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1. This is the last issue of the Spring 2015 volume
for the Caduceus Newsletter.
2. Received this
George’s University (Grenada, West Indies) offers an intensive, two-week
hands-on medicine or veterinary medicine academy.
STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, April 27,
5. West Virginia
School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg, WV) will be hosting an Open House
on Friday, June 26, 2015.
6. Update from
the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): VA’s
Veterans Choice Program Modification to Expand Veterans Access to Healthcare
Services in Rural Settings.
University (Dallas, TX) announces a seminar to promote its chiropractic
program to interested advisors and students in Chicago, IL June 5-6.
8. Lest you think that it is safe to smoke an herbal cigarette…
9. Spring has sprung
at Shelby Farms Park!
10. Marginalia: SO, how was the trip to the Maynard Stiles
Wastewater Treatment Plant?
1. This is the last issue of the Spring 2015
volume for the Caduceus Newsletter.
If you planning on sightseeing, traveling to an
interesting place, or participating in the MHIRT program, I would appreciate
it if you would share your thoughts, observations and photos to include in
summer issues of the Caduceus
Newsletter. I receive the right to
edit and to make executive decisions regarding content. (That’s a fancy way of saying that if you
submit an in appropriate photo that will NOT be in your best interest if it
should appear on your Facebook page, I will not post it. Consider the phrase in Brad Paisley’s song,
Alcohol, “…those naked pictures of
you at the beach.”)
2. Received this
Saint George’s University (Grenada, West Indies)
School of Medicine Viewbook, 2014-2015 (in the PPP/BBB lounge)
School of Veterinary
Medicine Viewbook, 2014-2015 (in the PHP/BBB
3. St. George’s
University (Grenada, West Indies) offers an intensive, two-week hands-on
medicine or veterinary medicine academy.
4. ===AAMC STAT===, News from
the Association of American Medical Colleges, April 27, 2015 issue.
News from the Association of American Medical Colleges
April 27, 2015
Future Physicians Take New
Medical College Admission Test®
On April 17-18, more than 7,500 aspiring physicians
worldwide were among the first examinees to take the new Medical College
Admission Test® (MCAT®). "It's a new day for the MCAT exam," said
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. "There has been a paradigm shift in
medical education to acknowledge the competencies physicians need beyond
medical knowledge—skills that will allow doctors to treat the whole
patient—and the new exam reflects these changes." To help students
prepare for the new test, the AAMC partnered with Khan Academy and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create an online collection of free
instructional video tutorials and practice questions. Teaching videos from
the collection have been viewed 1.5 million times per month, and users
answered 420,000 questions in March.
Registration Opens for 2015
Integrating Quality Meeting
The 7th annual AAMC Integrating Quality (IQ) Meeting offers
an interactive setting for clinical practitioners, education leaders, and
other health care professionals to examine and exchange interprofessional
and integrative approaches to quality improvement and patient safety across
the education, clinical care, and research continuum. This year's program,
"Improving Value through Clinical Transformation, Education, and Science,"
features a series of plenaries, workshops, discussion sessions, and posters
focused on key strategies to integrating quality. Participants interested
in furthering their skills in developing educational programs to enhance
their local IQ efforts can register for the post-meeting workshop,
"Advancing a Quality Culture through Education." Both the IQ
Meeting (June 11-12) and the post-meeting workshop (June 12-13) will take
place in Rosemont, Ill. Click here
Urban Universities for
HEALTH Announces Webcast on New Hiring Report
Urban Universities for HEALTH will release the report "Improving
Diversity and Institutional Climate through Faculty Cluster Hiring"
during a live webcast on April 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET. The practice of
cluster hiring is an emerging idea in higher education that involves hiring
faculty into multiple departments or colleges around interdisciplinary
research topics, or "clusters." Many cluster-hiring programs also
aim to increase faculty diversity or address other aspects of intellectual
life at the institution, including faculty career success, collaboration
across disciplines, the teaching and learning environment, and community
here for the webcast where researchers will present key findings
followed by a small panel of thought leaders who will share insights to
improving diversity and climate on university campuses.
AHRQ Releases 2014 National
Quality and Disparities Report
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
released the 2014
National Quality and Disparities Report, which provides a snapshot of
health care disparities from the period during and after the implementation
of the insurance expansion included in the Affordable Care Act. Since 2003,
AHRQ has been mandated by Congress to report on the progress and challenges
to achieving health care equity in the United States. The report
indicates that while health care access improved for all racial/ethnic and
income groups, very few health care disparities were reduced or eliminated.
In fact, in the past four years, a majority of measures show worsening
disparities for low-income households.
5. West Virginia School of
Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg, WV) will be hosting an Open House on
Friday, June 26, 2015.
that you are enjoying a lovely spring! We also wanted to let you know
that Summer Open House at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
(WVSOM) is scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2015. An Open House flyer is
attached. On-line registration may be accessed at WVSOM Summer Open House.
We would greatly appreciate your assistance by informing your students of
this upcoming event before they leave campus.
If you have
questions about Open House, please feel free to contact us at the toll free
number and e-mail addresses listed below. Again, your assistance is
Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
(888) 276.7836; (304) 793.6827
Officer for Recruitment Services
Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
(888) 276.7836; (304) 647.6224
1 in Rural Primary Care
6. Update from the
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): VA’s Veterans Choice Program
Modification to Expand Veterans Access to Healthcare Services in Rural
VA’s Veterans Choice Program
Modification to Expand Veterans Access to Healthcare Services in Rural
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently
released an interim
final rule amending its medical regulations implementing
the Veterans Choice Program of the Veterans Access, Choice, and
Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). The amendment modifies how the VA
measures the distance from a veteran's residence to the nearest VA
medical facility. This modified standard will begin using driving
distance to determine the distance between a veteran’s residence and the
nearest VA medical facility, instead of a straight-line or geodesic
distance to determine eligibility as initially designated. Changing
the methodology for calculating distance will allow more veterans,
particularly those in rural settings, to participate in the Veterans
Choice Program and receive care closer to home.
The President signed into law VACAA on August 7,
2014, creating the Veterans Choice Program which requires the VA
Secretary to enter into agreements with eligible non-VA entities or
providers to provide hospital care and medical services to eligible
veterans who choose to receive care under this program. One
condition for eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program is that a
veteran who meets initial eligibility standards can participate in the
program if he or she resides more than 40 miles from a VA medical
facility, including a community-based outpatient clinic, that is closest
to the residence of the veteran. However, the VA interpreted the
standard for measuring the distance traveled using a straight line.
In addition to the Veterans Choice Program, the law
includes a provision for the VA to create graduate medical education
(GME) positions; one of the key priority areas is to create GME positions
in primary care and/or in rural settings. Please note: the
new VA GME positions will only be created in VA sites and not in non-VA
AACOM continues to work closely with the VA Office
of Academic Affiliations to engage and inform the osteopathic medical
education community about this initiative. For more information
regarding this particular GME opportunity, visit: http://www.aacom.org/reports-programs-initiatives/initiatives/va-gme.
Parker University (Dallas, TX) announces a seminar
to promote its chiropractic program to interested advisors and students in
Chicago, IL June 5-6.
Parker University would like to extend an invitation for
interested advisors and students to attend their upcoming Parker Seminar in
Chicago, IL June 5-6, free of charge! Here's a chance to network
with practicing chiropractors and chiropractic students, hear inspirational
speakers talk about the changing climate of our healthcare system, and attend
a special student or advisor luncheon for FREE! See invitation below from
Phyllis Frase from Parker University. And
please feel free to share them with your students.
from Parker University in Dallas, Texas.
name is Phyllis Frase and I am with External
am reaching out to you to let you know exciting event that is happening in
your area Friday-Saturday June 5 and 6th
are so excited to cordially invite you to be our VIP special guest at our
Parker Chicago Seminar. We would like
to invite you to a VIP luncheon for students on Saturday, June 6th
at 12 pm., as well as a cocktail reception Friday evening at 5:30. Also, as a
gift to you, for being interested in Chiropractic or Pre –Professional or
Health Sciences, attendance to the seminar is free for you, which is normally
$175.00. If you would like to bring a guest or someone who might be
interested in Chiropractic, they are welcome as our guest.
you chose to stay at the hotel, the cost will be your responsibility. The
seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin L
King Drive, Chicago, IL
being our VIP special guest, you will be able to meet some of the most
successful Chiropractors in the country, mingle with celebrities, and meet
our alumni, the President of our University and other chiropractic students,
as well as prospective students like yourself. The event is one you don’t want to miss.
information, please visit our website at parkerseminars.com, download our
parker seminars app, or watch our videos on YouTube on the ParkerSeminars channel or like us on Facebook/ParkerSeminars.
Parker University, we have a unique arm of the University called the Parker
Seminars. Dr. Jim Parker, the founder of our University created these
seminars 50 years ago for Chiropractors to be successful once they started
their practices and they are still going strong today. The goal of the Parker
Seminars is to boost your Chiropractic knowledge, intensify your spirits, and
strengthen the chiropractic bond. As a student of Parker University you will
have access to these seminars and registration is always free to our
you would like to join us or would like more information, please call me at
my office 214 902 3492 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or text me at 214 991-2068. RSVP must be received no later than May 11, 2015
Friday June 5th - Advisor luncheon, meet and greet,
and book signing with keynote speaker, Retired Brigadier General Becky
Saturday June 6th - Student luncheon and panel
For more information or to RSVP, contact Phyllis Frase email@example.com
Students need to RSVP by May 11th.
8. Lest you think that it is
safe to smoke an herbal cigarette…
The Biology Department has a vacuum pump that
can “smoke” a standard cigarette in about 8 seconds. By placing a filter in the vacuum end, we can
compare the amount of tar that is generated from a tobacco cigarette with the
amount from an herbal cigarette:
9. Spring has sprung at Shelby
Ways to Support The Outback
9 | 10am-2pm
All dogs must be on-leash
on May 9.
Play the day away with your pup at the second annual Dog-A-Roo Festival + Four-Legged 4K,
presented by Memphis Veterinary Specialists!
Dog-A-Roo offers great opportunities to
interact with pet specialists and to get active in the dog park with
your pup! If you have a talented Terrier or a fashionable French
Bulldog, be sure to sign
them up for the Talent + Costume Contests!
Four-Legged 4K Fun Run is a dog-friendly race that
winds through some of the most scenic areas of The Outback Dog Park.
Participants and their pups will receive matching Park swag and free
parking the Dog-A-Roo Festival.
All proceeds from this fun festival help care for The
Outback off-Leash Dog Park at Shelby Farms Park.
Volunteers are still needed for this event! Sign up here.
Let Mom Know She's One
in a Million this Mother's Day
This Mother's Day, let her know just how special she
is by giving the gift of green in her honor. At Shelby Farms Park, we're
working to restore Park forests with the One Million Trees program.
When you donate to the program in honor of Mom, you will help
ensure that the Park stays green for generations to come. This year,
we've put together a special gift set to go a long
with each tree adoption made in honor of moms.
Mother's Day gift
package ($50) includes:
limited edition, handmade soap set
"Love the Park" bumper sticker
"Grow the Park" bumper sticker
Tree Adoption certificate
letter from SFPC acknowledging the generous gift you made in her
Here to Order a Gift Set for Mom Today!
Shop for Mom + Support
the Park at the Same Time
you know that you can support the Park by shopping from the comfort
of your home? When you link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile,
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Shelby Farms Park
Conservancy at no extra cost to you!
Heart of the Park
We're preparing to plant more trees in the Heart of
the Park! We'll be moving dirt to build up the berm between Patriot
Lake and Farm Road for the next month in order to get the ground
ready for the new trees to take root. Construction crews will only be
working during non-peak travel times, but temporary traffic delays
should be expected along Farm Road. Flag men will be on site to keep
all drivers safe and to get the trucks in and out of traffic as
quickly as possible.
We appreciate your patience as we complete this
project, and we hope you are as excited as we are to get the trees in
More About Heart of the Park...
Camps Are Back!
Summer is just around the corner, and we're planning
to have as much fun as possible at our Summer Camps!
year, campers will experience more adventures, do more hands-on
activities and learn more than ever before at our Nature and
Adventure Camps. Camps are available for rising 3rd-6th graders. For
detailed information about programs and pricing, click
Questions? Contact Coral O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More + Register Your Child Today...
April Health Tip
Do you suffer from allergies? You're not alone! Did
you know that almost 20 percent of us suffer from allergies? That percentage
is increasing quickly. Our friends at Methodist Healthcare
Bonheur Children's Hospital shared this great
list of 25 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home. Be sure to check out the
tips before your allergies get the best of you!
Keep in Touch
New: See your favorite urban park, in pictures by
following @shelbyfarmspark on Instagram!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Shelby Farms Park on
our blog by clicking here.
Don't forget -- you can always find us on Facebook
10. Marginalia: SO, how was the trip to the Maynard
Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant?
That good, eh?
From: The opening of Shakespeare’s Macbeth:
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis
Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron