Alumni Association hosted slew of events during annual Mid-Winter CME 

WVSOM alumni and faculty converged in Charleston, W.Va., to attend the WVSOM Alumni Association’s annual Mid-Winter Osteopathic Seminar.

The event, which took place Jan. 26-28 at the Embassy Suites, provided 18 sessions for more than 280 physicians, one of which was titled “Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives.”

Other event lectures addressed medical topics such as medical marijuana, medication assisted treatment, osteopathic approaches to pregnancy and labor, hormone replacement therapy, new drugs, limb salvage strategies, evaluating vertigo, unusual case studies, antidepressants, outpatient OMT, oral health, medical liability, medical and surgical options for patients with sinus disease and a DEA presentation.

This year’s presenters at the seminar were: Kelly Dunavant, D.O.; Sally Stewart, D.O.; James Berry, D.O.; Catherine Feaga, D.O.; Derek Ballas, D.O.; Chris Terpening, Ph.D., Pharm.D.; Herbert Oye, D.O.; Susan Leatherman, MPT; Andrea Nazar, D.O.; Todd Jamrose, D.O.; Jim Wright, D.O.; Tracy Wilkerson, D.D.S.; Rob Aliff, J.D.; Andrew Petersen, D.O.; and Robert Otero.

An Alumni Luncheon/Annual Meeting was part of the weekend’s events. During the luncheon, the “Take a Seat” campaign was introduced. At the beginning of each school year, WVSOM students choose a seat in the classroom where they remain until the end of that academic year. This setup is unique to WVSOM. Typically students move from classroom to classroom throughout their education. At the luncheon, Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., joked that in years’ past students have been creative in taking ownership of their seat, with one student even bringing in a mini refrigerator to the classroom. Adelman also reminded alumni that students are graduating with a large amount of debt. To help students, he announced the launch of the “Take a Seat” campaign. Alumni can purchase a seat in the classrooms on campus with all proceeds going toward student scholarships. The selection of seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MSOPTI’s Research Day Poster Competition also took place during the Mid-Winter Osteopathic Seminar. Students and residents presented their research on Jan. 27. Lance Ridpath, coordinator of institutional research, announced poster winners during the alumni luncheon. Thirty-one posters were divided into two categories: research and case study. An award also went to People’s Choice. The winners were:

Research category:

  • First place — Allison Remo, D.O., Christopher Sikes, D.O., Vincent Linberg, D.O. and Adam Heinemann, D.O. “Adverse Events Related to Elimination of Neuromuscular Blockade During Transplant.”

  • Second place — Adam Goodcoff, OMS III, Delaney Kean, OMS III and Angelica Bialczak, OMS II. “Ultrasound: A History of Use and Point of Care Integration Within Medicine and Undergraduate Medical Education.”

  • Third place — Abigail Frank, D.O., et al. “Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: A Quality Improvement Project.”

Case study category:

  • First place — Laura McCourt, OMS III. “Hip Pain: Iliopsoas Hematoma in the Absence of Risk Factors.”
  • Second place — Kaitlin McDade, OMS III. “Migration of Surgical Staple Result in Bladder Calculus.”
  • Third place — Christopher Kennedy, D.O. “Back Pain Response to OMT with Underlying Herpes Zoster: A Case Study.”

People’s Choice category:

  • Anastasia Yi, D.O. and Seth Larson, D.O. “Acute Bilateral Temporal Occipital Ischemic Infarct: A Unique Case Study of Sudden Bilateral Blindness.”

Wrapping up the weekend’s events was the drawing for a Yeti cooler. Those who made a contribution to a scholarship campaign, or made a minimum donation of $50 to the Alumni Association, was entered in the drawing. Faith Payne, D.O., Class of 2007, won the cooler for her donation to the Take a Seat campaign.

Date Added: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018