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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2010.04, Week of February 1.  

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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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Gulls looking for lunch from the wake of Hermes, one of 4 research vessels owned and operated by the Gulf Coast Research Lab:

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For more information about Joe Alfonso’s experience taking a summer course at the GCRL, please go to:

 9.  Marginalia

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up. 
2.  On Thursday, February 18, Shirl Sharpe, Academic Service Coordinator for the University of Memphis School of Public Health will be speaking on their Masters Programs in Public Health and of Health Administration.  
3.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers a 7-week long Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP).    
4.  Global Vision International (GVI) offers 5- to 20- week internships within the fields of environment and wildlife research.     
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, January 25, 2010 edition.        
6.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its Summer Undergraduate Research

Experience for undergraduates who will begin their senior year in the fall of 2010.           
7.  Applications are available for the Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals, a program hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for increasing the pool of underrepresented groups in its health profession programs.    
8.  Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia, PA) is sponsoring an Open House for Prospective Graduate Students, February 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.     

9.  Marginalia:  Joe Alfonso’s experience taking a Marine Biology course at the Gulf Coast Research Lab last summer.  (BTW, in case you’re interested, enrollment for this summer’s course has started.)  

 

1.  Events coming up. 

·         Thursday, February 4:  Getwell, a documentary about the Church Health Center, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Rhodes College, Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  Church Health Center Founder and Executive Director Dr. Scott Morris will introduce the film and take questions about the future of healthcare.  

·         Friday, February 12:  University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) College of Allied Health will be sponsoring a Prospective Student Open House on Friday, February 12, 2010 – If interested, contact ahcareers@utmem.edu .  (See Article #2).  

·         Thursday, February 18:  Presentation on the University of Memphis School of Public Health.  The Masters programs in Public Health and Health Administration will be discussed.  For more information, contact Shirl Sharpe, Academic Service Coordinator, University of Memphis School of Public Health, 208 Scates Hall, Memphis, TN  38152; Email:  ssharpe@memphis.edu ; Phone:  901-678-1710; Fax:  901-678-0372.  The website is http://www.memphis.edu/sph ;

·         Saturday, April 10:  AACOM is hosting a Health Professions Recruitment Fair and Workshop in North Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 1 pm - 4 pm in conjunction with the AACOM Annual Meeting. 

 

2.  On Thursday, February 18, Shirl Sharpe, Academic Service Coordinator for the University of Memphis School of Public Health will be speaking on their Masters Programs in Public Health and of Health Administration.  

From the home page of the University of Memphis School of Public Health – Purpose, Vision and Mission:
http://memphis.edu/sph/mission_objectives.php

 

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Our mission includes dedication to excellence in education, research, and outreach to improve public health and promote health equity by generating knowledge and translating research discoveries in our community, our state, and throughout the world. We aspire to:

1. Train the next generation of students in population health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health.

2. Create an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability.

3. Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region.

4. Prepare future leaders in public health by supporting interdisciplinary research focused on health equity to develop behavioral, community, structural, and health services interventions that address disparities.

5. Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

 

Both programs Masters Public Health and Master of Health Administration are one our website at http://memphis.edu/sph  

 
Best Wishes,
 
Shirl Sharpe
Academic Service Coordinator
University of Memphis
School of Public Health
208 Scates Hall
Memphis, TN  38152
Email:  ssharpe@memphis.edu
Phone:  901-678-1710
Fax:  901-678-0372

 

3.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers a 7-week long Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP).    

Just a quick note to remind your students that the application deadline for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) is March 1, 2010.  The program is 7 weeks in length, includes travel, room/board and a $1,000 stipend.  Hosted by the Office of Diversity Programs, SPAEP includes two levels of programming.

·         Level I is for students who have not yet had organic chemistry (generally rising sophomores or juniors), and includes a classroom-based curriculum focusing on the basic science behind illnesses prevalent in underserved communities.

·         Level II is a mentored lab research program.  Areas of research available vary according to student interests.  In addition, there are externally-funded positions available in autism and infectious disease research.

For those who are seeking summer opportunities, information and the link to the online application can be found at http://www.medschool.pitt.edu/future/future_03_spaep.asp.

Thank you,

Paula K. Davis, MA, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Office of Health Sciences Diversity
University of Pittsburgh
130 Lothrop Hall
190 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-2066 – phone
412-383-5728 - fax

 

 

 

4.  Global Vision International (GVI) offers 5- to 20- week internships within the fields of environment and wildlife research.     

Your students can gain valuable personal and professional development, fieldwork experience and new qualifications on Environmental & Wildlife Research internship with Global Vision International after or during their studies. Internships are available for periods from 5 to 20 weeks on a variety of GVI programs within the fields of environment and wildlife research.

GVI's Environmental & Wildlife Internships combine all the training and support included on any GVI program with additional support from a specific staff supervisor, weekly reviews, assessments, reflection periods and a final evaluation. Longer-term internships also allow applicants the opportunity to apply for paid or unpaid work overseas. Many university students also find these are a great way to spend their Year Abroad.

The Internship develops your student's practical research and field skills and their understanding of conservation. They may attain skills and experience essential to working within a research team such as (dependant on internship location):

 

  • Formal academic qualifications in Biological Survey Techniques and / or Team Leading
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Camera trap use
  • Wildlife identification skills
  • Tropical forest ecology
  • Wildlife biology and conservation
  • Language training
  • Environmental education
  • Interpersonal skills and leadership skills

 

These new and exciting GVI Research Internships really develop a students practical research skills, personnel management, teamwork, leadership and conservation knowledge and skills that would provide valuable practical experience and enhance their academic studies.

 

Please see the below links for examples of GVI's Environment & Wildlife Research Internships

 

Costa Rica

 

http://www.gviusa.com/internships/Central%20America/Costa%20Rica/environmental-internship-costa%20rica/home

 

Ecuador

 

http://www.gviusa.com/internships/South%20America/Ecuador/environmental-internship-amazon/home

 

South Africa

 

http://www.gviusa.com/internships/Africa/South%20Africa/environmental-internship-south%20africa/home

 

I have also attached a PDF that provides further information on the wide range of internships currently available, please feel free to share this document. You can also visit http://www.gviusa.com/internships-abroad

Global Vision International

Over 150 critical conservation and humanitarian projects in over 40 countries rely on GVI for on the ground support, promotion and direct funding. GVI works locally with its partners to promote sustainable development through environment research, conservation and education. GVI participants benefit from exceptional support, training, internship and traineeship schemes. For more information about GVI visit www.gviusa.com

Career Opportunities in the field

GVI offers a large range of jobs, internships and other exciting field work placements in the fields of education, research, environmental management and wildlife research alongside its partner organisations in countries across the world. Candidates undertaking GVI internships or traineeship placements will be in a much stronger position to apply for paid field positions and many current GVI staff have obtained their positions in this way. More details can be seen on http://www.careersabroad.co.uk.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly. 

Kind regards,

James

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James
The GVI Academic Desk
james@gviworld.com

 

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5.  ===AAMC STAT===, January 25, 2010 edition.        

AAMC STAT

•  Academic medicine responds to crisis in Haiti
•  Grassley sends survey to hospitals on HIT software
•  AspiringDocs.org campaign launches new comment board
•  Follow the AAMC on Twitter
•  On the Move


Academic medicine responds to crisis in Haiti

The AAMC is working with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help identify specialty physicians willing to volunteer medical assistance to the people of Haiti, as they recover from the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12.  The department is currently seeking trauma surgeons, orthopedists, and anesthesiologists, or others with experience and capability treating crush injuries.  For more information, the HHS recommends individuals and organizations contact www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/

Many of AAMC-member institutions have sent medical teams, donated supplies, organized fundraising drives, or are in the process of implementing plans to come to the aid of the people of Haiti.  Haiti Relief is a new page on the AAMC Web site offering resources for responders, more information about how medical schools and teaching hospitals are assisting the relief efforts, and links to disaster relief organizations accepting donations.  If you are an AAMC member and would like to submit information on your institution’s relief efforts, email haiti@aamc.org.

Grassley sends survey to hospitals on HIT software

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter and survey to 31 hospitals requesting information about their experiences implementing health information technology (HIT) funded by the HIT program authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The request was prompted by health care providers who had expressed concerns to Grassley about their experiences using the software that included interoperability problems, data errors, and difficulty in communicating these issues to vendors and administrators.  Ofte n “gag orders” or non-disclosure clauses in HIT contracts prevent health care providers and hospitals from sharing information on product-related issues outside their facilities.

AspiringDocs.org campaign launches new comment board

On Tuesday, the AspiringDocs.org campaign will launch a comment board on its Web site for the Inspiring Stories series, which features narratives from medical students and professionals.  Registrants will be able to make comments on their favorite stories, share what inspires them, and network with other aspiring doctors.  In addition, the campaign recently launched a new Facebook page, where followers can receive additional updates important to minorities in medicine.

Follow the AAMC on Twitter

The AAMC has launched a new Twitter feed called AAMCtoday and began making regular updates to the association’s Facebook fan page.  These new communication channels provide AAMC news and the latest information on association events and publications.

On the Move

Gerald S. Levey, M.D., will step down as vice chancellor of UCLA Medical Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the end of January 2010.  Levey had served in the position since 1994.

Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., will return as full-time CEO of the Medical Center at the University of Rochester on March 1.  Mark B. Taubman, M.D., who had been acting CEO since Berk suffered a serious spinal cord injury, will begin serving as the tenth dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Academic Medicine online

Dr. Kanter invites creative, imaginative, innovative, and feasible responses to his 2010 Question of the Year: What are the most effective ways to make medical school tuition and fees free to students in exchange for public service?  Responses should be submitted in the form of a 750-word essay with no more than three references.  As many as five responses will be published in the journal.  To read more about the 2010 Question of the Year, see Dr. Kanter’s editorial in the January issue of Academic Medicine.  Other topics covered in this issue include managing conflicts of interest and the well-being of students and trainees at AHCs.

 

 

6.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its Summer Undergraduate Research

Experience for undergraduates who will begin their senior year in the fall of 2010.           

 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of

Southern Mississippi is continuing its Summer Undergraduate Research

Experience for undergraduates who will begin their senior year in the

fall of 2010.

 

This program is designed to allow undergraduate students from other

universities with little or no research experience to conduct

graduate-level research on the USM campus in Hattiesburg under the

direction of a faculty member in the Department during the summer of 2010.

 

Fellowship recipients will receive a $4,500 stipend for the 10 week

summer session and paid on-campus lodging. Supplemental travel funds

are available for those traveling long distances. The program is

intended for students with an interest in chemistry or biochemistry

as a career. Students interested primarily in medical, pharmacy,

dental or other pre-professional schools are encouraged to look to

those schools for summer opportunities. Please note also that the

program is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

 

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM

are involved in a variety of research activities in the areas of

biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

Research laboratories in the Johnson Science Tower and Chain

Technology Center are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and

the faculty are experienced in including undergraduate researchers

alongside graduate and postdoctoral fellows in their research teams..

Participants will attend weekly research meetings and make a formal

presentation at the final minisymposium. Scheduled social activities

over the summer will include the opening reception, a Saturday canoe

trip, and the ending barbecue held the afternoon after the

minisymposium. The students will be provided with an information

packet by the Hattiesburg Visitors Bureau listing local and regional

activities such as golf courses, Gulf Coast beaches and islands, New

Orleans sites and activities, recreational sports, etc. In addition,

participants will have access to the USM Payne Center , a nationally

recognized fitness center.

 

For more information:
http://www.usm.edu/chem/SURE/SUREprogram.html

 

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Departmental Contacts:

Ms. Sharon King (administrative assistant)

OFFICE:               601-266- 4711         601-266- 4711

FAX: 601-266-6075

EMAIL: Sharon.King@usm.edu

 

Alvin Holder, Ph.D., MRSC, CChem

The University of Southern Mississippi

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

118 College Drive, Box # 5043

Hattiesburg,  MS 39406

U.S.A.

E-mail: alvin.holder@usm.edu

Telephone: 601-266-4767 (office)

Fax: 601-266-6075

Website: http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w690978/

 

7.  Applications are available for the Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals, a program hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for increasing the pool of underrepresented groups in its health profession programs.   

Applications Available Now !!!!  TIP Logo          

Please apply online at www.utmem.edu/tip.

Hello,

I am writing to inform that the Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP) applications are now available at www.utmem.edu/tip (click the ‘Apply Now’ star).  The applications must be completed, printed, and mailed to:

Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP)
8 S. Dunlap, BB9
Memphis, TN 38163

It would be a great help to us if you could inform any underrepresented students of our online application.  Please forward to all students who would benefit from our program.

 Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP)  is a program hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  UTHSC recognizes the need diversify its student population by increasing the pool of underrepresented groups in its health profession programs. Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals is a response to this need. TIP provides a unique structured opportunity for underrepresented Tennesseans to be equipped for successful matriculation into one of the health profession programs in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy at UTHSC. TIP's ultimate goal is to increase the representation and active participation of underrepresented groups in the health professions training and practice.

 

TIP General Eligibility Criteria

  • Must represent one of the following groups of individuals who are historically underrepresented in science and in the health care professions:  underrepresented minority students, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, and students who represent the first in their families to pursue higher education.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university engaged in undergraduate studies. (College graduates, however, will be considered by health professions admission personnel on an individual basis).
  • Must clearly demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional degree in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.
  • Must have an earned GPA of 2.7 IN REQUIRED SCIENCE COURSES with a 3.0 OVERALL GPA.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of involvement and leadership in school and/or community activities.

 

For further information about TIP,

Please visit our website at www.utmem.edu/tip or contact our staff at 901-448-8772 or 800-998-8654.

 Respectfully,

 Terrika Thornton, Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP)
Summer Science Institute (SSI)
Administrative Assistant
901-448-2627
tthornt4@utmem.edu
 

 

 

8.  Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia, PA) is sponsoring an Open House for Prospective Graduate Students, February 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.    

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8.  Marginalia:  Joe Alfonso’s experience taking a Marine Biology course at the Gulf Coast Research Lab last summer.  (BTW, in case you’re interested, enrollment for this summer’s course has started.)  

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratories is a summer field station for students to take summer classes or do marine research. 

 

I went down to GCRL to take a marine biology course, but got one of the best experiences of my life.  The class was great because there were so many times that I got to be in a “hands on” environment and it was so different from what I was used to.  I know one of CBU’s selling points is that we’re not research oriented and academically focused.  While having professors devoted to teaching is great, the time I spent in out in the field gave me a new perspective on research and how it can really be an awesome experience.  The time we spent trawling out on boats, seining on beaches, snorkeling through grass beds, walking across islands, wading through lagoons, and surveying marshes was part of class time.  It’s one thing to read journal articles on species populations in an area and how varying factors affect the animals, but it’s another thing entirely when you’re chucking jellyfish, squid, and various fish over your shoulder at a trawl table along with other people while quickly counting the different species. 

 

A lot of students passing through CBU may never have this kind of experience, not necessarily throwing animals over your shoulder, but one where you are out in the field and learning hands on instead of just seeing pictures of animals and reading about them.  I feel that if anyone has the opportunity to go take a class where there is research going on and where they can get exposure to field work then they shouldn’t miss it.  It was a great experience for me by both allowing me to see that side of biology and making me realize that research and field work was something that I loved. 

 

The experience I got is something I will always remember as one of those important events in my life because it had such a tremendous impact on me, although living at a beach for a month was pretty nice too.  

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For more information about the Gulf Coast Research Lab Summer Courses, go to http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/site_map/flash.php , and follow the links to Academics. 

From the website:

Summer Field Program 2010

Since 1947 the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has fostered opportunities in education and research for students. The GCRL's 50-acre site adjacent to the Mississippi Sound includes teaching and experimental laboratories, aquaculture facilities, a research museum and a marine sciences library.

Course Calendar

The 2010 summer terms run May 17-28, May 31 - June 25, June 30 - July 28, and August 2-13. GCRL’s four term summer program enables students to earn up to 18 semester hours of credit. A student may enroll in only one course each term. Students should not take classes at other campuses while taking field courses at GCRL.

Student Research Opportunities

(Available in both 1st and 2nd terms)

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Research Study Program

(Available in both 1st and 2nd terms)
The Research Study Program allows upper level undergraduate students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in designing a research project, sampling, analyzing data, and presenting research findings. Research options encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines in coastal sciences that include: marine aquaculture, marine biodiversity, marine biomedicine, marine ecology, marine education, marine fisheries, marine mycology, marine pathology and marine toxicology. This course could easily form the basis of a Senior or Honors Project. Prerequisites: four semesters of biology or permission of instructor. Special Topics: Research; COA 492. One to six hours credit is available and is assigned by the instructor.

Got Questions?

Sam Clardy
Coordinator
GCRL 2010 Summer Field Program
228.818.8890
samuel.clardy@usm.edu

For Admissions:
Margaret Firth
228.818.8890
margaret.firth@usm.edu

 

Catfish egg

catfish egg

 

Ghost crab

ghost crab

 

Horn Island

pictures from class (2)

 

(Ed. Note:  I mean, what’s not to like?)

pictures from class (3)

 

 

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/
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