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November 2022

Nov. 7, 2022: “Osteopathic manipulation medicine may reduce burnout in health care workersHealio
During OMED22, Ryan Schnautz presented on OMM. Schanutz is a medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He stated, “Studies have shown that OMM can reduce high levels of stress in health care, and that it can reduce anxiety scores.”

Nov. 7, 2022: “A.T. Still University receives diversity awardDaily Independent
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences recently received a 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by Insight Into Diversity magazine. The magazine is diversity focused and is a higher education publication.

Nov. 4, 2022: “A man went into cardiac arrest on a run. A doctor running nearby saved him. Now, they’re marathon partnersToday
In 2019, John Harvey, MD, collapsed as he went into cardiac arrest, Sauni Perera, DO, saw him lying on the ground. Dr. Perera began ventilating Dr. Harvey. After emergency services arrived, she used a defibrillator on Dr. Harvey, opened his eyes and was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital, where tests revealed his cardiac arrest was the result of a congenital heart condition, and he would require open heart surgery. Today, Drs. Harvey and Perera are friends, even going on runs together.

Nov. 3, 2022: “How To Prevent Hearing Loss While Wearing HeadphonesHealth Digest
James E. Foy, DO, is a pediatrician from Vallejo, California. Dr. Foy recommends keeping headphone volume down for safety, as headphones can reach such high sound levels. Read about more safety tips while wearing headphones in this Health Digest article.

October 2022

Oct. 31, 2022: “The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Announces Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as New President”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently named Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as its new president. Dr. Greco is the first DO to serve as president; he took office Oct. 30, 2022 in Boston during the ASPS’s annual scientific meeting. Dr. Greco will serve as president of the society for one year.

Oct. 31, 2022: “Dr. Jeff Davis elected to American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees” Kirksville Daily Express
Scotland County Hospital recently announced that Jeffrey D. Davis, DO, CMD, was elected to serve as the 1st Vice President on the AOA’s Board of Trustees. AOA President, Ernest Gelb, DO, appointed Dr. Davis to serve as the AOA’s Liaison to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine for 2022-2023 and he has also been appointed to serve on the Committee for AOA Governance and Organizational Structure (CAGOS), the AOA’s Bureau of Membership, and the AOA’s Audit Committee.

Oct. 28, 2022: “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. 21, 2022: “Governor Greg Gianforte visit New College of Osteopathic Medicine in Billings” Montana Right Now
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte visited the city of Billings to welcome the new Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The governor toured the new college with the Founding Dean and Vice President of Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine, David Park, DO, who said this new medical school will educate and train highly competent physicians to serve the diverse needs of tomorrow.

Oct. 17, 2022: “Jason Haxton: ‘The story is Andrew Taylor Still. One man, 130 years ago, with an idea of bringing better health care.’” KBIA
Jason Haxton is the Director of The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T Still University in Kirksville. He recently spoke about the museum and the legacy of osteopathic medicine in northeast Missouri.

Oct. 14, 2022: “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. The college first received recognition in 2019.

Oct. 13, 2022: “Dr. Brian Fiani publishes 100th journal publication at 32” Becker’s Spine Review
Brian Fiani, DO, is a neurosurgeon in Livonia, Michigan. He has recently published his 100th peer-reviewed journal publication at the age of 32.

September 2022

Sept. 28, 2022: “5 Fast Facts with Dr. Tami Hendriksz” Touro University of California
Tami Henriksz, DO, will attend OMED in Boston from Oct. 27-30. In this article, Dr. Hendriksz shares some reflections from past OMED experiences.

Sept. 7, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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, 2022: “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.

July 2022

July 26, 2022: “‘American Diagnosis’: Two Indigenous Students Share Their Path to Medicine” KHN
In a world where Indigenous physicians are rare, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is working to change the ratio.

July 25, 2022: “West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Sees 99% of Students Matched for Residency Programs” WVVA
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg recently received high marks for student residency placement: 99% of the school’s class of 2022 students successfully placed into residency programs, a 2% increase from last year.

July 22, 2022: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Appoints Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, to National Academic Affiliations Council” American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine recently nominated Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, to serve on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Academic Affiliations Council. Dr. Kowalski is the vice provost for professional and public relations at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus. He was appointed by VA Secretary Denis Richards McDonough.

July 21, 2022: “Brian Palmer Elected to CHC: Creating Healthier Communities’ National Board of Directors” PRWeb
Brian Palmer, DO, was unanimously elected to the CHC: Creating Healthier Communities National Board of Directors. Dr. Palmer is a board-certified osteopathic physician who currently works as an HIV Prevention Medical Specialist at Gilead Sciences.

July 21, 2022: “American Osteopathic Association Installs Ernest R. Gelb, DO, as 126th President” AP News
Ernest R. Gelb, DO, has been installed as the AOA’s 126th president. Dr. Gelb is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family medicine specialist and geriatrician from Lewes, Delaware.

July 19, 2022: “Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Call For Increased Access To Osteopathic Medical Research Benefiting Rural, Underserved Communities”
U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Acting National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak to expand funding opportunities for research in osteopathic medicine. Increasing this focus at NIH would help address health disparities in rural and medically underserved populations.

July 18, 2022: “TikToker Reveals Bizarre Medical Theory About Popular Disney Ride” Yahoo Entertainment
According to a 2016 study, Walt Disney World may have a bizarre solution to kidney stones. Published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (now the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine) and authored by urologist David Wartinger, DO, the study looked at the correlation between riding Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and passing kidney stones faster.

July 8, 2022: “Physicians Balk at ‘Devastating’ Medicare Proposed Pay Cuts” Becker’s ASC Review
Physicians are expressing concerns regarding Medicare’s physician fee schedule proposed rule for 2023. This would reduce the conversion factor by 4.42% to $33.08 and potentially decrease seniors’ access to care. President of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians Christopher Reeder, DO, was one of nine physician leaders to speak out against this change.

July 8, 2022: “Combating A Crisis By Integrating Mental Health Services And Primary Care” Health Affairs
Co-authored by AOA Past President Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, this op-ed examines the vitally important role that frontline physicians play in addressing behavioral health, including mental health and substance use disorders. Primary care physicians should urgently embrace a ”paradigm shift,” and accelerate the adoption of behavioral health integration (BHI) in practices to address this increase in behavioral health issues.

July 5, 2022: “What Is Echinacea? Uses, Forms, Potential Health Benefits and Risks, and More” Everyday Health
Studies indicate use of echinacea could worsen some autoimmune diseases that affect the skin, or cause flares after a long dormant period. There’s evidence that the immunosuppressant effects of some of the medications prescribed for those conditions may be affected by echinacea’s potential immune-stimulating activity, says Alexander Ford, DO, a second-year physician resident at the Cleveland Clinic.

June 2022

June 27, 2022: “Gov. Janet Mills Honors UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine” University of New England
Maine Governor Janet Mills is honoring the contributions of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine by proclaiming June 27 to July 3 to be UNECOM Week in Maine. This week will honor the state’s only medical school as a premier osteopathic medical institution as well as bring awareness to the osteopathic profession.

June 27, 2022: “Meet the First Black Plastic Surgeon to be Formally Fellowship Trained in Transgender Surgery” Black Enterprise
Jude Opoku-Agyeman, DO, is the first black plastic surgeon to be formally fellowship-trained in transgender/gender affirmation surgery. Dr. Opoku-Agyeman is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

June 21, 2022: “What’s in Water? Knowing How to Stay Hydrated This Summer” Newswise
Lucas Couch, DO, explains how often we should drink water and what types of water we should drink this summer to stay cool and hydrated.

June 20, 2022: “NYITCOM’s Meurer receives CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award” Healthcare Journal of Arkansas
Logan Meurer, OMS III, has received the honor of a Distinguished Medical Student Award from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Student Doctor Meurer attends New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. Meurer plans to pursue a career in pathology after completing medical school.

June 9, 2022: “Lead Exposure a Real Risk in NY: How Medical Students are Partnering with Elmira Residents” Star Gazette
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is partnering with Arnot Health, the Economic Opportunity Program and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to provide free lead screening clinics for Head Start children and others. BlueCross BlueShield will provide the funding and the Economic Opportunity Program is offering the space while LECOM provides volunteer family medicine osteopathic medical students.

May 2022

May 29, 2022: “Hunt Foundation Gifts $2 Million to Burrell Medical School” El Paso Inc.
The Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation recently announced a $2 million investment in the Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research to help expand medical innovation and education at the Burrell college. The medical school was founded in 2013 in Las Cruces.

May 26, 2022: “How to Take the Pain Out of Playing Golf with Arthritis”
With 25 million golf players in the United States, many of those players experience arthritis. Luckily, there are many methods that players can adopt that will help them stay in the game, such as warming up properly.

April 2022

April 28, 2022: “The Best Types Of Supplements For Your Health And Performance” Homer News
A recent poll conducted by the AOA found that 86% of Americans take vitamins but only 21% experience a deficiency. There are many supplements and vitamins available, including multivitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and more. This news piece explores the best types of vitamins to increase health and performance. 

April 27, 2022: “Preparing your Child for Spring Sports” CDA Press
David Carfagno, DO, offers tips on preparing for the spring sports season. “The largest contributing factor to adult sports injuries is that adults may not be as agile and resilient as they were when they were younger,” he said. “Injuries can also occur when a person moves from an inactive to a more active lifestyle too quickly.”

April 22, 2022: “National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins” The Southland Journal
National Osteopathic Medicine Week raises awareness of osteopathic medicine and the distinctive care osteopathic physicians provide. As one of the fastest-growing health care professions, DOs are notably increasing in number in specialties such as diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology and psychiatry. 

April 22, 2022: “American Osteopathic Association Celebrates 130th Anniversary” The Crusader
The American Osteopathic Association represents over 168,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students across the country. For 130 years, the AOA has been building on a proud history of providing distinctive, whole-person care. National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week works to raise awareness of the osteopathic profession.

April 19, 2022: “Wicker, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan resolution for National Osteopathic Medicine Week”
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and five Senate colleagues led a bipartisan resolution designating April 18-24, 2022, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and dedication of osteopathic physicians as well as schools of osteopathic medicine nationwide.

April 17, 2022: “Lewisburg Mayor Declares “Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week” The West Virginia Daily News
On April 13, Lewisburg, WV, mayor Beverly White signed a proclamation declaring April 18-24 to be “Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week.” Lewisburg is home to the state’s largest medical school, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

April 1, 2022: “What Is Resveratrol And Why Should You Take It?Health Digest
A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (now the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine) found that resveratrol is a potential treatment for obesity, diabetes and cancer. 

March 2022

March 31, 2022: “Lily Collins Said Her ‘Emily in Paris’ Heels Landed Her at the Podiatrist Every WeekPrestige
According to Sajid A. Surve, DO, “It’s not unusual for people who spend lots of time in high heels to have low back, neck and shoulder pain because the shoes disrupt the natural form of the body.”

March 29, 2022: “Fort Worth’s Osteopathic Medical School Ranks No. 1 in the Nation for Primary CareYahoo
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center ranked first on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of the best medical schools for primary care. The school’s class of 2022 had 55% of its students match in primary care. 

March 25, 2022: “What’s Hiding In Your Vitamin Supplement? The Ingredients to AvoidThe Beet
According to the AOA, 86% of Americans take vitamins or supplements, but it can be difficult to be sure of what exactly is in the supplements, and consumers must be careful when choosing supplements to take. Read about several to find the best supplements, as well as a list of “clean” brands to consider.  

March 21, 2022: “’It’s About Transparency’: Indiana Law Prohibits Misleading Medical Titles” Medscape
Some health care professionals can perform some of the same functions as physicians; however, they are not physicians. These professionals are not MDs or DOs, nor do they have the education and training to present themselves to patients as such. Senate Bill 239, recently signed into law by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, actively works to prevent that from happening. 

March 17, 2022: “Missouri Tried to Fix Its Doctor Shortage. Now the Fix May Need Fixing.” KHN
Assistant physicians are medical school grads who have not yet completed their residency training. In Missouri, proposed legislation would make assistant physicians full licensed doctors. Similar licenses already exist in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Utah, with Virginia considering this legislation as well.

March 8, 2022: “Record Number of DO Students and Graduates Secure Residency Placements Through 2022 NRMP Match” One News Page
Over 7,000 osteopathic medical students and past DO graduates matched into postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency positions through the 2022 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match. This all-time high reflects a nearly 7% increase over 2021 Match Day placements. 

February 2022

Feb. 28, 2022: “Local Black Medical Pioneers Featured in Exhibit at Thronateeska” Yahoo News
William Anderson, DO, the first president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement also was the first black president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Feb. 28, 2022: “Doctors Can Be Key to Higher COVID Vaccination Rates” U.S. News & World Report
Individuals who are on the fence about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are more likely to choose to do so after consulting with their primary care doctor, says Andrew Chan, DO. People tend to trust their primary care doctors more because of longer relationships and previous medical decisions made alongside each other.

Feb. 24, 2022: “‘Milestone Policy on Physician Mental Health One Step Away From Becoming Law” Healio
The Senate recently passed a bill to address the stigma that health care professionals often face when seeking mental health services.

Feb. 23, 2022: “AOA names Vania Manipod, DO, as Editor-in-Chief of The DO magazine” User Walls
In this role, Dr. Manipod will lead a newly commissioned 25-member editorial advisory board composed of DOs and osteopathic medical students who will guide The DO’s editorial strategy, oversee publication policies and provide expertise on magazine content.

Feb. 2, 2022: “Physicians Struggle Against Omicron Surge, Confusing Guidelines and Limited Resources” Healio
The new year rung in record highs of COVID-19. Alexander Kowalski, DO, said, “We have seen a large increase in the outpatient and inpatient setting, but the majority [of patients] are able to be treated outside the hospital. Dr. Kowalski is a Healio Primary Care Peer Perspective board member and the medical director of Rowan Family Medicine in New Jersey.

January 2022

Jan. 30, 2022: “Yoga Benefits the Mind, Body and Spirit” Vance Airscoop
The AOA states that regular yoga creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration. The great thing about yoga is that anyone can do it, regardless of age, current health conditions or fitness levels.

Jan. 28, 2022: “The Benefits of Vitamin D for Your Thyroid” Thyroid Pharmacist
If you ever find yourself feeling worse in the winter, a deficiency in vitamin D and a certain spectrum of light may hold the key to feeling better.

Jan. 24, 2022: “Is Group Personal Training The Motivation You Need To Get Moving?” 1AND1
Recent research by the AOA found that working out in groups lowered stress by 26% and significantly improved quality of life. Additional research showed that exercise performed in a group had the most benefits on stress, depression and overall mental health.

Jan. 19, 2022: “PCOM Med Student Trains with OB Who Delivered Him” Valdosta Today
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine student Griffin Clyatt, OMS III, requested a specific preceptor when he began his OB-GYN rotation: Ellen Courson, MD, the doctor who delivered him 27 years prior.

Jan. 11, 2022: “Physician Organizations Urge Biden for Greater Pandemic Response Amid Omicron” Medscape
The AOA, along with American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association, urged President Biden to implement a cohesive pandemic response as the nation experiences its largest surge.

Jan. 11, 2022: “Health eCareers and American Osteopathic Association Announce Partnership” Health eCareers
The AOA and Health eCareers recently announced a new partnership focused on connecting osteopathic physicians seeking new job opportunities with thousands of healthcare employers across the nation. Through this partnership, all physician job opportunities available through Health eCareers will now be searchable via the new AOA Career Center.

December 2021

Dec. 20, 2021: “Colon Cancer Coalition joins CEDA to Promote Early Cancer Detection” Colon Cancer Coalition
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a founding member of the Cancer Early Detection Alliance (CEDA), a unique collaboration of patient, provider and industry advocates, all of whom have significant expertise in cancer care and early detection. Other founding members include the AOA, the American Urological Association, Freenome, Guardant Health, LUNGevity, the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, the Prevent Cancer Foundation and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.

November 2021

Nov. 30, 2021: “10 Seated Yoga Poses That Decrease Back and Neck PainPower of Positivity
After a frantic day of juggling responsibilities at home and work, it’s no wonder your body aches. Since your back and neck supply vital support to your body, they often hurt the most. The good news is that exercise like seated yoga poses can bring you blessed relief.

Nov. 29, 2021: “Doctor Keeping Eye on Omicron VariantKait8
Shane Speights, DO, of the NYIT School of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State said the new variant could be the most transmissible one yet.

Nov. 26, 2021: “Tulsa Physician Reflects on Decades of Treating AIDS and HIV PatientsTulsa World
Frances Haas, DO, was inspired to enter medical school and dedicate her physician career to caring for patients with HIV following a 19-year career in nursing. “A lot of physicians didn’t know how to care for HIV patients and didn’t feel comfortable treating it,” she says of her time in osteopathic medical school during the early 1990s. 

Nov. 23, 2021: “I Tried the ‘Rock the Boat’ Fitness Challenge — and It’s Harder Than It LooksToday
“It’s an advanced workout that requires aerobic fitness, strength and coordination. It engages the core, lower extremities and upper extremities,” says Dennis Cardone, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine specialist and chief of primary care sports medicine at NYU Langone Health.

Nov. 16, 2021: “UVU Woodbury School of Business, Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine Partner to Offer Dual Degree ProgramYahoo Finance
A new partnership offers a combined degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and MBA between the two institutions, providing Noorda-COM medical students an advantage in the market of healthcare during an exceptional time of growth and change in the industry.

Nov. 16, 2021: “How Can You Stay COVID Safe While Holiday Shopping?Burlington County Times
Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask regardless of vaccination status, frequently washing your hands and social distancing are still the best ways to both avoid contracting COVID and prevent spreading the disease to others, according to Judith Lightfoot, DO, the Chief of Infectious Disease and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine..

Nov. 15, 2021: “Understanding the Glucose Screening and Glucose Tolerance TesttheBump
Your ob-gyn or midwife might schedule this initial test some time between 24 and 28 weeks, says Christian Pope, DO, an osteopathic obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass. 

Nov. 12, 2021: “Shingles Explained: Symptoms, Causes, And TreatmentsHealth Digest
Shingles symptoms vary in severity and some people can experience shingles pain without ever developing a rash, according to osteopathic family physician Rob Danoff, DO. 

Nov. 12, 2021: “Hooked on Primary Care with Erika Visser Aragona, DOHealio
“Prevention, education, relatability and creating a cheerful place in medicine are my cornerstones. They are the motivating factors of why I chose to go into family medicine,” says Erika Visser Aragona, DO.

Nov. 6, 2021: “Never Wear These 3 Kinds of Shoes If You Have Back Pain, Experts Warn,” Best Life
Wearing heels, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) reports, can force your center of gravity forward, which will cause you to involuntarily arch your back when you stand.

Nov. 4, 2021: “We Need to Invest in a Strong Healthcare Workforce,” Daily Flash: KSBI – Oklahoma City, OK
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need to invest in a strong healthcare workforce. The broadcast clip below features AOA President Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, discussing the primary care physician shortage predicted to impact health care by 2033.

Nov. 3, 2021: “Is an MBA Right For You?” Medical Economics

Italo Subbarao, DO, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University, says earning both DO and MBA degrees simultaneously (through the PCOM/Saint Joseph’s joint program) enabled him to understand systemic trends in health care better than many of his colleagues.

Nov. 2, 2021: “Music and Medicine with Dr. Jasper Yung,” Medical World News’ After Hours
An osteopathic physician in Michigan uses music as a balm against the wear and tear of a career in emergency medicine.

Nov. 1, 2021: “”Smartphone Pinky” Isn’t A Real Condition, But These Other Hand Injuries Are,” Buzzfeed, also on Yahoo!
Ruba Katrajian, DO, an osteopathic physician in New York City, says the “smartphone pinky” condition is a myth. The reason people may be seeing a dent in their pinky is likely due to the weight of their phone, she explains.

October 2021

Oct. 31, 2021: “What Is Craniosacral Therapy? And What Does it Treat Exactly?” Yahoo! News
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork that’s mainly provided by osteopaths, massage therapists and a few chiropractors. It was developed in the 1970s by John E. Upledger, DO, a former professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University.

Oct. 29, 2021: “Dr. Mona Amin Of The New Mom’s Survival Guide: Look at failure and hardship as a learning experience,” Thrive Global
When I was a child, I had a family medicine doctor who was absolutely amazing. The way he spoke with me about my concerns about my health, it motivated me to become a doctor and inspired me to pursue pediatrics as an osteopathic physician.

Oct. 28, 2021: “U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies,” U.S. Department of Education
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Department Official (SDO) informed nine accreditors about the status of their recognition. The following agencies were approved for renewal of recognition for five years: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES); American Bar Association (ABA); Association of Theological Schools (ATS); American Osteopathic Association (AOACOCA); and the American Psychological Association (APACOA).

Oct. 27, 2021: “The 20 Most Comfortable Dress Shoes for Women, According to Podiatrists,” Yahoo! Life
According to a report from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), high heels place the foot at an angle and often throw the joints and muscles out of alignment. This leads to poor posture, which in turn can result in pain in the lower back, neck and shoulders.

Oct. 27, 2021: “Is It Safe To Host Thanksgiving This Year? 6 Precautions To Take,” Huffington Post, syndicated by Yahoo!
Asking that everyone attending your Thanksgiving feast is vaccinated is “reasonable in this environment,” especially if you’re inviting people outside your regular circle, said Joseph Giaimo, DO, President of the American Osteopathic Association.

Oct. 26, 2021: “Some Lesser-known Culprits for Neck and Back Pain, and What to do About Them,” Washington Post
Wherever you are sitting, pause periodically and adjust your posture so that your neck is in line with your shoulders, your shoulders are in line with your hips, and your knees are a little lower than your hips. It’s best if you place your feet flat on the floor, adds Naresh C. Rao, DO, a primary-care sports medicine physician in New York City.

Oct. 22, 2021: “12 Health Halo-Touting Foods That Sneakily Pack a Surplus of Sugar,” Well + Good
Many sugar-free candies, sweets, and gums contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols which can cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other stomach upsets when consumed in large quantities. “As their name indicates, artificial sweeteners are artificial,” said Dr. Ryan Greene, DO, MS, an osteopathic physician specializing in human performance, sports medicine, and nutrition.

Oct. 20, 2021: “Aspiring Doctors Train for Resilience Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic,” NPR Boise
Kiefer Starks, OMS IV, a 27-year-old medical student at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, said he already feels like he’s burned out from seeing waves of COVID-19 patients during his rotations. Medical schools are trying to teach students resilience skills so they can cope with difficult days on the job.

Oct. 19, 2021: “Prediabetes: How to Prevent It,” US News & World Report
“We are also starting to see prediabetes in our children. Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents have prediabetes,” says Jay H. Shubrook, DO, a professor of primary care and director of clinical research and diabetes services at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine.

October 2021: “Elite Race Walker: After Hours,” Medical World News
Stephanie Casey, DO, shares how she followed in her father’s footsteps to become a competitive racewalker.

Oct. 18, 2021: “Invest in a Strong Healthcare Workforce,” Celebrity Page, syndicated by ABC and FOX
The pandemic has had devastating consequences with respect to osteopathic medicine, like all aspects of medicine and health care delivery, says AOA CEO Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD. “It has been hard on our people, but we’ve worked very hard to make sure that access to care is available and that patients get the highest level of care possible.”


Oct. 18, 2021: “What is ’12-3-30′? The Walking Treadmill Routine Helped TikToker Lose 30 Pounds,” Today
Dennis Cardone, DO, osteopathic sports medicine specialist and chief of primary care sports medicine at NYU Langone Health, told TODAY that this isn’t a workout you should jump right into. “If someone is working that hard with this workout and they are a 20-something, young and healthy, and they are struggling, you see it was a pretty significant workout. It’s just too much too soon and it should really have a recovery day as well,” says Dr. Cardone.

Oct. 16, 2021: “16 Supplements That Are a Waste of Money, Say Experts,” Eat This, Not That! And Yahoo! Life
An estimated 86% of adults in the U.S. take a vitamin or supplement according to a 2019 poll conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, but that doesn’t mean they’re healthier for it.

Oct. 15, 2021: “WVSOM Professor Named One of 50 West Virginia Wonder Women,” Mountain Messenger
Deborah Schmidt, DO, who chairs the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), can add one more title to her long resume. She was listed as one of the year’s “West Virginia Wonder Women” by WV Living magazine.

Oct. 14, 2021: “Doctor Explains how a Space Flight Could Impact the Human Body,” NBC Sacramento
During his time with NASA, Richard Scheuring, DO, has treated many short-term and long-haul astronauts. He sat down with sister station KCRA to speak about some of the effects space travel could have on the human body.

Oct. 14, 2021: “11 Signs You Should Fire Your Doctor,” US News & World Report
While most physicians can capably prescribe medication and order tests, it’s important to consider if your physician factors in how a new drug or protocol will fit into your lifestyle, says Joseph Giaimo, DO, a pulmonologist and president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Oct. 13, 2021: “6 Surprising Signs You May Have Anxiety,” US News & World Report
“Anxiety is a normal part of the human experience and, in many ways, evolutionarily valuable, helping us to survive and thrive” by keeping us alert to potential dangers, explains Zachary Kelm, DO, an osteopathic psychiatry resident at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Oct. 12, 2021: “Insulins: Out With the Old, In With the New,” MedPage Today
Data on visits were collected in IQVIA’s National Disease and Therapeutic Index, which is a nationally representative audit of outpatient care including all types of payers. This audit samples 4,800 physicians quarterly, representing a random sample from the master lists of the American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.

Oct. 8, 2021: “The Rural Doctor is In,” NPR Northeast Ohio
There are more future doctors being trained in rural areas now, and no one has worked harder to make that happen than Randy Longenecker, DO, a professor of family medicine and assistant dean of Rural and Underserved Programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Oct. 7, 2021: “Making History, Despite History: The First Tribally Affiliated Med School Takes Flight in Oklahoma,” ABC 15
“In some counties in Oklahoma, they may have one primary care physician or no primary care physicians,” said Kayse Shrum, DO, president of Oklahoma State University. “For us, it was serving and educating rural and underserved Oklahoma. And for the tribes, it was about improving access and quality of care.” Dr. Shrum was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine before she took over as university president.

Oct. 6, 2021: “At-Home Exercise Injuries Are Skyrocketing. Here’s How to Stay Safe,” Wall Street Journal
Instead of moving your body in the same plane of motion day after day—i.e., spinning your wheels on your Peloton—vary your workouts so you’re moving in all three planes of motion (up and down, side to side, front and back) two or three times a week, said Naresh Rao, DO, an osteopathic primary care physician and sports medicine specialist in New York City.

Oct. 5, 2021: “BuddyPhones School+ Wireless headphones review: Hear to stay,” Popular Science
Organizations such as the Journal of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, and American Osteopathic Association, among many others, have reported a rise in hearing loss in children and teens as a result of prolonged headphone/earphone use.

Oct. 5, 2021: “We All Feel Lonely Sometimes — Here’s How To Combat It,” Scary Mommy
The American Osteopathic Association conducted a survey revealing that 72% of Americans feel lonely some of the time. That’s almost ¾ of the population, which is startling.

Oct. 4, 2021: “RVU Breaks Ground on Billings Medical School,” Billings Gazette
RVU’s 12-acre Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine campus and 135,000 square foot state-of-the-art building in Billings has been under construction since early summer.

Oct. 3, 2021: “Overwhelmed by Covid-19 Patients, Alaska’s Doctors Make Life-and-Death Decisions,” Wall Street Journal
Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome routinely sends patients to Anchorage hospitals that have more technology or specialists that critical patients need, said Tim Lemaire, DO, one of the remote hospital’s doctors. “Right now, we’re having to use whatever means necessary,” Dr. Lemaire said.

October Issue: “Mexican Revelation: The Health Disparities of Fatty Liver Disease in Hispanics,” Endocrine News
Researchers at University of Florida College of Medicine are using parts of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities grant to take liver samples from people undergoing gastric bypass and looking at the genes in the liver, even breaking it down to different genes in Hispanics versus Caucasians who undergo get a liver biopsy. The group at Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is looking at cell cultures.

September 2021

Sept. 31, 2021: “The Disney Roller Coaster That Doubles as Medical Treatment,” Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
According to a 2016 article by Live Science, a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that several patients had found relief from their kidney stones after riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.

Sept. 29, 2021: “How to Heal Cracked Corners of the Mouth — and Fast,” InStyle
According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, moistening the area (like by licking it or applying a balm) can make the problem worse. “The excess moisture may lead to secondary infection with microorganisms, such as Candida yeast or Staphylococcus bacteria,” the website states.

Sept. 28, 2021: “An Alligator Burger? It’s Just What the Doctor Ordered,” Boston Globe
Glen Bouchard, DO, exchanges his stethoscope for a spatula each year as an old festival begins anew.

Sept. 27, 2021: “When You’re Born, This Is What Happens To Your Body,” Health Digest
There is even a scientific name for this specific type of hair loss: telogen effluvium. However, it is not specific to newborn babies. Telogen effluvium is hair loss related to an interruption in the hair’s growth stage, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

Sept. 27, 2021: “The Best Hand Sanitizers for Kids and Parents,” The Bump
Is hand sanitizer safe for babies and toddlers? The answer, unfortunately, isn’t quite as definitive as you may think… “Infants and young children can get alcohol poisoning from sanitizer, especially if they drink it,” says Alexis Phillips, DO, a pediatrician at Memorial Hermann Medical Group Pediatrics in Atascocita, Texas.

Sept. 27, 2021: “How 15 Celebrities Practice Self-care,” Stacker
Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and Kundalini Yoga instructor, told the American Osteopathic Association, “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention, and sharpens concentration.”

Sept. 19, 2021: “We Want to Decrease the Gap: Program Hopes to Overcome Health Divide in Delta,” ABC 8 Jonesboro
It’s part of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State’s effort to address health disparities in the Delta. “If you want to create a culture of health, you have to address the conditions where people live, work, play and grow. Those are the major drivers for health outcomes,” said Brookshield Laurent, DO, Executive Director for DPHI.

Sept. 14, 2021: “Deodorant Vs. Antiperspirant: Which Should You Use?” The List
“Antiperspirant is ideal for those who want to decrease wetness or feel they sweat more than usual,” Kiran Mian, DO, a New York-based osteopathic dermatologist, tells Insider.

Sept. 14, 2021: “Exercises You Need If You Want To Boost Your Mental Health,” Health Digest
Unlike other exercises that target weight loss or muscle bulking, yoga is focused on achieving balance and harmony though meditation, breathing, and poses to build flexibility and strength (via American Osteopathic Association).

Sept. 12, 2021: “Here’s What CBD Can And Can’t Do For You,” The List
Junella Chin, DO, told Health, “[CBD] mellows out the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened fight or flight response.”

Sept. 10, 2021: “MD vs. DO: What is the Difference?” Student Doctor Network
DOs (osteopathic physicians) are the legal and professional equivalents of MDs (allopathic physicians). They practice in all areas of medicine. In this FAQ, we’ve compiled many of the common questions that prospective students and patients have about osteopathic physicians and how they are similar yet still unique.

Sept. 9, 2021: “William Carey University breaks all-time fall enrollment record,” WDAM-TV
With 5,362 students enrolled for the fall trimester, William Carey University has broken its all-time enrollment record, with a 2 percent increase over last fall’s 5,260 students. WCUCOM welcomed 188 first-year medical students in August.

Sept. 7, 2021: “Older Folks Like the Phone for Doctor Calls, Right? Right?— Well…,” MedPage Today
Text messaging was the overwhelming preference over phone calling for one surgeon’s hernia patients, a small study indicated. Among patients agreeing to use a smartphone app for secure text communication, three-quarters of those responding to a subsequent survey said they thought care was improved over their previous experience with phone communication, according to Kevin Benavente, DO, of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

September Issue: “Healthier at Home,” Better Homes & Gardens (print edition)
Take activity breaks every hour: Walk to another room or jog up the stairs. This keeps muscles moving to help burn calories and allow you to stretch to avoid strains, says Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, associate clinical professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.



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