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IMG_5700 (1)A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine students presented posters at the 116th Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention in Branson, Missouri. The annual Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons convention was held April 30-May 4, 2014. The following students presented abstracts.

Alicia King, OMM fellow, Osteopathic Manipulation Utilization in a Patientwith Probable Myotonic Dystrophy Type II

Amanda Schoenfuss, OMM fellow, Osteopathic Manipulation for the Treatment of Migraines: A Case Report

Kimber Barrett, Med Ed fellow, Image Recognition and Development of Hands-on Sonographic Skills by First-Year Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Students as Assessed by Practical Ultrasound Skill Assessment Exam

Nicholas Musso, OMS I, The Prefrontal Cortex and Amygdala Interact During Fear Extinction

Seth McIntire, BioMed II, Effects of Cystatin C Variant Clones on B16F10 Metastasis

Jessica Lapinski, Med Ed fellow, The Role of Religion in Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine: Incorporating Mind, Body, and Spirit

Iesha Clay, Med Ed fellow, The Impact of a Clinical Ultrasound Elective Course on Student Performance at an Ultrasound Skills Station During Performance Assessment III Testing


Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) Dean Randy Danielsen recognized three ASHS faculty members for their significant contributions to ASHS this past year.

Tawna Wilkinson, PT, ’99,  DPT, ’04, PCS, assistant professor, was the recipient of the Educator of the Year award for excellence in teaching, inspiring students to think critically, and supporting intellectual curiosity.

The Distinguished Service of the Year award was presented to Deanne Fay, PT, DPT, ’07, MS, PCS, associate professor, for excellence in the service to the University, community, and the profession.

James Lynskey, PhD, PT, associate professor, received the Scholar of the Year award for excellence in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching. This award is sponsored by John Heard, PhD, vice-president for Research, Grants, and Information Systems.

According to Dean Danielsen, “These awards are selected by the ASHS Faculty Assembly through a rigorous nomination process and honor faculty who have excelled in scholarly work, service, and education.”

Tawna Wilkinson

Tawna Wilkinson

Deanne Fay

Deanne Fay

James Lynskey

James Lynskey

Jean Sidwell with Ben Crary

Jean Sidwell with Ben Crary

The spring Student Organization Leadership Orientation awards ceremony was held at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine on May 6, 2014.

Ben Crary, OMS II, accepted the 2013-14 Distinguished Award for Service and Performance on behalf of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) organization. ACOFP was awarded for exemplifying the highest level of commitment to serving the organization, University, and Kirksville, Missouri community. In honor of ACOFP, a $150 donation was given to the United Way of Adair County.

Jean Sidwell, MALS, library branch director, received the 2013-14 Excellence in Advising Award. Sidwell advises the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians student organization.



kathleen-dicaprioKathleen DiCaprio, PhD, has been named chair for the Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program in the ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies. She previously served as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, as well as the director of content development and education at Oceania University of Medicine. In addition, she served as an instructor and curriculum consultant for Kaplan Medical.

Dr. DiCaprio has a history of teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical courses in areas related to infectious diseases and infection control, immunology, public health, and emergency preparedness. She comes to ATSU with an impressive history as a faculty member and administrator in higher education of the medicine and the health sciences.

Dr. DiCaprio earned her BS in biochemistry from The College of Saint Rose and her PhD in pathology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her prior research focused on studying pathogenesis of maximum containment (Biosafety-level 4) viruses such as Ebola and Marburg in non-human primate models. Her research efforts contributed to the development of potential vaccines and therapeutics against these deadly viruses, and her work has been profiled in numerous publications and press releases.  

Dr. DiCaprio will begin her position as chair for the DHSc program on May 15, 2014. At that time, she can be reached at kdicaprio@atsu.edu.


Transition ceremonyA.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine held its annual Student Clinician Ceremony on April 28, 2014.

It was a special day for the class of 2016 as they wind down their time on campus and transition into their clinical years at rotation sites around the nation.

Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, dean, led the ceremony where students were given words of advice, wisdom, and a reminder of the compassion that osteopathic medicine stands for.

The keynote address was given by Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president for academic affairs. Michael Lockwood, DO, gave the faculty farewell and Nancy Howe, DO, welcomed the students to clinical training.

Students pinned their peers with A.P. Gold Humanism in Medicine and American Osteopathic Association pins and Dr. Wilson concluded the ceremony by leading the future physicians in the Osteopathic Oath.

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