KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University students have been named as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges recipients for 2011-12. This prestigious honor recognizes top students from across the nation based on GPA, student leadership and involvement on campus, community involvement, and future leadership ability.

Doctor of osteopathic medicine students from ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) receiving the honor include Brett Baldwin, Major Burger, Katie Davenport, Annalyse Feldman, Kevin Furness, Jason Kunz, Tyler McGregor, Courtney Michel, Desirae Nasrallah, Travis Schamber, Jennifer Taylor-Koehneke, Bryan Van Dyke, Rachel Vanderberg, Philip Wanzek, Justin Wilberding, Trevor Wilde, and Andrea Wilson. Ryan White is a Who’s Who recipient from ATSU-KCOM’s Biomedical Sciences Master’s program.

Recipients from ATSU’s School of Health Management (ATSU-SHM) in the Doctor of Health Education program are Tanya Bird, Daniel “Dusty” Boyd, Brandon Ryans, Tamala Sandifer Tineo McDowell, Susanne Small, Sheila Weagle, and Monica Williamson Nenad. ATSU-SHM recipients in the Master of Public Health program include Ryan Chizum and Vanessa Parisi. Students pursuing a Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis named as Who’s Who are Elisabeth Easley, Shelly Kitain, Anh Nguyen, and Jeremiah Sturgill.

All recipients received a certificate and monetary gift.


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 KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – First-year medical students at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine are using innovative, state-of-the-art portable ultrasound technology in the Anatomy course this year. ATSU-KCOM is one of the first osteopathic medical schools in the country to use portable ultrasounds in its curriculum and only a handful of allopathic schools use it.

“We could really make a name for KCOM with this curriculum; it’s just unique,” said Margaret Wilson, D.O., department chair and professor, family medicine, preventive medicine, and community health.

Through a $300,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professions (Grant Award Number:  D76HP20710) funded by the Department of Health And Human Resources, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and personal investment, ATSU-KCOM has purchased 10 portable ultrasound machines for student learning and use. Faculty is working to further develop ultrasound curriculum and add it into other coursework.

Use of the “stethoscope of the future” will not only put ATSU-KCOM students above the rest in clinical rotation skills, but will also draw prospective medical students to the university.

Ultrasound technology is already being used for diagnosis of acute problems in ER and ICU settings, and will be a part of general practice for the next generation of D.O.s.

“Ultrasound bridges the gaps between doctor and patient. That is what is unique about ultrasound,–you get immediate results,” said Anatomy Chair Peter Kondrashov, Ph.D.

John Rickelman, D.O., assistant professor of medicine, was also instrumental in obtaining the new portable ultrasound technology.


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MESA, Ariz. –The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) a $950,000  grant for pre-doctoral training in primary care. Frederic Schwartz, D.O., FACOFP, associate dean for ATSU-SOMA Community Campuses is principal investigator of the project; Mara Hover D.O., director of the ATSU-SOMA Clinical Affairs Unit is co-principal investigator.  “The project’s goals are to establish a master’s of public health (MPH) degree track for ATSU-SOMA trainees and to develop competency-based evaluation mechanisms for third- and fourth-year students’ clinical experiences,” said Dr. Schwartz.

ATSU-SOMA students spend three years completing their medical school education at one of 11 National Association of Community Health Center’s community campuses across the country.  Each community campus serves a unique population, which includes the homeless, migrant workers, uninsured families, and ethnically diverse patients in rural and urban settings.

“HealthSource of Mt. Oreb, Ohio and HealthPoint of Seattle, Wash., have already established articulation agreements with local colleges to enhance the referral of students who have both the ‘heart’ for service and the learning skills package for success in serving the underserved,” said Dr. Schwartz. Waianae Comprehensive Health Center in Waianae, Hawaii, is a partner with Honolulu’s Chaminade University in a similar agreement. All of the community campuses are working to enhance the training pipeline via articulation agreements.

“HRSA has been wonderfully supportive in recognizing our efforts to train physicians who will select needed specialties and begin practice in underserved communities,” said Thomas McWilliams, D.O., FACOFP, interim dean, ATSU-SOMA.  This grant expands opportunities in public health training and helps align our evaluation process with those that will be used during the student’s residency training.”

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Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.



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KIRKSVILLE,Mo. – More than 80 students, faculty, professionals, and guests gathered in the Connell Information Technologies Center on October 22 for the 3rd annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium. The event, sponsored by the Still Research Institute, gave local researchers and their students the opportunity to present current research activity and promote a foundation for collaborative biomedical research between A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Truman State University.

“The purpose of this event is to expand and support the research culture at both campuses,” said Neil Sargentini, Ph.D., microbiology/immunology chair at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and chair of the symposium program committee. “Our goals are to identify new areas of biomedical research that potentially will lead to advances in total person healthcare and wellness and to identify local resources and opportunities for research.”

In total, 24 different research projects were presented. The keynote address was delivered by Thomas Graven-Nielsen, dr.med.sci., Ph.D., head of the Doctoral School in Medicine & Biomedical Technology and deputy head of the Department of Health Science & Technology at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark.

“By partnering with other educational institutions such as Truman State University and providing a platform at a public event, we encourage researchers to present their research and to talk about research interests and resources,” Dr. Degenhardt said. “All of the research presented has the potential to answer questions that will affect future healthcare.”


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MESA, Ariz.: With high rates of chronic illnesses like diabetes, high-blood pressure, and cardiovascular and kidney disease, no group in America has more urgent healthcare needs than American Indians. Compounding the problem is extremely limited access to healthcare and a severe shortage of Native healthcare providers.

Now a $200,000 grant from the Arizona-based Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) will enable A.T. Still University’s National Center for American Indian Health Professions (ATSU-NCAIHP) to help address the problem. Founded in 1892, the university trains 4,000 students in 14 healthcare specialties including medicine, dentistry and physical and occupational therapy at its Mesa, AZ., and Kirksville, MO., campuses. ATSU-NCAIHP is the only graduate university healthcare program dedicated to eliminating the healthcare disparity between Native and other Americans.

The funding will enable ATSU-NCAIHP to launch the Native Early Acceptance Team (NEAT) program. NEAT will provide guidance and support to American Indian students who may be the first in their families to pursue higher education and for whom a four-year college can represent a significant financial hardship. By identifying students early in their academic careers, NEAT will create a pipeline of Native healthcare providers who will return to their communities after graduation. The grant brings to $500,000 the total amount GRIC has given ATSU-NCAIHP for outreach to Arizona’s Native community in just five years.

Through NEAT, A.T. Still University’s National Center for American Indian Health Professions will:

• Recruit American Indian high-school and community-college students and connect them with academic, financial, emotional, and cultural support services that will ensure their progress from high school to college to graduate healthcare study at ATSU and, finally, to careers in healthcare within their own Native communities.

• Advise the students on academic performance, college- and graduate-school prerequisites and preparatory courses, financial aid and scholarships, and college visits.

• Provide those who have progressed to college and, later, ATSU, with tutoring or remedial education services as well as coaching that addresses differences in learning styles and behavior between Native and non-Native students.

• Create partnerships among tribal leaders, tribal educators and local, state, and regional higher-education organizations. (Partners already identified include the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs, Pathways into Health, Roadways into Health, the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Greater Valley Area Health Education Center, the Northern Arizona Area Health Education Center and Health Occupations Students of America.)

Said Douglas L. Wood, D.O., Ph.D., ATSU’s senior vice president for academic affairs, “The generosity of the Gila River Indian Community will allow ATSU to step up its outreach to the large American Indian community in Arizona and the surrounding states. GRIC is making it possible for ATSU to address the serious healthcare challenges Native communities face and to pursue ATSU’s founding mission of serving the underserved.”

A.T. Still University’s National Center for American Indian Health Professions (ATSU-NCAIHP) is the only graduate university healthcare program dedicated to eliminating the healthcare gap between Native communities and the general population. By encouraging Native students to become medical professionals and to use their skills in the service of their community, ATSU-NCAIHP is fulfilling the university’s mission of serving the underserved. For more information visit http://blogs.atsu.edu/ncaihp.

Founded in 1892, A.T. Still University (ATSU) offers graduate education in 14 healthcare specialties including medicine, dentistry and physical and occupational therapy at its Mesa, AZ., and Kirksville, MO., campuses. With a mission of serving the underserved, ATSU places a particular emphasis on exposing students to populations in need and preparing future graduates to work within those communities. For more information visit www.atsu.edu.


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