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This Week@WesternU, June 23-27, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

June 23, 2014

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From University Advancement:

Towne & Gown Golf Classic raises more than $30,000

Western University of Health Sciences’ fourth annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS, who underwrote green fees, lunch and dinner, and several other sponsors.

Nearly 100 golfers participated in the scramble-format tournament on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

WesternU Senior Vice President Thomas Fox said the endowment funded two $1,000 scholarships this year and will fund three scholarships in 2015. The next goal for the endowed scholarship is to top $100,000.

Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Alumni news

The WesternU Alumni Association held two receptions last week, and each attracted about 40 alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests. The first reception was held on June 19 during the California Podiatric Medical Association’s Western Foot and Ankle Conference (“”The Western””) at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The second was held on June 21 during the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Pacific Veterinary Conference (“”PacVet””) at the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco. On Friday, June 27, the Alumni Association will hold another reception during the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

On June 7, Dr. Steven Snyder, Dr. Janet Konecne, and Dr. Bhavana Raja co-authored a peer reviewed poster “”Role of Physical Therapy in the Innovative Interprofessional Diabetes Care Model”” at the All Together for Better Health VII conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. The conference focused on interprofessional health care education and practice with more than 1,000 attendees of local and international representation. The poster is currently on display in the Physical Therapy Department.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Mark Nguyen has been selected as a Fellow of the California Society of Health – System Pharmacists (FCSHP) in recognition of his service and “”ongoing level of involvement and commitment to educating practitioners, residents, students, administrators, and/or the public in the pharmacy practice.””

Dr. Nguyen also co-authored a recent publication in the American Journal of Critical Care: MA Tanios, S Epstein, M Grzeskowiak, HM Nguyen, H Park, J Leo. Influence of sedation strategies on unplanned extubation in a mixed intensive care unit. AJCC. 2014:23(4):306-14.

Click here to view the article.

The current issue of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education features College of Pharmacy faculty in two articles: The first one is a Joint Council Task Force on Mentoring with Anandi Law as the corresponding author and the second one is a description of the WesternU College of Pharmacy formal mentoring program for faculty development. Congratulations to Anandi Law, Cynthia Jackevicius, Karl Hess, Jeff Wang, and former WesternU faculty Jennifer Le and Lama Nazer.

Click here to view the issue.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Pedro Diniz presented two scientific abstracts at the 2nd International Scientific Meeting of Anatomy and Physiology Fundamentals of Medicine Conference, June 13-17, in Croatia. The title of his first presentation was “”Factors Associated With Bartonella Bacteremia in Human Blood Donors.”” Dr. Pedro Paulo Vissotto de Paiva Diniz, Paulo Eduardo Neves Ferreira Velho; Luiza Helena Urso Pitassi; Marina Rovani Drummond; Bruno Grosselli Lania; Maria Lourdes Barjas-Castro; Stanley Sowy (DVM 2014); Edward B. Breitschwerdt; William L. Nicholson; Diana Gerardi Scorpio are authors.

His second presentation was titled “”Vector-Borne Diseases in Free-Roaming Cats.”” Lindsey A. Jett (DVM 2016), Pedro Paulo V. P. Diniz, Susan M. Eddlestone are listed as authors.

Drs. Peggy Barr, Jennifer Buur and Dean Smylie joined in a podium presentation at the Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium. The presentation, “”Parallel Learning in a Problem-Based Learning Curriculum: Using the Same Case for Different Levels of Learners,”” discussed the reason the college decided to use “”concurrent”” cases for Year 1 and Year 2 students, the approach that was taken to implement this change, the challenges encountered along the way, and the methods that are being used for outcomes assessment.

Dr. Spring Halland also presented a poster at the Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium, titled “”Tablet-Based Clinical Skills Exam.”” Dr. Halland will be attending CVMA’s Pacific Veterinary Conference as WesternU’s delegate. At this conference, Dr. Halland will be speaking at the Food Animal Medicine for the Small and Mixed Animal Practitioner section on “”Camelid Basics 101 and What’s New in Camelid Practice.””

Dr. Babak Faramarzi has been invited to moderate the equine sessions at the PacVet Conference in San Francisco June 20-22.

Dr. Elizabeth Schilling traveled to Croatia June 13-16 to present at the Anatomy/Physiology Symposium. Her topics included Equine Dentistry, Practical Sedation and Pain Management for Standing Dental Procedures in the Horse.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP Associate Professor Li Zhong, PhD, received a three-year research grant of $180,000 from Genetics Biotechnology in support of his research on novel tumor markers for cancer detection and targeted therapy on June 16. Dr. Zhong’s research interests focus on developing blood-based detection assay using tumor-associated autoantibodies as biomarkers for cancer early detection. His research achievements in this field have attracted a lot of attention worldwide. Genetics Biotechnology, based in Zhengzhou, China, is a newly established biotech company focusing on cancer diagnosis and biological therapy for cancer.

Dr. Brion Benninger gave two platform presentations at the Osteopathic Cranial Academy’s annual conference June 19-22, 2014 in Indianapolis. His presentations of “”Fascia of the Neck and Thoracic Outlet”” and “”The Dynamic Architecture of the Abdo-Pelvic-Limb Arterial Axis”” included history, current dogma, instructional technologies, controversies, research direction and innovative ultrasound application. He revealed the potential benefits for osteopathic medicine by integrating Google Glass, SonicEye finger probe with the Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system.

Dr. Benninger shared his visions of the Medical Anatomy Center and how it is developing and collaborating with varied health care providers including Osteopathic, Oriental, Acupuncture, Naturopathic, Chiropractic and Allopathic disciplines to create an interprofessional innovative education environment producing a better holistically aware physician. As Professor & Executive Director of the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), Western University of Health Sciences he complimented the Cranial Academy members for their commitment to understanding and challenging anatomy.

Surgical-site infections

COMP alumnus Scott Ellner, DO ’99, Vice Chairman of Surgery and the Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is featured in a Surgical Products Q&A on surgical-site infections. Click here to read the story.

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