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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2015.08, Week of March 9  

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 

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Yes, Spring Break starts next week, but please be careful. 

 

 

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, March 2, 2015 edition.  
3.  Registration is now open for the “Spanish & Medicine” summer program in Cusco, Peru.  
4.  Official MCAT News, Volume 1, Issue 3, from the AAMC:  Get a Free Tour of the New MCAT Exam Content.  
5.  Join Kristin Davis, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist for a benefit showing of Gardeners of Eden on behalf of the Sheldrick Wildlife Fund, 16 April 2015. 
6.  The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg) will be hosting an Open House on April 18, 2015.  
7.  The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers “The Only Comprehensive Resource of Accurate Data on Medical School Admission Requirements. 
8.  The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering a 10-week summer education and research training program to outstanding undergraduate students interested in  combined DO-PhD training. 

9.  Marginalia:  Ya know, a casual sexual encounter during Spring Break, or at any time, really, may not be in your best interest.  Here are some reasons why.    

 

1.   Events coming up. 

·         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. 

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:
RocketFuel
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:
LeadMemphis*
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

 

 

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

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

March 2, 2015

AAMC Announces Five-Year Road Map to Strengthen the Nation's GME System

The AAMC recently announced a comprehensive and sustained effort to strengthen graduate medical education (GME). The new publication, Optimizing Graduate Medical Education: A Five-Year Road Map for America's Medical Education and Teaching Hospitals, outlines three strategic focus areas: investing in future physicians; optimizing the environment for learning, care, and discovery; and preparing physicians and physician scientists for the evolving demands of 21st century health care. "This road map—a comprehensive and sustained plan—will further align medical education with current and future health care and societal needs to improve the health of all," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.

2014 AAMC Annual Report Available Online

The AAMC recently published its 2014 Annual Report, which highlights the many ways in which the association served and led the academic medicine community last year by advancing medical education, research, and patient care at medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems.

Now Accepting Applications for COD Fellowship Program

The AAMC Council of Deans (COD) Fellowship and Leadership Committee is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 COD Fellowship Program. The program is intended to enhance the development of future leaders in academic medicine, and is designed for senior faculty members—including department chairs and assistant and associate deans—who are interested in being considered for future deanships. Visit the COD Fellowship Program website for full program description and application guidelines. The submission deadline is March 31.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice Published

Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs, recently released the 2015 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. This updated edition of the guide is for sound and successful practices by charities and foundations in the United States. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, served on the panel that revised the 2015 edition. The new edition reflects changes in law, as well as new circumstances in which the charitable sector functions, and the new relationships within and between sectors. The full guide is available at www.independentsector.org/principles.

On the Move

David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA, has been named the new president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, effective May 1. He succeeds Glenn Steele Jr., MD, PhD. Feinberg currently serves as president of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System, CEO of UCLA Hospital System, and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences in California.

John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, will become vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA when Feinberg steps down in May. Mazziotta currently serves as associate vice chancellor for health sciences and executive vice dean of the Geffen School of Medicine. He also directs the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center and serves as chair of the department of neurology.

 

3.  Registration is now open for the “Spanish & Medicine” summer program in Cusco, Peru.  

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Hola desde Peru.

 

Just a short note to let you and your students know that registration is now open for the "Spanish & Medicine" summer program in Cusco, Peru:

  • Receive credit for two semesters of college Spanish
  • Shadow medical professionals in a Peruvian clinic
  • Experience Latin American culture by living with a host family
  • Includes weekend trip to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

The six-week session is suitable for pre-health students and is designed specifically for future health care workers that anticipate working in demographics with significant Spanish-speaking populations.  

 

Is Spanish necessary in today's health care practices? Consider the fact that the USA now has more Spanish speakers than Spain.

 

We kindly request that you forward this message to appropriate student groups.

  

To receive more information, just fill out this quick form.

 

Students are urged not to procrastinate. Each session (early or late summer) is limited to 35 students and many spots are already taken.

 

Details - Spanish & Medicine Summer Program (Cusco, Peru)

 

Muchas Gracias,

 

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Cecilia Quezada, C.S.I.

"Chief Spanish Immersioneer"

 

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4.  Official MCAT News, Volume 1, Issue 3, from the AAMC:  Get a Free Tour of the New MCAT Exam Content.  

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You'll also find a percentage breakdown of content on all the disciplines within each section - so you'll know how much of a certain subject area will be covered in each section of the new MCAT exam. Remember, the questions on the MCAT exam are interdisciplinary, which means they will ask you to think about how the disciplines in each section work together.

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5.  Join Kristin Davis, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist for a benefit showing of Gardeners of Eden on behalf of the Sheldrick Wildlife Fund, 16 April 2015. 

Elephant conservation benefit at Malco Paradiso theatre 6:00pm 16 April 2015

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6.  The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg) will be hosting an Open House on April 18, 2015.  

 

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) upcoming open house is on Saturday, April 18 from 8:00a to 1:30p.

 

If you are interested in osteopathic medicine, please attend our open house to learn about WVSOM’s mission, explore our facilities, and meet with our current students and faculty. During this event, participants will tour our world class anatomy lab, state of the art Clinical Evaluation Center, and learn about WVSOM’s curriculum. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all participants. We do ask that all person who wish to attend register in advance: goo.gl/xwK1zS If anyone has any questions about the open house event, please contact me.

 

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel would be interested.

 

Kind regards,

 

Julian Arbaugh, MBA

Admissions Counselor, Sr.

WV School of Osteopathic Medicine

400 N Lee Street Lewisburg, WV 24901

304.793.6827

www.wvsom.edu

 

Follow us! twitter.com/WVSOMAdmissions

 

 

 

7.  The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers “The Only Comprehensive Resource of Accurate Data on Medical School Admission Requirements.” 

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8.  The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering a 10-week summer education and research training program to outstanding undergraduate students interested in  combined DO-PhD training. 

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, postdocs, 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
 http://www.com.msu.edu/research/
 Director, DO-PhD Program
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Rm 341, Food Safety & Toxicology Bldg
 East Lansing, MI 48824

 

Here’s the application form:

 

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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

College of Osteopathic Medicine –SUPER  (Summer Undergraduate (Physician-Scientist-Training) Education & Research    2015     

The applicant listed agrees to provide the  information requested below for his/her application to SUPER .

Last Name, First Name, Middle Name:

 

 

 

Date of Birth:

      /        /

mo    day   yr

  Female / Male

 

Mailing Address:

 

City

State

Zip

Current Cell/Telephone Number:

 

Country of Citizenship:

 

EMAIL ADDRESS:

Are you a permanent resident of the US? 

 Yes       If      No       Visa Type

WILL You Require SUPER housing (provided for any student 30 miles or more outside  greater Lansing, East Lansing area) ?

YES                                     NO

Classification in  Fall 2015

Junior/ Senior  (specify)

Undergraduate GPA (4/0 scale):

(Provide unofficial transcript with this application)

Expected Date of Graduation:

How did you find out about SUPER?

 

 

I am Planning to apply to a dual degree MD/PhD or DO/PhD program: 

Yes                           No                                   Uncertain

 Explain

Colleges or Universities attended

                Major Field

Dates-- to  -  from

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describe your Area of Research Interest:

 

 

 

Describe research you have conducted or participated in as an undergraduate

Dates

Where Research took Place

Mentor

Research description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two letters of recommendation are required-Who will be writing letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for SUPER and can attest to your motivation and ability to carry out research?  Letters should be sent to Dr. Justin McCormick, Summer Undergraduate PSTP (Physician-Scientist-Training Program Education & Research, Food Safety & Toxicology  Bldg,  1129 Farm Lane, Room 341, East Lansing, MI 48824-1302.   Email:  mccormi1@msu.edu

                Name

Department/Position/Title

                        Institution/Email

Date Requested

 

1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essay Part I

Discuss Your education and employment as it relates to your research experience and training and career goals.

 

 

Essay Part II

Discuss your research  interests and reasons for these choices. This section is used in assigning fellows to individual research mentors/ projects.

 

 

Essay Part III

What are your plans for future professional or graduate education, such as, PhD, MD, or MD/PhD.

 

 

 

 

In addition to this form, include a Curriculum Vitae/or Resume.

 

 

Email this form and the CV/Resume to   mccormi1@msu.edu     Or mail to Justin McCormick, PhD,  University Distinguished Professor, Director,  D.O. Ph.D. Program, & Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Osteopathic Medicine –1129 Farm Lane, Room 341, Food Safety & Toxicology Bldg.,  Michigan State University, East Lansing,  MI 48824-1302  by   March 31, 2015

 

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9.  Marginalia:  Ya know, a casual sexual encounter during Spring Break, or at any time, really, may not be in your best interest.  Here are some reasons why.    

 

Crab lice:  Phthirus pubis 
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Gonorrhea lesions on the tongue:
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Genital herpes in a male:
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Genital herpes in a female:
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Genital warts in a male:
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Genital warts in a female:
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Oral syphilis:
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Syphilitic chancres on the penis and vulva:
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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://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
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