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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.04, Week of January 28 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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Sergei Bobkov has patented a unique technique of creating amazing sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood-chips.

 

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For more examples of his art, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Healthcare jobs figure prominently in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top jobs.  
3.  The Church Health Center is looking for volunteers.    
4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 21, 2013 edition.
 
5.  AMA MedEd Update, January 2013 edition.   
6.  American University of Antigua College of Medicine will be hosting its annual spring information session on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. 
7.  Touro University – California College of Pharmacy (Vallejo, CA) is sponsoring an Open House on Friday, February 22. 
8.  The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs at Illinois College of Optometry, Ohio State University, and the University of California-Berkeley.

9.  Marginalia:  These art pieces take a long time to create.     

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Tuesday, February 19:  Mackel Harris, Director of Multicultural Relations at Life University, will be on campus at 1 p.m. to discuss their programs in healthcare, including Chiropractic. 

Mr. Harris’ contact information is: 

Life University

1269 Barclay Circle

Marietta, GA 30060

P. 770-426-2707 

C. 404-468-0801

 

·         Wednesday, February 20:  Induction ceremony for (Beta)3, starting 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

 

2.  Healthcare jobs figure prominently in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top jobs.  

Thought you’d be interested in seeing how healthcare jobs figure prominently in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top jobs.

 

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs

 

Anne Wells, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President for Educational Pathways

American Dental Education Association

The Voice of Dental Education

1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

Voice 202-289-7201

Fax 202-289-7204

wellsa@adea.org

www.adea.org

 

 

3.  The Church Health Center is looking for volunteers.   

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Calling All Event Volunteers!

 

If you are looking for ways to get involved with a wonderful cause, the Church Health Center has some great opportunities waiting for you! Whether you would like to be a committee chair, a community promoter or just an event-day volunteer, we have a variety of projects for you to choose from.


From our Rock for Love music festival to our annual 5K/10K to VIP receptions and after-work soirėes, there is something for everyone.


Want to learn more? Attend our volunteer expo! 

 

Church Health Center Volunteer Expo 

Church Health Center Wellness  

1115 Union Avenue 

 

Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m.
AND  Tuesday
, February 5 at 11:30 a.m.

 

 Volunteer Opportunities:

iGive Mixers- Made up of iGive members, this group of enthusiastic volunteers spreads awareness about the Church Health Center, its programs and its increasing need for support by hosting quarterly iGive events for members and friends.


The Color Purple at Playhouse on the Square- The Church Health Center has the opportunity to sell the tickets for the night of June 28, 2013. In order to make this event a success, we need a group of energetic, dedicated volunteers to help us sell tickets, host the evening and organize the VIP reception.


Church Health Center 5K/10K- Join a team of energetic, hard-working friends to put on one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Plan a one-of-a-kind event, be creative, network with new people and fulfill a meaningful role in the community.


Rock for Love- This annual benefit concert weekend brings the music community and larger creative community together to give back to an organization that has helped many of them. Collaborate with local stars and music lovers to make this event rock.

 

Click here to register for the Volunteer Expo online. For more information, contact Jennie Dickerson at 901.701.2097 or dickersonj@churchhealthcenter.org

4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 21, 2013 edition. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

January 21, 2013

• Report Offers Recommendations for Teaching Quality Improvement,
  Patient Safety
• AAMC Awarded ASAE Innovation Grant
• Third Edition of The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam Is Now Available
• AAMC Submits Letter on Upcoming Medicare DSH Payment Changes
• Balance, Flexibility Needed in Stage 3 Meaningful Use
• On the Move



Report Offers Recommendations for Teaching Quality Improvement, Patient Safety

A new report from an expert panel provides an overview of the current state of teaching quality and safety, competencies for faculty, and recommendations for enhancing these programs.  The report calls for the creation of a national faculty development initiative to train faculty as quality improvement educational experts and to teach health care improvement within the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals.   “Teaching for Quality: Integrating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Medical Education” is part of Teaching for Quality (Te4Q)—the medical education effort of the Best Practices for Better Care campaign, an initiative sponsored by AAMC and University Health Consortium designed to  improve the quality and safety of health care.


AAMC Awarded ASAE Innovation Grant

The AAMC was chosen from a group of 63 associations around the country as a winner of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) new Innovation Grant Program.  The program was created to help support associations in innovation exploration and development to better serve their members and other stakeholders.  The AAMC was recognized for ways in which the association plans to expand its capacity to provide services, programs, and offerings to its members to help them transform the health care system in the United States.  To learn more about the AAMC’s winning proposal, visit the ASAE’s Web site.


Third Edition of The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam Is Now Available

The third edition of The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam offers insight, tips, and valuable guidance to help students prepare for the exam.  Created by the developers of the MCAT exam, the guide provides current data on MCAT scores and GPAs, and score changes on retake exams.  It has been updated to reflect the changes in the 2013 MCAT exam.  For ordering information, visit www.aamc.org/officialmcatguide


AAMC Submits Letter on Upcoming Medicare DSH Payment Changes

In a recent letter, the AAMC urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider issues of critical importance to teaching hospitals in the implementation of a provision of the Affordable Care Act that significantly revises the formula for hospitals to receive Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments beginning in FY 2014.  Among other concerns, the AAMC urged CMS to consider including Medicare graduate medical education costs in the calculation of cost-to-charge ratios when using hospital cost report data to calculate uncompensated care and include government payment shortfalls in the definition of uncompensated care.  The AAMC’s comments highlight the need for a thoughtful approach to implementing the provision because of the large financial impact of Medicare DSH payments on major teaching hospitals. 


Balance, Flexibility Needed in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

The AAMC’s recent comment letter on the Stage 3 definition of meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records recommended that the requirements for meeting MU strike a balance between imposing increasingly difficult measures with the ability of physicians, hospitals, and vendors to meet those measures without having a negative impact on patient care.  The association noted a need for flexibility in meeting the measures and stressed that ensuring accurate documentation to enhance patient care is as important as other factors, such as ease of such documentation and practice management efficiency.  The letter also emphasized that increasing the difficulty of measures, or adding new measures, should be done slowly.  To read more about the AAMC’s comments, visit https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/.


On the Move

Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D., has been named vice president for health affairs and dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).  He also will be named the Walter A. Bloedorn Chair of Administrative Medicine. Since 2010, Akman has served as interim vice president for health affairs and dean.

Paul Taheri, M.D., M.B.A., has been named deputy dean at the Yale University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Yale Medical Group.  Taheri is currently the senior associate dean for clinical affairs and president and CEO of the University of Vermont Medical (UVM) Group, as well as a professor of surgery at UVM.


What’s New on aamc.org

The January issue of the AAMC Reporter, available online, features an article on emergency preparedness plans at medical schools and teaching hospitals: https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/  

 

 

5.  AMA MedEd Update, January 2013 edition.   

 

January 2013

 

AMA MedEd Update

 

 

Special Feature

AMA to invest $10 million for bold initiatives to change medical education

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Top Stories

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If the United States is to stave off projected physician shortages, graduate medical education must be strengthened nationally, the AMA cautioned in recent testimony before the Institute of Medicine. "As millions of ...

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Top Stories

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The AMA Council on Medical Education nominates representatives to key medical education organizations, Residency Review Committees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and member ...

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Top Stories

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Each year, the Journal of the American Medical Association publishes a special theme issue on medical education. This year's edition, published on Dec. 5, includes several studies of note as well as important data on medical ...

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American Medical News

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Will the physician shortage raise family medicine's profile? Medical schools are working to fill gaps in primary care as more students express interest in becoming family physicians, reports American Medical News.

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Graduate Medical Education

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Do family medicine residents need an extra year of training? A pilot study is now under way looking at the benefits and tradeoffs ...

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Graduate Medical Education

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Despite many studies and academic articles on duty hours and patient safety, researchers have yet to definitively connect ...

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Medical Schools

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AMA-MSS event award

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) new ...

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Medical Schools

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With medical school admissions committees seeking to assess candidates more holistically, the December issue of Virtual ...

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Featured Resource

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For more than 160 years, the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics has been the authoritative ethics guide on medical professionalism.

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Featured CME

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Register for a new AMA webinar, "Is Employment the Only Alternative? Improving Care Coordination through Clinical Integration." The webinar is set for 7 p.m. Eastern time Jan. 31.

Learn more

Virtual Mentor

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With EBM the current treatment paradigm, how do physicians balance statistics with the unique characteristics and values of the individual patient?

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Featured Profession

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Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists by training patients in exercises and activities of daily living.

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Continuing Physician Professional Development

New, growing model of CME linked to physician quality improvement

New, growing model of CME linked to physician quality improvement

PIntroduced in the early 2000s, Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME) helps doctors assess the care they provide patients and make measurable enhancements, reports American Medical News. "In 2011 ...

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Continuing Physician Professional Development

Better quality of care: Is Maintenance of Certification the answer?

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at efforts by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to ensure physician competence through development of the Maintenance of ...

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Health Care Careers and Workforce

Radiation therapy vacancy rates decline in 2012

Radiation therapy vacancy rates decline in 2012

Vacancy rates for radiation therapists declined in 2012, according to a new survey from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The vacancy rate for radiation therapists fell to 2.1 percent in 2012, down from 3.1 percent in 2011 ...

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Health Care Careers and Workforce

History of the physician assistant profession describes AMA role

A recent article on the development of the physician assistant profession over the years notes the role of the AMA is the field's establishment. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of ...

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Join Us

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6.  American University of Antigua College of Medicine will be hosting its annual spring information session on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. 

American University of Antigua will be hosting its annual spring information session on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the JW Marriott. located at 3300 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. It will begin promptly at 11 am and end at 2 pm. It would be appreciated if you would pass this information on to all of your pre-med students or any student who you feel would be interested.

Thank you in advance,


Katherine MacDonald
Associate Director of Admissions - Southeast
Manipal Education Americas, LLC agent for
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
American International College of Arts and Sciences - Antigua
Kasturba Medical College - International Center
1 Battery Park Plaza, 33rd floor
New York, NY 10004
404-621-4016
kmacdonald@auamed.org

 

7.  Touro University – California College of Pharmacy (Vallejo, CA) is sponsoring an Open House on Friday, February 22. 

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8.  The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs at Illinois College of Optometry, Ohio State University, and the University of California-Berkeley.

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs.  We encourage you to share this email among your preoptometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2013.

Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between or among any of the programs described below:

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 15-19, 2013

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.ico.edu/optometry2011/index.php/events-for-prospective-students/summer-program

Program Contact:  Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson@ICO.EDU

 The Ohio State University, I-DOC 

July 17-19, 2013

The Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers program is an intensive three-day program for people from an underrepresented ethnicity (American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; African-American, not of Hispanic origin; or Hispanic) interested in finding out more about an optometric career. The program provides information about optometry through hands-on experiences, and it aims to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minority optometrists.  Thanks to underwriting by the Vision Service Plan (VSP), there is no cost to attend the program and includes all meals and activities. There are also a limited number of scholarships for airfare reimbursement (up to $500) and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants.

 For more information about the program and information regarding the application process, please visit the I-DOC webpage:

http://optometry.osu.edu/IDOC

Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.8825, JGriest@optometry.osu.edu

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2013

Session II, July 15-17, 2013

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.

Program specifics and the application, available mid-February, 2013, are linked here:

http://optometry.berkeley.edu/opt_txtpp/admissions/admitoptocamp.html

 Cost:  $125 program fee; limited amount of scholarships to waive program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

 Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata@berkeley.edu

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A special thanks to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for providing seed funding for all of our programs and continued support as funding is available and requested.  ASCO is currently in its eighth year of the Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grants program.  This program assists optometry schools in developing and implementing activities/programs that are designed to recruit and/or retain underrepresented minority students, financially disadvantaged, and/or first-generation college students pursuing the optometric profession.

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Sharon T. Joyce
Assistant Dean
Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services
UC Berkeley - School of Optometry
Admissions & Student Affairs Office 
397 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA   
94720-2020

Phone (510) 642-5286
Fax      (510) 643-7111
Visit us on the web at:
http://optometry.berkeley.edu

 

 

9.  Marginalia:  These art pieces take a long time to create.     

The Unique Wood-Chip Sculptures of Sergei Bobkov

 

53-year-old Sergei Bobkov has patented a unique technique of creating amazing sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood-chips.

“It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring”. This is how Sergei Bobkov explains the unique form of art that he created. He says many people compare his artworks to taxidermy, because they both look so much like the animals they replicate, but Sergei believes they are as different as light and darkness. Whereas taxidermy is all about death, his wood-chip art symbolizes life.

This resident of Kozhany, Russia, has developed his very own technique, that prevents wood-chips from falling apart, in time. After creating about 100-150 chips, from 2-3 inch long cedar stick, he puts them in water for several days. Then, making use of his surgical precision, he carves the chips into any shape he needs.

Sergey has been doing this for some time now, but he has only created 11 wood-chip sculptures. That’s because just one of these incredible artworks takes around six months t complete, at a work rate of 10 to 12 hours a day, with no days off. Sergei Bobkov focuses on wildlife creatures, and he studies their anatomy for months, before starting work on a sculpture.

Even though he was offered $17,000 for his wood-chip eagle.Sergei’s Bobkov declined, saying his rt is not for sale.

This man takes wood chips, soaks them in water for many days. He uses a tree from Russia (Red Cedar).Then he starts building his pieces which takes him about 6 months, 10 hours a day to finish it. He was offered a lot of money for 1 piece but won’t sell one.

Enjoy the pictures. What wonderful work..

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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