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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.03, Week of January 21 

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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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Special summer research issue. (See articles 1-6)

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Marginalia, you ask?  It’s about the annual Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!  For more information, please go to Marginalia.  

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that will provide research opportunities for 10 students, for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013. 
2.  In fact, there is a plethora of REU sites for the upcoming summer.  
3.  The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities sponsors Minority Health and Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Programs in a variety of U.S. academic institutions.
4.  The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children’s Hospital provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.   
5.  Drexel University’s School of Public Health offers a paid Summer Mentored Research Opportunities program.  The webinar to describe it is on Friday, January 25. 
6.  The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. 

7.  Application deadlines are coming up for osteopathic medical schools. 
8.  Nature Conservancy announces the winners of its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest.  
9.  International Service Learning offers a program in Lima, Peru, March 9- 17. 
10.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry is sponsoring an Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2013. 
11.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 14, 2013 edition.  
12.  The Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy at St. George’s University (Grenada) is a two-week program which gives students a unique opportunity to get an inside view of their future career as a doctor or veterinarian.  
13.  SMDEP (Summer Medical & Dental Education Program) is a FREE six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.   
14.  The University of South Florida offers a Six-week Pre-Health Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP).   
15.  The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a variety of summer academic enrichment programs.  
16.  Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Summer Academic Enrichment Program.   
17.  The University of Cincinnati offers 10-day intense immersion experiences, during the summer, in surgery and in neuroscience.   

18.  Marginalia -- Yes, friends, it’s time for this year’s Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!   

 

1.  The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that will provide research opportunities for 10 students, for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013.

From:  http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/reu/reu.shtml

 

The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that will provide research opportunities for 10 students, for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013. Students will work on independent mentored projects in plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Participants will have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis, and the Shaw Nature Reserve - a 2,400 acre ecological preserve featuring prairie, forest, glades, wetlands, and 14 miles of hiking trails.

Eligibility - Students must be returning to an undergraduate degree program in the fall following the REU program. If you will be graduating in May or June in the year of the program, you are not eligible. To be eligible you must also be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Benefits - REU interns receive food and lodging, support for research, and a weekly $500 stipend.

Mentors and Projects - Students will work closely with a PhD mentor from MBG or associated university on an independent research project. Projects for 2012 include taxonomic description of newly discovered plant species from the tropics, DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen analysis, pollination biology of rare species, seed morphology and anatomy, conservation biology of threatened species, ecology of invasive species, herbarium study of historically important collections, Native American ethnobotany, and revisionary studies of economically important plants. Students will be trained in all aspects of research, including project design, background research using library and electronic resources, methods, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results in a poster, public research symposium, and possibly a published paper.

Additional Training – Students will also participate in professional enrichment sessions dedicated to improving writing skills, ethics in research, intellectual property rights, getting into graduate school, taking the GRE exam, graduate school options, conservation and sustainable living. Students will participate in twice-weekly Lunch and Learn sessions in which these subjects will be discussed. Students will also participate in field trips to local natural areas and cultural attractions. The REU program will be integrated in other ongoing MBG programs involving herbarium and garden support staff, high school students and undergraduates, graduate students, professional botanists, educators, and visitors.

Application – To apply, please submit a cover letter, application form, letter of recommendation, and transcripts.

Application Deadline - February 28, 2013

For More Information: 
2012 REU: Participants and Projects
 
Application Instructions
 
Mentors and Projects
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Missouri Botanical Garden
 
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For information not covered by the website (reu@mobot.org)

MBG Mission "to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life" 

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2.  In fact, there is a plethora of REU sites for the upcoming summer.  

If you’re interested, you can access the complete list at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5047 .

 

3.  The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities sponsors Minority Health and Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Programs in a variety of U.S. academic institutions.

From:  http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/our_programs/mhirt.asp

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program is a component of a long term strategy to establish a cadre of biomedical, behavioral, and social science researchers working to reduce the disparate health burdens among underserved populations in the United States and ultimately eliminate those disparities.

The MHIRT awards support the ability of U.S. academic institutions to offer short-term international training opportunities in health disparities research for undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions who are from health disparity populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral health research career fields.

In general, academic institutions sponsor MHIRT programs in an effort to broaden the scientific research experience of students and ensure that participants receive:

  • Training in experimental research design, procedures for analyzing and interpreting data, and the use of current scientific literature;
  • Cultural, linguistic, ethics, and other training pertinent to professionals engaged in scientific and public health research at the foreign site;
  • The opportunity to present written and/or oral presentations of their scientific research experience and results at appropriate academic or professional fora; and
  • Encouragement and mentoring during the remainder of their academic years leading to the completion of degree requirements and possibly pursuit of a career in health disparities research.

Specifically, MHIRT grantees conduct research for at least 10-12 weeks during the summer or one semester during the academic year on a wide variety of diseases and health conditions. The MHIRT Program participants travel to work with international investigators in countries around the world such as Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, Australia, Peru, Spain and South Africa.

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4.  The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children’s Hospital provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.   

From:  http://www.stjude.org/poe

 

Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program




The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.

 

A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Thus, qualified students with an interest in cancer research are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

Departments or divisions include anesthesiology (medical students only), biochemistry, chemical biology & therapeutics, developmental neurobiology, diagnostic imaging (medical students and physics or biomedical engineering majors only), epidemiology and cancer control (medical students), oncology (a few clinical positions for medical students and a few lab positions for others), immunology, infectious diseases, neuro-oncology (one medical student only), nursing research (nursing majors only), pathology, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology (psychology majors only), radiation oncology (medical students and physics or biomedical engineering majors only), and structural biology.

 

Students participating in the Pediatric Oncology Education program will receive training in a superb academic environment created by the interaction of committed basic scientists, research-oriented physicians, and postdoctoral fellows. Depending on their special interests, trainees will spend their rotations in a clinical research or a laboratory research setting. Trainees will be matched with a faculty mentor who shares their research interests and will participate in the mentor's ongoing research projects. Trainees are required to attend a core lecture series ("Lunch & Learn") designed specifically for them, as well as other weekly St. Jude conferences, including leukemia-lymphoma conference and tumor board.

 

Sixty-nine US citizen students from 58 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia participated in POE 2012. Their average undergraduate GPA was 3.83 on a 4.0 scale. They included 17 medical students, 47 undergraduates (including May 2012 graduates), three PharmD students, and two post-baccalaureate students. The 47 undergraduates included five sophomores; all others were further along in their academic careers. Twelve 2012 participants were prior class members returning for a second POE rotation.

 

Please note that the POE program is a PRE doctoral program. Anyone who has an MD is NOT eligible for the POE program and should NOT apply. MDs who have completed residency training in Pediatrics may be eligible for our Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program. Qualified non-US physicians may be eligible to visit St Jude through our International Outreach Program.

 

Duration of Training

 

The minimum time requirements are: 9 weeks at St. Jude for students currently in medical school, 10 weeks for returning POE students, and 11 weeks for all others. The student's daily schedule will depend on the research area in which they are working, but the student is expected to work full-time. There are no specific start and end dates for the program, but students should plan to start on a Monday (Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) in mid-May to mid-June and finish on a Friday in August.

 

Requirements

 

Trainees MUST be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Most POE students are highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students preparing for careers in medicine or biomedical sciences. A few are attending or have been accepted into graduate, medical, pharmacy, or nursing school. POE applicants MUSThave an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.40/4.00 in math and science (biology, chemistry, physics)AND at least a 3.40 overall. Graduate students and medical students must also meet the undergraduate GPA requirements. Applicants will have research experience and will have completed at least their sophomore year of college when they begin the program. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.

 

Stipend and Housing

 

Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend for their summer appointment. Group housing close to our campus will be available at no cost for POE students coming from outside the Memphis metropolitan area to participate in the program. We do not provide paid family housing.

 

Laboratory Research Training

 

Trainees engaged in laboratory research work in one of the many interesting and important areas of St. Jude oncology research. Some examples of ongoing basic science projects are studies on hematopoietic growth factors and receptor signaling; cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, and the relationship between gene mutations and drug resistance. Cutting edge research is being conducted in infectious, autoimmune, and cancer immunology. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacology research involves studies of both current and new drugs and their effects on childhood cancers. Trainees gain valuable experience in basic molecular laboratory research techniques, including cloning, cell culture, sample preparation and performing assays. They may do computer research data processing and analysis under their mentor's guidance.

 

Clinical Research Training

 

Medical students will work in clinical research with physicians and staff in areas such as chart review, record screening and examination, data collection and entry. Medical students may, under faculty supervision, attend clinics and observe procedures. Trainees may perform computer research data processing and analysis under their mentor's guidance. Medical students or undergraduates with sufficient computer skills may work on radiological sciences projects such as MR image analysis or radiation therapy treatment planning. Nursing students will work on nursing research projects.

 

Oral and Written Reports

 

At the end of appointment, all participants are required to make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project. They are also required to submit a written report on their research project in the style of a journal in which their mentor publishes.

 

Deadline

 

The deadline for the POE 2012 program is past. Qualified students may apply after September 1, 2012 for POE 2013. The deadline for receipt of ALL POE 2013 application materials will be February 1, 2013. Credentials emailed (applicant's name in the subject line, please) by the university or recommender to Dr. Gronemeyer (suzanne.gronemeyer@stjude.org) or postmarked no later than February 1, 2013 will be accepted. Letters sent as a PDF attachment to email from the recommender are best. If available from the university, electronic transcripts are preferred. Early submission of credentials is encouraged, since those applying in the last few weeks before the deadline run a high risk of not having all their credentials submitted by the deadline.

 

Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply, since a major long-term goal of our program is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Under-represented minority sophomores and juniors will be considered for appointment as CURE (Comprehensive Umbrella of Research Experiences) Scholars, in addition to their appointment as a POE student.

 

Learn more about St. Jude and our research programs

 

Applicants should visit our web site to identify departments in which they would like to work. Our latest scientific report is available online under related topics. See the research button at the top for the faculty list and the list of academic departments. The Pediatric Oncology Education Program application should be filled out and submitted online. Hard copy applications will NOT be accepted.

 

For further information contact (email preferred):


Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD, Director,
Pediatric Oncology Education Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 304
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
suzanne.gronemeyer@stjude.org
901-595-2488 Phone
901-595-3292 FAX

 

5.  Drexel University’s School of Public Health offers a paid Summer Mentored Research Opportunities program.  The webinar to describe it is on Friday, January 25. 

Interested in Paid Summer Mentored Research Opportunities?

 

Join us on Friday, January 25, 2013 from noon to 12:30 PM EST to learn about paid summer research opportunities at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Representatives from Drexel University School of Public Health’s Opening Doors Health Disparities Program will be presenting information on how current sophomores and juniors (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2013) from any U.S. accredited college/university can apply for paid summer research opportunities to work with faculty on projects related to health disparities. To learn more about the program and access the webinar link, click here

 

The webinar is open to all students, faculty  and staff who are interested in learning more about the program.  If you have additional questions about the program or webinar, please email openingdoors@drexel.edu

 

 

Colleen P. Baillie, EdM
Director of Enrollment, Recruitment and Retention

Drexel University

School of Public Health
1505 Race Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215.762.1224  |  Fax: 215.762.8846
publichealth.drexel.edu

 

 

6.  The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. 

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF program provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research lab under the guidance of a biomedical science faculty member. The goal is to expose students to  the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

 

The SURF program is 7 weeks in length and includes room & board, a living allowance, 8 semester hours of biology credit and the potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school.   Detailed information, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be obtained by going to the SURF web site at http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/Admissions/SURF.htm. The deadline for application is February 1, 2013.

 

Please encourage your students to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the OU-HCOM Admissions Office at 800-345-1560.

 

Best regards,

 

John

 

John D. Schriner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Admissions

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

102 Grosvenor Hall

Athens, Ohio 45701

800-345-1560

www.oucom.ohiou.edu

 

 

7.  Application deadlines are coming up for osteopathic medical schools. 

Dear Advising Colleagues and Friends,

 

Happy New Year!   We hope this finds you all well and that you are off to a great start in the new academic year.

 

We wanted to bring to your attention the upcoming 2013 AACOMAS deadlines, fast approaching for the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Colleges. The majority of the nation’s 29 Osteopathic Medical Colleges and 4 branch campuses have an AACOMAS deadline of February 1, 2013.  Time is needed for processing and verification; we strongly encourage all applicants to submit early and not wait for the deadline.  We send out automatic, periodic reminders, as each of our AACOMAS 2013 deadlines approach to our applicants.  Please encourage your applicants not to delay completing and submitting their applications. 

 

Attached is a PDF of the 2013 AACOMAS and Supplemental Deadlines document for your use with applicants.   It is also found on page 17 of the 2013 College Information Book.

PS:  A terrific resource for all premedical students is, A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

Thanks in advance for all the good work you do in advising your applicants on their choices for careers in the health professions.

 

With all good wishes!

Gina

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Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Application Services

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310

Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231

 

Tel: (301) 968-4184

Fax: (301) 968-4191

E-mail: gmoses@aacom.org

http://www.aacom.org

https://aacomas.aacom.org

 

 

 

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8.  Nature Conservancy announces the winners of its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest.  

Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy's 6th Annual Digital Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner and Runners Up! View Photos.


Dear Stanley Eisen,

Have you heard the exciting news? We've announced the grand prize winner, runners up, finalists and honorable mentions in The Nature Conservancy's 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest.

A special congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner, Jim Ridley of Brighton, Michigan for his amazing photo of a Sandhill Crane in flight. View his winning image now.

Jim's photo received the most 1st place votes and will be featured on the cover of the Conservancy's 2014 calendar, along with images from the talented runners up and finalists.

View more top images from this year's photo contest like our runners up: R. Grant Maslowski of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia and Christine Haines of Spokane, Washington.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Your love of nature truly inspires us.

Sincerely,
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Amy Hawthorne Morris
Senior Online Outreach Manager
The Nature Conservancy

p.s. Check out more amazing nature photos from Jeff Opperman, senior freshwater scientist, who is currently traveling down the Mekong River with his family. See freshwater dolphins, giant soft-shell turtles, 400-pound catfish and more!

PHOTOS: Sandhill Crane, Wildwing Lake, Kensington Metropark, Milford, Michigan, USA. © Jim Ridley/2012 photo contest winner; Butterfly Feast, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru. © R. Grant Maslowski/2012 photo contest runner up; Pygmy Nuthatches, Spokane, Washington, USA. © Christine Haines/2012 photo contest runner up.

 

9.  International Service Learning offers a program in Lima, Peru, March 9- 17. 

ISLseeking inspiration through service!

International Service Learning

 

Students: Considering joining our global health team to Lima, Peru, March 9-17.  Travel to a beautiful destination, bring health services and medications to a developing community, and learn through meaningful engagement.

Visit our schedule for a list of all available dates and destinations.    

For faculty: We can integrate our existing programs with your academic courses, allowing you to tailor the service learning experience to your educational goals. Students gain valuable skills and global perspective, while developing communities receive health services and medications to which they would otherwise have little or no access. 

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience while providing quality health care and other services in developing communities. We utilize in-country professionals and offer practical experience through programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire volunteers to a lifestyle of service. 

Find out more:  www.ISLonline.org   

 

10.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry is sponsoring an Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2013. 

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11.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 14, 2013 edition.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

January 14, 2013

• Supreme Court Stem Cell Ruling Is Good News for Patients
• Medical Groups Discuss Ways to Reduce Gun Violence Epidemic
• Emergency Preparedness Conference Brings Together Medical
  Schools, Teaching Hospitals, and Federal Agencies
Academic Medicine 2013 Question of the Year Focuses
  on Professional Identity
• HHS Announces 106 New Medicare Accountable Care Organizations
• PCORI Deadline for Letters of Intent Is Jan. 15
• In Memoriam: Leonard Napolitano, Ph.D.
• On the Move



Supreme Court Stem Cell Ruling Is Good News for Patients

The AAMC applauded last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling not to review lower court decisions allowing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) research.  The ruling ended the case, Sherley, et al. v. Sebelius, et al., which contended that the NIH Stem Cell Guidelines violated the so-called Dickey-Wicker provision, contained in the annual NIH appropriations bill, that bans federal funding of hESC research.  AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said, “Research using hESCs conducted under rigorous ethical standards continues to offer great promise in the search for cures and treatments for a variety of intractable diseases.”


Medical Groups Discuss Ways to Reduce Gun Violence Epidemic

In the wake of the recent shootings in Connecticut, the AAMC joined 51 other medical associations urging “the nation to strengthen its commitment and resources to comprehensive access to mental health services, including screening, prevention, and treatment.”  In a letter sent to the president and House and Senate leadership, the organizations discussed the importance of providing sufficient access to mental health services.  The letter also notes that physicians need to have frank discussions with their patients and parents of patients about firearm safety issues, and asks for increased funding for research on violence prevention.


Emergency Preparedness Conference Brings Together Medical Schools,
Teaching Hospitals, and Federal Agencies


An upcoming conference co-hosted by the AAMC and the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is aimed at priming academic medical centers (AMCs) and their communities for disaster preparedness.  Intended for deans, CEOs, and senior executive leadership, the event seeks to improve federal agencies’ understanding of the capabilities and challenges facing AMCs when responding to a disaster situation.  “A Critical Relationship for Successful Healthcare Preparedness” will be held March 1-2 at Tulane University School of Medicine.  For more information, visit www.aamc.org/meetings.


Academic Medicine 2013 Question of the Year Focuses
on Professional Identity


Academic Medicine’s editor, David P. Sklar, M.D., invites responses to the journal’s 2013 Question of the Year: What Is a Doctor? What Is a Nurse?  The question asks the community to look at the evolving roles of doctors and nurses to help understand what the transformations in the health care delivery system mean about the present and future functions, descriptions, training, and ultimately the identity of doctors and nurses and others as members of interprofessional teams.  All members of health care teams and the academic medicine community as well as members of the public are welcome to submit responses.  The deadline is May 1.  Full details are available on Academic Medicine’s Web site.


HHS Announces 106 New Medicare Accountable Care Organizations

AAMC member institutions were again among the new group of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) announced last week by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.  ACOs are formed through partnerships between physicians, hospitals, and other providers to encourage higher quality, coordinated care. ACOs must meet cost and quality targets, and, if successful, are able to share in savings.  With this announcement, more than 250 Medicare ACOs are now participating through the Medicare Shared Savings Programs.


PCORI Deadline for Letters of Intent is Jan. 15

Tomorrow is the deadline for researchers to submit required letters of intent to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) indicating intent to deliver a proposal for the most recent PCORI funding announcement. The newly released announcement corresponds to the institute’s fifth priority area—Accelerating Patient-Centered and Methodological Research.  PCORI expects to distribute $12 million in contracts to fund up to 14 projects.  For more information, visit the online application center.


In Memoriam: Leonard Napolitano, Ph.D.

Leonard Napolitano, Ph.D., former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, died on Jan. 7 at age 82.  Napolitano served as New Mexico’s dean from 1972 to 1994. Previously, he was a professor of anatomy at the school.  Napolitano served on both the AAMC Council of Deans Administrative Board and the Advisory Committee of the AAMC Management Advancement Program.


On the Move

Wayne Keathley has been appointed president of the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center and Health Network.  Keathley currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  David L. Reich, M.D., has been named interim president of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Russell E. Armistead has been named chief executive officer of Shands Jacksonville.  Since 2004, Armistead has served as associate vice president for finance and planning for the University of Florida Health Science Center in both Gainesville and Jacksonville.  He replaces James R. Burkhart, who recently was named president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, effective March 4.  Burkhart replaces Ron Hytoff, who is retiring.

 

12.  The Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy at St. George’s University (Grenada) is a two-week program which gives students a unique opportunity to get an inside view of their future career as a doctor or veterinarian.  

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It’s never too early for students to start planning their future. The Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy at St. George’s University gives them a unique opportunity to get an inside view of their future career as a doctor or veterinarian.

This two-week program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Set themselves apart by gaining a foundation of knowledge in public health and the business of medicine, subjects shaping today’s most important health care issues.
  • Experience medicine first hand with trips to the local clinics, hospitals, farms, and businesses.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada, with trips to the beach, hikes in the rainforest, and snorkeling excursions.
  • Earn college credit from our School of Arts and Sciences for participating in lecture and clinical work.
  • Discover how adding an MBA or MPH to their medical or veterinary medical degree will set them apart from their peers and stand out in their careers.

St. George’s University is a center of international education, with students and faculty drawn from more than 140 countries. Since it’s founding in 1976, SGU has graduated more than 11,000 physicians and veterinarians who have practiced in the United States and in over 50 countries around the world.

If you have dedicated students striving for a career medicine, veterinary medicine, or health science, our Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy is the perfect place for them to start.

Space is limited, so register online today. For more information or promotional material, please contact me directly at +1 (631) 665-8500 ext. 9 1319 or closito@sgu.edu.

Hope to see you in Grenada this summer!

Sincerely,

Courtney Losito
Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy Coordinator

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13.  SMDEP (Summer Medical & Dental Education Program) is a FREE six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.   

Dear Colleagues:

 

Please pass this information on to your students. The deadline for the SMDEP program is fast approaching!

 

SMDEP is a FREE six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. SMDEP is implemented at 12 sites across the nation and participants engage in stimulating courses in the basic sciences and quantitative topics, shadow dentists and physicians to observe patient care, learn about the application process, and participate in financial planning and health policy workshops.

 

SMDEP is focused on building a diverse dental and medical workforce across the nation. Since the program began in 1987, over 19,000 students have participated in the program.  To date, over 5,000 participants have graduated from MD granting institutions, and over 2,300 are currently enrolled in dental and medical school, or other health professions schools.  Participants often cite SMDEP as a life changing experience.

 

The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association.    The application cycle for the 2013 summer program opened November 1, 2012 and the deadline is March 1, 2013.  To learn more about the program visit www.smdep.org<http://www.smdep.org>.

 

Bridgette A. Waldron, MPA

Specialist, Communications and Alumni Initiatives Summer Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

 

Association of American Medical Colleges

2450 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037-1127 T (202) 828-0953  F (202) 862-6282 E bwaldron@aamc.org<mailto:e-mail@aamc.org>

   www.aamc.org<http://www.aamc.org/>

 

Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures(r)

 

Like SMDEP on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/smdepalumni>

Follow SMDEP on Twitter<http://www.twitter.com/smdepalumni>

 

14.  The University of South Florida offers a Six-week Pre-Health Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP).   

 

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Shirley B. Smith

 

 

Shirley B. Smith

Director

Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment (OSDE)

ssmith27@health.usf.edu

 

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15.  The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a variety of summer academic enrichment programs.  

 

 

 


January 17, 2013

Dear Health Professions Advisor,

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is currently accepting applications for the following summer academic enrichment programs:

                     Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)

                     Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) and

                     ReApplication Post baccalaureate Program (RAP). 

 

PREP is a seven week summer academic enrichment program that targets students from disadvantaged/underrepresented backgrounds.  Students are exposed to the rigors of academic medicine and dentistry.  Included are preceptor ships with physicians in clinical and research settings.  The program is enhanced by students being mentored in intimate, structured cluster groups by trained teaching assistants; accomplished medical students. The program is free, however housing is not provided.  As stipend is given to students for living expenses.   The postmark deadline for submission of all required material is March 1, 2013. Applications and further program information are available at:

                     http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/offices/aeo/prep.cfm

                     uclaprep@mednet.ucla.edu

 

SMDEP is a six-week summer academic enrichment program that targets educationally and financially disadvantaged freshman and sophomore college students by providing intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.   This national program is funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The program is free.  Provided are on campus housing and some meals.   Deadline for applying is March 1, 2013. Application and further information can be found at the following websites:

                     www.smdep.org (application)

                     http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/smdep/ (specific information on UCLA SMDEP)

                     uclasmdep@mednet.ucla.edu

 

RAP is post baccalaureate program that is designed to assist students who meet all the following criteria:  are California residents,  from disadvantaged and or/underserved backgrounds, committed to practicing in underserved communities in California, and who applied but were unsuccessful in gaining admissions to any U.S. medical school. The eleven-month program is conducted in two sessions, summer and academic year.  The priority deadline for applying is May, 7, 2013.   Final deadline May 14, 2013.  Application and further information can be found at the following websites:

                     https://meded-postbac.ucsd.edu (application)

                     www.medstudent.ucla.edu/offices/aeo/rap.cfm (specific information on UCLA RAP)

                     uclarap@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Applications are now being accepted for all programs.

 

 


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16.  Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Summer Academic Enrichment Program.   

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17.  The University of Cincinnati offers 10-day intense immersion experiences, during the summer, in surgery and in neuroscience.   

Summer Experiential Programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 

Every summer we host two experiential programs for high- achieving undergraduate pre-med students—the Summer Surgery Experience and the Summer Neuroscience Experience. These are both 10-day intense immersion experiences that include: human cadaver dissection, didactic lectures from faculty, hands on labs, shadowing and more. The tuition for these programs is $650 and housing on campus is available for an additional $450. Each program accepts 12 participants each summer; students are welcome to apply to both, but may only participate in one.

 

Successful applicants are current sophomore or juniors with a proven interest in medicine and a strong academic record; a background in anatomy is encouraged, but not required. For more information, visit our website at www.med.uc.edu/sse. 

 

The deadline for all programs is Friday, February 1, 2013. Please share this information with any students who you feel would be interested in participating. If you have any questions about these opportunities, feel free to contact me directly.

 

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

 

Andrea Paul

Assistant Director, Student Affairs and Recruitment

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dean’s Office

231 Albert Sabin Way

PO Box 670552

Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552

(513) 558-1516

 

 

 

 

18.  Marginalia -- Yes, friends, it’s time for this year’s Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!   

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Yes, friends, it’s time for this year’s Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!  Please submit an entry by Wednesday, January 30, that catches the essence of your experiences with Organic Chemistry.  Our panel of judges will assess each entry.  The prize for submission of the winning entry is a package of Hershey’s Kisses.  (Hey, y’all out at SDSU are also invited!)

 

In the past, I have told people interested in submitting an entry that it MUST follow a 5-7-5 syllable sequence, as in the following examples in 2002:

 

I.  From: David Floriolli, San Diego State University (To borrow from Shakespeare's Hamlet):

 

Substitution 1
Or elimination 2?
That is the question

II.  From Ethan Eisen, Yeshiva University, New York

Going for pre-med?
Take organic chemistry...
You want fries with that?

III.  From Nick Newsom, Christian Brothers University


Van der Wals forces
A little bit of ring strain
This sounds too painful

 

IV.  From Jeremy Haakenson , UC - Davis

Grignard reagents.
Two pairs of large purple gloves.
O-Chem at Davis.

 

V.  From "Julie D", UC-Davis

We need Oxygen
Too much can really hurt you
Too little can too

 

VI.  From Nelson Allen, UC-Davis (The Philosopher's Stone)

By the Stone vigor
of sulfur arise, pathway
to the Golden Plane

 

However, that, apparently, is not unnecessary:

 

From:  http://www.crystalinks.com/haiku.html

 

Haiku is one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry. It should register or indicate a moment, sensation, impression or drama of a specific fact of nature. Some people meditate to create inspirational Haiku.

Haiku is a very short poetic form. Traditional Japanese haiku consisted of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 units each, which are generally applied as syllables and contained a special word - the kigo - that indicated the season in which the haiku was set.

Some consider that a haiku must also combine two different images, be written in present tense, have a focus on description and have a pause (the kireji or cutting word) at the end of either the first or second line. All such rules are somewhat arbitrary and are habitually broken by most poets, especially when adapted for languages other than Japanese.

Few modern English haiku poets use the 5-7-5 syllables rule, which is often inappropriately taught in schools. The 5-7-5 practice produces a haiku much longer than a traditionally composed haiku in Japanese, as the Japanese do not count syllables as they are defined in English, but instead count morae (singular mora), units of time. Morae are generally shorter than the average of English syllables which are highly variable in length.

Today's English-language poets produce haiku in one of three ways:

(1) by using three [or fewer] lines of no more than 17 syllables in total;

(2) by using the concept of metrical feet rather than syllables. A haiku then becomes three lines of 2, 3, and 2 metrical feet, with a break or pause after the second or fifth;

(3) by using the "one deep breath" rule: take a deep breath and you should be able to read the haiku/senryu aloud without taking a second breath.

The haiku poet [haijin] writes about a moment in time, a brief experience that stands out. The traditional haiku poet usually focused on nature although modern poets have the urban setting as their venue.

Often, at least in translation, the subject matter of many Japanese haiku may seem banal, but the subtle linkage or juxtaposition between the two sets of images within a haiku will be found to contain an interesting insight or spiritual message.

Haiku is not written only by professionals. Anyone can learn to use the form, although like other forms of poetry it is difficult to master. An online search will lead to many forums where new and experienced poets share and critique their haiku.

The term Haiku was created by the modern critic and haiku-maker Masaoka Shiki. Before then this style was called Hokku. Hokku is the first phrase of Renga, another traditional form of Japanese poetry. Already since the early Edo period Hokku was appreciated as an individual work, not just as a part of Renga. Masaoka Shiki discarded the Renga concept and established Haiku as pure artistic poetry. Hence today we see classic Hokku as Haiku.

 

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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