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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 16-20, 2019

by Rodney Tanaka

September 16, 2019

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WesternU is a “Great College to Work For” eight years in a row

Western University of Health Sciences is one of the best universities in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the “Great Colleges to Work For” program.

WesternU, which has campuses in Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon, has received this honor eight years in a row from The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. WesternU was recognized in the category “Compensation and Benefits.”

“To yet again be recognized as a ‘Great College to Work For’ highlights the WesternU mission: educating health professionals to become highly skilled, humanistic healers,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “This foundational commitment to humanism and compassion encompasses all who learn and work at our University.”

The results, released today, September 16, 2019, in a special insert of the Chronicle, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies, including 60 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions.

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11th Annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship

The 11th Annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Lecture Hall I, Health Education Center, WesternU-Pomona.

Leroy “Lee” Edward Hood, MD, PhD, will present “Scientific Wellness is Catalyzing a Revolution in 21st Century Medicine.” Dr. Hood is a biologist who has served on the faculties at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. He developed groundbreaking scientific instruments that made possible major advances in the biological sciences and the medical sciences.

Click here to visit the Pumerantz Lecture website for more information.



WesternU holds Sept. 11 memorial service

Western University of Health Sciences honored those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, with guest speakers offering words of remembrance and a call to serve others.

WesternU’s Military Medical Student Association held its annual memorial service on the WesternU-Pomona campus Sept. 11, 2019. Among the guests were representatives from the Pomona Police Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the city of Pomona.

“Today I would like us to not only have thoughts and prayers for those who lost their lives both in the towers and especially the first responders who answered the call of duty to go into harm’s way and make the ultimate sacrifice,” said WesternU Senior Vice President and Provost David Baron, DO, MSEd, “but more importantly, to celebrate the level of commitment that we make as health care providers to our patients, and that police, fire, military and all first responders make as a band of brothers and sisters to answer to a higher calling, to be willing to make that ultimate sacrifice.”

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Alumni Reunion 2019

All WesternU graduates are invited to return to Pomona to reminisce with your fellow alumni, revel in the present with favorite faculty and inspire and connect with current students.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 on the WesternU-Pomona campus.

3-6 p.m. – Registration

3:30-5:30 p.m. – WesternU Open House

5:30-6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

6-9 p.m. – Dinner/Program

Click here to visit the Reunion website for more information and to register.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
David Shofler, DPM, Director of Assessment for the College of Podiatric Medicine, and fourth-year CPM student Elizabeth Oh, will present their abstract (#427338)  “Mental Well-Being in Students in Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences” at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference November 2-6, 2019 in Philadelphia. For more information about the conference, please visit



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anandi Law has been appointed Associate Editor for psychometrics by Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), which is considered the top journal in pharmacy social and administrative sciences, and carries a 2.71 impact factor. In the past 15 years, Dr. Law has contributed to the journal as a reviewer and editorial board member. Additionally, she was recognized as among the Top Reviewers of the year on three occasions.

Dr. Benjamin Malcolm participated in a discussion on the popular television talk show “The Doctors.” As a psychiatric pharmacist specialist, he shared his perspective on medicinal use and regulation of psilocybin. Opening Statement. Closing Argument.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius recently published in the journal Pharmacotherapy, examining the eligibility for use of sacubitril/valsartan and associated prescribing rate in patients with heart failure.

It should be noted that Dr. Jackevicius was the residency project preceptor for the first author Dr. Jamie Han, who was completing her post-graduate year 1 residency at VA West LA. Dr. Quyen Nguyen and Dr. Francis Chung are WesternU alumni, who participated in the study as part of their AE project. Dr. Mody is a cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure program.

Han J, Chung F, Nguyen QL, Mody FV, Jackevicius CA. Evaluation of patients with heart failure to determine eligibility for treatment with sacubitril/valsartan: insights from the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Pharmacother 2019. Published online ahead of print: DOI: 10.1002/phar.2328.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Blood drive
A blood drive organized by Phi Delta Epsilon President and second-year COMP student Rana Nath, held in WesternU’s Health Professions Center Sept. 10, collected 31 pints of blood for the American Red Cross. Those 31 pints can help save 93 lives. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who came out to support the blood drive.

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