Christian Brothers University

Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2018.07, Week of October 1


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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.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education:  Osteopathic Medical Education News, September 20, 2018 edition.  
3.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 26, 2018 edition.  
4.  The Future Pharmacist:  Union University (Jackson, TN) College of Pharmacy e-newsletter, September 2018 edition.  
5.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, September 2018 edition.  
The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS is seeking applicants to join our Ph.D. programs.  
7.  Spanish & Medicine Abroad prepares premed/prehealth students for America's demographic realities and modern healthcare's language gap crisis.
8.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School will be hosting the 18h annual Career Day for Biomedical Sciences on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  
9.  Join Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and the Office of Admissions for a Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences.  
10.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), September 24, 2018 edition.  


1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Thursday, October 4, 2018:  Mock Interviews

Fellow Tri-Beta Members and All CBU Biology Students,

This is your last chance to sign up for Mock Interviews! 

The event will take place Thursday, October 4th, 2018 with a FREE dinner beginning at 6:00 pm in the CW 2nd floor Lounge. After dinner, each student will have a one on one meeting with their assigned healthcare professional. (We’ll use offices of several professors.) We hope to have MD's, PharmD's, DO's, PA's, DDS's, Nurses, and much more!

This once a year opportunity has been extended to one more week (Tuesday, October 2nd) so make sure you sign up while spots are still available for anyone (freshman or upperclassmen) who are interested in pursing a medical degree. We encourage you to come out to socialize with the professionals before the interviews begin. The link below is to a survey where you can specify the type of professional(s) you would like to meet. Please fill it out if you are interested so we can adequately prepare. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Elizbeth Sanchez ( or Kiara Macklin (

Link to Application:

 Elizbeth Sanchez,
Christian Brothers University 21'
Biomedical Science 
Beta Beta Beta Pre-Health Chair




2.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education:  Osteopathic Medical Education News, September 20, 2018 edition.  



High school students participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) visited UNE COM and learned osteopathic manipulative medicine techniques.




The Eight Most Popular Curriculum Topics, According to a New AACOM Research Report


You'll find trends and new information on 21 other curriculum topics as taught by each college of osteopathic medicine inside this update.


Professional Development

AACOM's Leadership Institute: The Future of Osteopathic Medical Education Starts Here


Learn more about AACOM's Leadership Institute, offering professional development programs that support and cultivate a strong pipeline of current and future leaders in osteopathic medicine.


Single Accreditation

Single GME Accreditation System September 2018 Update


Read about recent updates and resources on the single GME accreditation system.


News Briefs


New Campus


LECOM Announces COCA Accreditation for Expansion to Elmira College


LECOM expects that a new class of osteopathic medical students will begin at Elmira in July 2020 and help provide care to the upstate New York area.


COM News


“Detective Work” for a Summer Internship, Inaugural Scholarships for ICOM Students, and More in Campus Roundup


You'll also find stories on MSUCOM's new early admission program, minority scholarship award winners, and more.




Washington Insider




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3.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 26, 2018 edition.  


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


September 26, 2018


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Running on empty: Hospitals face prolonged drug shortage

As the United States struggles with continuing shortfalls of vital medications and supplies, teaching hospitals find innovative ways to care for their patients.

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Anita Hill speaks out

Sexual harassment affects us all, says the acclaimed advocate for women's rights and racial justice. Hill talked to AAMCNews about the #MeToo movement, gender and racial inequities in the sciences, and more.

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: Medical schools offer courses on compassion and caring; virtual reality in medical education.

More from AAMCNews

AAMC statement on proposed changes to public charge rule

The AAMC issued a statement in response to proposed changes to how and whether immigrants can be classified as a "public charge," which were released by the Department of Homeland Security on September 22. "The AAMC and the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals are opposed to any policy that discourages people from pursuing medical care to which they are legally entitled. The proposed new rule would create a system where individuals are penalized for using health programs for which they legally qualify and could cause them to forgo crucial medical care, bringing with it all the health consequence that could follow," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.
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Data explore decline in the percentage of graduates with education debt

A new AAMC Analysis in Brief shows that the percentage of U.S. medical school graduates with education debt has decreased in recent years. The decline defies easy explanation, but three variables may help explain this trend: changes to federal loan programs, greater use of scholarships, and changes in students' self-reported parental income.
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Academic Medicine calls for conversation about trust in the health professions

Academic Medicine is encouraging authors to consider what academic health centers can do to re-establish trust with patients, students, health professionals, and communities for its "New Conversations" series. Submission topics might include the admissions and selection system for medical school and residency; assessment, promotions, and remediation systems; supervision and feedback in the clinical environment; patient safety, communications, and quality improvement; or continuing professional development and maintenance of certification.
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NIH develops Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit

Earlier this year, the AAMC partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to host a webinar aimed at promoting evidenced-based strategies to encourage inclusive excellence through the use of the NIH's Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit. A new blog authored by the NIH examines participants' responses to an AAMC survey and a related Q&A.
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On the move

Bernard Jasmin, PhD, has been named dean of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, effective Oct 1. He has served as interim dean since July 2017.

Jerry L. Nadler, MD, has been appointed dean of the New York Medical College School of Medicine, effective March 2019. He is currently vice dean of research and chair of the department of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Nadler will succeed interim dean Edward C. Halperin, MD.
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4.  The Future Pharmacist:  Union University (Jackson, TN) College of Pharmacy e-newsletter, September 2018 edition.  



Student News



  • The College of Pharmacy welcomed 53 first-year student pharmacists in August. The cohort participated in a number of Orientation activities including BLS and AED training and a session on professionalism and self-awareness. In this session, students worked in groups to identify common concerns and then participated in dialogue with Assistant Dean of Student Services, Dr. Kim Jones, regarding how to ensure those potential issues don’t arise during their academic tenure. Additionally, students enjoyed a lunch with their faculty mentor and received guided instruction from their mentor in workshops addressing strengths-based leadership and pharmacy career pathways. Orientation activities concluded with the annual COP picnic.
  • On the afternoon of Friday, August 24th, the Class of 2022 were presented with their white coats. The UUCOP Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity was instrumental in providing the white coats to our students, and they wrote an encouraging note to each student that was placed in the pocket. A special thank you to State Senator Shane Reeves, PharmD, for giving the charge to the Class of 2022. Congratulations!




Alumni News




  • Van Hise ('13) presented at the FDA in DC on an Antimicrobial Resistance Advisory Panel. The panel was set up to discuss antimicrobial resistance and the problems that clinicians face today. The panel consisted of 9 people; 3 patient advocates and 6 experts.



  • Melissa Quinn ('14) participated in a recent publication.
    Melissa Quinn, J. T. Fannin, Joseph Sciasci, Allison Bragg, Patrick K. Campbell, Delia Carias, Kristine R. Crews, David Gregornik, Sima Jeha, Gabriela Maron, Jennifer L. Pauley, Hope D. Swanson, Joshua Wolf, William Greene. Pentamidine for Prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in Pediatric Oncology Patients Receiving Immunosuppressive Chemotherapy. American Society for Microbiology.




  • Leclerc Kamieniecki ('14) married the love of her life, Kenneth Kamieniecki, on August 12th in Jasper, Alberta Canada.



  • Garrett ('18) and her husband, Wesley, welcomed their son, Callaway Lucas Garrett, on September 7th. Proud big sister is Julia.



Faculty News



  • Luna Bennett taught summer school at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to international pharmacy students (48 students). These students came from Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia. Students were selected by their universities prior to coming to the summer school. For instance, the school of pharmacy in Alexandria Egypt screened almost 200 students who need to take exams and write essays prior to the selection of 8 students coming to this two week summer school. Topic: Future Drug Formulation and Development (July 30-August 10 2018). Dr. Bennett taught the first week of the class in: Pharmacogenetics/ Pharmacogenomics in Pharmacotherapy, FDA and drug development, Biologics, Monoclonal Antibodies, Tyrosine Kinase, and Cancer Targeted Therapy. The class was 6 hours everyday. The second week was taught by different faculty from different countries.

ITB is considered the top choice among Indonesia's students and have been credited as one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia.



Student Organizations



AFib Final

September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, watch this short clip to find out more information about “AFib.”


Thank you to all of our students, faculty and staff for donating blood during our APhA-Union University Battle of the Colleges Blood Drive! 69 people attempted to donate blood with 55 successful donations. More importantly, it is a blessing to be able to give back to our community in this way.



Fall 2018 Continuing Education Programs






CE Credit

September 25, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

 Diabetes/Injectable Meds

Dr. Tyler Byrd
Dr. Rusty Cabanaw

2 hours

October 25, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Blood Pressure Guideline Update

Dr. Bethany Doss
Dr. JoLeigh Sutton

2 hours

November 29, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

PKSK9 Inhibitors

Dr. Kathryn Jones
Dr. Christy Waggoner

2 hours

Dr. Sheila Mitchell
Founding Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Union University



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5.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, September 2018 edition.   

ADEA GoDental Newsletter | September 2018 | Excited about ADEA GoDental? Tweet About It!


ADEA GoDental Newsletter | Your Personal Brand


Tips for Responsible Social Media Use


Social media is often viewed as a blessing and a curse. Thoughts, photos and videos are shared instantly and widely— friends, family and complete strangers receive posts within seconds. In recent news, we’ve discovered a lingering or residual effect in which past posts—typically those posted in haste—negatively impact young people seeking employment or educational opportunities. Experts in social media know that your profile is your “brand,” and, therefore, it must be managed. Here are a few tips and reminders on developing a responsible philosophy to manage your social profile online.

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Gain Firsthand Advice from Dental Students

We asked dental school students the burning questions on all applicants’ minds:

  • “What do you think future dental students need to know about dental school?”
  • “What is the best part of being in dental school?”
  • “What best prepared you to be a dental student?”

Gain great firsthand advice, including how best to prepare for the experience.

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Register for 2018 Health Professions Week!

Join us at #HPW2018, November 5–9, 2018, an exciting, FREE, week-long event for high school and college students who want to know more about careers in the health professions.


#HPW2018 attendees gain the opportunity to:

  • Explore 20 diverse and rewarding health professions through a host of customized online, interactive activities.
  • Learn about the value of collaborative care and its impact on local communities.
  • Hear first-hand from a variety of health professionals about how they make a difference in their communities through their chosen profession.

Check out the 2018 Events Schedule today. We’ll “see” you in November!

Register Today


Calling All Aspiring Writers and Bloggers

Are you a predental student, current dental student or practitioner with knowledge or advice that might benefit our readers interested in learning about dental school? Here’s your chance to shine and motivate the next generation! ADEA GoDental strives to inspire and inform predental and predental hygiene students with articles submitted by current students, dentists, dental hygienists, educators, admissions officers and other key mentors about their personal experiences in dentistry and dental hygiene. Join us in the charge to elevate the importance of dentistry. We encourage your submissions! Contact us today for submissions guidelines.

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Attention 2019 Dental School Applicants!

Make sure you interview dental schools while they interview you—remember, it’s a two-way street when searching for the right fit. You may receive a spot at more than one school; ask questions to select the best fit for you.

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Pathways to Success


Your personal statement matters. Engage in storytelling for a fresh approach to your personal statement. It is critical to take the time required to craft a captivating and unique personal story. Prehealth Career Counselor, Dana Lovold, M.P.H., and her team at the Pre-Health Student Resource Center at the University of Minnesota share helpful, key tips for applicants who want to create a personal statement that is compelling and authentic. Take advantage of the proven technique she’s developed after reviewing hundreds of personal statements over the years.

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Equipped with impressive health and academic credentials, Jane Walsh, RDH, J.D., splits her time between educating Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry (LSUSD) dental hygiene students and working with local advocates to devise ways to provide greater access to care for the people of her home state of Louisiana. Experience a different side to dental hygiene careers as she shares her insight and advice for students with the ADEA GoDental team.

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Your application preparation and process becomes a breeze with the ADEA Dental School Explorer, a companion resource to the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. Use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to gain access to the profiles of all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools! A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is available for $25. Bundle and save! A subscription to the online resource and the 2017–2018 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is just $50—a $15 savings!

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6.  The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS is seeking applicants to join our Ph.D. programs.  

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS is seeking applicants to join our Ph.D. programs. Our students in the biomedical sciences are fully financially supported throughout their training across a variety of degree programs designed to prepare students for biomedical related research careers including academia, industry, and government. We offer Ph.D. degrees in the following programs:

 ·         Clinical Anatomy

·         Cell & Molecular Biology

·         Biomedical Sciences (Pathology or Biomedical Materials tracks)

·         Experimental Therapeutics & Pharmacology

·         Microbiology & Immunology

·         Neuroscience

·         Nursing (Biological/Physiology or Human Experiences tracks)

·         Physiology & Biophysics

These programs offer a breadth of research areas (including cancer, heart diseases, neurological diseases, obesity, diabetes and infectious diseases) that are well suited for students with undergraduate science degrees in Sciences.  All students in our biomedical science Ph.D. programs receive a highly competitive financial package from UMMC worth more than $140,000 over the typical five years of training.  This package includes a full tuition scholarship, a living allowance of approximately $24,150 per year, and medical insurance. The purpose of this support is to allow our students to focus entirely on their studies and research.  As a result, our students have enjoyed great success in finding positions after completing their graduate degrees.  The low faculty to student ratio at UMMC ensures that students receive the mentoring they require for success in graduate school and beyond.

If you have students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research, please let them know about our programs.   For those who would like more information or to visit our campus, please contact Shanna Moulds by email ( ) or by phone 601-984-1632You may also wish to visit our website: for information about a specific program.  The application deadline for our programs is December 15, 2018.  This deadline provides sufficient time for us to plan our recruiting weekend that will take place in February 2019.

I have attached a flyer for you to share with interested students, as well as a list of program highlights.  We look forward to assisting graduates of Christian Brothers University in the next phase of their educational training. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely Yours,

Michael J. Ryan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
University of Mississippi Medical Center

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7.  Spanish & Medicine Abroad prepares premed/prehealth students for America's demographic realities and modern healthcare's language gap crisis.

Spanish & Medicine (Pre-Health Abroad) Details


For premed/prehealth advisers...


You can now get tuition & dates info for the 2019 Spanish & Medicine summer study abroad in Chile.

Spanish & Medicine students prepare for an afternoon of shadowing.



Spanish & Medicine Abroad prepares premed/prehealth students for America's demographic realities and modern healthcare's language gap crisis.

(Did you know the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain?)


The 4 week program provides:

  • Rapid advanced of language skills through Spanish immersion

Note: credit transfers to most American colleges

  • Field experience via shadowing in South American clinics & hospitals
  • Cultural empathy development by living with a local host


PLUS variable start dates to conveniently fit semester AND quarter schedules


Sessions are limited to 25 participants.


Applicants must:


1) Have completed at least one collegiate academic year before start date


2) Be willing and able to spend at least 4 weeks away from friends and family (and the comforts of home)


3) NOT already be fluent in Spanish (students may enroll as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)


Get full information below:


Request Information Kit - 2019 Spanish & Medicine (Summer Sessions)


Saludos de Chile,


Patricia Silva

Program Director

Spanish & Medicine by Ecela


8.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School will be hosting the 18h annual Career Day for Biomedical Sciences on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School will be hosting the 18h annual Career Day for Biomedical Sciences on Thursday, October 18, 2018. This event is designed to inform undergraduate and graduate students about the variety of science career options available. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with time for Q&A and discussion with speakers and participants.

Undergraduate students and faculty will also be provided with information on various UAMS Graduate School programs, as well as the opportunity to meet with representatives and graduate students from graduate programs (see M.S. and Ph.D. programs below). A short presentation will be given about summer undergraduate research opportunities at UAMS and the Graduate School, and tours will be available to those interested.

Undergraduate faculty and students are invited to attend this event. Please forward this email to any students that you think may be interested in attending. A limited number of hotel rooms for out-of-town attendees will be available until October 7th. The program and registration can be found online. The deadline for registration is October 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 501-686-5456 or by email at

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Allyson Douglass, Director of Admissions & International Student Adviser
Graduate School
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Little Rock, AR 72205
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9.  Join Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and the Office of Admissions for a Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences.


Dear prospective student,

Join Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and the Office of Admissions for a Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences.

The open house will provide information about the differences between allopathic and osteopathic medicine, the osteopathic philosophy, admission requirements and how to apply, and medical outreach opportunities, both locally and across the world.

Attendees will also hear from current student-doctors about the importance of forming good study habits and support groups as well as taking time to de-stress.

Come tour the Center for Medical and Health Sciences and meet LUCOM's dean, Peter A. Bell, DO.

RSVP below and let us know if you have questions you'd like answered during the open house.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jacqueline Mendez, MBA '17
Associate Director of Recruitment
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Liberty University  |  Training Champions for Christ since 1971



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10.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), September 24, 2018 edition.  

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


September 24, 2018

What You Need to Know

This Thursday, September 27, AACOM will hold its 2018 Virtual Hill Day and COM Day on Capitol Hill during which osteopathic medical school deans, students, and other advocates will be meeting with their federal legislators in Washington, DC to advocate on health and higher education policies and programs critical to the future physician workforce. The time for action is now! Whether you will be in DC on Thursday or participating online, we are calling on YOU to raise your voice via social media for our Virtual Hill Day.

AACOM’s national grassroots advocacy campaign, ED to MED, developed a comprehensive Virtual Hill Day one-pager with details to help our community take action on #COMDAY18. With the tools we provide, you can help advance ED to MED’s message, share your personal story, and emphasize the importance of protecting the federal financial aid programs that encourage and enable students to pursue careers in public service and health care.

We have the opportunity to make a difference and protect the future health care workforce on Virtual Hill Day, but we need your help. This Thursday, your voices must be heard, because Congress is making decisions now on education policies that impact you. We’re calling on you to stand up for your future, your community, and your patients by taking action on #COMDAY18. If all of us unify our voices, imagine the impact we’ll have.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Senate Passes Opioid Package

On September 17, the Senate overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 99-1, S. 2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a massive package comprised of approximately 70 bills from several committees. The dissenting vote was from Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). The House passed a similar opioid bill earlier this summer, H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, which is similar to S. 2680 in that it works to create loan forgiveness opportunities for health care professionals who work in substance use disorder roles in communities with the highest number of opioid deaths, creates opportunities to research other pain management techniques, and authorizes grants for evidence-based substance abuse prevention and treatment services. However, there are a number of differences between the two chambers’ opioid packages including a partial repeal of the Medicaid Institution for Mental Diseases exclusion, a policy that limits Medicaid for certain inpatient rehab treatments, which is absent from the Senate version.

The House and Senate will work in conference to reconcile differences between the two legislative packages before sending a final bill to the White House. AACOM recently joined the American Osteopathic Association-led letters to the House and Senate conference committee leadership requesting the support of the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act that was included in the House-passed opioid package.

FY19 Appropriations Update

On September 18, the Senate passed the conferenced Defense/Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This follows the House and Senate conferees’ agreement reached the prior week on the $178 billion LHHS spending package. The funding bill would increase the LHHS budget by $1 billion more than the current FY18 budget and would provide $10.7 billion more than the Administration’s FY19 funding request across agencies. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which AACOM strongly supports—most recently through signing on to letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership—would receive a $4 million increase through this funding bill. Notably, this measure also includes a short-term continuing resolution, which provides continued funding to keep the federal government operating until December 7, 2018 until all yearly appropriations funding bills can be signed into law.

The House is expected to vote on the spending bill this week. If enacted by September 30, the end of the federal FY, it will be the first time in over 20 years that the LHHS spending bill has been completed before the start of the new FY. Learn more.






Advocacy Update


Your Guide to Virtual Hill Day—Making It Easy to Make Your Voice Heard

Are you ready for AACOM’s 2018 Virtual Hill Day and COM Day on Capitol Hill? Whether you plan to participate online or join us in person in Washington, DC, members of the osteopathic medical education and health professions communities are convening to inform Congress about the issues that affect their future and the health of their patients. Check out our Hill Day one-pager for all the information you need to make #COMDay18 count!

Why All Health Professions Students Should Take Action on Virtual Hill Day

Every health professions student across the nation has a stake in the outcome of Higher Education Act reauthorization and the future of the Public Service Loan Forgivieness (PSLF) and Grad PLUS Loan Programs. Learn from AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents about why you should speak out on Virtual Hill Day using #COMDAY18!

Advocates and National Partners Step Up to the #E2MChallenge

ED to MED advocates have been speaking out in strong support of the federal financial aid programs they rely on to deliver care to their patients. Whether encouraging their friends and colleagues to add their voice to the campaign, showing their support by adding the #COMDAY18 Facebook frame, sharing their stories about why PSLF and Grad PLUS matter with their policymakers, or posting photos from their communities to show Congress our reach, the activity of our advocates has been inspiring and important. Join ED to MED today and make sure you’re doing your part leading up to and throughout #COMDAY18.

AACOM Advocates for Key Federal Programs on Capitol Hill

On September 12, AACOM joined nearly 40 organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during the Coalition for Health Funding’s Third Annual Public Health Fair on Capitol Hill. Nearly 300 attendees visited the fair, including advocates, congressional staff, and House Representatives. AACOM discussed the importance of preserving PSLF and Grad PLUS, and permanently funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program to address physician workforce shortages and help ensure patients in rural and urban medically underserved communities are able to access health care. Learn more.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Reappointed to the NCFMEA

U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Secretary Betsy DeVos reappointed Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, to serve on the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). Nominated by AACOM, Dr. Cavalieri was previously appointed to the NCFMEA in 2015 and served through September 30, 2017. The NCFMEA consists of eleven appointed members who evaluate the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools and determine whether those standards are comparable to standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States.

Apply Now for NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently accepting applications for its FY19 Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). A complete online application must be submitted by November 15. The NIH LRPs are designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers by helping alleviate some of the debt burden that drives many health professionals away from research activities. Learn more.

AACOM Comments on USDE Proposal to Rescind GE Regulations

AACOM recently submitted comments to the USDE regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind regulations governing gainful employment (GE). Implemented in 2015, the GE regulations particularly impact for-profit institutions and require that students receive the proper training to be gainfully employed upon graduation with a reasonable amount of student debt that does not lead to default on their student loans. AACOM reiterated its serious concerns with the GE regulations, specifically regarding the one-size-fits-all approach and failure to take into account factors unique to medical education and training. Additionally, AACOM encouraged the USDE to develop a more comprehensive method beyond the use of debt-to-earnings as a condition of Title IV eligibility.

AACOM Comments on USDE Intent to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

On September 14, AACOM submitted comments in response to the USDE’s recent notice of intent to convene a negotiated rulemaking committee to review numerous complex issues related to Title IV federal financial aid programs. AACOM recommended that the USDE create multiple committees to effectively evaluate the complicated regulatory issues proposed. Specifically, AACOM urged the USDE to establish a separate negotiated rulemaking committee on state authorization regulations to deliberate and determine how to move forward in a manner that best serves graduate students and the institutions that train the nation’s future physician workforce.

Federal Judge Reviews BDR Delay

On September 12, U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss ruled that the USDE’s delay of the 2016 borrower defense to repayment (BDR) regulations was “unlawful” and “arbitrary and capricious.” In addition, Judge Moss concluded that the delay was “procedurally defective” because the USDE did not go through the proper procedures and convene a negotiated rulemaking committee to review the delay. However, the ruling has not taken immediate effect, and the USDE has until October 12 to defend the delay and submit new justification for postponing the regulation. The case was brought by consumer advocates and Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia.

The decision follows the USDE’s recent release of a NPRM that would revise the BDR regulations and create a new federal standard and a process for adjudicating claims submitted by federal student loan borrowers who may be eligible for loan forgiveness if their school violated certain laws.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

Register Now for HRSA Webinar on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a webinar on October 9 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET titled “Integrating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment into Health Workforce Training.” Participants will learn more about innovative resources, guidelines, and trainings for health professionals to combat the opioid epidemic. Register now.

PNWU Receives $1.95 Million Federal Grant: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) has been selected to receive a $1.95 million federal grant from HRSA, which will be used to support its Master Preceptor Fellowship Program. “This grant is a tremendous benefit to the physicians who undertake the fellowship, and the communities they serve,” explained Dr. Elizabeth McMurtry, PNWU Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Faculty Development. “Those physicians will be afforded the opportunity to serve as educators for the next generation of physicians who will go on to take care of our Pacific Northwest communities. Additionally, by targeting the community needs identified by those participating physicians—who understand those needs first-hand—the community transformation projects that will now be possible will go on to directly benefit people in rural and underserved communities for years to come.”

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Policy Engagement Lunch and Learn: On September 7, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) hosted its first Policy Engagement Lunch and Learn. The series explains why becoming involved in policy engagement is important at the medical student level. Jeff Cashman, MS, DO, a Young Physician Board of Trustees Member for the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), and Marty Levine, DO, MPH, discussed ways to get involved on state and national levels. Throughout this series, SOMA aims to help students meet the requirements for membership in Omega Beta Iota, the national osteopathic political honor society, as well as for the SCMA's Leadership Distinction award. At the end of each lunch, debate and discussion is open for a variety of topics concerning health care policy. This gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions and learn about what is currently affecting the medical field.

2018-19 myStudentAid Mobile App Preview and Resources: The USDE Federal Student Aid (FSA) office recently announced the availability of the myStudentAid mobile app, featuring myFAFSA. To provide additional resources, the FSA has published a presentation for financial aid administrators, mentors, and counselors to use as a reference tool for the 2018-2019 myFAFSA for training and other outreach activities. Learn more.







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