First Day of School
WesternU welcomed Daniel Wilson, MD, PhD, for good this week, as the University’s new president started his first full week on the job. Click here to read more about him.


VirtualU@WesternU offers anatomy courses for pre-health sciences and podiatry students
Western University of Health Sciences’ VirtualU@WesternU™ is offering new classes that provide aspiring health professionals with a vital preview to the rigors of learning clinical anatomy, and podiatric medicine students a prep course for their third-year board exam.

Learning Enrichment in Clinical Anatomy (LECA) is an intensive one-week training course that helps prepare students for advanced medical, dental, or health professional graduate-level anatomy.

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From University Advancement:

WesternU’s Towne & Gown Golf Classic raises more than $30,000 for student scholarships
For the second year in a row, Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships.

Tournament sponsor T.F. Chen, DDS, underwrote all green fees, carts, lunch and dinner for the 100 golfers who participated in the scramble-format tournament on June 27, 2016 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Alumni news
On Friday, July 1, nearly 50 WesternU alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered in Boston during the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting. The guests enjoy a ballpark-themed reception with hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and sodas before heading across town to watch the Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park. A few pictures from the event can be found at


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine provides care to neglected animals
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and students volunteered to help animals removed from a sanctuary under investigation for neglect.

San Bernardino Animal Care and Control removed more than 100 dogs and nearly 40 cats from Paws Rescue Ranch in the Morongo Basin as part of an ongoing animal neglect investigation on June 24, 2016. Animal control officers removed 11 dogs and found a dead shepherd mix dog chained outside without water or shade at the site June 22 as part of their initial investigation, according to San Bernardino County’s Community Relations Office.

WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine brought its VACS II (Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service) vehicle to the Devore shelter to provide physical examinations and treatment to more than 60 dogs.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Teresa Y. Morishita and her colleagues from Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Georgia, and University of Minnesota recently collaborated with the University of Wisconsin to deliver the Poultry Health Management Schools (PHMS) in Madison, Wisconsin from May 23-26, 2016. The Poultry Health Management Schools consists of the Turkey and Broiler Health Management School and the Layer Health Management School. Each of these programs consists of two days of intensive lectures, small group studies, and hands-on laboratories to provide continuing education to poultry health professionals, poultry industry personnel and veterinarians. This year Dr. Morishita and her colleagues celebrated the Poultry Health Management Schools’ 15th anniversary with record attendance. Dr. Morishita is the founding Director and has served in this role since 2002.

Dr. Ohad Levi recently presented an abstract titled “Comparison of Short-Term Versus Long-Term Video Game Training Programs to Enhance Basic Laparoscopic Skills of Veterinary Medical Students.” The abstract was presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The project was a result of cooperation between WesternU CVM and Colorado State University CVM. Dr. Levi was the principal investigator. Co-investigators on the abstract were Dr. Mark Battles (DVM 2016), Dr. Peggy Schmidt, Dr. Maria Fahie and Dr. Dominique Griffon. CSU co-investigators were Dr. Donna Shettko and Dr. Dean Hendrickson.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley gave a podium presentation titled “Research and Development for an Effective Avian Probiotic” in the Animal Health section of the 2016 International Probiotics Conference. The conference was held June 20-23 in Budapest, Hungary and brings together researchers, industry, and regulatory agencies to summarize current and potential uses for probiotics in human and animal health.

The Board of Directors of the AKC Canine Health Foundation has awarded a grant of $60,717 to Dr. Pedro Diniz and Dr. Brian Oakley for the study “Improving and Expanding the Broad-Range Detection of Canine Tick Borne Disease Diagnostics Using Next-Generation Sequencing.” This study is a collaboration with Dr. Barbara Qurollo from North Carolina State University and will use Next-Generation Sequencing for detecting novel vector-borne diseases as well as supporting the development of better molecular diagnostic methods in dogs.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
CGN alumna Debra Wallace, DNP ’12, published the following: Wallace, D. R. (2016).  Reflective writing: Factors that influence the successful transition of nursing students entering into their second semester of a RN-ABSN program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(10).

CGN Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, Advanced Genetics Nurse-BC, FAANP, gave a podium presentation, “Update on Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes – Lynch Syndrome and Risk Assessment, Case Based Learning,” at the 2016 National Conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, held in San Antonio, Texas June 24, 2016.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Drs. Marie Davies and David Pham published a review article, “GLP1-RA Add-on Therapy in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Currently on Bolus Containing Insulin Regimen,” in Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, a project resulting from a collaborative effort of assistant and associate level faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. Click here to read more.

Dr. Davies just obtained her BCACP (Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist). This certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties recognizes that the pharmacist “…has the advanced knowledge and expertise to focus on the special needs of patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications, and who often administer these drugs themselves or with the assistance of a caregiver at home; provides patient care, developing sustained partnerships with ambulatory patients and practicing in the context of family and community; and integrates care of acute illnesses and exacerbations in the context of chronic conditions.”


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Recognizes Three Members with COMP Distinguished Faculty Awards
For the past two years, COMP has recognized faculty members for their accomplishments in Research & Scholarship, Teaching & Education, and Leadership & Service. The 2016 COMP Distinguished Faculty Award recipients are Dr. Xiaoning Bi (Research & Scholarship), Dr. Gerald Thrush (Teaching & Education) and Dr. John Pham (Leadership & Service). They were recently recognized by Dr. Paula Crone, Dean of COMP, during Faculty Recognition and Celebration ceremonies held in Pomona and Lebanon.

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