WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring honorees provide care and comfort to the most vulnerable

Western University of Health Sciences honored a health plan that provides care to nearly one million members and a pioneer in healing, protecting and empowering victims of abuse.

WesternU held its annual fundraiser “”A Tribute to Caring”” Nov. 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The event raises money for student scholarships. WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, thanked the more than 600 guests in attendance.

“”What you are really doing is helping us create for the community a quality of healing that will make a difference in people’s lives,”” he said. “”You, together with us, are creating a whole new enterprise of health care. I appreciate your participation and your contributions today.””

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Longtime Lebanon residents establish first private-party COMP-Northwest scholarship

Longtime Lebanon, Oregon residents John and Carol Dinges have supported COMP-Northwest since its earliest planning stages. The latest example of the Dinges’ generosity is the establishment of the John and Carol Dinges Medical Education Scholarship, the first private-party scholarship established at COMP-Northwest. The Dingeses donated $25,000 to provide a $5,000 scholarship each year to a COMP-Northwest student who comes from a small town and is committed to practicing primary care in a small town.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Richard Sugerman recently published a book chapter: Sugerman, Richard A. and Jonathan S. Dowben. 2014. Psychobiological bases of behavior. In: Psychiatric Nursing. 7th Edition. Norman L. Keltner, Lee Hilyard Schwecke, and Carol E. Bostrom (eds.) Elsevier.

An article by Dr. Marcel Fraix was published in the November 2014 edition of 909 magazine, West edition. “”Yes, there is something that Can be Done for Your Low Back Pain.””

Humor as Medicine

The Humor as Medicine (HAM) club met Nov. 12 to learn new ways to entertain patients and bring smiles to their faces. This session was led by first-year COMP student Ryan Bart, who taught magic tricks to a room full of club members. Ryan belongs to a group called “”Magicians without Borders”” and shared stories and pictures from his travels to Colombia, South America. He told his audience that while performing magic he realized the power of a laugh or smile. Parents of sick children had told him that, because of his work, it was the first time in month that they had seen their children smiling.

One of the facilities where the HAM club performs their outreach is at Children’s Hospital – Orange County (CHOC). They’re always looking for new ways to bring happiness to the young patients. Whether it’s magic or arts & crafts, the goal is to let the children be children and forget about life’s stressors. Student volunteers understand that humor comes in many forms and is a great way to release endorphins. Through their work, the ultimate goal is recovery. Visit COMP’s Facebook page to view photos:


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Leadership Symposium

The Department of Health Sciences will present the fourth annual Leadership Symposium, titled “”Leading Change: Beyond All Limits,”” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Reception starts at 6 p.m. The symposium runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The keynote speaker is College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Dean Jan Boller, PhD, RN. Guest speakers are College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Marian Safaoui, MD, College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, Linda Jones-Edwards, director of the Kennedy Austin Foundation, and Frances Chu, MLIS, MSN.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. James Scott has been appointed to the national Board of Directors for the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). AAHIVM has been around for more than 15 years and serves a number of purposes, including serving as a resource for HIV providers of all disciplines, advocating to regulatory bodies and policy makers to improve the quality of HIV care, and serving as the leaders in credentialing of HIV care providers. Dr. Scott was instrumental in the development of pharmacist specific credentialing exams during the Academy’s formative years.

The College of Pharmacy was active at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) meeting – “”Seminar”” held in October in San Francisco:

Dr. Patrick Chan had three poster presentations based on work with our student pharmacists.

Samson B, Dominguez I, Villegas J, Khan M, Jeon D, Millano A, La D, Marzban M, Chan PG, Hess K, Hoffman J. Preparing Students for Advanced Practice Pharmacy: An Evaluation of Pharmacy School Curricula in California.

Chang D, Shin J, Richman M, Chan PG. Evaluation of Antidepressant Use in Patients Suffering from Drug Abuse.

Turcios J, Yomen K, Richman M, Chan PG. Evaluation of Antidepressant Use in Patients Suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder and Depression.

Dr. Janice Hoffman presented a talk with WesternU faculty Anna Yeung, DO, and Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, MS, DPT, NCS, on “”Interprofessional Approach to Geriatric Care.””

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman led our recruitment at the residency showcase booth and was assisted by several faculty.

Dr. G. Shankar represented WesternU on the Professional Affairs Committee.

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, MSPS Student Alec LaCuran and collaborators from Northwest University (Xi’an, China) and Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) recently published the following: Zhang Y-L, Yang K-W, Zhou Y-J, LaCuran AE, Oelschlaeger P, Crowder MW. Diaryl-Substituted Azolylthioacetamides: Inhibitor Discovery of New Delhi Metallo-