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SCHOOL OF PHARMACY RIBBON CUTTING While the inaugural class of PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus has been in session since August, the school was officially dedicated on November 12 with a Ribbon Cutting. The event was celebrated with a commendation from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. “No stone will be left unturned to provide our pharmacy students with a first-rate experience and equip them with the education and understanding they need to take leadership roles in an ever-changing healthcare environment,” pronounces Mark Okamoto, PharmD, professor, dean and chief academic officer, PCOM School of Pharmacy. “We are grateful for the foresight of the PCOM trustees and senior administration and the support we have received from pharmacy leaders and practitioners across the state. Our faculty brings diverse backgrounds to the school with experience in pharmacy education, pharmaceutical and clinical research, clinical practice and administrative management,” he adds. “Our students will be the beneficiaries of all our faculty have to offer.”

Above: Celebrating the PCOM School of Pharmacy Ribbon Cutting are, from left, John Fleischmann, EdD, campus executive officer, GA–PCOM; Matthew Schure, PhD, president and chief executive officer, PCOM; Kenneth J. Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean, PCOM; Mark Okamoto, PharmD, professor, dean and chief academic officer, PCOM School of Pharmacy; John P. Kearney, trustee, PCOM; Etheldra Templeton, MLS, trustee and executive director of library services, PCOM; and H. William Craver, DO ’87, interim dean, osteopathic medical program, GA–PCOM. Right: After the Ribbon Cutting, there was a reception held on campus. Below: Vintage pharmacy bottles are part of a display in one of the new School of Pharmacy classrooms.

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NEWS AT PCOM ..........................2 HOLIDAY LUNCHEON ....................5

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION ........8 NEW HIRES ........................9


Gary Bonvillian, PhD, president, Thomas University (pictured left), and Matthew Schure, PhD, president and chief executive officer, PCOM (pictured right), sign an articulation agreement to create a pathway into PCOM’s PA program.

PCOM has signed an articulation agreement with Thomas University, located in Thomasville, Georgia, that will provide undergraduate students with a pathway into the College’s Physician Assistant Studies program. Qualified students will complete their undergraduate degree at Thomas University, spend their didactic year in Philadelphia, and then return to Georgia for their clinical clerkships. Students will complete clerkships in a number of southern Georgia healthcare institutions. Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville may become the primary hospital partner for these students. PCOM has a similar partnership for northern Georgia with Brenau University in Gainesville.

MENTORING FOR THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE Four PCOM scientists mentored minority “whiz kids” this summer through the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). PSTP is a national program headquartered in Philadelphia that supports aspiring minority physician/scientists from 7th grade through their senior year of college. Brian Balin, PhD, professor, and Dawn Shell, PhD, assistant professor, both in the department of pathology, microbiology immunology and forensic medicine, as well as Marina D’Angelo, PhD, associate Dr. D’Angelo was one of four PCOM scientists who mentored professor, and Camille DiLullo, PhD, students from PSTP. professor, both in the department of anatomy, mentored a total of seven students before their senior year of high school. The students worked with their mentor in the lab five days a week for seven weeks and will return next year. “I hosted Noah Eardland, and he was an amazing asset to the lab,” reports Dr. D’Angelo. “He arrived with a wealth of knowledge and fashioned a small piece of our project and took the lead on data collection and interpretation. This is a wonderful program for identifying serious students and helping them to prepare to become competitive in the scientific community.” Dr. Shell explains that “someone was willing to help me in the lab when I was starting out, and I think it’s important for us to give back to the next generation of scientists. I was honored to be part of this program, and I’m looking forward to next year and having more professors involved and sponsoring twice as many students.” The program has a remarkable track record of success. Ninety-two percent of the students who enter PSTP in 7th grade remain in the program through college graduation, and 85 percent of the students enter medical school after college. 2

news @ PCOM HEARTFELT EDUCATION: “EACH ONE TEACH ONE” The old medical education adage “each one teach one” has taken on new meaning for 75 students in PCOM’s Surgery Club. These students will volunteer their time throughout the year to work with students at Cape Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Wildwood, New Jersey. The partnership honors the memory of two past chairs of the surgery department: Galen S. Young, Sr., DO ’35, and Daniel L. Wisely, DO. “Both men committed themselves to excellence in education and community service,” explains Arthur Sesso, DO ’81, professor and chair, department of surgery. “As we begin this educational journey with the young students of Cape Trinity Catholic, we look forward to carrying out the mantras of Drs. Young and Wisely,” he continues.

Under the direction of Surgery Club members, Cape Trinity students create sand sculptures on the 15th Avenue beach.

The partnership offers an innovative learning experience for the elementary school students with a focus on critical thinking. “PCOM’s club plans to lead a number of activities that will promise to be both fun and educational,” says Dr. Sesso.

“The partnership offers an innovative learning experience for the elementary school students with a focus on critical thinking.”

The elementary (pre-K through eighth grade) and medical school students collaborated on a special project this fall— building anatomically-correct hearts in sand on the beach. Their study of the heart has special meaning to the students and teachers at Cape Trinity; a former teacher, Jennifer Ward, died suddenly of cardiac arrhythmia. Ms. Ward’s mother was on hand during the creation of the sand hearts. Eric Melchior (DO ’14) states, “I worked with a group of seventh graders to create an anatomical heart. We discussed such academic topics as the path of blood flow through the heart and how the four chambers work together to supply blood to the whole body. I was very impressed with the students of Cape Trinity; they came extraordinarily well prepared and were so motivated to learn. I look forward to working with them again as our partnership continues to develop.” Additional Surgery Club/Cape Trinity partnership projects included a Philadelphia charity run, “The Gobble Wobble” held over Thanksgiving weekend. Later this winter, Surgery Club members will teach the Cape Trinity students about hearthealthy food selection and CPR training. 3

kudos Denah Appelt, PhD, professor, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology; Brian Balin, PhD, professor, pathology, microbiology, immunology, and forensic medicine; and Kate Galluzzi, DO, professor and chair, geriatrics, coauthored “Modern Care for Patients with Alzheimer Disease: Rationale for Early Intervention,” which appeared in the September JAOA Supplement.

Cliff Akiyama, MPH, assistant professor, forensic medicine, wrote the chapter “Youth Gangs and Hate Crimes” in Forensic Nursing Science (Second Edition). Forensic Nursing Science is co-edited by Virginia Lynch, a leader in her field who is credited with developing forensic nursing as a profession.

Walter Ehrenfeuchter, DO ’79, professor and director, osteopathic principles and practice, OMM, GA–PCOM, coauthored five chapters in Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine (Third Edition), including a chapter coauthored with Alexander S. Nicholas, DO ’75, professor and chair, OMM, and Evan A. Nicholas, DO ’81, associate professor, OMM.

Kate Galluzzi, DO, professor and chair, geriatrics, was elected to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. She also gave two lectures for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ Intensive Update Board Review in Osteopathic Medicine, lectured

on the dementing diseases of the elderly at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society’s 35th annual convention, was the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) representative at a summit on long-acting opioids and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies hosted by the California Academy of Family Physicians and the American Pain Society, and was the AOA representative at the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine to testify on their proposed rule on standards for physicians practicing in clinics in Orlando.

William J. Gilhool, DO, was granted life membership in the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Burton Mark, DO, professor and chair, psychiatry, was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the Senate for appointment to the State Osteopathic Medical Board. Diane Smallwood, PsyD, professor and director, EdS program in school psychology, served as a member of the National Association of School Psychologist’s Standard Revision Task Force, which published two nationally important policy documents: 2010 Graduate Preparation and Credentialing for School Psychologists and 2010 Ethical and Professional Practices for School Psychologists. Dr. Smallwood also chaired the writing team for Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services.

NEW TITLE, NEW APPOINTMENT FOR KENNETH J. VEIT, DO ’76, MBA Dr. Veit, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean, has had another title added to his name: provost. “The provost title essentially clarifies the role I’ve been performing for a number of years,” explains Dr. Veit. “As PCOM has grown from a DO-only program to include other professional programs and degrees located on two campuses, the responsibilities and knowledge demands of my job have expanded accordingly. While I will still be functioning as the dean of the DO program in Philadelphia, the provost title reflects my responsibilities for the oversight of all educational affairs in more common academic vernacular.” Dr. Veit has also been appointed to another three-year term on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and has been appointed chair of the Commission for the 2010-2011 academic year. “This appointment comes at a very complex time in the osteopathic accreditation process,” explains Dr. Veit. “The growth of osteopathic medicine in the last 10 years is unprecedented, and the accreditation process must continue to hold all current and potential new osteopathic programs to the highest standards.”


Holiday luncheon PCOM

Above: Matthew Schure, PhD, president and CEO, and John Cavenaugh, PA-C, chair, physician assistant studies, dishes up the holiday luncheon to some hungry students. Above: John Costa, MEd, assistant director of student affairs for campus life, student affairs, serves delicious desserts to students at the luncheon. Left: Who are these happy diners? They are faculty and staff from the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Forensic Medicine.

Above: Not only did these first-year students have their holiday lunch, they took the time to create homemade cards. Left: Carol Fox, MM, associate vice president for enrollment management, and Barbara Smith-Muhammad, PCOM Healthcare Center – City Avenue Division, share some cake and holiday smiles.


Holiday luncheon GA–PCOM

Above: Alisia Curtis, administrative assistant, basic sciences; Tamara Scaccia, administrative assistant, student affairs; and Stacy Lewchuck, administrative assistant, OMM, three members of the organizing committee for the luncheon, take a break before the festivities begin. Above: Jeff Trawick (DO ’13) has two plates full of delicious holiday foods served up by Gary Watson, PhD, chair, basic sciences. Below: Mark Okamoto, PharmD, dean, PCOM School of Pharmacy, takes a break to chat with students.

Above: Let the serving begin! Rita Forde, MBA, SPHR, director, human resources, PCOM, and H. William Craver, DO ’87, interim dean, osteopathic medical program, have their serving utensils prepped and at the ready for the arrival of hungry GA–PCOM faculty, staff and students.


people’s passions TESTING HER METTLE Sue Hingley, PhD, professor, pathology, microbiology, immunology and forensic medicine, has won more rowing medals than will fit comfortably around her neck. She has medals from the “Nationals” and the “Worlds,” from the Head of the Charles and the Head of Schuylkill. Dr. Hingley has competed for, and won, medals around world, but there’s one medal Dr. Hingley did not have the opportunity to compete for: the Olympic medal. Dr. Hingley belongs to an elite group of athletes who qualified to compete in the Olympics, but never got a chance to do so. In 1980, Dr. Hingley qualified for the United States Olympic Team; but that was the year the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics in protest over the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. “I had competed four times in the Worlds and won medals twice, so I had competed on that level,” she reminisces, even beating a team that went on to win a medal in the 1980 Olympics, “but I missed being part of the opening ceremonies, the pomp and circumstance. I was very disappointed.” While several of her teammates continued to train for the 1984 Olympics, Dr. Hingley chose to put her oar in dry dock, so to speak. “In 1982, I kind of retired. I went to grad school,” she explains. “I’d rather quit while I was ahead than get cut from the team.” While she did row occasionally for the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Dr. Hingley focused on earning her PhD, teaching, conducting research and raising a family. Then, in 2009, she received an e-mail from a woman she knew from her racing days, asking if she would be interested in joining a group of rowers who were racing at Masters Nationals in Camden over the summer. “Since Pat [Pat Coughlin, PhD, professor, anatomy] and I had been erging together in the gym, I decided to go for it.” Again Dr. Hingley took up her position as stroke in an eight, and she fell back into rowing. “It was a lot of fun reconnecting with people I had rowed with on the National team and meeting new people. It was a luxury to row in a good boat without the intense training and commitment that comes with being part of a team.” Since then, Dr. Hingley has rowed off and on in a variety of venues. This past August, she rowed in Masters Nationals again, winning three gold medals and a silver. In September, she rowed in the FISA World Masters Regatta in Ontario, Canada, winning two first-place medals. Dr. Hingley explains the difference between rowing now and rowing when she was younger. For one thing, she is less nervous. “When I was younger, I would have an adrenaline rush while sitting on the line,” she says. “I had to control that feeling and harness that energy into the oar handle.” The training is different, too. In her rowing hay day, Dr. Hingley would typically row twice a day regardless of the weather. “There were times we would row when the oar shafts were coated in ice and the drops of water splashing on our backs would freeze. In the winter we would run and train with weights twice a day for 12 to 13 workouts a week.” Nowadays, Dr. Hingley ergs two or three times a week, depending on whether or not she’s training for a race, and adds some elliptical training or biking to the mix. “Racing gives me the push I need to keep exercising,” she says. “I enjoy the competition, the feel of a strong boat when we’re all pulling together; it’s a nice change from the erg.”

Glossary of Terms Eight: A scull with eight rowers. Erg: As a noun, an erg is a rowing machine. As a verb, “to erg” means to train on a rowing machine. Head of the Charles: The world's largest two-day rowing event, which is held in Boston. Head of the Schuylkill: A “head” race in Philadelphia. Head Race: A class of regattas that are generally three miles long in which boats race against each other and the clock. Masters: A classification for adults in sports. Nationals: National Rowing Championships held within the United States. Scull: A boat for rowing. Stroke: The lead seat in a scull. The stroke sets the pace for the boat. The line: The starting line of a race. Worlds: The World Rowing Championships; the international rowing regatta held on non-Olympic years. 7

employee recognition 40 YEARS Lavinia Lafferty, Office of the President

35 YEARS Charlotte Greene, PhD, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

25 YEARS Joanne Jones, MBA, Graduate Medical Education Caretha Sherard-Lawrence, PCOM Healthcare Center – Cambria Division Ruth Wian, Dean’s Office

20 YEARS Rizalino Amena, Plant Operations Julia Lewis, Library Janice Tonkin, Admissions



James Williams, MS, MIS/ Telecommnications

10 YEARS Jo Ann Brennen, MS, MIS/Telecommunications Marilyn DiFeliciantonio, MLS, PA-C, Physician Assistant Studies Anthony Dutkiewicz, Distribution Services Helen Henderson, PCOM Healthcare Center – City Avenue Division Janice King, MEd, Physician Assistant Studies Alison LaRoche, Inter-Med Barbara Lloyd, PCOM Healthcare Center – Cambria Division Carl Nelson, Plant Operations Evan Nicholas, DO, OMM William Perkins, MIS/Telecommnications Matthew Schure, PhD, Office of the President Florence Zeller, MPA, CFRE, Office of Alumni Relations and Development

5 YEARS Deborah Benvenger, Office of Admissions Deborah Castellano, MS, Registrar’s Office Cynthia Coleman, Anatomy Shelley Herring, Clinical Learning and Assessment Center Diana Greene, Psychology Joseph Guagliardo, DO, Department of Surgery Nicol Joseph, DO, Geriatrics Melanie Kerper, Inter-Med John Lawrence Jr., MBA, MIS/Telecommnications Gail Mattia, Clinical Education Takako Suzuki, PhD, Psychology

Robert DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology Jane Dumsha, PhD, Office of Research Cheryl Hall, Financial Aid Pat Lannutti, DO, Inter-Med Patrisia Mattioli, Anatomy Jo Ann Meehan, OMM Linda Monger, Family Medicine Joanne Jones, Harry Morris, DO, MPH, Family Caretha SherardMedicine Lawrence and Daniel Parenti, DO, Inter-Med Ruth Wian mark 25 years of Jannise Sawyer, MIS/ service. Telecommnications Victor Sawyer, Printing Services

Yuma Tomes, PhD, Psychology Eleanor Townes, OMM Kea Tull, Psychology Janet Wetzel, CFO’s Office Beverly White, PsyD, Psychology Carolyn Williams, Risk Management Marsha Williams, MS, Admissions Alan Yang, MIS/ Telecommnications

GEORGIA CAMPUS 25 YEARS Walter Ehrenfeuchter, DO, OMM, GA–PCOM

10 YEARS Leander Tice, MIS, GA–PCOM

5 YEARS Bonnie Buxton, PhD, Basic Sciences, GA–PCOM Markell Elder, Educational Media, GA–PCOM Esther Hewlett-Crewes, Dean’s Office, GA–PCOM Andy Jackson, Marketing and Communications, GA–PCOM Brian Matayoshi, PhD, Basic Sciences, GA–PCOM Mary Owen, PhD, JD, Basic Sciences, GA–PCOM Erica Rosalle, Library, GA–PCOM Gary Watson, PhD, Basic Sciences, GA–PCOM

New hires




































1. Eric Berndlmaier, Manager, Financial Reporting, Financial Reporting and Planning, PCOM 2. Shancia Bostic, Medical Assistant, PCOM Healthcare Center – Lancaster Avenue Division 3. Jeffrey Branch, EdD, Research Assistant Professor, ODL, PCOM 4. Valerie Britt, Financial Aid Assistant, Financial Aid, GA–PCOM 5. Tiffany Bryan, MS, Secretary/Receptionist, Office of Campus Executive Officer, GA–PCOM 6. Stephen Bubb, Sergeant, Security and Public Safety, PCOM 7. Erin Caulfield, Admissions Assistant, Admissions & Recruitment, PCOM 8. Natalie Cooper, Manager, Purchasing Financial Operations, PCOM

9. John Costa, MEd Assistant Director of Student Affairs for Campus Life, Student Affairs, PCOM 10. Meghan Di Rito, Library Assistant, Library, GA–PCOM 11. Laura Gregg, RN, Student Wellness Coordinator, Clinical Education, GA–PCOM 12. Lisa A. Hain, PsyD, Assistant Professor, Psychology, PCOM 13. Colleen Heer, Administrative Assistant, Pharmaceutical Sciences, PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 14. Rita Hennessey, Programmer Analyst, MIS/Telecommunications, PCOM 15. Tyrell Herbin, Courier/Storeroom Clerk, Distribution Services, PCOM 16. Samuel John, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, PCOM School

of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 17. Joseph M. Kaczmarczyk, DO, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, PCOM 18. Monique Mallory, Secretary, Family Medicine, PCOM 19. Ryan Matteucci, Financial Aid Assistant, Financial Aid, PCOM 20. Channel Miles, Medical Assistant, Internal Medicine, PCOM 21. Mary Myers, Medical Assistant, PCOM Healthcare Center – City Avenue Division 22. Lauren Noto Bell, DO, Physician, OMM, PCOM 23. Brian L. Penza, DO, Physician, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, PCOM 24. Sara Reece, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, PCOM School of

Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 25. Erin Rodgers, Secretary, OMM, PCOM 26. Danielle Rodman, Admissions Assistant/Recruiter, Admissions, GA–PCOM 27. Lance Semien, Computer Technician/ Media Assistant, MIS, GA–PCOM 28. Gregory Smallwood, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 29. Donna M. Speranza, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Financial Aid, PCOM 30. Julie Stevens, Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Practice, Experiential Education, PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 31. Shannon Sweitzer, PhD, Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology, PCOM

32. Christine Vianello, Medical Assistant, PCOM Healthcare Center – City Avenue Division 33. Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus 34. Mei Xu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anatomy, PCOM 35. Fiora Zoga, Research Technician I, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Forensic Medicine, PCOM NOT PICTURED: Stephen Poteau, PhD, Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology, PCOM PROMOTIONS: Joshua Cullen, Research/Administrative Coordinator, Primary Care, PCOM Julie Wickman Bierster, Director of Experiential Education, PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus



’TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE As in years past, the generosity of the PCOM community was evident during the 2010 holiday season. Pictured from top to bottom are three charitable activities, among many. The 11th annual PCOM Lights of Love project, sponsored by the PCOM Activities Group, raised $1,000 to support the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children being treated at area medical facilities. Jim Murray, Ronald McDonald House, accepts the PCOM check presented by Florence Zeller, MPA, CFRE, vice president for alumni relations and development. Georgia Campus – PCOM sponsored a Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree. The program provides gifts for children and seniors who, due to financial hardship, may not otherwise receive a holiday gift. School supplies for needy children of the PCOM Healthcare Centers were collected as part of School Psychology Awareness Week. Packing the supplies are (from left to right) Kindlyne Vilcant, MS ’08, (EdS/Psy ’12); Tanya Ray, MS/ODL ’09; Jessica Glass Kendorski, PhD, clinical assistant professor, school psychology; and Victoria Limon, MS/Psy ’09, (PsyD ’15).


CAROL WEISL Editor/Writer

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