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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2015.13, Week of November 16 

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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/ 

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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Table of Contents:

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 8, 2015 edition.  
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 9, 2015 edition.  
4.  The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy is now fully accredited. 
5.  CBU Career Services announces one-day to one-week shadowing experiences in which current students can observe a “day in the life” of a professional CBU alumnus. 
6.  The U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program offers scholarships to attend both dental school and medical school. 
7.  The Atlantis Project provides internship programs for US pre-med and pre-health students in European hospitals.  
8.  Suggested guidelines for shadowing and volunteering hours – posted on the Healthprof listserv.  
9.  Research internship available through the Memphis Zoo.  

 

1.  Events coming up.  

Tuesday, November 17
Career Services:  Career Panel:  Non-Profit Careers - Spain Auditorium - 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, November 19
Career Services:  Pizza & Professionals:  Buckman 211 (Montesi) - 12:30 - 1:30 pm
(CBIZ-MHM)

Tuesday, November 24
Career Services: 
Life After College:  Budgeting & Savings - St. Joseph Hall Room 10 - 12:30-1:45 pm

Thursday, December 3
Career Services:  Pizza & Professionals:  Buckman 211 (Montesi) - 12:30 - 1:30 pm
(Speak Creative)

Spring 2016 semester

Wednesday, February 3, 2016:  So you want to be a physical therapist”, 4th in the 2015-2016 “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Dr. Janet Grillis, DPT and CBU alumna.  Cosponsored with Career Services, refreshments, featuring cakes and hot chocolate from Mama D’s Italian Ices ( https://www.facebook.com/mymamads  ) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Grillis will begin her presentation at 7 p.m.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016:  So you want to be a Physician Assistant”, 5th in the 2015-2016 “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Anmol Khan, PA and CBU alumna.  Cosponsored with Career Services, refreshments from Mama D’s Italian Ices (( https://www.facebook.com/mymamads  ) will be served at 6:30 p.m., at Ms. Khan will begin her presentation at 7 p.m.

 

2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 8, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

November 8, 2015

At an awards presentation today during Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, the association will honor nine individuals and one teaching hospital for their outstanding contributions to academic medicine. Each award is detailed below.

Nation's First Pediatric Hospital Honored for Community Service

The nation's first pediatric hospital, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will be honored with the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service. CHOP has been promoting a culture of health and wellness for children and families in the greater Philadelphia area for more than 150 years. Using its own needs assessment, CHOP has identified serious challenges to community health, including pervasive poverty, access to care, adolescent services, obesity prevention, and behavioral health care.

Distinguished Professors Recognized for Impact on Medical Education

Four innovative medical school professors who have excelled in their field will be honored with the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. The recipients are David Muller, MD, dean for medical education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; Jonathan Kibble, PhD, assistant dean of undergraduate medical education and professor of physiology and medical education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine; and Thomas E. Kwasigroch, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine.

Professor Honored with Humanism Award for Dedication to Health Equity

Elisabeth Wilson, MD, MPH, will receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. After losing her partner to cancer, Wilson was motivated to pursue medicine, completing her medical degree and master of public health at Tufts University. She returned to California for a family medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital, where she witnessed dramatic social and health inequities first-hand. Now professor and vice chair of education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Wilson shares her passion for health equity with learners.

Professor to Receive Nickens Award for Work in Cultural Competence

Ana E. Núñez, MD, will receive the Herbert W. Nickens Award. An expert in the intersection of health disparities with sex, gender, and cultural identity, Núñez, professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, leverages her expertise to improve health equity in her community of Philadelphia and throughout the nation. With a concentration on the role of sex and gender on health and health care, she has trained generations of medical students in cultural competence. Her innovative curricula have been shared nationwide for training at all levels, including as part of Healing Health Disparities at Harvard University, and lauded by the Institute of Medicine as exemplary for reducing bias in health care delivery.

Dean Honored for Cutting-Edge Innovations to Advance Health Care

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as vice president of medical affairs for the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, is an ardent champion of "big science" research, clinical service excellence, and cutting-edge innovations in medical education. Through dedicated service to notable committees and federal panels, he has earned a solid reputation as an effective and collaborative leader. His keen understanding that tomorrow's physicians must possess greater analytic and critical-thinking skills to process massive data sets led to the development of a new required course at the School of Medicine: Foundations in Research and Critical Thinking. It now serves as a national model. Reece will receive the David E. Rogers Award.

Professor to Receive Award for Groundbreaking Immunology Research

Carl H. June, MD, the Richard W. Vague Professor of Immunotherapy at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will be honored with the Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences. June's remarkable discoveries have brought biomedical research to the doorstep of cures for immunology diseases such as cancer and HIV, with promise of crossing the threshold. When he began his career in the 1970s, science had already demonstrated T-cell infusion, known as adoptive cell transfer, as an effective therapy for chronic viral infections and cancer in animal models. June has dedicated his career to proving the concept in humans.

Important Competency Work Earns Professor the Abraham Flexner Award

Like Abraham Flexner, Brian D. Hodges, MD, PhD, has stimulated an international medical education metamorphosis to prepare the next generation of physicians for a rapidly changing future. As professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, he was instrumental in projects that redefined competence for future physicians. He was a major contributor to the Educating Future Physicians for Ontario project and its successor, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS framework. For his efforts, he will receive the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education.

 

3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 9, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

November 9, 2015

AAMC Chair and President Call on Academic Medicine Community to Address Health Care Inequalities

During Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting, AAMC Board Chair Peter L. Slavin, MD, and AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, told leaders of the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals that "crossing the inequality chasm" is imperative if America is to achieve better health for all. "The simple truth is that we cannot achieve quality without addressing inequality," said Slavin. Both leaders called on all those who work for medical schools and teaching hospitals to look at their individual roles in academic medicine through a health equity lens. "Confronted with the scientific evidence that social inequities lead to poorer health outcomes, we have a clear ethical obligation, as health professionals, to address this issue," said Kirch. Click to view the full text of the addresses by Kirch and Slavin.

Robinson Stresses Importance of National Conversation on Race and Inequality

During the opening plenary session at Learn Serve Lead 2015, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson discussed racial and socioeconomic inequality and the connection between social justice and health care. Speaking from his experience growing up in South Carolina in the 1950s, and later working as a journalist, Robinson noted, "While progress toward equality will not be linear, and the conversation around inequality is not comfortable or easy, we are likely to look back 10 years from now and see that we have gotten somewhere." In his address, he challenged teaching hospitals to take advantage of their proximity to underserved populations to help close the inequality gap and further their economic, education, and care connections to local communities.

AAMC Kicks Off 2015 Joining Forces Wellness Week

This week, the AAMC, with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology, will host Joining Forces Wellness Week (JFWW) to raise awareness about the health needs of the nation's veterans, service members, and their families, and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this unique community. In recognition of Veterans Day, JFWW features a webinar series with topics related to the health of those who serve and have served, and their families. CME credit is available for participation in the webinars.

Winners of AAMC Basic Research Video Competition Announced

The AAMC Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) has selected the winners of a video contest highlighting basic biomedical research underway at AAMC-member institutions. From more than two dozen entries received, the winning videos illustrate the excitement and excellence of research, and highlight the researchers participating in discovery at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals. The winning videos were submitted by Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. These videos are featured on the Research Means Hope tumblr, which highlights research advances and the critical need for continued investment in medical research through the National Institutes of Health.

ACGME Announces Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has announced a new initiative, Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments. This four-year effort is designed to enhance physician training and patient care in residency and fellowship programs by engaging stakeholders to generate ideas, test innovative approaches, and share successes. The AAMC is one of 21 initiative partners. In February, the ACGME will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund institutions exploring new systems-based approaches to improve the clinical learning environment. The organization currently is inviting input to shape this RFP through a Request for Information. The deadline to provide input is Dec. 15.

 

4.  The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy is now fully accredited. 

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Dear Colleagues:

 

The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Our accreditation was granted on July 8th, 2015!

 

We also recently graduated our first class of PharmD students, and are excited to welcome in our sixth class of students. We focus on interprofessional delivery of healthcare at USF Health and have developed four foundational pillars at the College of Pharmacy.

 

 

Foundational Pillars at the College of Pharmacy

 

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Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacogenomics

Health Informatics

Leadership/Management

 

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Now entering our sixth year, our PharmD program is a cohort style academic experience. We are Florida's first public, comprehensive college of pharmacy in a metropolitan area. We view our pharmacy program as being a clinical apprenticeship as much as it is a degree-producing program. We are training pharmacy health practitioners to graduate with a mindset to transform the healthcare arena, and not simply exist in it.

 

We are accepting applications for the next class, and students can get application information HERE.

 

More information about the College of Pharmacy can be found at http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/index.htm. To learn more about the University of South Florida visit http://www.usf.edu/.

 

Please feel free to share our information and links with students, and forward our contact information pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu and 813-974-2340. InPHARMation sessions are held regularly on campus so that students can learn about the program, meet with students, and network with faculty. More information about these programs can be found on our website.

 

We've also recently launched our first Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, currently enrolling for Spring 2016. You can read more about it here: http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/graduate-studies.htm#scroll-03

 

Sincerely,                                                                                                                           

Nazach Rodriguez - Snapp

Director of Admissions

 

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5.  CBU Career Services announces one-day to one-week shadowing experiences in which current students can observe a “day in the life” of a professional CBU alumnus. 

From CBU Career Services:

 

An externship is a one-day to one-week shadowing experience in which students can observe a "day in the life" of a professional CBU alumnus.  Shadowing helps clarify your career goals, provides you with a realistic view of your career field, and puts you in touch with valuable networking contacts.

Interested students should submit a resume and brief statement of interest regarding their chosen externship site to Cathy Lantrip at clantrip@cbu.edu.
Sites are finalized on a "first come, first served" basis as applications come in, so submit your request ASAP!!


SCIENCE/HEALTHCARE MAJORS

CBU Athletics
Details: Shadow Athletic Trainer at CBU.
Extern Slots: 1
Possible Date(s): Determined by site sponsor and student.
Specific Requirements: Interested in athletic training, physical therapy or sports medicine.

Le Bonheur Rehab Services, Germantown
Details: Shadow Physical Therapist at pediatric rehabilitation facility.
Extern Slots: 1
Possible Dates(s): Determined by site sponsor and student. Clinic is closed Dec 23-26.
Specific Requirements: In addition to contacting site sponsor, student also must connect with location's Volunteer Coordinator before being allowed on-site. (Site sponsor can provide more information.)

 

CBU Career Services

Office:  Buckman Hall, Suite 207
career@cbu.edu   (901) 321-3330

Amy Ware, Director:  (901) 321-3331   aware1@cbu.edu
Cathy Lantrip, Career Counselor:  (901) 321-3329   clantrip@cbu.edu

 

 

 

 

6.  The U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program offers scholarships to attend both dental school and medical school. 

 

7.  The Atlantis Project provides internship programs for US pre-med and pre-health students in European hospitals.  

 

8.  Suggested guidelines for shadowing and volunteering hours – posted on the Healthprof listserv.  

The question was how to advise students on shadowing and volunteering hours.  Here is one prehealth advisor’s reply: 

 

Good Afternoon!

This morning I was in a meeting with several colleagues on our campus who work with pre-health students and the subject of how to advise them on shadowing and volunteering hours they should have prior to applying for medical or any other health related professional school. Some schools/programs are very specific (PA and PT), but others are not.

 

Typically we tell students to go “broad and deep” with shadowing hours, meaning that it’s best to shadow many different kinds of physicians (PAs, DOs, dentists) in different kinds of environments, and two or three for longer periods of time.  We encourage students to start as early as possible in their undergraduate careers.

  

I realize that AAMC does not state that a specific number of hours are necessary for a competitive application, but I’m wondering what advice you give your students about this. 

 

Kind Regards,

~D

 

 

9.  Research internship available through the Memphis Zoo.  

I love calls out of the blue, like the one I received this morning (Monday, November 16, 2015) from Steve Reichling, Curator of Reptiles at the Memphis Zoo.  He is on the committee for a Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis who is conducting research on copperhead rattlesnakes, in which she is radio-tracking copperheads in Overton Park and Shelby Forest.  She, in turn, is looking for student interns to assist her in data collection and interpretation.  Student interns are NOT responsible for handling the snakes.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Reichling and sreichling@memphiszoo.org .

 

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