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when students become doctors



Fall 2011


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CONTENTS This Issue: Graduation


On the Cover

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. Website’s New Look . METI Conference at CEC . Medical App . Summer Open House . Greenbrier Classic . Friendly Volleyball Game

Featured on the cover are some of the students from the Class of 2011 after receiving their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. This year 185 students took part in WVSOM’s annual commencement ceremonies. The graduates represented 45 West Virginia residents and 140 out-of-state residents.

This page on the right Jennifer Seams, registrar, hands Dr. Adelman the diplomas during the ceremony.


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P. 6 Graduation { featured story } P. 8 Student Profiles P. 12 Senior Awards P. 16 National Student D.O. of the Year P. 18 D.O. Gus


. Poster Wins National Title . Mini-Med . Day of Caring . SOSA . Delta Omega - Rodeo . SAAO - Follies . SOMA Health Campaign . HGR Memorial . Pittsburgh Foundation . COM Week . Student Service

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P. 20 Center for Rural and Community Health

. Faculty News . Dr. Comeaux . Christine Eckel’s Book . New Faculty Hired

P. 22 Great Colleges to Work For

P. 45

P. 24 New Dean

. Save the Date

P. 25 Abracadabra

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P. 19 U.S.News & World Report Ranking



. Past five years contributors

Advertising P. 2 Bookstore P. 4 Save the Date P. 15 WVSOM Open Positions P. 21 Bricking the Alumni Walk P. 41 Benchmarking Campus


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On page 49 of the WVSOM Spring Magazine, incorrect information about Steve Hollosi was provided. Steve Hollosi, D.O., is an emergency medicine resident at CAMC. He has also been elected vice president of the CAMC House Staff.

. A Message from Dr. Holstein . Summer CME . CME - Amy Carey . Dr. Rubin . Class Notes

On page 59, the wrong percentage was listed for one of the classes. 8.5% of the Class of 1992 contributed financial support to WVSOM.

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. Cathy Dailey . Barragy Scholarship


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From the President Welcome to the fall issue of our new WVSOM Magazine. In the spring issue we introduced our new look and I want to thank you for all of your kind comments and suggestions. We will continue to refine and upgrade each edition. a publication of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

This past May, we graduated our largest class, with 185 students receiving their


Marilea Butcher


Karen Ayers, Photographer Pat Bauserman, Photographer Jeff Cobb, Writer Tiffany Wright, Writer


Erica Bell, Designer and Coordinator


Scott Holstein, Photographer

OUR MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.

diplomas during a beautiful ceremony held on campus. Our cover story focuses on graduation, and includes highlights from our keynote speaker, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Brian Noland, Ph.D. The speech given by Dr. Noland was truly inspiring. Excerpts from his speech can be found in the story that follows. Also included are profiles of some of our

West Virginia PBS. Using magic, puppets, and original songs, the series focuses on educating children, ages four to 10, on health, nutrition, exercise, safety and science. Through the show we hope to make a difference in the well-being of our children.

graduates and a special profile on Brian

On a personal note, Cheryl and I have had

Huggins, the National D.O. Student

the pleasure of meeting with many alums

of the Year.

over the past few months and will continue

Since the last issue, Lorenzo Pence, D.O., was selected to be the new vicepresident for academic affairs and dean. We congratulate him on his new role and include an article about him in this issue. Also in this issue, we highlight our new WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health, which is headed by Wayne Miller, Ph.D. The center focuses on improving the health care of West Virginians through the development of educational programs, materials and other resources.

to meet as many as we can. We will be at the ACOS conference in Atlanta, the AOA convention in Orlando and the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association CME meeting at the Greenbrier in November. We will be hosting alumni events at each of these meetings. So if you are registered for one or more of these meetings or live close to any of these areas, please try to join us. We would love to see you, spend time with you and hear your thoughts and ideas about the school. For more information about any of these events, contact Shannon Warren at 304.647.6382. Also, if you are in Lewisburg stop by and say

In addition, there is extensive news about our students, faculty, staff and alums. On a lighter side, we highlight D.O. Gus! D.O. Gus is a turtle who has become somewhat of an unofficial mascot to many on campus. Be sure to

hello. And please know that I always want to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to call me at 304.647.6200 or email me at Best regards,

read his story! Last, we have included a story about Abracadabra, a children’s television series that is being produced in cooperation with the school and


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Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D.



Graduation 185 students graduate from WVSOM One hundred eighty-five students graduated from the

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) during the school’s 34th annual commencement ceremony in Lewisburg, W.Va., on May 28.

The students, who received their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees, represented 45 West Virginia residents and 140 out-of-state residents. Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., president, and Lorenzo Pence, D.O., vice president for academic affairs and dean, led the ceremony. Brian Noland, Ph.D., chancellor for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, presented the keynote address. Noland told the seniors to enjoy the moment they have worked their entire lives to reach. He offered seven points of wisdom — each providing inspirational, yet humorous life lessons for the graduates. Noland told the medical students to be true to themselves; take the time to listen and say thank you; focus on the joys of life; find their passion, not their profession; and become an active member of society. “There are two types of education — one that teaches us to make a living and the other that teaches us how to live,” Noland said. “No matter which of these two paths you choose I want you to be encouraged to do all that you can in some

“This is a day for each of you to reflect upon your achievements

way to give back.”

and say to yourself, I dreamed of earning a medical degree, He talked about the importance of these doctors in their

I believed in that dream, and ultimately, I achieved that

communities and how they will have an impact in the medical

dream,” Brian Noland, Ph.D., told the graduates.


field and on the people they serve. WVSOM MAGAZINE

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“In 2007, your class began your experience at WVSOM full of hopes, dreams and aspirations, but with some degree of trepidation about the journey that awaited you,” Noland said. “This is a similar moment as you move from this institution of educational exploration and personal development and enter the medical profession.” Two of the graduates entering the medical profession who also spoke during the commencement ceremony were Brian Huggins, National Student D.O. of the Year, and Brad Eastman, Class of 2011 president. Huggins stressed the family atmosphere that is present among the WVSOM community and how his return to the school felt more like a family reunion rather than a graduation ceremony. Eastman recounted the Class of 2011’s time at WVSOM and the four years in the eyes of a student. He highlighted key moments from each academic school year. “Time was the most prized commodity for us and it always seemed to be in little supply,” he told his classmates.

Chancellor Noland keynote speaker at WVSOM graduation Brian Noland, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, made his second appearance as keynote speaker at WVSOM’s

The Class of 2011 graduated from a school that is nationally recognized.

34th commencement ceremony.

U.S.News & World Report has ranked WVSOM No. 9 in rural medicine and No. 12 in family medicine. The school has been placed second in the

His words resonated among 185 students who

percentage of students entering primary care residency programs.

graduated on May 28.

Adelman told the students they should be proud of their school and their

Noland said the state of West Virginia continues to


face health care challenges and he hoped his speech encouraged graduates to establish practices not only

“Quality, excellence, commitment and caring — that’s what makes an

in the state, but specifically in rural areas of

excellent osteopathic physician, and we expect no less from you,”

West Virginia.

he said.

Most of Noland’s professional career has been focused on higher education and higher education policy. Prior to joining the commission’s staff, he served as the associate executive director for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and was a faculty member in the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. Noland received his B.A. and M.A. in political science from West Virginia University and has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During the ceremony, Noland was recognized as an honorary WVSOM degree recipient. WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., delivered the presentation. Noland said it was the first time he had been acknowledged with an honorary degree.


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Dominic King

King helped classmates with “Doc Dom notes” Some students hope to leave a small

“When you go to medical school you

mark on their medical school once they

need to find an efficient way to study,”

have graduated so they can be remember

he said. “It comes too hard and too fast.

for years to come.

There’s so much to learn so quickly. It’s

Dominic King’s way of studying proved to be beneficial to not only himself, but his classmates, and guaranteed a system of learning that other classes would follow. King created “Doc Dom notes,” which were a variety of compiled notes distributed to about 120 students designed to help them better prepare for upcoming tests. Initially, King prepared the notes for his

because you can’t take a breath, you have to keep sucking it in. So it was nice people responded to it so well.” The distribution of the notes continued into King’s third and fourth year when he and his classmates were doing rotations throughout the state of West Virginia.

those photos and reflect on the friendships

the “Doc Dom notes” system.

we made and the service we did,” he said.

“It’s cool because I can look back and

and old tests on file.

in some way I kind of left a mark on

and remembered things the most for a test was to get it into a flow chart — an organized mess I guess you could say,”

the school — not just for classes to use the same notes, but for the concept of teamwork and cooperation among a class,” he said. King also left his classmates with one last

worth of notes and I would condense

memorable moment. He provided a video

them into about 20 pages of readable

presentation of the class of 2011 during

notes in my own words. I did that for the

the annual senior awards banquet.

the other students saw them they wanted them too.” The notes became a staple for many students, who became accustom to expecting the educational aids.

“I was honored to be able to make that for the class,” King said. With the cooperation of his classmates, he compiled photos to represent the graduation class’ four years of medical school.


“We worked hard and played hard and you need both of those parts. WVSOM makes sure you work hard, but if you don’t have the social aspect of it and a strong friend base you’ll fail just as quickly as if you didn’t study. To put this together for our class, faculty and staff was an honor.”

King said. “We would have a month’s

first couple of tests and when some of

“It was nice to be able to go through all

Now, other classes are trying to duplicate

benefit because of a lack of study guides

“In my first year the way that I studied


like drinking water through a fire hose,

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King’s next venture will be to complete his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Caitlin Shea

WVSOM graduate devoted time to volunteer work WVSOM firmly believes in medical students’ involvement in their communities, and Caitlin Shea was a shining example of students who volunteer. “The reason I started volunteer work at medical school was

WVSOM administrators

because I had always volunteered since high school,” the

understand the importance

WVSOM graduate said. “It was kind of a way for me to relax and

of knowing the environment

do something else other than study.”

in which a doctor’s patient

Shea said Lewisburg provided her with many opportunities to get involved. Her volunteer work became more

lives, which is why they encourage giving back to the community, Shea said.

frequent the summer

“The school fosters this

after her first year and

idea and I think it gives you

throughout her second

an insight to what factors

year of medical school.

influence patients,” she

“During my first year I was trying to get acclimated and trying to adjust to medical school,” she said. “I

said. “Especially for me going into family medicine, I think it helps you understand patients and relate to them.”

started volunteering

Having a better

more my second year

understanding of a patient’s

because I tend to do

environment could mean a

better when I have to

doctor providing a patient

budget my time.”

with better health care

Shea said that her

decisions, she said.

favorite volunteer work

Shea will be a resident in

included those with

the family medicine program

four-legged friends.

at Overlook Medical Center

“My favorite thing to do before a test or when I needed a mental

in Summit, N.J.

break was go to the pet shelter for an hour and walk the dogs,” she said. “I love animals so it was an easy break for me.” Her other volunteer work included visiting nursing homes, helping middle school students with homework, collecting money for the Salvation Army, working a first-aid booth, cleaning up highways, decorating facilities for the holidays and collecting toys for families in need during Christmas. Shea was also part of Sigma Sigma Phi, a service fraternity that provided an avenue for her volunteer work.


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Anna Jolliffe to go back to the domestic violence relationship,” she said. “In a way the refuge center gave me an amazing gift of an older sister I never had before.” Jolliffe said the center is not just a domestic violence shelter. The facility provides many other services such as tutoring for children and free court services for women separating from violent relationships. She said she thinks many of the women she spent time with at the shelter appreciated the services that were offered. “It was really impressive how much they saw the shelter as a gift and how they were thankful for the services it provided,” Jolliffe said. “Whether or not they went back to their relationships, or were able to separate from their abusers, they really had a sense of appreciation for the

Graduate spent time working at Family Refuge Center

services that were there.” Jolliffe said she thinks her class understood the importance of getting involved in the community and trying to make a difference in residents’ lives.

As Anna Jolliffe was growing up, her mother was an adolescent social worker in Lewisburg. So when

“I think we have a very unique population of

Jolliffe became a medical student at WVSOM she

med students who come to WVSOM and enter

decided to get involved with the Family Refuge

medicine because they want to help and give

Center in Lewisburg as part of her volunteer work.

back to the community at large,” she said. “I can only speak for my class, but a lot of people who

“I thought it’d be an homage to my mom and town,

graduated from my class wanted to be an integral

and an interesting place to get involved,” she said.

part of the community. I think that showed in our

Jolliffe began spending time at the center the

level of participation in community events.”

summer between her first and second year of school.

Jolliffe lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is

She did a community service internship with the

starting her residency at the University of Utah

center for eight weeks and continued volunteering

affiliated hospitals. She will be part of a triple

there throughout the following school year.

board residency where she will learn general pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and

Jolliffe said she gained more than she expected

adolescent psychiatry.

from donating her time with the center — she gained a sister. “One of my aunts was a victim of domestic violence and she came to stay in the shelter. She eventually left and my cousin stayed with us and became my sister because she didn’t want to have 10


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Jeremy Kelley

Graduate gains a spot in urology program Jeremy Kelley applied for the only

More importantly than solidifying

available urology program through the

his spot in the only Air Force urology

Air Force.

program, was the fact that he will be

He knew putting all his eggs in one basket would be risky, but for Kelley, it paid off.

able to stay with his wife, Lindsey, who is also a WVSOM graduate in the military. The Kelleys have been living in Texas the past year, which is where the

Although he knew urology was a difficult program to enter, he wanted to work hard to be part of it.

urology program is based. He said the thought of being separated from his wife scared him more than

“I knew that’s what I wanted to do and

the possibility of not getting the urology

I wasn’t going to run from it,” he said.

spot. “There was such a sense of relief

“I knew there would be a chance that

that my hard work paid off. I felt that I

I wouldn’t get it, but I put my mind to it

really deserved it,” he said.

and tried to work hard.”

Lindsey will finish a residency in

Kelley’s main reason for his interest in

pediatrics, followed by a four-year

urology revolves around patient quality

military service commitment. Jeremy

of life issues.

will be at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly the Brooke

“Even though it’s a primary

“All of these things are hard for

care school I think they

be able to fix those problems and

do a great job of teaching

improving a patient’s quality of life is

He said that being a couple pursuing

very satisfactory from a professional

medical careers and being in two

specialties, if that’s what you

standpoint,” he said.

different branches of the military can

want to do. People should not

He understands that issues related to

be deterred because the school

the specialty, such as urinary tract and

“As long as you have a back up plan

bladder issues, can be sensitive topics

it’s more bearable, but I didn’t apply to

for the patient and doctor, which he

urology spots anywhere else,” he said.

hopes to alleviate.

“This is the only one I applied to. I threw

is predominately primary care. There are enough tools and resources to pursue a

patients to talk about. I want to

“I feel that I’ve been given appropriate interaction skills from WVSOM to really

Army Medical Center) in San Antonio, Texas.

be difficult, but not impossible.

all my eggs in one basket and prayed I got it.”

career in a specialty if you

make an impact on people’s lives from

Kelley said part of his success can be

that standpoint with those sensitive

attributed to WVSOM.

want it.”

issues,” he said. Kelley said he also enjoys procedures, and urology is one specialty designed for medical doctors as well as surgeons.


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Seniors recognized at awards banquet Students in the graduating Class of 2011 were recognized for their

Sarah Turner, Jeremy Kelley and Gary Knepp, D.O.

achievements throughout their academic career during a senior awards banquet at WVSOM at the end of May. WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., noted that this year’s graduating class had achieved some of the highest board scores in the school’s history. The ceremony announced students who graduated with honors and who were members of Psi Sigma Alpha. About 20 awards were distributed including an award that recognized outstanding students in each of the six statewide campus regions. Fourteen seniors were recognized as military students.

Cat Hayes, D.O., Nunzio Pagano

Notable awards and recipients were: Donald Newell, Sr. Memorial Award

WVSOM Student D.O. of the Year Award

for Outstanding Graduating Senior Given to a graduating student who best

Given to a student according to criteria set by the

exemplified the qualities of scholarship,

Council of Osteopathic Student Government president.

osteopathic professional interest, leadership

The nomination process was overseen by the SGA

and citizenship.

president of each school in accordance with procedures established by COGSGE. After completion of a resume and brief essay, a committee reviewed the information

Brad Eastman

and made a selection. Brian Huggins




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Special Family Medicine Award

Statewide Campus Awards

Granted to seniors who served as a

Awarded to a student during clinical rotations

graduate teaching assistant in clinical

in one of the six regional sites.

skills or family medicine. Ben Chopski and Kristina Brown

RAMS Head Award

Nunzio Pagano

central region

Jeremy Rogers

eastern region

Dominic King

northern region

Brad Eastman

south central region

Jeremy Kelley

southeast region

Colton Copley

southwest region

Donna Jones Moritsugu Award Highlights an osteopathic medical student’s spouse or partner. The recipient best exemplified the role of a professional’s partner by providing support to their family and the osteopathic profession as well as being an individual in

The West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Award

their own right. The American Osteopathic Foundation gave the award. Ryan Wyatt

The Order of the Vesalius Award

Granted to seniors who served as a

Given to one student from each of the three

Awarded to a senior who served as

graduate teaching assistant in the

medical schools in West Virginia whose

a graduate teaching assistant in the

OPP department.

performance in rotations accurately reflected an

anatomy department.

Collin Zhu and Jonathan Taylor

understanding and commitment to the delivery of emergency care.

Nathan Mullins

Jesamyn Fuscardo

Olen E. Jones Achievement Award

The Opal Price Sharp Memorial Award

WVSOM Leadership Award

Recipient is a fourth-year student

Selected by the WVSOM Foundation Board of

Given to a fourth-year student who

graduating in the top 10 percent of their

Directors. The award was given to a student

exhibited extraordinary character and

class. The WVSOM Foundation Board of

who demonstrated a dedication to osteopathic

leadership skills while attending WVSOM

Directors selected the recipient.

medicine and who has not been granted an

and who has the potential to be a future

award for any other specific achievement.

leader in the osteopathic profession.

Joel Giffin Nathan Mullins


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Brian Huggins


Scholarships: Dr. William R. Holmes Scholarship Given to a graduating senior who showed great determination, persistence and commitment in pursuing a medical

Robert Gum, D.O., Kendra Sullivan, Jeremy Rogers

education. The recipient also proved to show steady improvement during his/her four years of study. Joshua Sheatsley

Gwen Clingman Memorial Scholarship Given to a graduating student who demonstrated a commitment to community service. Kyle Keene

Kathy Fry, Dominic King and Ralph Wood, D.O.

Stephanie Dawn Barragy Memorial Scholarship The scholarship is given to a student who had a familiarity with mental health through personal or professional experience and was committed to addressing the needs of patients. Anna Jolliffe Jennifer Kayrouz, Brad Eastman and Art Rubin, D.O.

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“A lot of people think when you’re


a student you don’t have much of an impact, but I’ve done things that have improved the school for current

WVSOM student named National Student D.O. of the Year

and future students and for the osteopathic profession in the state.”

When Brian Huggins was growing up all he wanted to be was a veterinarian.

The four years of work in medical school and his

Huggins’ career path changed during college and now the 34-year-old West Virginia School of Osteopathic

Huggins was named the National Student D.O. of the

rather than helping animals.

Year during the American Association of Colleges of

the Wheeling native said. “For me it never has been

Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) annual awards banquet this year.

about the money. I never wanted a career that’s always

The award was presented to Huggins for his many

about money. It’s about helping people.”

achievements as well as his service to the school, community and osteopathic profession.

While Huggins had an interest in medicine before, it took a visit to the WVSOM campus to solidify that

“Winning this award is truly an honor,” Huggins

he wanted to be part of the WVSOM community and

said. “To be selected as our school’s winner is an

become a doctor.

accomplishment in its own right. There are so many

“When you take the tour here you get the feeling that this school has a family atmosphere,” he said. “Over four years, the osteopathic profession truly is like


students at WVSOM who selflessly devote their free time to leadership roles and community service. It makes me proud that I would be the student selected to represent the school at the national level.”

joining a family.”

been recognized locally, but nationally as well.

Medicine graduate is concerned with helping people

“As a physician you can literally save someone’s life,”


involvement in extracurricular activities have not only

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WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., said Huggins has been an exemplary medical student. “Brian was not only a great medical student but he was incredibly active in playing a role in helping move this institution forward,” he said. Huggins stood out among other students in osteopathic medical schools and was the first student from WVSOM to ever receive the recognition. “It’s a shock this is the first time in our school’s history that someone won this award,” Huggins said. “I hope it inspires people to achieve more and show them that they can really have an impact.” Huggins said he knows that the osteopathic profession has had a rough history and has a long way to go in educating the public about a D.O.’s role in the medical field. He said he thinks it is

Some of Brian’s four-year involvement:

important for national osteopathic associations to convey the message about doctors of osteopathy and provide more outreach both nationally and internationally. “In some countries we still don’t have full rights, but a lot more

Student representative to the WVSOM Board of

countries are acknowledging a D.O. degree,” Huggins said. “To be


recognized more on a global level would be the best way to show

Class president

we have the same abilities.”

Student Government Association president

The Wheeling Park High School graduate said he could even see himself practicing free medicine in a third world country. His

Student representative to the West Virginia State

enrollment in the Health Professions Scholarship Program through

Osteopathic Society

the Air Force may lead him to another country some day. But first, Huggins said, he knows the importance of serving his country.

Special Award recipient from the WVSOM president

“I always wanted to some how and some way give back to my

Roland P. Sharp President’s Award recipient

country,” he said. “I saw this opportunity where I could give them

Foundation Award of Excellence for Student

time as a physician and they would pay my tuition and it was

Achievement recipient

a no brainer.”

Earned the Volunteer of the Year Award from Carnegie

The scholarship program offered through the Army, Navy and Air

Hall in Lewisburg

Force provides a tuition waiver to medical students in exchange for a year of military service after they become a full practicing physician. Huggins was commissioned in June 2007 and will spend next year

“You’re only as good as the

in a general surgery internship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

people who are around you and

He is a native of West Virginia. He attended West Liberty University

support you,” he said. “Between

for his undergraduate degree in biology.

the WVSOM students and

Huggins said his success is directly related to the people who have

administration you couldn’t ask for

helped him reach that success.

a better environment.” WVSOM MAGAZINE

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Gus’ history:

Maloney purchased Gus in 1967 at


Woolworths department store for a quarter. Gus was also about the size of a quarter. He is a Reeve’s turtle — a breed most common in the main lands of Japan and China. Over

D.O. Gus

the years Gus has grown big enough for his living environment. He and Maloney have become life-long companions. “I once brought a herpetologist home and he suspects Gus will outlive me,” Maloney said. Maloney’s fascination with Gus has also led to his wealth of general knowledge about turtles. For instance, the green lines on a turtle’s shell continue to add rings as a



turtle ages.

Scholarship service:



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Maloney said that he is thrilled Gus would be considered the unofficial WVSOM mascot, but the turtle actually does more than just represent the school.

Gus raises money for the Loretta Moore Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student during D.O. Gus may not be as popular as Marco the buffalo for the Marshall University Thundering Herd or the mountaineer at West Virginia University. But many people affiliated with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine know Gus as the school’s “unofficial” mascot. The turtle’s owner, Jim Maloney, makes it a point to tell students, faculty, staff and the WVSOM community about Gus’ role as mascot. Maloney is the husband

Maloney said a turtle is the perfect mascot for the osteopathic school. During a pow wow on campus, an American Indian told Maloney that turtles are good listeners and give good advice — qualities that osteopathic students should also possess.

an annual awards banquet who has overcome personal difficulty. The scholarship is in memory of Loretta Moore, who was a victim of domestic violence. A walk down the hallway on the third floor of the quad on the WVSOM campus will give passersby a view of turtle trinkets lining the window sills near Judy Maloney’s office. Two donated M&M machines also sit

“That’s why it dawned on me that Gus should be the mascot,” Maloney said.

in the hallway. A quarter will get someone a handful of the chocolate treats and a donation to the scholarship. All money

of faculty member Judith Maloney, an

Gus even has a brick dedicated in his

associate professor of pharmacology.

raised from the machines goes toward the

name on the campus walkway. The brick

Loretta Moore Memorial Scholarship.

“I tell everybody that Gus is the mascot,”


it enough people will start to believe it.”

reads “D.O. Gus WVSOM.”

According to the WVSOM Foundation, D.O.

Jim Maloney said. “I’m like a broken

Maloney formed the idea of making the

record. Everybody I know knows this

Gus has been collecting money from the

turtle a mascot about 10 years ago,

story. I tell them, ‘Don’t you think the

candy machines since 2001. Since that

although his history with Gus extends

school should have a mascot?’ If you say

time his contributions to the Loretta Moore

long before that time.

Memorial Scholarship have totaled $1,300.


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U.S.News ranks WVSOM among top medical schools West Virginia School of

According to a recent article in

Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

Academic Medicine, WVSOM is

is ranked No. 9 in rural medicine

the No. 1 medical school in the

and No. 12 in family medicine

United States for producing rural

by the latest U.S.News & World

physicians with 41 percent of

Report “America’s Best Graduate

its graduates practicing in rural

Schools” annual publication. This

areas during the period studied.

is the 13th consecutive year that WVSOM has been recognized in this prestigious listing of the best medical schools in the nation. RURAL MEDICINE

primary care and 22nd overall out of 141 U.S. allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medical

WVSOM is also recognized

schools in a Social Mission study

as having the second highest

conducted this year by George

percentage (69.7%) of

Washington University. The study,

graduates entering primary care

published in Annals of Internal

residencies. The percentage is an

Medicine, measured number

average of 2008, 2009 and 2010

of primary care physicians

graduates entering primary care

produced, number of physicians


practicing in underserved

The rankings are determined by medical school deans and senior faculty from across the FAMILY MEDICINE

WVSOM was ranked third in

communities and ratio of underrepresented minorities who graduated.

country who rate the educational

The rankings are available online


at U.S.News

“We are honored that WVSOM is recognized for the quality osteopathic medical education we provide our students,” said

results were calculated from a survey of 146 fully accredited M.D. and D.O. medical schools from across the country.

WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O. “Multiple studies have shown that WVSOM is focused on graduating osteopathic physicians who serve rural areas of West Virginia and other states. This indicates


we are meeting our mission,” Adelman said.


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Center for Rural and Community Health is the newest addition to WVSOM WVSOM has formed a new resource center designed to help improve the health status of West Virginians. The WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health (CRCH) will provide research, education and outreach opportunities to the general public, health professionals, schools, businesses and health care organizations. The CRCH’s purpose is to coordinate health promotion, disease prevention and disease management outreach activities in rural West Virginia. Other CRCH activities include continuing medical education for professionals, outreach education opportunities for the lay public, health screenings and assessments, health interventions, research for ongoing programs and new initiatives, training community health workers and providing a repository of health information for professionals and the public. “This is going to be our way of providing outreach to communities throughout West Virginia to help try to make a difference in changing the health outcomes for West Virginians. We really see this as an exciting step forward for the institution.” ~ Jim Nemitz, Ph.D.


Wayne Miller, Ph.D., will lead the center in his role as director. Miller’s academic accomplishments include more than 60 research publications on nutrition and health behaviors, more than 100 scientific presentations, nine book chapters, one nutrition video, six authored books and the development of a curricula for exercise science. The center will serve as a community extension service for hospitals, clinics, health professionals and community groups who do not have the resources or infrastructure to provide lifestyle modification programs for rural West Virginia residents. The resource center received a $159,000 grant to help fund a pilot project that will train community health workers in rural areas of the state. The two-year grant was awarded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa. Funding for the project became available August 1.


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Community Health Education Resource Person


With the available grant money, the center will

Another project the center will focus on is the

develop materials to train the Community Health

implementation of the Health Index Scorecard

Education Resource Person, or CHERP. They will be

(HIS) and Health Enhancement Response (HER)

located throughout the state and will be essential

campaign. This program will target one health

in promoting healthy lifestyles. They will represent

issue each month to address the misconception

six certification levels and will be able to provide

that many West Virginians are healthier than

information regarding diseases, diets and nutrition.

they think.  

“We know that in the next 10 to 20 years we’re

Educational tools such as scorecards will allow

going to have a shortage of health care providers,

individuals to perform self-evaluations of their

physicians, nurses, assistants and physical

health status. Directions on how to either continue

therapists,” Miller said. “To help lighten the

healthy behaviors or improve unhealthy behaviors

burden of not having access or not having enough

will be available. Health indicator information will

providers, this grant funded us to design, write

be prominent in communities and can be found in

and produce a certification program for community

clinics, fairs, community centers, churches, health

health workers.”

agencies and the CRCH. 

For questions regarding the WVSOM CRCH, email the center at

the web

Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., vice president of administration and external relations, said the center is a great asset to the institution.


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WVSOM recognized in 2011 Great Colleges to Work For The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is one of the best colleges in the U.S. to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The school received honors in six categories and was one of 42 institutions listed on the honor roll, which represented institutions that were recognized the most in their size categories.


Professional/career development programs — employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and

“Some of the things

understand requirements to advance in their careers.



colleges and universities took part in the survey

— faculty members say the


institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.

the educational we make in our employees,” ~ Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM HR director

said of the recognition. “It took everyone to make this

campus is pleasing and the

happen. But we don’t want to rest on our laurels and

Emergency Phones

we’ll continue to improve. I’d like to get ranked in all of

a secure environment.

of employees are

of staff and faculty that made this possible,” Adelman

needs, the appearance of the

enhanced positions

“I’m very proud to be working with an incredible group

— facilities adequately meet


that have really



institution takes steps to provide

the last few years

investments that

Teaching environment

Facilities, workspaces and security

we’ve done in

the categories some day.”


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“What makes the osteopathic school a great college are the employees and the quality of work they are doing. “Everyone understands — from the president to the human resources director to the grounds keeper to the secretary and to the faculty — how they’re contributing to the mission of the West


Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine,” Bicksler said. “In doing so the employees realize that their job is important to achieving our overall goal

Job satisfaction and support — the institution provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources.

of being a well-renowned osteopathic school.”


~ Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM human resources director

Confidence in senior leadership

Bicksler said the school not only boasts state-of-the-art facilities for its employees, but educational advancement programs as well. “It’s the ability to have continuing education and offer job training, so not only do we invest in them as people, but as employees. We want everybody to be life-long learners.” WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O, J.D., said that the number of

— leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience

employees who responded to the survey makes a statement about how

necessary for institutional success.

passionate people are about the school. Jeffrey Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, said colleges understand the need to be innovative in their workplace practices. “Just like colleges market to recruit students, they are now realizing they need to do more to attract quality employees. The Great Colleges to Work For survey is meant to help both employers and potential employees by giving them vital information about workplaces,” Selingo said. The fourth annual Academic Workplace survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff.


The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. This was the first year WVSOM participated in the survey.


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Respect and appreciation — employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.



Lorenzo Pence, D.O. New WVSOM dean Lorenzo Pence, D.O., FACOFP, served as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean since May 2010, but as of June 1 he officially dropped the word “interim” from his title. Dr. Pence said that his interim position helped him prepare and understand what his role as dean would be. “You never know what a job fully entails unless you’re actually engaged in it,” he said. “This is a job that requires a lot of time to listen to people. It starts with the students. Students are our lifeblood and they’re what we’re all about. We are all about teaching and we have a great responsibility in training the best osteopathic physicians we can.” Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., WVSOM President said Dr. Pence stood out among potential candidates because of the overwhelming positive feedback by faculty

we’re all about. We are all about teaching and

and staff.

we have a great responsibility in training the

“He has been doing this job as interim vice

best osteopathic physicians we can.”

president for academic affairs and dean

After graduating from WVSOM, Dr. Pence

American Osteopathic Association

completed his family medicine residency

Health Policy Fellowship from OUCOM/

in Toledo, Ohio, and practiced as a

Michigan State University College of

solo physician in a small town in rural

Osteopathic Medicine and Management

he understands our vision and where we

Shenandoah County in Virginia.

Fellowship from OUCOM.

want to go,” Adelman said.

Dr. Pence was an Assistant Dean at

In 2003, he came to WVSOM as the

Dr. Pence said that he was honored to

Ohio University College of Osteopathic

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical

Medicine. He has served as a Director

Education, Academic Officer of Mountain

institution forward.

of Medical Education at St. Vincent

State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training

Mercy Medical Center, Director of

Institutions (OPTI) and Professor of

Dr. Pence is a native of West Virginia and

Medical Education/Family Practice

Family Medicine.

Greenbrier County. He graduated from

Program Director at The Toledo Hospital

Greenbrier East High School, Bluefield State

and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

College and WVSOM.

In addition, Dr. Pence completed an

and he has done an outstanding job. He has shown leadership skills, he has worked very cooperatively with faculty, staff and students, he’s an alumnus of the school and

be selected as dean and help move the


“Students are our lifeblood and they’re what


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Dr. Pence has also served on many national committees within the osteopathic profession.


WVSOM and PBS show promote childhood nutrition

The magic shop acts as the set’s primary location, with colors as vibrant as a box of crayons and numerous magic tricks on shelves that lined the walls. A water cooler full of goldfish, a unique clock tower with real “arms” and colorful jumbo blocks filled the set, which could be considered a child’s utopia. Real-life characters were used in the series in order to

For three weeks the West Virginia School of Osteopathic

have a greater appeal to children. Those involved with

Medicine (WVSOM) president traded in his campus office

the show hope characters like Salty the pirate, Daisy

for a colorful television station studio filled with costumed

the gardener, Professor Science and Nastini become

characters and marvelous magic tricks.

household names among PBS viewers.

With the help of a West Virginia Public Broadcasting crew in

Thirteen child actors from the region were cast alongside

Beckley, W.Va., Dr. Michael Adelman hosted “Abracadabra,” a

the characters, including Joey, the show’s ventriloquist

television series aimed toward promoting children’s nutrition

character. The actors learned about ways they could make

by incorporating magic and ventriloquism.

healthier food choices and were pivotal in helping to translate that message to a younger audience.

Thirteen episodes were filmed, which contain musical videos, science experiments, healthy snack lessons and magic tricks.


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Hannah Kinder-Schuyler, a 13-year-old child actor from

is Da

Beckley, said she thinks audiences will take away the


g the

ener ard

show’s message, especially with the incorporation of


original musical numbers. “There’s a song about cotton candy and that really helps you to see what’s bad for you and what you should be eating,” she said. “The song gives good examples of what you should be eating.” Adelman said the show is similar to WVSOM’s goal to promote healthy lifestyle choices in rural areas. He hopes the magic show helps to curtail one of West Virginia’s biggest health problems — childhood obesity. Dr. Adelman said long-term goals for the show include incorporating educational materials in schools and promoting school visits from the real characters. “What we���re devoted to is being able to take Joey and Daisy and Duk and Salty and go into our elementary schools and develop programs we can actually bring to those kids,” he said. Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM’s vice president of administration and external relations, played Professor Science in the series. He said it is imperative that the shows instill healthy lifestyle choices among West

Salty the pira

Virginians. “Abracadabra is an incredible children’s show that

te Nastini

focuses on the importance of nutrition, exercise, safety and science in a fun and entertaining way using magic, ventriloquism and interesting characters,” he said. “Professor Science from WVSOM is a character who shows t he Joey,

children how to do simple experiments at home that look like magic but demonstrate a scientific principle.”

’s ow sh

The television crew said shows like “Abracadabra” are exactly the message PBS wants to convey to its viewers.

ve nt

Director Larry Dowling said he hopes the hard work put into the series will garner enough interest to be broadcast

rilo qui st

outside of the state.


“Watching kids shows today is different than kids shows I grew up on,” he said. “For us to even get a little bit

Professor Science

of education in you have to do a lot with a show. But I 26


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hope this keeps kids interest and allows them to swallow


something from it.” The show’s tapings would not have been possible without financial support from three major sponsors. Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System, West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company and Alpha Natural Resources each provided donations. Officials with the companies said they were pleased to contribute to a project that conveyed such a positive public message. The WVSOM Board of Governors has also been supportive of the project. The board understands that the show carries out the mission of the school as well as tries to positively influence the next generation. “I believe these public service efforts help advance


awareness of children’s health care in the state,” said Board


of Governors Chairman Rodney Fink. “This goes along with our mission statement that WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.” In addition to the CEOs of sponsoring companies, during tapings special guests Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, West Virginia delegate Harry Keith White and Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester stopped by the set to see the series’ development.

Adelman hopes the magic show helps to curtail one of West Virginia’s biggest health problems — childhood obesity.


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Sponsors invest in the future of kids in West Virginia Three companies, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System, West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company and Alpha Natural Resources, donated the money necessary to underwrite and produce the first 13 episodes of the Abracadabra series. Officials from each of the three companies said that they were impressed with the extensive process involved in taping the episodes and are optimistic for the show’s success.

Alpha Natural Resources Alpha Natural Resources officials wanted

and it’s important we instill that in our

to donate to the series because of the

children at a very young age.”

positive message the show can convey to children.

Kevin Crutchfield, chief executive officer of Alpha

The company is a leading global coal company and one of the world’s largest

“Our kids are our next generation and

coal suppliers. The company was formed

we have to invest in them today,” said

nine years ago and has plants located

Kevin Crutchfield, the company’s chief

throughout West Virginia, Virginia,

executive officer. “This is entertainment

Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

that has an educational aspect to it

Natural Resources

CAMC Health System CAMC Health System is the largest

said the donation to the series was an

health system in the state and has been

extension of the partnership between his

supporting physicians since 1984. It

company and WVSOM.

was formed to meet the challenges of providing the highest level of health service to West Virginians and includes numerous hospitals and health care companies under its corporation. David Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of CAMC Health System


“We want to try to bring the message to kids across the state that living a healthy life is good for you,” he said. “We have a very strong program for childhood obesity at CAMC, so this was a good fit.

David Ramsey, president and chief

It’s a way for us and the school to further

executive officer of CAMC Health System,

link together.”


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West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company David Rader, president of West Virginia Mutual Insurance

is as healthy as possible in West Virginia. So we try to

Company, said that his company has been supportive

assist where we can.”

of medical education throughout the state, so making a financial contribution to the PBS program made sense.

West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company is a nonprofit medical liability insurance company throughout the state.

“Our attitude is wherever you can promote children’s

The member-owned company has provided options for

health you promote overall health,” he said. “As an

West Virginia physicians to obtain professional liability

insurance company, we’re better off when everybody

since 2004.

David Rader, president of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company

“Abracadabra is an incredible children’s show that focuses on the importance of nutrition, exercise, safety and science in a fun and entertaining way using magic, ventriloquism and interesting characters” ~ Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM’s vice president of administration and external relations


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WVSOM’s website has new look

Summer Open House WVSOM’s website received a face-lift and went live to the public the beginning of June. Phase 1 of the newly designed site features a different look as well as easier navigation. Public content is now separate from information available to students, staff and faculty. The new site will have more content

enhancements including feature stories and videos.

The WVSOM admissions office hosted a summer open house on

Be sure to visit the WVSOM website to check out all the

June 24 on campus.



Between 40 to 50 interested applicants and their families started the morning with a welcome from the president, dean and


admissions staff members. Those in attendance broke into two groups where they were given an anatomy presentation, a tour of the clinical evaluation center and an OPP presentation. A panel of current first- and second-year WVSOM students answered

Greenbrier Classic Concerts

questions regarding student life. The event wrapped up with an open tour of the campus and financial aid guidance information.

About 230 people volunteered their time to help make The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series a success.

Admissions counselor Danny Seams said having events like these

WVSOM employees, students and members of the

help to highlight the school’s facilities and programs.

community volunteered throughout the three days of music.

“Our best recruiting hook is bringing folks onto campus so they

Volunteers worked gate entrances taking tickets, helped with concessions and regulated the reserved and VIP sections.  

see our facilities,” he said. “I think once they see a state-of-the-art anatomy lab and clinical evaluation center they realize what we have to offer.” Seams said the campus speaks for itself. “We can go to schools and talk repeatedly about what we offer, but when they come see what we have that’s what will generate their applications,” he said. Open houses provide potential medical students with information about WVSOM, osteopathic medicine and the admissions process. The next open house is scheduled for November.



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WVSOM Library hosted Frankenstein Exhibit WVSOM library hosted an “Open House” on March 29 to showcase the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature.” Annie McMillion, M.I.S., library director, said the exhibit provides an opportunity to explore the history of medical science from a unique point of view. “The exhibit uses Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel Frankenstein to illustrate medical history from the early 1800s through the present while challenging the viewer to contemplate the ethical and social boundaries of science and medicine,”

Regional METI conference

McMillion said.

Human patient simulators were part of the two-day METI forum hosted by the CEC.

The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Clinical Evaluation Center hosted a two-day METI Mid-Atlantic

There were 283 people who attended the month-long exhibition

Region Simulation Forum July 6-7.

and three school groups.

METI is the provider of medical human patient simulators used to educate those in the health care industry by providing real-life patient scenarios with robots. This was the first time the company chose to host a regional conference at WVSOM. The company and the osteopathic school have had a partnership for the past seven years. The school’s first robotic simulator was purchased from METI. “I hope people see that WVSOM is at or above the curve of medical education in simulation and that our students are receiving a high quality education through this technology,” said Jane Bryant, WVSOM’s simulation coordinator. Nicole Sherk, METI’s Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager, said the company chose the school to highlight the clinical evaluation center and because of the success of the simulation program. “A lot of sites throughout the territory - which includes Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee - have been interested in what WVSOM is doing here in regards to OSCEs and the standardized patient program and how they’re integrating simulation in all of those programs,” Sherk said. “Also because of the success rates and stories that have come out of the unique programs that are going on here.” CEC operations manager Amy Holbrook said 55 people attended the

the date

event. WVSOM has seven METI brand human patient simulators plus

More info can be found at harrypottersworld/exhibition.html

nine additional simulators from other companies.


National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) traveling exhibit “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine” will be on display at WVSOM March 11 to April 21, 2012.

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WVSOM well represented at AACOM annual meeting WVSOM was well represented at the annual American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) meeting this year. Conference speakers and topics included Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., on leadership tips for academic leaders; Meg McKeon, Ed.D., as a facilitator for brief presentations; Arnold Hassen, Ph.D., and James Nemitz, Ph.D., on osteopathic medical education in conflict Drs. Cheryl and Michael Adelman are congratulated by Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester and his wife, Connie.

with health care reform; Helen Baker, Ph.D., and Robert Foster, D.O., on seeking approval for students to be in other states; Mark Messmer on professionalism in the education of osteopathic medical students; and Elaine Soper, Ph.D., on generations in the workplace.

President’s reception

WVSOM also received awards for its communication efforts. The

The WVSOM community showed their support to

who exemplify outstanding marketing, media relations, public

Excellence in Communications Awards are presented to schools

Dr. Michael Adelman during the president’s reception.

education, writing and design efforts.

Faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and local

The school won first place for its videos on medical school life and second place for both the viewbook and the Double Dollar Donors

prominent figures attended the event, which honored

campaign materials.

Dr. Adelman as the school’s sixth president. Adelman said he is looking forward to expanding the institution’s initiatives and help move it forward. “The school already does so many great things,” he said during the reception. “One of those is a West Virginia Center for Rural and Community Health, which will help reach out to the community; provide educational tools and materials; and do some research on how we can develop the health care of the citizens of West Virginia.” Adelman also discussed reaching out to schools to address childhood obesity and using the Clinical Evaluation Center to continue moving toward electronic health record training for students, residents and other physicians in the state. A video of the community reception and some comments about Dr. Adelman’s presidency can be seen online. During the event, Craig Boisvert, D.O., made a special congratulatory presentation to Dr. Adelman on behalf of


WVSOM faculty.







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Awards recognize WVSOM community

Medical App

The annual spring awards honored and recognized faculty, staff

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is working with

and students who have shown leadership, determination and

Concord University to form an application for smartphones that will

scholastic achievement throughout the year.

help students better understand the multitude of medical terminology.

The awards also recognized individuals who have a willingness to

Medical students are required to learn both anatomical terms for the

help their colleagues and move the institution forward.

body as well as surgical procedure terms. These surgical terms, called

About 22 awards and scholarships were presented during the

eponyms, name parts and procedures in the human body and are

ceremony, which was followed by an ice cream social.

generally named after people. The eponyms typically have no relation to the actual anatomy. The app would be based on information from a booklet that three medical students (Matthew Paul Cauchi, Nathan Craig Mullins and Sarah Cornellia Shaw) developed to easily translate the terminology. In an age of technology, the hope is that the smartphone app would replace the booklet — reaching medical students around the world and allowing them to receive medical terminology faster than ever before. Concord University mathematics Chairman W.R. Winfrey is working on the project with another colleague. While the memory on a mobile device has a less powerful processor, he is optimistic of the project. Software developers are working on an application for Windows 7 phones first, with the Android and iPhones to follow.


Pictured is WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., giving the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and Foundation Award of Excellence for Student Achievement to Soham Dave.

The full article can be read at

Students challenge faculty, staff to friendly volleyball game WVSOM faculty and staff members challenged first- and secondyear students to friendly volleyball games, which replaced the annual faculty/staff vs. student softball game due to rain. Faculty, staff and medical students played three volleyball games in the Founders’ Activity Center after a hot dog social that took place in the Alumni Center. The faculty/staff team won two games while the student team won one. The social included hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and beverages.


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Human Gift Registry honors donors

The Human Gift Registry Memorial Service honored 49 people who donated their bodies to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) this academic year. The donation helps advance science and educates first-year medical students studying anatomy. Mary Hamra, Ph.D., Human Gift Registry director, said the students training to be physicians, and their growth in the medical field, begins with the gift of those who donated. “Growth as compassionate doctors begins with this gift,” Hamra told the family members in attendance. “Your loved ones live on in these men and women.” Professor Bob Fisk, Ph.D., said the school takes special care that each human donor is treated respectfully and honorably. “We see ourselves as stewards of the gift that has been bequeathed by these individuals. In that role we take our responsibility very seriously,” he said. “We hold these individuals in high esteem and we take care of them.” Soham Dave, Adele Plazak and Eric Schweller spoke on behalf of the Class of 2014 students. They expressed their thanks and appreciation to the families and friends of those who made a donation. “These individuals gave us a perspective on how the non-living can still have an influence on others,” Schweller said. “And without ever meeting them, they gave us a sense of confidence and passion toward medicine that we will forever try to repay.” Plazak said that during anatomy classes students tried to make a connection with the individuals who made a donation. “We found ourselves looking beyond the textbook. We tried to imagine what each donor’s story was – imagining what they were like, what they did for a living and how they decided to leave their gift with us,” she said. “We realized that the human body may be somewhat standard but the character of a person is anything but standard.” The service continued with words of appreciation from local pastors and musical presentation by students and faculty. Some family members took time to speak about how they hope their loved ones’

Eric Schweller speaks on behalf of the Class of 2014 during the memorial service.


donation helped first-year medical students in their journey to becoming physicians.


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Christian Medical & Dental Association

Mini-Medical School WVSOM wrapped up its second annual “Mini-Medical School” program on April 7. Fifty community members were treated

The Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) student group

to lectures and hands-on workshops over the span of four

spent their spring break on March 19-26 in the nation of Honduras,

Thursday evening sessions, learning about the cardiovascular,

bringing free health care to the rural population. The traveling party

musculoskeletal, pulmonary, renal and neurological systems.

included 15 WVSOM students, three doctors, three nurses, a nurse practitioner and a dentist.

Approximately 100 WVSOM students were involved in teaching the Mini-Medical School sessions this year. The organizers

Using Zambrano, Honduras as a base, the group traveled to

were Jaschar Shakuri-Rad (’13), Lisa DeNardi (’13) and Mark

different remote villages during their stay. In total, they treated

Messmer (’13). The program advisor was Andrea Nazar, D.O.,

more than 1,000 patients. CMDA president Jennifer Jones said

professor of family practice.

the group views mission trips as an opportunity for students to use their knowledge, skills, talents and heart to help those in need all

Students used Human Patient Simulators (robotic patients)

over the world.

as well as anatomical models to emphasize key classroom points.  They also taught participants some basic osteopathic

“Our students were able to put their book knowledge into practice

manipulation techniques they could use on themselves.

learning both medical and life lessons throughout the trip. It was an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Honduras, and we

“The most important message that we were able to get across

appreciate all the people who donated their time, services and

is that prevention and the search for health is always better

finances to make this mission a reality,” Jones said.

than trying to figure out disease and treat it,” said Shakuri-Rad.

The group’s trip was affiliated with Word of Life in Honduras and

By demonstrating the osteopathic tenants throughout the

Calvary Bible Church in Greencastle, Pa.

presentations, students were able to convey the health of “Body, Mind, and Spirit” leads to a better and less disease

SOMA kicked off health campaign

stricken life. “I believe that we were able to achieve our goals of teaching

WVSOM’s Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) had

the community members about their health, how to maintain

a campaign to raise awareness of the role public health plays in

it and prevent disease, what osteopathic medicine is, and how

protecting the health of those across the country.

osteopathic physicians approach medical care,” Shakuri-Rad said.

The campaign utilized stickers with the slogan “This is Public

WVSOM plans to offer the Mini-Med program again next spring.

Health,” which were placed in strategic locations to build awareness of how public health impacts lives. The organization also hosted a photo contest, which challenged students, staff and faculty members to take photographs with the stickers to help illustrate the role people have in their communities to safeguard against health crises. The campaign was part of a national effort by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and students across the nation. “We want to be sure that WVSOM community members know that ultimately, public health is your health,” said Travis Tagami, a SOMA member. “The health of the places where we live, work and play influences individual health as much as personal hygiene, good nutrition and exercise. The ‘This is Public Health’ campaign allows us to illustrate the many ways in which public health touches us all every day.”


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Poster wins national title William (Matt) Pugh, OMS IV, won the Tennessee ACP Research Poster Competition as well as the National ACP title for his poster pertaining to asthma.

WVSOM students involved in Day of Caring WVSOM students joined with the United Way

PAX mission trip

of Greenbrier Valley and Generation Greenbrier to help renovate and revamp portions of the community.

The Pax student group spent their spring break on March 19-26 in the nation of the Dominican Republic, bringing free health care to the rural population near the town of Nebya. Nearly 30 students went to DR along with WVSOM alumni Dr. Bruce Petersen (‘81), Dr. Millie Petersen (‘83) and Dr. John Stout (‘83). WVSOM faculty member Dr. Jeanne Wahl (‘03) also attended. Using Nebya as a base, the group traveled to different remote villages during their stay. In total, they

More than 50 student volunteers and some faculty volunteers helped work on projects including area parks, youth camps, high schools, the humane society, Alderson Hospitality House and the public works department. The Day of Caring event is just one example of WVSOM students giving back to the area. “An essential component of our osteopathic education is

treated approximately 1,350 patients.

giving back to the community,” said Jaschar Shakuri-Rad,

Pax was also honored with a plaque from the World Vision organization recognizing Pax’s contribution to the health

(‘13), the event’s organizer. “This allows us to appreciate the needs of our communities and provides us with an opportunity to help better the lives of everyone around us.”

care of Dominican residents. The students have been working with World Vision and its sister organization,

A program called Translating Osteopathic Understanding

Community Service Alliance, for the past five years.

into Community Health (TOUCH) encourages all

The WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc. provided $2,000 grant money towards the purchase of medication and medical supplies for the trip.

osteopathic medical students to become more involved in the community and provide necessary services. Shakuri-Rad said this year’s Day of Caring event went well. “The community was very appreciative of all the students and the WVSOM community for providing such vital service,” he said.

Pictured (L to R) Pax Vice President Julie Petersen, Pax President Bhavana Pandaya, and Pax Secretary Aiman Rauf.



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SAAO makes a $1,500 donation The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) donated $1,500 to Cub Scout Pack 122. The student organization raised money for the

Delta Omega gives to FRC

Cub Scout Pack during the “Follies” variety show that was held in February at Carnegie Hall.

Delta Omega members donated $1,000 to the Family Refuge Center in Lewisburg through money raised from a country rodeo held in April. The fundraising efforts are

WVSOM students raise


SOSA sponsors blood drive

part of Delta Omega’s philanthropic commitment to the community, according to Delta Omega President Courtney Walker. Janeal Quinnelle, executive director of the Family Refuge Center, said the money will

likely go toward the group’s visitation center or supplies like food and clothing.

The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association sponsored an

The center is a community based domestic violence and

American Red Cross blood drive at the Alumni Center. April Miller, vice president of SOSA, said there is always a need for blood and it is imperative people donate.

abuse project serving the needs of people in Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Monroe counties. The group’s goals are to end physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the family and

Scott Hill, a donor recruiter for the American Red Cross, said 46 ­­­

help promote a healthy family lifestyle.

donors presented and the Red Cross collected 38 units of blood.

Pictured are Vy Phan, Jessica Wilson, Delta Omega President Courtney Walker, Family Refuge Center Executive Director Janeal Quinnelle, Kristen Caldwell, Kathleen Sharp and Becky Parnell. WVSOM MAGAZINE

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The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Foundation, Inc. has been awarded a grant for $17,835 from The Pittsburgh Foundation to assist seven students. The grant is funded by the West Allegheny Physicians’ Association Fund to help medical students from southwestern Pennsylvania. “The Pittsburgh Foundation hopes that this will encourage students to come back and serve in that area,” said Sally Cooper, WVSOM Foundation executive director. The annual donation is divided among first- and second-year students. They are: Brittany Beland from Bedford, Pa.; Sarah Hocker from Bedford, Pa.; Kenneth Klein from Uniontown, Pa.; Lauryn Benninger from Smithfield, Pa.; Jason Jackson from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Christopher Lang from Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Peter O’Connor from Boswell, Pa. The scholarship recipients said it is helpful to receive financial assistance in medical school. “It’s nice to get local support for academic endeavors,” Klein said. “When I received the award notice I felt like it was a very generous donation,” Hocker added. The scholarship, which has been distributed since 2000, has accounted for a total of $314,666 to 77 WVSOM students. The Pittsburgh Foundation has been connecting its donors with the needs of the community since 1945. Donors who have established funds through the foundation give charitably to those


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in Pittsburgh and communities throughout the U.S. Because the foundation is a public charity, donors benefit from significant tax advantages. More than 1,000 individu-


als, families and organizations have established funds at the foundation.

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Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine week Lewisburg mayor John Manchester signed a proclamation signifying March 28 - April 1 as COM Week in the community. WVSOM paid tribute to the osteopathic profession with its annual

AACOM’s Pam Murphy, Director of Government Relations,

“Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Week” event.

and Mary-Lynn Bender, Senior Government Relations/Policy

COM Week was observed March 28 - April 2. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about osteopathic medicine and to bring recognition to WVSOM and its mission to improve the quality of health care in rural West Virginia and the nation. Students displayed pride throughout the week with theme days, including

Specialist, spoke to students and faculty on Wednesday, March 30. Murphy and Bender shared their experiences on Capitol Hill. They monitor legislative and regulatory developments, and advocate for AACOM with congressional and federal policy makers.

“Club Pride Day,” “Pajama Day,” “White Coat Day” and “School

Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at

Logo Day.”

A.T. Still Museum in Kirskville, Missouri, spoke during a campus

Activities included a visit from AOA President-elect Martin Levine, D.O., on March 28. Dr. Levine presented the week’s keynote

wide luncheon on Friday, April 1. He gave an overview and history of A.T. Still from childhood to the founding of the profession.

address, speaking on the legacy of osteopathic medicine

Haxton makes several international trips each year (Germany,

and students’ responsibility to strengthen its future. He also

Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK) to promote

attended a faculty reception and gave remarks on how to prepare

the principles of osteopathic medicine through exhibits and

graduates for future practice.

providing historic research materials for D.O.s worldwide.

Dr. Levine has deep roots in the osteopathic medical profession

Dr. Karen Steele wrapped up COM Week with a CME lecture on

as one of 20 D.O.s in his family. He was preceded as AOA

the “Seated Facet Release Techniques of the Still Family” on

President-elect by his father, Howard M. Levine, D.O., who served

Saturday April 2.

as president of the AOA from 1997-98.

Meg McKeon, Ed.D., Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., Lisa DeNardi, Natosha Monfore, Mark Messmer, Mayor John Manchester, Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., Megan Thompson, Michael Patrick Krease, Karen Steele, D.O. WVSOM MAGAZINE

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New Faculty Hired at WVSOM

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Christopher Hanley, M.D.

Jennifer Cornelius, M.D.

Assistant professor of psychiatry

Associate professor of family practice

Dr. Hanley will teach second-year medical students topics including introduction to psychiatry, psychiatric assessment, psychiatric treatment, dealing with difficult patients and violence and suicide. He will provide third- and fourth-year students with rotation opportunities through his clinic. Dr. Hanley completed medical school at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt. He served as the psychiatry medical chief resident at the University of South Dakota adult psychiatry program.

Dr. Cornelius will act as a preceptor for third- and fourth-year students as well as residents. She will participate in Clinical Skills I and OSCEs. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine from Marshall University School of Medicine after graduating from Concord College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Cornelius has worked in clinic and private practice settings, including the Robert C. Byrd Clinic, where she is the medical director. She has also served as an assistant professor at Marshall University School of Medicine.

Polly Husmann, Ph.D.

Emily Thomas, D.O.

Assistant professor of anatomy

Assistant professor of internal medicine

Dr. Husmann will teach first-year medical students microanatomy and gross anatomy courses. She received her doctorate degree in biological anthropology at Indiana University, where she also received her Master of Science in the Medical Sciences Program focusing on anatomy education. Husmann has assisted in educating students

Dr. Thomas is a 2008 graduate of WVSOM and completed her internal medicine residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Dr. Thomas will serve as a table trainer for Clinical Skills I. She will be teaching internal medicine to second-year students. She is practicing at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic.

in basic human physiology, basic human anatomy, gross anatomy, human tissue biology and cell biology/histology.




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Authors get work published Brian N. Griffith, Ph.D., Gretchen D. Lovett, Ph.D., Donald N. Pyle, D.O., and Wayne C. Miller, Ph.D., recently had their paper published in BioMed Central’s BMC Public Health journal. The title of the paper is “Self-rated Health in Rural Appalachia: Health Perceptions are Incongruent with Health Status and Health Behaviors.”

Professor joins editorial board

Peter Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, had a paper published in Clinical Anatomy earlier this

Wayne Miller, Ph.D., professor of physiology, has been accepted to join the editorial board of the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. In that role Miller will be an associate editor. As an editorial board member Miller will recommend papers for publications in the journal, review papers and promote the

year. The work is about first year medical students’ approaches to study and the outcomes in a gross anatomy course. Ward was also elected to the council of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists this year. His term will last for three years. During that time he will bring member concerns to the council as well as assist in

journal at conferences and events.


Faculty member gets work published and is elected to anatomist council

implementing the association’s new initiatives.

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WVSOM interns present research in Pittsburgh Two West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine interns went to Pittsburgh to present the results of research they have been completing throughout the summer. Maggie Hower and Sabrina Vance, two Greenbrier East High School students, presented the research results at the Duquesne University Summer Research Symposium in Pittsburgh. The research was completed at WVSOM as part of the American Chemical

WVSOM staff attend NRHA conference

Society’s Project SEED grant. It is a national program that helps students expand their education by providing hands-on research opportunities. The students were under the guidance

Dr. James Nemitz said the NRHA is

of Dr. Kristie Bridges, who helped them

the premier organization for providing

perform chemistry-related biomedical

leadership and advocacy on rural health



WVSOM staff members attended the 34th annual Rural Health Conference through the National Rural Health Association from May 3-6. The conference included educational sessions and research posters pertaining to rural health care and allowed attendees to discuss the importance of rural health among professionals.

During the symposium, Hower and

“The nonprofit membership organization

Vance also met with other SEED

is dedicated to improving the health of 62

students who participated in the

million rural Americans,” he said. “WVSOM

nationwide program. The high school

was well represented at the association’s

students were the only representatives

annual meeting and was one of the few

from West Virginia, since WVSOM was

osteopathic medical schools who attended

the only school in the state participating

this year.”

in the Project SEED program. This is the

Miller, Nemitz and Brian Griffith gave presentations and Dr. Dave Brown was one of the exhibitors. Patricia Crawford, GME director of rural outreach, and

Wayne Miller, professor of physiology, said

Haylee Heinsberg, executive director of

the annual conference allows people to

the Southeastern Area Health Education

discuss ideas and provides an opportunity

Center, also attended the conference.

to talk with like-minded individuals.

The goal of the conference is for

“You have a chance to interact with people

professionals to take back new

who are doing what you do and who have

experiences and insight to their

the same interests - whether that is research


or community outreach,” Miller said. 42


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third year the osteopathic school has been part of Project SEED.


WVSOM faculty member inducted to NAOME Zachary Comeaux, D.O., professor of osteopathic principles and practice, has been inducted into the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME).

Dr. Comeaux and four others were inducted into the academy during the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) annual awards on April 15 in Baltimore, Md. “It’s an honor to be accepted among a group of earnest, well placed and intellectually active people of common interest,” Dr. Comeaux said. As part of the academy, Dr. Comeaux will serve a five-year term where he will act as a leader and mentor for academic scholarship in the osteopathic medical education profession. He said he is excited to be part of a group of people working toward advancing

“They only choose a few people a year

osteopathic medicine.

to go into this program and it’s an

“What the group is trying to do is become a more robust work group and work on the interest of the profession through AACOM,” he said. Some projects academy members will work on include the role of science teachers as part of an introduction to clinical teaching, developing the osteopathic approach to obesity for the interest of the public, and the osteopathic geriatric initiative, which emphasizes the benefits of osteopathic medicine and manipulation among elders. Dr. Comeaux is now among a few elite professionals who will represent osteopathic

indication of someone who has high scholastic expertise and is recognized as a true educator and scholar,” WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., said of Dr. Comeaux’s

“It’s an honor to be accepted among a group of earnest, well placed and


intellectually active

Dr. Comeaux has authored a variety

people of common

of historical novels about osteopathic medicine and biographies of osteopathic physicians. He has also

interest” ~ Dr. Comeaux

contributed to a number of textbooks and journals. He serves as WVSOM’s representative to the Osteopathic International Alliance and he teaches abroad a couple of times a year.

medicine in NAOME.


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that were out there and I didn’t think they met the

Faculty member has second lab manual published

needs of my courses. I wanted a book that had an appropriate level of detail that students could really use and help them learn.” The manual is unique because Eckel did not only write the text for the workbook — she performed the cadaver dissections as well as photographed all the

Dr. Eckel’s work has impressed publishers and textbook promoters enough to ask her to work on another lab manual. She is currently working on a human anatomy and physiology lab manual to assist its textbook. The work will actually represent three manuals including the main human anatomy version, a cat version and pig version. The publishing company hopes to have the textbook and manual complete by May 2012.

images in the manual.

Dr. Christine Eckel’s name can be found printed on the cover of undergraduate lab

“The day I was most excited about it was when I was

manuals across the U.S.

walking down the hall and I saw a student writing in it and working in it,” she said of the manual.

In January, the WVSOM professor had the second edition of the “Human Anatomy

The newer edition includes a chapter on dissection

Laboratory Manual” published by McGraw-

with more histology photos and updated photos.

Hill. The updated version took her about a year and a half to complete, and was just

“A lot of lab manuals have dissections that aren’t

as exciting as seeing her name on the first

really clean, which makes people not want to learn


from them,” she said. “I tried to make very clean

The first edition of the manual was published in 2008, nearly four years after she began

wanted to see.”

Eckel had contributed to textbooks before, but decided she wanted to come up with her to students.

chapter, rather than combining the two.

Osteopathic Medicine — it felt very satisfying.”

pleased with the quality of lab manuals WVSOM MAGAZINE

anatomy section and histology section in each

my name on it and it said West Virginia School of

lot of instructors have,” she said. “I wasn’t

Eckel also thinks it is important to include a gross

“The fact that this finally came in the mail and had

“As an instructor I had the same concerns a

myself I was able to get a view of a bone where you could see everything because I knew what they

working on it.

own manual to better explain human anatomy


dissections and clear images. Doing the photos

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Businesses The Irish Pub CADUCEUS $50-$249 Keith Adkins, D.O. David Alsup Tamra Aman, D.O. Richard Anderson Matthew Arvon, D.O. Drs. Tom & Karen Asher Nicholas G. Bagnoli, D.O. Betty Baker Lois Balzano Christopher Baraca Alan Bartell Robert Beasley, D.O. Dewey Beckett Leslie W. Bicksler Craig E. Bishop, D.O.

Charles Bisogno, D.O. Patricia Bond, Ph.D. Dan Breece, D.O. Elaine Buckley Lorraine Byrd, D.O. Irving & Nancy Cannon Ann & Thomas Chapman Sonia K. Chattha-Sandu, D.O. Lacy & Florence Cochran Keith & Cynthia Condon Roselia Schlichtig Conrad, D.O. Richard & Calla Corner Anthony & Rita Coscia Joy Cousins, D.O. Rodney K. Cox, D.O. Michael J. Coyle, D.O. Dennis Cunningham, M.D. Drs. Steven & Tabitha Danley Nancy Clingman Deitz Francis Charles Demuth Jr., D.O. Richard Dey Roderick H. Doss, D.O. Marilyn & George Dresch Gail Dudley, D.O. Guy Dooley, OMS Robert W. Eaton, D.O. Jerrold R. Ecklind, D.O. Drs. John & Joy Elliott Michelle Endicott, D.O. Sheila Farley Charyle Farnsworth Sharon Fawaz, D.O. Howard Feinberg, D.O. Jeffery Ferraro Janet Filing Robert Fisk, Ph.D. Mary Lou Fragile, D.O. Kathy Fry C. Wayne Gallops, D.O. John M. Garlitz, D.O. Robin Wolf Garrett, D.O. Jason Genin, D.O. Donald Gibbon, D.O. Lynette Gogol, D.O. G. Michael Gould, D.O. Brian N. Griffith, Ph.D. Robert Gum, D.O. Kathy Sue Gunter, D.O. Rhonda L. Hamm, D.O. Mary Hamra, Ph.D. Julia Hattier, D.O. Tim Holbrook Beth A. Holmes, D.O. Marilyn Horacek, D.O. Arthur Hupka, Ph.D Scott Itzkowitz, D.O. S. Kent Jameson, D.O. Rodney Jarrell, D.O. Beth Ann Jenkins, D.O. Scott Jerome, D.O. Karl Kleman Cindi Knight Diane & Douglas LeGrand Larry Leone, D.O. Gary A. Lowther, D.O. Sue Lyngaas Robert Maggiano, D.O. Gayle Mason, CPA Khan Matin, M.D. Warren McClellen April Miller, OMS David & Sheila Meredith John & Kimary Miller Laura M. Miller, D.O.

Nicole Montjo, D.O. David Montgomery, D.O. Katherine Naymick, D.O. Okechukwu Nwodim, D.O. Kay Ann Ohl Stephen A. Olenchock Jr., D.O. Ronald & Barbara Oliver Deidre Parsley, D.O. David A. Patriquin, D.O. James Paugh II, D.O. Marilyn D. Perry, D.O. Andrew Petersen, OMS Jennifer C. Pritchett, D.O. Cheryl Purvis William Rankin Jr. John & Betsey Ready Richard L. Reece Jr., D.O. Frederick Rente, D.O. Stephanie Richards Victoria Roane Robert Rogan, D.O. Mailien R. Rogers, D.O. Joel B. Rose, D.O. Barbara Sanders Barbara Ann Sanders Frederick & Shirley Schneider John A. Schriefer, Ph.D. Stephanie Schuler Eric H. Sharp, D.O. Ronald Sheppard, D.O. Victoria L. Shuman, D.O. George R. Simons, D.O. William F. Simpson Jr., D.O. Jay A. Singleton, D.O. Jeffrey D. Smith, D.O. George Sokos, D.O. Cherill Stone Emily R. Thomas, D.O. Shelaila N. Villamor, D.O. Larry Ware Daniel K. Wilson, D.O. Winter B. Wilson, D.O. James Wright, D.O. Munir & Yvette Yarid Lisa Zaleski, D.O. Businesses Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Desert Reef Beach Club, Inc. Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital, Inc. St. John’s United Church Legacy Leaders Anonymous Paul Snider John F. Facinoli, D.O. ‘78 Randal N. Huff, D.O. ‘80 Susan Painter, D.O. ‘87 Marlene Wager, D.O. “5 For 5 Campaign” Participants Drs. Cheryl & Michael Adelman*** Greg & Jill Allman ** William D. Armstrong, D.O.* Drs. Hal Armistead & Amelia K. Roush** Patricia F. Arnett, D.O.* Helen Baker, Ph.D.** Manuel W. Ballas, D.O.* David Barger, D.O.* C. Donovan Beckett, D.O.*


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Michael D. Bess, D.O.* Elizabeth K. Blatt, Ph.D.* William Blue, Ph.D.* Walter Boardwine, D.O.** Craig Boisvert, D.O.** George F. Boxwell, D.O.* Drs. Ed & Kristi Bridges** David E. Brown, Ph.D.* Kevin E. Broyles, D.O.* Richard Carey, D.O.* Craig A. Chambers, D.O.* Sue J. Chen, D.O.** Robert Chrest, D.O.* Curtis L. Cornella-Carlson, D.O.** David E. Crandall* R. Derry Crosby, D.O.* David C. Cummings, D.O.* John Dewalt, M.D.** Charles H. Davis, D.O.* Linda A. Eakle, D.O.* Lawrence Fabrizio, D.O.* Rodney Fink, D.O.* Robert L. Flowers, D.O.* Dr. Robert & Mary Leb Foster** A.S. Ghiathi, D.O.* Thomas L. Gilligan, D.O.* John Glover, D.O.* Drs. Rick & Carol Antonelli Greco* Ronald W. Green, D.O.* Tom & Nancy Greenstreet** David W. Hambrick* Jandy Hanna, Ph.D.** David T. Harrison, D.O.* Raymond A. Harron, M.D.* M. Boyd Hern D.O.* Ralph Hess, D.O.* John P. Hibler, D.O.* J.B. Hill, D.O.* Robert B. Holstein, D.O.** Stephen Howell, D.O.** Robert L. Hunter, D.O.* Daniel S. Hurd, D.O.* Buddy Hurt, D.O.* Gregory M. Jarrell, D.O.* Dr. & Mrs. Olen E. Jones Jr** Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence M. Kelley** Teresa Kilgore, D.O.* Tim Kleman, D.O.* J. Timothy Kohari, D.O.** Gregory T. Lagos, D.O.* Forrest J. Lane Jr., D.O.* Dr. Michael & Sharon LaRochelle* Michael Lee, D.O.* David H. Leech, Ph.D.* Mathew W. Lively, D.O.* Kathleen E. Maley, D.O.* John Manchin II, D.O.* Cynthia A. Mayer, D.O.* Richard D. Meadows, D.O.* Margaret J. McKeon, Ed.D.* Philip L. McLaughlin* James A. Miller, D.O.* William R. Minor, D.O.* Malcolm Modrzakowski, Ph.D.* William D. Moore, D.O.* Michael A. Muscari, D.O.* Samuel A. Muscari Sr., D.O.* Samuel A. Muscari Jr., D.O..** Dr. & Mrs. G.P. Naum III* Scott M. Naum, D.O.* S. Andrew Naymick, D.O.* James Nemitz, Ph.D.*

Abdul M. Orra, D.O.* Pete J. Palko, D.O.* Charles ‘Mick’ Paroda, D.O.* Lorenzo Pence, D.O.* G. Kevin Perdue, D.O.* Drs. Bruce & Millie Petersen* Jeffory Prylinski, D.O.* Richard Rafes, Ph.D., J.D.* David W. Ray, D.O.* Joseph Reyes, D.O.* Wesley D. Richardson, D.O.** Steve Richman, D.O.* Britt Sanford, M.D.**+ Jerome E. Scherer, D.O.* Joseph E. Schreiber, D.O.* Drs. William & Judith Seifer* Vada Sharp**+ Larry S. Sidaway, D.O.** Jan Silverman, D.O.* Sara W. Smelcer, D.O.*+ Dr. & Mrs. Albert Smith Jr.* Belinda K. Smith, D.O.* Ronald K. Smith, D.O.* Alan Snider, D.O.* J. Keith Speed, D.O.* Drs. Thomas & Karen M. Steele** Russell & Sally Stewart, D.O.** Dr. Peter & Sharon Stracci*** Tamajiro Takubo, D.O.* Andy R. Tanner, D.O.** Mary C. Testa, D.O.** Paul B. Thompson, D.O.* Dr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Trent** Nelson Velasquez, D.O.* Gregory Wallace, D.O.* William & Phyllis Wallace* Kelli Ward, D.O.* Shannon Warren* Noel D. Weigel, D.O.** Mary C. Williams, D.O.* Lewis A. Whaley, D.O.* Greg Wood, D.O.** Ralph Wood, D.O.** Dr. George & Gretchen Woodard* Greg Zafros & Sally Cooper* WVSOM Alumni Association** Community Business Leaders: Strong & Growing Bank of Monroe* City National Bank* Country Road Realty LLC* First National Bank* Greenbrier Real Estate Service** Gillespie’s Flowers* Grand Home Furnishings* The Cartledge Foundation, Inc. Riverbend Nursery* Mason & Berry, Inc. State Farm, Fairlea* The American Beer Company** *Participating in “5 For 5” Campaign ** Leaf Completed ***Acorn Completed ****Rock Completed +Friends & Family who have passed away



Don & Janice Gans Jacey E. Goddard, D.O. Todd A. Goldman Kathy Goodman, D.O. Nancy L. Green, Ed.D Jenifer L. Hadley, D.O. Karen & Gerald Hausler Constance N. Hayden, D.O. Carl F. Hoyng, D.O. Karen Hultman, D.O. Shea Humphrey, D.O. Jeffrey A. Hunt, D.O. Frances J. Jamerson, D.O. Jane A. Johnson, D.D.S. Curran L. Jones, D.O. Jennifer M. Jones, D.O. Frank J. Kadel, D.O. Kimberly D. Lauder, D.O. Thomas Lauderman, D.O. Clay Lee, D.O. To Shan Li, D.O. John W. Lewis, D.O. N. Laura Liles, D.O. Gretchen Lovett, Ph.D. Michael Mauzy, D.O. Janice J. Miller, D.O. G. Todd Moore, D.O. Cynthia Osborne, D.O. Michael Painter Sherry E. Phillips Frank Poland, D.O. Jane-Marie Raley, D.O. Roi O. Reed, D.O. Tina L. Reiter, D.O. Ty Robinson, D.O. Ryan T. Runyon, D.O. Daniel B. Seff, D.O. Randy R. Shemer, D.O. William T. Shultz, D.O. Todd A. Smith, D.O. Stephen R. Stanley, D.O. James Stollings, D.O. Heather Straight, D.O. Marilyn Stull Brentz Thompson, J.D. Maria N. Tranto, D.O. Richard Van Buskirk, D.O. Mark Waddell, D.O. Roger T. Weiss, D.O. Drs. Kevin & Colleen Wells Thomas R. Westenberger, D.O. Robyn Weyand, Ph.D. Thomas White, D.O.


the halt by laying on of hands. They poke and

This great American humorist was

twist, shake and pry until the poor innocent is

an ardent friend and advocate of the

forced to regain his health to preserve his life

osteopathic profession. As himself a

from their ministrations. As for myself, I am

patient under the healing hands of

about resolved to let nature take her course

osteopaths, he spoke on their behalf

and if a toddy night and morning and a cigar

as a satisfied recipient of their care. He

or two in between will not serve to keep the

will always be remembered and highly

miasmas distracted I shall treat them to a

regarded as one of our own.

broadside from Mary Baker Eddy.”

Dr. Holstein is a board certified family physician residing with his wife, Jean, in Inverness, Fla. He is in private practice and participates in short-term medical missions nationally and internationally.

From the WVSOM Alumni President

Mark Twain’s death — Halley’s Comet

hailed from Hannibal, a stone’s throw from

shone in the skies. Just a year before,

Kirksville, was no stranger to the evolving

as his heart disease became more

profession that would forever have a major

troublesome, Mark had reminded his

impact on the health care delivery system of

biographer and friend, Albert Bigelow

an entire nation. Mark Twain, himself, was

Paine, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in

treated for chronic bronchitis by osteopaths

1835. It is coming again next year, and

and his daughter, Jean, was treated for a

I expect to go out with it. It will be the

seizure disorder as well.

greatest disappointment of my life if I do

When the New York County Medical Society opposed the Seymour bill to license osteopaths, it was Mark Twain who testified on our behalf and was strongly criticized by some for doing so. He was very critical of

Mark Twain, D.O.

any attempt to take away from the patient

I have been an avid admirer of the great

treatment for whatever malady from which he

American humorist, Mark Twain, for

or she suffers. He was an advocate of patient

many years. Perhaps it is news to some

rights long before it was a popular dictum of

of you, but he was a strong advocate of

the state.

the right to determine the best course of

osteopathy and spoke publicly in support of our profession to the chagrin of our allopathic colleagues. Of course, he also used his humor to take “digs” at both professions.

Mark Twain addressed the audience of the Assembly Committee on Public Health directly and without hesitation. Among his many succinct statements was the assertion that he wants to retain liberty. He states, “I

He writes, “I perceive that we are now

believe we ought to retain all of our liberties.

afflicted with two branches of medicine,

We can’t afford to throw any of them away.

neither of which appears capable of

They didn’t come to us in a night, like Jonah’s

much more than preventing the patient

gourd, if Jonah was the man who had a

from enjoying ill health. The wet branch

gourd. [Laughter.] The moment you start

insists on plying the unfortunate

to drive anybody out of the state, then you

with barrels of foul tasting nostrums

have the same situation which existed in

concocted from equal parts of paint

the Garden of Eden. I don’t know as I cared

thinner and carpet tacks until either the

much about these osteopaths until I heard

patient or the complaint gives up the

you were going to drive them out of the state,

ghost. The dry fork, on the other hand,

but since I heard that I haven’t been able to

follows the biblical admonition to heal

sleep.” [Laughter.]


On April 20, 1910 — the night before

This “favorite son” of Missouri having


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not go with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt, ‘Now here go those two unaccountable frauds; they came in together, they must go out together’. Oh! I am looking forward to that!” And he did!

Robert B. Holstein, D.O., ‘79 President, WVSOM Alumni Association


Camp Thunderbird Reflections of a summer camp experience by Art Rubin, D.O., (‘79), regional assistant dean of south central region

Camp Thunderbird is a YMCA summer camp for about 450 children ages 7 to 15 located on Lake Wylie, S.C., just south of Charlotte, N.C. My grown daughters each spent more than 10 years at the camp as campers and then counselors during college. The camp offers a vast array of land sports, arts and crafts, drama classes, horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, kayaking and water skiing on the lake. There are two swimming pools for both instructional and recreational use. I was a volunteer camp doctor at Thunderbird while my girls were campers more than 20 years ago, and was enthusiastic about spending a week there this summer with two of the third-year students in the South Central Region. Following a selection process via essays submitted by interested students in my region, H. Sinclair Sanders and Nicholas Costanza accompanied me to the camp for one week. The Health Center is a fully equipped onsite clinic with two RN’s present 24 hours a day

They also were involved in the camper’s

to accommodate the multitude

activities. Sinclair helped teach LaCrosse and

of medications that must be

Nick was a kayaking aide. The students also

administered to the campers each

provided instruction to the campers regarding

day. Sick calls are held at least twice

proper hydration, insect stings, good hygiene

a day for non-emergent problems,

and the TLC that some new campers require.

and we were always on the grounds

Emergencies included two head injuries,

ready to respond to any emergency

lacerations, bee stings, asthma and the usual

that arose. The students assessed

abrasions seen with children during summer

each camper-patient and presented


In the pictures, we see Sinclair Sanders instructing campers on health issues and Nick Costanza spending quality kayaking time with a camper. The week was so successful for both the camp and our WVSOM students that discussions are under way for Dr. Rubin to return next summer for a longer period of time and with more students.

the case to me with a treatment plan and SOAP note to complete. WVSOM MAGAZINE

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WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc. gains 501c3 status The first meeting of the WVSOM Alumni Association was

The articles were filed with the Secretary of State office and

called to order on Oct. 11, 1980. At that time and for the past

the Alumni Association is now doing business as WVSOM

31 years, the Alumni Association had operated under the

Alumni Association, Inc. The WVSOM Alumni Association,

umbrella of the WVSOM Foundation, Inc. With the alumni base

Inc. will continue to support the White Coat Ceremony,

growing, a special general membership meeting was held in

scholarships, grant programs, CME programs and alumni

May to vote on new by-laws and articles of Constitution for the

gatherings. The WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc. is a dues

Alumni Association to become its separate 501c3. The new

paying membership with 695 life members and 189 active

by-laws and articles were mailed to all paid WVSOM Alumni


Association members the beginning of June and were passed with a vote of 102 to 2.

Please consider joining the association today or send your charitable contribution to WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc.

Welcome our newest team member Amy Carey Administrative assistant in the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Amy Carey has filled the role of administrative assistant in the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME). In this role, Carey will be involved in the planning and creating of CME programs, compiling and maintaining CME records and providing support to the CME committee and the director of alumni relations/CME. Carey has worked at WVSOM since 2007 as an administrative secretary senior in PBL. Prior to that, she gained experience as an administrative assistant at The Greenbrier while working in several departments including: training, human resources and conference services. She completed her Regent’s Bachelor’s of Arts Degree with an emphasis on communication in 2010 from West Virginia University (WVU). She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Corporate and Organizational Communication program at WVU, and is anticipated to graduate in December 2012.

Please save the date for these upcoming CME opportunities


February 3-5, 2011

June 13-16, 2011

WVSOM Mid-Winter Osteopathic

WVSOM Summer Seminar will

Update will be at the Embassy Suites

be at Kingston Plantation in

in Charleston, W.Va. This program

Myrtle Beach, S.C. This program

anticipates being approved for 18

anticipates being approved for

category 1-A AOA CME credits pending

20 category 1-A AOA CME credits

approval by the AOA CCME. More

pending approval by the AOA

information will follow regarding

CCME. More information will

registration, hotel information and

follow regarding registration, hotel

seminar topics.

information and seminar topics.


info Contact the CME office at 1-800-356-7836, ext. 358 or email or visit for program updates and to register online

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for early registration fees.


away from the seminar is the knowledge that child abuse is

Alumnus speaks at CME seminar

common. “It can be very subtle but it has lifelong consequences, and unless we interrupt that cycle it’s just perpetuated,” he said.      Other seminar speakers were Monica Acord, executive director

Dr. Gregory Wallace was one of the speakers during a continuing medical education seminar. The seminar addressed child abuse. 

of the Child and Youth Advocacy Center; Mary Ann Shires, a social work professional specializing in working with individuals who have developmental disabilities; and Susan Vlajk, a social worker and systemic therapist.     

Dr. Gregory Wallace, a 1981 WVSOM graduate, was one of the main speakers during the Restoring Safety

About 90 people attended the event on campus with three participating distance sites.

in Vulnerable Populations (RSVP): Child Abuse & Developmental Disabilities seminar. The seminar’s objective was to bring awareness to child abuse across the nation. Wallace said there are about 1,500 deaths per year related to child abuse. Most abuse cases are reported by teachers, with 3 to 6 percent of cases turned in by physicians. “I think a lot of people are aware of these issues but they are just afraid to get involved,” Wallace said of child abuse cases. “They’re afraid to lose patients if they’re doctors and they’re afraid they’re going to get sued.” Wallace said the most important thing for people to take

Summer Seminar About 132 people attended the

D.O. (Class of 1979); and Edward

2011 WVSOM Summer Seminar at

Eskew, D.O. (Class of 1978).

the Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Faculty and staff members assisted with workshops and labs June

During the seminar, WVSOM alumni

15-18. Andrea Nazar, D.O., Teddy

gave various presentations and

Hamrick, Angie Amick, LPN, Jane


Bryant, BA, and Sara Kirk, LPN

WVSOM alumni who spoke or

attended the seminar.

provided a lecture at the seminar

Drs. Michael and Cheryl Adelman

were: Kevin Broyles, D.O. (Class

were also in attendance.

of 1998); Michael Nicholas, D.O. (Class of 1979); Robert Hunter, D.O. (Class of 1997); Manny Ballas, D.O. (Class of 1993); Linda Eakle, D.O. (Class of 1979); Jason Genin,

The WVSOM Summer Seminar was sponsored by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and WVSOM Alumni Association, Inc.

D.O. (Class of 2007); John Hibler, WVSOM MAGAZINE

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incoming commander for Moncrief Army Hospital at Fort Michael Levy, D.O., founder and medical director of the Center

Jackson, S.C.

for Addiction Medicine in Las Vegas, was named as a 2010

Victoria Shuman, D.O., was awarded the WVSOM Central

Health Care Hero by Nevada Business Magazine.

Region’s Outstanding Family Medicine Preceptor Award. This award is given to those family physicians who have been outstanding role models to students, have demonstrated a

John Glover, D.O., received the prestigious A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). Dr. Glover is professor and chairman of the

commitment to teaching, mentoring and giving back to the education process. Dr. Shuman practices at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine on the Mare Island campus.

Robert Hunter, D.O., chaired the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, a collaboration between the Ohio Osteopathic Association and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hunter was

Timothy Workman, D.O., was awarded the WVSOM South East Region’s Outstanding Family Medicine Preceptor Award. This award is given to those family physicians who have been outstanding role models to students, have demonstrated a commitment to teaching, mentoring and giving back to the

also elected as president of the Ohio ACOFP and vice president of the OOA, as well as elected a distinguished member of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Hunter published the article “Health Information Technology Costs and Patient Safety Concerns” in Osteopathic Family Physician.

education process. Dr. Workman practices in Lewisburg, W.Va. Frank Swisher, D.O., was featured in American Medical news Lisa Noble, D.O., was awarded the WVSOM Northern Region’s Outstanding Primary Care and Specialty Preceptor Award. The preceptor awards are presented to physicians from across the

about programs which emphasize drawing students from rural areas and offering practical clinical experience in small-town communities to steer them toward rural medicine.

state for their accomplishments through the statewide campus osteopathic medicine system. Dr. Noble is a pediatrician at Weirton Medical Center.

Steven Mark Hults, D.O., opened an OB/GYN practice in the Summit Center in Clayton, N.C. He is on the medical staff at Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.

Jennifer Leavitt, D.O., received the WVSOM Central Region’s Outstanding Primary Care Preceptor Award. The recipients of this award were selected from among outstanding preceptors throughout the statewide campus system and have been excellent role models to students and have demonstrated a commitment to community wellness and service. Dr. Leavitt practices in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Aaron Kendrick, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky. Dr. Kendrick’s internship and residency in general surgery was completed at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (Erlanger Hospital).  Most recently, he completed a second residency at the University of Kentucky in anesthesiology. Dr. Kendrick will have a minimallyinvasive, non-narcotic, pain management clinic that will treat

Mark Higdon, D.O., was the guest speaker at the Valley Point

chronic pain.

High School Alumni banquet. A scholarship from the Valley Point High School Alumni Association helped jumpstart his collegiate education and helped Dr. Higdon pay college necessities during his freshman year. Dr. Higdon was named 52

Michael Robie, D.O., received the WVSOM South Central Region’s Outstanding Primary Care Preceptor Award. The


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recipients of this award were selected from among outstanding preceptors throughout the statewide campus system and have been excellent role models to students and have demonstrated a commitment to community wellness and service. Dr. Robie practices in Nitro, W.Va.

Jonathan Beyer, D.O., has been selected as one of two chief residents for the Emergency Medicine program at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA for 2011-2012. Although an allopathic program, both chief residents are DOs which is rare for this residency program.

Dianna Bearse, D.O., was awarded the WVSOM Eastern Region’s Outstanding Family Medicine Preceptor Award. This award is given to those family physicians who have been outstanding role models to students, have demonstrated a commitment to teaching, mentoring and giving back to the education process. Dr. Bearse practices in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Amber Bishop, D.O., was awarded Intern of the Year in her family medicine residency program at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She is the only D.O. out of 10 interns. Donald Pyle, D.O., was appointed as Chief Resident in the

Kris VanWagner, D.O., has been awarded American Board of Ophthalmology certification from one of the nation’s pioneering

Department of Psychiatry at Nova Southeastern University & the Florida Department of Corrections.

medical specialty certifying boards. He completed his residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Vision Care. At Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY, Dr. VanWagner provides


comprehensive medical/surgical eye care and eye examinations to patients over the age of eight years.

Daryl Trusty, D.O., received the Physician Recognition Award for the second half of the 2010 year. He received the award at the

Christy Campbell, D.O., married Drew Smalley on March 26, 2011, in Galloway, Ohio.

December Medical Staff Meeting held on December 15, 2010. Dr. Trusty has worked as an emergency physician at Allegheny since July 9, 2010. In a short amount of time, he has made a positive impression on patients and staff. Dr. Trusty received nominations

Stacey Chapman, D.O., married Sean Gallagher on September 20, 2010, at Kapalua Bay in Maui.

citing his compassion toward and communication with patients and their families, his “team player” mindset and respect for staff.

Paul Scurti, D.O., and Connie Harris, D.O., were married August 21, 2010, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Faith Payne, D.O., has been selected by the Awards Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons to receive one of the 2011 ACOS Resident Achievement Awards sponsored by the ACOS Trust Fund. Dr. Payne will receive the award in Atlanta, Ga.

Tiffany Glasel, D.O., married Daniel Schraufnagel on April 2, 2011, in Appleton, Wis.

Gerald Chai, D.O., joined Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. as one of the 2011-2012 Interventional Pain Management Fellows, training in pain management and the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Dr. Chai also served as chief resident at Georgetown University Hospitals/National Rehabilitation Hospital  during his fourth year of post graduate training.


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DEATHS Dennis M. Small, D.O., WVSOM associate professor emeritus, passed away on August 10, 2011. Dr. Small was a member of


WVSOM’s first graduating class and started working at WVSOM in 1994 after working at an Army Medical Center in Hawaii as part of his active duty service to the military. During his time at various hospitals, Dr. Small was a member of a trauma

Alex McClintic, D.O., and Andrea McClintic, D.O., welcomed

committee, CPR committee, CQI committee and medical

Meredith Ann McClintic into the world on February 4, 2011.

executive committee. In Lewisburg he acted as the chief of staff

Meredith was also welcomed by 5-year-old brother, Colin, and

at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center from 2001-2002. He also

3-year-old sister, Ava.

spent some time as director of medical education for the Robert C. Byrd Clinic. Survivors include his wife, Hazel, and sons, Jeff

Pete Palko, D.O., and his wife, Trisha, welcomed Magda

Small, D.O., also a WVSOM graduate, David Small, and Alan

Elizabeth Palko on June 10 at 5:58 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 6

Jacobin. Daughters Chaunette Small and Candice Jacobin-Raub.

ounces and 19 inches long.

Two sisters, one brother, three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Memorial services were held August 12, 2011, at the Longanacre Funeral Home in Fairlea, W.Va.

Heather Mullens, D.O., and her husband, Scott, welcomed son, Mark Christopher, on January 25, 2011. Mark joins sisters, Claire and Katie.

Kathy L. Kruger, D.O., of Defiance, Ohio, died July 11, 2011, at Defiance Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kruger was a science teacher from 1984-1990 in Virginia and West Virginia before

Robert Rees, D.O., and his wife, Tracy, announced the birth of

coming to WVSOM. Her specialty was OB/GYN. Dr. Kruger

their daughter, Kylie, on November 5, 2010. Kylie was 8 pounds,

is survived by husband, George “Dan;” mother, Sandy; son,

20 inches long.

Christian Jermey; daughter, Laura Rose; siblings, Brian, Scott and Linda Smith, D.O., also a WVSOM graduate. Preceding her in death was sister, Lisa Deutch. Services were held July 16, 2011, at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, where she was also a member of its consistory.


New Life Members

Ross Allen Carlson, D.O., of Encinitas, Calif., passed away June 17, 2011. A native of New Mexico, Dr. Carlson received a B.A. in

From February 11, 2011


mathematics from Long Beach State in 1978. He loved music,

John Ellison, D.O.


Steven Eshenaur, D.O.


Abigail Winters, D.O.


Ryan Runyon, D.O.


Rod Doss, D.O.


Brian DeFade, D.O.


Jessica Close, D.O.


surfing and healing people. Dr. Carlson is survived by his wife, Betsy; son, Ross Jr.; siblings, Lenny and Beverly; and nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was held July 16, 2011, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 552 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, Calif. t


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Alumni of GMS annual reunion by Herb Pearis, secretary, Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association

On October 14, Alumni of GMS will return to Lewisburg for their annual reunion. It is hoped our activities will not interfere with your established routine for the several days we’ll be on campus. Not surprisingly, we still view it as our school, not quite able to assimilate in our mind we are the visitors. Please excuse our intrusion, but also recognize that we are so proud of you and your collective accomplishment. We smile with pride as you receive national recognition for your major accomplishment — graduating quality primary care physicians.


Most of our reunion activities are held on the WVSOM campus and

Members of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni

most frequently, the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center. From a GMS

Association’s Board of Directors will gather on campus

standpoint, it is fitting that Dr. Sharp was the first president of WVSOM

Thursday afternoon for their annual board meeting and flag

(changed from the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine), as

raising, officially beginning activities which carry through the

he was the father of Paul Sharp, a GMS graduate in 1952. In 2000,

weekend. GMSAA’s Leadership Institute will provide instruction

our association provided significant financial assistance for major

to develop leadership skills in students of Greenbrier County’s

improvements to the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center while the WVSOM

public schools.

Foundation provided space for our museum. WVSOM MAGAZINE

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Friday Later Friday afternoon, we invite all of the WVSOM family to join us on the front court of the original building as we have opening ceremonies termed “Retreat Formation,” a daily activity held prior to the evening meal by GMS cadets. While it is a flag lowering activity, symbolically we honor the flag and America, as well as those former students who have died during the past year. This officially is the start of our reunion activities.



On Saturday, life members of our

On Sunday, join us at Old Stone Presbyterian Church as GMS graduate, Vernon

association will start the day at the

Thompson, will lead the service and fill the pulpit. This is a most fitting conclusion to

General Lewis Inn for breakfast

the reunion weekend.

before returning to the alumni center for the association’s business meeting, a time for discussing our activities and recognize those who have distinguished themselves. This is also a time for our members to provide their ideas and activities for the association. During the meeting, our association will recognize the WVSOM students who were awarded scholarships during WVSOM’s spring awards for reflecting GMS standards and ideals. While the men are talking, our ladies will be gathering for brunch at the country club. We conclude the day with a dinner/dance at the alumni center.

If you are a first-year student of WVSOM, your class represents the 38th year medical students walked the hall intended for students of Greenbrier Military School (GMS), which traces it history to 1812. According to former owner/superintendent W. John Moore, 1812 was chosen as the beginning date, as proof of the school’s existence was recorded, while earlier dates were less certain. GMS closed in 1972 and was immediately purchased by a group of osteopathic physicians determined to bring osteopathic medical education to West Virginia. Obviously, Greenbrier Military School’s history is also the history of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s. The first class entered in the fall of 1974. The school has flourished. WVSOM has continued the provision of quality education to the Lewisburg and Greenbrier County area, but has also furnished physicians for all of West Virginia, the southern region of our nation and in some cases international doctors. The proud tradition, from 1812, continues and is needed now more than ever as emphasis for the primary physician grows greater, and the demand for WVSOM’s graduates increases.



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secured, your Board of Directors focused on our “educational legacy.”

association lay dormant before awakening and holding its first reunion

Our leadership program, named The Greenbrier Leadership Institute,

in 1982. The association has held an annual reunion each fall. While

has grown and is now receiving statewide attention. Past Presidents

GMS alumni understand our association is a last man’s club, we are

Admiral Ted Parker and Col. Beaman Cummings, with the assistance

actively laying the foundation to ensure that what happened here

of highly qualified alumni, deserve not only our gratitude but our

in Lewisburg was indeed important and must be remembered. We

continuing financial support. As John Curry, the Greenbrier Valley School

are working to that end and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic

superintendant states in an article published July 2011 in education:

Medicine has been a wonderful partner, mutually providing

Those timeless skills, along with leadership, personal accountability,

encouragement and lending a helping hand as each has associated

and cooperation, are being taught through the district’s leadership

as an adjunct organization to the other. We value the camaraderie that

initiative provided by the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association.

has developed between us and want you to know what we’re doing.

Although the school is no longer in operation, alumni members are

Current GMSAA President John J. “Duke” Schneider graduated from

carrying on the school’s legacy by teaching students the importance

GMS in 1956 and attended the United States Military Academy in West

of decision making, mutual respect and collaboration. Additionally, the

Point, N.Y., prior to earning a law degree and continues his practice to

group is working with the district’s faculty to help teachers incorporate

this day. Duke welcomed the opportunity to inform students and staff

those skills into their own lesson plans.

of WVSOM about the commitment of GMSAA to Lewisburg and West Virginia as he wrote his “State of the Association” to be delivered to all

We have nurtured a symbiotic relationship with WVSOM and have the

members of GMSAA and WVSOM’s families. It follows:

benefit and pride of seeing that 200 years of educational excellence continue. One of the significant benefits is the expertise and use of its

President’s message to GMSAA and WVSOM

server website and our database that will allow those that come after to obtain detailed records of our period of that educational history. Plans are well under way for a tremendous 200 year Greenbrier Valley celebration of this educational excellence (of which GMS played a

As I finish up my term serving as your president, I am reminded of

major role) at the 2012 Reunion (October 21-23, 2012). Make your

a tag line from an old commercial, “This is not your father’s Buick.”

plans to share the fun and pride of that celebration. We have a newly

That is because your present association is not “your father’s

constituted Public Affairs Committee under the leadership of Deak

association.” My father, Edward Schneider from Garfield, N.J.,

Roberts (‘56) that will increase

was the only son of Hungarian

the public awareness of all that

immigrants who came to GMS from

has been accomplished and

1924-1929. He always credited his success to his experience

what will be done in the future.

at GMS. When I attended from

Your association and its mem-

1952-1956 he came to visit often,

bers have built bridges to every

and as I recall, was active along

segment of the Greenbrier Val-

with the father of my A Company

ley community. It is with genuine

CO and baseball battery mate,

amazement that everyone in the

Thumper Coleman, in the Alumni

Greenbrier area I speak with rec-

Association. My recollection was

ognizes our continuing efforts to

that the association was at that

be relevant in a changing world

time a recruiting and social network. How times have changed! With

and welcomes our efforts. I ask each of you to evaluate the importance

our school closed for almost 40 years your GMSAA is as vibrant

of our “intangible legacy” in relation to our “tangible legacy.” Your board

and active as it has ever been. Given the finishing of the enormous

believes our “intangible legacy,” perhaps called the Greenbrier Forever

task of building the Alumni Center Museum and Memorial Park now

Spirit, with your help and efforts, can live on for generations and further

magnificently highlighted by the historic GMS cannons, attention has

bless this great country. I thank Herb, JoAnn, all of our officers and board

been focused on the legacy of GMS and its attendees. That is a legacy

members for all of the support you have given to me and the member-

of a solid education emphasizing principled leadership qualities.

ship. Lastly, I leave the president’s role to Grey Webb whose service to

We are blessed that our home campus is still a first-class educational

your association portends even greater days ahead.

institution, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM).

So it is no longer your “father’s Alumni Association” but it is one that my

We have legally solidified our “property” legacy with a recorded

dad and all who share the Greenbrier Spirit forever can be justly proud.

agreement with all relevant parties. The Greenbrier Valley Historical

John J. “Duke” Schneider (‘56)

Society will become our “alter ego” in perpetuity to protect that “property legacy.” With our “property legacy” of bricks, blocks and memorabilia WVSOM MAGAZINE

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After the closing of Greenbrier Military School in 1972, the alumni


New scholarship This scholarship was Cathy’s way of honoring her brother’s life, which he lived to the fullest and still be respectful of his memory. After Cathy Dailey lost her brother she

“I love WVSOM,” she said. “I was given the

wanted to help her grieving parents in

opportunity of a lifetime and am glad I got

some way.

my education in Lewisburg. Giving back to

So the 1989 WVSOM graduate decided to form a scholarship in her brother’s name

Dailey comes from a family of osteopathic

teopathic physicians.

physicians, which helped her realize more

“I also realized the philosophy was more

parents a Christmas gift

how I wanted to practice medicine. Each

that was meaningful,” Dai-

year I am in practice I am thankful and

ley said. “The loss of a child,

proud that I am a D.O.,” she said.

the most devastating event a parent can endure. The scholarship was my way of honoring my brother’s life,

She enjoys the hands on approach to practicing medicine and the concept of treating a person, not a body part or single illness.

which he lived to the fullest,

“Our body functions as a whole and it is

and still be respectful of his

important to understand that when treat-


ing our patients,” she said.

The Randy Dailey Memorial

Dailey works in the pediatrics department

Award is presented to a sec-

at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She ad-

ond-year student from West

opted her daughter, Carolyn, in 2007 from

Virginia who demonstrates

China. Dailey said the adoption has been

a commitment to academic

the most important thing in her life.

excellence and is involved with a variety of student clubs and organizations.

“I thought medical school was the hardest

Dailey said that her parents were pleased

hood,” she said. “She has been a blessing

and thankful for the scholarship and con-

for me and my parents.”

tinue to support it. For Dailey, the decision to donate to the school was easy.

that she wanted to practice medicine.

brother I wanted to give my

no matter at what age, is

gratifying things I do.”

to help students who want to become os-

“After the death of my


the school is one of the easiest and most


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thing I had ever done, then came mother-


Stephanie Dawn Barragy Memorial Scholarship Stephanie Dawn Barragy told her

“We wanted to do something

can make a difference and so

The scholarship is presented to

parents she would never commit

that we felt would directly

another parent doesn’t have to

a student who has a familiarity

suicide, but years later, at the

help in suicide awareness and

stand up there and pass out a

with mental health through

age of 35, she took her own life.

suicide prevention. That’s why

similar award.”

personal or professional

we decided to go with a future

Barragy’s parents, Chuck

doctor who could possibly make

and Jean Cornell, formed the Stephanie Dawn Barragy Memorial Scholarship to honor their daughter and raise

a difference in someone’s life,” Chuck Cornell said of the scholarship.

awareness of suicide. November

“When she took her life it was

will be the fourth anniversary of

not her first attempt at doing it,

Barragy’s death. This past May

but she made sure it was her

was the first year the Cornell’s

last,” he said of his daughter.

distributed the scholarship to a

“That’s why we’re trying to reach

WVSOM student.

out to the future doctors so they

The Cornells said they wanted to get the word “suicide” out of the stigma closet and inform people about the issue on a local level. “There are plenty of suicide prevention societies and things like that, but we wanted to see

experience and is committed to addressing the needs of patients. The Cornells will be involved in selecting the recipient of the scholarship each year at the senior awards banquet.

if we could do something on a local level, instead of a national level; instead of a 1-800 hotline,” Chuck said.

2011-12 Foundation Board of Directors David Hambrick, J.D., President

Ex Officio Members:

Tom Greenstreet, Past President

Michael Adelman, J.D., D.O., WVSOM President

Philip McLaughlin, Vice President

Robert Holstein, D.O., President, Alumni Association Sally A. Cooper, Executive Director

Steve Talbott, Treasurer David P. Allen, D.O., ‘78

Honorary Members:

Col. John Gwinn

O.J. Bailes, D.O.

Ray A. Harron, M.D.

Roland P. Sharp, D.O.

Raymond V. Harron, D.O.,’90 Matthew W. Lively, D.O., ‘93 Abdul M. Orra, D.O., ’82 Belinda K. Smith, D.O., ‘83 Dan Trent, D.O., ’83 Lewis Whaley, D.O.


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West Virginia School of OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

400 North Lee Street Lewisburg, WV 24901

Did you know that WVSOM is:

No. 1

No. 2

No. 9

No. 12

in the percentage of

in the percentage of graduates

in rural medicine among the

in family medicine among

graduates of all U.S. medical

of all U.S. medical schools

nation’s medical schools.

the nation’s medical schools.

schools practicing in rural

entering primary care residencies.

(U.S.News & World Report)

(U.S.News & World Report)

areas. (Academic Medicine)

69.7% of our 2010 graduates entered primary care residencies. (U.S.News & World Report)


All class reunion during our 40th Anniversary





Grand Affair

Open House


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