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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2012.03, Week of September 3 

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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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From the United States Center for Disease Control, of all places – Zombie preparedness:

 

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For more information, please go to Article #7. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Sergeant Martell Todd will give a presentation on US Army Healthcare Scholarships. 
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 27, 2012 edition. 
4.  The Master of Occupational Therapy Program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at University of Indianapolis (IN) will be sponsoring an Open House on Saturday, September 15, 2012.  
5.  Scientists will launch infrared system to eliminate tumors.  From the August 28, 2012 issue of Sigma Xi SmartBrief, a daily news digest.  
6.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas.  
7.  From the United States Center for Disease Control, of all places – Zombie preparedness: 
8.  The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to get active in environmental issues relevant to the state of Tennessee. 

9.  Marginalia:  Baker’s Pond Hike & The Hummingbird Festival – Saturday, September 8, 2012.  From the Wolf River Conservancy. 

 

1.  Events coming up.  

 

·         Thursday, September 6, 1 to 2 p.m., in CW212:  Introduction to US Army Healthcare Scholarships, a presentation by Sergeant Martell Todd.  Lunch will be served;

·         Thursday, October 4, 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in AH 122.:  Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer program for children, and a newly-created year-long program for adults, by Kelly Reed.  Pizza and soft drinks 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 and the Ross University School of Medicine. 

 

2.  On Thursday, September 6, Sergeant Martell Todd will give a presentation on US Army Healthcare Scholarships in Cooper-Wilson 212 . 

The cost of a healthcare-related professional school education is not cheap, and in fact, has risen to the 6-figure range:

 

Average Educational Debt for Indebted Medical School Graduates 1994-2003
Source: AAMC Graduate Questionnaire 
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The situation for dental, pharmacy, nursing, and physical therapy programs is not much different.

 

Each of the military branches offers scholarships for students in healthcare-related graduate programs, which offer full tuition plus a stipend.  The payback is year-for-year service.

 

Sergeant Martell Todd will discuss US Army Healthcare Scholarships on Thursday, September 6 in CW 212, starting at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be served to attendees.

 

 

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3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 27, 2012 edition. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 27, 2012

• Appeals Court Upholds NIH-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research
• Stage 2 Requirements Released for Electronic Health Records
  Incentive Program
• Updated Resources for Future Biomedical Scientists
• On the Move


STAT will not run on Monday, Sept. 3 in observation of Labor Day.  The next edition will be e-mailed Sept. 10.


Appeals Court Upholds NIH-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research

A decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday upheld an earlier lower court ruling dismissing a challenge to National Institutes of Health funding of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research.  At issue was whether the Obama Administration policy violates the so-called "Dickey-Wicker" appropriations rider banning federal funds for research that harms or destroys human embryos.  The panel, in a unanimous decision, said, "Because we conclude that the district court committed no error, we affirm the order and judgment under review."  An appeal by the plaintiffs to the full Court of Appeals or to the U.S. Supreme Court is still possible.  The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, of which AAMC is a founding member, has filed multiple amicus briefs in the case supporting continued federal funding of hESC research.


Stage 2 Requirements Released for Electronic Health Records
Incentive Program


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final rule on the criteria hospitals and health care providers must meet to qualify for the second stage of the federal incentive program to encourage adoption of electronic health records (EHR).  The rule modifies the requirements to meaningfully use an EHR and aligns the quality reporting more with other CMS quality reporting systems.  Among the changes to the timeline for achieving meaningful use, which will relieve some administrative burden on providers, the start date for the Stage 2 program moves from 2013 to 2014.  More information and guidance on the regulations are posted on the CMS Web site.  The AAMC will provide analysis and resources on the rule for academic medical centers over the next few months.


Updated Resources for Future Biomedical Scientists

An updated brochure for aspiring biomedical scientists is now available from the AAMC Web site.  The downloadable brochure contains resources for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences.  To order print copies, contact the AAMC publications department at 202-828-0416 or publications@aamc.org.  To learn more about biomedical science research programs at medical schools, visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "aamc.sparklist.com" claiming to be www.aamc.org/students/research/phd/.


On the Move

Leslie W. Hall, M.D., FACP, has been appointed interim dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  Hall will succeed Robert Churchill, M.D., who retires as dean of the medical school on Oct. 31.  Since 2008, Hall has served as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the school of medicine and as chief medical officer for University of Missouri Health Care.

James H. Ross will retire as chief executive officer of University of Missouri Health Care, effective Dec. 31.  Mitch Wasden, MU Health Care’s chief operating officer, has been named CEO/COO, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

H. David Wilson, M.D., who has served as dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita since 2009, has accepted a position as special assistant to the dean for educational development at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  Garold Minns, M.D., associate dean for academic and student affairs, assumed the role of dean on Aug. 1.  Wilson is a past chair of the AAMC Council of Deans.

 

 

4.  The Master of Occupational Therapy Program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at University of Indianapolis (IN) will be sponsoring an Open House on Saturday, September 15, 2012.  

Please let your students know about our Saturday, September 15, 2012
Occupational and Physical Therapy Open House!
The College of Health Sciences will be featuring information about our
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs.

We realize that not all students can make the trip to our campus for an open house.
Please let them know that they are welcome to contact us at any time.

Fall 2013 DPT applications are due by October 1. Mikka Jackson is our admission counselor and may be contacted at mikljackson@uindy.edu or 1-800-232-8634 x4909.

Fall 2013 MOT applications are due November 1. Sarah Campbell may be contacted at campbellsj@uindy.edu or 1-800-232-8634 x3457.

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5.  Scientists will launch infrared system to eliminate tumors.  From the August 28, 2012 issue of Sigma Xi SmartBrief, a daily news digest.  

Scientists will launch infrared system to eliminate tumors
Canadian scientists are developing a system capable of producing 1,000 pulses of infrared light a second, which could help wipe out tumors in animals without damaging the surrounding tissues. Scientists are still uncertain about how deeply laser filaments can be induced and retain their accuracy. They aim to start the tests on humans in two years. Science News (8/27)

 

6.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas.  

HHS Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas

 

(August 28, 2012)  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its updated list of designated primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of April 2012.  As a substantial number of designation and withdrawal requests come from the Primary Care Office (PCO) in state health departments and are reviewed and updated as necessary annually by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the list highlights provider shortages by demography, geography, and institution, identifying areas in which National Health Service Corps (NHSC) professionals may serve and entities that include clinical training sites in HPSAs may receive priority for HRSA residency training program grants.

Please note that HPSAs added to the designation list since April 2012 are currently excluded from the current HPSA publication, but are included on the HRSA website.

For further information regarding shortage designation, please view the HRSA website: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/hpsas/faq.html. Frequently updated information on HPSAs is also available at http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov.  

 

 

7.  From the United States Center for Disease Control, of all places – Zombie preparedness:  http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm  .

The Center for Disease Control is charged with helping the United States prepare for all kinds of emergencies that might be caused by an infectious or disease-causing agent, e.g. rabies, Chagas’ Disease, swine flu, etc.

From the Zombie Preparedness website:

Wonder why Zombies, Zombie Apocalypse, and Zombie Preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC web site? As it turns out what first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform.

Want more information?  Then, be my guest, PLEASE go to http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm .

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(N.B.:  Sorta likes like Marilyn Manson peering over the sheets, doesn’t it?)

 

8.  The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to get active in environmental issues relevant to the state of Tennessee. 

 

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Dear Stan,

Thank you for your passion "to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth."  Your help makes Tennessee a better place to live.

We need your donation now to keep our wild places wild.

Thanks to you and your contributions, 2012 has brought many victories for Tennessee's environment.  Among our successes are:

  • 8,600-acres of Doe Mountain, in northeast Tennessee, saved from clearcutting
  • Tennessee Wilderness Act re-introduced in Congress by Senators Alexander and Coker
  • The Scenic Vistas Bill, which would stop Mountain Top Coal Mining, passed out of committee in the State Legislature after 7 years of lobbying
  • Land secured for the new Cummins Falls State Park, established in May 

As a critical part of the team that fought for many great victories in Tennessee this year, we ask you to give generously to make the following opportunities become successes:

  • Final Passage of Tennessee Wilderness Act, giving permanent protection of 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest
  • Pressure Tennessee Valley Authority to save us money by focusing on Energy Efficiency programs and making Healthy Energy choices
  • Challenge the Gallatin Coal Plant's water discharge permit, which is in non-compliance with the EPA's limit on the discharge of toxic metals 
  • Lead a group of organizations working closely with Department of Environment and Conservation to protect our communities from the potential dangers of natural gas fracking

Every donation you send will stay in Tennessee to protect our land and Tennessee's natural resources for future generations to enjoy. Please help protect Tennessee with your gift today.

Thank you,
Katherine Pendleton, Chair
Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter

P.S. Check out our Chapter's website.

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9.  Marginalia:  Baker’s Pond Hike & The Hummingbird Festival – Saturday, September 8, 2012.  From the Wolf River Conservancy. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

  

 

The Wolf River originates in Baker's Pond in Holly Springs National Forest. The outlet stream becomes Wolf Creek, which merges with Indian Creek to become the Wolf River.

 

Come out and join us Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 AM as we hike to Baker's Pond. This is a beautiful hike, and even better, we'll be making our way to Audubon's 13th Annual Strawberry Plains Hummingbird Festival! 

 

The award winning festival treats guests to renowned speakers, live animals, wagon rides and more!

 

WRC Founding Member Charles Askew will lead the hike. We'll be meeting up at the CITGO located at the Northeast corner of Mississippi Highway 72 and Hwy 5. Click on the map below for details. 

    

No Need to Register for This Trip!

 Just be there, or be square!

Click on the map below for our meet up location.

 

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The Wolf River Conservancy is your "local" conservation group supporting the mission of "conserving and enhancing the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource". 

 

To become a member or to renew your membership, simply click below.

 

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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