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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

October 28, 2013

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WesternU’s Pumerantz Lectureship focuses on health equity

Attaining equity in health care requires improved access to care, a more diverse health care workforce and more responsible citizens doing their part to address the protection and enhancement of their own health.

That was the message from Louis W. Sullivan, MD, keynote speaker for the fifth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences, held Oct. 24, 2013 in Pomona, Calif. 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 Trustee traveling to Bulgaria as a Fulbright Award Winner

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis, JD, a Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees member since 2004, will travel to Bulgaria for a second time as a Fulbright Specialist.

Judge Duffy-Lewis will be teaching judges and lawyers on the subjects of Electronic Discovery as it relates to lawsuits and various techniques in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She will be teaching at the National Institute of Justice, and will conduct workshops throughout the country at different courthouses. She also will meet with members of the greater educational community to discuss enhancements in curriculum development.

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A Tribute to Caring

WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring gala will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Disneyland Hotel. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships. Visit the ATC website at for more information. Click here to read about the 2013 ATC honorees.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Golf Tournament Nov. 16

The WesternU Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16 at El Prado Golf Course in Chino, Calif.

Money raised will be used to send students to the SCAVMA symposium and to bring guest speakers to campus, along with other educational opportunities.

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Check in will begin at 7:15 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. We will have competitions for the longest drive and closest to the pin (both men’s and women’s).

The Banquet Hall will be open at 1 p.m. for lunch and the silent auction. Bidding for the silent auction will end at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the highest and lowest scores.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP Assistant Professor Steven Lam, DO, recently presented a year-long project on medical education at the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Educators. The project, titled “Oral Case Presentation Skill Development: Osteopathic Medical Student, Year 1,” is the first of its kind at COMP and is still being implemented at the first-year level at our Pomona and Lebanon campuses, with the collaboration of Assistant Professor John Pham, DO, CNW.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to PPAD faculty on their accomplishments at the recently-held American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.:

Dr. Olivia Phung was co-author on a paper that won the Cardiology PRN Best Paper of the Year Award. Baker WL, Phung OJ. Systematic review and adjusted indirect comparison meta-analysis of oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012 Sep 1;5(5):711-9.

Poster presentations: G.S.Shankar, Eddy Diaz, Wan-Tzu Lai, Xiao Juan Yuan. Impact of Psychiatric Hospital Readmission Rates Through Pharmacist Intervention- A Retrospective Analysis. Drs. Diaz, Lai and Yuan are all alumni of WesternU; Dr. Yuan is a previous resident of Dr. Shankar’s.

Dhruv Patel, Bik-Wai Tai and Anandi V. Law. Cost-effectiveness analysis of alogliptin in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a payer perspective. Dhruv is a current PharmD student who worked on this project during APPE with Dr. Law and her Outcomes Research Fellow Dr. Tai.

Drs. Jackevicius, Min and Scott represented WesternU at the Residency and Fellowship Forum.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Trick or Treat

Trick or treat at the Pumerantz Library in a costume on Halloween and you can enter into a drawing for a one-pound box of See’s Candy. For details on the Pumerantz Library’s Halloween Happenings please read our News and Events Blog.

From the Office of University Recruitment/Strategic Enrollment Management

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, highlighting health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for Preview Day.

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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