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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.   ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 24, 2014 edition.  
2.  The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share upcoming dates and deadlines for individual programs for pre-optometry students.
3.  Information Alert from AACOM®, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  US Department of Education Releases Gainful Employment Regulation. 
4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 1, 2014 edition.  
5.  Amgen announces its ninth summer Scholars Program to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research. 
6.  Wolf River Conservancy November 2014 e-newsletter .    


1.   ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 24, 2014 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

November 24, 2014

AAMC Names Janis M. Orlowski, M.D., MACP, as Chief Health Care Officer

The AAMC announced that Janis M. Orlowski, M.D., MACP, has been selected as the association's new chief health care officer. Orlowski has been serving as interim chief health care officer since June 2014. In this role, Orlowski leads the AAMC's efforts to bring together the health care delivery system and the academic medicine community, with particular emphasis on how teaching hospitals, health systems, and faculty practice plans can seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of health care transformation. Orlowski succeeds Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., who now serves as CEO of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.

AAMC Releases Medical Education Guidelines to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD

The AAMC has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients. "This groundbreaking publication represents a major step forward in giving medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems a roadmap for improving the care of LGBT and other individuals with differences in gender identity, gender expression, and sex development," said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO.

2014 Physician Specialty Data Book Now Available

Published biennially by the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, the Physician Specialty Data Book 2014 provides current data about active physicians and physicians in training. The report includes a series of figures and tables that provide detailed statistics on active U.S. physicians and physicians in residency and fellowship programs among the 41 largest specialty groups. Highlights include an overview of the specialties with the largest number of active physicians (in 2013), percentage of females in the top specialties, and specialties that saw the most percentage growth in a five-year period.

New Online Resource Supports Medical School Admissions Officers

The AAMC recently debuted an online information hub to help support our nations' medical school admissions officers in identifying and fostering a capable, diverse, and compassionate future physician workforce. Admissions is often the first encounter that aspiring physicians have with each medical school, and admissions officers are at the forefront of changing the way institutions select and educate students to become tomorrow's doctors. While medical school admissions policies and processes vary based on each institution's mission and goals, there are still many shared elements. The site provides a centralized repository of information, tools, and resources for admissions officers as they design their admissions processes, evaluate applicants, finalize matriculating classes with the AAMC, and review and refine processes after each cycle.

AAMC Hosts Middle and High School Students for Mentoring in Medicine Event

On Nov. 21, more than 200 D.C.-area middle and high school students learned about careers in the health professions during an event hosted by the AAMC in partnership with Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. The local Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate covered the event, filming students as they talked with doctors and medical students and heard from representatives from a number of organizations, including the American Dental Education Association, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Physician Assistant Education Association. The students also participated in a variety of hands-on activities including using bananas to learn how to suture wounds, making dental impressions, and examining pig hearts and brains. AAMC Chief Diversity Officer Marc Nivet, Ed.D., M.B.A., said the AAMC plans to continue these types of programmatic partnerships. "This will not just be a one-time program," he said. "We will continue to work with students in mentorships in the future."

On the Move

Donald Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., has been named dean of the School of Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, N.Y., effective December 2014. Miller previously served as dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta, as well as chair of the Health Sciences Council. He succeeds Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., who has concurrently served as dean of the School of Medicine and chancellor and CEO of the college since 2012. Halperin will continue to serve as NYMC's chancellor and CEO.

Jack Sobel, M.D., professor and chair of the Wayne State University Department of Internal Medicine, has been named interim dean of the university's School of Medicine, effective Nov. 24. Sobel will replace Dean Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., who announced her departure in September.

Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), announced on Friday his plans to retire at the end of 2015. Umbdenstock has led the AHA since January 2007.


2.  The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share upcoming dates and deadlines for individual programs for pre-optometry students. 

Dear NAAHP Colleagues,


The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs.  We encourage you to share this email among your preoptometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2015.


Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between or among any of the programs described below:


Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 13-17, 2015

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.


For more information, please visit:

Program Contact:  Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407,


The Ohio State University, I-DOC 

June 15-17, 2015

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry.  The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry.  Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care.  Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program.  Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included.  Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.


For more information, please visit:

Program Contact:  Justin Griest, 614.292.2647,


University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.


For more information, please visit:

Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537,



A special thanks to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for providing seed funding for all of our programs and continued support as funding is available and requested.  ASCO is currently in its eighth year of the Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grants program.  This program assists optometry schools in developing and implementing activities/programs that are designed to recruit and/or retain underrepresented minority students, financially disadvantaged, and/or first-generation college students pursuing the optometric profession.



Thanks for helping to spread the word and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!






Sharon T. Joyce
Assistant Dean
Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services
UC Berkeley - School of Optometry
Admissions & Student Affairs Office
380 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA


3.  Information Alert from AACOM®, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  US Department of Education Releases Gainful Employment Regulation.


USDE Releases Final Gainful Employment Regulation

(November 26, 2014)  The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recently released its final regulation on gainful employment (GE), effective July 1, 2015. 

First proposed in 2010 by the USDE, this rule was part of the USDE Program Integrity regulations intended to promote principles of accountability in the Title IV federal student aid programs per the Higher Education Act (HEA).  It requires career education programs to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs), or risk losing access to Title IV funding.  Please note: the regulation specifically targets for-profit institutions to ensure students receive the proper training to be gainfully employed upon graduation with a reasonable amount of student debt that does not lead to default on their student loans.

The final GE regulation will implement an accountability framework that creates a certification process for each institution to establish a GE program’s eligibility for Title IV funding.  The certification will provide that each GE program meets certain requirements related to institutional and programmatic accreditation as well as state licensing and certification.

Upon certification, a debt-to-earnings (D/E) metric, which remained as a key accountability component in the final GE regulation, will be used to measure the institution’s ongoing eligibility.  For institutions to pass the D/E metric, graduates’ loan payments must be equal to or less than 8 percent of their incomes in order to pass.  The institution is considered to be in the “danger zone” if the ratio is between 8 to 12 percent; exceeding 12 percent would result in a program’s failure.  A GE program will become ineligible for Title IV funding if it fails the D/E rates measure for two out of three consecutive years, or has a combination of D/E rates that are in the “danger zone” or fails for four consecutive years.  Additionally, the cohort default rate measurement was removed from the accountability framework in the final regulation; however, it was maintained under disclosure requirements for institution s to evaluate default rates on a program-by-program basis instead of a per student rate.

Furthermore, the final GE regulation maintains the 90/10 provision, which requires institutions to obtain at least 10 percent of their revenue from sources other than the USDE, as it is set in statute and are beyond the USDE’s regulatory authority.

In addition, the GE regulation establishes a transparency framework that includes various reporting and disclosure requirements.  Institutional reporting requirements for GE programs will be required for each student enrolled who receives Title IV funding during an award year as well as for any students who complete or withdraw from a GE program during the award year.  By July 31, 2015, institutions will be required to report this information for the second through seventh award years prior to this date.  For medical and dental programs that require an internship or residency, institutions will need to report the eighth award year by that same deadline.  For all subsequent award years, institutions must report no later than October 1, following the end of an award year.  Please note: the final regulation provides the USDE Secretary the flexibility to identify additional reporting items or to specify a reporting deadline other than October 1.

An additional related requirement for institutions will be to report the required placement rate as well as the accrediting agency or state if it is required by these entities to calculate a placement rate for either the institution or the program or both.

The transparency framework also requires institutions to disclose specific information to prospective students regarding the performance and outcomes of the institutions’ GE program.  Effective January 1, 2017, the Secretary will provide a framework outlining the required information such as costs, earnings, debt, default rates and completion rates.  Institutions must update their GE program disclosure information annually and make it prominently available in their promotional materials.  Until an updated disclosure template is available, institutions must use the template provided in the USDE notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) as published in the Federal Register in March 2014.

AACOM submitted comments from the March 2014 NPRM expressing concerns that include regulation overreach into the non-profit sector, and requesting the USDE consider factors unique to medical education and medical student training.  In addition, AACOM expressed concerns that the proposed regulation could unjustifiably place one of AACOM’s member institutions, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, at serious risk of eligibility for Title IV federal financial aid programs.  AACOM will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to find a successful solution to ensure osteopathic medical students are well-served by the Title IV federal financial aid programs. 

For further information on the institutional requirements in the final GE regulations, please visit

The information contained in this alert is for general guidance only.  The application and impact of policies can vary based on the specific facts involved; therefore, AACOM advises that institutions with specific questions seek legal guidance.




4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 1, 2014 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

December 1, 2014

Interprofessional Teams Show Promise in Providing Better Care, Reducing Costs

Interprofessional education (IPE) is a critical component of improving the health of our nation, according to a recent article authored by AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., et al., published in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education. Kirch finds that interprofessional teams in health care are showing promise in achieving the tripartite aim of providing better care for the individual patient, reducing costs, and improving population health. The article states that students who are trained in interprofessional models prior to entering clinical practice are better equipped to complement current changes in health care delivery in the United States. In spite of existing structural and cultural barriers to IPE, he concludes that it is necessary for health professions educators to continue to lead and grow IPE efforts.

Academic Medicine Study Evaluates Resident Time-off Policy

While many teaching hospitals are recognizing the need to address burnout and depression through wellness programs for residents, leaders at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) observed that residents also were neglecting their personal health care needs. In a new Academic Medicine study now available online ahead of print, the authors surveyed 546 residents on the effectiveness of a time-off policy instituted by OHSU that allowed residents to take four half-days off per academic year. They found that while 89 percent were aware the policy existed, only 49.7 percent used the policy to access health care. A majority of the respondents (73 percent) who took advantage of the leave reported using it for personal routine or preventive health care. While progress can be slow, the authors conclude that this policy is the first step to normalizing appropriate self-care among residents.

Now Accepting Proposals for 2015 Health Workforce Research Conference

The AAMC Center for Workforce Studies is calling for abstracts related to health workforce research for presentations at the 11th annual Health Workforce Research Conference, which will be held April 30–May 1 in the Washington, D.C., area. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming the Health Workforce: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly." Abstracts will be accepted through Jan. 9, 2015. For more information or to submit an abstract, click here.

HHS and NIH Propose New Policy to Improve Transparency of Clinical Trial Results

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement changed reporting requirements for clinical trials that are subject to Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. The proposed rule clarifies rules for registering clinical trials and submitting summary trial results information to, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. In what is a major change from current requirements, the NPRM would expand the clinical trials for which researchers must submit summary results to include trials of unapproved, unlicensed, and uncleared products.

AHRQ Accredited Course for Medical Team Work

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering a free accredited course for health care professionals interested in improving patient safety and health care quality. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork approach to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. The course will be offered eight times over the next year. To register, visit


5.  Amgen announces its ninth summer Scholars Program to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research.


December 1, 2014

Now approaching its ninth summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research.  In addition to ten renowned institutions, we are excited to announce that U.S. students may now apply to be Amgen Scholars at leading institutions in Japan: Kyoto University, and The University of Tokyo.  

Applications for the 2015 Amgen Scholars Program in the U.S. and Japan are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the U.S. or Japan host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date.

We hope you will pass this information on to your undergraduates before the application close date of February 2, 2015 (February 14 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via  Additionally, I invite you to circulate the attached items:

To learn more about the Amgen Foundation's commitment to advancing STEM education in the U.S., Europe and now Japan, see this recent news story.  

Thank you for sharing our information with your undergraduate community.  Any person requiring more information is welcome to contact me directly. 


Kind regards,


  Michael Bergren
  Director, Amgen Scholars Global/U.S. Program Office
  Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  (617) 253-2620




6.  Wolf River Conservancy November 2014 e-newsletter .    

Wolf River Conservacy

November 2014 ENEWSLETTER


Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

   Thanks to all of the WRC members and supporters who joined us at our Annual Gathering last week! In spite of the frigid temperatures we had 170+ attendees. The Opera Memphis location provided a wonderful venue for our guests to view a variety of displays and maps on some of the projects the WRC has been working on during the past year and to visit with WRC board and staff members.
    A special thanks to the Shelby County 4H Club for helping to establish the Wolf River Greenway trail as a Class I arboretum, and to the students from Raleigh Egypt, Soulsville Charter School, and the Girl Scouts who shared their experiences with all of us.
    Recognizing our outstanding partners and supporters was the most important part of the evening; the award winners are listed below:
       o Volunteer of the Year Award- Mike Dawkins
       o Fundraising Event Volunteer of the Year Award- Lonnie and Leesie Easterling
       o River Guide of the Year Award- Jeff Sojourner
       o Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award- Pat Mazzeo
       o Middle School Environmental Stewardship Award- John P. Freeman Optional School
       o High School Environmental Stewardship Award- Raleigh Egypt High School
       o Outstanding Corporate Partner – Buckman
       o Outstanding Foundation Partner – Plough Foundation

     Only with the support and help of our members, donors and external partners can the WRC be truly effective in continuing to deliver on our mission to conserve and enhance the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource.
     Thanks for all your support, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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