A Tribute to Caring

Join us on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim to help raise funds for student scholarships. Guests at the “A Tribute to Caring” gala will enjoy a hosted reception with entertainment, along with a sumptuous dinner, an entertaining program, and after-dinner dancing and mingling.

WesternU will honor WesternU Board of Trustees Treasurer Ethan R. Allen, DO, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and international entrepreneur and philanthropist Leo Chu with the Global Health Education Ambassador Award.

Registration and reception will begin at 6:30. Dinner and program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to visit the ATC website for tickets and more information: https://www.westernu.edu/tribute/#home


WesternU to host internationally renowned transgender dentist to address LGBTQ health 

Western University of Heath Sciences College of Dental Medicine will welcome internationally renowned speaker Anne L. Koch, DMD, to campus Oct. 18-19, 2018 for a series of lectures and discussions focused on meeting the health care needs of the transgender community and supporting LGBTQ health care professionals.

Click here to register for the Distinguished Lecture and workshops with Dr. Anne Koch. Registration is free but required. Lectures will be streamed to WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus.

Koch, a transgender who transitioned at the age of 65, earned her DMD and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder and past director of the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Koch will share her experience as a transgender patient and health care provider addressing the medical and oral health care needs of transgender patients.

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WesternU Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement announces Fellows program

Western University of Health Sciences’ Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE) is launching a Fellows program and has selected its first five Fellows.

CAPE Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year are: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, College of Dental Medicine Assistant Professor Yawen Peng, DMD, College of Pharmacy Laboratory Manager Karina Radford, PhD, and College of Optometry Associate Professor Frank Spors, PhD.

The CAPE Fellows program will have five annual slots. WesternU faculty or staff interested in innovative teaching and learning and professional development are encouraged to apply. During the Fellowship year, each CAPE Fellow will be reimbursed for costs up to $1,500 for attendance at a teaching and learning or professional development conference.

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FACE-ing Autism with Integrated and Innovative Approaches

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 on the first floor of the Health Education Center.

Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) will hold a special holiday event featuring Special Santa, who is sensitive to children with special needs. This event will feature a renowned special education and integrative therapy expert, WesternU’s own Dr. Denise Schilling. Dr. Schilling is a highly skilled physical

therapist with training in Sensory Integration, ABA, and Special Education. She

creatively combines approaches to better meet the needs of individual patients. She

will be joined by Dr. Yawen Peng, a special needs dental expert. They will describe fun

games they are developing to encourage dental care. Resources will be shared, and

WesternU dental students will provide oral hygiene instructions, dental

desensitization, nutritional counseling, and free dental supplies. Additional information about FACE can be found at www.westernu.edu/face.

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Women in Healthcare 2018

Girl Scouts visited WesternU to learn about healthy communities by interacting with representatives from several WesternU colleges. Click here to read more on Facebook and to view photos.



From the College of Health Sciences:

Department of Physician Assistant Education news
On behalf of the College of Health Sciences, PA Education, please join the PA students at noon Wednesday, Oct. 10 on the Esplanade to celebrate PA Day. They have fun, food, and information planned for the lunch hour. Click here to view a flier posted on Instagram.

Western University of Health Sciences PA program faculty and students recently joined forces with the Keck Graduate Pharmacy students in an interprofessional collaboration.  PA faculty members Lesa Maugh and Cathy Chang worked with the PA students and Keck pharmacy students by providing a medication review and health screening assessment at Mount San Antonio Gardens in Claremont, which is a multi-level senior housing facility.

Residents were counseled on diet, lifestyle modifications, preparation and prevention of flu for the upcoming season. The residents were also screened for diabetes risk factors, hypertension, and obesity. PA and pharmacy students identified potential harmful medications and medications on the BEERS list that the residents were taking. 

The PA students enjoyed hearing so many wonderful stories from the residents.  The PA students also appreciated the interprofessional nature of this community encounter.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Christina Goode, PhD, gave an invited presentation at the Annual NAMME meeting (National Association of Minority Medical Educators) in Miami, Florida. The 90-minute presentation with Thomas Landefeld, PhD, of California State University Dominguez Hills was titled

“How Will the Underrepresented of Ethnic Minorities in Healthcare Professions Truly Ever Be Addressed.”



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Graduate Nursing alumna Minna Miller, DNP ’15, FNP-BC ’12, published the following: Gardenier, D., Miller, M., & Wheeler, K. (2018). Do our health care systems support our work as nurse practitioners? Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(8), 582-583.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty and their collaborators on their most recent accomplishments:

David J. Sanchez, PhD, along with MSPS alumnus Nam V. Nguyen and MSPS student James T. Tran published: Nguyen NV, Tran JT, Sanchez DJ. HIV blocks Type I IFN signaling through disruption of STAT1 phosphorylation. Innate Immunity.0(0):1753425918803674. doi: 10.1177/1753425918803674. PubMed PMID: 30282499. Link to Article

Peter Oelschlaeger PhD, along with MSPS alumni Antonia Zhang and Charles Zhang and collaborators published: Kang JS, Zhang AL, Faheem M, Zhang CJ, Ai N, Buynak JD, Welsh WJ, Oelschlaeger P. Virtual Screening and Experimental Testing of B1 Metallo-β-lactamase Inhibitors. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 2018;58(9):1902-14. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00133. Link to Abstract



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM gave an invited seminar talk to the Biological Sciences Department at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The title of the talk was, “Dinosaurs versus whales: what is the largest animal of all time?” ​

Jonathon Mang, an Albany Oregon Paramedic, Firefighter and Samaritan Life Support Educator who teaches COMP-Northwest students basic and cardiac life support, received the Oregon Emergency Medical Services Educator of the Year award on September 28, 2018. Following two years of observing and mentoring Jon Mang, Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor and Executive Director of the Medical Anatomy Center, submitted a successful application for Emergency Medical Services Educator of the Year to the Oregon Health Authority.

“Jon has taught our medical students life support courses, helped with donor cadaver research and CME’s,” Benninger said. “He epitomizes a lifelong learner and reflects the attitude and culture of WesternU.”

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Malika Kachani is the recent recipient of the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Award for Leadership and Service, which recognizes a faculty member for exemplary leadership, service and contributions to university committees, the local and professional communities/societies, the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles, and for making documentable impact on the quality of the university and demonstrating a commitment to high standards of professional life. Click here to read more about the award.

A CVM faculty team led by Professor John Tegzes recently received a research grant for a project titled “Pet Food Mycotoxin Panel.” Co-investigators on the project are CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley and Greg Brennan, a former CVM assistant professor now at UC Davis.