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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2014.04, Week of Feb. 3

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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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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Coastal Sciences will be offering its Summer Field Program at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS.

 

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 27, 2014 issue.  
3.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2014 Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs through March 28, 2014 for new applicants. 
4.  Medical Care a Financial Hardship for 1 in 4 US Families, from medscape.com, January 28, 2014. 
5.  The University of California-San Diego Department of Psychiatry is offering two 12-week summer research fellowships. 
6.  Wolf River Conservancy January 2014 E-newsletter.   

7.  Marginalia:  The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Lab (Ocean Springs, MS) announces its 2014 Summer Field Program.  

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Tuesday, February 4, Assisi Hall 153, starting at 6 p.m.; Evolution vs. Creation, a live streamed event, featuring Bill Nye, the Science Guy and Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis CEO:

 

A biological sketch of these two individuals:

Bill Nye, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Nye   :

William Sanford "Bill" Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, and scientist who began his career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing. He is best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.

 

Ken Ham, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Ham

Kenneth Alfred Ham (born 20 October 1951) is an Australian young-Earth creationist[1][2] who advocates a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis.[3] He is the president of Answers in Genesis (AiG) and the Creation Museum.[4]

 

Ham believes that the Universe was created about 6,000 years ago, and that Noah's flood occurred about 4,500 years ago in the year 2348 BC.[26] He believes that the animals carried on Noah's ark produced the biological diversity observed on Earth. Ham also believes that dinosaurs co-existed with modern humans. He supports his view with biblical scripture.[27] Ham accepts that natural selection can give rise to a number of species from an original population.[28]

 

 

·         Wednesday, February 5, starting at 11 a.m. in AH 103:   Technical Sergeant Jacob Brandis will give a presentation on healthcare scholarships offered by the United States Air Force.

·         Thursday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Field Paleontology trip to the Coon Creek Science Center in Henderson County, TN.  It is one of the 10 major fossil deposits in North America, showing late Cretaceous fossils.  Interested students should contact Dr. Stan Eisen, 901-321-3447, or seisen@cbu.edu .

 

2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 27, 2014 issue.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

January 27, 2014

• Training Faculty to Educate Physicians in Quality Improvement
  and Patient Safety
• Call for Abstracts Open for the 6th Annual Integrating Quality Meeting
• Resource Helps Medical Students Manage Debt after Graduation
• IOM Seeks Input for Study on Data Sharing
• On the Move



Training Faculty to Educate Physicians in Quality Improvement
and Patient Safety


A new faculty development program developed by the AAMC is designed to address an identified gap in the education of students, residents, and practicing clinicians in quality improvement and patient safety. Now available for medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide, the Training for Quality (Te4Q) certificate program will prepare clinical faculty to effectively train both their peers and tomorrow’s doctors in quality improvement and patient safety. The program includes an onsite workshop, development of an educational project, and mentoring and online resources. For more information, visit the AAMC’s Web site.


Call for Abstracts Open for the 6th Annual Integrating Quality Meeting

Abstracts for presentations, workshops, and posters are now being accepted for the 6th annual AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting, which will be held June 12–13 in Rosemont, Ill. This highly interactive program brings together clinical leaders, faculty, trainees, and students to share best practices and celebrate successes in clinical care transformation, interprofessional education, and research that lead to high quality care. For complete details, visit the meeting’s call for abstracts page. The submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 5.


Resource Helps Medical Students Manage Debt after Graduation

The Education Debt Manger for Graduating Medical School Students provides step-by-step, common-sense strategies to help graduating medical students manage their student loan debt. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of the student loan repayment process and information on ways to postpone payments during residency, tips to reduce the total cost of debt, and additional resources to help students manage their loans. The guide is one of many resources offered by the AAMC’s FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) program, which helps individuals navigate the complexities of financial aid, student debt, and money management.


IOM Seeks Input for Study on Data Sharing

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is seeking input for a study on how to share data from clinical trials responsibly. A discussion framework released last week provides guiding principles, defines and describes selected data and data-sharing activities, and poses key questions to solicit input from researchers, clinical trial sponsors, advocacy groups, other stakeholders, and the public. Responses received by March 24 will be most useful in helping to inform the committee’s final report.


On the Move

S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He also will serve as vice president for medical affairs of the university. Johnston is currently associate vice chancellor of research at the University of California, San Francisco, and directs the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He will begin the new position March 1.

 

 

3.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2014 Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs through March 28, 2014 for new applicants. 

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AACOM Information Alert

IHS Scholarship Programs Accepting Applications

Deadline for New Applicants: March 28, 2014

 

(January 28, 2014)   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2014 Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs through March 28, 2014 for new applicants.  Authorized by Section 103 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the IHS Scholarship Programs are designed to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions to assure the availability of Indian health professionals to serve Indians.  Both full-time and part-time scholarships will be awarded.  Awards will cover tuition and fees as well as other related costs.

To be eligible for the Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, you must:

  • Be an American Indian (Federally and/or State recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Federally and/or State recognized Tribal members, Federally recognized Tribal members from Tribes terminated since 1940), or Eskimo, Aleut, and other Alaska Natives.
  • Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency.
  • Have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education course or curriculum.

To be eligible for the Health Pre-graduate Scholarship, you must:

  • Be an American Indian (Federally and/or State recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Federally and/or State recognized Tribal members, Federally recognized Tribal members from Tribes terminated since 1940), or Eskimo, Aleut, and other Alaska Natives.
  • Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency.
  • Have been accepted for enrollment or enrolled in an accredited pre-graduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, or pre-podiatry.

To be eligible for the Indian Health Professions Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe, Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Natives.
  • Be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school and be pursuing a course of study in a health profession.
  • Note: The Indian Health Professions Scholarship recipients will incur a service obligation upon acceptance of funding from this program.

For a comprehensive list of IHS-approved health profession degree programs for the 2014-2015 academic year, please visit: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/comparison_chart.pdf.

For full-time students, funding for the Health Professions Preparatory Program is limited to two years (part-time equivalent of two years not to exceed four years for part-time students) and four years each for the Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Health Professions Programs (part-time equivalent of four years not to exceed eight years for part-time students.)  Approximately 45 awards will be made in total under the Health Professions Preparatory and Pre-graduate Scholarship Programs, and the average expected award amount to a full-time student is approximately $34,490.60.  Approximately 276 awards will be made under the Health Professions Program, and the average expected award amount to a full-time student is approximately $42,432.70.  New applicants are expected to be notified by July 3, 2014.

For further information on the IHS Scholarship Programs, including additional eligibility requirements, please visit: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/index.cfmPlease note:  For applicants who are continuing students of the IHS Scholarship Programs, please visit the aforementioned website for varying deadlines.    

View the IHS Scholarship Program guidance at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/handbooks/application_handbook.pdf.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact your IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator.

For questions regarding other programmatic matters, please contact Dr. Dawn A. Kelly, Chief, IHS Scholarship Program, at (301) 443-6197.

For questions regarding payment information, please contact Craig Boswell, Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, at (301) 443-0243.

 

 

 

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4.  Medical Care a Financial Hardship for 1 in 4 US Families, from medscape.com, January 28, 2014. 

Medical Care a Financial Hardship for 1 in 4 US Families

Megan Brooks

January 28, 2014

In 2012, more than 1 in 4 families (26.8%) in the United States felt the financial burden of medical care, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, nearly 1 in 6 families (16.5%) had problems paying medical bills in the last 12 months, 1 in 10 (8.9%) had medical bills they were unable to pay at all (a subgroup of those having problems paying medical bills), and 1 in 5 (21.4%) were paying medical bills over time, according to a NCHS data brief released January 28.

Families with income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level had the highest levels of any financial burden of medical care, and families with children up to age 17 years were more apt to experience financial burdens of medical care than families without children.

Overall, 1 in 3 families (36.0%) with children reported financial burden of medical care. One in 4 families with 2 or more adults and no children (25.2%) experienced financial burden of medical care, as did 1 in 5 families (20.1%) with only 1 adult and no children (adults living alone).

The presence of a family member without health insurance increased the likelihood that a family would experience a financial burden of medical care, the data show.

The findings emerged in an analysis of data for 2012 from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The survey included questions about financial burden of medical care and health insurance coverage. Information was collected for 43,345 families.

"Previous reports based on data from NHIS examined financial burdens of medical care from a person-level perspective," note the authors of the brief, Robin A. Cohen, PhD, and Whitney K. Kirzinger, MPH, from the NCHS. "One strength of NHIS is that information on insurance and financial burden is collected at the family level, giving analysts the ability to look at both family-level and person-level data. The family perspective is a useful expansion of previous research because having one family member who contributes to the bulk of the financial burden for medical care may place the entire family's ability to pay medical bills and overall financial well-being at risk," they explain.

"Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective." NCHS Data Brief 142. Published online January 28, 2014. Full text

 

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Send comments and news tips to news@medscape.net.

Cite this article: Medical Care a Financial Hardship for 1 in 4 US Families.  Medscape. Jan 28, 2014.

 

 

5.  The University of California-San Diego Department of Psychiatry is offering two 12-week summer research fellowships. 

ATTENTION:  UNDER-REPRESENTED MINORITY FIRST-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS!  12-week summer research fellowship:  R25-funded Research Residency Track in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry. We are hoping to sponsor two students from underrepresented groups each summer for an intensive mentored laboratory or clinical research experience in Psychiatry. Our program pays for campus housing, round-trip air-fare and a $2500 stipend. The program also has a small didactic component, and meetings with senior faculty for career guidance. http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/RRT.Fellowship.Advertisement.docx

 

Here is the original message: 

 

I am the Director of an R25-funded Research Residency Track in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. We are hoping to sponsor two students from underrepresented groups each summer for an intensive mentored laboratory or clinical research experience in Psychiatry. Our program pays for campus housing, round-trip air-fare and a $2500 stipend. The program also has a small didactic component, and meetings with senior faculty for career guidance.

 

Here is a copy of our advertisement:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/RRT.Fellowship.Advertisement.docx.  If you have any ideas about how to reach some of your current or former trainees, who are currently in their MS-I year, I would appreciate hearing from you!

 

Kindest regards,

 

Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry

UC San Diego School of Medicine

 

 

6.  Wolf River Conservancy January 2014 E-newsletter.   

Wolf River Conservacy

January 2014 ENEWSLETTER

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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

January 2014

Despite the frigid temperatures on the evening of Jan.15th, the room at the Memphis Public Library was warm and full of excitement as approximately 80 very interested folks gathered to learn more about the Wolf River Conservancy’s Boat Launch Access Study. At four different stations around the room, each led by a representative of engineering firm Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC), participants were asked for input on topics such as desired amenities at access points and problem areas on the river. (You can offer your input on river access now by taking the survey available at this link).

The purpose of the Wolf River Boat Launch Access Study is to complete an inventory of existing boat launch sites, identify potential locations for new launch sites and assess the condition of existing and proposed sites to make recommendations for future improvements.

The 11-month project will be conducted in partnership with GMC, WRC river guides, the Bluff City Canoe Club (BCCC), neighborhood groups in the study area and other MidSouth citizens. GMC will compile and analyze the input from the initial public forum and an online survey available at this link and present its findings before proceeding to the next step in the process.

Recently, the WRC Board of Directors affirmed that better access to the Wolf River is one of the Conservancy’s top priorities. We are very optimistic that the results of this study will help the WRC to strategically improve access to the river in a way that incorporates the opinions of stakeholders. Another public forum is being planned for Fayette County.

As always, be sure to check out our activity calendar, and thank you for your support!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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7.  Marginalia:  The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Lab (Ocean Springs, MS) announces its 2014 Summer Field Program.  

In case you are interested in field courses, particularly in topics relating to marine biology, this Summer Field Program is an excellent opportunity.  Here are the courses that are being offered

 

Summer Mini-Session:  May 12-23, 2014

·         Aquatic and Wetland Plants

·         Barrier Island Ecology

·         Coastal Herpetology

·         Coastal Ornithology

·         Dolphin and Whale Behavior

·         Environmental Photography

·         Marine Toxicology

First Term:  May 27-June 24, 2014

·         Marine Biology

·         Marine Ecology

·         Marine Embryology

·         Marine Invertebrate Zoology

·         Oceanography

·         Shark Biology

Second Term:  June 26-July 25, 2014

·         Marine Aquaculture

·         Marine Biology

·         Marine Ichthyology

·         Marine Mammals

·         Parasites of Marine Animals

·         Stingray Physiology (June 26-July 10)

 

For more information, go to http://www.usm.edu/gcrl or contact Sam Clardy, Coordinator of Educational Programs, Samuel.clardy@usm.edu .

 

Photo taken during a field trip to Panama Beach, FL, Summer 2010:

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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