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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2017.13, Week of December 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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Table of Contents:

1.  Loyola University – Maryland offers a five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health to build your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional. 
2.  Washington Insider, an e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, December 4, 2017 edition.  
3.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Statement on House Proposal to Reauthorize the Health Education Act (HEA). 
4.  The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester.  
5.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, December 6, 2017 edition.  

6.  Marginalia:  This is THE Christmas gift of the year, written by Dr. Eisen’s BIOL 413 (Parasitology) class, available from 


1.  Loyola University – Maryland offers a five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health to build your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional.


Join us!


This five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health builds your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional. The integrated course work, service-learning internship, and networking opportunities prepares you to learn, serve, and lead in the diverse and rapidly changing twenty-first-century world. The courses develop foundational skills to analyze how health is influenced by psychology, socioeconomic factors, religious beliefs, and neighborhoods in which individuals reside. The service-learning internship in urban health care setting give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of health disparities and effective service to some of Baltimore's underserved residents.



May 20 - June 22, 2018



Introduction to Health Psychology + Urban Health and Faith
(diversity course) - 6 credits



Health service-learning internship in urban setting
Site visits, urban health bus tour, and visiting speakers



Pre-health workshops and individualized guidance



Breakfasts and lunches on teaching days

Books included


Apply by Feb. 25


Open to visiting students
Info and application:


For more information, contact Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., B.S.N.,

Director of Pre-Health Programs, at or 410-617-2218.


2.  Washington Insider, an e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, December 4, 2017 edition.  

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


December 4, 2017

What You Need to Know

With days dwindling this month on a laundry list of legislative deadlines that Congress must take action on to include averting a federal government shutdown, the Senate Republicans passed a sweeping and far-reaching tax reform bill. The bill will now go to conference where both chambers need to work out the differences. Around the same time, House Republicans released their Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill, which will have extensive implications for osteopathic medical students and schools.

AACOM will be providing additional information on these measures in the coming days and will be calling on you to urge your Members of Congress to stand up for medical education and champion federal policies that support the future physician workforce and the patients they serve.

What can you do today? Join our ED to MED campaign’s call to #SavePSLF now and protect this critical program currently under threat in Congress. You can learn more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program and how to take action below in our advocacy section.

I cannot underscore how vital your advocacy will be in the coming weeks as Congress debates the many federal funding and programmatic priorities that will impact medical education. Stand ready to act.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Short-Term Continuing Resolution Introduced in the House

House Republican leaders recently proposed a two-week continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through December 22, 2017. Without action, the current stopgap funding to keep the government running expires at midnight on December 8 and a government shutdown will occur. The CR, if passed, would buy the White House and Congress additional time to negotiate new fiscal year 2018 spending levels. If this does not take place, however, it would provide a brief continuation of government funding until a second stopgap bill is passed that extends into next year.

HEA Reauthorization Introduced in House

On Friday, December 1, House Republicans released their HEA bill, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. This wide-ranging bill would reauthorize and overhaul the HEA of 1965, significantly revamping the current federal financial aid system, among other secondary and higher education initiatives. Among other provisions, this legislation includes the following: elimination of the PSLF Program for new borrowers; planned discontinuation of the Direct Loan Program (which includes GradPLUS loans) with a newly created Federal ONE Loan Program for new borrowers that would apply loan limits, to include a cap of $28,500/year on graduate student borrowing; and rollback of a number of regulations to include the repeal of provisions related to gainful employment, state authorization, and borrow defense regulations. The proposed measure is expected to be marked up in the House in the coming weeks, and a companion measure is expected to be introduced in the Senate in the beginning of next year.

AACOM is reviewing the PROSPER Act in detail and closely monitoring developments around the HEA reauthorization for priorities impacting osteopathic medical schools and students and will be sharing more information in the coming days.

Tax Reform Bill Passes the Senate

On December 2, the Senate narrowly passed its $1.5 trillion sweeping tax reform package, along a party line vote of 51-49, with Senator Corker (R-TN) joining Democrats in voting against the measure. The House, which passed its tax reform measure last month, is expected to consider a motion today to go to conference on the GOP tax bill, where the conference committee will be responsible for reconciling the differences between the two chambers’ legislation. Learn more.

Sec. of HHS Nominee Alex Azar Testifies at Senate HELP Committee Hearing

On November 29, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held its first hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after former Secretary Tom Price stepped down earlier this year. Most recently, Mr. Azar was the former head of Eli Lilly USA, a major pharmaceutical company, and previously served as HHS General Counsel and as Deputy Health Secretary in the George W. Bush Administration. During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Azar testified that, if confirmed, drug prices, health care affordability and availability, Medicare repositioning to direct the creation of incentives for positive health outcomes, and the fight against the opioid epidemic would be among his top priorities. Tension during the hearing arose as Mr. Azar was met with contention from panel members of both parties regarding his previous roles in the drug industry and his sincere willingness to take action against price-hiking drug companies.

This hearing is the first held on Mr. Azar’s nomination that Senators will conduct. The Senate Finance Committee, which has authority over the HHS Secretary’s confirmation, has not yet scheduled a hearing.






Advocacy Update


How You Can Help #SavePSLF

Over half a million Americans are enrolled in and rely on the PSLF Program to pursue jobs that allow them to give back to their communities across the United States. This past Thanksgiving, ED to MED honored the public servants who strengthen our health care system and are crucial to the wellness of our country’s most vulnerable populations. We must work to ensure that all students—no matter their financial status—who wish to assist others, have a place in public service. With Congress considering the fate of the PSLF Program, now is the time to make your voice heard. We are calling on our advocates to #SavePSLF today!






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

USDE Announces Plan to Revamp Office of Federal Student Aid

Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)'s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), A. Wayne Johnson, PhD, has announced plans to overhaul the office responsible for managing federal financial aid programs. During his remarks at the Federal Student Aid Training Conference, Dr. Johnson outlined a new approach designed to enhance customer service and make the FSA Office more cost effective through the FSA's Next Generation Financial Services Environment initiative. This spring, the FSA will release its mobile app to enable students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid via their mobile phone, which will then be integrated into in the fall of 2018. In addition, the FSA intends to seek proposals next year to manage account processing and servicing. AACOM will continue to work with the USDE to ensure osteopathic medical students are well-served by these new initiatives and provide additional updates as further information becomes available.

New HRSA Funding Opportunities: Training Primary Care Champions and Preventive Medicine Residency Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened the application process for two funding opportunities of interest to osteopathic medical schools and their graduate medical education partners.

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions supports the establishment of fellowship programs to train community-based primary care physician champions who will lead health care transformation and enhance teaching in primary care and community-based settings. A technical assistance conference call will be held for interested applicants on December 18 at 2:00 PM ET. Additionally, the Preventive Medicine Residency Program works to increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote greater access to preventive medicine. To learn more about program requirements, HRSA is hosting a technical assistance webinar at 3:00 PM ET on December 12.

Interested applicants should note that funding for these two opportunities is contingent upon congressional appropriations, and the programs may be cancelled prior to award recommendations. HRSA is receiving applications to ensure that the award process can more forward in a timely manner should funding for these programs become available.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

New FAQs for HRSA Award Recipients: HRSA’s Office of Federal Assistance Management recently published an updated set of commonly asked questions and answers for HRSA grantees. The resource contains FAQs received by HRSA Grants Specialists and Program Officers. Learn more.

Updated CMS Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an updated version of the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing web-based, interactive mapping tool, which enables users to view opioid prescribing across the country and compare practices at the state, county, and zip code levels. Learn more.

Representative Ralph Norman Visits VCOM-CC

VCOM-CC Dean Kowalski, DO, (left) in the school’s Simulation Center with Rep. Norman (right). Photo credit: JOHN BYRUM/Spartanburg Herald-Journal

On September 15, U.S. Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) visited the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) and Dean Timothy Kowalski, DO.

“We were honored to have Representative Norman visit the Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg,” said Dean Kowalski. “He was extremely interested in learning about our mission of producing young osteopathic physicians to care for those in medically underserved areas of South Carolina and our country as a whole. Moreover, Rep. Norman was attentive to learning about the need for additional graduate medical education training positions in South Carolina and elsewhere for our graduates, as well as the need for our students to obtain interest rate relief on their student loans.”

Senator Tim Scott and Sec. of HUD Ben Carson Visit Spartanburg, SC

HUD Secretary Ben Carson (left) and Senator Tim Scott highlight interventions that support holistic communities at VCOM-CC

On November 6, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) toured the Northside of Spartanburg, home to VCOM-CC. Since VCOM-CC was founded in Northside in 2011, this Spartanburg neighborhood has become the focus of the Northside Initiative Project, a series of public-private programs aimed at revitalizing the area from within.

In his speech, Dr. Carson highlighted the importance of connecting the local effort with federal dollars in the success of such massive, positive restructuring the Northside is creating and of which VCOM-CC is proud to be a part. Since taking over the department in March, Dr. Carson said he has been working to expand the emphasis beyond "just getting people under a roof" to broader human development. "That means holistic communities,” he said, “such as the one being developed here."

OSU-CHS Hosts Addiction Summit to Examine and Address Opioid Crisis

This November, the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) held a summit regarding addiction in rural Oklahoma to examine the scope of the opioid abuse epidemic and potential solutions to the mounting problem. Top law enforcement and policy leaders in Oklahoma attended the summit to discuss barriers to treatment and public policy related to the addictive diseases.

“Addiction strikes at the core of Oklahoma families, severely impacting their health, finances, and futures,” noted Kayse Shrum, DO, President, OSU-CHS and Dean, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Most people fall into opioid abuse innocently after an injury or disorder requiring pain management options. An alarming number of these patients quickly move from therapeutic drug use to opioid abuse and addiction. As an academic health center, OSU understands the leadership role needed to better educate and equip health care providers and their patients. Our goal for this summit is to spark the dialogue and education needed to put rural Oklahoma on a course towards healing and away from addiction.” Learn more.

AACOM Update

AACOM and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators join forces to strengthen the full OME continuum. Learn more.






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3.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Statement on House Proposal to Reauthorize the Health Education Act (HEA).


AACOM Statement on House Proposal to Reauthorize HEA 


December 5, 2017


Christine DeCarlo
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
(202) 603-1026

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, Republican members of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce released comprehensive legislation, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, to overhaul the Higher Education Act (HEA). Since the prior law’s reauthorization took place in 2008, we are encouraged to see that Congress is taking the first step to start negotiations on this long overdue reauthorization.

Introduced by Representatives Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), this wide-ranging measure has serious ramifications for our country’s higher education and federal financial aid systems. Of particular concern to osteopathic medical students and schools, the bill would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program for new borrowers; replace the Direct Loan Program—including Grad PLUS loans—with a new Federal ONE Loan Program with borrowing capped for graduate students at $28,500 per year; fail to reinstate Perkins Loans for graduate students; and threaten federal subsidized loans for undergraduate students. Of note, in 2011, Congress eliminated subsidized loans for graduate students, further exacerbating their student loan debt.

AACOM is pleased that the committee addresses many of the regulatory barriers that have created an undue burden for our schools by rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach to medical education such as repealing the state authorization, borrower defense, and gainful employment rules.

We remain committed to protecting federal financial aid and loan repayment programs for osteopathic medical students and will work through our ED to MED campaign to present a unified voice to protect these vital programs. As Congress negotiates HEA reauthorization, AACOM urges policymakers to support our future physician workforce as a component of a strong health care system for the country.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.



AACOM Office of Government Relations
500 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 380
Washington, DC 20001 
P 202.844.4217


4.  The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester.


Dear Colleague,


Within the first year of graduation, 99% of our graduates are beginning their careers, placed in fellowships or furthering their education. They're at health departments, healthcare systems, nonprofits, in the military and more, making a difference and improving health. 


With Saint Louis University's emphasis on applied learning, including a robust infrastructure to support student internships experiences, our students graduate ready to take the next step.

Student internships often lead to great jobs too. Check out 2016 Master of Public Health graduate Dylan Steigerwald's story. He's working as an epidemiologist at the St. Louis County Department of Health.


We are accepting applications for the fall 2018 term. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in helping any of your students get on track for a great career.



Jyssaka Meyers
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admission

Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice

314-977-8144 |


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


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


December 6, 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.

Health Disparities

Expanding the Science of Minority Health and Health Disparities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities digs deep to expose roots of health disparities in minority groups.

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Alda Center: Better Care Through Better Communication

Two experts from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science explain why formulating and delivering a message is not enough, regardless of the audience.

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Exploring Medical-Legal Partnerships

In a new AAMCNews video, Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, explains the dynamics of a new way to deliver health care.

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: Simulated patients teach real lessons; medical students' eye-opening experiences in underserved communities.

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Data Examine Diversity in Medical School Applicants and Matriculants

A new AAMC Analysis in Brief examines demographic trends in medical student applicants and matriculants, as well as acceptance rates. Results show that increases in black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native applicants between 1980 and 2016 did not keep pace with gains in bachelor's degrees awarded to individuals in those groups and lag behind Asian and white counterparts.
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Deadline Approaching for AAMC Chief Medical Officers Leadership Academy

The AAMC Chief Medical Officers (CMO) Leadership Academy is an 18-month executive training program developed to enhance the administrative knowledge and skills of CMOs who are in their first three years of the position, as well as senior physician leaders who are interested in pursuing this career path. The application deadline is Dec. 15.
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On the Move

Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, has been appointed executive vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Maryland Medical System, effective Jan. 1. 2018. Bartlett is the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor in Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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6.  Marginalia:  This is THE Christmas gift of the year, written by Dr. Eisen’s BIOL 413 (Parasitology) class, available from 

An encyclopedia of parasitic critters: Things that suck Paperback – November 17, 2017

by Hema G Lobin (Author)

This book is an encyclopedia of animals from a variety of phyla which suck blood for nutrition. The animals that are mentioned in this book include tapeworms, roundworms, insects, ticks, leeches and lampreys. It was written by this year's BIOL 413, Parasitology class, taught by Dr. Stan Eisen, at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.


Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1979848645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1979848640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces




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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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