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Caduceus Newsletter Fall 2015.03, Week of September 7  

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 

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Table of Contents:

1.  Events coming up.
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 31, 2015 edition.  
3.  The Schools of Public Health Application Service (sophas.org) invites you to a Virtual Fair, September 9&10, 2015.  
4.  The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) invites you to the Fall 2015 Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership Institute, September 19-20, 2015, in Muncie, Indiana.  
5.  Logan University offers Doctoral degrees in Chiropractic and in Health Professions Education, and Master’s degrees in Health Informatics, Nutrition and Human Performance, and in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. 
6.  From Medscape.com: 
Nine Risk Factors May Explain Two Thirds of AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) Cases.   
7.  Lincoln Memorial Hospital (Harrogate, TN) announces the arrival of the second class of 100 veterinary students. 
8.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “
I have two first year pre-health students who are interested in forensic anthropology.  Does anyone have recommendations for where these students might find more resources for learning about careers in the field?” 

 

1.  Events coming up.

·         Thursday, September 17:  Webinar – Undergraduate admissions to medicine in the UK.  For more information, please go to http://www.britishcouncil.us/events/webinar-undergraduate-admissions-medicine-uk .

·         Monday, September 21:  Graduate School Exams Strategy Sessions - Buckman 211 (Montesi) Tentative Schedule:  (GMAT: 1:00-2:00)  (LSAT:  2:00-3:00)  (GRE:  3:00-4:00);

·         Tuesday, September 22:  Graduate School Expo (Open to All Students in All Majors!), Canale Arena, 12:00-2:00 pm.  More than 60 graduate and professionals schools are expected to attend to share information about their programs.  Open to all students in all grade levels, as well as alumni!  If you're thinking about graduate school as an option, you won't want to miss this opportunity to talk to these school representatives face-to-face!  Mark your calendar today!  Representatives of healthcare-related graduate programs and of military scholarships will also be attending;

·         Wednesday, September 23:  Graduate Admissions Test Drive - Individual Informational Meetings  -- Buckman 217 (1:00-4:00)
This is your opportunity to schedule a 15 minute individual appointment with our Kaplan representative to talk about your test results, get information on preparation classes, and more.  Come by our office (Buckman 207) to schedule your appointment time, or select a time through your CareerLinx account (look under the "events" tab, and select a time from the drop down menu associated with this event.)  Sign-ups will begin September 1st!

·         Thursday, September 24:  “Get Into Graduate School” Panel/Luncheon Sabbatini Lounge, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.;

·         Thursday, September 24:  Ensign Benjamin Heverly will discuss U.S. Navy Scholarships available to students enrolled in selected graduate healthcare programs;

·         Thursday, October 1, starting at 12:30 p.m.:  Aise Cannon, Admissions Coordinator and Recruiter at the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)  will discuss their Masters of Biomedical Science program.  “In our Masters of Biomedical Science program, we currently accept a total of 70 students per year, where the statistics are that 1/3 of these students are accepted into our Doctor of Osteopathic School, another 1/3 of these students are accepted into other professional schools within the United States, and the last 1/3 of these students continue on through the program to complete their Master’s degree for other career goals.” 

·         Wednesday, October 15:  “So you want to be a veterinarian”, 2nd in the “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Dr. Sally Lynch, DVM, CBU alumna.  Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and Dr. Lynch will begin her presentation at 7:30 pm;

·         Wednesday, November 4:  “So you want to be a podiatrist”, 3rd in the “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Dr. Robert Appling, DPM, CBU alumnus.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Appling will begin his presentation at 7:00 pm

Prior to each of these presentations pertaining to graduate-level healthcare professions, dessert will be served by Mama D’s Italian Ices (https://www.facebook.com/mymamads ) starting at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7 p.m., except for Dr. Lynch’s presentation on October 7, which will start at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 31, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 31, 2015

Academic Medicine Community Voices Concern Over Salary Cap Proposal

A group of 175 organizations and institutions signed a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Labor and Health and Human Services Subcommittees (Labor-HHS) expressing concern over the House committee's proposal to reduce the salary limit imposed on extramural researchers funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. The measure was part of a bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee on June 24. Additionally, a recent op-ed by AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann C. Bonham, PhD, described the potential consequences of the proposal.

Study Examines Medical Students' Use, Knowledge of Tobacco Products

Between 2000 and 2011, cigarette consumption decreased while the use of alternative tobacco products (ATPs) such as hookahs and e-cigarettes spiked dramatically, according to a study published online ahead of print in Academic Medicine. The authors surveyed students at New York University School of Medicine and found that nearly 20 percent of medical students were either current users of a tobacco or smoking product or of an ATP. Results also showed that students were less educated about ATP cessation and less likely to counsel patients about it. The authors concluded that ATP education should be included in medical school curricula.

AAMC Publishes New Data on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Medical Education

A new AAMC Diversity Data Snapshot presents an overview of the socioeconomic, education, and health disparities experienced by the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community. NHPIs are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, but are often aggregated with Asian Americans under the category of Asian American and Pacific Islanders or Asian Pacific Islanders. This categorization masks the unique challenges of the NHPI community's status as underrepresented minorities, particularly in medical education. The research demonstrates that NHPIs apply, matriculate, and graduate from medical school at lower rates than Native Americans.

Videos Highlight Innovative Use of Space at Institutions

The AAMC has published a collection of YouTube videos highlighting schools that improved or extended use of building space beyond the original purpose of its design. "Virtual Tours: Innovative Uses of Clinical, Research, Education, and Multi-Purpose Space at AAMC Member Institutions" features projects completed in clinical, research, multi-purpose, or learning space settings.

 

3.  The Schools of Public Health Application Service (sophas.org) invites you to a Virtual Fair, September 9&10, 2015.  

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4.  The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) invites you to the Fall 2015 Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership Institute, September 19-20, 2015, in Muncie, Indiana.  

 

5.  Logan University offers Doctoral degrees in Chiropractic and in Health Professions Education, and Master’s degrees in Health Informatics, Nutrition and Human Performance, and in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. 

 

 

6.  From Medscape.com:  Nine Risk Factors May Explain Two Thirds of AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) Cases.   

Viewing Medscape articles requires registration, but registration is free:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/850344?nlid=88003_2981&src=wnl_edit_dail&uac=40240FX .

 

7.  Lincoln Memorial Hospital (Harrogate, TN) announces the arrival of the second class of 100 veterinary students. 

It’s my pleasure to announce the arrival of the second class of 100 veterinary students at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).  These students were selected from nearly 700 applicants and represent a diverse group of high ability young people.  About 25% of them come from our local region of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia.  The remainder come from throughout the U.S and represent 26 states. We have provisional accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education which is the official accrediting body for veterinary medicine.

 

LMU is a small private nonprofit university located in Harrogate, Tennessee which is on the border of Kentucky and Virginia. It also borders beautiful and historic Cumberland Gap National Park. Our tuition is nearly the lowest among all non-resident tuition for a veterinary degree and Harrogate and the surrounding area it is a safe and low cost of living environment.

 

I would invite you to take a look at our website to review our faculty, facilities, students, and programs:  vetmed.lmunet.edu.  We teach most of the didactic courses on the main campus in Harrogate and the animal related laboratory and clinical skills program is delivered on our other location, just across the border in Virginia.  Our facilities are all new and functional as well as beautiful.

 

Please share this letter with the student leaders and other advisors.  As a relatively new college of veterinary medicine, we want to make all students aware of LMU-CVM as a viable option when they are ready to apply to veterinary school.  In fact we would argue we are the best option for students seeking admission as non-residents. In addition, please let us know if you would be interested in having one of our doctors make a presentation to your pre-veterinary club.  My contact information is below.

 

Sincerely

Glen F. Hoffsis, Dean

 

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine

6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway

Harrogate, TN 37752

Email:  glen.hoffsis@LMUnet.edu

Cell Phone: 865-585-0481

 

 

8.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “I have two first year pre-health students who are interested in forensic anthropology.  Does anyone have recommendations for where these students might find more resources for learning about careers in the field?” 

Here’s a response from one advisor:

ExploreHealthCareers.org includes 6 careers in the forensic science field. We do not include information on forensic anthropology. The American Board of Forensic Anthropology is a certifying board for forensic anthropology. A description of the profession and lists accredited programs can be found on its website http://www.theabfa.org/forstudents.html.

 

The website indicates that in order to practice as a forensic anthropologist, a student needs a “master’s or doctoral degree in physical or biological anthropology which usually takes between six to ten years.”

 

I hope this resource is helpful to you and your students.

 

H.T.

 

 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html