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This Week@WesternU, March 25-29, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

March 26, 2019

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Achieving Aspirations

The March 2019 Strategic Progress Report for the WesternU Strategic Plan “Achieving Aspirations” is now available online. Click here to view the report:



Interprofessional collaboration

An interprofessional WesternU research collaboration was published in Optometry and Vision Science, the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry. “Differences in Oculomotor Function between Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Typical Development” was co-authored by Assistant Professor Kimberly Walker, OD, FCOVD, and Director of Community Outreach Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD, from the College of Optometry and Emerita Professor of Physical Therapy Education Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, and Associate Professor Dayle C. Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT, from the College of Health Sciences.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Bako Medical Education Foundation grows endowment to over $120,000 for WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine students
Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) received a gift of $100,000 from the Bako Medical Education Foundation (BMEF) to increase an existing endowment. A previous gift of $20,000 funds a $1,000 annual scholarship and the new gift will raise that number substantially. The latest multi-year grant is subject to certain conditions.

“We appreciate this remarkable support from Bako,” said CPM Associate Dean V. Kathleen Satterfield, DPM. “Student loan debt is a significant challenge to podiatric medical students and this money will directly benefit many of them, helping them to pursue their dreams of becoming podiatric physicians and surgeons.”

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

AAO Convocation
COMP was well represented at the annual American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Convocation March 13-17, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. COMP NMM/OMM Chair Rebecca Giusti, DO ’03, served as the Program Chair. The theme was “Leading, Expanding, Cutting: the Edges of Osteopathic Medicine” and focused on the research of osteopathic medicine not only in the U.S. but internationally as well. The conference included presentations by the following faculty who are also alumni:

Dr. Brian Loveless, “In-Patient OMT” lecture and lab and the final talk “The State of the Osteopathic Profession: Where We Are Now and How Do We Expand Into the Future.”

Dr. Jesus Sanchez, “Innovations in education: How Our Students Are Learning” presentation, “TMJ Techniques for the Office” lab, and “Waking Up the Hands” student lab.

Dr. Mary Ann Magoun, “Advances in Autism Through an Osteopathic Lens” lab.

Dr. Janice Blumer participated in the poster judging.  The NMM/OMM Fellows did an excellent job supporting the presenters by table training for the labs.

Other WesternU alumni also presented: Dr. Mitchell Hiserote, “Intention In Our Work” lab; Dr. Alexandra Myers, “Limitless OMT” lecture and lab; Dr. Kimberly Wolf, “Osteopathic Approach to Pediatric GI Complaints” student lab. She is also head judge for the Poster Competition.

NMM/OMM Fellows Eric Cam, David Briganti, Vince Lee and Jon Briganti, COMP Associate Professor Jesus Sanchez, DO ’04, and Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Senior Assessment Analyst Neil Patel, PhD, co-authored a poster, “Virtual Technologies as a Teaching Aid to Learning Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine,” that won second place in the Public Health and Education category.


COMP welcomes special guest
The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific is excited to welcome Dr. Robert S. Balaban on campus from April 1-2. Dr. Balaban is the Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees the NHLBI’s laboratory and clinical research in heart, vascular, lung, blood, and kidney dis-eases. He also serves as the chief of the NHLBI Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics. His prolific research output includes the publication of 300 peer reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Balaban and his postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Dillon Chung, are visiting WesternU to learn from Dr. Darmani, Chair of Basic Medical Sciences, about the least shrew as an animal model. As part of his visit, Dr. Balaban will be giving a research seminar that is part of COMP’s monthly seminar series.


Kudos on accomplishments 
Dr. Brion Benninger was invited to design, lecture and demonstrate one of his mixed simulation medical skills CME courses on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 for Emergency Physicians and Surgeons at the Surgical Center of Southern Oregon. Click here to read more.

Second-year COMP-Northwest student Shannan Roddy is a Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program Student who has worked on neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) research in Dr. Glen Kisby’s lab with Post-Doc Anna Chlebowski since 2017. On March 9, Roddy won first place at the 2019 Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) Conference in Orlando for her original research poster titled “The Neurodevelopmental Toxin, Methylazoxymethanol (MAM), Induces DNA Methylation Changes in Differentiated Human iPSC-derived Neuroprogenitor Cells (hNPCs).” Roddy and her research partners, OMS II Alina Mitina and OMS II Kristina Mai Nagai also won a research award for their platform presentation at the 2018 OPSO Annual Primary Care Conference and won third place for their platform presentation at the 2018 COMP-Northwest Student Research Symposium.



From WesternU Health:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU Health – Pomona nurse practitioner Gerrald Angeles, CNN-NP, was the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission’s (NNCC) highest scorer for the Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam in 2018 and was recognized for this accomplishment by the NNCC. He works with Dr. Edward Barnes in WesternU Health’s Specialty Center.



From the College of Pharmacy:

The latest issue of RxBound is now available. Click here to view:



From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman was the keynote speaker at the Summit Meeting on Children’s Vision and Learning 2019, held at the University of Washington, Bothell Campus, on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Dr. Remick-Waltman’s topic was “Eyes On Track,” which is the title of her newly published book, Eyes On Track; Ages 4 – Adult, about vision skills needed in the classroom for academic success. The audience was school nurses, educators, legislators, and optometrists from the Seattle area. Dr. Remick-Waltman is the Director of Community Outreach for the College of Optometry, and is a founding CO faculty member.



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Elizabeth Andrews published a paper in the Journal of Dental Education with WesternU co-authors Dr. David Dickter (IPE), Dr. Gary Pape (Dental Medicine), and Vice Provost Dr. Sheree Aston, titled “Comparison of Dental Students’ Perceived Value of Faculty vs. Peer Feedback on Non-Technical Clinical Competency Assessments.”



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, CNS, FNP-BC, FAANP, CGN Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice and ENP Post Graduate Certificate, presented “Creating Advocacy Engagement Through Social Media ” and “CANP Student Nurse Practitioner Leadership Workshop: Understanding Board Regulation, Implications and Issues for Practice, and Professional Roles in Health Care Delivery” at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) 42nd Annual Education Conference held March 14-17, 2019.

Dr. Emanuele and CGN DNP student Karen French, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, had their article accepted for publication in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners on “Osteoporosis: Increasing screening and treatment for postmenopausal women.”

CGN DNP student Laura Conley-Prince, MSN, RN, PsychNP, and CGN Assistant Dean Ivy Tuason, PhD, RN, FNP-BC participated as panelists at the CANP Greater Pasadena Chapter 9th Annual Panel Discussion and Lecture series addressing “Nursing Innovation in Health Care: Policy, Practice and Education at the Forefront of Dynamic Change” on February 28, 2019.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Dr. Professor Babak Faramarzi and his team recently published a manuscript in Journal of Veterinary Research. Co-authors are Dr. Dongbin Lee (Dr. Faramarzi’s former Post-Doctoral Fellow) and Dr. Kevin May, a veterinary practitioner. The study was supported by an extramural grant from American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Foundation: Lee, D., May, K. and Faramarzi, B (2019) Acupuncture treatment in horses with chronic laminitis: comparing the first and second treatments. Journal of Veterinary Research, 20 (1): 9-12.

From the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Facebook page: “In 1999, while serving as the head of the Department of Pathology at the Bronx Zoo, Dr. Tracey McNamara was credited with the discovery of West Nile virus in its initial major U.S. outbreak. It is important to remember these accomplishments by women in veterinary medicine during Women’s History Month and beyond.” Dr. McNamara, now a College of Veterinary Medicine professor, is also featured in AVMA’s International Women’s Day press release on notable female veterinarians.


2019 CVM Student Research Day draws record attendance
The 2019 CVM Research Day drew record attendance thanks to a well-crafted program that resulted from the collaborative efforts of CVM Associate Dean for Research Dominique Griffon and CVM curriculum leaders. Special acknowledgements are due to Dr. Gagandeep Kaur and Dr. Kris Irizarry for their willingness to adjust course schedules and integrate this event into their course to encourage student attendance. These strategies drew a record-breaking crowd of over 227 people—which included the majority of first- and second-year students—to the podium and poster presentations throughout the day.

Adding to this event was the honored keynote speaker, Dr. Guy H. Palmer, Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, who presented on “Veterinary Medicine as a Driver to Achieve the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.” 

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