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Match Day 2014 festivities brought hundreds

Scholl College fourth year student, Jonathan Kang, celebrates during Match Day 2014.

of family members and friends of fourth-year Scholl College and Chicago Medical School students to campus for a traditional celebration that includes the opening of envelopes followed by shouts, tears, hugs and a champagne and cake reception.


Members of the Scholl College Class of 2014 gathered on campus March 20 to celebrate the news of where they will spend the next three years of their medical training. About 95 percent of SCPM's fourth-year students matched into programs including University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center, both in Chicago, Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation, WI, and Legacy Health, OR. Six 2013 graduates who participated in the SCPM Podiatric Postgraduate Program were matched during this year's residency placement.


Approximately 97 percent of the Chicago Medical School Class of 2014 matched into residency programs across the country. CMS graduates will be represented at some of the most prestigious residency programs in the nation, including Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt, Stanford, University of Chicago and UCLA. Three unmatched 2013 CMS graduates also matched during this year's residency placement. 

  Campus News


  • The annual All School Research Consortium, held March 19, highlighted the recent research of students and post-doctoral fellows. The event, which fosters a sharing of ideas on how to best approach healthcare challenges to ensure better patient outcomes, embodies the university's commitment to interprofessional education and practice. Sponsored by RFUMS five colleges, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate Student Association, the event drew more than 103 poster participants and included research talks, a reception with awards presentation, and a keynote address by Alyssa Hasty, PhD, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the department of molecular physiology and biophysics. The consortium is open to all RFUMS students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents and research interns.
  • Scholl College faculty and students attended the 36th annual Midwinter Seminar Feb. 7-8 at the Chicago Hilton. Sponsored by RFUMS, SCPM and the Illinois Podiatric Medical Students' Association, the event offers podiatry students access to experts in the field and raises funds for podiatric student activities and scholarships.
  • Jayzle Joy Alivar Boyd, COP '16, is the recipient of the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award.
  • A study on the effect of cannabinoids on adolescent brain development led by Kuei Y. Tseng, MD, PhD, associate professor in the CMS Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and a team of RFUMS researchers, was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry March 4.
  • Sarah Garber, PhD, assistant dean of program assessment and director of interprofessional studies in the College of Pharmacy, was a keynote presenter for a Marshall B. Ketchum University retreat in February. The former Southern California College of Optometry sought Garber's expertise in implementing a curriculum built around interprofessional education and practice.
  • Darryl Peterson, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics in CMS, has been awarded a one-year, $24,000 grant funded by the James R. & Helen D. Russell Institute for Research & Innovation Endowment for a study titled "Therapeutic Treatment to Inhibit Reperfusion Injury to the Neonatal Heart."                                                                                         
  • Anthony West, PhD, CMS associate professor in the department of neuroscience, was awarded a grant of $157,000 by the CHDI Foundation for his study of mice that model Huntington's disease. The foundation works to develop therapeutics to slow the progression of the disease.
  • Ronald Kaplan, PhD, vice president for research and CMS vice dean for research, recently addressed the Black Business Network at Abbvie, the North Chicago-based biopharmaceutical company. His talk on the importance of HeLa cells in biomedical research was broadcast to AbbVie research centers across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Members of the Student National Medical Association and Student National Podiatric Medical Association performed "MLK: A Showcase of Black History," a talent show in celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 28. The production, which included vignettes of notable people and events in black history, featured singing, acting, modern dance, African dance, poetry, and stepping.
  • Karen Busbey, COP '16, and her fellow APhA-ASP members recently organized an evening event for the Boys and Girls Club at Oakdale School in Waukegan. The future pharmacists involved youngsters in educational games, health screenings and other health-related activities.
  • "The Art Show," an exhibition of 21 selected images from students in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on display through April 1 in the Feet First Exhibition Hall, features works that visualize the world of cells, activity of proteins, enzymes and viruses. Organized by the Graduate Student Association, the show's works utilize a a variety of techniques, including electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, X-ray crystallography and sequencing gel to explore life at the most elemental levels.
  • The inaugural RFUMS Staff Professional Development workshop, "The Journey from Conflict to Collaboration: Civility and Teamwork in Action," held in February, drew capacity crowds, with 90 staff members completing the training. Details on the next opportunity, a half-day workshop, "Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines," and other professional development information can be found at this Google Site.

  Alliance for Health Sciences News 


  • Freshmen admitted to DePaul University's College of Health and Sciences and Pathways Honors Program and parents visited on March 9 for a tour of the RFUMS campus and introduction to its programs. The event was preceded by a day-long orientation held March 8 at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus in Chicago. RFUMS faculty, staff and students welcomed the future healthcare providers to an integrated program designed to guide them through their undergraduate education and strengthen academic performance for admission to graduate-level programs.

  University in the News


  • Two CMS fourth-year students were featured in stories related to Match Day, March 21, 2014. Kamilah Banks-Word, who grew up in the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago and will complete her residency in psychiatry at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, was held up as a role model by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. Henry Del Rosario, who like Banks-Word, also earned a first-choice residency - his in family medicine at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park - was featured in a March 22 story in the Lake County News-Sun.
  • The all-volunteer RFUMS Interprofessional Clinic for the medically underserved was the subject of a March 4 story in the Lake County News-Sun. The article includes comments by the four CMS students who founded the clinic, Hannah Lee, Mia Hua, Svetlana Kozlovich and Sarah Hershman, as well as Lecia Apantaku, MD, CMS assistant dean for faculty and global development and associate professor of surgery.

  Gallery -- Campus Events and Community Outreach


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                                                 IPMSA Midwinter Seminar                     After-School Enrichment                              MLK Showcase  
                      Feb. 7-8                                                      Feb. 20                                                     Feb. 28  
                                                                    Dr. Strom's Visit                           Future Healthcare Prof. Club       All School Research Consortium                             March 12                                                   March 13                                              March 19
                     The Art Show                                 Scholl College Match Day                               CMS Match Day                                        March 19                                                   March 20                                                     March 21

  Alumni News


  • Carey Strom, MD '80, vice president of the CMS Alumni Association Board and president of the Southern California CMS Alumni Chapter, presented "Barrett's Esophagus 2014" on March 12 as part of CMS Grand Rounds. He later met with a CMS Learning Community mentored by Dirk de Hass, MD '95, and spoke about his medical school experience and how it prepared him to become a successful physician. Strom is associate clinical professor UCLA School of Medicine.
  • Diana Roberts, PT '83, wrote an article on tips for winter running for thurstontalk.com.
  • Brad Wenstrup, DPM '85, received the President's Award at the American Podiatric Medical Association's 94th regular meeting.
  • Mildred Olivier, MD '88, contributed to an article on the government's impact on glaucoma care for Glaucoma Today.
  • Mark Beers, DPM '89, contributed to an article on treating heel pain for the Oskaloosa (IA) News.
  • Michael Koelsch, MD '91, wrote an article on preparing for heart surgery for the Kokomo (IN) Tribune.
  • Brooke Bisbee, DPM '99, was elected to the APMA Board of Trustees. Five of the board's 13 seats are now filled by Scholl College graduates.
  • The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine recently elected three Scholl College alumni to leadership positions. Daniel Evans, DPM '82, will serve as vice president of the group; Colleen Napolitano, DPM '89, will serve as secretary; and Javier Cazazos, DPM '94, will serve as a board member.
  • Marlene Reid, DPM '89, was reappointed to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Licensing Board.
  • Kris DiNucci, DPM '93, FACFAS, was installed as a director of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
  • Patrick R. Burns, DPM '00, FACFAS, was awarded the Ilizarov Award of Excellence at the eighth annual International External Fixation Symposium, sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
  • Erin Klein, DPM '08, received the Rising Star Award at the American Podiatric Medical Association's 94th regular meeting.
  • Nancy Farrell, MS '11, is one of four registered dietitian nutritionists nationwide to be featured in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' "Showcasing Our Nutrition Heroes"  series. 

  Advancement and Community News


  • RFUMS student, faculty and staff volunteered for the the North Chicago Community Partners' After School Enrichment Program, visiting Forrestal and A.J. Katzenmaier Elementary schools on Feb. 20, in preparation for the sixth annual exhibition of children's artwork, "Through a Child's Eyes" which opens May 1 in the Feet First Exhibition Hall. Volunteers provided an opportunity for the students to learn about the importance of physical activity through dance demonstrations, while students reflected on their experience by creating artwork in keeping with the exhibit's theme, "Let's Dance." RFUMS volunteers also work with North Chicago High School students through the Future Health Care Professionals Club. In a March 13 activity, the students used donated stethoscopes to learn about the heart and lungs.
  • The Division of Institutional Advancement continues its tradition of parterning with faculty and staff to welcome students from area junior high and high schools for a campus experience and tour. The visits, many of which are scheduled from late winter into spring, provide an opportunity for students to engage with science, participate in career exploration and, perhaps, take first steps toward a career in the health professions. RFUMS volunteers provide enrichment activities and demonstrations for young visitors in the Gross Anatomy, Skills and Simulation, and Physical Therapy laboratories and in the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine as well as the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research. Student visitors have come from Chicago Math and Science Academy, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago, Glenbrook North High School, Neal Math and Science Academy, North Chicago Community High School, Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Youthbuild, YWCA TechTEENS, and Zion-Benton Township High School.

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