Sculptures by renowned artist Seward Johnson return to WesternU
Western University of Health Sciences’ Esplanade on its Pomona, California campus is once again populated by a dozen realistic life-size bronze figures by internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson.

The sculptures were installed Nov. 4, 2015 at WesternU and will remain until Feb. 1, 2016. The exhibition is the result of a generous agreement between WesternU and international not-for-profit The Sculpture Foundation, which owns the entire collection of Johnson sculptures through a gift by the artist.

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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.
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The Center for Oral Health 2015 Annual Symposium
Dr. Tina Meyer, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Strategic Collaborations and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions, 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 Panel” held at the Westin Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.  In addition to Dr. Meyer, Dr. Mary Lopez from the College of Graduate Nursing and Dr. Steven Friedrichsen from the College of Dental Medicine were also panelists at the conference. The event, held on October 29, 2015, discussed current national efforts to promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice to improve health outcomes.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP student receives hemophilia scholarship
Third-year College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific student Shawn Whelan has been named a recipient of the Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship. He is one of five graduate students across the United States to be recognized with this award, which was established by Pfizer Inc. to inspire deserving students living with hemophilia to achieve their educational goals. Click here to read the full story.


From the College of Pharmacy:

First COP endowed scholarship
Bhavesh Desai and Sumit Desai (cousins who both earned their WesternU PharmD degrees in 2002) are the first College of Pharmacy (COP) graduates to establish an endowed scholarship, the “Drs. Sumit and Bhavesh Scholarship Endowment,” which will benefit COP student pharmacists.

They visited the campus Nov. 4, 2015 to sign the gift agreement establishing their scholarship.

In 2010, the McKesson Corporation presented the “Pharmacy of the Year Award” to their Yucaipa Valley Pharmacy and $2,500 for its leadership in the pharmacy industry, which they donated to WesternU. In 2011, Dr. Bhavesh Desai was the alumni speaker at Commencement and encouraged the graduating class to “…become active alumni of the College of Pharmacy and the University.” Dr. Bhavesh Desai is also a past president of the Indian Pharmacists Association.

The Desais own Guardian Health Mart Pharmacy in San Bernardino and California Specialty Pharmacy in Whittier.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNPc, WHNP, AGN-BC, FAANP, is co-author of a recently-published article by LaSonya Davis, DNP, FNPc (WesternU alumna)  titled:

The Effects of Cardiovascular Education on Knowledge and Perceptions of Self-Efficacy: Implementing Behavior Change among African Americans  in The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 14, Issue 3-4 pp 83-98.


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM, is now board certified in Health Care Quality and Management. This board certification is granted by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, which is the nation’s largest organization of interdisciplinary care professionals who are committed to maximizing patient safety and the quality of health care. This is the only health care quality and management certification developed and administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Tracey McNamara was recently notified of the acceptance of her manuscript, “Wildlife Pathology Studies and how they can inform Public Health” for publication in the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal (ILAR).

CVM Assistant Professor Elizabeth (Betsy) Charles co-authored a commentary that was recently published in JAVMA titled, “A renewed call for veterinary leaders.” She brought her experience as the Executive Director for the Veterinary Leadership Institute to the commentary and encouraged all veterinarians to see themselves as leaders and as critical players in the success of the profession.

Dr. Charles was invited to present a day-long leadership workshop for the Power of 10 leadership group in the Michigan VMA in Lansing, Michigan recently. Her sessions were titled “The importance of emotional intelligence in veterinary medicine and its application to leadership,” “A strategy for effective inter-generational communication,” “What is influence and how do we begin to have influence in veterinary medicine,” and “I’m too busy to know my why! Strategies for getting back to why.” She was also invited to present a similar program to the Power of 10 leadership group in the Indiana VMA which took place last week in Indianapolis, Ind.

Dr. Charles was invited back to Washington State University CVM to help facilitate the Diagnostic Challenge, a case-based exercise for the second-year students. Dr. Charles has been a facilitator in this program since 2004 and enjoys sharing the benefits of case based learning with the students at Washington State. For more information on the Diagnostic Challenge, please visit

Dr. Charles was invited to present at the CanWest Veterinary Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada last month. Her four sessions were presented in the Veterinary Team Track and included content associated with effective inter-generational communication.

CVM student Sarah Mercer, DVM ’17, recently received notice that her research manuscript concerning the New York City carriage horses was accepted by JAVMA. This work was instrumental in providing science to the carriage horse issue and saving the carriage horses in NYC. This work has been cited in many places in the NYC news. Sarah undertook this study under mentorship of CVM Professor Joseph Bertone. Associate Professor David Kersey was instrumental in the technical aspects design and production of this manuscript and its completion. Mercer will be presenting this work at the annual convention of the AAEP in Las Vegas in early December.

Kathryn Slaughter, DVM ’17, Danielle Demel, DVM ’16, Assistant Professor Spring Halland, and Professor Joseph Bertone have a research manuscript in review with JAVMA that was recently presented at the World Equine Veterinary Meeting in Guadalajara by Slaughter. The manuscript was also cited in an online newsletter, The Horse. Title of the article is “Does a canine lyme vaccine elicit a response in horses.” The article can be accessed at:


From University Advancement:

DVM 2016 lunch
On Nov. 2, the Alumni Office hosted a pizza lunch for the DVM 2016 class that was back on campus last week. This lunch is designed to introduce the students to the Alumni Association as well as to provide the students with some social time together after being apart for the past several months.

WesternU Connect
On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Alumni Office formally introduced WesternU Connect to current students. WesternU Connect is a new web platform that will allow WesternU students to securely connect with alumni for professional networking and career advice. For example, a COMP student could search for and contact COMP alumni specializing in dermatology and oncology to help decide which specialty to pursue; or a COP student could search for and contact COP alumni working at Target and Rite Aid to help decide which job offer to accept. WesternU alumni just recently learned about this program, and there are already about 170 registered on the site, eager to share their experience and expertise with current WesternU students. While still relatively small in number, these alumni represent more than 40 health care specialties and nearly every graduation year and degree program from WesternU; and more alumni are joining every day. In addition to the networking directory, WesternU Connect is comprised of other features including photo galleries, University news, and upcoming events where students can network with alumni in person.