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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017

by Rodney Tanaka

October 30, 2017

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WesternU’s “A Tribute to Caring” gala set for Nov. 4 at the Disneyland Hotel

Western University of Health Sciences will hold its annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Click here to read more about the event and to buy tickets:

WesternU will honor Inter Valley Health Plan, represented by President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald H. Bolding.

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Mike Quick retires from WesternU Board of Trustees

A longtime friend of Western University of Health Sciences and an independent-pharmacy advocate has retired from the WesternU Board of Trustees. Mike Quick, who worked for AmerisourceBergen for 50 years, retired from the Board of Trustees in September 2017 after serving for more than 13 years. Click here to read the full story.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU celebrates opening of East Valley Spay/Neuter Center in Van Nuys
Western University of Health Sciences held a grand opening for its East Valley Spay/Neuter Center in Van Nuys Oct. 26, 2017, celebrating a partnership that will provide veterinary student training and protect public health.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

College of Graduate Nursing provides health screenings at 5K run/walk
Students, faculty and staff from the College of Graduate Nursing and the WesternU chapter of the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) participated in the first Pomona 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. AAMN members performed health screenings, blood pressure checks and BMI measurements for the race participants and for community members in attendance. CGN also had 14 runners and walkers participate in the race. Click here to view photos:



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP students awarded service learning scholarship
Third-year College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students Jamila Rahmaan-Colder, MSMS ’14 and Eftikhar Akam, MSMS ‘15, are among 10 California medical students to earn California Community Service-Learning Program (CCSLP) scholarships this year. 

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, co-hosted the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation’s 20th Annual Patient Conference with Dr. Sergei Grando (UC Irvine Immuno-Dermatologist) on Sept. 15-17, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Dr. Laudenbach participated in a dermatology-oral medicine discussion about the interdisciplinary roles and challenges that providers and patients encounter when making rare oral-systemic diagnoses and co-managing rare immunobullous diseases. In addition, Dr. Laudenbach presented the WesternU CDM efforts related to “Changing the Way Rare Diseases are Taught.”  Dr. Laudenbach also provided a workshop with Dr. Nancy Burkhart (Texas A&M College of Dentistry) on “Oral Care” for patients with immunobullous diseases.  For more information about this event, please click here.



From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Alumni Office hosted another Sudden Snack event on the Esplanade near Ethan Allen Park and distributed nearly 600 Twix Ice Cream Bars to students. This event, now in its sixth year, is designed to increase awareness of the Alumni Association among current students, as well as to acknowledge the students’ hard work; and it is timed to coincide with the end of the first-year students’ IPE small group meetings… one of the few times that such a large group of students seem to all be on the same schedule. On campus students received an email from Director of Alumni Relations Russel Heskin around 2:45 p.m. (just before the IPE meetings begin), inviting them to come out that afternoon to enjoy a little treat. Pictures from the event can be seen at



From Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD):

LEAD Celebrates Their Very Own Nightmarish Artists
LEAD’s Wellbeing Initiative hosted a lunch hour Halloween celebration on Oct. 25. Students took a few moments during their coveted lunchtime to exorcise their blood, sweat and fear of preparing for and taking exams by drawing out hidden medical Halloween imaginations from the depth of their beleaguered brains. A raffle unearthed prizes of hearts, brains and T-shirts for those who artfully used their black magic skills. Appropriately disgusting snacks and Martha’s toxic Halloween Infused Water whet students’ appetites and inspired haunting masterpieces. These frightful images with a (medical) twist will be on display throughout November in LEAD’s RENEW space and on

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