MSUCOM News Archives
On Jan. 23, the Pediatric Interest Group, an MSUCOM organization for students interested in careers as pediatricians, used funds from the MSU Federal Credit Union-sponsored Dean’s Choice grant program to sponsor a health fair for students in the Holt School District.
Putting the community first has always been a priority for MSUCOM students, especially those in the Community Integrated Medicine (CIM) group. While CIM members have been hosting health fairs for years, they have taken a new approach on cultural sensitivity with volunteering at the Islamic Center of East Lansing.
The year's internationally recognized Muslim Mental Health Conference will feature training and research on opiate addiction.
Four students who worked with MSUCOM’s Diversity Committee and courageously aired their concerns, were the impetus in 2014 for the development of the Cultural Intelligence Initiative, a program that now includes a dedicated group of faculty and staff, national-caliber training and an ongoing series of “microprojects” to implement learning.
Check out this new video highlighting some of the college’s excellent work in Peru. It features third-year student Elise Craig and her work to help secure a healthy water source for one village and its children.
As an MSUCOM academic advisor, Anne Snyder is always looking for information that can help students discover fulfilling careers. She recently went airborne to get an in depth look at the opportunities available through the U.S. Army.
Check out the newest edition of the Communique magazine.
The MSUCOM Student Government Association recently participated in the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Dean’s Choice Grant program. The Dean’s Choice Grant was awarded to the Pediatrics Interest Group (PIGS).
Kayla Jelinek, OMS IV at MSUCOM wrote an article about her experience as part of the Peru medical elective that appeared on The DO webpage. The DO is the magazine of the American Osteopathic Association.
Farha Abbasi, assistant professor of psychiatry at MSU, was quoted in a New York Times article highlighting the challenges facing adolescent Muslim Americans.
MSUCOM alumna Patricia LoRusso, professor of medicine and associate director of innovative medicine at Yale Cancer Center, will address MSU’s advanced degree graduates and receive an honorary doctorate of science on Dec. 18.
On Nov. 6, a group of six members of the MSUCOM Class of 2018 spent their Friday night a little differently than others. Instead of socializing or relaxing, they spent almost three hours preparing dinner for about 30 residents of Haven House in Lansing.
When Rob Zondervan, a med student at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, was asked to take photos and videos of a surgeries, he came up with the idea of creating sterilized phone cases.
Richard Neubig, chairperson of the MSU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has been named an AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Yucatan's first osteopathic health clinic opening ceremony (in Spanish-use Google Chrome to translate)
Through a partnership with MSUCOM, the Yucatan state health department opened its first osteopathic care clinic at Hospital O'Horan in Merida on Nov. 23.
Second-year MSUCOM student Ashley Weitekamp of Lansing, Michigan has always had a passion for working with animals. Once she felt the pull towards people rather than their pets, she knew the human route was the right one.
Osteopathic Medical Scholar named Rhodes Scholar
Sarah Kovan, captain of the MSU Women's soccer team and a member of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program has been named a Rhodes Scholar.
Sarah Kovan, a member of the MSUCOM Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program, is a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.
A new health clinic, opening this month in Merida, Mexico, is a central point for activities between the state and MSU that’s been years in the making.
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the first three osteopathic colleges that have been selected to join the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium and receive a $75,000 innovation grant.
Two of the studies conducted during the 2015 Peru trip resulted in first place wins at the Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) research poster competition.
Spartan pride and good health were on full display in the Patenge Room on Oct. 21 for a Community Integrated Medicine (CIM) flu shot event.
Terrie Taylor has received a $500,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate what is causing the brains of children suffering from cerebral malaria to swell. It's the next phase in developing treatments for the killer disease.
The Oct. 25 SOMA DO Monster Dash was good fun for a good cause.
Two Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates – Steven Pitt, 1986, and Richard Bryce, 2012, received the college’s highest alumni recognition at a brief ceremony Oct. 19 at the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED conference in Orlando, Florida.
Third-year MSUCOM student Alex Schneider of Oscoda, Michigan has always loved two things: teaching and science. He enjoys teaching people about their bodies, working with those of all ages and learning more about science, all while helping people improve their lives.
Michigan State University medical students will be the first from the United States to participate in a clinical experience that will allow them to step foot inside Cuba’s hospitals, learn about the country’s medical system, and put the experience toward their education.
Lynn Brumm was a reluctant academic who made a world of difference. Now, in his honor his family will be making a world of difference for osteopathic students.
The MSUCOM Student Government Association sponsored its annual fall mixer aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat on Sept. 18.
Lace up your running shoes and put on something scary or funny on Oct. 25 for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association D.O. Monster Dash 5K on the Michigan State University campus.
The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) invited Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU COM) first and second year students to attend the 2015 Rural Health Road Trip on Oct. 2.
Nicholas Michols, '13, and Ryan Buckley, '10, are completing the final year of their residencies as lieutenants aboard the USNS Comfort. Recently, they completed Continuing Promise, a several-months-long mission that stopped at ports throughout the Caribbean.
Joey Eisenmann, his Spartan Performance, and MSU Extension are helping young athletes from underserved areas to improve their fitness and nutrition. This fall the project will be refined and piloted in at least 13 schools throughout Michigan. The program focuses not just on sport performance, but also mental training, nutrition and academics.
Gratitude for what his parents had provided, appreciation to MSUCOM for what it made possible in his life, and recognition of the need for improved medical care in northern Michigan led Gregory Marcoe and his family to create an endowed scholarship in honor of his parents.
You can check out MSUCOM's southeast Michigan sites for preclinical education on October 24! The Detroit Medical Center site will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the Macomb University Center site from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please stop by!
More than 850 people at the tailgate, 34 foursomes at the Osteopathic Open and 111 attendees for our CME program made this the most popular Silverfest weekend yet! See tailgate photos and Osteopathic Open photos.
Amit Sachdev has joined Michigan State University to become the first director of the new Division of Neuromuscular Medicine within the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.
Michelle Kvalsund, a clinical instructor and clinical neurophysiology fellow at Michigan State University, has been named a Fulbright Scholar, receiving the Fulbright Africa Regional Research Program award.
First-year medical student Carly Allen has always been fascinated with health and the human body. Becoming a physician was the best path to combine her passions and give her an opportunity to impact the health care system.
He may be a recent arrival in East Lansing by way of Ann Arbor, but Suresh Mukherji, who became professor and Department of Radiology chairperson in 2013, is so appreciative of the opportunities that the MSU has offered him that he has established an endowed scholarship at university.
Renaissance man Bacon hopes to heal and serve
First-year MSUCOM student Kourt Bacon, from Beaverton, Oregon has always been drawn to maintaining his own health and helping others around him, so it is no wonder that he has started a journey in medical school.
The third annual CHASS (Community Health and Social Services) Center Mexicantown 5k Run/Walk and Children's Race took place Aug. 8 in Detroit.
Making the announcement that their organization will work to “Energize, Engage and Exemplify” osteopathic family medicine this year, Saroj Misra was installed as 2015-16 president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association of Family Physicians during the organization’s Summer Family Medicine Update.
Last week, there was a glimmer of hope for everyone who suffers from malaria: The world's first-ever malaria vaccine received a green light from European authorities. While we aren't out of the woods yet, this is a positive step toward eliminating this deadly foe. While RTS,S, does provide hope for a tomorrow without malaria, we cannot be lulled into complacency - this is not a panacea for malaria.
Students gain insights, skills for working with mental health crisis situations
Thirty second-year MSUCOM students participated in a Community Integrated Medicine Mental Health First Aid training on July 11.
My Spartan journey began a little differently than most. You see, despite the fact that I grew up in Lansing and was surrounded by green and white, the Red Cedar, and “ra team, fight”, I somehow managed to become a fan of “the other school.”
The Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), a Detroit community-based non-profit, has been providing underserved populations with quality and accessible health care for more than 40 years.
Two second-year MSUCOM students, Raef Fadel and Israa Kenaan, joined Anne Snyder, admissions counselor, to participate in Metro Detroit’s 35th annual Youth Day. MSU Admissions and the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Engineering also represented the university at the event.
All MSUCOM alumni are invited to come together for education, fun, food, football and golf at the Silverfest Alumni Weekend, Sept. 11-12. From the Osteopathic Open and the Continuing Medical Education Kaleidoscope (both taking place Sept. 11), to the annual tailgate (Sept. 12), a good time is guaranteed.
More than 50 high school students arrived on the MSU campus on July 11 to begin a one-week exploration into what it’s like to attend medical school through the MSUCOM OsteoCHAMPS program.
Second-year MSUCOM student Arpon Shahed brings an international perspective to his medical studies. Born in Bangladesh, his family moved to Canada in 2001 to start a better life when he was 11, and now he’s completing medical school in the U.S.
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. Owner of Practice of Dermatology in Lansing, she is a board-certified family practice physician who specializes in dermatology. With a passion for people and a drive to pursue medicine, Dr. Messing has built her practice and career around helping others.