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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 14-18, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

November 14, 2016

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WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring honors VCA, raises money for student scholarships

Western University of Health Sciences held one of its most successful fundraisers ever, attracting a capacity crowd of nearly 700 guests and tallying more than $400,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships for its annual gala, “A Tribute to Caring” Nov. 5, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Amid a Bollywood theme, WesternU honored longtime friend and partner VCA Inc. with the Corporate Award for Excellence in Health Care. VCA’s family of businesses include: VCA Animal Hospitals, represented by approximately 800 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada; Antech Diagnostics, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada; Sound, a leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the veterinary field, and Camp Bow Wow, which provides pet services including boarding and doggy day care.

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Be The Match Walk+Run in Long Beach

WesternU is forming a team for the “Be The Match Walk+Run” event on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Marina Green, 386 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, California 90802.

Be The Match Walk+Run is a walk and run event for people of all ages and fitness levels, which includes a 5K, 1K and Tot Trot. The event unites communities nationwide determined to help patients with diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. The money raised will help patients with uninsured expenses, support marrow transplant research and add more potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry®, giving more patients hope for a cure. At more than 13.5 million strong, the registry is the largest and most diverse listing of potential marrow donors in the world. There will also be a Be The Match Registry® drive at the Long Beach Walk+Run event where individuals can enter the registry.

Come out and walk, run, join the registry, and have fun on Nov. 19 and help save lives. If you cannot make it to the run/walk, any donation can help. Join the WesternU team or donate at:

College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Marie Davies, PharmD, MS, BCACP, got involved with Be The Match after being a match for an 11-year-old boy with Fanconi’s anemia in bone marrow failure. She donated her stem cells to him on July 18, 2016. This little boy lives in England and through the great work that the Be The Match Registry® does, they were able to find a match all the way in Southern California. She organized this WesternU team to promote the Be The Match Registry and to help others like the recipient of her stem cell donation.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing receives 10-year accreditation
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing has received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

CGN previously received a 10-year accreditation in 2006. Less than 40 percent of nursing colleges in the nation achieve a 10-year accreditation, said College of Graduate Nursing Interim Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN.

“The nursing profession is changing dramatically and constantly evolving. From researcher to clinician to change agent, the magnitude of the profession is much more than meets the eye. Graduate nursing education is keeping pace with the changing health environment,” Lopez said. “Our 10-year accreditation from CCNE demonstrates the faculty and staff commitment to keeping their eye on trends, being thoughtful yet nimble in delivering a strong curriculum, and always keeping our students and the patients they serve at the center of our decisions.”

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

WesternU College of Dental Medicine student develops dental emergency app
An after-hours broken tooth led Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine student Corey Stein to develop a mobile application to help people in need of emergency dental assistance.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, with Stein’s app gaining nationwide attention. He received the Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award for Dental Informatics Research from the American Dental Association, and his paper, “A prototype mobile application for triaging dental emergencies,” by Corey D. Stein, MS, Xiang Xiao BS, Steven Levine, DMD, Titus K.L. Schleyer, DMD, PhD, Harry Hochheiser PhD, and Thankam P. Thyvalikakath DMD, MDS, PhD, made the cover of the October 2016 edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association October 2016, Vol.147(10):782–791.e1, doi:10.1016/j.adaj.2016.03.021.

He is also applying for a patent, looking to create a business, and working with College of Dental Medicine faculty to implement the app in CDM’s school-based oral health center in El Monte, California.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Jaejin An published a paper evaluating the impact of Patient Centered Medical Homes: An J. The Impact of Patient-Centered Medical Homes on Quality of Care and Medication Adherence in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016 Nov;22(11):1272-1284. Click here to read more.


The latest edition of the College of Pharmacy’s magazine RxBound, “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” is now available. Click here to view the magazine.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Clinical research study
Do you or someone you know have Type 1 Diabetes? Do you currently take two types of insulin to manage your Type 1 Diabetes? If so, consider participating in an important Clinical Research Study comparing two different types of basal (long-acting) insulin.

Qualified participants include those who are/have:

   – Between the ages of 18 and 70 years of age with type 1 diabetes mellitus,

   – Experienced at least one low blood glucose level (hypoglycemia) with symptoms

   –  Receiving at least 1 year treatment with insulin, and 

   –  Willing to return to clinic for regular site visits and have phone contact between appointments.

Qualified participants will receive investigational study drug and study related medical visits and procedures at no cost while participating in the study as well as compensation for your time. Visits will occur at the Patient Care Center on campus. (approved by WesternU IRB# 16/IRB/017 and Chesapeake IRB)

To learn about how you can participate please contact:

PI- Dr. Airani Sathananthan 909-706-3818 or

Research Coordinator- Dr. Cesar Ochoa 909-469-8412 or


COMP-Northwest in The DO
COMP-Northwest Advancement Board member Erik Szeto, DO, is featured in a story in the American Osteopathic Association’s magazine, The DO. COMP-Northwest students’ volunteer efforts are also noted in the story. Click here to read the story.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Click here to read the latest news from the Medical Anatomy Center.


From the College of Optometry:

An Inspirational Evening with Tom Sullivan
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in the Health Education Center. Learn about InfantSEE, a no-cost public health program developed by The AOA (American Optometric Association) Foundation and the Allergan Foundation. Click here to view a flier.


From University Advancement:

Giving Tuesday
Annual Giving is proud to announce that on November 29, 2016, WesternU will be participating in #GivingTuesday for the third time. WesternU’s #GivingTuesday is an annual fundraising event that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to give you and the entire WesternU community – alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends – the chance to come together for one day and support WesternU by giving a little back.

Come and join us on campus on November 29, 2016 for refreshments at our giving booth and to make your donation in person. We will be on the Esplanade (outside HEC) 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exciting news and events leading up to #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to like, share, retweet and repost – help us make this campaign a success.


Alumni news
On Friday, Nov. 11, more than 180 College of Optometry alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests joined President Wilson at the WesternU Reception in the Anaheim Marriott hotel during the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting 2016 in Anaheim, Calif. Pictures from the event can be viewed online at


From the Pumerantz Library:

Interprofessional Education Exhibit
The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is presenting an exhibit showcasing the WesternU Interprofessional Education (IPE) program. IPE is an active program that brings students together from nine distinct health care professions to learn how to work as a cohesive health care team. The ultimate goals of the program are to reduce medical errors and to provide collaborative, patient-centered care.

This exhibit will run from November 9 through the end of January 2017. For more information please contact Mary Helen Ellis at or call 909-469-5323.

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