This Week@WesternU 
Jan. 11-15, 2021
WesternU Coronavirus Response Team’s COVID-19 Testing Webinar
Save the Date and Send Your Questions to CRT!
Noon Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
Webinar Password: 541438

Colleagues, the COVID-19 testing process is an evolving one, requiring us to make rapid changes when necessary to deal with the changing circumstances. The CRT has been working through your questions related to COVID-19 and are featured here: Frequently Asked Questions related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The CRT is holding a webinar on Thursday to answer as many questions as we can. We encourage you to:

  1. Study the current FAQs
  2. Submit any new questions now to CRT leaders so that they are prepared to answer quickly. Submit your questions by 5 p.m. today, Jan. 11.    
Audience response systems (ARS) can boost student engagement

College of Optometry Associate Professor Frank Spors, EurOptom, MS, PhD, FAAO, talks about using ARS to help foster two-way engagement with students that leads to better participation and results.

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WesternU nursing students receive interprofessional training

College of Graduate Nursing Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) students received hands-on procedural skills training from ENP program faculty and College of Optometry faculty.

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Health experts issue stark warnings to filmmakers

In an interview with, WesternU CVM Professor Tracey McNamara, DVM, DACVP, has advice for those making coronavirus-related films: "Do your research – get your facts straight. Do justice to all those who have died."

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James Scott
From the College of Pharmacy:
Dr. James Scott, Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs for the College of Pharmacy, is the new President-Elect for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Through the years he has held many leadership positions in CSHP and has served on its Board of Directors. 

Dr. Don Roosan has been appointed to the FDA’s Network of Digital Health Experts (NoDEx) committee. NoDEx will support Digital Health Center of Excellence, the goal of which is to empower stakeholders to advance health care by fostering responsible and high-quality digital health innovation.

Dr. Don Roosan, Dr. Anandi Law, and COP alumna Angela Hwang, PharmD '20, recently published a review paper on the standards of pharmacogenomics in the journal of Future Medicine. Roosan D, Hwang A, Law AV, Roosan MR; The inclusion of health data standards in the implementation of pharmacogenomics systems: a scoping review, Pharmacogenomics 2020 21:16, 1191-1202

Drs. Roosan, Law, and Hwang published a protocol paper on creating an artificial intelligence-powered smartphone application to improve medication adherence in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Roosan D, Chok J, Karim M, Law AV, Baskys A, Hwang A, Roosan MR, Artificial Intelligence–Powered Smartphone App to Facilitate Medication Adherence: Protocol for a Human Factors Design Study; JMIR Res Protoc 2020;9(11):e21659, DOI: 10.2196/21659, PMID: 33164898
PMCID: 7683257

Dr. Roosan published a study on the applications of human factors methods to understand missed follow-up abnormal results in the journal of Applied Clinical Informatics. Rogith D, Satterly T, Singh HM, Sittig DF, Russo R, Smith MW, Roosan D, Bhise V MBBS, Murphy DR. Application of Human Factors Methods to Understand Missed Follow-up of Abnormal Test Results. Appl Clin Inf. 2020;11(05):692–8.
From COMP:
COMP Chair and Associate Professor of NMM/OMM Rebecca Giusti, DO '03, has been appointed to the 2021 National Faculty Chair position of COMAT Examination Chair – Osteopathic Principles and Practice/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).

MSHS Reunion, Jan. 22

Join the College of Health Sciences for an evening of activities and fun! Mingle with old friends, reunite and share memories with each other. Complete your event registration by Jan. 15 to guarantee delivery of your Swag Box.

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Alumni Mentor Program

Applications are now open to participate in the WesternU Alumni Mentor Program. Through this program, alumni will be able to provide guidance to current students by sharing their career and WesternU experiences.

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Please welcome the following recent hires to WesternU:

COP: Yi-Chun Lin, Research Assistant
CHS: Tiffany King, Instructor, Department of Physical Therapy Education - Oregon
WesternU Pet Health Center: Michelle Huljev, Clinical Front Desk Reception/Cashier
WesternU in the news

Critical skill building: Needle thoracostomy American Ambulance EMS Podcast, Jan. 5

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