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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2016.01, Week of August 22  

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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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Table of Contents:

1.  Welcome back!  
2.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “Since When Has Scribing Become Clinical Experience?”  Here is one advisor’s reply, indicating the benefit of scribing.  Reprinted with permission from Charles Scruggs, Director, Health Professions Advising Center University of California, Riverside
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3.  The American Physical Therapy Association announces the addition of 3 new DPT programs to PTCAS this cycle.  
4.  VMCAS Pathways e-newsletter, August 2016 edition.   
5.  Program updates, Regular Entry Admissions Dates, and Deadlines for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  
6.  Information about the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) and PharmCAS, courtesy of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. 
7.  nextsteptestprep.com offers a series of books for one-on-one MCAT tutoring.  The entire series of books is available for review in the BBB/PHP Lounge on the 2nd floor of Assisi Hall.  
8.  “If it were that easy, everybody would be doing it”—Pathways to Medical Practice in the United States, via either allopathic or osteopathic medical schools.  
9.  Received this week.     
10. 
Vulnerable Populations Have Less Access to ACO (Accountable Care Organizations) Physicians.  (A Medscape.com article.)   
11.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Federal Funding Alert:  2017 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Serve Loan Repayment Program Now Open.  
12.  Openings are available at the Church Health Center Scholars Program.  Thanks to Sammie Gutierrez (Bownes), CBU alumna, for sending me this. 
13.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 25, 2016 edition.  
14.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 1, 2016 edition.  
15.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 8, 2016.  
16.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 15, 2016 edition.  
17.  From Medline Plus:  Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts -- Those active about 2.5 hours a week had 25 percent lower disease risk than those who weren't, study found
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18.  Shelby Farms Park e-Newsletter, August 2016 edition.  

19.  Marginalia:  You can’t make this up…No, wait, yes you can!  (From GomerBlog, - Earth's Finest Medical Satire.)   

 

1.  Welcome back!  

I hope all of you have had an enjoyable summer.  I am pleased to announce this semester’s schedule of “So you want to be a <fill-in-the-blank” presentations, in which practicing healthcare professionals discuss their field of expertise and how they got there.  There are light refreshments served, usually Mama D’s Italian Ices, to sweeten the deal of attending.  Generally, refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation, which lasts about an hour, starts at 6:45 p.m.  Here is this semester’s schedule:

7 Sept 2016

Marcus Norris, CBU alum

Nurse practitioner

 

 

 

5-Oct-16

Lorrell White

Genetic counseling

 

 

 

2-Nov-16

 

Dr. Scott Adelman, CBU alum

Emergency Room Physician

 

2.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “Since When Has Scribing Become Clinical Experience?”  Here is one advisor’s reply, indicating the benefit of scribing.  Reprinted with permission from Charles Scruggs, Director, Health Professions Advising Center University of California, Riverside. 

Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: [HLTHPROF] Since When Has Scribing Become Clinical Experience?

 

(I apologize that I’m late to the scribe-discussion party. I needed to have my new email address updated with NAAHP to respond.)

 

Dear colleagues,

 

This has been a great exchange of communication regarding scribing and whether or not it’s clinical experience and. . . the importance of what students make out of their experiences whether it’s clinical, service, paid-work, etc.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve had several requests from scribe companies (Scribe America; California Emergency Physicians; PhysAssist, etc.) to promote scribe opportunities to students to work at various hospitals within our Inland Empire area. (For those who aren’t aware of the scribe employment format, many scribe companies ask for students to work at least two shifts ~16/18 hours per week and most often in an emergency department.)

 

When I arrived to UCR two years ago, I was a little leery of the requests, but as I chatted with students who were scribing, I found that many considered it to be excellent experience by allowing them to observe physician; physician assistant; nurse practitioner to patient interaction. We also have a few students who are scribing within a private practice setting and feel they have a little more autonomy to converse with patients.  Additionally, we have a few scribes who are now in ‘Lead Scribe’ positions, which has allowed them to gain some managerial and leadership experience in addition to their direct scribing responsibilities.

 

Last fall, a colleague and I were invited by the medical director of the scribe program at a local hospital to ‘shadow’ their lead scribe, who happened to be a former UCR pre-med advisee. My colleague and I were both impressed by how the student was included and considered a valuable part of the team.

 

Overall, we’ve found scribing to be a great opportunity for many* of our students to have exposure to health care. We’re seeing more of our recent graduates take one/two gap year(s) and this role gives them an opportunity to work part-time (which helps keep them financially afloat) and time to prepare for an admissions exam (MCAT/GRE, etc.), do research, and/or participate in other opportunities. Scribe companies are aware of their work population, so it’s okay for students to be open about seeking a job for one year and then with plans of moving on.

*We have some seniors who are scribes, but this is difficult to manage with the pre-health academic work load.

 

Regarding pre-PA students—There is a fairly large health educational institution in our back yard where many of our students apply to PA school. That particular program does not accept volunteer hours and requires applicants to have at least 2,000 hours of paid health care experience.  The program is on the fence about counting scribing as clinical experience, but have said that they will look at applicants with scribe experience on a case-by-case basis to see what they did and learned and then will consider.

 

In closing, I think it’s fair to conclude that although scribes aren’t touching patients, they are learning by observing interactions between providers and patients and also seeing first-hand the various approaches, hearing and documenting medical-terminology, policies, and procedures that happen within the context of a medical setting and having the opportunity to get some type of semi-professional work experience while earning a little $ too.

 

All the best from the west—

Charlie

 

Charles P. Scruggs, M.A.

Director, Health Professions Advising Center

University of California, Riverside

1114B Pierce Hall

951.827.5416 (Direct)

951.827.6233 (Front Desk)

Charles.Scruggs@ucr.edu

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3.  The American Physical Therapy Association announces the addition of 3 new DPT programs to PTCAS this cycle.  

APTA is pleased to welcome new DPT programs to PTCAS this cycle!

 

·         High Point University  (High Point, NC)

·         University of Mount Union (Alliance, OH)

·         William Carey University  (Hattiesburg, MS)

 

Please visit the PTCAS Directory to view the admission requirements for each program. http://www.ptcas.org/Directory/.

 

These institutions have been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

 

 

 

4.  VMCAS Pathways e-newsletter, August 2016 edition.   

VMCAS Edition:  August, 2016

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Crossing the VMCAS Finish Line - Almost There!

Egads, it's hard to believe that the summer is half over! For applicants, the finish line is within striking distance!

We here at VMCAS are very aware of the stress levels are rising as you put the finishing touches on your VMCAS 2017 application. It's important for you to remember that our job is to make sure you know how to submit an application package that best represents who you are. This can make the difference between being a competitive applicant and being lost in the shuffle.  This month's newsletter will address a number of the common questions that are coming into VMCAS and we've put together some tips to help you wrap things up. The deadline will be here before you know it, so it's time to buckle down and put your applications to veterinary school to bed!- Tony Wynne, Director of VMCAS

 

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Common Questions

Q. If the deadline is September 15, why should I submit early?

A. Submitting your application by August 15th (or soon after) will allow VMCAS time to verify your application and give you time to make any corrections found in the verification process.  

Q. Can I submit my application before my evaluators submitted my eLORs?

A. Absolutely! This year, VMCAS will begin verifying your application early, provided you've submitted the application, and we've received all official transcripts. But remember, eLORs are due no later that 9/15.

Q. How do I know if VMCAS has received my transcripts and/or eLORs?

A. In your application, look for the "Check Status" link at the top of the page. This alerts you of the status of transcripts, and eLORs

Q. When are GRE scores due to VMCAS?

A. VMCAS will accept GRE scores until October 15th, 2016. HOWEVER, please be sure to check with the schools you are applying to as they may have specific GRE requirements that must be met. 

 

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The Do & Don'ts Of Applying

DO: Contact VMCAS customer service with all questions: Email - vmcasinfo@vmcas.org  |  Phone: 617-612-2884

DON'T: Contact AAVMC for customer service, we can't answer most application questions

DO: Keep an eye on your application statues even after applying! You don't want to miss an important notification about your application

DON'T: Assume your done just by submitting. Verification may bring up questions you need to address.

DO: Follow up with any outstanding evaluations. Summer is often a tough time to get evaluators to complete evaluations. Stay on top of them! It's your responsibility to get those in by the deadline (9/15).

DON'T: If you've decided not to apply this year, don't leave your application open. You'll get a lot of reminder emails! 

DO: Contact VMCAS via email (vmcasinfo@vmcas.org) and ask to have your application put "on hold" to stop the reminders and emails!

DON'T:  Overthink and over worry. With proper preparation, you'll be fine!

 

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How Do Schools Get Your Application?

It should come as no surprise to you that gone are the days of snail-mail delivery of applications to schools. Veterinary schools access your application data directly from a VMCAS system called "WebAdMIT". This program allows them to see your application data, and they can work on your application directly in the system.

This system also allows schools to process your application and gives the school's admissions committees access to review your submissions. Some schools actually export the raw data and put that information into an external system for processing. All of the documents that are submitted to VMCAS (Transcripts, eLOR letters, GRE scores) are available to every school you apply to through one central hub. It's also important to remember that schools have access to your full application as soon as you submit your application, regardless of the status of it. Some schools being working with applications very early in the process.

 

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Is There a Researcher in You? (Oklahoma State)

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Alexis Sirois grew up in Argyle, Texas. Since the first grade she has known that she wants to be a veterinarian to help animals. A member of the class of 2019 at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, she is spending her summer honing her research skills.

 

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Betting the Farm: (Tufts University)

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One day last fall, Eugene White was standing inside a barn in Woodstock, Connecticut, observing a small group of heifers that would soon give birth to their first calves. White, who leads a Cummings School program that sends large-animal veterinarians on house calls to farms, looked around him, taking in the bright, airy barn. “This is very nice,” he said. “Pretty luxurious, space-wise. How long did it take you to convert this space?”

 

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Student Scholars Display Summer Research Discoveries: (Purdue University)

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Participants in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's 2016 Summer Research Program shared the findings of their summertime research projects during the annual poster session on Tuesday (July 26) in Lynn G119/155. A total of 23 students participated, including 18 from the Summer Research Program and five from PVM's new Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program in the Biomedical Sciences (PREP).

 

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In the Midst of Dsaster Springs Hope: (Texas A&M University)

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Memorial Day weekend—a time reserved to honor those who have served in the military and given their lives so that all can live in a free society. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of these men and women and celebrate all they have accomplished. However, the 2015 Memorial Weekend will also be remembered as an example of the strength and power of Mother Nature, especially in the minds of the residents and visitors to Wimberley, Texas.

 

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The Island of Giant Mice: (University of Wisconsin)

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Two thousand miles east of the coast of Argentina, Gough Island rises out of the Atlantic Ocean in an awesome display of ancient volcanic activity. A green carpet of windswept mosses and grasses covers 35 square miles of jagged peaks and steeply sloping valleys. Waterfalls spill out of craggy cliffs and fall hundreds of feet to the sea, which runs uninterrupted for another 1,700 miles before crashing into the tip of South Africa. It is one of the most remote places on our planet.

 

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OVC Cancer Breakthrough Leads to Human Clinical Trials: (University of Guelph)

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Cancer treatment in people could be transformed thanks to a study on treating cancer in animals led by researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph.

Their findings, in mice and companion animals such as cats, published in the Journal of Immunology, are already leading to clinical trials to treat people with various forms of cancer.

 

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5.  Program updates, Regular Entry Admissions Dates, and Deadlines for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  

 

6.  Information about the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) and PharmCAS, courtesy of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. 

 

7.  nextsteptestprep.com offers a series of books for one-on-one MCAT tutoring.  The entire series of books is available for review in the BBB/PHP Lounge on the 2nd floor of Assisi Hall.  

Psychology and Sociology

Content Review

Strategy and Practice

 

Biology and Biochemistry

Content Review

Strategy and Practice

 

Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Content Review

 

Physics and Math Content Review

 

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills:  Strategy and Practice

 

Science QBook:  Additional Practice

 

 

 

Chemistry and Physics:  Strategy and Practice

 

Verbal Practice:  Additional Practice

 

8.  “If it were that easy, everybody would be doing it”—Pathways to Medical Practice in the United States, via either allopathic or osteopathic medical schools.  

 

9.  Received this week  

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (Jackson, MS)

·         Viewbook – Pharmacists:  Improving Health, Transforming Lives, on the PHP bulletin board

 

 

10.  Vulnerable Populations Have Less Access to ACO (Accountable Care Organizations) Physicians.  (A Medscape.com article.)   

Here’s the first paragraph of an article appearing in Medscape.com:

Physicians have lower participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs) in vulnerable than in affluent communities, highlighting the need to reduce healthcare disparities, according to a database analysis published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

To view the article, please go to http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867408?nlid=108826_2981&src=wnl_dne_160815_mscpedit&uac=40240FX&impID=1178552&faf=1 .  Viewing a Medscape article requires registration, but registration is free. 

 

11.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Federal Funding Alert:  2017 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Serve Loan Repayment Program Now Open.  

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2017 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open

TA Calls on September 8th and September 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET; Applications Due October 13th by 7:30 PM ET

(August 16, 2016) The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) application cycle is now open and accepting submissions for fiscal year (FY) 2017.  The S2S LRP provides loan repayment assistance to medical (DO and MD) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their last year of school in exchange for a commitment to provide culturally competent primary health care services in eligible health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.  The NHSC is seeking applicants who are interested in serving communities with limited access to health care and in providing care through their initial service commitment and beyond.

A complete online application must be submitted by 7:30 PM ET on October 13, 2016.  For more information, please review the FY 2017 S2S LRP program guidance.

Please note:  All supporting documentation for the application must be uploaded before an individual can submit a complete application package.  The NHSC will not accept documentation by fax, mail, or email.  According to the NHSC, it takes an average of approximately three weeks to prepare a complete application with all required and supplemental documentation. 

Interested applicants may participate in the following technical assistance (TA) conference calls:

  • Date:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 and Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET
  • Access Link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/nhscs2s
  • Conference Call Number: 1-888-324-4392
  • Participant Passcode: 1058390

Awards are subject to the availability of funds.  The NHSC anticipates making approximately 175 S2S LRP awards in FY 2017.  The S2S LRP will provide funds to participants to repay their qualifying outstanding educational loans.  Program options include:

  • Full-Time Clinical Practice.  The NHSC will pay recipients up to $120,000 if they commit to three years of full-time clinical service – defined as no less than 40 hours per week, for a minimum of 45 weeks each service year.
  • Half-Time Clinical Practice.  At the discretion of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a waiver of full-time service may be granted to allow participants to complete their service commitment through half-time service.  The NHSC will pay recipients up to $120,000 if they commit to six years of half-time clinical service – defined as no less than 20 hours per week (not to exceed 39 hours per week), for a minimum of 45 weeks per service year.

To be eligible for the S2S LRP, all applicants must:

  • Be a United States (U.S.) citizen or U.S. National.
  • Be pursuing a DO, MD, DDS, or DMD degree at one of the following accredited schools located in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory:
    • A school of allopathic medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (sponsored by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges); or
    • A school of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
    • A school of dentistry accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in the final year of medical or dental school with a graduation date before July 1, 2017.
  • Be eligible for Federal employment. 

In addition, medical students must be planning to complete an accredited primary medical care residency in an NHSC-approved specialty and have passed Step/Level 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX).

Applicants may visit the NHSC S2S LRP website for fact sheets, recorded webinars, and other resources.  Frequently asked questions are also available.

For questions, please call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays) 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.

As noted above, dental students in their final year of school who meet the other program requirements are eligible to apply for the FY 2017 NHSC S2S LRP.  It is AACOM’s understanding that awards made to dental students will not impact awards made to DO and MD students.  

For additional opportunities, please visit AACOM’s Federal Funding Opportunities webpage

 

 

 

 

 

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12.  Openings are available at the Church Health Center Scholars Program.  Thanks to Sammie Gutierrez (Bownes), CBU alumna, for sending me this. 

Hey Dr. Eisen,

I'm emailing you because I am currently working at the Church Health Center and the HR staff requested I reach out to a couple contacts at CBU in the Biology department. As you may know, every year we recruit recent graduates for our Scholar program. A scholar is basically a paid intern that works as a clinical assistant at the CHC, serving the under-served. Any way, this year the CBU career fair is all booked up and we are looking for other ways to reach out to CBU students. The scholar program is a great way to spend a gap year in between CBU and professional school, and an excellent opportunity for those who are needing more clinical experience to boost their applications and resumes. Since you have this great newsletter that goes out to all the biology students, I was hoping you could help us spread the word. HR is beginning to recruit for the next scholar year, beginning in June 2017. 

 

Sammie Gutierrez (Bownes)

Wellness Education Coordinator

Church Health Center Wellness

1115 Union Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 259-4673 Ext. 2237

www.churchhealthcenter.org

 

 

13.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 25, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 25, 2016

AAMC Names New LCME Co-Secretary

Veronica Catanese, MD, MBA, has been named the next co-secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and senior director of accreditation services at the AAMC. As co-secretary, Catanese will lead the AAMC's accreditation services unit and collaborate with her counterpart at the American Medical Association to accredit U.S. MD-granting medical schools. She most recently served as vice dean, dean for academic affairs, and principal business officer at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, where she was a member of the school's founding team. Catanese will join the AAMC on Aug. 29.

Continuing Education Course Focuses on Compassion in Practice

Harvard Medical School, along with several Boston-area hospitals and medical centers, are hosting a continuing education course, "Compassion in Practice: Achieving Better Outcomes by Maximizing Communication, Relationships and Resilience," in Boston on Oct. 28-29. The program includes sessions led by faculty in neuroscience, clinical education, and other disciplines and is designed for physicians, nurses, and health care professionals and educators who wish to enhance their communication skills, optimize professional relationships and ability to work in teams, and improve their efficiency and enjoyment of clinical practice.

AHRQ Releases Patient Safety Tools and Training Toolkit

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) toolkit to assist health care institutions and practitioners with responding in a timely, thorough, and just way when unexpected events cause patient harm. The toolkit—which contains eight modules with slides, facilitator notes, videos, and other resources—has been tested and implemented in 14 hospitals across three U.S. health systems.

On the Move

Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke University, announced that she will be stepping down from her role as dean in June 2017. A committee will be formed to begin a national search for her successor.

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), which includes South Carolina's largest research universities and health systems, has named Jay Moskowitz, PhD, as interim president. He succeeds Helga Rippen, MD, PhD, MPH, FACPM, who is now chief medical officer with Alertgy. Moskowitz was CEO of HSSC from 2007 to 2013 and previously served as principal deputy director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

14.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 1, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 1, 2016

AAMC Calls Hospital Compare Star Ratings "Deeply Flawed"

Last week, CMS released the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, which the AAMC called "deeply flawed." Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, urged patients to "beware of making decisions about hospitals" based on the ratings because they do not take into account important differences in the patient populations and the complexity of conditions treated at teaching hospitals. Kirch expressed AAMC support for providing patients with "transparent and meaningful information about hospitals." Before the ratings were released, the AAMC applauded the introduction of the Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act of 2016, calling for CMS to work with stakeholders "to fix the methodology so that patients can make the best possible decisions about their health care."

New Report Examines Lack of Diversity in Biomedical Research Workforce

The AAMC, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) have published a report that examines the shortage of underrepresented scholars in the nation's biomedical research workforce. The report, Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, calls for university leaders to support investments to gather evidence about successful strategies for increasing diversity and outlines a set of actions for the nation's universities, medical schools, and teaching hospitals to take. Short- and long-term action items include conducting pilot projects, cross-institutional studies, and analyses of national datasets.

Webinar Focuses on Creating a Welcoming Environment for Sexual- and Gender-Minority Medical Students

On Aug. 4, the AAMC will host a free webinar focused on improving the institutional culture and climate for sexual- and gender-minority students, recognizing that medical schools can face a variety of challenges in creating a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment. The webinar will provide an overview of the methods and resources medical educators can use to improve the environment at their institution for students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and with diverse forms of gender expression. Click here to register.

Medical Schools Develop New Ways to Encourage Faculty Engagement and Advancement

A recent AAMC Reporter article highlights incentive programs at the nation's medical schools to encourage faculty engagement and advancement. The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has established the Meaningful Participation Program, which offers incentives to clinical faculty to support the teaching and service missions of the school. Additionally, faculty are required to earn professional development and service credits in order to maintain their appointment. At the University of Utah School of Medicine, faculty are recognized for contributions such as committee participation, community service, and demonstrating excellence in a particular service area.

 

15.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 8, 2016.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 8, 2016

Modern Healthcare Commentary: Flawed Methodology Skews New Star Rating

A Modern Healthcare commentary by AAMC president and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, illustrates the flawed methodology behind the hospital star ratings recently released by CMS and cautions patients against interpreting the ratings as an indicator of the quality of care an institution will provide. "Instead of providing useful information, the new ratings paint a confusing and conflicting picture of the quality of U.S. hospital care because of a deeply flawed methodology that ignores important differences in the patient populations and the complexity of conditions different types of hospitals treat."

Learn Serve Lead Session Examines Environmental Injustice and the Impact on Communities

Health and environmental medicine experts at the forefront of the crisis in Flint, Mich. over lead-contaminated water will participate in a highlighted session at Learn Serve Lead: The 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Nov. 11-15. Speakers include Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Hurley Children's Hospital at Hurley Medical Center; Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center Occupational Health Services; and Joel Kaufman, MD, MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The full meeting agenda and registration information are available at aamc.org/learnservelead (the early bird deadline ends Aug. 31).

AAMC Seeking Editor-in-Chief of MedEdPORTAL

The AAMC is seeking the next editor-in-chief for MedEdPORTAL, a free, online, open-access publication for health professions educators. The editor-in-chief will serve a five-year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and will provide leadership and strategic vision for MedEdPORTAL, actively soliciting new content from across the health education community. The incumbent will conduct initial screening of manuscripts, make timely decisions about reviewed and revised submissions, provide authors with constructive comments and feedback, and work collaboratively with the MedEdPORTAL editorial board. Visit mededportal.org/about/eic for additional information, qualifications, and instructions for how to apply. Letters of interest, with curriculum vitae, are due Sept. 15.

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for Minority Faculty Seminar

The AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar, designed for junior faculty and postdocs (MD, MD/PhDs, and PhDs) who are underrepresented in medicine, will be held Sept. 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting offers tools for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine, developing professional competencies, and building grant writing and communication skills. Attendees are eligible to earn up to 25 CME credits. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, will deliver the keynote address. The early bird registration deadline ends Aug. 10.

On the Move

Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD, has been named dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A neuroscientist, Martin is professor of biological chemistry and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA and has served as interim dean for the past year.

 

16.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 15, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 15, 2016

AAMC Begins Search for Next Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The AAMC is seeking a new chief diversity and inclusion officer to provide strategic vision and leadership for all of the association's diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community. The incumbent will succeed Marc Nivet, EdD, who joins UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as executive vice president for institutional advancement, effective Sept. 1. The full specifications for the position are available here. Recommendations or questions about the search process can be sent to aamccdo@spencerstuart.com (credentials are due by Aug. 29).

Medical Schools Address Opioid Crisis with Focus on Pain, Addiction Education

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip communities nationwide, medical schools are enhancing curricula on pain management, substance abuse, and addiction to give students the tools they need to confront the opioid crisis while caring for patients in acute and chronic pain, according to an article authored by the AAMC. This article and more will be featured as part of AAMCNEWS, a dynamic, interactive, and engaging mobile-friendly news site launching on aamc.org this fall. Click here to subscribe to the email newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in medical education, research, and patient care.

Webinar Explores Navigating the Residency Match as an LGBT Applicant

The AAMC and American Medical Association are co-sponsoring a webinar focused on helping LGBT applicants navigate the residency match. The webinar will explore the rules governing questions that can be asked of program applicants during the residency interview process and concerns related to openly sharing one's identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. Held Aug. 22 at 7:00 pm ET, the webinar also will compare and contrast the experiences of current LGBT residents who recently went through the match process. Click here to register.

New UCSF Curriculum Teaches Social Justice Competencies

The University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine has introduced "Bridges," a new curriculum to train future doctors in social justice issues, how to care for entire communities rather than just individual patients, and early clinical immersion. The program will focus on developing clinical skills to continuously improve care in the changing medical education environment and to better prepare tomorrow's doctors.

In Memoriam: Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH

Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), died on Aug. 10 at the age of 71. Nationally and internationally recognized for his clinical public health work and research endeavors in infectious disease prevention and control, Spencer served as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before becoming dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and later, dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In 2000, he assumed the newly created position of president and CEO of the Association of Schools of Public Health, and led the transformation to a new organization, known today as the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

On the Move

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, has been recommended as the new dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine. He currently serves as professor and chair of the department of radiology at the University of Washington. If approved by the MSU board of trustees, his appointment will be effective Oct. 1.

Saint Louis University has appointed Kevin Behrns, MD, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the SLU School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2017. He succeeds Philip Alderson, MD, who announced his plans to retire last fall. Behrns is currently the chair of the department of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, has been named the new dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2017. He succeeds Jeffrey Flier, MD. Daley currently serves as professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology and as the Robert A. Stranahan Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, as well as director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, has been named the next director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), taking over for the interim NIMH director, Bruce Cuthbert, PhD. Gordon is currently associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and is expected to begin his new post in September.

 

17.  From Medline Plus:  Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts -- Those active about 2.5 hours a week had 25 percent lower disease risk than those who weren't, study found. 

Here’s the first paragraph:

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent, a new study suggests.

And here’s the link:  https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_160054.html

 

18.  Shelby Farms Park e-Newsletter, August 2016 edition.  

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Save these Dates!

 8/24 - Rescheduled: Redbirds Game

 

August 2016

 

Your favorite park will be your new favorite park starting September 1, 2016! We hope you will join us as we cut the ribbon on the long-awaited improvements in Heart of the Park. We have included more details about how we will celebrate this special space throughout the month of September.

 

30 Days of Celebration

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September 1-30, 2016

 

It's hard to believe, but Heart of the Park is nearly complete! Join us as we celebrate having more lake to love, more amenities and more spaces to gather as a community throughout September. 

 

The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on September 1 at 9am on the AutoZone Front Porch at the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. This will kick off 30 days of celebration in Heart of the Park, which will feature 30 days of free events (yes, free!) for Park fans of all ages. Events fall into 4 categories (nature, fitness, arts + music), and will give you new and exciting opportunities to enjoy the new amenities of Heart of the Park! Click the link below to find a full list of events.

 

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Special Evening with the Redbirds

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Looking for a fun way to support Shelby Farms Park? Join us for a Redbirds game at AutoZone Park on August 24, where Shelby Farms Park Conservancy will be recognized as the Lipscomb & Pitts Nonprofit of the Game

 

A portion of proceeds from tickets purchased online at the link below will be donated to SFPC and will be used to help keep the Park + Greenline clean, green and safe. 

 

Click the link below to access the ticket portal and use the credentials below to log in.

 

Username: shelbyfarms

Password: shelbyfarms

 

Get Your Tickets...

 

Serve the Park

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It takes a lot of hands to care for America's biggest urban park, and we could use your help! Spooky Nights and Starry Nights are just around the corner, and volunteers are needed to help produce these two exciting fundraising events. Individuals and groups are welcome!

 

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Run the Race that Runs the Greenline

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October 16, 2016 | 8am

 

Shelby Farms Greenline runs on the support of trail fans like you, and the Greenline Half Marathon is the biggest annual fundraising event for the trail. Join us for 13.1 scenic miles of fun this fall! 

 

Learn more + Register...

 

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Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, 500 North Pine Lake Drive, Memphis, TN 38134

 

 

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19.  Marginalia:  You can’t make this up…No, wait, yes you can!  (From GomerBlog, - Earth's Finest Medical Satire.)   

Pokémon Go Update: Pikachu Spotted in Man’s Colon

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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