Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2005.06, Week of September 26.



1.  Summer research experience and travelogue of Jennifer Paxson.         
2. Latest information from the American Association of Medical Colleges, from an e-mail sent to the HLTHPROF listserv, September 20, 2005.  (This is especially relevant to those of you applying to Tulane and LSU – New Orleans.)          
3.  The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the newest osteopathic medical school in the United States, announces Fall Open House, scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.              
4.  Received this week and available from the bookshelf in S201.


 1.  Summer research experience and travelogue of Jennifer Paxson

I measured GST total, GST pi-class, and HSP-70 protein in Crassostrea rhizophorae, a marine oyster, exposed to three different concentrations of cadmium.  For the GST and GST pi I used Spectrophotometry and for the HSP-70 I used western blotting.  We were hoping that the exposed organisms would be statistically elevated compared to the controls, but they weren't, so we could use this to eventually help develop a system to monitor heavy metal pollution in the ocean...


Foz do Igacu on the Argentinian side of the Falls.



Back of the Corcovado or Cristo Redentor in Rio.



Front view of the Christ from the platform of the Corcovado.



View of Rio from the Corcovado.



This is me on top of one of the mountains on Pao de Acucar.



The picture is of Christina Brown and me on the first mountain in I think one of the original tram cars that used to run to Pao de Acucar that they retired and had on display on top of the mountain. 



This picture shows part of a waterfall by the opera de le'arme- Glass Opera House in Curitiba.




Yes, these two pictures are of me hang-gliding with Hilton, the guy who owned the hang-gliding company over the city of Rio, the Tijuca forest, and the Cucumber Beach which I landed on approximately 15 minutes later. 






(Ed. Note:  A new twist to the term “Airplane Food.”)  This picture is of the pizzaria in an old airplane that we found on the trip to Sao Francisco do Sul when Dr. Fitz, her husband, daughter and I stopped to go to the bathroom at a Gas station.  It was the funniest thing we had ever seen and it was in the middle of no where.  It is actually the restaurant, i.e. they don't use it to deliver pizza. 



This last pic is of Dr. Fitz, her daughter Amanda, Annette, Christina, Dodie, and me on the Sao Francisco beach behind our pousauda before Dr. Fitz and her family left.  (A pousauda is like a condo where people usually live there for short amounts of time.)  Our pousauda had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, laundry room, and living room, and a deck that overlooked the beach. 



2.   Latest information from the American Association of Medical Colleges, from an e-mail sent to the HLTHPROF listserv, September 20, 2005.  (This is especially relevant to those of you applying to Tulane and LSU – New Orleans.)

 Date            September 20, 2005


To  Members of the Council of Deans, Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, Council of Academic Societies, Organization of Student Representatives, Organization of Resident Representatives


From    Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., AAMC President


Subject      Hurricane Katrina Update - September 20, 2005


At its meeting last week, the AAMC Executive Council recommended that the AAMC provide membership dues relief for Tulane and LSU-New Orleans as well as affected teaching hospitals. The Council also recommended that the AAMC explore ways to provide support to displaced faculty and to persuade vendors to donate textbooks, equipment, and other educational materials to replace those items students lost in the storm.  The AAMC leadership and staff will monitor how best the association can continue to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina and will provide updates via periodic special e-mails and the AAMC Web site ( for as long as necessary.


The Gold Foundation announced this week its Katrina Assistance Fund "to support the wellspring of compassion, creativity and inclination to serve that exists in the medical education community." The Foundation is now requesting proposals for grants up to $5,000 for service projects in any locale where there is a substantial need for assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Such projects may include direct medical aid to evacuees or non-medical assistance to both victims and those adversely affected by this disaster. To view the program description and application requirements or to make a donation to the fund, to go to the Gold Foundation Web site,


Medical School Update


The new official Tulane School of Medicine Web site is Students, residents and applicants should consult this site for further information, including curriculum updates and listings of available housing in the Houston area.  The Tulane medical community (along with their Houston hosts) is watching Hurricane Rita very carefully and will post any new information for students and residents on the Tulane Web site. 


Tulane's associate dean of graduate medical education, Ron Amedee, M.D., reports that the school is moving ahead well toward the target date of Oct. 1 to have residents temporarily placed either in South Texas or elsewhere in the region.  Orientation for Tulane residents is scheduled for Sept. 30. Dr. Amedee conveyed Tulane's deep appreciation for the outpouring of support and concern received from hospitals, GME offices, and program directors around the country and from their colleagues in Houston who have opened their homes for students, residents and faculty.    


Charles Hilton, M.D., LSU-New Orleans associate dean for academic affairs and DIO, reports that plans for LSU residents are moving ahead.  


To assist 2006 applicants, AMCAS has posted a Web page dedicated to Katrina-related updates.  To view this page, go to


On Sept. 15, ERAS began processing residency application materials for Tulane. Guidelines and procedures are posted on an ERAS Web site created to disseminate information for and about ERAS users affected by Hurricane Katrina.  Visit for the latest information. 


Patient Care Update 


Yesterday, Public Health Service Capt. Robert Pittman confirmed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now seeking only teams, or "groups," of volunteers rather than individuals.  The teams can register on the HHS Web site with the following information: name and contact information of team leader and the staffing that is available (e.g., number of physicians, number of nurses, number of mental health workers, etc.).  HHS will send letters to the team leaders this week acknowledging the information it has received and will be providing team leaders with regular updates. For more information or to register a group, go to


HHS has established an agreement with the state of Texas that will provide immediate support for the medical care provided to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, including money for uncompensated care. The agreement makes it easier for eligible evacuees to receive services through the state's Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs. To ensure that all states are able to take advantage of this opportunity, HHS Secretary Leavitt sent a letter to other states outlining the provisions of a "model" waiver agreement for health care for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The provisions in the model waiver closely reflect those in the waiver approved for Texas. For more information, go to



Research Update


The National Institutes of Health have published several documents addressing the most frequently asked questions from grant recipients and applicants on issues related to hurricane recovery such as: pending applications and application delays, clinical trials, shared resources, lab displacement, fellows, and significant losses of animals or unique research tools. Information: Go to


On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated a toll-free hotline that clinical laboratories may call for assistance in securing supplies, staffing and other critical needs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Through the 1-800-CDC-INFO hotline, (800) 232-4636, the agency will help laboratories locate supply sources, volunteer staffing support, courier services and contacts at state and local public health laboratories. Initially, help line operators will collect general information about a laboratory's needs and forward the information to a CDC response team. The team will follow up by gathering more specific information about a laboratory's needs and immediately providing the laboratory with relevant contacts for assistance or help in finding appropriate contacts.


A CDC "Hurricane Katrina Health & Safety" page provides information for health professionals and others coping with the aftermath of Katrina. To access the page, go to


For the latest information and links to Katrina related resources, go to


Robert F. Sabalis, PhD

Associate Vice President

Student Affairs and Programs

Association of American Medical Colleges

2450 N Street NW

Washington, DC 20037-1127


3.  The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the newest osteopathic medical school in the United States, announces Fall Open House, scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. 

 The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine has been touted as the newest “jewel in the crown of higher education.” Come see why VCOM is so popular with medical school applicants at our Fall Open House, scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. During this four-hour time frame, you will have the opportunity to meet our Dean, Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, explore the unique aspects of an osteopathic medical education, walk-though our first-rate anatomy lab featuring virtual cadavers and the best air quality in the country, tour our new facility, and participate in a panel discussion with our first– and second—year medical students. You’ll also have the opportunity to speak with our Admissions and Student Services Staff regarding your candidacy at our College.  

 The itinerary for the Open House is firm and will utilize the full four-hour time frame.  Please arrive by 1:00 p.m. and plan to stay the whole afternoon. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling (540) 231-6138 or use e-mail to reach us.


 VCOM and Virginia Tech are collaborative partners in research and student services.  


4.  Received this week (and available from the bookshelf in S201)

Des Moines University (Des Moines, IA)  Viewbooks on the their programs in:

·        Osteopathic Medicine

·        Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

·        Physician Assistant

·        Physical Therapy

Boston University (Boston, MA) School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

·        Viewbook

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) School of Health Sciences

·        Viewbook of their Physical Therapy Doctoral Program

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

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