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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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New project to enhance CORE-AT practice-based research network

Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC

Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC

MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) athletic training program received a $102,153 grant for a new research project that will further enhance its growing body of research of sport-related injuries in young athletes. The grant was recently approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).

“We are thrilled that our grant received full funding,” said Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, principal investigator and ATSU-ASHS athletic training associate professor. “This new research project will allow ATSU-ASHS to continue work in determining how concussion affects young athletes’ lives outside of sports, including school, relationships with friends and family, and emotional and social aspects of their lives. All of these areas are important in providing whole person athletic training services.”

The project, titled “The Effect of Sport-Related Concussion on Cognition, Balance, Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Adolescent Athletes,” is a two-year project that aims to assess the immediate and prolonged effects of concussion on HRQOL in adolescent athletes; assess the relationship between the measures of impairment and disability; compare the effect of sport-related concussion and musculoskeletal injury on HRQOL in adolescent athletes within the first 10 days post-injury; and collect “sport concussion impact” narratives from adolescents with sport-related concussion, identify the meanings they attribute to that concussion, and qualitatively determine the affects of concussion on their HRQOL.

Frederick Mueller, Ph.D., NOCSAE research director and University of North Carolina department of exercise and sports science professor, said that sport-related concussions are a major concern in all levels of sports participation, and especially for high school athletes. “The research grant approved for funding by Tamara McLeod of A.T. Still University is another major step in helping to reduce concussion injuries in adolescent athletes,” he said.

“There have always been concerns with the quality of life related to athletes with concussion injuries and their recovery period, and Dr. McLeod’s research will play a major role in this area,” Dr. Mueller continued. “The NOCSAE board of directors is looking forward to the recommendations made by Dr. McLeod at the conclusion of her research project.”

According to Dr. Mueller, NOCSAE was formed in 1969 to address the problem of brain injuries in sports and has been involved in funding research for many years. NOCSAE grant applications are highly competitive and are reviewed by the leading sports medicine experts in the country.

“This is a timely public safety issue for the parents, coaches, and healthcare providers of our young athletes,” said Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, ATSU-Arizona provost and primary care physician for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. “We are very grateful that A.T. Still University has an opportunity to play a significant role in providing research and finding answers.”

Along with serving as the project’s principal investigator, Dr. McLeod is also director of ATSU-ASHS interdisciplinary research laboratory and director of the Clinical Outcomes Research Education for Athletic Trainers (CORE-AT) practice-based research network. She has gained a national reputation as an expert clinician, researcher, consultant, and medical educator in the area of sports concussion, and her research has provided insight into the best management practices for young athletes recovering from concussion.

Co-investigators on the project include ASHS-ATSU athletic training faculty members Drs. Alison Snyder, John Parsons, and Curt Bay, as well as consultant Anikar Chhabra, M.D., of The Orthopedic Clinic Association in Phoenix, Ariz.

Funds from the project will allow for a concussion module to be added to the athletic training program’s existing CORE-AT practice-based research network, a project that aims to educate and train post-professional athletic training students in the use of technology for the collection of healthcare outcomes data. The CORE-AT system, which was started with internal ATSU strategic research funds in 2006, has continued to build with external grants, including a $107,012 grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation in 2008.


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Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP

MESA, Ariz. (Mar. 31, 2009) – Healthcare reform continues to sit at the top of our national agenda, and understanding its implications is crucial to the livelihood of all Americans. Men and women in the Mesa community will have a unique opportunity to make sense of current healthcare policies and how they will affect families and businesses by attending A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) community luncheon and panel discussion entitled “Will Care Be There?” on Tuesday, April 14 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nationally-renowned healthcare policy expert Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP, will keynote this timely luncheon and panel discussion, which is sponsored by ATSU’s Women’s Wellness program. Dr. Ross-Lee, a former medical school dean, is currently director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship Program and vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at New York Institute of Technology.

“Every American needs to be informed and, if able, be part of our nation’s healthcare discussions,” said ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM. “ATSU hopes this program will engage community members and stimulate a ‘call to action’ for those wishing to voice their views and ideas on a topic affecting each and every one of us. Dr. Ross-Lee and panel members will discuss how attendees can help shape healthcare policy and highlight recent trends and challenges facing families and businesses.”

Women’s Wellness executive advisory board member Amanda Weaver, M.B.A., executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), agrees, stating that attendees will walk away with information that they can use. “Dr. Ross-Lee founded the AOA Health Policy Fellowship Program, which has trained osteopathic physicians and members of the osteopathic family in the high ground and comprehensive approach to cost, quality, and access to care issues, and [in addressing] frustrations that people experience every day,” she said. “The objective is to improve healthcare for patients.”

Other panel members will include Erick Novack, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and advocate for protection of patient rights; Jill Rissi, Ph.D., associate director for research and policy at St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, whose research focuses on Arizona health policy; and Jan Zieren, D.O., FACOFP, a board certified family practice physician and president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

The cost to attend ATSU’s community luncheon and panel discussion is $75 per person. Sponsorship and premium ticket opportunities are available. Contact the ATSU advancement office for more information at drohrich@atsu.edu or 480.219.6115, or visit www.atsuwomenswellness.org.


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Annlee Burch, Ed.D., M.P.H., PT, ASHS physical therapy chair and associate professor, hoods a doctor of physical therapy candidate .

Annlee Burch, Ed.D., M.P.H., PT, ASHS physical therapy chair and associate professor, hoods a doctor of physical therapy candidate .

MESA, Ariz. (Mar. 12, 2009) – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) celebrated commencement ceremonies for four online programs Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

A total of 292 graduates earned either master of science or doctoral degrees in ASHS’ Human Movement, Physician Assistant Studies, Audiology, and Physical Therapy programs. “Once again, it was exciting to watch health professionals attain a higher degree with the intention of making a difference in the care of their patients,” said ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA.

“Phoenix should be very proud of hosting this event,” said ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM. “Graduates and their families from across the country gathered at a wonderful venue, on a beautiful Arizona day to celebrate their achievement.”

Founded in 1995, ASHS is committed to educating and preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a rapidly growing healthcare system. “Graduation is a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate the accomplishments of our students and recognize their much-needed contribution to healthcare throughout the community and the nation,” said ATSU Associate Provost O.T. Wendel, Ph.D.

As part of the commencement ceremony, an honorary doctor of humane letters degree of was awarded to keynote speaker William Kohlhepp, D.H.Sc., PA-C. Dr. Kohlhepp is associate professor of physician assistant education at the Quinnipiac University PA program in Hamden, Conn., and practices part-time in New Haven, Conn.

Dr. Kohlhepp encouraged graduates to embrace their professional values throughout their careers by focusing on patients, other health professionals, the public, and themselves. “Your time at ATSU has likely immersed you in the mission of the University which includes a number of professionalism values, so you may be well on your way,” he said. “The work you will be doing will be challenging and rewarding. You will save lives, you will heal bodies and minds; you will touch hearts. You will make a difference.”

Dr. Kohlhepp has published numerous articles on clinical and professional topics. He served on the board of directors of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, serving as chair in 2006. He is past president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and was recently recognized as PA of the Year by the AAPA.


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SOMA students at the HealthSource of Ohio campus in Milford, Ohio.

SOMA students at the HealthSource of Ohio campus in Milford, Ohio.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The inaugural class at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), who are scheduled to graduate in 2011, set out in September to community health center campuses (CHCs) across the country that will become their homes for the next three years of their medical education. The School’s ground-breaking contextual learning model places medical students in clinical settings in their second year and, by all accounts, the new model is showing strong signs of success.

“Overall, everything is going quite satisfactorily,” said SOMA Dean Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., regarding the students’ first few months off-campus. He further indicated that feedback from the CHCs, learning facilitators, and students is very positive. Initial feedback also indicates that SOMA students have arrived at the clinics well-prepared for the new clinical setting. “Physicians at the clinical sites are consistently amazed at the amount of knowledge that our students have,” said Dr. Wood. “Because of how our curriculum is set up, we expect nothing less.”

Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, ’84, visited sites in Brooklyn, New York, and Beaufort, S.C., to see firsthand how students are progressing. “It is humbling to see how well our students are embraced by the faculty, staff, administration, and most importantly, patients, at their community health center campuses,” said Dr. Phelps. “It is a testament to how well the educational model is working.”

SOMA leadership is not taking their initial success lightly, or for granted. Dr. Wood was quick to point out that SOMA has a strong system in place to monitor progress. Along with phones, email, podcasts, video, and other electronic communication, it is SOMA’s priority to send one of the School’s five deans to each clinical site twice a year to monitor and report progress. Between September and January, eight formal site visits had been completed. The other three sites have received informal visits and are slated for a formal evaluation in the near future. “It is important to have a new set of eyes at each location on a regular basis,” said Dr. Wood.

SOMA student Vanessa DeSousa, OMS II, confirmed that she felt well-prepared when she first started in her clinic in Porterville, Calif. “All of the [first year] OSCEs and medical skills practice, as well as OPP lab, have really helped me to interact with patients appropriately,” she said.

For students at the CHCs, roughly 60 to 70 percent of their time is still spent in didactic education. Each of the 11 campuses has a learning facilitator and a classroom for ongoing instruction. The remaining 30 to 40 percent of their time is spent in the clinic setting, seeing patients who often present the very health issues and illnesses that they are learning about in class.

“When I can put a patient face to the name of a disorder, disease, syndrome, etc…, it stays with me,” said DeSousa. “In addition, having a seasoned physician to talk to about each patient really helps me learn the important clinical and basic science concepts.

“I have had several experiences already where a patient presents with exactly what we are talking about in our basic sciences,” she continued. “It makes sense to learn in the context in which we will be practicing. Physicians have commented that we know a lot already, and that we are very lucky to have early clinical exposure.”


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