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Undergraduate students and high school juniors and seniors in Cape Girardeau, Springfield, St. Joseph and Kirksville, MO, gathered in front of video monitors Tuesday evening, Feb. 19 to hear Brett Moser, A.T. Still University (ATSU) admissions counselor, share the secrets of preparing a successful application for dental school. Regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offices hosted nine students in Kirksville, two in Cape Girardeau, nine in Springfield, and four in St. Joseph for the ITV-mediated session.

Two more sessions are scheduled in this inaugural series. On Tuesday March 19, Jason Chrisman, ATSU admissions counselor, will present Using your college experience to enhance your application, and on April 16, Amanda Clark, admissions counselor, will help students understand the important “do’s and don’ts” of the interview process in her presentation on Professionalism and Interviewing.

The workshops are ATSU’s response to regional AHEC staff requests for presentations on these topics during a planning workshop held in Columbia, MO, in Sept. Facilitated through the Missouri AHEC network (MAHEC), the series is sponsored by ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) and organized by the MAHEC office at ATSU in Kirksville and regional center staff.

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A.T. Still University students have been named as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges recipients for 2012-13. This prestigious honor recognizes top students from across the nation based on GPA, student leadership and involvement on campus, community involvement, and future leadership ability. Congratulations!

Stephanie Kulow, AT, ‘13; Richelle Mayfield, AT, ‘13; Amanda Bohn, AuD, ’13; Kathleen Favor, AuD, ’14; Krystal Hulleman, AuD, ’14; Tiffany Manross, OT, ‘14; Elizabeth Clay, OT, ‘14; Kristina McCoy, PA, ‘13; Kinslee Scamaldo, PA, ‘13; Tyler Sommer, PA, ’13; Laura Wilcox, PA, ‘13; Payton Leonhardt, PA, ‘13; Corbin Popp, D4; Brandi Molina, D4; Elif Aksoylu, D4; Jonna Laslovich, D4; Bao Huynh, D4; James Duncan, D4; Robert MacArthur, D4; Elisabeth Easley, D4; Chad Taylor, OMS IV; Brian Goodman, OMS III; Andrea May; OMS III, Jason Altman, OMS IV; Ryan Applonie, OMS IV; Eric Beal, OMS IV; Samuel Bezold, OMS IV; Kathleen Biggins, OMS IV; Hannah Coram, OMS IV; Tanner Folster, OMS IV; Jessica Kim, OMS IV; Elizabeth Loconto, OMS IV; Teresa Loden, OMS IV; Teresa Loden, OMS IV; Kimberly Serbousek, OMS IV; Joseph Shurtz, OMS IV; Nicole Tillman, OMS IV; Philip Wilson, OMS IV; Danielle Wooldrik, OMS IV; Lujayn Elkaiali, MPH with dental emphasis, Angela Lee, MPH with dental emphasis; Anne Marie McCauley, DHEd; Jeanie McGee, DHEd; Lesli McQuiston Lopez, DHEd; Kuku Mulatu, MPH; Jennifer Taylor, DHEd; and Holly West; DHEd.

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soldierA.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) partnered with non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers on Feb. 4-8, 2013, to help troops call home by collecting gently-used cellular phones.

Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and one-half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. Approximately 50 percent of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials.

Collection boxes were placed on ATSU’s campus at several locations around Kirksville. In total, 126 phones were collected, which will provide a minimum of 315 hours talk time for soldiers to make the precious connection with loved ones back home. The campaign also brought in $50 in donations, which will be used to purchase phone cards.

The cell phone drive was sponsored by the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and Theta Psi at ATSU-KCOM.

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156397_10151255695961481_2004669398_nTo honor Children’s Dental Health Month, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) in partnership with Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF) hosted Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) Day, where 364 pre-screened underserved Valley children received dental treatment free-of-charge.

For eight years, ATSU-ASDOH continued to host the largest GKAS® event in Arizona and has provided over $1 million in free care to children in the community.

ATSU-ASDOH students provided treatment under the supervision of more than 30 volunteer dentists to Mesa and Apache Junction elementary children and others in the Phoenix-area. GKAS was held on the Mesa campus from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. As needed, children received sealants, fillings, stainless steel crowns, pulp therapy (root canal, pulpotomy), and extractions.

“The students were so eager to make a difference,” said Arizona Dental Foundation Executive Director, Ginger Froncek . It has been amazing to watch young ATSU-ASDOH student volunteers move through their education and on to their own practices. When I run into them after graduation they share fond memories of GKAS with me.”

Initiatives like GKAS® strengthen the mission of ATSU in aspiring students to become high-quality, community-minded leaders.

Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from the efforts of more than 40,000 annual volunteers through GKAS®.  The American Dental Association (ADA) began the GKAS® program in 2003 as a way for ADA members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children.

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As of January 24, the Interprofessional House Calls (IPHC) 2013 cohort was launched, bringing the number of IPHC participants since 2002 to 876 individuals and 292 teams. “The IPHC orientation session introduces participating students to important concepts in patient safety and the new national interprofessional core competencies,” said Trish Sexton, DHEd, associate dean for curriculum at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

“The interdisciplinary option (IPHC) within the House Calls program was created in 2002 in response to emerging national concerns related to improving healthcare and reducing medical errors,” said Janet Head, RN, MS, EdD, co-director, ATSU-KCOM AHEC and ATSU Aging Studies project director for the Kirksville campus.

The IPHC initiative was piloted in 2002 as a collaboration of the ATSU-KCOM Department of Family Medicine, Truman State University health professions programs, and the ATSU-KCOM AHEC program. Beginning with seven teams in 2002, the IPHC program has grown to an annual complement of 40 to 50 teams. Interprofessional teams comprise an ATSU-KCOM medical student, a Truman State University nursing student, either a communication disorders or health science student, and a volunteer elder from the community to serve as patient.

The parent House Calls program was introduced in 1998 by the Department of Family Medicine at ATSU-KCOM and has been facilitated through the ATSU-KCOM Area Health Education Centers office since 2000. Designed to provide students with opportunities to practice interviewing skills, learn about healthcare issues and assessment resources, and to establish a professional relationship with an individual from the local community, the program is increasingly engaging a broader range of volunteers from vulnerable populations.

Since all ATSU-KCOM students complete the House Calls assignment as part of their longitudinal patient care skills course, The Complete DOctor, those who do not select the interprofessional option work in teams with two other medical students and a community volunteer patient. Each student receives access to information and assessment materials needed to complete the four required visits during the 12 months of the program. Student teams work with the same patient throughout the year, complete a report on each patient visit, and participate in follow-up debriefing sessions.BA0B0138

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