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In and around the profession: Jan. 8

Performing OMT on pregnant women lessens the deterioration of back functioning they experience late in pregnancy, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The researchers, led by John C. Licciardone, DO, also report that OMT may provide an important clinical benefit in reducing back pain in pregnant women, but the results are less conclusive.

During a medical mission to the Dominican Republic this week, a group of MSUCOM students have visited a leper colony, performed OMT and treated patients for intestinal parasites, dengue fever and fungal infections.

Last Sunday, the Billings (Mont.) Gazette published a feature on osteopathic medicine and its history. Donald J. Grewell, DO, Douglas A. Woerner, DO, Scott A. Sample, DO, and Tyler J. Hurst, OMS I, are quoted in the article. Montana is among the state with the fewest practicing DOs and was one of the last states to grant DOs full practice rights.

WVSOM might begin training physicians and nurses on using electronic health records, says the school’s new president, Richard Rafes, JD, PhD.

In memoriam

Willis W. Zimmerman, DO, 81 (KCOM 1958), of Toledo, Ohio, died Jan. 1

David M. Yakacki, DO, 58 (DMU-COM 1976), of York, Pa., died Dec. 25, 2009.

J. Michael Moody, DO, 60 (OSUCOM 1982), of Shawnee, Okla., died Jan. 1.

Walter C. Mill, DO, 89 (DMU-COM 1950), of Denver died Nov. 10, 2009.


George Mychaskiw II, DO, has been named the chairman of anesthesiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Emergency physician David J. Mikolajczak, DO, is the new chief of staff at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill.

Max A. Clark, DO, has been appointed to the government relations committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.