Graduate Medical Education Bill Gets Green Light in NM
On Tuesday, April 2, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 480, which was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate.
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This legislation expands physician residency slots to better address the state’s doctor shortage. “BCOM is proud to be part of the team that helped promote and pass this bill,” says President John L. Hummer, and Dean Don N. Peska, DO. “This was a team effort and we are ready to do our part in creating more opportunities to retain more physicians here in our state. BCOM’s future graduates, and the patients they will care for, are the beneficiaries of this legislation.”

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Student Doctors Hit the Radio Airwaves in Rural New Mexico
Our Student DOs of the Month are Maxwell Jiganti and Abigail Etters who were recently invited to speak about vaccinations on a radio show in Las Vegas, NM. They also educated the community about BCOM and the benefits of osteopathic medicine.

SOMA Makes an Impact in Washington D.C.
Students from BCOM's chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) recently traveled to Washington D.C. where they received two national awards and got a shout out from the U.S. Surgeon General for their work in preventing opioid overdoses.

Victor Liao to Present at National Student Research Forum
Third year medical student Victor Liao will present his research on the use of the osteopathic lymphatic pump technique for upper respiratory infection at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas.

Meet Even More of the Women Who Make BCOM Proud!
Last month, we highlighted just a few of our amazing female students, faculty, and staff in honor of International Women's Day. This month, meet 9 more fascinating women, including Miriam Donohue, Ph.D. (shown here), chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

BCOM In the News
SANP Donates $10,000 for BCOM Student Scholarships
BCOM Dean Don N. Peska, DO (far left) and President John L. Hummer (far right) attend a check presentation for medical student scholarships with the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians (SANP). “We are proud to support BCOM and its mission to build the physician workforce,” says Obi Okoli, MD, MPH, an infectious disease physician in Las Cruces and member of SANP. “Next year, BCOM will graduate 160 new physicians, many of who will hopefully stay here in the Southwest. That’s something we want to invest in and be a part of.”

Announcements & Events
Light hors d'oeuvers will be served at the faculty and staff meeting in Room 160 on Monday, April 15 @ 4pm.
Support the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association at Chipotle on Tuesday, April 16 from 5pm to 9pm.
Guest speaker Heather McMurry will give a talk on prescription drug and opiate abuse on Wednesday, April 17 @ noon.
BCOM will be participating in the Sport Physical and Health Expo hosted by Southwest Sport and Spine on May 4.

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