Wellness takes the stage at Pumerantz Lecture

Health educators, employers and providers must be the leaders in setting an example of health and wellness, if the United States is to ever pull itself out of a downward spiral of obesity and chronic disease, two wellness experts said at Western University of Health Sciences Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Dr. David Tillman, Medical Director for MemorialCare Health System of Orange County, and Melanie Cumbee, Manager of MemorialCare Health and Wellness Programs, were the featured speakers at the 6th annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship, held in the Health Education Center on the WesternU-Pomona campus. The lectureship was established in 2009 in honor of WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, through a donation from Drs. Elaine and Daljit Sarkaria of Orange.

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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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From the College of Pharmacy:

ACCP meeting

PPAD faculty participated in the following activities at the recent American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) meeting, in Austin, Texas:

As previously announced, Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius was inducted as a Fellow of ACCP (FCCP) for her excellence in service to the profession.

She also was recognized for her role in starting the Cardiology PRN mentorship program. At the meeting, she helped the PRN membership committee with new member “”meet and greet”” session.

Along with Dr. James Scott, she helped recruit post-docs at the Residency and Fellowship Forum.

Dr. Olivia Phung received ACCP’s New Investigator Award and delivered the annual New Investigator Award Lecture titled “”Evidence Synthesis to Inform the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes”” on Oct. 13, 2014.

Dr. G. S. Shankar was part of the Certification Committee that discussed addition of some more clinical areas for board certification and possible deletion of additional qualifications.

Dr. Thomas Kleyn served on the Credentials: Membership Committee.

Congratulations to the following faculty for their publications in California Pharmacist Summer 2014 Issue:


Emmanuelle Schwartzman and Thomas Kleyn, “”Transgender Patients: Communication Pearls for Pharmacists.”” pp 26-30.

Alana Zapata, Bik Tai and Anandi V. Law, “”Clinical Practice Capsule: Patient-Centered Labeling: How to Make Prescription Labels Work for our Patients.”” pp 35-38.

Alana Zapata is a PharmD candidate who worked on this paper during her APPE with Dr. Law. Dr. Bik Tai was Dr. Law’s previous Outcomes Research Fellow.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Robert A. Christman, DPM, EdM, has completed the second edition of his textbook, Foot and Ankle Radiology. It has gone to print and is expected to be released in December 2014. Also, Part 2 of Dr. Christman’s five-part Special Section, Radiographic Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle, has been published in the September/October 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). Part 2 focuses on the greater tarsus (which includes the talus and calcaneus foot bones).

From the College of Optometry:

Eye Care Center news

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From University Advancement:

Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2014 is Dec. 2

In the spirit of the giving season, WesternU is participating in the 3rd annual #GivingTuesday, a worldwide campaign that celebrates and encourages philanthropy. Everyone, anywhere, can celebrate! Make sure to join us in this movement by following the WesternU Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for more information and updates!

Alumni news

The WesternU Alumni Association distributed more than 550 ice cream sandwiches to students in Ethan Allen Park on Oct. 22. The event, known as Sudden Snack, is held a few times each year to build awareness of the Alumni Association and provide a break (and a sweet treat) for the students.

More than 50 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests attended the WesternU Reception at the Oakland City Center Marriott in Oakland, Calif., during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference Oct. 24.

Tonight, nearly 350 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend the WesternU Reception at the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention.

From Information Technology:

Kudos on accomplishments

The October 2014 Issue of the ‘University Business’ magazine featured an article titled “”5 Ways to Work Video in the LMS,”” in which Miary Andriamiarisoa, Director of ITDL, shared his views on best practices applied at Western University of Health Sciences on how to leverage videos in education.

In the article, Miary outlines strategic approaches that can help faculty members embrace lecture capture technologies and make them part of their curriculum delivery method. Among the strategies that proved to be highly effective is the decentralization of the video recording scheduling process. This approach allows institutions to have an agile and efficient scheduling method and, at the same time, considerably reduce the cost of supporting and delivering an enterprise lecture recording solution.

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From the Pumerantz Library:

Ebola exhibit

The staff of the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library has produced an exhibit on the Ebola virus and the international challenges that this frightening virus is causing.

The exhibit, open through December 2014, explains what is known scientifically about this disease and explores its effects on humans. It also discusses the challenges to culture, health care personnel, governments, airlines, other cross border transportation systems, and the pressures on researchers trying to find a cure.

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