WesternU celebrates past, present and future at Commencement
Western University of Health Sciences honored its past while celebrating its graduates’ bright future at its 35th annual Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena, California.

WesternU held five Commencement ceremonies for its nine colleges May 18-20, 2016, conferring diplomas to nearly 1,000 graduates.

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COMP-Northwest to graduate 105 osteopathic physicians
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest) will celebrate its second Commencement at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at the COMP-Northwest campus, 200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon.

At Commencement, 105 medical students will be awarded their Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine diplomas. The event will be open to the public; seating will open at 9 a.m.

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WesternU’s Towne & Gown Golf Classic set for June 27
Western University of Health Sciences invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships.

The annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be played Monday, June 27, 2016 at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 91730. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow.

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Click here to visit the Towne & Gown website and to register for the tournament.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Babak Faramarzi, DVM, MSc, PhD, mentored his post-doctoral fellow and three students who presented at the 2016 CVM Student Research Day on March 21, 2016: Dr. Dongbin Lee (post-doctoral research), “Objective Evaluation Of Acupuncture Treatment in Horses With Chronic Laminitis;” Sara Carman, MSMS ’16, “The Comparison Of Hematological And Biochemistry Profiles Between Andalusian, Thoroughbred And Quarter Horse Foals During The First Year Of Life;” Morgan Nowlin, DO ’19, “Histological Properties Of The Impar Ligament In Quarter Horses” and Allison Salinger, DVM ’18, “Quantitative analysis and development of the foot in foals from birth to one year of age.” All three students received awards: Sara Carman, first-place research presentation for non-DVM students. Morgan Nowlin, second-place research presentation for non-DVM students. Allison Salinger, best clinical research presentation by DVM students.

CVM Professor Joseph Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM), was voted the Continuing Educator of the Year, Equine Division, at the 88th Annual WVC Dr. Randall G. Ezell Conference held recently in Las Vegas. Dr. Bertone attended and presented at the conference.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Community cooking and nutrition education class
COMP-Northwest Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track Medical Students Ethan Chang and Alan Perry conducted a community cooking and nutrition education class Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Albany Senior Center. Those attending the class came from a local Albany mission serving the homeless and the Albany Senior Center, Oregon. The theme for the hands-on experiential medical education cooking class was “Cooking Healthy on a Budget.” Class topics included reading and understanding food labels, grocery shopping on a budget, looking for grocery store bargains, making healthy food choices and finding healthy, inexpensive recipes.  The attendees paired up to cook black bean chicken wraps, spaghetti and vegetarian spring rolls. Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based  lifestyle interventions in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease. An important goal of the COMP-Northwest Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track Curriculum is to educate our future doctors in the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how behavior choices can prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease. For COMP-Northwest students this includes teaching community members, adults, and youth about nutrition and healthy cooking.


From the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC):

Kudos on accomplishments
Brion Benninger, MD, MSs, Executive Director, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, hosted and organized an annual Mini-Medical School on May 23, 2016. They divided students (ages 7-14) into small groups and set up several stations facilitated by physicians, staff and COMP-Northwest students. The stations covered nutrition, surgical benefits, functional anatomy, hand-washing techniques, radiology x-rays of common fractures in children, Sectra 3D human imaging, 7D interactive ultrasound software and ultrasound novel finger probe scanning. Each child was able to participate with all the technologies. Outstanding recognition should be given to Jeannie Davis for her organizational skills and support, Dr. Charles Ross for his integrative teaching, Jessie Reynolds, MS, for training and support, DO 2019 students David Wang and Jenny Tran for sacrificing their time and connecting with all the students. Dr. Benninger gave special recognition to Dean Paula M. Crone for her support of the Mini-Medical School enabling Dr. Benninger to involve youth and develop our medical students with telemedicine technology skills.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

The Scientist interview
Professor Doug Ethell (GCBS & COMP) is featured in an article in The Scientist, providing perspective and comments on a new paper in Science Translational Medicine that concerned Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to read the story: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/46164/title/Amyloid-Thwarts-Microbial-Invaders/


From University Advancement:

Humanism in the Health Sciences
The 2016 edition of Humanism in Health Sciences magazine has arrived. The theme this year is “Panoramic Perspective.” An electronic version of the magazine is available online at http://www.westernu.edu/publicaffairs/magazines/ 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.