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Read on to learn how the osteopathic medical profession is being covered in the media.

September 2023

Sept. 6: “Debt relief, reducing administrative burden: Primary care shortage needs several solutions” Healio
Dustin Arnold, DO, an osteopathic internal medicine specialist, discussed the projected shortage of primary care and internal medicine physicians. “Primary care is a rewarding career, and action must be taken to increase its attractiveness to graduating residents,” he said.

Sept. 7: “RSV in rural communities: Lessons from Appalachia” Medscape
Forest W. Arnold, DO,  chief of the University of Louisville Division of Infectious Diseases, and Brittanie N. West, DO, an osteopathic family physician, discussed Respiratory Syncytial Virus in the community setting during an episode of Medscape’s series on RSV in adults.

Sept. 12: “Too much iron in cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia” Medical News Today
Amarish Dave, DO, and Michael Kentris, DO, spoke to Medical News Today about a study that uncovered a new mechanism contributing to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Sept. 12: “Both diet and regular soda may increase insulin levels” Medical News Today
Brian Black, DO, contributed to an article in Medical News Today about a recent study that found both diet and regular soft drinks can increase salivary insulin levels.

Sept. 13 “What happened to Bruce Bogtrotter actor Jimmy Karz after Matilda” Screen Rant
James Karz, DO, played the cake-eating Bruce Bogtrotter in the 1996 film “Matilda” before retiring from acting in 1998. He attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and now specializes in osteopathic emergency medicine.

August 2023

Aug. 4: “Why America needs more diversity in the doctor’s office” U.S. News & World Report
Evan Curry, OMS II, a student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia and member of Brothers in Medicine, talked about his experience as a future black physician. He believes that in an increasingly diverse country, connecting patients with providers who look like them and feel culturally relatable will lead to better health outcomes.

Aug. 6: “Why you’re suddenly pooping more than usual, according to gastroenterologists”  Parade
Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, an osteopathic family physician and AOA trustee, spoke with Parade about creating good habits for healthy bowel movements.

Aug. 6: “Point taken: As the new school year looms, experts combat vaccine skepticism” The Blade
Jennifer Mullen, DO, an osteopathic pediatrician, points to the smallpox vaccine as a strong example of vaccine efficacy. “[Vaccines] really are effective in preventing a lot of the serious infections that we see and really have been the way that we’ve been able to prevent deaths in children,” says Dr. Mullen.

Aug. 7: “Number of osteopathic residents in state growing with new medical schools” Arkansas Business
Arkansas has 160 more doctors in residency than just a few years ago, thanks to the creation of two osteopathic medical schools in the past decade: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

Aug. 7: “Case management linked to increase in primary care visits, decrease in hospitalizations” Healio
Jennifer J. Hauler, DO, and Robert S. Dolansky, DO, discuss the role of case management in boosting primary care visits and reducing hospitalizations.

Aug. 7: “Generic fluticasone-salmeterol as good as brand name for COPD” Healio
AOA President Ira P. Monka, DO, and Brian Black, DO, both osteopathic family physicians, discuss the effectiveness of generic medication and the cost disparity compared with brand name medications.

Aug. 8: “Three groups of health care workers face an increased risk for death from drug overdoses” Healio
David Shumway, DO, an osteopathic internal medicine physician, discusses drug abuse and overdose among healthcare workers.

Aug. 9: “Alcohol-related deaths rising in US, particularly among women” Healio
David Best, DO, an osteopathic family physician, provided perspective on a recent study finding increased alcohol consumption and death among women. “The alcohol and restaurant industries may continue to promote otherwise, but pushing back on the adage that ‘moderate’ drinking is good for you is imperative,” said Best.

Aug. 10: Here’s what ‘diarrhea’ actually means and when you should worry about it, according to gastroenterologists” Parade
Andrew Adair, DO, an osteopathic family medicine physician spoke with Parade about infections that can lead to diarrhea. “For severe and mild diarrhea, most cases are caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites,” he said.

Aug. 11: “Women with HIV face greater age-related comorbidity burden” Healio
Peter Gulick, DO, associate professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, provides perspective on the rising number of women with HIV experiencing a higher percentage of multiple chronic medical conditions.

Aug. 23: “CMS-approved criteria for cardiac imaging may cause confusion among clinicians” Healio
David Shumway, DO, an osteopathic internal medicine physician, provided perspective on a review published in Annals of Internal Medicine finding that appropriate use criteria that have been certified by CMS for coronary artery disease imaging are heterogeneous and, at times, discrepant.

Aug. 25: “Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine student to be awarded prestigious scholarship” Appalachian News Express
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine student Adaku Ikoh, OMS IV, has been awarded the William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship, which recognizes a minority osteopathic medical student who is committed to osteopathic medicine, has excelled academically and has demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal and health needs of minorities.

Aug. 25: “All but 3 Tenn. counties are in a health care shortage” WVLT 8
Robert A. Cain, DO, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, spoke about the primary care shortage and its impact on Tennessee, as well as the growth of osteopathic medicine and its role in rural and underserved areas.

Aug. 28: “DO students get a head start with FIRE program” News Wise
The Fundamental Integration Required for Excellence (FIRE) program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia provides a two-week in-person pre-matriculation course designed to facilitate a smooth transition for new DO students.

Aug. 28: “Fentanyl is only the tip of the iceberg of drug addiction” The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Ryan Alexander, DO, MPH, an osteopathic addiction medicine specialist and clinical faculty member at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, authored an op-ed discussing the intricacies of opioid addiction.

Aug. 28: “UNE’s Jane Carreiro appointed to national physician education coalition,” UNE News
Jane Carreiro, DO, vice president for Health Affairs at the University of New England (UNE) and dean of the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been appointed to the Coalition for Physician Accountability.

Aug. 29: “10 skincare ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin, according to experts” Marie Claire
Dustin Portela, DO, an osteopathic dermatologist, discusses skincare ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin.

Aug. 29: “Top docs share natural ways to shrink swollen ankles” First for Women Magazine
Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, an AOA trustee and osteopathic family physician, and Josie Conte, DO, an osteopathic neuromuscular medicine specialist, offer advice on treatment for women who experience swollen ankles.

Aug. 31: “Regularly seeing a PCP leads to greater savings for Medicare patients” Healio
Kevin de Regnier, DO, an osteopathic family physician and AOA trustee, weighs in on study findings that indicate patients who attend regular primary care visits with the same physician experience greater Medicare savings and reduced risk of ED visits and hospitalizations.

July 2023

July 7: “Kansas City University and other medical schools cite role of diversity amid affirmative action ruling” Yahoo! News
Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and CEO of Kansas City University weighed in on the school’s commitment to diversity following the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down affirmative action in college admissions. “We embrace diversity because it makes us stronger, more competitive, and it is the right thing to do,” he said.

July 8: “PCOM graduates plan to put medical training to work in rural areas” Albany Herald
When the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia opened doors to its inaugural class of students four years ago, it did so with the goal of preparing physicians to practice in rural areas. Recent graduate Julia Patterson, DO, who hails from Doerun, Georgia, says she plans to practice close to her roots. “I feel like my education has shown me the medical needs in south Georgia and I want to stay,” she said.

July 10: “New study says almost 50% of tap water contains cancer-related chemicals: Here’s what to do, says a doctor” The Healthy, A Reader’s Digest brand
Patricia Varacallo, DO, an osteopathic family physician, penned a column examining the findings of a U.S. Geological Survey study reporting that at least 45% of the nation’s tap water is estimated to contain one or more harmful chemicals. “While some states have implemented stringent regulations, federally mandated guidelines only provide advisory levels, not enforceable standards,” she wrote. “As a result, the responsibility often falls on local water systems and consumers to ensure the water they consume is safe.”

July 10: “Mexican family sold home to fund daughter’s med school – now they work at the same hospital” mitu
Martin and Leticia Silva sold their home to cover their daughter’s medical school tuition. Now, Bianca Silva, DO, an osteopathic family physician, is a first-generation doctor working at Kaiser Permanente, which is also the employer of her parents.

July 14: “ApolloMD announces winner of 2023 emergency medicine scholarship for residents” AP News
Bilal Shaukat, DO, an osteopathic emergency medicine resident completing training in New York, has been named as the 2023 winner of the ApolloMD Emergency Medicine Scholarship. The award supports resident physicians pursuing their passion for emergency medicine and high quality, patient-centered health care.

July 17: “Scent dogs may be a cheaper, faster and more effective way to detect COVID-19” News Medical
A study from AOA’s Journal of Osteopathic Medicine examines the efficacy of scent dogs in detecting COVID-19. According to the article, certain dogs are trained to recognize specific volatile organic compounds created in the body during disease and have successfully identified patients with cancer, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

July 19: “What’s the difference between an MD and DO?” U.S. News & World Report Health
Ira P. Monka, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association, discusses the distinctions between DOs and MDs, the rise of DOs in specialty fields, and their increasing presence in underserved, rural areas. “A lot of our new schools are opening up in states that really don’t have a lot of medical schools,” Dr. Monka said. “We’re truly servicing parts of the country that did not have good health care.”

July 20: “America’s physicians are getting older, osteopathic, and online, according to Federation of State Medical Boards” Medical Economics
Data from the “Census of Licensed Physicians in the United States, 2022” shows the number of licensed physicians with osteopathic medicine degrees continues to grow at a faster pace than licensed allopathic physician degrees. Between 2010 and 2022, the number of licensed DOs increased by 89%, compared with an 18% increase for MDs.

July 22: “Go DO program gives West Virginia Wesleyan students path to early acceptance at WVSOM” The Register-Herald
The Go DO Early Scholars Program allows West Virginia Wesleyan College students an opportunity for acceptance to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine before beginning their undergraduate studies. As a private/public education partnership, the Go DO program, which launched in 2021, was one of the first of its kind in West Virginia.

July 24: “Second opinion for bipolar disorder diagnosis” Inside Bipolar Podcast
Nicole Washington, DO, MPH, an osteopathic physician specializing in psychiatry, and Gabe Howard discuss the benefits of asking for a second opinion after receiving a bipolar disorder diagnosis.

July 26: “New Jersey and national experts focus on public health barriers and solutions to opioid crisis” Benzinga
Richard T. Jermyn, DO, interim dean of the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, takes part in a public health experts panel outlining current developments in public health and their impact on the opioid epidemic.

July 26: “WCU to start new direct admission program for medical school” WDAM 7
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine is partnering on a direct admission program that could help more students become physicians. “Mississippi is in dire need of physicians and doctors and we want to start at home, and we think this program will provide the guidance for these students,” said Italo Subbarao, DO, dean of William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine.

July 27: “American Osteopathic Association installs Ira P. Monka, DO, as 127th President” AP News
Ira P. Monka, DO, an osteopathic physician specializing in family medicine, was inaugurated as the 127th president of the American Osteopathic Association. As an AOA board-certified osteopathic physician, Dr. Monka has dedicated his life to osteopathic medicine for almost four decades.

July 27: “Addressing MS doctor shortage with osteopathic medicine” Public News Service
Like many rural states, Mississippi is struggling with a shrinking workforce of primary care physicians, which means gaps in access to care. With the growth of the osteopathic profession, DOs are filling that necessary gap in rural areas for health care.

June 2023

June 1: “How to hold the bullies in your life accountable. Because it’s a lot harder as an adult” Women.com
This article cites a 2017 survey, conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, finding that more than 30% of respondents have been bullied as an adult. The same survey found that 71% of victims of adult bullying suffer from stress, 70% experience anxiety and depression, 55% report lower self-esteem, and 19% report having a mental breakdown due to the bullying.

June 5: “With few MDs practicing in rural areas, a different type of doctor is filling in the gap” NPR
Kevin V. de Regnier, DO, an osteopathic family physician and AOA trustee, highlighted the vital role DOs and osteopathic medical schools play in addressing the physician shortage in rural America. Osteopathic medical schools hold three of the top four spots for most graduates serving in rural areas, according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

June 6: “A Day in the Life of a Medical Intern” U.S. News and World Report
Garrett Kettle, OMS III, shared his perspective as an intern at Clarion Hospital in Pennsylvania. “As a medical student, this allows me to see patients and formulate plans and workups based on my own knowledge while being watched by medical professionals with more experience,” he said.

June 7: “Gamer finds indent in head from prolonged headset use after shaving his hair” Independent
An article on headphones and hearing loss by the American Osteopathic Association was cited in this piece from the Independent. According to the AOA article, many headphones and MP3 players can produce sounds up to 120 decibels, which is equivalent to a sound level at a rock concert. At 120 decibels, hearing loss can occur after only about an hour and 15 minutes.

June 9: “Can’t learn that in a textbook: Medical student saves woman’s life with CPR” NBC 10 Philadelphia
Krzysztof Zembrzuski, OMS III, a student at Rowan Virtua College of Osteopathic Medicine, administered CPR to save a woman’s life. “It was like autopilot. It was in the heat of the moment. You kinda just rely on your training. You don’t really think, you just do,” said Zembrzuski.

June 16: “Strokes come in different forms” Yahoo! News
Debbie Smith, DO, associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, says strokes can be ischemic or hemorrhagic and happen at any age. Strokes can be prevented with weight control, smoking cessation, eating a healthy diet and exercising among other things, according to Dr. Smith.

June 19: “Persistent health disparities are proof that DEI programs remain necessary even as the term becomes a political football” Fortune Magazine
In this op-ed published in Fortune Magazine, Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president & CEO of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, descibes health disparities as persistent, pervasive, and deadly. “We should accept as a given that no organization will perfectly navigate the nuances of equity and inclusion,” he writes. “Rather, the more likely and more dangerous risk is that we will do too little in the face of staggering inequities.”

June 20: “For patients with fatty liver: Time to make a deal” Medscape
Jay Shubrook, DO, an osteopathic physician specializing in diabetic research and metabolic disorders at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine, believes weight loss is the most effective treatment for patients with fatty liver issues.

June 20: “This nightly habit could reduce your risk of heart disease, says new wtudy” The Healthy, A Reader’s Digest brand
Patricia Varacallo, DO, discusses irregular sleep patterns linked to increased risk of subclinical cardiovascular disease. “The snooze button may seem like your worst enemy, especially whn you’re yearning for five more minutes in bed,” she writes. “However, it’s the unpredictable sleep patterns that might be the real culprits behind potential health risks.”

June 22: “Tackling Georgia’s doctor shortage with osteopathic medicine” Public News Service
Robert Cain, DO, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, discussed how osteopathic medical schools and residencies are helping to meet the needs of rural patients with limited access to care. “Our DO schools have shown themselves to be high producers of primary care physicians who stay in the state where they are trained,” Dr. Cain said. “Ou philosophy is sort of draw from the local area, train. in the local area, and then try to keep them in the local area.

May 2023

May 1: “Tahlequah fourth-graders take part in mini medical schoolTahlequah Daily Press
About 30 medical students from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation hosted a “mini medical school” for 80 fourth-grade students. Medical students from the OSU Pediatrics Club and Clinical Skills Club organized the event, which was meant to “educate the future generation about what being an osteopathic physician entails,” said Linda Nguyen, a second-year med student at OSU-COM at the Cherokee Nation.

May 4: “Philadelphia medical students work to overcome language barriers for Latino patientsCBS News Philadelphia
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine first-year medical student Maria Pazan discusses her passion for medicine, as well as the barriers she faced after moving to the United States from Ecuador. Pazan provides a crash course in Spanish to fellow students along with the Latino Medical Student Association to ensure better quality of care for patients, despite language barriers.

May 5: “Kapolei woman is on a mission to help ease Hawaii’s doctor shortage” Hawaii News Now
When she graduates from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tiana Elisara, OMS I, plans to help ease the physician shortage in her home state of Hawaii, which is currently in need of more than 600 physicians. Elisara believes more incentives for young students to study and practice medicine will go a long way toward helping ensure quality care for patients in her state.

May 6: “A Mississippi University inks a $20 million grant to help ease rural medical provider shortage” WDAM 7
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine received an infrastructure grant to establish a new Institute of Primary Care through AccelerateMS, the leading office for workforce development in Mississippi. The funds come from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the institute could be completed as early as 2025.

May 9: “Experts say pandemic is ‘not at all’ over while grappling with gaps in COVID-19 data” Michigan Advance
Peter Gulick, DO, an osteopathic infectious disease specialist and a professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, discussed how COVID-19 metrics mainly focused on hospital outbreaks. He believes a more detailed look at the viral reach was needed.

May 9: “Cold vs. allergies: Which do you have? Here’s how to tell the difference” U.S. News and World Report
“Both allergies and colds can cause inflammatory responses in the nasal passages and upper airways,” according to Gabrielle Samuels, DO, an osteopathic family physician. “Inflammation in these areas can lead to similar symptoms, even though the causes might be very different.”

May 11: “William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked No. 1 for graduates in rural areas in back-to-back years” Picayune Item Headline
In its 2024 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) No. 1 nationwide in producing the highest percentage or graduates serving in rural areas. “This achievement recognizes the dedicated efforts of WCUCOM to nurture physicians with a servant’s heart and transform healthcare for our local communities,” said Italo Subbarao, DO, dean of WCUCOM.

May 21: “Statewide support has helped Washington state osteopathic school thrive” Yakima Herald-Republic
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine was ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report in three categories: second for most graduates practicing in primary care fields, third for most graduates practicing in medically underserved areas, and sixth for most graduates practicing in rural areas.

May 22: “The 15 best acne products recommended by dermatologists, experts and PureWow editors” PureWow
“With acne prone skin, anything that inflames you will show up as acne,” says Jennifer Racanelli, DO, an osteopathic dermatologist practicing in New York. “The goal is to find out what your unique inflammatory triggers are.”

May 25: “Do those viral sleep hacks actually work? An expert weighs in” CNET Health
One in three Americans has trouble falling asleep at night, according to the National Institutes of Health. Keisha Sullivan, DO, an osteopathic family physician and sleep medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Maryland, says patients may struggle with sleep because of chronic pain, nicotine usage, hormonal changes, pregnancy and menopause, medication, sleep apnea or mental health.

April 2023

April 3: “American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians honors 2023 outstanding members of the profession” Newswire
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) recently honored awardees at its 60th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars. Among the winners was AOA trustee Kevin V. de Regnier, DO, FACOFP, who received the 2023 ACOFP Distinguished Service Award.

April 6: “Research from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine could change assumptions about helmet safetyThe Island 360
Helmets are proven to prevent skull fractures and head wounds, but there is much debate about the extent to which they mitigate the effects of concussions. Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine simulated brain-skull interactions under conditions resembling a low-speed, head-on collision.

April 21: “Patricia M. LoRusso, DO, elected as American Association for Cancer Research President-elect for 2023-2024News Wise
Patricia M. LoRusso, DO, PhD (hc), was recently elected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as the 2023-24 President-Elect. Dr. LoRusso officially became President-Elect on April 17, 2023, at the AACR’s Annual Business Meeting and will assume the Presidency position in April 2024.

April 21: “How stress can increase your biological age and how to reverse itMedical News Today
Studies have discovered that stress can temporarily increase our biological age. This article cites many ways to decrease stress, including the AOA’s informative page on yoga.

April 21: “AI vs. human doctors: Why patients prefer the real thingKevinMD
Jeanne Sandella, DO, discusses the growing use of AI and what its use means for healthcare providers and their patients.

April 24: “DOs see record number of residency placementsBecker’s Hospital Review
Individuals pursuing a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree saw 99.5% of 7,776 students being matched, which is a record-setting number, as cited from the AOA’s press release.

April 24: “The graduates of the mini medical school at Touro in HarlemHarlem World
More than 90 high school students from throughout New York City recently completed an after-school STEM program called MedAchieve run by Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem. “Some of our MedAchieve alumni have gone all the way to medical school, so come back, keep in touch with your mentors, and most of all stay committed,” TouroCOM dean of student affairs Nadege Dady told program graduates.

April 24: “Understanding the role of medical schools in medical workforce diversityHealthcare Exec Intelligence
Robert Cain, DO, president and CEO of AACOM, recently spoke on a podcast about the importance of achieving a higher level of workforce diversity.

April 25: “Ho: The value of osteopathic physiciansThe Verona Press
Jenny Ho, DO, discusses the history of osteopathic medicine, as well as the value that DOs bring to health care with the four tenets of osteopathic medicine and the practice of OMT.

April 25: “Why being deficient in vitamin D could ruin your bodyNewsweek
Almost half of all Americans are vitamin D deficient. As published by the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018, 50% of Americans also have a magnesium deficiency, which makes vitamin D reserves stored and inactive. This leads to the body not being able to properly absorb enough vitamin D.

April 26: “Next generation of doctors prepares to tackle rural health care shortage in West VirginiaPBS
Linda Boyd, DO, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of WVSOM joined fellow health care professionals to discuss the shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas, and what the university is doing to train the next generation of physicians.

April 27: “For students with good grades and low income, this Texas program offers admission into medical schoolFort Worth Report
After his father fell through an attic floor, Edward Vera, Jr. was inspired to pursue a career in health care. Vera is now a second-year student at The University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Vera was able to pursue his dream thanks in part to the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), which is a Texas-specific pipeline that allows high-performing students with a low income to enroll in medical school.

April 27: “What you can do with a public health degreeU.S. News & World Report
Dylan Hedgepeth joins other students to discuss his path in pursuing a master’s degree in public health from LECOM, and how it will help him in his future career as a doctor.

April 28: “ARCOM appoints Jimenez as deanArkansas Money & Politics
Shannon Jimenez, DO, was recently appointed as the new Dean of Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM). Dr. Jimenez currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for ARCOM and brings years of medical education experience to her new role, that will be effective on June 1, 2023.

April 28: “Gaslighting in women’s health: What doctors don’t know about menopauseNews4Jax
Camille Moreno, DO, is the head of a menopausal women’s program at the University of Utah. Dr. Moreno spoke about how common it is for women to be dismissed by their health care providers, and how patients can better advocate for themselves.

March 2023

March 1: “Better together: How to include your significant other in your job searchPractice Link Magazine
Vanessa Halvorsen, DO, and her husband, Shane Halvorsen, discuss the important role significant others can play in helping physicians conduct a job search. “Before she’ll [accept an] interview, we ask ourselves, ‘Could this actually work for me as well?'” said Shane.

March 8: “Sweating during sleep — when it’s time to go to a doctorDeseret News
There are several warning symptoms of when you should see a doctor due to night sweats. This article explores some of those symptoms, and cites information from the AOA’s night sweats article.

March 10: “For Children Across The Nation, Racism Is On The RiseFatherly
Children of color across the nation are experiencing increased levels of racism, according to a study published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. From 2016 to 2020, the percentage of children who reported experiencing racist behaviors increased by 2.6%.

March 11: “Collaborations build up Cherokee Nation’s health workforceTahlequah Daily Press
Leaders from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation were recently brought in to discuss an HRSA grant to fund medical residencies in tribal facilities with Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. This medical school is the first and only tribally-affiliated medical school in the United States.

March 13: “OB-GYN Clinic Delivered A Baby Who Grew Up To … Deliver Babies ThereMint Hill Times
Alexa Martin, DO, was born in January 1991 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Now, she is an OB-GYN at the very same medical center. Dr. Martin said that while completing her OB-GYN rotation at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, she knew she had found her calling.

March 15: “AOSU Center for Rural Health awarded $3 million grantTulsa World
A $3 million federal grant issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was awarded to the OSU Center for Rural Health in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This grant will help fund scholarships, telemedicine vehicles and community programs that will improve health care for rural and underserved Oklahomans.

March 15: “Ask the expert: Discussing myths surrounding colorectal cancerMSU Today
Jacquelyn Charbel, DO, FACOS, FACS, is an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a colorectal surgeon. In this article, she discusses myths surrounding colorectal cancer.

March 15: “Dr. Katherine Calloway brings global perspective to WVSOMThe Register Herald
Katherine Calloway, DO, MPH, works in the South Central Region of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Statewide Campus. Dr. Calloway earned her degree from WVSOM in 2008. Today, she provides in-patient care with HospiceCare, in addition to her work with WVSOM. She was inspired to become a physician by her material grandfather, who was the only doctor for the Carbon Fuel Company coal camp.

March 15: “8 tips to help Wisconsin parents find the right pediatrician for their kidsPost Crescent
Laura Gallistel, DO, is a pediatrician at Bellin Health’s De Pere East clinic. Dr. Gallistel discusses how parents can find the proper care providers for their children, as well as how to find the right fit for your family.

March 15: “Researchers from Rowan and Durin Technologies announce highly accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s DiseaseRowan University
A team of researchers from Rowan-Virtua SOM and Durin Technologies, Inc. have announced the results of a newly-designed blood test that can detect the presence of Alzheimer’s disease-related pathology up to ten years before symptoms arise. This blood test has a nearly 97% accuracy rate. These findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

March 21: “Newman University, College of Osteopathic Medicine announce partnershipKWCH 12 News
In response to the severe physician shortage in Kansas, Newman University and Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine announced an admissions partnership agreement.

March 23: “TikTok wellness influencers are obsessed with magnesium. Health experts actually agree with them.USA Today
Magnesium supplements are the latest trend on TikTok. Many nutrition experts are thrilled that the nutrient is finally getting more widespread recognition, because up to half of Americans are deficient in magnesium, according to a 2018 study published by the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

March 23: “Something in the water? Researchers studying high amounts of late-stage breast cancer in Florida countyYahoo! News
Broward County in Florida has an alarming rate of advanced breast cancer, which exceeds the state and national averages. Researchers, including Jean Latimer, DO, will study the role the environment plays in advanced breast cancer, particularly among women of African American descent.

March 23: “Primary care the top match for osteopathic medical studentsMedical Economics
The AOA recently announced that the 2023 NRMP matched over 7,000 osteopathic medical students and past DO graduates into PGY1 residency positions. This represents nearly a 92% placement rate, an all-time high; the rate is expected to surpass 99% once final numbers become available in May.

March 24: “For healthy communities, medical schools must increase student diversity | GUEST COMMENTARYThe Baltimore Sun
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP, and Robert A. Cain, President and CEO at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, share their thoughts on how a more diverse medical student student body will lead to better health outcomes for all patients.

March 24: “WesternU COMP and COMP-Northwest celebrate 100% residency placement on Match DayAP News
Following the 2023 NRMP match, it was revealed that Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and COMP-Northwest celebrated a 100% residency placement. The average rate across other medical schools for DOs is 91.6%.

March 25: “Princeton OB/GYN named best doctor by Women’s Choice AwardBluefield Daily Telegraph
Brandon Lingenfelter, DO, PhD, FACOG, has earned the 2023 Women’s Choice Award Best Doctors designation for his strong commitment to patients. Dr. Lingenfelter is an OB/GYN at Princeton Community Hospital and a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

March 27: “How to support the next generation of Black Philly doctorsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
Many medical students feel the burden of student debt, with an average balance of $200,000 worth of loans upon graduation. Shofolahan Da-Silva, OMS IV, a student at PCOM, is just one of many who experience this burden. The Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania (MSEP) is trying to help lighten that load for Black medical students by collecting donations for Philadelphia’s Black graduating medical students as they take next steps in their careers.

March 29: “How to Handle Your Emotional ThreenagerThe Bump
Toddlers can be challenging, especially when they transform into sassy and defiant 3-year-olds. Alexis Phillips-Walker, DO, explains that toddlers have very little control over their emotions.

March 29: “The Inner Circle Acknowledges, Scott Glickman, DO, FACOS, as a Most Trusted Healthcare Professional in the Medical Field for his contributions as a specialist at the Center for Neurosurgery Las VegasYahoo! Finance
Scott Glickman, DO, FACOS, was recently acknowledged as a Most Trusted Healthcare Professional in the Medical Field for his substantial contributions as a specialist at the Center for Neurosurgery in Las Vegas. Dr. Glickman obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Michigan State University/St. John-Providence. He has over 20 years of experience in the osteopathic medical field.

March 30: “Does ChatGPT have a future in spine? 3 surgeons weigh inBecker’s Spine Review
AOA Board member, Brian Fiani, DO, of Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedic & Spine Specialists, comments on the role of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

February 2023

Feb. 28: “Are you prepared for a cyberattack?Medical Economics
Physicians are big targets for cyber attacks. Clifford Stark, DO, suggests speaking to other physicians about their cyber security vendors to find a suitable option to keep your practice safe. He also suggested going with a larger company that has been in business for a while, since they have established security measures.

Feb. 23: “Here’s how 6 spine surgeons prepare before a busy dayBecker’s Spine Review
Brian Fiani, DO, and AOA Board member, discusses how he prepares for a busy day, including his morning and night routines that help him get ready for a hectic surgery day.

January 2023

Jan. 17: “DO vs MD: Osteopathic or allopathic medical school with Ilse Levin, DOAMA
Ilse Levin, DO, is a board-certified internist and epidemiologist. In this segment, Dr. Levin discusses the rewards and challenges of becoming and being a DO.

Jan. 12: “These 4 Vitamins, Including Vitamin A, are ‘Worthless,’ Says ExpertEat This, Not That
More than 4 in 5 American adults take vitamins, according to research conducted by the American Osteopathic Association. However, only about 24% of those individuals received test results indicating they have a nutritional deficiency. This article explores why some vitamins may not be necessary, and why patients should always seek their health care provider’s recommendations.

Jan. 6: “Doctor Wearing Pink Mummers Costume Saves Fan’s Life at Eagles Game: ‘Most Philly Thing to Happen’People
While attending an Eagles game in Philadelphia, Vincent Basile, DO, reacted quickly to provide emergency assistance to a fellow sports fan—while decked out in a full mummer’s costume, complete with a pink dress and face paint. This news story also appeared in The DO.

Jan. 1: “28 Ways To Get Fit Without Even Thinking About It So You Never Have to Dread Getting off the Couch AgainMSN
Looking to jump start your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Sandra Darling, DO, shares a list of small things you can do to get up and moving.

December 2022

Dec. 29: “What we know about XBB, the new dominant COVID variant in New EnglandMSN
A new coronavirus variant, XBB, has become the dominant form of COVID-19 in the North East, according to CDC data. Several physicians, including Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, assistant dean of research at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Jonesboro, Arkansas campus, shared information on what we currently know about the XBB strain.

Dec. 28: “The TikTok wellness trends we should and shouldn’t take into 2023, according to expertsCNN
TikTok features a plethora of helpful information, but some of the fitness trends featured on the app could be a gamble when it comes to your health. Niket Sonpal, MD, an adjunct professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses which TikTok trends could be helpful and which could be a detriment to your health.

Dec. 26: “You’re at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency This Winter, But Getting More of This Mineral May HelpYahoo News
An estimated 40% of adults in the United States are vitamin D deficient. According to information published by the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vitamin D cannot be metabolized effectively if you don’t have sufficient magnesium levels.

Dec. 24: “Why Are My Feet Always Cold? 9 Reasons Your Toes Are Downright Frigid, According to ExpertsGood Housekeeping
Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, spoke with Good Housekeeping about why an individual may experience frequent cold feet. According to Dr. Rivera-Martinez, cold feel may signal a bigger cardiovascular problem, often times leading to restricted blood flow to limbs.

Dec. 12: “Here’s the Healthiest Way to Drink Alcohol, According to a DietitianMen’s Health
AOA President Ernest Gelb, DO, spoke with Men’s Health about healthy ways to consume alcohol, such as opting for low-calorie mixers and avoiding drinks overflowing with sugar.

Dec. 8: “Sore Throat? Doctors Say This One Thing Can Help You Find Relief in SecondsParade
Peter Bidey, DO, MSEd, recently provided tips on potential causes of a sore throat and steps you can take to quickly relive throat pain.

November 2022

Nov. 21: “Positive Parenting: Viruses, RSV around the holidaysWYTV
With the holidays quickly approaching, Benjamin Brocker, DO, provided tips to help keep families safe from the spread of viruses and RSV.

Nov. 17: “Indigenous and Black children increasingly experiencing racism, new study showsCNN
The Journal of Osteopathic Medicine published a study that reported that Indigenous and Black parents in the U.S. reported that their children have faced racist experiences. Researchers concluded there was an increase in reported racial incidents experienced by minority children from roughly 6.7% in 2016 to 9.3% by 2020.

Nov. 7: “Osteopathic manipulative medicine may reduce burnout in health care workersHealio
Osteopathic manipulative medicine can help reduce high levels of stress in health care and reduce anxiety scores, according to research cited by Ryan Schnautz, OMS II, at OMED22, which was covered by Healio. “We wanted to see if this could have an impact in addition to other treatments given, whether it’s mental health counseling, gifts of gratitude or other means,” Schnautz said.

Nov. 4: “A man went into cardiac arrest on a run. A doctor running nearby saved him. Now, they’re marathon partnersToday
Upon seeing John Harvey, MD, collapse, while on a run in 2019, Sauni Perera, DO, sprang into action to provide life-saving care. After being reivived using a defibrillator and rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, Dr. Harvey learned his collapse was caused by cardiac arrest resulting from a congenital heart condition.

Nov. 3: “How To Prevent Hearing Loss While Wearing HeadphonesHealth Digest
James E. Foy, DO, a pediatrician from Vallejo, California, was recently quoted in a Health Digest article on headphone safety. Because headphones can reach such high sound levels, one of the safest protocols is to keep the volume down, he says.

October 2022

Oct. 31: “The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Announces Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as New President” PlasticSurgery.org
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently named Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as its new president. Dr. Greco is the first DO to serve in the role and will lead the society for one year.

Oct. 28: “OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation dean recognized with two national awards” Oklahoma State University
Natasha Bray, DO, will be honored with two prestigious national awards, one highlighting her work as a physician and the other for her work in medical education. Dr. Bray was named Internist of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Internists and as Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

Oct. 17: “Jason Haxton: ‘The story is Andrew Taylor Still. One man, 130 years ago, with an idea of bringing better health care.’” KBIA
Jason Haxton,  Director of The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T Still University in Kirksville, recently spoke with KBIA about the museum and the legacy of osteopathic medicine in northeast Missouri.

Oct. 142: “Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine named Apple Distinguished School for second time” Idaho State Journal
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently recognized for the second time as an Apple Distinguished School. This recognition acknowledges the college’s thoughtful incorporation of technology in the classroom and clinical training environments to enhance the way students learn and practice medicine.

Oct. 13: “Dr. Brian Fiani publishes 100th journal publication at 32” Becker’s Spine Review
Brian Fiani, DO, a neurosurgeon from Livonia, Michigan, recently published his 100th peer-reviewed journal publication at the age of 32.

September 2022

Sept. 7: “Irregular Sleep Schedules Can Lead to Health Risks” Discover Magazine
A clinical review in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine states that systemic changes in the workplace can play a large role in improving circadian rhythm disorders among shift workers. These adjustments can include ensuring that employees have the same break time every day, modifying shift schedules to ease their burden of sleep debt and decreasing blue light exposure.

Sept. 2: “Federal Non-profit Security Grant Program Awards $245,000 to Erie Facilities” Erie News Now
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will receive two separate grants equaling $95,000 awarded by the federal Non-Profit Security Grant program. The grants are part of a package of $4.2 million awarded statewide to protect diverse communities targeted by hate crimes.

August 2022

Aug. 31: “RowanSOM Receives $4.3 million AHEC grant” Rowan University
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant will continue the medical school’s support for the New Jersey Area Health Education Centers that provide training and education for students seeking careers in health professions within underserved areas.

Aug. 29: “Primary viewpoints episode 18: Why humor can be the best medicine for clinicians” Patient Care
AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, explains why he plans to focus the AOA’s efforts on physician wellness and why humor can be beneficial for clinician burnout.

Aug. 29: “This virtual reality surgery lab helps train UNT students before they face real Patients” The Dallas Morning News
Osteopathic medical students were given an opportunity to try out the new virtual reality surgery lab located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Students are benefitting from this unique and new form of training, as it allows them to walk-through various scenarios in different settings.

Aug. 27: “Medical Students Awarded Encova Scholarships” The Register-Herald
Ten osteopathic medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine were recently celebrated as recipients of Encova scholarships. A total of $38,000 was awarded for the 2022-23 academic year, with scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000.

Aug. 15: “Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives STEM Award” Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its after-school program serving New York City high school students interested in careers in medicine or other health sciences. This year marks the fourth year that TouroCOM has received the award.

Aug. 15: “Combatting Inappropriate Scope Expansion” Medical Economics
Medical Economics spoke with AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, to discuss how the AOA is working to limit inappropriate scope expansion by non-physician clinicians and why physicians should be the captains of team-based care.

Aug. 10: “Growth in Osteopathic Medicine” Medical Economics
Medical Economics spoke with AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, to learn about his philosophy of osteopathic medicine, how it affected his career and why the number of medical students who choose osteopathic medicine continues to grow each year.

Aug. 5: “Buyer Beware: ‘Ironing Out’ the Facts on Vitamins and Supplements” The Gazette
With a booming supplement industry, more than four in five Americans take vitamins or supplements. However, the FDA doesn’t test the effectiveness, safety or quality of supplements or their ingredients.

Aug. 4: “Number of New Osteopathic Radiologists Far Outpaces New Allopathic Radiologists” Health Imaging
New radiologist DOs have increased significantly compared with MD counterparts, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. According to the article, the study found that between 2014 and 2019, the number of osteopathic radiologists increased by 46.0%, while the number of allopathic radiologists increased by just 12.1%.

Aug. 3: “Rep. Harshbarger Introduces the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2022” The Rogersville Review
Representatives Diana Harshbarger and Tom O’Halleran introduced the bipartisan Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2022, which improves Medicare reimbursements and enhances the current structure of Medicare-funded graduated medical education programs.

Aug. 3: “More Than 200 WVSOM Students Aid Local Organizations During Day of Service” The West Virginia Daily News
Day of Service is an annual event in which first- and second-year students at West Virginia’s largest medical school come together to aid community organizations. This year’s event took on July 30 with 204 WVSOM students volunteering at 17 sites throughout Greenbrier County.

Aug. 1: “William Carey University Welcomes 200 Incoming Medical School Students” WDAM
Over 200 medical students were welcomed into William Carey University, making this the largest osteopathic medical school in the state.

 

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