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This Week@WesternU, May 2-6, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

May 2, 2016

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WesternU pilot tests Anatomage Navigator
Western University of Health Sciences is the first university to utilize the Anatomage Navigator, a volumetric inner anatomy visualization tool with tracking stylus.

The Anatomage Navigator adds another dimension to WesternU’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center (VRLC), which includes the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table. The dissection table projects three-dimensional images constructed from a combination of computerized tomography (CT) scans of the human body, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-rays and digital photographs of a cadaver frozen in a block of blue gel. The digital files are integrated together into three-dimensional models that allow users to manipulate the digital files in multiple ways.

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WesternU students inspire PAHS students during annual Palomares Day
WesternU hosted more than 130 Palomares Academy of Health Sciences students during its annual Palomares Day.

The event, held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 on WesternU’s Pomona campus, was sponsored and organized by student clubs – the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Student National Medical Organization (SNMA) and the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG).

The goals of the event are to get seventh- and 10th-graders excited about college and medicine and to expose them to different aspects of health care.

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WesternU to confer degrees on 1,000 graduates
About 1,000 graduates will earn degrees from Western University of Health Sciences at Commencement ceremonies May 18-20, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Click here to read the full story. Click here to visit WesternU’s Commencement website.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Ray Symposium speaker stresses ethics
The growth in fraudulent research was the backdrop for Michael W. Kalichman, PhD, keynote speaker at the annual Ray Symposium: Lectures in Health Care held Thursday, April 21, 2016 in the Health Education Center at Western University of Health Sciences. The symposium is named in honor of Max D. Ray, MS, PharmD, dean emeritus of the WesternU College of Pharmacy, and his legacy of excellence and professionalism. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Sheryl Chow has been awarded the Fellow of the Heart Failure Society of America (FHFSA). Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the HFSA can offer its members, and is a tremendous recognition of professional achievement and contributions to the society. The designation is based on outstanding credentials, achievements, and contributions to heart failure medicine. Dr. Chow will be inducted in a ceremony at their annual scientific meeting in September.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing featured in AANP journal
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing is prominently featured in the new issue of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP), which focuses on how “Nurse Practitioners Contribute to the Health College Campus.”

College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) Professor Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, served as guest editor for this special edition, along with Washburn University Director of Student Health and School of Nursing Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing program Shirley Dinkel, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ANP-C, CNS, FAANP. They wrote a guest editorial on “The hidden gems in student health centers.”

Of the eight peer-reviewed articles featured in the special edition, which published April 21, 2016, three were written by CGN Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates. Wendi Swanson, DNP ’15, wrote about staying active as a college freshman. Lisa Ponsford, DNP ’15, focused on risk assessment from a vulnerability model on university campuses. Deanna McFadden, DNP ’15, wrote about first-generation college students and health impact in the community college setting.

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Western Institute of Nursing
The Western Institute of Nursing held its annual research conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim April 6-9, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Innovations in Engagement through Research, Practice, and Education.” The following members of the CGN faculty presented their scholarly work:

Interim Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, presented “Healthcare Disparities in Mexican American Breast Cancer Survivors.” (podium)

Associate Professor Dawn Stone, PhD(c), RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, presented “Understanding Interactions Between Young Adult Cancer Survivors and Occupational Health Providers.” (podium)

Assistant Professors Ivy Tuason, PhD, RN, FNP, and Ruth Trudgeon, DNP(c), RN, presented “Use of Logic Model and Community Engagement in Community Health Nursing. (Poster). MSN students also participated in this project and presentation: Rohan Bassi, Josephine Vu, Paulina Dinh, Sasha Jensen, Yasmin Renteria and Michelle Ewing.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Guest blogger
COMP student Ryan Nguyen wrote a blog post for AACOM’s ED to MED campaign, which brings together students, educators, and other advocates to speak up on the federal policy issues impacting graduate student debt. Click here to read the post.


Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest alumna Hoda Ilias, DO ’15, a first-year medical resident at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio, will be honored as one of the winners of the American College of Physicians’ National Resident Abstract Competition. Dr. Ilias will present her winning abstract at the Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians, on May 6, 2016. Winners of the National Abstract Competition were chosen for an original abstract in one of five categories: basic research, clinical research, quality improvement-patient safety, high value cost conscious care, and clinical vignette.

The Pomona Unified School District honored COMP students Syed Abbas Naqvi and Samantha Phung, both from the Class of 2019 and PCHAT officers, with 2015-16 Community Service Awards. The Community Service Awards were established in 1997 to recognize community members, groups or organizations that contribute to the education of students or volunteer their time at PUSD schools.

2016 Lakewood Community Health Fair
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, WesternU’s Asian American Health Professions Student Association (AAHPSA) participated at the first-ever Lakewood Community Health Fair held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This clinic was held in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Health Corps (APHC) and the Pacific Islanders for HEALTH (P4H) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Thirty WesternU COMP volunteers provided glucose, cholesterol, and osteopathic screenings under the supervision of Dr. David Redding. This is the second collaboration between WesternU and UCLA this year and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future to serve the Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.


From the Medical Anatomy Center:

Kudos on accomplishments
Second-year COMP-Northwest student Stephanie Eonta received the top national research award from the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (AMOPS) Army mobilization and operations planning system at the AMOPS Annual Meeting April 21-24, 2016 in Philadelphia. Eonta, an engineman-chief petty officer (ENC) in the Navy, presented “Wrist-worn, wireless ultrasound system integrated with SonicEye finger probe performing FAST exam in military arenas.”

Eonta also presented “Teaching Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System During Anatomy Using the 7D Interactive Software Program.”

Third-year COMP student Whay Cheng received the national runner-up research award at the AMOPS Annual Meeting. Cheng, a second lieutenant in the Air Force, presented “Visualization Table Renders CT/MRI Scans Into 3D-Stereostructral Anatomy for Advanced Manipulation of Lower-Limb Arteries.”

Both students were mentored in the Medical Anatomy Center by Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Benninger is the adviser to the Military Club and has mentored nine WesternU students who have presented at the largest military medicine meetings in allopathic and osteopathic medicine this academic year.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lester J. Jones, DPM, MSEd, received the Excellence in Educational Innovation award at the Inland Valley News’ 19th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala & Scholarship Dinner on April 29, 2016 in Ontario, California. Click here to read more.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Beth Boynton attended the National Academies of Practice (NAP) 2016 Annual Meeting and Forum recently. She presented “Strengthening collaboration between human and veterinary medicine: a NAP call to personal action.” The presentation was in collaboration with Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, SFNAP, and Suzanne Kurtz, PhD, FNAP. Health impacts of animal-human connections should form part of curricula n epidemiology, human and veterinary medicine, and other global disciplines. This session looked to focus One Health into individual actions. Several good interprofessional connections were made. In addition, Dr. Boynton was recognized for her service on the Annual Meeting and Forum Planning Committee.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley co-authored a research paper published in the current issue of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. The research was conducted with collaborators from the EPA to identify bacterial taxa associated with fecal contamination of streams and rivers due to agricultural activities. The authors used high-throughput sequencing to characterize the cattle fecal microbiome to improve risk-assessment models used by the EPA to measure water quality. Experimental treatments in the field showed rapid changes of the microbial community in cattle feces with time and environmental exposure. These data are being used to further refine the types and abundances of fecal indicator bacteria used in risk-assessment models. The article is titled “Rapid Microbiome Changes in Freshly Deposited Cow Feces under Field Conditions” (

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