Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to WesternU Executive Director of Public Affairs Jeff Keating, who was installed as president of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce for a second term on Thursday, June 28, 2012, and WesternU Board of Trustees Secretary John Forbing for being honored with the chamber’s 34th Community Service Award.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, presented a research project, and mentored two COMP-Northwest students who also presented, at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) conference, held June 23-26 in Portland, Ore.

OMS1 Amanda Miller presented research based on creating an immediate vertical curriculum for first-year medical students by addressing the donor-cadaver-patient in their anatomy dissection lab as their first patient. This taught them respect and allowed them the opportunity to perform life-saving emergency techniques, surgical procedures, assessing radiological imaging and writing a pathology report. This was all integrated during a first-year medical student’s anatomy course.

Dr. Benninger also mentored OMS1 Meghan Aabo, and presented their work on “Bidirectional peer-to-peer learning pedagogy.” This was an extremely successful learning tool between radiology technicians from Linn-Benton Community College and first-year medical students at COMP-Northwest. Essentially, senior radiology technician students taught OMS1 students, and OMS1 students reciprocated by teaching clinically-relevant anatomy to radiology technician students. The program was very well-received by students from both disciplines and will be integrated in the Medical Anatomy curriculum.

Dr. Benninger has accepted the opportunity to mentor International health care students as well as WesternU students representing an International committee on medical education research.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Congratulations to the PA 2012 class who completed one of the final steps towards PA program completion. The second-year students presented their Applied Clinical Scholarly Projects to Department faculty and students. Various presentations were also viewed by WesternU faculty as well.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, recently taught the two-day Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association. The course was held last month at the Veterans Administration Healthcare System campus in Long Beach with Dorcas Tominaga, PT, DPT ‘06, serving as the course co-instructor. Included in the 36 participants was WesternU alumnus Eugene Melynk, MPT ’96.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Click here to read about the accomplishments of the College’s Pharmacy Practice residents for 2011-12.

Congratulations to MSPS alumnus John Tenayuca and his adviser, Dr. Arbi Nazarian, on their recent publication: Tenayuca JM, Nazarian A. Hydrocodone and morphine possess similar rewarding effects and reduce ERK and CREB phosphorylation in the nucleus accumbens. Synapse. 2012 Jun 20. Click here to view the publication.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Valerie Wren provided an informational talk to the Ontario Senior Center on “Vision and Balance.” This fall prevention initiative was well received and attended by our community seniors, many of whom have admitted to a history of falls. Regular vision checks and proper vision correction is one of the major recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent falls and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the older adult. The Eye Care Center was very pleased to help promote vision and safety for our community members. A pod of third-year student interns, Tina Chau, Vinh Ngo, Silvia Park and Victoria Vuong, demonstrated excellence in humanism and patient care during the vision screening that was provided to every attendee.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

At the 30th Annual Symposium of the Academy for Sports Dentistry held in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 23, 2012, Assistant Professor Jeffrey D. Lloyd, DDS, was installed as their new president. The ASD was founded in 1983 in San Antonio, Texas, as a forum for dentists, physicians, trainers, coaches, dental technicians, and educators interested in exchanging ideas related to Sports Dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sport’s injuries. One of the Academy’s most important activities is hosting an annual meeting comprised of scientific sessions and a business meeting focusing on this growing healthcare concern. During the meeting a certification course is held to become a Team Dentist as well as workshops on the fabrication of professionally diagnosed and designed custom made mouthguards. In addition to their Annual Symposium, the Academy supports projects such as Special Olympics Special Smiles and Facial Protection Month. The Academy’s mandate is to welcome interested colleagues from all healthcare disciplines to promote the advancement of research, development and education in this field. Dr. Lloyd is looking forward to serving the Academy as its president for the next twelve months and would welcome any questions you may have related to sports dentistry.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Western Foot and Ankle Conference continues to grow

The Western Foot and Ankle Conference continues to grow as it provides evidence-based and scientific knowledge with an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to continuing education. The latest seminar, held June 7-10, 2012 at the Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., celebrated the 100th year of the California Podiatric Medical Association.

Click here to read the full story.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Pumerantz Library Newsletter

Click here to read the Summer Edition of the Pumerantz Library Newsletter.

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