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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 21-25, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

October 21, 2013

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Pumerantz Lectureship to be held Oct. 24, 2013

The fifth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences will feature Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as keynote speaker.

The Pumerantz Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 in Lecture Hall II of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The lecture will be streamed live to COMP-Northwest’s Lecture Hall II.

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WesternU students first to receive Ujima scholarships

It was a historic day when Ujima Inc. awarded scholarships to three Western University of Health Sciences students during its inaugural Ujima Scholarship Fund Award Ceremony held at the Pomona, Calif. campus Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

WesternU student scholarship winners were College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students Ludine McWhinney, DO ’14, and Fisayo Nwachukwu, DO ’17, and College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy Education student Jeremy Aryee, DPT ’15.

WesternU students are the first to benefit from the fund, which was established in 2010.

Ujima Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to improve health outcomes in underserved and underrepresented communities.

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WesternU conducts interprofessional gait study

Western University of Health Sciences is conducting an interprofessional study to explore walking, balance and visual skills in children ages 7-11. The purpose of the study is to identify specific walking and balance characteristics and visual skills in children with autism and/or sensory issues, as well as children who are developing typically.

If you and your child would like to participate in this study, please contact LaToya Johnson at 909-730-3472 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or email

Faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy Education in the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP), the College of Podiatric Medicine, and the College of Optometry are conducting the study.

The goal is to sign up 150 children. Each child and parent will come for a one-time visit of about 90 minutes at The Village@Indian Hill, Building 3, Suite 18, 1450 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, Calif. Click here to view the full story.

Health Fair

PCHAT will hold a free health fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Mendoza Center auditorium, 851 S. Hamilton Blvd., Pomona, Calif. Health screenings and middle school sports physicals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Email for more information. Click here to view a flier.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP-Northwest professor Edward K. Goering, DO, DVM, MSHPE, returned to the Lebanon campus on Oct. 16, after teaching an osteopathic manipulative medicine course for the Japanese Osteopathic Academy. The course was a visceral manipulation program, based on the Strain/Counterstrain model of Dr. LH Jones. The course spanned four days and was well-received by the 58 attendees. COMP-Northwest OMS III Alana Mouery assisted Dr. Goering during the course. Student-doctor Mouery is a pre-doctoral teaching fellow. This is the fourth trip Dr. Goering has made to Japan in recent years for educational programs.

REACH visit

Personnel with REACH Emergency Medical Flight Services visited the COMP-Northwest campus on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to help first-year medical students in the McDaniel Anatomy Lab. After landing the REACH helicopter in the roundabout on Mullins Drive, the REACH team facilitated the learning of emergency airway management by assisting emergency cricothyrotomies, tracheotomies and intubation. In return, the flight surgeons added to their anatomical knowledge by having the opportunity to work with the donor-cadaver-patients. This is the third year the REACH team has helped facilitate learning experiences in the anatomy lab.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Don Vu, the current fellow of Dr. David Min, received the first-place award for the Great 8 Paper Competition at the 2013 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Vu was chosen as one of the Great 8 papers among all abstracts (not just trainees) submitted to this year’s ACCP Annual Meeting and he was chosen as the first award after his oral presentation.

His research title is “Genetic variation in a Sestrin-2/Sestrin3/mTor Axis and development of new onset diabetes after transplantation in Hispanic Transplant Recipients.” Authors: Don Vu, Robert Naraghi, Ian Hutchinson, Tariq Shah, David Min.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius has been elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council on Quality Care and Outcomes). This Fellowship recognizes scientific and professional accomplishments and volunteer leadership and service to one of the world’s most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professionals.

She will be conferred the Fellowship on Nov. 16, 2013 at the AHA meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Sheryl Chow has been appointed as Vice-Chair, American Heart Association Clinical Pharmacology Committee of the Clinical Cardiology Council; to transition over as Chair the following year.

Dr. Chow was an invited speaker at the Heart Failure Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting on Sept. 24 in Orlando, Fla. She served as a speaker for “Hyde Park: Thank you for smoking” and as a speaker and moderator for “Alternative and OTC Medicine Conundrum.

She also had a poster presentation: Chow SL, Rietdorf E, O’Barr SA, Patel P, Heywood T. The Smokers Hypothesis: Reduction of inflammation from smoking may benefit acute decompensated heart failure.

Dr. Chow served as chair of the judging committee for best resident/fellow poster at the 2013 Annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy meeting.

From the Patient Care Center:

Backpack giveaway

As children head back to school after the summer break, the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences reminds parents that good vision is critical to learning.

The ECC is giving away a limited number of backpacks filled with school supplies as an incentive to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye examination.

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