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This Week@WesternU March 14

by Rodney Tanaka

March 14, 2011

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Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship

The 2nd Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature pediatric and autismspecialist Dr. Robert W. Sears. The public is invited to attend this free event on campus beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Sears will be speaking on "Autism: Early Detection, Effective Multidisciplinary Treatment, and Possible Preventative Measures."

A reception will follow the lecture. RSVP by March 29 to Olive Stephens at or (909) 469-5211.

Click here to read more or click here to download an invitation.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, March 21, is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless ofyour skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Monday, March 14, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternUstudents.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476,;

or AlessaGalvan, 909-469-5436,;

or visit

WesternU Day at the Races

The WesternU Alumni Association invites all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their guests to a Day at the Races on Saturday, April 2, at Santa Anita Park. For just $20 per person (less for kids), you’ll get valet parking, racetrack and clubhouse admission, a trackside lunch buffet, and a racing program. The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, March 21. For more information or to register, please go to

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishment:

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Wang for receiving the Chinese American Faculty Association of Southern California ( 2011 Service Award. He was recognized on February 26, 2011, during the association’s 40th annual convention. Over the past seven years, Dr. Wang has served as secretary, vice president and president of the association, and continues to serve as a board member.

Dr. David Min recently published an article: Shah T, Tellez-Corrales E, Yang Jw, Qazi Y, Wang J, Wilson J, Hutchinson I, Min DI, “The pharmacokinetics of enteric coated mycophenolate sodium and its gastrointestinal side effects in de novo renal transplant recipients of Hispanic ethnicity,” in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2011;33:45-9.

Dr. Tellez-Corrales is a current Fellow and Dr. Yang is a past Fellow working under the preceptorship of Dr. Min.

Dr. Karl Hess recently published an article: Haines SL, DeHart RM, Flynn AA, Hess KM, Marciniak MW, Mount J, Phillips BB, Sassen JJ, Zatzkin SW, “Academic Pharmacy and Patient-Centered Health Care: A Model to Prepare the Next Generation of Pharmacists,” JAPhA 2011; 51: 194-202

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences Education

You are invited to an evening with Dr. Gary Selnow, director of WiRED International, ( on Monday, April 4, 2011. Learn about bringing vital medical information to remote regions of the world by linking grassroots communities to essential health information, discuss the application of distance learning technology in U.S. inner cities and forgotten rural communities, discover opportunities to contribute to education materials that target specific needs in all regions, and share ideas with the global health community at WesternU.

A buffett dinner will be held in the Health Science Center’s Compatriots Hall at 5 p.m., followed by Dr. Selnow’s presentation and discussion in Lecture Hall East from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP to or (909) 4695397 by March 21.

Department of Physician Assistant Education

The PA Program has completed interviews for the upcoming academic year. We received more than 1,500 applications (up 4 percent from last year); of those, 1,083 submitted supplemental applications. Approximately 430 were invited for interviews. We now wait to fill the class!

The PA Class of 2012 has been reaching out to the community by providing medical education.Topics include sexually transmitted infections, stress and the teenage population, diabetes, obesity, depression, weight loss, and hand washing. The presentations were made at local elementary and high schools, local colleges and universities, and local community organizations.

The presentations were provided in conjunction with the Department of PhysicianAssistant’s Health Promotion Disease Prevention course. The PA students were able to apply their classroom knowledge to an appropriate population.

Department of Physical Therapy Education

DPT students are sponsoring the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 26, at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga, to raise money for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Each year for the past 22 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $1.8 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants, and more than 80 schools across the country have pledged to participate in thisyear’s Challenge. Registration is $15. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at 7484 Vineyard Ave. While same-day registration is available starting at 8 a.m., please register early by contacting Tiffany Witherspoon at, 909-469-5545. More information: Natalie Forsberg, DPT ’12,

From COMP-Northwest

Dr. Clinton E. Adams, Vice President for Clinical Affairs, and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, hosted Dr. Philip Pumerantz, President; the WesternU Board of Trustees; Dr. Ben Cohen, Provost/Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Thomas Fox, Senior Vice President; and Mr. Kevin Shaw, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, at the new COMP-Northwest location in Lebanon, Oregon, March 10-12, 2011. In addition to holding its regular quarterly meeting, the WesternU Board of Trustees had an opportunity to visit the new COMP-Northwest facility and tour the surrounding area. COMP-Northwest will open in July 2011 with 100 first-year medical students. This is the culmination of the NorthwestTrack Program, which enrolled 30 students for the first two years in Pomona, then returned the students to the Northwest for their third and fourth year rotations.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishment

Dr. Michael Seffinger, Chair of NMM/OMM, COMP, will be officially sworn in as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy on Saturday, March 19, during the 2011 AAO Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click here to read more.

Dr. Cyrus Parsa, Chair of Pathology, COMP, recently co-authored an article for the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications Journal, “Identifying cell and molecular stress after radiation in a three-dimensional (3-D) model of oral mucositis,” December 2010, Volume Number 135.

Dr. Michael Finley, Associate Dean of Medical Education, COMP, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).

Joseph C. Gambone, DO, MPH, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at COMP, recently completed a course at the Harvard Business School with Professor Michael Porter, author of “Redefining Health Care.” Dr. Gambone is part of a faculty team from UCLA that will be teaching Value-Based Health Care nationally and internationally with the Harvard faculty. Value-Based care relies on outcomes measurement and competition and is an alternative to managed care and rationing for controlling the high cost of health services in the U.S. and worldwide. Dr. Gambone is an Emeritus Professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an Adjunct Professor of Health Care Management at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He also teaches clinical obstetrics and gynecology at COMP.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific/College of Podiatric Medicine

Matt Wedel, COMP and CPM, published a web feature for the Australian science magazine Cosmos, "We are all air-heads: Of sinus headaches and strangled birds." The article is freely available here:

From the Pumerantz Library

“Opening Doors” Exhibit

This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine showcases the contributions of African-Americans in medicine. The exhibit is in the main lobby of the library and is open to the public. The closing date is March 26, 2011.

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