Lin Kang, PhD, and Pawel Michalak, PhD, both from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) Louisiana campus in Monroe, LA, recently published their research about the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in “Cell,” in conjunction with their colleagues from Virginia Tech. SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak.
Congratulations to Fumi Adesanya, Class of 2022, OMS-IV on receiving the Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship! Student Doctor Adesanya will be participating in a physical medicine and rehabilitation rotation at Mount Sinai Health System.
The 2021 Virtual SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was from April 1st – April 4th. At this convention, Jeanne Nwagwu, MBS continued in the position of Region VI Director. At the 2021 AMEC, medical students and professionals attended a wide range of educational and networking events. It is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students at any time of the year in any place in the nation.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) has added an interview agreement with Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, to its growing list of partnerships with collegiate institutions across the country. The new agreement provides a guaranteed on-campus interview at one of four VCOM campuses for Centenary students who meet both the general admission requirements for the medical college and a set of additional benchmarks, including GPA, competitive MCAT scores and community service hours.
Congratulations to Dr. Randdie-Joyce Rameau, Class of 2021, on being awarded the 2021 Excellence in Public Health Award! The awards program recognizes medical students across the United States who advance public health and those who exemplify the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) mission to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation.
VCOM-Louisiana, the newest branch of The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the campus of the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), held their inaugural White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2024 on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This celebration was the very first osteopathic white coat ceremony to be held in the state of Louisiana.
On Saturday, April 17, VCOM-Carolinas hosted a Pediatric and Neonatal Bootcamp course for second year medical students. The course was taught by pediatric faculty at VCOM-Carolinas, and was directed by Hanna Sahhar, MD, FAAP, FACOP, Discipline Chair for Pediatrics.
Heath A. Parker, DO, has been named as the new campus Dean for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn). John Lucas, DO, the current senior vice president for institutional advancement and administration at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) has been serving as interim campus dean during the national search for a permanent Auburn campus Dean. Parker will begin his role at VCOM-Auburn on June 1, 2021.
Congratulations to Dr. Blaise Costa, MPharm, PhD, Associate Professor for Pharmacology, on receiving the award for VCOM-Virginia's Researcher of the Year!
VCOM-Louisiana celebrated its second-annual Accepted Students Day on Saturday, March 27, for the incoming class of 2025. A half virtual, half in-person format, this year’s Accepted Students Day marked the first event at the new VCOM campus that was open to outside visitors.
VCOM President and Provost, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, is the 2021 Lisa Miller Distinguished Leader Award recipient from the ULM Women’s Symposium.
Congratulations to Student Doctor Jeanne Nwagwu, Class of 2022, on being awarded the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Award. Since arriving at VCOM-Virginia, Jeanne has served as the President of VCOM’s SNMA chapter, co-founded the Beyond the Medicine series, and is currently serving as a regional director for SNMA’s national organization; her impact continues to grow.
The northside community in Spartanburg is home to a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the latest community-inspired idea in the state’s ongoing efforts to ensure all South Carolinians have fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) requires students to log their patient encounters electronically. The data is used to monitor the student's training progress but also used as a source of public health data. The data started to show a strange trend beginning in November 2019, of a higher rate of an unspecified Influenza-like illness.
Scientists recently published their findings of plagiarism and the use of duplicate publication in journal manuscripts and scientific conferences in the research paper, “Estimating the prevalence of text overlap in biomedical conference abstracts.”