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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2015.04, Week of February 2  


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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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Table of Contents:


1.   Events coming up.  
2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 26, 2015 edition.  
3.  The Atlantis Project offers Hospital Internships for pre-health students in Spain and Portugal.  

4.  Registration for the new MCAT will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  
5.  Summer opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh.   
6.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to cordially invite your students to FootFest2015 at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago, IL, on Friday, March 6th.  
7.  Wolf River Conservancy January 2015 E-newsletter.  

8.  Marginalia:  There’s only ONE MORE WEEK to submit your entries to the Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!  


1.   Events coming up.  

·         Wednesday, February 11, 2015:  Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates.  For more information, please go to Article #4;

·         Tuesday, February 24, starting at 1 p.m.:  Junior Seminar Poster Session, room AH153;

·         Thursday, March 19:  Beta Beta Beta induction ceremony, room and specific time TBA;

·         Saturday, April 11:  The CBU Biology Department is Western Division Collegiate Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science.  


·       From the CBU Career Center. 

Thursday, January 29
Pizza & Professionals with
The Exchange Club
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Join us to learn more about the organization, what they do, jobs they typically have available, and of course, enjoy free pizza!  Don't miss out!  All students interested in learning more about the company are welcome to attend; those interested in internships are especially invited to attend.


Tuesday, February 3
Career Power Hour - Resume Writing
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm
Whether you're starting a resume from scratch, tweaking one that you've been using for years, or anywhere in between, this workshop can help!  Join us to learn some of the fine points of resume writing, what to include (and not to include), as well as tips on cover letters and references.  Be there!

Wednesday, February 4
Mock Interview Day (Advanced Sign-Up Required)
Buckman 207, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whether you're a "rookie" when it comes to job interviews, or whether you've been on several, it's always a good idea to brush up on your skills.  This is your chance to interview with a professional recruiter from such companies as ServiceMaster, CBRE, CBIZ, and others, and then get
immediate feedback on your interviewing skills.  This is just for practice, so it's great way to shake the nerves and brush up on your skills before the real thing!  This opportunity only comes around once don't miss out!  Sign up begins tomorrow!

Thursday, February 5
Practice Test Drive: LSAT and MCAT  (Advanced Sign-Up Required)
Buckman Hall, 1:00-4:30 pm
If you are interested in taking the practice test for the LSAT or the MCAT, sign up through your CareerLinx account no later than Monday, February 2nd.  This is the written version of a retired test (minus the essay parts), and is a great way to prepare.  It is scored just like the real thing, and you get your results back almost instantaneously.  $5.00 covers your materials (payable on test day).  Sign up today!

Friday, February 6
Kaplan Campus Visit (Sample Tests, Questions, Test Review)
Buckman 208 - 1:00-3:00 pm
A representative from Kaplan Testing Services will be on campus to answer any questions you may have about ANY of the graduate admissions tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT), demonstrate some of the on-line practices tests that are available (for those not offered in hard-copy), as well as the test-prep services offered by Kaplan.  If you are considering going to graduate school, this is great opportunity to ask questions about the testing process.  Make plans to attend!

Tuesday, February 10
Career Power Hour - "Career Expo 101"
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm
Learn the basics of preparing for a Career Expo event to dress, how to research companies in advance, questions you should be prepared to ask (and answer), and more!  CBU's Career & Internship Expo will be happening seven days after this workshop, so NOW is the time to prepare!  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 11

LGBT Career Panel
Spain Auditorium, 5:00-6:00 pm

Thursday, February 12

Pizza & Professionals: 
Bridges Inc.
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Thursday, February 12

Slam Dunk Networking: (Advanced Sign-Up Required)
Canale Arena Skybox, 5:30-7:30 pm
Want a chance to practice your
networking skills in a professional setting?  Then this event is a slam dunk...literally!  Join us along with several of our recruiter partners, many of whom are CBU alumni, who will be there to help you master the art of the "elevator speech", and help you make the most of small talk at receptions and more social business events.  Practice makes perfect, so join us for this fun event, to be held during CBU's men's and women's basketball games vs. West Florida.  An RSVP is required by Tuesday, February 10th.

Tuesday, February 17

2015 Career & Internship Expo
Canale Arena, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
More than 45 companies seeking to fill a variety of full-time and internship positions across many different majors are already confirmed, and many more are expected! 
St. Jude Children's Hospital, Flintco, Raymond James, Shelby County Schools, The West Clinic, and Youth Villages are among those already registered.  Make plans to be there!  Dress professionals and bring plenty of resumes.

Thursday, February 19
Pizza & Professionals:
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, February 25
Choosing A College Major Workshop
Montesi (Buckman 211), 3:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, February 26
Careers In Sports Networking Luncheon
Canale Arena Skybox, 12:15-1:50 pm

Tuesday, March 3
Career Power Hour - What Employers Look For In Candidates
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, March 5
Pizza & Professionals: 
Grizzlies Prep Academy
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 18
Internship Insights: Why You Need One!
Montesi (Buckman 211), 3:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, March 19
Career Panel - Careers In Psychology, Counseling & Therapy
Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 pm

Tuesday , March 24
"Leading Ladies" Career Panel
Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, March 26
Pizza & Professionals:
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, March 31
Job Search Boot Camp
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 9
Pizza & Professionals:
First Horizon
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, April 14
Career Power Hour - Negotiating Salary
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 16
Pizza & Professionals:
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm



2.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, January 26, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

January 26, 2015

AAMC Responds to House Energy & Commerce Request on GME

On Jan. 16, the AAMC submitted comments to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Open Letter Requesting Information on Graduate Medical Education (GME). The letter details the complexity of GME issues, which will require “meaningful and reasonable transparency and accountability standards for the public to understand the critical role federal payments play in supporting academic medicine.” In a press statement about the response, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said that academic medical centers are already leaders in innovation when it comes to care delivery, but an increase in the number of residency training positions is needed to alleviate the projected physician shortage and ensure that “the U.S. medical education system will continue to be the best in the world.”

LCME Expands Analysis of Severe Action Decisions

According to a new Analysis in Brief, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) severe action decisions (SADs) increased significantly, going from 15 to 31 percent following the 2002 reformatting of LCME accreditation standards. The reformatting clarified the information needed to demonstrate compliance by explicitly linking standards to the self-study questions medical education programs (MEPs) respond to for their accreditation survey visits. The authors speculated that the increase in SADs was a result of the LCME’s ability to better track compliance improvements and more easily identify when a MEP was noncompliant, and the fact that programs likely were unaware of this improvement because SADs are assessed only every eight years.

New Resource for Public Health Training Opportunities

The AAMC has launched a new Web-based resource of public health training opportunities for learners across the medical education continuum. Public Health Pathways is a searchable database of domestic and international public and population health training opportunities in academic, government, and community settings for pre-med students, medical students, residents, and post-residents.

Research Innovation Award Winner Videos Available Online

In September, the AAMC awarded winners of its third annual 2014 AAMC Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award: Innovations in Research and Research Education. The award recognizes innovations in institution-community partnerships and maximizing research efficiency. Out of 48 submissions, six awardees were selected by a panel of leaders in biomedical research, education, and training from AAMC-member institutions. Videos of the community partnership winners are available online.

New Reporter Series Introduced

This year, the AAMC’s flagship publication, the Reporter, will explore social determinants of health as part of a yearlong series about issues important to the academic medicine community. The series will explore how medical schools and teaching hospitals are using research, education, and clinical care to address a number of factors that can affect an individual’s health outcomes, such as economic and social conditions. The first article in the series, “Community Health Needs Assessments Address Local Health Priorities,” examines how hospitals are using patient data to direct finite resources to implement effective community programs.


3.  The Atlantis Project offers Hospital Internships for pre-health students in Spain and Portugal.




Hospital Internships for Pre-health Students: 2015 Applications Now Open


Dear Advisors,


No matter your views on universal healthcare, here in the US it has become a part of our national conversation. Hospital internships run by the Atlantis Project (AP) provide students with ethical shadowing programs within government-run hospitals in Europe. We strongly believe that applied experiences in health sciences, increased cultural competency, and opportunities to give back to the local communities provided through our programs combine to help students distinguish themselves and become better health professionals.


We were thrilled to meet many of you at the NAAHP national conference in San Francisco earlier last year, and we look forward to meeting you at the regional conferences. The Atlantis Project is now accepting applications for our 2015 1-week spring break and 2-10 week summer programs in Spain and Portugal. Students may also be eligible to receive an AP scholarship! Check out our scholarships page for more details. Programs Provide:

  • Hospital Placements
  • Clinical Exposure
  • Community Impact
  • Unique European Locations
  • Language Instruction
  • A Transformative Experience

Learn more at, and check out our videos featuring alumni perspectives.


Megan Wilson, Admissions Coordinator:

(336) 355-0862


Student? Sign up for AP student emails. 

Advisor? Sign up for the advisor e-newsletter!


Copyright © 2015 Atlantis Project, All rights reserved.


4.  Registration for the new MCAT will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  

Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates. Registration for the July-September exam dates will open in late April. An announcement will be made on February 11 once registration officially opens.  


The MCAT team will host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 10 at 12:30 PM ET, for students to learn more about taking the new exam. You can join the conversation by searching #askMCAT and adding the tag to your tweets. Information will be posted on our Twitter feed @AAMC_MCAT about the chat in the coming week.


We will also be circulating a link to the recorded Webinar we presented yesterday as soon as it is posted on our website.


As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


Best regards,
Lesley Ward
Senior Specialist, MCAT Outreach and Communications


5.  Summer opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh.   


1)            The Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program will be held June 1, 2015 through July 17, 2015, Application Deadline: February 27, 2015.  See   For questions, contact Ms. Rhonda Matthews,, (412) 648-8987.


2)            The Summer Undergraduate Research Program will be held May, 26 2015 and end July 31, 2015. Early application deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1.  See  For questions, contact Ms. Carol Williams,, (412) 648-9003.


For other Pitt summer opportunities, visit



We look forward to welcoming your students to our campus! 


Thank you,

Paula Davis


Paula K. Davis

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Schools of the Health Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

3550 Terrace Street

M216E Scaife Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

(412) 648-2066

(412) 383-5728 fax




6.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to cordially invite your students to FootFest2015 at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago, IL, on Friday, March 6th.  

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to cordially invite your students to FootFest2015 at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago, IL. Taking place on Friday, March 6th from 10 am until 3:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 151 E. Wacker Dr., FootFest2015 is an exciting day inside the world of podiatric medicine. Students will participate in a panel of current members of the podiatric medical community, engage in an interactive activity, spend the day attending lectures on cutting edge surgical techniques, and receive a free lunch as well as special giveaways and goodie bags. The entire program is completely free of charge and a limited number of spots are available. Attached, please find the flyer for this program. We encourage you to please share the information about this event with your students as registration for this event is filling up fast. To register or for questions regarding this exciting event, please contact Daniel Taubman via email at We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!



Daniel Taubman

Career Promotion Coordinator

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

15850 Crabbs Branch Way

Suite 320

Rockville, MD 20855





7.  Wolf River Conservancy January 2015 E-newsletter.  

Wolf River Conservacy

January 2015 ENEWSLETTER


Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

   We are very excited to share with you that we have launched a new version of the Wolf River Conservancy website. As good as our previous website was, we saw a need to provide an enhanced version of our website that was more responsive – which would provide more functionality for our users.

Here’s what has not changed:
   - You will still see a great deal of wonderful photography highlighting our beautiful Wolf River and people of all ages enjoying the great outdoors;
   - A comprehensive Activity Calendar of WRC’s diverse activities and events including membership paddle trips, special events, educational workshops and more;
   - Detailed information about the Wolf River watershed and how, by protecting strategically important lands in our aquifer recharge areas, we are protecting clean drinking water for future generations.

Here are some of the new features of the website:
   - A more responsive website: whether you are looking at the website on your desktop, tablet or phone, you will enjoy a very positive experience and improved functionality.
   - More information on the Wolf River Greenway (as we build out new segments of the Greenway in 2015) with improved maps and mapping functions coming soon.
   - New photos updated through Instagram of WRC activities and photos we think you might like. We encourage you to share your pictures of the Wolf River by tagging @WolfRiverConservancy and hashtagging #wonderofthewolf.
   - River section maps for the Wolf, including the Ghost River, to complement our written descriptions and assist you in making your decisions for paddle trips...
Coming soon!

   We are pleased with our new website and we hope you like it, too! Please let us know if you have any problems accessing the information you need. We welcome your feedback as we make the transition and continue to make improvements.
   Overall, we at the Wolf River Conservancy want to be your #1 source of information for anything related to the Wolf River and its watershed and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the “Wonder of the Wolf.” Thanks!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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8.  Marginalia:  There’s only ONE MORE WEEK to submit your entries to the Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest!  

Here are the entries which have been submitted:


From N.T.:

Is organic hard?
Let us just put it this way:
Help, I am diene!

From Biker Chick:

Carbon form am I
reveling in chaos
Beautiful am I always.


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

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