Now in 3-D: The Pumerantz Lecture
Three-dimensional data, manipulation, modeling and printing are becoming the standard in medical education, according to a Stanford University digital learning pioneer, and today’s health sciences students must be comfortable with 3-D technology if they expect to be of highest service to their patients and professions.

W. Paul Brown, DDS, FICD, FACD, a consulting associate professor in the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford University Medical School, was the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Western University of Health Sciences. Brown, a dentist by training and a digital imaging researcher by choice, developed systems that led to the creation of the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table. The table is the centerpiece technological tool at WesternU’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center, which opened in August.

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A Tribute to Caring
WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Molina Healthcare, Inc. will receive WesternU’s Access to Caring Award for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to underserved people. “A Tribute to Caring” raises money for student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Leadership Symposium
The Department of Health Sciences presents the 9th annual Leadership Symposium: Evolution of Leaders in Health Promotion Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Reception at 6 p.m. in Compatriots Hall, HSC, will feature light appetizers. The discussion panel will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall West. Please RSVP at

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Two College of Pharmacy professors named CSHP Fellows
The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) recognized three new Fellows in 2015, and two are from Western University of Health Sciences.

College of Pharmacy (COP) Assistant Professor Patrick G. Chan, PharmD, PhD, FCSHP, and COP Professor James D. Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, FASHP, FCSHP, were named CSHP Fellows. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Roger Klotz presented the following: Klotz R, Provider and Pharmacist Collaboration in The Care of Patients, September 28, 2015, Vienna Austria, 4th World Congress of Clinical Safety by International Association of Risk Management in Medicine (IARMM) (Poster Presentation).

Drs. Patrick Chan, Megan Nguyen, Mark Nguyen and student pharmacists presented the following posters at the CSHP Seminar in San Diego, October 2015:

Dinh N, Ng R, Richman M, Chan P. Evaluation of antipsychotic use on alcohol-related readmissions in schizophrenic patients with comorbid alcohol use disorders.

Hyun D, Shin J, Richman M, Chan P. Do antidepressants reduce substance abuse readmissions in patients suffering from depression and substance abuse?

Ozaki A, Lau J, Richman M, Chan P. Evaluation of antipsychotic use in patients suffering from alcohol use disorder and bipolar disorder.

Jones T, Dykhne M, Nguyen H, Chan P, Nguyen M. Comparison of various pharmacokinetic models in hospitalized patients.

Ozaki A, Lau J, Nguyen H, Chan P. Implementation and evaluation of a mentorship program for pharmacy students with multiple local CSHP chapters.

WesternU’s California Pharmacy Student Leadership (CAPSLEAD) also presented at the conference: Briggs J, Akhparyan E, Jang H, Hadaya L, Qiu Y, Ortiz M, Lim K, Cao H, Hoffman J, Chan PG. Different strategies in preparing pharmacists for educating patients about MMR vaccination.

The College of Pharmacy’s new booth was featured at the residency showcase at CSHP in San Diego.

Dean Dan Robinson presented in a debate, “Are PharmD grads practice ready,” against past ACCP president John Murphy, which generated good discussion. ACCP states that all pharmacy graduates need residencies to be practice ready while Dr. Robinson argued that for entry level practice, current graduates are already practice ready and need residencies only for advanced practice.

Dr. Anne Kugler was a poster judge for the Endocrine and Metabolism PRN.

Shawn Healer, Class of 2017, won a travel award scholarship from the Pharmaceutical Industry PRN.

Our Student clinical pharmacy challenge team (Shawn Healer P3, Marina Dykhne P4, Abe Dakhlallah P4) made it to the top 32 out of 108 teams (pre-meeting).


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Third-year COMP student Hiromi Takano will be presenting her abstract at The Obesity Society’s Annual Meeting during Obesity Week 2015 in Los Angeles Nov. 2-7, 2015.

She is first author on the abstract, “Assessment of Dietary Knowledge in a Population of Self-Reported Diabetics versus Self-Reported Non-Diabetics: A Pomona Community Pilot Study.”

Co-authors include colleagues from COMP, COP and the WDI  Dr. Cesar Ochoa, Dr. Raynold Yin , Ms. Melanie Barbee, Dr. Robert Warren (COMP Class of 2001) and Dr. Airani Sathananthan.

Hiromi completed her research as part of WesternU’s  Student Summer Research Grant Program.  Her faculty mentor was Dr. Sathananthan, COMP.

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, and Professor of Clinical Anatomy, Executive Director-Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), delivered the invited keynote presentation at the AACA meeting held in Utah Oct. 17, 2015 on the “Philosophical Approach and Fundamentals to Head & Neck Ultrasound –Clinical Anatomist, Surgeon or Radiologist –Who, Why & the Future?”

Dr. Benninger wanted the audience to embody the opportunities WesternU students can experience “Fostering Innovation in Research, Scholarship & Technology” or FIRST as a research scholar from the MAC. Drs. John Mata and Benninger developed this term to enable students to see the value of critical thinking as applied to research, scholarship and technology. Dr. Benninger thanked the Board of Directors, Advancement Board, St. Charles Health Care and Samaritan Health Services for all the support and encouragement they provide him in his endeavors to serve the osteopathic family.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM was well represented at the recent 13th annual UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference. Among the presenters were Dr. Peggy Barr, who spoke on Problem Based Learning in Veterinary Medical Education; Dr. Curtis Eng, who spoke on Zoological Medicine; and CVM Dean Phillip Nelson, who spoke on Admissions Meet up: How to Choose a Veterinary School.

Dr. Eng was also asked to sit in on the mentorship session and then provided advice at the networking sessions as well as giving an impromptu Wildlife Session when the scheduled speaker was not able to attend. The conference provides community college, university, post-bac students and counselors with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the medical and health professions school admission process. It provides a unique opportunity for direct contact with deans of admissions, admission officers, financial aid officers, faculty and staff from a wide variety of health professional programs. There were 26 veterinary colleges represented as well as other health professions colleges from through the national and international spectrum.

CVM Associate Professor Yiling Hong was notified that her paper, “Rapid generation of sub-type, region-specific neurons and neural networks from human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurospheres,” has been accepted for publication the journal Stem Cell Research. Dr. Aynun Begum, Dr. Hong’s post doc, is the first author on the project while Dr. Hong is the corresponding author for this publication. Dr. Hong was also notified that an image from the paper is being considered for the cover image of the journal.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Center for Oral Health 2015 Annual Symposium
Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen, College of Dental Medicine Dean and WesternU Interim Provost, was a panel participant at the Center for Oral Health 2015 Annual Symposium: “Oral Health & Quality of Life Among Older Adults: A Multidisciplinary and Interprofessional Perspective” on Oct. 29, 2015 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The panel topic was, “The Role of Academia: An Interprofessional Panel.” The discussion described the current national efforts promoting interprofessional education and collaborative practice to improve health outcomes. It defined the role of academia, particularly different models that integrate oral health knowledge and skills to diverse health care professions. It articulated the vision of national education associations to improve health outcomes through better integration in formative years.

CDM Assistant Professor Joel Laudenbach was an invited speaker at the same event and presented on “Oral Exam for Non Dentists: What, When, How?”


From University Advancement:

WesternU Job Board
The Office of Alumni Relations manages an online, self-service job board ( to help alumni (and soon-to-be alumni) connect with employers who understand and value their knowledge, skill and humanistic training. Since this site was launched in July 2013, nearly 500 alumni and students have been able to search more than 1,500 job opportunities. Currently, the site boasts nearly 300 open positions, with employers especially seeking PAs, NPs and ODs.