LECOM students hold community events for National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine organized health fairs, wellness events for children and educated people about osteopathic medicine during National Osteopathic Medicine Week. Held April 17-23, NOM Week helps increase awareness about doctors of osteopathic medicine and the important role DOs serve in communities across the country.

LECOM medical and pharmacy students worked in collaboration to pull off a successful community health and wellness fair at the Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pa., for National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week.

In Erie, more than 70 medical and pharmacy students took part in the inaugural LECOM Wellness Fair at the Millcreek Mall. Students mingled with shoppers as they manned 22 tables, where they provided hand-outs on various health issues. They educated shoppers about topics including: women’s health, nutrition, heart health, medications, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, skin safety, osteopathic medicine, lowering cholesterol levels and poison prevention.

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One of the tenets of the LECOM mission statement is to provide community service “to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity.” Service projects, such as the LECOM Wellness Fair, provide opportunities and real-life scenarios for both medical and pharmacy students to hone the skills, techniques and procedures that they learn during their time at LECOM.

To commemorate NOM Week in Florida, LECOM students participated in a Health and Safety Fair at Bradenton’s Manatee High School. The event was organized and staffed by students from six clubs. They spoke about health topics ranging from smoking cessation to what is a D.O.?

LECOM first-year medical student Alicia Barnes speaks at a Health and Safety Fair at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. Joining Barnes are LECOM students Maggie Seblani and Garima Narayen.

The event featured poster presentations from high school students who participated in LECOM’s Human Body Explored program. The Human Body Explored is a comparative anatomy/physiology course designed as an introductory pre-medicine course for high school students.

Nearly 40 medical students participated in a “Fit for Life” health fair for fifth and sixth grade students at Klein Elementary School in Harborcreek, Pa. Students from several LECOM medical clubs set up tables on a variety of topics. Dermatology, dental health, nutrition, hand hygiene, first aid and sports medicine were some of the subjects covered. Fifth and sixth graders in small groups went from table to table learning about the different medical topics. They also learned stretching exercises from the medical students and participated in short relay races for fun.

“We’re trying to promote health and wellness around the Erie community,” said Nikhil Mohan, LECOM Student Government Association President. “The best thing is to start at the grade school level. You can really make an impression on the younger kids and teach them to maintain a healthy diet and about staying fit and staying active throughout their lives.”

LECOM medical student Jessica Kreinsen points out how to spot signs of melanoma on medical student Patrick Strone during a demonstration to students at Klein Elementary School. Looking on is LECOM medical student Bronson Yaldoo.

Jessica Kreinsen, a first-year LECOM medical student and vice president of the dermatology interest group, talked to the fifth and sixth graders about skin cancer and protecting themselves. “Summer will be here soon,” Kreinsen said. “It’s very important to let kids know the importance of wearing hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, just protecting themselves the best they can against the sun.”

Kreinsen said she hopes the children remember to be careful out in the sun. “For me, it’s the satisfaction of teaching them something that can help them and their health,” she said. “Mind, body, spirit – we’re trying to teach kids the importance of good health.”

The mayors of the three cities with LECOM campuses also publicly recognized the contributions of LECOM and the field of osteopathic medicine. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston presented a NOM Week Proclamation to LECOM Bradenton officials. Greensburg Mayor Karl Eisaman gave a proclamation to LECOM at Seton Hill representatives during a city council meeting. Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott visited LECOM to present a proclamation to Silvia Ferretti, D.O., LECOM Provost and Senior Vice President, Mary Eckert, Millcreek Community Hospital President and C.E.O., and Nikhil Mohan, LECOM Student Government Association President.

Anthony Ferretti, D.O., Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at LECOM Bradenton, holds the proclamation from Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston outside City Hall.
Greensburg Mayor Karl Eisaman (fifth from left) hands a National Osteopathic Medicine Week Proclamation to Kai Schlingmann, LECOM at Seton Hill SGA President. Also on hand for the ceremony were LECOM at Seton Hill students (L-R): Nicholas Swerchowsky, Aaron Brooking, Nicole Wilson, Phillip Miller, D.O., LECOM OPP Course Director, Eisaman, Schlingmann, Rob Bischoff, Sheema Samdani, Camille Lorica, Casey Sheck, Rebecca Mokhiber, and Ed Skicki.
Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott (second from right), presents a National Osteopathic Medicine Proclamation to Nikhil Mohan, LECOM SGA President. Looking on are Mary Eckert, Millcreek Community Hospital President and C.E.O. (far left), and Silvia Ferretti, D.O., LECOM Provost and Senior Vice President (far right).

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

April 21, 2011
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