LECOM Erie Student Accepts Writing Award at POMA Conference

The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association recognized LECOM OMS2 John Leuenberger for his clinical writing in the association's Clinical Essay Competition.  Leuenberger received an honorary mention for third place in the competition during an

John Leuenberger, LECOM Erie OMS2 receives POMA Clinical Essay honorable mention award.

award luncheon at the 101st Annual POMA Clinical Assembly and Scientific Seminar.  POMA's Editor-in-Chief Gerald Scharf, DO announced the winners and presented Leuenberger with a certificate and monetary award.

The POMA Journal will publish his article: Ehler-Danlos syndrome and chronic depression: An osteopathic approach to a patient with a history of a brain lesion. According to Leuenberger, this is a case report about the power of osteopathic medicine; it is an example of how the technologically advanced medical world can miss what the hands can feel. It is also an excellent example of how osteopathic medicine can treat a previously diagnosed “untreatable” condition and have profound life-altering effects on a patient’s life.

Two LECOM Alumni presented lectures during the conference. 1999 graduate Edward A. Everett, Jr., DO, FAAP, gave a pediatric talk on Jeopardy: Late Pre-term Infants.  James Lin, DO, Class of 2002, lectured on Identification and Management of Difficult Behaviors in Dementia.

Clinical faculty member, Frank Tursi, DO, was elected POMA Vice-President.  Dr. Tursi is Director of Medical Education at Millcreek Community Hospital and


May 4, 2009
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