Staff memorial

Western University of Health Sciences is honoring staff members who died while employed at the University with a memorial plaque and tree planted in Ethan Allen, DO, Park.

The plaque, which reads “This tree stands in memory of those staff employees who have passed away while in service to Western University of Health Sciences,” was placed next to a newly planted camphor tree. The names of seven employees are listed on the plaque. Click here to read the full story.

Free health clinic

WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Madison Elementary School, 351 W. Phillips Blvd., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The event will feature free physical wellness exams, including a full physical exam, blood pressure, glucose tests, and Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. All ages are welcome. Children’s educational activities will include reading and tutoring.

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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

Congratulations to COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO, who received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) on Nov. 2, 2012. The award was given “in recognition of distinguished and devoted service to the osteopathic profession and having brought credit to CCOM.”

Congratulations to Dr. Darmani on the following publication: “Cisplatin causes over-expression of tachykinin NK(1) receptors and increases ERK1/2- and PKA- phosphorylation during peak immediate- and delayed-phase emesis in the least shrew (Cryptotis parva) brainstem,” which was published in Eur J Pharmacol. 2012 Sep 19. pii: S0014-2999(12)00762-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.09.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Darmani NA, Dey D, Chebolu S, Amos B, Kandpal R, Alkam T.

AACOM Board of Deans visits WesternU

Deans from many of the 29 U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine visited COMP on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

In early November, all the PA faculty had the opportunity to attend PA education workshops sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) in Seattle, Wash. PA faculty member Tim Wood, MS, PA-C, and Health Sciences Department Chair Tina Meyer, DrHSc, hosted a spotlight session titled “The TPaCK Model in Faculty Development: utilizing meaningful technology for teaching and learning.” The lecture centered on learning to teach the digital native in the PA classroom and the new perspectives and teaching strategies needed to be successful. They pointed out that today’s effective PA educator is more than a content expert; instructional strategies now must embrace technology in teaching and learning that leverages the learning styles of the interactive fluctuant, hyperlinked thinker.

Another spotlight lecture at the PAEA conference was presented by PA Department Chair Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, and faculty members Tim Wood, MS, PA-C, and Elizabeth Maugh, PA-C. The presentation was titled “Bringing the iPad to the OSCE: The Why and How in One PA Program.” The lecture discussed how more “reality” can be added to the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and Problem Oriented Physical (POP) exams. The PA faculty shared their use of an iPad as one solution, in which multimedia files are used instead of written materials. The multimedia files increase student engagement, elevate critical thinking and augment connections between psychomotor tasks and cognitive domain knowledge. Both sessions were well attended and the follow up comments were very positive.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Both DPT and DPM students were victorious in winning the recent championship sports games held in recognition of National Physical Therapy Month. In volleyball, the DPT 2014 team of Itsy Bitsy Spikers maintained their undefeated record by winning their playoff game with the DPT 2013 Face Spikes team. In basketball, team DPM Jeremy overtook team Hoops I Did It Again of the DPT 2015 class in a double-elimination tournament. The Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) wants to thank all the students, staff, and faculty who came out to compete and support their teams during the several weeks of tournament play.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Olivia Phung, PharmD, has received funds from Merck to conduct a systematic review comparing insulin secretagogue to non-secretagogue agents added to metformin on glycemic durability outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. This grant is for $30,000 over a six-month period.

Dr. Phung received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Drug Therapy Research Literature Award.

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Congratulations to NIH APS STEP-UP Fellow, Titus Wongk, and his mentor, Dr. Brad Andresen, on their recognition in “The Physiologist.” Wongk, a senior at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., was one of 24 NIH/NIDDK STEP-UP fellows selected to work in a distinguished lab for their summer research. His project, titled “Effects of MEK Inhibition on Angiotensin II- and Norepinephrine-mediated Hypertension,” was also presented at WesternU’s 5th Annual Summer Student Technology and Research Symposium.

The APS Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experiences for undergraduate students who are from groups underrepresented in science. The program helps students explore biomedical research careers and provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases.

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