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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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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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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) announced today a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Grant funding will enhance primary care education and better prepare medical students to reduce health disparities and barriers to care for vulnerable populations, improve patient engagement, and become leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

“This funding will position ATSU students for the ever-changing healthcare environment and strengthen the focus on primary care needs,” said grant project director Margaret Wilson, DO, dean ATSU-KCOM. “Developing leaders for communities to address issues such as chronic disease management, health disparities, and patient engagement will improve health for all.”

Increasing demand for new primary care graduates – coupled with growing retirement of seasoned providers – suggests the profession will sorely lack primary care leaders needed to transform healthcare systems.

“Our University is grateful for this opportunity to enhance primary care education of future healthcare leaders. This grant will help ensure a new generation of healthcare providers meet the primary care needs of patients well into the future,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO.

Through HRSA funding, ATSU-KCOM will look to address these issues through strategic planning that prioritizes innovative educational approaches for an evolving healthcare workforce, strategic partnerships, diversity, and interprofessional education.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number TOBHP28556; grant title Primary Care Training and Enhancement; total award amount of $1,203,168; with 43 percent financed with nongovernmental sources.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

GCTFThe results, released today in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

In all, 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with ATSU included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

ATSU won honors in two categories: compensation and benefits, and work-life balance.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for such a distinguished tribute. ATSU is devoted to our internal community; and we are committed to fostering an environment where faculty, staff, and students feel valued, empowered, and supported both in and outside of the workplace,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor. “The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”

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