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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 1, 2014) – A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) announced today its School of Health Management is now named the College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS).

The renaming is a result of ATSU combining all of its non-discipline specific online health studies programs within a single entity to gain efficiency and improve quality, access, and affordability for its students. Two online programs previously offered by ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, the Doctor of Health Science and Master of Science in Kinesiology (formerly Human Movement), will now be offered through ATSU-CGHS.

“Since 1999, ATSU has provided online programs within two separate schools,” said CGHS dean Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA. “By uniting ATSU non-discipline specific online programs together under a single entity, the message will be clear: ATSU is the online place to go for health professionals to enhance their education.”

ATSU-CGHS offers a variety of master’s and doctorate-level health-related distance learning programs, including:

  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Doctor of Health Education
  • Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in School Health Education (2015)

ATSU will offer new programs through the College of Graduate Health Studies as appropriate opportunities arise, including a new Master of Science in School Health Education in 2015.


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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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Media Contacts:

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

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


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ATSU Students, faculty, staff, and alumni,

During an unimaginable time of sadness and grief, A.T. Still University joins colleges and universities across the country expressing support for the citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, and surrounding areas. ATSU has reached out to students and alumni who may be affected and will offer assistance in any way.

Collectively as a nation, and individually, last Friday we all felt the tragic event’s effect on our “whole person”–body, mind, and spirit. During this holiday season please take a moment to renew your “whole person” and reach out affirmatively to those around you in need of your compassion, love, and wisdom.

Wishing you safe travels, happy holidays, and a healthy 2013.

Yours in service,
Craig M. Phelps, DO


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The inaugural A.T. Still University (ATSU) Interprofessional Education Collaborative Case Competition (IPE-CCC) was held Saturday, Dec. 1. Seven teams of students representing nine programs from ATSU’s Arizona and Missouri campuses and Arizona’s Grand Canyon University (GCU) nursing program participated. Each team presented an analysis of a hypothetical case to judges on both ATSU campuses via interactive technology.

Prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 were awarded to the top three teams. First place was awarded to Stephen Leonard, PT, ’14; Caroline Lindsey, AuD, ’16; Rebecca Tansey, D2; and Mariam Ter-Stepanian, OMS II.

Second place was awarded to Jake Moore, OMS I; James Ruport, PT, ’15; Jessica Villarreal, GCU nursing, Michelle Weber, AT, ’14; and Brianne Wright, AuD, ’14.
Two teams were awarded third place — Grace Abruzzo, PT, ’14, and Dulce Harju, PT, ’14, and also Shoshanna Abels, OT, ’15; Suzie Aparicio, AT, ’14; MaryAnn Chrzaszcz, OMS II; Kathryn Collins, PT, ’15; and Michelle Hamilton, OMS II.

“As part of ATSU’s strategic initiative to obtain preeminence, the University is promoting the practice of IPE through collaborative learning in whole person healthcare. ATSU students are learning with, from, and about students of other health disciplines with IPE, an experience that will prove invaluable in their health professions. Experiences gained at the competition made great strides in the practice of IPE by joining together students of various disciplines across two universities with a common goal,” said Craig Phelps, DO, president.

The competition was an initiative driven by the Student Committee on Interprofessional Education led by ATSU students Adam Bennett, D3, also a public health with dental emphasis student at ATSU’s School of Health Management, and Rochelle Zangen, PA, ’13, with hopes that it will develop into a national competition represented by many universities.

“The competition provided an invaluable opportunity for students to learn. Not only did it introduce the basics of collaborative care, the competition introduced some of the real-world difficulties interprofessional teams encounter,” said Bennett.

Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, vice dean for interprofessional education and collaboration for ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, faculty lead for the initiative, considers the inaugural competition a tremendous success. Maxwell and other faculty members diligently transformed a student-driven dream to a realistic patient case using fundamental concepts of IPE.

“I was so impressed by the quality of the presentations. The teams showed a clear understanding of the collaborative competencies and dedication to collaboration in action. The team reflections identified many of the barriers to collaborative practice but stressed the importance of collaboration if we are to provide patient-centered, whole person care,” said Dr. Maxwell.

The case followed the medical and family life of “Chip,” a photojournalist injured on assignment in Afghanistan. The case was developed by faculty contributors from ATSU, GCU, and Missouri’s Truman State University. Case details are online at ipe-ccc.atsu.edu.

“The joy of the case developed for this competition is that students were asked to evaluate the case in relation to the four collaborative competencies. The intent was to ensure that the core focus was on Chip and his family. The inclusion of a family narrative in this case, which was presented as a diary written by Chip’s wife, Nancy, allowed teams to approach the case from a unique perspective,” added Dr. Maxwell.

The participating students represented ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine; ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona; ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health; the athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences; and GCU’s nursing program.

A photo gallery from the 2012 IPE-CCC is available at the official ATSU facebook page.


Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc – vice dean, IPE & collaboration – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Janet Head, EdD, MS, RN – Area Health Education Center – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mindy Motahari, DMD – associate director – Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Lisa Chun, DO – assistant professor – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Sue Hillman, MS, MA – associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Bob McMullen, MS, PA-C – associate professor, physician assistant studies – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, MS, NCS – associate professor, physical therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Carolyn Glaubensklee, PhD – associate professor – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L –assistant professor, occupational therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Thomas Rigo, PhD – associate professor, audiology – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Amisha Klawonn, DPT, FAA, OMPT – assistant professor, physical therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences

Grand Canyon University – College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Jennifer Overturf, MSN, RN, CNE – College of Nursing and Health Care Professions – Grand Canyon University
Karen Boyd, BSN, RN, CMSRN – clinical lab coordinator – Grand Canyon University

Truman State University
Judy Johnson, PhD, CCC/SLP– Communication Disorders – Truman State University


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A.T. Still University (ATSU) announces the addition of Janice (Jan) Couch, M.A., as its new director of Alumni Services. Couch assumed her position in September and has since been busy getting up to speed on the dynamics of university and cultivating alumni relationships.

Director of Alumni Services Jan Couch

Jan Couch, M.A.

Couch grew up in north-central Missouri, graduating from the Meadville R-4 school district in 1975. She earned her B.S.E. in psychology in 1980 and her M.A. degree in Educational Administration in 1986 from Truman State University.

After working at Truman State, Couch moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1988, working for the Maricopa County Job Training and Partnership Act and the Maricopa County Head Start Program. She resigned her position at Head Start to become an exclusive buyer’s real estate agent and later a real estate broker, owning her own corporation in Phoenix.

Couch is excited to return to Kirksville and meet and work with the University’s alumni. As director, she has had the opportunity to meet alumni at ATSU Founder’s Day in October, the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association board of directors meeting at the American Osteopathic Association Convention in New Orleans in November, and at the continuing medical education program at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., in December. Throughout 2010, she will be traveling the country in an effort to meet more graduates of ATSU.

“I am excited about the opportunity to actively contribute my skills, knowledge and abilities to the position of Director of Alumni,” Couch said. “I look forward to the tremendous opportunities, challenges and growth ATSU faces as a dynamic educational leader in producing top-notch medical professionals.”

Alumni Services strives to build strong, lasting relationships with alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University through networking and collaboration. If you need assistance as an alumnus, or have an address or information update, contact Alumni Services at 660.626.2307 or contact Jan at alumniservices@atsu.edu.


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