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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2008.07, Week of February 18

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/


Congratulations to all the contestants in this year’s Annual Ape Olympic Biathlon!  (See article 2.)

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html 

 

Table of Contents:
1.  ACS/BBB/PHP (American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta/Preprofessional Health Programs) Activities.     
2.  Congratulations to all the contestants in this year’s Annual Ape Olympic Biathlon!  (Many thanks to John Legge and Michael Herr for sending me these photos!)  
3.  The Mississippi RiverKings will be hosting a fund-raiser, Pink At The Rink, for the Susan B. Komen Foundation, during the game on Friday, February 15, 2008.   
4.  U.S. Medical Schools Prepare for 'Silver Tsunami', By Richard C. Lewis.  (Thanks to Barbara Huntington, PHP Director at SDSU, for forwarding this to me.) 
5.  The Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Blacksburg, VA) is sponsoring an Open House on April 12, 2008. 
6.  The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is hosting two summer camps for pre-medical students who want an intense experience that is both intellectual and experiential. 
7.  The University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS) will open in May, 2008. 
8.  The deadline has been extended for the Equity Summer Research Program, one of the Diversity Achievement programs at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. 
9.  The deadline for applicants to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – Summer Medical Education Program is March 1, 2008. 
10.  ==== AAMC STAT ====, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 11, 2008.  (See the first article, in particular:  AAMC says Bush budget will cripple hospitals and erode medical progress)  
11.  The University of Central Florida’s M.D. Program (Orlando) has received provisional accreditation from the AAMC/LCME. 
12.  Just Desserts: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain, from Scientific American:  Appearing in the February 12, 2008 issue of Science in the News. 
13.  The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will be hosting a Veterinary Medical Information Session and Career Fair on March 14, 2008. 
14.  Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) is offering a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates.  (Thanks to Barbara Huntington, PHP Director at SDSU, for forwarding this to me.) 
15.  There will be a total lunar eclipse visible throughout the United States on the evening of February 20, 2008.  (Thanks to Brother Kevin for sending me this information.) 

 

1.  ACS/BBB/PHP (American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta/Preprofessional Health Programs) Activities.       

  • Wednesday, February 20:  BBB Initiation
  • Thursday, March 13:  Presentation regarding the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.  Lorie Franck, Student Recruiter for the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, will give a short presentation regarding podiatry in general, and regarding OCPM in particular.  For more information, contact her at  (800) 238-7903 ext. 7488.  Pizza will be served.  
  • Thursday, March 13 (Tentative):  Volleyball Tournament
  • Saturday, April 5:  Tennessee Academy of Science, at the University of Memphis
  • Tuesday, April 15:  Senior Research Poster Session
  • Thursday, April 17:  Senior Day

Also, there are tours of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scheduled on several dates:

Friday, February 8th 10:30a. to 11:30a. or 1:15p. to 2:15p.

Friday, March 7th 10:30a. to 11: 30a. or 1:15p. to 2:15p.

Saturday, March 8th 10:30a. to 11:30a. or 1:15p. to 2:15p.

Friday, April 11th 10:30a. to 11: 30a. or 1:15p. to 2:15p.

Friday, May 2nd 10:30a. to 11:30a. or 1:15p. to 2:15p.

 

 

2.  Congratulations to all the contestants in this year’s Annual Ape Olympic Biathlon!  (Many thanks to John Legge and Michael Herr for sending me these photos!)  

This year, we had an extensive field of female and male competitors in the Coconut Shot Put and the Mating Call Contest.  Some of them, along with the audience, are shown here, including Isaac Barr, Gabby Salinas, Dominique Garcia, and Sheryl Clausel:

 

 

In the Women’s Division of the Coconut Shot Put, we had the following competitors:

  • Cheryl Clausel
  • Dominique Garcia
  • Gabby Salinas

Gabby is pictured here, as she prepares for another throw:

 

Dominique won with an impressive 11.9 meters!

 

In the Men’s Division of the Coconut Shot Put, we had the following competitors:

  • Jeremy Armstrong
  • Isaac Barr
  • Scott Berry
  • Antony Eddy, and
  • Michael Herr

Isaac Barr is shown on the left, drawing a crowd as he prepares to throw the coconut shot put.(!):

 

Scott Berry won the contest with an astounding 27.4 meters!

 

In the Women’s Division of the Mate Calling Contest, again it was Dominique vs. Gabby, who is shown in this photo:

Dominique won this contest, as well.

 

 

For the Men’s Division of the Mate Calling Contest, we enlisted the help of a most qualified panel of judges:

 

 

In the Men’s Division of the Mate Calling Contest, we had a tie at the end of the regular competition between Jeremy Armstrong and Isaac Barr.  Therefore, we had to institute a TIE-BREAKER to determine the winner of this CRUCIAL contest.  Both contestants showed GREAT determination:

 

 

 

BOTH contestants had EQUAL scores in the criteria of Audibility and Clarity, but what carried the day for Mr. Armstrong was the Arousal Potential of his Mating Call:

 

“I’ll do the dishes!!”

 

3.  The Mississippi RiverKings will be hosting a fund-raiser, Pink At The Rink, for the Susan B. Komen Foundation, during the game on Friday, February 15, 2008.   

RiverKings Host Pink At The Rink

02/13/2008 10:29 AM

Friday the ice at the DeSoto Civic Center will be pink as the Mississippi RiverKings host Pink At The Rink to benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure. The RiverKings will wear pink jerseys as they take to the pink ice facing off against the Tulsa Oilers at 7:05pm.

 

“We are very excited for this unique event,” Dave Mattice, Director of Business Operations for the RiverKings said.

 

Pink At The Rink will benefit the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a worldwide organization whose mission is to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure has led the nation's charge in the fight against breast cancer for more than 20 years.

 

The RiverKings’ pink game jerseys, sponsored by First Tennessee, will be auctioned off following the game with proceeds benefitting the MidSouth Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

Also, the first 1,000 fans through the doors of the DeSoto Civic Center that evening will receive a commemorative Pink At The Rink t-shirt courtesy of DeSoto Athletic Club.

 

Fans wishing to attend will also do their part in supporting Susan G Komen for the Cure as $2 from each group and walk-up ticket purchased will be donated.

 

“We are happy to continue our partnership with the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure,” Mattice said. “We are so pleased that First Tennessee, DeSoto Athletic Club, Murphy & Son’s, Thompson Dunavant PLC and The Grove Coffee House have teamed up with us to support this great cause.”

 

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure is very excited for this special Pink at the Rink event.

 

 “We are so fortunate to have this incredible fundraising opportunity,” Peg Ross, Administrative Director of the local affiliate said. “The RiverKings have been outstanding partners in our fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease. Their support in these special promotions will help us in our quest to find a cure for breast cancers and support our neighbors fighting the disease.”

 

“Pink at the Rink is going to be great fun and is yet another great example of the RiverKings commitment to our community,” Ross continued. “We value our relationship with the RiverKings, their corporate partners, staff, management, players and each and every one of their fans.”

 

For more information on the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation visit www.komenmemphis.org. To find out more about Pink At The Rink, group tickets, or sponsors for this special event call the RiverKings office at 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com .

 

By the way, this is sorta what it’s gonna look like, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/wittywd40/1556139451/ :

The caption said: 
Derek Gustafson skating out to goal tend for the Aces:
The (Alaska) Aces put on pink jerseys and played on pink ice for "Paint the Rink Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness. After the game all the pink jerseys were auctioned off ranging from $700 - ($4700 Bo Cheesman). 

 

4.  U.S. Medical Schools Prepare for 'Silver Tsunami', By Richard C. Lewis.  (Thanks to Barbara Huntington, PHP Director at SDSU, for forwarding this to me.) 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) Jan 29 - Just a few years ago, a graduate from Brown University medical school had just an inkling about how to care for the elderly.

Now, Brown and other U.S. medical schools are plugging geriatric courses into their curricula and adding specially trained faculty members as they respond to an imminent boom in the number of older Americans and the need to better understand how to properly care for the elderly.

The U.S. Census Bureau projects the number of elderly Americans will nearly double to 71 million by 2030, leaving one physician trained in geriatric care for every 7,665 seniors.

The first members of the Baby Boomer generation, so named for the explosion in births in the years after World War Two, turn 65 in three years. In addition, people are living longer than ever.

"The first ripples of the silver tsunami are lapping at the shores of our country, but there is not a coordinated or strategic response taking place in America," said Richard Besdine, who is director of the geriatrics division at Brown University medical school in Providence, Rhode Island, and past president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatrics has never been a field of choice for young doctors. Elderly care doctors are paid less than most other physicians and surgeons and the aged can be hard to treat.

They have complicated medical histories and their ailments, even such routine illnesses as pneumonia, can be more difficult to diagnose because they may be masked by other conditions. Also, drugs can affect them differently than middle-aged adults.

HARD WORK, LOW STATUS

"It's a hard job; it's not paid very well; it's complicated; and there's very little status within the hierarchy of medical specialties to being a geriatric physician," said Gavin Hougham, senior program officer and manager of medicine programs at the John A. Hartford Foundation, which focuses on aging and health.

Out of 800,000 doctors in the United States, roughly 7,000 are geriatricians, Hougham said. The country needs another 13,000 to adequately care for today's older population, according to the American Geriatrics Society. The shortfall could reach 36,000 by 2030.

To help counter that, private groups are bankrolling medical schools' emphasis on aging.

The Hartford Foundation has given more than $40 million to 27 schools to train faculty in elderly care, and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given more than $100 million to 30 schools to include more geriatrics content and establish geriatric departments at two colleges, said Steve Anderson, the foundation's president.

Since arriving at Brown in 2000, Besdine has increased the geriatrics faculty to a dozen from two and is weaving aging content into every course at the medical school.

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine requires all third-year medical students to complete a rotation in geriatrics, said Marie Bernard, a geriatrician and chair of the school's Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine.

The University of California at Los Angeles has integrated geriatrics training into all four years of its medical program, said David Reuben, chief of geriatrics at the school.

"If they don't learn it, they still have to deal with it," Reuben said. "It's not that not learning geriatrics will cause these older people to go away. They're coming whether we're ready or not."

(Editing by Maggie Fox and Eric Walsh)

 

5.  The Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Blacksburg, VA) is sponsoring an Open House on April 12, 2008.

For more information, contact: 
William P. King, Assistant Vice President for Student Services
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

540-231-5992 (telephone) 540-231-5252 (fax)

 

6.  The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is hosting two summer camps for pre-medical students who want an intense experience that is both intellectual and experiential.

Summer Surgery Experience and Summer Neuroscience Experience – camps for pre-meds
 
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is hosting two summer camps for pre-medical students. These programs are meant for pre-meds wanting an intense experience that is both intellectual and experiential.
 
More information can be found on our web sites:
 
Summer Surgery Experience
www.med.uc.edu/sse
From Summer Surgery Experience website:
SSE@UC—Important Dates
 DEADLINES: All application materials (application, transcripts, and letter of recommendation) MUST be received by 5pm on March 15th. We are unable to make exceptions.

Notification: We will notify all students of their status by April 2, 2008. A $150 deposit will be required by April 20th.

Dates of 2008 sessions:
Session A: June 9-20
Session B: June 23—July 3

 

Summer Neuroscience Experience
www.med.uc.edu/sne
From the Summer Neuroscience Experience website:
SNE@UC—Important Dates
DEADLINES: All application materials (application, transcripts, and letter of recommendation) MUST be received by 5pm on March 15th. We are unable to make exceptions.

Notification: We will notify all students of their status by April 2, 2008. A $150 deposit will be required by April 20th. The remainder of the fee is due May 20th.

Date of 2008 sessions:
June 16—June 27

I can assure you however as a former pre-medical advisor that these programs have been created with the serious pre-med in mind. There are stimulating lectures, hands-on activities, and of course shadowing that pack the two weeks. We also include a session with our Assistant Dean for Admissions about applying to medical school.
 
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer tuition assistance at this time.
 
All the Best,
Jennifer
Jennifer Burg Rosichan, MA
Director, Student Affairs and Recruitment Programs
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
University
of Cincinnati College of Medicine
(513) 558-5581, (513) 558-6259 - fax
AOL Screen Name: JBRosichan

 

7.  The University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS) will open in May, 2008. 

UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, ST. KITTS

NORTH AMERICAN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

460 West 34th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Telephone: 212-868-0855   Facsimile: 212-868-4722

E-mail: admissions@umhs-sk.net    Website www.umhs-sk.org

 

Dear Advisor,

 

I am proud to announce the opening of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS) in May 2008.  As one of the former owners of Ross University, I have had the opportunity to both support and meet many of the members of the NAAHP.  We are very excited about our new venture, and have already established a state of the art campus in St. Kitts.  In fact, our facilities can compare with some of the best medical schools in the United States.  We have spared no expense in this undertaking, and are looking forward to inviting advisors to St. Kitts to see first hand our accomplishments. 

 

As you know, there is a current shortage of physicians in the United States.  In fact, the Center for Health Workforce Studies predicts a shortage of up to 96,000 physicians by the year 2020. As a result of this and other studies U.S. medical schools are attempting to increase their capacity, but with limited success.  According to the AAMC, in 1995, only 16,252 of the 48,556 applicants were accepted to U.S. medical schools.  In 2006, only 17,370 out of 39,108 applicants were accepted.  This data suggests that capacity at U.S. schools has increased marginally, while demand is still significantly high.  As a result, many qualified applicants have to seek other alternatives if they want to pursue a medical education.

 

As a leader in medical education, we understand the existing problem, and have the experience, knowledge and financial resources to develop one of the premier medical schools in the Caribbean.  I have set forth below historical information about our founder, Dr. Robert Ross, and have provided further details about UMHS. 

 

The Curriculum

 

The UMHS academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, and is designed to promote educational and professional excellence.   Modeled after U.S. medical schools, we have developed a traditional medical school curriculum that will prepare and qualify students for licensure in the United States.

 

Since we operate year round, students can complete our 10 semester program in a little over 3 years.  The Basic Science portion of the curriculum, semester 1-4, will be offered at our state of the art campus on the beautiful Caribbean Island of St. Kitts.  Problem based learning with an emphasis on clinical correlations will be integrated into the basic science program.  The Clinical Program, consisting of core and elective rotations, will be completed at our affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States during semesters 5-10.  Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in duration.  The development of our clinical program is ongoing, and we will be posting all new affiliations on our website. 

 

The educational program at UMHS is offered year-round.  We have three entering classes per year; January, May, and September. Students are accepted on a rolling-admissions basis and we encourage early application. Successful graduates will become valued members of the medical profession and will be fully qualified and eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE).

 

Instructional Facilities

 

During the first 4 semesters on St. Kitts, students find themselves in a model learning environment that sets the standard for modern medical education. The UMHS campus boasts technological advances on the cutting-edge of health care instruction. The wireless and networked campus is a key component to ensure that students are well prepared to complete the educational program. Utilization and understanding of educational software and auto-tutorial learning is emphasized throughout the learning process. All of the classrooms and laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.  Our facilities include:

 

  • An innovative 210-seat auditorium utilizing audiovisual tools that enhance the quality of education and allow faculty to present critical visual information in the most creative mode available.

 

  • Two skills laboratories equipped with the latest in computerized simulation models that were designed with the functionality of a hospital ward or clinic to enhance the physical diagnosis experience. 

 

  • The Anne Ross Library & Learning Resource Center has an impressive collection of books, journals, periodicals, audiovisual materials, educational software and on-line databases, providing the resources vitally necessary for the proper training of today’s physician.  The LRC is fully equipped with over 36 computers for student use which will be expanded to 72 in 2008.

 

  • Technologically advanced multipurpose laboratories are fully equipped for Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology and other related classes.

 

  • Smaller classrooms have been developed to offer students a more intimate and personalized education.

 

  • A full service bookstore is located on campus for student convenience.

 

  • A state of the art anatomy building that is fully equipped with the latest audio visual equipment and computers to visually enhance the education.

 

Faculty

 

Faculty members are primarily recruited from the U.S.  They all share a love of teaching, and are skilled and credentialed educators. Their goal is to ensure each student’s success as a future physician, and dedicate virtually 100% of their time to teaching and assisting students.

 

Living in St. Kitts

 

When students need a break from their studies, they will find themselves in a tropical paradise distinguished by breathtaking natural beauty. The resort island of St. Kitts offers many Western-style amenities and serves as a model environment for living and learning. St. Kitts allows students to participate in a lifestyle of cultural diversity, where English is the main language.

 

The UMHS campus has a vibrant atmosphere, evoking a collegial environment. As part of the student body, individuals find themselves in a rewarding, enriching and diverse peer group. The students, faculty, and staff members are all dedicated to medical education.  Adding to the intellectual stimulation are the members of the St. Kitts/Nevis community, who share their local art and culture with the staff and students. 

 

  • Support services are provided in the areas of academic advising, counseling, health care,
    and safety and security.

 

  • UMHS assists students, faculty, and staff members in locating and securing appropriate housing accommodations.

 

  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of island activities including athletics, water sports, and a variety of campus organizations and extracurricular activities.

 

Admissions Requirements

 

UMHS seeks applicants who possess the academic and personal potential to succeed in both completing a highly rigorous course of study, and becoming qualified physicians. The Admissions Committee bases its decisions on a combination of factors including academic performance in college, cumulative and pre-medical GPA, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, essay and personnel interview. Applicants must complete the following pre-requisites:

 

General Chemistry with lab           One year

Organic Chemistry with lab           One year

General Biology with lab               One year

Physics with lab                             One year

College Level Mathematics           One semester

English                                           One year

 

Tuition

 

The cost of medical education is a concern of students worldwide.  Most students that attend medical school finance their education through student loans.  The amount of debt students incur is substantial, and should be evaluated prior to applying to each school.  We at UHMS understand the significance of debt load, and have purposefully established tuition at a value that makes the academic program as well as repayment, affordable.  As a result, tuition per semester in the Basic Science Program will be $7800.

 

UMHS has established a financial aid program that will help students cover their educational expenses.  Student loans and institutional scholarships will be available for those who qualify.

 

The Office of Financial Aid helps students determine eligibility for available loans and scholarships.  Members of the department will work with students to review their options and develop a plan to finance their education. 

 

News Update

 

Over the last couple of months we have been working diligently to develop the University of Medicine and Health Science website. We are proud to announce that our website officially went live last week and we are urging all prospective students and advisors to visit www.umhs-sk.org. We have designed a comprehensive website that provides detailed information on many topics including admissions, campus facilities, academic programs, licensure, financial aid, faculty, clinical programs, as well as student life. The home page also includes a news and events section which will be updated periodically. Please review this section each time you visit our site for the most current postings.

 

Recently Michelle Peres, former Senior Director of admissions at Ross University, has joined UMHS as our Interim Director of Admissions.  Michelle has fourteen years of experience in admissions and has received several awards and nominations due to her excellent performance.  She will offer a great deal of knowledge and experience to UMHS.  Michelle will be working out of the Michigan office and can be contacted at 248-363-8558.  Her e-mail address is mperes@umhs-sk.net.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 212-868-0855, or email me directly at wross@umhs-sk.net

 

Sincerely,

Warren Ross

Warren Ross

President 

 

Florida Office: 561-547-1520 or 877-547-1520

Michigan Office: 248-363-8558 or 877-363-8558

California Office: 408-735-1135 or 866-735-1135

Website: www.umhs-sk.org

 

 

 

8.  The deadline has been extended for the Equity Summer Research Program, one of the Diversity Achievement programs at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. 

Applications must be received by March 14, 2008.

 

The Equity Summer Research Program is offered to rising sophomores and juniors who are interested in research and who may want to pursue a graduate degree.  An announcement is attached, and the application, eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions can be found at http://www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/academic/som/diversity/equity.cfm .

 

Portland is a great town and is at its best in the summer.  The weather is beautiful, and there is always something going on! http://www.travelportland.com/

http://www.portlandguide.com/entertainment/festivals.php

 

Warm regards,

Laurie Mecham

 

Laurie Mecham
Diversity Outreach Manager
SoM, Office of the Dean
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, L102
Portland, OR 97239-3098
Tel.: (503) 494-1681
Fax: (503) 494-3400
Mackenzie Hall, Room 3211
http://www.ohsu.edu/som/dean/oma/

 

 

 

9.  The deadline for applicants to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – Summer Medical Education Program is March 1, 2008. 

Greetings from Nebraska!

Just a reminder that the deadline for applicants to the UNMC- Summer Medical and Dental Education Program is March 1, 2008.  

SMDEP is a free (full tuition, housing and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers college freshman and sophomores intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.  Scholars also receive a living stipend that is distributed in three installments during the program.  In addition to the living stipend, scholars may also receive a travel stipend to help them with costs they incur traveling to Nebraska.  Scholars will participate in academic enrichment courses in the sciences, a learning skills seminar, clinical experiences, a financial planning workshop as well as attend the College World Series and volunteer at the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha.

Please encourage your students to apply as soon as possible as we are already filling up the class.  I have posted the UNMC-SMDEP website below which has information on how to apply.  If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

 

http://www.unmc.edu/dept/cce/smdep/  

Anne M. Constantino, M.Ed
Director of SMDEP Dental Component
College of Dentistry
University of Nebraska Medical Center
402-559-2590

 

10.  ==== AAMC STAT ====, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 11, 2008.  (See the first article, in particular:  AAMC says Bush budget will cripple hospitals and erode medical progress)  

  == AAMC says Bush budget will cripple hospitals and erode medical progress

  == AAMC, health professions groups visit Capitol Hill to request funding

  == Opinion leaders, AAMC president comment on health care reform

  == Association releases annual report on medical school faculty salaries

  == Higher education associations issue statement on patent reform

  == Neuroscience society offers steps to protect researchers from extremists

  == ACGME report: compliance with duty hour requirements remains high

  == On the move

 

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AAMC says Bush budget will cripple hospitals and erode medical progress

 

President Bush released his proposed fiscal year 2009 federal budget last

week, which cuts Medicare payments to teaching hospitals, freezes funding for

the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and reduces or eliminates funding

for Medicaid, the National Health Service Corps, the Agency for Healthcare

Research and Quality, and graduate medical education payments to children's

hospitals.

 

Reacting to the budget proposal, AAMC President Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., noted

that the proposed 60 percent cut in indirect medical education payments to

teaching hospitals, combined with other Medicare cuts affecting all

hospitals, will have devastating results. Dr. Kirch also warned that freezing

the NIH budget at the current level of $29.2 billion will fail to keep pace

with biomedical inflation resulting in the loss of more than $3.7 billion in

purchasing power over the past six years.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2008/080204.htm

 

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AAMC, health professions groups visit Capitol Hill to request funding

 

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., joined leaders from

health professions organizations on Capitol Hill last week to urge members of

Congress to support programs that educate and train clinicians to work in

underserved areas. The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition

(HPNEC) hosted a lunch briefing and "open house" for congressional staff to

educate them about the missions and contributions of the Title VII and VIII

health professions and nursing education programs. President Bush's proposed

federal budget eliminates all funding for health professions programs and

cuts funding for nursing education programs. In a statement, HPNEC members

criticized the president's proposed cuts saying they will "threaten access to

health care for disadvantaged and underserved communities." The AAMC

coordinates HPNEC, an alliance of more than 70 national organizations

representing providers, institutions, and community partnerships dedicated to

educating the nation's health personnel.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/hpnec/fy09press.pdf

 

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Opinion leaders, AAMC president comment on health care reform

 

When asked to consider the health care reform proposals of the 2008

presidential candidates, most leaders in health care and health policy favor

plans that build on the nation's current mixed system of public and private

group insurance, according to the results of a survey conducted by the

Commonwealth Fund and Modern Healthcare magazine. Eighty-three percent of the

opinion leaders surveyed said they favor requiring all individuals to obtain

health insurance, with premium assistance available for low- and

moderate-income Americans. More than 70 percent of respondents also support

requiring employers to either offer coverage to employees or pay a percentage

of their payroll to help finance expanded coverage. The survey also gathered

data on information technology and quality improvement efforts; 65 percent of

respondents are in favor of the increased use of "medical home" models of

care-a primary care practice that provides accessible, continuous, and

coordinated care.

 

To read a commentary on health care reform by AAMC President and CEO Darrell

G. Kirch, M.D., that accompanied the survey in a recent issue of Modern

Healthcare: go to

http://www.aamc.org/about/leadership/kirch_modernhealthcare.htm

 

Information: To view the survey results and other related articles go to

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=655

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Association releases annual report on medical school faculty salaries

 

The AAMC "Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries, 2006-2007" is now

available. This is the association's 43rd review of full-time faculty

compensation. The report presents the total compensation attributable to

teaching, patient care, or research for more than 84,000 full-time medical

school faculty. The findings are based on fiscal year 2007 data from 125 U.S.

medical schools and cover all sources of compensation: fixed/base salary,

medical practice supplement, bonus/incentive pay, and uncontrolled outside

earnings. Compensation is reported by faculty rank across nearly 80

departments and specialty areas.

 

Information: Go to http://www.aamc.org/publications

 

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Higher education associations issue statement on patent reform

 

As the U.S. Senate debates the first major patent reform bill in more than 50

years, a coalition of higher education associations, including the AAMC, has

reaffirmed support for legislative reform of the U.S. patent system. In a

statement, the five-member coalition commended Senate legislators for

revising the "Patent Reform Act" to be more compatible with the needs of

publicly supported academic research and technology transfer. But the

coalition cautions that certain provisions in the legislation remain

problematic for universities, including provisions related to mandatory

"prior art" searches, determination of damages, and a second window for

post-grant opposition. Senate action on the bill is expected soon. In

addition to the AAMC, the coalition members are: Association of American

Universities, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant

Colleges, Council on Governmental Relations, and American Council on

Education.

 

Information: Go to

http://www.aau.edu/intellect/Stmt_HEAssns_Patent_02-05-2008.pdf

 

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Neuroscience society offers steps to protect researchers from extremists

 

The Society for Neuroscience is encouraging better protection of academic

researchers who face intimidation, harassment, and physical attack by

anti-research extremists-including anti-animal research extremists. In a new

document released last week, the society offers a set of specific and

proactive steps that research institutions can take to protect their

employees, while still advancing scientific knowledge and medical progress.

The document, "Best Practices for Protecting Researchers and Research:

Recommendations for Universities and Institutions," is available online.

 

Information: Go to http://www.sfn.org/bestpractices

 

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ACGME report: compliance with duty hour requirements remains high

 

Most residency programs and residents are adhering to the Accreditation

Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)'s duty hour limits and

requirements, according to data recently released by the council. During the

2006-07 academic year, the ACGME reviewed data from more than 2,500 of the

8,500 accredited residency programs in the country. Of the programs reviewed,

8.8 percent received one or more citations for duty hour violations. Only 2.9

percent of all citations issued by the ACGME were for duty hour violations;

the remaining citations were for non-compliance with educational

requirements, such as standards for curriculum, rotations, and opportunities

for scholarship and research. Ninety-four percent of the residents surveyed

via confidential online questionnaire responded that they always or usually

comply with the ACGME's duty hour limits.

 

Information: Go to

http://www.acgme.org/acWebsite/dutyHours/dh_achieveSum0607.pdf

 

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On the move

 

Robert O. Kelley, Ph.D., has been named president of the University of North

Dakota, effective July 1. He is currently dean of the College of Health

Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the

University of Wyoming.

 

James Wright, Ph.D., will step down as president of Dartmouth College in June

2009, after 11 years as president and 40 years on the Dartmouth faculty.

 

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Academic Medicine Online

 

The February issue of Academic Medicine is entirely devoted to global health

and, in particular, academic medicine's role. The editorial and two

additional articles are available for free to non-subscribers: "Flat

Medicine? Exploring Trends in the Globalization of Health Care" and "Global

Health in Canadian Medical Education: Current Practices and Opportunities."

www.academicmedicine.org

 

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11.  The University of Central Florida’s M.D. Program (Orlando) has received provisional accreditation from the AAMC/LCME. 

Just a note to let you know that the University of Central Florida's M.D. Program in Orlando has received provisional accreditation from the AAMC/LCME and will begin to recruit an initial class via AMCAS in the coming application cycle in May 2008.  The charter class will consist of 40 students, both Florida and non-Florida residents. 

 

You might be interested in some highlights:

- The COM building will be a cornerstone of a new "medical city" to be built just south of Orlando at Lake Nona.  This city will include the new 4-story MD Program building, a new VA Hospital, a Nemours Childrens Hospital, an MD Anderson medical building, as well at the Burnett Biomedical Research Building, a Burnham Institute research facility, and many additional medical and research programs to be finalized.  This medical complex will be surrounded by single and multi-family housing, schools, parks, and retail areas.  This is a true groundbreaking turning Florida palmetto and scrub pine into an entirely new community in a very diverse area of Florida.

- The entire community of Orlando and the central Florida area is "on fire" for this school!  They are rallying around a program to provide the charter class with a totally free trip through all four years.  Currently almost 75% of the 40 positions are funded at $40k per year!!

- Clinical affiliations include both the Orlando Regional Healthcare and Florida Hospital systems which have 15 large and diverse hospitals in the Central Florida area.  The affiliations also include the new VA and Nemours that will be at the Lake Nona complex.

 

Please visit www.med.ucf.edu  the for additional details.  Information will also be included in the newest edition of the MSAR which should be coming your direction in a few weeks.

 

I have appreciated meeting several of you at the NAAHP meeting in Portland, the AAMC meeting in Little Rock,  and look forward to meeting more of you in Chicago.

 

Please remember that I am available to you for any questions that you may have about UCF or  medical school admissions in general.

 

REL Larkin

Admissions Director

UCF COM

 

 

12.  Just Desserts: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain, from Scientific American:  Appearing in the February 12, 2008 issue of Science in the News. 

You know those no-guilt diet drinks you chug by the gallon, and the fake

sugar you dump in your coffee to stay trim? Bad news: a new study suggests

that artificial sweeteners may actually make it harder to control your

weight.

 

Psychologists at Purdue University's Ingestive Behavior Research Center

report that nine rats given yogurt sweetened with no-cal saccharin ended up

eating more and gaining more weight and body fat than eight fellow rodents

given yogurt containing plain old glucose (a simple sugar with about 15

calories per teaspoon, the same as table sugar).

 

Study authors Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson speculate the reason is

that the faux sweetener messes with the brain, fooling it into revving up

the body's metabolism in anticipation of a never-to-come calorie load.

 

To read more: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=artificial-sweetener-

linked-weight-gain

 

Or: http://tinyurl.com/32ujv6

 

 

13.  The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will be hosting a Veterinary Medical Information Session and Career Fair on March 14, 2008. 

I wanted to make sure that you and the students in your school system were aware of the upcoming Veterinary Medical Information Session and Career Fair hosted by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges on March 14, from 2:30-6pm at the Westin City Center in Washington, DC.  The event will be held in conjunction with the AAVMC Annual Meeting.  Here is a link to our online flyer for this event which includes some specific information:  www.aavmc.org/DVM/documents/CareerFairFlyer.pdf.  Please feel free to distribute it widely!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Student may visit our website, www.aavmc.org, to register for this event!

Lisa M. Greenhill, MPA
Associate Executive Director for Diversity
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW; Suite 301
Washington, DC 20005
202-371-9195 x47
202-842-0773 (f)
lgreenhill@aavmc.org

 

 

 

14.  Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) is offering a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates.  (Thanks to Barbara Huntington, PHP Director at SDSU, for forwarding this to me.) 

From: Guy-Alain Amoussou <amoussou@humboldt.edu>
Subject: NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates

I am writing to seek your assistance in recruiting talented students for our summer NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates.

Here is some information about the application process and the program.
Deadline to apply: March 3, 2008
Duration:  May 18 to July 23, 2008

Please see the jpg image of the flyer below.  More information can be found at the following web site www.humboldt.edu/~reu-rms/ .

Thank you for your help.

Guy-Alain AMOUSSOU, Ph.D.
Department of Computing Science Tel: (707) 826-3380  - Fax: (707) 826-3833
Director of International Programs      Tel: (707) 826-4142  - Fax: (707) 826-3939
Humboldt State University (HSU)
California State University (CSU)
Arcata, CA, 95521
USA


e-mail :        ga7001@humboldt.edu
web        :    http://www.humboldt.edu/~ga7001

 

15.  There will be a total lunar eclipse visible throughout the United States on the evening of February 20, 2008.  (Thanks to Brother Kevin for sending me this information.) 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html