A Tribute to Caring

Western University of Health Sciences celebrated its 35th anniversary and the successful conclusion of its Capital Campaign at its annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Nov. 10, 2012. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which highlights health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet current students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for our Preview Day.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Stephanie White, DO, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Education. She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007, where she was awarded the “Soul of Medicine Award” for her extensive advocacy work in cultural competency. After graduation, she entered Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency and served as Chief Resident in her third year. While there, she earned awards for both OB/Gyn Intern of the Year and Best Contribution to Osteopathy.

She joined the COMP team in July 2010 as Director of Clinical Education. Since her arrival, she has expanded and enhanced the core rotation curriculum and initiated faculty development programming for the offsite clinical faculty. Dr. White was key in designing the Transitional Ceremony for rising third-year medical students and facilitated the DO Pocket Guide gift for each student.

Dr. Brion Benninger , MD MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Lebanon has been invited and accepted a position on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Benninger has been researching and teaching clinical anatomy for over 20 years. In addition, during this time, Dr. Benninger has consulted for, edited, and written several anatomy texts and atlases.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professors Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS and Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, were recently elected for a one-year term as a Representative from the San Gabriel Valley District for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Assembly of Representatives. This governing body of the CPTA meets annually and is comprised of more than 110 elected representatives from twelve geographical regions of the state.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to MSPS student Eleanor Liu, Cal Poly Pomona graduate student Kevin Pegg (thesis work being conducted in the Oelschlaeger Lab), and Dr. Peter Oelschlaeger on their most recent publication.

Eleanor M. Liu, Kevin M. Pegg, and Peter Oelschlaeger. Sequence-Activity Relationship between Metallo-{beta}-Lactamases IMP-1, IMP-6, and IMP-25 Suggests an Evolutionary Adaptation to Meropenem Exposure. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 2012;56 6403-6406. Click here to view the publication.

Congratulations to Dr. David Min’s fellow, Dr. Don Vu, for the following recent accomplishments:

Dr. Vu presented the following two abstracts at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Meeting in October 2012: Vu D, Tellez-Corrales E, Naraghi R, Shah T, Hutchinson IV, Min DI. Immunoglobulin as a rescue therapy as a BK-virus nephropathy and Vu D, Tellez-Corrales E, Sakharkar P , Shah T, Hutchinson IV, Min DI. Association of cytokine gene polymorphisms with BK virus nephropathy in renal allograft recipients. This abstract from Dr. Vu was presented as an oral and poster presentation and was selected as one of the finalists in the “Great Eight” (eight best papers) for the ACCP Annual Meeting for Overall Best Paper Presentation. Co-authors also included Dr. Eglis Tellez-Corrales, Dr. Min’s former fellow.

Dr. Vu published the following paper online ahead of print: Vu D, Sakharkar P, Tellez-Corrales E, Shah T, Hutchinson I, Min D. Association of vitamin D binding protein polymorphism with long-term kidney allograft survival in Hispanic kidney transplant recipients. Mol Biol Rep, 2012, Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID:23070913. Co-authors also included Dr. Eglis Tellez-Corrales, Dr. Min’s former fellow, and Dr. Prashant Sakharkar, Dr. Law’s former fellow.

And finally, Dr. Vu was conferred the degree: PhD in Biochemistry from the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry at UCSD. His thesis is titled “Structural studies of RelB homodimer and RelB/p52 NF-kB complex.” Dr. Vu now has a PharmD and a PhD.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing held their annual regional conference in Ontario on Nov. 1-2, 2012. The College of Graduate Nursing was accepted to provide a symposium featuring qualitative research methods. Mary Lopez opened the session with an introduction about CGN’s “Community of Scholars.” Patti Shakhshir presented phenomenology and Dawn Stone followed with Grounded Theory. CGN DNP alumnus Gabriella Malagon-Maldonado shared her practice dissertation using mixed methods. The symposium concluded with a lively discussion led by Jan Boller.

Additionally, Debra Wallace and Anna Reber-Frantz presented “A Thematic Analysis of Clinical Nurse Educator’s Safety Concerns” during the education session.

The following posters were also presented by CGN faculty and students:

“New NP Transition-to-Practice Residency in a HMO Setting” by Debra Wallace, DNP, RN, APN, FNP-BC.

“Innovative Project: Use of Live Actors in Nursing Simulations” by Anna Reber-Frantz, MS, RN, AHN-BC, CNE.

“Lab of Horrors: Active and Latent Failure Simulation” by Patricia Shakhshir, PhD, RN-BC and Linda Flores, MSN, CEN, RN.

Dr. Shakhshir and Professor Flores were honored to receive second place in the innovative poster category.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD, received the John Payne Industry Leadership Award at the 2012 Pet Healthcare Industry Summit Awards, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital on Aug. 14-15, 2012. The award recognizes a person who propelled the industry forward through innovative thinking and leadership; brought about significant improvements to the industry as a whole; and invested in the future of the entire industry and profession.

From the College of Optometry:

News and announcements

Click here for the latest news from the College of Optometry: http://www.westernu.edu/optometry-college-news

From University Advancement:

Optometry gift

TearLab Corporation has provided an $18,500 gift to the College of Optometry in equipment and supplies. The gift will be used as a part of a research study examining the prevalence of Dry Eye disease in patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

From CDHP:

News and announcements

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