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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2014.08, Week of October 20  

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

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Memphis, TN  38104

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Death Warmed Over returns for another Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Tuesday, October 28.

 

 

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, October 6, 2014 edition.  
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 13, 2014 edition.  
4.  The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, IN) welcomes its Class of 2018.
5.  Received this week. 
6. 
The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH) has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in the MD/PhD joint degree.   
7. 
The Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia, PA) is still accepting registrations for its upcoming class visit day.  
8.  October 31, 2014 is the deadline for applying for one of the 3 need-based scholarships to attend the two-week University of Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program in January, 2015
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9.  School for Field Studies e-newsletter, October 6, 2014 edition.  

10.  Marginalia:  Death Warmed Over returns for another Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Tuesday, October 28.
   

 

1.   Events coming up.  

·         Thursday, October 23:  Partial solar eclipse, about 4:30 p.m – 6:30 pm.  Use pin-hole method (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html ) to observe.  For more information, please contact Brother Kevin Ryan;

 

2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 6, 2014 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

October 6, 2014

 

First Sample Test Available for the New MCAT Exam

The AAMC has developed the first sample test for the new MCAT® exam launching next April. The test is designed to help students prepare for the exam, which has been updated to focus on the concepts and skills that future physicians will need to practice in a rapidly changing health care system. The 230-question sample test is one of many low-cost resources the AAMC has developed for students. In addition to updating the science concepts that students are tested on, the new exam includes a section on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior and will balance testing of the natural sciences with testing students' understanding of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as their critical analysis and reasoning skills. More information about the exam and resources for faculty, advisors, and students are available online.

Study Finds Majority of Health Professions Schools Use Holistic Review

A new national study finds that health professions schools report an overall positive impact from the use of holistic review and nearly 75 percent of schools—across all health professions—have changed to a more holistic admissions process over the past 10 years. The study findings released last week by the Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative were based on responses from more than 100 schools, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and public health, and were presented at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., followed by a panel discussion. The panel included AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., Yvonne Maddox, acting director, National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and Temple University President Neil D. Theobold. Kirch was pleased with the results of the study and said holistic review makes for a richer physician workforce with doctors that don't just know facts but can make good judgments. "There's so much more to being a good doctor than just your test scores," he said.

Publication Offers Diversity-related Legal and Policy Roadmap for Medical School Admissions

The AAMC has published a second edition of Roadmap to Diversity and Educational Excellence: Key Legal and Educational Policy Foundations for Medical Schools to offer guidance on the legal and policy fundamentals for developing and evaluating sustainable, mission-driven, diversity-related policies and practices in medical school admissions. The publication can help guide collaboration and discussions among medical school leadership, faculty, admissions, diversity affairs, financial aid, recruitment officers, legal counsel, students, and others. This edition includes new guidance based on the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, and provides additional insights into relevant facets of law, policy, and research to reflect the current challenges that medical schools face. The AAMC will host a webinar on Nov. 19 to assist institutions with understanding and implementing the foundations outlined in the publication.

Database Gives Public Access to Information on Industry Payments to Health Care Providers

On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Open Payments database, which contains information on payments from drug and device manufacturers to health care providers. The database was initiated under the Sunshine Act provisions of the Affordable Care Act and requires manufacturers to report annually to CMS any payments or transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals. For 2014, manufacturers were required to report all payments made between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. The public database includes approximately 4.4 million records of payments made to approximately 546,000 individual physicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals, totaling approximately $3.5 billion.

On the Move

Valerie Parisi, M.D., will resign as dean of Wayne State University School of Medicine at the end of June 2015, when she will begin a faculty leadership development position at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Parisi joined Wayne State as vice dean of hospital relations and clinical affairs in July 2007. She was promoted to interim dean after Robert Mentzer, M.D., resigned in Aug. 2009, and was named dean in June 2010.

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3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 13, 2014 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

October 13, 2014

 

AAMC Effort Aims to Create Optimal Learning Environment in Medical Education

To address the shared accountability for creating optimal learning environments in medical education in order to provide safe and effective patient care, the AAMC Board of Directors recently approved a Statement on the Learning Environment. As part of a larger effort to provide a high-visibility platform for the resources and effective practices that exist, the AAMC has created an online information hub to highlight the spectrum of current efforts related to the learning environment at member medical schools and teaching hospitals. The hub includes a growing collection of literature and other resources, as well as a list of sessions focused on the learning environment that will be held during Learn Serve Lead 2014: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November.

Congressional Briefing Highlights Unique Role of Academic Medical Centers

At a briefing held Oct. 7, more than 100 congressional staff and other attendees heard a panel of leaders from medical schools and teaching hospitals outline the important work done in academic medical centers (AMCs) around the country. The event was cosponsored by the AAMC and the American Hospital Association (AHA). Panelists discussed how Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) makes the three-part mission of AMCs possible, and noted that the cap on Medicare-supported GME positions could jeopardize their ability to care for patients. Speakers also educated attendees about the need to address both primary care and specialty physician shortages, and the use of innovative programs and care delivery models to reach underserved rural areas.

Academic Medicine Study Looks at How Medical Students Tolerate Ambiguity

According to a recent Academic Medicine study, when it comes to medical students, men and older students tend to tolerate ambiguity better. The study, now available online ahead-of-print, is one of many that examine how individuals who choose such a rigorous career path cope with a variety of potential stressors. Using 2013 AAMC survey data, the authors looked at responses from nearly 14,000 students entering medical school to determine whether a high tolerance for ambiguity was associated with factors like age, sex, specialty choice, and desired practice location. Students who indicated they wanted to practice in an underserved area and expressed an interest in less structured specialties like psychiatry and emergency medicine also had a higher tolerance for ambiguity.

Now Accepting Applications for Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Awards that recognize AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals that have implemented or are developing programs to address clinical care innovations, including new delivery, payment, and training models. Also, a reminder that the application deadline for the Learning Health System Champion and Pioneer Research Awards is Oct. 13 at midnight.

CDC and ASPR Release Updated Resources in Response to Ebola Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in partnership with other agencies, have released a number of resources to aid in the international response to the Ebola crisis. The latest offering includes an updated key messages document that contains information on the cases and deaths, virus background, and CDC recommendations and guidance. Other available resources include a recent webinar focusing on the Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness and a number of other updated documents for health professionals regarding screening criteria, infection control, and patient evaluation and management. For updated information on the Ebola response, visit the CDC Ebola website.

 

4.  The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, IN) welcomes its Class of 2018. 

 

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Greetings from the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)! We hope you enjoy the latest edition of our advisor communication series. This edition will introduce you to the MU-COM Class of 2018, provide an update on our research partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, highlight recent student and faculty achievements, and much more.

 

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Welcome Class of 2018!

 

MU-COM is proud to welcome the Class of 2018! Students come from 18 U.S. states and six other countries. In addition, 88 colleges and universities are represented in the class. A detailed class profile is available online.

 

Updated Resources

 

If you've been to our website lately you might have noticed a few changes. To better address the needs of everyone we serve, we've added more content and more photos. Visit our updated website to learn more about MU-COM and see the new changes.

 

Along with new website content and features, we've also created a new viewbook for students, advisors, and others to learn more about MU-COM's unique characteristics. The viewbook highlights students' successes and future opportunities, the unique curriculum, our first-class location, and so much more. You can access an electronic PDF online.

 

Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony

 

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs134/1105132857422/img/632.pngFirst-year orientation wrapped up with students receiving their white coats and reciting the osteopathic pledge during the ceremony. The white coat has been a symbol of the health care professions for generations. It has been worn with pride by physicians from the osteopathic medical profession, and is a privilege bestowed upon all those who earn a place in the healing arts.

 

Families, faculty, university officials, and many of our clinical partners attended this time-honored tradition. More photos of the event can be found at Marian University's Flickr page.


 

 

 

Lilly Medical Student Intern Program

 

Six members of the inaugural class were selected to complete an intensive summer research program at Eli Lilly. Students were instrumental in a variety of different drug development and clinical research projects. They were also able to gain experience on how the pharmaceutical industry works with physicians in the treatment of patients. 

 

One of the six students, Emma Hegwood (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007), OMS II, was featured on the LillyPad

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. This and a variety of other clinical and translational summer research opportunities are available to MU-COM students.


 

 

 

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MU-COM Faculty News

 

Here are some news and accolades about the MU-COM faculty. 

David Raskin, Ph.D., co-authored a paper set to appear in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, entitled "Cholera toxin production during anaerobic TMAO respiration is mediated by stringent response in Vibrio cholera."

 

Michael Kuchera, DO, FAAO, chair of osteopathic manipulative medicine, was recently elected to a four-year term as Secretary General of the Federation of Internal Manual Medicine (FIRM).

 

Thad Wilson, Ph.D., and Richard Klabunde, Ph.D., co-authored a paper accepted in the Journal of Thermal Biology. Their paper is entitled, "Using Thermal Stress to Model Aspects of Disease States."

 

Dr. Klabunde recently returned from a speaking engagement at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpuz, Malaysia. He presented on cardiovascular physiology, including sessions in "Cardiac Physiology in Health and Disease" as well as, "Teaching Cardiovascular System in an Integrated Curriculum." Dr. Klabunde is professor of physiology and the 2012 Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year Award recipient. 

Richard Schuster, DO, chair of primary care, was nominated to the board of trustees for the American Academy of Osteopathy.

 

MU-COM's newest clinical faculty member, Garren P. Gebhardt, DO, has been appointed faculty at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).

 

 

 

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5.  Received this week. 

Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine (Hamden, CT) Viewbook (posted on the PHP bulletin board)

 

6.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH) has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in the MD/PhD joint degree. 

The Ohio State University Medical Center has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in the MD/PhD joint degree.  We encourage you learn more at http://go.osu.edu/success

The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9week enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program (stipend and travel allowance provided). While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in stateoftheart research facilities.

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

In order to be considered for SUCCESS, students must be graduating in the year of 2016 or 2017, enrolled in a U.S. 4year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.

Applications for the SUCCESS Program are available online now through January 23, 2014! We do hope to hear from you again, and would love to see your students apply for this great opportunity! Feel free to forward this message to students who may find this program interesting.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Kirschner
Director, SUCCESS Program

Megan Sprague

Coordinator, SUCCESS Program


College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program
Mailing Address: 1190 Graves Hall, 333 W 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43210
Office Location: 1072 Graves

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If you are passionate about science, you are built for s u c c e s s!

 

7.  The Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia, PA) is still accepting registrations for its upcoming class visit day.  

The Drexel University School of Public Health is still accepting registrations for its upcoming class visit day. Students will sit in on the first-year MPH course Introduction to Public Health, learn about the application process, tour the Drexel campus and have lunch with our current students. Date and registration information is accessible below:

                        Monday, October 27th

                        9 am – 1 pm

                        RSVP at: http://deptapp.drexel.edu/em/visits/detail.aspx?ID=3551

Please circulate this information amongst your list-serves and to any students with an interest in pursuing graduate study in public health. If you have you have questions, please contact me. Thank you!

Colleen

Colleen P. Baillie, EdM
Director of Enrollment, Recruitment and Retention

Drexel University

School of Public Health
Nesbitt Hall
3215 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 267.359.6047  |  Fax: 267.359.6226
publichealth.drexel.edu

 

8.  October 31, 2014 is the deadline for applying for one of the 3 need-based scholarships to attend the two-week University of Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program in January, 2015. 

Dear Colleagues,

Just a quick reminder that October 31st is the deadline for applying for one of the 3 need-based scholarships (covering 100% of the University fees) for the January University of Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program. 

In a nutshell, the program includes Emergency Department shadowing with faculty, EMS ride-alongs, labs, lectures from about 20 different faculty and many different specialties, a career panel, talks from the Admissions Office, CPR certification, optional Wilderness First Responder certification, and a camp-based experience.  The program is aimed at junior and senior level pre-med (or other health studies) students, but it is open to any and all undergraduate students and recent graduates. 

More information about the unique, nearly two week program, can be found at our web site at http://www.coloradowm.org/undergraduate_courses.html,  which includes a general description. FAQs, student testimonials, photos, and the scholarship form. 

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Sincerely,

Todd Miner

Todd Miner, Ed.D., FAWM

Instructor

Department of Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine Section

University of Colorado School of Medicine

12401 E. 17th, B215

Aurora, CO  80045

607-592-5224

todd.miner@ucdenver.edu

www.coloradowm.org

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9.  School for Field Studies e-newsletter, October 6, 2014 edition.  

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Environmental Field Studies Abroad

October 6, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Maintaining SFS Program Updates on Your Web Site
We have created a single document with SFS program descriptions, links, and information which you can use to update the SFS listings on your web site. It provides relevant and up-to-date details about all of our programs including information on our newest programs. Clicking this link will take you to a downloadable version of the SFS Program Details and Descriptions for the Web document. We hope you will share this document with your webmaster or the person who updates the program listings on your site. We are also very happy to provide web-quality program photos upon request – please contact Alyssa Irizarry at airizarry@fieldstudies.org. Please note that if your office uses StudioAbroad, we maintain updated listings for all of our programs.

 

 

Program Updates
To keep you in the loop, here are some updates about and resources for these new and existing programs. As you know, SFS has rolling admissions. If you have students who are interested in applying for spring, we still have capacity in several programs including these:

Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies
The SFS East Africa Wildlife Management Studies program is operating in Tanzania only for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. (We have suspended the Kenya component of our dual-country program for this academic year.) The current fall student cohort is doing very well in Tanzania – enjoying overnight excursions in Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti. While we are seeing new interest in this program from students who could not previously participate due to the travel warning in Kenya, we do still have spots available in the spring 2015 program.

Cambodia/Vietnam: The Living Mekong
The first student group is busy in the field, studying the interconnectedness of ecology and human actions on the sustainability of the greater Mekong region. Several of our students are featured in a short video, which describes the program: youtu.be/YuYAFau0uk0. For more information on this program, please also view the playback of our recent program webinar: fieldstudies.org/webinars

Peru: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon
In his recent blog post, SFS faculty member Dr. Adrian Tejedor describes "the edge of global civilization" as he and his students explore the Amazon lowlands along the Madre de Dios river. For more information on this program, please also view the playback of our recent program webinar: fieldstudies.org/webinars

Bhutan: Himalayan Environment and Society in Transtion
Launching in Fall 2015, this new semester program gives students a broad exposure to the core areas of environment, culture, development, and governance in Bhutan. Draft syllabi are now posted on the program web page (fieldstudies.org/bhutan/semester) and you can access the program webinar at: fieldstudies.org/webinars

 

 

 

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9.  Marginalia:  Death Warmed Over returns for another Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Tuesday, October 28.   

Yes, friends, it’s that time of year when Death Warmed Over returns for a Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, in the Alfonso Dining Hall, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, starting at 12:30 p.m.

 

BRING $$.

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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