WesternU to celebrate achievements of 1,100 graduates

About 1,100 Western University of Health Sciences graduates will take the stage at Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena, California and Lebanon, Oregon to celebrate a milestone in their careers.

“I am honored to celebrate this Commencement with you, after your many years of hard work and commitment that have brought us to this day,” WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, said in a message to graduates. 

WesternU will award diplomas to nearly 1,000 graduates during five Commencement ceremonies for its nine colleges May 23-25, 2018 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. About 100 COMP-Northwest graduates will celebrate Commencement June 1, 2018 on WesternU’s Lebanon campus. COMP Vice Dean and alumnus David Connett, DO ’84, FACOFP dist., will serve as the COMP-Northwest keynote speaker. At the end of these festivities, WesternU will have more than 15,000 alumni.

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Click here for information about the COMP-Northwest Commencement ceremony in Lebanon, Oregon: https://commencement.westernu.edu/lebanon/


WesternU Commencement on social media

For everyone participating in and attending Commencement ceremonies: Help us make the 2018 Commencement ceremonies memorable. You can help us make a virtual scrapbook on social media by tagging and mentioning us on Twitter and Instagram (@westernunews), and finding us on Facebook (@westernuniversityofhealthsciences).

Please use the hashtag #WesternU2018 for ceremonies in Pasadena that take place May 23-25 and for the ceremony in Lebanon on Friday, June 1.



WesternU’s 8th Annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic set for June 11

Western University of Health Sciences invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. The 8th Annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be played Monday, June 11, 2018 at Glendora Country Club, 2400 Country Club Drive, Glendora, Calif. 91741. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow.

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Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to participate in the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop. Whether you’re at the golf course or not, you will be able to participate in this fun activity. The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 prize. The pricing to participate is as follows: $10 for one ball, $25 for three balls, and $75 for 10 balls. This is another exciting way to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Nathaniel Lastrapes at 909-469-5436 or nlastrapes@westernu.edu for more information.

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Humanism in the Health Sciences

The 2018 edition of Humanism in Health Sciences magazine has arrived. The theme this year is “Adapting.” Please pick up a copy from the magazine stands around campus, or contact Public Affairs for multiple copies. An electronic version of the magazine is available online at http://webassets.westernu.edu/westernu-news/public-affairs/humanism-2018/index.html. The award-winning Humanism in Health Sciences is written by students, alumni, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. It is published annually and distributed free of charge.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific a top medical school for primary care
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific is the No. 11 medical school in the nation in percentage of graduates entering primary care residencies.

The ranking, by U.S. News and World Report, is based on graduates entering primary care specialties (2015-17 average). COMP ranks no. 11 with 59 percent of its graduates entering primary care during this time. U.S. News surveyed 177 medical schools, and 124 schools provided data used to calculate this ranking. 

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Kudos on accomplishments
Martin Nguyen, DO ’21, is COMP’s Student DO of the Month. Click here to read more on COMP’s home page. Click here to read more on Facebook.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi and his former graduate student, An Nguyen, using pressure plate analysis, performed a biomechanical study on foot-surface interaction in horses. The authors were informed that the manuscript has been reviewed and accepted for publication by the Journal of Veterinary Research. Faramarzi, B., Nguyen A. and Fanglong Dong (2018) The effect of hoof trimming on force and pressure distribution in horses.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration​ with various departments from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), including emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, anesthesiology and other departments, had 18 poster presentations at ARMC research day May 18, 2018. The topics varied from specialty to specialty, but the majority of these studies predict patients’ outcomes, including mortality, hospital length of stay, ICU length of stay, and so on. 

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jerome Lacroix, PhD, for his published manuscript “Probing the Gating Mechanism of the Mechanosensitive Channel Piezo1 with the Small molecule Yoda 1.” This article has been reviewed and accepted by Nature Communications and will be published online on May 23. Dr. Lacroix is both the lead and corresponding author, and the article is co-authored by COP Assistant Professor Yun Luo, PhD and her post-doctoral scholar Wesley-Botello Smith, PhD. The paper also acknowledges GCBS students Rachel Abrahem, Rachel Chang, Jerry Harb, Andrew Tran and Tiegen Vence for their technical participation as part of their MSBS lab course.