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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2016.08, Week of October 10 

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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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NOOOOOOOOOO!!  Tell me it ain’t so!!  -- From rdmag.com -- Report: Global Coffee Supply Threatened by Climate Change.

 

For more information about this potentially disastrous news, please go to Marginalia.

 

Table of Contents:

1.  Events coming up. 
2.  The 2017 MCAT schedule is now posted.  
3.  Now, THIS is bad – From Medscape.com:  CDC Finds First Cluster of Highly Resistant Gonorrhea in US. 
4.  The questions posed to the HLTHPROF listserv were "Do MD/PhDs have to do a residency?" and "Do they write a dissertation?"  Here is a reply from the Administrative Director of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.
 
5.  Cyberattacks on personal health records growing ‘exponentially’. 
6.  The Sackler School of Medicine-New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University is a four-year program designed solely for American and Canadian students and is taught in English.  
7. 
Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions, from Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  
8.  Received this week.  
9.  Case Western Reserve University offers a two-year, 24 month Master of Science in Anesthesia Program to train Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs). 
10.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 26, 2016 edition.    
11.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 3, 2016 edition.  
12.  Upcoming events in October sponsored by the Wolf River Conservancy. 

13.  Marginalia:  NOOOOOOOOOO!!  Tell me it ain’t so!!  -- From rdmag.com -- Report: Global Coffee Supply Threatened by Climate Change, Fri, 09/23/2016.
  

 

1.  Events coming up. 

·         October 18:  Careers in Nursing Forum at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University:  Columbia Nursing, Johns Hopkins Nursing, and Penn Nursing will be co-hosting a nursing form in Nashville on October 18, 2016 to discuss the various options that each school provides.

 

·         November 1, 2016 and November 29, 2016:  Adulting 101 – CBU Life after College:  Money matters, or, What you didn’t learn in the classroom.

·         Wednesday, November 2, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. in AH122:    Third in this year’s “So you want to be a <fill-in-the-blank> series of presentations, Dr. Scott Adelman, MD, CBU alum, will discuss his career as an emergency room physician.  Refreshments (read:  Mama D’s Italian Ices) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and she will begin his presentation at 6:45 p.m. 

·         Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 217 Robison Hall, University of Memphis:  Health Systems Management & Policy Open House

 

2.  The 2017 MCAT schedule is now posted.  

 

3.  Now, THIS is bad – From Medscape.com:  CDC Finds First Cluster of Highly Resistant Gonorrhea in US. 

Viewing a Medscape.com article requires registration, but registration is free:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/869170

 

4.  The questions posed to the HLTHPROF listserv were "Do MD/PhDs have to do a residency?" and "Do they write a dissertation?"  Here is a reply from the Administrative Director of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. 

Good morning everyone! I am copying the esteemed group on this email as others may have the same question.

 

When MD-PhD students complete the combined degree, they do so having met all requirements for each degree. This means, a dissertation and defense for the PhD and all basic science and clinical requirements for the MD. As Bernie mentioned, what constitutes a dissertation varies among institutions. Either way, it is solely dependent on the student’s research, whether or not it is yet published.

 

An effective MD-PhD Program takes advantage of duplicates and provides efficiencies as such—completing each degree separately would take about 10 years total (4 for MD and 6 for PhD). Since MD students completed an entire basic science curriculum, this counts towards their PhD course requirements. As such, the MD-PhD students have fewer formal PhD course requirements.  Subsequently, the MD course requirements are minimized as well. While all MD clinical courses are required, most MD-PhD Programs do not require the students to complete all electives or a “research requirement” as they just completed their PhD.

 

MD-PhD students do not need to pursue a residency if they don’t intend on ever treating patients. They often pursue the MD training in order to inform their research. Students who forego their residency training go directly into a post-doctoral fellowship. In my 20 years overseeing MD-PhD training, I am observing an increasing number of students pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship after their MD-PhD training. The majority of MD-PhD students still pursue a residency, though the types of residencies have evolved over time. They are often pursuing what are known as ‘fast tracks’ or ‘research residencies’. They are pursuing a combined residency/fellowship/post doc with protected research time.

 

The AAMC website below has a plethora of information on the topic. Of course, I am happy to answer any questions you may have at any time.

www.aamc.org/mdphd

 

Take care,

Ruth

 

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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From: Williams, Megan A [mailto:megan.williams@VANDERBILT.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:18 AM
To: HLTHPROF@LIST.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: [HLTHPROF] M.D./PhD. Question

 

Hello Everyone,

 

I wanted to recap my conversation with Eileen in case anyone else has similar questions about physician-scientist training. 

 

The majority of MD-PhD graduates go on to a residency program after graduation. The majority of our Vanderbilt MSTP graduates go on to research residency programs which combine clinical training with further research fellowship training. Very rarely, a student will decide that they no longer want to be a practicing physician, and will skip the residency and go directly to a post doctoral fellowship. MD-PhD students do complete a dissertation as part of their PhD training. At Vanderbilt, and most institutions, the requirements for the PhD are the same for MSTP students as they are for all PhD students. They may take less graduate school courses because there is sometimes dual credit for medical school coursework but the research requirements work very similarly. 

 

Eileen then asked: Couple  more questions: are there many research residency programs, where are they and how competitive are they?  I so appreciate your help!

 

There is definitely a smaller pool of research residency programs. APSA, the American Physician Scientists Association, has put together a database for these residency programs which can be found here. There are many in medicine and pediatrics, but there will be less in other specialties. These programs are sometimes called short track or FAST track or Physician Scientist Training Programs. This is also a useful site put together by some former MSTP students at Penn that discusses these programs. These residencies are competitive, but students in strong MSTP or MD-PhD programs will be well prepared and very competitive for them. Research productivity and board exams (Step 1 and Step 2) are important selection factors for these residencies. Last year, we surveyed our MSTP graduates and of the 12 who responded 11 of them received their top residency choice and the other one received their second choice.

It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at the NAAHP meeting in Minneapolis this summer. I am always happy to help with any questions regarding MD-PhD training!

Best,

Megan Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Medical Scientist Training Program

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

428 Eskind Biomedical Library

Phone: (615) 875-9372

https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/mstp/

 

 

 

5.  Cyberattacks on personal health records growing ‘exponentially’. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/09/28/cyberattacks-on-personal-health-records-growing-exponentially/?wpisrc=nl_politics-pm&wpmm=1

 

6.  The Sackler School of Medicine-New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University is a four-year program designed solely for American and Canadian students and is taught in English.  

 

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Dear Health Professions Advisor:

As you review the status of your students who are interested in pursuing an M.D. degree, we encourage you to advise them that the Sackler School of Medicine-New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University offers them that opportunity. Our four-year program is designed solely for American and Canadian students and is taught in English. We are chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and accredited by the State of Israel since 1976. Approximately 1950 M.D. degrees have been awarded in that period of time.

Tel Aviv University and its Sackler School of Medicine are internationally renowned institutions, respected for the quality of their academic programs and their distinguished faculty. The school has a "rolling admissions" policy. Applications and supplemental materials for the class entering in August 2017 will be accepted until May 10, 2017. However, we suggest that students apply as soon as possible in order for qualified applicants to be interviewed.

Sackler graduates return to the U.S. and Canada for their residency training. They participate in the National Residency Matching Program and have been matched to the most distinguished residency programs.

Sackler School of Medicine offers an opportunity for the highly motivated student to further his or her aspirations for an M.D. degree. If you have any questions or wish additional information please do not hesitate to contact us. Please visit our website at http://sacklerschool.org

 

Dr. Stephen H. Lazar, Executive Dean
Sackler School of Medicine
New York State/American Program
Tel Aviv University

NYC Office Phone: 212-688-8811

Email: sacklermed@sacklermed.org

 

7.  Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions, from Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  

Here’s the URL:  http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/publishahead/Implicit_Racial_Bias_in_Medical_School_Admissions_.98389.aspx

From the Abstract:

Problem: Implicit white race preference has been associated with discrimination in the education, criminal justice, and health care systems and could impede the entry of African Americans into the medical profession, where they and other minorities remain underrepresented. Little is known about implicit racial bias in medical school admissions committees.

Approach: To measure implicit racial bias, all 140 members of the Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM) admissions committee took the black-white implicit association test (IAT) prior to the 2012-2013 cycle. Results were collated by gender and student versus faculty status. To record their impressions of the impact of the IAT on the admissions process, members took a survey at the end of the cycle, which 100 (71%) completed.

 

 

8.  Received this week.  

·         American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Podiatric Medical College Information Book For Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 Entering Classes. 

 

9.  Case Western Reserve University offers a two-year, 24 month Master of Science in Anesthesia Program to train Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs). 

Certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) work in the operating room 40 hours a week providing hands-on anesthesia care to patients. This profession offers great work/life balance and significant compensation. CAAs begin their careers making $135K and up. Yes, that's the starting salary. Best of all, the majority of our students are employed before they graduate. 

 

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University is a two-year, 24 month program which begins once annually, at the end of May. We have extended our application for prospective students who meet our admission criteria or who will do so upon graduation at the end of spring semester 2017. We are accepting applications now through November 1 for the incoming class of summer 2017. 

 

To apply now students must have, or will have:

·  a bachelor's degree by the end of spring term 2017

·  completed 10 prerequisite courses with grades of B- or higher 

·  an MCAT score of 493 or better (20 or above on the old exam)

·  GPA of 3.1 or above (to be competitive)

Anyone not meeting the above criteria is welcome to apply in April 2017 for the incoming class of summer 2018. We welcome inquiries and visits at our 3 sites year-round. Answers to frequently asked questions may be found on our website. You are also welcome to contact me directly for more information.

 

Best regards,

 

Laura

 

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Laura Bishop         
Network Marketing and Recruitment Specialist
Master of Science in Anesthesia Program

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
11100 Euclid Avenue, Lakeside Room 2532
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone 216-844-8077

Fax 216-844-7349

Experience the Case Difference...
Visit us at www.anesthesiaprogram.com

 

 

10.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, September 26, 2016 edition.   

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

September 26, 2016

AAMC Applauds Howerton Appointment to PCORI Board of Governors

Russell Howerton, MD, FACS, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and chair of the AAMC's Chief Medical Officers Group, has been appointed to the board of governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, applauded the appointment, noting that Howerton "will bring a broad range of perspectives and expertise in clinical health sciences research to PCORI, helping that organization identify critical research questions, fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research, and disseminate the results in ways that are useful to patients and to our community."

Registration Opens for First AAMC Leadership Week

In early 2017, the AAMC will offer leaders at all levels across the academic medicine community an opportunity to focus on building leadership skills, group learning, and networking during the first-ever Leadership Week. Held at the AAMC's headquarters in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the program builds on the June 2016 Being a Resilient Leader workshop and includes three custom-developed workshops dedicated to mastering resiliency, conflict management, and teaming across disciplines. For more information and to register, click here.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program Accepting Applications

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Competition System is open for applications to the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program. The program enables students at U.S. medical schools to participate in a yearlong mentored basic, translational, or applied biomedical research training experience at an academic or nonprofit institution (other than a government agency) or at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, located just outside Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is Jan. 11, 2017.

2016 Lasker Award Winners Named

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has named the 2016 Lasker awardees. The Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease. The 2016 winners include physician-scientists from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and other institutions.

On the Move

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), announced that she will step down once a successor is in place. Lavizzo-Mourey has served as president and CEO of RWJF since 2003.

Dan W. Rahn, MD, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), announced that he plans to retire effective July 31, 2017. He has served as chancellor since 2009. UAMS President Donald R. Bobbitt, PhD, will form a search committee to find Rahn's successor.

 

11.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 3, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

October 3, 2016

AAMC Launches AAMCNews

The AAMC has launched AAMCNews, a dynamic, mobile-friendly digital destination for the latest news, current trends, and ongoing conversations about emerging topics in academic medicine. AAMCNews replaces the AAMC Reporter—which served as the AAMC's flagship print magazine for 45 years—and will include breaking news, feature articles exploring issues of interest to medical schools and teaching hospitals, opinions and perspectives from the health care community, and the latest from AAMC-member institutions as they work to transform medical education, patient care, and research. To view the new site and receive regular updates from AAMCNews, visit news.aamc.org.

Coming Soon!

With the launch of AAMCNews, the AAMC will transition STAT to a weekly newsletter that highlights newly posted feature articles from AAMCNews, along with the "short, topical, and timely" content familiar to STAT readers. On AAMCNews, this content will be part of the new "In Brief" section. Be sure to add aamcnews@aamc.org to your address book as a trusted sender to continue receiving this weekly newsletter from the AAMC.

Spending Package Includes Provisions Crucial to Veterans and Zika Response

Last week, the AAMC commended the House and Senate for passing a spending package that funds the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the end of FY 2017 and includes a $44 million increase for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, as urged by the AAMC and the Friends of VA coalition during conference negotiations. "We strongly urge Congress to pass a full omnibus spending bill when they return in the fall that funds all other agencies through FY 2017 and includes the Senate-proposed $34.1 billion for NIH," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

Congressional Subcommittee Examines Impact of Regulatory Burden on Research

A recent hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research and Technology examined the impact of regulatory burden on research, which has the potential to slow advancements in basic and medical research that provide hope to millions of Americans and their families who are facing life-changing illnesses. "We look forward to working with policymakers to develop a regulatory framework that provides both clarity and flexibility to institutions, investigators, and research subjects, and advances ethical research to improve the health of all," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in a statement.

AAMC Recommends Changes to Medical Student Performance Evaluation

In an effort to improve the residency application process for medical schools and residency programs, the AAMC and leaders in the medical education and graduate medical education communities have issued recommendations to change the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE). The MSPE is written by medical school student advisors, and is intended to provide residency program directors with an evaluation of a student's performance in medical school. The recommendations, endorsed by the AAMC Council of Deans Administrative Board, include use of a new template that provides relevant, concise, and comparative data about an applicant's professional and academic performance and will help facilitate holistic assessment of applicants. Questions and feedback can be sent to mspe@aamc.org.

Results of AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey Published

The AAMC, with the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), has published results of the biennial Harrison Survey, which highlights the evolution of continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) functions within academic medical centers. Key insights from the 2015 survey found that more than half of respondents believe that CME/CPD is moderately or highly valued by their organizations, and nearly 90% of academic CME/CPD units have a relatively high degree of interaction with residency education, faculty development, and allied health professional programs. An executive summary is available for download here.

On the Move

Geisinger Health System (GHS) and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) announced that TCMC will integrate into GHS to form Geisinger Commonwealth College of Medicine, pending regulatory approvals. Geisinger's academic programs, including residency training programs, will be integrated under the leadership of the dean. Steven J. Scheinman, MD, will continue as president and dean and will also become chief academic officer and executive vice president at Geisinger.

The Texas A&M University System has appointed Carrie L. Byington, MD, as vice chancellor for health services, dean of the College of Medicine, and senior vice president for the Health Science Center at Texas A&M University. She is anticipated to begin her new role in January 2017.

John Hunter, MD, has been appointed interim dean for the OHSU School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1. Hunter is Mackenzie Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine.

 

12.  Upcoming events in October sponsored by the Wolf River Conservancy. 

Wolf River Conservacy

September 2016 ENEWSLETTER

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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

It is always nice to be able to share good news with you, and our latest good news is that, for the remainder of 2016, the Hyde Family Foundations is helping the Conservancy to deliver on its mission by providing an additional incentive for you to show your individual financial support.

Yes, the Hyde Family Foundations will match $1 for $1 your financial gift* through the balance of this year up to the first $75,000 collected.  Any new, additional, or increased gifts from individuals will be doubled - with thanks to our friends at Hyde Family Foundations!

As a Wolf River Conservancy partner, you know very well that adequate funding is required to continue to deliver the numerous high quality programs and projects we provide for our community.

The Hyde Family Foundations is now offering you an added incentive to make your financial gift to WRC now. Giving has never been easier:  you can give online or by mail.

Lastly, you will see in this issue our reluctant farewell to Kimberly Thomas (see additional article). Kimberly has served as our Office Manager since 2009 and is making a departure to join her family’s business. She will be greatly missed!

As always, thank you all for your support for the Wolf River Conservancy.

Keith Cole
Executive Director

*Does not include Merchandise Sales, Ticket Sales, Sponsorships,  Registration Fees, and Auction Items.

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October 26

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13.  Marginalia:  NOOOOOOOOOO!!  Tell me it ain’t so!!  -- From rdmag.com -- Report: Global Coffee Supply Threatened by Climate Change, Fri, 09/23/2016.  

Coffee farmers and caffeine addicts should take note”, the author modestly suggests…

http://www.rdmag.com/article/2016/09/report-global-coffee-supply-threatened-climate-change?et_cid=5572974&et_rid=54749646&type=headline&et_cid=5572974&et_rid=54749646&linkid=content

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/ 
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