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This Week@WesternU, June 5-9, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

June 5, 2017

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU COMP-Northwest graduates 94 physicians
Ninety-four medical students were awarded doctorates in osteopathic medicine on Friday, June 2, joining the ranks of physicians dedicated to improving the future of health care.

These graduates were the third group of osteopathic physicians to graduate from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, which opened in 2011. Since 2015, 299 osteopathic physicians have graduated from WesternU COMP-Northwest.

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


From University Advancement:

WesternU’s 7th Annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic set for June 12
Western University of Health Sciences invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. The annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be played Monday, June 12, 2017 at Glendora Country Club, 2400 Country Club Drive, Glendora, Calif. 91741. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow.

Click here to visit the Towne & Gown website to register for the tournament.


Helicopter Drop
Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop. Whether you’re at the golf course or not, you will be able to be a part of this fun activity.  The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 prize. The pricing to participate is as follows: $10 for one ball, $25 for three balls and $75 for 10 balls. This is another exciting way to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Courtney Schultz at 909-469-8495 or for more information.


Optometry gift
The College of Optometry received a generous $10,000 gift from the MARCO Family Foundation. The Foundation has a long history of supporting optometric education.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Sheryl Chow, PharmD, FCCP, FAHA, FHFSA, BCPS AQ-Cardiology, is featured in a 12-segment web-based video series on heart failure produced by MD Magazine. Click here to view the video series:
This video series can also be found on the Pharmacy Times website:


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Fanglong Dong, associate professor in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, had five papers accepted for publications. His collaborators are from COMP, WDI, level I trauma, and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The topics varied from smoking cessation policies to electronic cigarette burn. The citations are as follows:

Ablah E, Dong F, Konda K. Tobacco-Free Policies at Worksites in Kansas.  BMC Public Health (In Press)

Darmani NA, Chebolu S, Zhong W, Kim WD, Narlesky M, Adams J, Dong F. The anti-asthmatic drug pranlukast suppresses the delayed-phase vomiting and reverses intracellular indices of emesis evoked by cisplatin in the least shrew (Cryptotis parva). Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 May 10. pii: S0014-2999(17)30310-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2017.05.014. 

Toy J, Dong F, Lee C, Zappa D, Le T, Archambeau B, Culhane JT, Neeki MM. Alarming increase in electronic nicotine delivery systems-related burn injuries: a serious unregulated public health issue. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine (In Press).

Stroh G, Dong F, Ward J, Haan J. The impact of methamphetamine use on trauma patients at a level 1 trauma center: a 10-year retrospective review.  The American Surgeon (In Press).

Pumerantz AS, Bissett SM, Dong F, Ochoa C, Wassall RR, Davila H, Barbee M, Nguyen J, Vila P, Preshaw PM. Standardized Screening for Periodontitis as an Integral Part of Multidisciplinary Management of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: An Observational Cross-Sectional Study of Cohorts in the US and UK. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care (In Press).

Dr. Dong also had 11 poster presentations at ARMC Research Day on May 19, 2017.

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