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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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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) will host orientation activities beginning Monday, July 7, for 214 first-year students accepted to the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

The University’s newest dental and osteopathic medical students will participate in numerous orientation activities throughout the week, concluding on Saturday, July 12, with each school’s individual Induction and White Coat Ceremony. Both ceremonies will be held at Truman State University’s Baldwin Hall Auditorium; the ceremony for ATSU-MOSDOH students will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. ceremony for ATSU-KCOM students. The White Coat Ceremony was established in 1996 and impresses upon first-year students the significance and symbolism of wearing a white doctor’s coat.

ATSU-MOSDOH received 1,029 applications for 42 seats. The class of 2018 is comprised of 17 men and 25 women. Sixteen states are represented within the class, including 12 students from Missouri and one graduate from Truman State University.

ATSU-KCOM received 4,453 applications for 172 seats. The class of 2018 is comprised of 94 men and 78 women. Thirty-one states are represented within the class, including 51 students from Missouri and seven graduates from Truman State University. Additionally, eight students have been accepted into ATSU-KCOM’s residential two-year biomedical sciences graduate program.

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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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Tarah Castleberry (1)

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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Kirksville, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) will welcome back a distinguished alumnus for its annual May commencement ceremony.  J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP, ’93, will serve as his alma mater’s upcoming commencement speaker. Dr. Polk serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs and deputy chief medical officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Prior to his work at DHS, Dr. Polk was the deputy chief medical officer and chief of space medicine for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center and an assistant professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is the former state emergency medical services medical director for the state of Ohio and former chief of Metro Life Flight in Cleveland, Ohio. He was previously a member of the State Trauma Committee for the state of Ohio.

Dr. Polk has been active in the local, state, and federal emergency services and preparedness planning throughout his career. In addition, he is a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, and an associate fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association.

ATSU-KCOM’s commencement will be held at 10 a.m., May 18, 2013, in Baldwin Hall at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

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