Dr. Douglas Postels, associate professor of pediatric neurology, works to lower the high rates of childhood neurologic morbidity and mortality in medically underserved African nations.
While physicians and other health care educators are driving home the message that early action when stroke symptoms are present is key to preventing serious, permanent debilitation, a new research project is looking at whether it’s possible to reverse serious damage from stroke once it has occurred.
Due to an anticipated increase in young patients with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, MSUCOM’s Department of Pediatrics is doubling the size of its clinic in DeWitt.
Nearly 20 MSU faculty members, including several MSUCOM-affiliated individuals, represented the university during the Global Risk Forum’s One Health Summit in Davos, Switzerland, Nov. 17-20.
Dr. Rafael Barretto, D.O. has been named director of medical education for St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.
Dr. Richard Santucci, urology specialist-in-chief at Detroit Medical Center and an MSUCOM clinical faculty member was preesented with an honorary fellowship from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa earlier this year. Santucci, who has been teaching and operating in South Africa for more than a decade, is one of the youngest recipients of this honor and one of the few Americans who have received it.
Bo Pang, president of the class of 2016, has abeen named Student DO of the Year by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.
This fall, the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities formally recognized Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for its work helping local survivors and families recover from traumatic brain injuries.
The Statewide Campus System helps students prepare for life after med school by helping them learn about becoming lifelong learners. As part of that process, SCS provides experience in evaluating research literature, conducting research, writing papers and getting published in peer-reviewed journals.
Zeinab Saghir, a member of the MSUCOM Class of 2017, has been named the first winner of the National Arab American Medical Association Michigan chapter medical student scholarship. She received the scholarship during the association’s annual gala dinner, Nov. 15 in Dearborn, Mich. Saghir is a first-generation Lebanese American, born and raised in Dearborn.
The Michigan Health Council recognized a project conducted by Michigan State University and Ferris State University with a Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Award. It was presented during the MHC's annual awards and luncheon Nov. 11 in Lansing. Read the story here.
Pharmacology and toxicology professors Stephanie Watts and Sue Barman went back to high school on Nov. 8 to present lessons on blood pressure and heart rate at Jackson Lumen Christi. Their presentation was part of PhUn Week, an American Physiological Society national event that promotes physiology understanding with high school classroom experiments.
The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, has selected Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson to become the founding dean of the osteopathic medical school it expects to open by August 2016, the university announced Friday.
Three years ago, professor Randy Hillard didn't think he'd still be working in the MSU Psychiatry Department. He didn't even think he'd be alive today.
MSUCOM students and faculty at the Macomb site competed in their annual pumpkin painting contest, with the nine entries being donated to the children's ward at Henry Ford Macomb hospital.
Andrea Amalfitano, Michigan State University Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Chair, and professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and molecular genetics, has been named director of the MSU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
MSUCOM's Michael Boivin and Robert Wiseman have been named full professor and granted tenure.
Jessica Neuroth was feeling overwhelmed. As a first-year student in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, she was finding that balancing an extremely demanding course of study and family issues was more stressful than anticipated.
Kevin Smalley, a member of the MSUCOM class of 2016 at the Macomb University Center site, not only finished his first marathon on Oct. 20, he completed the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon in less than three hours (2:51:49, to be exact) and came in 33rd among the 4,269 runners.
Two MSUCOM-affiliated D.O.s made the television news today in two Michigan cities--both in a very good way.
Telemedicine, the practice of using audio and video technology to connect physicians and their peers’ patients, is not a new concept, but advances in technology are making it easier and more cost effective to use in research, teaching and clinical settings.
MSUCOM graduate Cdr. Mark Fleming, MC, USN, received an MSU Distinguished Alumnus Award on Oct. 10 during the MSU Alumni Association's Grand Awards Gala.
While it’s not a new idea, but maybe an idea whose time has come, team-based medical care has the potential to lessen stresses on the health care system.
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine honored Patricia LoRusso, D.O., and Craig Magnatta, D.O., FACOFP, at the recent 118th Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.
Robert P. Hausinger, Ph.D., has been named interim chairperson for the Michigan State University Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.
MSUCOM’s leadership in establishing a partnership with physicians and other members of Mexico’s Yucatan health system is continuing with the arrival of Dr. David Malouf in Merida on Sept. 15.
MSUCOM was well represented among the new officers of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Dr. Randy Hillard, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Margaret Aguwa, MSUCOM associate dean for community outreach and clinical research, were two of the speakers at the Sept. 27 “Campus Cancer Champions” event, held in the Conrad Hall Auditorium.
There are huge banks of windows on every wall, with a breathtaking high-rise view of south campus outside and comfortable illumination inside. Bright colors, light polished wood, and ample open space facilitate healing and lift the spirit.
MSUCOM’s annual faculty awards were presented during a faculty assembly on Sept. 26.
Dr. Kaufman sat down with MSU President LouAnna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis. He talked about the university's role in bringing scientific reality into the public debate about concussions.
MSUCOM’s admissions department joined the digital revolution recently when it began using an electronic system to accept student applications.
As part of MSUCOM's curricular revision, Mary Hughes noted. “I began thinking about how do students learn? What makes the learning ‘stick’? Patients make it stick.” With input and insight from the curriculum revision committee, the EVOLVE clinics were born.
It was a perfect September weekend -- just right for MSUCOM's Osteopathic Open, CME, Silverfest reception, tailgate and an MSU football game! Don't miss our Facebook photo albums of the Osteopathic Open and Silverfest Reception and Tailgate!
MSUCOM students, faculty members and alumni, along with other physicians, returned Aug. 18 from a two-week medical journey to Peru where they took more than $150,000 in medications and supplies that were used to treat nearly 1,900 patients.
Four MSUCOM representatives were among the presenters at Mexico’s first national telemedicine conference, Aug. 28-30 in Merida.
Students from MSUCOM and the MSU College of Human Medicine raised funds for lupus research by skydiving while wearing their white coats and scrubs.
MSU President LouAnna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis talk with Dr. Jeff Kovan about changes to the newly renamed MSU Sports Medicine and Performance Department.
Floyd H. Hardin III joined the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine as its manager of outreach and inclusion in the Office of Admissions, effective Aug. 1. He will also serve as an advisor to prospective and current MSUCOM students.
Though MSUCOM’s classes have been in session for two months, when MSU’s undergraduates start back up in the fall, so does a program that is aimed at cultivating top-flight candidates as future osteopathic students.
Children born with HIV can live longer and richer lives if their caregivers receive training in ways to enhance the children’s development, according to research led by Michigan State University.
While teams of athletes from across the world compete in the 2013 World Dwarf Games this week at Michigan State University, another team is busy making sure these world-class competitors stay healthy.
Michigan State University researchers and programmers have developed new software that helps doctors understand how cerebral malaria damages the brain and will ultimately save more of the 3 million children affected by the disease each year.
A recent study by MSUCOM suggests that students who participate in videoconferencing en lieu of face-to-face participation are at no disadvantage to their peers.
Dr. Richard Neubig, the new chair of MSU’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, appreciates the freedom he’s experienced in academia to pursue his research, especially in instances when findings take studies in directions far afield from their origins.
Members of the osteopathic educational community have been hearing about recent efforts to create a unified pathway for accreditation of residency training programs. The subject was the main topic at the recent AOA House of Delegates gathering in Chicago.
Craig L. Magnatta, D.O., of Lake Orion, Mich., has been named as first vice president of the American Osteopathic Association.
MSUCOM outreach specialist Eric Zemper was recently named to the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.
Though it's only two years old, Future DOcs, a program that introduces students at Detroit's Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine to careers in osteopathic medicine, is already yielding promising results.
Suresh Mukherji has been appointed professor and chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Radiology, a department affiliated with the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Human Medicine.
More than 50 high school students from across Michigan recently spent two weeks on the MSU campus as part of the OsteoCHAMPS program.
The MSU chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) offered a noon presentation about the benefits of OMM from the professional athlete’s perspective on July 2 in Conrad Hall.
On July 1, eager new residents with freshly minted degrees – both D.O. and M.D. – began their work as doctors in hospitals and clinics across the nation, following the first ever white coat ceremony held by Authority Health.
Dean William Strampel speaks with MSU's president and Spartan Athletic Director Mark Hollis on osteopathic medicine and the college's role in the future of health care.
Row by row, one by one, they crossed the stage at the Wharton Center, making the ceremonial transition from ordinary citizens to osteopathic medical students.
The Class of 2017 assembled for the first time on June 12 for orientation in Conrad Hall. The 311 students from all three locations began their education with a welcome from Dean William Strampel.
At least among mice, females have innate protection from certain digestive conditions, according to a new study by MSUCOM’s Laura McCabe.
More than 200 people gathered at the University Club to honor MSUCOM students who received scholarships and awards within the last year, and the donors who made them possible.
Lisa DeStefano wants to straighten out a widespread misperception—pain in the workplace is not normal!
MSUCOM’s largest graduating class ever – 285 students – included the pioneers who trained at Macomb University Center and Detroit Medical Center, the two expansion sites. It was also the first class to be hooded at a new venue. The ceremonies had grown so large that the event, held May 3, was moved from MSU’s Wharton Center to the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Nineteen of the graduates were honored at separate military commissioning ceremonies.
Three honored with MSUCOM’s highest award
Three Michigan leaders received the Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service, the highest honor awarded by MSUCOM, at ceremonies on May 7. They included Roger Spoelman, president and regional chief executive officer of Trinity Health West Michigan; L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive, and David Susser, member of the Botsford Hospital medical staff for more than 50 years.
American osteopathic physicians can now practice in the state of Yucatan after Dean William D. Strampel and Institute of International Health Director Reza Nassiri signed an agreement with government officials there.
Held for the first time in southeast Michigan, the fifth annual Muslim mental health conference, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, attracted more than 100 persons, including 20 imams. Organizer Farha Abbasi was also interviewed about Michigan Muslim concerns on WKAR.
Karl Seydel and colleagues have identified a protein produced by the malaria parasite that allows them to decide quickly whether patients need hospitalization or can be safely sent home with oral drugs.
Visiting Samsung Medical Center and meeting with representatives from three medical schools, Reza Nassiri, director, and Sung Soo Chung, assistant director of the Institute of International Health, worked to expand opportunities for collaboration.
Michael D. Weiss, a 1978 alumnus of MSUCOM, was installed as the new president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association at its convention on May 15.
Of 350 authors, faculty member Elizabeth Petsche was recognized as “Item Writer of the Year” in health promotion/disease prevention for the last COMLEX-USA by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
Swetech educates Chinese physicians
Stephen Swetech, ’86 alumnus, was one of three D.O.s selected to educate physicians in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, under an initiative of the American Osteopathic Foundation. AOF has partnered with Heart to Heart International to retrain Chinese specialists as general practitioners.
Participants who attended MSUCOM’s Open House on April 12 had opportunity to interact with students, residents and faculty, learn about curriculum and student services, tour the East Lansing facilities, meet with advisers, and more.
Returning to her father’s hometown in rural India, Pandey, a student at MSUCOM, installed five water pumps, shortening the community’s trek to find drinking water from more than a mile to 20 feet.
Reza Nassiri of the Institute of International Health was one of two MSU professors who visited Cuba to evaluate options for study abroad, partnerships in research, and exchange of health scientists.
Two out of three office workers get low-back, neck and shoulder pain because of poor posture and sitting. DeStefano, through the American Osteopathic Association, helped to start a national campaign to address the syndrome.
The nursing supervisor for the Department of Pediatrics, Frederick received the MSU’s highest staff honor April 22.
Peer Mentors of the Year
Among the cadre of peer mentors at MSUCOM, three osteopathic students were recognized at ceremonies on April 16 for their outstanding effort: Mouhamed Shatila from the Detroit Medical Center site, Jeremy Gentile from the Macomb University Center site, and Tiffany Chritz from the East Lansing site.
Based on actual disaster-relief training, the Council of Medical Students at Michigan State University hosted a conference March 16 to help prepare health professionals to respond to emergencies.
The harm done by konzo – a disease overshadowed by the war and drought it tends to accompany – goes beyond its devastating physical effects to impair children’s memory, problem solving and other cognitive functions.
MSU College of Osteopathic ranked 11th among all medical colleges nationwide in primary care by US News & World Report
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The new governor of the State of Yucatán in Merida, Mexico warmly welcomed medical students from Michigan State University traveling with a medical study abroad course over spring break.
Students have already begun raising money for the upcoming trip on August 4th to Iquitos, Peru. Their goal: $100,000. Click here for more information.
MSUCOM has teamed up with the National Be the Match Bone Marrow Registration to host drives at MSU and in the local community.
Nassar uses gymnastics to help children with Autism and other special needs and established the Gymnastics Doctors Autism Foundation which works to fund the first international summit on special needs and gymnastics.
Gretchen Birbeck and colleagues have begun a groundbreaking clinical trial in Africa that could help prevent a quarter-million children from developing epilepsy each year. Her research and clinical work on epilepsy in Zambia was also featured as part of MSU 360.
Future DOcs going strong in Detroit and Macomb County
Dr. Benjamin Carson High School (BCHS) welcomed 30 of its ninth-graders to Future DOcs – a partnership with MSUCOM designed to inspire participating youth to pursue a health-related career. In addition, ourFuture DOcs program in Macomb County was featured by the Macomb Daily.
The Sparrow Stroke Center, in collaboration with MSU, has achieved recognition as the first facility in Michigan and one of only about 20 nationally to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.
MSUCOM’s Paul Stein’s research shows that thrombolytic therapy is worth the risk of life-threatening bleeding in embolism patients.
In what could be an early step toward new treatments for people with osteoporosis, MSCOM's Laura McCabe report that a natural probiotic supplement can help male mice produce healthier bones.
This summer, MSUCOM is offering the Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist Education and Research (SUPER) training program to sophomore and junior students planning to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences.
If you know elite students interested in obtaining both osteopathic and Ph.D. degrees, there's a new video available to tell the story of MSUCOM's program – the very first D.O.-Ph.D. curriculum in existence.
MSUCOM's 13th annual “Slavery to Freedom: an American Odyssey” featured Civil Rights icons Donzaleigh Abernathy, Vincent Harding, and James Lawson. All presentations will be posted on MSUCOM's YouTube channel. In conjunction with Harding's presentation, the Student National Medical Association conducted a bone marrow drive.
The student group Generate Help 2 Heal and the Institute of International Health shipped five pallets of medical supplies to Islamabad.
Save the date! September 13-14 for golf tournament, CME and reception; September 14 for tailgate and football game!
It is with great sadness that MSUCOM has received word of the death of Philip E. Greenman, a titan of the osteopathic profession and senior associate dean emeritus of the college.
Charles “Lee” Cox from the University of Illinois will head the unit.
Arlene Sierra in the Department of Radiology is recognized.
Second-year student Tiffany Chritz was named Student D.O. of the Year for her extracurricular activities, her community service and her caring attitude toward colleagues.
Alumnus Howard S. Teitelbaum, professor of preventive medicine at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.
"Povich and Son: Family Doctors." It's not exactly a family business, but the name does have a nice ring to it.
MSUCOM has announced the appointment of Katherine Molina, M.A., to the position of director of admissions.
Under leadership of Reza Nassiri, director of the Institute of International Health, 19 MSU medical and nursing students traveled to the eastern Amazon region of Brazil, helping to treat local patients and to learn more about tropical and infectious diseases. The trip also included travel by boat to the island of Maracuja.
Bringing icons of the Civil Rights Movement to campus, MSUCOM is holding its “Slavery to Freedom: an American Odyssey” on February 7, 14, and 28, with (respectively) speakers Donzaleigh Abernathy, author and actress; Vincent Harding, historian and activist; and James Lawson, an exemplar of nonviolent resistance.
Recruitment for 2013 positions is now occurring as part of MSUCOM’s partnership with the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority for residencies that will ultimately include 85 slots in internal medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry.
For her many roles in life – MSUCOM faculty member, mother, and LTC chief flight surgeon in the National Guard – Grace Gibbs was featured as “the many hats of healthy and happy.”
Birbeck receives international epilepsy award
Dr. Gretchen Birbeck, director of MSU’s International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program (INPEP), has been awarded an Ambassador for Epilepsy Award 2013 by the International Bureau for Epilepsy/International League Against Epilepsy.
MSUCOM active at MAOFP convention
At the MAOFP Winter Update, the college staffed an exhibit, greeted alumni and their families, and hosted a reception that attracted more than 150 alumni, students, friends and families. Senior Associate Dean Donald Sefcik gave a brief update on the college.
Nearly 200 people attended the Student Government Association’s Las Vegas Night and Charity Raffle on January 12 at the Eagle Eye Golf Course, East Lansing. The event raised more than $13,000 to support Special Olympics Area 8 and the MSUCOM SGA organizations.