WesternU’s 35th Anniversary

“It’s my great pleasure today to mark WesternU’s 35th anniversary with all of you. Much has been accomplished since 1977, and much remains to be done. As we celebrate our past, let’s also embrace the opportunities the present and future provide, and embark on bold endeavors each and every day.” – Philip Pumerantz, PhD, Founding President, Western University of Health Sciences.

Click here to read Dr. Pumerantz’s 35th anniversary message. Click here to read previous Benchmarks of Value messages.

Pumerantz Lectureship

The fourth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at WesternU will feature a guest speaker with more than 30 years of health care experience.

Keynote speaker Cliff Holland is Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy for Johnson & Johnson, with responsibility for all federal, state, and international government affairs and policy. He is also a member of the Corporate Group Operating Committee. Holland’s topic will be “Fast Forward: Health Care in the 21st Century.”

The Pumerantz Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in HEC Lecture Hall I.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Brion Benninger, MD MSc, Professor/Vice Chair, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Family Practice, Neuromuscular Medicine, Lebanon, was recently invited to chair 2 Symposia, 1 on Clinical Anatomy and another on New Imaging and deliver a Platform Presentation at the 2014 International Federation of Associations of Anatomists in Beijing, China. This is both an honor and an opportunity to reveal to world anatomy educators/scientists and clinicians how progressive and dynamic anatomy is being taught and incorporated into the curriculum at WesternU for health care students and residents in both Family Practice and Surgical specialties. Dr. Benninger has been providing novel approaches to learning clinical anatomy and is working with ultrasound experts from around the world developing imaging anatomy core concepts by integrating ultrasonography architecture with anatomy.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Justine Ho, DPT ’13, was featured in the May 2012 edition of the “Student Assembly Pulse,” a news publication sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students and faculty liaisons. Justine wrote an article featured on page 1 titled “Patient-First Language: Embracing Mindfulness in the Health Care Field,” which emphasizes that a health care provider see a patient first as a person and then second by their diagnosis, thus reflecting the APTA’s core values of compassion and caring.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Olivia Phung co-authored a Methods Report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality titled “Use of Mixed Treatment Comparisons in Systematic Reviews.” This project and Dr. Phung’s involvement was funded by AHRQ. Available at: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/354/1238/Use-of-Mixed-Treatment_FinalReport_20120823.pdf

Coleman CI, Phung OJ, Cappelleri JC, Baker WL, Kluger J, White CM, Sobieraj DM. Use of Mixed Treatment Comparisons in Systematic Reviews. Methods Research Report. (Prepared by the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10067-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 12-EHC119-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. August 2012.

Dr. Phung also co-authored a systematic review and indirect comparison analysis of newer oral anticoagulants used for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

Baker WL, Phung OJ. Systematic Review and Adjusted Indirect Comparison Meta-Analysis of Oral Anticoagulants in Atrial Fibrillation. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22912382

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius published a paper with two of her post-docs, Drs. Alimo and de Leon Brilinta® Ticagrelor: Another Option in Antiplatelet Therapy By Oladoyin Alimo, PharmD/MBA; Noelle de Leon, PharmD, BCPS; and Cynthia Jackevicius, BScPhm, PharmD, MSc, BCPS. California Pharmacist, Summer Issue.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Access to Care Timothy S. Martinez, DMD, to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC).

The responsibilities of DHCC include issuing, reviewing, and revoking licenses as well as developing and administering examinations, according to the DHCC website. Additional functions include adopting regulations, determining fees and continuing education requirements for all hygiene licensure categories.

Dr. Jerry Minsky was selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to participate in training for the department’s Joint Patient Assessment & Tracking System (JPATS). JPATS enables NDMS to better track patients as they are evacuated and to convey that information to hospitals and families. The NDMS used the system in the Haiti response. NDMS has plans to train hospitals on JPATS so they, too, can use it when they receive NDMS patients. Dr. Minsky was one of only 49 individuals selected to undergo this training.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Bennett McAllister, FAAO, traveled to the Bay Area on Aug. 16 to give a presentation to the Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) of the San Francisco Unified School District on “Making Sense of Doctor Vision Reports-Is it Possible?” TVIs face the difficult task of creating individual accommodations for their visually impaired and blind students with large print, vision enhancement prescriptions and vision substitution devices and techniques. They are heavily dependent on clear, jargon free and approachable chart notes and letters from the doctor. Dr. McAllister’s workshop taught the TVIs how to cull the information they needed from doctor reports as well as what to ask for when they needed more information.