Events coming up.
Insider: A publication of the American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), November 6, 2017
AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) announces its 2018 MCAT
calendar and testing locations.
4. The Mid-South Coalition for
Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program is now
accepting applications for 2018.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
is sponsoring a summer research program at Michigan State University for
job/research experience for a student at the Hamilton Eye Institute.
7. AAMC News: News About America’s Medical Schools and
Teaching Hospitals, November 8, 2017 edition.
8. Marginalia: Richard Strauss was right. Don’t ever
look at the trombones. It only
encourages them. (Picture circa 1967.)
1. Events coming up.
November 16, 6-7:30 p.m., South Hall, Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut
Grove Road, Cordova, TN : The
Dis-Ease of Codependency, Featuring Jeremy Rakes, MSW, CADC Counselor at the
Family Program for Bradford Health Services.
November 18: Liberty University
College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM, Lynchburg, VA) is hosting an OPEN
Thursday, November 16, 6-7:30 p.m., South Hall, Hope Presbyterian Church,
8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN: The Dis-Ease
of Codependency, Featuring Jeremy Rakes, MSW, CADC Counselor at the Family
Program for Bradford Health Services.
Saturday, November 18: Liberty University
College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM, Lynchburg, VA) is hosting an OPEN
Liberty University College of
Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) is hosting
an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:30 AM
to 12 pm. During this time, students will learn about our programs,
curriculum, clinical rotations, OMM and tour
our 140,000 Sq. Feet state- of- the- art- facility at the foothills of the
Blue Ridge Mountains. Attending participants will learn more about
admissions, missionary medicine, student leadership development, and more.
LUCOM Student doctors will guide
tours, demonstrate OMM and share their learning experience with our guests.
We will also host an
afternoon with Military Medical recruiters for those interested in learning
about opportunities with the arm services. This program runs from 1:00
to 4:00 PM. During this time, active military personnel who are
physicians will speak on residencies and employment. It is a unique
opportunity to learn about the placement opportunities of current DO’s in the
LUCOM is located in Lynchburg,
Virginia. Our school address is 306 Liberty View Lane, Lynchburg
Virginia. Registration is free and can be completed online.
Here is the link. LUCOM
OPEN HOUSE – REGISTER ONLINE
Please share with your students,
families and community members.
Questions can be directed to
Jacqueline Mendez, at email@example.com
or by phone at 434 592 6953.
Many thanks in advance.
Jackie Mendez, LUCOM
Mendez, MBA ‘17
Associate Director of Recruitment
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Insider: A publication of the
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), November 6,
What You Need to Know
Congress is moving on many legislative
fronts that impact osteopathic medical schools and their students. We
were extremely pleased that the House of Representatives supported the
bipartisan Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME)
Program and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC); however, to
offset this legislation's funding, it cut funding for the Prevention
and Public Health Fund, which provides expanded and sustained national
investments in prevention and public health, to improve health
outcomes, and to enhance health care quality. Now the bill moves to the
Senate, where AACOM strongly supports the swift approval of this
program in a bipartisan manner, and not at the expense of other
important public health programs. We will be calling on you this month
to take action in support of these programs critical to the future
On the tax front, the GOP released
an extensive reform package that includes many educational provisions
that could potentially have far-reaching consequences to our institutions
and students. AACOM is currently reviewing and assessing the impact of
this legislation and will be updating our membership in the coming
weeks on our continued advocacy. Visit ED to MED to see how you can get involved with
AACOM’s key educational priorities now.
With the days dwindling for
Congress to take up many of our key health and education legislative
priorities by year’s end, we must continue to be diligent in our
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
On The Hill
House Passes THCGME Program
On Friday, the House passed the
combined Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health
and Medical Professional Improve Our Nation bill, which would extend
CHIP for five years and extend Community Health Centers, the THCGME
Program, NHSC, and several other public health programs for two years.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be taken up
in a different form before the end of December, as several states are
projected to run out of CHIP funding by January.
AACOM joins Letter in Support of
HRSA Title VII and Title VIII Programs
As a member of the Association of
American Medical Colleges’ Health Professions and Nursing Education
Coalition, AACOM joined a letter to House and Senate leadership urging the
enactment of a bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement that raises the
non-defense discretionary spending cap. This would enable Congress to
invest $551 million into Title VII and Title VIII health professions
workforce training programs. HPNEC is an alliance of more than 60
national organizations representing schools, programs, communities,
health professionals, and students dedicated to ensuring the health
care workforce is trained to meet the evolving health needs of the
House Adopts FY18 Budget; Reveals
Tax Reform Plan
On October 26, the House adopted a
final fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution, with all Democrats and
20 Republicans voting against the package. The Senate-approved House
budget, which was sent back to the lower chamber after the upper
chamber made amendments, cleared a procedural pathway to overhaul the
tax code. The budget resolution included reconciliation instructions
that could increase the deficit by up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years,
and would allow Senate Republicans to pass tax reform with a simple
The following week, Republican
leadership released a sweeping tax reform bill, which the House Ways
and Means Committee will take up today. AACOM is reviewing the bill and
will continue to advocate for priorities impacting the osteopathic
medical education (OME) community, including federal financial aid
programs and resources that help make medical education accessible.
Congressional Health Care Efforts
The Congressional Budget Office
(CBO) has released its analysis of the Bipartisan Health Care
Stabilization Act of 2017, a proposal put forth by Senate Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). The legislation would stabilize
the individual insurance market by funding cost-sharing reduction (CSR)
subsidies, and CBO’s analysis has revealed that it would lower the
federal deficit by $3.7 billion from 2018 – 2027. CBO also found
that the proposal would not substantially alter the overall number of
individuals insured across the country.
Additionally, House Ways and Means
Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch
(R-UT) recently introduced H.R. 4200/S. 2052, the Healthcare Market
Certainty and Mandate Relief Act, which would establish a funding
extension for CSR payments that President Trump eliminated last month.
The measure would also eliminate the individual and employer mandate
and increase the maximum contribution limit to health savings accounts.
Progress on this matter has been
gradual due to Congress’ competing priorities and limited number of
days left on the legislative calendar.
For a Diverse Physician Workforce, Protect Federal
As a student at the Chicago College
of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Mustafa Broachwala, OMS-II, has seen firsthand that the cost
associated with becoming a physician has increasingly become concerning
for individuals from various socioeconomic backgrounds and inner-city
communities. In a new ED to MED blog post, he explains why, with
uncertainty surrounding federal programs such as Grad PLUS and Public
Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), the need to advocate is greater now
more than ever.
The Haunting Consequences of Not
For some health care professionals
burdened by graduate student debt, the real scare comes once the
Halloween candy is eaten and costumes are put away. Read and learn
about the chilling facts Members of Congress should consider when
determining the fate of the PSLF Program in the ED to MED blog.
The OHPI Perspective
In her latest blog post, AACOM’s
current Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Katie Kaeppler,
OMS-IV, discusses the national opioid crisis and what lawmakers,
businesses, and insurance companies can do to mitigate opioid misuse.
Katie also explores factors that could deter or support future
physicians as they decide whether to pursue a career in primary care. Continue reading.
Administration and Federal Agencies
AACOM Comments on HHS Draft Strategic Plan FY18 – 22
AACOM recently submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services’ (HHS) Draft Strategic Plan for FY18 – 22, which provides a
framework for the agency’s goals and objectives over the next four
years. The comments focused on the HHS objective to strengthen and
expand the health care workforce, emphasizing the important role that
OME plays in training the future physician workforce, particularly in
primary care and in rural and medically underserved areas. AACOM will
continue to work closely with HHS as the strategic plan is finalized
and implemented to ensure inclusion of programs and priorities vital to
AACOM Nominee Appointed to USDE Negotiated
The U.S. Department of Education
(USDE) has appointed AACOM nominee, Kimberly Brown, PhD, MEd,
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Des
Moines University, to serve as an alternate negotiator representing
financial aid administrators on its negotiated rulemaking committee on
Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility. Dr. Brown previously
served as Chair of AACOM’s Council of Student Financial Aid
Administrators, where she spearheaded the creation of AACOM’s financial aid debt management modules.
The USDE established the Borrower Defenses and Financial
Responsibility Committee to review and develop new federal policies and
regulations governing borrower defense to repayment. Negotiators will
meet in Washington, DC for a series of three sessions beginning on November 13,
with meetings through February. AACOM will continue to provide updates
on Committee activity and the development of regulations impacting
Title IV federal financial aid programs.
USDE Regulatory Updates: BDR Delay
and Final Task Force Report
The USDE has published two notices
regarding the Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) regulations finalized
last fall. Due to legal challenges, in June, the USDE postponed the July 1 effective date of certain
provisions of the BDR regulations. On October 24, the USDE published an
interim final rule to delay the effective date of
the BDR regulations until July 1, 2018. The USDE also published a notice of proposed rulemaking to further delay
implementation until July 1, 2019, to provide adequate time for the
negotiated rulemaking committee on Borrower Defenses and Financial
Responsibility Issues to develop revised regulations.
The BDR regulations apply to all
institutions and govern the process for student borrowers seeking loan
forgiveness in cases of institutional misconduct; however, the delayed
provisions largely pertain to institutional financial responsibility
standards and disclosure requirements for proprietary institutions. The
USDE explains that it will continue to process borrower defense claims
under the existing regulations that will remain in effect during the
On October 27, the USDE published its Regulatory Reform Task Force’s final
report, which outlines outdated sub-regulatory guidance that has been
either superseded by current law or is no longer in effect. The Task
Force was established in response to the Executive Order signed in February that directs
federal agency and department heads to designate a “regulatory reform
officer” and create a task force to evaluate existing regulations. The
USDE and the Task Force continue to review public comments, including those submitted by AACOM, on this issue.
Opioid Epidemic Declared National
Public Health Emergency; Commission Releases Final Report
On October 26, President Trump
issued a memorandum, which declares the opioid and substance
abuse epidemic a national public health emergency, directing HHS and
other federal agencies to use all appropriate resources and authorities
to address the crisis. Less than a week following the declaration, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and
the Opioid Crisis held its fifth and final meeting to release its final report that outlines the scope and
effectiveness of existing federal programs to combat addiction and
provides 56 recommendations in areas including addiction prevention, treatment,
overdose reversal, recovery, and research and development. These
recommendations build on the nine recommendations from the Commission’s
interim report, on which AACOM submitted comments. AACOM is thoroughly
reviewing the final report and will continue to work with the
Administration and relevant federal agencies as programs and
initiatives are implemented to tackle this critical issue.
Featured Federal Resources and COM
Participate in National Rural
Health Week: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
is hosting multiple virtual events to
celebrate National Rural Health Week, November 13 – 16. Using the
hashtag #OurRural or by following @HRSAgov, individuals may
participate in a Twitter chat from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET on November 13
regarding the rural health workforce. HRSA is also hosting a rural
health workforce webinar from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET on November 14. Learn more.
CDC Releases New Provider Training
Module: In line with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) Guide for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain,
the CDC has launched a new training module to help guide providers on
effective communication strategies with patients regarding the benefits
and harms of opioids. Learn more.
WCUCOM Students Win NIH Grant for
Three William Carey University
College of Osteopathic Medicine students partnered with a University of
Southern Mississippi nutrition professor in the National Institutes of
Health-sponsored Church Bridge Project. The project recognizes that
Mississippi has both the highest weekly church attendance and highest
obesity prevalence of all our nation’s states, and aims to use
church-based interventions and technology-based techniques to help
participants achieve 10 percent weight loss. To learn more about the
project and its impacts, continue reading.
LMU-DCOM Professor Awarded DOJ
Grant for Forensic Science Research
PhD, assistant professor of anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM),
won a $377,535 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of
Justice Programs, to develop a novel, quantitative method for analyzing
human remains. The project, which aims to improve upon current,
subjective, observation-based methods, would lead to more accurate
time-of-death predictions. An interdisciplinary team collaborating on
the project includes Johnny Cebak, PhD,
OMS-III at LMU-DCOM. AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government
Presidents recently named Dr. Cebak National
Student Researcher of the Year. To learn more about the project, continue reading.
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The AAMC (Association of American Medical
Colleges) announces its 2018 MCAT calendar and testing locations.
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 MCAT calendar (see below) and testing locations are now available online. Registration
for the first half of the 2018 testing year (January – June) will
open late October; we will announce the date in the coming weeks.
Please encourage your students to follow us on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for
regular updates and announcements, and be sure to register for the
October 5 webinar referenced below.
In the AAMC’s continuing efforts to improve the MCAT exam and the
testing experience for your students, we recently reviewed our test
administration services. The review was part of the AAMC’s due
diligence for your students, the pre-health community, and medical
school admissions officers. After a competitive proposal process and
comprehensive review of the companies that bid, the AAMC selected
Pearson VUE to administer the MCAT exam in its Pearson-owned
Professional Centers beginning in 2018. We’re confident that these
Pearson-owned centers will provide your students with a positive and
reliable testing experience. We’re hopeful that they and you will be
pleased with the service students receive.
This transition in test administration providers will, of course,
bring changes in testing locations. The full list of 2018 centers can
be found here. For the vast majority of your students,
these centers are in convenient locations. But, unfortunately, a
small number of your students will need to travel farther to test in
2018 than they did last year.
The AAMC selected Pearson VUE and the Pearson-owned testing network
after carefully analyzing your students’ preferences for testing
locations. We used these data to select the testing centers and to
identify locations where there are gaps between students’ preferred
locations and Pearson-owned centers. We were able to close most of
these gaps by contracting to build additional Pearson-owned testing
centers in many of these locations. Still, a few gaps remain.
Many of these gaps are in remote locations that were previously served
by university-based centers. Newer technical capabilities being used
to administer the MCAT exam in Pearson-owned centers are not
available at other sites. To ensure a smooth transition in 2018 and
to provide a consistent testing experience for your students, we will
not be administering the MCAT exam at university-based or other
third-party sites next year.
Using a process similar to the one we used to determine testing
locations, we also reviewed examinee preference data to set and
better align the 2018 calendar with examinees’ preferred dates. For
2018, we added five new dates to the schedule (an increase from 25 to 30) and put the
majority of testing dates on Fridays and Saturdays.
When the testing year concludes, we will study students’ experiences
with the 2018 dates and locations, and we will also evaluate
potential technical solutions that might allow us to consider university-based
sites. We will use these data and information to make plans for 2019
As always, the AAMC is deeply committed to the needs of students with
disadvantages. Though it doesn’t cover travel costs, the AAMC’s Fee
Assistance Program covers the cost of MCAT practice materials, the
Medical School Admission RequirementsTM,
and up to 16 medical school applications. Additionally, it
significantly reduces registration fees for the exam. Information
about the Fee Assistance Program is available on the AAMC’s website.
The MCAT Team will be hosting our annual pre-health advisor webinar
on October 5, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET to further discuss the 2018
testing year, the transition to Pearson VUE, as well as answer any
questions you may have. During the webinar, you will also learn about
exciting new offerings for the 2018 testing year that include:
• A new and improved registration and scheduling system that will
provide your students with a more user-friendly experience. The new
system will be available during the registration opening in late
• A new practice exam and a new edition of the Official Guide to the
MCAT Exam later this year.
We hope you will be able join us, though note that the webinar will
be recorded for anyone not available to participate. To attend,
please register here.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Director for MCAT Business Operations
Association of American Medical Colleges
Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program is
now accepting applications for 2018.
Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training
(MHIRT) program is now accepting applications for 2018.
in all majors can apply to participate fully-funded
research projects focusing on health and health disparities in Brazil (with a
new site), Nicaragua, and Uganda.
other exciting news: We have a new home.
of September 2017, MHIRT is operating out of Rhodes College, but
is still under the direction of Julia Hanebrink and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald. Students from Memphis and the
Mid-South are all invited to apply, and this will not affect
please share this information with any students who may be interested! Both
qualitative and quantitative research sites are available.
are available at www.rhodes.edu/mhirt.
Application deadlines are December 19th (early-bird) and January 2nd (final).
Please feel free
to reach out at our new e-mail (email@example.com)
if you have any questions.
International Research Training
Memphis, TN 38112
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is sponsoring a summer research
program at Michigan State University for undergraduate students.
Ophthalmology job/research experience for
a student at the Hamilton Eye Institute.
Dr. Mandal in the Department of Ophthalmology is
looking for a part time student preferably sophomore or junior.
interested for students who are available for a year or two; they can work
full time in summer. In the beginning [Dr.
Mandal] will involve them in data analysis using simple stat and
excel, making figures, writing figure description etc. using [Dr. Mandal’s] existing data. Slowly I will
train them in doing some animal procedures such as ERG, OKT, fundus
photography etc. as well as normal lab work such as gel electrophoresis,
immunohistochemistry, cell culture etc.
Nawajes Mandal, PhD
of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology
of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
930 Madison Avenue, Suite 718| Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.7740 | Fax: 901.448.5028 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals,
November 8, 2017 edition.
News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching
What Happens When Doctors Become Patients?
In the closing plenary session of Learn Serve Lead,
writer Anna Quindlen moderated an inspiring discussion
with four doctors-turned-patients who shared their unexpected personal
AAMC Awards Recognize Medical Educators, Researchers, and
Patient Care Providers
The AAMC honored nine individuals and one medical school for
their outstanding contributions to academic medicine at an awards
presentation during Learn Serve Lead in Boston, Mass. For more information
about these awards and to submit nominations for the 2018 awards, visit aamc.org/initiatives/awards.
Statement on Cuts to Safety-Net Providers in OPPS Final Rule
Last week, Darrell G. Kirch, MD,
AAMC president and CEO, issued a statement regarding provisions in the CY
2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule from the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services affecting the 340B Drug Pricing
New State Physician Workforce Data Published
The AAMC has published the 2017 State Physician Workforce
Data Report, a biennial report that provides state-specific data about
active physicians and physicians in training, including data on the current
physician supply, medical school enrollment, and graduate medical education
in the United States.
Nominations Open for Humanism in Healthcare Award
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is seeking nominations for the
2018 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, which is
presentenced annually to a woman who has demonstrated the values of
humanism, empathy, and compassion in her health-focused work with
underserved or marginalized populations. The deadline is Dec. 4.
is the destination for news, features, current trends, and ongoing
conversations about topics important to medical schools and teaching
Does your institution have interesting medical education,
patient care, or medical research news to share? Submit it to the
AAMC for consideration as a feature in Academic Medicine in the
8. Marginalia: Richard Strauss was right. Don’t ever
look at the trombones. It only
encourages them. (Picture circa 1967.)