MSUCOM News Archives
Michigan State University is using a more than $866,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to help Detroit death-scene investigators examine these changing populations. The microbial communities may provide crucial details such as geographical location of death, gender, race, socioeconomic relations and more, said Eric Benbow, MSU entomologist and osteopathic medical specialist
MSUCOM students at the Macomb site competed in their annual pumpkin painting contest.
Second-year MSUCOM student, Elise Craig of Macomb Township, Michigan, was awarded first place in the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) student research poster competition.
Victor J. DiRita has been recommended to serve as the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis at Michigan State University and chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, which is a shared department of the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Natural Science.
Valerie L. Sheridan, D.O., FACOS, acute care surgeon at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and former chief of surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, was elected as president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in late September during the College’s Annual Clinical Assembly.
MSU Today Faculty Voice: Stephanie Watts is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and assistant dean of The Graduate School. Her laboratory focuses on vascular smooth muscle pharmacology, physiology and function.
Timothy Hodge, D.O., executive medical director of emergency services for Sparrow Health System and a memeber of its board of directors, was quoted in a WILX-TV news piece about the hospital's preparedness to handle patients with ebola.
David Kaufman, chair of the MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, was quoted in a State News story regarding concussions and MSU's football protocols.
Representatives from the Institute of International Health were on hand to share information about international medical electives that are available to MSU undergraduates, professional and graduate students during the MSU International Studies and Programs Study Abroad Fair, Sept. 25.
MSUCOM alumna Patricia LoRusso, D.O., was among nine individuals who were honored during the annual Michigan State University Alumni Grand Awards Gala on Sept. 25 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
On Sept. 23, five distinguished faculty members received awards and recognition from Dean Strampel during the fall MSUCOM faculty assembly. The award winners were Christopher Waters, John Li-Ming Wang, Stephen Schneider, David Kreulen and Joanne Baker.
On Aug. 26, the new MSU Women’s Imaging Center, a part of the MSU Health Team, opened in East Lansing to provide women’s radiology services.
Suresh Mukherji, chairperson of the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Radiology, will bring his medical expertise to Argentina this month as part of the International Visiting Professor Program offered by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
MSUCOM faculty and students are invited to attend a lecture on oriental medicine on Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Fee Hall OMM Lab (Room E106).
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions. This chronic condition is diagnosed in seven out of every 1,000 people. MSU students who have been diagnosed have a new place to turn for support, guidance and understanding.
Kenneth Lim is program director for the urology residency program at the MSUCOM-Detroit Medical Center site. Two of his current residents took their interest to another level and conducted research that was recently recognized by the American Urology Association.
Melanie McCollum, Ph.D., has been named the director of the Michigan State University Department of Radiology’s human anatomy division, effective Sept. 1. She comes to her position from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she has served as associate professor of medical education in cell biology since 2006.
The Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MAOFP) has presented Mark Sikorski, D.O., FACOFP, with its 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
Nursing, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy graduate students at Michigan State University and Ferris State University will be learning about each other’s specialties in an effort to expand their knowledge and bring better care to a rapidly growing patient population.
Friends, family and colleagues surrounded Margaret Aguwa, associate dean for community outreach and clinical research, as she celebrated her retirement from 38 years of service as a faculty member at MSUCOM. The event was held August 21 at the University Club.
What are you doing during winter break? MSUCOM students have the opportunity to take part in an international elective in Belém and Bragança, Brazil. Elective Course OST 590 (Tropical Medicine), will take place Dec. 13-20.
The Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MAOFP) awarded Adam Hunt and Nicholas VandenBosch with its 2014 Resident of the Year awards.
Michael Opipari, D.O., was on his way to speak at the orientation of the second Authority Health teaching health center class in Detroit recently when he realized that 50 years ago he began his own training.
There are 50 new members of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP) headed to Fee Hall this fall. This incoming class comes to OMSP with some of the highest GPAs and ACT test scores in the program’s 14-year history.
MSU Psychiatry Department chair Jed Magen was featured in a story on WILX-TV. He discussed how people can recognize depression in others in a piece that was produced in the aftermath of actor Robin Williams’ suicide.
Craig L. Magnatta, Class of 1978, was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.
The Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture will link MSU’s renowned agriculture and food security research with its three colleges of medicine – the College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine – to address growing global health concerns with agriculture.
MSU OneHealth initiative, partnered with Canadian Study Centers, hosted the One World One Health event to enhance communication and collaboration between veterinary, environmental and human health partners.
Michael T. Andary, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is the recipient of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Mediciine's 2014 Distinguished Physician Award.Strampel presents A.T. Still Memorial Lecture at AOA (video)
Using the rubric "what would A.T. Still do?" Dean William D. Strampel urged the profession to understand that change can be positive and that osteopathic medicine has altered, for the better, the face of medical practice forever. He presented the A.T. Still Memorial Lecture to the American Osteopathic Association on July 19.
The MSUCOM Peru elective is gearing up for another three-week trek to South America. This year, 32 students (24 second-years and six fourth-years) are among the 68 participants who will be providing care to underserved rural and urban audiences.
The American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Strategic Team Award and Recognition, known as “STAR,” recognizes contributions made by state associations, specialty colleges, osteopathic medical schools and OPTIs in enhancing the osteopathic culture.
Margaret Aguwa, D.O., M.P.H., was honored on July 24 for her 14 years of service to the MSUCOM OsteoCHAMPS program, for which she served as founder and advisor.
Some excellent role models for Detroit’s youth represented MSUCOM at Belle Isle for its 32nd annual Metro Detroit Youth Day. Eight students from the osteopathic college’s Detroit Medical Center site volunteered to interact with some of the thousands of young people there to learn about their city’s opportunities from 324 community organizations.
The MSUCOM Peru elective is gearing up for another three-week trek to South America. This year, 32 students (24 second-years and six fourth-years) are among the 68 participants who will be providing care to underserved rural and urban audiences.
Rain could not keep the dedicated runners and volunteers away on July 19 for the second annual Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center 5K run in Detroit.
The Institute of International Health continues its efforts of promoting MSU's vision of global health issues with international partners.
Dean Strampel and MSUCOM alumnus John Sealey, the senior residency coordinator for the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, were featured in a recent telecast of this program.
More than 50 high school students arrived on the MSU campus on July 13 to begin a two-week exploration into what it’s like to attend medical school through the MSUCOM OsteoCHAMPS program.
There is a shortage of physicians in Michigan, especially in urban areas such as Detroit. But one city-based health care safety net organization has created an innovative program called Authority Health that encourages physicians to do their residencies in rural areas, as well as in urban centers like Detroit.
The Lansing pilot program for Future DOcs -- a collaboration between MSUCOM and Sparrow Hospital -- was featured in the July 12 Lansing State Journal.
Young alumni are commonly so wrapped up in their own lives that they don’t take time to think about the possibilities that they hold for giving back to the world. Lauren Aitch, a graduate of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is very uncommon.
Eboney Howard serves as an administrative assistant at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Detroit Medical Center site with Associate Dean Gary Willyerd. She acts as a liaison with DMC administration, scheduling clerkship rotations and ensuring that base students are meeting all requirements at Sinai-Grace Hospital. In addition, Eboney works with residents at the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority half of the work week.
The Institute of International Health, MSU's focal point for global health and One Health collaboration, is holding a networking event for practitioners, academics, graduate students and administrators.
The 327 members of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s class of 2018 marched across the Wharton Center stage and into their medical school careers on June 20 during the college’s 44th convocation ceremony.
In the U.S., we often associate neuropathy with diabetes, but the sometimes debilitating condition has numerous causes. The Neuropathy Association says that about 30 percent of neuropathies have unknown causes. In addition to diabetes, other known causes include autoimmune disorders, nutritional deficiencies, infections or toxins.
They danced. They drew. They wrote. They acted. They created. They learned, through these processes and more, to be more responsive human beings and better physicians.
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) named several MSUCOM-affiliated students and physicians honors in its 2014 Scientific Research Exhibit competition (SRE) which was held in conjunction with the 115th Annual Spring Scientific Convention in Detroit. More than 60 exhibit posters were displayed at the convention and entered into the competition.
It’s become a classic. Dean William Strampel’s welcome presentation to the MSUCOM entering class, known affectionately as the “I Am Not Your Father Speech,” was the first thing 318 new osteopathic students heard June 11 in the Veterinary Clinic Auditorium.
Rector Alfredo Dajer Abimerhi, president of the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) in Merida, Mexico (Universidad de Yucatán) recently led a delegation from his institution on a visit to MSU.
It was a gala event with a theme of gratitude. Dozens of MSUCOM students, scrubbed and dressy, converged on the University Club June 3 for the 2014 Scholarship and Awards Reception Dinner.
A select group of outstanding Lansing high school students have been chosen for a new program that gives them insight into a career as a physician, thanks to a partnership between the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Sparrow Health System.
David Kaufman, chair of the department of neurology and ophthalmology, talks about stroke recovery and the progress being made by his patient Hank Bullough with the Lansing State Journal. A former MSU football player and member of the coaching staff, Bullough is the patriarch of his family's three-generation football-playing dynasty.
Andrea Amalfitano, director of the MSU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Osteopathic Heritage chair, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics; and pediatrics (and an MSUCOM alumnus) spoke at the state capitol in Lansing as part of Clinical Trials Awareness Day on June 4.
The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation announced its recent Conclave of Fellows, Lawrence Prokop has been honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award of the College.
The Statewide Campus System hosted its first research poster day in conjunction with its annual meeting and 25th anniversary celebration. Click here to read more about the SCS poster presentations.
This year marks the 25th year that SCS has provided osteopathic medical education and training for residents and clinical faculty members in partner institutions across Michigan.
Bringing together Muslims and non-Muslims, mental health professionals and lay people to improve care and access to services among the Muslim community was Dr. Farha Abbasi’s primary goal in organizing the sixth annual Muslim Mental Health conference, April 24 – 26 in Dearborn, Michigan.
Dean Strampel was recently interviewed on Stateside, a program broadcast on Michigan Public Radio. He talked about the Affordable Care Act and Michigan's impending primary care physician shortage.
More than 100 people, including current students, faculty, staff members and alumni came together to reflect, relax, refresh and learn during a May 14 reception at the MSUCOM Detroit Medical Center site.
Osteopathic medical residents spearhead the creation of a student scholarship endowment in honor of Dr. Shirley Siew.
Dr. Reza Nassiri, director of the MSU Institute of International Health, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine.
There are some things that are universal to the human experience. We all long to love and to be loved, and we all experience suffering in some way. We realize how connected we are at various points in our lives, but often forget as we run around from place to place, with our plans, our dreams, our hopes and desires.
The former head of the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Statewide Campus System at Michigan State University and two osteopathic physicians have received the college’s highest award – the 2014 Walter F. Patenge Medals of Public Service.
The 2014 MSUCOM commencement and hooding is available for online viewing.
Dean Strampel was interviewed on Stateside, a program broadcast on Michigan Public Radio. He talked about the Affordable Care Act and Michigan's impending primary care physician shortage.
Eight faculty and three staff members were honored by the Class of 2014 at its graduation banquet on April 30 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
The night before they became newly-minted osteopathic physicians, 14 graduating students and a family member received MSUCOM's top awards at the annual banquet at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
Seventeen members of the Class of 2014 were commissioned by the military --six in the Army, four in the Navy and seven in the Air Force.
Nearly 300 newly minted doctors walked across the stage at MSU's Breslin Center on May 1 to collect their diplomas and mark the completion of their 1,408 days as medical students
MSUCOM third-year students, Brian Fiani and Josh Palka, gave a poster presentation at MSU’s 13th annual Pediatric Research Day, March 19 at the Breslin Student Event Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
MSUCOM alumnus Dr. Jorge D. Luna (class of 1977) was appointed president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association during the 111th annual FOMA Convention, February 23 at the Bonaventura Resort and Spa in Weston, Florida.
In a first-ever report card evaluating the physical activity of our nation’s children, the final results are less than stellar.
Six members of the MSUCOM class of 2017 at the Macomb University Center site traveled to Oakland University to talk about osteopathic medicine and their experiences with members of Oakland’s newly formed Pre-SOMA organization.
MSUCOM was represented at the sixth annual Michigan State University Council of Graduate Students Graduate Academic Conference recently at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
MSUCOM communications manager Pat Grauer was one of six MSU employees who received the 2014 Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award
Thirty two members of the class of 2016 and 70 members of the class of 2017 were inducted into the Iota Chapter of the Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) honor society on March 31 at the Kellogg Center.
MSUCOM Dean William Strampel talked about his background, the osteopathic profession, the college and the impending physician shortage on WKAR Radio's Current State program.
Suresh Mukherji, chairperson of radiology and Walter F. Patenge Endowed Chair of Radiology, has been elected as vice-chairperson of the Michigan Certificate of Need Commission.
Dr. Troy Ferguson's path from a Canadian upbringing to his days as a standout on the MSU hockey team to his current work as a Lansing-area surgeon were featured in the Lansing State Journal.
Scleroderma is a rare and often fatal disease, causing the thickening of tissue, that currently lacks a cure and any effective treatments. A group of researchers, including a Michigan State University professor, is looking to change that.
Several faculty members, alumni and students from the MSU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology were honored recently during the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting in Phoenix.
Students in the MSUCOM Future DOcs program at Detroit's Benjamin Carson High School spent April 5 on campus as part of the MSU Science Festival. They took part in hands-on activities at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Teaching Hospital and visited Fee Hall.
Chicken pox, meningitis, fungal infections, severe cellulitis of the legs, leprosy, intestinal parasites and numerous skin problems – these conditions and more were among the suffering eased by MSUCOM physicians on a medical trip to Haiti In March.
Reza Nassiri, director of the Institute of International Health, was among those recognized for their outstanding work globally by MSU’s International Studies and Programs. He received the Charles A. Gliozzo International Award for Public Diplomacy as part of the International Awards Ceremony at the MSU Stadium on March 26
Andrea Amalfitano, D.O., Osteopathic Heritage Foundation endowed professor of pediatrics, microbiology and molecular genetics at MSUCOM, was featured as a faculty voice.
Dr. Willyerd and ten MSUCOM students just returned from the fifth annual elective, giving students the opportunity to experience rural Guatmalan culture.
They’re described as “approachable, kind, helpful, and able to keep confidences.” They’re MSUCOM’s Peer Mentors, and five of them were honored on March 11 for their extraordinary service to their classmates.
Between them, Suzanne Kohler and Bethany Heinlen have provided more than 60 years of service to MSUCOM’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and to the Carcinogenesis Laboratory, an internationally recognized unit headed by two University Distinguished Professors – J. Justin McCormick, who serves as associate dean for research and graduate studies, and Veronica Maher, now retired, who was associate dean for graduate studies.
For the 14th year, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine was named as one of the nation’s top colleges for educating primary care physicians by U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best graduate schools.
Four MSU faculty members were among the speakers at the World Psychiatric Association meeting, Feb. 6-9 in Kampala, Uganda.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) recently announced the 2014-2019 Fellows for its National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME). MSUCOM Senior Associate Dean was reappointed to his second five-year fellowship.
MSU has been selected as a host institution for the 2014 Beckman Scholars Program by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
Konzo is a preventable, serious neurological disorder that threatens millions in sub-Saharan Africa. MSUCOM's Michael Boivin urges educaiton to defeat it.
To help MSUCOM students explore their career options and prepare for their futures, a team of MSUCOM faculty and staff members has created a career development pathway.
I have never claimed to be an oracle and don’t intend to claim to be one now. But as I thought might happen, as of Feb. 26, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to establish a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the U.S.
A long-time journalist with unique view of civil rights history will speak at Michigan State University at 5 p.m. on Feb.27 as part of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 14th annual lecture series, Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey. The lecture will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and is free and open to the public.
Join your MSUCOM peers and the MSU Transforming Theatre Ensemble for a thought-provoking presentation on the issues facing aging members of the LGBT community.
Rightly called an "industrialist, humanitarian, community leader and courtly gentleman," Walter F. Patenge’s legacy within the College of Osteopathic Medicine is rooted before its founding and will extend far into its future.
About 60 sixth grade-students at DeWitt’s Herbison Woods Middle School got the chance to learn more about heart health on Feb. 19 with a little help from 16 MSUCOM students.
Rebecca Pratt, associate professor of anatomy and director of the gross anatomy labs, has received the Basmajian Award, the American Association of Anatomists’ top recognition for faculty in the formative stages of their careers.
Saroj Misra, D.O., FACOFP, has been named director of clinical clerkship curriculum for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective Jan. 13, 2014.
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s award-winning civil rights lecture series was renamed as the “Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom” on Feb. 6, prior to the beginning of the 14th edition.
MSUCOM researchers were part of a study that shows obesity -- with elevated leptin, higher body mass index and larger waistline in men -- is associated with a greater likelihood of precancerous colorectal polyps.
On Nov. 6, 2013, MSU Spartans from around the globe chronicled their activities. The documentary 360.24 is the result of their submissions. It features several people from MSUCOM, including Sister Anne Brooks, Rick Neubig, Terrie Taylor and Lt. Col. Thomas Watts!
When Detroit Free Press reporter, columnist and blogger Rochelle Riley takes the stage in the Big Ten Room at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on Feb. 6 she’ll challenge her audience to take responsibility and think about the future.
On Jan. 12, first- and second-year MSUCOM students conducted a health screening event at the local mosque, the Islamic Center of East Lansing. This was a collaborative event held by the Islamic Medical Student Association (IMSA) and Community Integrated Medicine (CIM).
Two major observations of the brains of Alzheimer’s disease victims have long been associated with the disease. The first is the development of beta-amyloid deposits – the “plaques” that can be found outside the neurons, the nerve cells in the brain. The second is the presence of neurofibrillary tangles inside the neurons, which are believed to cause miscommunication among cells, and possibly cell death.
He’s a pondside denizen, a poet, an enthusiastic bear of a Renaissance man whose email name is “hiramcatfish.” He teaches ornithology, botany and fly fishing. But most of all, Stephen Williams is a physician who is passionate about teaching, modeling and practicing efficient, cost-effective, gold-standard health care.
Two multi-faceted journalists and a pastor/social activist/author will speak at Michigan State University in February in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 14th annual lecture series, Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey. The lectures will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and are free and open to the public.
MSUCOM's DO-PhD Program is the largest and oldest of its kind, according to Justin McCormick, associate dean of research and graduate studies, and the program director. Others have three to eight students and are based at smaller institutions. MSU's program boasts 32 current students and 33 alumni.
A nonpartisan, no-nonsense presentation on the Affordable Care Act will help students, residents, faculty and staff understand the complex opportunities and challenges of major health care reform, including clinical implications and tuition reimbursement programs.