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imageA.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine students in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians organization are hosting a nine week “Couch to 5k” training program.

The program is free, open to the public, and designed for people with no experience jogging, but flexible for experienced joggers.

The first session was a success with 28 participants.

Anyone can attend as many or as few sessions as they’d like.

Sessions take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the walking path in front of Kirksville High School. The program ends on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.





1_1591941440_nFirst-year medical students A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the 3rd Annual Poverty Simulation on Aug, 21, 2013.

The event was hosted by the Complete DOctor course and the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency. The simulation was held on a  larger scale this year with an entire class of students taking part.

Students experienced a small taste of the stress felt by those struggling with the pressures of poverty, and were given a role and scenario with the choice of what resources to use in short amounts of time.

The real-life scenarios and props were meant to give students a feel for what their future patients could be going through, and why compassion in medicine is important.

The simulation was held at the Thompson Campus Center.


2013 (ASOH-POP) graduationA. T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ATSU-ASDOH) postgraduate orthodontic program celebrated the graduation of its fifth class of residents at the Arizona Country Club in Phoenix on Aug. 15.

Orthodontic Class of 2013 residents Blake Hillstead, DMD, DHSc, Trent Cox, DMD, DHSc,  Shruti Shastry, DDS, DHSc, Ryan Bullen, DDS, DHSc, and Bradley Milde, DMD, MS, DHSc, gave presentations at the event. Graduates received a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

“Our graduating class all successfully passed the American Board of Orthodontics phase II examination during their residency,” said Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program. “In addition to academics and clinical excellence, they actively participated in community service during their residency.”

“The school and community recognize and honor the choices and sacrifices that they have made,” added Dr. Park. “We wish them well and encourage them to keep learning and growing as they venture out to start the next chapter of their lives.”


Adam Bennett, D4, was recognized for his commitment in enhancing interprofessional education by University of Minnesota (U of M) faculty and members of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE).

Bennett spent six weeks in June and July working at NCIPE (located at U of M), an organization aimed at strengthening the advancement of collaborative, team-based health professions education and patient care.

He served in a student consultancy role developing a strategic vision to involve future students.

“My experience required me to conduct a thorough needs assessment and work with members of the Center and the University of Minnesota to identify available resources,” said Bennett. “Based upon these findings, I was able to present a series of recommendations to the NCIPE leadership.”

On his last day, Bennett gave a 20-minute presentation and held an interactive discussion with senior NCIPE leadership.

“Their willingness to work with students demonstrated a commitment to involving all members of our healthcare system; ranging from students to clinicians, from patients to policymakers,” said Bennett. “Personally, it provided a valuable lesson; achieving a paradigm shift requires incorporation of all members of the team.”

About National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education leads, coordinates and studies the advancement of collaborative, team-based health professions education and patient care as an efficient model for improving quality, outcomes and cost. It is the only such organization in the United States, designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the sole center to provide leadership, scholarship, evidence, coordination and national visibility to advance interprofessional education and practice as a viable and efficient health care delivery model.


KEN_2029A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) held its summer commencement ceremony for six online and residential programs on Aug. 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 300 students (132 distance education; 193 residential) earned a master of science or doctoral degree at the ceremony.

Graduates received degrees in human movement, occupational therapy, advanced physician assistant studies, audiology, doctor of health sciences, and physical therapy. This was the first time that the online students had met each other in person, since they all acquired their degrees through distance education.

“This graduation highlights the working professionals in their respective fields who have decided to get their next degree,” said ATSU-ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA. Founded in 1995, ATSU-ASHS is committed to educating and preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a rapidly growing healthcare system.

During the commencement ceremony, a keynote address was given by Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas, who received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Dr. Dunn is an internationally-known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life. She has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken around the world about her work. She is the author/co-author of all the Sensory Profile measures, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs.

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