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This Week@WesternU Oct. 17-20, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

October 17, 2011

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Pumerantz Lecture

Dr. Robert Margolis, Managing Partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Lecture Hall I of the Health Education Center. Dr. Margolis’ topic is “The Future of Health Care Delivery: A Physician’s Perspective.” Click here to read more.

PCHAT Clinic

Free health screenings will be provided by WesternU’s Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) at the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona, 1420 S. Garey Ave, Pomona, Calif. 91766, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 17, 2011. All are welcome regardless of insurance status.

LMSA Day Labor Clinic

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) will be hosting their biannual Day Labor clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help the day labor workers at the Pomona Equal Opportunities Center (PEOC), 1682 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, Calif. LMSA will be providing physicals and other screenings with many WesternU colleges helping out.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Featured Speaker

COMP-Northwest Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Pediatrics Alissa Craft, DO, will be a featured speaker at the Partnership for Primary Care Workforce’s “Primary Care: Where Are We Today and Where Do We Need to Go?” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Click here to view a flier.

Osteopathic Medical College Enrollment Up 6.5 percent

Total enrollment at the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges now tops 20,600, a 6.5 percent increase over last year’s (2010) more than 19,000 students, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

National Health Education Week Oct. 16–22, 2011

The Department of Health Sciences Education will be celebrating National Health Education Week, with the theme “Health Literacy: Gateway to Improving the Public’s Health.” During this week, a different theme will be highlighted each day:

Monday, Oct. 17: Introduction to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Schools: Integrating Health Literacy into Curriculum

Wednesday, Oct. 19: Healthcare System: Practice Changes to Improve Health Literacy

Thursday, Oct. 20: Seniors: Health Literacy and Healthy Aging

Friday, Oct. 21: Public Health: A Population-Based Approach to Health Literacy

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

James Syms, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS, President of the California Physical Therapy Association, will be a featured speaker at noon today, Oct. 17 in Lecture Hall West of the Health Sciences Center. The Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) is hosting Dr. Syms, who will be addressing “Physical Therapy Advocacy” in recognition of October being National Physical Therapy Month.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, PTAC and the Alumni Association are co-sponsoring the Annual PT BBQ at the Health Education Center Esplanade from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-sale lunch tickets are $5 (available for $6 on Oct. 19) and include a hamburger or veggie burger, chips, and a drink – tickets are available from any DPT student or at the BBQ. In addition to lunch, snow cones and baked goodswill also be sold starting at $1. Click here to view flier.

The volleyball and basketball tournaments continue with games scheduled for this upcoming week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Oct. 18, 20, and 21 – in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will be performing at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The concert theme is “A Halloween Spooktacular.” Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performingartists, plays principal bassoon with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. More information on this and future performances is available at

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Congratulations to the PA Class of 2013 for an outstanding PA day celebration. This past week the students provided a lunchtime event in honor of PA Week, which is celebrated annually to support, celebrate and recognize PAs, and increase public awareness of the PA profession. Theclass was successful in letting everyone know that PAs are health care professionals authorized to practice medicine as part of the health care team managed by a physician.

The PA students provided tacos, hot dogs, chili and baked goods. A live band provided excellent musical entertainment. Everyone had a great time and the PA class wants to thank all of you for your support.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Pharmacy Class of 2011 graduates had a pass rate of 99 percent on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to Dr. Fadi Khasawneh, MSPS student John Murad, and postdoctoral fellow Enma (Veronica) Espinosa on their recent publication: Enma Espinosa, John Murad, and Fadi Khasawneh. Aspirin: Pharmacology and Clinical Applications. Thrombosis. Accepted 3 October 2011.

Congratulations to Drs. Christal Pham and Karl Hess for their publication in Pharmacy Today, entitled "Risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome with Influenza Vaccine." Click here to read the article on pages 42-43.


The American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Students would like to invite all WesternU students to join their team on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in West Hollywood in support of AIDS Walk LA.

Click here to register to walk. Clickhere to make a donation.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Steven Friedrichsen, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, was a presenter and panelist at the California Primary Care Association Annual meeting Oct. 6-7, 2011. Dr. Friedrichsen’s presentation was titled “Building Educational Partnerships to Meet Community Needs.” The presentation and panel discussion focused on the broad array of community partnerships that are an integral component of the College of Dental Medicine’s clinical training of dental students. A number of other partnerships offered by other Colleges and Programs at WesternU were also included in the presentation and reviewed in the panel discussion.

From the Pumerantz Library:

National Medical Librarians Month

The Pumerantz Library is offering two specialty workshops for National Medical Librarians Month, one on EndNote and the other on Camino, a way to locate books not in our collection. We will also have our annual book sale, Fine Free Friday, and treats on Halloween. For details please visit the Library News and Events Blog.

California Archives Month

The University Archives will be celebrating California Archives Month in October with three Friday workshops, “Caring for Your Family Archives.”

Oct. 21: Workshop I “Papers”

Oct. 28: Workshop II “Home movies”

Nov. 4: Workshop III “Photographs”

The workshops will discuss causes of deterioration, care and handling, and provide storage guidelines and other helpful tips. All workshops will be held in the Library Conference Room from noon to 1 pm. Limited to 20 individuals. Please e-mail the University Archivist at to reserve a seat and indicate your preferred date(s).

From the Public Affairs Department:

Kudos on accomplishments

WesternU’s Public Affairs Department was recognized last week during the annual Polaris Awards ceremony from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) — Inland Empire chapter. WesternU received the Capella Award for excellence in publications for the 2009-10 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors, which was published as an edition of WesternU View. Jeff Keating, WesternU’s executive director of public affairs, accepted the award during the PRSA ceremony at Center Stage Theatre in Fontana.

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