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This Week@WesternU, March 20-24, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

March 20, 2017

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East West Scholarship Dinner

The East West Scholarship Dinner raises money to provide scholarships each year to WesternU students in graduate nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, podiatric medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. Applicants from all ethnic backgrounds are selected based on academic excellence, community service and financial need.

The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Hilton San Gabriel, 225 West Valley Blvd. San Gabriel, Calif. 91776.

Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner web page.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU’s future osteopathic physicians celebrate Match Day
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students celebrated a milestone in their careers – learning where they were accepted for post-graduate residencies.

COMP held Match Day celebrations on its Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon campuses March 17, 2017. When the clock struck 9 a.m., students in COMP’s Class of 2017 opened envelopes containing their residency locations, and the lecture hall rang out with shouts of joy as they hugged family members and classmates.

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

Click here to read more about Match Day in Lebanon.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy has accepted an invitation as a keynote speaker at multiple medical schools and hospitals in five cities in China including Beijing, Changchun, Xiamen, Fuzhou, and Guangzhou April 8-14, 2017. He will present and demonstrate how interactive technologies can be integrated into medical education as both content and assessment. Following his lectures, he will also conduct a hands-on symposium. He will discuss concepts and provide techniques regarding implementation into a basic science curriculum while addressing thought processes and skills required in a vertical curriculum for training future physicians. He is including global illumination, 3D imaging, radiomics, triple-feedback and andragogical teaching techniques. Besides medical educators and teaching hospital clinicians he will be interacting with experts from Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology and the Chinese Academy of Science.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Ohio State University president headlines annual College of Podiatric Medicine Dean’s Lecture
Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will serve as keynote speaker for the annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Western University of Health Sciences’ Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second Street, Pomona, California 91766. Click here to view a flier.

Drake is the 15th president of The Ohio State University. His vision for the university’s future focuses on access, affordability and excellence, with an emphasis on groundbreaking research and modern and effective teaching. Other focus areas include deepening the university’s community engagement and advancing inclusive excellence and diversity.

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Kudos on accomplishments
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference was held in Las Vegas, Feb. 27 to March 1, 2017. WesternU CPM had 44 alumni and students attend. A total of 18 posters were presented by WesternU CPM students, alumni and faculty. Three CPM alumni were recognized for their presentations. Eric Fan Shi, DPM ’15, won first place in the scientific format poster competition for “Outcomes of Wound Healing and Limb Loss After Transmetatarsal Amputation in the Presence of Peripheral Vascular Disease.” Brett Waverly, DPM ’13, won first place for “Does Second Metatarsal Length Correlate with Plantar Pressure Measurements Beneath the Second Metatarsophalangeal Joint During Walking?” and Craig Udall, DPM ’13, won third place for “Diabetes is Not Significantly Associated with an Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism After Foot or Ankle Surgery:  A Retrospective Review of 5,216 Patients” in the oral abstract presentations.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Spring Symposium
The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring a Spring Symposium, “Translational Research: Success Stories,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8, 2017 in the Health Professions Center, Amphitheater II. Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius authored a recent publication from a study funded through an American Heart Association and Canadian Institute of Health Research grant. The study involved colleagues from US and Canada from several institutions: ICES, McGill, UBC, Stanford/Palo Alto VA, Colorado VA.

Jackevicius CA, Tsakok M, Essebag V, Atzema C, Eisenberg MJ, Tu JV, Lu L, Rahme E, Humphries KH, Ho PM, Turakhia M, Behlouli H, Zhou L, Pilote L. Early nonpersistence with dabigatran and rivaroxaban in patients with atrial fibrillation. Heart 2017;1:1-8. Dr. Lu was a past fellow of Dr. Jackevicius and is currently faculty at California Northstate University.

Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman as faculty adviser to the Gamma Sigma chapter of Rho Chi Society at WesternU for a project proposal award “Health Fair Follow-up Clinic.” This is the third straight year that the chapter has won this award. The award includes $500 and an engraved plaque that will be presented during the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting March 26, 2017 in San Francisco. Student Pharmacist Alan Nguyen is current President of the Chapter.


Ray Symposium
The College of Pharmacy will hold the 2017 Ray Symposium at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Keynote speaker Dana Goldman, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, will talk about “Re-Thinking Value in an Era of Health Reform.” Click here for more information and to register.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine invites community to Open House
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 12th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 on WesternU’s Pomona campus, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event is organized and run by WesternU’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The theme is “Animals Around the World.” Activities will include pet care tips, live animal learning exhibits, a microchip clinic, information on how to become a veterinarian, and food, drinks and ice cream from local vendors. The Aquarium of the Pacific, Reptile House, Bunny World Foundation and others will have interactive exhibits.

Last year, more than 2,000 local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts attended and earned scouting badges while learning about animals and the veterinary profession. Scouts will again be able to earn merit badges, and CVM will offer its own fun badges for purchase on site.

For more information, call Stephanie Butler at 909-706-3768 or email

Click here to visit the CVM Open House web page:

Click here to view a flier.


From University Advancement:

Sudden Snack
On Wednesday, March 15, the Alumni Association sponsored a Sudden Snack event at the COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Ore. Members of the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 enjoyed ice cream sandwiches during a break from their studies.


Nursing Dinner
On Saturday, March 18, the Alumni Association hosted at dinner at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport during the California Association for Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. More than 30 alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests attended the event.

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