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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2019.05, Week of September 16


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

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Memphis, TN  38104

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Table of Contents:

1.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, September 9, 2019 issue.  
3.  The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD-PhD degree program. 
4.  Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Lynchburg, VA) will be hosting a Fall Open House on Saturday, November 9.  
5.  The Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheva, Israel) offers a MD program. 
6.  AAMC New:  News about America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 11, 2019 issue.  


1. Campus events coming up. 

  • Thursday, September 19:  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we, as Buccaneers, will observe it properly:


2.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, September 9, 2019 issue.  

Congress Back in Session, CMS Modifies Policy on Critical Access Hospital GME, AACOM Endorses ENRICH Act, ED Releases Final Borrower Defense Rule


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September 9, 2019


What You Need to Know



Congress is back in session today following its August recess, and lawmakers face significant pressing legislative priorities in the weeks ahead. Congress has only 13 working days before federal funding expires on September 30. If Congress fails to act before this deadline, funding for programs of importance to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community, such as the crucial Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, will lapse.


AACOM will be calling on its membership to present a strong, unified voice in support of THCGME and federal financial aid and loan repayment programs leading up to and during its upcoming COM Day on Capitol Hill and Virtual Hill Day on October 17. With the possibility of a Higher Education Act reauthorization bill being introduced this month, ensuring Congress is considering the needs of the OME community is critical. Save the date and stay tuned for additional information.


Mary-Lynn Bender

Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

On The Hill




U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) reintroduced and are working to garner support for H.R. 1888, the Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare Act, an AACOM-supported bill that would enable U.S. medical schools to establish or expand nutrition curricula to highlight the role that nutrition and diet play in the prevention and management of obesity and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. AACOM supported this bill in a prior Congress.


President Signs Budget and Debt Ceiling Bill


Last month, the Senate passed and President Trump signed into law 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). The BBA allocated $632 billion in FY20 and $634.5 billion in FY21 to non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding, which supports public health, education, scientific research, and other programs and efforts vital to OME. The $2.7 trillion budget package came after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned congressional leaders that the nation could have reached its borrowing limit early this month, several weeks earlier than previously estimated. Without an agreement to raise the budget caps, defense spending would have been slashed by $71 billion, while non-defense spending would have faced 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 NDD program funding and end sequestration’s steep spending cuts.


Congress must still pass, and the President must sign into law, 12 FY20 appropriations bills before government funding runs out on September 30. While the House has passed 10 of the 12 spending bills, the Senate has not introduced any, making it likely that a short-term continuing resolution (CR), or spending extension, will be required to prevent a government shutdown. Next week, the House will consider a CR to fund the government until November 22. The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending measure in subcommittee tomorrow and in full committee Thursday; the legislation will include funding for both the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED). AACOM will continue to advocate for programs of importance to OME throughout the FY20 appropriations process.






Save the Date: Join AACOM in Supporting the NIH


AACOM will be participating in the 7th annual Rally for Medical Research National Day of Action on Thursday, September 19. The first Rally for Medical Research was hosted in April 2013 to raise awareness of the pivotal need for an increased and consistent investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Research funded by the NIH leads to important medical discoveries regarding the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases, as well as disease prevention. AACOM has submitted testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees in support of a strong federal investment in the NIH, and encourages our membership to join patients, survivors, patient advocates, researchers, physician scientists, and others in urging lawmakers to support sufficient NIH funding by reaching out to Congress on September 19. Follow @AACOMGR on Twitter and @RallyMedRes on Facebook to get involved.


Federal v. Private Loans: The Importance of Keeping Federal Loan and Repayment Programs Intact


Paul Garrard, Founder and President of PGPresents


, an independent student loan consulting company, has guest authored an ED to MED blog post about why medical students should consider keeping their loan portfolios in the federal sector. He describes benefits such as income-driven repayment plans and access to loan forgiveness programs afforded to federal borrowers that are not available in the private loan market and explains why Congress should continue supporting both the Grad PLUS Loan and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs. Mr. Garrard will also be discussing loan repayment strategies for osteopathic physicians in an AACOM-hosted webinar on September 18. Read his guest post.




Administration and Federal Agencies


ED Releases Final Rule Regarding Borrower Defense and Financial Responsibility


On August 30, ED released the long-awaited final regulations that update the process for adjudicating borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims and relevant financial responsibility provisions. AACOM commented on ED’s proposed rule last year, which followed the work of a negotiated rulemaking committee. The final regulations also amend the pre-dispute arbitration and class actions waiver enrollment conditions and notifications, allowing institutions to impose mandatory arbitration agreements and waivers as a condition of enrollment so long as the disclosures of these provisions are stated in plain language. The new regulations revise the standards that ED will use to adjudicate BDR claims and will take effect for all new loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020. However, the regulations related to financial responsibility will be available for immediate implementation. AACOM is thoroughly assessing the rule, and an analysis on provisions of interest is forthcoming.


CMS Finalizes GME Provision in FY20 IPPS Final Rule


On August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for inpatient prospective payment systems. The final package includes, among other updates, a provision related to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to critical access hospitals (CAHs). AACOM commented in support of this proposal that would change how full-time equivalent (FTE) resident time may be counted when residents train at CAHs. Previously, CAHs were not considered nonprovider sites for the purposes of direct GME and indirect medical education payments, which created barriers to training residents in rural areas and hindered efforts to increase the practice of physicians in rural areas. Therefore, beginning October 1, 2019, a hospital may include FTE residents training at a CAH in its FTE count as long as it meets the nonprovider setting requirements.


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) previously introduced the AACOM-endorsed Restoring Rural Residencies Act of 2019 (S. 1240), which would provide a similar fix. AACOM thanks Sen. Tester for his commitment and leadership in introducing this vital legislation.


Administration to Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans


On August 21, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to implement a process called Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge, which will eliminate federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. The TPD discharge process will automatically discharge eligible veterans’ student loan debt, unless they decide to opt out of the process within 60 days of notification of their eligibility. ED established a data matching process with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to identify totally and permanently disabled veterans who are eligible for student loan relief. ED is currently in the process of notifying eligible veterans and will continue the discharge process on a quarterly basis. Eligible veterans who do not opt out of the TPD discharge process will have their remaining student loan balance discharged and will be reimbursed for payments made following the date of their disability discharge.


DOJ Files DACA Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court


On August 18, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a Supreme Court brief in support of President Trump’s order to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. In the DOJ’s brief, Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued that the 2017 rescission of DACA was a legal discretionary action that was not subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedures Act. Currently, two nationwide preliminary injunctions issued by lower courts have required the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue to allow DACA Program renewals for nearly two years. The Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on DACA on November 12, with a decision on the case possible in June or July 2020.


Thomas Engels Named Acting Administrator for HRSA


On August 1, Thomas J. Engels became the Acting Administrator for the HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As Acting Administrator, Mr. Engels will oversee the execution of HRSA’s annual budget, part of which provides grants to state and local governments, health care providers, and health professions training programs to expand access to quality health care. Mr. Engels will also continue to advance HHS priorities such as addressing the opioid epidemic through the integration of behavioral health into primary care and HIV care settings, growing the behavioral health workforce, increasing access to evidence-based prevention and treatment services, and increasing access to health care services in rural areas. Prior to working at HRSA, Mr. Engels was the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. He was also an active member of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse and chaired the Governor’s Human Resources Shared Services Executive Committee.


HHS Announces $1.8 Billion in Funding to Combat the Opioid Crisis


HHS recently announced $1.8 billion in nationwide funding, divided between programs in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to help continue to address the opioid epidemic. CDC awards support state and local health departments and help with overdose prevention efforts while SAMHSA awards fund state governments participating in the State Opioid Response grant program, which supports prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in states. Learn more.


Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement


CUSOM Awarded $1.8 Million HRSA Grant: Victoria Kaprielian, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Medical Education and Professor of Family Medicine at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, was awarded a $1.8 million, five-year grant from HRSA to fund a Primary Care Champions Fellowship aimed at strengthening primary care and the workforce delivering it. “This is all about empowering [providers] to be able to make changes in their practices,” says Dr. Kaprielian. “[It creates a positive environment] that can incorporate learners, improve quality of care, and keep the clinicians thriving and happy—and their patients well-served—while training more clinicians to come to those communities.” Learn more.


Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD

Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD, Professor and Chair of the Geriatrics Department at NSU-KPCOM and Project Director of NSU’s Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center

KPCOM Awarded HRSA Geriatrics Grant: With the leadership of Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD, Professor and Chair of the Geriatrics Department at the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) and Project Director of NSU’s Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center, NSU-KPCOM was awarded a $3.5 million HRSA grant to fund a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The GWEP is designed to educate and train the primary care and geriatrics workforce to provide integrated, interprofessional care to older adults. “With an aging population, it’s vital that those in the health care profession work together to ensure they provide the best care possible for their patients,” said Dr. Pandya. Learn more.


VCOM-Carolinas HRSA Fellows and Faculty Attend Training in DC: HRSA fellows and faculty from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Spartanburg, SC (VCOM-Carolinas) attended the first annual HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Program meeting in Washington, DC on August 12. PCTE fellows from around the country gathered at the nation’s capital to present transformational projects and exchange ideas. The PCTE grant VCOM-Carolinas received extends funding through 2023, providing training for five different cohorts of fellows.


WesternU Receives $2.8 Million NIH Grant: Western University of Health Sciences Senior Vice President of Research Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, MBA, has been awarded a $2.8 million, four-year grant from the NIH. Dr. Agrawal’s project, “Novel Molecular Target to Prevent Maturation Failure of Arteriovenous Fistula,” will investigate whether inhibiting a molecule in pigs will lead to improved kidney failure interventions. Learn more.


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

GA Governor Speaks at PCOM South Georgia: Last month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for PCOM South Georgia, the first four-year medical school in the Southwest Georgia region. “I know that this facility will be at the forefront of improving the quality of life for hard-working Georgians here in South and Southwest Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. Learn more.


NIH Fall Regional Seminar: The NIH will host the Fall 2019 Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration November 6 – 8 in Phoenix, Arizona. The two-day workshop will provide health care professionals interested in applying for NIH grants with information regarding the grant application process. Learn more.


September NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting: The next meeting of the NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Advisory Council will be Tuesday, September 10, beginning at 8:30 AM ET. The Council meeting will also be available for live viewing through the NIH videocasting service. The Council works to provide input on the NIAMS research portfolio and other issues regarding science policy, and conducts a secondary review of grant applications that have been recommended for funding by a scientific peer group. Learn more.


CMS Listening Session on Opioids: On Tuesday, September 17 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM ET, CMS will host a listening session for prescribing clinicians to share feedback on how the federal government should implement Section 6065 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act signed into law last year. Section 6065 requires CMS to engage directly with opioid prescribers who have prescription patterns that are considered “outliers” compared to their peers. The webinar was announced in the CMS MLN Connects, of which AACOM serves as a partner organization. Register for the session.


3.  The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD-PhD degree program. 



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Please share the following with any students you think may be interested in infectious disease-related research training.


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Over 60% of all infectious diseases of animals can also affect humans, and incidences of new, emerging zoonotic infectious diseases are on the rise. Veterinarian-scientists, by virtue of their broad experience in multiple species and extensive training in both molecular and whole animal contexts, are uniquely qualified to address the complex problems presented in modern biomedical research.


For over 40 years, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinarian-scientists through its VMD-PhD Program. Find out more about how you can impact tomorrow ’s medicine for all species at


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4.  Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Lynchburg, VA) will be hosting a Fall Open House on Saturday, November 9.


Dear prospective student,

Join Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and the Office of Admissions for a Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences.

The open house will provide information about the differences between allopathic and osteopathic medicine, the osteopathic philosophy, admission requirements and how to apply, and medical outreach opportunities, both locally and globally. During this event, attendees will learn about the match and residency rates among graduates.

Attendees will also hear from current student-doctors about the importance of forming good study habits and support groups as well as taking time to de-stress.

Come tour the Center for Medical and Health Sciences and meet LUCOM's dean, Peter A. Bell, DO.

RSVP below and let us know if you have questions you'd like answered during the open house.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jacqueline Mendez, MBA '17
Associate Director of Recruitment
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Liberty University  |  Training Champions for Christ since 1971


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5.  The Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheva, Israel) offers a MD program.

Why study global health in Israel?
The world is more interconnected than ever before and with that, the health of people everywhere is of growing concern to us all.  Medicine aims to solve problems fundamental to all people, and therefore it is important to have educational experiences that lead to greater awareness of diverse perspectives, thereby enhancing cultural competency.  

Diseases do not respect boundaries and countries throughout the world are more diverse than they were even a decade ago. Physicians be capable to deal with patients from diverse backgrounds.  In medical school, students focus on global health for a variety of reasons, including to have a real impact as a medical practitioner attuned to social justice issues, to gain experience working with diverse communities around the world, to work effectively with underserved populations and to study medicine alongside other disciplines such as epidemiology, sociology and ethics.  

But why study global health in Israel?  Israel’s diverse population introduces a mixture of ethnicities and national origins rendering it a microcosm of a globalized society.  The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is a unique medical school that incorporates core global health courses and clinical work into all four years of the M.D. program. Students learn to understand the global burden of disease and to work in resource poor settings with vulnerable populations. They work within the complexities of cross-cultural medicine, including working with international organizations, and they gain experience working with diverse communities locally in Israel and throughout the world.  Graduates are skilled physicians with a comprehensive view of health around the world. Global health practitioners are needed locally and internationally, and our graduates practice in the U.S., Canada, Israel and across the globe.

Learn More About MSIH
We will be hosting an informational webinar on September 17th at 7:00 pm EDT.  Click
here to register.  If you would like more information about the Medical School for International Health, or to schedule an information session at your college or university, please contact the Admissions Office at 844-422-MSIH, visit our website at or view the first-year medical student blogs MSIH first year blog. 

Apply to MSIH
The application for the entering class of 2020 is available on our website. Admission is on a rolling basis. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have and enjoy the rest of your summer. 

Best wishes,      
Kelly A. Coleman, MBA
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Public Relations
Medical School for International Health

What is the student profile?

Average MCAT is 509
Average GPA is 3.5
Global health interest
Volunteer activities
Undergraduate degree

Application for the entering class of 2020 available on our website


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6.  AAMC New:  News about America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 11, 2019 issue.  

AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges

News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


September 11, 2019

Image of a police line

Gun violence is an epidemic. It’s time to treat it like one.

In a new USA Today op-ed, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, outlines steps to address the gun violence epidemic.

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gathering in a break room

Residents get a room of their own

Can massage chairs, pingpong tables, and yoga gardens ease the impact of long shifts and high stress? That’s the hope for medical schools and teaching hospitals that are turning humble break rooms into fully stocked wellness centers.

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One doctor’s race to save his own life — and others’

David Fajgenbaum, MD, nearly died five times. Then, using his own records and blood samples, he found an existing drug that offered hope. In the process, he devised a bold new way to study rare conditions.

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The potential and pitfalls of fecal transplants

Fecal microbiota transplantation, or FMT, has emerged as an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. But there’s still much scientists don’t know about the procedure.

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In case you missed it: Treating mental illness in the emergency departmentWe all make diagnostic errors.

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Survey shows increased philanthropic support for academic medicine

New AAMC data shows that philanthropic support for medical schools and teaching hospitals increased to an average of $74 million per institution in 2018, with an average return of $7.50 for every dollar invested in fundraising.
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Forum highlights medical research and innovation

The AAMC served as a sponsor of Research!America’s recent 2019 National Health Research Forum, which brought together leaders from a range of sectors and industries to discuss issues affecting medical and health research and public health. David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, served as a panelist to discuss the greatest challenges in medical research and innovation over the past 30 years.
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NIH funding opportunity for scientific and academic independent careers

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers, is accepting applications. The program provides up to five years of support, in both mentored postdoctoral research training and in independent research support. There will be an informational webinar on Sept. 24; the first application deadline is Feb. 12, 2020.
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On the move

Larry Kaiser, MD, is stepping down as president and CEO of Temple University Health System, dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and senior executive vice president for health sciences, effective at the end of the year. Stuart McLean will serve as acting CEO, and John M. Daly, MD, will serve as interim dean, effective Sept. 30.
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Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, is stepping down as CEO of the University of Virginia Medical Center, effective in November. Chris Ghaemmaghami, MD, chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs, will serve as interim CEO.
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Robert Wilmott, MD, was appointed dean and vice president for medical affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, effective Aug. 14. He had been serving as acting dean and vice president since January.
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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
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