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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2017.12, Week of December 4

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Table of Contents:

1.   Events coming up.
2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, November 20, 2017 edition.  
3.  Apply for the 2018 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern program, offered by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 
4.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 29, 2017 edition.  
5.  Ecela offers a 2018 Premed Spanish & Medicine Study Abroad program.  


1. Events coming up. 

December 7, 2017:

Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting

12/07/2017, 4:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Location:Alfonso Dining Hall, Buckman Quad map


Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli Jr., the Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community, and the Student Government Association invite the entire CBU community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and families — to the annual Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 7 in Alfonso Dining Hall and Buckman Quadrangle.

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2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, November 20, 2017 edition.  



Washington Insider


November 20, 2017

What You Need to Know

With 13 legislative days left this year, Congress is running out of time to enact critical legislation to continue the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), as well as pass important appropriations bills to fund vital education and health programs that impact our membership. We call on Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the THCGME Program and the NHSC; and, as Congress debates tax reform, legislators must reject provisions that hurt medical schools and their students and graduates.

I recently visited with students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) and spoke with them about the importance of advocacy. Medical students' voices must remain front and center as federal policymakers continue to make decisions that will impact their futures and the future health care workforce. Through ED to MED, students and others in the osteopathic medical education (OME) community can urge Congress to pay attention to the issues that matter most. Stay engaged. We can’t afford not to.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Federal Tax Reform Overhaul Update

Last Thursday, the House narrowly passed a sweeping tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Job Act (H.R. 1), along party lines with 13 Republican members joining Democrats in voting against the measure. In response to H.R. 1, the Senate produced its own measure, which was voted out of the Finance Committee the same day along a party line vote. The Senate measure includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The Congressional Budget Office reported that repeal would generate $338 billion to help pay for tax reform and result in 4 million people losing their health insurance in the first year and 13 million in a decade. Many issues will need to be resolved in conference, as the Senate bill is different from the House measure. The Senate legislation is expected to reach the floor next week.

AACOM has serious concerns with the current tax reform measures. The House bill eliminates many higher education provisions, including the student loan interest deduction and the tuition waiver exemption from taxable income for graduate students and university employees. Read more about the proposed House and Senate tax reform legislation in the letters that AACOM recently signed onto with the American Council on Education alongside more than 50 other national education organizations, in response to higher education provisions in H.R. 1. In the Senate version, the letter outlines concerns with the measure regarding numerous provisions that include the reduction of schools’ abilities to access tax-exempt bonds for capital projects.

AACOM is closely monitoring developments around tax reform, and will continue to advocate for priorities impacting osteopathic medical schools and students.

AACOM Joins Letter in Support of NIH Funding

As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, AACOM joined a letter to congressional leadership urging the enactment of a bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement that raises spending caps to enable the $36.1 billion investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2018. Without relief from sequestration that imposes discretionary spending caps, final funding for critical federal agencies like the NIH could face concerning challenges.

AACOM Joins Letter in Support of PSLF Program

AACOM recently joined a letter with higher education and health professions groups to Members of Congress to urge the preservation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The PSLF Program enables students with financial need to afford graduate education and incentivizes careers in public service by assisting qualified individuals as they work to give back to their communities. AACOM continues to advocate for the preservation of PSLF through its national grassroots advocacy campaign, ED to MED.






Advocacy Update


AZCOM/MWU Hosts AACOM SVP of Government Relations for Legislative and Advocacy Update

Pamela Murphy (3rd from left, first row), AACOM’s SVP of Government Relations, with AZCOM/MWU student government and second-year class council students

On November 15, Pamela Murphy, AACOM’s Senior Vice President (SVP) of Government Relations, provided Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU) students with an overview of AACOM and its policy priorities, a briefing on the current Washington hot topics that impact OME, and ways in which students can engage in advocacy through the ED to MED campaign. AACOM's Office of Government Relations thanks AZCOM/MWU for hosting this advocacy visit!

AACOM Advocates for Health Professions and Workforce Training Programs on Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) stressed the importance of investing in public health research and disease prevention during his opening remarks at the 2nd Annual Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair.

On November 8, AACOM represented the OME community at the 2nd Annual Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair on Capitol Hill. Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager Christine DeCarlo and Policy and Advocacy Specialist Kana Smith spoke with congressional staff about the importance of Health Resources and Service Administration’s Title VII health professions education and workforce training programs, which help allow future osteopathic physicians to afford to practice primary care in rural, medically underserved areas across the country. AACOM remains committed to working with Congress to reauthorize and sustainably fund the Title VII programs.

The OHPI Perspective

In her latest blog post, AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Katie Kaeppler, OMS-IV, discusses the final recommendations from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis and the Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Council’s efforts to improve rural veterans’ access to health care.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

Borrower Defense Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Completes First Session

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) negotiated rulemaking committee on Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility convened its first session November 13 – 15 in Washington, DC to begin gathering information to rewrite regulations governing borrower defense to repayment. During the negotiations, AACOM nominee and USDE appointee Kimberly Brown, PhD, MED, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Des Moines University, encouraged the Department and fellow negotiators to consider the unique characteristics of medical education and training and the impact that certain loan repayment rate calculations would have on medical students and the educational missions of postsecondary institutions that train the nation’s future physician workforce. AACOM has previously submitted comments to the USDE on this issue. Read more.

Alex Azar Nominated as HHS Secretary

President Trump recently announced his nomination of Alex Azar to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Azar, previously President of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest affiliate of Eli Lilly and Company, currently serves as Chairman of Seraphim Strategies, a health care consulting firm he founded, based in Indiana. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Azar served in various capacities at HHS under the George W. Bush Administration, including as General Counsel and Deputy Secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Azar will assume the role currently held by Acting Secretary Eric Hargan, who was appointed after former HHS Secretary Tom Price stepped down in September.

CMS Finalizes 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with comment period outlining updates for 2018 to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Included is an improvement activity, on which AACOM submitted comments, that allows eligible clinicians acting as preceptors for clinicians-in-training to receive quality improvement activity points for providing educational opportunities for new clinicians in community practices in small, underserved, or rural areas. For an overview of the final rule, CMS has released a fact sheet, and the QPP website provides additional information for clinicians.

Appeals Court Allows Partial Implementation of Travel EO

On November 13, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted partial implementation of the third version of the Administration’s Executive Order, which restricts immigration and travel from certain countries. The appellate court ruled that the federal government can block entry of citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad who do not have connections to the U.S., defined as family relationships and “formal, documented” relationships with U.S.-based entities such as universities. Learn more.

COM Engagement

ATSU-KCOM Honored for History and Contribution to Osteopathic Medicine: In honor of its 125th anniversary, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) was recognized by U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) and the House of Representatives for not only serving as the birthplace of osteopathic medicine, but continuing to produce quality graduates who play a key role in caring for our society’s communities, with a special focus on rural health, in which our country’s physician shortage is particularly acute. U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) also offered their congratulations and thanks to ATSU-KCOM for improving health care in Missouri and beyond.






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3.  Apply for the 2018 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern program, offered by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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Apply for AACOM's 2018 OHPI Program
Deadline to Apply is COB Friday, January 26, 2018


Gain firsthand experience working in a federal health and higher education policy setting through AACOM's Osteopathic Health Policy Intern program. Interns work with AACOM’s Government Relations team in Washington, DC, where they thoroughly explore the federal policymaking process and learn to make a public policy impact.

Interns spend two consecutive months developing a comprehensive understanding of policy development, analysis, and implementation. Interns will:

  • Deeply engage in a specific health or higher education policy area, as it relates to osteopathic medical education;
  • Meet with federal agencies and association and coalition partners;
  • Attend various committee hearings on Capitol Hill; and
  • Complete and deliver a policy presentation based on their policy area of interest.


AACOM will provide a $3,500 (taxable) stipend and housing for each intern. AACOM will also cover the cost of local travel for business purposes and certain miscellaneous expenses, and other approved expenses. Policy Interns are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC, parking and mileage, meals, long distance telephone, recreation, and other expenses.

Questions about the OHPI program should be directed to Kana Smith, Policy and Advocacy Specialist, at

Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply!






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4.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 29, 2017 edition.  


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


November 29, 2017

Editor's Note: The AAMC website and all online services (as well as AAMCNews) will be unavailable from 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 8 through 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 as we perform a scheduled system-wide upgrade. Please note that the links to our website below will not be accessible during this scheduled maintenance period.


Standardized Patients Teach Skills and Empathy

Specially trained lay people pose as real patients to help medical students learn how to handle sensitive issues.

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AI Neural Network

Medical Students Get Real-Life Lessons About Social Determinants of Health

Medical students describe their eye-opening takeaways from a program that immersed them in underserved communities. Learn why they believe the experience will make them better physicians.

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NIH, Research Community Target Next Generation of Scientists

Getting that first grant is more difficult than ever. What is being done to help junior researchers secure the funding they need?

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: how young researchers can secure hard-to-get grants; what happens when doctors become patients.

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Optimizing EHR to Advance Learning Health Systems

The AAMC and the Donaghue Foundation recently convened a summit with leaders from across the academic medicine community to identify opportunities for improving electronic health records (EHR) function to support the advancement of learning health systems. The newly established working group will identify and disseminate best practices.
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Call for Abstracts for 2018 AAMC Integrating Quality Conference

The AAMC is seeking submissions for the 2018 Integrating Quality Conference, which will take place June 7-8, 2018, in Arlington, Va. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Dec. 29.
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Macy Faculty Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is seeking applicants for the Macy Faculty Scholars Program, which is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. An informational webinar for applicants will be held on Dec. 14 (the application deadline is Feb. 14, 2018).
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5.  Ecela offers a 2018 Premed Spanish & Medicine Study Abroad program.  

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Preprofessional Health Programs
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650 East Parkway South
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