LECOM Well-Represented at AOA Conference

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was well-represented at this year’s American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) annual conference and exposition at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Members of the college’s administration, faculty, alumni, students and staff took full advantage of the many speeches, seminars and events offered at OMED 2010.

Sidney Coupet, DO is President and Founder of Doctors United for Haiti and a member of the LECOM Class of 2007.

LECOM alumnus Sidney Coupet, DO, was a featured speaker at the Bureau on International Osteopathic Education and Affairs seminar on “Global Health and Osteopathic Challenges”. A member of the Class of 2007, Dr. Coupet is President and Founder of Doctors United for Haiti (DUFH), a non-profit group whose mission is to develop, organize and coordinate efforts to enhance health care systems and services in Haiti.

DUFH sends health care volunteers to Haiti for humanitarian efforts with the main goal of sharing knowledge and skills with Haitian health care professionals. The need for improved health care is increasingly significant since the country was rocked by an earthquake in January.

“For me, Haiti has struggled long enough,” said Dr. Coupet to a rapt audience at the AOA’s International Seminar. “One quarter of Haiti’s children suffer from malnutrition. HIV and respiratory illnesses are also common.”

J. Bracken Burns, DO, (’01) of Jacksonville, FL was among five finalists for the Advocates of the AOA’s Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. Burns is an assistant professor of surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Florida College Of Medicine – Jacksonville.

LECOM faculty members Bertalan Dudas, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Director of Research and W. Richard Chegwidden, PhD, FRSC, Director of Problem Based Learning and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology displayed their research posters.

Gabrielle Koczab ('07) and husband Marty Dittman celebrated their second wedding anniversary at the LECOM alumni dinner.

On the student side, fourth-year LECOM student Bahram Namdari presented a research poster on severe anaphylaxis to scopolamine. Namdari will graduate in May with the Class of 2011.

At the alumni dinner hosted by President and CEO John Ferretti, DO, current students mingled with alumni and enjoyed a four-course meal at Kuleto’s in downtown San Francisco. Among those in attendance were Gabrielle Koczab (’07), who celebrated her second wedding anniversary with husband Marty Dittman.

Student Government Association Presidents Caroline Davis (Bradenton) and Craig Van Tassel (Erie) met with the presidents of many osteopathic organizations, including Stephen Shannon, DO, MPH from AACOM and AOA president, Karen Nichols, DO.

While both Drs. Shannon and Nichols provided updates on their respective organizations, a constant theme was present throughout each of their presentations: Teamwork. Each spoke about maintaining pride in our profession as it continues to grow and mature, but even in the face of growth, it is important to preserve a unified identity as osteopathic physicians and students.

November 4, 2010
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