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Sexton, TrishThe American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) had their Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Ft., Lauderdale Fla. This year, A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, served as the program co-chair for the conference. Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME, associate dean for curriculum, was also recognized.

AACOM’s Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators confers annual Innovation in Medical Education Awards in recognition of specific education innovations that have resulted in meaningful change at the developers’ institutions. Dr. Sexton received one of the awards for, “Diversity Redefining Education and Medicine—LGBT Curriculum”.

Congratulations to Dr. Sexton!

staff_mkMichael Kronenfeld, MBA, MLS, university librarian, ATSU Memorial Library, Arizona campus, co-authored Healthcare Reform in America: A Reference Handbook (Santa Barbara: ABC Clio 2015).  The book has just been published in a 2nd edition.

Dr. Park (2)Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontic program, A. T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been appointed to the editorial board for The Angle Orthodontist.

Each year The Angle Orthodontist (Impact Factor: 1.277) adds new expertise to their existing panel of outstanding scientists serving on the editorial board. Dr. Park was asked to serve a four-year term as a member of their Editorial Review Board beginning December 2014 and ending on December 31, 2018. The duties of a member of the Editorial Review Board are to assist in the peer review process that is responsible for the quality of The Angle Orthodontist.

Dr. Park works as editor-in-chief of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. He also serves as an associate editor and section editor of the Dentofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics, and Growth and Development of the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. He is also an Editorial Board member of Orthodontics: the Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement (formerly World Journal of Orthodontics), Seminars in Orthodontics, the International Journal of Orthodontics, the World Journal of Stomatology, the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, the Edorium™ Journal of Dentistry, Dentistry, and JSM Dentistry.

In addition, he is a referee for more than 20 dental and orthodontic journals including the Journal of Dental Research (JDR), the Journal of American Dental Association (JADA), the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO), The Angle Orthodontist, and the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics (JCO). Dr. Park was the chief editor of a recently published book entitled, “Computed Tomography: New research.” He also recently co-authored a book, “Molar Protraction: Orthodontic substitution of missing posterior teeth”. He was also a recent Guest Editor of Seminar in Orthodontics.


Dr. TheobaldIn honor of Robert J. Theobald, Jr.’s, PhD, long service to A.T. Still University and its students, Richard Theriault, DO, ’73, created the Robert J. Theobald Jr. PhD, Pharmacology Department Operations Endowment at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Contributions made to this endowment build an invested fund from where annual earnings will be directed in perpetuity to support the teaching faculty, department operations and special needs of the pharmacology department.

Dr. Theobald’s service to the University began in 1976. Twice he has been recognized with the A.T. Still Staff Award for Excellence in teaching. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute award.

For those interested in contributing to the endowment fund, please visit: www.atsu.edu/TheobaldFund.


10683424_10152393752171481_877619569402622355_oCraig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, president of A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), announced a groundbreaking, joint research partnership on Nov. 11, 2014. The innovative partnership between ATSU and NACHC will help create and advance interprofessional scholarly activity within Bureau of Primary Health Care supported community health centers, and it will help improve the health status of patients and communities across the nation.

“ATSU is looking forward to collaborating with NACHC on this important initiative focused on improving the health of our nation,” said Dr. Phelps. “Research projects inclusive of basic scientists, clinicians from multiple professions, and ATSU students will seek opportunities to provide timely outcomes for expeditious application.”

In an effort to advance scholarly activity opportunities, ATSU and NACHC will focus on:

  • developing, implementing, and assessing evidence-based medicine guidelines.
  • diagnosing, preventing, and treating diabetes, obesity, skin cancer, metabolic syndrome, traumatic brain injury/concussions, spine pain, and HIV/AIDS.
  • evaluating oral health disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • measuring and encouraging physical activity and its impact on health and wellness.
  • designing, organizing, and evaluating population management teams and patient navigator models.

“Focusing on scholarly activities that are academic, yet practical, helps deepen the relationship and experience of students,” said Dr. Yee.

10293553_10152393751406481_1181485596283901043_oNACHC represents the nation’s safety-net of community health centers. Community health centers receive base funding from the Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care to improve the health status of underserved communities, provide access to health services, and offset some costs of caring for the uninsured.

NACHC and ATSU seek to foster community health scholarship to strengthen this safety-net, and ultimately improve the health status of these communities.

“NACHC’s partnership with ATSU over the years has yielded some of the most well-prepared and dedicated health care professionals, especially in service to vulnerable populations and communities,” said Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of NACHC. “NACHC fully supports this important work as it will benefit many of our medically underserved communities and further advance quality patient care in community health centers.”

NACHC and the national safety-net of Community Health Centers also support ATSU in many ways, including access to clinical rotations; introductions to potential funding partners; residency development; data gathering; student scholarship opportunities; and national exposure of ATSU’s schools, programs, faculty, and staff.

To see the story on ABC News broadcast affiliate, KTVO, click here


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