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Corbin Popp, D4

Corbin Popp, D4, ASDOH, is a co-creator of Lightwire Theater (http://www.lightwiretheater.com/index.php). They were in the quarter finals of America’s Got Talent and now have advanced to the semi-finals which will be held September 4 and 5. Be sure to tune-in and cast your vote for Lightwire Theater.


ATSU-ASDOH is the recipient of a $10,000 National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) grant to provide education, and preventive and treatment services for at-risk children. The funds will be used to continue the ATSU-ASDOH Pinal County Tooth Fairy project in Apache Junction.  ATSU-ASDOH works with the Apache Junction Unified School District to have dental students provide oral health education, screenings, and fluoride varnish treatments to underserved children. [read more]


ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) postgraduate orthodontic program celebrated the graduation of its fourth class of residents at the Arizona Country Club in Phoenix on Aug. 16.

Residents Jamie Haas, DMD, DHSc; Leo Toureno, DDS, DHSc; and Chase O. Dansie, DDS, 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. “Furthermore, all graduating residents successfully published their research articles in the eminent orthodontic and dental journals.” 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 these individuals 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.”


Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC

ATSU has partnered with the internationally known Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., in their Barrow Concussion Network. The network is the most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program for young athletes in the nation.

Under the leadership of Barrow physicians and the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), the network will include mandatory concussion education, voluntary pre-injury baseline testing, post-injury medical resources to all AIA schools and provide groundbreaking research on injured Arizona students. ATSU joins other network partners, the Arizona Cardinals and AIA.

Leading the initiative at ATSU is Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, professor, interdisciplinary health sciences – athletic training.  According to Dr. McLeod, ATSU will be involved in providing to the Barrow concussion registry a record of student athletes with concussions in Arizona.  ATSU will also be involved in the baseline testing of student athletes to measure their cognitive level.  Another tool, ImPACT, a concussion evaluation system that helps determine when an athlete is well enough to return to play following a concussion, will also be used.  According to Barrow, this is the first time that every athlete will have access to this valuable tool.

“This is a great collaborative partnership for ATSU, Barrow, and the other partners. It will allow us to expand our ability to continue our concussion research and bring our athletic training program and concussion research to a wider audience,” said Dr. McLeod.

Dr. McLeod was also featured on Good Morning Arizona, September 24, 2012.


KCOM’s class of 2016 received new iPads on Aug. 9, during student orientation on the Kirksville, Mo., campus. In addition to receiving iPads, students also participated in iPad training sessions sponsored by ITS.

This is the first full class to receive iPads, and students did not pay any additional fees. Tuition costs were restructured to include the cost of the iPads. Additionally, the iPad implementation is expected to create a cost savings to the University of $80,000-$100,000 per graduating class.

The group of students behind the implementation realized iPads could provide students with many benefits including convenient studying and better organization. Also, as medicine and technology become more integrated, experience with iPads will prepare them to become physicians of the future.

“Students will be able to go into hospitals and serve the patients better because they have an understanding of the technology that’s being used and how to use it for the benefit of the patient,” says second-year BioMed student Talon Anderson.


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