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ATSU-ASHS athletic training students trains volunteer coaches

A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) athletic training program is a collaborator in the Mesa Parks and Recreation Positive Play Project by assisting with training volunteer sports coaches on a number of health and safety topics. Graduate students in the athletic training program deliver the educational programming before each sports season. The training covers topics such as concussion, heat illness, injury prevention, and basic injury management. In addition to the coach trainings, the athletic training program has developed a number of sports safety educational handouts and last year developed a series of educational videos for athletes and parents (English and Spanish) as part of a project supported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) audiology student Megan Bach, ’23, received the 2019 Audiology Academic Achievement Scholarship.

ATSU’s Audiology Academic Achievement Scholarship is presented each year to an incoming first-year student in the entry-level Doctor of Audiology program. The recipient will receive $2,500 per year during the program, and selection criteria is based on the student’s academic performance, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, community service, honors, and leadership activities.

Bach was presented the award by Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, audiology chair; Les Schmeltz, AuD, associate professor and clinical coordinator; Tricia Dabrowski, AuD, associate professor and clinical coordinator; Elton Bordenave, PhD, MEd, associate professor; Zarin Mehta, PhD, associate professor and Kimberly Skinner, AuD, assistant professor.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) received the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“We are humbled to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to growing diversity in our campus communities and providing access and opportunities to improve workforce diversity among the health professions for years to come,” said ATSU Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion Clinton Normore.

ATSU will be featured along with 42 other recipients in the December 2019 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. ATSU is the first health professions University to be named a HEED Award recipient for three consecutive years. The award process consists of a comprehensive, rigorous application with questions relating to recruitment and retention of students and employees – and best practices for both – continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.

“ATSU is very proud to receive this esteemed award for the third consecutive year.” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “Our students, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and administration continue our deep commitment to becoming more culturally proficient, diverse, and inclusive.”

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine selected ATSU for its deep commitment to an educational and collaborative environment embracing cultural proficiency. Today, ATSU supports students who learn and serve in diverse, underserved, urban, and rural communities across America.

“We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED Award recipient.” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  “Our standards are high, and we look for schools where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

Please join Dr. Michelle DiBaise on October 8 at noon in Ocotillo room for a brief history of the physician assistant profession and the library exhibit, Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society.

Ted Wendel, PhD, A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) senior vice president of strategic initiatives and planning, was recognized Aug. 18, 2019, by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) during the organization’s 2019 Community Health Institute and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

At an ATSU-sponsored reception for students, faculty, staff, and friends, Ron Yee, chief medical officer, NACHC, surprised Dr. Wendel by presenting him with an engraved award and thanked him for his outstanding contributions in preparing healers for underserved communities and the national safety net of community health centers.

“I am proud to work with the people at NACHC and be involved in their mission to care for almost thirty million people who have limited access to healthcare,” said Dr. Wendel.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met July 19-20, 2019, in San Luis Obispo, California, to appoint officers and elect new members at its quarterly meeting.

The following trustees were selected as officers: Gary Wiltz, MD, of Franklin, Louisiana, is chair; Linnette Sells, DO, FAOASM, ’82, of Alpharetta, Georgia, is vice-chair; and Bertha Thomas of Kirksville, Missouri, is secretary.

New trustees elected to the board are Jonathan Cleaver, DO, ’08, of Kirksville, Missouri; Geoffrey Hoffa, DHSc, ’14, MS, PA-C, ’00, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Isaac Navarro, DMD, ’08, MPH, of Visalia, California.

“We are pleased to welcome extremely talented and accomplished new board members to the University,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “ATSU’s ongoing contribution to health professions education and America’s healthcare is assured with the strength and diversity of its Board of Trustees.”

“As chair, I am honored these highly qualified individuals have agreed to serve as trustees on the board and are willing to share their abilities to promote and enhance the vision and mission of ATSU,” said Wiltz.

The following trustees will continue their service on the board: Rosie Allen Herring, MBA, of Washington, D.C.; Reid Butler, JD, of Phoenix, Arizona; James Cannon, DHA, MS, PA-C, ’97, of Chesapeake, Virginia; C. Lisette Dottavio, PhD, CPA, of Stephenville, Texas; Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD, MPH, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; G. Reid Downey of Atlanta, Georgia; G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, of Marion, Ohio; Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ’71, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Herb Kuhn of Lohman, Missouri; Michelle Mayo, PhD, of Durham, North Carolina; and Paulina Vazquez Morris, JD, MBA, MHSA, of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Trustees named to serve on the Audit Team are Dottavio, Kuhn, Morris, and Allen-Herring.

The next board meeting will be Oct. 11-12, 2019, in Kirksville, Missouri.

Japanese Traditional Osteopathic College (JTOC) sent 27 students from the inaugural class to spend a week at the end of May studying the anatomy of fascia at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). The course included cadaveric dissections, studies of the prosected cadaveric specimens demonstrating unique aspects of the fascia in different regions of the body, study of anatomy using ultrasound, and a brief introduction to the microscopic structure of the fascia.

“The Anatomy Department at ATSU-KCOM was charged with teaching anatomy of the elusive fascial structures to 27 Japanese speaking students using cadaveric laboratory,” Peter Kondrashov, PhD, anatomy department chair, says. “It was a learning curve both for us and the students, as we discovered new ways to dissect the body to demonstrate unique aspects of fascia. Although challenging, the course was rewarding for the faculty of ATSU and extremely well received by JTOC students.”

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) announced the election of Martin S. Levine, DO, ’80, MPH, ’03, FACOPF dist., as the organization’s president of the Board of Directors for 2019 for a one-year term that began Jan. 1.

Board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, Dr. Levine is currently the vice provost for graduate medical education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Levine has been a practicing family physician for more than 35 years in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Dr. Levine has served terms as president of the American Osteopathic Association and the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, he has served on numerous committees for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Osteopathy.

“Being elected as president of the AOF Board of Directors is certainly among the highlights of my career,” Dr. Levine said. “The AOF’s strategic goals echo my own personal priorities, namely education, research, and community outreach. I’m excited to bring my passion for these important aims to an organization doing so much to advance them.”

Dr.Levine earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1980 and completed a master’s in public health with an emphasis in health policy from ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies in 2003. Dr. Levine completed his internship and residency training at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey, where he served as chief resident and received three honorary doctoral degrees.

Second Annual Heartland PreMed Conference

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

A.T. Still University will host the second annual Heartland PreMed Conference at A.T. Still University on Sept. 7, 2019. The professional development event is open to all undergraduate or post-graduate pre-medical students interested in osteopathic medicine and pre-health advisors. Attendees will learn about osteopathic philosophies while attending student panels, breakout sessions, and a medical school fair with participating schools.

The event is co-sponsored by A.T. Still University, Des Moines University, Kansas City University, and Marian University.

Topics include:

  • Is Osteopathic medicine a good fit for you? DO tenents and purpose
  • Medical school application overview
  • MCAT preparation
  • Ethics and professionalism in medicine
  • Single GME (Graduate Medical Education Merger)
  • Osteopathic student panel
  • Taking care of your mental health in medical school
  • Options if you do not get accepted

Other Activities:

  • Mock interviews with professional staff or experienced interviewers
  • Tours with hands-on activities in ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine state-of-the-art Ultrasound, Human Patient Simulation, and OMM Labs
  • Museum of Osteopathic Medicine tours
  • Medical school fair with professional admissions representatives from schools across the nation

Register for the Heartland PreMed Conference HERE


Pre-med students and health professions advisors may attend free of charge, but registration is required for all attendees.


What age group is this conference geared toward?

This open house is for pre-med college-age students or college graduates who want to pursue a career in medicine, and their pre-health advisors and faculty. We will host events at other times of the year that are for high school groups.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Travel information to Kirksville

ATSU Missouri campus map

Parking is available in any location on weekends.

Check-in will occur in the Tinning Education Building – Centennial Commons, #7 on the map. Please watch for signs. We will have staff outside between 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. directing guests to parking and to the correct building entrance.

Where can we stay if we arrive to Kirksville the night before the event?

Blocks of rooms are available at hotels listed below. Guests should call and mention the Heartland PreMed Health Conference to book the room.

  • Hampton Inn, 660.956.7686 — $ 99.00 – Special Rate Block Code is “HPM,” available through August 6.
  • Depot Inn & Suites, 660.332.4669 (Located in La Plata, MO, about 12 miles South of Kirksville) — $99.00 – for Special Rate Block Code is “Premed Health Conference,” available through August 6.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 660.956.4682 — $99.00 – Special Rate Block Code is “HPC,” available through August 16.
  • Baymont Inn, 660.627.1100 — $77.24 ($69.00 plus tax) – Special Rate Block Code is “Heartland Conference,” available through August 23.
  • Days Inn, 660.665.8244 — 72.99 plus tax – Special Rate Block Code is “Premed Heartland Conference”” available through August 23.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring water bottles with lids into the labs and classrooms. You may want to bring a light sweater in case our buildings are chilly.

What should I wear?

You will be meeting and interacting with admissions professionals and faculty from medical schools, so you want to make a good impression regarding your professionalism. This event is a business casual event, so slacks or skirts, nice shirts, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Jeans, shorts, short skirts, t-shirts, high heels, or flip flops are not recommended.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please direct questions to ATSU admissions at, or call us at 660.626.2237 and ask for an admissions counselor in Missouri. You can also find the event information on our ATSU webpage ( under the prospective students tab.

What is the refund policy?

  • Students and Faculty/Pre-Health Advisors can attend this event free of charge. However, if you need to cancel, please do so within three days of the event so we can plan the sessions and meals appropriately. You can cancel through the system, or by contacting our office at, or 660.626.2237.
  • Exhibitors can receive refunds up to seven days before your event start date. If exhibitors register within one week of the event and then cancel, no refunds will be given.

Is it acceptable if the name on my ticket or registration does not match the person in attendance?

We will be printing name tags of all attendees, so please have the new person register through this website. Please cancel the registration(s) of those who are not attending.

Is there a webpage for further reference?

Yes, please refer to our ATSU Admissions Learn webpage and find the event under the prospective students tab.

A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH), in collaboration with Northeast Missouri Health Council provided free dental education and restorative care to Ray Miller Elementary students on May 16, in Kirksville, Missouri. During the all-day Give Kids a Smile event ATSU-MOSDOH students and Northeast Missouri Health Council staff provided dental services to 600 students. Students were given oral health education on various topics, including safety, careers in dentistry, systemic disease, nutrition, and preventive care. Other treatments and procedures also took place in Northeast Missouri Health Council’s mobile dental truck where 12 children were provided approximately $4,500 worth of dental care including, fillings, pulpotomy and crowns, sealants, and extractions.