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ATSU’s Physician Assistant (PA) students and the Kettle Society dedicated the month of March to St. Baldrick’s Foundation by holding a fundraiser where students shaved their heads and hiked Camelback Mountain.

The students vowed that for every $100 raised, one PA student would hike Camelback Mountain, and for every $1,000 raised, one PA student would shave their head.

“During the month of March a total of $4,082 was raised and because of this we upheld our side of the deal, but the spirit spread quickly and 11 students ended up shaving their heads (including one professor),” said Payton Leonhardt, PA, ’13.  “We hoped to demonstrate that we are willing to stand by the sides of those children fighting cancer and offer our hearts throughout the battle.”

The class sponsored a hike of Camelback Mountain and also hosted a bake sale to raise funds for pediatric cancers which raised more than $665 in one day.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than 120 million dollars for childhood cancer research. The organization funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization with the exception of the U.S. government.




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ATSU prepares for the worst…A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the State Emergency Management Agency held its first ever Disaster Awareness Response Training (DART) on March 24.

This is the first time a medical school has teamed up with the state to prepare students, emergency responders, and healthcare professionals for a mass casualty disaster simulation.

More than a dozen partner agencies in Northeast Missouri played a role in the simulation, which was part of an Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) course coordinated by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) under the American Medical Association.

The disaster simulation included a school bus accident, where Kirksville firefighters extricated the side of the bus so that students in the ADLS course could learn to triage patients. ADLS students also worked through other scenarios such as a field hospital and bombing incident. Patients were played by community member volunteers who wore professional moulage makeup.

ATSU-KCOM is one of three official NDLSF regional training centers for the state of Missouri.

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A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) held its spring commencement ceremony for six online programs March 3 on its Mesa, Ariz., campus. A total of 185 students earned a master of science or doctoral degree at the ceremony.

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

“It was a true joy to see graduates cross the stage on such a beautiful Arizona day and celebrate their success,” said Barbara Maxwell, PT, D.P.T., M.Sc., Cert. THE, dean, ATSU-ASHS. They truly exemplify the hopes of the school and university that our graduates will commit to making a true impact on healthcare through a commitment to lifelong learning, interprofessional collaboration, and whole person care.”

During the commencement ceremony, a keynote address was given by Estela Estape, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Professions, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. In her address, Dr. Estape spoke about the importance of recognizing opportunities throughout one’s life time as a bridge to realizing one’s highest expectations.

“Surprises and opportunities can open doors you never thought existed,” she said. “When I stop and look back, I realize that the path I followed, although it was not the one I had planned for, probably resulted in more excitement, enjoyment, and satisfaction than the one I would have followed.”

“Dr. Estape brought joy and inspiration to our graduates,” said Annlee Burch, PT, Ed.D., M.S., M.P.H., vice dean, ATSU-ASHS. “As a respected community advocate, leader, and innovative scholar in translational research, she exemplifies the values and vision of ATSU.”

Dr. Estape, who was presented with an honorary degree from ATSU, is a medical technologist with a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico (MSC-UPR) and post-doctoral studies in electrophysiology from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During her doctoral studies, she was a fellow of the National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In addition, Dr. Estape was a Veteran’s Administration Merit Review investigator for almost 16 years before becoming dean of the School of Health Professions, MSC-UPR in 1995. Her research interests are related to cardiovascular disease and biomarkers.

“I am proud of all our health sciences graduates who will follow the lead of our founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, and contribute to the common good of society, reduce pain and suffering, care for the needy, and, like Dr. Still, extend the touch of the soft hand of human kindness,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder. “Dr. Estape is a wonderful example to the highly competent and compassionate healthcare professionals who graduate from our university and who are making a positive difference in the world.”


Julie Gibson, M.D.

SOMA has launched The Global D.O., a competitive, international community outreach scholarship award for SOMA students interested in improving the lives of underprivileged individuals outside the United States.

This award honors the late SOMA Professor Julie Gibson, M.D., whose compassion to care for the underserved extended beyond the shores of the United States. Student doctors get an enriching, non-traditional learning experience while serving underserved communities in international locations. They get unique opportunities to understand and address public health needs for underprivileged individuals.

Student doctors will compete for one annual award that will provide an opportunity to serve in an international location. They will write a comprehensive essay outlining the reasons for their choice and how it fits with the mission of SOMA.

More information can be found here.


Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

Luetkemeyer visits ATSU

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer traveled the 9th district on March 12, making a stop at ATSU’s Gutensohn Clinic in Kirksville, Mo. During his visit to the Kirksville Family Medicine (KFM) Resident Clinic, Luetkemeyer met with pre-med students from Truman State University and students, senior residents, and physicians at ATSU to discuss the direction of healthcare in Missouri and the nation.

KFM Director Robert Schneider, D.O., hosted the event and led the Congressman on a tour through the clinic before he sat down with the group for a question and answer session.

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“I wanted to be sure that the residents are politically aware of policies that may affect their delivery of care in this state,” Dr. Schneider said.

The group discussed topics on healthcare costs, access, and the importance of healthcare education in Missouri.

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