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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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) is pleased to announce Tarah L. Castleberry, DO, MPH, ’98, as  keynote speaker for the 178th commencement. Dr. Castleberry serves on the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Castleberry currently serves in several capacities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Aerospace Medicine Division, including assistant professor, family medicine/preventive medicine, & community health, aerospace medicine residency program director, and general preventive medicine residency program director. She is board certified in family medicine and aerospace medicine and was active in the U.S. Naval Service from 2000-07.

In addition to her teaching career, Dr. Castleberry worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration serving as flight surgeon and aerospace medicine specialist, deputy crew surgeon and physician support of U.S. and international partner astronaut training activities in Russia. She has also been published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and served as principal investigator for several residency and training research grants.

Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 17, 2014, at Baldwin Hall on the Truman State University campus. The event is not open to the public.


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photo5-300x224Mesa, Ariz. – Ninety-eight new doctors of osteopathic medicine crossed the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 7, marking their completion of four years of study in a unique medical school curriculum model. A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA) is one of a handful of medical schools across the country utilizing the clinical presentation-based medical education model where students are immersed in clinical care beginning in their second year of medical school.

“You have been pioneers in the future of a medical education model in this country,” said Thomas McWilliams, DO, FACOFP, associate dean for graduate medical education, ATSU-SOMA, and keynote speaker at commencement. “This ceremony is a celebration of your journey,” added ATSU-SOMA Dean Kay Kalousek, DOMS, FACOFP.

One hundred percent of the graduating class will be furthering their education as residents. Sixty-eight  percent will be in primary care, and 92.9 percent will be in National Association of Community Health Center-identified needed specialties, which include the primary care residencies and general surgery, psychiatry, and emergency medicine. 

Dr. McWilliams concluded his keynote speech addressing graduates with these words, “You have truly captured the “heart of SOMA”.  My parting request is that you keep this spirit alive during your residency training and beyond.  Your healing touch is exactly what the nation needs at this critical place and time.”


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Milner_photoMESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) proudly announces Michael R. Milner, DHSc, PA-C, as the keynote graduation speaker and honorary degree candidate for its graduation set for Saturday, March 2 at Arizona State University’s Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe.

Dr. Milner serves as dean and professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ School of Physician Assistant Studies.  Prior roles include Rear Admiral, Assistant United States Surgeon General and United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer (retired).

Dr. Milner has worked in various capacities focusing on addressing healthcare issues and is recognized as an expert on the national level in public health.

His special honors include American Academy of Physician Assistants-Presidents Award, Assistant Secretary for Health Distinguished Service Award, and U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal.

“Dr. Milner is an admired health administrator, clinician, and health professions educator in the United States and we are proud that he will be joining us on March 2 to deliver the keynote address,” said Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, dean, ATSU-ASHS.  “Dr. Milner’s extensive background in serving the public health sector directly aligns with the overall mission of ASHS and ATSU.”

Nearly 160 online graduate students will come-together to celebrate the spring ATSU-ASHS graduation.  Degrees include transitional doctor of physical therapy, transitional doctor of audiology, doctor of health sciences, human movement, advanced masters of physician assistant studies, or advanced masters of occupational therapy.


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Ninety-two newly minted doctors of osteopathic medicine have reserved their place in history as members of the inaugural graduating class of A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA).

On Friday, June 3, the inaugural ATSU-SOMA class of 2011 walked across the stage at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz., to receive their diplomas – not in alphabetical order, but grouped according to the community health center campuses where they lived and studied for the last three years. ATSU-SOMA’s unique curricular model was fully accredited just days earlier by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Graduates will enter residencies across the country in July, with 83 percent going into National Association of Community Health Center (NACHC) needed specialties, including primary care. Fifteen ATSU-SOMA graduates will remain in Arizona for residency training.

“Today we share the success of the graduates as well as the success of the school,” said Kenneth Jones, D.O., FAOCR, ’83, vice chair of the ATSU Board of Trustees. “I personally am excited to be here with you today, because I was one of the 21 members of the board who approved the proposed new osteopathic medical school in 2005.”

In his address to the graduating class, SOMA Interim Dean Thomas McWilliams, D.O., FACOFP, ’76, noted that from day one, most of the inaugural class expressed a desire to help people as a main motivation for going into a career in medicine. “Your level of volunteerism and altruism [has been] remarkable,” said Dr. McWilliams. “We’ve done all that we can in our curriculum to promote and maintain this heart to serve the needy. I think that this is the true heart of SOMA.

“My parting request to you is that you keep this spirit alive during your residency and on into practice. Your healing touch is exactly what the nation needs at this place in time.”

The keynote speaker was Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., ATSU’s senior vice president – academic affairs, and founding dean of SOMA. “You took a chance on this innovative, unproven medical school and look where we are today,” he said. “You are going to be wonderful osteopathic physicians. And I can tell you that I will forever owe you a debt of gratitude.”

Following the keynote address, ATSU President Jack Magruder, Ed.D., presented Dr. Wood a presidential proclamation of thanks and appreciation for his contributions to ATSU-SOMA, the profession of osteopathic medicine, and osteopathic medical education.


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