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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2017.10, Week of November 13

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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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Richard Strauss was right.  Don’t ever look at the trombones.  It only encourages them.

 

 

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Table of Contents:

1.   Events coming up.
2.  Washington Insider:  A publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), November 6, 2017 edition.   
3.  The 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. 
5.  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. 
6.  Ophthalmology 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. 

·         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 HOUSE

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·      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 HOUSE

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 field. 

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 jmendez1@liberty.edu or by phone at 434 592 6953.

Many thanks in advance.

Jackie Mendez, LUCOM

Jacqueline Mendez, MBA ‘17
Associate Director of Recruitment
College of Osteopathic Medicine
(434) 592-6953

 

 

2.  Washington Insider:  A publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), November 6, 2017 edition.   

Washington Insider

AACOM

 

Washington Insider

 

November 6, 2017

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 physician workforce.

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 advocacy.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

 

Legislative Update

On The Hill

House Passes THCGME Program Reauthorization

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 country.

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 majority vote.

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 Ongoing

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.

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Advocacy Update

Advocacy 

For a Diverse Physician Workforce, Protect Federal Financial Aid

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 Preserving PSLF

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.

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Regulatory Update

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 OME.

AACOM Nominee Appointed to USDE Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

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 postponement.

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 Engagement

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 Nutrition Research

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

Beatrix Dudzik, 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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3.  The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) announces its 2018 MCAT calendar and testing locations.  

 

AAMC

Dear Advisors,

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 and beyond.

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 October.
• 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 advisors@aamc.org.

Sincerely,

Judy Byrne
Senior Director for MCAT Business Operations
Association of American Medical Colleges

 

 

4.  The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program is now accepting applications for 2018. 

The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program is now accepting applications for 2018.

Students 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.

In other exciting news: We have a new home. 

As 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 student eligibility. 

Finally, please share this information with any students who may be interested! Both qualitative and quantitative research sites are available.

Applications are available at www.rhodes.edu/mhirt.

Note: Application deadlines are December 19th (early-bird) and January 2nd (final).

Please feel free to reach out at our new e-mail (mhirt@rhodes.edu) if you have any questions.

Daryl Stephens
Program Coordinator

Minority Health International Research Training
Rhodes College
Memphis, TN 38112

www.rhodes.edu/mhirt

 

 

5.  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. 

 

6.  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.

 

He is 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.

  

CONTACT:

Nawajes Mandal, PhD

Associate Professor

Departments of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Hamilton Eye Institute

930 Madison Avenue, Suite 718| Memphis, TN  38163

Phone: 901.448.7740  |  Fax: 901.448.5028  |  Email: nmandal@uthsc.edu

 

 

7.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 8, 2017 edition.   

AAMCNews

News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals

 

November 8, 2017

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Access for All and the Power of Truth and Science

At Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting, Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and Marsha D. Rappley, MD, addressed more than 4,500 attendees from the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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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 journeys.

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New State Physician Workforce Data Published

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8.  Marginalia:  Richard Strauss was right.  Don’t ever look at the trombones.  It only encourages them.  (Picture circa 1967.) 

 

 

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
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