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This Week@WesternU July 8-12, 2019

by Jeff Malet

July 8, 2019

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WesternU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) announces 2019-20 Fellows

The Western University of Health Sciences Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), formerly known as CAPE, has selected its Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.

They are: College of Dental Medicine Coordinator of Faculty Development and Assistant Professor Gary Pape, DDS, MA, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Project Manager Patricia Camberos, College of Dental Medicine Assistant Professor and Co—Coordinator of Advanced Oral Diagnosis Workgroup Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS, and Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD.

WesternU faculty or staff interested in innovative teaching and learning and professional development are encouraged to apply for Fellowships in April 2020. During the Fellowship year, each CETL Fellow will be reimbursed for costs up to $1,500 for attendance at a teaching and learning or professional development conference.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
The California Podiatric Medical Association House of Delegates met June 18 in Anaheim and recognized the work of Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, on behalf of the organization and the profession by giving him the 2019 CPMA Meritorious Service Award.

The Western Foot and Ankle Conference, the largest podiatric meeting west of the Mississippi, held June 20-23 in Anaheim, featured lectures by several WesternU CPM faculty members including Assistant Professor Rebecca Moellmer, DPM, former CPMA President, who spoke on “Getting the Right Information from the Patient from the First Call” and “Application and Uses for DME” for the assistants’ program, and “Treating the Special Needs Athlete” for the doctors’ session.

Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, Medical Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at WesternU Health-Pomona, presented “Rational Diagnosis of Osteomyelitis” and “Biomechanical Management of Forefoot Pathology.” Dr. Labovitz continues to serve as the WFAC Committee chair and presented talks on opioid abuse and compression therapy.

Making it a truly interprofessional conference, College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, spoke on several topics in the “King of Pain: Opioids and the Opioid Crisis” program, which was led by Roneet Lev, MD, FACEPT, the first chief medical officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Additionally, Staci Labovitz, Esq., a frequent presenter at CPM, spoke about avoiding malpractice issues through better communication.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Professor of Toxicology and Director of IPE John Tegzes, MA, VMD, was on a live TV morning news segment in San Francisco July 2 providing tips on how to help keep pets calm when Fourth of July fireworks go off. Check out the KTVU-TV segment here:



Kudos on accomplishments

CVM Associate Professor Pedro Diniz and his mentee, Melody Koo (CVM Class of 2022) received a grant from FFAR (Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research) to work on their project, “Piroplasmosis detection using Next Generation Sequencing” during their summer research program. The award allows Koo to further her research related to global food security and sustainable animal production. The award was developed to encourage veterinary scientists to explore and better understand the complexities of animal production, improve animal welfare, and enhance human health. This award was offered to only 10 Veterinary Fellows.

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