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This Week@WesternU, March 5-9, 2018

by Rodney Tanaka

March 6, 2018

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WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz leaves unique and ongoing legacy

In bringing to life his “impossible dream,” Western University of Health Sciences Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, impacted the lives of thousands in his university family and touched millions through the healers he helped train.

WesternU faculty, staff and students joined community leaders and family February 28, 2018 at a Celebration of Life for Dr. Pumerantz, who passed away Dec. 26, 2017. Through inspirational words and personal stories that brought laughter and tears, they testified to Dr. Pumerantz’s humanism, vision, and the importance of family – both the support he received from his own family and the WesternU family he created.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine Dean’s Lecture focuses on universal health insurance
Attaining health care coverage for everyone in the U.S. seems an impossible task. But it is a moral issue that needs to be resolved in order for our society to progress, according to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President and CEO David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD.

Carlisle presented “Sisyphus and the Sailboat: The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.” at the College of Podiatric Medicine Lester J. Jones Dean’s Distinguished Lecture March 1, 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine & Geriatric Dentistry, Coordinator of the Advanced Oral Diagnosis Workgroup, presented two courses and one workshop at the Chicago Dental Society 153rd Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Ill. on Feb. 23-24, 2018: “Oral Cancer Screening & Lesion Recognition: Improve Your Diagnostic & Management Skills,” “Oral Manifestations & Clinical Implications of Systemic Diseases,” and “Oral Lesion Biopsy & Adjunctive Device Techniques Workshop.”

Irina Vukmanovic Nosrat, DDS, was recently awarded her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience for her research thesis “On functions of neurotrophic factors in taste buds and teeth.” We are extremely pleased for, and proud of Dr. Vukmanovic Nosrat for her hard work and accomplishment. Please join us in congratulating her for this significant achievement.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Oregon osteopathic pre-med clubs earn national recognition
Two Oregon universities’ Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association clubs earned national recognition last week from their parent organization, SOMA. Both clubs formed last year with the help of medical students from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest.

“These Pre-SOMA clubs allow for more exposure to the osteopathic profession on college campuses. As the only osteopathic medical school in Oregon, we are proud to celebrate their success,” said John T. Pham, DO, Vice Dean of WesternU COMP-Northwest. Pham also is advisor for the SOMA club at COMP-Northwest. “The Pre-SOMA clubs at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are an ideal partnership for COMP-Northwest’s SOMA club.”

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Kudos on accomplishments
Housecall Doctors Medical Group, which serves as a rotation site for third and fourth-year COMP students, hosted an international resident, Dr. Alex Kelleher of Waterford, Ireland, as part of a global exchange program. “We are honored and proud that Dr. Kelleher has chosen Housecall Doctors Medical Group as one of his elective training sites, and hope to increase awareness of population-based in-home residentialist care both in the U.S. and internationally,” said Dr. Norman Vinn, founder of Housecall Doctors Medical Group. Click here to read more.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, was the guest speaker and coordinator of an all-day mixed simulation training session at the Eastern Oregon Emergency Medical Services annual conference in Pendleton, Oregon Feb. 15-18, 2018. Dr. Benninger designed and taught a one-day mixed simulation training symposium which included his signature andragogical learning strategies incorporating cognitive load theory, color psychology, high-fidelity prototypes and special prepared donor cadaver towards eFAST ultrasound training techniques and mediums using classic and innovative probes.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley has been funded by a competitive extramural grant to serve as a visiting professor at Lille University in northeastern France. Dr. Oakley spent a busy week in Lille delivering lectures to undergraduate and master’s level students and gave an invited research seminar that was simulcast to Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

CVM Associate Professor Mohammad Mir served in a study section of the Department of Defense (US Army Medical Research and Material Command). The study section was tasked to review applications focused on lethal virus countermeasures in the FY19 Military Infectious Disease Research Program (MIDRP). Applications were reviewed from Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2018, and the final discussion of reviewed applications took place on Feb. 21, 2018.

Dr. Mir published a review article titled “Hantavirus induced Cardiopulmonary Syndrome: A public Health Concern.” The article discusses recent advances in hantavirus disease and provides critical information for clinicians that helps in correct diagnosis during the early stages of viral infection to improve the prognosis of this viral illness.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Ray Symposium
The 2018 Ray Symposium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 in HEC Lecture Hall 1. The featured speaker is Alan I. Leshner, PhD, who served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science from December 2001 through February 2015, when he became CEO Emeritus. Click here for more information and to register.


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From the Pumerantz Library:

Exhibit & Family Fun Day @ the Pumerantz Library
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit “Pictures of Nursing: the Zwerdling Postcard Collection” is on display in the Pumerantz Library until March 23, 2018. The College of Graduate Nursing is collaborating with the Pumerantz Library on showcasing this invaluable and evolving occupation and exploring the cultural values of this profession through historical postcards. For more information about the Zwerdling Postcard Collection please visit the NLM’s exhibit page.

The Pumerantz Library is delighted to announce a Family Fun Day to be held in the library’s lobby on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Nurses will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and there will be crafts and fun things to do from 1 to 4 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing you and your children.

For more information please contact Mary Helen Ellis at or by phone at extension 5321.

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