LECOM faculty, staff and students take on major role in regional medical teaching conference

LECOM participated in the 26th annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Northeast Region in Pittsburgh. The school was lauded as a member of the conference’s Host Committee, accepting an appreciation plaque on behalf of the LECOM Department of Primary Care Education. Pictured with the plaque are LECOM faculty members Hershey Bell, M.D., M.S. (Med Ed), Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Evaluation; Jonathan Kalmey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy; Paul Kovacs, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Counselor; Jonathan Kalmey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy; Richard Ortoski, D.O., Associate Professor of Family Medicine; Kim Moscatello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology/Immunology; Armando Ricci, D.O.; Beth Ann Callihan Ricci, D.O., M.S. (Med Ed), Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; and Reza Nassiri, D.Sc., Assistant Dean of Health Sciences.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members and students had a major impact at the 26th annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Northeast Region in Pittsburgh from Oct. 18 to 21. LECOM’s participation marks the first time a college of osteopathic medicine co-hosted and played a major role in organizing this conference.

More than 700 participants from the Northeast Region attended this conference. Together, LECOM professors and administrators made 16 presentations and earned several accolades for their participation. In addition, 32 LECOM students attended the conference through scholarship grants made available by LECOM and other major conference supporters. The LECOM student delegation was the largest from any medical school in the region.

The conference’s theme, “Intelligent Re-design: Changing Health Care for a Changing World,” set the tone for the health care professionals, instructors and students who gathered to discuss the future of family medicine.

Richard Ortoski, D.O., Associate Professor of Family Medicine, conducted a seminar titled “Deciding to Know Can Be Difficult for All: HIV/AIDS for the Primary Care Clinician,” and was nominated for best abstract. Beth Ann Callihan Ricci, D.O., M.S. (Med Ed), Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and Kevin Thomas, D.O., M.S. (Med Ed) led a seminar titled “Facilitating the Leader: A Small Group Model for Hospital Teaching Rounds.” Their effort garnered third place in judging for the best conference presentation.

Malgorzata Poznalska and Syed Ali Rizvi, both second-year medical students at LECOM, received attendance awards at the conference for the Residency Fair, which allowed students to interact informally with faculty and residents and consider their options when applying for residencies after graduation. Jackie Weaver-Agostoni, D.O., a 2002 LECOM graduate, garnered the Young Family Medicine Leaders Award.

Ortoski; Ricci; Robert Evans, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine; and Jan Hendryx, D.O., Director of OMM presented a workshop titled “Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine: Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment,” the first of several workshops designed to respond to the needs of faculty in osteopathic predoctoral and residency programs. Hendryx and Evans led another seminar in this workshop series titled “Use of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy for Common Medical-Surgical Diagnoses.”

Silvia Ferretti, D.O., Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs, and Reza Nassiri, D.Sc., Assistant Dean of Health Sciences, led a seminar titled “(Global Health) International Electives Designed to Enhance Students’ Clinical Competency and Understanding of Others’ Culture.” Kim Moscatello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology/Immunology, headed a discussion titled “The Community is Our Campus: Bridging the Gaps Between Mind And Heart.”

Ferretti, Ortoski, Richard Raymond, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Director of Pathology, and Hershey Bell, M.D., M.S. (Med Ed), Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Evaluation, prepared a poster titled “The New Primary Care Scholars Pathway: An Innovative Accelerated Medical School Curriculum.”

Jonathan Kalmey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy, and Matthew Cettin, Data Analyst in the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, developed a poster titled, “Faculty 360: Evaluating Medical School Faculty In A Holistic Manner.” Randy Kulesza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy, presented a paper titled “The Use of Flash Animation at LECOM: Practical Applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education.”

Other LECOM faculty presenters included Ricci, W. Richard Chegwidden, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Mark Andrews, Ph.D. Ricci and Chegwidden co-authored a paper, titled “A Problem-Based Learning Curriculum: Preparing the Student for a Career in Family Medicine,” while Andrews wrote “The Independent Study Pathway (ISP): Preparing the Next Generation of Physicians to Be Lifelong Learners.”

Ortoski, Paul Kovacs, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Counselor, and Tom Falasca, D.O., led a breakfast discussion regarding the use of medical simulators in medical education. Ferretti, Bell, Cettin and Lawrence Gable, Ph.D., Professor of Family Medicine and Vice-Chair of Family Medicine at Ohio State University, discussed the creation and implementation of LECOM’s strategic plan.

LECOM was lauded as a member of the conference’s Host Committee, accepting an appreciation plaque on behalf of the LECOM Department of Primary Care Education.

October 29, 2007
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