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DOs regularly lend their expert voices to national and global health conversations, highlighting the distinctive approach DOs bring to care.
Read on to learn how the osteopathic medical profession is being covered in the media.
Aug. 29, 2022: “Primary Viewpoints Episode 18: Why Humor Can be the Best Medicine for Clinicians” Patient Care
AOA president Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, 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 recently were encouraged 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 (WVSOM) were recently celebrated as recipients of Encova scholarships. A total of $38,000 was award for the 2022-23 academic year, with scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000.
Aug. 22, 2022: “ULM awarded multi-million grant aimed at harm reduction education” KNOE
The US Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Alexis Horace, PharmD, associate professor of clinical practice at the University of Louisiana Monroe’s College of Pharmacy, a fully-funded, four year grant for over $2.4 million. This is the largest award given to the university in over a decade. The grant will fund a training program, ULM HERO, which is geared towards harm reduction education for first responders. Oscar Garza, MD; Stephen Hill, MD; Jameshia Below, PharmD; and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine pharmacology chair Stephanie Anderson, DO, comprise Dr. Horace’s research team.
Aug. 19, 2022: “Midlands Cares: The Osteopathic Option” ABC Columbia
Teresa Kilgore, DO, has been practicing since 1990. As a DO that utilizes OMT, Dr. Kilgore says the practice involves “using our hands…to touch and diagnose areas where there’s perhaps spasm, or things aren’t balanced or aligned. So we’re looking for like asymmetry in muscles.”
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 this 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 will fight against inappropriate scope expansion and why physicians should be 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 Dr. Gelb’s philosophy of osteopathic medicine, how it affected his career and why medical students choose osteopathic medicine today.
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 their effectiveness, safety or quality of supplements of their ingredients.
Aug. 4, 2022: “Number of new osteopathic radiologists far outpaces new allopathic radiologists” Health Imaging
Young radiologist DOs have increased by 46% between 2014 and 2019.
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 27, 2022: “OhioHealth and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine strengthen osteopathic manipulative medicine partnership” The Athens Messenger
OhioHealth is now leasing space from its longtime partner, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. This will bring expanded specialty healthcare services to the community while also benefitting medical students.
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 26, 2022: “Dr. Kathleen A. Harper, Esteemed Cardiologist Is Meritoriously Named “Patient Preferred Physician of the Year” Representing the State of Maine” Digital Journal
With over three decades in her field, Kathleen Harper, DO, served as the Chief of Cardiology at Togus VA Medical Center – VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta, Maine.
July 26, 2022: “The Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Accreditation Approval to Recruit and Accept Students” Rocky Vista University
Recently, Rocky Vista University (RVU) announced that approval has been received from the AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to recruit and accept students for the Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine’s “(MCOM) inaugural class entering in the summer of 2023. MCOM plans to matriculate 80 students into its inaugural class.
July 25, 2022: “West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine sees 99 percent of students matched for residency programs” WVVA
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg recently received high marks in terms of its student residency placement: 99% of the school’s class of 2022 students were 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 (AACOM) 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 and as a consultant for Elevance Health subsidiary Clear Health Alliance.
July 21, 2022: “American Osteopathic Association installs Ernest R. Gelb, DO, as 126th President” AP News
Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, 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. He was inaugurated during the AOA’s Annual House of Delegates meeting, which attracted approximately 500 physicians and student delegates.
July 19, 2022: “Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Call For Increased Access To Osteopathic Medical Research Benefiting Rural, Underserved Communities” kramer.senate.gov
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 16, 2022: “ATSU-KCOM welcomes class of 2026 with white coat ceremony” KTVO
More than 170 new students at A.T. Still University received their white coats at a ceremony welcoming the class of 2026.
July 12, 2022: “Mid Coast neurologist named Physician of the Year by Maine Osteopathic Association” The Times Record
John A. Taylor, DO of Mid Coast Medical Group–Neurology was recently awarded with the Louis Hanson, DO, Physician of the Year award by the Maine Osteopathic Association. This award is presented to a DO who “has demonstrated a high quality of practice, a compassionate interest in the patients and a commitment to their community.” Dr. Taylor said that he was honored to receive the award and shares the honor with many other collaborators.
July 11, 2022: “Budget allocates $9 million-plus to bolster ranks of NJ’s mental health professionals” NJ Spotlight News
New Jersey is in need of more mental health professionals, including clinicians and psychiatrists. The demand for services remains high as residents continue to feel the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stephen M. Scheinthal, chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and the president of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons spoke about this crisis.
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: “Changing lifestyles and saving lives: How one osteopathic physician might just change health care” The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Dante Paredes, DO utilizes mind, body and spirit for both his patients and in the classroom. Dr. Paredes works with my patients suffering from chronic diseases, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. He partners with other health care providers at HSC to create health plans for his patients using osteopathic care methods.
July 8, 2022: “Combating A Crisis By Integrating Mental Health Services And Primary Care” Health Affairs
Written in part by past AOA president, Joseph A. Giaimo, this article states that more people than ever are struggling with behavioral health, including mental health and substance use disorders. Primary care physicians should urgently embrace a ”paradigm shift,” and accelerate the adoption of the behavioral health integration (BHI) in practices to address this increase in behavioral health issues.
July 7, 2022: “More Than 75 Health Care Organizations Release Joint Statement in Opposition to Legislative Interference” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Over 75 health care organizations released a statement in opposition of recent legislature overturning Roe v. Wade. Part of the statement says, “Our patients need to be able to access—and our clinicians need to be able to provide—the evidence-based care that is right for them, including abortion, without arbitrary limitations, without threats, and without harm.”
July 5, 2022: “What Is Echinacea? Uses, Forms, Potential Health Benefits and Risks, and More” Everyday Health
Echinacea is a North American plant, also known as coneflower or purple coneflower, and has been used by Native Americans medicinally for generations. There are many studies surrounding the multiple uses of echinacea, such as its ability to stimulate the immune system.
July 4, 2022: “Abortion drugs could be a battleground in states like West Virginia” West Virginia Metro News
Abortion drugs are a common method for abortions. With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, doctors in West Virginia now face uncertainty regarding abortion drugs and their legality in the state.
June 27, 2022: “Gov. Janet Mills honors UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine” University of New England
Governor of Maine 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 UNE COM 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 a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon that serves patients across the globe. He in considered to be one of the best body contouring specialists.
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: “A race to teach abortion procedures, before the bans begin” Yahoo News
Abortion providers around the country are racing against the clock to train the next wave of abortion providers before the overturn or narrowing of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
June 20, 2022: “NYITCOM’s Meurer receives CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award” Healthcare Journal of Arkansas
Third-year medical student Logan Meurer has received the honor of a Distinguished Medical Student Award from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Meurer attends New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. He currently participates in NYITCOM’s Academic Scholars program. Meurer plans to pursue a career in pathology after completing medical school.
June 9, 2022: “MVHS to take on medical school students through new partnership” News Channel 2 Utica
MVHS recently announced a plan to help attract and retain quality physicians at the new Wynn Hospital through a partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. By the end of the month 35 of LECOM’s third-year medical school students will arrive at MVHS.
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 students.
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 29, 2022: “5 best cooling comforters, according to sleep coaches and professional reviewers” Market Watch
A recent study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that “the thermal environment is one of the most important factors that can affect human sleep.” Furthermore, the AOA says that although night sweats can be caused by underlying medical conditions, they’re more often due to warm sleeping environments. Sleep coaches and experts share their favorite cooling comforters and duvets to help avoid those warm sleeping environments.
May 27, 2022: “What You Should Know About ‘Dry Drowning’” Our Community Now
“Dry drowning” is also known as delayed or secondary drowning. According to the CDC, “more children ages 1-4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects.” Children can suffer from dry drowning up to 24 hours after getting out of a pool or the ocean.
May 26, 2022: “How to Take the Pain Out of Playing Golf with Arthritis” CreakyJoints.org
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.
May 16, 2022: “Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine receives full accreditation” IdahoNews
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine has recently received full accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). This accreditation will allow graduates to become practicing physicians.
May 13, 2022: “Spotlight on Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI” Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI is an assistant professor of medicine and a Barnes-Jewish associate healthcare epidemiologist. She specializes in clinical and translational research and is considered an expert in epidemiology. Kwon operates her own wet lab with a clinical and research team, in addition to her work with research studies.
April 29, 2022: “AACOM Honors Exceptional Leaders at Annual Conference” News Channel Nebraska
The American Associate of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) held its annual conference, Educating Leaders, the largest gathering of osteopathic medical education (OME) professionals in the nation. AACOM presented its 2022 leadership awards to Angela Franklin, PhD; Margaret Wilson, DO; Van Hipp, Jr.; and Samantha Nandyal, OMS-IV for their outstanding service, leadership and achievements.
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 28, 2022: “Joint letter on gun violence research” Catholic Health Association of the United States
Nearly 290 national, state and local medical, public health and research organizations wrote to members of the Senate and House of Representatives requesting the provision of $35 million in funding to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and $25 million to the National Institutes of Health to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention.
April 28, 2022: “Inspired by family, twins head to medical school” Opera News
Twin sisters Gabriella and Isabella DeStefano are both biochemistry majors with the goal of becoming physicians. Isabella plans on attending Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, but Gabriella is still deciding. These incredible young women have been described as very smart, gifted and talented.
April 27, 2022: “Preparing your child for spring sports” CDA Press
As spring approaches, now is a great time to begin preparing your child for the spring sports season. There are ways to prevent unwanted knee, ankle and hip injuries during this sports season. David Carfagno of the AOA was interviewed and gave advice on how to avoid these injuries, for both children and adult athletes.
April 27, 2022: “Innercare Earns National Recognition for Patient Care” Holtville Tribune
The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently announced that Innercare received the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. Each of Innercare’s 10 clinics were awarded with the recognition.
April 22, 2022: “National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins” The Southland Journal
National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week aims to raise awareness of the 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 their 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” wicker.senate.gov
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and five Senate colleagues led a bipartisan resolution designating April 18-24 to be National Osteopathic Medicine Week. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and dedication of osteopathic physicians as well as schools of osteopathic medicine nationwide.
April 18, 2022: “Jefferson County celebrating National Osteopathic Medicine Week” The Courier Express
Jefferson County Commissioners celebrated Lisa Witherite-Rieg after she was named president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) and declared the week of April 18-24 to be National Osteopathic Medicine Week in the county. Witherite-Rieg is an osteopathic family physician.
April 17, 2022: “Lewisburg mayor declares Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week” The West Virginia Daily News
On April 13, Lewisburg 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 16, 2022: “NOM Week is Approaching And Medical Student Agilda Dema Discusses Her Child Neurology Career Path” The Citizen
Agilda Dema will enter a child neurology residency program after graduating. Dema is just one of 168,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students that the American Osteopathic Association represents. National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week raises awareness of the osteopathic profession and the distinctive care DOs provide.
April 1, 2022: “Who is Eligible for Focused Practice Designation?” Bariatric Times
The American Board of Surgery has administered the first written examination toward the new Focused Practice Designation for metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS), but many surgeons with extensive experience and expertise in MBS do not have the opportunity to obtain such valuable recognition for their dedication to this specialty. DOs make up the great percentage of MBS surgeons in this predicament.
April 1, 2022: “What Is Resveratrol And Why Should You Take It?” Health Digest
Peanuts, berries, dark chocolate and wine all contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. A 2019 study suggests that resveratrol improves cerebral blood flow and may improve cognitive test results and performance. Additionally, 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 31, 2022: “Lily Collins said her ‘Emily in Paris’ heels landed her at the podiatrist every week” Prestige
Emily in Paris star Lily Collins opened up about her character’s fashion choices and how they landed her at the doctor every week on a recent episode of The Tonight Show. Sajid A. Surve, DO, said, “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 care” Yahoo
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center was 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. The school was founded in 1970 and has continued to rise in rank since opening.
March 25, 2022: “What’s Hiding In Your Vitamin Supplement? The Ingredients to Avoid” The 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 22, 2022: “DOs and MDs have a history of tension. These days, they’re hard to tell apart.” Fort Worth Report
Although most physicians in the United States are MDs, more and more medical students are choosing the DO path. About one in four medical students attend an osteopathic medical school, and both Presidents Biden and Trump selected a DO as their personal physician.
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.
Feb. 28, 2022: “Local black medical pioneers featured in exhibit at Thronateeska” Yahoo News
Dr. William Anderson, 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 Dr. Andrew Chan. People tend to trust their primary care doctors more because of longer relationships and previous medical decisions made alongside each other.
Feb. 25, 2022: “Maury Regional Health names new CEO” Williamson Herald
Maury Regional Health has named Davin Turner, DO, as chief executive officer. Turner has over 30 years of heath care experience, including serving as president and chief medical officer of Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph, a 352-bed hospital in Missouri.
Feb. 25, 2022: “New CEO joins Maury Regional Health” Columbia Daily Herald
Davin Turner, DO, is now leading Maury Regional Health as the organization’s next chief executive officer.
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. 21, 2022: “Without Magnesium, Vitamin D Supplementation May Backfire” NEWS7g
Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, is a component necessary for the activation of vitamin D, and without sufficient amounts of it, your body cannot properly utilize the vitamin D you’re taking.
Feb. 19, 2022: “A Message from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs” MCCareer
Recognizing the achievements and contributions of Black clinicians, scientists and health care leaders, such as William G. Anderson, DO, the first Black president of the AOA and a pioneer in improving the health and wellbeing of Black communities.
Feb. 16, 2022: “Mark D. Khorsandi, DO, a hand surgeon with the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas/The ZO Skin Centre/Migraine Relief” Deck Biz
One of Houston’s top hand surgeons, Dr. Khorsandi has been at the forefront of advancing the field of hand surgery. He is also the co-owner of The ZO Skin Centre in Dallas and Houston, offering patients what they need to achieve radiant, younger and healthy-looking skin.
Feb. 10, 2022: “What Attributes Make United States Plastic Surgery Programs Desirable? Perspectives from Medical Students and Residents” HMP Global Learning Network
Plastic surgery is a competitive specialty that attracts many qualified applicants. This anonymous 7-question study identified the attributes that make integrated and independent plastic surgery residency programs in the US most desirable.
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.
Feb. 1, 2022: “8 Black Pioneers in Medicine and Healthcare You Should Know” American College of Healthcare Executives
Trailblazing Black clinicians, scientists and healthcare leaders have left their mark on history. These pioneers broke barriers, developed innovative medical tests and treatments, improved access to high-quality care and paved the way for the next generation. Among those recognized are William G. Anderson, DO, who attended the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded and led the Albany Civil Rights Movement and become the first Black surgical resident in Detroit’s history. In 1994, he became the first Black president of the AOA.
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. 27, 2022: “CBIC announces new Executive Director” Healthcare Purchasing News
Jessica Dangles, MS, PMP, was recently announced as the new Executive Director of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Under her leadership, CBIC will continue to assess and maintain infection prevention competency through the certification in infection prevention and control. Dangles began her career in certification at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing; from there, she accepted a position at the AOA, working as the Certification Director for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.
Jan. 26, 2022: “Five Orlando Health Surgeons Initiated into American College of Surgeons” Orlando Medical News
Five Orlando Health surgeons recently became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Each surgeon recognized has passed a rigorous evaluation and are committed to providing a high standard of surgical care. Among the inductees is Ester Han, DO, who is a board-certified urologist with the Orlando Health Medical Group and is fellowship trained in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
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
Griffin Clyatt is a third-year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). As he prepared to rotate through OB-GYN, he requested Ellen Courson, MD, to be his preceptor. Student doctor Clyatt and Dr. Courson have a unique relationship beyond student and preceptor; Dr. Courson was the obstetrician who delivered Clyatt 27 years ago. Happily, she agreed to be his preceptor, making student doctor Clyatt her last medical student.
Jan. 11, 2022: “Physician Organizations Urge Biden for Greater Pandemic Response Amid Omicron” Medscape
Five prominent physician groups representing over 500,000 members recently urged President Biden to implement a more cohesive pandemic response as the nation experiences its largest surge. The AOA was joined by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association in this join statement.
Jan. 11, 2022: “Let’s Talk About Osteopathic Medicine: What Does It Consist Of And What Benefits Does It Bring To The Patient?” Emergency Live
Osteopathic medicine emphasizes treatment of medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints and muscles, while also treating the patient as a whole person and recognizing that everything is interconnected – body, mind and spirit. There is evidence-based research that shows the osteopathic approach does provide the patient with help and relief.
Jan. 11, 2022: “Health eCareers and American Osteopathic Association Announce Partnership” Health eCareers
The AOA and Health eCareers recently announced a new partnership focusing 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.
Jan. 11, 2022: “AAOS files brief supporting challenges of No Surprises Act rule” Becker’s Spine Review
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons joined in filing a brief supporting the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association’s lawsuit challenging the implementation of the No Surprises Act. The AOA backs this brief, along with the North American Spine Society and other organizations.
Jan. 10, 2022: “A title fight pits physician assistants against doctors in Minnesota” Owatonna.com
Renaming the PA title has caused disagreements in the world of physicians. Many physicians believe that patients may wrongly assume that a “physician associate” is a junior doctor. The AOA states that PAs and other non-physician clinicians are attempting “to obfuscate their credentials through title misappropriation.”
Jan. 5, 2022: “Forum Health buys five Michigan clinics owned by weight loss expert” Tech Century
Form Health, LLC, is a nationwide network of integrative and functional medicine providers. The company recently acquired four Dr. Quinn Weight Loss clinics in addition to Cratus Medical Vitality Institute, all led by Christopher Quinn, DO, in Michigan. Dr. Quinn founded Dr. Quinn Weight Loss in 2006 and Cratus Medical Vitality Institute in 2016. He has served as the medical director for these five clinics and focuses on the role of hormones in health and wellbeing to help his patients achieve their weight-loss and health goals.
Jan. 1, 2022: “Improving Heart Failure Treatment At Cardiology Physicians, PA” The Women’s Journal
Anthony Furey, DO, FACC, FACP, writes that congestive heart failure is a major public health problem and is the number one reason for hospital readmission in patients aged 65 and over. He states that nearly 5 million Americans are impacted by CHF, with 550,000 new cases diagnosed per year. Dr. Furey continues by saying that luckily, many cases of CHF can be well managed when patients have access to a comprehensive program of medical treatment, education and rehabilitation.
Dec. 30, 2021: “Dr. Tracy Vo to Lead Lee County Medical Society 2022 Board of Directors” The Floridant
Tracy Vo, DO, is an internal medicine physician Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida. Recently, Dr. Vo has been elected president of the Lee County Medical Society for 2022. Dr. Vo received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, after which, she held an internship in osteopathic medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a residency in internal medicine at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida. Dr. Vo opened her own private practice in Cape Coral in 2002 and joined Physicians’ Primary Care in 2014
Dec. 27, 2021: “A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors” The Good Men Project
Renaming physician assistants to physician associates has caused disagreements in the world of medicine. Many physicians are concerned that patients may incorrectly assume that a physician associate is a junior doctor. The AOA states that PAs and other non-physician clinicians are attempting “to obfuscate their credentials through title misappropriation.”
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.
Dec. 8, 2021: “10 Yoga Postures to Increase Energy Flow and Feel Better All Day” Power of Positivity
The AOA published an article regarding the benefits that yoga can provide, including improving muscle tone and increasing flexibility. People who regularly perform yoga claim that it also helps reduce stress and anxiety while restoring a healthy energy flow. This article explores ten yoga poses to help do just that.
Dec. 7, 2021: “Who is Dr. Eric Smith from Georgetown on 1000-lb Sisters?” Reality Titbit
Eric Smith, DO, recently gained notoriety by appearing on TLC’s 1,000-lb Sisters. Dr. Smith is known to perform the most robotic bariatric surgeries in Kentucky. He is a national leader in robotics and spends most of his days working at Georgetown Bariatrics, where he has been in practice since 2006. Dr. Smith is a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.
Dec. 4, 2021: “Banner Medical Group backs University of Northern Colorado’s plan to open osteopathic medical school” Greeley Tribune
The University of Northern Colorado is currently seeking approval from the state before moving forward with a plan to open a school of osteopathic medicine. Banner Medical Group is a proponent of this plan; the organization has offered support and encouragement to UNC and president Andy Feinstein. UNC wants to open the school as soon as 2025 with a total estimated cost of $132.3 million.
Nov. 30, 2021: “Get The Most from Your Derm Appointment” thirdAGE
There are many types of boards and certifications. If you don’t see FAAD after your dermatologist’s name, make sure your dermatologist is board certified by one of these organizations: American Board of Dermatology, American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Nov. 30, 2021: “10 Seated Yoga Poses That Decrease Back and Neck Pain” Power 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 variant” Kait8
Dr. Shane Speights of the NYIT School of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State said the new variant could be the most transmissible one yet, and it could pose a risk to those with immunity.
Nov. 27, 2021: “14 Best Pain Management Doctors And Clinics In the United States” Deuk Spine Institute
If you’re suffering from chronic back and neck pain, you should consider seeing a pain management doctor. Many people suffering from back and neck pain in the United States find it difficult to perform their everyday activities. They find it difficult to go to work, play around with their pets, and even enjoy an evening stroll around the neighborhood.
Nov. 27, 2021: “25 Highest Paid Jobs & Occupations in the U.S.” TPF
Any medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is going to require medical school after attaining a bachelor’s degree. Most clinical professions also require the completion of a residency program, although some may go on and receive fellowship training after that.
Nov. 26, 2021: “Ginnie Graham: Tulsa physician reflects on decades of treating AIDS and HIV patients” Tulsa World
Haas saw the stigmatism of AIDS patients and knew treatments weren’t great. The disease was politicized in a cultural war over LGBTQ+ rights that worsened and halted progress in attacking the HIV virus, which causes AIDS.
Nov. 25, 2021: “Yoga And Meditation Tips To Relieve College Stress And Anxiety” Study Breaks
College students face a significant amount of stress and anxiety, especially as finals approach. Whether they must take a 100-question test or complete a 10-page paper, finals time equals stress time. There are holistic practices that students can use to alleviate their stress and anxiety: yoga and meditation. Not only do these practices help with stress and anxiety, but they also help with focus.
Nov. 25, 2021: “Ample Magnesium Is A Must For Healthy Vitamin D Levels” mbg Health
Through both of these mechanisms, magnesium ultimately affects your vitamin D status and function, Ferira says.* Which is exactly why one review published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association urges that it is “essential to ensure that the recommended amount of magnesium is consumed to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D.”
Nov. 23, 2021: “Diné College to offer physician assistant program” Navajo-Hopi Observer
Diné College has entered into an agreement with A.T. Still University (ATSU), the oldest osteopathic medical school in the county, for its physician assistant program.
Nov. 23, 2021: “FOCUS: PCOM doctors study strategies for prevention of COVID-19” GBC
Three department of pharmaceutical sciences associate professors at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia(PCOM), each with their own expertise, along with doctoral, graduate and high school students and research assistants, have joined forces to investigate various strategies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Nov. 23, 2021: “Medical School Application Resources to Help You Through Every Step” inGenius
To help you get a better grasp of the process as you figure everything out, we’ve compiled a list of InGenius Prep’s most topical medical school application resources so you don’t miss a single step!
Nov. 23, 2021: “I tried the ‘Rock the Boat’ fitness challenge — and it’s harder than it looks” Today
“It’s an advanced workout that requires aerobic fitness, strength and coordination. It engages the core, lower extremities and upper extremities,” Dr. Dennis Cardone, osteopathic sports medicine specialist and chief of primary care sports medicine at NYU Langone Health, told TODAY.
Nov. 23, 2021: “Vince Rozman: From Intern to Assistant General Manager” NBA
When Vince Rozman first walked into the 76ers’ front office in 2006, the doors were on City Line Ave at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine). Rozman was an intern, a recent college graduate out of Ohio University.
Nov. 23, 2021: “Spangler Receives Lee’s Natural Sciences Department Alum Of The Year Award” The Chattanoogan
Dr. Jason Spangler was named Alumnus of the Year for Lee University’s Department of Natural Sciences.
Nov. 21, 2021: “I Need How Much Education?” HCC
Earning college credit in high school tends to keep our discussions centered around associate and bachelor’s degrees, but sometimes a teen is shocked to learn that their degree won’t prepare them for the job they want.
Nov. 20, 2021: “Music therapy and Sanfilippo syndrome: an analysis of psychological and physiological variables of three case studies” OJRD
Mucopolysaccharidosis type III (MPS III) or Sanfilippo syndrome is a neurodegenerative disease caused by the accumulation of mucopolysaccharides in the body. As the symptoms are wide ranging, it is a challenge to provide a diagnosis and psychological treatment for affected children.
Nov. 20, 2021: “ACOM hosts annual Simulation Competition” News 4
On Saturday, Nov. 20 the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine provided a competitive learning experience for some of their students through their annual simulation competition. After training for about eight weeks, eight teams of medical students competed in life-like emergency scenarios.
Nov. 18, 2021: “PCOM South Georgia Fast-Tracks Students to Med School” Savannah CEO
Qualified students can attend their institution through their junior year, then transfer to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at PCOM South Georgia and take medical school courses a year early. For each academic program and successful completion of four years of medical education at PCOM South Georgia, students receive their undergraduate degree as well as their DO degree.
Nov. 18, 2021: “Why the needs for rural and Native American physicians are interconnected” TheDO
The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) Tahlequah, the first tribally affiliated U.S. medical school, is tackling these needs head-on.
Nov. 18, 2021: “ATSU students honor those who donated their body to University” ATSU
It was an appropriate tone for the Gift of Body ceremony, as ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health expressed their heartfelt gratitude to those who had donated their bodies to the University.
Nov. 18, 2021: “National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Honors Leaders and Students Advancing Latino Health” Yahoo Finance
The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), is proud to host their14th Annual California and 18th Annual New York Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas to present scholarships to outstanding Latino health professional students.
Nov. 16, 2021: “Ethical Challenges in Influencer Marketing” ModTradition
Influencers, and especially health care influencers have an incredible opportunity to advocate, educate, and inspire. The best influencers are authentic, knowledgeable, and responsible about the sponsors they choose to work with.
Nov. 16, 2021: “Visual explainer: How stress, including COVID-19, can trigger hair loss” Newsbreak from USA Today
Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t include hair loss on its list of COVID-19 symptoms, dermatologists have been seen an increase among patients with hair loss.
Nov. 16, 2021: “UVU Woodbury School of Business, Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine Partner to Offer Dual Degree Program” Yahoo Finance
This 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
With vaccines available and restrictions relaxed, many people are eager to shop for holiday gifts in-person this season. Others are struggling to understand the risks of contracting COVID as the pandemic enters a new phase of uncertainty.
Nov. 15, 2021: “Primary Care Pathway Program students earn philanthropy award” mrt
The Permian Basin Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded the Midland College Primary Care Pathway Program students the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday at the Petroleum Club of Midland.
Nov. 15, 2021: “How Do I Get Rid of Age Spots Naturally?” MedicineNet
One symptom of skin damage is dark spots on the skin. These are sometimes called age spots. Small patches of skin take on a darker tint than the surrounding skin. The causes are usually post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes, and sun exposure.
Nov. 15, 2021: “Understanding the Glucose Screening and Glucose Tolerance Test” theBump
Your ob-gyn or midwife might schedule this initial test some time between 24 and 28 weeks, says Christian Pope, DO, an ob-gyn at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The process is simple, he explains.
Nov. 15, 2021: “The Best Vitamins and Supplements That Won’t Upset a Sensitive Stomach” Newsbreak from Livestrong
The University of Northern Colorado took another step on the long road of developing a school of osteopathic medicine in Greeley with the board of trustees’ approval of additional action.
Nov. 13, 2021: “University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees OKs start to accreditation process, hiring dean for osteopathic medical school” Greely Tribune
The University of Northern Colorado took another step on the long road of developing a school of osteopathic medicine in Greeley with the board of trustees’ approval of additional action.
Nov. 12, 2021: “Shingles Explained: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments” Health Digest
Shingles symptoms vary in severity and some people can experience shingles pain without ever developing a rash, osteopathic family physician Dr. Rob Danoff told Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.
Nov. 12, 2021: “Hooked on Primary Care with Erika Visser Aragona, DO” Healio
“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.”
Nov. 12, 2021: “ACOM medical students selected to receive medical school scholarships from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama” Dothan Eagle
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has selected four Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine medical students to receive scholarships.
Nov. 12, 2021: “Medical Pioneers Pave Path for Women” MSN
Two women changing the face of medicine will be guests of honor when they meet with students in Fort Worth next week. Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, DO is the first Black female dean of a U.S. medical school. Dr. Velma Scantlebury, MD is the country’s first African-American, female transplant surgeon.
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) says, 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 shown 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, MBA, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University, says earning the 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 when he began practicing.
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!
So, to find out if there’s any truth behind “smartphone pinky,” I spoke with Ruba Katrajian, DO, an osteopathic physician in New York City who says the “condition” is not real.
Nov. 1, 2021: “Kansas hospital adds 1st neurosurgeon,” Becker’s Spine Review
Thomas Frimpong, DO, is the first neurosurgeon to join Summit Surgical Hospital in Hutchinson, Kan. He focuses on brain and spine disorders, with expertise in scoliosis, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Nov. 1, 2021: “Therapist Vs. Psychologist: What’s The Difference?” Forbes Health
Note that a clinical or counseling psychologist also differs from a psychiatrist, who attended medical school, earned a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree and completed a residency in psychiatry. This distinction is what allows them to prescribe medications.
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 so-called sugar-free candies, sweets, and gums also contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols (such as xylitol or sorbitol), which can cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other stomach upsets when consumed in large quantities. “As their name indicates, artificial sweeteners are artificial,” says 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 percent of adults in the U.S. take a vitamin or supplement according to a 2019 poll done 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: “What Is an Online Psychiatrist?” Verywell Health
This is a doctor (either an MD or a DO) who works in psychiatry, the area of medicine concerned with diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
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. 4, 2021: “IT Band Pain? Don’t Roll It. Do This Instead,” Livestrong
DiSarro points to an August 2008 study in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine that found it takes roughly 2,000 pounds of manual pressure to deform the IT band. In other words, your IT band can’t be stretched (or tight).
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.
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. 20, 2021: “An Ohio Doctor Claimed Vaccines Make You Magnetic and Her License Was Just Renewed,” Vice
Though both the state medical board and Ohio State Medical Association have refrained from commenting on Tenpenny directly, the Ohio Osteopathic Association denounced her testimony in June.
Sept. 20, 2021: “Ohio Medical Board renews license of Sherri Tenpenny, doctor who claims vaccines make you magnetic,” Ohio Capital Journal
“Misinformation is a serious threat to personal and public health and it must be rejected,” he said at the time. “This includes the false and completely unfounded claims made by Sherri Tenpenny, DO, during the Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee on June 8. The OOA disavows her testimony. She is not affiliated with the OOA, has never been a member, and does not represent the views of the OOA.”
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.
Sept. 1, 2021: “What to Do About a Black Toenail, According to a Podiatrist,” Livestrong
Speaking of shoes, wearing ones that are too tight can also put pressure on — and break — the blood vessels in the toes, leading to blood leakage under the toenail, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
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.