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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Three faculty members at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.

“A college or university is only as good as its faculty and staff,” said KCOM Dean Phil Slocum, D.O. “When faculty peers recognize a faculty member’s promotion, it is a very big deal. Each of these faculty members has contributed to advancing KCOM and ATSU’s mission. They are each appreciated for their achievements.”

Larry Ciesemier, D.O.

Larry Ciesemier, D.O.

Larry Ciesemier, D.O., a 1997 graduate of KCOM, was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in the Internal Medicine department. Dr. Ciesemier operates Kirksville Allergy and Asthma LLC, an allergy and asthma immunology private practice, and will graduate from the Missouri Sheriff Training Academy on December 3 when he will then serve as a reserve deputy officer with Adair County and the Kirksville Police Department.

“I am proud and honored to receive this promotion. As course director and chair of the department of internal medicine, I have and am striving to create a vibrant atmosphere of excellence for both students and faculty,” Dr. Ciesemier said.

Patricia Sexton, D.H.Ed., M.S.

Patricia Sexton, D.H.Ed., M.S.

Patricia Sexton, D.H.Ed., M.S., was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Medicine, Preventative Medicine. Dr. Sexton is also director of research at ATSU’s School of Health Management (SHM), teaching classes at both SHM and KCOM. Dr. Sexton has been a faculty member at ATSU for 21 years.

“I feel fortunate to work in the osteopathic profession, with the best and brightest students and committed colleagues. I will work to continue making relevant contributions to KCOM and to medical education nationally,” Dr. Sexton said.

Kelly Halma, D.O.

Kelly Halma, D.O.

Kelly Halma, D.O., was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department. Dr. Halma has been with the University since 2005.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the leadership and faculty for my work at ATSU-KCOM,” Dr. Halma said. “Training future physicians is a tremendous responsibility and one I take very seriously, as does everyone at ATSU. I am proud to be part of this important mission and part of this organization.”

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Jan. 9, 2009) A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) recently approved a medical humanities elective course titled “Medical Letters – Literature in Medicine,” which will be added to its curriculum in the third quarter of the 2008-09 school year.

 

“Medical Letters – Literature in Medicine” will expose students to the interaction of physician, patient, caregiver, society and the system of medicine through literary works. “It is hoped that examining the writing of others on these topics will increase perspective, deepen understanding, enrich the love for the art of medicine, and enhance empathy,” said Course Director Patricia Sexton, D.H.Ed., assistant professor of Family Medicine.

 

Educational literature indicates that because medicine is both art and science, students and future patients benefit from formal reflection on medical humanities. Through this lens, students gain an understanding of the human condition, the nature of healing and suffering, and their role in this cycle. 

 

This elective, which was developed through support of HRSA’s Predoctoral Training in Primary Care grant, enhances the KCOM curriculum by offering an additional humanities elective, the first being the Spirituality in Medicine course which was implemented in the Fall of 2008.

 

This elective also builds upon the objectives of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health Curricular Award granted to KCOM’s Family Medicine Department to impact spirituality, cultural competence, and humanities in medical education. Margaret Wilson, D.O., is the family medicine chair and project director for the HRSA Pre-Doctoral Grant and the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health Grant. 

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