PNWU Represented at Annual Primary Care Update

Last week, two third-year PNWU students represented our University at the 36th annual Primary Care Update in Spokane.
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PNWU Well Represented at the 36 Annual Primary Care Update

Last week, two third-year PNWU students represented our University at the 36th annual Primary Care Update in Spokane. Produced by the Inland Northwest Academy of Family Physicians, the event — which is touted as the largest gathering of primary care providers on the West Coast — offers attendees an opportunity to connect with long-time colleagues and to learn from others.

Jeff Kilcup, OMS III, presented “Earlobe Creases and Coronary Artery Disease: A Meta-Analysis.” The meta-analysis, which was completed by Kilcup and fellow OMS III Matt Jacobsson, included around 59 studies for a total of 44,691 subjects, and presented findings which supported the correlation between earlobe creases and coronary artery disease. Kilcup credits the inspiration behind the project to Dr. William Elliot, PNWU Chair of Biomedical Sciences.

“The poster was a great talking point among primary care providers,” Kilcup explained. “Most had heard of the correlation between coronary artery disease and earlobe creases, but some had not. The providers who stopped by to discuss the findings were interested in how to best utilize the findings of an earlobe crease in their patients.”

Meanwhile, OMS III Andy Zhang joined forces with two third-year University of Washington students and a first year resident to present an hour-long case presentation on a very unique patient they saw in their service to the Internal Medicine Residency. The presentation covered multiple topics, including copper deficiency, which ultimately became the topic of the poster.

“The groundwork was already laid out,” said Zhang, “and it seemed like an excellent opportunity to not only showcase a rare presentation to other professionals in the medical field, but to also get the experience to teach others.”

Several other PNWU students, faculty, staff, alumni and preceptors also attended the update, including PNWU alum Dr. Nathan Armerding, Class of 2013. In fact, during his time at the event, Dr. Armerding displayed a perfect example of the value of connection that the annual event aims to facilitate. While attending the meeting, Dr. Armerding bumped into Randy Poncher, MD, our Regional Assistant Dean in Spokane.

The two were familiar with one another, as Dr. Amerding had served his residency in Spokane with Dr. Poncher. As their conversation developed, Dr. Poncher began discussing the shoulder and knee pain that he’s recently been experiencing. It was then, in the middle of the hallway of the Centennial Hotel, that the student became the master.

As he performed the osteopathic manipulation he’d learned in his time at PNWU, several MDs, PAs and Nurse Practitioners stopped to ask what was happening.

Ultimately, Dr. Amerding spent more time educating his fellow providers on the wonders of osteopathic medicine than he did on the treatment itself, and Dr. Poncher walked away feeling better than he had all week.

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