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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2014.10, Week of March 17

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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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but it does have its limits.  For more information, please go to Marginalia.

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PA) is offering two Open House invitations for their graduate programs on Saturday, March 22, and their osteopathic medical program on Sunday, March 30. 
3.  Changes will be instituted in the 2014-15 PCAT testing cycle. 
4.  Salus University (Elkins Park, PA) announces a series of online information sessions about their health professions programs in optometry, audiology, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and physician assistant studies.  
5.  The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) announces Information For Dental School Applicants For the 2015 Entering Class. 
6.  The American Dental Education Association also announces its 2014 Predental Student Virtual Fair, April 29-30, 2014, noon to 6 p.m., Eastern Time.  
7.  Interested in a health career, but don’t know where to start?  ExploreHealthCareers.org is an award-winning reliable database with more than 115 health careers.  
8. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry announces an Open House, Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
9.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) offers scholarships to minority students. 
10.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting a Health Professions Recruitment Event on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Capital Hilton.  
11.  The Wolf River Conservancy announces its Cycle The Greenway event, Saturday, June 7, 2014.  
12.  The Nature Conservancy invites you to help it in engaging, educating, and inspiring the world to protect and preserve the water that powers every element of our lives. 

13.  Marginalia:  How true, how very true  

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Monday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:  Melanie Weiner, Assistant Admissions Director for the University of Medicine and Health Sciences – St. Kitts, will be on campus to give a presentation on UMHS-SK and answer questions;

·          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; 

·         Monday, March 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.:  Annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s gourmet chocolates, in J-10; 

·         Saturday, April 5, 2014:  The Student National Dental Association of UTHSC (Memphis) have organized an “Impressions” program for April 5, 2014, designed to expose college students to the profession of dentistry by opening the College and allowing prospective students access to their students and faculty in a relaxed setting.

 

2.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PA) is offering two Open House invitations for their graduate programs on Saturday, March 22, and their osteopathic medical program on Sunday, March 30. 

On behalf of the Office of Admissions and the PCOM community, it is a pleasure to extend this Open House invitation to you.  All details, along with the online registration, can be found at admissions.pcom.edu.

 

Learn more about our Graduate Programs on Saturday March 22nd beginning at 1:00pm: Clinical Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (Post-Doc. Certificate), Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling (MS), School Psychology (MS, EdS, PsyD), Organizational Development and Leadership (MS), Physician Assistant Studies (MS), Forensic Medicine (Pathway, MS) and Biomedical Sciences (MS).  

 

Learn more about Osteopathic Medicine on Sunday, March 30th beginning at 1:00pm: Participants in this program will learn more about osteopathic medicine and osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT/OMM).

 

Faculty and currently enrolled students will participate in both Open Houses. Refreshments will be served; tours of campus will be conducted.

 

Again, the online registration can be found at admissions.pcom.edu.  We are looking forward to seeing you and your students later this month in Philadelphia!

 

Regards,
Debbie

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Deborah A. Benvenger

Chief Admissions Officer

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

4170 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

(215) 871-6700

(215) 871-6719 (f)


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3.  Changes will be instituted in the 2014-15 PCAT testing cycle. 

The anticipated changes in the PCAT, scheduled for the 2014-2015 administrations are only to the experimental items and not to any items that are scored on the exam..  These changes are in preparation for a redesign of the PCAT blueprint for 2016-17.  The 2015-2016 PCAT will have the same format as the 2014-2015 exam.  AACP and Pearson will outline the changes for 2016-2017 via webinar later this summer and an announcement will be made on the HLTHPROF list serve about the webinar.

 

These changes have been planned in response to feedback from pharmacy schools and have involved the AACP PCAT Advisory Committee, of which Alex Aljets, prehealth advisor from Oregon State, and NAAHP pharmacy liaison, has participated.

 

Stay tuned for more information this summer about the 2016-2017 exam.

 

Best regards,

Jen

 

Jennifer Athay Adams, Pharm.D.

Senior Director of Strategic Academic Partnerships

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

1727 King Street, Floor 2

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-739-2330 ext. 1024

Cell: 703-801-9609

Fax: 703-836-8982

jadams@aacp.org  

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 Discover · Learn · Care:  Improve Health

 

Here is what Pearson has to say on the subject:

 

Pearson has been working closely with the PCAT Advisory Panel to evaluate feedback gathered from surveys, webinars, and meetings held since the 2013 AACP annual conference to ensure the continuing relevance and usefulness of the PCAT in light of the changing needs of pharmacy education.

 

Beginning with the July administration of the 2014–15 PCAT testing cycle, the Verbal Ability subtest will be reduced in length, and there will be no experimental Writing subtest. These reductions will allow additional time for the Biology, Chemistry, and Quantitative Ability subtests without lengthening the overall testing time and will not affect the calculation of candidates’ scores.

 

The additional time for the Biology and Chemistry subtests will accommodate the addition of a few items associated with short passages, and the time added to the Quantitative Ability subtest will allow for the addition of more items involving word-problem or problem-solving scenarios.

 

The Pearson online practice tests available to PCAT candidates will reflect these revisions and will continue to mirror the actual PCAT in length and in the proportion of items addressing each content objective and each item format.

Pearson will be available at the annual AACP meeting in Grapevine, Texas to answer any questions and to present additional updates.

 

Sincerely,

Cindy Agonis
Manager, Post-Secondary Education

 

4.  Salus University (Elkins Park, PA) announces a series of online information sessions about their health professions programs in optometry, audiology, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and physician assistant studies.  

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Quick Links

 

Salus Homepage

 

Optometry Program

 

Audiology Program

 

OT Program

 

SLP Program

 

PA Program

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Learn more about Salus

 

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Admissions Webinar Wednesdays!

 

Dear Advisor,

 

The Office of Admissions at Salus University is offering a series of online information sessions about our health professions programs this spring semester.

 

During the Webinar Wednesdays series, information will be provided about our Optometry, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Physician Assistant programs - including facts about the profession, the curriculum, and admissions procedures and recommendations. Students will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Salus University Admissions Officers. 

 

We would greatly appreciate if you would share this opportunity to learn about the various health professions to your pre-health students. Students can register to attend through the links below.

 

Spring Webinar Dates:  

 

Optometry Webinars 

Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm (EDT)

Wednesday, April 30 at 6:00pm (EDT)

 

Audiology Webinar 

Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00pm (EDT) 

 

Occupational Therapy Webinars

Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00pm (EDT)
Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00pm (EDT)  

 

Speech-Language Pathology Webinars

Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00pm (EDT)
Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00pm (EDT)

 

Physician Assistant Webinar

Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00pm (EDT)  

 

 

Register to attend!

 

We look forward to "meeting" you and your students!

 

Sincerely,

 

Office of Admissions

  

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        Office of Admissions

        8360 Old York Road

        Elkins Park, PA 19027

 

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5.  The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) announces Information For Dental School Applicants For the 2015 Entering Class. 

 

 

6.  The American Dental Education Association also announces its 2014 Predental Student Virtual Fair, April 29-30, 2014, noon to 6 p.m., Eastern Time.  

 

7.  Interested in a health career, but don’t know where to start?  ExploreHealthCareers.org is an award-winning reliable database with more than 115 health careers.  

 

8. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry announces an Open House, Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

 

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 

10am-12pm 

 

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities from 10-10:45 am

 

Presentations begin at 11 am to:

  • Learn about the DMD, research and specialty programs
  • Get tips on "how to apply" (1st-time applicants)
  • Interact with current ULSD students

 Additional ULSD visit dates are available at:

www.louisville.edu/dental 

 

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UofL School of Dentistry 

501 S. Preston Street 

Louisville, KY  40202

(502) 852-5081

 

Maps and Directions: https://louisville.edu/dental/patients/maps

 

9.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) offers scholarships to minority students. 

2014 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship

This award, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes two osteopathic underrepresented minority students at AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine (one newly accepted student and one continuing student).

 

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must be an underrepresented minority (African-American; Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian; mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic) student in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second, or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible.

Deadline

 

Entries must be post-marked by March 30, 2014.   All entries must include the required Cover Page, with all appropriate signatures, in addition to the required essay. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Awardees will be notified by July 21, 2014.

 

For details and application, please visit:  http://www.aacom.org/InfoFor/students/finaid/Pages/ArnsteinScholarship.aspx

 

Thank you for your interest and support of your applicants to the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Colleges!

 

Best regards,

Gina

 

Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Application Services

 

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10.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting a Health Professions Recruitment Event on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Capital Hilton.  

Health Professions Recruitment Fair and Workshops 

 Free Event! Join us and explore a career in health care!

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fair Hours: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Workshops at 12:00 noon and 1:15 pm

Location: Capital Hilton - Congressional/Senate Ballroom 

In conjunction with its 2014 Annual Conference, to be held April 2-5, 2014 in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) will host a Health Professions Fair featuring Free Workshops led by medical student leaders.

See participating schools and programs. 

Download Event Flyer                Registration Information

Welcome Video from National Pre-SOMA Director


Information for Attendees

Open to all high school and college students, parents, pre-health advisors, school guidance counselors, administrators and others interested in learning more about health professions educational opportunities and careers. This is a great opportunity to meet a variety of admission officers from various health professions schools and interact  with current medical school students.  

Participants will learn:

·      How to apply to medical school or other health professions education programs

·      How to start a Pre-SOMA Chapter at their campus

·      What current medical students have to say about their experiences

·      Demonstrations on Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM)

·      Much more that will help in preparing for a career in the health professions

Participants will meet one-on-one with a wide variety of health professions admission officers, current medical students and administrators who will be able to answer questions about their academic programs, summer offerings, financial aid and much more throughout the fair and workshops.  

A series of four workshops on various topics will be presented during two sessions in the Capital Hilton Hotel in the following rooms: See floorplan. Two sessions will run concurrently. We encourage attendees to participate in these workshops.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

1:15- 2:15 pm

Admissions Panel: Medical Students Tips and Advice
(Federal A)

AACOMAS: Application to Acceptance
(Federal A)

Pre-SOMA: How to Start a Pre-SOMA Chapter at Your Campus
(Federal B)

Intro to Osteopathic Medicine and Evaluation: Learn from the Experts!
(Federal B)

New! Mock Interview Workshops
(Ohio Room)

New! Mock Interview Workshops
(Ohio Room)

New! Personal Statement Workshop
(California Room)

New! Personal Statement Workshop
(California Room)


 Registration Information

Complete and submit the On-Line Registration Form. Registration is complimentary. Space is limited, so please register today and join us!

A confirmation page will be available to print for your records after you have submitted your registration form.  


Event Venue & Travel Directions

Capital Hilton - Congressional/Senate Ballroom
Washington, D.C.

 

11.  The Wolf River Conservancy announces its Cycle The Greenway event, Saturday, June 7, 2014.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

March 17th-24th

National Wildlife Week

 

March 22nd

 Frogwatch USA Workshop 

 

March 22nd

World Water Day

 

March 29th

 9th Annual Tree Plant 

  

 April 5th 

First Saturday Paddle 

 

April 12th 

 Early Birding Canoe Trip 

 

April 12th 

New Trail Maintenance Paddle

 

April 26th

Michigan City, MS to Bateman Rd. Paddle

 

May 3rd

First Saturday Paddle

 

May 10th

Walnut Grove to Mud Island Urban Paddle

 

May 17th

Ghost River Eco Trip

 

May 17th

Frog Chorus Walk

 

June 7th

Cycle the Greenway

 

June 7th

First Saturday Paddle

 

July 5th

First Saturday Paddle

 The Memphis Orthopaedic Group proudly presents the 2014 Wolf River Conservancy's "Cycle the Greenway" on Saturday, June 7th, with additional sponsorships by Outdoors Inc. and Memphis Hightailers Club. There will be three distances available of 24, 34 and 52-miles for all skill levels; including SAG stops. A technical t-shirt, water bottle, eco-friendly tote bag and lunch will be provided!

 

There will also be a shorter family-friendly eco-ride, with fun and educational children's activities at stops along the Wolf River from 9:00-11:00am.

 

$20 per Family for the Family Eco-Ride

*Pre-Registration not required.

*T-shirts will not be available for the family ride, but can be purchased on day of event.

 

Pre-Registration - $40

March 11th - May 28th

 *Online registration closes May 28th.

 *T-shirts provided on day of event.

 

Late and Walk-Up Registration - $45

May 28th - June 7th

*Walk-Ups are not guaranteed a t-shirt the day of the event, but will receive one afterwards.

 

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 Special Edition

Wolf River Conservancy Cycling Jerseys

*Pre-Sales will be Available Soon!*

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June 7th, 2014

Wolf River Greenway

7am - 1pm

Humphreys Blvd. and Walnut Grove Rd

 

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Wolf River Conservancy | PO Box 11031 | Memphis | TN | 38111

 

12.  The Nature Conservancy invites you to help it in engaging, educating, and inspiring the world to protect and preserve the water that powers every element of our lives. 

The World Needs a Little Liquid Courage. Dive In


Dear Stan Eisen,

John F. Kennedy believed that "anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes -- one for peace and one for science." We couldn't agree more.

Check out our new site, "H2.O", created to help engage, educate, and inspire the world about how The Nature Conservancy and supporters like you work to protect and preserve the water that powers every element of our lives.

By 2050, over 70% of people on Earth will live in urban areas. Yet almost half of the world's largest global cities are already located in water-stressed basins.

Through our Securing Water program, The Nature Conservancy works to help cities, surrounding communities and businesses chart a more sustainable pathway to growth by recognizing the value of -- and encouraging investment in -- the natural systems on which they rely.

Better protection and management of natural systems today means healthy rivers (and flowing pipes!) tomorrow and for generations to come. How can you support this growth and nature?

We have a plan, but we can't do this alone. Dive in to water.nature.org and take action to help us capture the attention of people across the country and get the conversation (and the water) flowing.

Sincerely,
[Signature]
Adam Freed
Director of Global Securing Water Program
The Nature Conservancy

p.s. Lend your voice to our effort. Join us on Thunderclap today and March 31 to help raise our digital profile and give the world a little Liquid Courage.

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13.  Marginalia:  How true, how very true…  

From IFLS:

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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