A Tribute to Caring
WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” (ATC) Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Registration and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and program begin at 7:30 p.m. VCA Inc., represented by President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Antin, will receive the Corporate Award for Excellence in Health Care. Proceeds from ATC benefit student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information and to purchase tickets.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Janice Hoffman had a poster presentation, “Trends of Successful Exelon (Rivastigmine) patch in Geriatric patients with Dementia,” at the 5th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016, held in London.

Dr. Hoffman also attended the FDA’s “Listening Session on Neurology, Aging, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases with the FDA Commissioner,” representing American Geriatric Society and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists as a pharmacist on the team. This is a forum where the FDA commissioner invites key stakeholders and listens to their input- in this case, resources for research into the abovementioned disease states.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Clinical research study
Do you or someone you know have Type 1 Diabetes? Do you currently take two types of insulin to manage your Type 1 Diabetes? If so, consider participating in an important Clinical Research Study comparing two different types of basal (long-acting) insulin.

Qualified participants include those who are/have:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 70 years of age with type 1 diabetes mellitus,
  • Experienced at least one low blood glucose level (hypoglycemia) with symptoms
  • Receiving at least 1 year treatment with insulin, and 
  • Willing to return to clinic for regular site visits and have phone contact between appointments.

Qualified participants will receive investigational study drug and study related medical visits and procedures at no cost while participating in the study as well as compensation for your time. Visits will occur at the Patient Care Center on campus. (approved by WesternU IRB# 16/IRB/017 and Chesapeake IRB)

To learn about how you can participate please contact:

PI- Dr. Airani Sathananthan 909-706-3818 or asathananthan@westernu.edu

Research Coordinator- Dr. Cesar Ochoa 909-469-8412 or cochoa@westernu.edu

Fitness Friday
5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Hangar 18 Upland, 256 Stowell St. Suite A, Upland, Calif. 71786. Open to all WesternU students, faculty and staff. Free admission with WesternU ID badge. Shoes and harness rentals are $3 each. Click here to view a flier.


Kudos on accomplishments
Dennis Muscato, MS, is co-leader of the Lifestyle Medicine Medical Education Collaborative (LMEd) and the Summit held Oct. 7-9 2016 in Greenville,  South Carolina. Medical schools from around the world were in attendance. Participants engaged in workshops on how to create their own lifestyle medicine curriculum roadmap. Muscato presented sessions on “University Models of Lifestyle Medicine,” “How do I Begin” and “Mentoring and Curricular Tools.”

John T. Pham, DO, is featured in the American Osteopathic Association’s The DO, where he provides “5 tips for teaching the next generation of osteopathic physicians.” Click here to read the story.


Medical Anatomy Center news
A team of COMP-Northwest students gave oral and poster presentations at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon Conference. Click here to read more. Click here to view a photo of the students.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Associate Professor Dr. Fanglong Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Dan Miulli from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, had a paper accepted at Surgical Neurology International. Kashyap S, Ghanchi H, Minasian T, Dong F, Miulli  D. Abdominal Pseudocyst as a Complication of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement: Review of the Literature and a Proposed Algorithm for Treatment using 4 Illustrative Cases. Surgical Neurology International (In Press)

Dr. Dong also had an oral presentation accepted at 2017 American Physician Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. Palmer P, Elston K, Sundgren A, Palmer S, Holcomb P, Hill S, Jacobson T, Dong F, Duong J, Hague M. Manual Physical Therapy to the Lumbosacral Spine in Women with Urinary Incontinence: A Retrospective Study. Platform (oral) presentation at the 2017 American Physician Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting; February 15-18, 2017; San Antonio, Texas.


From the Pumerantz Library:

National Medical Librarian’s Month
Come to the Pumerantz Library and help the staff celebrate National Medical Librarians Month! We have an awesome lineup of events planned to share with you.

Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17: VRLC Training – J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center. Limit of 10 persons. Register here.

5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19: Game Night, Library Lobby, Register here.

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: Distance services: Not out of sight, out of mind. Zoom online workshop

Friday, Oct. 21: Fine Free Friday – Return an overdue library book on this day without paying the fine. Previous outstanding fines or fees (damaged or lost) cannot be waived, sorry.

For more details please visit our Facebook page or News Events Blog.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15, about two dozen alumni, faculty, staff, and guests gathered at the Buca di Beppo in Anaheim, Calif. to celebrate the PA Class of 2001’s 15th Reunion. The classmates enjoyed catching up with one another over a delicious family style dinner. Pictures from the event can be viewed at http://westernu.smugmug.com/WesternU-Alumni/PA2001-Reunion.