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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) will host orientation activities beginning Monday, July 7, for 214 first-year students accepted to the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

The University’s newest dental and osteopathic medical students will participate in numerous orientation activities throughout the week, concluding on Saturday, July 12, with each school’s individual Induction and White Coat Ceremony. Both ceremonies will be held at Truman State University’s Baldwin Hall Auditorium; the ceremony for ATSU-MOSDOH students will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. ceremony for ATSU-KCOM students. The White Coat Ceremony was established in 1996 and impresses upon first-year students the significance and symbolism of wearing a white doctor’s coat.

ATSU-MOSDOH received 1,029 applications for 42 seats. The class of 2018 is comprised of 17 men and 25 women. Sixteen states are represented within the class, including 12 students from Missouri and one graduate from Truman State University.

ATSU-KCOM received 4,453 applications for 172 seats. The class of 2018 is comprised of 94 men and 78 women. Thirty-one states are represented within the class, including 51 students from Missouri and seven graduates from Truman State University. Additionally, eight students have been accepted into ATSU-KCOM’s residential two-year biomedical sciences graduate program.

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MESA, Ariz. (July 2, 2014) – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (NKF AZ) announced today a multi-prong partnership to expand the network of dental professionals to treat patients with kidney failure.

NKF AZ received a multi-year grant from the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide patients increased access to transportation, nutrition services, and dental care for patients on dialysis and who are on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Maureen Romer, DDS, MPA, director, Center for Advanced Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH, states patients must be free of dental disease because any potential infection puts a new organ in jeopardy.

Through mandatory training in advanced care dentistry, ATSU-ASDOH provides student doctors of dental medicine the necessary skills to treat patients with advanced oral healthcare needs. Through its advanced care clinic on the school’s Mesa, Ariz. campus, students work first-hand with patients to deliver care under the supervision of faculty dental professionals who provide training on appropriate treatment protocols for renal patients.

“The ATSU-ASDOH public clinics are sensitive to the ramifications of chronic kidney disease and transplantation for dental patients on dialysis and patients taking immunosuppressant drugs during the post-kidney transplant stages,” said James Ivie, PhD, patient services director at NKF AZ.

NKF AZ currently refers patients to the school’s clinic, however numbers are expected to increase as the grant becomes more fluid. NKF AZ and ATSU-ASDOH are looking to graduates of the dental school to help create an expanded network through their own practices. The network of trained providers will offer services ranging from, but not limited to exams, cleanings, and dental restorations.

Six ATSU-ASDOH graduates have already expressed interest in contributing to the new program.

“I am proud of our alumni who are committed to our community and who would like to provide care for patients with medical complications,” said Dr. Romer. “By creating an extended network of trained providers to see these patients, we are moving them toward optimum oral health.”

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 1, 2014) – A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) announced today its School of Health Management is now named the College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS).

The renaming is a result of ATSU combining all of its non-discipline specific online health studies programs within a single entity to gain efficiency and improve quality, access, and affordability for its students. Two online programs previously offered by ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, the Doctor of Health Science and Master of Science in Kinesiology (formerly Human Movement), will now be offered through ATSU-CGHS.

“Since 1999, ATSU has provided online programs within two separate schools,” said CGHS dean Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA. “By uniting ATSU non-discipline specific online programs together under a single entity, the message will be clear: ATSU is the online place to go for health professionals to enhance their education.”

ATSU-CGHS offers a variety of master’s and doctorate-level health-related distance learning programs, including:

  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Doctor of Health Education
  • Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in School Health Education (2015)

ATSU will offer new programs through the College of Graduate Health Studies as appropriate opportunities arise, including a new Master of Science in School Health Education in 2015.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) recently awarded a $1 million grant (effective April 1, 2014) to A.T. Still University (ATSU) to assist the University with the design and construction of a 79,000-square-foot dental education and oral health clinic in St. Louis. This high-need dental clinic will serve as the primary clinical education site for dental students in ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) enabling more than 39,000 patient visits per year in the St. Louis metro area. The clinic is expected to have up to 95 dental chairs for provision of care to patients of all ages.

ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, states “Seeing the new dental clinic come to life is a true testament of the University’s mission. Without the support of partners like MFH, we may not have the opportunity to someday see children in these communities pursue their own healthcare careers and return to work in a clinic like this one. When the mission to serve comes full circle, together we will have changed the face of healthcare and made a real difference in our state.”

The goal of ATSU-MOSDOH is to educate a new generation of community-minded dentists who will help fill widespread oral healthcare workforce gaps in rural and urban communities, specifically within safety-net settings where outreach to underserved patients is achieved.

Unlike any other school in the Midwest, graduates of ATSU-MOSDOH will earn the doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree along with a certificate or master’s degree in public health. The first class of 42 students started at MOSDOH on Oct. 1, 2013, and will transition to the newly completed clinic in June 2015.

This 2014 award from MFH marks a cumulative $4 million investment in the development of ATSU-MOSDOH – the only dental school in MFH’s service area.

“MFH is pleased to partner with an organization like ATSU-MOSDOH, with its mission to address the oral health needs of the underserved in our state. The new St. Louis dental education clinic is going to make a positive difference, increasing oral healthcare access for many who have nowhere else to go,” said Web Brown, MSW, MFH program director, oral health.

Missourians, particularly high-risk populations, continue to struggle in terms of accessing dental care services. The state ranks 41st in the nation relative to adults who visit a dentist annually. Services to be provided at the new clinic include oral health promotion/disease prevention, oral surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, radiography, restorations, extractions, endodontics, fabrication and repair of dentures, implants, and treatment of chronic disease.

ATSU-MOSDOH students will work directly with a full spectrum of dental professionals and dental team members. The School will produce caring, culturally proficient, technologically adept dentists with a strong background in community-based dentistry. The students trained within this facility will develop treatment plans for not only individual patients, but will also have the knowledge and capability to develop oral health promotion/disease prevention solutions for entire communities,” said Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-MOSDOH.

During the third and fourth academic years, dental students, working under faculty supervision, will provide much needed care and service to disadvantaged populations by working in community-based clinics – both the primary location in St. Louis and in selected community health center clinics throughout Missouri.

MOSDOH graduates are expected to be leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations. This workforce expansion aims to incrementally decrease the maldistribution and shortage of dental providers through Missouri and the Midwest. ATSU-MOSDOH remains grateful to the MFH for continued investment in this innovative workforce education model.

Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves. 

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Dr. Tinning with ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. Fred C. Tinning, PhD, president emeritus of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, (now A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) received a doctor of osteopathic education honorary degree at ATSU-KCOM’s commencement on May 17, 2014.

Dr. Tinning of Lansing, Michigan, served as president of KCOM from 1984-1996, and has 45 years of experience in educational administration, medical education and consulting, and rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Tinning received his PhD from Michigan State University in 1973.

To name just a few of his many honors, Dr. Tinning is a 2003 winner of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute Award for his outstanding service and achievements in the osteopathic field and in 2011, received the American Osteopathic Association’s Great Pioneers Award for his dedication and commitment to the growth of osteopathic medicine. ATSU-KCOM’s Tinning Education Center was named in his honor in 1994, two years before his retirement.

From 2006-07, he served as president of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, where he also holds the title of president emeritus.

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