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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2012.07, Week of September 30 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/

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

 

Having trouble with freshman-level Chem Lab?  You’re not alone. 

 

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For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 27, 2012. 
3.  CBU Students are invited to a Rhodes College workshop on careers, career outlooks, curriculum, competitive scores, application procedures, admissions, and salaries in healthcare-related careers on Tuesday, Oct. 2.    

4.  Marginalia:  Having trouble with freshman-level Chem Lab?  You’re not alone. 

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Tuesday, October 2, starting at 6 p.m.:  Rhodes College workshop on careers, career outlooks, curriculum, competitive scores, application procedures, admissions, and salaries in healthcare-related careers.  For more information, please see article #3. 

·         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. 

·         Tuesday, October 23, starting promptly at 6:02 p.m.:  It’s National Mole Day!  Local celebrations will be held at the Spaghetti Warehouse.  For more details about National Mole Day, please go to http://www.moleday.org/ .

·         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.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 27, 2012.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

September 24, 2012

• Study Finds Multi-Institutional Attendance Presents Challenges
• Academic Medicine Study Finds Correlation Between
  Personality Traits, MMI Score
• White House Report Describes Impact of Sequestration
  Cuts to Health Programs
• PCORI Releases Second Funding Announcement
• Application Cycle Opens for HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program



Study Finds Multi-Institutional Attendance Presents Challenges

Getting into medical school may be more challenging for students who have attended multiple institutions, according to a new Analysis in Brief  by the AAMC.  The study examined the relationship between acceptance rates to medical school, undergraduate institutions attended, and MCAT® scores.  Acceptance rates for applicants who attended five or more undergraduate institutions is 16 percentage points lower than for those who attended only one institution.  However, the type of institution attended weighed more heavily in admissions outcomes.  The study provides insight for medical schools focused on increasing the diversity of their students.  Individuals underrepresented in medicine frequently attend two or more institutions and are less likely to attend a research-intensive school.


Academic Medicine Study Finds Correlation Between
Personality Traits, MMI Score


Certain personality traits can have a relationship to an applicant’s Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) performance and medical school acceptance, according to a recent study published in the September edition of Academic Medicine.  The study was conducted on more than 400 applicants to the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and measured certain personality factors, including agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, and openness.  The results indicated that those with high extraversion scores tended to score higher on the MMI, and both high extraversion and agreeableness scores were associated with acceptance offers.


White House Report Describes Impact of Sequestration
Cuts to Health Programs


A report released Sept. 14 from the White House Office of Management and Budget provides details on how the automatic budget cuts that will occur Jan. 2, 2013, under sequestration will affect federal programs.  The National Institutes of Health will lose $2.5 billion, Medicare will face cuts of $11.1 billion, and the Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institutes will have a $30 million reduction in funding.  The report does not provide program-specific details for budget items under the Health Resources and Services Administration, such as the discretionary Title VII health professions programs and Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education.  However, the agency’s discretionary programs will be subject to an 8.2 percent cut. While the report did not include specific information about cuts to Medicare graduate medical education and disproportionate share hospital payments, the AAMC continues efforts to confirm that cuts to these programs will be limited to 2 percent.  A full analysis of the cuts is posted on the AAMC Web site.


PCORI Releases Second Funding Announcement

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced its second round of funding requests to support clinical comparative effectiveness research.  The PCORI funding announcements will solicit proposals for well-designed, rigorous research targeting diverse topics and conditions of concern to patients and their caregivers.  Up to $96 million in research funding will be distributed through PCORI funding mechanisms this year.  Funding announcement deadlines are Oct. 15 for required letters of intent and Dec. 17 for full proposals.  Application materials are available on the PCORI Web site.


Application Cycle Opens for HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Competition System is open for applications to the Medical Research Fellows Program.  The program enables students at U.S. medical schools to participate in a yearlong, mentored, basic, translational, or applied biomedical research training experience at an academic or nonprofit institution other than the NIH, or at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus near Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.hhmi.org/medfellowships.


What’s New on aamc.org

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., discusses building a culture of respect in medical education in the September edition of the Reporter. www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter

Learn more about solutions to fixing the doctor shortage.  A new resource includes information, data, and the updated Workforce Policy. 
www.aamc.org/initiatives/fixdocshortage/

 

3.  CBU Students are invited to a Rhodes College workshop on careers, career outlooks, curriculum, competitive scores, application procedures, admissions, and salaries in healthcare-related careers on Tuesday, Oct. 2.  

Your HPA students are invited

 

From: Jaslow_Alan
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:49 PM
To: Jaslow_Alan
Subject: HPA. MD, DDS, PT, OT, Pharm, some nursing. TN. summer. UTHSC Panel. Tue Oct 2. 6pm FJ-B to start..

 

This is a big one, maybe the one you’ve been waiting for.  Relevant for all years

 

Come meet representatives from the University Tennessee Health Professions Schools
(U.Tenn. Health Sciences Center).

 

Medical School,

Dental School

Pharmacy School,

Physical Therapy

Nursing School,

Occupational Therapy

Other Med.Tech.

MD/PhD

Biomedical Graduate Prgms for PhD 

(bioinformatics, medical technology)

(forensics, biomedical engineering, Biomedical sciences, Health outcomes and policy research)

And summerT.I.P. Program (for TN residents)

 

Tuesday

 

October 2, 2012

 

6 – 7:30 pm, FJB to start at 6 pm, then with break out sections in different FJ rooms.

 

FREE PIZZA at 5:45 pm BEFORE the prgm.!!

First come, first served!

 

Sponsored by HPA, HPS, and Career Services.

 

Learn about: careers, career outlooks, curriculum, competitive scores, application procedures, admissions, salaries, and much more!

 

Even if UTHSC will not be, or cannot be your school, their message and advice will apply to most state school programs, so it’s good for your state too.

 

 

Dr. Alan P. Jaslow, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

   And

Director, Health Professions Advising

Rhodes College

Office (901) 832-6829

Email:  ajaslow@rhodes.edu

HPA web site  www.rhodes.edu\HPA

 

 

 

4.  Marginalia:  Having trouble with freshman-level Chem Lab?  You’re not alone. 

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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