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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2018.15, Week of December 3


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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.  Husson University School of Pharmacy (Bangor, Maine) proudly announces a 92.31% pass rate for all first-time test takers from May-August 2018, as reported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). 
3.  Washington Insider, a weekly e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, November 19, 2018 edition.
4.  Jefferson College of Health Professions (Philadelphia, PA) offers programs for individuals interested in Laboratory Sciences Careers.  
5.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 28, 2018 edition. 
6.  The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore, MD) announces an Online Information Session, Tuesday, December 11.  
7.  The Future Pharmacist:  Union University (Jackson, TN) College of Pharmacy’s –newsletter, November 2018 edition.  

8.  Marginalia:  Need a gift for the person on your list who has it all?  How about adopting a buffalo at Shelby Farms in their honor, and they’ll receive a special package! 


1. Campus events coming up. 



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




2.  Husson University School of Pharmacy (Bangor, Maine) proudly announces a 92.31% pass rate for all first-time test takers from May-August 2018, as reported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). 


3.  Washington Insider, a weekly e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, November 19, 2018 edition. 

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


November 19, 2018

What You Need to Know

With a few races still yet to be confirmed, the 2018 midterm elections are over and the U.S. House of Representatives is now in Democratic control. Furthermore, Republicans retained their majority in the Senate where they flipped four Democratic seats and will likely increase their gains to further expand their margin. Many of the nation's osteopathic medical schools will have new congressional representation and it will be critical to educate these Members on osteopathic medical education (OME)'s policy priorities in this new political landscape.

Before newly elected Members are sworn in, legislators in the lame duck must pass seven remaining appropriations bills before the upcoming December 7 deadline, when the current continuing resolution will expire. Contention is expected in these debates, particularly over the President’s urging of the inclusion of funding for the border wall. If Congress does not act by the deadline, the country will face a partial government shutdown. In addition, Republicans and Senate Democrats held their leadership elections, leaving the House Democrats still to hold their elections next week.

On the horizon, AACOM's Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress will be released in the new year, which reflects the association's legislative and regulatory priorities to ensure that OME is an active force in the formulation of national health and higher education policies.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Midterm Elections Alter Policy Landscape in Congress

The November midterm elections brought a wave of change to the legislative branch. In the House, Democrats gained a majority they have not had for eight years. Currently, they hold 233 seats in the lower chamber. Republicans retained their majority in the Senate and currently hold 52 seats. The outcome for a handful of races is still pending, with the potential for Democrats to win some of the House seats that have yet to be called. A run-off election for Mississippi's Senate seat will take place November 27.

Each party is now electing new leadership for the next Congress. House Republicans recently confirmed Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Minority Leader and Steve Scalise (R-LA) as Minority Whip. House Democrats plan to hold their leadership elections November 28. In the Senate, the Republican caucus has re-elected Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Majority Leader and John Thune (R-SD) as Majority Whip. Senate Democratic leadership will remain the same, as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ran uncontested.

With this altered landscape, several congressional committees of relevance to OME, including the House Education and the Workforce, Appropriations, and Ways and Means, are expected to experience shifts in both their leadership and member composition.

As the 116th Congress begins its work next year, AACOM will continue to advocate for key higher education and health care priorities on behalf of osteopathic medical schools and students. Stay up to date on the 116th Congress and other policy issues by signing up for AACOM alerts and following AACOM's Office of Government Relations on Twitter at @AACOMGR.

Joint Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Committee Issues Recommendations

On November 15, the Joint Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Committee held its final hearing and unveiled draft legislation to propose a change in the way Congress handles the budget and appropriations process. Recommendations include implementing a biennial budget to allow more time in the budget process and more certainty in the budget for Executive branch agencies, eliminating term limits for members on the House Budget Committee, and creating more realistic deadlines to complete the budget and receive budget requests from the Executive branch. Amid disagreement within the committee during the hearing, the panel will reconvene on November 27 to continue its work and formally approve its recommendations.

Established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, this temporary bipartisan committee comprised of 16 Members from both chambers is required to develop recommendations on overhauling the federal budget and appropriations process by November 30. Since April, this committee has held five public hearings, closed briefings, and multiple formal and informal meetings.






Advocacy Update


Protecting Primary Care with PSLF and Grad PLUS

Tiffany Ziegler, third-year student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, hopes to pursue pediatrics or family practice. Learn why federal programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Grad PLUS are crucial to her decision to practice primary care.

ED to MED Gives Thanks for Advocates

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all your reasons to be grateful. ED to MED is thankful for the advocates that raise their voices on behalf of the future health care workforce and patients it will serve. Discover why we’re giving thanks this year.

AACOM SVP Presents to RVUCOM – Southern UT Students on Health Policy and Advocacy

On November 13, Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations, spoke to students in Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Southern Utah Branch (RVUCOM-SU)'s Academic Medicine and Leadership Track. She presented on effective advocacy strategies and methods, as well as discussed health policy topics following a workshop where students debated current health policy issues. Ms. Murphy also spoke about AACOM’s grassroots advocacy campaign, ED to MED. Thanks to RVUCOM-SU and David J. Park, DO, Vice President and Southern Utah Campus Dean, for supporting the next generation of health policy leaders.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

Apply Now for 2019 NHSC S2S Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is now accepting applications for the 2019 application cycle through December 20, 2018 by 7:30 PM ET. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in loan repayment assistance to medical students in their final year of school in exchange for a three-year commitment to practice in underserved communities of greatest need. For more information, interested applicants may view the recording of a recent AACOM-NHSC webinar and participate in upcoming NHSC technical assistance opportunities on November 27, December 13, and December 18. Learn more.

Federal Appellate Court Rules on DACA Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in a unanimous decision that the Administration must continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, which was created in 2012 by the Obama Administration and provides renewable, two-year work permits to certain eligible individuals known as “Dreamers.” The case, filed by the University of California, multiple states, and others, marks the first time a federal appellate court has reviewed the Administration’s 2017 decision to rescind the program. It follows a ruling issued earlier this year by a federal district court that said the Administration must continue to maintain DACA and process DACA renewal applications while legal challenges are pending. In addition, it is likely that the issue will eventually be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) for consideration.

Matthew Whitaker Appointed as Acting Attorney General

On November 7, President Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, MBA, JD, as Acting Attorney General after requesting then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation. Whitaker most recently served as Sessions' Chief of Staff. In 2004, Whitaker was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa under President George W. Bush. Whitaker was previously a managing partner of a private Des Moines law firm, and from 2014 to 2017, he served as the Executive Director for The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust.

It is important to note that some legal scholars argue that Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional since he did not receive the advice and consent of the Senate, as required by the U.S. Constitution and upheld by SCOTUS. As Acting Attorney General, Whitaker is also now supervising Robert Mueller, Special Counsel to the ongoing Russia investigation, which has some legal scholars raising questions about his role in the oversight of the investigation. President Trump has stated that he intends to nominate a permanent replacement for the post.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

2019 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: HRSA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) through February 6, 2019. GWEP funding works to establish and operate geriatric centers that will implement projects to develop a health care workforce that improves outcomes for older Americans by integrating geriatric and primary care. HRSA expects to fund up to 47 awards totaling $750,000 a year each. For more information, interested applicants can participate in a technical assistance resources webinar on November 21. Learn more.

2019 Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program: Eligible applicants may apply now through January 15, 2019 for the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) Program that supports individual junior faculty who will provide interprofessional clinical training and become leaders in academic geriatrics. Eligible applicant organizations include accredited schools of osteopathic and allopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy, or allied health. A GACA technical assistance webinar will be held on November 20. Learn more.

Federal Resource Guide for Rural Communities to Help Address the Opioid Epidemic: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a resource guide for rural communities to identify federal programs that aid in combating substance use disorder and the opioid crisis. Learn more.

Participate in HRSA’s Virtual Job Fair: On November 28 from 6:45 to 10:15 PM ET, HRSA will host a virtual job fair to connect health care sites with medical, nursing, dental, and mental/behavioral health clinicians and trainees who are interested in practicing in rural and underserved communities. Learn more.

ICOM Honors Retiring Idaho Governor:

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter cuts the ribbon on his namesake auditorium. (L-R) ICOM President Dr. Tracy Farnsworth; Gov. Otter; First Lady Lori Otter; ICOM Dean Dr. Robert Hasty; ICOM Student Doctor Jacob Boyd; ICOM Professor Dr. Dennis Rau; ICOM Professor Dr. Rodney Bates

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), the state’s first medical school, honored Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter during a room naming ceremony on November 5. ICOM unveiled its 250-seat, “Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter Auditorium,” to Idaho’s governor of 12 years. ICOM students and staff, along with various community partners, gathered to watch Gov. Otter and first lady Lori Otter cut the ribbon on their namesake auditorium. Gov. Otter, whose support was fundamental in establishing ICOM, also approved a $3.85M tax reimbursement incentive for the school, which ICOM leaders directed to the school’s scholarship fund. Learn more.







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4.  Jefferson College of Health Professions (Philadelphia, PA) offers programs for individuals interested in Laboratory Sciences Careers.

Are your students wondering what type of job you can get with a science background? Explore a degree that bridges health care and basic science; a career that includes diagnostic discovery in clinical laboratory medicine as well as the intellectual challenge of solving a vexing problem in basic science.


The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) offers BS, BS/MS and MS programs for science-focused students who want to impact healthcare in three areas:

  • Biotechnology/molecular sciences
  • Cytotechnology/cell sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Science

Biotechnology master's degree student Jason Smith says, "The biotechnology program offers limitless academic and professional possibilities and can be used as a matriculation tool toward a PhD, medical or Physician Assistant school, or many other related health disciplines."


These health professions are often unknown, but the job market is growing!


Visit Laboratory Sciences Careers to find out what it takes to kick off a career in this field!  This student resource is filled with information such as career pathways, the history of laboratory science, and many other valuable resources.


5.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, November 28, 2018 edition. 


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


November 28, 2018


Examining tablet

Small changes, big results: How five hospitals are drastically improving care

Relatively small actions at these academic medical centers have led to significant successes, from increasing the use of generic medicines to lowering the risk of in-hospital cardiac arrests.

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Progress in predicting suicide

For decades, the goal of identifying those most at risk of ending their lives has remained elusive. Finally, it may be within sight.

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: Is there a doctor on board?; how a medical school dean found his own resiliency.

More from AAMCNews

IPEC webinar explores interprofessional response to opioid crisis

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will host a free webinar on Dec. 13. The discussion will feature leaders from East Tennessee State University who will highlight the institution's response to the opioid epidemic through interprofessional education, community engagement, research, and clinical care.
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Cancer Moonshot research funding opportunities

The National Cancer Institute has announced funding opportunities for research initiatives that align with the Cancer Moonshot initiative. The first application deadline is Dec. 17.
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On the move

Mantosh Dewan, MD, has been appointed interim president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, effective Dec. 23. Dewan is currently a professor in the department of psychiatry and previously served as interim dean of the College of Medicine.
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Donna Lynne, DrPH, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and CEO of ColumbiaDoctors, effective Jan. 15, 2019. Lynne currently serves as lieutenant governor and COO of the state of Colorado.
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6.  The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore, MD) announces an Online Information Session, Tuesday, December 11.  

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2018 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


What Will I Learn During the Online Information Session?


The information session will last approximately one hour. It will provide an overview of the PharmD program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, with topics including careers in pharmacy, our curriculum, the admissions process, and other frequently asked questions about the program.


Join our Mentoring Program!


Our APhA-ASP Maryland Pre-Pharmacy Mentorship Program (AMPM) and Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) student mentoring program offers admissions preparation activities and one on one mentorship to interested local pre-pharmacy students.

Email if interested in Mentorship Program


Why Pharmacy?


Earn a doctorate in as little as six years - the Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four-year commitment and an undergraduate degree isn't required for pharmacy school.


Pharmacy is a diverse career - with a PharmD degree, you can practice in community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care settings, and in a wide variety of other sites, including the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry, and higher education. 


Pharmacists are often the most accessible member of the health care team - with a pharmacy in nearly every neighborhood in America, you will be a trusted source of health care information for the patient's you serve. Pharmacy regularly rates as one of the most trusted professions.


A pharmacist's job is increasingly complex - while medication dispensing is still a key role for pharmacists, they also provide direct patient care through the administration of vaccines, blood pressure monitoring services, cholesterol screening, diabetes disease management, smoking cessation consultation, and bone density scans for osteoporosis screening.

The pharmacist is the medication expert on the health care team - there is a push in the United States for patient care to be provided by interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals.  The pharmacist is the medication expert on that team, providing guidance and recommendations on appropriate use of medications to treat a variety of diseases and illnesses.



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7.  The Future Pharmacist:  Union University (Jackson, TN) College of Pharmacy’s –newsletter, November 2018 edition.  



Class of 2020 Pinning Ceremony



On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Class of 2020 Pinning Ceremony was held in the Carl Grant Events Center. A special thank you to Lauren Jackson ('14) for being the keynote speaker and for leading the class in the Oath of a Pharmacist. A very special moment was shared as each student was pinned by their faculty mentor. This ceremony celebrates the transition from didactic coursework to APPEs. Congratulations to the students! We know they will excel in their APPEs!



Student News



  • Second-year students participated in a Cultural Competence workshop that was led by 5 peer facilitators. Students discussed implicit bias, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome. The diversity represented by this outstanding panel of student leaders is just one of the many reasons it’s great to train to be a pharmacist at Union University’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kim Jones served as the faculty mentor.
  • The College of Pharmacy and Providence Hall was all pink for Pink Out Providence the last week of October. The Class of 2019 was able to raise over $500 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Thank you to everyone who participated by wearing pink and purchasing one of our pink out shirts!
  • Class themes and faculty involvement...Costume fun at the UUCOP!
  • Thank you to everyone that participated in the Howl-O-Ween 5K and Puppy Run! Proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.
  • Pharmacy Crossfitters with Coaches Philip and Martin



Alumni News




  • Garrett ('16), Clinical Pharmacist at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, has earned credentials as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Position Update

  • Mills ('16) has been promoted to Pharmacy Manager at Wal-Mart in Lexington, TN. She will also be starting her MBA in January 2019!

Poster Presentation

  • Houston Wyatt ('12) presented a poster entitled "Predicting Time to Medication Access for Hematologic Malignancies: The impact of an integrated specialty pharmacy and limited distribution drug networks" at the AMCP Nexus Conference in Orlando, FL, October 22-25, 2018.


  • Emily Taylor ('16) and husband, Josh, welcomed their son, Noah James Taylor, on October 21st. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 inches long.
  • Brittany Crawley ('16) and husband, Lee Crawley ('17), welcomed their son, Trevor Samuel Crawley, on October 8th.



Faculty News Luna Bennett was the Chair and gave a speech in Section 403 Cancer Cell Biology: "Vitamin C Effect on Certain Cancer Cell Lines" BIT 8th Annual World Congress of Molecular & Cell Biology in Fukuoka, Japan, October 2018.



Student Organizations



  • What a great night of fellowship at our annual Crocktoberfest! We had 12 participants who treated everyone to their favorite soup/chili. Both 1st place winners in the contest were P2s! Thanks to everyone who participated.
  • In early November, APhA-ASP presented at the local Happy First Birthday Party coordinated by the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department. They gave a short presentation on vaccinations for children up to 2 years old and educated the parents on the importance of staying up to date on their child’s vaccinations!



Fall 2018 Continuing Education Programs






CE Credit

November 29, 2018

6:30 pm – 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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8.  Marginalia:  Need a gift for the person on your list who has it all?  How about adopting a buffalo at Shelby Farms in their honor, and they’ll receive a special package! 

Need a gift for the person on your list who has it all?



Adopt a buffalo in their honor! We'll send them a special package acknowledging your gift that includes one of each item below. Items in bold are only available for a limited time.


  • Family Pass to Starry Nights, presented by International Paper ($20 value)*
  • Exclusive Shelby Farms Park mug
  • Packet of premium hot chocolate from Dinstuhl's 
  • one adoption certificate
  • one exclusive plush buffalo
  • one “Roam the Park” buffalo sticker
  • a letter from Shelby Farms Park Conservancy's CEO


When you give a buffalo adoption, you're giving a gift that gives back! Proceeds from your adoption will be used to help provide food and care for Shelby Farms Park's iconic buffalo herd.


Show some buffa-love by adopting a buffalo today! Click the button below to order online, or visit the Lake's Edge Gift Shop (6903 Great View Drive North).


*Starry Nights tickets are only available for orders placed by December 14, 2018. 

Tickets can be redeemed through December 28, 2018. 


Shipping: We ship anywhere in the U.S. at no extra charge. If we are shipping the buffalo adoption package directly to you or to a recipient, please allow approximately 3-5 business days for delivery. International orders may require additional fees, but we'll let you know up front! 


Pick Up: Want to show your favorite park some extra holiday cheer? Pick up this gift in person to help us save on shipping fees! 


Questions? Give us a shout at or (901) 222-7245!


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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