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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2019.07, Week of September 30


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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.  Have an interest in Acupuncture tools of the trade?  
3.  Altius offers a MCAT preparation course.  BTW, this is just an announcement to let you know.  It is not an endorsement.  (SE) 
4.  Free Full length MCAT Exam~ Hurry~ offer expires soon!! Please pass along to your students.
5.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, September 23, 2019 issue. 
6.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School will be hosting the 19h Annual Career Day for Biomedical Sciences on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. 
7.  Here’s an example of an opportunity that you can have as an osteopathic medical student:  An Osteopathic Health Policy Internship. 
8.  American Dental Education Association’s GoDental Newsletter, September 2019 issue. 
9.  Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA) announces an Open House for its Master of Science in Athletic Training program, Saturday, November 16, 2019. 
10.  Osteo Insight:  News from the Admissions Department at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic  Medicine (Lewisburg, WV), September 2019 issue. 
11.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine will be sponsoring a Choose DO Medical School Expo at Georgia Tech University on November 20, 2019.   
The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS is seeking applicants to join our Ph.D. programs. 
13.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, September 25, 2019 issue. 
14.  The Future Pharmacist, the e-newsletter for Union University College of Pharmacy (Jackson, TN). 


1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Thursday, October 3, starting at 6 p.m. in Cooper Wilson Science Center:  Tri-Beta Mock Interviews

Would you like to gain some one-on-one interviewing experience with people working in your future professional field? 
Sign up for the Annual Tri-Beta Mock Interview Event scheduled for Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.on the second floor of the Cooper-Wilson Center. FREE dinner will be provided at this event! Just a few of the professions participating in the Mock Interview include Medicine, Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Optometry, Nursing, and many more! If you are interested in gaining AMAZING insight about your possible future profession and interviewing skills, contact Amber Lamberty at and please fill out the Google form by Wednesday, September 26. ONLY fill out the form if you are ABSOLUTELY certain that you can participate. Please include your profession of interest and your contact information in the email. 


2.  Have an interest in Acupuncture tools of the trade?


Immerse yourself in the world of the practicing acupuncturist.


Explore Unique Tools & Techniques


As you move through PIHMA's beautiful campus grounds you will discover and engage in many of the tools and techniques used in acupuncture, among them:

·         Tui na (acupressure)

·         Cupping

·         Gua Sha

·         Acupuncture needles

·         Herbal Formula preparation

·         Patient Diagnosis Methods (pulse and tongue assessment)


Join us for our

Acupuncture Experience Event


Thursday, September 26th

6:30 am to 8:30 pm


Help others, Heal Yourself, Heal the World.


This 2-hour, one-of-a-kind event is perfect for anyone curious about the internal workings of the art and science of acupuncture. Attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to experience the tools of the trade, to learn some of the medical theory behind acupuncture, and enjoy a discussion regarding intake and evaluation techniques in AOM.


Set up throughout the beautiful grounds of the PIHMA campus, this discovery experience will shine a light one of the fastest growing forms of medicine.


Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot today for this great event.

Join us at PIHMA College & Clinic

301 E. Bethany Home Road A-100, Phoenix 85012


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5.  Washington Insider, an e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, September 23, 2019 issue.



September 23, 2019


What You Need to Know



The U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR), or short-term spending extension, late last week that would keep the federal government open until November 21. The Senate is expected to vote on the stopgap spending bill this week ahead of the September 30 federal funding deadline. In addition to averting a government shutdown, the bill’s health extenders package would continue funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, which is also set to expire at the end of the month. AACOM urges Congress to pass the CR and will continue to strongly advocate in support of long-term funding for THCGME and other federal health and education programs vital to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community.


Mary-Lynn Bender

Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

On The Hill


FY20 Appropriations Update


The CR, likely to be signed into law this week, will buy time for Congress to continue negotiating fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills, and prevent a federal government shutdown on October 1. The package also includes funding for several important health care programs, including the THCGME Program, set to expire on October 1.


Two weeks ago, Senate appropriators postponed mark-up of its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) spending measure over certain disagreements or “poison pill” amendments. Last week, the Senate failed to advance a spending package, which included funding for LHHS, in a test vote over disputes about diverting funding from other programs to fund a wall on the southern border. Disagreement over border wall funding contributed to the 35-day partial government shutdown last winter. The Senate will need to pass all 12 funding bills in the coming weeks before conference negotiations can begin with the House.


Simultaneously, the House also has additional work ahead that must be handled prior to conference negotiations, as it has passed only 10 of 12 of its appropriations bills. AACOM will continue to advocate for programs of importance to OME as Congress progresses through the FY20 appropriations process.


Senate Confirms James Byrne as VA Deputy Secretary


On September 11, the Senate confirmed, along party lines, James Byrne as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He previously served as VA’s General Counsel and held positions at Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Office of the United States Special Counsel. Mr. Byrne has been serving as Acting Deputy Secretary of the VA since August 2018.






#COMDAY19: Take Action on October 17!


On October 17, osteopathic medical school deans, the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators, and other designated AACOM members will travel to Washington, DC for AACOM’s 2019 COM Day on Capitol Hill to meet with Congress about federal policy issues affecting OME. To complement the impact of COM Day’s congressional visits, AACOM invites advocates from across the country to participate in our Virtual Hill Day, which will be executed in conjunction with COM Day.


Visit the Virtual Hill Day web page, where you can access materials and information to help you effectively advocate on October 17. Download social sharing graphics to accompany your Facebook posts or tweets, apply a #COMDAY19 Facebook frame to your profile picture to let your friends know you will be participating in this day of advocacy, add GIPHY stickers to your Instagram posts to educate and excite your network, and read and share a digital one-pager explaining ED to MED’s high-priority policy issues. Get involved and learn how you can take action!


AACOM Rallies for NIH Support


Last week, AACOM participated in the 7th annual Rally for Medical Research National Day of Action to raise awareness about the importance of sustained funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH research leads to innovative medical discoveries contributing to causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases and overall disease prevention. Earlier this year, AACOM submitted testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees in support of strong federal investment in the NIH and remains committed to advocating on behalf of federal research advancement.




Administration and Federal Agencies


Gainful Employment Reporting for 2018 – 2019


On July 1, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) rescinded its 2014 gainful employment (GE) regulations. The GE rule applied to all programs at all Title IV eligible proprietary schools, including for-profit medical schools, as well as certificate/non-degree granting programs at non-profit schools or public institutions. While the GE rule rescission will not be implemented until July 1, 2020, institutions now have the option to implement the rescission early by documenting this election internally and maintaining record of the election to provide to ED upon request. Institutions that choose to early implement the rescission of the GE rule will not be required to report GE data for the 2018 – 19 Award Year to the National Student Loan Data System. Institutions that do not elect to early implement the rescission are still required to report GE data using the GE Disclosure Template for the 2018 – 2019 Award Year by October 1, 2019. Reporting instructions are available in ED's Electronic Announcement #123 on GE reporting.


NIH LRP Application Now Includes Expanded NIDA Opportunities


The NIH is currently accepting applications for its FY20 Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). The National Institute on Drug Abuse will continue to participate in the clinical research and pediatric research tracks and will begin participating in the health disparities program. 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. Learn more.


HRSA Releases New Process for Auto-HPSA Scoring


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through its Shortage Designation Modernization Project, recently updated all automatically designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) scores, marking the first time that Auto-HPSAs are scored electronically rather than manually. Rural health clinics, certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are considered Auto-HPSAs provided they meet the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site requirements. The new process is intended to ensure that all HPSAs nationwide are in a single, online system. The new scores will be used in the FY20 NHSC LRP application process, which is expected to open early next year. Learn more.


Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement


NIA Updating Data-Sharing Policy: The National Institute for Aging (NIA) is in the process of updating its data-sharing policies as part of a larger refresh being undertaken by the NIH. New guidelines have been drafted that outline ways in which grant recipients will share data with the NIA through the creation of data enclaves, as well as timetables for data release. Learn more.


RowanSOM Awarded Two Federal Grants to Address Opioid Crisis: The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) was recently awarded two federal research grants to address the opioid crisis. The first, announced by U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ), will support research on substance use disorders, HIV, hepatitis C, and primary care services for marginalized populations. “Innovative research projects are the only way we are going to improve treatments, discover new ideas and ensure South Jerseyans and Americans are ready for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Rep. Norcross. Richard Jermyn, DO, Director of Rowan Medicine’s NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute and Professor and Chair of RowanSOM’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, stated that the $500,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant would put the state “in the forefront in fighting the opioid crisis.”


The second grant, announced by U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be a collaboration with the Atlantic County’s Sheriff’s Office on a project to train first responders on the use of naloxone to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations. In his announcement, Rep. Van Drew thanked Atlantic County “Sherriff Eric Scheffler and Dr. Richard Jermyn who worked so hard for this grant and do so much for the community of South Jersey.”


HRSA Accepting Applications for Rural Health Network Development Program: HRSA has posted a new funding opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Program, which supports medical care in rural communities by creating networks of health care professionals. Applications are due November 25, 2019. Learn more.


PCORI Soliciting for Three Funding Opportunities: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is currently accepting letters of intent for three funding opportunities. The first is for projects that align with PCORI’s four priority areas: Addressing Disparities; Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options; Communication and Dissemination Research; and Improving Health Systems. The second is for studies that address high-priority methodological gaps in patient-centered outcomes research and comparative clinical effectiveness research. The final funding opportunity is for studies that move evidence from previously funded projects toward practical use in improving health care and health outcomes. Learn more.


HRSA Hosting Virtual Job Fair on October 16: HRSA is hosting a virtual job fair on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:45 PM – 10:45 PM ET. The event will connect students and clinicians with health care delivery organizations, as well as provide information on training and employment opportunities nationwide. Before participating, candidates are encouraged to set up a professional profile on the Health Workforce ConnectorLearn more.


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6.  The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School will be hosting the 19h Annual Career Day for Biomedical Sciences on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.