MSUCOM News Archives
Gary Willyerd didn't even have a desk yet as associate dean for MSUCOM's Detroit Medical Center site when he was told he was going to Peru, a country he'd never visited, to lead a medical elective. With 18 years experience doing just that in Guatemala, Willyerd has helped create Peruvian experiences that involve giving care from a boat on the Amazon, conducting research, providing ample medical supplies, and creating an endowment to support it all. Eighty people will participate this August.
MSUCOM alumni Ken Stringer (Class of 1974) and his son Ryan Stringer (Class of 2013) spent one week in April on a medical mission trip in Haiti, with the organization Mission of Hope Haiti.
Now, a new partnership between the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Future DOcs program and the MSU Gifted and Talented Education – or GATE program – will give kids in middle school and first year high school students a chance to explore a career in medicine sooner.
MSUCOM’s Dr. Terrie Taylor recently discussed her work unlocking the mysteries of cerebral malaria on the TEDx stage in northern Michigan.
College of Osteopathic Medicine student Matthew Watson was selected to be a member of the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program.
Members of the MSUCOM Community Integrated Medicine group and the MSUCOM student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians took part in the June 13 East Lansing Relay for Life to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society.
Researchers from Michigan State University and Sparrow have been awarded $50,000 by the Center for Innovation and Research to study ways to improve stroke rehabilitation.
The MSUCOM business office recently added two new individuals to key roles. Brody McClellan has joined the staff as community outreach and engagement specialist, and Michael Stokes is the college’s director of finance and human resources.
Members of the MSUCOM Class of 2019 picked up their materials and convened for the first time on June 10 in Conrad Hall to begin their orientation.
Second-year MSUCOM Canadian student, Peter Boateng of Brampton, Ontario, always knew that he wanted to pursue a medical degree. Although his original career plans had to be altered, Boateng traveled a path that has led him exactly where believes he was meant to be.
The two longtime passions in Arthur Schurgin’s life have been medicine and music. A native Detroiter who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, he spent time backing up a Motown group before earning his D.O. at MSUCOM in 1981.
The Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center has announced a major expansion project. MSUCOM is proud to partner with Peckham, Inc. to support the great work that goes on at Origami.
An internationally renowned scientist, a U.S. senator, an MSU leader and a distinguished osteopathic physician all received the Walter F. Patenge Medals of Public Service – MSUCOM’s highest honor – at ceremonies on May 11 at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
From getting internships at his company to the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, Daniel Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, addressed a wide range of topics at MSUCOM as he met with faculty, staff and students in the Patenge Room on May 8.
Congratulations to the following graduating students who received awards on May 6 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
On May 7, the Class of 2015 changed their names to "Dr.," and the Breslin Center, nearly full with family and friends, was also full of joy.
Much like a finger leaves its own unique print to help identify a person, researchers are now discovering that skull fractures leave certain signatures that can help investigators better determine what caused the injury.
Farha Abbasi, M.D., was puzzled by an anomaly she observed during her psychiatry residency at Michigan State University. Michigan has one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States, but she was seeing disproportionately few Muslim patients.
Thirteen select students from Eastern, Everett and Sexton high schools began their seven-week exploration through MSUCOM's Future DOcs on May 2. Wearing scrubs, they met physicians, heard from alumni of last year's program, learned about OMM, were taught about hand sanitation, and did some dissection.
Donald Allen is a senior from Lansing, Michigan, studying human biology in the College of Natural Science. He will officially become a member of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine class of 2019 in June.
In the aftermath of the most destructive earthquake to hit Nepal in decades, Phillip Eskander witnessed unimaginable, chaotic sights "like something from a movie."
Rebecca Wyatt is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and serves as medical director at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, in Mason, Michigan.
Students at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are taking time out of their summer break to do volunteer work at shelters in Detroit.
The Society of Research Administrators International awarded “Best Poster of the Year” to Lynn Mande, a research administrator in the MSU Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, and Esther Gondwe, who is a research administrator for the University of Malawi College of Medicine at its 2014 symposium in San Diego.
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine has named Kirsten Waarala as assistant dean for its Macomb University Center site. She will assume leadership at the Clinton Township location May 15.
Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree in fall semester 2015.
About 50 first- and second-year MSUCOM students marked the International Osteopathic Medicine Organization’s second year as an official DOCARE chapter with a luncheon and presentation on March 26 at the MSUCOM Macomb University Center site.
The American Academy of Osteopathy named the MSUCOM SAAO student group Chapter of the Year during its recent annual business meeting in Louisville.
Growing up in Ludington, Michigan with a mother serving as a doctor, second-year MSUCOM student Kevin Leikert did not intend to pursue a medical career.
Peer Mentors are second-year students who have learned how to deal with confidentiality, learning strategies, stress reduction, issues of personal relationships and more -- all to help their colleagues in the entering class. Eight were honored for their exceptional work.
While many college students donned bathing suits and flip flops, about 30 members of the MSUCOM Class of 2018 chose work gloves and aprons as their Spring Break attire of choice. The students, who represented all three sites, spent March 2-5 volunteering in and around Detroit.
Catherine Donahue, MSUCOM 2012 alumna, was named national Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy in recognition of her expertise in and advocacy for osteopathic principles and practice, and her participation in the AAO. She is a resident clinical assistant professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
The lota Chapter of the Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) honor society inducted 71 new members from the Class of 2018 on March 23 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
In a groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Michigan State University’s Dr. Terrie Taylor and her team discovered what causes death in children with cerebral malaria, the deadliest form of the disease.
Farha Abbasi is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and specializes in mental health issues among Muslims. She has been coordinating the Muslim Mental Health Conference, the only event of its kind in the nation, for the past seven years. This year’s event will take place March 26-29 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
For the 15th 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.
Donald J. Sefcik, DO, Okemos, Michigan, was given the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the American College Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).
Undergraduate students currently in their junior year who are planning to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply for the MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist Education and Research Training Program (SUPER).
Some college students might hit south Florida’s bars and the beaches during their winter break, but a group of students from the MSUCOM Class of 2017 got wild in a different way -- doing community service work to protect natural habitats at two of the Sunshine State’s national parks.
Third-year MSUCOM student, Kayla Jelinek of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has been selected as the 2015 Seed Grant Research Program recipient by the AMA Foundation and has been awarded $4,944.
Stewart Cole, D.O., a 1975 MSUCOM graduate, was named as one of Portland’s top doctors for the third consecutive year.
MSUCOM has an extraordinary history of philanthrophy, starting long before the college was founded. This issue of "Communique" celebrates the legacy, the tributes and the achievements that have come from generosity.
The seventh annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, coordinated by MSUCOM's Farha Abbasi, will be held March 26-29 in Dearborn with the theme "Trauma and Healing through Prayer." Topics will include human trafficking, domestic violence, suicide prevention and addressing trauma within a congregation.
MSUCOM Senior Associate Dean Donald Sefcik, D.O., has been named board of trustees chair for the Michigan Health Council, a non-profit organization committed to connecting health care professionals with jobs, promoting health care education and addressing health care workforce issues across the state.
The 2015 MOCF Ball was another resounding success. Please take a few minutes to enjoy some scenes from this year’s ball and the many people who made it special.
A new partnership between Michigan State University, Sparrow Health System and Mexico’s Yucatan Department of Health will foster opportunities for medical education, training, research and outreach between the Mexican state and mid-Michigan.
Gary Willyerd, MSUCOM associate dean at the Detroit Medical Center site, was honored on Feb. 16 with an award for Sustained Effort toward Excellence in Diversity by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives during its 25th annual All-University Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards Program.
Two Michigan State Univeristy researchers in the Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties have received a nearly $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to assess how often patients with blood clots are treated at home instead of the hospital.
Kimberly Mitcham is an assistant professor of health programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and a practicing pediatrician who has been treating and vaccinating children for more than 20 years. Prior to becoming a physician, she was a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic.
OMSP is a mentoring program that guides students through their undergraduate experience and through the application process at MSUCOM. Click above to see the new video about this program!
Current high school sophomores or juniors with an interest in health or medical careers can learn more about a program designed to introduce them to the profession of osteopathic medicine and life at Michigan State University.
Students in the Community Integrated Medicine group took advantage of two recent opportunities, one to learn about patient communication and another to practice what they’d learned.
William G. Anderson is a physician and faculty member in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a founder of the Albany Movement, a seminal struggle for civil rights in Georgia in the 1960s, and the first African American to have been elected national president of the American Osteopathic Association. The COM lecture series, “Slavery to Freedom” was recently renamed the “Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom” in his honor.
Michael C. Juan is a second year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Macomb University Center site.
Overcoming the most significant challenge of her life has shaped Stephanie Jerger’s body, attitudes, interests, commitment to others and professional choices.
Sharing gratitude isn’t something that Barbara Breedlove reserves for Thanksgiving Day. It’s an attitude that she carries – and passes on to others – year round.
A number of MSUCOM students marked the Jan. 19 Martin Luther King holiday with works of service and remembrance.
MSUCOM students were among the nearly 100 professional students who took part in the first Spartan Medical School Spirit Week, Jan. 12-16. Organized by the Council of Medical Students, the event was developed to build unity between students from the colleges of osteopathic, human and veterinary medicine.
Martha Ribbens, a key member of the SCS team who handles database management and tracking trainee certification and program accreditation, was named Spectrum Health Cancer Center’s Exceptional Patient of the Year.
Jayne Ward, David Kaufman, and Joe Pysh – all from the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology -- were among those recently celebrating a successful residency recruitment season. Also at the event was Ward’s friend Jimi Young, who, at the end of the evening, had a question. “Joe Pysh is committed to education and excited about the residents and clerkships and students. Have you ever done something to honor him?”
“I think it’s important to do what you love. I just believe that if you do what you love doing, what you can truly see yourself doing, you can do it for years and be happy,” Dr. Robyn Messing said.
Dr. Robyn Messing, owner of Practice of Dermatology in Lansing, is a board certified family practice physician that specializes in the field of Dermatology. With a passion for people and a drive to pursue medicine, Dr. Messing has built her practice and career around helping others.