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ATSU-ASHS’ DPT program holds White Coat ceremony

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) honored students as they enter into their third and final year of the DPT program with a White Coat ceremony on May 31, 2024, at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona. 

In total, 56 students received their white coats.

Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, associate professor of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Nevada Las Vegas and clinical professor in the Physical Therapy department at Baylor University, presented the keynote address.

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A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program held a pinning ceremony for its class of 2025 on Friday, May 3, 2024, on the University’s Mesa, Arizona, campus.

In total, 33 students received a pin, which represents the students’ transition from their didactic and clinical training in Arizona to their full-time clinical training at locations across the country.

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Nelida Acosta, Hometown Scholar coordinator, strategic university partnerships, A.T. Still University (ATSU), was recently awarded the Outstanding Migrant Health Center Board Member award by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

Each year, NACHC honors individuals and organizations for their dedication and commitment to improving the health of seasonal, agricultural, and migrant workers. Acosta was recognized for her commitment to Adelante Healthcare and her advocacy of migrant health initiatives. 

Acosta received the award at the 2024 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Doctor of Audiology program at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) held a White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2027 on April 13, 2024, at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa, Arizona.

This ceremony marks a milestone and recognizes the students completing their first didactic year and beginning clinical rotations.

Program alumna Briana Thornton, AuD, ’11, director of audiology at Enticare, presented the ceremony’s keynote address, and Elizabeth Palmer, AuD, ’20, assistant professor, interim director, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, led the students in the Doctor of Audiology Oath.

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A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) celebrated the achievements of 150 graduates from the class of 2024 on Friday, May 24, at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.

In addition to their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, five students also earned master of public health degrees.

Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president, academic affairs, welcomed the graduates and audience, and Branae Maddix, MPH, performed the National Anthem. Danielle Barnett-Trapp, DO, ’11, member, Board of Trustees, presented this year’s commencement address. ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, and ATSU-SOMA Dean Sharon J. Obadia, DO, FNAOME, ’97, also delivered remarks.

Amanda L. Weaver, MBA, was the recipient of the 2024 President’s Medallion Distinguished Service award, presented by Dr. Phelps. Weaver was recognized for her outstanding service and support to healthcare, the osteopathic profession, ATSU, and ATSU-SOMA.

Lawrence LeBeau, DO, ’92, assistant professor, led graduates in the oath to the profession, and Aline Sengchannavong, DO, clinical assistant professor, inducted graduates into the ATSU-SOMA Alumni Association. 

A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) honored the class of 2024 on Friday, May 24, with a commencement ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.

One graduate earned a master of education in health professions (MEd) degree, six earned master of health administration (MHA) degrees, seven earned master of health sciences (MHSc) degrees, 82 earned master of public health (MPH) degrees, 33 earned master of science in kinesiology (MSK) degrees, 36 earned doctor of education in health professions (EdD) degrees, 12 earned doctor of health administration (DHA) degrees, 63 earned doctor of health sciences (DHSc) degrees, and three earned doctor of nursing practice degrees (DNP)

Alan Morgan, MPA, chief executive officer, National Rural Health Association, member, Board of Trustees, presented the commencement address. ATSU-CGHS Dean Marisa Hastie, EdD, MS, ACSM EP-C, PN-1, FACSM, and Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president, academic affairs, also addressed graduates. 

ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, delivered closing remarks.

Watch the full commencement ceremony here.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) Diversity & Inclusion held its third annual Graduate Health Professions Scholarship (GPS) Golf Tournament on April 20 at the Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, with proceeds supporting the University’s GPS Scholarship Fund. 

Serving as a focused initiative to educate individuals whose life experiences and endeavors align with ATSU’s mission, the GPS Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students from historically underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in healthcare.

This year’s tournament award winners were:

First place – Casino Arizona & Talking Stick Resort Team
Second place – Lewis Team
Third place – Team Kuhn, including Herb Kuhn, chair, ATSU Board of Trustees

Women’s longest drive – Pamela Williamson 
Men’s longest drive – James Palmer
Women’s closest to the pin – Kim Finley
Men’s closest to the pin and putting contest – Manny Pacheco 

You can donate to ATSU’s Graduate Health Professions Scholarship fund here. All outright gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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A.T. Still University-College for Healthy Communities’ (ATSU-CHC) Diversity Enrichment in Education Committee (DEEC) hosted its third annual Diversity Fair on April 16, 2024, on the University’s Santa Maria, California, campus.

Students from ATSU-CHC’s Central Coast Physician Assistant (CCPA) program hosted booths with information about their cultures, including the Hmong, Lebanon, Egypt, Nicaragua, Punjab India, and Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people. Assistant professor Cristina Tipei, MSPAS, PA-C, hosted her own Romania table, and many students also brought homemade traditional food, cookies, and sweets to share with their classmates.

Evette Shahara, PA, ’25, led fairgoers in learning a traditional Assyrian line dance.

“The experience of our unique Diversity Fair is a gift, as it is a student-led event in which students can share and educate their peers, faculty, staff, friends, and families about their cultural traditions, food, and history,” said Dot Winslow, MFA, CAPF-S, library assistant.

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A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Athletic Training program associate professor Cailee Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC, has been awarded the 2024 Professional Development Excellence Award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Professional Development Committee.

Recipients of this award must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to athletic training continuing education and professional development that is sustained and impactful at the state, regional, and national levels. Candidates must also be a NATA member in good standing with a minimum of 10 years of membership in the organization.

Dr. Welch Bacon currently serves as associate director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN) and as a research professor in the Department of Basic Science in ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA).

Her research focuses on athletic training education, specifically the assessment of athletic training educational outcomes related to the core competencies, the current practice patterns of athletic trainers with a specific focus on patient care documentation patterns, and more.

Dr. Welch Bacon will receive the award during the AT EducATionalist Town Hall June 27, during the 75th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.

Three registered student organizations from A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Mesa, Arizona, campus partnered for a blood drive on April 15, with the assistance of the American Red Cross bloodmobile. 

Students from ATSU-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ATSU-ASDOH) Students United for America’s Toothfairy (SUAT) and Student National Dental Association (SNDA), along with the ATSU-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) Student Government Association (SGA), came together for the spring blood drive.

Valandra Sierra, D2, SUAT community service specialist, explained the goal was to collect 23 units, but in total the students ended up donating 30 whole blood units and two power red units, which consist of two units of red blood cells made in one donation. 

“Absolutely destroyed the goal,” Sierra said. “It was the first time ATSU-ASDOH was included in a blood drive event and we could not have had a better turnout.”