Aging expert: Future requires collaborative approach
Getting old, as the saying goes, is not for the faint of heart.

Caring for an aging population also will take stout hearts and strong constitutions, since by the year 2050, people 65 and older will make up 20 percent or more of the population in most of the world’s countries. Humans on the whole are living longer and have more access to health care than ever before, which in simple terms means “the worldwide population is aging,” according to Arti Hurria, MD. Despite the expected surge in elderly, “We are not training enough individuals to care for this group,” she said. “What are the implications for our health care workforce?”

Hurria, director of the Cancer and Aging Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., and a professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, was keynote speaker at the eighth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship. The lecture, which drew an audience of more than 400 students, faculty, staff and guests, was held Thursday, September 29, 2016 in the Health Education Center at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow and video.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU COMP Dean Paula Crone named AOA Mentor of the Year
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Dean Paula M. Crone, DO ’92, is the American Osteopathic Association’s Mentor of the Year.

The award honors DOs who help shape the future of the profession by sharing their knowledge, skills and distinct philosophy. Crone was one of three finalists for the Mentor of the Year award, from 119 nominated mentors. Click here to read the full story.


Student Technology and Research Symposium
WesternU COMP-Northwest’s Research Club hosted a successful Student Technology and Research Symposium on Sept. 21. The symposium featured second-year medical students’ summer research fellowship projects.

The students’ work was featured on the front page of two local newspapers. Coverage of the symposium can be found in the Albany Democrat-Herald here, as well as in a story and editorial in the Lebanon Express. 


Wellness with the president
A group of COMP-Northwest students were in Texas for the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education Conference and decided to go for a post-presentation workout in the hotel. To their surprise there was a group of secret service agents there to greet them along with former President George W. Bush. Click here to view a photo on Facebook and read more.


Kudos on accomplishments
COMP alumnus Joel Abbott, DO, is featured in an article in the Capital Gazette. Click here to read the article.

Fourth-year COMP-Northwest student Joshua Strait published “Consideration of Personal Adverse Childhood Experiences during Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Curriculum in Graduate Health Programs” in The Permanente Journal. Click here to view the article:


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Pedro Diniz recently gave a series of four lectures at the Annual Conference of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, with approximately 100 participants. More information is available here:


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments:
CDM Assistant Professor Robert D. Stevenson, DDS, published the article “Timely Referrals – Our Ethical Obligations to Our Colleagues” in the CDA Journal, Volume 44, Number 10, October 2016, p. 651. The link to this article can be found here:


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration with pediatrician Dr. Thornhill-Scott, had a paper accepted for publication in Clinical Pediatrics. They analyzed the practice and risk reduction by specialty (pediatricians, family practitioners, and obstetricians). Their main conclusion is though pediatricians, family practitioners, and obstetricians are knowledgeable about SIDS and SIDS risk reduction, they are not allocating adequate time for discussing SIDS and SIDS reduction efforts with their patients. Thornhill-Scott F, Dong F, Redmond M, Ablah E. Physician Practices Regarding SIDS and SIDS Risk Reduction in Kansas. Clinical Pediatrics (In Press)

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Neeki (ARMC Emergency Department), and Jake Toy, had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians’ Scientific Assembly Nov. 2-5, 2016 in San Francisco. This is a randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in prehospital traumatic hemorrhagic shock. Toy J, Neeki MM, Dong F, Vara R, Wong D, Jabourian N, Jabourian A, Seiler K, Pennington TW, Schulz-Costello K, Mistry J. Efficacy and safety of Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in prehospital traumatic hemorrhagic shock; outcomes of the Cal-PAT study.


From University Advancement:

Alumni mixer
On Wednesday, September 28, WesternU alumni came together at Walter’s restaurant in Claremont to enjoy meeting new acquaintances and catching up with old friends.  The colleges were widely represented with DOs, DPMs, PharmDs and PTs in attendance who also had the opportunity to meet President Daniel Wilson and his wife, Sandy.  It was a relaxed evening filled with good food, laughter and lively conversation.


Alumni events
The Alumni Office is hosting two events this week:

6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7: WesternU Reception at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel during the California Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference. Details/RSVP at

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9: WesternU Lunch at the Hilton Santa Clara Hotel during the California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Details/RSVP at


From the Pumerantz Library:

October is Archives Month
Help us document campus life at WesternU by submitting a picture from your day using #westernuarchives to your preferred platform. We’ll aggregate the images in Facebook to tell the story of WesternU.

It’s easy, just take a selfie on campus, a picture in a study room or at lunch, or even just walking to class. Then post it using #westernuarchives and you’re done!

Remember, history happens here!