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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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Wright Center for Graduate Medical EducationA.T. Still University

 

New model addresses America’s shortage of primary care physicians and changes in federal funding for medical training

Mesa, AZ: February 19, 2013 The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (Scranton, PA) more than $4 million to launch a national family-medicine residency program in partnership with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences’ School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (Mesa, AZ). The groundbreaking multi-state, centrally run medical residency program will place up to 29 medical school graduates per year over three years (87 graduates) in community health centers around the country as part of a residency program in family medicine.

The new program is a potential model for residency programs across the country in that it addresses two of the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges — the shortage of primary care physicians trained to work with America’s most vulnerable populations and the potential changes in federal funding which may leave thousands of new doctors without a place to complete their training.

The program’s objective is to create a pipeline of doctors trained to work with underserved rural and urban populations and in team-based practices that emphasize keeping entire communities healthy. With research showing that new doctors tend to practice in the communities where they have done their residencies, there is a glaring need to create opportunities for residents to train in these communities.

Unlike most residency programs, which both take place in and are managed by individual hospitals or medical centers, the Wright Center-ATSU collaboration will be a multi-state but centrally run effort spread among healthcare organizations in five states — Arizona, Ohio, Oregon, New York and Washington – and the District of Columbia.  The residency program will deliver an innovative curriculum with a strong community focus combined with comprehensive training and unique opportunities.

Applications for the new residency program are currently being reviewed. The 29 residents chosen to participate in the first year of the national family-medicine residency program will be divided among six community health centers located in medically underserved areas. The learning centers are the Virginia Garcia Memorial Healthcare Center (Hillsboro, OR), Lutheran Family Health Centers(Brooklyn, NY), HealthSource of Ohio (Milford, OH), HealthPoint (Renton, WA), the El Rio Community Health Center (Tucson, AZ) and Unity Health Care (Washington, DC).

Said Thomas McWilliams, DO, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at A. T. Still University of Health Sciences’ School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), who helped develop the program, “Residents will receive the benefits of modern ambulatory training coupled with carefully selected hospital training experiences using an innovative, nationally-accredited residency curriculum led and supervised by The Wright Center and A. T. Still University.”

He continued, “These residencies will serve as a model for a new paradigm for training physicians to function effectively within a rapidly evolving healthcare system.  Physicians trained in these programs will become leaders in shaping medicine in this country and will be a force to improve the health of individual patients as well as the overall health of their communities.”

Said Wright Center President and CEO Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, “Since 2011, The Wright Center has acted as a teaching health center GME consortium spreading our rich tradition of academic excellence in an educational infrastructure throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. We are privileged to have the opportunity — through collaboration with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences’ Schoolof Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona — to nationalize our efforts.”

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About The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME) is an independent 501(C) (3) not-for-profit ACGME/AOA-accredited residency sponsoring institution. The Wright Center’s dual mission is to provide excellence in Graduate Medical Education (GME) in an innovative and collaborative spirit in order to deliver high quality, evidence-based and patient-centered care. The organization was founded in 1976 in Scranton,Pennsylvania, to promote professional healthcare self-renewal and continuous quality enhancement of our regional community’s healthcare delivery system through GME. As a testimonial to its community-driven mission governance, the Wright Center is proudly recognized as the most significant regional primary care manpower renewal force and has 260 graduates, including 160 practicing primary care physicians. For more information visitwww.thewrightcenter.org.

About A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU)
Founded in 1892 and the country’s first osteopathic medical school, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has grown into a comprehensive graduate health education institution with campuses in Mesa, Az., and Kirksville, Mo., as well as a broad range of distance-learning programs. ATSU offers graduate degrees in 14 healthcare disciplines, including osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, bioscience, public health, audiology and physical and occupational therapy. In keeping with its nonprofit mission to care for those with little or no access to healthcare, ATSU trains students to work in rural, inner-city and other underserved communities. For more information visit www.atsu.edu.

About ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
More than an osteopathic medical school, A. T. Still University of Health Sciences’ School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is a team of clinicians, educators, and students who share a passion and commitment for whole person healthcare. Established in 2006, its unique curriculum integrates clinical presentation and extensive clinical experience into a relevant and applicable program of study. For more information visit www.atsu.edu/soma.

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The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education
Brian Ebersole
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570.343.2383, ext. 2311

A. T. Still University of Health Sciences
Alix Friedman
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212.329.1412
Linden Alschuler & Kaplan

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