1. Events coming up.
30% of each incoming class of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine
is from out-of-state.
Received this week.
STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 5,
5. The United States
Air Force offers scholarships for students interested in medicine and
6. The American
Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine has launched its 2014 AACPMAS
application web site.
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).
===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.
October 24, 2013,
12:45 to 1:45 p.m., in CW105.
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.
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:
University School of Pharmacy
of Memphis School of Public Health
30% of each incoming class of the University of Kentucky College of
Medicine is from out-of-state.
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
===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
• Project to Educate Future Physicians on
Avoiding Wasteful Spending
• Study of Gila Monster Venom Earns Researcher Golden
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
“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
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
AIR FORCE HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HPSP)
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).
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.
onetime bonus paid to you during your first month of sponsorship to use as
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:
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
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
***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
HPSP graduates will enter active duty in the rank of Captain (0-3)
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:
GPA and school attended
College Admission Test (MCAT)(DAT) score
experiences (example: full/part time,
direct patient care, research employment, etc.)
activities (sports, clubs,
professional organizations, community involvement)
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
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
PO Box 9200
Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2900 (lines open M-F, 9a-5p
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
Moraith G. North
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
15850 Crabbs Branch Way,
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
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,
Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
The School for Field Studies
8. ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association
of American Medical Colleges, August 12, 2013 issue.
News from the
Association of American Medical Colleges
• CMS Finalizes FY 2014 Hospital
• AAMC Student Loan Organizer and Calculator Now
• AAMC Warns of “Chilling Effect” on
• Article Examines Health Care Reform’s Effect on
• AOA, AACOM, and ACGME Issue Joint Statement on
• 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
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
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
Article Examines Health Care Reform’s Effect on Colleges and
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
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.
Rock for Love
auction opens TODAY! Click here to bid on great items and
help raise money for the Center.
Check out our store!
are lots of books, music and other resources for you and your
church! Click here to start shopping!
Rock for Love 7 set for Sept. 5-7
Kirk Whalum to headline Center's
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.
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.
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.
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.
view the full lineup or for more information visit
5K/10K to become more mission-centered
Plans for a new event this
spring are underway
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.
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."
for a new spring event that will include a walk are underway and
we need your input!
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."
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
you are interested in volunteering for our new walking event,
please contact Jennie Dickerson at 901.701.2097.
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