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Caduceus Newsletter:  Week of September 15 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
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Table of Contents:
1.  ACS/BBB/PHP (American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta/Preprofessional Health Programs) Activities.       
2.  The Pasteur Foundation (Paris, France!) offers a summer research program for undergraduates.
3.  ==== AAMC STAT ====, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 8, 2008 edition. 
4.  Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN) is offering a Career Day on Saturday, October 25, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to Noon. 
5.  America Needs a More Diverse Physician Workforce:  A report from AspiringDocs.org, An AAMC Campaign to Increase Diversity in Medicine.     
6.  Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, O. D., Director of Admissions, Southern California College of Optometry has created a Facebook group for Pre-Optometry students.  
7.  Students in Dr. Kristin Prien’s Management 352 (Organizational Behavior and Management) class are conducting a drive to help raise supplies for the American Red Cross and recent hurricane victims.

8.  Marginalia:  Perishable Art

 

1.  ACS/BBB/PHP (American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta/Preprofessional Health Programs) Activities.       

·        Thursday, September 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.:  Meeting for Biology majors and for all students interested in health-related careers, Spain Auditorium;

·        Monday, September 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Mackel Harris, representing Life University of Chiropractic (Atlanta, GA), will be on campus to answer questions and distribute information pertaining to chiropractic in general, and Life University in particular;

·        Thursday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Annual Health Career Opportunities Fair.  This event, anchored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will include representatives from regional health-related professional and military scholarship programs.  At this point, we will have representatives from the following:

University of Tennessee Health Science Center Colleges of

·        Allied Health (includes Dental Hygiene, Cytotechnology, Health Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)

·        Dentistry

·        Graduate Health Sciences

·        Medicine

·        Nursing

·        Pharmacy

Southern College of Optometry

Military Scholarship Programs:

·        United States Air Force

 

2.  The Pasteur Foundation (Paris, France!) offers a summer research program for undergraduates. 

Louis Pasteur in the laboratory.

The Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Pasteur Foundation
Application Deadline Reminders
 
Information is infectious:
help spread the word!
        
Application guidelines are now online for our Postdoc and Undergraduate Programs at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Please tell your students, colleagues and friends about these unique opportunities.                                          
        
Undergraduate Internships: The Pasteur Foundation is currently seeking highly motivated, accomplished undergraduates with a particular interest in the biological sciences to come spend next summer in Paris. These 10-week internships at the renowned Institut Pasteur offer hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduates contemplating a graduate degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Living allowance is $400 per week. Please see our internship page for information and downloads. Applications are due in December 2008 for Summer 2009. Please see the application for exact dates.

To receive further information by email or mail on either program, please contact Caitlin Hawke at the Pasteur Foundation in New York.  The success of these programs depends largely on word of mouth; thank you for helping to spread the word!
                                                                                                                                
--

Andrew J. Bohonak
Associate Professor

San Diego State University
Department of Biology, MC 4614
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA  92182-4614
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Phone:  619-594-0414
Fax:    619-594-5676
Email:  bohonak@sciences.sdsu.edu
Web:    http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/pub/andy/index.html
Office: 212 Life Science North

 

 

3.  ==== AAMC STAT ====, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 8, 2008 edition.

 

  == Dr. Joanne Conroy to join AAMC as chief health care officer

  == AAMC analysis: after affirmative action in California

  == Medical groups send comment letter to Department of Education

  == NIH awards $42.2 million in first EUREKA grants

  == Commission seeks to eliminate Cesium-137 Chloride in medical research

  == CMS finalizes rule on residency transfers, GME payments in emergencies

  == NSF reports unprecedented decline in federal support for research

  == AHRQ proposes common formats for reporting patient safety data

  == On the move

 

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Dr. Joanne Conroy to join AAMC as chief health care officer

 

Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., will become the AAMC's new chief health care officer

on Oct. 1. She is currently executive vice president of Atlantic Health

System and chief operating officer of Morristown Memorial Hospital in

Morristown, New Jersey. An anesthesiologist by training, Dr. Conroy joined

the Atlantic Health System in 2001 as chief medical officer. She later served

as the system's vice president of academic affairs. She earned her medical

degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she subsequently

served on the faculty and as chair of the department of anesthesiology,

becoming the first woman in the university's history to lead a clinical

department.

 

As chief health care officer, Dr. Conroy will focus on the interface between

the health care delivery system and academic medicine. She will also oversee

the AAMC's Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems. Dr. Conroy will

replace Robert Dickler, who announced in 2007 that he intended to step down

after 16 years of service to the association and its members.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2008/080902.htm

 

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AAMC analysis: after affirmative action in California

 

New research analysis from the AAMC reports the number of in-state minority

college students accepted by and enrolled in California medical schools has

decreased since the elimination of race-conscious admissions in that state.

The latest issue of AAMC Analysis in Brief shows California medical schools

accepted, on average, 170 in-state minority applicants each year from

1997-2007, down from about 230 students in 1993.  Additionally, the report

shows a 6.7 percent decrease in in-state minority students matriculating to

California's medical schools from 1997 to 2007. Affirmative action was banned

by the University of California's Board of Regents in 1995, and state voters

codified its elimination a year later. An overall drop in the U.S. medical

school applicant pool in the 1990s has made it difficult to determine the

direct impact of the elimination of affirmative action in California. Despite

an array of programs to support diversity efforts, however, in-state minority

acceptances and matriculants to California medical schools have not returned

to the rates achieved in the early 1990s.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/data/aib/aibissues/aibvol8_no6.pdf

 

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Medical groups send comment letter to Department of Education

 

The AAMC joined nearly 100 medical organizations in a comment letter sent to

the Department of Education last month. In the letter the organizations thank

the department for its work thus far in implementing the "College Cost

Reduction and Access Act of 2007." The groups also urge the department to

permanently reinstate the economic hardship deferment debt-to-income ratio

(known as the "20/220 pathway") for student loans or provide an equivalent

funding mechanism for loan deferments so that medical residents continue to

have an option to postpone loan payments--without penalties--during their

training.

 

Information: Go to

http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/library/educ/corres/2008/081408.pdf

 

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NIH awards $42.2 million in first EUREKA grants

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded $42.2 million in the

first EUREKA grants given to researchers with unconventional and innovative

projects that could have a huge impact on science.  Then new program, which

stands for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge

Acceleration, will fund 38 projects, many from academic medicine, and cover

costs of up to $200,000 a year for four years.  The goals of some of the

winning projects include a new method of reprogramming adult cells to

resemble embryonic stem cells and an RNA-based strategy for getting material

into the brain without the need for a direct injection. Additional EUREKA

awards may be made in the fall, and the NIH will offer the program again next

year.

 

Information: Go to

http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/Mechanisms/EUREKAGrants.htm

 

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Commission seeks to eliminate Cesium-137 Chloride in medical research

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a notice seeking

information on the security and continued use of Cesium-137 Chloride

radiation sources, which are widely used in medicine and research. The NRC is

following recommendations of a National Academies panel that, earlier this

year, argued for discontinuing the use of Cs-137 Chloride sources because of

their potential use in a "dirty bomb" and their ability to disperse widely in

the environment. The commission is asking for information on the extent to

which these sources are used in medicine and research, and the potential

economic or other impacts of discontinuing its use. The NRC is also seeking

information on the availability of alternative sources for medical and

scientific applications. The NRC will hold a public meeting on this issue in

Bethesda, Maryland, Sept. 29-30; stakeholders in the use of these irradiation

sources are urged to attend. 

 

Information: Stephen Heinig, AAMC Biomedical and Health Sciences Research,

202.828.0488, sheinig@aamc.org or go to

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-17545.pdf

 

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CMS finalizes rule on residency transfers, GME payments in emergencies

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final

regulations to address the continuation of Medicare direct graduate medical

education (GME) and indirect medical education (IME) payments when hospitals

in emergency or disaster areas must temporarily suspend operations. As

finalized, the emergency GME regulations allow affected hospitals to enter

into GME resident cap affiliation agreements and transfer their caps to any

other hospital in the country, bypassing existing policy. The hospitals

involved may also bypass existing policies requiring shared residency

rotational arrangements. 

 

These regulations were initially issued as "interim final" rules in 2006 to

help teaching hospitals located in New Orleans and other areas affected by

hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These regulations have since been included in

the Medicare inpatient final rule.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/start.htm#2

 

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NSF reports unprecedented decline in federal support for research

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a report indicating that

federal funding for scientific research and development (R&D) at academic

institutions has declined for the second consecutive year, after adjusting

for inflation. According to the report, this is the only instance since 1972

in which federal support of academic R&D has failed to keep pace with

inflation for two years running. According to NSF, federally funded academic

R&D expenditures measured $30.4 billion in fiscal year 2007. After adjusting

for inflation, this represents a 1.6 percent decline from 2006 and a 0.2

percent decline from 2005.

 

Overall, university R&D rose by 0.8 percent due to other sources of support,

including institutions' own funds. The federal government provides the

largest share (62 percent in 2007) of support for university research.

Medical and biological sciences continue to make up more than half of all

federal research expenditures, predominantly performed at U.S. medical

schools. 

 

Information: Go to http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08320/

 

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AHRQ proposes common formats for reporting patient safety data

 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments on

a proposed set of common definitions and reporting requirements to be used by

hospitals in the standardized and uniform collection of patient safety data.

These definitions (called "common formats") will be used in implementing

provisions of the "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005." The

legislation, which establishes a network of Patient Safety Organizations

designed to collected patient safety data, was enacted to help address the

barriers in analysis and implementation of patient safety improvement

strategies.

 

Information: Jennifer Faerberg, AAMC Health Care Affairs, jfaerberg@aamc.org

or go to http://www.pso.ahrq.gov

 

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On the move

 

S. Edwards Dismuke, M.D., M.S.P.H., will step down as dean of the University

of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, effective Sept.10. Dr. Dismuke will

continue to serve as professor in the departments of preventive medicine and

public health as well as the department of internal medicine, where he will

work with medical students and residents in Wichita. Fred Chang, M.D., will

serve as interim dean while a national search takes place. Dr. Chang is

professor emeritus of surgery and board member of the Wichita Center for

Graduate Medical Education. He previously served as associate dean for

graduate medical education and as associate dean for academic affairs.

 

James A. Hallock, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, has announced his

intention to retire from his position when his contract expires on June 30,

2009. He will then remain with the organization for three additional years as

a senior scholar working with the ECFMG's nonprofit foundation and research

team.

 

Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., will retire from the positions of president of

Virginia Commonwealth University and president and chair of the VCU Health

System, effective June 30, 2009. He will remain at VCU as University

Distinguished Professor.

 

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Academic Medicine Online

 

Every academic health center (AHC) faces challenges unique to its own

organization, community, and culture. The September issue of Academic

Medicine features a collection of from-the-trenches articles by AHC leaders

about their institutions' most daunting challenges. From governance changes

to research issues, physical relocation to financial renaissance, the

collection offers a window into overcoming these challenges in pursuit of

excellence in the tripartite mission of education, research, and patient

care.

www.academicmedicine.org 

 

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4.  Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN) is offering a Career Day on Saturday, October 25, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

 

5.  America Needs a More Diverse Physician Workforce:  A report from AspiringDocs.org, An AAMC Campaign to Increase Diversity in Medicine.

 

6.  Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, O. D., Director of Admissions, Southern California College of Optometry has created a Facebook group for Pre-Optometry students.  

New Resource for Pre-Optometry Students!

Facebook:  OFFICIAL Pre-Optometry Group Southern California College of Optometry

Hosted by Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, Director of Admissions

 

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I’ve created a Facebook Forum in hopes of adding to the good work being done by all pre-health advisors. Designed for pre-optometry students, we discuss issues related to admissions, applicant competitiveness and optometry as a career choice.  Currently, we are 570 members strong.  I personally answer questions, post article links and host discussion boards.

Current Facebook members can find the Group at:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4816879678

For students new to Facebook, instruct them to join by logging on at www.facebook.com to open a free account.  Make sure they specify their undergrad college affiliation in their Network preference.  Once they have completed a profile page, they will use a box to “Search” for SCCO’s group by spelling out “Official Pre-Optometry Group Southern California College of Optometry”.  Click on the “Request to Join” link and I will review the request before approving.  I personally approve each request to exclude spammers.

Thank you for all the thoughtful work you do in advising pre-health students.  I’m happy to make a contribution.
 

Sincerely,

Jane Ann Munroe, O. D., Director of Admissions
Southern California College of Optometry
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd
Fullerton, Ca 92831
714-449-7446
Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692646427
Facebook Group for Pre-Optometry Students:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4816879678
jmunroe@scco.edu
FAX 714-992-7878

 

 

7.  Students in Dr. Kristin Prien’s Management 352 (Organizational Behavior and Management) class are conducting a drive to help raise supplies for the American Red Cross and recent hurricane victims.

 

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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/
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html