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Marshall medical and pharmacy schools partner to raise awareness of men’s health issues

Students with Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University School of Pharmacy are working together to bring awareness to men’s health issues as part of the international “Movember” movement.

The campaign is an extension of a successful effort undertaken last year by a student group, Men’s Health Organization (MHO), at the school of medicine.  According to group leaders, the 2015 outreach  garnered more than $1,000 during the campaign.

Wes Urian, a second-year medical student and representative on the Interprofessional Health Senate at Marshall, said the competition’s goal is to foster interprofessional relations between the two schools while raising funds and awareness.

“At the request of the Men’s Health Organization, I reached out to the school of pharmacy about a competition,” Urian said. “We hope to make the competition an annual tradition between the schools as a way to form ongoing camaraderie among the health sciences programs.”

Justin Powell, a third-year pharmacy student, said donations raised during the competition will be distributed to several men’s health organizations and foundations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong Foundation and the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Institute.

MHO has scheduled several other events in November including a Men’s Health Forum, which is co-sponsored by the Marshall Urology and Cabell Huntington Hospital Senior Services.  The forum is set for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, in the Harless Auditorium. The format will be lecture and discussion and will include information on prostate cancer, bladder control, erectile dysfunction and general male wellness.

Information about the event is available by contacting medical students Mohit Harsh at harsh3@marshall.edu or 304-634-4528 and/or Daniel Kahn at kahn2@marshall.edu or 304-741-3204.