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Dean Elected to AACPM Board

College of Podiatric Medicine Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) Board of Directors. His term runs July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Western Foot and Ankle Conference

The annual Western Foot and Ankle Conference is a CME event sponsored by the California Podiatric Medical Association. The meeting draws more than 1,100 registrants and 160 exhibitors during the four-day continuing education conference. Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, College of Podiatric Medicine Associate Professor and Department Chair, Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics, and Medical Director, Foot & Ankle Center, is again serving as the chair of the conference. The goal continues to be to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary continuing education meeting for the foot and ankle. WesternU faculty members from the College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, College of Pharmacy and College of Allied Health Professions participated in the conference, held June 20-23, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif:

Faculty News

Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, who has served as Chair of Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics for the past three years has shifted his responsibilities to become the Director of Clinics for the Foot and Ankle Center and provide leadership to the growth and development of the Limb Preservation Center. Dr. Labovitz brings over ten years of business acumen as the managing partner of a busy private practice to his new role as well as his extensive clinical experience saving diabetics limbs through reconstructing surgery. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Los Angeles Freedom of the American Diabetes Association. His experience will now help the college grow in a vital area that needs the most attention, as we continue to further develop the clinical enterprise which he will be overseeing.

Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH has assumed the role vacated by Jonathan Labovitz, DPM as the Chair of Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics effective July 1, 2013.  Dr. Truong was the first full time faculty person hired when the college first opened.  She brings to the college her experience and training in research methodology as well as reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Over the last 4 years, she has served in an effective and efficient manner in various leadership capacities within the college: Chair of Admissions Committee, College Representative to Phase II IPE Planning Committee, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Service Learning Coordinator, CPM’s Course Liaison to COMP’s Gross Anatomy, Reproductive Systems and Pediatrics courses, and faculty mentor. Clinically, she serves as the Site Coordinator for the College at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and continues to practice podiatric medicine and surgery at our student rotation sites. At the University level, she served on the Library Committee, the Facilities Planning and Safety Committee.  She was instrumental in laying the foundation for our podiatric core curriculum – developing four new innovative case based learning courses since her tenure here at the college; two of which she continues to actively teach as course director. She has successfully overhauled the college’s Evidence Based Medicine curriculum to create a more integrated method of teaching that spans over our student’s entire four year podiatric medical experience and has provided leadership in our recruitment efforts through the creation of our Student Ambassador Leadership Training program.  It is quite evident that she has been very busy and is intricately involved in all aspects of the life and breath of the College of Podiatric Medicine. We are confident she will serve the College well in her new capacity.

Jarrod Shapiro, DPM will be assuming a new role as Residency Director of our newly developed podiatric medicine and surgery residency program at Chino Valley Medical Center, anticipated to start August 1, 2013.  He brings to his new role experience in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery from his private practice in both Detroit and Oregon as well as leadership experience from his service at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Oregon and currently, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, on various hospital committees. During his tenure here, Dr. Shapiro has been an integral part of our curriculum and actively teaches as Course Director for one of our core podiatric courses. He is an exceptional teacher having won the Teacher of the Year Award in the past two years – an award that is given by the students.  He loves to learn and is innovative in his approaches to teaching. He has successfully introduced a flipped model classroom to his course and has provided leadership alongside Drs. Koshimune and Truong for a successful evidence based medicine Journal Club that occurs during our student’s third and fourth year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery rotations. In addition, he was instrumental in starting the College’s first student run evidence based journal. He also serves as Associate Editor for Present Podiatric Residency Courseware, a valuable service designed to make residency directors lives easier. At the College level, he has chaired the Student Performance Committee.  Dr. Shapiro is well prepared to assume the duties of his new role.

The new academic year will also be seeing yet one more faculty change. Aksone Nouvong, DPM stepped down as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education effective July 1, 2013.  Dr. Nouvong has served with distinction as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education for the past three years.  She will continue to work at the college on a part time basis but she will be spending more time at Olive View/UCLA and the VA-West Los Angeles in a new administrative role.  She will still be active in clinical teaching but she will be spending more time helping to expand our podiatric medicine and surgery rotation at those particular institutions.  Dr. Nouvong is well connected in the post graduate medical education community here in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as in California, and the nation. She has been excellent in her leadership at the college in making sure that our core rotations were solid and that everyone was working and collaborating together for excellence. We are in deep debt of gratitude for her hard work and excellence in helping us achieve full accreditation from the clinical aspect.  We thank her for her service and we look forward to continue working with her in her new scaled back capacity as she shifts her career focus.

A paper published this spring by Matt Wedel of COMP and CPM is profiled in the current issue of New Scientist. The New Scientist story is available to subscribers at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929262.300-a-tall-tale-how-the-sauropod-got-its-neck.html and the paper itself is freely available at https://peerj.com/articles/36/.

Student NewsColin McKay, DPM '16

Colin McKay, DPM ’16, won the 27th annual American Podiatric Medical Writers Association (APMWA) Student Writing Competition for his article, “Practice Management, a Look at Tax Entities.” He will receive a $1,000 honorarium from a special endowment by Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin to the APMA Educational Foundation.

Read the latest updates from the students themselves in the latest Student Government Association Newsletter.

Upcoming Events

August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (909) 469-ALUM or alumni@westernu.edu. 


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