Caduceus Newsletter Fall 2013.01:  Week of August 19 


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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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1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Approximately 30% of each incoming class of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is from out-of-state.  
3.  Received this week.   
4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 5, 2013 issue. 
5.  The United States Air Force offers scholarships for students interested in medicine and dentistry.  
6.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine has launched its 2014 AACPMAS application web site. 
7.  The School for Field Studies is sponsoring new programs in Southeast Asia (The Living Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam) and in Peru (Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon in Peru
8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 12, 2013 issue. 
9.  News from the Church Health Center, Fall 2013 edition.   

10.  Marginalia:  The easier, softer way to get great abs.   


1.  Events coming up.  

October 24, 2013, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., in CW105.

·         Presentation regarding the University of Tennessee School of Health Sciences Pharm.D. program, by Dr. Angela Finerson, Director of Recruitment.

November 7, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge.

·         Annual Health Career Opportunities Fair, where representatives of regional clinical healthcare programs visit our campus to answer your questions.  The event is anchored by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Other programs which have already committed include:

o   Union University School of Pharmacy

o   University of Memphis School of Public Health


2.  Approximately 30% of each incoming class of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is from out-of-state.  



3.  Received this week 


·         Rollin, Betty (1976, 2000).  First, You Cry:  The Classic, Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Triumph Over Breast Cancer.  Quill Publishers.  (On the bookshelf in the BBB/PHP Lounge.)

·         American Psychiatric Association (1994).  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IVTM) (On the bookshelf in the BBB/PHP Lounge.)


4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 5, 2013 issue. 


News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 5, 2013

•    House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes SGR Repeal
•    2013 Medical Graduate Questionnaire Shows Gains in Team Training
•    Longest Running Heart Study Faces $4 Million in Sequester Cuts
•    Project to Educate Future Physicians on Avoiding Wasteful Spending
•    Study of Gila Monster Venom Earns Researcher Golden Goose Award

House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes SGR Repeal Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2810), a measure that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and move the Medicare physician payment system toward an enhanced fee-for-service model that rewards quality and innovation. In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., praised the committee’s efforts, saying, “This legislation represents a positive step in transitioning the Medicare physician payment system to one that rewards quality and innovation, as well as repeals the flawed SGR formula.”

 “Congress should capitalize on this opportunity to address the physician workforce and ensure there are enough physicians to meet the needs of the rising number of Medicare beneficiaries,” he added.  

2013 Medical Graduate Questionnaire Shows Gains in Team Training

Nearly three-quarters (73.4 percent) of medical students graduating this year report that their education included training in teams with other health professionals, such as nurses, dentists, pharmacists, osteopaths, public health professionals, and others, according to the AAMC’s 2013 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ). The recently released report includes the largest number of graduates to ever participate in the survey. The 14,836 respondents represent all 130 U.S. medical schools with graduates in the 2012-13 academic year, including the first-ever graduates at four new medical schools. In a statement on the GQ, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said, “This survey shows that the nation’s medical schools are hard at work creating new and enhanced programs to better prepare tomorrow’s physicians to care for patients.” In addition to questions about training, graduates are asked about a variety of topic areas, including specialty and career plans, finances, diversity, professional relationships with industry, and satisfaction with medical education. The GQ has been administered annually since 1978. 

Framingham Heart Study Faces $4 Million in Sequester Cuts

As a result of the sequester,  the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) recently announced that it expects to lose approximately 40 percent of its funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The $4 million cut will result in a reduction in workforce, affecting 19 staff members, as well as “reductions in clinic exams and lab operations,” according to a statement. While research will continue, the current contract scheduled to start in 2015 may only be funded for two or three years. FHS is working with NHLBI leadership and other potential funding sources to fill the gap. FHS, established in 1948, is the longest running cardiovascular epidemiological study in the world and has involved more than 15,000 people, spanning three generations of Framingham, Massachusetts, residents and their children.

Project to Educate Future Physicians on Avoiding Wasteful Spending

A new Web-based video series geared mainly toward students, residents, and medical educators will help educate physicians on how to reduce wasteful practices. The Teaching Value Project, funded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, is an initiative of the nonprofit organization Costs of Care that brings together a multidisciplinary group of medical educators and health economists to teach care providers how to “deflate” medical bills. The free video modules illustrate core principles of resource stewardship by setting up a scenario with a fictional patient and exploring the top 10 reasons why clinicians commonly overuse medical tests and treatments. Some of the issues covered include opaque pricing structures, redundant ordering, and patient requests. Each scenario is then followed by a debriefing video and a quiz. The project is part of a grant that provides financial support to professional medical organizations, health systems/hospitals, academic medical centers, and medical practices as they work to advance medical professionalism.

Study of Gila Monster Venom Earns Researcher Golden Goose Award

An interest in the poisonous venom of the Gila monster led practicing physician and researcher John Eng, M.D., to discover a drug for some of diabetes most severe complications and recently earned him the second annual 2013 Golden Goose Award. Eng began his career treating diabetic patients at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. Supported by funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eng sought to build on earlier research that found that the venom of some animals had an impact on the human pancreas. In 1992, Eng focused on the venom of the Gila monster and discovered a new compound he called Exendin-4 that keeps the body’s blood sugar at a steady, normal level. The drug was soon picked up by a small biotechnology company and marketed as Byetta. To this day, Eng’s discovery helps diabetic patients prevent conditions such as blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage. The Golden Goose Awards were established in 2012 to educate members of Congress and the public about the value of federally funded basic research that is often viewed as unusual, odd, or obscure. The AAMC is among the organizations sponsoring the 2013 awards.


5.  The United States Air Force offers scholarships for students interested in medicine and dentistry.  



SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED: 2, 3 or 4-year periods.  Candidates are expected to follow a schedule leading directly to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).


SCHOLARSHIPS COVER:  Full tuition and all required fees such as textbooks, small equipment, supplies needed for classes, and a monthly living allowance.


STIPEND (monthly living allowance):  Currently $2,158 per month x 11 months = $23,738.00 annually. Monthly stipends are split and paid twice monthly usually on the 15th and 30th of each month.


BONUS:  $20,000 onetime bonus paid to you during your first month of sponsorship to use as you please.


COMMITMENT:  1 FOR 1 (example:  4 year scholarship requires a 4 year active duty commitment) Applicants selected will also be required to complete a 45-day clerkship annually.  During such time the monthly stipend will stop and you will receive commissioned officer active duty pay:


  *Round trip travel between university and training site is provided by Air Force. 

**During clerkship your dependents (wife, husband, children) will be authorized to use Armed Forces TRICARE health care facilities, base

    Exchanges/commissaries, and other base facilities/activities.


REQUIREMENTS AFTER GRADUATION:  RESIDENCY is required.  This can be done at a civilian institution or an Air Force facility.  Like civilian organizations, the Air Force selects the best qualified candidates for each type of residency.  Needs of the Air Force come first.  Graduates of our residency programs have consistently ranked in the top 17th percentile on initial board exams in every training area we provide.


***Residency does not count toward your active duty commitment.

***You will not be taken from your residencies to go active duty General Medical Officers.  You will need to complete your residency

      requirements in full in order to become an active duty Air Force Officer.


ENTRY GRADE:  HPSP graduates will enter active duty in the rank of Captain (0-3)


SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicant submits an application through the local Air Force Health Professions recruiter.  The selection board evaluates each application based on the "whole person" concept, awarding points in the following areas:

-              Undergraduate GPA and school attended

-              Medical/Dental College Admission Test (MCAT)(DAT) score

-              Work experiences (example:  full/part time, direct patient care, research employment, etc.)

-              Extracurricular activities  (sports, clubs, professional organizations, community involvement)

-              Letters of reference  (VERY IMPORTANT)


WHY ME?  WHY NOT?  Serving your country while bettering yourself is the greatest honor a person can know.  The patriotic spirits that founded the democratic freedoms we enjoy today are all but gone.  Everyone seems to have the mind set of  "The military is not for me, let someone else do it," or "What's in it for me?"  Some of us must step to the front and do what others can't or won't do.  You have the opportunity to serve your country and at the same time gain a very valuable medical education, at our expense. You'll be able to practice medicine the way it's meant to be, without insurance restrictions, fear of constant malpractice lawsuits, payrolls, hassles of hiring and firing employees, facilities overhead, too many or too few patients, and many other obstacles the private sector must deal with.  Our doctors can concentrate on their patient's well being.



Jacob R Brandis, TSgt, USAF


Health Professions Recruiter

342nd Air Force Recruiting Squadron

331 Salem Place, Ste 250

Fairview Heights, IL 62208


Cell: 618-402-8491

Office: 618-624-3795

Fax: 618-624-6641




6.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine has launched its 2014 AACPMAS application web site. 


Good morning ~


We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 AACPMAS Application.  Students interested in podiatric medicine can now begin their application at https://portal.aacpmas.org<https://portal.aacpmas.org/> or from our homepage www.aacpm.org<http://www.aacpm.org/>.  We encourage students to bookmark the secured portal address.


Beginning with the 2014 cycle, applicants will be able to use a mobile app to keep updated on the status of their application.  Applicants are able to activate the app on their smart phone by scanning the QR code within their application.


Advisors are welcome to create an AACPMAS application for informational purposes.  Please use the word “test” as part of your username so we can identify your application as a test.


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



                PO Box 9200

                Watertown, MA 02471

                617-612-2900                (lines open M-F, 9a-5p Eastern)




We look forward to working with you and your students for the 2013-2014 AACPMAS application cycle.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.





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)


7.  The School for Field Studies is sponsoring new programs in Southeast Asia (The Living Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam) and in Peru (Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon in Peru). 



Environmental Field Studies Abroad

August 1, 2013


Dear Colleague,

Over the past two years, SFS has been developing new programs to expand rigorous field-based study abroad experiences for students to augment their studies on your campus. Today, I am very pleased to announce that in the fall of 2014, we will offer two new programs:

The Living Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam will focus on biodiversity and the drivers of environmental change in Cambodia and Vietnam, two rapidly growing nations in Southeast Asia whose future is inextricably linked to the dynamic Mekong River and its associated ecosystems. LEARN MORE

Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon in Peru will explore tensions between conservation and development, looking at rural livelihoods in the expanding economy of one of the most complex and imperiled ecosystems in the world. LEARN MORE

Both of these programs are featured on our website (www.fieldstudies.org) and are included in our 2014 catalog, which should be arriving in your office soon. Our 2014 electronic catalog is available online here, and today's press release is here.

We will have more information available shortly to give you additional details about the programs and to assist you in advising students about these new offerings.

Please do not hesitate to drop us a note if you have any questions. My sincere thanks for your commitment and efforts on behalf of the students we serve.

With warm regards,


Leslie Granese
Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
The School for Field Studies



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8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 12, 2013 issue. 


News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 12, 2013

•    CMS Finalizes FY 2014 Hospital Payment Rule
•    AAMC Student Loan Organizer and Calculator Now Customized For
     Dental Students
•    AAMC Warns of “Chilling Effect” on Standard-of-Care Research
•    Article Examines Health Care Reform’s Effect on Colleges and
•    AOA, AACOM, and ACGME Issue Joint Statement on Unified
     Accreditation System
•    IPEC Institute Registration Open
•    On the Move

CMS Finalizes FY 2014 Hospital Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the final rule for the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2014, and it has significant implications for the nation’s teaching hospitals. Overall, the IPPS operating rates will increase by 0.7 percent. As required by the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that are eligible for disproportionate share payments (DSH) will receive 25 percent of the amount they previously would have received in DSH payments using the current payment methodology for these payments. Additionally, CMS will now pay DSH-eligible hospitals an additional “uncompensated care payment.” As AAMC urged, CMS increased its estimate of the total DSH payment pool used for the new uncompensated care payments and decreased the amount this total pool will be reduced before it is redistributed to hospitals. This means that in aggregate, hospitals will receive more in uncompensated care payments under the final rule than they would have under the proposed rule. In the final rule, CMS also decided to pay the uncompensated care payments per discharge as opposed to periodic interim payments, which corrects a Medicare Advantage underpayment problem that AAMC also raised in comments.

With respect to graduate medical education, labor and delivery days will be considered inpatient days for purposes of determining the Medicare share for direct graduate medical education (DGME) payments. Also, CMS will no longer allow teaching hospitals to count and be reimbursed for time residents train at critical access hospitals. Regarding the new Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program, starting in FY 2015, CMS will penalize 25 percent of hospitals that are the worst performers in HACs with a 1 percent reduction in all inpatient payments. CMS will use measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine a hospital’s HAC score. Unlike other hospital quality performance programs, the reductions will include a hospital’s DSH and indirect medical education payments. which negatively affect teaching hospitals that train residents and care for the country’s underserved population. CMS will implement the methodology for reducing these payments in next year’s IPPS rule.

AAMC Student Loan Organizer and Calculator Now Customized For Dental Students

A unique education debt management resource to help promote responsible borrowing and loan repayment for dental students and alumni is now available as a result of a collaboration between the AAMC and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Modeled after the AAMC’s Medloans® Organizer and Calculator, the Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator (DLOC) is designed to help dental school borrowers organize and track their student loans. The tool also will run repayment scenarios based on an individual’s career plans following dental school, including post-doctoral work. Current and incoming dental students will be granted access to the DLOC via a link, which can be obtained from the financial aid office at the student’s dental school. For more information about the Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator, visit www.aamc.org/godental.

AAMC Warns of “Chilling Effect” on Standard-of-Care Research

In comments submitted to the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) about assessing risks to human subjects involved in research, the AAMC stated that studies with high- risk populations can receive intense scrutiny and risks associated with the care of these populations should not be considered the same as risks associated with the research itself. The OHRP recently raised concerns regarding a study involving administering differing oxygen levels to premature infants and asked for comments regarding the current research on current “standard of care” medical practices. In a letter, the AAMC expresses profound concerns about a “chilling effect” this could have on future research studies, noting, “Physician scientists could reasonably decide that going with their clinical judgment even without strong evidence may be preferable to facing professional and personal risk in trying to obtain the best evidence….In the end, that hesitation could bring comparative effectiveness research to a grinding halt.” OHRP, an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, invited public comments in advance of an upcoming Aug. 28 meeting on this topic. AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, Ph.D., is expected to present.

Article Examines Health Care Reform’s Effect on Colleges and Universities

Despite a Supreme Court challenge and legislative efforts to “repeal and replace,” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay, leaving many university leaders and their governing boards wondering what comes next. “Higher Education in the Age of Obamacare,” published in the July/August edition of Trusteeship magazine and written by AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., examines the new health care landscape created by the ACA and outlines steps to guide institutions as their leaders analyze their health-care spending, rethink organizational strategies, and restructure benefit programs in light of reforms.

AOA, AACOM, and ACGME Issue Joint Statement on Unified Accreditation System

Over the past 18 months, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have been exploring the possibility of a new unified graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In a joint statement posted on their respective Web sites, the three organizations have announced that they have not reached an agreement on a unified GME accreditation system. All three organizations remain committed to working toward improving graduate medical education for the benefit of the public, patients, and resident physicians in training programs.

IPEC Institute Registration Open

Registration is open
for Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration, an Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute in Chicago, October 7–9, 2013. Participants at this Institute, which will focus on the fundamentals of interprofessional education, will hear presentations from practice experts, participate in team-based activities and peer consultations, learn from success stories, explore resources, and identify learner and faculty development opportunities. Participating schools will be represented by teams of three to five people from the IPEC professions, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and others where appropriate. Learn more and register online at ipecollaborative.org. IPEC is a national organization that focuses on better integrating and coordinating the education of nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals, and other members of the patient health care team to provide more collaborative and patient-centered care.

On the Move

Pedro J. Santiago-Borrero, M.D., has stepped down as dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, effective May 2013. Santiago-Borrero was appointed to the position in August 2011. Ines Garcia-Garcia, M.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is currently serving as interim dean.

France Córdova, Ph.D., was recently nominated by President Obama to be the new head of the National Science Foundation and is currently awaiting Senate confirmation. Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012. She also is chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the National Science Board.


9.  News from the Church Health Center, Fall 2013 edition.   


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Rock for Love 7 set for Sept. 5-7

Kirk Whalum to headline Center's annual benefit



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Rock for Love 7, the seventh-annual Church Health Center benefit concert weekend, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Ardent Studios, the Young Avenue Deli and the Levitt Shell.


Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum will headline the weekend's Levitt Shell concert on Saturday, Sept. 7. The concert is free, but donations will be split evenly between the Center and the Levitt Shell, which is partnering with the Center to underwrite the concert. Family friendly activities and music are also planned during the day.


Two concerts at the Young Avenue Deli are also planned as part of the weekend featuring the Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers, Hope Clayburn's Soul Scrimmage, the Mighty Souls Brass Band and more.


For the first time, the annual show's VIP BBQ at Ardent Studios for bands, sponsors and other VIPs is also open to the public, albeit with a limited number of tickets. The show will feature music by Stax artist John Gary Williams (of Mad Lads fame) backed by the Bo-Keys, plus a performance by Marcela Pinilla. Tickets are $30 each and $55 per couple and are available here. VIP tables are also available for $500. To learn more, please contact Kelly Kraisinger at
(901) 701-2101 or KraisingerK@ChurchHealthCenter.org.


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Center's 5K/10K to become more mission-centered

Plans for a new event this spring are underway


After years of raising funds through our 5K and most recently launching our very own 5K/10K, the Church Health Center has decided to get out of the race business for the time being.


"It's not that we are against 5K's, 10K's or half-marathons for that matter," said Development Manager John Thatcher. "We love them, but we want to engage the faith community in an intentional way that is less about competition and race times and more about wellness and fellowship."


Plans for a new spring event that will include a walk are underway and we need your input!


"I've loved putting on this event year after year," said Race Director and Development Specialist Jennie Dickerson. "And I look forward to moving in a different direction that ties in our Model for Healthy Living."


We look forward to hearing your ideas and we thank you for your continued support as we transition from a race into an event that not only celebrates our mission and work, but our community as well.


If you are interested in volunteering for our new walking event, please contact Jennie Dickerson at 901.701.2097.



10.  Marginalia:  The easier, softer way to get great abs.   


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html