WesternU honors Inter Valley Health Plan at “A Tribute to Caring” gala

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With a “steampunk” theme reflecting the role of innovation through the years, WesternU held its annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. About 600 guests helped WesternU raise more than $320,000.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU Physician Assistant Class of 2017 earns 100 percent pass rate on boards
The Western University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Class of 2017 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). All 96 students in the Class of 2017 passed their first time taking the test, which is a first for WesternU’s PA program, which is part of the College of Allied Health Professions.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Sam Shimomura has been recognized by the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) with the CSHP Lifetime Honorary Membership Award. This is only the 11th time in its 46-year history that CSHP has given this award.

Click here to read more from College of Pharmacy Dean Dan Robinson, PharmD, FASHP.

Also at CSHP Seminar 2017: Dan Nguyen, PharmD ’18, received the 2017 Student Leadership Award recognizing pharmacy students’ involvement in and contribution to CSHP and the profession of pharmacy.

Marvin Ortiz, PharmD ’18, received the John J. Carbone Memorial Scholarship, awarded to future pharmacy leaders who desire a career in health-system pharmacy management.

The WesternU CSHP Chapter received the 2016 Student Chapter of Distinction Award. Ten students presented nine posters in the Poster Session. The college participated by having a booth at the Residency Showcase and also on the Exhibit Floor. The College of Pharmacy hosted a dinner for more than 80 students, faculty, alumni, staff, preceptors and friends of the college at Battista’s Hole in the Wall restaurant on Oct. 27.

Dr. Micah Hata received a three-year accreditation for his community practice PGY1 in collaboration with Ralphs Pharmacy.

Drs. Janice Hoffman and Mark Nguyen received positive feedback on their mid-cycle evaluation and continue on in their six-year accreditation cycle. Dr. Hoffman’s residency is with Jewish Home for the Aging and Dr. Nguyen’s residency is with St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Kudos to the three directors and their residents, and to Dr. Schwartzman, for her leadership and support of our programs.

Dr. Janice Hoffman had a recent publication on the model she developed in her EdD program. Deborah Schreiber & Janice Hoffman. Simen-Schreiber Leadership Model for Healthcare Teams. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. Vol- 3, Issue- 10 (2017). http://www.onlinejournal.in/IJIRV3I10/074.pdf

WesternU College of Pharmacy is proud to have been part of the Pomona Health Career Ladder program on Oct. 28, 2017. About 40 local high school juniors and seniors had the unique opportunity to create watermelon-flavored lip balms in the pharmacy compounding lab. The students were amazed at how fast and simple the process was, and we hope this interactive activity encourages them to pursue a career in pharmacy. Special thanks to Dr. Mireles for facilitating the compounding activities and to student pharmacists Rita Semerjian, Wilson Wong, Ani Arsenyan, and Anthony Sengul for their wonderful assistance. Click here to view a Facebook gallery that includes the lip balm activity.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest OMSII James Stanek won first place in the American College of Physicians (Oregon Chapter) Regional Medical Student Poster Competition in the basic science category. The competition was held in Salem, Oregon. Stanek’s poster was titled, “Morpholino Probes For Rapid Pathogen Detection,” and the authors were Stanek J, Powell J, Mata J, McQuistan T, Smythe C, Summerton J, Squier T, Xiong Y. This competition largely involves residents and medical students from Oregon Health Sciences University. The research was supported by Erkkila Foundation and GeneTools, LLC, and carried out primarily in the laboratory of Drs. Mata and Squier of Basic Medical Sciences. Stanek has been invited to present his poster at ACP’s national meeting to be held in New Orleans in April 2018.  


WesternU COMP-Northwest medical students’ research featured at annual symposium
The WesternU COMP-Northwest Research Club will host a Research Symposium from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the medical school, 200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon. The symposium will feature five student-led research projects from COMP-Northwest. Click here to read more. 


Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research and Clinical Anatomy presented an innovative imaging technology to OMS I’s during their Medical Anatomy course which he has termed as “DynaStatic Imaging anatomy.” They were the first students to receive this technology worldwide. Click here to read more.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Lyon Lee was co-author on a published article in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Sciences, “Prediction of arterial blood gas values from venous blood gas values in Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) anesthetized with intramuscular medetomidine and zolazepam-tiletamine.” Professor Yeon at Gyongsang National University in Korea was a co-collaborator.

CVM Professor Jose M. Peralta and Assistant Professor Zarah Hedge hosted the third annual Animal Welfare Symposium recently at the College of Veterinary Medicine. It was a full day of discussions and presentations on important and current animal welfare issues. Veterinary presenters included Drs. Gary Weitzman, Barry Kipperman, Michael Blackwell, Holly Cheever, Jim Reynolds and Ahne Simonsen. Participants included 55 students, 21 veterinarians and four veterinary technicians. The students came from 10 different veterinary schools: Auburn, Tuskegee, Oregon State, Tufts, UC Davis, MidWestern, UPenn, Kansas State and Texas A&M. The event was sponsored by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and WesternU CVM. The officers of the SC-HSVMA who assisted in the organization of the event included Clinson Lui, Erika Budde, Rikki Boswell-Jones, Emily Fecso and Sam Antillon.



From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On Monday, Oct. 30, the Alumni Office hosted a lunch for members of the DVM Class of 2018, who were back on campus last week. About 100 students enjoyed a pizza lunch as they reconnected with one another after being apart the past few months.