his video address to new and returning osteopathic medical students,
AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, gives
his advice on mentorship, GME, and building professional
communities as students continue their osteopathic medical
Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and all nine of the U.S.
Colleges of Podiatric Medicine are proud to be a part of the 2018 Health
Professions Week (HPW), November 5-9, 2018.
HPW is a
first-of-its-kind interprofessional recruitment
event with the power to increase the profile of and your interest in the
health professions. During Health Professions Week (HPW), November
5-9, 2018, you will have the opportunity to:
Hear first-hand from a
variety of health professionals about how they make a difference in
their communities through their chosen profession - when you visitthe
AACPM Virtual Booth, you'll be able to meet 1:1 with current podiatric
physicians, current students and college admissions representatives!
Learn about the value of
collaborative care and its impact on your local community - and how becoming
a podiatric physician means you'll join a community of caring,
Registration is free for
this unique, 100% virtual event. Follow @PodMedCollege
on Twitter for updates to the booth presentation schedule.
Greetings from the University of Alabama at Birmingham-
I would like to make you aware of two exciting opportunities for
your undergraduate students – the Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS)
Undergraduate Research Program 2019, and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical
Education (PARAdiGM) 2019. Both of these programs introduce outstanding undergraduates to
the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also
being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.
·These two 8-week programs are held concurrently from May 31-July 26, 2019
oStudents will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be
responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses
·Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of
scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper
methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational
applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic
Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is
February 15, 2019.
Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented
undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and
rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience
should help students make well informed decisions about future career
plans. Previous research experience is not required. We especially
welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a
potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD-PhD programs.
We accept 15 students per summer into this program. We expect applicants
to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate
coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically
demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in
science, math, and related areas.
The PARAdiGM program focuses on
undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and
offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In
addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively
funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will
learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators
in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the
first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and
participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their
research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay
writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal
of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and
appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to
pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further
postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research
experience is not required in order to apply. The PARAdiGM
program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to
biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models.
On September 27, osteopathic medical school deans, educators, and
students came from all over the country to Washington, DC to
participate in AACOM’s 2018 COM DAY on Capitol Hill. Advocates raised their voices in meetings and online
during our Virtual Hill Day to let lawmakers know why protecting
federal programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Grad PLUS,
and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education provides critical
support for the future physician workforce and the health of our
nation’s patients. We are grateful to our advocates for their strong
dedication and encourage everyone in the osteopathic medical education
(OME) community to join them in being a driving force for federal
policies that invest in the future physician workforce.
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
On The Hill
FY19 Appropriations Update
On September 28, President Trump
signed the bipartisan Department
of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Act,
2019 and Continuing
Appropriations Act, 2019 (PL 115 -245), which funds the
U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related agencies. This legislation also provides fiscal
year (FY) 2019 funding for several other agencies through Friday,
December 7, avoiding a federal government shutdown.
The Labor, Health and Human
Services (LHHS) spending law will increase the LHHS budget by $1
billion in comparison to the current year’s funding and provide $10.7
billion more than the Administration’s FY19 funding request across
agencies. In addition, many programs critical to OME received increased
funding or were preserved, including an additional $102 million for the
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and a $4 million
increase for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality over FY18
levels. This marks the first time that the LHHS bill has been enacted
by the deadline since 1996. Learn more.
Opioid Package Signed into Law
Last week, the House and the Senate
passed H.R. 6, the Substance
Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for
Patients and Communities Act. This follows the House and
Senate conferees’ agreement, solidified the prior week, on the
comprehensive opioid package. The legislation includes Medicaid,
Medicare, and public health reforms to combat the opioid crisis through
recovery initiatives, research grants for pain management, and
prevention improvement. Included in the bill is language similar to
AACOM-endorsed legislation, H.R. 5102, the Substance
Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018,
which will create loan forgiveness opportunities for health care
professionals who work in substance use disorder roles in communities
with the highest number of opioid deaths. This legislation will also
allow for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) professionals to provide
mental and behavioral health services at schools and community centers
and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical
assistance to hospitals on alternatives to opioids for pain management.
This legislation has been sent to the White House and is expected to be
signed into law shortly.
Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
On Saturday, October 6, the Senate
voted 50-48 to confirm Judge
Brett Kavanaugh, the President’s nominee to
the U.S. Supreme Court, locking in a solid conservative majority on the
court. He was promptly sworn in by both Chief Justice John G. Roberts
Jr. and retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy—the court's longtime swing
vote, whom he will replace—in a private ceremony. The road to
confirmation was heavily contentious. Judge Kavanaugh
was accused of attempted sexual assault, and as a result, the Senate
Judiciary Committee held an additional hearing to hear testimony from
one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey
Following her testimony, Senator
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted to advance the nomination to the full Senate
floor with the request that the White House ask the Federal Bureau of
Investigation to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. In the
procedural, or cloture, vote on Friday, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
was the lone Republican to oppose Kavanaugh's
nomination. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the only Democrat to break
from his party and vote with the Republicans to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
OME Community and Health Professions Advocates Share Their Stories with
UP-KYCOM Dean Dana C. Shaffer, DO, and students meet with U.S.
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY). Right: ED to MED student advocates
take Virtual Hill Day selfies in support of the future health care
We sincerely thank everyone who
took part in COM Day on Capitol Hill this year, as well as the
dedicated and passionate individuals and ED to MED national partners who shared their stories
online as part of Virtual Hill Day! Thanks to your advocacy, our message was heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.
View highlights from #COMDAY18.
and Federal Agencies
Sends Letter to DHS on Proposed Fee Adjustments to Student Visas
AACOM recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security regarding its proposed rule that would adjust fees for the
Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed fees would increase
for foreign students applying for F, M, and J Visas, and all
institutions that accept these students. AACOM expressed concerns that
the proposed fees will adversely impact member institutions and
students and create unnecessary barriers to attracting highly skilled,
qualified individuals from the international community. The final rule
is expected later this fall.
Save the Date for AACOM/NHSC
Save the Date: Thursday, October
25, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET, for a webinar hosted by AACOM and the NHSC on
the Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP).
The NHSC expects to open the application cycle for the S2S LRP later
this month. Webinar participants will have the unique opportunity to
talk with NHSC staff to learn more about program requirements,
benefits, and other in-depth information. Additional details are forthcoming.
Delay Expected for USDE GE and BDR
According to a recent report, the U.S. Department of Education
(USDE) is expected to miss the November 1 deadline to publish final
rules for the gainful employment (GE) and borrower defense to
repayment (BDR) regulation packages that would enable the policies
to take effect July 1, 2019. The USDE published proposed rules for both
BDR and GE late this summer. The reason for the BDR
delay is attributed to the more than 38,000 public comments received,
which include those submitted by AACOM. Additionally, the
report explains that due to the expiration of an information-sharing
agreement between the USDE and the Social Security Administration, the
USDE was unable to collect important data needed for the GE rule, on
which AACOM has also provided comments. AACOM is seeking clarification from
the USDE and will provide updates throughout this process.
2019-2020 FAFSA Application and
Mobile App Now Available
On October 1, the USDE opened the
application process for students to complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) form to apply for federal financial aid to support their
education. Additionally, to enhance access and create a more
user-friendly experience for students, its Federal Student Aid Office
has launched a mobile app for both iOS and Android users. The FAFSA application is open
through June 30, 2020, although it is recommended that users complete
the form as soon as possible. Prior to completing the form, it is
important to gather information in advance, and the USDE has prepared
several tips to help guide students through the process. Learn more.
USDE Selects Finalists for Student
Loan Servicer Competition
On September 24,
the USDE announced companies that will move forward in the Next Generation Processing and Servicing Environment
competitive bidding process to operate the planned overhaul of the
federal student loan servicing system. More than a dozen finalists have
been selected, including companies such as Nelnet, the Missouri Higher
Education Loan Authority, Edfinancial
Services LLC, and General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. The
USDE is expected to award contracts in 2019.
CMS Launches eMedicare Initiative
In anticipation of the October 15
open enrollment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services announced the eMedicare Initiative,
which aims to create a more modern, personalized, and seamless user
experience as beneficiaries compare plans and make decisions about
their health care. Medicare.gov now includes features such as a
mobile out-of-pocket cost calculator to compare both overall costs and
prescription drug costs. Users will also have access to a simplified
login for the Medicare Plan Finder and the ability to print
their Medicare cards online.
Featured Federal Resources and COM
ATSU-KCOM Awarded NIH
Academic Research Enhancement Grant: The National
Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its full funding of an A.T. Still
University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
three-year study through its Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15
grant). The study’s principal investigator, YoheiNorimatsu, PhD, assistant professor,
physiology, will research design improvements and pharmacological
therapies for cystic fibrosis, secretory diarrhea, schizophrenia, and
drug addiction through atomic-level modeling of protein drug targets.
Dr. Norimatsu is the second ATSU researcher
to earn an NIH R15 research grant within the past year, which is a
first in ATSU history. Learn more.
OU-HCOM Awarded Rural
Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Award:
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been
awarded the Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD)
Program – Technical Assistance cooperative agreement
administered by the HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy in collaboration
with HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce. The agreement will be led by
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in partnership with
the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho Family Residency
Network. These partners will provide technical assistance to future
grantees of the RRPD Program anticipated to be funded by HRSA in
2019 to support the creation of new, sustainable residency programs in
family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry.
NYITCOM Students Named
to National Political Action Honor Society:
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
(NYITCOM) students from the Long Island (Old Westbury) and NYITCOM at
Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR) campuses have been named to Omega Beta Iota (OBI), the National Osteopathic
Political Action Honor Society. Samantha Gottlieb, academic medicine
scholar from the Long Island campus, and Nicole Ebalo,
second-year medical student from NYITCOM at A-State, were among the 30
osteopathic medical students selected nationwide for this year’s
induction. OBI was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the
work that medical students contribute to the political system.
Induction into OBI is an honorary recognition for politically active
medical students and professional mentors who demonstrate excellence in
health care politics. Learn more.
Participate in HRSA’s
Virtual Job Fair: HRSA is hosting a Behavioral
Health Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:45 PM ET.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with health
care providers and receive real-time answers to their employment
questions. Register now.
Challenge: The National Institute on Aging recently launched the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
and Related Dementias Using Technology Challenge, which works to
spur the development of technology applications to improve dementia
care coordination and/or care navigation, as part of the implementation
of the 21st Century
Cures Act. Applications will be accepted from October 1
through June 30, 2019. For more information, interested applicants may
participate in a webinar on October 17 at 2:30 PM ET.
friendly reminder that Lincoln Memorial
University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
(LMU-DCOM)is hosting its
fall Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference and Open House Event (OMAC) on Saturday, October 20. OMAC
will take place on our Harrogate campus. The event is open to
interested prospective students, pre-medical advisors, and anyone interested
in learning more about our DO program and about osteopathic medicine in
general. Please see the attached invitation for details. Attendees
may contact me or click the registration link on the invitation to register
for the event.
Feel free to
forward this email and share the attached invitation with anyone who may be
interested in attending OMAC on October 20. Attendees are welcome to
bring family, friends, or colleagues. The invitation requests that
attendees RSVP by October 5, but we can accept registrations through the
end of this week.
If you know
students who may be interested in learning about LMU-DCOM but are unable to
attend OMAC, it would be my pleasure to share information with your
students at another time. Please let me know if you would like a
representative from LMU-DCOM to come speak to your students; one of my
colleagues or I would be happy to schedule a visit to your campus.
forward to speaking with you and your students soon.
of the things I would mention to your students is that some schools offer housing
to interviewees via "Student Hosts". These volunteer medical school
students host students who need a place to stay the night before their interview.
This doesn't help with the cost of a flight or gas, but it does help with
hotel costs. It also gives them a chance to meet students who are currently
attending the school where they are interviewing.
The three-day event in Washington, D.C., featured AAMC
President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and
Executive Vice President Atul Grover, MD,
PhD, among other influential leaders in health and medicine. Here's
what you need to know.
AAMC statement on Senate passage of opioid crisis response
The AAMC issued a statement following Senate passage of the
SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, legislation previously passed by
the House of Representatives to address the opioid epidemic. "We
congratulate members of Congress for coming together in a bipartisan manner
to approve legislation intended to address the opioid epidemic that is
devastating our communities and our nation," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. Read More
AAMC webinar explores Project CORE
The AAMC will host an informational webinar on Oct. 17 on
Project CORE: Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences for academic
medical centers considering joining the project. Through eConsults and enhanced
referrals, the CORE model aims to improve the quality and efficiency of
care while offering patients more timely access to specialty care. Read More
National Academy discussion paper on person-centered health
The National Academy of Medicine has published a discussion
paper, "A Vision for a Person-Centered Health Information
System," co-authored by AAMC staff. The paper examines how
patient-centered health care technology has the potential to reduce
clinician burden and will require collaboration across multiple sectors, a
willingness to share data, and the development of universal standards. Read More
On the move
Jay A. Gershen, DDS, PhD, will
retire as Northeast Ohio Medical University president, effective Sept. 30,
2019. He has served as president since 2009. Read More
Brad Simmons has been named interim CEO of UC Davis Medical
Center, pending approval by UC Regents in the coming month. He currently
serves as chief operating officer. Read More
Christopher T. Westfall, MD, has been named dean of the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He has
served as interim dean since February 2018. Read More
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10. Casa de Esperanza, a non-profit in Houston, Texas, provides
residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to
abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.
I am with
Casa de Esperanza, a non-profit in Houston, Texas. Casa de Esperanza
provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due
to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Care is provided in our
neighborhood by our Hands of Hope interns. Our interns, most of whom
are recent college graduates, join us for a year of service (a twelve-month
full-time post-graduation internship). We provide on-site housing
(interns live with the children they are caring for) and interns join us from
all over the United States to be part of our internship program.
Information about our internship may be found here:
writing with the hope that you may be able to share information about this
internship opportunity with students in your health professions advising program.
Our internship especially appeals to students who wish to complete a service
internship (or gap year) before entering medical or graduate school. Interns in our program gain valuable experience that can
be relevant to their future career goals while
simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable
group of children.
and please let me know if you should need more information.
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PO Box 66581
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Main Office: 713.529.0639
11. Dr. Randel Price will be
offering an Elective course on Air Pollution Control during the upcoming
Spring 2019 semester.The course
should be suitable for junior and senior level engineering, chemistry, and
life sciences majors, and of particular interest to those planning careers in
environmental applications. Other students with an interest in these
topics are also welcomed.
FW: Spring 2019
Elective Course -- Air Pollution Control
be offering air pollution control as an elective course next spring.
Details are in the attached file.
course should be suitable for junior and senior level engineering,
chemistry, and life sciences majors, and of particular interest to those
planning careers in environmental applications. Other students with
an interest in these topics are also welcomed.
share this with appropriate advisors and students who may be
interested. If students (or anyone) have questions about the course,
please encourage them to contact me.
M. Price, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104