More than half of COMP grads match into primary care

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific held Match Day celebrations on its Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon campuses March 16, 2018. COMP students joined other medical students across the country in learning where their residency match would take them.

When the clock struck 9 a.m., the students opened envelopes containing their residency locations. Hugs, tears of joy and selfies followed.

COMP will once again produce a large number of primary care physicians: 121 of the 207 students (58 percent) who matched in Pomona as of March 18 are going into primary care, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and OB-GYN. A total of 102 COMP-Northwest students participated in the Match, and more than half (55) landed programs in primary care.

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Clinical researcher and health entrepreneur joins WesternU Board of Trustees

An accomplished clinical researcher and health entrepreneur has joined the Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees.

Sean P. Stanton, BS, CRC, has more than 20 years of experience managing clinical research studies. He co-founded Compass Research in 2004 and turned it into one of the premier research sites in the world. In 2016, Compass Research joined Bioclinica Research, a leading international clinical trial services provider. Stanton serves as Bioclinica’s Global Chief Operating Officer.

Stanton previously co-founded Clinical Neuroscience Solutions, where he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and managed a large staff throughout the Southeast. He also served as Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, Stanton was hired as the first research associate of future WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

“I see so much potential in what I can offer, from business strategy to engaging with the community to create a center of excellence clinically,” Stanton said. “Most of all I see a place for clinical trial learning in the colleges. This is the bridge from bench to bedside, and WesternU has it all.”


WesternU, U of R linked

Leaders from Western University of Health Sciences and the University of Redlands (U of R) will collaborate to enhance diversity in the health care workforce, emphasizing health provision to the medically underserved and creating opportunities for populations underrepresented in health care fields.

The two schools’ presidents and other administrators formalized their memorandum of understanding and linkage agreement during a ceremony Wednesday, March 7, 2018, on the WesternU campus in Pomona, California.

The universities came together after recognizing what was described as a “small-town humanism atmosphere” that is part of each campus’ educational environment, creating a natural pathway for students to follow from U of R to WesternU.

The WesternU College of Pharmacy (COP) was the first college to establish a joint program with Redlands, creating what will be known as the Redlands/WesternU Pharmacy Early Assurance Program (EAP). The EAP is designed for pre-health professions students at U of R who wish to matriculate as candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree at the WesternU COP. A total of five seats will be designated to eligible U of R students each academic year.


Connett appointed to ACOFP Board of Governors

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Vice Dean David Connett, DO ’84, is the first Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific faculty member to be inducted into the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Board of Governors.

Connett was inducted during a ceremony on March 22, 2018, during the ACOFP 55th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars at the JW Marriott Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Connett is Immediate Past President of ACOFP of California, which is the state society to the national ACOFP association. He will represent the western United States in his new role on the board.

“This is a great honor and I thank COMP Dean Paula Crone (DO ’92) for allowing me to pursue these sorts of activities,” Connett said. “I think it helps represent WesternU on a national front and on a stage with primary care as the leading organization in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).”


CPM Dean’s Lecture focuses on universal health insurance

Attaining health care coverage for everyone in the U.S. is a moral issue that needs to be resolved in order for society to progress, according to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President and CEO David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD.

Carlisle presented “Sisyphus and the Sailboat: The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.” at the College of Podiatric Medicine Lester J. Jones Dean’s Distinguished Lecture March 1, 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

The U.S. has poor health care outcomes such as life expectancy and infant mortality compared to other industrialized nations, Carlisle said. It also is behind many other countries when measuring amenable mortality, or death from conditions that are treatable.

“The U.S. does not rank at the top of any percentile list among industrialized nations of the world in terms of health care outcomes,” Carlisle said. “It would be too simplistic of me to blame all of this on (lack of insurance), but to be sure, it’s a major factor.”

But Carlisle takes an optimistic view of recent developments, likening health care reform to sailing into the wind. A sailboat cannot sail directly into the wind because of the “dead zone.” Instead, it must tack back and forth to ultimately make progress.

“The United States is sailing into the headwinds, trying to achieve universal health insurance. But we can’t get there directly. We have to tack back and forth because the headwinds are powerful,” he said.

“Health care does not need to be front and center in the United States. We need to eliminate that as a major social issue because all the other industrialized nations have done so. We can do so also,” Carlisle said. “That is my hope.”


WesternU introduces International Dentist Program

Dentists from other countries will be able to obtain a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree — qualifying them for licensure and practice in the U.S. — through a new program to be offered by Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine (CDM).

The program will be about 26 months long, typically beginning in March and ending two years later, in mid-May. The first class is expected to have five students. Only applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be accepted for the 2019 entering class.

Dentists from foreign countries must obtain a U.S. dental degree to become licensed to practice here. Students in this international program will complete a 10-week course that reviews the first two years of CDM’s curriculum. These students will then join third-year CDM students for two years of clinical training.


WesternU holds Eye Care Institute – Los Angeles grand opening

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry held a grand opening celebration for its Eye Care Institute – Los Angeles Jan. 31, 2018.

ECI-LA provides low-vision evaluations, adaptation to vision or field losses post traumatic brain injury and stroke, training in daily life skills, evaluation of assistive electronic devices, orientation and mobility training, occupational therapy and counseling for patients and their families.

ECI-LA is at 2080 Century Park East, Suite 800, Los Angeles, California, 90067.


CGN nets state funding for medically underserved areas, mental health needs

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development awarded Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing $132,000 from the Song-Brown program to support its Family Nurse Practitioner program. The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) was one of 11 programs within California to receive an award.

This award will augment the College’s primary care education and further prepare nurse practitioners with additional skills to address the mental health needs of the state’s population, said Christine Magladry, DNP, RN, FNP, interim director of CGN’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

“California residents will truly benefit from this award, as it supports education and training of the next generation of health care providers” she said. “The award increases primary care services for Californians in medically underserved areas.”