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The COMmunciator - June 2012

Message from the Dean

Marc B Hahn, DO, Senior VP of Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Dean Marc B Hahn, DO

The summer provides us with an opportunity to look back at all that we have accomplished together, and to begin to plan for the challenges for the coming academic year.  In addition to our ongoing clinical and research missions, throughout the summer we continue to make plans for medical education, student recruitment and alumni initiatives. For example, current medical students are working with high school students visiting the College as part of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) to explore the osteopathic medical profession and experience “a day in the life of a UNECOM student”. We continue our summer program, begun last year, offering UNECOM Admissions Open Houses: prospective UNECOM students have the opportunity to tour campus facilities, interact with current students, and meet personally with faculty and administration to receive feedback on medical school applications or to learn more about the Admissions process. Please click here for the UNECOM Admissions Website.

With the 2011-12 busy academic year behind us, we continue to have ambitious plans for the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In August we will welcome 124 aspiring student physicians in the class of 2016 whereas a year from now we will welcome additional students in the class of 2017. This increase in class size--the first in 17 years for the COM--is just one part of our Strategic Plan to address physician workforce issues for our state and region. As well as strategic growth, our plans for the coming year include continued efforts in support of student scholarships. As dean, I am truly proud of the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff, along with the continued success of our graduates. I am pleased to be a part of crafting the future of the University of New England, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, during this exciting period of change and growth. Have a wonderful summer, and stop by our campus if you are visiting Vacationland.


News, Events & Activities

Keeping it in the Family at MOA’s 101st Annual Convention in Rockport

The Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) held its 101st Annual Oceanside Convention on June 8-10, 2012 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. “Fresh Perspectives in Family Medicine” was the theme of this year’s gathering, and each day was divided between lectures that focused on hot-button issues in the field of Family Medicine and the Business of Healthcare. Both of these sections dealt with a wide variety of topics; Billing and Coding, Sports Injuries, Medical Marijuana, HIPAA, Pertinent Care Studies, Risk Management, Practical Psychiatry, ADHD, and Dermatology. Many high-profile “celebrities” made an appearance at this year’s convention, including Martin S. Levine, DO, President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), John B. Crosby, J.D., Executive Director of AOA, Yolanda L. Doss, M.J., RHIA, Director, Compliance and Payment Advocacy of AOA, and Kenneth A. Heiles, DO, FACOFP dist., the immediate past-president of the AOA. Charlotte Paolini, DO, ’89, COM Department of Geriatric Medicine presented on the topic of Successful Aging and the Role of the PCP on Friday.

There was also a variety of programs and events planned throughout the weekend organized by Professional Education Committee (PEC) co-chairs Merideth Norris DO, FACOFP and Lisa Gouldsbrough, DO,’87, FAAP, including lectures and networking socials. From the Poolside Opening Reception to the President’s Award Luncheon, there was plenty to keep participants engaged. Drs. Gouldsbrough and Norris were mindful of the toll that the busy schedule of the bi-annual convention takes on its members, and managed to implement a free evening on Saturday. Participants were encouraged to enjoy and explore the surrounding museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants that Rockport is famous for. This free time allowed participants to establish connections and deepen existing relationships between colleagues.

While there was no shortage of distinguished attendees, much of the limelight was occupied by UNECOM faculty, staff and alumni, especially during the awards ceremony. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, ’11, currently practicing and teaching at UNECOM, was the recipient of the Young Physician of the Year Award. The recipient of the Young Physician’s Award is a physician who demonstrates potential to become a major force in osteopathic medicine in the near future, and Dr. Pierce-Talsma met this requirement to the letter. During her brief career thus far, Dr. Pierce-Talsma is involved in a multitude of osteopathic organizations, and is the Assistant Program Director for the NMM Plus One Program and lectures to DO residents at the regional OPTI meetings on a regular basis. John Brewer, DO, COM Clinical Associate Professor, was awarded the Osteopathic Physician of the Year Award during the MOA Presidential Awards luncheon. The MOA Board Award was presented to Patricia A. Kelley, Associate Dean of Constituent Services at UNE, for over 30 years of steadfast commitment to the university and its students’ progress in the osteopathic field. Dean Kelley lead the charge for osteopathic student access to state funds to support the Doctors for Maine’s Future program, and chaired the Council of Medical Student Services Officers of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Through her advocacy of both the education and application of osteopathic medicine, Dean Kelley influenced the character and nature of Maine’s osteopathic community.

UNECOM’s recipients were in good company. Alexander Brazalovich, DO, ’95, FACOFP, currently serving in Afghanistan, was unable to be present at the ceremony, but his wife Stella and several members of his family were able to accept the Distinguished Service Award on his behalf. As a veteran himself, Dr. Brazalovich understood the medical needs of overseas troops and was eager to provide aid in the areas surrounding the Afghanistan conflict. Once he was able to find placement, he swiftly closed his practice and left his family in order to answer the call of duty. John Brewer, DO, was selected as the MOA Physician of the Year for his years of service and dedication to the field of osteopathic medicine. As a former president of the MOA, Dr. Brewer has led by example since completing his residency in Family Practice at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine. Dr. Brewer continues to teach as clinical faculty at the state college of osteopathic medicine as well as maintain his own private practice in Gorham since 1987.
Please click here for a photo gallery of the 2012 MOA Convention.

COM Staff Volunteer with United Way to help spruce up downtown Biddeford

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The COM Clinical Education Office staff volunteered with the Heart of Biddeford, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to improve downtown Biddeford, during the first week of June in conjunction with the United Way's annual Day of Caring. They spent the day sprucing up downtown Biddeford, which included sweeping one-half mile of sidewalks along Main Street! The work, the beautiful weather and banter with passersby combined to make it a very enjoyable and rewarding experience according to the volunteers. Appearing in a photo courtesy of the Sun Chronicle, from left to right are COM volunteers: Sue Gagnon, Judy Beauchemin, Celine Ball, LaRee Goulet, Lisa Bean and Rita Brown.

Jane Carreiro, DO named 2012 Harold A. Blood Memorial Lecturer

Jane Carreiro, DO, ’88, was named 2012 Harold A. Blood, DO FAAO, Memorial Lecturer.  This national award is presented on behalf of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy in appreciation of outstanding success as a mentor to osteopathic medical students. Dr. Carreiro presented as part of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy's annual convocation program.  Over 600 osteopathic medical students attended the program.  Dr. Carreiro has been faculty in the OMM department of UNECOM since 1993, and served as chair since 1998.

22nd Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference held in June

The UNECOM Department of Geriatric Medicine, UNECOM Office of Continuing Medical Education, and Maine Geriatrics Conference Planning Committee planned and executed a very successful 22nd Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference, June 7-8, 2012 at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine. Please click here for more on this story.

Marilyn Gugliucci and Shirl Weaver publish article in Journal of Geriatric Care Management

UNECOM Director of Geriatric Education and Research Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Ph.D., and Shirl A. Weaver, Ph.D., UNECOM retired assistant dean, were co-authors on an article published in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management, Volume 22, Issue 1, Spring 2012, a journal of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Please click here for more on this story.  

Nananda Col published in The Breast Journal

Nananda Col, M.D., MPP, MPH, a professor of medicine in the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, co-authored an article that was recently published in The Breast Journal.  The article entitled “Postmenopausal Women with DCIS Post-Mastectomy: A Potential Role for Aromatase Inhibitors,” explores ways to prevent breast cancer reoccurrences for women diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer. Please click here for more on this story.

UNE Office of Patient and Population Oriented Research announces four Pilot Projects Awards

The UNE Office of Patient and Population Oriented Research (for more information, see  ) announced four Pilot Projects Awards made from the first Call for Proposals in April to: 1) Nananda Col, Decision Support Transformed: Integrating Patient Preferences with Clinical Evidence ($6,678);  2) Edward Li, Assessment of the Data Quality of the Maine All-Payer Claims Database for Conducting Cancer Pharmacoepidemiological Studies ($10,211); 3) Erin Hartigan, Does a challenging walking task increase limb symmetry in patients after ACL reconstruction? ($5,729); 4) Andrew Binks, Assessment of Air Hunger during Mechanical Ventilation ($11,970).

UNE Professor Michael LaCombe, MD, awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

UNE Professor Michael LaCombe, MD, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the University of Southern Maine's 132nd Commencement. LaCombe is professor of internal medicine and medical humanities at the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine's Augusta (ME) Clinical Campus – ME Dartmouth Practice. Please click here for more on this story.

Five UNE faculty attend the Inter-professional Education Institute

Five UNE faculty attended the Inter-professional Education Institute in Virginia, David Mokler, Ph.D., COM professor of pharmacology, was among them. Stephen Shannon, DO, ’86, MPH, president and CEO of AACOM, and former dean of UNECOM shared his vision of IPE’s future with Institute attendees as featured speaker. Please click here for more on this story.

Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., appears on MPBN's radio call-in show "Maine Calling"

Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., director, Geriatric Education and Research at UNECOM appeared on MPBN's radio call-in show "Maine Calling" on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 discussing what it means to be "old" or "aging." Please click here to hear the radio show. 

Kenneth H. Johnson, DO ’92, FAAO, elected Secretary-Treasurer for the AAO

Kenneth H. Johnson, DO ’92, FAAO, UNECOM Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, was unanimously elected Secretary-Treasurer at the annual business meeting of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) during the AAO Convocation in March. He will serve a three-year term. Dr. Johnson is a Past President of the AAO and currently serves on the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates, AAO Board of Governors and several AAO committees.

Laura E. Griffin, DO ’96, FAAO, re-elected Trustee during the AAO Convocation

Laura E. Griffin, DO ’96, FAAO, was re-elected to the office of Trustee at the annual business meeting of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) during the AAO Convocation in March. She will serve a three-year term. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Osteopathic Principles and Practices Department at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). She is also the Student American Academy of Osteopathy Chapter Advisor and Director of the Integrated FP/NMM Residency Program at UP-KYCOM. Dr. Griffin serves on the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and as a member of the AAO’s Postdoctoral Standards & Evaluation Committee and the C-NMM/OMM Committee.

Ribbon Commission (BRC) for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education

Marc B. Hahn, DO, Sr. VP for Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, along with Kenneth Johnson, DO, ’92, Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, recently participated in the joint AOA-AACOM Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education meeting in Chicago, June 10-12. Dr. Hahn, representing AACOM, along with Boyd Buser, DO, representing the AOA, co-chair the Blue Ribbon Commission.

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Alumni Notes

Master of Medical Education Leadership student Jared Kutzin (‘13), DNP, MPH, RN, EMT, participated in the plenary and exhibits at the 2012 National Patient Safety Annual Congress, held in May. Please click here for more on this story.

Save the Date for Alumni Gala Event

UNECOM is pleased to invite Alumni to a very special Gala Event marking the 30th Anniversary of the first UNECOM graduating class—the Class of 1982! Please save the date of December 1, 2012, to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone.  Watch your mail for further information.

Hail and Farewell

We welcome Andrew Binks, Ph.D., as the newest member of the COM Biomedical Sciences Department. Dr. Binks is a physiologist with expertise in respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and conducts translational research in dyspnea. He is already a familiar face on campus, having been a faculty member in the Westbrook College of Health Professions since 2005. Dr. Binks received his Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K.  Subsequently he held the positions of Research Fellow, Research Associate, Research Scientist and then Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has experience with small group teaching in cardiovascular and respiratory physiology at Harvard Medical School, which fits well with new curriculum at UNECOM. We look forward to the addition of Dr. Binks to the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Department.

We bid a fond farewell to Chris Pezzullo, DO, ’93 and Evelyn Schwalenberg, DO, ’93 as they leave the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Pezzullo has accepted a position at the Maine CDC in the Division of Population Health; Dr. Schwalenberg has accepted a position as Director of Faculty Development at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine students broke out into a flash mob during the end of year BBQ and awards. Really Fun!!!