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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2017.04, Week of September 11

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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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Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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Today (September 11) is the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

 

Table of Contents:

1.   Events coming up.
2.  This article, which appeared in an issue of Sterling Talent Solutions.com pertains to job hunters, but it could be applied to those of you planning on applying to a healthcare-related program.  Reprinted with permission

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3.  For those of you applying to osteopathic medical schools during the 2017-2018 application cycle, this information will be relevant to you.  
4.  Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) offers a 3-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. 
5.  The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (Baltimore, MD) will be hosting a series of information sessions across the country this fall.
 
6.  The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) announces an update to its application design during the 2018 application cycle.  This update will become effective on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  
7.  Some changes in the application requirements and procedures for the Touro University California (Vallejo, CA)College of Pharmacy.  
8.  Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) announces a four-year graduate Doctor of Medicine program.   
9.  From the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  Federal Funding Alert -- 2018 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open! 
10.  The American Physical Therapy Association encourages you to register for a FREE DPT Education Virtual Fair scheduled on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  
11.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) would like to invite you and your students to the 2017 Discover Podiatric Medicine: Take the Next Step interactive workshop in Dallas, TX on Saturday, September 30th
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12.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 6, 2017 edition.  
13.  The Health Lifestyles Network at The University of Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital is looking for volunteers to assist in their Culinary Medicine Program.  
14.  In memoriam:  This year is the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.  

 

1. Events coming up. 

·         Monday, September 11, 2017:  “Exploring the Complicated Decisions Around End of Life Care”, a presentation by Dr. Eric Finkelstein.

·         Saturday, September 16, in Buckman Hall 211, the Montesi Executive Center:  The 2017 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium.   

·         Tuesday, September 19, from Career Services:  Life After College:  Paying For Graduate School.  

·         Tuesday, September 19, from Career Services:  Kaplan Test Prep Sessions for the GRE, LSAT & MCAT Practice Tests.   

·         Tuesday, September 19, ALL DAY!:  International Talk Like a Pirate Day

·         Wednesday, September 20 – A FREE Online Webinar Session for your Pre-Med Students who are Prepping for the MCAT this year - please feel free to pass/forward along!

·         Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., prior to the Graduate School Expo, presentation about the Samford University Pharm.D. Program

·         Thursday, September 21, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.:  Graduate School Expo, in the Canale Arena

·         Saturday, September 23:  Saturday, September 23:  Mercer University (Atlanta, GA) Open House event, including programs in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Clinical Medical Psychology), Counseling, Health Informatics, and Healthcare Leadership.

·         Saturday, September 30:  Ohio State University (Columbus) College of Optometry Open House.   

·         November 6-10:  Second Annual Health Professions Week, an interprofessional virtual recruitment event.  

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·         Monday, September 11, at the Memphis Botanic Garden:  Dr. Eric Finkelstein, Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and the executive director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, will give a presentation, “Exploring the Complicated Decisions Around End of Life Care”.  For more information, see article #6. 

·         Saturday, September 16, in Buckman Hall 211, the Montesi Executive Center:  The 2017 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium is NEXT SATURDAY, September 16th from 9am-1pm at Christian Brothers University (Montesi Executive Center, Buckman Hall 211).

Students who participated in the summer 2017 projects will present the results from their international research experiences in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Uganda.  Please join us for any or all of the presentations! A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30am.

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2018 to meet with studentslearn more about the programand find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience!

The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. 

If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Daryl Stephens at mhirtcbu@gmail.com before noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13th so catering arrangements can be made.

​Please forward to students, faculty, staff, and members of the Memphis community who may be interested in attending the 2017 MHIRT Symposium.​

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

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8:30-9:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

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9:00-9:10
 Welcome

​​Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
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9:10-9:​25
 Psychological Impact of Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk

Ashley McCray (Meharry Medical College)

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9:25-9:40 Assessing genetic variability of a population of cultivated shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, through microsatellites 

Elizabeth Parr (CBU)

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9:40-9:55 Effects of luminance contrast on color discrimination

Ketan Brodeur (University of Michigan)

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9:55-10:10 Youth Empowerment in El Bambú, La RACCS, Nicaragua

Melinique Walls (Washington University, St. Louis) 
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10:10-10:​25
 Evaluating Psychosocial Issues in Post-war Northern Uganda

Yohana Temesghen (University of Memphis)

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10:2​5​-10:40
 COFFEE BREAK    

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10:40-10:55 Endotoxemia in Female Rats Acutely Treated with Fluoxetine

Winter Beaton (Spelman College)

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10:55-11:10 Effect of Beta Adrenergic Antagonist on Fear-Induced Behavior Rats

Aminata Sow (CBU)

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11:10-11:25  Community-Based Positive Deviance/Hearth Intervention to Improve Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Nicaragua

Amaya Martinez (UNC Chapel Hill)

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11:25-11:40
 Combating Chronic Diseases by Analyzing Behavior Change

​Brisa Rodriguez (Our Lady of the Lake University)

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11:40-12:00 Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer in Southwestern Uganda

​​Elizabeth Karolczuk (UTHSC), Hermon Phuntling (MTSU), & Kinnon Ward (Tuskegee University)
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12:00-12:05 Closing Remarks

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12:05pm-1:00 LUNCH      

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1:00-4:00 Wrap-up and Evaluation 

Debriefing and discussion for the 2017 MHIRT students

To learn more about MHIRT, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt 

We hope to see you there!       

Daryl Stephens
Program Coordinator

Minority Health International Research Training
Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN 38104
www.cbu.edu/mhirt

 

·         Tuesday, September 19, from Career Services:  Life After College:  Paying For Graduate School, - 12:30-1:45 pm
Buckman Hall 112

·         Tuesday, September 19, from Career Services:  Kaplan Test Prep Sessions (For the GRE, LSAT & MCAT Practice Tests)
Tuesday, September 19th - Montesi
GRE:  3:00 pm
LSAT:  4:00 pm
MCAT:  5:00 pm
If you are interested in a review sessions for any of these three Graduate School Admissions tests, reserve your place by registering at the links below!  It's free!

o    MCAT Workshop: http://bit.ly/CBUMCAT

 

·         Tuesday, September 19, ALL DAY!:  International Talk Like a Pirate Day -- Yes, me hearties, it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  I say that since we ARE the DAMN Buccaneers, we ought to show our true colors, and make the effort to talk and act like the respectable pirates that we are.  For more information about how this lunacy started, please go to http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/ .  Second, to acquire practice at TALKING and INSULTING people like good Elizabethan-era pirates should, please go to http://www.mainstrike.com/mstservices/handy/insult.html .

 

·         Tuesday, September 19, from 12:30 – 1:45 pm:  Life After College:  Paying For Graduate School
Tuesday, September 19th - 12:30-1:45 pm
Buckman Hall 112

 

·         Wednesday, September 20 – A FREE Online Webinar Session for your Pre-Med Students who are Prepping for the MCAT this year - please feel free to pass/forward along!

FREE ONLINE MCAT WEBINAR

Examkrackers MCAT Discussion Webinar

Two Sessions Currently Available:

Aug 30th & Sept 20th both @ 8-10pm EST

 

To Register: Pick your Date and send an email to

FREEMCAT@examkrackers.com

with the following information:

-Name

-Event Date of Choice

-Email

-Phone Number

-Anticipated MCAT Date

 

Seats are limited for each evening - if your selected date is no longer available

then you will be placed in the NEXT available/open session. 

 

 

Janis Stott
National Program Director
Examkrackers, Inc. (MCAT Prep)
janis@examkrackers.com
Phone: 386-864-1245
Fax: 859-305-6464

124 MacArthur Court, Nicholasville, KY 40356

 

 

 

·         Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., prior to the Graduate School Expo, presentation about the Samford University Pharm.D. Program:  Aarox Hux, representing the Samford University Pharm. D. Program, will be in AH103 to answer questions about their program.  We have had several students apply to this program and one student matriculated there.

·         Thursday, September 21, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.:  Graduate School Expo, in the Canale Arena--  More than 70 graduate school programs from across the country are expected to be in attendance to share information with you about their various graduate programs...law school, med school, MBA programs, and many, many more!  If you're remotely considering grad school as an option, this is a can't-miss opportunity that only comes around once a year!  Make plans to be there!  For a complete list of schools confirmed to attend thus far, check your CareerLinX account!

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·         Saturday, September 23:  Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM-Fort Smith) Open HousePlease see below:

Here’s the link to register:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ftYqUTX0m0KtTLu8JNiY5stfxLz2Ld9LnVvwSDryhRVUMkVCWlc3STJNMlJBQlA1RFEzTzg0VDlFWC4u

·      Saturday, September 23:  Mercer University (Atlanta, GA) Open House event, including programs in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Clinical Medical Psychology), Counseling, Health Informatics, and Healthcare Leadership.

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 programs offered in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Clinical Medical Psychology), Counseling, Health Informatics, and Healthcare Leadership. This event will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 on Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is scheduled to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with faculty, admissions staff, and current students. 

 

More information about this event and the Health Science programs that will be represented is available along with a registration link: http://gradprograms.mercer.edu/openhouse/Please encourage interested students to RSVP by September 15th.

 

We appreciate your advising efforts on behalf of your students!

 

Regards,

Jordana

 

Jordana Berry, MBA ‘04

Director of Admissions

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

 

http://pharmacy.mercer.edu

http://hsc.mercer.edu

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·      Saturday, September 30:  Ohio State University (Columbus) College of Optometry Open House

Saturday, September 30th – 12:30 – 4:30pm
Ohio State University College of Optometry
338 West 10
th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Good Afternoon!  Please spread the word to your students and others who may be interested in this event:

Our Autumn Visit Day at The Ohio State University College of Optometry offers a special opportunity to learn more about the admissions process, opportunities to tour our academic and clinical facilities, explore careers in optometry, and meet with college faculty, students, administrators, and alumni. We encourage high school and college students, as well as alumni, practitioners, and academic advisors to attend this event.

Reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit https://optometry.osu.edu/visitday

Unable to make visit day?

·        We are happy to arrange one-on-one meetings on our campus and on the road with you and/or your students throughout the year. 

·        We also host virtual chats for groups of any size – feel free to let me know if we can help spread the word about our profession and program to you and/or your students.

·        12th Annual IDOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program – SAVE THE DATE – July 22-25, 2018 (https://u.osu.edu/idoc/)

 We are excited to be visiting with many of you and your students on the road this autumn at pre-optometry club meetings, pre-health events, and classroom visits – see you soon!

 All the best,

Justin

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Justin Griest, MEd    Director of Admissions, Recruitment & Financial Aid
The Ohio State University College of Optometry

A426 Starling-Loving Hall | 338 W 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-8825 Office | 614-292-7493 Fax

griest.6@osu.edu   [go.osu.edu/Justin]go.osu.edu/Justin
 The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Focused on optometric education and vision research

 

·      November 6-10:  Second Annual Health Professions Week, an interprofessional virtual recruitment event. 

 

We are pleased to announce the second annual Health Professions Week (#HPW2017), taking place from November 6-10, 2017. We’re excited to engage young people in learning more about health professions careers —and we’re inviting YOU to participate as well!

Health Professions Week is a first-of-its-kind interprofessional virtual recruitment event that boasts an exciting week-long series of activities—mostly online—for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. It’s completely free for students, counselors, parents and advisors.

#HPW2017 is intended to increase awareness of the 20 participating health professions and is inspired by a vision that collaborative practice is key to safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. During the inaugural 2016 event, over 4,000 students from across the U.S. joined in the virtual fairs, online treasure hunts, interview days and community connect days. This year, we anticipate a 50% increase in attendance!

Please take a moment to forward this message to your student network. Registration is free and required to participate in some of the week’s events.

We look forward to working with you to strengthen the health professions pipeline!

Best,

Health Professions Week Team

Mandy S. Nau, Career Promotion Strategist
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
Cell or Text: 253-906-4167   Email:  mnau@aacpm.org

Why consider a career in podiatric medicine?

·         A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries.

·         DPMs can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Besides these certified specialties, podiatrists may practice a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.

·         The DPM is a vital member of the health-care team. He or she is often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease because of the human foot’s interrelation with the rest of the body.

 

 

2.  This article, which appeared in an issue of Sterling Talent Solutions.com pertains to job hunters, but it could be applied to those of you planning on applying to a healthcare-related program.  Reprinted with permission.  

Reprinted with permission from:  https://www.sterlingtalentsolutions.com/blog/2017/07/dos-and-donts-of-social-media-for-job-hunters/

Infographic: Dos and Don’ts of Social Media for Job Hunters

Posted Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

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Today’s world is a much more social place. Imagine a time without social media. Some would argue that would be a perfect world, while others would miss being connected to friends, family and being on top of the most current news stories as they happen. According to We Are Social, the number of worldwide internet users is nearly 3.8 Billion while the number of active social media users is over 2.7 Billion and this is only expected to grow with estimates of over 30% of the world’s population using social networks just in 2017. The top three social sites that people spend time on a daily basis are Facebook (76%), Instagram (51%) and Twitter (42%).

Social Media Screening

According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 social media recruitment survey, 60% of US employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 52% last year and 11% a decade ago. 56% of HR and recruiters say some of their best candidates are sourced via social media. Sterling Talent Solutions recently released Background Screening Trends and Best Practices Report 2017 found that 34% of HR executives currently conduct some social media screening during the hiring process. 95% of these searches are being conducted internally by hiring managers or a member of the HR team.

More and more companies are adding social media screening as a part of their background screening process. In fact, 49% of hiring managers who screen candidates via social media said they’d found information that causes them not to hire a candidate.

Tips for Job Hunters for Social Media Content

Job hunters need to be aware that everything they say online stays there and anyone can see it including prospective employers, former bosses or current workmates. Any questionable photos, potentially offensive comments, criticisms against current or former employers may come back to haunt the job seeker. Sterling created the Dos and Don’ts of Social Media for Job Hunters as a guide for Millennials, recent college grads and current job seekers to help them understand the role of social media when looking for a new position.

Job hunters of all ages should use their social media applications to expand their professional network and share knowledge in their chosen industry. When job hunting, set up a LinkedIn account with industry-specific skills and keywords and participate targeted groups and discussions. It is crucial to maintain a professional online profile picture on social media platforms. Also, when posting, write professionally and check for correct spelling and grammar. Do NOT post inappropriate information or photos on your social media platforms. Keep these posts private or do not post at all. Also, don’t just “broadcast” posts out to the world. Be strategic with what you are posting and interact with people in your network.

Employer Benefits Vs. Candidate Rights

Candidates use social media to share information about themselves with the world. Some of this public information can help a candidate stand out in the crowd and even validate a hiring decision. For an organization, a social media search on a job candidate can reveal a job candidate’s anti-social, violent or illegal behavior. Finding this information in the background screening process could protect a company from a costly bad hire situation which could affect their brand and reputation. With the employer benefits, there is also a counterbalance of being compliant with privacy, discrimination and Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations. Organizations who are doing social media screening must make sure they are not basing their hiring decisions on protected characteristics including religious affiliation, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or health conditions protected under state or federal anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Most importantly, companies have to focus their hiring decision on finding social media information relevant to the decision to make an offer of employment and not used for general “fishing” exercises.

Employers can develop a clear policy towards the use of social media for recruitment purposes, in consultation with employees or their representatives where this is required under local laws. Sterling Talent Solutions created the Dos and Don’ts of Social Media for Job Hunters to guide job hunter on the proper usage of social media platforms to help them to be more “professional” online when looking for a new position.

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3.  For those of you applying to osteopathic medical schools during the 2017-2018 application cycle, this information will be relevant to you.  

The first Academic Update period for AACOMAS is now open and will run from September 1 through October 13. Please see the below email which will be distributed to all students with 17-18 AACOMAS accounts. The link below outlines the instructions for students found on the application.
Additionally, all students with 17-18 AACOMAS accounts received an email notification that announced the opening of AU. An example is reprinted below, help.unicas.com:8888/aacomasHelpPages/instructions/...

Dear Applicant,

The 2017-2018 AACOMAS Academic Update (AU) period has started. If your application has been verified for at least one program, you can now update grades or Planned/In-Progress coursework. (Academic Update is available only for applications with at least one program verified by 10/13/17.)
During the Academic Update window, you may update any Planned/In-Progress coursework sessions for Spring, Summer, and/or Fall 2017 to Completed so that an updated AACOMAS GPA can be calculated. You may also enter any newly Planned/In-Progress coursework for the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2017 terms. 

You cannot modify courses that were originally reported to AACOMAS as completed. If you are taking courses during the Fall Term, we advise that you wait until the end of the Fall Term to post grades earned for [Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017] courses because AACOMAS permits applicants to report grades only ONE time during the Academic Update period.

Follow the instructions below to modify the Academic History section of your application and submit your updated application and transcripts to AACOMAS. After AACOMAS receives your updated application and transcripts, your new grades will be verified, and a new GPA will be calculated. 

Your new GPA and coursework information will be sent to the programs to which you have applied in electronic format. AACOMAS cannot make any updates for your programs until you complete the following steps:
Step One
Enter or edit all of your updated coursework (completed and in-progress) in your AACOMAS application:
1. Log into your AACOMAS application, and open the Academic History section.
2. If you attended a college/university for the first time, add and save that institution in the Colleges Attended section.
3. Open the Transcript Entry section to update existing Planned/In-Progress coursework and enter new Planned/In-Progress coursework:
    * Update your existing Planned/In-Progress coursework to Completed by unchecking the "In progress / planned" option located above each individual term, and enter the grades for the Completed courses. You must enter grades for each completed course before you can e-submit.
    * Enter terms and courses for newly completed coursework that has not been previously entered as Planned/In-Progress for the [Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017] terms.
    * Enter any newly Planned/In-Progress coursework for the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2017 terms, and check the "In progress / planned" option located above each individual term.
4. When you have finished adding or updating your transcript entry, complete the Transcript Review process by clicking "Review and Finalize My Transcripts" on the Transcript Entry page.

Step Two
E-submit your application by clicking "Submit My Updates" as the last step of the Transcript Review process. If you fail to click the button, AACOMAS cannot process your Academic Update.
 Note: You must e-submit your updated application to AACOMAS no later than 10/13/17 (11:59 PM Eastern Time). AACOMAS is not responsible for admissions decisions for applicants who fail to e-submit their Academic Update courses to AACOMAS.

Step Three
Send all of your updated transcripts directly to AACOMAS. AACOMAS cannot process any updates until all transcripts are received. Your updated transcripts need to be received no later than 10/13/17.
To request updated transcripts, print the AACOMAS Transcript Matching Form and send it with your request to your registrar's office. You can access this form by logging into your application and selecting Transcript Matching Form from the Colleges Attended section under Academic History. The registrar must attach the AACOMAS Transcript Matching Form to a sealed official copy of your transcript and forward it directly to:
AACOMAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9137
Watertown, MA 02471

Note: AACOMAS does not accept student-issued (unofficial) transcripts. If you have any questions, please contact AACOMAS Customer Service at aacomasinfo@liaisoncas.com. Please also review the list of Frequently Asked Questions at http://help.unicas.com:8888/aacomasHelpPages/instructions/index.html

Thank you,
AACOMAS Customer Service

 

4.  Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) offers a 3-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. 

 

5.  The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (Baltimore, MD) will be hosting a series of information sessions across the country this fall. 

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D.C. ... Philly ... Boston ... New York ... Raleigh ... Chicago ... Los Angeles ... San Francisco ... and more

 

Please join us at one of the many events we have planned across the country this fall and learn about all of the opportunities that the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has to offer. We have made a concentrated effort to "spread the word" and move forward our mission of improving the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service. You could be part of that mission!  

 

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Ultimately, our goal this fall is to offer a variety of opportunities for you to connect and explore as you anticipate your next career step. We look forward to being part of your next adventure! 

 

The Admissions Team
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
jhuson@jhu.edu
410-955-7548

 

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Careers in Nursing Consortium Information Sessions with Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing offered in cities across the country. We are visiting Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Raleigh, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more and offering an opportunity to meet admissions representatives from three leading Schools of Nursing to learn, interact, connect and assist you with your professional goals. Registration for each is required.

 

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We will be attending many Nursing Conferences and University Graduate Fairs, which often require registration within that event. If you see we are in your city, and you are unable to attend a scheduled event, we could possibly meet with you individually to discuss your goals. Please email us at JHUSON@jhu.edu if you would like to make that happen.

 

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Nothing close by? We offer several Virtual Information Sessions for a number of our programs that you can join. They consist of information from Admissions, Faculty and a current student or recent alum and also allow for questions and answers from participants. Online chats are also offered monthly with representatives from admissions and financial aid.

 

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We will be hosting two onsite Open Houses in October where your visit can be up close and personal. These sessions are located on our East Baltimore campus and are full of opportunities to interact with faculty and current students as well as other potential applicants with common interests and inspiring energy.

 

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6.  The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) announces an update to its application design during the 2018 application cycle.  This update will become effective on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  

We're happy to announce the AMCAS application design is updating on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

As we shared with you earlier this year, we planned an update to the AMCAS application during the 2018 application cycle. Our staff thoroughly tested the new interface and navigation to ensure a smooth transition. The AAMC is committed to providing you and your advisees with the best possible experience, and the improved interface and navigation will help accomplish this goal.

This improvement will not affect your advisee's admissions process at the respective schools to which they are applying. The content of the AMCAS application remains the same, but the interface is more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Visit the 2018 AMCAS web application update webpage to get acquainted with these enhancements, to view new tutorial videos, and for a sneak peek of the upcoming improvements.

On this webpage, applicants will see images of how their application will appear if their application:

§ Has a "Not Submitted to AMCAS" status, or

§ Has any status, except "Not Submitted to AMCAS."

If you have any questions regarding this update, please reach out to the AAMC Services Contact Center at (202) 828-0600 or amcas@aamc.org. We also encourage you to connect with us on Twitter (@amcasinfo) for quick tips and application guidance.

Thank you,
AMCAS Outreach Team

 

 

 

 

7.  Some changes in the application requirements and procedures for the Touro University California (Vallejo, CA)College of Pharmacy.  

I previously sent this message back in July.  Recently, however, our Admissions Committee made a change regarding our chemistry requirement and I thought I’d resend with that information added. 

After quite a bit of discussion and debate, the Touro University California College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce two significant changes being implemented for the 2017-18 application cycle:

1.     A Bachelor’s degree is no longer required.  Though candidates with a Bachelor’s degree may still have a competitive edge, otherwise qualified candidates may now apply and start our program with a minimum of 90 degree-applicable semester units of coursework, which would include required pre-requisite coursework.

2.     A separate supplemental and supplemental application fee are no longer required.  Decisions regarding interview qualification will now be exclusively based upon information submitted within the PharmCAS applications, which will include additional questions specific to our program.

3.     Applicants now have two options they may use to satisfy our chemistry requirement.  In option 1, applicants would complete 8 semester units (12 quarter units) each of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, both with accompanying labs.  In option 2, applicants would complete 4 semester units (6 quarter units) of General Chemistry, 8 semester units (12 quarter units) of Organic Chemistry, and 4 semester units of Biochemistry, each with accompanying labs.

Additional information regarding our application requirements and process may be found at http://admissions.tu.edu/cop.  It is our hope that these changes will remove some of the barriers applicants may encounter when applying to our pharmacy program; please share this information with your advisees.  As always, if you have questions about this or any other TUC program, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Steve Davis, Director of Admissions
Touro University California
www.tu.edu

http://cop.tu.edu/

 

 

 

8.  Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) announces a four-year graduate Doctor of Medicine program.   

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Announcing Macquarie's new graduate medical degree

 

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Macquarie University, Sydney has announced a four-year graduate Doctor of Medicine program, the Macquarie MD, the first of its kind in Australia.

 

Students will benefit from small class sizes, top-quality teaching, early patient contact, state-of-the-art facilities, international exposure, and exceptional clinical education and training.

 

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The first intake is February 2018 and applications for international students will close 6 October 2017.

 

To find out more please get in touch with Lea-Anne Allen, our Regional Manager based in California, to request an information pack or visit the Macquarie MD website for information about the program structureclinical placements and admission requirements.

 

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Macquarie University NSW 2109 Australia
T: +61 2 9850 7111 F: +61 2 9850 7433

 

9.  From the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  Federal Funding Alert -- 2018 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open! 

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2018 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

Multiple Technical Assistance Opportunities; Applications Due October 19, 2017 by 7:30 PM ET

(September 5, 2017) The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) 2018 application cycle is now open. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in loan repayment assistance to medical (DO and MD) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in exchange for a commitment to provide 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 Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please review the complete 2018 S2S LRP program guidance.

Please note: According to the NHSC, it takes an average of approximately three weeks to prepare a complete application with all required and supplemental documentation. 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. 

Technical Assistance Opportunities:

Application Webinar
Thursday, September 7
7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
Access Link
Phone: 1-888-787-0203; Passcode: 3261051

Application Q & A Session #1 (Online & By Phone)
Thursday, September 28
7:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Access Link
Phone: 1-888-787-0203; Passcode: 3261051

Application Q & A Session #2 (Online Only)
Tuesday, October 10
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET
Access Link

S2S Program Information:

Awards are subject to the availability of funds. The NHSC anticipates making approximately 167 S2S LRP awards in fiscal year (FY) 2018. 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);
    • A school of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; or
    • 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, 2018.
  • Be eligible for Federal employment. 

Medical students must have passed Step/Level 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). In addition, medical students must be planning to complete an accredited primary medical care residency in an NHSC-approved specialty. Participants who, at any time, pursue training that is not approved under the NHSC S2S LRP will be in default and owe damages as described in the program guidelines. On a case-by-case basis, requests may be approved by physician participants who are in their final year of postgraduate training to complete certain approved postgraduate training programs (fellowships), which are outlined in the program guidelines

Applicant Resources:

Applicants may visit the NHSC S2S LRP website for fact sheets, FAQs, and other resources. 

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.

HRSA requires that NHSC S2S awardees practice in a federally designated HPSA. For more information individuals may visit the HPSA Find website and the HRSA Data Warehouse.

 

10.  The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) encourages you to register for a FREE DPT Education Virtual Fair scheduled on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  

DPT Education Virtual Fair

September 12

APTA encourages you and your students to register for a free DPT Education Virtual Fair scheduled on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm ET. This fair will allow users to participate in live chats with PTCAS staff and 50+ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs from across the country. The event offers your students the opportunity to ask questions about course prerequisites, the elements of a strong essay, how to improve their chances for admission, and more! Help your students find the best program for their educational and professional goals. Attendees must register in advance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Questions? Contact apta@careereco.com

Register for the fair today at http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA

 

 

11.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) would like to invite you and your students to the 2017 Discover Podiatric Medicine: Take the Next Step interactive workshop in Dallas, TX on Saturday, September 30th.  

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to invite you and your students to the 2017 Discover Podiatric Medicine: Take the Next Step interactive workshop in Dallas, TX on Saturday, September 30th.  Complementing our fall seminar will be a complimentary lesson, New MCAT Study Approaches, presented by ExamKrackers

Taking place on Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel by The Galleria, 4801 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244, Take the Next Step is an exciting day inside the world of podiatric medicine. Students will hear lectures on practice and surgical techniques, meet with podiatric medical college admissions professionals, current residents and local podiatric physicians, and participate in a hands-on demonstration.  The entire program is completely free of charge (we do not cover the cost of transportation or lodging) and a limited number of spots are available.

REGISTER NOW:  PODINFO@AACPM.ORG

Please feel free to forward this email to any students whom you believe might be interested in attending, or post the attached flyer in your office or via your social media accounts.

This complimentary, day-long seminar will feature:

  • Lecture on innovative medical and surgical techniques,
  • Interactive activities led by current podiatric medical residents and physicians, and
  • A free Sample Lesson and Study Approaches for the New MCAT, hosted by ExamKrackers.

 

Registration is FREE, so reserve your space now.

Those who register by September 22nd will receive a special gift upon arrival to the workshop.  Advisors of the health professions are welcome to register and attend, too!  To register, or for questions regarding this exciting event, please RSVP to Mandy Nau at podinfo@aacpm.org with your full name, title and email address; students should register with their full name, phone, email and undergraduate institution that they attend or have attended.

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

Mandy S. Nau, Career Promotion Strategist

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Cell or Text: 253-906-4167   Email:  mnau@aacpm.org

 

 

Why consider a career in podiatric medicine?

·          A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries.

·          DPMs can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Besides these certified specialties, podiatrists may practice a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.

·          The DPM is a vital member of the health-care team. He or she is often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease because of the human foot’s interrelation with the rest of the body

 

 

12.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 6, 2017 edition.  

AAMCNews

News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals

 

September 6, 2017

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Statement on Announcement to Rescind DACA Executive Action

The AAMC is extremely dismayed by the Trump administration's announcement to rescind DACA, and calls on Congress to pass legislation to protect individuals with DACA status.

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Disparities

Disparities, Cross-Cultural Education Slowly Gaining a Foothold During Residency

GME programs that include disparities education are helping doctors develop skills to provide culturally competent care with an eye toward reducing health disparities.

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Hurricane

Supporting Our Colleagues Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The AAMC expresses gratitude for the efforts of Texas and Louisiana institutions that are providing care for patients and maintaining vital services in hurricane-affected communities.

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More from AAMCNews

Symposium Focuses on Space and Institutional Planning at Academic Medical Centers

The AAMC 2017 Group on Institutional Planning Space Symposium, Oct. 16-17 in Denver, will provide an opportunity for staff and faculty responsible for space, institutional planning, and facilities to hear from experts on the future trends and unique space challenges at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals. The meeting is designed for associate and assistant deans, directors, managers, space planners, and those who have a role in influencing space decisions at their institutions. The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 11.
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IPEC Webinar on Assessment of Interprofessional Education

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will host a webinar, Sept. 20, on approaches to integrating the assessment of interprofessional education (IPE) into the health care curriculum. Presenters will share strategic approaches and tools for IPE assessment and will provide an opportunity for health professions faculty, students, and clinicians to discover best practices and examples that they can use to assist with IPE efforts at their home institutions.
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NIH Loan Repayment Programs Now Accepting Applications

To help relieve some of the financial burden on scientists and researchers who pursue advanced education and training—and in support of the future of health discovery and medical research—the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) repay up to $35,000 per year (for two years) of debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. On average, nearly 40% of all new LRP applications are funded, and applicants can apply for additional awards (for a one- or two-year period) until all educational debt is repaid. The application deadline is Nov. 15.
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On the Move

Tomislav "Tom" Mihaljevic, MD, has been named the next president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, effective Jan. 1, 2018. He will succeed Toby Cosgrove, MD, who has served in the role since 2004.
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13.  The Health Lifestyles Network at The University of Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital is looking for volunteers to assist in their Culinary Medicine Program.  

Hello All, 

The Healthy Lifestyles Network at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center/ Le Bonheur Children's Research Hospital works to promote wellness as part of community outreach. 

One of our primary programs is called the Culinary Medicine Program. We offer 2 CMP classes, one for adults and another for families. 

Community participants learn side-by-side how to cook healthier foods, how to cook together, how to prepare healthy foods inexpensively, and more! 

SignUps are listed below:

For Family CMP - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ea5ac2ea5f85-family

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Family Culinary Medicine Program Class

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Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering with the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center’s Culinary Medicine Program. In the Healthy Lifestyle Network’s Family & Children Cooking classes, families will learn side-by-side how to cook healthier foods, how to cook together, how to prepare healthy foods inexpensively, and more! The Culinary Medicine Program (CMP) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s mission is to guide patients and communities to lead healthy lifestyles. For more information check out the following videos: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0vWLn0lU5k http://tmedweb.tulane.edu/mu/teachingkitchen/ http://tmedweb.tulane.edu/mu/teachingkitchen/home/about-us/ The purpose of the volunteer position is to provide assistance to the Culinary Medicine team. These positions vary from food prep, dietetic student leader, floater, historian, and dishwashing. Depending on when you volunteer you will be assigned one of these positions. Please see the job descrip

 

For Adult CMP - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ea5ac2ea5f85-community

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Adult Culinary Medicine Program Class

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Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering with the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center’s Culinary Medicine Program. In the Healthy Lifestyle Network’s Family & Children Cooking classes, families will learn side-by-side how to cook healthier foods, how to cook together, how to prepare healthy foods inexpensively, and more! The Culinary Medicine Program (CMP) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s mission is to guide patients and communities to lead healthy lifestyles. For more information check out the following videos: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0vWLn0lU5k http://tmedweb.tulane.edu/mu/teachingkitchen/ http://tmedweb.tulane.edu/mu/teachingkitchen/home/about-us/ The purpose of the volunteer position is to provide assistance to the Culinary Medicine team. These positions vary from food prep, dietetic student leader, floater, historian, and dishwashing. Depending on when you volunteer you will be assigned one of these positions. Please see the job descrip

 

The Culinary Medicine Program (CMP) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s mission is to  guide patients and communities to lead healthy lifestyles.   For more information check out the following videos:     

YouTube:

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Cooking up culinary medicine

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Dr. Timothy Harlan, executive director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, explains how Tulane is hoping to change the way doctors talk to their pa...

 

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The purpose of the volunteer position is to provide assistance to the Culinary Medicine team. These positions vary from food prep, dietetic student leader, floater, historian, and dishwashing. Depending on when you volunteer you will be assigned one of these positions. Please see the job descriptions below.

Food Prep 

Responsibilities/Duties:

-prepping ingredient by way of cutting/measuring based on Prep sheets and module recipes; info will be provided
-washing and drying aprons used from previous classes

Group Leader 

Responsibilities/Duties:

-will lead community participants through module recipes (help their team plate on time); info will be provided
-will help promote table discussion based on the module's lesson/theme (also based on the recipes completed); info will be provided
-use the Student Leader Talking Points and Classroom Lecture/Logistics document; info will be provided

 

Floater 

Responsibilities/Duties:

-assist Student Leaders as needed
-hang up and take down dishwashing vs. hand washing sink signs
-will help keep cooking space clean by taking dirtied items to dishwashing pit

Historian

Responsibilities/Duties:

-document class by way of photographs with provided electronic device
-follow guidelines for what pictures need to be documented 

Dishwashing 

Responsibilities/Duties:

-properly pre-rinsing dishware and running items through dishwasher and letting items air dry
-taking air dried items and placing them in their designated place

We hope you are able to volunteer with our team!

Kimberly Boone, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Program Coordinator 
Healthy Lifestyles Network, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital 
Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center 

 

 

 

14.  In memoriam:  This year is the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.  

 

 

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