TeleHealth News


May 25, 2017




The value and standing of any society is measured by the percentage of its educated citizens.
The establishment and founding of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) last year, increased New Mexico's status among the states as a highly educated and skilled culture.
Along with UNM's well regarded Medical school (in the top 20 nationwide), Burrell College is already being noticed and recognized by the work of its faculty and students. We salute the Burrell family for their support and financing of our school.
As the school's Jessica Salopek writes: "It has been a milestone year for Las Cruces, NM’s Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, which officially opened its doors in August 2016. The 162 students in the inaugural class were officially welcomed into the medical profession on August 13 at a White Coat Ceremony where Antonia Novello, MD the 14th U.S. Surgeon General and the first woman to hold the position, gave the keynote address.
Within weeks of beginning classes, the faculty, staff, and students began fulfilling the school’s mission to increase and diversify the state and region’s physician workforce, by reaching out to young students and encouraging them to pursue careers in medicine. Several programs for those interested in medicine was launched. BCOM professor Samuel Kadavakollu, Ph.D., welcomed the first group of 70 students from around the region into his community MCAT prep course and Richard Selinfreund, Ph.D., founded the Medical Explorer Post for high school students interested in health care careers.
In February, the entire inaugural class traveled to Santa Fe to visit the NM State Capitol where both the senate and the house passed a memorial to support the declaration of February 9 as 'Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Day at the Roundhouse.'
Many of the students and faculty received national recognition over the course of the year. The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians named an article written by BCOM’s Chair of Family & Community Medicine, Sherri Howell, DO, as the 2016 OFP Paper of the Year. Student Katherine Vidal was selected to participate in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases prestigious summer research fellowship program and student Mohan Muvalla beat out 122 applicants from across the country for a summer internship with NASA. Students John Rajala and Harris Ahmed were elected to serve on the National Board of Directors for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and the BCOM student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians was named National Student Chapter of the Year.
This first year is just the beginning for the new school. Oliver Hayes, DO, has been working diligently to establish clerkship and residency positions that will keep the students in the region after they graduate. Before BCOM was established, there were 18 medical residency positions in Las Cruces. Hayes has already increased that number by 450 percent and is continuing to establish positions around the state and region.
As Dr. Novello said in her keynote address, the BCOM team is proving that they can “walk the walk and not just talk the talk” when it comes to accomplishing their goal of improving health care for New Mexicans."
BCOM officials have met with the NM Telehealth Alliance members and we are glad to contribute and help with Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education at the school. [ R. G. ] 


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Of Interest: 

    Osteopathy was founded in 1892 by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville, Missouri as a protest against the turn of the century medical system.

     J Martin Littlejohn DO, a student of the American School of Osteopathy, founded the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and the Journal of Osteopathy in 1917. This helped to lay foundations for osteopathy in Europe.


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