LECOM Shines at AOA Convention in Las Vegas

Left photo: Michael Rowe, D.O. (LECOM Class of 1998), and wife Jamie at the Alumni Dinner in Las Vegas. Right photo: LECOM Bradenton students Puja Trivedi and Morganna Freeman present their poster at the AOA's 113th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminar.

Viva Las Vegas! Viva LECOM!

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine administrators, students, faculty, staff and alumni headed west for the 113th American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Convention and Scientific Seminar.

The event was held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas and attracted a record total of 9,389 attendees. Including more than 100 alumni who attended either the AOA conference or the American Osteopathic College of Emergency Physicians at Caesars Palace. LECOM alumni attended a special luncheon and dinner reception, hosted by President and CEO John Ferretti, D.O. and Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia Ferretti, D.O.

The LECOM exhibit booth was the hit of the seminar as attendees stepped up to spin the Wheel of Fortune in search of fabulous prizes.

The convention was also a time for LECOM to shine. LECOM Bradenton fourth-year medical students Puja Trivedi and Morganna L. Freeman proudly stood by and took questions regarding their poster presentation: Ultra-sonography in Preclinical Education: A Pilot Study. The objective of the research was to evaluate the ability of second-year medical students to use ultra-sonography for identification of anatomic structures and pathologic conditions.

The research was published in the PubMed section of the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) web site (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/).

“We are so thrilled and ecstatic to see our study get published,” said Freeman.

“It’s important that students look for opportunities to publish,” said Trivedi. “We are involved in an ever-changing field and it’s critical that we have the most up-to-date research available.”

Another LECOM student, Richard Lukose, presented his poster from the Auditory Research Center: Neuronal Morphology of the Superior Olivary Complex in a Rodent Model of Autism.

LECOM faculty members who presented included: W. Richard Chegwidden, PhD: Obesity Management: A Potential Therapeutic Role for Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors. LECOM Bradenton faculty member, Ali Moradi, MD, MPH, presented his poster: Location of – out of – Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Manatee County (Fla.). Dr. Chegwidden also served as a judge of the research presentations.

LECOM students also attended the Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs 10th Annual International Seminar during the AOA conference. They presented posters and discussed their overseas medical training and service experiences. Kristy L. Pilbeam, Lauren F. Kaighin, Laura B. Miller, Bahram Namdari, Jason B. Tilley, and Elizabeth G. Sanborn represented the Erie campus and Ambrose F. Panico represented Bradenton.

Reza Nassiri, DSc, spoke at the International Seminar. Professor Nassiri was also among the five finalists for Mentor of the Year, sponsored by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

December 4, 2008
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