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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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And YOU thought Santa doesn’t exist, didn’t you?

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

This is the last issue for the Fall 2014 semester.  Weekly issues will resume for the Spring 2015 semester on or about January 15, 2015.

Table of Contents:

 

1.   During the upcoming summer, Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Arkansas) will be offering an MCAT prep course for interested students. 
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 8, 2014 edition. 
3.  The Summer Institute in Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is a four-week cadaver-based Human Anatomy course to be held in June, 2015.    
4.  The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) will be sponsoring a series of webinars pertaining to VMCAS 2016 and to the process of applying to veterinary school.  
5.  The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) will be hosting three Information Sessions in 2015.  
6.  From the Wolf River Conservancy:  The Wonder of the Wolf – Protecting the Watershed that Protects Us. 
7.  The School for Field Studies offers a variety of environmental field studies abroad.  This December 4, 2014 issue specifically mentions programs in Cambodia, Peru, and Costa Rica.  

8.  Marginalia:  And YOU thought Santa doesn’t exist, didn’t you?  

 

1.   During the upcoming summer, Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Arkansas) will be offering an MCAT prep course for interested students. 

This summer, Arkansas State University will be offering an MCAT prep course for interested students.  The dates will be May 15 to June 12 and the cost will be $450/student.  The content we will be using is ExamKrackers.  An integral component of this course is the instruction and answering of questions by A-State faculty, who will be on-site 2-3 hours/day.  Attached is last year’s schedule for informational purposes; as the format and the content have been revised by AMCAS, there will be some differences.  Here are the details:

 

MCAT Review Course

Syllabus

ASU, AGRI 301

May 16 – June 13, 2014

9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

Date

Topic

Homework

(Reading and Questions)

Faculty

 

In class test

Note

May 16

Orientation

Diagnostic Test

Grading & Analysis

 

 

 

Dr. Johnson Sandra Lusby

Examkrackers Written Practice Exam

 

DEMO’s lunch

May 19

VERBAL REASONING

Strategy & Tactics

Answering the Questions

The Main Idea

How to Study for the VR Section 

 

Mathematical Techniques & Graphs

 

 

VR (Lecture 1) p. 17-24 and do the Exam 1 on page 65 

VR (Lecture 2) p. 25-52 

VR (Lecture 3) p. 53-62 

VR (Lecture 4) p. 63-64

 

VR (Introduction to MCAT including MCAT Math) p. 1-16  

 

 

Barbara Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. RJ

 

VR p. 73 Exam 2

 

 

 

 

 

VR p. 81 Exam 3

 

May 20

PHYSICS

Translational motion

 

Force

 

 

PH (Lecture 1) p. 1-18  

 

PH (Lecture 2) p. 19-42

 

 

Dr. B.Johnson

 

PH p.185 Exam 1

 

PH p.191 Exam 2

 

May 21

Equilibrium, Torque, & Energy

 

Momentum, Machines & Radioactive Decay

 

PH (Lecture 3) p. 43-64  

 

 

PH (Lecture 4) p. 65-84  

Dr. B.Johnson

 

 

Dr. R.Johnson

PH p.197 Exam 3

 

 

PH p.203 Exam 4

 

St. Bernards – Beth Greer

May 22

Fluids & Solids

 

Waves

PH (Lecture 5) p. 85-108 

 

PH (Lecture 6) p. 109-128 

 

Dr. B.Johnson

PH p.211 Exam 5

 

PH p.217 Exam 6

 

May 23

AAMC Verbal Reasoning Test (written)

 

No afternoon session

Review Verbal Reasoning

 

 

AAMC Section Test

No lunch

May 26

VACATION

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

ENJOY

RELAX

CATCH-UP

May 27

Electricity & Magnetism

 

Light and Optics

 

PH (Lecture 7) p. 129-156 

 

PH (Lecture 8) p. 157-184

 

Dr. B.Johnson

PH p.223 Exam 7

 

PH p.231 Exam 8

 

May 28

CHEMISTRY

Atoms, Molecules, & Quantum Mechanics

 

Gases, Kinetics, & Chemical Equilibrium

 

 

CH (Lecture 1) p. 1-26 

 

 

CH (Lecture 2) p. 27-58 

 

 

 

 

Dr. J.Merten

 

CH p. 161 Exam 1

 

 

CH p.167 Exam 2

 

May 29

Thermodynamics

 

 Solutions

 

CH (Lecture 3) p. 59-86 

 

CH (Lecture 4) p. 87-104 

 

Ben

CH p.173 Exam 3

 

CH p.179 Exam 4

 

Lunch from the ARMY – Captain Miller

May 30

Heat Capacity, Phase Change & Colligative Properties

Acids and Bases

 

 

 

CH (Lecture 5) p. 105-122 

 

 

CH (Lecture 6) p. 123-142

 

 

 

Ben

CH p.185 Exam 5

 

 

CH p.191 Exam 6

 

 

June 2

Electrochemistry

 

AAMC Physical Science Test

(written)

 

CH (Lecture 7) p. 143-160

 

Review Physics and Chemistry

Ben

 

 

CH p.197 Exam 7

 

AAMC Section Exam

 

June 3

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Molecular Structure

 

Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, & Substitutions

 

 

OC (Lecture 1) p. 1-30

 

OC (Lecture 2) p. 31-60 

 

 

Dr. Onkto

 

 

 

OC p.117 Exam 1

 

OC p.125 Exam 2

 

June 4

Carbonyls & Amines

 

Biochemistry & Lab Techniques

 

OC (Lecture 3) p. 61-88

 

OC (Lecture 4) p. 89-112

Dr. Onkto

 

 

OC p.131 Exam 3

 

OC p.139 Exam 4

 

June 5

BIOLOGY

Molecular Biology; Cellular Respiration

 

Genes & Populations

 

 

BIOL (Lecture 1) p. 1-30 

 

 

BIOL (Lecture 2) p. 31-64

BIOL (Lecture 9) p. 203-214

 

Dave G

 

 

Dr. R.Johnson

 

BIOL p.215 Exam 1

 

 

BIOL p.221 Exam 2

BIOL p.263 Exam 9

 

UAMS AHEC Northeast – Dr. Alison Green

“Residency”

June 6

Microbiology

 

 

BIOL (Lecture 3) p. 65-88

 

Afternoon off

David G

 

 

BIOL p.227 Exam 3

 

No lunch

 

June 9

The Eukaryotic Cell; Nervous System

 

The Endocrine System

 

BIOL (Lecture 4) p. 89-118 

 

 

BIOL (Lecture 5) p. 119-140 

 

Dr. A.Grippo

 

 

BIOL p.233 Exam 4

 

 

BIOL p.239 Exam 5

 

June 10

The Digestive System; The Excretory System

 

The Cardiovascular System;

 

BIOL (Lecture 6) p. 141-162

 

 

BIOL (Lecture 7) p. 163-184 

 

Dr. A.Grippo

BIOL p.245 Exam 6

 

 

BIOL p.251 Exam 7

NEA Baptist Hospital – Clare Dunham

June 11

The Respiratory System

 

Muscle, Bone, and Skin

BIOL (Lecture 7 cont.)

 

BIOL (Lecture 8) p. 185-202 

 

Dr. R.Johnson

 

 

BIOL p.257 Exam 8

 

June 12

AAMC Biological Science Test (written)

 

Individual work in computer lab (optional)

Review Organic Chemistry & Biology

 

 

Facilitator

 

AAMC Section Exam

Need computer lab

June 13

AAMC Online Post Test

 

Afterwards….

CELEBRATION LUNCH -OUT

Review all

Facilitator

AAMC Online Post-Test

Need computer lab

 

 

Andrew Weaver               AWEAVER@uams.edu                   UAMS medical students & former ASU student

 

Dr. Ron Johnson               RLJ@astate.edu                                               ASU Pre-Professional Advisor /MCAT Prep Course Coordinator

 

Sandra Lusby                     slusby@uams.edu                           Dir. of Outreach – UAMS Northeast                        870-275-3933

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ron Johnson (rlj@astate.edu).

 

 

Kaylynne Glover
Academic Coordinator

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SMART Center
870.680.4814
kmglover@astate.edu

Arkansas State University
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2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 8, 2014 edition. 

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

December 8, 2014

Teaching Hospitals Account for Vast Majority of Ebola Treatment Centers

On Dec. 2, the Obama administration designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers in 12 states and the District of Columbia that are equipped to treat patients with the virus. Thirty-one of the centers are AAMC-member major teaching hospitals. The advanced clinical care, state-of-the-art facilities, highly trained teams of health professionals, and the research capacity found at these teaching hospitals and their affiliated medical schools will be key to providing the specialized care necessary for these patients, according to a statement released by the association. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said he expected more institutions to join the group of treatment centers but pointed out the need for emergency supplemental funding for those on the front lines. "We urge the administration and Congress to continue to support the vital, cutting-edge services and expertise that teaching hospitals offer their communities every day," Kirch said.

Report Examines State of Women in Academic Medicine

According to the AAMC's biennial report, The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership 2013–2014 women make up roughly one-third of the full-time academic medicine workforce and remain underrepresented in key faculty and leadership positions, including full professors, department chairs, and deans. While the number of women applying to medical school has increased, their proportion of the applicant pool has decreased. The newly redesigned report includes the complete online tables, a new tool to present the overall report findings alongside comparisons between institutions, and a guide for advancing women faculty in medical schools.

Videos Available Online from Learn Serve Lead 2014: The AAMC Annual Meeting

Videos of plenary sessions and links to select concurrent sessions and thought leader presentations from Learn Serve Lead 2014 are now available online. More than 3,600 leaders of America's medical schools and teaching hospitals attended the signature learning and networking event for academic medicine last month in Chicago. Additional plenary session videos from keynote speaker Alan Alda, award-winning actor, writer, director, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, also are available for viewing with an AAMC login. In addition, highlights, videos, and photos are available from the AAMC's first national Medical Education Meeting.

AAMC-CDC Public Health Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Early Career Physicians

As part of the AAMC-CDC Public Health Policy Fellowship program, applications are now being accepted for a fellowship position in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office of Chief of Staff for "Engaging Corporate Chief Medical Officers: Analysis of Operationalized Efforts for Partnership Development." The fellowship program provides experiential learning opportunities for early career physicians to understand how policies and legislation impact the health of the nation at the federal, state, and local level and enhances collaboration between clinicians and public health professionals. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed residency training within two years of applying. Surgical residents also may apply to participate during their research year.

Former AAMC Chief Medical Education Officer to Receive ADEAGies Foundation Award

Former AAMC Chief Medical Education Officer Carol A. Aschenbrener, M.D., will be honored with the 2015 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement. The award is sponsored by the ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which aims to enhance the oral health of the public through programs that support dental education, research, leadership, and recognition. Aschenbrener was chosen for her "superior demonstration of outstanding achievement by a public or private partner in support of dental education." The award recipients will be honored in March during the 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Boston.

Federal Advisory Body Releases GME Report

A recent report by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) reaffirms its past findings that federal graduate medical education (GME) investments should increase and expresses reservations about proposals to redirect or cut existing investments, such as Medicare Indirect Medical Education (IME) payments. As the report explains, "COGME believes that IME funding helps support programs and activities that serve an important public health need. An across-the-board reduction in these amounts would significantly disadvantage patients and communities as well [as] GME trainees by reducing access to much-needed medical specialty care, particularly in disadvantaged and underserved communities." For more information about the report, go here.

In Memoriam: Aaron Shirley, M.D.

Aaron Shirley, M.D., who broke a racial barrier at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1965 by becoming the first African-American resident, has died. Shirley co-founded the Jackson Medical Mall—home to numerous clinics, medical support firms, city offices, classrooms and retail outlets—which was the first development of its kind and now serves as a national model. In 2013, Shirley was awarded the AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Award for his lifetime of service in support of diversity in medical education and the elimination of health disparities.

 

3.  The Summer Institute in Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is a four-week cadaver-based Human Anatomy course to be held in June, 2015.  

 

4.  The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) will be sponsoring a series of webinars pertaining to VMCAS 2016 and to the process of applying to veterinary school.  

 

5.  The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) will be hosting three Information Sessions in 2015.  

 

6.  From the Wolf River Conservancy:  The Wonder of the Wolf – Protecting the Watershed that Protects Us. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

January 3rd

 First Saturday Membership Paddle 

 

February 2nd

World Wetlands Day

 

February 7th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

March 7th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

March 8th

National Ground Water Awareness Week

 

March 13th

Project WET Workshop

 

March 22nd

World Water Day

     The Wolf River Conservancy is committed to conserve and enhance the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource. Thanks to our friends, members and benefactors who have helped in our land conservation goals, we have protected some 14,000 acres of natural habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation in the Wolf River flood plain.

 

     As the only Land Trust whose focus is the Mid-South, the Wolf River Conservancy has 4 pillars compromising our core values: conservation, education, recreation and commitment.   

 

With your advocacy and continued financial support, 

we will be able to achieve our goals.  

 

By clicking on the buttons below you can join or renew your membership, give to our annual campaign or become a volunteer for 2015.

 

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Our highlights from the past year include:

  • The Wolf River Greenway Project: We are making monumental strides in achieving our goal of completing the entire 21-plus mile Wolf River Greenway trail within the Memphis City limits by 2018-19. During the first eight months of 2014, counts show over 100,000 users (both cyclists and pedestrians) on the current trail, truly emphasizing the impact and importance the Wolf River Greenway project will have on the Memphis community upon completion.                                                               
  • Land Trust Alliance Accreditation: The Conservancy submitted its application to the Land Trust Alliance for accreditation. With an anticipated approval in 2015, the Conservancy will be joining a group of 254 premiere and accredited land trusts nationwide and will be one of only four Tennessee land trusts with this important distinction.   
  • Educational & Recreational Accomplishments: Our educational and recreational programs continue to grow and flourish. In 2014, the Conservancy led 40 paddling trips with over 650 participants. We have worked with approximately 2,700 young people and nearly 1,000 adults in service projects, classroom and community programs, field trips, workshops and a lecture series- as you will see in the pictorial spread in the center of the newsletter.         
  • 9th Annual WRC Tree Planting: Volunteers and supporters of the Conservancy planted over 7,000 trees at our tree planting in March at Shelby Farms. The goal in 2015 is to plant over 10,000 trees at the annual event.

 

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7.  The School for Field Studies offers a variety of environmental field studies abroad.  This December 4, 2014 issue specifically mentions programs in Cambodia, Peru, and Costa Rica.  

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Environmental Field Studies Abroad

December 4, 2014



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Satisfactions and Challenges of Research
Read about Directed Research during the inaugural semester of The Living Mekong in Cambodia! At Tonle Sap Lake, students worked to establish baseline data on fish diversity and ecology. In and around Phnom Kulen National Park, a park under threat from deforestation, students interviewed villagers on their use of natural resources. READ MORE


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An Amazonian Adventure
Franklin University Switzerland student Skylar Kraatz reflects on the many memories made in the Amazon this fall. "I know leaving will be hard, but we must be thankful for the incredible experiences we've shared together in the jungles of Peru." READ MORE

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On Sustainable Agriculture
For the past six years, over 100 students have participated in an ongoing research project at the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies to quantify ecosystem services in Costa Rican agroforestry systems. READ MORE


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Marine Resource Research
Center Director Heidi Hertler recaps new and ongoing research projects at the SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies, from using drones to study local shark populations to assessing impacts of climate change on coral reefs. READ MORE

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Final Impressions of SFS Panama
"The Bocas del Toro archipelago is a beautiful Caribbean island setting which has allowed students here to experience the marine life, forest ecosystems, and Central American culture all at once," writes University of Denver student Alex Janssen. READ MORE

 


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8.  Marginalia:  And YOU thought Santa doesn’t exist, didn’t you?  

http://www.noradsanta.org/

 

A little bit of history, from the above website:

 

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

http://www.noradsanta.org/img/noradHq/pilot-shoup.jpgIn Memory of Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD's First Santa Tracker
September 29, 1917 - March 14, 2009

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

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Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa's whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa® website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa's journey.

 

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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