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Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2019.01, Week of August 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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Table of Contents:

1.   Welcome back!
2.  Altus Admissions Newsbites, July 31, 2019 edition.  
3.  Message from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions.  
4.  Washington Insider:  An e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, July 29, 2019 edition.  
5.  University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine Newsletter:  CU in the Wild, Vol. II, #7, July 2019 edition.   
6.  Job announcement for a physical therapy technician at Dynamix PT in Millington.  Thanks to Cale Alexander for sending me this email. 
7.  Palmer College of Chiropractic is sponsoring a series of Open Houses at each of their campuses. 
8.  Taking a year off?  Take a year on with the MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities program at Case Western Reserve University.  
9.  Contemplating medical school?  Here’s an interesting article, entitled Advice for a Student Starting Medical School, appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 
10.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine announces that the 2019-2020 AACPMAS Application is now open.
11.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education News:  August 8, 2019 edition.  
12.  What a bummer -- Tortoise 'marriage' ends after 115 years:  Zookeepers have tried therapy to help them reconcile.
13.  School for Field Studies (SFS) News From the Field, 01 August 2019 edition.  
14.  Pig(lets) in space:  Tardigrades: 'Water bears', AKA ‘moss piglets’  stuck on the moon after crash (of Beresheet, the Israeli lunar craft. )
15.  August Ebloom, an e-publication of the Memphis Botanic Garden.   


1. Welcome back! 

I hope all of you had an enjoyable and refreshing summer break.  As the Director of Pre-Health Programs, I will be giving a presentation to the students in Beta Beta Beta on Thursday, August 29, starting at 12:30 p.m., regarding prehealth programs offered at CBU and the process of applying to graduate level clinical healthcare programs.  


2.  Altus Admissions Newsbites, July 31, 2019 edition.

Admissions Newsbites

Examining Trends in Admissions and Education

New Altus Assessments Site Launches

We are incredibly pleased to announce that our brand new Altus Assessments website is now live. The site has been redesigned to help facilitate navigation, and provide insights into the CASPer test, as well as acting as a resource hub for new research, and relevant publications in the field of admissions. Check out the new site here, and check out some new feature highlights below:



Conferences to look out for

Our team will be attending an exciting conference in August. Be sure to keep an eye out for them if you are attending as well!



The Second Admissions Summit is on: Save the date

The inaugural Admissions Summit was truly something special. Bringing together healthcare admissions specialists from around the world, the two-day summit openly discussed challenges, success, and new opportunities and ideas in the field of admissions. Thanks to all the positive feedback, the second Admissions Summit has already been announced. Save the date in your calendar and pre-register here.

The Importance of an Admissions Summit
We spoke to attendees and presenters at the Admissions Summit to find out why they think this type of event was important. By bringing together healthcare admissions specialists from around the world, there was a realization that the challenges of admissions teams are universal. Find out how attendees and presenters were able to speak to these challenges and learn from their peers here



In a Push for Diversity, Medical Schools Overhaul How They Select Canada's Future Doctors

An interesting article highlighting on of our CASPer Partners, Dr. Bruce Martin from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Martin offers transparency into U of M's medical school admissions process and how they have set out to achieve a 5% increase in the number of medical students with diversity attributes. Read moreabout what the University of Manitoba and other Canadian medical schools are doing to increase the diversity of their incoming class. 



Two Employee Spotlights We Want to Showcase

An exciting spotlight for the month of June was our Marketing and Operations Coordinator, Eartha Phorson. What makes this spotlight so special is that Eartha comes to us as a co-op student from the University of Waterloo. She has made an incredible impact in the short time she has been with Altus, helping share key findings and updates from our team, continuously improving the relationship with admissions professionals around the world!

Our July spotlight was none other than our Content Lead, Jillian Derby. Jill runs all the test content planning, idea generation, video production, question formulation, and review. She is the brains behind the CASPer test content, preparing a balanced test for all applicants. She does this by not only overseeing the entire content development process but also reaching out to key stakeholders for ideation and review. It's a diligent process that Jill delivers exceptionally well!










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3.  Message from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions.  

Good morning friends and colleagues:


It is hard to believe the start of first year DO classes is right around the corner. Orientation in Philadelphia and Georgia begins the week of August 5th; the ribbon cutting and official opening of our South Georgia building is August 6th. All of us are looking forward to welcoming the students to our campuses, including our inaugural class of 59 in Moultrie!


This message is a reminder we are not utilizing a separate PCOM/Georgia/South Georgia supplemental application this year.  Institutional questions are now embedded in the AACOMAS application. If any of your current applicants or re-applicants have questions, please encourage them to contact the Office of Admissions.  


The bold text noted below was sent to all in progress AACOMAS applicants who indicated our school.  I thought it would be helpful for you to see what was emailed just in case they reached out to you directly. Messages were sent from each campus office, referencing the specific geographic location in the text.


Again, my thanks for all that you do each and every day.  All of us are looking forward to seeing you throughout the year.


Enjoy the remainder of your summer,
Deborah Benvenger


Hello from Philadelphia!  We thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at PCOM!

This message serves as a friendly reminder to complete your application to PCOM. If you have not already done so, please visit the Program Materials block of the PCOM AACOMASapplication. Once there, click the Questions tab to answer a small number of questions to help the Admissions Committee learn more about you.  Once these questions are completed, you will be able to submit the application and have it processed by the PCOM Admissions staff. Please note, PCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process and incomplete files will not be reviewed. Interviews begin in September and continue through the end of March.

Should you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at or 215-871-6700.

Thanks again for your interest in PCOM and in the osteopathic tradition! We are looking forward to reviewing your application!




Deborah Benvenger

Chief Admissions Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
office 215-871-6700 | fax 215-871-6719

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4.  Washington Insider:  An e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, July 29, 2019 edition.



July 29, 2019


What You Need to Know



Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a two-year fiscal budget deal negotiated between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to lift the nation’s debt limit and raise spending levels by $321 billion over existing caps. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, the agreement would prevent steep spending cuts to federal programs and a default on the nation’s debt. The $2.7 trillion package would increase funding for both the Pentagon and domestic programs, including health care and health research programs vital to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community. The Senate is expected to vote on the package before leaving for the August recess this Friday.


Mary-Lynn Bender

Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations


Due to the congressional August recess, we will return with our next Washington Insider in September. See you in the fall!

On The Hill


House Passes Budget and Debt Ceiling Deal


Last week, the House passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (BBA), to suspend the debt ceiling through July 2021 and raise discretionary spending limits by $321 billion over two fiscal years (FYs). Non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding, which supports public health, education, scientific research, and other programs and efforts vital to OME, would total $632 billion in the bill in FY20 and $634.5 billion in FY21, not including one-time costs for the 2020 Census and overseas contingency operations. The $2.7 trillion budget package is on track for passage through the Senate. The legislation comes after Secretary Mnuchin warned congressional leaders that the nation could reach its borrowing limit in early September, several weeks earlier than previously estimated. Without an agreement to raise the budget caps, defense spending would be slashed by $71 billion, while non-defense spending would face a $55 billion cut. In a joint letter, the Coalition for Health Funding, of which AACOM is a member, urged Congress to vote in favor of the BBA to increase funding to NDD programs and end sequestration’s steep spending cuts. AACOM will continue toadvocate

 for programs of importance to OME throughout the FY20 appropriations process.


AACOM Joins Letter of Support for POST GRAD Act


AACOM joined 17 national organizations as a member of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions in a letter to U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) in support of H.R. 3418, the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act, an AACOM-supported bill that would help graduate and professional students finance their education. This legislation would reinstate graduate and professional student eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, which was eliminated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The measure would essentially cover graduate and professional students’ cost of interest accrued on federal loans while completing their education. AACOM also supportedthis legislation in the last Congress.


House Committee Moves Health Legislation


Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup on health care legislation relevant to the OME community. The committee passed H.R. 2328, theReauthorizing and Extending America's Community Health (REACH) Act, which was introduced by U.S. Representatives Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY). The bill would extend four years of mandatory funding for, among other health programs, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program and the National Health Service Corps. Both programs strengthen and grow the primary care workforce by supporting dedicated health professionals serving in Health Professional Shortage Areas. Without congressional action, funding for the programs will expire October 1. The REACH Acthas now been sent to the full House, which is expected to consider the bill once it returns from congressional recess.


While AACOM appreciates the House’s support of these vital programs, we have stronglyendorsed a similar bipartisan bill, H.R. 2815/S. 1191, the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019, which would not only reauthorize but also expand the THCGME Program. We continue to urge Congress to prioritize and pass this critical legislation.


House Creates Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force


On July 16, the House Ways and Means Committee launched the Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force, a bipartisan group led by four co-chairs: U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brad Wenstrup (D-OH), and Jodey Arrington (R-TX). The task force will bring together Members and experts in the field to “discuss the challenges of delivering health care in rural and underserved areas, and explore holistic bipartisan policy options that could improve outcomes and care in these communities.” AACOM looks forward to working with the task force on the important goal of improving access to health care in our nation’s rural and underserved communities.






COM Day on Capitol Hill 2019 #COMDAY19

Take Action this Virtual Hill Day: #COMDAY19


AACOM’s 2019 COM Day on Capitol Hill is our yearly advocacy event hosting osteopathic medical school deans, the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators, and other designated AACOM members in Washington, DC to meet with elected officials about the federal policy issues affecting OME. To increase our impact, we urge every member of the OME community to help amplify our COM Day message by saving the date for our Virtual Hill Day, October 17, which will take place in conjunction with COM Day. Virtual Hill Day allows all advocates across the country to use social media to share their personal stories with lawmakers about why it is crucial to invest in the nation’s future health care workforce. Be a part of the process. Plan to connect this Virtual Hill Day with your Members of Congress on behalf of your profession and your patients.


Start the School Year Right with ED to MED’s Advocacy Essentials


While it may feel like summer has just begun, health professions students across the country will soon be or already are heading back to school for another year of learning, studying, and gaining the knowledge required to earn their degrees. Make sure you’re informed and engaged on key federal policy issues this upcoming school year with ED to MED’s advocacy essentials. Learn more.




Administration and Federal Agencies


Reminder: Apply for FY20 THCGME Program and View Technical Assistance Webinar


As a reminder, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications through August 30 for the FY20 THCGME Program, which supports the training of primary care residents in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. The program is vital to preparing residents to provide high-quality health care, particularly in rural and underserved communities. Awards will be made to support HRSA-funded filled resident positions at existing THCGME Programs and new resident positions at new Teaching Health Centers. Interested applicants can view a recording of the July 10 HRSA-hosted technical assistance webinar. AACOM strongly supports the highly successful THCGME Program and has endorsed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand it. Learn more.


Apply Now: NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently accepting applications for its FY20 Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). 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. The NIH may repay up to $50,000 of qualified student loan debt per year for each awardee, in exchange for the commitment to conduct at least two years of NIH mission-relevant research for no less than 20 hours per week. There are five extramural LRPs that applicants may be eligible for, including clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. A completed online application must be submitted by November 15.


Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement


Save the Date: Free Loan Repayment Strategies Webinar: Save the date for Wednesday, September 18 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET for a member webinar on loan repayment strategies for osteopathic physicians. The webinar will feature Paul Garrard, Founder and President of PGPresents, LLC, one of the nation’s leading experts on student loans and educational debt management for medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians. Register now.


Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Training Webcast: Join HRSA and HRSA-funded health centers on Wednesday, July 31 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET for a webinar on unique approaches to providing high-quality, integrated behavioral health care and practices to develop behavioral health workforce training programs. Interested individuals may participate using the call-in number 877-917-4906 and passcode 9450742. Join the webcast.


Participate in HRSA’s Virtual Job Fair: On August 7 from 6:45 PM – 10:15 PM ET, HRSA will host a Virtual Job Fair to connect trainees with practicing clinicians and health care sites nationwide. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with health care providers and receive real-time answers to their employment questions. Learn more.


Reminder: CMS Seeks Public Comment on Reducing Administrative Burden: To improve program integrity, lower costs, and make the health care system more effective, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on regulatory policies and opportunities to streamline reporting requirements to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens on health care providers. Comments are due on August 12 by 5:00 PM ET. Learn more.


NIDA Supplemental Substance Use Disorder Curriculum Resources: Faculty members, medical students, residents, and practicing physicians may utilize a diverse portfolio of innovative curriculum resources on addressing substance use disorders in patients developed by the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Centers of Excellence for Physician Information. Materials are provided in a variety of formats and can be tailored to learners on multiple levels. Learn more.


Free Online Resource for Early-Stage Drug Development: Managed by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Assay Guidance Manual is a tool designed to assist investigators in the development of early-stage drug discovery assays. View the manual.