WesternU’s Ray Symposium does the math on why numbers matter in health care

Many people in the U.S. aren’t good with numbers, but that shouldn’t stop health professionals from providing them to patients – along with some context – to help them lead healthier lives, according to the keynote speaker at Western University of Health Sciences’ 9th Annual Ray Symposium.

The symposium, held April 30, 2015 in Pomona, Calif., featured keynote speaker Ellen Peters, PhD, a professor in the Psychology Department and Director of the Behavioral Decision-Making Initiative at The Ohio State University.

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Heatherington, Mullins named COMP-Northwest inaugural commencement keynote speakers

Two staunch supporters of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest) – Jeff Heatherington and Dr. Larry Mullins – have been tapped as keynote speakers for its inaugural commencement ceremony on June 5, 2015.

Heatherington is founder, president and CEO of FamilyCare Health Plans, Oregon’s oldest Medicaid managed care plan. Mullins, DHA, FACHE, is president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services Inc., an integrated health care system of hospitals, physicians, clinics, health plans and other health operations in Oregon.

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From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, testified in support of Senate Bill 402. This bill would mandate a comprehensive eye examination for children before starting school and every two years following until the eighth grade. The bill passed out of the Senate Health Committee with a 6-0 vote. The bill already passed the Senate Education Committee. The next step in the process is the Appropriations Committee. This bill is a big step forward for optometry and for children’s vision statewide.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

College of Dental Medicine News

The College of Dental Medicine was very active in adding to the value of a DMD degree from WesternU last week.

On Thursday, the first DMD degree for 2015 was awarded to Jacqueline Kasper to meet the unique circumstances created by the shift of the commencement date. Later that day the College had a very successful Honors Day and Senior Awards Ceremony that established a CDM record for the number of awards.

On Friday, the Managing Partner and Team Leader faculty completed the first day of training for use of the Planmeca E4D, CADCAM system, the DMD 2015 students completed Invisalign training and the DMD 2017 students gave their first injections in a peer to peer session in The Dental Center while the DMD 2015 students continued the senior check out process.

Saturday, the second day of E4D training was completed, several students participated in the Hippocrates Circle Health Fair, assisting more than 400 students and helping more than 200 of them complete Play-Doh restorations, AAWD held their annual Eat Your Art Out event and we were participants in the Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Regional Meeting deans reception in San Diego.

These activities represent extraordinary dedication that spans every group within the College. Thank you to everyone in the College for everything that you do to increase the value of a DMD degree from Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Joel Laudenbach was an invited discussant and presented during the “”Clinical Pathology Correlation Cases”” session at the Collaboration In Diagnostic Sciences 2015 Conference April 22, 2015. This inaugural joint conference was hosted by the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Academy of Oral Medicine at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.

WesternU’s Dental Center to hold free screening for seniors

The Dental Center at Western University of Health Sciences will hold a free dental screening for seniors 55 and older from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015.

The screening includes an X-ray of the jaws and teeth and a brief oral examination and cancer screening to determine if any abnormal conditions are present. It also includes a discussion with the patient as to whether they might be appropriate to receive care from WesternU students at The Dental Center. Please call 909-706-3910 to make an appointment, which is required.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

WesternU Student Wins APMWA Student Writing Competition

Fourth-year College of Podiatric Medicine student Eric Shi has been named the winner of the 28th Annual American Podiatric Medical Writers Association Student Writing Competition. His paper was titled “”Today’s Podiatrist: Identity Crisis?”” Shi will receive a $1,000 honorarium from a special endowment by Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin to the APMA Educational Foundation.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:


Actress, author and radio talk show host Marilu Henner visited COMP last week. Henner is an advocate for healthy living and met with the COMP team to discuss ways to collaborate, spread the word and promote osteopathic medicine.


Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, delivered an invited presentation on the multiple uses of Google Glass April 22 at the 2015 joint AACOM & AODME conference. He spoke about Google Glass can be used during the basic science curriculum years and demonstrated how the osteopathic profession is exploring opportunities and achieving new milestones. Dr. Benninger has been invited by the AOA Journal to submit his presentation as a manuscript. He continues to integrate emerging technologies with disruptive innovation as he advances education, basic and clinical science research for the Medical Anatomy Center at Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Edward Junkins wrote a piece on COMP-Northwest’s Rural Health Track for the Oregon Medical Association’s “”Medicine in Oregon”” publication.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius received a Best Paper Award for a publication in Circulation in the category of Clinical Science: Shah M, Tsadok MA, Jackevicius CA, Essebag V, Eisenberg MJ, Rahme E, Humphries KH, Tu JV, Behlouli H, Pilote L. Warfarin use and the risk of stroke and bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing dialysis. Circulation 2014; 129;1196-203. Published online before print January 22, 2014, doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.004777.

The work was funded from a CIHR grant for which Dr. Jackevicius was a co-PI with Dr. Pilote. Drs. Shah and Tsadok (first two authors) were Dr. Pilote’s post-doc fellows.

Circulation’s Best Paper Award is determined by the editors who consider the paper’s importance in the field and evaluate usage statistics to identify those papers that have the greatest impact. All original articles published in Circulation in 2014 were considered for the award.

The award will be presented at the close of the journal’s symposium, “”Groundbreaking Studies in the Practice of Cardiovascular Medicine,”” to be held at the AHA Scientific Sessions in November 2015 in Orlando.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Heart Gallery LA

The Library has a small exhibit of photos on loan from the Heart Gallery LA. Please stop by to view them. More information is available on our

News and Events Blog.

From University Advancement:

COMP CME Conference

On Saturday, May 2, a record 108 COMP alumni from the Classes of 1983-2011 returned to campus to attend COMP’s 8th Annual CME Conference. Alumni earned up to nine AOA Category 1-A CME Credits by attending lecturers by Vice Dean David Connett, DO ’84; Adeel Popalzai, DO ’07; Ha Cam Tang, DO ’97; Anna Yeung, DO ’03; and others. During a special conference breakfast, alumni were joined by second-year DO students for informal career networking.

CDA Presents Reception

On Saturday, May 2, the Alumni Association hosted a reception for nearly 90 CDM alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests during the California Dental Association’s CDA Presents Conference in Anaheim. Attendees soaked up the warm sunshine while enjoying complimentary food and drinks. Pictures from the event can be found at


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