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This Week@WesternU March 16-20, 2015

by Rodney Tanaka

March 16, 2015

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WesternU to hold annual Ray Symposium April 30

The Ninth Annual Ray Symposium at Western University of Health Sciences will focus on the importance of numbers in health care. The symposium will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766..

The topic, presented by keynote speaker Ellen Peters, PhD, will be “”Numeracy and Health: A Tyranny of Numbers.””

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14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference set for April 18

At the 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences, parents and adults with autism, health professionals, therapists and teachers will come together with the common goal of “”Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together.””

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at WesternU, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of “”Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention.”” Her topic will be “”Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems, and What We Can Do About It.””

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WesternU’s Austin Lecture focuses on ‘The Vulnerable Child’

The Fourth Annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature a groundbreaking leader in developing critically needed medical, legal and social services to families affected by violence.

The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

“”The Vulnerable Child: A Challenge to Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care”” will be presented by keynote speaker Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Project at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

‘PIE a PT’ fundraiser

The DPT Class of 2017 is seeking support through its “”Pie a PT”” fundraiser, which is an opportunity to throw whipped cream pies at PT faculty and staff. Pies will be on sale for $2 apiece, or $5 for three pies. Boba drinks also will be available for $3 each, or two for $5. “”Pie a PT”” will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in front of the Health Education Center. For more information, contact Tiffany Witherspoon at or Chelsea Ngo, DPT 2017 Class President, at

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Two COMP-Northwest students will be attending the annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health in Boston at the end of the month. This is a premier global health conference among universities in the United States. First-year medical students Elise Klesick and Kyle Blair are part of the inaugural global health track. They will be attending the conference with COMP-Northwest professor Cosimo Storniolo, MD. More information on the conference can be

found here.

Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track – Culinary Medicine Curriculum

The Culinary Medicine Curriculum, led by Dr. Louise Muscato, assistant dean for community engagement, COMP-Northwest, was taught to Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track students from January to March 2015. Students designed nutritional recipes, prepared meals, and explained how their creations could benefit the overall health of their patients.

The multi-institutional curriculum was offered in collaboration with Tulane Goldring Institute, COMP and COMP-Northwest, Linn Benton Community College Culinary Arts, Samaritan Center Food Services, and Loma Linda University Culinary Teaching Kitchen. It was developed to teach medical students evidence and application of nutrition science, and preparation to prevent and reverse chronic disease.

Open World Exchange

Dr. Louise Muscato, assistant dean for community engagement, COMP-Northwest, presented an overview of COMP’s medical school curriculum to visiting doctors from Uzhgorod, Ukraine. As part of the “”Open World”” exchange program sponsored by Congress, COMP-Northwest faculty and students Solomiya Teterichko, Vitaliy Natkha and Ginger Cupit gave the Ukrainian delegation a tour of COMP-Northwest’s Lebanon, Oregon campus, which included demonstrations in the Basic Medical Sciences, Family Medicine, Neurology, Clinical Rotations, Medical Humanities, Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track, Anatomy, OMM and Standardized Patient Labs.

COMP Seminar Series

COMP will hold its monthly seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 in Compatriots Hall, Health Sciences Center. Kenneth E. Bernstein, MD, Director of Experimental Pathology and a research scientist in biomedical sciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will present “”How ACE affects blood pressure, heart disease and the immune response.”” The COMP Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, runs once a month from September to May. Lunch will be provided with RSVP by noon Wednesday, March 18 to

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Two distinguished lecturers visit the Pomona campus

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) President John Kowalczyk, DO, delivered a lecture March 10, 2015 titled “”The Affordable Care Act and Covered California: Where is California Now?”” Following the lecture, Dr. Kowalczyk made himself available to all attendees for additional Q & A.

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Hans Diehl, DrHSDc, MPH, FACN, delivered a lecture March 12, 2015 titled “”Chronic Disease: The Cause and the Cure”” during the Nutrition in Medicine speaker series. Dr. Robyn Dreibelbis, DO ’95, was on hand from the COMP-Northwest campus to host Dr. Diehl and lead the event.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, executive director of the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC) at COMP-Northwest, delivered a keynote presentation March 12 on “”Teaching Physical Exam Skills in the 21st Century: Will Bedside Ultrasound Replace the Stethoscope?”” as part of the St. Charles Health System’s annual Keith W. Harless Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

CDM received top billing in the latest edition of the ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education for its community-based dental education curriculum.

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From University Advancement:

Alumni news

On March 10, the PharmD Class of 2015 was back on campus together, and the WesternU Alumni Association hosted lunch for them in the Health Professions Center. Nearly the entire class attended the event and enjoyed pizza and cookies while catching up after a few months apart.

On March 13, the WesternU Alumni Association hosted a reception in Las Vegas during the ACOFP Convention. About 60 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered in The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Vesper Bar for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar.

This Saturday, March 21, the Alumni Association will host a dinner in Newport Beach during the CANP Conference. More than 40 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend. For details or to RSVP, please go to

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