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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 4-8, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

November 4, 2019

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WesternU’s ‘A Tribute to Caring’ to raise money  for scholarships, honor two doctors who have made a difference

Western University of Health Sciences will hold its annual fundraising gala, “A Tribute to Caring,” on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California, 91768.

Registration and reception begin at 6:30 p.m. The dinner and program begins at 7:30 p.m. Click here to visit the “A Tribute to Caring” (ATC) website for more information and to register:

WesternU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard A. Bond, DO ’82, DrPH, will receive the Commitment to Stewardship Award. Bond earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in the inaugural College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Class of 1982 and has practiced family medicine for more than 30 years. He joined the WesternU Board of Trustees in May 2000 and has served as chairman since March 2013.

Solomon Hamburg, PhD, MD, a clinical professor of medicine in UCLA’s Department of Medicine and Division of Hematology Oncology, will receive WesternU’s Doctors with Heart Award. He is a general hematologist and medical oncologist who practices in Beverly Hills and Encino. He has been treating cancer patients for more than 40 years and sees himself as a physician advisor supporting each patient through their serious illness.

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Innovation at the forefront of WesternU’s future

Western University of Health Sciences held Innovation Day Oct. 29, 2019 to showcase the many roles innovation and technology play in educating the next generation of health care providers.

The event, organized by WesternU’s Center for Innovation, featured hands-on learning opportunities and presentations by WesternU administrators and representatives of companies working with the University on a range of projects.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Graduate Placement, was invited to participate in the September 2019 Indian Podiatry Association (IPA) Advanced Wound Care Workshops Podiatry Courses in New Delhi, India. Dr. Labovitz facilitated workshops and gave two lectures, “The Intersection of Offloading the Diabetic Foot and Project Management” and “To Salvage or to Amputate: That is the Question.” At the conclusion of the workshop, Dr. Labovitz was presented with a plaque as a thank for his participation from the IPA Executive Board. For more information, please visit

College of Podiatric Medicine fourth-year students Bryanna Vesely and Elizabeth Oh received the 2019 American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) Founder’s Scholarship. Only four recipients are selected each year.  For more information, please visit



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Joelle Ayoub provided a presentation at the 42nd Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon (NPO) Education Conference, which was held on October 16-19, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon. The presentation “Recent Advances in the Management of COPD” was very well received and she has been invited back for 2020.

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman’s post-graduate year-1 residency in ambulatory care has received reaccreditation for another eight years, through 2027. Dr. Schwartzman’s program has been accredited since August of 2012.

Dr. Janice Hoffman served as an invited speaker at CSHP Seminar, which was held in October 17-20, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. Her seminar was titled “Current Treatment Modalities for Autism and the Role of the Newest Potential Medication Therapy: Balovaptan.”

Dr. Anandi V. Law was an invited speaker at the plenary session of APTICON 2019 convention (Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India) held Oct. 11-13, in Dehradun, India. She presented a well-attended talk on “Emerging Models of Pharmacy Practice in the US: Moving towards Direct Patient Care’ where she spoke on its applicability to the Indian context.” She was one of six invited international speakers. Dr. Law also presented an invited workshop on “Best Practices for OSCE as an Effective Student Learning Assessment.”



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Miguel D. Saggese was invited to Madrid, Spain, to present on avian medicine. These lectures were part of a year-long course on exotic animal medicine. After successful completion of a final exam at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies, veterinarians receive a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. The event was organized by Improve Iberia, an affiliate of Improve International, a non-governmental organization with a goal to provide “Continuous Professional Development for Veterinarians in Europe.”

CVM Professors Drs. Jose Peralta and Ana Alcaraz were awarded, for the fifth time, the AVMA Veterinary Educator Professional Development Grant to sponsor some of the activities of the Facilitator Support Group (FSG). The goal of this effort is to continue strengthening PBL teaching skills. The title of the project funded this year is “CVM workshop for facilitator training.” They have been using the money to establish a bi-yearly seminar on how to improve facilitation. Invited speakers have been: Dr. Kathy Edmondson, CVM Cornell University, and Dr. Tatum Korim, UCLA Medical School. In addition, the FSG started the Academic Book Club, to discuss chapters of the book “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching” by Susan A. Ambrose. Funds from one year’s grand paid for copies of that book that were shared with interested faculty members.



From the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning:

Student Fellowship for Medical Innovation in Teaching & Learning
WesternU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) announces the first ever CETL Student Fellowship opportunity, the Student Fellowship for Medical Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The CETL team is well known for partnering with campus faculty members to develop innovative technology, software, apps, and 3D printed models that are used in the classroom to enhance student learning. For years, the team has partnered with faculty to make their innovative teaching ideas come to life, and now we want to hear from the students.

Students are invited to share their innovative ideas about how technology can be used to help students better understand a difficult concept or increase their understanding of a medical topic.  One WesternU student will be awarded the CETL Student Fellowship for Medical Innovation in Teaching & Learning and will have the opportunity to develop their own innovative project idea, designed to help enhance medical learning.

The winning student will be awarded a $200 WesternU Bookstore gift certificate and will get to work closely with the design team from the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning to see their educational concept go from just an idea, to a real-life working prototype.

For more information, and to apply, visit:



From University Student Affairs:

Halloween Costume Contest
WesternU held Halloween Costume contests in Pomona and Lebanon. Click here to view photos on Facebook from Pomona and Lebanon.

Pomona winners

Best Pet Costume: Kaylynn Brown, MSPA student, won first place for “Pug Caballero.” Jessica Kersey from University Student Affairs was runner up for the “Cowardly Lion.”

Best Individual Costume: Maria Moreno from Strategic Alliances won first place for dressing as the nun from “The Nun.” Runner up was COMP student Rosalie Ellis as “the Pirate.”

Best Group Costume: The OMM Fellows won first place for “Snow White & the Seven Fellows.” The Office of Medical Simulation/Standardized Patient Program was runner up for “A Punny Night in the ER.”

Lebanon winner

WesternU Oregon COMP student Emily Cloward (dressed as the CDC) and her daughter, Stella (dressed as a cootie), won first place.

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