Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2005.06, Week of September 26.
research experience and travelogue of Jennifer Paxson.
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
Front view of the Christ from the
platform of the
View of Rio from the
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.
picture shows part of a waterfall by the opera de le'arme-
Glass Opera House in
these two pictures are of me hang-gliding with Hilton, the guy who owned the
hang-gliding company over the city of
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
pic is of Dr. Fitz, her
daughter Amanda, Annette, Christina, Dodie, and me
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 –
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 (www.aamc.org/katrina.htm) 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, www.humanism-in-medicine.org.
official Tulane School of Medicine Web site is www.som.tulane.bcm.edu.
Students, residents and applicants should consult this site for further
information, including curriculum updates and listings of available housing
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
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 http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/katrina.htm
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 http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/katrina/start.htm 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 www.hhs.gov/katrina.
established an agreement with the state of
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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/katrina/katrina_faqs.htm
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 www.aamc.org/katrina.htm
Robert F. Sabalis, PhD
Associate Vice President
Student Affairs and Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street NW
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.
VCOM and Virginia Tech are collaborative partners in research and student services. www.vt.edu
4. Received this week (and available from the bookshelf in S201)
· Osteopathic Medicine
· Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
· Physician Assistant
· Physical Therapy
Mayo Clinic (
· Viewbook of their Physical Therapy Doctoral Program
Dr. Stan Eisen,
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