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This Week@WesternU, March 6-10, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

March 7, 2017

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WesternU’s goal: audacious, nimble innovation
Western University of Health Sciences President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, gave his first State of the University address March 1, 2017, offering a message of inclusion, celebration and collaboration to sustain and expand WesternU as the nation’s most nimble, innovative and audacious graduate health sciences university. The tone was set with the opening slide: On the State of Our University.

Wilson took over as WesternU’s second president July 1, 2016. He has spent the past eight months familiarizing himself with University operations, evaluating its resources, and meeting faculty, staff and students on campus, as well as many people from the community.

“From these encounters, I’ve gotten a deeper sense of our university — our history, our special culture, the current state of where we are — and I think I can begin to delineate some of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and perhaps more importantly, begin to envision farther shores beyond our already very bright horizons,” Wilson said.

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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.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
On Feb. 25, 2017, COMP alumna and Assistant Professor Anna Yeung, DO ’03, was honored at the Age Well Signature Event held at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The event was chaired by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Dr. Yeung was recognized for her dedication to providing medical attention to frail elderly patients in their own home. Such medical services are well appreciated by patients and have shown to decrease the number of hospital visits in the elderly population.

COMP Assistant Professor Stephanie White, DO, and David Dickter, PhD. Director, Interprofessional Education Research and Strategic Assessment Office of Academic Affairs, collaborated to create a rubric for assessing Interprofessional Practice Behaviors in the Outpatient Family Medicine Setting. Their work was featured in the February Educational Column for Society of Teacher of Family Medicine.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences news
First-year Master of Science in Health Sciences student Tiffany White will present at the Inland Coalition’s 2017 Health Professions Conference March 17, 2017 at Loma Linda University. She will teach teens about pharmacy careers by having them create their own lozenges and lip balm. White is a nationally-certified pharmacy technician and holds advanced certification in sterile compounding procedures.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Pharmacy:

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.


Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Jaejin An and Visiting Scholar Dr. Craig Cheetham published the following: Association of Testosterone Replacement With Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Men With Androgen Deficiency. T Craig Cheetham, Jaejin An, Steven Jacobsen, et al. JAMA Intern Med. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9546. Published online February 21, 2017.

The journal’s Impact Factor is 14, ranking second among internal medicine journals and sixth among 151 general medical journals.

A paper by Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius hit No. 6 among ranked publications in Canada’s ICES


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Mohammad Mir reports that a recent publication from his WesternU laboratory has been reported in Wallboard publications of Physician’s Weekly, a trusted source of medical news and information for health care professionals at the point of care with a history of more than 30 years. The article is titled “Targeting a Novel RNA-Protein Interaction for Therapeutic Intervention of Hantavirus Disease.” Click here to read more:


From University Advancement:

Alumni Networking Mixer
On Feb. 28, WesternU alumni from the Los Angeles area came together to enjoy great food, drink and conversation at the latest Alumni Networking Mixer at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park. The colleges were widely represented with DOs, PTs, and PAs in attendance. It was a fun evening that included meeting new acquaintances and catching up with old friends. Visit for pictures of the event.


CPM Mixer
On Feb. 28, more than 70 College of Podiatric Medicine alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered for a reception at The Still restaurant inside the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, held during the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Conference, included plentiful food, drinks and lively conversations. Photos of the event can be found at

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