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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2019.09, Week of October 14


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

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1.  As a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy student, you’ll receive the best tools and training to compete and succeed at a very high level. 
2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, October 7, 2019 issue. 
Study Medicine in Ireland. 
4.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV 
5.  Explore Your Future at the Integrative Health Grad Fair sponsored by the Maryland University of Integrative Health (Laurel, MD) on Saturday, October 26.  
6.  East Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) School of Health Professions invites you to an Open House on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  


1.  As a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy student, you’ll receive the best tools and training to compete and succeed at a very high level. 

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Stan Eisen,

As a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy student, you’ll receive the best tools and training to compete and succeed at a very high level.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Top 10 PharmD program.
  • 800+ Preceptors – 30% of the curriculum is focused on experiential learning.
  • Prime location – minutes away from nationally ranked hospitals, federal agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • 175 years of excellence.

Click here to watch an overview video about the PharmD program at UMSOP.  


Gain a strong foundation that will help you develop into a marketable pharmacist and an experienced healthcare professional. Ignite your passion and achieve your goals. Your future in pharmacy starts here.

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2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, October 7, 2019 issue.



AACOM's 2019 COM Day on Capitol Hill

October 7, 2019

What You Need to Know


Next Thursday, October 17, AACOM will host osteopathic medical school deans, the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators, and other designated AACOM members in Washington, DC for AACOM’s 2019 COM Day on Capitol Hill, in which COM Day attendees will meet with Congress about federal policy issues impacting osteopathic medical education (OME). Simultaneously, ED to MED advocates will take action online during our Virtual Hill Day, #COMDAY19, to ensure that the broader health professions community shows strong support to protect Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and Grad PLUS Loan Programs.


Our nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine are educating nearly 31,000 future physicians. Considering that it takes fewer than 30 responses to a social media post by a Member of Congress to capture the attention of a congressional office, imagine the impact the OME community could have if we speak up together. Be a part of the process and take action on October 17!


Mary-Lynn Bender

Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

On The Hill


President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution


On September 27, the President signed into law a continuing resolution to prevent a federal government shutdown, extending current funding until November 21 and buying time for Congress to continue negotiating all 12 appropriations bills before the new deadline. The package also includes short-term funding for several important health care programs, including the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, which was previously set to expire on October 1. House and Senate leadership are working to avoid a government shutdown this November, but disagreements over border wall funding and other issues are complicating congressional negotiations. AACOM will continue to advocate for programs of importance to OME as Congress progresses through the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process.


Senate HELP Chairman Reveals Higher Education Package


On September 26, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released a package of eight bipartisan bills that would update parts of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Alexander’s Student Aid Improvement Act (S. 2557) includes Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) simplification, short-term Pell grants, Pell grants for parole-eligible prisoners, and maximum Pell grant award increases. The scaled-back legislation does not address the PSLF or Grad PLUS Loan Programs.


Senate HELP Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), have criticized the bill for its piecemeal approach, as it does not address college affordability, campus safety, and other contentious topics that have complicated negotiations between the Republican and Democrat committee leaders. AACOM is closely monitoring developments on the HEA reauthorization for priorities impacting osteopathic medical schools and students.


AACOM Endorses the Supporting Graduate Medical Education at Community Hospitals Act of 2019


AACOM endorsed the Supporting Graduate Medical Education at Community Hospitals Act of 2019 (H.R. 3753/S. 2116), introduced by U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Similar to the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act of 2019, H.R. 3753/S. 2116 differs slightly in that it would address a dated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule by increasing eligibility criteria, allowing more programs permission to create new caps and establish new per-resident amounts.






#COMDAY19: Advocate on October 17


On Virtual Hill Day on October 17, AACOM is calling on the OME community to urge Congress to save the PSLF and Grad PLUS Loan Programs in the reauthorization of the HEA. Take action via social media by communicating with lawmakers using the Virtual Hill Day hashtag, #COMDAY19. These programs are pivotal to creating a diverse future health care workforce to provide patients with quality care. Voice your concerns by tagging your Members of Congress and share your story online to illustrate the importance of the PSLF and Grad PLUS Loan Programs to our communities. Learn more.


AACOM Now Accepting Osteopathic Health Policy Internship Applications


Gain firsthand experience working at the national level on health care and higher education policy issues through AACOM's Osteopathic Health Policy Internship Program, open to osteopathic medical students as part of the association’s Leadership Institute. Interns spend eight consecutive weeks at AACOM’s Office of Government Relations in Washington, DC developing a comprehensive understanding of policy development, analysis, and implementation. Learn more about the program and how to apply.


A Medical Resident’s Perspective on Why Congress Should Save PSLF


As a recent graduate of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, Katherine D. Kirby, DO, is urging her fellow residents to get involved in advocacy. ED to MED spoke with Dr. Kirby about why PSLF matters to medical students, residents, patients, and communities, and why Congress should continue to support this crucial program. Find out how PSLF relieves the financial burden from residents like Dr. Kirby and why it is important to urge Congress to #SavePSLF.




Administration and Federal Agencies


AACOM Analysis: BDR Final Rule Provisions of Interest to OME


On August 30, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the long-awaited final regulations that update the process for adjudicating borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims and relevant financial responsibility provisions. The new regulations revise the standards that ED will use to adjudicate BDR claims and will take effect for all new loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020. AACOM has reviewed the rule and prepared an analysis of provisions of interest to OME. Learn more.


AACOM Comments on CMS CY20 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule


AACOM recently submitted comments to CMS regarding its calendar year 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. AACOM commented in support of CMS’ continued focus on reducing administrative burdens and the agency’s Patients Over Paperwork Initiative, and provided recommendations regarding the review and verification of medical record documentation. CMS is expected to issue a final rule later this year.


Now Open: 2020 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program


Osteopathic medical students can now apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) FY20 application cycle. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in loan repayment assistance to medical or dental students in their final year of school in exchange for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible health professional shortage areas with the greatest needs. The NHSC is seeking applicants who are interested in serving communities with limited access to health care and providing care through their initial service commitment and beyond. Applications are due by 7:30 PM ET on Thursday, October 31. Interested individuals may participate in multiple technical assistance opportunities, including an application webinar on October 9. Learn more.


DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Eligibility


On September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule updating the earning thresholds for white-collar exemptions to overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule raises the standard salary level from $455 to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year). The DOL estimates that this change will entitle 1.3 million workers to overtime protection and that workers will receive $298.8 million in extra pay each year because of this increase in the salary threshold. The FLSA provides an exemption from overtime pay for employees in “a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity,” subject to certain requirements. The DOL Wage and Hour Division also published Fact Sheet #17S to provide guidance on the applicability of this exemption to employees in the higher education sector. Of particular relevance to the OME community is the FLSA’s exemption of professional employees—namely teachers, learned professionals, and employees who practice law or medicine. Employers must comply with the final rule beginning January 1, 2020. View the DOL announcement for further information and resources.


NIH Awards $945 Million in Research for the HEAL Initiative


Last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $945 million for FY19 for projects through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL Initiative). NIH is funding 400 awards in 41 states to provide support for scientific research efforts to improve treatments for chronic pain, lower rates of opioid use disorder and overdose, and help patients achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction. The intent of the HEAL Initiative is to combat the opioid crisis by means of scientific research in the areas of clinical, preclinical, and translational research in pain management, novel medication options for opioid use disorder and overdose, and new strategies for prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.


ED Proposes Reorganization of FSA Office


ED is working to expand and reorganize its Federal Student Aid (FSA) Office. The FSA is currently undertaking the Next Generation (Next Gen) Financial Services Environment project to develop a new digital engagement service and payments platform. Additionally, ED released the 2021 FAFSA® form and rolled out the myStudentAid

 mobile app

. To support the Next Gen initiative, ED expects to add employees and reallocate resources to the project moving forward. The reorganization proposal seeks to create a new dedicated office for the Next Gen project, which will be led by Matthew Waggoner, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Budget Formulation, and to increase the overall number of FSA employees to better serve FSA customers.


VA Launches New Training Program to Support its Electronic Health Modernization


As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) electronic health record modernization effort, the VA recently launched a new training program, the VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab (VITAL). Currently, VITAL has 76 trainees enrolled in the 12 – 18 month training program, which aims to teach employees how to develop technical and supporting management skills necessary to implement the new electronic health record (EHR) system at VA sites. The EHR Modernization effort will consolidate all veteran health information, including health data for active-duty service members and veterans, into a single platform and will facilitate the secure and efficient sharing of information across VA sites, the Department of Defense, and community care providers.


Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement


UNECOM Awarded NIH Alzheimer’s Grant: Benjamin Harrison, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, was awarded a grant of more than $315,000 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH to develop effective therapies targeting multiple facets of Alzheimer’s disease, including the prevention, delay, or reverse of brain lesion formation, a major component of the disease. Learn more.


Access Loan Repayment Strategies Resource: On September 18, Paul Garrard, Founder and President of PGPresents, LLC, led an AACOM-hosted webinar on loan repayment strategies for osteopathic physicians. The webinar addressed how residents, fellows, and attending physicians are repaying their student loans; how to determine the best repayment strategy based on your student loan portfolio, training, and career plans; and how to adjust your repayment strategy as your circumstances change. Mr. Garrard is one of the nation’s leading experts on student loans and educational debt management for medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians. View the webinar recording and materials.


Substance Use Disorder Clinician Warmline: To address substance use disorder challenges, the University of California, San Francisco is providing clinician-to-clinician telephone consultations focused on substance use evaluation and management for primary care clinicians through the Substance Use Warmline. This HRSA-supported resource offers consultations conducted by health care professionals with special expertise in addiction medicine. Consultations are available for health care providers only, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET. Learn more.


Participate in HRSA’s October Virtual Job Fair: On Wednesday, October 16 from 6:45 PM – 10:45 PM ET, HRSA will host a Virtual Job Fair to connect trainees with practicing clinicians and health care sites nationwide. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with health care providers and receive real-time answers to their employment questions. Learn more.


Attend the NIH Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention: On October 18, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will hold a free mini-convention in Chicago, IL focused on important and current topics in neuroscience and addiction research. Learn more.



3.  Study Medicine in Ireland.


Now accepting medical school applications for Fall 2020 entry

Since 1989, Atlantic Bridge has been providing a streamlined application and informational service for students from the United States and Canada who are interested in studying medicine in Ireland. Over 5,000 thousand on North American students have undertaken studies in Ireland via the Atlantic Bridge Program.

Applicants can apply to multiple medical schools using just one common application and one set of supporting documents.

Study Medicine in Ireland

Ireland is renowned for its high academic standards and for providing a world-class medical education. The Irish universities have a long history of teaching medicine with a strong international reputation.

The medical degrees awarded by the Irish universities are recognized by the licensing authorities in the United States and Canada. Graduates from the Irish medical schools continuously secure some of the most prestigious residency training positions in North America.

Irish Medical Schools

The medical programs in Ireland range from four to six years.




4.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  

Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in our neighborhood by our Hands of Hope interns.  Our interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join us for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship).  Applicants wishing to complete shorter internships are considered on a case by case basis.  We provide on-site housing (interns live with the children they are caring for) and interns join us from all over the United States to be part of our internship program. 


Information about our internship may be found here:


The application for our internship may be found here:


I am writing with the hope that you may be able to share information about this internship opportunity with students who may be interested in pursuing a service internship with our agency after graduation.  Our internship especially appeals to students who wish to complete a gap year before entering medical or graduate school.  I am also attaching our flyer which I hope that you may be able to share as well.


Interns in our program gain valuable experience that is relevant to a number of fields and future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children.


Thank you and please let me know if you should need more information.


Stephanie Diehl

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Inc.


PO Box 66581

Houston, TX 77266-6581

Main Office: 713.529.0639




5.  Explore Your Future at the Integrative Health Grad Fair sponsored by the Maryland University of Integrative Health (Laurel, MD) on Saturday, October 26.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: MUIH, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD 20723

Dear Stan,

If you’ve been considering a career in integrative health, or are just looking to explore your passion for health and wellness but don’t know where to start, then you’ll want to visit MUIH’s Integrative Health Graduate Fair on October 26.

Drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm to our beautiful 12-acre campus in Laurel, Maryland to learn more about our master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs in:

Tailor Your Experience

Our Grad Fair will be offering scheduled tours, demonstrations, and interactive experiences.
Be sure to plan your day to make the most of your visit!

Who You’ll Meet

MUIH Students and Faculty
Discuss what makes our curriculum and courses so effective and innovative.

Admissions & Financial Aid Team
Gain info about the admissions process, financial aid and scholarship options, and how to apply.

Academic Advisors
Meet the people who will support you through your academic journey.

MUIH Career Center Coordinator
Learn about integrative health career trends, the jobs our grads are getting, and the support that will be available to you as a student and alum.

What You’ll Do - Plan Your Day Here

Explore the Campus
Guided tours at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 1:00 pm
Guided tours of the MUIH campus will be led by admissions counselors who can answer your questions about the University.

Visit the Natural Care Center
Guided tours at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:15 pm
The on-campus Natural Care Center houses our University Teaching Clinic and offers students real-world clinical experience under the supervision of experienced faculty.

Stop by the Herbal Dispensary
Tours at 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, and 1:30 pm
Indulge your senses with the sights and scents of our on-campus herbal dispensary. 
This stop will include a demonstration from one of MUIH's resident herbalists.

Experience Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Ongoing from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A great way to experience acupuncture if you’ve never tried it before, this service is offered by clinical acupuncture students under the supervision of our experienced and licensed faculty.

Discover the Herb Garden
Guided tours at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 1:45 pm, weather permitting
The quarter-acre herb garden contains more than 125 medicinal plant species from around the world, including vegetation of multiple habitats and ecosystems. 
Be sure to wear outdoor shoes!

Enjoy Locally-Sourced Food
Until gone
Delight in a free selection of lite fare featuring locally-sourced, all-natural ingredients.

NEW! Engage with Live Program Demos

See students and faculty in action during these interactive demonstrations.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: 11:30 am

Western Herbal Medicine - Compounding Seasonal Tea: 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm

Nutrition - Smoothie Making: 11:45 am, 12:30 pm

Health & Wellness Coaching Simulation: 12:00 pm, 12:45 pm

Yoga Therapy Demonstration: 12:15 pm, 1:00 pm

Coming from out of town?

MUIH is conveniently located between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC, just off Route I-95 and about 20 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. There are many affordable hotel options available within five miles of our campus.

Ask about Maryland University of Integrative Health’s special rates at the Homewood Suites – Columbia/Laurel, which is within walking distance of campus!​

The Integrative Health Graduate Fair is free and family-friendly.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the event,
contact or 410.888.9048 ext 6763.


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7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD, 20723, United States


6.  East Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) School of Health Professions invites you to an Open House on Saturday, November 2, 2019.


EVMS School of Health Professions



Saturday, November 2, 2019

Considering a career in healthcare, health professions education or biomedical research?

Come learn about our programs, and see which one is right for you.


Doctoral Programs

Biomedical Sciences, PhD

Clinical Psychology, PhD

Health Sciences, DHSc*

Medical and Health Professions Education, PhD or EdD*

Reproductive Clinical Science, PhD*


Master's Programs
Art Therapy & Counseling, MS
Biomedical Sciences Research, MS
Biotechnology, MS
Contemporary Human Anatomy, MS
Healthcare Analytics, MHA

Healthcare Delivery Science, MHDS*

Laboratory Animal Science, MS*

Master of Histotechnology

Master of Public Health, MPH
Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA
Medical Master's, MS (1 year)
Medical Master's, MS (2 year)
Medical and Health Professions Education, MMHPE

Pathologists' Assistant, MHS

Physician Assistant, MPA
Reproductive Clinical Science, MS


Physician Assistant Fellowships
Pediatric Urgent Care
Emergency Medicine


Graduate Certificates
Contemporary Human Anatomy
Healthcare Analytics

Medical and Health Professions Education*

  • Teaching*
  • Leadership*
  • Scholarship*
  • Simulation Program Management*

Public Health

  • Core Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management
  • Implementing Change and Achieving High Performance in the Healthcare Environment

*Distance Education programs


Learn more and register for the event.


Eastern Virginia Medical School

School of Health Professions

P.O. Box 1980, Norfolk VA 23501-1980

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