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This Week@WesternU, March 28-April 1, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

March 28, 2016

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Message from Dean Lawrence Harkless
Congratulations to the DPM Class of 2016 for a 100 percent residency match. We had a 92 percent initial match with 36 of the 39 students matching, and a 100 percent match in the first round of the scramble match.

We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that got our students to this point!


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
Tina Escobedo, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, gave two podium presentations at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners: “Breaking Down Arthritis” and “Paying Forward: What Every NP Preceptor Needs to Know.”

Congratulations to 2015 CGN alumna Bonnie Denholm, DNP, RN, CNOR  on her recent publication: Denholm, B.G. (2016). Using informatics to improve the care of patients susceptible to malignant hyperthermia. AORN Journal, 103(4), 365-376.  Doi:

Professor Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, has published the following: Hicks, R. W., Green, R., & Van Wicklin, S. A. (epub).  Dental avulsions: Review and recommendations. The Nurse Practitioner, DOI: 0.1097/01.NPR.0000471364.87239.8d


From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
Assistant Dean of Learning and Associate Professor Ida Chung, OD, MSHE, FCOVD, FAAO, was elected to the California Optometric Association Board of Trustees Feb. 27 at COA’s House of Delegates meeting. Click here to read more.


College of Optometry receives Allergan Foundation grant
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry is using a $10,000 grant from the Allergan Foundation to provide care to patients with limited incomes or access to insurance.

The Allergan Foundation has awarded three grants to WesternU’s Eye Care Institute. The latest one allows the Eye Care Institute to perform specialized testing needed for diagnostic purposes, and provide limited funding for treatment of some eye conditions. Click here to read the full story.


Optometry Then and Now exhibit
The Pumerantz Library and the College of Optometry will hold a collaborative exhibit, “Optometry Then and Now,” from April 6 to June 30 in the library’s lobby. A grand opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 6. Click here to view a flier. Click here to register for the opening reception.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Open House
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at WesternU.

Featuring shelter pet adoptions, student club booths with tips on pet care, games and giveaways. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn merit badges and fun patches. Click here for more information.


CVM Student Research Day
Congratulations to the students who presented at CVM Student Research Day March 21, 2016. Click here for a list of students and their mentors:


Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU CVM was a new sponsoring partner with the Animal Care Conference held recently in Long Beach. Trainers and behaviorists, field service personnel, shelter management, veterinarians and technicians all have differing tracks, but use this common venue to focus on shared goals. We had a booth highlighting our University and veterinary programs. Drs. Zarah Hedge and Beth Boynton spearheaded the initiative and organized the Shelter Medicine Track overseeing continuing education certification for veterinarians and technicians. Drs. Pedro Diniz (Flea and Tick Borne Diseases) and Zarah Hedge (Updates in Non-Surgical Fertility Control, Accessibility to Veterinary Care) were featured speakers. The attendance was good and reviews were quite favorable.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Residency programs
The College of Pharmacy matched all five of its Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Residency Programs. The new residents will begin July 1. Click here for a full list of programs and residents.


Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was invited by the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council to co-author a paper with pharmacist and cardiologist colleagues on this important issue that impacts clinical cardiovascular care. Reed BN, Fox ER, Konig M, Jackevicius CA, Masoudi FA, Rabinstein AA, Page RL. The impact of drug shortages on patients with cardiovascular disease: causes, consequences and a call to action. Am Heart J 2016;175:130-41. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2016.02.004

Dr. Jackevicius was senior author on this study published with colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA. Lead author Dr. Joshua Pevnick is a clinician-scientist who is co-mentored by Dr. Jackevicius through an NIH K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Award.

Pevnick JM, Palmer KA, Shane R, Wu CN, Bell DS, Diaz F, Cook-Wiens G, Jackevicius CA. Potential benefit of electronic medication data to prevent medication history errors and resultant inpatient order errors. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2016; doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv171.


From the Pumerantz Library:

National Library Week
April 11-15 is National Library Week. To celebrate, the library is sponsoring the following programs for students:

Coloring contest – Monday through Wednesday, April 11-13, Library first floor: color in the library and post your work to our board for judging. The winner will receive a gift card.

Guest speaker at noon Wednesday, April 13 in HEC, Classroom E. Join us for a lecture on black women artists healing through art by Valorie Thomas, PhD, of Pomona College. Her talk is titled “Afrofuturists Looking to Heal.” Bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

Team Games Night and DIY Dessert Bar – 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the librarys’ fourth floor conference room. Bring friends and play some games while you decorate and eat cupcakes. Registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.

Fine free Friday – Friday, April 15, all day: Return an overdue book and pay no fines. Old fines and fees cannot be waived.


The Library is also co-sponsoring with CAPE the following workshops for faculty:

Noon Monday, April 11 – DynaMed vs. UpToDate

Noon Tuesday, April 12 – That Elephant App: Your Questions about Evernote Answered

Noon Thursday, April 14 – Evidence Shmevidence! Evidence-Based Medicine Roundtable Discussion

Register with CAPE for these sessions.


For more details read the library’s News and Events blog or contact Rudy Barreras ( or ext. 5476) about general events or Ruth Harris (, ext. 5466) about library CAPE sessions.

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