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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2015.14, Week of November 23 

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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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Plants and plant materials make our houses look festive and cheerful during the winter months, especially during the holiday season. Yet household plants are among the toxins frequently ingested by children and pets. Being aware of which plants and plant-based substances are toxic and keeping them in a safe location can help you keep your family safe.

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For more information, please go to Marginalia, Protecting Your Family and Pets from Plant Toxins During the Holidays, Written by Polly Dornett.  ©Carolina Biological supply Company.  Used by permission only.  

 

 

Table of Contents:

1.   Events coming up. 
2.
  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus, in Suwanee, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, is accepting applications for candidates for the upcoming June, 2016 class.  
3.  The Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, sponsored the by Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, is ideal for students who wish to pursue a Pre-MD/PhD course of study.  
4.  The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM*STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program. 
5.  Ecela Spanish offers Spanish & Medicine summer programs in Peru. 
6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 16, 2015 edition.  
7.  The Mercer University College of Pharmacy (Atlanta, GA) is sponsoring an Open House on Thursday, December 17, 2015. 
8.  The School of Graduate Studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS offers a variety of degree programs which prepare students for careers in medical research and teaching.  
9.  Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Summer Academic Enrichment Program for students interested in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, and physical therapy. 

10.  Marginalia:  Protecting Your Family and Pets from Plant Toxins During the Holidays, Written by Polly Dornett.  ©Carolina Biological supply Company.  Used by permission only.  

 

1.   Events coming up. 


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.  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus, in Suwanee, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, is accepting applications for candidates for the upcoming June, 2016 class.  

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus, in Suwanee, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, is accepting applications for candidates for the upcoming June, 2016 class.  

To learn more about our Physician Assistant Studies (MS) program, please visit the PCOM web page at pcom.edu. While you are learning about our academic programs, we hope you enjoy our web site.  All of us are excited about the new design and institutional branding which is in place since the end of October!

On behalf of the Georgia Campus - PCOM community, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your students to join us at the Physician Assistant Studies Open House on Friday, December 11th from 5:30pm- 8:00pm.  As in the past, students and faculty will be available to address any questions you may have about the program; tours of campus will be conducted that evening and light refreshments will be served. We hope you and your students will join us on campus next month!

The entire Admissions team thanks you for all of the work you do on behalf of your applicants. 

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving celebration,

Deborah Benvenger 

Deborah A. Benvenger

Chief Admissions Officer

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

4170 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

(215) 871-6700

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3.  The Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, sponsored the by Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering

Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, is ideal for students who wish to pursue a Pre-MD/PhD course of study.  

Applications for the 2016 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD students are now being accepted.

Find out more about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program and its unique blended learning format by clicking here.

 

At the request of several advisors who wish to send targeted emails, I hope this eligibility information helps.  The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

 

·         Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;

·         Underrepresented minority, disabled and/or disadvantaged backgrounds;

·         US Citizens/Permanent Residents;

·         Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

 

The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1, 2016.

 

I would also like to share two podcasts “Tri-I Pod” (https://soundcloud.com/search?q=tri-i%20pod )  we’ve put together related to the Gateways to the Laboratory Program. While episodes 1 & 2 are focused on our MD-PhD Program, episode 3 of the podcasts specifically talks about the unique mentoring program “Big Sibs” that we practice in Gateways. Episode 4 of the podcast discusses the unique journal club we offer and the incredible support system that guides it.

 

If you have any further questions or recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care,

Ruth

 

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Dear Pre-Health Advisors,
I am pleased to once again bring to your attention an excellent summer program for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree.

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students

  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree (this program is run by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program).
  • 10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC).
  • Present & participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues.
  • Receive on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.
  • Receive a stipend of $4,300 (minus the cost of housing).
  • Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!      

For further information (including eligibility) and an on-line application, please visit our website:

Please note, our application deadline is February 1, 2016.

**********PLEASE REMIND YOUR STUDENTS TO CHECK THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.  *******************

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,
Ruth Gotian

 

 

 

Ruth Gotian, M.S.

Administrative Director

 

Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering

Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

An NIH sponsored MSTP

1300 York Avenue, Suite C-103

New York, NY  10065-4805

phone: 212-746-6023

www.med.cornell.edu/mdphd

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4.  The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM*STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program. 

Subject: [UMSTAR-INFO] UM STAR 2016 Summer Internship

 

The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM*STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program. The program’s goal is to enhance trainees’

potential to become a biomedical or behavioral scientist in research areas relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, as well as other public health issues.

 

Students will receive high quality undergraduate research experience, faculty mentoring, career development and research ethics training, as well as a $4,000 stipend and paid on-campus housing.

 

In order to be eligible, students should be a sophomore or Junior with a

3.0 or better cumulative GPA, come from an under-represented minority group, disadvantaged background, or have a disability, desire a PhD in biomedical or bio-behavioral sciences, and be willing to commit to the program for 2 consecutive summers.

 

Interested students can visit www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/STAR/html or contact the program coordinator directly at rsapp@umd.edu. 

 

5.  Ecela Spanish offers Spanish & Medicine summer programs in Peru. 

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It's that time of year again...

 

Students can now request updates about our Spanish & Medicine summer program in Peru.

At a glance:

  • exclusively for pre-health students
  • no Spanish pre-requisite (though prior Spanish is helpful)
  • 6 weeks study abroad in Cusco, Peru
  • choice of 2 sessions (early summer or late summer)
  • max 35 students per session
  • credit for two college Spanish courses
  • medical shadowing of Peruvian health care professionals
  • exposure to alternative, traditional Andean medicine
  • live with a Peruvian host and share breakfast and dinner
  • financial aid transfer assistance
  • $30,000 in scholarships available to students anticipating using Spanish in their careers

Total cost, including housing and flight, is about six thousand.  
 
Note: It is relatively easy to transfer financial aid, but we recommend beginning the process early.

 

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To learn more, simply request Spanish & Medicine information here.

  

Gracias y saludos,

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Cecilia Quezada
Director - Medical Spanish Program

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P.S. - Because of shadowing limitations at the clinic, each session has a strict cap of 35 pre-health students.  

 

Several spots are already reserved so unfortunately you will not be able to prolong the decision process. Medical Spanish details and more information here.

 

6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 16, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

November 16, 2015

2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting Connects Leaders Across Medical Education Continuum

Leaders from all sectors of the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals gathered last week in Baltimore at the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting to connect with thought leaders from across the educational continuum, collaborate on transformative scholarly work, and engage with peers who are implementing innovative strategies to enhance teaching and learning. Select recorded sessions from the meeting will be available as part of the AAMC Virtual Medical Education Event on Jan. 8, 2016. The virtual meeting also will offer participants career-advancing strategies and competency-based education via an interactive, engaging virtual experience. Registration will open in early December.

New AAMC Report Presents State-Specific Data on Physician Workforce

The AAMC has published its biennial report with state-specific data on active physicians and physicians in training. The 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, produced by the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, presents data on the current physician supply, medical school enrollment, and graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. The publication is accompanied by individual state profiles with state-specific summary data and specialty breakdowns, information about where physicians in the state completed their GME training, and the current practice location of trainees who completed GME in the state.

AAMC Hosts Bundled Payment Workshop

Building on lessons learned as a convener for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the AAMC recently held a one-day intensive workshop to help prepare academic medical centers (AMCs) for the implementation of Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement. The workshop used case studies to illustrate the unique challenges of AMCs in the management of a 90-day episode of care, and featured TED-style talks by AAMC content experts, alternative payment data management specialists, and two nationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeons, followed by small group discussions. Click here for more information about the AAMC's involvement in alternative payment initiatives.

Call for Proposals for 2016 Health Workforce Research Conference

The AAMC Center for Workforce Studies is calling for abstracts related to health workforce research for presentations at the 12th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference, which will be held May 4-6, 2016, in Chicago. The theme of next year's conference is "Getting to the Workforce We Need," and the event will feature a keynote address by Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, University of Utah senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Abstracts will be accepted through Jan. 8, 2016. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the conference website.

On the Move

Jeffrey Flier, MD, has announced he will step down as dean of Harvard Medical School, effective July 2016, and will remain on campus as a professor following a one-year sabbatical. He has served in the position since 2007, and previously served as Harvard Medical School faculty dean for academic programs and chief academic officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Flier's successor has not yet been named.

 

7.  The Mercer University College of Pharmacy (Atlanta, GA) is sponsoring an Open House on Thursday, December 17, 2015. 

Dear Advising Colleagues and Friends,

 

We invite your pre-health professions students and/or you to attend our upcoming event to get a closer look at the programs offered in our College of Pharmacy (PharmD, PhD, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH). This event will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 on Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is scheduled to be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with faculty, admissions staff, and current students from Mercer’s College of Pharmacy.

 

More information about this event is available along with a registration link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mercer-pharmacy-open-house-tickets-19619283806

 

We appreciate your advising efforts on behalf of your students and wish you an excellent end to your fall terms!

 

Regards,

Jordana

 

Jordana Berry, MBA ‘04

Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Mercer University College of Pharmacy

 

3001 Mercer University Drive

Atlanta, GA 30341

T: 678-547-6182

F: 678-547-6518

E: berry_js@mercer.edu

 

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8.  The School of Graduate Studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS offers a variety of degree programs which prepare students for careers in medical research and teaching.  

Great opportunities for college graduates are available through The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS. The UMMC School of Graduate Studies offers a variety of degree programs which prepare students for careers in medical research and teaching.

 

·         Anatomy                                                                                     •  Microbiology

·         Biochemistry                                                                              •  Neuroscience

·         Biomedical Materials Science                                              •  Pathology

·         Medical Pharmacology                                                          •  Physiology & Biophysics

 

All students who are accepted to our Ph.D. programs receive a highly competitive financial package from UMMC worth more than $140,000 over the typical five years of training.  This package includes a full tuition scholarship, a living allowance of approximately $24,150 per year, and medical insurance.

 

If you have students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research, please let them know about our programs.   For those who would like more information or to visit our campus, please contact Shanna Moulds by email (smoulds@umc.edu ) or by phone 601-984-1632You may also wish to visit our website: www.umc.edu/graduateschool for information about a specific program.  The application deadline is December 15, 2015.  This deadline provides sufficient time for us to plan our recruiting weekend that will take place in February 2016. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Michael J. Ryan, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Phone: 601-984-1195

mjryan@umc.edu

 

 

9.  Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Summer Academic Enrichment Program for students interested in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, and physical therapy. 

 

 

10.  Marginalia:  Protecting Your Family and Pets from Plant Toxins During the Holidays, Written by Polly Dornett.  ©Carolina Biological supply Company.  Used by permission only.  

Protecting Your Family and Pets from Plant Toxins During the Holidays

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November 2015

Plants and plant materials make our houses look festive and cheerful during the winter months, especially during the holiday season. Yet household plants are among the toxins frequently ingested by children and pets. Being aware of which plants and plant-based substances are toxic and keeping them in a safe location can help you keep your family safe.


Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

When you read this article’s title, you might have assumed poinsettias would be mentioned. However, the reputation of this plant’s toxicity is the result of an urban legend from the early 1900s. While often listed as highly toxic, poinsettias are only mildly toxic, typically causing nothing more than an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. This plant is indigenous to Mexico and Central America.


Mistletoe

Mistletoe is the common name used for over 1,000 different plants. The two most common species of mistletoe used for holiday decorations (Viscum album and Phoradendron flavescens) contain the toxins viscotoxin and phoratoxin. Both of these toxins are hemolytic peptide-based toxins that can depolarize cell membranes in skeletal and cardiac muscles. Symptoms of mistletoe ingestion include blurred vision, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and death in humans. Mistletoe is also toxic to dogs and cats. Symptoms of ingestion in pets include vomiting, diarrhea, erratic behavior, and difficulty breathing.


Chocolate/cacao (Theobroma cacao)

Eating chocolate may contribute to some of the unwanted holiday pounds for humans, but can be deadly for a pet, specifically dogs. Factors such as the type of chocolate, the amount the dog consumed, and the dog’s size determine how sick your pet may become after eating chocolate. The toxicity of chocolate comes from theobromine, which dogs process at a much slower rate than humans. Different types of chocolate have different levels of theobromine; cocoa and dark chocolate are the most harmful. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, chocolate tops the list of dog toxins. Too much chocolate consumption can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, and seizures in pets.


Macadamia nut (Macadamia integrifolia)

If you like to leave dishes of nuts around during the holidays for your guests to snack on, be sure to keep the macadamia nut well out of a dog’s reach. Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs, causing depression, weakness of the limbs, vomiting, and tremors, but are not typically lethal. The mechanism of toxicity is unknown.


Xylitol

Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance found in a wide variety of sources such as berries, plums, oats, and mushrooms. Often found as a sweetener in candies, medications, and breath mints labeled sugar-free, xylitol is highly toxic to pets. In dogs, xylitol stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin causes a dramatic drop in blood sugar levels that can be life threatening, potentially causing seizures and liver failure.


Grapes/raisins (Vitis sp.)

Keep the fruit cake away from your dogs as well as all varieties of grapes and raisins, which have been shown to cause kidney toxicity in canines. Vomiting is typically the first symptom of grape or raisin toxicity and can be followed by diarrhea, excessive thirst, excessive urination, or lethargy. Kidney failure typically presents 1 to 3 days after consumption, and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal pain, and tremors or seizures. The specific compound responsible for the toxicity in dogs is currently unknown.


Rhododendrons and azaleas (Rhododendron sp. and Azaleastrum sp.)

Members of the Azaleastrum subgenus are small and deciduous, but the remainders of the rhododendron genus are large, woody shrubs. Some will bloom in the winter, while others maintain green leaves year round. All parts of these plants are considered toxic. The grayanotoxins found in rhododendrons can disrupt sodium channels, thereby affecting skeletal and cardiac muscle. Clinical signs of rhododendron poisoning include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate, heart arrhythmias, weakness, hypotension, depression, tremors, blindness, seizures, and coma. Rhododendron is extremely toxic to horses and can lead to death within a few hours of ingestion. Dogs are also very susceptible to the toxicity. Humans have been known to become ill after ingesting honey made by bees from the pollen of rhododendron or inhaling smoke from burning rhododendron in a fireplace.


Tulips and hyacinths (Lillaceae family)

While you aren’t likely to see grand holiday tulip displays, the toxicity for these plants lies in the bulbs, which may be in your house waiting to be planted. Tulip bulbs can cause stomach problems, convulsions, and increased heart rate. These plants contain allergenic lactones and other alkaloids, which are concentrated in the bulbs. Ingestion by dogs typically occurs when a dog chews up a bag of bulbs ready to be planted or digs up freshly planted bulbs. Tissue irritation of the mouth and esophagus is common with ingestion. Other symptoms include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea. Large ingestions can lead to more severe symptoms such as increased heart rate or difficulty breathing.

Take a look around your home to make sure the plants and substances listed above are out of the reach of children and pets. Keep in mind the toxicity of these items when discarding them. Secure your trash to keep children and pets from gaining access to these potential hazards.

 

 

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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