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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2018.14, Week of November 19


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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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1.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Larkin College of Pharmacy (Miami, FL) is hosting a series of Admissions events during the month of November and December.
3.  Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA) announces an Open House for its Master of Science in Athletic Training program.  
4.  Having trouble reserving a suitable MCAT exam seat?  The AAMC has a new feature, the MCAT Available Appoint Notification tool to help solve the problem. 
5.  Federal Funding Alert, from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 
6.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 14, 2018 edition.  
7.  The State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry (New York, NY) announces its Winter Open House on Thursday, January 10, 2019.  
8.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective students of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).

9.  Marginalia:  Get ready for cooler weather at the Memphis Botanic Garden! 


1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Sunday, December 2, starting 2:30 p.m.:  Installation of the campus Menorah, in grassy area on southeast corner of the Library.  Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Director of Hillels of Memphis, will give a presentation on the history and observance of Chanukah.  Chanukah starts on the evening of December 2 and ends on December 9. 

       It is customary to eat fried foods, in remembrance of the cruse of oil that was discovered to dedicate the temple.  In Israel, that custom is fulfilled by eating doughnuts, while in the United States and Europe, it is fulfilled by eating potato pancakes.  Doughnuts will be available at this event to for this venerable and time-honored event.


      It is also customary to play the game of dreidel, a game that is entirely based on chance.  Dreidels and instructions will be available.


·         Tuesday, December 4, starting at 7 p.m.:  STARS (Students Tackling Autism-Related Syndromes) presents The Mistletoe Variety Show. 




2.  Larkin College of Pharmacy (Miami, FL) is hosting a series of Admissions events during the month of November and December.  

Larkin College of Pharmacy is hosting the following Admissions events during the month of November and December.

  • Chat our with current Pharmacy students November 28th at 11:00 AM- 12 :PM to register for the event Click here to register!
  •  University Open House, December 1st 10:30 AM- 1:00 PM to register for event please Click here to register!
  •  Prospective Student Webinar, December  13th 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM  to register for the event Click here to register!

Our hope is that your students will be able to use these events to  learn more about Larkin College of Pharmacy and the next steps on how to make an inform decision in order to obtain a career in Pharmacy. 

Please let me know should you have any question.

Best Regards,

Everlidis Pena M.S Ed, Director of Admissions - College of Pharmacy
Tel: 305-760-7517
Office 2303 - 2nd Floor
18301 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33169





3.  Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA) announces an Open House for its Master of Science in Athletic Training program.  


If you have students interested in becoming athletic trainers, consider sending them to a school that provides an entire year of clinical immersion experiences!  Our students understand what it means to be an athletic trainer when they graduate!

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Open House
Saturday November 17, 2018
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

MSAT Open House Will Include:

MSAT Program Presentation
Includes information about the academic curriculum, admissions process, financial aid, and off-campus life.

Campus Tour
Student-guided tour of the on-campus academic buildings, clinical settings, and student-life facilities.

Q&A with MSAT Students
Prospective students will have an opportunity to ask a panel of current athletic training students questions regarding academics, clinical experiences, off-campus housing, and others they may have about being a graduate student.

Complementary Lunch
Be our guest for lunch in the College’s KCC Dining Hall with MSAT faculty and athletic training students.

Q&A with MSAT Faculty
Prospective students will have an opportunity to ask MSAT faculty any remaining questions prior to departing for the day.

Register for Bridgewater College’s MSAT open house at or you may contact MSAT Program Director, Dr. Charles Hale at 540-828-5763 or  for further information.


4.  Having trouble reserving a suitable MCAT exam seat?  The AAMC has a new feature, the MCAT Available Appoint Notification tool to help solve the problem. 

Dear Advisors,

We received feedback from you and your students about the process for finding an MCAT exam seat in cases where a student’s preferred test date and location is not available. Historically, students were instructed to check back around scheduling deadlines and score release dates to see if a seat had become available.

We at the AAMC heard your feedback and are pleased to announce the MCAT Available Appointment Notification tool. This latest feature of our MCAT Registration System allows your students to request an email notification should a seat become available for a particular MCAT exam date and location.

Students will be notified on a first-come, first-notified basis and will have a limited window of time to take action. Please note that when a student receives a notification email, they are not automatically guaranteed that seat as other examinees may have also been notified of the appointment’s availability. Each examinee will need to log into the system to confirm the available seat. All scheduling and rescheduling fees still apply.

To learn more about how the MCAT Available Appointment Notification Tool works, please visit the AAMC website. If you have additional questions, please email or call 202-828-0950.

Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope this new feature is helpful for your students as they decide when and where to take the MCAT exam.


Alejandro Benavides, Director, MCAT Administration and Reporting
Association of American Medical Colleges




5.  Federal Funding Alert, from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.


2019 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

Applications Due December 20, 2018 by 7:30 PM ET

Multiple Technical Assistance (TA) Opportunities

(November 14, 2018) The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) fiscal year (FY) 2019 application cycle is now open. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in loan repayment assistance to medical (DO and MD) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in exchange for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. The NHSC is seeking applicants who are interested in serving communities with limited access to health care and in providing care through their initial service commitment and beyond. HRSA requires that NHSC S2S LRP awardees practice in a federally designated HPSA. For more information individuals may visit the Health Workforce Connector.

A complete online application must be submitted by 7:30 PM ET on Thursday, December 20, 2018. For more information, please review the complete 2019 S2S LRP program guidance.

Important note: According to the NHSC, it takes an average of approximately three weeks to prepare a complete application with all required and supplemental documentation. All supporting documentation for the application must be uploaded before an individual can submit a complete application package. The NHSC will not accept documentation by fax, mail, or email. 

AACOM-NHSC Webinar Recording:

On October 25, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, in partnership with the NHSC, hosted a special webinar about applying to and qualifying for the NHSC S2S LRP. NHSC officials shared information about the S2S LRP and additional NHSC programs, including the Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs. Participants also heard from Nicole Gastala, MD, an NHSC S2S LRP award recipient who provided a unique perspective on her first-hand experience of what it's like to serve as an NHSC clinician. View the webinar recording to learn more.

Additional TA Opportunities:

NHSC Application Webinar
November 27
3:30 - 4:30 PM ET
Access Link
Dial in number: 888-324-2881

Passcode: 6006549

NHSC Q & A Sessions
December 13 & 18
9:00 AM - 5 PM ET
Access Link

S2S LRP Program Information:

Awards are subject to the availability of funds. The NHSC anticipates making approximately 171 S2S LRP awards in FY19. The S2S LRP will provide funds to participants to repay their qualifying outstanding educational loans. Program options include:

  • Full-Time Clinical Practice: The NHSC will pay recipients up to $120,000 if they commit to three years of full-time clinical service-defined as no less than 40 hours per week, for a minimum of 45 weeks each service year.
  • Half-Time Clinical Practice: At the discretion of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a waiver of full-time service may be granted to allow participants to complete their service commitment through half-time service. The NHSC will pay recipients up to $120,000 if they commit to six years of half-time clinical service-defined as no less than 20 hours per week (not to exceed 39 hours per week), for a minimum of 45 weeks per service year.

To be eligible for the S2S LRP, all applicants must:

  • Be a United States (U.S.) citizen or U.S. National;
  • Be pursuing a DO, MD, DDS, or DMD degree at an accredited institution located in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory;
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in the final year of medical or dental school with a graduation date before July 1, 2019; and
  • Be eligible for federal employment. 

Medical students must have passed Step/Level 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). In addition, medical students must be planning to complete an accredited primary medical care residency in an NHSC-approved specialty. Participants who, at any time, pursue training that is not approved under the NHSC S2S LRP will be in default and owe damages as described in the program guidelines. On a case-by-case basis, requests may be approved by physician participants who are in their final year of postgraduate training to complete certain approved postgraduate training programs (fellowships), which are outlined in the program guidelines. 

Applicant Resources:

Applicants may visit the NHSC S2S LRP website for fact sheets and other resources. 

For questions, please call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.




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6.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 14, 2018 edition.  


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


November 14, 2018


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Exposing vulnerabilities: How hackers could target your medical devices

Pacemakers, insulin pumps, and more are potential prey for malicious hacking. What leaders are doing to safeguard medical devices and the complex systems that support them.

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Kirch, MD

Reflecting on the mountaintops we reach in academic medicine

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, looks back on how far academic medicine has come — and ahead to its future heights.

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Panel Discussion

Physicians share stories of struggle and hope

Four extraordinary physicians — a Syrian Kurdish refugee, a victim of childhood abuse, a man who survived extreme violence, and a woman who lost her husband to suicide — described their experiences and inspirations during Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting.

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: New report explores physician specialty data; Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, stresses the importance of communication between doctors and patients.

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Highlights from Learn Serve Lead 2018

Videos from the extraordinary plenary speakers, along with photos and other highlights from Learn Serve Lead 2018, are now available. Member log-in is required to view some content.
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2018-19 AAMC Board of Directors announced

The AAMC has announced its new board of directors. Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, is the new chair, succeeding M. Roy Wilson, MD, president of Wayne State University. Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean of Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine and executive vice president and provost of Medical College of Wisconsin, has been named chair-elect and will succeed Marks next year.
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Webinar series to discuss biomedical and medical workforce

Beginning Nov. 19, the AAMC will co-host a monthly webinar series with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The series will explore the 2018 reports on the biomedical and medical workforce with a focus on implementing findings from the five reports, reviewing one report in each session.
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In memoriam: Richard Fedorak, MD

Richard Fedorak, MD, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta and a member of the AAMC Council of Deans, died on Nov. 8 at the age of 63. A proud alumnus, Dr. Fedorak was an integral member of the University of Alberta community for more than 30 years, as a clinical investigator, professor, and director in the division of gastroenterology in the earlier part of his career, and later as dean in 2015. Dennis Kunimoto, MD, has been named acting dean.
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On the move

David Feinberg, MD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, will take on a newly created role at Google where he will direct the company's move into health care. Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Geisinger, has been named interim president and CEO, effective Dec 1.
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7.  The State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry (New York, NY) announces its Winter Open House on Thursday, January 10, 2019.  

We are happy to announce that registration for our Winter Open House is now available:

  • Winter Open House Great opportunity to explore the profession by meeting faculty members, learning what it is like to be an optometry student by interacting with current  students, and learning tips on how to build a competitive application.
    • Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Register here

Also, students have the opportunity to tour our campus prior to Open House:

  • Tour Tuesdays - Excellent opportunity to tour our state of the art facilities, interact with current students, meet with an admissions representative, and enjoy an afternoon in the highly acclaimed Bryant Park.
    • Upcoming dates: Tuesdays, November 20th, 2018 and December 18th, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM
    • Register here

Please help us share this information with all of your students. Students are welcome to bring up to 2 guests for any of the events. Any questions should be directed to our General Admissions email at

We look forward to seeing some of your students, and potentially some of you, at any of the upcoming events! Thanks in advance for your help.

All my best,


Christian Alberto, MSEd

Learn more about us:

Associate Director of Admissions
SUNY State College of Optometry
Office of Student Affairs
33 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
p: (212) 938-5673
f: (212) 938-5504





8.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective students of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).

A monthly newsletter for prospective students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.


Founders' Day, an annual Feinberg tradition, welcomed the incoming class of first-year medical students and marked the official beginning of the school year.



First-Year Medical Students Explore the Profession

During just their second week of class, first-year medical students are introduced to the unique responsibilities of a career in medicine, through Introduction to the Profession Week.


Students Share Research at AOSC Poster Session

Second-year medical students showcased ongoing results from their Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) research projects at a recent poster session. AOSC is a four-year longitudinal investigation, an experience that gives students first-hand experience with academic science and helps them develop relationships with mentors and faculty.



Genetic Variants Associated With Bleeding on Common Anticoagulant

A group of gene mutations seen only in African-Americans and people of African ancestry may contribute to an increased risk of serious bleeding while taking warfarin, a common anticoagulant drug, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.


New Discovery Opens Path to Treatments for Hearing Loss

In a study published in Nature, Northwestern Medicine scientists demonstrated that a gene is critical for the development of the ear's outer hair cells, which has important implications for hearing loss treatments.



Northwestern Hospitals Among the Best in Latest U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report recognized four Northwestern Medicine hospitals in its 2018-19 rankings of America's Best Hospitals. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab once again earned the top spot among rehabilitation hospitals in the country, and Lurie Children's ranked first among children's hospitals in Illinois.


Online HIV Prevention Program Receives NIH Grant to Put Research Into Practice

The National Institutes of Health has awarded an $8.8 million grant to Keep It Up!, a novel online HIV prevention program that has been shown to reduce sexually transmitted infections in gay young men by 40 percent. Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), which created the Keep It Up! program, will use the grant to implement the program in real-world settings.




Visit Our Wellness Website

At Feinberg, we believe that wellness and self-care are essential to academic success and a rewarding career. We encourage you to take a moment to visit our wellness website. The resources here are intended to help our students thrive throughout their medical school experience. 


"Wellness is not just one tangible activity at Feinberg; it's just part of the culture here. Everyone wants to be supportive, and everyone shares resources. I've felt almost no competition among my fellow students, and school doesn't feel stressful because it's all about doing the best you can. As students, we're all encouraged to have interests outside of school -- and so there's diversity not just in our backgrounds but in our goals."


- Michael Musharbash, third-year medical student



Feinberg Celebrates Diversity at Welcome Event 

Students, faculty and staff mingled at a welcome reception hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the incoming medical class. View photos here.


Students Host Transgender Patient Care Panel

Feinberg's student groups recently hosted clinicians and advocates from Howard Brown Health, the Chicago Women's Health Center and the TransLife Center at Chicago House and Social Service Agency for a panel on transgender patient care.


This event provided students with the opportunity to learn more about the specific needs of transgender and nonbinary patients. The panel of experts discussed health disparities these patients face, and explained how to use inclusive and affirming messaging for transgender and nonbinary patients seeking healthcare.


Focus on the MD Curriculum

Take a look inside the Feinberg curriculum: In this video, learn how our curriculum is defined by early clinical experiences, an atmosphere of inquiry, synthesis and application modules, and strong mentorship.


Why I Chose Feinberg

First-year medical student Matias Pollevick

Matias Pollevick, a first-year medical student, is a member of Feinberg's Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Keep Your Heart Healthy -- a student-run program that provides cardiovascular disease risk assessment and counseling to underserved communities -- among other activities.


Before joining Feinberg, Pollevick was a clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he worked on a project looking at asthma and PTSD in World Trade Center First Responders.


Outside of medical school, Pollevick plays on intramural soccer and volleyball teams, and enjoys reading at coffee shops, trying new restaurants around Chicago and practicing photography.


Why did you choose Feinberg?

I chose Northwestern because I knew that it was the place that would make me the best physician I could possibly be. In addition, I wanted to be within a large urban setting that provides care for a diverse patient population, which Northwestern Memorial Hospital does for the city of Chicago.


I also wanted a place where I would have strong mentors. While working in New York, I heard Dr. Clyde Yancy give a talk about heart failure. After asking him a few basic questions regarding his talk, I knew from the way in which he listened to my questions and then gave me guidance that I wanted to learn medicine at an institution with leaders like him.


Finally, I was drawn to Northwestern's capacity for research, as investigating new biomedical knowledge is something I am passionate about and wish to pursue in my career. Northwestern had the best combination of infrastructure, leadership and excellence that I wanted in a medical school.


What advice would you give to prospective medical students?

Reach out to friends and friends of friends -- your peers and colleagues are your best resources. People who just went through the application process know the most about it and have a different set of resources to offer than long-term life advice, which is just as important. Remember that when you are interviewing, the school is interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them. If you get to pick a place, make sure it feels right! These are the people that will support you for the next four years, during a very formative phase of your career. It's a tough process, but once you get here, it's worth it.


Admissions Q&A

How is the Feinberg curriculum structured? 
The four years of study are divided into three phases, each of which contains contributions from the four curricular elements.


What is the profile of Feinberg's currently enrolled students? 
Find data about our current M1 class, including test scores and undergraduate performance and gender and ethnicity statistics, via our Entering Class Profile page.



9.  Marginalia:  Get ready for cooler weather at the Memphis Botanic Garden! 

Tickets on sale now.


With Campfires for Kids and Adults!

Wild Things Campfire Party

Friday, November 16

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where are the wild things? Find out with a night hike and crafts with our Garden guides. Enjoy a performance inspired by Sendak’s classic book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Hutchison School’s Theater students. We’ll provide hot dogs, s’mores, and cider. Advanced tickets required, limited space available.

MBG members $10/non-members $15.

Campfire Date Night - Game Night

Saturday, November 17

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Unwind after hours and cozy up around campfires. Get competitive with that special someone when you challenge them to new and old games like The Oregon Trail, Exploding Kittens, Uno, Candyland and much more. Fire pits and lawn games for enjoyment, lounge area inside Sara’s Place, and live music. Henna available with Pain’t It Cool Body Art. Hot dog and s’mores included; cash bar additional.

MBG members $12/non-members $15.




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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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