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, Advanced Genetics Nurse-BC, FAANP, has authored a book chapter (chapter 7) titled “Genetic Considerations in Primary Care” in T.M Buttaro, J. Trybulski, P. Polgar-Bailey & J. Sandberg-Cook. Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice, 5th ed. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education news
College of Allied Health Professions alumnus Anthony Gauthier, MSPA ’08, recently wrote an article about his experiences with the athlete patient in the PA Professional, published by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), June/July 2016. The article went to all AAPA members nationwide a few weeks ago. We want to congratulate Anthony on this impressive accomplishment. To read the article click this link: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aapa/paprofessional_20160607/#/47.

Congratulations to PA faculty member Karen Genco, PA-C, as she completed academic boot camp held last week.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Fadi Khasawneh, PhD, received $427,235 in funding for his University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program grant titled “Third-Hand Smoke Impact on Platelet Function and Thrombosis.” The goal of the grant is to investigate two aspects of third-hand smoke (THS) exposure, namely the consequences of being exposed to it before birth and during one’s adult life.  The project will examine THS and its effects on platelets, hemostasis and the risk of occlusive thrombosis-based disorders. They will learn the negative effects of THS and better understand mechanistically how those effects are exerted on the cardiovascular system. The outcome of these studies may result in new or betters ways for managing smoking indicted platelet-dependent diseases. The grant project is for two years. Dr. Manuela Martins-Green, Professor at UC Riverside, serves as Co-Principal Investigator.

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, presented his abstract, “How Understanding the Evolution of Metallo-beta-lactamases Can Help Us Design Better Antibacterials,” at the Symposium “Pharmaceutical Research and Development: From Bench to Patient Care” at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS PD) at the University of San Diego on June 15.

Dr. Oelschlaeger and his collaborators at Southern Methodist University published the following: Nguyen TQ, Alqurafi M, Edwards C, Nguyen P, Kim J, Casco S, Bennet M, Chiang C, Lohry M, Cox M, Meshram B, Le D, Kim E, Smriti S, Oelschlaeger P, Buynak JD. Functionalizing the γ-position of α-diazo-β-ketoesters. Tetrahedron Letters. 2016;57(30):3330-3. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.06.065.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Western University of Health Sciences assists animals in neglect case
San Bernardino County Human Services created a video chronicling WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students providing care to animals at the Devore Animal Shelter. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. Click here to view a Facebook post. Click here to read more and to watch WesternU’s video and slideshow.


From University Advancement:

PA Career Expo
On Wednesday, June 29, the College of Allied Health Profession’s Physician Assistant program held its first ever PA Career Expo. First- and second-year PA students, and even some alumni, had the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from 15 different medical organizations from around California who were exhibiting at the event. Representatives were impressed with the quality and caliber of the candidates in attendance and gave the impression that they would likely be hiring from some of the students that they met.


Faculty & Staff Luncheon
On Friday, July 15, 2016, more than 300 WesternU employees enjoyed the annual Faculty & Staff Luncheon in Ethan Allen Park. Activities included a silent auction, cupcake competition, boot camp obstacle relay, Dr. Ben Cohen nok-hockey tournament and Pink’s Hot Dog lunches. Employees also had the opportunity to meet President Wilson, who was in attendance.

Eight teams braved the heat and battled it out in the Boot Camp Obstacle Relay. Congratulations to the champion, Team “Dave +3”: Juan Ramirez, Neil Patel, Matthew Durkin and David Sevesind.

The cupcake competition included some incredibly creative, and delicious, cupcake masterpieces. The six contestants were judged on taste, individual cupcake decoration and overall presentation. As soon as the judging was over, the cupcakes went up for sale at $1 each and sold out quickly.

Congratulations to the cupcake competition winners: Dominique Cavallo (first place), Vicky Almazan (second place) and Peggy Schmidt (third place).

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas G. Fox, who reclaimed his title as champion of the nok-hockey tournament.

All in all it was a fun event that raised a record $6,600 for student scholarships.

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