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This Week@WesternU, June 10-14, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

June 10, 2019

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Claremont Graduate University and Western University of Health Sciences form powerhouse alliance

One of America’s oldest graduate-only universities is joining forces with a neighboring institution with the broadest array of all-graduate health science programs in the U.S. to better prepare students to enter the rapidly-expanding health sector.

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) announced a strategic alliance to offer students collaborative programming with a focus on health sciences, public health, and health systems management. In addition to the complementary programs, the alliance will facilitate joint research initiatives between faculty and students that will address complex community, national, and global health industry challenges.

The alliance of two respected, unique, private, graduate-only institutions – situated on nearby campuses and with thematically similar missions and cultures – will benefit current and prospective CGU students and faculty, said Len Jessup, PhD, who is the president of Claremont Graduate University.

“CGU and WesternU share many characteristics, including similar missions to provide unsurpassed graduate-level education to our students so that they achieve professional success and fulfillment in their chosen professions,” Jessup said. “This alliance is a natural extension of our mission and provides unique opportunities for our students and faculty.”

For WesternU – which to date has focused solely on health sciences – the alliance will enable the school to expand its programs to include management and public health, said President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences.

“This natural partnership of neighboring institutions aligns one of the nation’s oldest all-graduate institutions with the largest aggregation of graduate health science colleges in the country,” Wilson said. “This is a new era for both universities, especially our students and faculty, but one that can benefit all the Claremont Colleges as well as the entire region and beyond. We take this robust partnership seriously. This remarkable new trajectory for teaching, research, and service, though as yet uncharted, will have great consequence to our students, our institutions, and the wider world.”

The alliance creates a concentrated, graduate-level, educational presence in Los Angeles County, Southern California, and the western United States. Together, CGU and WesternU serve 6,000 students and employ more than 1,000 people in Claremont and Pomona, Calif.

Each university will maintain separate operational, financial and governance structures. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in collaborative programming beginning in the Fall 2019 term.

Click here to read the story on WesternU’s website.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Jesus Sanchez, DO ’04, MS, and Associate Professor/Vice Chair of OMM Janice Blumer, DO ’91, FAAO, are recipients of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The award recognizes a faculty member (DO or MD) who demonstrates both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, and who shows respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues. Drs. Sanchez and Blumer embody all these attributes. Click here to read the bios of Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Blumer.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Teresa Morishita, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACPV, presented a workshop titled “Keeping Our Chickens Healthy” at WesternU on Sunday, May 26 in conjunction with University of California, Davis and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. CVM students Theodore Derksen and Alondra Rivera also assisted. It was well received especially since much of the local area is under quarantine due to the virulent Newcastle Disease affecting the local fowl.

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