WesternU’s East West Scholarship Dinner to honor longtime pharmacy educator

Western University of Health Sciences will honor College of Pharmacy Professor Sam Shimomura, PharmD, at its annual East West Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 West Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, California 91776.

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 education, optometry, podiatric medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. Applicants from all ethnic backgrounds are selected based on academic excellence, community service and financial need.

To date, more than 300 WesternU students have received awards totaling more than $425,000.

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2018 Photo Competition

University Student Affairs and Public Affairs are happy to announce the start of the 2018 Photo Competition. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff.

We have many artistic and creative individuals in our WesternU family, so we cannot wait to see your submissions! The theme of the competition is “WesternU Way,” so an ideal submission should reflect life at WesternU and fit one of these three categories: Action, Community, or On-campus Activities. Finalists will be chosen for public voting on Facebook in April and cash prizes will be awarded.

Submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2018. To read all competition details and rules and to submit your photo(s) please click on this link.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, published a paper in collaboration with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and COMP medical students. Their study focused on the evaluation of the Effect of Methamphetamine on Traumatic Injury Complications and Outcomes. Neeki MM, Dong F, Liang L, Toy J, Carrico N, Jabourian N, Sin A, Hussain F, Brown S, Safdari K, Borger R, Wong D. Evaluation of the Effect of Methamphetamine on Traumatic Injury Complications and Outcomes. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice (In Press).



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM gave an invited talk at Drexel University in Philadelphia, “What air-filled bones tell us about dinosaurs, and vice versa.” Dr. Wedel was invited to Philadelphia to launch a collaborative research project on dinosaur and bird anatomy with colleagues at Drexel, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stockton University.


Clinical trial
Clinical trial available for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes! This involves taking the oral agent liposomal glutathione, a natural antioxidant already present in the human body. $100 will be offered to eligible participants! If you are an individual with Type 2 Diabetes with no history of TB, HIV or liver function abnormalities, and are on no medications/on oral medications only, please contact research coordinator Albert Medina (amedina@westernu.edu, 909-469-8626) or principal investigator Dr. Vishwanath Venketaraman (vvenketaraman@westernu.edu) for further information.

 Click here to view a flier.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Congratulations to Professor B. Benninger, MD, MSc, and his co-authors for completing an update to Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body. The first edition was reprinted in several languages and subsequently the publishers asked for an update. He is also working on a textbook that integrates the anatomy of the clinical arena from day to day physical examination, diagnostic ultrasound, invasive point of care procedures, surgical and radiological dynamic anatomy. This will be the third text he is coauthoring or authoring for 2018.



From the College of Pharmacy:

American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Nashville, March 16-19, 2018
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Emmanuelle Schwartzman, PharmD, was named Rho Chi President-Elect. Rho Chi is pharmacy’s national honors society, established in 1922. Rho Chi has more than 115 chapters, which seek to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership. Dr. Schwartzman has served on the Rho Chi executive board as a regional counselor and she has been the WesternU Gamma Sigma Chapter advisor since 2012. Over the next six years, Dr. Schwartzman will serve two-year terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president. 

The Rho Chi Gamma Sigma Chapter also received two project proposal awards, one for “The art of prescribing hormonal contraceptives” and the other for “Traveling prepared – implementation of travel medications and vaccinations.”

At the APhA-ASP Awards Ceremony, Kevin Mai (P4) received recognition for service on the National Member Engagement Standing Committee. Only five students from across the nation are chosen to serve on this committee and he served with distinction.

Tricia Tahara-Stoller represented WesternU in the Pharmacists’ Got Talent event at the APhA-ASP Awards Ceremony. She was selected as the closing act and she brought the house down with her rendition of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

Dr. Anandi Law led a roundtable presentation on “Preparing for a job interview” at APhA-APRS Professional Networking Lunch. She also attended the Editorial Advisory Board meeting for Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy and served as a poster judge for ESAS Contributed Research Poster session​​.

Drs. Sun Lee (Fellow), Micah Hata, and Anandi ​Law presented the following poster: Sun Lee, Micah Hata, Anandi V. Law. “Examining the impact of Appointment-Based Model and Education on Prescription Label Comprehension and Pillbox Fill.”

Drs. Nancy Dao (PGY-1 Resident), Sun Lee (Fellow), Micah Hata, and student pharmacist Vincent Pham (Pharm.D. Candidate 2018) presented the following poster: Dao N, Lee S, Hata M, Sarino L, Pham V. “Impact of Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization on Proportion of Days Covered for Chronic Medications.”

Drs. Nancy Dao (PGY-1 Resident), Sun Lee (Fellow), and Micah Hata presented the following poster: Dao N, Lee S, Hata M, Law A. “Pharmacist Views and Perception on Credentialing.”

Drs. Kayla Uh (PGY-1 Resident), Emmanuelle Schwartzman, and Anandi Law presented “Awareness of Adherence Indicator in Improving Medication Adherence.”


Kudos on recent publications
Dr. Le published an article examining the quality of life of patients with post traumatic stress disorder in association with treatment decision, treatment selection, and receipt of preferred therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-1833-4.

Dr. James Scott, Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs, was the senior author on a recent paper published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. The paper, “Assessment of the benefits of and barriers to HIV pharmacist credentialing,” was a collaborative effort of authors from Midwestern University Chicago, Xavier University of Louisiana, Eskenazi Health (Indiana) and WesternU. Click here for more information.

Uh K, Schwartzman E. A Review of Diabetes Management 2017. CJHP. 29, 4 (2017)