Austin Lecture

Western University of Health Sciences is proud to announce the third Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Policy, featuring keynote speaker Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Dr. Walker’s topic will be “Building a Comprehensive Child Vision Care System.” The Austin Lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or 909-469-8447 to attend the lecture and the reception that follows. Click here to read the full story.

Health Fair

More than 250 students and faculty from WesternU volunteered their time and provided free health screenings and information during the fourth annual Community Health Fair Saturday, March 3, 2012.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

WesternU alumnus and faculty member David Connett, DO ’84, was selected 2012 Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC) during OPSC’s 51st Annual Convention in San Diego February 11, 2012. Click here to read the full story.

Dat Trinh, DO, presented a poster on “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Medical Students” at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine national conference that took place in Long Beach, Calif. Feb. 2-4. His presentation generated great interest and awareness of this disorder from the medical school level into residency.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, and Professor/Associate Dean of Research Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, for their research on “Comparison of Fallers and Nonfallers at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility: A Retrospective Review,” which was published in the January/February 2012 Volume 37, Issue 1 of Rehabilitation Nursing. In conducting this study, Drs. Hudson-McKinney and Redman-Bentley collaborated with two other physical therapists and the Director of the Research Institute at Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center in Pomona.

From the College of Pharmacy:

IAPAC Guidelines

The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) recently announced the publication of a new set of evidence-based guidelines meant to optimize entry into and retention in HIV care and adherence to HIV treatment. The “Guidelines for Improving Entry into and Retention in Care and Antiretroviral Adherence for Persons with HIV” were developed by an expert IAPAC Panel and e-published March 5, 2012 by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs James Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, co-authored the guidelines as part of the distinguished IAPAC Panel.

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CSHP Chapter of Distinction

Congratulations to the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) WesternU chapter for winning the Chapter of Distinction Award 2011. Thanks to Dr. Mark Nguyen and Dr. Patrick Chan for serving as chapter advisers. Thanks also to all the members that attended our events and assisted us with all of our community projects, such as cancer awareness outreach, poison prevention education and professional outreach. We will continue to make our chapter great!

Executive Board 2011: President: Felicia Molina; President-Elect: Eva Chung-Levbarg; EVPs: Michael Trillanes & Hazel Hang Tran; IVPs: Karen Lai & May Chaivasin; PR: Castor Phan; Secretary: Wey Ling Phuah; Legislative chair: Quan Ngo; Director of Financial Treasury: Dennis Ancheta; Director of Community Service: Michelle Poon; Director of Community Outreach: Lusineh Keshishian.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius recently published the following article: Ross JS, Jackevicius CA, Krumholz HM, Ridgeway JL, Montori VM, Alexander GC, Zerzan JT, Fan J, Shah ND. State Medicaid programs did not make use of prior authorization to promote safer prescribing after rosiglitazone warnings. Health Affairs 2012;31:188-98.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Disaster preparedness

The California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC) and WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine hosted animal in disaster experts Dick Green and Dr. Rhonda Windham from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during a sold-out CAVMRC Disaster Response & Preparedness Training 2012 on the Pomona campus Sunday, March 11, 2012. Both speakers are seasoned professionals in the area of disaster preparedness and response and they travel the country teaching veterinary professionals about various subjects pertaining to their role in a deployment.

Training covered topics such as: disaster response infrastructure and the role of the CAVMRC in it; personal preparedness – what a veterinarian professional should bring to a deployment; shelter management and triage for patients in the emergency shelter setting. Click here for more information.

From University Advancement:

Kudos on accomplishments

The 2011 edition of Humanism in the Health Sciences, an annual student- and staff-written publication of the WesternU Public Affairs Department/Graphics & Branding, has received a CASE VII Gold Award.

The award was announced Thursday, March 8, by the CASE Awards of Excellence Committee. Humanism earned a Gold Award in the category Communications & Marketing Programs – Internal Audience Periodicals. Content for the magazine is budgeted and written by students and faculty advisers, and edited and designed by University Public Affairs and its Graphics and Branding unit. The 2011 editors were Andrew Lin, DO ’14; Audrey Ekhaguere, MSMS ’11 (now a DO student); Ilham Hassan, PharmD ’14; Kristin Lee, DPT ’13; Huyenlan Nguyen, DO ’13 (editor-in-chief); and Chirag Gandhi, DO ’13. The faculty advisor was Dr. Jim Scott, College of Pharmacy. Debra Nelson of Graphics and Branding was the designer.

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The Advancement team is pleased to report a $215,000 gift from Banfield, the Pet Hospital to support the College of Veterinary Medicine. This annual support provides much needed funds to help support operation of the Banfield clinic on campus along with general support to the College. The College and University are grateful for the continued friendship and support of Banfield, the Pet Hospital.

The office of Alumni Relations, along with University Advancement was pleased to work with Dean Nelson and the College of Veterinary Medicine in hosting an alumni reception at the Western Veterinary Convention in Las Vegas. More than 50 CVM alumni, along with current students, faculty and other friends and guests, enjoyed the hospitality of the Dean and each other’s company high above the desert in The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. Each year our alumni receptions continue to grow, and we truly enjoy hearing of the success of our alumni as veterinary professionals.

Senior service providers visit WesternU

Community Senior Services (CSS) held its bimonthly Senior Services Alliance networking meeting at WesternU March 6, 2012. The meeting allowed senior service providers to share information and learn more about WesternU.

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From Toastmasters:

Open House

Toast of the Towne Toastmasters Club will be having an open house at 6:30 p.m. March 27, 2012 on the fourth floor of the Pumerantz Library. Come and observe how Toastmasters International can help you overcome the fear of speaking in public. Refreshments will be served. Enjoy a fun and entertaining learning experience. RSVP to Louise Clark at 909-469-5588 or