Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2012.08, Week of October 8 


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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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Table of Contents:


1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is committed to training future healthcare leaders. 
3.  MIT’s ChemLab Boot Camp, Episode 3 – Rotovap Mishap. 
4.  The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD/PhD program. 
5.  INSIDER:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, October 2, 2012 edition.  


1.  Events coming up.  

·         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.  Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is committed to training future healthcare leaders. 


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Dear Premed Advisor,
Sixty-one years ago, world-renowned physicist and humanitarian Albert Einstein lent his name to our medical school prior to its founding. He was attracted to the college's vision of excellence and inclusion. Today, that mission is as important as ever.  
At Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, we're committed to training future healthcare leaders. Our rigorous M.D. program prepares passionate students from all over the world to become skilled, compassionate physicians and physician-researchers.
Academic Excellence. With more than 2,500 faculty members, Einstein affords students the opportunity to learn from leading medical educators and researchers in the field. Nearly 90 percent of our M.D. students match to one of their top three residency choices. (See 2012 Match Day video.)
Top NY Affiliations.  Einstein is affiliated with seven clinical institutions, including Montefiore Medical Center. These affiliations provide Einstein students with clerkships and clinical training in the Bronx, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the United States. 
Unique Focus on Community and Global Health. Starting in their first year, Einstein students can have direct clinical interaction with patients as volunteers at the ECHO clinic in the South Bronx. Einstein also has one of the country's most robust global health programs, with fellowship opportunities in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim.  
Smooth Transitions. A mentoring program, more than 100 clubs and organizations, and an office of student affairs help smooth the transition to medical school from undergraduate studies or the working world and pave the way for students to word hard while still finding time for leisure.
Getting Social. Einstein is proud to be one of four medical schools in the country to receive a grant from the Institute of Medicine as a Profession and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to educate faculty and medical students on appropriate and effective use of social media in medicine. 
Beyond the M.D. Einstein understands the desire of future doctors to combine their medical education with additional areas of focus. We offer dual-degree programs in public health, bioethics and clinical research, and maintain one of the longest-running M.D.-Ph.D. programs in the country. Our flexible curriculum allows qualified students to complete their M.D. and graduate studies programs in four or five years. The M.D.-Ph.D. program typically takes eight years to complete.
We invite you to learn more about the outstanding educational opportunities and the application process at Einstein, both on our website and through the resources in the sidebar.


Please forward this to your students. Thank you!




Noreen Kerrigan
Associate Dean for Student Admissions
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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  • 7,784 applications
  • 32.8 average MCAT
  • 3.75 GPA
  • 22% over age 25
  • 23% born outside U.S.
  • 82 colleges
  • 28 languages


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3.  MIT’s ChemLab Boot Camp, Episode 3 – Rotovap Mishap. 

MIT OpenCourseWare

Dear Stan,

ChemLab Boot Camp chronicles the experiences of 14 real MIT freshmen as they get their first taste of working in MIT chemistry labs through a four-week January course called 5.301 Chemistry Laboratory Techniques.

In Episode 3 - Rotovap Mishap - Today is 5.301's first real test. The students have to purify a contaminated sample using techniques they've never seen before... and that has Anthony worried.

Watch ChemLab Boot Camp's Episode 3 - Rotovap Mishap.

MIT OpenCourseWare's ChemLab Boot Camp - Episode 3.

The 2-5 minute episodes, shot in a style that mixes the geek fun of open educational resources with the immediacy of reality TV, bring viewers closer to the experience of being an MIT student. The videos are part of a broader effort funded by The Dow Chemical Company to foster interest in science and engineering careers.

Did you miss Episode 2 - Overwhelmed? Catch it here.

MIT OpenCourseWare's ChemLab Boot Camp - Episode 2.

The MIT OpenCourseWare Team


4.  The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD/PhD program. 

SARS - AIDS - Ebola - Avian Influenza – Anthrax - Botulism - Plague - West Nile Virus –Mad Cow Disease

Over 60% of all infectious diseases of animals can also affect humans, and incidences of new, emerging zoonotic infectious diseases are on the rise. Veterinarian-scientists, by virtue of their broad experience in multiple species and extensive training in both molecular and whole animal contexts, are uniquely qualified to address the complex problems presented in modern biomedical research. 

For over 40 years, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided an outstanding environment for the training of future  veterinarian-scientists through its VMD/PhD Program. Find out more about how you can impact tomorrow ’s medicine for all species at www.PennVetPh.D.org.  


5.  INSIDER:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, October 2, 2012 edition.  

The Insider

October 2, 2012
º Must-See Natural Rocks
º Climbing for Unity
º Spoil No More
º Silent Spring Turns 50
º Encounter with an A$$





Desert Delights
Desert Delights

Want to spend time in a remote and isolated corner of the world? Join us on one of these desert vacations visiting deep canyons, mountain scenery, and viewing a diversity of flowers and wildlife.

Work on wildlife habitat projects in Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, hike and soak in hot springs in Texas' Big Bend National Park, or explore a scenic canyon by train and foot in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico.

Looking for something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings.


Best Internship on Earth
Homeward Bound

Our 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador, Joaquin Sosa, reflects on his amazing summer before heading home.

And 2013 is right around the corner. If you know a candidate for the Sierra Club's Best Internship on Earth -- maybe you? -- keep your eyes peeled for the start of the next application process!


Nolan Gould
Encounter with an A$$

If you've ever tried reasoning with a donkey you know that it can be a real pain in the derriere. That's what Nolan Gould of ABC's hit show "Modern Family" discovered while on a recent Sierra Club outing at the Grand Canyon.


Before Nolan's encounter, he went hiking, rafting, and mountain biking, and learned about efforts to permanently protect this iconic area from threats like uranium mining and logging.

Watch Nolan's "Funny or Die" video!


Sierra Club Radio
Host Orli Cotel1) Joe Romm talks with us about his new book, Language Intelligence 

2) Deborah Nieman on her new book, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life;
Listen | Subscribe

Protection for Chimney Rock

Chimney RockKudos to President Obama -- and all the citizen activists (you, perhaps?) who made their voices heard -- for designating the new Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado on September 21.

Chimney Rock has been a spiritually, economically, and culturally significant site for more than 1,000 years. Yet until now, Chimney Rock lacked any protective designation to provide permanent support and protection of its sites and resources.

A recent economic study showed that Chimney Rock’s national monument status will double the economic benefits to the region within five years.

Nine Must-See Natural Rock Formations

Delicate ArchMuch of our planet's surface is exposed rock. Some rock formations have changed little over the years, while others have been drastically altered to reveal a timeline of earth's physical history. Here are some of our all-time favorites and a few unique destinations you might not have heard of before.

Take a cross-country trip through the United States to hike, climb, or photograph these amazing natural rock formations. Publicly accessible, they will remind just how small we all are, and just how astonishingly large the world really is. How many of these unique locations have you visited?

Go Solar with the Sierra Club!

Closed to Coal

No Coal ExportsBig Coal was licking its wounds after three municipalities in Oregon, including Portland, demanded a full environmental review of proposals that would send countless coal trains through communities and onto ships for export. Portland joins Seattle and a growing number of Pacific Northwest communities in opposing construction of new coal export terminals on the coast.

"The idea that we're working hard to get off coal and then some guys come here who want to send coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open trains is crazy," said Howard Shapiro, a volunteer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Michael Brune

Two Energizing Reads for the Fall

Energizing Reads for the FallIn Rooftop Revolution, Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy reveals the truth that the fossil fuel public relations machine doesn’t want us to know: the ascent of solar is already upon us. Solar-generated electricity has risen exponentially and employment in the solar industry has doubled since 2009.

Law professor and NRDC co-founder James Gustave Speth identifies a dozen key features of the United States' "basic operating system" in his new book, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, and envisions a sustainable -- and plausible -- future for our country, laying out a compelling case for "system change, not climate change."

Climbing for Unity

Climbing for UnityOn September 11, four groups of veterans undertook mountaineering ascents of four summits to commemorate 9/11, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Colorado's San Juans, Wyoming’s Tetons, and Washington’s North Cascades.

The expeditions were co-sponsored by the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program. Shenandoah Sanchez, a Marine for nearly 20 years, had spent many nights outdoors, "extreme and otherwise," but had never undertaken the challenge of climbing a mountain. Find out why he finally did, and what the experience taught him. And follow Mission Outdoors on Facebook.

Silent Spring Turns 50

Silent SpringA global effort to protect the environment was sparked 50 years ago last week, on September 27, 1962, by the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.  When Carson died two years later at the age of 56, she left a substantial bequest to the Sierra Club, including royalties from future sales of Silent Spring.

Her legacy also led the Sierra Club to create the Rachel Carson Society, designed to honor and recognize individuals who make a commitment to the environment by including the Sierra Club or the Sierra Club Foundation in their estate plans. Find out how you can help continue Carson's legacy.

Spoil No More: 4 Tricks to Keep Fruit and Veggies Fresh

Spoil No MoreNothing puts a dent in your day like discovering moldy, wrinkled fruits and veggies in your kitchen.

Learn these easy, natural tricks to extend the shelf life of berries, avocados, apples, and asparagus.


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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
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