Christian Brothers University
Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2014.06, Week of February 17
Yes, friends, it’s that time ONCE AGAIN for the annual Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!
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Table of Contents:
1. Events coming up.
1. Events coming up.
· Thursday, February 20, starting at 1 p.m. in the Spain Auditorium: Ms. Rita Harris of the Sierra Club of Memphis will give a presentation, “Right in Your Back Yard”, regarding pollution sources that are disproportionately located in low-income and people-of-color neighborhoods and affect health and quality of life for all of us. For more information, please go to Article #2;
· Thursday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Field Paleontology trip to the Coon Creek Science Center in Henderson County, TN. It is one of the 10 major fossil deposits in North America, showing late Cretaceous fossils. Interested students should contact Dr. Stan Eisen, 901-321-3447, or email@example.com ;
· Saturday, April 5, 2014: The Student National Dental Association of UTHSC (Memphis) have organized an “Impressions” program for April 5, 2014, designed to expose college students to the profession of dentistry by opening the College and allowing prospective students access to their students and faculty in a relaxed setting. For more information, see Article #2.
2. Special presentation by Ms. Rita Harris of the Sierra Club of Memphis: “Right in Your Back Yard”, Thursday, February 20 in the Spain Auditorium, starting at 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 20
The speaker will explain how
pollution sources such as factories, landfills, power plants and other
similar facilities are disproportionately located in low-income and
and affect health and quality of life for all of us.
Rita Harris has led Memphis-area environmental justice efforts since 1991. She received the Chickasaw Group’s first Environmental Justice Award in early 1999 and began her work with the Sierra Club in the fall of 1999. Again, in December of 2007, the Chickasaw Group honored her with their Outstanding Community Advocate Award.
In addition to organizing residents in underserved neighborhoods, Harris designs and coordinates grassroots environmental conferences annually, is frequently asked to speak at events inside and outside the Club, and leads Toxic Tours to educate area groups about environmental justice. These tours point out the injustices experienced by individuals living in the shadow of polluters and highlights community success stories!
Her annual “Terrible Ten” reports highlight area polluters while helping communities understand the health effects of air and water pollution. The Tennessee Alliance for Progress (TAP) honored Harris for her many years of work as a community organizer with an award at their May 2008 TAP Long Haul Awards ceremony. In the spring of 2008, Harris was honored by the Memphis Women’s magazine as one of their “Green Women of Shelby County”.
Harris served on the Enforcement Subcommittee of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 1996 to 2001, and currently serves as community co-chair of the 2008 Shelby County Sustainable Shelby Initiative’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
In 2011, Rita Harris won the Sierra Club’s Virginia Ferguson Award for her work to diversify the organization.
This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Student Sustainability Coalition.
3. The Consortium for Optometry announces a series of Summer Enrichments Programs at the Illinois College of Optometry, Ohio State University, and at the University of California – Berkeley.
The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs. We encourage you to share this email among your preoptometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2014.
Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between or among any of the programs described below:
Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future
July 14-18, 2014
The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.
Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.
For more information, please visit:
Program Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson@ICO.EDU
The Ohio State University, I-DOC
June 16-18, 2014
Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day program for people from an underrepresented ethnicity (American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; African-American, or Latino) who are interested in finding out more about an optometric career. The program provides information about optometry through hands-on experiences, and it aims to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minority optometrists. Thanks to underwriting by the Vision Service Plan (VSP), there is no cost to attend the program and includes all meals and activities. There are also a limited number of scholarships for airfare reimbursement (up to $500) and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants.
Applications for this year's program are due by April 1, 2014. For more information about the program and the application process, please visit our I-DOC webpage:
Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.8825, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp
Session I, June 18-20, 2014
Session II, July 16-18, 2014
The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school. The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.
Program specifics and the application, available mid-February, 2014, are linked here:
Cost: $125 program fee; limited amount of scholarships to waive program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.
Program Contact: Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, email@example.com
A special thanks to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for providing seed funding for all of our programs and continued support as funding is available and requested. The Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grants program assists optometry schools in developing and implementing activities/programs that are designed to recruit and/or retain underrepresented minority students, financially disadvantaged, and/or first-generation college students pursuing the optometric profession.
Sharon T. Joyce
4. The Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (Fullerton, CA) invites you to attend their annual Spring Admissions Open House, Saturday, April 5, 2014.
SAVE the DATE!
The Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
invites you to attend our annual:
Spring Admissions Open House
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We welcome all interest levels seeking to learn more about the profession of optometry!
Speakers and a student Q&A Panel will provide a better understanding of what SCCO’s program has to offer.
Take a campus tour and meet with students. We look forward to hosting you on our beautiful campus!
Please feel free to forward this email to interested parties.
To watch a short video movie trailer about the event, click here.
Reservations are a must!
Please RSVP via email at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scco-spring-admissions-open-house-2014-registration-6516714669#
For an event flyer and parking instructions: http://optometryadmissions.com/2013/10/10/spring-admissions-open-house-for-optometry-april-5-2014/
SCCO’s Blog on WordPress: http://optometryadmissions.wordpress.com/
Jane Ann Munroe, O.D.
Director of Admissions
Office of Student Affairs
Marshall B. Ketchum University
Southern California College of Optometry
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd. | Fullerton, CA 92831-1699
714.449.7446 | Fax 714.992.7878
5. Students interested in podiatry are invited to attend FootFest2014 at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando, FL, Friday, February 28.
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to cordially invite your students to FootFest2014 at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando, FL. Taking place on Friday, February 28 from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention located at 6000 W. Osceola Dr., Kissimmee, FL, FootFest2014 is an exciting day inside the world of podiatric medicine. Students will participate in a panel of current members of the podiatric medical community, spend the day attending lectures on cutting edge surgical techniques, and receive a free lunch as well as special giveaways and goodie bags. The entire program is completely free of charge and a limited number of spots are available. Attached, please find the flyer for this program. We encourage you to please share the information about this event with your students as registration for this event is filling up fast. To register or for questions regarding this exciting event, please contact Daniel Taubman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 301-948-0957. We look forward to seeing your students in Orlando!
Career Promotion Coordinator
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
15850 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20855
Direct: (301) 948-0957
Main: (301) 948-9760
Fax: (301) 948-1928
Editor’s note: I understand that ya do what ya gotta do in order to look good, but this looks like punishment to me:
6. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy (Bradenton, FL) offers a new distance education pathway for the PharmD program.
My name is Dr. Hershey Bell, and I am the Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy. I am contacting you to announce that we have a new distance education pathway. We are currently accepting applications for this pathway for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
The distance education pathway is a four-year PharmD program that will mirror the curriculum of the traditional four-year PharmD program in Bradenton, FL. This program consists of a majority of the coursework being completed at home. A majority of the curriculum will be able to be completed based on the availability of the student. However, tests must be taken according to a pre-determined schedule at testing locations associated with the National College Testing Association (NCTA). Additionally, orientation and summer sessions will require students to travel to the Bradenton, Florida LECOM campus. Lastly, a synchronous learning schedule will be published prior to the start of each semester so that students will have plenty of time to arrange their lives around the limited amount of required attendance hours.
Traditionally, LECOM students have enjoyed high board exam pass rates, demonstrating that they have gained a great education at a reasonable cost. Our vision is focused on producing highly-skilled pharmacy clinicians who can serve as equal partners in the delivery of quality health care. For additional information, you may wish to review an electronic version of LECOM’s brochure and/or the explanation of entrance requirements available on our website (http://lecom.edu).
To further assist you in your decision making process in selecting a School of Pharmacy, the following may be of interest to you:
The LECOM School of Pharmacy:
Ø has one of two distance education PharmD programs in the nation, one of the few three-year accelerated PharmD programs in the nation at its Erie, PA, campus and has a traditional four-year PharmD program in Bradenton, FL.
Ø features beautiful, modern, and technologically advanced facilities at both campus locations.
Ø maintains affordable tuition rates at both campuses and is a national leader in offering tuition assistance to its students.
Ø students consistently perform at or above the national averages on board exams (see LECOM.edu/about).
Ø offers students experiential rotations in many fields within the pharmacy discipline.
Ø students enjoy very high job placement after graduation and high success rates in matching into pharmacy residency positions.
If you have any questions, you may contact the LECOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Office with a reply to this email. I wish you success in your pursuit of a pharmacy education and in all future endeavors.
Hershey S. Bell, M.D., M.S. (Medical Education), FAAFP
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, LECOM School of Pharmacy
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Pharmacy Practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
1858 W. Grandview Blvd.
Erie, PA 16509-1025
7. The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy announces is Spring Open House, Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Registration is now open!
Attend the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s spring Open House to learn more about the profession and the nation’s 5th-ranked pharmacy program.
UK PharmD Open House
Saturday, March 29th
10:00am-1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Details and registration: http://go.uky.edu/pharmopenhouse
During the program, we will offer presentations from the Dean, faculty members, admissions representatives, and current students. Discussion topics will include career options, the history/future of the profession, application requirements, and dual degree options. Guests will also have the opportunity to interact with current PharmD students through a panel discussion. Tours of the pharmacy building, the largest pharmacy education building in the world, will be provided.
All students and interested advisors are invited to participate. Register early as seats will fill quickly!
Strengths of the UK Pharmacy program include the following:
Encourage students to join the email listserv! http://go.uky.edu/prepharmlsv
Like us on Facebook to receive updates! www.facebook.com/UKCOPprepharmacy
Note to advisors: Seats are still open for our final round of PharmD interviews on March 24th! Please encourage any current-cycle applicants to apply as soon as possible or by March 4th at the latest!
8. The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases.
The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology. Participants selected for this program will work with MIDAS Investigators, experienced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting exciting interdisciplinary research projects in this dynamic field. This intensive research-based experience will prepare applicants interested in working at the interface of mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, epidemiology, public health and biological sciences for the rigors of scientific research and graduate education.
There are numerous research investigators, topic areas and projects ongoing within the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence.
Completed applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.
Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the address below:
Phillip Palmer, PhD, MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator
Suite M-252A, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-6957
Fax: (412) 624-3858
Paula K. Davis, MA
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity
University of Pittsburgh
Schools of the Health Sciences
M216E Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
9. The Touro University California College of Pharmacy (Vallejo, CA) will host its annual open house on Friday, February 21.
The annual open house for the Touro University California College of Pharmacy will occur on Friday, February 21st, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. During this free event, prospective students will be able to attend several panel discussions, including:
The Open House will conclude with a reception where prospective students may mingle with faculty, staff, and students over light refreshments. For additional information, and to RSVP, please visit http://admissions.tu.edu/cop/COPopenhs.html. We look forward to seeing you!
Director of Admissions
Touro University California
www.tu.edu, click on "Prospective Students"
10. West Tennessee Healthcare will again sponsor its Pre-Med Internship Volunteer Program, June 3 through July 25, 2014. The deadline for application submission is March 7.
Hello All J
West Tennessee Healthcare will again sponsor the Pre-Med Internship Volunteer Program. This program will begin on June 3 and conclude July 25, 2014.
Attached are the flyer and application to be used in marketing this program to your students. Potential candidates should complete the enclosed application and return it on or before March 7, 2014. The application must include the student’s official transcript. All candidates will be interviewed and selections made during the first week of May 2014.
Applications and official transcripts should be submitted to:
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301.
If I may be of further assistance, please call me at (731) 426-1723.
Thank you for your support.
Education/Nurse Education Department
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
( 731-426-1723 |Ê 731-426-1750
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Pre-Med Internship Volunteer Program
June 3, 2014 – July 25, 2014
Purpose: This program is designed for students who plan to enter medical profession with primary focus on physician study. It will provide pre-med students a practical and valuable opportunity to participate in a supervised, prescribed program of inservice training and volunteer service in the medical field.
To allow pre-med students the opportunity to evaluate their commitment to medicine as
This eight-week program includes hospital orientation, clinical rotation, and opportunity for observation.
Clinical Rotation includes but is not limited to:
Behavioral Health Radiology
Emergency Services Resident Physician Rotation
Clinical Process Improvement Respiratory Care
G.I. Lab Surgery
Infectious Diseases Laboratory/Pathology
Medical Center Home Health Pharmacy
Tennessee Heart Center Kirkland Cancer Center
Cath Lab Hospice
Cardiology Oncology Nursing
Cardiac Rehab Radiation Oncology
Women and Children’s Center Physical Therapy
Labor and Delivery Sports Medicine
Pediatrics Rehabilitation Services
Complete Sophomore Year by June 1, 2014
Plan to enter medical profession with primary focus on physician study
Have a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.
Enrollment limited to ten (10-14) participants
*Your OFFICIAL Transcript must be mailed directly from the school Transcript must be received by deadline date: March 7, 2014!!!
*Please note: We will notify you through the email address that you
provide whether you have been selected or not.
Tammy Ward at (731) 426-1723
Application and Transcript Deadline ~ March 7, 2014
Mail completed application to:
Clinical Education Department
APPLICATION FOR PRE-MED INTERNSHIP VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Applicant’s Full Name
Home Address School Address
City State Zip City State Zip
Telephone Cell Phone Number
Social Security Number E-Mail Address
E-Mail Address you most often check
Name of School: Grade Completed:
Course of Study: Type of Diploma:
Name of College: ____________________________ Year Completed: _____________
Major/Minor: _______________________ Degree Received: _________________________
Future Educational/Career Plans:
List any honors and/or awards earned, or offices held in High School or College:
List of school activities, hobbies, and interests; offices held, etc:
In Case of Emergency: Name Phone
In your Own Words, Give Your Reasons for Wanting to Participate In This Program
PERSONAL REFERENCES (other than relatives)
(The names you list below MUST be who we receive recommendation letters from)
PERSONAL REFERENCE/RECOMMENDATON LETTERS: One (1) letter must be from a teacher/professor, one (1) must be from a professional, and one (1) must be a personal reference/recommendation. These letters can be e-mailed to Tammy Ward @ email@example.com ; and must be as an attachment on letterhead. These letters can also be mailed. All letters must be received by deadline date ~ (March 7, 2014).
Are you a United States Citizen?
Note: Answering “no” to this question does not constitute an automatic bar from volunteering.
Within the past 7 years, have you either been (1) convicted by any court, including a court of military justice, or a felony, or (2) been released from prison following conviction of a felony? (For purposes of this application, consider felonies to include any crime that is punishable by imprisonment or execution).
Note: Answering “yes” to this question does not constitute an automatic bar from volunteering.
If yes, state date, place, and nature of each conviction
I hereby certify that all answers given by me on this application are true to the best of my knowledge. I authorize
11. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lillington, NC) announce the Pre-SOMA Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
AACOM is extremely pleased to partner with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) in North Carolina in announcing their Pre-SOMA Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The event will run from 8:00am – 4:30pm.
Note: CUSOM is one of the newest Osteopathic Medical Schools! A visit to this state-of-the-art medical campus should not be missed!
This free, interactive pre-medical conference is designed especially for aspiring pre-medical students and pre-health advisors to participate in. The events are designed as a way to promote Osteopathic Medicine and awareness of the many wonderful opportunities that come with being an Osteopathic Physician.
Registration and Event Details: http://www.campbell.edu/cusom/admissions/pre-soma-information/
Pre-SOMA medical student leader-lead conferences are designed to provide information on Osteopathic Medicine for Pre-Health Advisors and Prospective Students, while also an opportunity for Pre-Health organizations at undergraduate and graduate schools to learn how to establish a Pre-SOMA Chapter on their campus. Pre-SOMA is on Facebook!
We look forward to your participation as we promote the great opportunities in Osteopathic Medicine to pre-medical students and pre-medical advisors! We want to see you at the conference!
All the Best,
Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Application Services
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
p 301-968-4184 | f 301-968-4191
12. The deadline for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Samford University (Birmingham, AL) has been extended to February 20.
Samford Univ., Birmingham, AL
Biology and Chemistry REU deadline extended
We've been having some interesting weather down here in the south, as have many of you in the rest of the east, and so we are extending the deadline for application to the Samford REU program until February 20 (2014). We invite applications from Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry undergraduates to participate in this 9 week intensive research program:
Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians.
Application Deadline: February 20, 2014
Program Timeline: June 1-July 31, 2014
* $500 per week stipend
* Travel, room, board and research expenses covered
* 12 students will be accepted into the program
Reasons to Apply
* Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research
* Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist
* Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project
* Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice
* Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest state park
All application materials should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Deadline: February 20, 2014
Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. Please submit:
* Application Form
* Letters of Recommendation
* Personal Statement
Student projects may involve both field and laboratory research to address questions in ecology, biochemistry, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. At Samford, undergraduate students become research colleagues. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique Oak Mountain Interpretive Center research facility.
For more information, go to www.samford.edu/reu<http://www.samford.edu/reu> or
R. Malia Fincher, Ph.D.
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
800 Lakeshore Drive
Office 133 Propst Hall
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13. Marginalia: Yes, friends, it’s that time ONCE AGAIN for the annual Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!
A Haiku in English is a short poem which uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition. It is a development of the Japanese haiku poetic form in the English language.
Some of the more common practices in English include:
· use of three lines of up to 17 syllables, traditionally in "5–7–5" form.
· allusion to nature or the seasons.
Haiku uses an economy of words to paint a multi-tiered painting, without "telling all". As Matsuo Bashō put it, "The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of."
Please submit an entry by Friday, February 21, that catches the essence of your experiences with Organic Chemistry. Our panel of judges will assess each entry. The prize for submission of the winning entry is a package of Hershey’s Kisses. Winners will be announced by February 28.
Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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