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Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Profile

Lon Van Winkle PhD

Lon Van Winkle PhD

Professor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities

lvanwinkle@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2492
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-14


Education | Professional Experience | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Biochemistry (minor in Genetics)
    Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Detroit, MI
    1975
  • Bachelor of Science
    Chemistry (minor in Biology)
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, MI
    1968

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – Present: Professor of Medical Humanities
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – Present: Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry
    Midwestern University
  • 2016: Biology Instructor
    Arapahoe Community College
  • 1996 – 2015: Chair of Biochemistry
    Midwestern University
  • 1988 – 1996: Professor of Biochemistry and Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Midwestern University
  • 1986 – 1988: Professor of Biochemistry
    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1981 – 1986: Associate Professor of Biochemistry
    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1979 – 1981: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1977 – 1979: Lecturer and Director of Matter, Energy, and Life
    University of Michigan
  • 1977: Instructor
    College of Life-Long Learning, Wayne State University
  • 1976 – 1977: Lecturer
    University of Michigan
  • 1974 – 1977: Chemistry Instructor
    Oakland Community College
  • 1974 – 1977: Biology Instructor
    Schoolcraft Community College
  • 1974 – 1976: Biology Instructor
    Henry Ford Community College

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Pharmacology (2015-present)
  • Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Pharmacology (2013-2015)
  • Review Board, Medical Science Educator (2010-2014)
  • Editorial Board, Biology in Reproduction (2002-2004)
  • Human Embryology and Development (HED)-2 Study Section, National Institute of Health (1985-1993)
  • Chairman, HED AHR-A1 Study Section, National Institute of Health (1990)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Reproductive Biology Study Section, National Institute of Health (1985-1986)
  • Grant Reviewer, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Grant Reviewer, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  • Grant Reviewer, Medical Research Council of Canada
  • Grant Reviewer, Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom
  • Grant Reviewer, The Welcome Trust
  • Manuscript Referee:
    • AIDS Care-Psychology, Health and Medicine
    • The American Journal of Pathology
    • The American Journal of Physiology (Cell Physiology)
    • The American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
    • Amino Acids
    • Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
    • Biochemical Medicine and Metabolic Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Biology of Reproduction
    • BMJ Open
    • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
    • Current Molecular Pharmacology
    • Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
    • Gastroenterology
    • Development
    • e cancer medical science
    • Educational Studies
    • Family Medicine
    • Frontiers in Pharmacology
    • Frontiers in Public Health
    • Genomics
    • Human Reproduction
    • The Journal of Biological Chemistry
    • The Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
    • The Journal of Cellular Physiology
    • The Journal of Chemical Education
    • The Journal of Interprofessional Care
    • The Journal of Investigative Dermatology
    • The Journal of Membrane Biology
    • The Journal of Nutrition
    • The Journal of Reproduction and Fertility
    • Medical Science Educator
    • Molecular Reproduction and Development
    • Placenta
    • PLOS ONE
    • Physiological Reviews
    • Psychology, Health & Medicine
    • Reproduction
    • Reproduction, Fertility and Development

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Association of Biochemistry Course Directors
  • European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Team-Based Learning Collaborative

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Fostering academic achievement and patient-centered orientations in healthcare professional students through critical reflection in biochemistry courses”
    Association of Biochemistry Course Directors
    2013
  • “Fostering well-being and patient-centered orientations in medical professionals through critical thinking and reflection in basic science courses”
    Behavioral Science in Family Medicine Featured Forum
    2012
  • “Workshop on Promoting Professional Behavior in Concrete Ways through Critical Reflection by Students in Medical Basic Science Courses”
    International Association of Medical Science Educators
    2011
  • “Amino acid transport regulates development of mouse blastocysts and the embryonic stem cells derived from them”
    Illinois State University School of Biological Sciences
    2011
  • “Educational methods that support relationship-centeredness and reflection: A discussion of process and outcome data”
    36th Annual Pre-doctoral Education Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    2010
  • “Workshop/Focus Group on Cultural Competence/ Diversity Education”
    International Association of Medical Science Educators
    2006
  • “System B0.+ amino acid transport regulates the penetration stage of blastocyst implantation and subsequent development through adulthood”
    University of Alberta Medical School
    2005
  • “System B0.+ amino acid transport regulates the penetration stage of blastocyst implantation and subsequent development through adulthood”
    Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area
    2005

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Research and Studies


Grants:

  • Principal Investigator, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, “Inaugural Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter,” $2000 (2017-2018)
  • Principal Investigator, “Inaugural Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter,” The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, $2,000 (2008-2009)
  • Principal Investigator (at our site), “Reversal of disease progression by stem cells,” Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute, $100,000 (2006-2008)
  • Co-principal Investigator, “Introducing a curriculum in geriatrics/ethnogeriatrics into the medical school curriculum,” American Medical Student Association, $30,000 (2006-2008)
  • Principal Investigator, “CCOM recruitment and retention program for underrepresented minority students,” Illinois Board of Higher Education, $33,800 (1997-1998)
  • Principal Investigator, “CCOM early admission recruitment and retention program for underrepresented minority students,” SmithKline Beecham Foundation, $42,450 (1995-1997)
  • Principal Investigator, “CCOM summer program for minority students,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $133,500 (1993-1995)
  • Principal Investigator, “Development of amino acid transport in early embryos,” USPHS, $905,884 (1986-1994)
  • Principal Investigator, “Low Na+ concentration: A factor contributing to diminished uptake and incorporation of amino acids by diapausing mouse blastocysts?,” University of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Research Grant, $2,500 (1977-1979)

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Biographical Information


Lon J. Van Winkle earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University in 1975. He joined the faculty at several community colleges near Detroit in 1974 and became a full-time faculty member in Natural Sciences at the Dearborn campus of the University of Michigan in 1977. He then took a position at Midwestern University in 1979. He retired as Professor and Chair of Biochemistry at that institution in August 2015. Dr. Van Winkle is currently Professor of Medical Humanities at Rocky Vista University. He publishes regularly in the scientific literature on both early embryo development and science education. This work has been supported by grants from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the National Institutes of Health. His continuing interest in basic research, science education and human growth and development are exemplified by his participation in numerous conferences on the adult development of women and men and as an invited speaker at national and international conferences on healthcare professional education, embryology and biomembrane transport. He is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the International Association of Medical Science Educators and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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