Dr. Dwight E. McLeodA.T. Still University (ATSU) has announced Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS, as the new dean of its Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) effective July 18, 2016. Dr. McLeod received his doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry, certificate in general practice dentistry from the Veteran Administration Health Center in Washington, D.C., and master of science degree and certificate in periodontics from University of Iowa School of Dentistry.

A faculty member for Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine since 1995, Dr. McLeod is currently professor and chair for the Department of Applied Dental Medicine and section head of Periodontology. In addition, Dr. McLeod is a member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Missouri Dental Society, St. Louis Dental Society, American Board of Periodontology, and Midwest Society of Periodontology.

In 2000, Dr. McLeod founded the Jamaica Dental Mission which operates three clinics in western Jamaica. More than 16,000 patients have received dental care though this mission.

“Dr. McLeod’s professional and leadership experiences match the University’s mission of producing highly competent health professionals and serving the underserved,” said ATSU’s Senior Vice President-Academic Affairs Norman Gevitz, PhD.

Dr. McLeod will help lead ATSU-MOSDOH’s Kirksville campus and the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic at 1500 Park Avenue.

Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, will continue to serve as interim dean of ATSU-MOSDOH until July 18.


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BA0B6662Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, dean, A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), has been appointed the interim dean of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) effective May 10, 2016. Dr. Altman’s appointment follows the retirement announcement of current ATSU-MOSDOH Dean Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH.

“Dr. Altman understands the University’s mission and ATSU-MOSDOH,” says ATSU’s Senior Vice President–Academic Affairs  Norman Gevitz, PhD. “We are pleased Dr. Altman has accepted this interim assignment and confident his knowledge and career experiences will help him continue to advance our Missouri-based dental program until a new dean is named.”

A dentist with more than 30 years of public health and community health center experience, Dr. Altman joined ATSU in 2006. Since then, he has served as chair of the Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program with ATSU-CGHS and as director of public health with ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. He operated five group practices in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 100 employees. In addition, he is a review team member and site visitor for the Council on Dental Accreditation.

“I look forward to working with the great ATSU-MOSDOH students, faculty, and staff who have worked so hard to bring this new dental school to the state of Missouri,” says Dr. Altman. “I am confident we will continue to work together to provide a quality education so these future dentists can go into communities and make a difference.”

Dr. Altman will relocate to Kirksville and St. Louis and serve in the interim position until a new dean is selected. Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, associate dean of academics and assessment, will assume the role of acting dean for ATSU-CGHS effective May 10, 2016.


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Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, FACOI, CS, has been selected to lead A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), effective Jan. 1, 2016. He succeeds Kay Kalousek, DO, who served as the School’s dean since 2012.

“Dr. Morgan is an excellent choice to lead one of our nation’s most innovative medical schools,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “His commitment to educating tomorrow’s quality healthcare leaders is unwavering.”

Dr. Morgan joined ATSU-SOMA’s faculty in 2013 as associate professor of internal medicine and public health as well as chair of clinical science education, chair of the Student Performance Committee, and acting director of the Clinical Education department.

Dr. Morgan received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1988, doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, and master’s degree in bioethics from Midwestern University in 2008.

In addition, he completed the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship program in 2002; and in 2015, he completed an academic program with Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators, which is specifically designed for osteopathic medical personnel involved in teaching and academic management as well as those aspiring to a career in medical academe. Dr. Morgan has also served as past president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) and currently serves as speaker of the House of Delegates for the same association. In 2013, he was honored as AOMA Physician of the Year.

Prior to joining ATSU-SOMA, Dr. Morgan was a primary care physician in Arizona during which time he held and continues to hold active leadership roles in national, state, and local professional and community service organizations.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this distinguished position,” said Dr. Morgan. “I look forward to carrying forward the mission of ATSU-SOMA as well as the University alongside a dedicated team who makes it their priority to address the unmet healthcare needs of our nation’s underserved.

My goals as dean include furthering our engagement with ATSU’s community health center partners to reach an even greater number of those in need; bring awareness and expansion to the University’s Hometown Scholars program, which encourages medical school applicants who come from underserved areas; and increase the number of primary care physicians to serve in those underserved communities.”


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New schools will join AMA to reshape how future physicians are trained and improve health outcomes

A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) was selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) to join the Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, a dynamic group of medical schools which share best practices and ideas for developing innovative curricula that can ultimately be implemented in medical schools across the country.

ATSU-SOMA was nominated by AMA because of its approach to incorporating comprehensive community-based projects as part of its curriculum, empowering students to actively learn to assess needs of the community through their second, third, and fourth year of medical school education while embedded in one of ATSU-SOMA’s 12 community health center (CHC) campuses.

The announcement was made by AMA’s CEO James Madara, MD, and Susan Skochelak, MD, group vice president for medical education. AMA announced a total of 20 leading medical schools from across the country, all of which landed a spot on the Association’s consortium, and were awarded a three-year grant totaling $75,000.

“ATSU is thankful for and looks forward to collaborating with consortium partners in developing innovative learning experiences to improve medical education ultimately resulting in healthier individuals and communities,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84.

According to AMA, the 20 new schools will build upon projects created by the 11 schools awarded grants by AMA in 2013 and ultimately impact thousands of medical students across the nation currently being trained to care for patients in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. With the added schools, the now 31 school consortium will support training for an estimated 18,000 medical students who will one day care for 31 million patients each year.

“Consortium membership will enable us to spotlight successful teaching strategies, enhance support for individual community projects, and dedicate additional resources to evaluating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes resulting from this contextual innovation, “said principal investigator, Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, professor of internal medicine and public health, chair, ATSU-SOMA Department of Public Health. “I appreciate this opportunity very much and look forward to sharing with, and learning from, the other members of the consortium. This cross-pollination will be invaluable for creating the providers of the future.”

Through a competitive grant process, schools were selected from among 170 eligible U.S. medical schools by a national advisory panel, which sought proposals that would significantly redesign medical education. This is the first year an osteopathic medical school could apply to the initiative.


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2016_MFS_Logo_200x200A.T. Still University (ATSU) has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

For more information about ATSU’s commitment to supporting military students, visit www.atsu.edu.


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