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This Week@WesternU, July 29-Aug. 2, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

July 29, 2019

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Welcome Week 2019

Western University of Health Sciences will hold Welcome Week activities for its Lebanon, Oregon campus July 29-Aug. 2 and for its Pomona, California campus Aug. 5-10. Welcome Week is set aside to help new students successfully navigate the campus and take advantage of available services. Please see the Welcome Week Schedule for program-specific dates and times.

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WesternU to welcome more the 1,100 new students

Western University of Health Sciences will welcome more than 1,100 new students to the beginning of their health professions careers at Convocation and White Coat ceremonies in Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon.

WesternU will hold its Convocation ceremony for about 1,000 students at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at Fairplex, Expo Hall 4, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California 91768. Each of WesternU’s nine colleges will then hold White Coat ceremonies in Pomona and Claremont. The ceremonies are only open to new students, their families, and invited guests.

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WesternU COMP-Northwest to hold annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest will welcome its ninth class of osteopathic medical students during the University’s annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony Friday, August 2, 2019.

A total of 72 students from the Class of 2023 call the Pacific Northwest home. Of those 72 students, 47 are from Oregon spanning from metropolitan areas like Portland and Salem to small towns including Powers, Estacada, and Glide.

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Interprofessional WesternU team publishes previously unseen discovery of obturator nerve

A routine assignment in Western University of Health Sciences’ anatomy lab has resulted in a discovery previously unseen in medical literature, with the findings published in a prestigious journal.

Two separate teams of WesternU students discovered cases where the cutaneous branch of the obturator nerve (CBO), which usually remains in the thigh, ran into the foot. A few previous reports in the literature describe CBOs passing the knee to innervate portions of the calf, but none show CBOs extending to the ankle and foot.

“Cutaneous Branch of the Obturator Nerve Extending to the Medial Ankle and Foot: A Report of Two Cadaveric Cases,” by Brittany Staples, DPM, Edward Ennedy, DO, Tae Kim DO, Steven Nguyen, DO, Andrew Shore, DO, Thomas Vu, DO, Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, and Mathew Wedel, PhD, was published July 23, 2019 in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Link:

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Interprofessional WesternU team researches impact of sensory processing disorder on vision, gait and balance

An interprofessional Western University of Health Sciences team is collaborating on a study examining how sensory processing disorder affects a child’s vision, gait and balance.

The study has produced multiple posters, conference presentations and, most recently, the publication “Differences in Oculomotor Function between Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Typical Development” in Optometry and Vision Science, the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The authors are Assistant Professor Kimberly Walker, OD, FCOVD, and Director of Community Outreach Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD, from WesternU’s College of Optometry and Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy Education Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, and Associate Professor Dayle C. Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, from WesternU’s College of Health Sciences. Click here to view the article online:

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Professor Christina Goode, PhD, and California State University, Dominguez Hills Professor Thomas Landefeld, PhD, co-authored “The Lack of Diversity in Healthcare: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions” in the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, Volume 11, Number 2, Fall 2018, a publication from the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem University. Click here for more information:



From Interprofessional Education:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU Interprofessional Education Program Director John Tegzes, MA, VMD, Dipl. ABVT, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) 2019 Fall Institute Oct. 2-4, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. This conference will be promoting the theme “Strengthening Partnerships for IPE and Collaborative Practice” and is expected to draw around 100 attendees. For more details about the institute, visit

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