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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.: 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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A generous grant of $142,776 from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, staff members at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History will be able to effectively start Phase II of the categorization and cataloging of artifacts as they move toward a uniform inventory of their Osteopathic Heritage collection.

“Thanks to the IMLS Museums for America Grant funding we were able to hire additional staff for two years to process and make available online much of what was received from the ATSU Library’s Special Collections (received by the Museum in 1997), NCOH Collection, and incoming donations.

“The museum team did an excellent job on Phase I of this project,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton, M.A. “I am pleased to learn that our good work has been noted and rewarded to continue the comprehensive inventory work with additional funds to hire staff for two more years and continue on with Phase II.”

Located on the campus of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., the museum had applied for the grant for assistance in creating a completely uniform inventory of collection items. Staff members have planned a comprehensive inventory of all collections with digitized and scanned images, as well as online access to the inventory. This award is part of a multi-year project, with an ultimate goal of better serving the public, as well as seeking accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced 160 awards totaling $18,777,552, matched with $32,007,711 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants. IMLS received 481 applications requesting $53,655,280 in funds.

“Congratulations to the Museums for America grantees. We are pleased to support museums through investments in high-priority, high value activities that benefit communities throughout the United States,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS director. “These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Earlier in the year, the Heritage Preservation Organization of Washington, D.C., awarded a $3,490 grant to the museum, which paid for a Conservation Assessment Program review. The museum received an extremely positive report from that assessment.

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Unique community collaborative will serve 45 medically fragile patients in Valley

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Despite recent cuts to healthcare, a unique community collaborative in the Valley will help 45 medically fragile individuals receive oral care services.

Led by a $75,000 grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, this collaborative joins the resources of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), Hacienda HealthCare, and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.

The lead organization, ATSU-ASDOH will provide oral care to 20 individuals with special needs referred by Hacienda HealthCare and 25 dialysis patients referred by the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. ATSU-ASDOH’s Special Care Dentistry units in Mesa and Glendale will provide services to this patient population. The initiative also provides training in special care dentistry to 58 students and six residents.

“This collaborative stemmed out of our keen interest in improving community health in Maricopa County through increased access to care, improved health education and a prepared workforce,” said BHHS Legacy Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Gerald L. Wissink, FACHE.

With cuts in funding for most oral care, dialysis patients and individuals with severe physical and developmental disabilities receive little to no access to these services. 

“Our patients and clients will greatly benefit from this grant. We appreciate the BHHS Legacy Foundation’s interest in and support of the oral care of Arizona’s medically fragile developmentally disabled citizens and we are excited about our partnership with A.T. Still University,” said Bill Timmons, CEO of Hacienda HealthCare.

According to James Ivie, Ph.D., LCSW, director of patient services for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, “This program will prevent poor dental health from undermining the nutritional status of patients with kidney disease. Access to needed dental care supports their ability to maintain good nutrition by being able to chew effectively and eat the foods they need.  A mouth that is clean and infection-free is also required to qualify for a transplant,”

Besides providing care to medically fragile patients, this initiative also addresses the shortage of dentists trained in special care dentistry.

“We have a unique opportunity to train our students and nurture confident and compassionate oral care workers who can provide greater access to care for individuals with medically complex conditions,”, said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.M.D, M.P.H.

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Museum of Osteopathic Medicine Director Jason Haxton and Viola Fryman, D.O.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Cranial Academy Foundation announced that funds were extended to the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and International Center for Osteopathic History to support the Viola Frymann Legacy Collection. The Frymann Legacy Collection is a collection of the life work of Viola Frymann, D.O., FAAO, FCA, a pioneer, innovator, advocate, and friend of the osteopathic profession for more than 50 years.

“There are few among us who are more worthy of high esteem and few who have such a distinguished body of work as the profession’s beloved Doctor Viola Frymann,” said Michael Lockwood, D.O., FCA, president of The Cranial Academy Foundation.

The Cranial Academy Foundation is dedicated exclusively to teaching, advocating, advancing osteopathic medicine, specifically osteopathic medicine in the cranial field. “It is distinctly our honor to aid in the research and advancement of the Osteopathic Paradigm and Sutherland concepts,” Dr. Lockwood said. “Members of the Board of Directors embrace the philosophy that serving is not an obligation or opportunity but a gift.”

The Viola Frymann Legacy Collection will consist of a two phase preservation effort. Phase I will entail the initial transfer, safe shipment of the cumulated works to the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM in Kirksville, Mo. Phase II will assess, prioritize, and make Dr. Frymann’s singularly unique works available for education and research. The transfer and project will be facilitated and aided by Debra Loguda-Summers, curator of the International Center for Osteopathic History; Jason Haxton, director, Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM; and Brian F. Degenhardt, D.O., director of the A.T. Still Research Institute in Kirksville, who will consult directly with Dr. Frymann regarding the substance of papers and artifacts to best understand the historical significance and the impact of this unique collection for our time and future generations.

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