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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 10-13, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

October 10, 2017

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A Tribute to Caring

WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” (ATC) Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. WesternU will honor Inter Valley Health Plan, represented by President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald H. Bolding. Proceeds from ATC benefit student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information and to purchase tickets:



Students invited to learn entrepreneurial skills at Pomona Innovation Weekend

Western University of Health Sciences is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona and the Pomona Chamber of Commerce on the second Pomona Innovation Weekend, an intense three-day workshop where students learn how to turn an idea into a business.

Pomona Innovation Weekend, previously called 3-Day Startup Pomona, will take place Oct. 20-22, 2017 in the Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona. The event is free and open to all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

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Collaborating Across Borders VI

WesternU Vice Provost Sheree Aston, OD, MA, PhD, served as the U.S. Co-Chair for Collaborating Across Borders VI, the major interprofessional conference in North America. The conference took place Oct. 1-4, 2017 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Canada Co-Chair was Dr. Anne Gooden-Webster. The hosting organizations are the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).  Dr. Aston is a Trustee of AIHC. The conference attracted more than 600 attendees from eight countries. Click here to read more about the conference:



From the College of Allied Health Professions:

PA Profession 50th anniversary
During this week 50 years ago, the PA Profession became official as the first group of PAs graduated from Duke University. The PA Professional was the vision of Eugene S. Stead Jr., MD, who wanted to assist in the shortage of trained providers to meet the basic medical needs of the people in the United States back in the 1960s.

WesternU embraced PA education in 1990 by enrolling its first class of PAs. Since then, WesternU has matriculated 33 PA classes and has educated approximately 2,100 graduates.

Click here to read more about the history of the PA profession from Department of Physician Assistant Education Chair Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA:

Please join and support the current first-year PA students from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 on the Esplanade to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the PA Profession. There will be activities and food to be enjoyed by all. Click here to view a flier on Facebook.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Edward Barnes, MD, FACP, was awarded “The 2017 Teaching Award” from the American College of Physicians (ACP), California Region-II on September 17, 2017

The American College of Physicians is a national organization of internists — physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

Third-year COMP-Northwest student Christopher Jurief was recognized for his research presentation at the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT) Annual Regional Chapter Meeting at Seattle Genetics in Bothell, Wash. Oct. 2, 2017. Jurief presented “Cellular Models of Human Neurodevelopment Differ in Their Sensitivity to Environmental Chemical,” a study conducted in the lab of COMP-Northwest Professor Glen Kisby, PhD, with several collaborators. This study looked at two in vitro neural models used to study environmental chemicals and their toxicity, and compared how these two models responded to certain established toxins. Jurief was awarded a certificate for “Best Platform Presentation.”

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, was recently elected President-Elect for GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Click here to read more.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Ana Alcaraz was one of 10 facilitators in charge of a round-table discussion, “Meet the Experts,” at the 2017 SCAVMA Leadership Conference held in August. The conference is a meeting of approximately 100 student leaders and faculty members from all 37 veterinary colleges represented in the SAVMA House of Delegates. Dr. Alcaraz was able to connect with other faculty and students. Dr. Alcaraz’s participation was well-received.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley and two USDA colleagues, Rick Meinersmann, VMD, PhD, and Mark Berrang, PhD, recently had two projects funded through the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The first project funded for $20,200 uses bioinformatics tools developed by Dr. Oakley to design new PCR-based assays for detection and diagnostics of eukaryotic pathogens of poultry. The second project funded for $93,778 is in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and will use a metagenomic DNA sequencing approach to characterize the gastrointestinal microbial communities of pre-antibiotic era chickens. The project team was recently granted access to specimens collected in 1887 and stored in ethanol since then at the Museum of Natural History. High-throughput sequencing of the GI microbial metagenome from these specimens will be compared to modern chickens to help understand how antibiotic usage and intensive husbandry practices may have altered the chicken GI microbiome.

CVM Professor Teresa Y. Morishita, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACPV, has been appointed to the Assessment Development Committee of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (IVCA). Dr. Morishita is one of 11 members on the IVCA’s Assessment Development Committee, which oversees the main content areas of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), selects and appoints NAVLE item writers each year and participates in item and form review meetings. The NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Janice Hoffman presented three posters along with PharmD students and WesternU faculty, at Collaboration Across Borders, the IPE conference, held in Banff, Canada.

Janice Hoffman. “An Innovative Leadership Model for Healthcare teams” based off her work for her EdD.

“Development of interprofessional communication for graduate healthcare students through preclinical interprofessional education experiences” with Palak Desai and several WesternU faculty.

“Video conferencing vs. face-to- face collaboration: A comparison of different mediums in the development of interprofessional patient care plans” with Joanne Tran and Evelyn Nguyen, and Drs. Jaejin An and John Tegzes.

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