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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2015, Week of January 12  

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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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Classes resume on Monday!

 

 

Aren’t you just thrilled to pieces?

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Welcome back! 
2.  The University of Alabama-Birmingham will be offering two summer programs for undergraduates, the Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program 2015, and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) 2015.  
3.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Information Alert, December 17, 2014 issue:  President Signs into Law FY15 Spending Bill.   
4.  Palmer College of Chiropractic offers a Doctor of Chiropractic program at each of its three campuses, including Davenport, IA; San Jose, CA; and Port Orange, FL. 
5.  Received this week. 
6.  Q:  What do Chiropractors do? 
7.  Michigan State University (East Lansing) is offering a 10-week summer fellowship opportunity for students interested in a career as a physician scientist. 
8.  CBU offers a fully funded international research experience through its MHIRT Summer Program. 
9.  The University of Miami will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 20, at 5:30 p.m. to feature their Public Health Graduate Programs. 

 

1.  Welcome back! 

I hope all of you have had an enjoyable Winter Break.  During this semester, I am planning on having a series of guest speakers pertaining to clinical healthcare graduate programs. 

 

More information later…

 

2.  The University of Alabama-Birmingham will be offering two summer programs for undergraduates, the Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program 2015, and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) 2015.  

Dear Colleague –

 

The University of Alabama-Birmingham will be offering two summer programs for undergraduates – the Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program 2015, and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) 2015. Both of these programs introduce outstanding undergraduates to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.

 

These two eight week programs are held concurrently from June 2-July 24, 2015. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. 

 

Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers.

 

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2015.

 

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sibs/

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We accept fifteen students per summer into this program. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. 

 

 

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) http://www.uab.edu/medicine/paradigm/

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply.  The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models. 

 

 

 

I would like to thank you in advance for posting our SIBS and PARAdiGM flyers (attached to this email as pdf files) and distributing the information to the appropriate students in your department. Students can learn more about SIBS at www.uab.edu/sibs, about PARAdiGM at http://www.uab.edu/medicine/paradigm/ or by contacting me at rlorenz@uab.edu

 

Sincerely,        

Robin G. Lorenz, MD/PhD | Assistant Dean for Physician-Scientist Education

Director | Medical Scientist Training Program

Director | Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Program

Director | Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) Program

UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

SHEL 602 | 1825 University Blvd. | Birmingham, AL 35294-2182

P: 205.934.0676 | F: 205.996.9113 | rlorenz@uab.edu

 

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3.  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Information Alert, December 17, 2014 issue:  President Signs into Law FY15 Spending Bill.   

 

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President Signs into Law FY15 Spending Bill

(December 17, 2014)  President Obama has signed into law a $1.1 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending bill passed by the Senate late Saturday night, December 13, by a 56 to 40 vote, averting a government shutdown and continuing the funding of federal agencies and programs for the remainder of FY15.  The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, also known as the “cromnibus,” combines 11 appropriations bills into one, but funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security separately through a continuing resolution (CR) only until February 27, 2015, setting up a fight with the Administration in the coming months over the future of the nation’s immigration policy when the Republican party will be in control of both chambers.  On December 11, the House narrowly approved the funding bill by a vote of 219-206 and passed, by unanimous consent, along with the Senate, a two -day CR to give the Senate further time to debate and vote on the FY15 spending bill.

The “cromnibus” adheres to the $1.013 trillion discretionary spending level set by last December’s budget deal, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, led by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and meets the $521 billion defense and $492 billion non-defense budget caps.

Specifically, the spending package allocates $156.8 billion for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education discretionary programs (Labor-HHS-Ed), which is level to the post-sequester FY14 funding, and $2.4 billion less than the bill approved by the Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Subcommittee in June.  A total of $5.4 billion is designated for emergency Ebola responsiveness and preparedness.  The U.S. Department of Education received funding of $70.5 billion, a $133 million decrease from its FY14 level, which includes almost $1.4 billion for the student aid administration.  Additionally, more than $159 billion is designated for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; this includes $94.1 billion for mandatory programs ($9.4 billion more than the FY14 level) and $65.01 billion for discretionary funding, $1.8 billion more than the FY14 level.&nb sp; The allocation also includes $209 million to cover costs such as facility expansion and additional health care staff hiring related to the implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 

Please see the below additional highlights of funded agencies/programs in the spending package:

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes $30.1 billion, a $150 million increase over previous funding levels and $238 million in Ebola-related research, to fund biomedical research at the NIH.  This level will allow NIH to allocate $65 million for the second year of the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, an increase of $25 million.
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality includes $363.7 million in base discretionary spending, $30 million more than the President's FY14 request.  The spending package does not include funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandatory Prevention and Public Health Fund to support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, representing a $7 million cut from the FY14 level.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes $6.92 billion, $42.68 million more than the FY14 level.  This is in addition to the $30 million already provided in the FY15 CR for the CDC response to the Ebola crisis.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services includes $3.6 billion, the funding level at sequestration and at the FY14 level.
  • Workforce Training Programs – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Title VII health professions program received $255 million, a $9.6 million increase above the FY14 level. 

- The Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program received $38.92 million, a slight increase over the FY14 level.

- Although the Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Subcommittee proposed to eliminate appropriations for the Centers of Excellence, the Health Careers Opportunity Program, and the Title VII faculty loan repayment program, the new law funds all three pipeline programs at their FY14 levels – respectively, $21.71 million, $14.18 million, and $1.19 million.

- The Area Health Education Center Program is funded at the FY14 level, $30.25 million, rejecting the proposal for elimination in the President’s FY15 budget.

- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students received $45.97 million, approximately a $12 million decrease from the Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Subcommittee’s proposed amount for FY15.  

  • The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) did not receive an appropriation and is currently funded through the ACA; this funding expires at the end of FY15.  The Act directs HRSA to evaluate the establishment of a demonstration project within the NHSC in which optometrists are recognized as primary health services providers for purposes of its Loan Repayment Program.
  • The Indian Health Service received $3.93 billion, a $199 million increase from the FY14 level.  Of note, however, this allocation does not include funding for Indian health facilities.
  • Community Prevention Grants received $80 million, consistent with the FY14 level.
  • Community Health Centers (CHCs) received $1.5 billion; combined with mandatory funding provided in the ACA, the FY15 program level for CHCs is $5.09 billion, an increase of $1.45 billion.
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine Training received $21 million to support grants that fund public health and integrative and preventive medicine training programs.
  • The Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program received $265 million, the same as in FY14, rejecting the elimination of this program as proposed in the President’s FY15 budget.
  • Provisions Under the ACA - $927 million after sequestration is provided for the Prevention and Public Health Fund; however, this allocation prevents it from being used to fund the ACA.  Additionally, the law reduces funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board by $10 million from the original $15 million appropriation in the ACA. 

Earlier this year, Congress failed to pass any FY15 appropriations bills, which induced Congress to pass a short-term CR to keep the federal government running past the mid-term elections through December 11, leaving Congress to negotiate a spending bill prior to leaving town for the holiday recess. 

As the 114th Congress convenes in January, AACOM will continue to vigorously advocate on public policy issues critical to osteopathic medical education.  These priorities include strong support for both Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) and the continuation of and funding for the Teaching Health Center GME Program; the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and fiscally-responsible solutions to lower medical student debt; and FY16 federal funding for physician training and workforce programs that aim to address the country’s health care demands.  AACOM looks forward to working closely with the new Congress on behalf of osteopathic medical schools and the students they train.

 

 

 

 

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4.  Palmer College of Chiropractic offers a Doctor of Chiropractic program at each of its three campuses, including Davenport, IA; San Jose, CA; and Port Orange, FL.

 

The addresses and contact information for each campus are the following:

 

Davenport Campus

1000 Brady Street

Davenport, IA  52803

Admissions.ia@palmer.edu

(800) 722-3648

 

Florida Campus

4777 City Center Parkway

Port Orange, FL  32129

Admissions.fl@palmer.edu

(866) 585-9677

 

West Campus

90 East Tasman Drive

San Jose, CA  95134

Admissions.ca@palmer.edu

(866) 303-7939

 

 

5.  Received this week. 

Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, IA; San Jose, CA; Port Orange, FL)

·         Viewbook, application materials, and flash drive (Viewbook is on the PHP bulletin board, flash drive is in the BBB/PHP Lounge)

 

6.  Q:  What do Chiropractors do? 

A:  From a promotional flyer from Palmer College of Chiropractic –

 

7.  Michigan State University (East Lansing) is offering a 10-week summer fellowship opportunity for students interested in a career as a physician scientist. 

Please send the announcement below to all your undergraduate science majors regarding a summer fellowship opportunity at Michigan State University for students who are interested in a career as a physician scientist.  The application deadline is March 31, 2015.   

The program will begin June 1, 2015, and conclude August 7, 2015.  Applications should be sent to me by email.

mccormi1@msu.edu

See   http://com.msu.edu//DO-PhD-Program/SUPER.htm

 The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering summer education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students, who are interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program is a 10 week program that begins June 1, 2015 and will conclude August 7, 2015. Up to six awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants each year. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty members in the biomedical sciences, shadow physician-scientists in a clinical setting, attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, and participate in career development workshops.  Students will work with faculty on an individual basis and as part of a research team. Research teams will include graduate students, post docs, research scientists, and current DO-PhD students.

·         Students will be matched based on their interests to a research faculty mentor/laboratory at Michigan State University.  The student will work in the laboratory 10 weeks.

·         All students will be required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research. Students will be required to  make a presentation to their fellow SUPER participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program.

·         Students can expect to have “hands on” experience and learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research effort; a sample of the techniques a student might learn includes: maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology and neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology.

·         Students will receive exposure to the practice of medicine by individual physician mentors; this experience will average 2-10 weeks.

·         Students will participate in several workshops (1) opportunities available in the biomedical sciences (2) how to apply to MSUCOM medical school  and  MSU graduate programs (3) information on how to complete their AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine application service) application  (4) how to succeed in medical school or graduate  school. 

·         Students will also attend seminars.

·         A "Certificate of Merit" will be awarded to all participants upon completion of the program.

·         Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience and accommodations in University Housing will be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing, East Lansing area.   Students who successfully complete the SUPER program will be strongly encouraged to apply to the MSUCOM DO-PhD Program and will receive early review. 

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of one full semester of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Selection: Selection of students is based on the completed application, a personal statement of 1-2 pages, which describes academic interests, career goals, and research experiences.  Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with the faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation (one from faculty and one from an advisor) and a transcript from the student's undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline for receipt of all materials in our office is March 31, 2015. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 30, 2015.

J. Justin McCormick, PhD, University Distinguished Professor
   Dept of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
   Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
COM, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

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Director, DO-PhD Program
Director, Carcinogenesis Laboratory
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Rm 341, Food Safety & Toxicology Bldg
East Lansing, MI 48824

 

 

8.  CBU offers a fully funded international research experience through its MHIRT Summer Program. 

Looking for a FULLY FUNDED international research experience this summer? Check out the MHIRT Summer Program! Deadline for CBU students has been extended to January 15th! http://www.cbu.edu/mhirt .

 

9.  The University of Miami will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 20, at 5:30 p.m. to feature their Public Health Graduate Programs. 

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We invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:30pm for our prospective student open house event. 

This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about our public health graduate programs and meet with faculty, staff and students.

Join us on the Miller School of Medicine campus in downtown Miami at 1120 NW 14th Street, Room 1080, Miami, FL 33136.

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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/
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