Students present at 2017 Pain Summit
Third-year COMP-Northwest osteopathic medical students Nam Nguyen, Jacob Leroux, Derek Titus, Matthew White, Jessica Hu, and Max Taylor, had the opportunity to give presentations as part of two different panels at the Oregon Health Authority’s Mid-Valley Summit in Salem on Sept. 22. The event had approximately 250 attendees including physicians, pharmacists, law enforcement, coordinated care organization administrators and others concerned about the opioid epidemic. The summit was focused on exploring strategies and solutions to curb the epidemic, and the COMP-Northwest students were viewed as part of the solution.
Max, Jessica and Matthew presented a survey they completed of COMP-Northwest and OHSU fourth-year medical students regarding their experiences on clinical rotations related to opioids. “This was eye-opening to the audience to hear the student perspective and how patient stories affect them and how they see this affecting their future career as a physician,” said Dr. Katherine Fisher, COMP-Northwest Director of Clinical Education.
Derek, Jacob and Nam presented two screening tools, the “Pain Catastrophizing Scale” and the “Fibromyalgia Screening Tool,” both of which have been shown in multiple studies to predict those at-risk for pain medicine addiction before the medication is even started. The students are working on a project to encourage primary care physicians to use these tools.
“Every one of our students were fully prepared and ready with answers to questions presented to them at the end of their presentations,” Fisher said. “I cannot say enough to convey how proud I was to see them representing themselves and the school at this high a level.”
John Mata, Associate Professor of Pharmacology at COMP-Northwest
LEBANON — What if a nurse in a poor African village had access to a medical diagnostic tool the size of a cell phone that could determine the presence and amount of virus in a sample of blood or saliva in minutes for less than $2 per sample? Although technology already exists to make such a reading, the equipment is usually based in a laboratory, takes time to run a test, costs thousands of dollars, isn’t mobile and cannot withstand the rigors of heat, cold or sandstorms. But a development team that includes John Mata, associate professor of pharmacology at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, and David Roberts of Takena Technologies in Albany, has developed a prototype device that “worked the very first time it was tried,” according to Roberts. The mobile diagnostic device — which currently fits in a small plastic case — is composed of a computer system linked to a laser and detector. More…
COMP-Northwest is the second medical school campus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), which is the medical school of WesternU. COMP-NW operates from a 55,000-square-foot Medical Education and Research Building. More…
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COMP-Northwest Welcomes Dr. Robin (Rob) Richardson, COMP Alum ’86
Dr. Richardson joins us at COMP-Northwest as a member of the Samaritan Health Services clinical education group and comes to us with 30 years of experience. After graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (class 1986), he completed his residency at Eastmoreland Hospital where he also served as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Board Chair of FamilyCare Health Plans. Dr. Richardson has been working with the students of COMP and WesternU for many years. He has been a preceptor and mentor to countless students, some of whom have returned to the college in leadership positions. In his new role, Dr. Richardson will help develop pre-clinical shadow experiences as well as clinical rotation opportunities for our students.
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