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Karen T. Snider, D.O.

Karen T. Snider, D.O.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Effective March 1, Karen T. Snider, D.O., became chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Department at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). She has served as acting chair since November 2008.

Dr. Snider has served the University as associate professor of the OMM department and as director of the undergraduate OMM fellows program since 2005. Since 2002 she has served as a compliance officer with the Gutensohn Osteopathic Medical Associates.

As chair, Dr. Snider will manage administrative issues of the OMM academic and clinical departments and oversee the OMM academic curriculum. In addition, she will serve on the student promotions board and academic council. She continues to see patients and supervise students and residents in the OMM clinic and hospital OMM consult service.

Dr. Snider is board certified in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine and holds a Missouri medical license. She has been involved in extensive research and currently sits on several committees including KCOM’s Interdisciplinary Research Committee and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Item Writing and Product Committees.

“We have long recognized Dr. Snider’s skills as a teacher, mentor, researcher, and as a servant through the hundreds of hours she gives to her college at the local and national level,” said KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O. “After a long and exhaustive search, we are confident we have the leader who can help improve our curriculum, research, and service.”

In honor of Dr. Snider’s appointment as chair, ATSU will hold a congratulatory reception with the University community March 25.

“I look forward to serving ATSU in this position,” Dr. Snider said.


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Stuart selected out of more than 200 COMLEX item writers

Melissa K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Melissa K. Stuart, Ph.D.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) Microbiology/Immunology Associate Professor Melissa K. Stuart, Ph.D., was recently selected as 2009 Item Writer of the Year for COMLEX-USA Level 1 by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc. (NBOME).

NBOME is a not-for-profit corporation that serves public and state licensing agencies by administering examinations testing the medical knowledge of those who seek to serve the public as osteopathic physicians. The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensure Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA) examination sequence is currently accepted for licensure in all 50 U.S. states and is used as an accreditation requirement for all schools and colleges of osteopathic medicine by the Commission on Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine of the American Osteopathic Association.

COMLEX certified item writers write new questions, or items, for the three levels of the comprehensive exam. NBOME uses hundreds of item writers who submit new items for review and revision. Actual items used on the exams are the product of multiple revision steps.

Dr. Stuart was selected out of more than 200 item writers who contributed to COMLEX-USA Level 1 in 2009. According to NBOME, Dr. Stuart’s items are a model for the type and format needed to produce a valid, high-quality examination that assesses competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health professions.

“I am surprised and pleased to be recognized by the NBOME for my item-writing efforts,” said Dr. Stuart. “I feel that submitting questions for Part 1 COMLEX-USA is both a privilege and a professional obligation. By becoming involved in test development, my colleagues and I can play a role in ensuring that osteopathic medical students seeking licensure have a sound knowledge base in the basic sciences.”

As Item Writer of the Year for Level 1, Dr. Stuart will receive a personalized plaque, recognition by the NBOME board of directors at its annual meeting in December, and recognition in NBOME’s quarterly newsletter, The Osteopathic Examiner.

“Dr. Stuart’s achievement honors KCOM and ATSU,” said KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O. “It demonstrates the quality of our program and faculty. The COMLEX-USA exams are licensure examinations that assure the public of the competence of graduating physicians. KCOM faculty have a long tradition of helping establish the standards that physicians must meet nation-wide.”

Dr. Stuart recently completed NBOME’s item-writing training course, achieving the status of “Certified NBOME Item-Writer,” during which she was required to submit 10 original items over the course of 12 months. She joins three other microbiology/immunology faculty members who also recently achieved “Certified NBOME Item-Writer” distinction: Neil J. Sargentini, Ph.D., chair and associate professor; Neal Chamberlain, Ph.D., associate professor; and Vineet K. Singh, Ph.D., associate professor.

“I am pleased that all of the faculty in my department have reached this goal of certification,” said Dr. Sargentini.

Three microbiology/immunology faculty not only submit exam questions to NBOME, but also serve as current or past members of the Level 1 Review Committees. Dr. Stuart has served on the Level 1 Item Review Committee since 2004, and Drs. Sargentini and Chamberlain are both past members of the committee.


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Students enjoy participating in the ATSU's annual 5K run/1 mile walk on October 17

Students enjoy participating in the ATSU's annual 5K run/1 mile walk on October 17

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends joined in celebration of A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) annual Founder’s Day Celebration, held October 15-17.

Festivities included the inaugural Tinning Founder’s Day Osteopathy lecture presented by Edward G. Stiles, D.O. “I was overwhelmed when I was selected to give this lecture,” Dr. Stiles said. “I enjoy teaching and have had a ball in my career. I hope the same for these students.”

President Jack Magruder led the annual graveside ceremony honoring University founder A.T. Still, M.D., D.O. The first memorial ceremony took place December 2, 1919, and each year a wreath is placed on his grave. “(Still was) humble, intellectual, and spiritual in his thinking. He had an honest desire and the competence to treat people and alleviate pain and suffering,” Magruder said. “He gave all he had, all the time. And people loved him for it.”

ATSU Board of Trustees Chair Pete Detweiler and President Magruder kicked off the all-campus meeting by discussing the University’s financial stability and growth during the economic downturn.

Associate Vice President of Admissions and Alumni Services Lori Haxton, M.A., recognized alumni from the classes of 1984 and 1959, awarding gold medallions and pins for 50th anniversary honorees.

School of Health Management (SHM) Interim Dean Kimberly O’Reilly, D.H.Ed., M.S.W., discussed SHM’s past, talked about the present, and outlined the future. She hopes to further develop SHM’s partnership with the A.T. Still Research Institute, is looking forward to other joint initiatives within the university, and moving each program within SHM toward further accreditation.

Closing out the meeting, Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., recognized Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) students and staff for their accomplishments, including the outstanding devotion KCOM students give towards community service. In the past year, students have given more than 1,000 volunteer hours to the City of Kirksville.

ATSU and the Still National Osteopathic Museum unveiled the Dr. Thomas Quinn, D.O., Reading Room, research center, and new artifact storage area. This marks the third museum move due to growth of the collection and helps to consolidate facilities for researchers and staff duties. Dr. Jamie Archer, Brit. Osteopath, of Ulna, England, signed over the first artifact to the museum’s new collection space— a hand built useable replica of Dr. Still’s treatment chair designed in the 1900s. Dr. Archer built two of the artifacts using Dr. Still’s notes, photographs, and references by significant D.O.s of the time. These are the only two devices known in existence. Dr. Archer later demonstrated the chairs use at the continuing medical education program on Saturday.

Friday night was filled with food and fun at Still-A-Bration 2009, where faculty, students, staff, family, and friends enjoyed games, food and dancing.

The annual 5K run/1 mile walk on Saturday capped the weekend’s festivities with more than 60 participants. Second-year KCOM student Tyler Hill took home the men’s 5K title with a time of 16:36. First-year student Cara Lucas led the women with a time of 23:48.


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Founding college of osteopathic medicine celebrates its newest D.O.s

Missouri Governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon,

Missouri Governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon,

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 1, 2009) – Missouri’s governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon, will address the newest class of graduates at KCOM—A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the founding osteopathic medical school—on Saturday, May 16.

KCOM is slated to hold its 117th annual commencement ceremony at Baldwin Hall Auditorium on the campus of Truman State University. As the school celebrates its new physicians, who number among more than 15,000 who have graduated since 1892, Governor Nixon will join them to deliver his keynote speech.

Governor Nixon took office on January 12, 2009, as Missouri’s 55th Governor. A native Missourian, he was born in De Soto, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978, and a juris doctorate from UMC in 1981. After six years of work as state senator, he became Missouri’s attorney general in 1992, serving four straight terms and becoming the only person in Missouri to ever do so.

As attorney general, Governor Nixon took a strong interest in healthcare issues, working to improve access and education for his constituents. He joined state attorneys general across the nation in litigation against major companies for marketing cigarettes to young people. This suit brought a settlement of more than $1.2 billion to Missouri. Working on a more local level, he helped establish the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. ATSU President Jack Magruder said Nixon’s background made him a solid choice for graduating medical students.

“Almost every college in the state would love to have the sitting governor as their commencement speaker,” Magruder said, “and ATSU is very fortunate that he has agreed to speak to our students. Governor Nixon has done great work in providing healthcare to individuals in Missouri; his work with the Missouri Foundation for Health has led to better healthcare in the state and has also led to funding community health outreach, including at ATSU.”

This year 166 students are candidates for the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine, eight will receive a master in biomedical sciences, and four will receive dual degrees. These new graduates represent nine different countries, including Kenya and Lithuania.

At the ceremony, Governor Nixon will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters (D.Hu.L.)degree, as unanimously voted upon by KCOM professors and the ATSU Board of Trustees.

“By awarding Governor Nixon this degree, we will be recognizing his championship of higher education and of broad access to high-quality healthcare in Missouri,” President Magruder said.

“This year’s graduates,” said KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., “will go out as individuals representing the founding osteopathic medical institution, and they will together and individually make significant contributions to addressing the shortage of physicians in the United States and to whole-person healthcare in this country.”


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Mar. 12, 2009) – The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced that their selection of osteopathic medical educators as inaugural members of its recently launched National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) includes two faculty members of A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM).

Neal R. Chamberlain, Ph.D., associate professor, KCOM Department of Microbiology/Immunology; and Patricia S. Sexton, Ed.D., assistant professor, KCOM Department of Family Medicine, Community, and Preventive Health, will be inducted into NAOME with the ten other inaugural members at AACOM’s Awards Banquet on April 17, 2009, during the association’s annual meeting.

“KCOM is a proud leader in osteopathic medicine,” said KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O. “Having two of our faculty recognized nationally for their ongoing contributions to osteopathic medical education is more evidence of our leadership.”

NAOME is a community of outstanding educators (termed fellows) who have met rigorous standards of academic excellence within the last five years. Membership is earned (and can be renewed) for five-year intervals during which fellows are asked to mentor and support academic excellence and scholarship in the osteopathic medical education profession. NAOME is the first national health professions education academy and is modeled after the Baylor College of Medicine’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation’s osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic colleges to improve the health of the American public.

For more information on NAOME, the selection process, and complete list of inaugural members, visit www.aacom.org.


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