Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, will be held on June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2012 Cadillac, sponsored by Symes Cadillac of Pasadena. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $175 per golfer or $700 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 11, 2012.

For more information or to sign up for the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, please contact Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, email, or Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495, email

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Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop, whether or not you’re coming out to the golf course. While hovering over our designated hole, our helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls, and the owner of the golf ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize. Click here for more information.

IPE publication

WesternU led a multi-institutional team in authoring a study of interprofessional education (IPE) to be published in a prestigious academic journal. IPE leaders from WesternU, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill., and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., collaborated on “Interprofessional Education: A Review and Analysis of Programs from Three Academic Health Centers,” which will be published in the July 2012 issue of Academic Medicine. Click here to view the article online. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Pharmacy:

GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic

Good Neighbor Pharmacy (GNP) and the Institute for Community Pharmacy (ICP) will co-host the 10th annual, and final, GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic at the prestigious Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic has been a tremendous success during the past nine years, raising more than $1 million in scholarships for the WesternU College of Pharmacy and the USC School of Pharmacy. This tournament has routinely attracted more than 200 corporate, civic and entertainment leaders from Southern California and across the nation each year for a day of fabulous golf and industry networking. All proceeds raised each year have provided scholarships in support of students at WesternU College of Pharmacy and the USC School of Pharmacy who are pursuing careers as independent pharmacists.

Mike Quick and the GNP/ICP tournament committee have been incredibly generous with their time and support in producing this event over the past nine years, and the WesternU College of Pharmacy is deeply thankful for their loyal commitment to the success of the students at WesternU. It truly has been a decade of success!

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Pharmacy linkage agreement

WesternU and California State University, San Bernardino continue to strengthen their ties in turning CSUSB graduates into health professionals.

California State University, San Bernardino President Albert Karnig, PhD, and Western University of Health Sciences President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, signed a linkage agreement on May 31, 2012 that will bring CSUSB graduates into WesternU’s College of Pharmacy program. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius served as co-author on the following publications:

de Leon N, Jackevicius CA. Use of aspirin and clopidogrel post-coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Ann Pharmacother 2012; DOI 10.1345/aph.1Q692 (published online ahead of print). Dr. de Leon is an immediate past resident of Dr. Jackevicius’.

Ionescu-Ittu, Abrahamowicz M, Jackevicius CA, Essebag V, Pilote L. Comparative effectiveness of rhythm control vs. rate control drug treatment effect on mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation. Arch Intern Med 2012; DOI 10.1345/aph.1Q692 (published online ahead of print)

Tsadok MA, Jackevicius CA, Rahme E, Humphries KH, Behlouli H, Pilote L. Sex differences in stroke risk among older patients with recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation. JAMA 2012;307:1952-8.

Dr. David Min and his Fellows gave the following presentations at the American Transplant Congress at Boston, Mass. earlier this month:

Tellez-Corrales E, Cho E, Yang J, Hutchinson, Shah T, Naraghi R, Min DI, Genetic Polymorphisms of NF-¿ÛB and Allograft Survival after Kidney Transplantation in the Hispanic Allograft Recipients. American Transplant Congress, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 4, 2012.

Vu D, Tellez-Corrales E, Min DI, Hutchinson C, Hutchinson IV, Naraghi R, Shah T.

Effects of Mycophenolate on Highly Sensitized Patients Awaiting Kidney Transplant. American Transplant Congress, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2, 2012.

Vu D, Hutchinson IV, Naraghi R, Shah T, Min DI. The impact of Intravenous Immunoglobulin in treatment for BK Virus Nephropathy. American Transplant Congress, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 3, 2012.

Yang JW, Shah T, Naraghi R, Hutchinson IV, Min DI. Risk scoring system in predicting the risk of late post-transplant anemia in renal allograft recipients. American Transplant Congress, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 3, 2012.

Dr. Don Vu is Dr. Min’s current fellow. Dr. Tellez-Corrales is a previous fellow of Dr. Min’s who is currently a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jae Yang is another of his past fellows who is currently faculty at the University of Kansas.

The latter two abstracts were selected among the top 10 percent of abstracts among more than 1,500 abstracts presented at the Conference.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Mathew Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, published a new paper, “A monument of inefficiency: the presumed course of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in sauropod dinosaurs,” in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. APP is open access and the paper may be freely downloaded at

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor/Vice Chair of Medical Anatomical Sciences in Lebanon, will speak at a symposium at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists international meeting in July 2012. His talk will be on the controversies of knee anatomy.

Dr. Benninger and Justin Diegel OMS-4, are the first mentor/student research team to have their proposal accepted for a clinical rotation elective in research at COMP-Northwest. Justin’s project integrates clinical, basic science and educational research which is centered on building an interactive radiology image library of CT 3D reconstructed images developed with TeraRecon software and applying the cognitive load theory for educational use to benefit medical students, residents, and qualified clinicians. Benninger agreed to mentor Justin on this challenging project because of his work ethic, passion and strong fundamentals in the basic and clinical sciences acquired from WesternU.

Dr. Benninger mentored three OMS-1 students and a clinical anatomy researcher from his surgical and radiology research anatomy lab, whose research projects were accepted for the International American Association of Clinical Anatomists conference in July 2012. The OMS-1 COMP-Northwest students are Aaron Stecker, Rebecca Corbett, and Taylor Delamarter, as well as COMP-Northwest anatomy researcher Nik Matsler. They will be defending the following research projects: 1) Laryngeal nerve location vs terminology vs. clinical relevance: Evidence for change 2) Novel finger-placed ‘hand palpation’ ultrasound probe can be effectively used by first year medical students identifying internal jugular and subclavian veins. 3) Accessary navicular bone; clinically useful during first year anatomy. 4) Prostate anatomy: analysis of controversies between anatomists and clinicians leading to improved structural recognition and terminology clarity.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley Polio Support Group held at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. Dr. Hudson-McKinney spoke to the group about the role of student learning opportunities and the therapist-patient relationship with the group, along with introducing some new patient assistive devices.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Assistant professors Patricia Shakhshir, PhD, CNS, RN-BC, and Linda Flores, MSN, CEN, RN, presented a research poster, “Lab of Horrors: Active and Latent Failure Simulation,” at the 2012 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum: Innovation to Transformation, May 31, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.

The conference website link is

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

The Eye Care Center hosted the Low Vision Group from Kaiser Permanente for their Semi-annual Regional 2012 Conference. Dr. Valerie Wren provided continuing education on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation: Clinical Management for the Primary Care Provider. The Eye Care Center is proud to continue its collaboration with Optometric providers both locally and nationally.

From the Pumerantz Library:

New Dentistry eBooks

After surveying CDM, the majority of the student body would prefer that the library purchase e-books instead of print books. Check out the list of new eBooks purchased for CDM on the library News & Events blog.

New Nursing eBooks

Harriet K & Philip Pumerantz Library has received a batch of new electronic books for nurses. Take a look at the article for the list of new eBooks on the library News & Events blog.

Library Summer Hours

For some, school is over and for all of us summer is here. With this in mind the library will be switching to our Summer Session hours from June 1 to Aug. 12. The hours are as follows:

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

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

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

Closed Sunday

Information can be found on the library News & Events blog.

Kudos on accomplishments

Pat Vader, MLIS, and Frances Chu, MSN, MLIS, of the Pumerantz Library, received an outreach funding award in August 2011 to plan and implement a diabetes information outreach program to the Hispanic community of Pomona. The results of the pilot project can be seen in the May 2012 issue of Latitudes by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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