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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2012.01, Week of August 20 

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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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My, how the world has changed!

 

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Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up. 
2.  University of Memphis Health Care Research Journal Club announces its first presentation, The Figure of Independent Medical Practice, Wednesday, September 12.    
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 13, 2012 edition.  
4.  The Memphis affiliate of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is starting a new program for older individuals, ages 18-30. 
5.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine announces the launch of the 2013 AACPMAS Application.  
6.  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities Program.  

 

7.  Marginalia:  My, how the world has changed!  Special Back-to-School offer!!  

 

1.  Events coming up.  

 

·         Thursday, September 6, 1 to 2 p.m., in CW105:  Introduction to US Army Healthcare Scholarships, a presentation by Sergeant Martell Todd.  Lunch will be served;

·         Thursday, November 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Sabbatini Lounge:  Annual Health Career Opportunities Fair, anchored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Representatives from a variety of regional clinical healthcare graduate programs and from US military scholarship programs will be available to answer questions;

·         Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in rooms AH 103, AH 121, AH 122:  Presentations regarding the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine,

 

2.  University of Memphis Health Care Research Journal Club announces its first presentation, The Figure of Independent Medical Practice, Wednesday, September 12.   

You are invited!

 

University of Memphis Health Care Research Journal Club

 

Presents

 

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Dr. Michael Lachina, MD, CMO

Chief Medical Officer of St. Francis Healthcare – Memphis and Bartlett as our next speaker

 

Topic:

The Future of Independent Medical Practice

           

 

Dr. Lachina is the Chief Medical Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare – Memphis and Bartlett. He is also the CEO of Saint Francis Medical Partners – a network of employed and affiliated physicians – owned and operated by Tenet/Saint Francis.  He oversees the development and operations of the Medical Partners Network and supervises all of the employed physicians.

 

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Time:   Wednesday, September 12, 2012.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and presentation at 12:00 noon

Place: Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, Room 381

 

Please RSVP Janis Lamar at jdublin@memphis.edu no later than Friday, September 7, 2012.

 

Cyril Chang, Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, 

cchang@memphis.edu            

 

 

3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 13, 2012 edition.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 13, 2012

• New Legislation Adds Residency Slots and Accountability Measures
Academic Medicine Study Examines Variations in Clerkship Grading

• HHS Issues Rules to Simplify Procedures for Health Care Claims

• Request for Applications Announced for NIH Pioneer and
  New Innovator Awards
• On the Move



New Legislation Adds Residency Slots and Accountability Measures

Legislation introduced last week by Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) would create another 15,000 residency training positions supported by Medicare.  The slots proposed in The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability and Transparency Act would help alleviate the physician shortage, which is expected to reach more than 130,000 by 2025.  The bill also includes accountability and transparency measures for graduate medical education that would evaluate residency programs’ progress on improving care through initiatives such as team-based care and electronic health records.  “The new residency positions created by this legislation, along with the thoughtful approach to achieving transparency and accountability for graduate medical education, represent the beginning of a comprehensive strategy to make sure Americans have access to the care they need,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO.  Dr. Kirch added that while the positions included in this bill would result in only one-third of the estimated number of physicians needed to avert the shortage, medical schools and teaching hospitals also are working to address the crisis by implementing new, innovative models to improve the efficiency of care delivery.


Academic Medicine Study Examines Variations in Clerkship Grading

The August issue of Academic Medicine includes a study on the variation of medical school clerkship grading.  The study examined data from 119 accredited medical schools and found eight different grading systems using 27 unique sets of descriptive terminology.  Variations were extreme, as students receiving the top grade ranged from 2 to 93 percent.  The study concluded that “systematic changes seeking to increase consistency, transparency, and reliability of grade meaning are needed to improve the student evaluation process at the national level.”  To read the August issue, visit www.academicmedicine.org.


HHS Issues Rules to Simplify Procedures for Health Care Claims

New regulations will help ease the administrative burden in health care billing through new operating standards for how health care payments are submitted and adjusted electronically, according to an announcement last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The new rules, which include best practices on electronic funds transfers (EFT) and remittance advice in addition to previously implemented rules on EFT, are expected to save between $2.7 and $9 billion over 10 years “by reducing inefficient manual administrative processes for physician practices, hospitals, and health plans.”


Request for Applications Announced for NIH Pioneer and
New Innovator Awards


The request for applications for the 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator awards programs were released Aug. 7.  Both awards are under the Common Fund program, designed to encourage transformative biomedical research and collaboration across institutes or centers.  The funding opportunities are part of the Common Fund’s High Risk-High Reward research program, which addresses challenges in biomedical research through support of scientists who submit creative and innovative proposals with high-impact potential.


On the Move

John F. Williams, M.D., Ed.D., M.P.H., has been named president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center for a term that begins on or around Aug. 20.  Williams is currently senior vice president of Verras Health Care International.  He previously served at the George Washington University as university provost and vice president for health affairs from 2003 to 2010 and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1999 to 2003.  He will succeed Ian L. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., who assumed the role of officer-in-charge following the resignation of John C. LaRosa, M.D., F.A.C.P., in June 2012.

D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2013.  He has served at the school of medicine for 27 years and as dean since July 1, 2000.  Brater is also the Walter J. Daly Professor at the School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at Indiana University (IU).  A search committee was named Aug. 8 and will be chaired by John N. Williams, D.M.D., dean of the IU School of Dentistry.

 

4.  The Memphis affiliate of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is starting a new program for older individuals, ages 18-30. 

Hi Dr. Eisen,

 

I’m writing to you now because I am trying to start a new program for our older kids, ages 18-30.  Due to new advances in medication and treatment, the average life span for our diseases has increased.  This has left many without a plan following high school due to never having the expectation of living this long.  I am planning a small seminar to provide information on higher education and available careers.  I was hoping you might be interested or be able to recommend someone who could attend and speak to our kids and give them an idea of applying to schools, classes that could cater to their needs, possible careers, etc.  The seminar is scheduled for Oct. 27th 10am-2pm, but it would not require a full day commitment.  We could plan the speaking time around needs.

 

If you could help us out with this I would really appreciate it.

 

With Kindest Regards,

 

Kelly Reed

Kelly Reed  |  Health Care Service Coordinator  |  Muscular Dystrophy Association 

3149 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125  |  ( (901) 748-3036  |  * KReed@mdausa.org  |  www.mda.org

 

 

"Teamwork makes the dream work -- One team one dream!"

 

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5.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine announces the launch of the 2013 AACPMAS Application.  

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 AACPMAS Application.  Students interested in podiatric medicine can now begin their application at https://portal.aacpmas.org or from our homepage www.aacpm.org.  We encourage students to bookmark the secured portal address.

 

Beginning with the 2013 cycle, individuals who have applied to schools of podiatric medicine in the previous AACPMAS Application Cycle and wish to re-apply for the current cycle will be able to have aspects of their application materials carried over from their old application into their new application. To be eligible to have application materials carried over, applicants must have had their previous AACPMAS application mailed to one or more schools during the 2011-12 application cycle.  Please note the specific sections of the application which will not carry over to the new cycle include the personal statement, schools designated and payments from the previous cycle.

 

Just as a reminder, the AACPMAS contact information remains the same.  All inquires and questions should be directed here. All transcripts are to be sent here as well. 

                AACPMAS
               
PO Box 9200
                Watertown, MA 02471
                617-612-2900                (lines open M-F, 9a-5p Eastern)
               
aacpmasinfo@aacpmas.org

 

 

We look forward to working with you and your students for the 2012-2013 AACPMAS application cycle

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

 

Mori 

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Moraith G. North

Executive Director
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
15850 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 320
Rockville, MD  20855-2622
301-948-9760 (v)  301-948-1928 (f)
mnorth@aacpm.org

 

6.  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities Program.  

From: "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)" <inro@niaid.nih.gov>

Sender: "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)" <inro@niaid-md.ccsend.com>

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:57:10 -0400 (EDT)

To: <mlopez@mail.sdsu.edu>

ReplyTo: inro@niaid.nih.gov

Subject: Research Opportunity for Science Students

 

 

 

Biomedical Research Opportunities at NIH

 



Read success stories from previous INRO participants!

Visit the
NIAID Web site for the latest news and research.

Dear Colleague:

We are looking for students with a passion to improve global health in the 21st century through a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, which provides an invaluable opportunity for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research.

Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.

We are looking for dedicated science students interested in joining the NIAID research community. During the 4-day program, students will hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions at the Institute’s Maryland and Montana laboratories. This year’s program marks 10 years of INRO and takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus, February 4–7, 2013. Students’ expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid.

You can help us find the best and brightest applicants for INRO 2013 by doing the following:

  • Add a link to the INRO program from your website.
  • Print the program flyer and post it on a bulletin board.
  • Forward this email.

Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2012. Interested students can apply online through the program’s website.

Let’s work together to help students fulfill their educational and professional goals. I thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Wendy J. Fibison, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Office of Training and Diversity
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health


 

Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

7.  Marginalia:  My, how the world has changed!  Special Back-to-School offer!!  

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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