1. Events coming up.
2. The next
scheduled webinar from the American Podiatric Medical Association is Tuesday,
The University of Tennessee Health Science
Center College of Pharmacy has just released the March 2013 issue of UT
College of Pharmacy News.
===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of
American Medical Colleges, March 4, 2013 edition.
5. Inside OME: AACOM News on Osteopathic Medical
Education, February 2013 (Vol. 7, No. 2) edition.
6. For those of
you interested in applying to the Pharm.D. program at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center, Immunology and Physics will be recommended, not required.
7. Stop Sitting, Move More to Avoid Diabetes, from
medscape.com -- http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/780124 .
8. Gonorrhea Cases Soar 25% in England as Superbugs Take Hold
– from medscape.com.
9. The question
that is frequently posed to medical school admissions advisors is “When is
the best time to apply?” Here is one
reply, plus a few other items pertaining to East Tennessee State University.
10. St. George’s
University (Grenada) offers MD/MPH and MD/MBA programs.
11. The University of
Wisconsin-Madison offers a Certificate
Program in Consumer Health Advocacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships.
12. ADEA AADSAS Information
for the Dental School Applicants for the 2014 Entering Class.
13. Received this
the Nature Conservancy: March 22 is
World Water Day.
15. When an
astronomer says that Brown dwarfs have been discovered near the sun, (s)he doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re just around the
16. Marginalia: You had just ONE job…
The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy is hosting the
inaugural 4-mile Race for the Summitt on Saturday, March 23, to raise funds for the
Pat Summitt Foundation. For more information, please see Article
Tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, cosponsored by (Beta)3 and TKE.
Participants need to be there between 3 and 4 p.m. for a welcome at
the Pavilion with tours following. If
you are interested, please contact JD Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. The next
scheduled webinar from the American Podiatric Medical Association is
Tuesday, March 12.
To continue on APMA’s “Learn About Podiatric Medicine”
webinar series, our next scheduled webinar is on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The
topic for this webinar is podiatry and surgery.
Title: Learn About Podiatric Medicine: Surgery
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Speaker: Jeffrey Bowman, DPM (Houston, TX)
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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
College of Pharmacy has just released the March 2013 issue of UT College of
enjoy the March 2013 issue of UT College of Pharmacy News:
Honorary student pharmacist for a day
· Lynch ASPEN's
New Pharmacy Practitioner Award recipient
new director of UTCOP's International Program
Zealand student pharmacists visit
APhA-ASP PharmFlix video contest
· Pesterfield supports Pharmacy
Debbie C. Byrd, PharmD, BCPS
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Dean, Professional
University of Tennessee
College of Pharmacy
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 117
Knoxville, TN 37920
STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 4,
News from the
Association of American Medical Colleges
Sequestration Moves Ahead, Threatening Health of America
• AAMC Comments on SGR Repeal-and-Replace Proposal
• Report on Medical Student Debt Now Available
• Wing of Zock
Post Examines Health Care Costs
• Analysis in Brief Explores Bridge Funding in
• On the Move
Sequestration Moves Ahead, Threatening
Health of America
Congress was unable to reach a plan to avert sequestration’s $85.3 billion
in automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1, reductions that impact
funding for programs critical to medical schools and teaching
hospitals. The National Institutes of Health will receive a budget cut of
more than 5 percent, hurting progress to medical research. Teaching
hospitals will be disproportionately affected by reductions in Medicare
reimbursements for physician training and services such as trauma centers
and burn units otherwise not offered in most communities. “To continue to
improve our nation’s health and economic well-being, America needs more
investment in medical research and the health care workforce, not less,”
said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch,
M.D., in a statement. “Congress and the Obama administration must work
together on a realistic solution that avoids the destructive consequences
of continued cuts to programs that benefit all Americans.”
Joined by more than 40 specialty physician groups, the AAMC launched a
campaign last week urging Congress to fight cuts to federal funding
that supports doctor training at America’s teaching hospitals. As the
nation faces a projected shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2020—from primary
care physicians to surgeons to specialists for children—the ad highlights
how these funding cuts would exacerbate the physician shortage and
ultimately jeopardize patient access to care. View the print ad at https://www.aamc.org/download/329098/data/preservegmefundingad.pdf.
Learn more about how sequestration will affect medical schools and teaching
hospitals at https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/budgetcuts/.
AAMC Comments on SGR Repeal-and-Replace
Reform of the Medicare physician payment system and the Sustainable Growth
Rate (SGR) formula is crucial to ensure beneficiary access, according to a
recent AAMC comment letter to the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce
Committees on a Republican SGR repeal-and-replace proposal. The letter
addresses the looming physician shortage and the need to increase GME
funding to ensure there are enough physicians to care for a growing number
of Medicare patients. The AAMC also expressed concerns that Congress might
look for savings in cuts to teaching hospitals, noting this would be
“counterproductive and shortsighted, damaging institutions that are
critical components of our health care system.”
Report on Medical Student Debt Now
Medical student debt continued to rise at an alarming rate in 2012, but is
not the determining factor in specialty choice, according to a new AAMC
Education Debt and the Cost to Attend Medical School. Data from
the 2012 Graduating Student Questionnaire showed that more students were
influenced by how well the specialty fit their personality and the level of
patient care in a field than by debt. The median level of student debt in
2012 increased 5 percent over 2011 to $170,000. The report covers recent
trends in medical student debt and medical school cost of attendance, and
includes sections on education debt differences across family income
levels, race and ethnicity, debt and specialty choice, grants and
scholarships, pre-medical and non-education debt, and basic repayment
Wing of Zock
Post Examines Health Care Costs
In a March 1 Wing of Zock post
picked up by the Huffington Post, Joanne M. Conroy, M.D.,
AAMC Chief Health Care Officer, examines the reasons behind high costs in
today’s health care market in response to Steven Brill’s provocative Time article. While Conroy notes that Brill highlights the
challenges for patients navigating the health care system, she also
explains the factors contributing to the growth in costs and the economic
environment of teaching hospitals.
Analysis in Brief
Explores Bridge Funding in Medical Schools
A new AAMC report explores how academic institutions support investigators
who experience an interruption in sponsored research funding. Many
institutions provide a mechanism—bridge funding—to support high-quality
research projects during lapses in federal support. The results suggest
that medical schools consider bridge support an important strategy to help
sustain research programs. Given the extraordinarily difficult fiscal
environment for medical research, bridge funding programs may be critical
for the survival of promising research projects.
On the Move
Arthur Klein, M.D., has been named president of The Mount Sinai Health
Network. Klein is a former executive at New York Presbyterian and North
Shore-LIJ Health System. In his new role, he will oversee the network of
satellite practices, affiliations, and Mount Sinai-owned practices.
Rodney N. Huebbers has been named president and
COO of Detroit Medical Center. He succeeds Joe Mullany.
Huebbers most recently was COO of Vanguard's
Baptist Health System.
OME: AACOM News on Osteopathic
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Resurrecting Lives Foundation produce an education video on TBI.
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Learn about recent AACOM staff
activities and projects. Read
OHPI Program Application Deadline
Research Grants Program Application Deadline
AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting Early Registration Closes /
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Macy Faculty Scholars
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R. Arnstein Scholarship Awards
National Healthcare Decisions Day
AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting
Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute
for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)
of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)
Meetings to be held at the
Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Meeting
Council of Osteopathic Student
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Osteopathic Medical College Applications Hit New High. Read
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Dr. Shannon discusses AACOM's ongoing efforts to
fulfill its pledge to the Joining Forces initiative.
AACOM and AOA Jointly
Nominate Harald Lausen,
DO, MA, to ACTPCMD
AACOM Letter in Support of
the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act
AACOM Submits Testimony on
Primary Care and Physician Workforce to Senate HELP Subcommittee
AACOM Joins the Coalition for
Health Funding Letter to Oppose NDD Cuts
AACOM Nominates Osteopathic
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AACOM Joins the Ad Hoc Group
for Medical Research Letter to Congress Opposing Funding Cuts to NIH
PCORI Calls for Individuals
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AACOM GR Staff Attends NIH
President Obama Signs Debt
HRSA Announces Rural Training
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UPDATED Federal Funding and
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Expands Medical Outreach Trips to Developing Nations
Student Awarded Schweitzer Fellowship
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6. For those
of you interested in applying to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center, Immunology and Physics will be recommended, not required.
e-mail from Dr. Jeff T. Bogue, College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee
Health Science Center:
Prerequisites - Immunology and Physics
The faculty of the University of Tennessee
College of Pharmacy have voted to eliminate our Immunology and Physics
prerequisite courses. As of today, Immunology and Physics are recommended
courses, not required courses. If you have students registered for and
currently taking these courses, please do not advise withdrawing or dropping
either of them. We advise that students should continue to take them and do
their best in them. If your advisees have planned to take these courses but
not yet begun them, we will not require students to enroll in them. Beginning
with courses this fall, immunology background will be incorporated into
existing courses in our curriculum.
Stop Sitting, Move More to Avoid Diabetes
Leicester, UK — Time spent in sedentary
behavior — sitting or lying down — has a stronger impact on diabetes risk
than does moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in adults, new research
the first work to demonstrate that sedentary behavior might have a greater
bearing on diabetes risk factors than exercise in adults at risk of the
disease," lead author Joseph Henson, a PhD student from the Leicester
Diabetes Center, United Kingdom, told Medscape Medical News. He reports his
findings together with colleagues in a report published online
February 27 in Diabetologia.
stressed, however, that sedentary behavior "is not simply a lack of
exercise," and trying to reduce it "shouldn't be used as a
substitute for exercise; they should be treated independently.
requires a paradigm shift, so that people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes think about the balance of sedentary behavior
and physical activity throughout the day," he added, noting that
sedentary time occupies a much larger portion of the day than time spent in
Time Affects Glucose, TGs, and HDL Cholesterol
In their study,
Mr. Henson and colleagues analyzed individuals with known risk factors for
type 2 diabetes from 2 ongoing diabetes-prevention programs in the UK: 153
Time and Diabetes
(mean age, 33 years; 29% men) and 725 from the Walking Away from Diabetes study (mean age,
64 years; 65% men).
the extent to which sedentary time, breaks in
sedentary time, MVPA, and total physical activity were independently
associated with cardiometabolic risk factors.
Accelerometers were used to assess sedentary time, MVPA, and total physical
activity. Breaks in sedentary time were defined as a transition from a
sedentary to an active state.
adjustment for various covariates, including MVPA and body mass index (BMI),
there were detrimental linear associations of sedentary time with 2-hour
plasma glucose (P <
.001), triglycerides (P= .001), and HDL cholesterol (P = .029).
sedentary time, total physical activity, and MVPA were significantly
inversely associated with measures of adiposity, but not with any other cardiometabolic variables after adjustment for sedentary
time and BMI.
were consistent across a diverse age range, providing evidence that the
negative consequences of excess sedentary time exist from young adulthood
through older ages (ages 18 to 74 years), another unique aspect of the study,
said Mr. Henson. He noted that previous studies that have shown detrimental
effects of sedentary behavior have been performed in older adults in the
findings from this study may have important methodological and public-health
implications," he and his colleagues point out. "This…provides
novel objective evidence that, in individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes
mellitus, sedentary time may be a more important indicator of cardiometabolic health than MVPA."
Prevention Should not Overlook Sedentary Time
The results also
have implications for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention
programs, they say.
raise questions regarding the prescription of optimal daily human movement
for health. As such, diabetes and cardiovascular [disease] prevention
programs concentrating solely on MVPA may overlook an area that is of
fundamental importance to cardiometabolic health.
messages related to accumulating at least 150 min/week of MVPA, which forms
the cornerstone of diabetes-prevention programs, such interventions may be
more effective if individuals are further encouraged to simply sit less and
move more, regardless of the intensity level," they add.
Future Study Will
Try to Tease out Biological Mechanism
stresses nevertheless that the research "is still only a
cross-sectional, observational study," which should serve as a stimulus
for further work, including tightly controlled experimental studies in different
To this end, he
and his colleagues plan to conduct another study, assessing individuals at
risk of diabetes who will be assigned to 1 of 3 groups: sitting all day,
walking about for 5-minute intervals twice an hour, and standing for 5-minute
intervals twice an hour. They plan to try to tease out the biological
mechanisms that are at play, Mr. Henson explained.
The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Diabetologia. Published online March 1, 2013. Abstract
Reuters Health Information
LONDON (Reuters) Feb 27 - Gonorrhea
cases have soared by 25% in the past year in England as drug-resistant strains
of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) take hold worldwide, British
health officials said on Wednesday.
Nearly 21,000 new cases had been
diagnosed in 2011, with more than a third of cases in gay men and more than a
third in people who have had gonorrhea before, the UK Health Protection
Agency (HPA) said in a statement.
Effective treatment with
antibiotics has been compromised by growing resistance, it said, noting
"a drift towards decreased susceptibility" of gonorrhea infections
to the cephalosporins that are normally recommended
"We are seriously concerned
about continuing high levels of gonorrhea transmission and repeat
infection," said Gwenda Hughes, the HPA's head
of STI surveillance.
A strain of gonorrhea that was
resistant to all recommended antibiotics was found in Japan in 2008,
scientists said in 2011. They warned then it could transform a once easily
treatable infection into a global health threat.
Last year the World Health
Organization said cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea had spread across the
Gonorrhea, if left untreated, can
lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths and
infertility in both men and women.
It is one of the most common sexually
transmitted diseases in the world and is most prevalent in south and
southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the United States alone, according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases is
estimated at about 700,000 a year.
The emergence of superbugs has been
driven by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which help fuel genetic
mutations within the bacteria.
question that is frequently posed to medical school admissions
advisors is “When is the best time to apply?”
Here is one reply, plus a few other items pertaining to East Tennessee
Stephanie Cole, Admissions Advisor, East Tennessee State University, Johnson
Hope this correspondence finds you
doing well. Things are certainly moving along quickly for us here at
the Quillen College of Medicine. We just
finished our last day of interviews on February 27, 2013. We received a
total of 1,995 applications this year. 609 were from Tennesseans and
1,386 from out-of-state applicants. As a state supported medical school
with a most excellent in-state applicant pool, we strongly discourage
out-of-state applicants from applying here with the exception of those from
the contiguous Appalachian area. Out-of-state applicants hoping to be
considered must have a documented demonstrated desire for Primary Care
Medicine in addition to competitive numbers. Please continue to advise
your out-of-state students of this. An additional exception to
this statement is for those who are serving or have honorably served our
country in one of the branches of our military. Our school earned the
national distinction of being a “Military Friendly School” as one of the
first in the country to do so and we proudly maintain that honor. In an
additional effort to show our support for those who honorably serve or have
served our country, the secondary application fee will be waived for them.
Change is one thing that is
constant in life. Advising is certainly no exception and with this in
mind, we are always looking for a better way. A question that we are
consistently asked is “when is the best time to apply?” Our answer has
always been “when your application looks the strongest.” This is still
the best answer. However, due to changes in the application process and
applicant pool, we are now advising applicants to get their applications in
sooner rather than later. The same admonition applies about having the
application at its zenith, it just needs to be there
a little earlier now.
In regard to the upcoming 2015
MCAT, we are drawing a blank on thoughts at the moment other than advising
applicants more strongly than ever to follow their own interests in their
college careers. While the sciences will continue to be an important
background for study in the science of medicine, additional attention is, and
should be, focused on preparation in the social and behavioral
sciences. We further recommend those undergraduate offerings that teach
or encourage problem solving skills, communication, and the effective
application of knowledge.
Dr. Philip Bagnell, Dean of the Quillen
College of Medicine will be retiring this summer and a national search for
his successor is getting underway immediately.
One additional point of possible
interest to you is that we are beginning discussion for a pre-professional
adviser’s conference to be held on our campus in the near future. It is
intended to spotlight and showcase all the programs included in our Academic
Health Sciences Center, and especially those graduate level programs in
Pharmacy, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Public Health, and the
Communicative and Rehabilitative Health sciences. We will be back in
touch with you soon as plans for this develop.
Thank you for allowing us to visit your campus this past fall and for the
great job you do in advising and preparing students for our program. We
certainly look forward to having the opportunity to visit again and to be of
assistance to you and your students. Please stay in contact with us and
feel free to visit our campus if you are in the area.
George’s University (Grenada) offers MD/MPH and MD/MBA programs.
Your Students Can Become More Than Just a
Doctor. They Can Be a Medical Leader.
Students are always looking to enhance their value
in order to compete for highly desirable residencies and jobs. In just
a few extra months, they can become well-rounded medical leaders
through one of our unique dual degree programs, from which they are
introduced to international health care systems, global public health
issues and the concept of “One Health, One Medicine.”
Public Health Dual Degree (MD/MPH)
By learning the principles of public health, your students can help
their medical practice, hospital, town, city,
and community keep people healthy. On the MD/MPH track, they will
discover the distinct patterns, and problems, of a community and be a
part of the larger health care solution in the 21st century.
Business Administration Dual Degree (MD/MBA in
Multi-Sector Health Management)
With a health care system that is evolving exponentially and people who
expect healthier lives, society desperately needs to find new and
innovative ways to provide patient care that is both quality and
efficient. An MD/MBA sets up students to be successful physicians and
Your students can get a jump on their future and
start their medical career in a position to make a difference by
applying for the combined MD/MPH or MD/MBA, both of which can be
achieved in less than five years. For veterinary medical students, we
offer the popular DVM/MPH and DVM/MBA programs. Students can also work
toward a freestanding Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from our
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program,
setting them up to both prevent and treat public health issues that
arise, whether it’s local, regional, or national.
For more information, visit sgu.edu or contact Bob
Ryan at email@example.com
11. The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers
a Certificate Program in Consumer Health Advocacy at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s interdisciplinary Center for Patient
Do you know aspiring clinicians taking time off before pursuing medical
school, a physician assistant program, or other health program? For May
graduates looking for a meaningful experience with direct patient contact,
the Certificate Program in Consumer Health Advocacy at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison’s interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships might
offer just the experience to round out their resume. Students learn first-hand about patients’
and providers’ experiences in the health care system by advocating for
patients with life-threatening illnesses. Our 12-credit personalized,
service-learning based program is available online and we are now accepting
applications for our summer 2013 cohort. More information available at: http://bit.ly/YTQZGF (PDF)
Sarah Davis, JD, MPA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Co-Director, JD/MPH Dual Degree Program
MPH and Pharmacy Affiliate Faculty
The Center for Patient Partnerships
University of Wisconsin-Madison
975 Bascom Mall - Suite 4311
Madison, WI 53706
AADSAS Information for the Dental School Applicants for the 2014
American Dental Education Association 2013 Official
Guide to Dental Schools. (If you’re
interested, I have it in my office.)
Saint George’s University – flash drive with
information on it. (PHP/BBB Lounge)
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an astronomer says that Brown dwarfs have been discovered near the
sun, (s)he doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re
just around the corner…
March 12, 2013 issue of Sigma Xi SmartBriefs:
dwarfs discovered near the sun
An astronomer has found a pair of brown dwarfs about 6.5
light years from the sun, the closest objects discovered near the sun since
two star systems were found more than 95 years ago, according to a study to
be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The scientist used data from
the WISE satellite, launched in space in 2009 to detect brown dwarfs. ScientificAmerican.com/Observations blog (3/11)
16. Marginalia: You had just ONE job…