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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2011.07, Week of February 21

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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The “Ew-w-w” factor of field courses – what’s THAT THING crawling on your finger?

 

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For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.
2.  The question was:  “How are repeated courses treated when calculating GPAs?” 
3. 
The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) of Loma Linda University School of Medicine will host its Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) from June 13 to August 5 of 2011.
4.  The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, part of Florida Atlantic University, has received accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) as a new and independent medical school and is now accepting applications for the 2011 entering class.  
5.  Western University of Health Sciences will be sponsoring its next Preview Day on March 5, 2011.   
6.  ===AAMC STAT====, e-newsletter from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 14, 2011 edition.  
7.  The Neuroscience Institute of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announces its annual Brain Awareness Symposium on March 24, 2011. 
8.  The Global Health Corps is now soliciting applications for individuals interested in spending a year working in global health. 
9.  The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (Tempe, AZ) is sponsoring two Discovery Day and Medical Center Tours, on Wednesday, March 9, and on Saturday, March 12.   

10.  Marginalia:  The “Ew-w-w” factor of field courses.   

 

1.  Events coming up.

·         Thursday, February 24:  Tri Beta Induction and Promotion, starting at 6:30 pm in Spain auditorium;

·         Thursday, March 3:  Tri Beta Meeting, CW 105, starting at 12:45 p.m. 

·         Thursday, March 24:  The Neuroscience Institute of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announces its annual Brain Awareness Symposium on March 24, 2011, at the Urban Child Institute;

 

2.  The question was:  “How are repeated courses treated when calculating GPAs?” 

Dave Thurlow posted this to the HLTHPROF listserv:

 

The following list is preliminary part of a presentation to be made at our upcoming NEAAHP session in Newport RI, in an attempt to compile a list of such FAQs for all centralized application services.  It does not directly answer the question in every case, but it’s a beginning.

 

Meledath Govindan, Lorie Lana, and Mary Engel are slated to lead this presentation.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Dave Thurlow

 

a.    AACOMAS:  Only the last instance of a repeated course is included in the GPA calculation.

b.    AACPMAS:  AACPMAS will calculate both the original course and the repeated course grades in your GPA. 

c.     AADSAS:  All courses that appear on your official transcript (s) and for which a grade and credit were ever assigned will be included in the AADSAS GPA calculations, even if they are not included in the GPA calculations of the transcript-issuing school. This includes, but is not limited to courses that have been repeated. Both grades from repeated courses are used in calculating the ADEA AADSAS GPA, even if this is not the policy of your college/university.

d.    AMCAS:  AMCAS counts all attempts of a repeated course, even if your school does not.

e.    CASPA:  CASPA must standardize applicant information throughout the country, and therefore does not recognize individual school or state academic “forgiveness” policies in regards to repeated courses, as each college treats these situations differently.  Some schools average the two grades together, others factor in the higher grade, some take the second grade even if it’s lower than the first, and others do not recognize repeated courses at all.  Therefore, CASPA must factor both grades into your CASPA GPA.  Once your application arrives at the schools you are applying to, they may or may not recalculate your GPA depending upon their individual policies.

f.     OPTOMCAS:  Repeated courses taken at the same school will be marked as repeated under special classification. The final attempt will have full credit value and will be included in the GPA calculations. All prior attempts will have a credit value of 0.0 and will not be included in the GPA, although the course and grade will be listed in the coursework.  Repeated courses taken at a different school will be counted as a normal course and will be included in the GPA calculations.

g.  PHARMCAS:  All courses with credit hours and a PharmCAS Grade are calculated into the PharmCAS GPAs, regardless of whether the credit counts toward a degree or counted toward a college/university GPA.  PharmCAS will include ALL initial AND repeated course work in its GPA calculations (including those repeated under freshman forgiveness, academic bankruptcy, and other related institutional policies).

h.  PTCAS:  You must include ALL attempted courses, including failed, repeated, and withdrawn college courses.

i.  SOPHAS:  If you have repeated any coursework with the intention of improving or replacing an earlier grade or attempt at the course, you must enter it using the following guidelines, regardless of the repeated-course policy of the school at which the coursework was taken. Courses such as Phys-Ed, Choir, or Art that you simply enrolled in multiple times are not considered repeated courses. For normal repeated courses (failed or low grade on first attempt): Mark the final attempt with a Special Classification of "Repeated," but keep all other attempts listed with a Special Classification of "Not Applicable". Mark the credit values for all initial attempts as 0.00, but list full credit for the final attempt. List all grades as stated on the transcript. For courses you withdrew from and then attempted again: Mark the final attempt with a Special Classification of "Repeated," but keep the initial, withdrawn course listed as "Not Applicable." Keep all credit values and grades as stated on the transcript. For courses where you first received an incomplete and then attempted again: Mark the final attempt with a Special Classification of "Repeated," mark the initial, incomplete attempt as "Incomplete," and keep all credit values and grades as stated on the transcript. Any course with a credit value of 0.00, a grade of W, or a special classification of "Incomplete" will not be calculated into your GPA, so entering your repeated coursework correctly will result in only your most recent grade being calculated into your GPA.

j.  VMCAS:  List each time you took the course as it appears on your transcript. You should choose "Repeat Course" for each attempt (including the first) until the final attempt, when you will choose "Completed".

 

 

 

3.  The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) of Loma Linda University School of Medicine will host its Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) from June 13 to August 5 of 2011.

From: Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine <chdmm@llu.edu>
Date: February 1, 2011 12:32:37 PM CST
Subject: Undergraduate Training Program (UTP)  at LLU (includes stipend)

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Greetings:

 

The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) of Loma Linda University School of Medicine will host its Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) from June 13 to August 5 of 2011. The UTP is a summer biomedical research internship program for undergraduate students funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Selected students will participate as part of a group of about 60 high school, undergraduate, medical, and PhD students in an unforgettable academic experience.

The UTP includes hands-on biomedical research training, excellent mentoring by dedicated scientists, participation in scientific seminars and lectures, educational enrichment activities, presentation of a research poster in our Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium at the end of the program, and opportunities to attend national meetings to make scientific presentations. Participating students will be competitively compensated.

The main goal of the program is to empower student participants to become biomedical scientists and physician scientists who will lead the fight against health disparities. Indeed, about 60% of our former participants have been accepted into academic programs in biomedical fields. Targeted students are between their sophomore and junior years and are enrolled in local and national colleges and universities.

We are writing to invite you to apply to our program, or assist us in identifying talented undergraduate students from underrepresented and medically underserved communities. The selected students will benefit from spending a summer on campus working on a biomedical research project under the mentorship, leadership, and guidance of experienced scientists.

For additional information on the UTP, the application form, and the application requirements please visit our website at http://www.llu.edu/chdmm.The application is available online. Please follow closely the instructions to submit your application. We are currently accepting students on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience. In order to receive full consideration applications must include the online application form, letters of recommendation sent by postal mail, fax, or electronic mail and transcripts sent by regular mail only, to be received no later than March 15, 2011.Please, use the address below to send the required documents for the application.

 

David Erghelegiu, MBA

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Office for Student Development
Mortensen Hall 132
11085 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Tel (909) 558-8622
Fax (909) 558-0196
Email:
chdmm@llu.edu

Apply Online

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

 

Marino De Leon, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Human Anatomy
Director, CHDMM
Director of Health Disparities Research Summer Program

Carlos A. Casiano, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Associate Director, CHDMM



 

4.  The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, part of Florida Atlantic University, has received accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) as a new and independent medical school and is now accepting applications for the 2011 entering class.  

This email is being sent as a service to The Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine.  Please direct your inquiries to them. 

 


New Public Medical School in Florida

We are very pleased to announce that the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education as a new and independent medical school and is now accepting applications for the 2011 entering class.  

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is part of Florida Atlantic University, a state-supported public institution with 28,000 students, located in Boca Raton, Florida, just north of Fort Lauderdale and only a mile from the Atlantic Ocean.

Prior to accreditation, the College of Medicine served for six years as a regional medical campus and assembled an experienced faculty dedicated to teaching, while simultaneously developing all of the infrastructure necessary for providing a solid four-year medical education. These elements, together with the modern Integrated Patient-Focused Curriculum and affiliations with nine hospitals and clinical facilities in southeast Florida, provide an opportunity for qualified students to study medicine at a brand new medical school which has been built on the existing framework of a successful regional medical campus.

The mission of the College is two-fold: To train physicians who can provide the highest quality healthcare to a diverse population, and to produce physician-scientists who can help meet Florida’s initiatives in biomedical research and education.

An ideal applicant for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is one who has excelled in the classroom and on the MCAT, who has acquired a spectrum of life experiences, and who has made a sound decision to study medicine based on direct, first-hand patient contact experiences. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential as are personal traits such altruism, maturity, and responsibility. Productive research experiences are essential for the MD/PhD program.

For complete information about the admissions process and selection factors, the MD/PhD program, the curriculum, financial assistance, the campus and our clinical affiliates, visit our web site at http://med.fau.edu

Admissions highlights for the Charter 2011 Class

·                     Total class size is fixed at 64 students each year. Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply.

·                     Up to 10 students from states other than Florida may be accepted.

·                     Up to 10 students may be accepted to the combined MD/PhD program offered in conjunction with Scripps Florida of The Scripps Research Institute.

·                     Applications are especially encouraged from women and from qualified applicants in groups currently underrepresented in medicine as well as those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from rural or underserved areas, and those with non-traditional educational backgrounds.

·                     Students must apply through AMCAS. The College of Medicine will be listed among the schools participating in AMCAS; applicants should designate the College as an additional institution to which their application should be forwarded.

·                     Letters of recommendation must be sent through the AMCAS Letters Program.

·                     MCAT is required; exam must be taken no later than January, 2011. January scores will be considered for the charter class only.

·                     No minimum GPA or MCAT is needed to complete a secondary application. The College hopes to enroll a class with numerical credentials generally comparable to those of students who matriculated at US medical schools last year.

·                     Secondary applications will be sent to everyone who sends their AMCAS application to us. The secondary application ($30 application fee; fee waivers honored) is available on line and should be completed as soon as possible and no later than May 15, 2011, to be considered.

·                     An evaluation interview conducted at the College of Medicine in Boca Raton is required

·                     Students will be notified immediately of any decision. Decisions are made on a rolling basis between late March and July, 2011.

·                     Scholarships based on merit, need and diversity are available.

·                     A laptop computer will be provided to each student.

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR STUDENTS: The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine will not appear on the list of AMCAS-participating medical schools until a day or two after February 24. At that time, applicants for the 2011 entering class can have their application and letters forwarded to us through AMCAS. Between now and February 24, we ask that all prospective applicants send their name and contact information to us at mdadmissions@fau.edu so we can send them developing information about the school and remind them the instant they are able to apply through AMCAS. Although we prefer to receive an email, students can also contact us by phone during business hours (8AM-5PM ET) at 561-297-0440.

All student queries should be sent to the email address and phone number shown above.

 

 

5.  Western University of Health Sciences will be sponsoring its next Preview Day on March 5, 2011.   

Good afternoon, Health Professions Advisors!

 

Please forward the below email onto any interested pre-health students.  We hold Preview Days about four times a year, allowing students several opportunities to learn more about our 22 different academic programs.

 

Have an in-depth look at Western University of Health Sciences!

 

Hear directly from:

·        Founding President Dr. Philip Pumerantz

·        WesternU faculty members

·        Current WesternU students

·        Admission representatives

 

Here is a chance to have Interprofessional interactions with prospective students who are interested in all of our programs.  This event will function the same way as a program-specific information session, but we will be holding multiple info sessions on one day.  All attendees will begin the morning with a presentation from the President of the University, and then students will attend the session for the program of their interest. 

 

Please join us in this exciting new event!  Feel free to forward to any other interested individuals!

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6.  ===AAMC STAT====, e-newsletter from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 14, 2011 edition.   

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

February 14, 2011

• AAMC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards
• RWJF Renews SMDEP Funding to Develop Future Health Care Workforce
• New R&D Dashboard Provides Transparency for Federal Data
• Site Offers Alternatives for Unfunded Research
• Pew Poll Indicates Less Public Support for Budget Cuts
• On the Move


AAMC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

The AAMC is issuing a call for nominations for its 2011 annual awards.  Each year at its annual meeting, the AAMC honors individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the academic medicine community in the areas of medical education, research, and community service.  No fees are required to submit nominations, and there is no limit on how many nominations can be submitted.  The deadline for entries is May 2, 2011.


RWJF Renews SMDEP Funding to Develop Future Health Care Workforce

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has renewed its support for the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP).  SMDEP is a national pipeline program managed by the AAMC and the American Dental Education Association with the goal of increasing diversity in medicine and dentistry.  The free, six-week summer program prepares students for dental and medical school by providing academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and health policy and financial planning workshops.  There are 12 SMDEP sites across the country, each accepting 80 scholars per site.  To date, 4,637 program scholars have graduated from M.D.-granting institutions, and over 2,000 are enrolled in medical and dental school, or pursuing careers in other health professions.


New R&D Dashboard Provides Transparency for Federal Data

The Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of a beta version of an online dashboard that will allow the public to track the outcomes of federal investments in research and development (R&D).  The site examines data from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation over the last decade.  Data will be accessible on the community, state, and university levels, and includes information on publications and patents resulting from research.


Site Offers Alternatives for Unfunded Research

Developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a new site released by the National Health Council seeks to help researchers find funding for projects that did not receive NIH support.  Health Research Funding allows researchers with proposals that have gone through the peer-review process to post their abstracts and contact information at no cost and connect with patient advocacy groups and other sources that fund research.


Pew Poll Indicates Less Public Support for Budget Cuts

Results from a new poll by the Pew Research Center on current attitudes toward federal spending indicate that while Americans’ support for spending increases is declining, they also do not widely support budget cuts.  Education had the largest support for spending increases with 62 percent favoring more investment.  Support for spending cuts to scientific research and health care increased 9 and 14 percent, respectively, compared to 2009, though overall more Americans favored increases than decreases to these programs, according to the poll.


On the Move

Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., has been appointed senior executive vice president for health sciences, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, and chief executive officer of the Temple University Health System, effective no later than April 1.  Kaiser is currently president and Alkek-Williams Chair of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, professor of surgery, and a professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.  Kaiser succeeds Edmond F. Notebaert as executive vice president and John M. Daly, M.D., as dean.  In 2010, both announced plans to step down.


What’s New on aamc.org

February’s Academic Medicine features two studies examining how medical education can help to ensure there is an adequate supply of physicians serving rural populations. http://www.academicmedicine.org.

 

7.  The Neuroscience Institute of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announces its annual Brain Awareness Symposium on March 24, 2011. 

The annual Brain Awareness Symposium, in collaboration with the Urban Child Institute, will be held on March 24, 2011, from 6:30-8:30 at the Urban Child Institute (600 Jefferson). Speakers are Drs. Matt Ennis and J. S. Anand, and the topic is ³How Pain and Stress in Infancy Shape Our Perceptions and Consciousness². Interested parties need to register for this free event with Stephanie Cook at the Urban Child Institute (901-385-4221). Refreshments will be provided from 5:30-6:30 prior to the event.

 

Thanks

 

Bill

 

William E. Armstrong, Ph.D.

Director, Neuroscience Institute, Center of Excellence Professor Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Tennessee Health Science Center

855 Monroe Avenue

Memphis, TN 38163

Email: warmstro@uthsc.edu

Phone: 901-448-5966 (office)

                            -5995 (lab)

Fax: 901-448-4685

Website: http://www.uthsc.edu/neuroscience

 

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8.  The Global Health Corps is now soliciting applications for individuals interested in spending a year working in global health. 

International Global Health Fellowship opportunities for recent graduates (from all disciplines) or students graduating in May.  Please pass along to any students who may be interested.

-Julia

Global Health Corps applications are now open (apply.ghcorps.org) -- this is
a really great opportunity for your students, mentees, or anybody who wants
to spend a year working in global health. Anybody, from all discipline
backgrounds, under 30 is eligible. As you all know, opportunities like this
in global service are really difficult to find. We would appreciate any and
all help getting the word out about this program!

More about GHC -

Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders
to build the movement for global health equity. We do this by providing
young people with year-long paid fellowships with outstanding organizations
working on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. We are
excited to be offering 70 fellowship positions in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda,
Uganda, and the US this year as we continue working with some of our great
partners like Partners in Health while also expanding to some exciting new
partners like the Inter-American Development Bank and Gardens for Health in
Rwanda. More information can be found on our website at http://ghcorps.org.
You can also find information about all of the 2011-2012 placements at
http://www.ghcorps.org/apply/open-placements.

*Please forward this widely to outstanding emerging leaders! Applications
are open now!
<http://apply.ghcorps.org>

 

 

9.  The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (Tempe, AZ) is sponsoring two Discovery Day and Medical Center Tours, on Wednesday, March 9, and on Saturday, March 12.   

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Join us for SCNM's Discovery Day and Medical Center  Tours 

Discovery Day is an open house designed for future students, patients, and the public to experience naturopathic medicine.

 

Dr. BaralOn Saturday, March 12, DON'T MISS Dr. Matthew Baral Department Chair of Pediatric Medicine.

 

He will discuss details of common pediatric conditions and show how naturopathic medicine can be used to treat them.  An overview of Asthma, ADD, and Autism will be included. 

 

10:15 -11:00 AM - Dr. Barral Presentation

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Q & A Panel on Naturopathic Medicine w/ Complimentary Lunch

 

1:30/2:00/2:30 PM - Cadaver Lab 

Experience the state-of-the-art Cadaver Lab and discover the human body with our knowledgeable TA.

 

1:30/2:00/2:30 - Medical Center Tours

SCNM's new Medical Center is housed in a 42,000 square foot office building.  Opened in October 2010, it features state-of-the-art exam and classrooms, a hydrotherapy suite, an IV suite, and relaxation gardens. The Medical Center is dedicated to enhance students' learning experience and to prepare them for a rewarding career in naturopathic medicine.

 

1:30 & 2:15 - Botanical Garden Tours 

The medicinal herb garden at SCNM provides students with the opportunity to see healing plants growing through their life cycle. The garden tour will be an introduction to some of our medicinal plants and we will discuss medicinal ways to use them.

 

 

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  • Expert Naturopathic Doctor and Student Q&A
  • Campus and New Clinic
  • Admissions, Financial Aid & Career Advising for future students
  • Tours of the New Medical Center and Cadaver Lab 
  • Lunch Included (Saturday only)

 


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10.  Marginalia:  The “Ew-w-w” factor of field courses.   

Whenever you take a field course, you run the risk of getting icky water, mud, or icky creatures on your fingers, hence the “Ew-w-w” factor.  Once you get used to it though, it’s really not that bad.  (Thanks to Carey Bowen for sharing the class photos.)

 

Case in point?  BIOL 395-396:  Limnology –

 

Carey Bowen placing a small box of microscope slides into the water for sampling protozoa.

 

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Brandi Vincent holding an invertebrate sampling device, Claire May and Elizabeth Beebe operating a grab sampler, Victoria McClain measuring pH, Shanandria Jackson measuring Secchi disk depth, and Kim Patton determining GPS coordinates to figure out where the heck we are:

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And here’s what we found:

Chironomid (midge) larvae:

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Physa sp. snails:

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/
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