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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2015.15, Week of May 4  

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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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SO, how was the trip to the Maynard Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant?

 

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of contents:

1.  This is the last issue of the Spring 2015 volume for the Caduceus Newsletter. 
2.  Received this week.      
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.  
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
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7.  Parker 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 week.     

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 Lounge)

 

 

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.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

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 to register.

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 engagement. Register 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.  

We trust 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 greatly appreciated!

 

Sincerely,

 

Julian Arbaugh

Admissions Counselor, Sr.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

P. (888) 276.7836; (304) 793.6827

F. (304) 647.6384

jarbaugh@osteo.wvsom.edu

www.wvsom.edu

 

Pat Cruse

Records Officer for Recruitment Services

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

P. (888) 276.7836; (304) 647.6224

F. (304) 647.6384

pcruse@osteo.wvsom.edu

www.wvsom.edu

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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.    

 

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VA’s Veterans Choice Program Modification to Expand Veterans Access to Healthcare Services in Rural Settings 

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 sites. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  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.

 

Dear Prospective student,

 

Greetings from Parker University in Dallas, Texas.

My name is Phyllis Frase and I am with External affairs.

I am reaching out to you to let you know exciting event that is happening in your area Friday-Saturday June 5 and 6th in Chicago. 

 

We 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.

If 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

 

By 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.

For more 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.

 

At 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 students.

 

If you would like to join us or would like more information, please call me at my office 214 902 3492 or email me at pfrase@parker.edu 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 Halstead (http://www.beckyhalstead.com/)

 

Saturday June 6th - Student luncheon and panel 

 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Phyllis Frase pfrase@parker.edu 

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 Farms Park! 

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Paw-some Ways to Support The Outback

May 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!

 

The 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

 

Learn More...

 

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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:

  • a limited edition, handmade soap set
  • 1 "Love the Park" bumper sticker
  • 1 "Grow the Park" bumper sticker
  • 1 Tree Adoption certificate
  • 1 letter from SFPC acknowledging the generous gift you made in her honor

 

Click Here to Order a Gift Set for Mom Today!

 

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Did 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! 

 

 

Sign Up Today...

 

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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 place!

 

Learn More About Heart of the Park...

 

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Summer is just around the corner, and we're planning to have as much fun as possible at our Summer Camps! 

 

This 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 here.

 

Questions? Contact Coral O'Connor at coconnor@shelbyfarmspark.org.

 

Learn More + Register Your Child Today...

 

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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 + Le 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!

 

Learn More...

 

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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 and Twitter (@ShelbyFarmsPark)!

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10.  Marginalia:  SO, how was the trip to the Maynard Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant?  

 

That good, eh?

 

 

 

From:  The opening of Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

 

1 WITCH.  Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
       2 WITCH Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
       3 WITCH Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
       1 WITCH.  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 bubble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html