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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

October 31, 2016

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WesternU to honor VCA Inc. at “A Tribute to Caring” gala

VCA, a longtime friend of Western University of Health Sciences, will take the spotlight at WesternU’s “A Tribute to Caring” gala.

WesternU will honor VCA with the Corporate Award for Excellence in Health Care Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Click here to visit the ATC website. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

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An Evening of Music

Some of WesternU’s finest student and staff musicians will put their talents on display from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 10, during “An Evening Music” in the Recital Hall of the Health Education Center on WesternU’s Pomona campus.

Musical styles covered will include classical, rock, and an original composition by a staff member.

All are welcome, but please RSVP by Friday, November 4 to Debbie Harvey,
Click here to view the program.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Drs. Mark Nguyen and Doreen Pon published the following: Nguyen HM, Pon D. Off-label use of Dexmedetomidine for the treatment of delirium in the intensive care unit. P&T 2016; 41(10): 642-44.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Fourth-year COMP student Andrew Yen presented his case study, “Left Atrial Thrombus Formation in Young Male with Newly Diagnosed HIV,” at the American College of Osteopathic Internists conference held Oct. 27-31 in Palm Desert.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Brion Benninger MD, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, designed and hosted a Cadaver Field Training Skills Lab workshop, which included innovative and state-of-the-art technology participants were able to interact with while conducting emergency care procedures during this year’s Oregon Emergency Medicine Annual Conference, Bend, Oregon. He used Google Glass and discussed telequantum Medical Technology healthcare as the future of telemedicine for emergency services. He also introduced FIO (flexible intubation optics), a technology he has designed for both pre-hospital and hospital care intubation. The course included guest presenter Jan Acebo, EMS Coordinator, and technology assistant Wilson Chen (Medical Anatomy Center researcher). Dr. Benninger has delivered this course for six years, and was proud to introduce OMS I, COMP-Northwest student Kimberly Schwartz as the first attender and active firefighter of the course to be accepted into COMP-Northwest. Schwartz is very interested in prehospital care as a future physician. The course accommodated 40 participants from the nearly 500 Oregon EMS attendees, which is one of the largest EMS conferences nationwide. Dr. Benninger dedicated the innovative field training course to Jim Diegel, visionary, former CEO of St. Charles Healthcare System (supporter of the MAC) and those who maintain the St. Charles Healthcare System.

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From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
A team led by Dr. Quinn Li, professor of GCBS, has published a milestone paper in the top genome research journal Genome Research (5 year impact factor 14.38). The work, “Genome-wide dynamics of alternative polyadenylation in rice,” is the first such full detail annotation of the ends of transcribed genes of the important crop rice. The results shed light on transcriptome diversity that fine tune gene expression during critical stages of rice production. It would enable rice researchers to use such information for enhancing important agronomic traits. Link to the paper:


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM alumnus Eric Fish, DVM ’12, is now a diplomate ACVP. Dr. Fish completed a residency program in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in a combined residency/PhD program at Auburn University and is now a Clinical Lecturer at the same university.


From the College of Optometry:

An Inspirational Evening with Tom Sullivan
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in the Health Education Center. Learn about InfantSEE, a no-cost public health program developed by The AOA (American Optometric Association) Foundation and the Allergan Foundation. Click here to view a flier.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
Staff representatives from both the Alumni Office and COMP met with more than 100 DO alumni at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California’s Annual Fall Conference at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row in Monterey, Calif. Oct. 28-29.

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