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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

October 31, 2011

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Pumerantz Lecture

Dr. Robert Margolis, Managing Partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Lecture Hall I of the Health Education Center. Dr. Margolis’ topic is “The Future of Health Care Delivery: A Physician’s Perspective.” Click here to read more.

Cadaver Memorial Service

WesternU students paid their respects to Willed Body Program donors and their families, a gift that left an indelible impression on their early health sciences education. The student-sponsored Cadaver Farewell Memorial Service on Oct. 26, 2011 honored 51 donors, including nine veterans who were recognized with a flag presentation and the playing of “Taps.” Click here to view the full story and a slideshow.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

As National Physical Therapy month wraps up, the Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) continues its volleyball and basketball tournaments with games scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1, 3-4, in Centennial Park at 12:05 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, who recently presented at the International Patellofemoral Pain Research Consortium’s second biennial symposium, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Proximal, Local, and Distal Factors: An International Research Retreat, in Ghent, Belgium. Dr. Selkowitz was one of 36 invited attendees and presented a poster of his research, “Hip Muscle Activation in Persons with Patellofemoral Pain during Therapeutic Exercise: A Pilot Study Using Fine-Wire Electrodes.”

Department of Health Sciences Education News

President Pumerantz was a guest speaker for Health Sciences Educational Leadership Class on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. He shared his path to becoming the founding president for WesternU. Dr. Pumerantz explained how his core values of caring and compassion, and his vision for the university, has carried WesternU forward to be the great university we are today. The students were able to identify all of his leadership styles in an interactive conversation with President Pumerantz.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

On Oct. 15, a team of three P-3 student pharmacists represented WesternU at the quarter finals of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The Challenge was conducted in Pittsburgh, Pa, in association with the College’s 2011 Annual Meeting. Of the 84 schools who registered for the event, only eight schools moved successfully through all four online challenges to make it to the quarterfinals. And of those eight schools, only WesternU’s team was composed entirely of P-3 student pharmacists (the other seven teams were composed of P-4 student pharmacists). WesternU’s team included Alidz Talatinian (team leader), Carrie Bitterlich, and Sangeeta Salvi. We are very proud of these three team members, and we look forward to sending teams to future ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenges.

Congratulations to Dr. Olivia Phung on another publication with colleagues from Hartford Hospital, this one is a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the use of green tea catechins on lipid profiles. Amie Kim, Andrew Chiu, Meredith K. Barone, Diane Avino, Fei Wang, Craig I. Coleman, Olivia J. Phung. Green Tea Catechins Decrease Total and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Nov 2011. Volume 111, Issue 11, Pages 1720-1729.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Regional Conference

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, held a regional conference involving the Southern California chapters on Oct. 21-22, 2011 in Cerritos. The College of Graduate Nursing (Phi Alpha Chapter) was very well represented:

A podium presentation Dissertation Completion in Doctoral Nursing Education was given by Professor Ellen Daroszewski, PhD, RN.

The following DNP students provided podium presentations:

Implementing a Walking Program in a Population with Diabetes Type II by Diane L. Fatica

Symposium: Educational Innovation Now by Ellen Daroszewski, LuAnn Sanderson, Marci Luxenburg-Horowitz, Gloria Mattson, Adrelyn Almario, Shirley Bristol and Nina Wells.

Symposium: A Concept Analysis for Practice by Debra Wallace, Linda Goldman, R. Juanita Mays, Amrit Kamboj, Nicolann Hedgpeth and Anna Reber-Frantz.

Cecilia Crawford, DNP Student and President of Phi Alpha, presented two posters as first author: “The Conundrum of Nurse-MD Communication: An Evidence Review” and “Use of Sitters in the Acute Care Setting: A Review of the Evidence.”

Additionally, several MSN students held volunteer positions: Hugh Adair, Marianne Danganan, Andrea Dolera, Gerald Eaton, Jennifer Edquist, Melissa Gomez, Tracey Hayes, Nicole Holliday, Steven Ito, Katherine LaValley, Teresa Louie, Bomi Moon, Katy Mosley, Jennifer Munson, Elizabeth Owen, Elizabeth Parseghian, Felicita Reed, Alvin Rocha, Teryn Stone, Raisa Vega and Marc Wirtz.

Associate Professor Dawn Stone serves on the conference planning committee. CGN Faculty members Jan Boller, Quin Edwards, Mary Lopez and Rod Hicks were abstract or poster reviewers.

Lab of Horrors

First-year MSN-E students participated in the Mad Nurse’s Lab of Horrors on Oct. 26, where they learned about safety and infection control in a fun, educational environment in the Health Science Center’s Simulation Lab. This years “mad nurse” was Patricia (Patti) Shakhshir, RN-BC, PhD, CNS, Assistant Professor in the MSN-E program. Click here to view a slideshow.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor of Equine Internal Medicine Dr. Joe Bertone recently presented at the following three international professional meetings:

At the annual meeting of the Asociación Mexicana de Médicos Veterinarios Especialistas en Equinos, Oct. 19-23, 2011 in Guanojuato, Mexico, Dr. Bertone’s presentation topics included neurology, rational antimicrobial use and cardiac evaluation.

At the World Small Animal Veterinary Conference, Oct. 12-17 in Jeju, South Korea, Dr. Bertone was invited to address topics included principles of antimicrobial use, principles of pain management and clinical pharmacokinetics.

At the Korean Racing Association in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 19, 2011, Dr. Bertone was invited to address topics included neurology principles, case discussion, and dorsal cervical articular injection.

Veterinary Professor Dr. Beth Boynton, Director of our Hill’s Wellness Center and champion for communications and IPE in our veterinary curriculum has just returned from two meetings and given three formal presentations:

Dr. Boynton presented at the Primary Care Educators’ Symposium, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011. Her topic was “Creating Practice Ready Students-WU-College of Veterinary Medicine.” Dr. Boynton helped again this year in the meeting planning and organization as well, and is already involved in next years’ planning.

Dr. Boynton presented at the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Oct. 3-5, 2011. WesternU’s IPE program was enthusiastically embraced and ideas for collaboration and further research were expressed. Dr. Boynton’s presentations were: “Empathy Among (Entering) Healthcare Professions Students” (authors Boynton, Kovacs, and Vlad) and “Interprofessional Education and Perception of Health Professions” (authors Boynton and Tegzes).

Veterinary Anesthesiologist Dr. Lyon Lee made the following presentations in September and October:

Dr. Lee co-presented an abstract, “Effect of Needle Size and Length on Simulated Epidural Injection Pressure,” at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists on Sept. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Lee presented four anesthesia and analgesia topics at World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in Jeju, Korea on Oct. 14-17: Anesthetic Monitoring Utilizing Mechanical Devices – Questioning Limitations of Each Device; Preanesthetic Evaluations in Small Animals – Which Values to Look for?; Pain Management via Systemic Approach Beyond Opioids; Pain Management via Locoregional (Epidural) Approach Beyond Sodium Channel Blockers.

Dr. Lee presented CE talks to veterinarians and students at College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University on Oct. 18, “Monitoring anesthetized patients utilizing physiologic monitors.”

Dr. Lee presented at the meeting of the Korea Racing Association on Oct. 19, “Equine anesthetic review – emphasis on premedication and induction.”

Dr. Lee continues to build strong collaborations between WesternU and Seoul National University.

Veterinary Professor Dr. James Reynolds has been awarded a $422,121 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary services, for “The development and validation of a portable pneumatic captive-bolt device for the depopulation of beef and dairy cattle for use in animal health emergencies and welfare depopulation.”

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Suzanne Adolphson, MSW, MHA, Director of Patient Care Services College of Dental Medicine, was a presenter at the American Dental Education Association, Business, Finance and Clinic Administration mid-year meeting, Oct. 13-16, 2011. Her presentation, “The Revenue Cycle and the Electronic Health Record,” focused on how the Electronic Health Record can be integrated with clinic processes to create a more efficient revenue stream.

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