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9LGuTafHF3jFX6RgUWXaglFsmj0-1Kbmk0_rhFpaPjcVd6q_IrIXQNbIsp4fMc9lgXpqZA=w1713-h793More than 300 ATSU students confirmed their professional commitment at the annual white coat and pinning ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on July 14, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.

The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ASDOH) class of 2018, the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOMA) in Arizona’s class of 2018, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences physician assistant (PA) class of 2016 and physical therapy (PT) class of 2015 were presented white coats in four separate ceremonies. The PA class of 2015 participated in a pinning ceremony, representing the completion of a didactic year of study and entry into the clinical phase of the program. Overall, the numbers of students who received their white coats or pinning were: 61 (PT); 109 (SOMA); 76 (ASDOH); 52 (PA white coats); and 50 (PA pinning).

On July 12, 2014, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) class of 2018 and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) class of 2018 celebrated their white coat ceremonies with 172 KCOM and 42 MOSDOH students receiving their white coats at Baldwin Hall Auditorium, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.

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ZM6K8493A.T. Still University researchers are recruiting healthy individuals aged 14 to 24 years old for a study on balance. Researchers are looking at four different balance tests. Individuals interested in participating in this study will need to be available for one 60-minute testing session on the ATSU Mesa Campus. There is no cost for being in this study. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. John Heick at 480-219-6065 or at jheick@atsu.edu.

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IMG_7935Andrew Goodrich, OMS III, the Hollister-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine clinical research fellow for 2013-14, participated in the Hollister Incorporated Tech Forum at the home office in Libertyville, Ill. There were 35 internal posters from Hollister personnel, five of which were live presentations. Goodrich received first place for his presentation and demonstration.

Goodrich has an engineering background and an interest in research. He spent the last year conducting research on human subjects with Hollister Incorporated, and hopes to continue researching as a physician.

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A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) and Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) celebrated the 2014 graduating classes at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix on Friday, June 6.

One hundred doctors of osteopathic medicine graduated marking the fourth graduating class for ATSU-SOMA. Among the 2014 graduating class were 13 military graduates. Keynote speaker, Clement Bezold, PhD, spoke about the upcoming forces affecting the future of healthcare.  He encouraged graduates to take joy and satisfaction in the work they will be doing and to recognize their role as healers in primary care. Dr. Bezold is chairman and senior futurist at the Institute of Alternative Future (IAF), which he and others founded in 1977. Dr. Bezold has done futures work with the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization.

Additionally, ATSU-SOMA presented Amanda Weaver, former executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, with a doctor of humane letters during the ceremony. Ms. Weaver has been an integral advocate to ATSU and the osteopathic profession.

ASDOH grad resizeSeventy-two ATSU-ASDOH students crossed the stage receiving their Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, 23 of whom received a Master in Public Health through ATSU’s School of Health Management. The class also included four military graduates. Harold C. Slavkin, DDS, professor of dentistry in the Division of Biomedical Sciences and Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, was the keynote speaker. He was also the recipient of a doctor of humane letters during the ceremony.

Commencement photos are available by visiting ATSU’S Facebook page.

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Jeremy Berger with ATSU-SOMA's Regional Director For Medical Education (RDME) for Washington DC, Dr. Keisha Robinson, DO

Jeremy Berger with ATSU-SOMA’s Regional Director For Medical Education (RDME) for Washington DC, Dr. Keisha Robinson, DO

Jeremy Berger, OMS ll, A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), had an article published in the June 6, 2014 issue of The DO.  In the article, Berger, who is currently in his clinical rotation at Unity Health Care’s East of the River Health Care in Washington, D.C., shares his experience about caring for the underserved and learning from his patients in a teaching health center. Unity Health Care is one of ATSU’s partnered community health centers through which second, third and fourth year ATSU-SOMA students gain clinical experience.

“I want to help these kinds of patients—those who are economically vulnerable, who don’t know where to turn,” notes Berger. “Working in the clinic has given me the kind of firsthand insights that will help me. In community health, my job as a physician will be not only to guide patients back to health, but also to help guide them through the healthcare system.”

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