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This Week@WesternU, June 16-20, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

June 16, 2014

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WesternU hosts CERT Training

More than 20 people participated in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training June 11-13, 2014 on the WesternU Pomona campus to better prepare for and respond to a disaster. WesternU faculty, staff and one student, along with three Pomona citizens, participated in the free training. The Los Angeles County Fire Department CERT developed and taught the program to provide basic training in safety and life-saving skills for the general public.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU CVM to assume campus clinic operations

The Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center on the WesternU campus will become the WesternU Pet Wellness Center over the next several months, as the university transitions from a partnership arrangement with Banfield into operating its community practice teaching hospital with full autonomy.

The transition comes as the 10-year affiliation agreement between Banfield and WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine expires. Since 2004, WesternU and Banfield have partnered to provide veterinary services on the Pomona campus. That agreement ends in December of this year.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Babak Faramarzi, CVM Assistant Professor, recently published a paper on the characteristics of the laminar junction. This paper is focused on the biomechanical behavior of the laminae in horses and how it relates to laminitis. This article has been chosen by the journal editor as the “”Issue Highlight.”” Full citation: Faramarzi, B (2014) Morphological and Biomechanical Properties of Equine Laminar Junction. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 34, 589-592.

Dr. Linda Kidd, CVM Associate Professor, presented a lecture titled “”The Role of Microparticles in Hemostatis and Thrombosis”” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s annual forum on June 6. Dr. Kidd also presented a poster titled “”Repeated Testing Improves Detection of Vector Borne Disease in Dogs with Signs of Immune-Mediated Disease.”” This was a collaborative study between California Veterinary Specialists, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, the North Carolina State University Vector Borne Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and The Center for Companion Animal Studies at Colorado State University. Support for this study was provided by the Canine Health Foundation, The Center for Companion Animal Studies at CSU, Western University of Health Sciences Intramural Grants Program, and WesternU’s CVM.

On June 7 she presented a lecture summarizing the results of her collaborative study with one of CVM’s CORE medicine sites, California Veterinary Specialists/Ontario, and Dr. Nigel Mackman at the Department of Medicine UNC Chapel Hill. The study was titled “”Precoagulant Microparticles in Dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.”” This was an invited lecture from the ACVIM Foundation who, along with the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, funded the study.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Alan Cundari, DO, Chair of Family Medicine at the Pomona campus, delivered the alumni address at his high school alma mater, Pacelli High School, in Stevens Point, Wis. on Friday, May 30. His speech was titled “”The Three P’s of Pacelli:”” Pride in your school and in yourself; Pay back your teachers who are paying it forward, and pay it forward as well, and be Passionate about what you do. The address was very well received by the graduates, family and faculty.

Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), represented WesternU at the recent International Association of Medical Science Educators conference in Nashville, Tenn. by presenting three innovative research projects (two posters with live demonstration and an oral presentation) which all included ultrasound education and technology. His hands-on demonstration integrating Glass with the SonicEye finger probe using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system thoroughly impressed conference attendees. Benninger has created a physical exam technique with ultrasound providing triple feedback to the physician while providing the human touch to patients with the laying-on-of-hands. Benninger explained the OMM/NMM training osteopathic students receive gives our students advantages when acquiring physical examination skills and conducting common invasive procedures. He continues to integrate anatomy dissection, physical examination, common invasive procedures, ultrasound innovation and Glass technology to create dynamic skills.

From Western Diabetes Institute:

Kudos on accomplishments

As part of their research collaboration with the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University, Drs. Airani Sathananthan and Nishita Patel, of Western Diabetes Institute and COMP, are co-authors on a poster to be presented at the national American Diabetes Association Meeting in San Francisco June 13-17 in San Francisco. Cesar Ochoa served as research coordinator for the WesternU site. INSPIRE Diabetes (Intensive Insulin Regimen as a Primary Treatment of New Onset Type 2 Diabetes) by Jay H. Shubrook, Airani Sathananthan, M. Nakazawa, Nishita Patel, R. Mehta, F. Schwartz.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Physician Assistant among best health care jobs

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Allied Health Professions recently sent 93 Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies graduates into the world, and their future looks bright.

CNN Money and U.S. News released their Best Healthcare Jobs for 2014, and ranked PAs as the eighth-highest health care profession out of 38 professions reviewed. The same group, in their 100 Best Jobs list, ranked the PA Profession as the 13th-best profession in terms of employment opportunity, salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security for 2014.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Keith Penera, DPM, Mathew Wedel, PhD, David Shofler, DPM, and Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, of CPM, along with their colleague Karim Manji of Richmond Square Medical Center in Calgary, published a paper in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, “”Ankle syndesmotic fixation using two screws: risk of injury to the perforating branch of the peroneal artery.”” The advance online version of the paper can be accessed here:

From University Advancement:

Alumni networking mixer

About 35 alumni from several WesternU colleges attended an alumni networking mixer at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Irvine. Dr. and Mrs. Richard Bond, Board Chair attended the event and celebrated his birthday with this spirited group of alumni. Many of the alumni rekindled their relationships while others met new friends from across colleges representing classes from 1998 through 2014. The next networking mixer will be held the third week of August.

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