Family Medicine at PCOM opened its doors to patients this spring with a new address and new offices on the first floor of Rowland Hall. Formerly PCOM Healthcare Center-City Avenue Division, Family Medicine at PCOM has windows on City Avenue that give the practice a new visibility. Click here to read whole story.
Kenneth J. Veit, DO' 76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean, will be awarded PCOM's highest honor at Founders' Day, January 27. From PCOM medical student to country doctor to his current position at the College, Dr. Veit has been committed to treating the underserved and helping medical students become compassionate physicians throughout his career. Please join the PCOM community at 11:00 A.M. in the Ginsburg Amphitheater as Dr. Veit takes his place among the celebrated ranks of O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal recipients.
Bruce Zahn, EdD, professor and director of training,
clinical psychology, shares his passion for music
and the trumpet.
Rainbow Village, a transitional housing community for homeless families with children, has the GA-PCOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) to thank for a $500 charitable contribution.
SOMA sponsored the annual GA-PCOM Old Peachtree Road 5K that drew over 50 runners this fall. Helping out with the family-friendly event was SOMA's Pediatric Interest Group, which provided child care for running moms and dads.
PCOM Marketing and Communications has created a new, program-specific ad campaign. The ads, which feature PCOM students, promote the clinical, school and counseling and clinical health psychology programs, forensic medicine and organizational development and leadership. The campaign, which ran from October through November, was designed to increase attendance at the College's graduate programs open house. The November graduate programs open house had the largest attendance to date with 229 prospective students. To read the entire article, click here.
If it's true that life is a bowl of cherries, what are we supposed to do if we get a pit? Luckily for PCOM employees, their eligible dependents, spouses and domestic partners, there's the College's Employee Assistance Program, Carebridge.
Carebridge provides confidential live personal counseling as well as a vast library of online resources to help with almost every personal and professional concern you may have. Carebridge representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by phone and e-mail. Once you contact Carebridge, you will be matched with a counselor specifically skilled in your area of concern. Face to face, phone and/or email consultations are available to help you navigate situations from child care to personal financial management and everything in between.
Carebridge also houses a vast directory of resources that can help you find professionals and services in your area. PCOM employees are also eligible for a free 30 minute legal consultation each year.
When Olympic-level rower Sue Hingley, PhD, professor, pathology, microbiology, and immunology, isn’t training on the water, she’s erging on the PCOM rowing machine. You can learn to erg as Dr. Hingley’s husband, Dan, explains the technique.
*The first commercial rowing machine was created by Concept2 and was referred to as an “erg.” The name comes from the word “ergometer” which means “a device that measures work.”
Winter is here, and with it, increased heating bills. Here are some tips to help lower your bill, conserve energy and stay warm.
Cover your air conditioner: If you can't remove your window unit, consider covering it both inside and out. Exterior covers can be purchased at the hardware store.
Block drafts: Cold air sneaks in through light switches and electrical outlets. You can buy inexpensive foam gasket covers that fit behind the switch and outlet plates that block the breeze.
Install heat reflectors: These are thin aluminum sheets that fit behind radiators to reflect heat away from the wall and into the room.
Upgrade your thermostat: Changing your thermostat to a programmable one allows you to control the temperature in your home at different times of the day. You can keep the heat low at night and set the thermostat to warm up the house by the time you wake up. You can then let the house cool down during the day while you're at work and warm back up for your arrival home.
Storm window kits: Older windows are often drafty. Storm window kits are an inexpensive way to block the cold. They consist of plastic film and double-sided tape. Installation is easy – just follow the directions and make sure you have a hair dryer on hand to get a tight seal.
Caulk it: Look for drafty areas around the frames of your windows and doors and for areas where the previous caulk has peeled away. Clean and dry all areas to be caulked. It's best to use the same type of caulk that already exists on the window frame; however, if you don't know for sure, bring a sample to the hardware store to see if they can help you identify it. Buy a caulking gun and a tube (or two) of caulk. Cut a slanted hole in the nozzle of your tube of caulk about the size you want your bead to be. Lay your bead in the vacant areas and use a damp cloth or your finger to smooth out the bead so it blends in with the existing caulk.
Buy or make a snake: If you notice cold air coming in under a doorway, you can add weather stripping to the bottom of the door or buy or make a door draft snake, basically a long fabric tube stuffed with old rags or clothes. Even easier is a rolled towel placed at the bottom of your door.
Need More Help? The Home Energy Saver allows you to enter information about your home and compute what specific changes would result in energy and environmental savings. www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov
Thanks to an endowment from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, interdisciplinary research is ongoing under the umbrella of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. Here are some of the recent initiatives:
Marina D'Angelo, PhD, associate professor, anatomy, is studying the effect of different liposuction techniques on the ability to obtain stem cells from fat.
Yue-Qiao (George) Huang, B.Sc., PhD, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, GA-PCOM, is examining how signaling at the cellular level in the brain shapes working memory.
Francis Jenney, Jr., PhD, assistant professor, biochemistry, GA-PCOM, is testing the ability of an enzyme to protect cells from ischemia/reperfusion injury.
John Kermode, PhD, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, GA-PCOM, is conducting a statistical analysis of previous studies on whether natural genetic variations affect the risk for heart attack or stroke.
Members of the PCOM faculty, student body and board of directors were interviewed on local news to share their expertise and accomplishments. Lancaster Avenue Healthcare Center was featured for its good works, and all three PCOM commencements made the news this year. See these stories and more in this end of year video review.