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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2019.02, Week of August 26


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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.  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine – Arkansas (in Jonesboro) invites you to view a video which tells their narrative.  
3.  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.  
4.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host its first Biomedical Symposium on Friday, September 20.  
5.  Beyond the MCAT: Here's what else med schools are looking for.
6.  AMA MedEd Update:  August 21, 2019 edition.
7.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals:  August 21, 2019 edition.  
8.  The University of Alabama and Birmingham announces its 9th annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium, October 12-13, 2019.  
9.  An Ad from Altius Test Prep, which provides a MCAT study course.  (Please note, this is not an endorsement.) 
10.   Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN and Knoxville, TN) invites you to the Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference & Open House Event on Saturday, 14 September 2019. 


1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Thursday, August 29:  Beta Beta Beta meeting in CW105.  The subject will be prehealth programs offered at CBU, presented by me, Dr. Stan Eisen

·         Thursday, September 19:  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we, as Buccaneers, ought to do something about it, dammit.  Here is the official website:


2.  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine – Arkansas (in Jonesboro) invites you to view a video which tells their narrative.  

Dear Advising Colleagues –


Hope this finds you all well and ready for the start of a new academic year! 


I wanted to share a brand new video with you and for your premedical students that highlights the amazing opportunities available on this transformative medical school campus.  The video tells our narrative and hopefully resonates with your students and their vision for pursuing a career in medicine.Click here to view


As the first osteopathic medical school in the state of Arkansas, we were very proud to welcome our 4thclass of medical students at our White Coat Ceremony held August 9, 2019.    

Local TV coverage:


The Office of Admissions at NYITCOM looks forward to working with you and your talented premedical students throughout the AACOMAS application cycle.  


We welcome On-Campus Visits throughout the year and look forward to meeting you across the nationas we recruit!


My very best,



Gina M. Moses, MEd

Director of Admissions Recruitment
Office of Admissions | NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine 


Cell: 516-238-0697 | Fax: 516-686-3831 |

Serota Academic Center | Room 204

Northern Blvd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000


ONE PROGRAM | TWO LOCATIONS – Old Westbury, NY and Jonesboro, AR





3.  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.  

The Office of Postbaccalaureate Studies Programs is happy to announce our upcoming Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences virtual information session:



Please share this information with your students.  If you have any questions, contact us



Joy Henderson

Director of Postbaccalaureate Studies Programs

School of Osteopathic Medicine | Campbell University

Post Office Box 4280 | Buies Creek, North Carolina 27506

Levine Hall Office 147 | 910-893-1781 |



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4.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host its first Biomedical Symposium on Friday, September 20.  

Hello everyone


Dr Minoli Perera (Pharm D and PhD) graduated from CBU in biology in 1998 (I think or sometime close to that).  I worked with her in Dr. Anton Reiner's Lab one of the first years I taught the mentored research and her results were published in a peer reviewed journal.  This is a wonderful individual to showcase CBU biology graduates success story.  She is the lead on a big NIH grant, she mentored one of our seniors on her research recently, and she is one of the speakers at the UTHSC Biomedical Symposium on September 20.  I saw her the last time I was in Chicago and we went to dinner together.  The Society for Neuroscience is also in Chicago this year too and I will meet up with her and other CBU grads in school there now.   Hopefully some CBU students can present at the undergraduate research symposium (abstracts can now be submitted I will send link later to Dr. Moore and Dr. Henson.  A couple of my MHIRT students will.  


Also the MHIRT symposium this year will be at Rhodes College on Sept 28.  I do not have the room yet but it would be nice if you could save the date.  We have 4 CBU students presenting at it.  Three of them will present at the international ARVO meeting in May of 2020 in Baltimore, MD.  This may be the last year for MHIRT, the current administration has decided to redirect the program not involving undergrads but only grads.  Since CBU and Rhodes are undergraduate institutions, we no longer qualify.  Also since I am no longer at CBU there was some concern on my involvement.    


Here is the FB event for the symposium

UTHSC Biomedical Symposium- Save the Date Friday September 20th

Written by Jessica Baker

| August 20, 2019

On behalf of the Graduate Student Executive Council (GSEC), I would like to invite you to the first annual UTHSC Biomedical Symposium, a student-run, one-day symposium that will be held onFriday, September 20th from 8am-5pm at Memphis Bioworks20 South Dudley Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

The UTHSC Biomedical Symposium, titled Pathway to Discovery: From Basic Science to Translational Medicine, is a full-day event organized by the Graduate Student Executive Council of the College of Graduate Health Sciences at the UTHSC. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to foster an environment of learning, inspiration, and wonder through idea-focused presentations covering a wide range of subjects with the ultimate goal of provoking meaningful scientific conversations. The learning objectives for this symposium include 1) how to efficiently move from basic science discoveries to clinical applications and 2) how social determinants of health contribute to health disparities.

Speakers for the event include:

  1. Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Instructor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  2. Dr. Adah Almutairi from University of California San Diego, Professor in Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  3. Dr. Minoli Perera from Northwestern University, Professor in Department of Pharmacology
  4. Dr. Michael Kobor from University of British Columbia, Professor of Medical Genetics
  5. Dr. Jennifer Thomas from San Diego State University, Professor in Department of Psychology
  6. Dr. Donald Stein from Emory University, Professor of Emergency Medicine
  7. Dr. Jeffery Medin from Medical College of Wisconsin, Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  8. Dr. Gregory Vidal from UTHSC and West Cancer Clinic, Professor of Hematology/Oncology

The UTHSC Biomedical Symposium will be followed by a Networking Social Celebration at the Orpheum Theatre. The symposium and social is free and open to all. Food and beverages will be provided at both the symposium and social. Parking is free. Promotional items and giveaways will be given to attendees. We hope to see you at the event!

For more information please email Jessica Baker (

Visit the UTHSC Biomedical Symposium Facebook page for updated schedule and presentation topics.

Register on the UTHSC Biomedical Symposium Facebook page or through Eventbrite:

Thank you for your time and attention!


Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. FARVO

Memphis, TN



5.  Beyond the MCAT: Here's what else med schools are looking for.


6.  AMA MedEd Update:  August 21, 2019 edition.




Promoting innovations in medical education

August 2019


Top Stories

8 new options to help meet ACGME core competencies

With eight new modules coming to the AMA GME Competency Education Program, the educational offerings for medical residents are now more comprehensive than ever before.
Read more at the AMA.

Effective med student-entrepreneurs display these 5 characteristics

For some students, a desire to innovate begins in medical school. What do students need to succeed? One entrepreneurship expert weighs in.
Read more at the AMA.

Beyond the MCAT: Here's what else med schools are looking for

A medical school application is more than a test score. Here's a look at the other most important factors in med school admissions.
Read more at the AMA.


Medical Schools

How to get published in medical school and boost your CV

Publishing a research paper in medical school can be a real boost to your CV. Find out how to get started with these tips.
Read more at the AMA.

What medical students should understand about quality improvement

The AMA offers new training to help medical students, residents and doctors learn how to make lasting improvements in the quality of care.
Read more at the AMA.


Graduate Medical Education

Are you a sleep-deprived medical resident? 4 symptoms to watch for

Sleep deprivation can have severe effects on the overall wellbeing of medical residents. Find out how to detect the signs of sleep deprivation.
Read more at the AMA.

Mindfulness helps surgical residents cut stress, perform better

Two hours of mindfulness-based stress reduction training per week aids the executive functioning surgical residents need to thrive.
Read more at the AMA.


Continuing Physician Professional Development

20% of lung cancer deaths are preventable: Here's what you can do

Determining the damage done by smoking—the earlier the better—is at the core of new CME on lung-cancer screening recommendations. More activities are available on the AMA Ed Hub™, our online platform that brings together high-quality CME, maintenance of certification, and educational content.
Read more at the AMA.

Call for nominations

AMA members are invited to apply for nomination to leadership positions in key medical education organizations, including the review committees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Gain valuable leadership experience and make your voice heard as you help shape the future of our profession.
Learn more.


More Med Ed News

Teaching health systems science? This program can help you

The AMA's Health Systems Science Scholars Program invites applications from all interested faculty who have significant current or planned responsibility for implementing or teaching topics related to health systems science. Successful applicants will attend an in-person workshop, Dec. 8–9, at the AMA's headquarters in Chicago. Applicants may currently have minimal experience with health systems science. Deadline to submit is Aug 29.

Save the date: ChangeMedEd 2019

This Sept. 18–21, join the AMA at ChangeMedEd® 2019, a national conference bringing together innovators and influencers from across the medical education continuum and related health care fields, to share bold ideas and proven approaches to change the way future physicians are trained. Registration closes Aug. 28.
Learn more.

Now available: Health Systems Science Learning Series and Review book

The new Health Systems Science Learning Series offered via the AMA Ed Hub provides a fundamental understanding of how health care is delivered and how the health system can improve patient care. In addition, the newly publishedHealth

 Systems Science Review

, a companion to the Health Systems Sciencetextbook, offers case-based questions followed by discussions of answers and suggested readings, and is a great resource for medical students and instructors; medical residents; and nursing, allied health and public health students, as well as hospital administrators.
Learn more.

A high honor for UAB's Dr. Vickers

AMA Academic Physicians Section (AMA-APS) member Selwyn Vickers, MD, senior vice president and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, has been named the 2019 Dr. James T. Black Award recipient by the 100 Black Men of America Inc. The award is given to one physician every year.
Read more.

Save the date: Academic Physicians Section meets in November

Academic physicians are invited to attend the 2019 Interim Meeting of the AMA Academic Physicians Section. Voice your opinions on AMA policy related to medical education, network with colleagues nationwide and participate in continuing medical education sessions on relevant topics.


7.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals:  August 21, 2019 edition.  

AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges

News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


August 21, 2019

Aerial photo of a hospital

Hospitals on shaky ground: Meeting the challenge of seismic safety

Last month, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck a sparsely populated region in Southern California. For teaching hospitals racing to meet seismic safety regulations, set to take effect in 2020 and 2030, it was a stark reminder that it’s not a matter of if “The Big One” will strike, but when.

Read More

AAMC Awards 2019 logo

Announcing the 2019 AAMC award winners

These leaders in academic medicine will be honored at Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting this November for their outstanding contributions to medical education and the biomedical sciences.

Read More

Photo of words forming an image of a bird and flying off a page in a typewriter

The healing power of poetry

It beats like a heart, soothes emotional wounds, and builds life-giving connections. Rafael Campo, physician and award-winning author, prescribes poetry for students, patients, and doctors.

Read More

In case you missed it: When physicians are traumatizedIt’s time to get serious about resident wellness.

More from AAMCNews

AAMC receives NEH grant to support humanities and arts in medical education

The AAMC has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support efforts to integrate the humanities and arts into medical education and professional development to better prepare physicians to practice humanistic medicine. The grant will fund the development of a monograph, resources for educators and learners, and faculty professional development opportunities. 
Read More

2019 opioid education challenge grantees announced

As part of the AAMC’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic, five institutions — Penn State College of Medicine, Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, University of Florida College of Medicine, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center — will be awarded up to $25,000 each, funded in part by the Samueli Foundation. The grantees will develop tools and resources to support educators in their collaborative efforts to increase faculty proficiency in pain management and substance use disorder. 
Read More

Innovative health care solutions for underserved populations

Lack of access to healthy food, adequate housing, transportation, and education account for 40% of what contributes to poor health within underserved populations. A new AAMC resource details how medical schools and teaching hospitals are using both research and innovative programs to address obstacles that prevent these groups from receiving medical care. 
Read More


8.  The University of Alabama and Birmingham announces its 9th annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium, October 12-13, 2019.  

Dear Colleagues:


The 9th annual  Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) --co-sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emory, and Vanderbilt-- is October 12-13, 2019 at the University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, AL.


Why Should Your Students Attend?

·         Meet Directors of both MD and MD-PhD Programs

·         Network with Current MD and MD-PhD Students

·         Showcase Research Projects with Current MD, PhD, and MD-PhD students

·         Learn about the Medical School Application Process

·         Hear from Current Students on the Rigors of Medical School and Graduate School

·         Keynote Speakers from Different Career and Research Pathways

·         Visit Historic Birmingham “The Magic City”, Alabama   


Undergraduate Travel Award Opportunities


Based on eligibility, SEMSS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards will be given to undergraduate students who are interested in exploring careers as physician-scientists.  These travel awards are funded by an R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) and will consist of a $175 stipend to offset registration, housing (reservations made through the Physician Scientist Development Office), and other travel expenses. Monetary Award is given on site after check in.


 *   The deadline for abstract submission, travel award, and online registration is September 13, 2019 (**Early Bird Registration ends August 31st at midnight)


More information can be found in the attached flyer and at SEMSS 2019 Undergrad Travel Awards


I would appreciate if you could pass the information along to your students. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Thank you!


Randy L Seay


Randy L Seay, MA, MPA, MPH |Associate Director

Physician Scientist Development Office

UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

SHEL 121 | 1825 University Blvd | Birmingham, AL 35294-2182

P: 205.934.4092 | F: 205.975.8427 |






9.  An Ad from Altius Test Prep, which provides a MCAT study course.  (Please note, this is not an endorsement.) 

THANK YOU for helping us create an incredible 2018-19 school year. With your help, we impacted the lives of thousands of students at 140+ locations. As we begin a new school year, here are 4 things you may not now about Altius, plus a reminder that your school can receive up to $50,000 in Scholarships.


4 Things You May Not Know about Altius

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  1. Altius makes very little profit. During 14 years in business, the only profit taken by Altius owner & founder Lauren Curtis has been a small, sporadic salary (less than a first-year advisor). Having left a potentially lucrative career as an eye surgeon, he has sacrificed millions of dollars in earnings to help pre-meds. Bottom line? We are driven by our students' success, not by profit. 
  2. Altius is giving away millions of dollars in scholarship funds. Last year alone, we awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships. For 2019-20, we have budgeted to give away over $2,000,000 Bottom line? If you have a financially disadvantaged student, we will find a way to help them.
  3. Altius tuition is always a small fraction of the average market price. 

Sometimes, advisors see the list price of our 1-on-1 MCAT Programs and think we are "more expensive." This mistake only happens if you compare Altius'

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  1. Altius students are 500% more likely than their peers to score in the 99th percentile on the MCAT. However, every Altius student does not achieve this exact outcome. Sometimes, the score results we publish are so impressive they lead to advisor skepticism. We understand that our outcomes are unprecedented, but there are simply too many 520+ scores among Altius students every year to be accounted for by chance. One thing that can lead to skepticism is the scenario of an advisor who "knows a student who took Altius and didn't score well." The fact is, all students who complete the Altius program score well, but not every student who enrolls in Altius completes the program. 50-60% of our enrolled students complete all the program activities. The 40% or more who do not, should not expect to achieve our historic results-something we make very clear to every student. And yet, the average MCAT score among the least-compliant Altius students, those who complete less than 10% of program activities, is still above the national average (503 vs. 500). Bottom line? Every student benefits from taking Altius, but those who fully complete their assignments benefit more.

Up to $50,000 in MCAT Scholarships for Your Pre-Health Program

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Our team is willing to do just about anything to help your students score higher on the MCAT. Please let us know how we can be of help.


**Please forward the email below to your pre-med students ASAP. It gives students an opportunity to DOUBLE our Early Enrollment Discounts and to apply for their share of $2,000,000 in scholarships. 


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Vice President - Southeastern Region

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10.   Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN and Knoxville, TN) invites you to the Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference & Open House Event on Saturday, 14 September 2019. 



Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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