From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) has released its most recent election results. Many PA faculty and alumni have been elected to hold office:

Congratulations to Jennifer Baltazar, PA-S ’11, on being elected to the California Academy of Physician Assistants as the Student Representative.

CAHP Dean Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, and Miguel Medina, PA-C, PA, faculty member, were elected to be the 2011 American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates representatives for the State of California.

Matthew Keane, PA-C ’09, was also elected to the House of Delegates, and was elected as a CAPA director at large.

Other PA faculty members have been appointed to CAPA Committees. Tim Woods has been appointed to the CAPA’s PA Program Relations Committee, Roy Guizado has been appointed to the Student Affairs Committee, and Miguel Medina is chair of the health literacy committee.

It is inspiring to see that Western University faculty, students, and alumni are playing a part in state leadership for current and future physician assistants. Congratulations to all.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty Sunil Prabhu and Jeff Wang and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) alumni Naveen Kanthamneni and Abhishek Chaudhary on their recent publication: Naveen Kanthamneni, Abhishek Chaudhary, Jeffrey Wang and Sunil Prabhu, “Nanoparticulate delivery of novel drug combination regimens for the chemoprevention of colon cancer”, Int. J. Oncology, 37, 177 – 185, 2010.

This work was partially supported by NCI/NIH grant ID# 5R03CA121409 (PI: S. Prabhu).

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:


CVM is hosting the fourth Symposium on Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine June 13-15, 2010. There is still time to register for the symposium and pre-symposium workshops if you are interested in attending. Program speakers include academicians, consultants, and practicing veterinarians, who will offer multiple views on the importance and application of EBM principles in veterinary medicine. Please click here to view the program information flier.

You can register on the EBVMA website by clicking here.

Or visit CVM’s webpage by clicking here (Scroll down to the bottom of the page). The $150 symposium registration includes a one-year membership in the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association. Pre-symposium workshops are an additional $60.

If you are interested in attending a single talk or two, but not the entire symposium, please stop by and listen to those talks. The symposium will be taking place in HEC Classroom B. One talk of interest to many faculty would be the final keynote presentation by Dr. Julie Tilson, DPT, from USC, on Tuesday, June 15. Her topic is “EBVM Methodology and Teaching.” Dr. Tilson has presented EBM talks internationally, and her most recent EBM publication came out just this past week in BMC Medical Education.

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary microbiologist, raptor specialist and Assistant Professor Dr. Miguel Saggese was invited to Madrid, Spain, in May to give a full-day series of lectures on avian and reptile anesthesia and surgery. This event was organized by Improve Iberia, an affiliate of Improve International, a non-governmental organization with a goal to provide continuous professional development for veterinarians in Europe.

Dr. Saggese’s lectures were part of a year-long course on exotic animal medicine. After successful completion of a final exam at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies, veterinarians receive a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice.

In collaboration with Chinese and American scientists, veterinary physiologist and Assistant Professor Dr. David Kersey has published his work on maximizing reproductive success in the giant panda. The study validated a non-invasive alternative to urinary hormone monitoring for assessing the single annual peri-estrual period. This is important for understanding the hormonal factors that trigger sexual receptivity, ovarian follicle development, behavioral estrus and ovulation in this rare species.

The complete citation is: Kersey, D. C., D. E. Wildt, J. L. Brown, R. J. Snyder, Y. Huang, and S. L. Monfort. 2010. Endocrine milieu of periestrus in the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) as determined by noninvasive hormone measures. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22:901-912. Click here for more information.

Veterinary Assistant Professor and Equine Dentist Dr. Elizabeth Schilling recently presented a paper at the “Anesthesia Frontiers” pain conference in Naples, Italy. The focus on pharmaceutical management of dental pain was a significant contribution to this interprofessional conference. The complete citation for the abstract is:

“Multimodal Sedation and Pain Management in the Equine Dental Patient”, Schilling E. in Anesthesia Frontiers: Research and Therapy for Human and Animal Suffering (Proceedings). May 16-19, 2010 pp 52-56. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to Joohee Seo, DVM ’13, for both her acceptance into the externship program at the Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM), Columbia University Medical Center, and for her obtaining the Mark Friedman Memorial Scholarship Award for 2010. The scholarship is awarded every two years. This year, New York University is the host institution for the summer program. Joohee will be at both Columbia University Medical Center and New York University this summer.

Auditioning for Oprah

CVM alumna Amber Andersen, DVM ’09, is auditioning to get a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Click here to see her audition video and vote.

From the Office of Human Resources:

PeopleAdmin Training

Please note that the Human Resources Department will soon be utilizing a new system for managing positions and tracking new applicants. This will be the only method for submitting new positions, job postings, and reviewing applicants for your department. Hiring managers and their designees will be required to obtain PeopleAdmin training, and may sign up for training on the CAPE website.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Summer Hours

Pumerantz Library summer hours are in effect through Saturday, Aug. 14. The schedule is:

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

Closed Sunday

Click here to visit the library’s website.


Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine now available

The 2009-10 edition of Humanism in the Health Sciences is now available on campus and online.

Humanism in the Health Sciences is written by students, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. The theme of the 2009-10 edition is “Connections: Partners in Health.” The magazine is published annually and distributed free of charge. Copies are available in the student commons areas around campus and in the reception areas of the Administration Building and University Student Affairs. To request multiple copies of current or past issues, please contact Debra Nelson, University Publications, at (909) 706-3466 or e-mail An electronic version is also available on the university website at

Correction: The article “International Medicine: DO students in India” on page 58 in the current issue of Humanism was incorrectly attributed to Morgan Faggard, DO ’12, who participated in the trip and provided photos, but did not write the story. The credit for the story goes to Sheetal Patel, DO ’12. The photo credit on page 49 should also go to Sheetal. Our apologies to Sheetal and Morgan for the errors. The online version has been corrected.