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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 14-17, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

October 14, 2014

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WesternU to hold Pumerantz Lecture Oct. 21

Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MemorialCare Health System, will serve as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences.

The lectureship will take place in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

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WesternU professor among first DOs to serve on ACGME board

Another milestone has been reached as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) work toward a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S.

For the first time, four doctors of osteopathic medicine will serve on the ACGME Board of Directors, including Clinton Adams, DO, WesternU College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Professor of Family Medicine and Senior Advisor for Strategic Leadership and External Affairs.

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Click here to read the press release from AACOM.

WesternU gala to raise money for student scholarships

Western University of Health Sciences will raise money for student scholarships and honor pioneers in health care at its annual fundraising gala, “”A Tribute to Caring,”” Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

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Click here to visit the ATC website and to buy tickets.

Free Community Health Clinic

A free flu immunization and health clinic will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at Madison Elementary School, 351 W. Phillips Blvd., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Area residents will have the opportunity to consult with health care providers and receive basic medical checkups, screenings and immunizations at no cost. Free services include full medical exams, blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations, as well as free flu vaccines and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines.

The event is organized by the Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT), a partnership between Western University of Health Sciences, Associated Pomona Teachers and Pomona Unified Health Services.

Guest speaker

Gustavo Arellano, editor of OCWeekly, lecturer in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton and author, will speak about his recent book,

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America from 7 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 14 at Western University of Health Sciences, Health Education Center, Classroom A, 701 E. Second St. Pomona, Calif.

WesternU’s Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library and the Pomona Public Library collaborated on the event. Arellano will have a few books on hand for purchase and signing. Parking will be in the Patient Care Center parking structure at Towne Avenue and Second Street.

Be the Match

On Sept. 25, Lambda & Friends helped assist City of Hope with Be the Match and the collection of bone marrow stem cells in the hopes of giving patients with leukemia and lymphoma a chance at life. More than 100 students, faculty and staff submitted bone marrow samples (through simple cheek swabbing), providing more than 100 chances to find potential bone marrow matches for current survivors of leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening cancers.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

WesternU DPTE Program has won the CAL-PT-PAC challenge for having the most Student Cub contributions of for all California PT/PTA programs. The CAL-PT-PAC Cub or “”PAC CUB”” is a program that allows students to become active in legislative efforts regarding political issues that involve physical therapy. CAL-PT-PAC educates policy makers on the benefits of Physical Therapy with the intent to facilitate more informed decision making regarding how the profession can best serve the public.

In recognition, at the California State Physical Therapy Conference on Oct. 24, the WesternU DPTE will be recognized for efforts in educating and promoting student engagement on professional responsibility and advocacy. WesternU DPTE will receive an award and all Student Cub members (contributors) will be provided the opportunity to attend the CAL-PT-PAC dinner.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The Department of Physician Assistant Education is in Philadelphia to support faculty members Monica Adams, MS, PAC, Tim Wood, MS, PAC, and Ann Shultz, MS, PAC, in their presentations at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum. This annual conference brings PA educators from all over the world together to share educational pearls and brainstorm ideas. We are also very proud of our first-year students in their successful execution of PA Week. The pie-eating contest proved to be too much of a challenge and the PT students triumphed.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Linda Kidd, CVM Associate Professor, was a recent guest lecturer at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Dr. Kidd lectured on “”Optimal Use of Diagnostic Panels in Canine Vector Borne Disease Testing.”” The CE Program was attended by more than 50 veterinarians and technicians from the L.A. area.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

The PGY1 residency programs directed by Dr. Janice Hoffman and Dr. Mark Nguyen have received accreditation of three years each. This is certainly a testament to the quality of the programs and the efforts and mentorship provided by the program directors.

Congratulations also to the residents who worked with the preceptors in ensuring a great program – Dr. Aida Oganesyan (PharmD 2012) who worked with Dr. Hoffman and Drs. Po Fung (PharmD 2012) and Castor Phan (PharmD 2013)who were residents with Dr. Mark Nguyen.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was the Director of Residency and Fellowship Training Programs and led the effort.

These two programs add to the two other PGY1s (Dr. Hess and Dr. Schwartzman) that are accredited and the two ACCP-peer reviewed fellowships (Dr. Min and Dr. Law).

From the College of Optometry:

College of Optometry hosts visitors from China

On Oct. 27, 2014 the College of Optometry will be hosting a delegation of 12 Chinese doctors representing five leading academic institutions and teaching hospitals in China. The group will tour the WesternU campus and hold meetings with various individuals to explore possible collaborations between the College of Optometry and China, including the establishment of an externship program affiliation and continuing with the visiting research scholar program. The WesternU tour is planned in conjunction with this group’s attendance at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) 44th annual meeting in San Diego.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, has been appointed to the editorial board of a new open access journal, Sports and Exercise Medicine. The first issue will be published in November 2014.

Additionally, Dr. Labovitz received an award in July from the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles for his leadership and service to the organization, having just completed a term as President of the Los Angeles Chapter.

Hors d’oeuvres & fundraiser

An evening of food and jazz hosted by the legendary Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave, featuring band DW3. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Tickets are $125 per person, and proceeds benefit the Dean’s Scholarship Fund at WesternU CPM. Click on the link for more information, to purchase your tickets and select your seating for this event.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Community Health Fair

COMP-Northwest students are organizing an inaugural Community Health Fair, planned for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Lebanon, Oregon. The event is open to all and is aimed at promoting health lifestyle choices through diet, exercise and relaxation techniques.

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COMP professor develops Ebola training module

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Maryam Othman, MD, MPH, collaborated on a free Ebola health education module that is being distributed by WiRED International to those areas hardest hit by the disease outbreak.

WiRED International, a San Francisco-based nonprofit health education organization, responded quickly in early May when the illness first began to spread, delivering its free Ebola health education module in both English and French to grassroots audiences in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

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Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger was the first to successfully combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound transducer using a

Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to successfully deliver an Ultrasound CME course for Family Practitioners. This was sponsored by Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners (ACOFP). All participants used conventional and SonicEye finger probes with Glass while learning the uses of ultrasound in both the musculoskeletal and cavity regions. Dr. Benninger taught his Triple Feedback technique using ultrasound, which was well received. He exposed participants to the multiple areas of ultrasound use which included Point of Care (diagnostic and interventional), physical examination, monitoring and research.

A photo of the moon taken by Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, was used in an educational graphic by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. You can read more about the graphic about halfway down this page:

The direct link to the graphic is here:

Matt’s original, full-resolution photo is here:

From University Advancement:

Humanism in the Health Sciences

We would like to invite all of you to submit your original essays, poems, photographs, and creative art works, for publication in the 2015 issue of Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine. This award-winning magazine is managed and edited by WesternU students and faculty and is published annually and distributed free of charge to interested individuals and institutions worldwide. The theme this year is “”Cultivating Identity.”” The deadline for submissions is Feb. 13, 2015. All works should be submitted to

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Copies of the 2014 issue are currently available on campus. To request additional copies, please email Debra Nelson at For past issues of Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine, please visit

Alumni News

The WesternU Alumni Association hosted a reception Oct. 10 during the California Academy of Physician Assistant’s Annual Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. More than 75 alumni, students, faculty, staff, preceptors, and guests attended the event to network, socialize, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. A few pictures from the event can be found online:


The WesternU Alumni Association is hosting two more evening receptions later this month at professional conferences:

More than 50 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend the WesternU Reception on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Oakland City Center Marriott in Oakland, Calif., during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. RSVP for the Oakland reception online at and be sure to stop by the WesternU booth (#121) in the Oakland Convention Center exhibit hall during the conference on that Friday and Saturday.

More than 300 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend the WesternU Reception on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention. RSVP for the Seattle reception online at and come visit the WesternU booth (#835) in the Washington State Convention Center exhibit hall during the convention on that Saturday-Monday.

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