From University Advancement:

Towne & Gown Golf Classic raises funds, adds seventh scholarship
The seventh edition of Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic raised approximately $26,000, increasing the endowment total for student scholarships to about $160,000.

The money raised will add a seventh scholarship to be awarded next year to deserving students. Six scholarships were awarded from the endowment this year.

Tournament sponsor T.F. Chen, DDS, underwrote all green fees, carts, lunch and dinner for dozens of enthusiastic golfers who participated in the scramble-format tournament on June 12, 2017 at Glendora Country Club.

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COMP CME Conference
On Saturday, June 17, more than 75 COMP alumni from the Classes of 1982-2013 returned to campus to attend COMP’s 10th Annual CME Conference. Alumni earned up to eight AOA Category 1-A CME credits by attending lecturers by Hemesh Patel, DO ’08, and several COMP faculty. During a special conference breakfast, alumni were joined by more than 200 second-year DO students for informal career networking.


From Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD):

SPaRC prepares incoming WesternU students for the challenges ahead
About 35 students are enrolled in Learning Enhancement & Academic Development’s (LEAD) five-week Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC), which runs from June 5 to July 7, 2017.

The participants are all incoming first-year Western University of Health Sciences students in osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant education and optometry. SPaRC is designed to prepare incoming students for the rigors of their chosen program by providing an introduction to applicable courses, skills and competencies in an interprofessional, educational health care setting.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Navreen Pandher, OMS III, whose abstract “Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Student-Run Clinic” was selected for the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Session held June 9-13 in San Diego. Co-authors were Dr. Fanglong Dong (GCBC), Dr. Airani Sathananthan (COMP), and Kay Fangerow.

COMP Global and Community Health Track student Mitchell Zekhtser published a podcast on the “Significance of Completing a Residency Rotation Abroad.” He interviewed Dr. Janis Tupesis, the Graduate Medical Education Liaison for the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute, discussing the significance of completing a residency rotation abroad and tips and tricks for international residency rotations. The podcast provides free tutorials on “the guide to global health” that is broken down to pre-departure, during and post-departure portions, as well finding mentors in global health in any specialty. Here is the link:

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP Anatomy spent 2 1/2 weeks working and establishing a research collaboration with the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) to help identify victims of Guatemala’s 1980s genocide. The Foundation is responsible for finding, recovering and identifying the remains of 160,000 people disappeared by the government. A Steven Spielberg-produced film about the genocide is making its way around theaters in the U.S. The trailer can be viewed here​.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

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CPM Founding Dean Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, chaired an all-star session celebrating the 30th anniversary of the American Diabetes Association’s Foot Care Council. Dr. Harkless, the founding chair of ADA’s council, presided over lectures by Professor Andrew Boulton of the University of Manchester, Professor Dane Wukich, Chair of University of Texas (UT) Southwestern’s Department of Orthopaedics, Professor Benjamin Lipsky, of Oxford University, and Professor David Armstrong of the University of Arizona. The session was organized by Katherine Raspovic, DPM of UT Southwestern.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Compassion fatigue
College of Graduate Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice student Lynette Svingen, MBA/MHA, RN, is one of 11 candidates selected to participate in the first City of Hope Evidence Based Practice Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to bring research and evidence to the patient at the point of care, assist nurses to learn the skills necessary to implement a practice change, work with colleagues to improve care and share knowledge gained with others. Svingen is a clinical research nurse at City of Hope. Her evidence-based practice project will investigate the effect of educational measures on compassion fatigue compared to current practice experienced by clinical research nurses at City of Hope.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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CVM Associate Professor Yiling Hong and her colleagues’ publication, “Rapid generation of sub-type, region-specific neurons and neural networks from human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurospheres,” was selected as Publication Picks in the BD Accuri News in June 2016 ( because of the excellent data her group showed.


From the College of Pharmacy:

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Click here to read about the accomplishments of the Pharmacy Practice and Administration (PPAD) Postdoctoral students, who are having their graduation celebration this week: