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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2016.01, Week of January 11 

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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/ 

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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What?!!?  You have an 8 am class?  Then you need something to put a little ZING in your step. 

 

 

 

For more details about what I mean, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

1.  Welcome back!
2.  U.S. Dental Schools:  Academic Profiles of Class Entering Fall 2014 – Data from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).   
3.  Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, IN) welcomes its Class of 2019. 
4.  The Courier Program Summer Service-Learning Internship targets college students interested in public health, health care, social work or a related field, particular for the rural and underserved.  
5.  The deadline for applying to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has been extended to February 1st.  
6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 14, 2015 edition.  

7.  Marginalia:  What?!!?  You have an 8 am class?  Then you need something to put a little ZING in your step.  Here’s my suggestion, from “Light My Fire”, a small store within the Food Court of The Grove in Los Angeles, CA 

 

1.   Welcome back!

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016:  So you want to be a physical therapist”, 4th in the 2015-2016 “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Dr. Janet Grillis, DPT and CBU alumna.  Cosponsored with Career Services, refreshments, featuring cakes and hot chocolate from Mama D’s Italian Ices ( https://www.facebook.com/mymamads  ) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Grillis will begin her presentation at 7 p.m.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016:  So you want to be a Physician Assistant”, 5th in the 2015-2016 “So you want to be a <fill in the blank>” series, featuring Anmol Khan, PA and CBU alumna.  Cosponsored with Career Services, refreshments from Mama D’s Italian Ices (( https://www.facebook.com/mymamads  ) will be served at 6:30 p.m., at Ms. Khan will begin her presentation at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2016:  Introduction to US Army Healthcare Scholarships:  Captain Sterling Coleman will discuss the scholarships which the US Army offers through the Department of Defense, AH 122, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. 

 

2.  U.S. Dental Schools:  Academic Profiles of Class Entering Fall 2014 – Data from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).   

 

 

3.  Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, IN) welcomes its Class of 2019. 

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Greetings from the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

(MU-COM)!

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of our advisor communication series. This edition will introduce you to the MU-COM Class of 2019, provide you with a quick reminder of some changes to our admissions process this year, and highlight some of the news at MU-COM.

 

Happy reading!

 

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Admissions Updates

 

New Deadlines 

 

With the new AACOMAS application, MU-COM has moved our application deadlines up by one month. Our new primary application deadline is February 1, with a supplemental application deadline of March 1. All application materials are now due for the 2016 application cycle by the close of business on March 4.

 

 

MCAT 2015 

 

After much research, we have set a minimum score for the 2015 MCAT test. To receive an invitation to complete a supplemental application the new minimum total score is 491, or a 21 on the old format. The oldest MCAT MU-COM will consider for 2016 admission is 2013. 

 

We will continue to review application materials in a holistic manner to determine if an applicant has the academic ability and experiences needed to succeed in medical school.

More admissions information can be found online.

Welcome Class of 2019!

 

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MU-COM is proud to welcome the Class of 2019! Students come from 22 U.S. states and 6 other countries. In addition, 84 different undergraduate colleges and universities are represented in MU-COM's newest class.

With the Class of 2019, MU-COM now has a total enrollment of 476 medical students. 

A detailed class profile is available online.

 

 

Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony

 

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First-year orientation wrapped up with students receiving their white coats and reciting the osteopathic pledge during the ceremony. The white coat has been a symbol of health care professions for generations. It has been worn with pride by physicians from the medical profession, and is a privilege bestowed upon all those who earn a place in the healing arts.


Families, faculty, university officials, and many
of our clinical partners attended this time-honored tradition. More photos of the event can be found online on Marian University's Flickr page.

 

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MU-COM's Inaugural Class Takes COMLEX

 

MU-COM is excited to announce that the Class of 2017 took COMLEX Level I over the summer. MU-COM's first-time pass rate is 94.81%, compared to the national average of 92.99%. This verifies our innovative curriculum is preparing medical students for successful careers in the health care profession.

 

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DO Graduates Match at 99.41% in 2015 GME Match

 

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) released the report on osteopathic medicine placements in 2015 matches. For the second consecutive year osteopathic medical graduates placed in residencies at over a 99% rate. In 2015, DO graduates matched at a 99.41% rate, with 41.01% of DO graduates matched in an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) residency and 45.95% match in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match and SOAP for ACGME accredited GME. 

 

You can find more information detailing the match results in the Osteopathic Medicine Match Timeline

 

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News @ MU-COM

 

Assistant Professor Named Co-Chair of Subcommittee

 

Dr. Jonathan Lowery, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology, has been named co-chair of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Subcommittee. ASBMR is a professional scientific organization with more than 4,000 members worldwide. 

 

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Physicians Recognized as Outstanding Mentors at Marian University

 

 

MU-COM welcomed medical students and their physician mentors to the inaugural Meaningful Medicine Mentoring Symposium on August 15. Dr. James Lemons was awarded Mentor of the Year after being nominated by Saajidha Rizvydeen, OMS II. Dr. Marin Behard, Dr. Craig Nadleson, and Dr. Ayaz Shaikh were also recognized as Distinguished Mentors for being role models of humanism in medicine. 

 

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A short video was created by the finalists to speak about why they became mentors and what been the most rewarding aspect of mentoring medical students.

The Meaningful Medicine Mentoring Program at MU-COM began in September 2014 and is made possible by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

 

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More information can be found online at www.marian.edu/medicalschool

 

If you'd like to schedule a MU-COM representative to visit campus, please contact Dan Kallenberger at dlkallenberger@marian.edu.

 

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4.  The Courier Program Summer Service-Learning Internship targets college students interested in public health, health care, social work or a related field, particular for the rural and underserved.  

Do you have students interested in serving the rural and underserved? Up for adventure? Free from college for the summer? The Courier Program Summer Service-Learning Internship is accepting applications!  To learn more, visit http://www.frontier.edu/courier/learn-more.

The well-known Courier Program, a service learning internship with a rich and adventuresome history that targets college students interested in public health, health care, social work or a related field. 

Beginning in June 2016, the Courier Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas for 8 weeks. Couriers will work at selected courier clinic sites and with community agencies in the area.

FNU has been educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners through its graduate nursing programs since 1939.  With more than 3,000 nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner graduates, FNU’s impact can be felt in communities across the world.  The Courier Program extends the University’s efforts to serve rural and underserved communities to an undergraduate audience while positively impacting participants. "You really get a different outlook on life and that is something that you will carry with you forever," said Bryanna McClure, who served as a Courier in 2013.   

Carrying on the spirit of FNU's founder, Mary Breckinridge, many of the 1500 former Couriers went on to work in healthcare and public health careers focused on serving rural and underserved populations. The revival of this widely-known and well-respected service learning internship opens up a potential career pathway to students who participate.

While formal training in healthcare is not required, successful applicants to the FNU Courier Program should be not only be interested in public health, health care, social work or a related field but also share a commitment to Frontier’s mission of serving the rural and underserved.  At a time when college graduates are struggling to find jobs, FNU hopes this internship program will help students tap into career pathways in the fast growing sector of healthcare. 

Applications are now being accepted until February 12, 2016 at www.frontier.edu/courier. Contact mandy.hancock@frobtier.edu with questions.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Mandy Hancock, MA

Courier Coordinator/ Development Officer

170 Prosperous Place

Lexington, KY 40509

Phone: (859) 899-2827

Fax: (859) 899-2941

 My Office Hours: M-R- 8:00 AM-4:30 PM (EST)

http://www.frontier.edu/courier

 

Learn More about the Courier Program!

 

 

Schedule a video or phone call : http://mandyreichert.appointy.com/

 

 

 

5.  The deadline for applying to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has been extended to February 1st.  

Good morning Advisors and Faculty—

 

I wanted to update you on the deadline extension and policy changes for students applying to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy this year.  Our deadline of January 4th has been extended to Feb. 1st for applications via PharmCAS.  Applicants must be verified by PharmCAS before the deadline, so we strongly encourage students to complete PharmCAS as soon as possible, if they have not already done so.

 

Additionally, our Scholastic Standards Committee has chosen to accept the January PCAT date.   Previously, the November PCAT was the last test date available before our January 4th deadline, but with the extension we are able to accept the January PCAT as well.  Our minimum composite score is 395 with a 3.0 on the writing section.

 

Finally, the last policy change for students applying this year is an extension on the deadline for completing all pre-pharmacy coursework.  Instead of requiring all students to complete our prerequisites by the end of the spring semester, we will allow students to complete any missing coursework by the end of the summer term.

 

If you or your students have any questions about these changes or about our application requirements, please feel free to contact me.

 

All the best,

Lauren

 

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Lauren Rowlett

Admissions Counselor

The University of Mississippi

School of Pharmacy

P. O. Box 1848

1007 Thad Cochran Research Center

University, MS 38677-1848

(662) 915-1323

lrowlett@olemiss.edu|pharmacy.olemiss.edu

 

 

 

6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 14, 2015 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

December 14, 2015

AAMC Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The AAMC has announced its new board of directors. The board's term will run until November 2016. Robert J. Laskowski, MD, MBA, professor of clinical medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, is the new chair, succeeding Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. Marsha D. Rappley, MD, vice president for health sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, and chief executive officer, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, has been named chair-elect and will succeed Laskowski next year. The full list of board members is available here.

Webinar Highlights Efforts on Optimizing GME Initiative

Working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, the AAMC has been making progress in a number of areas on the Optimizing GME initiative, a comprehensive five-year roadmap to drive innovation in the delivery of graduate medical education and respond to emerging trends that are demanding rapid and simultaneous changes in medical education and health care delivery. On Dec. 7, AAMC Chief Health Care Officer Janis Orlowski, MD, and AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, MD, PhD, hosted a webinar to update the community on efforts that are part of the "Investing in Future Physicians" strategic priority. Grover and Orlowski outlined ongoing work, including establishing an online community of activists, building the case for GME through peer-reviewed literature, planning for an updated physician workforce study, and assessing ways in which the health care workforce can align with societal needs.

Winners Selected for Partnerships in Community/Academic Research Award

The AAMC and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation have named the recipients of the 2015 award, "Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research." Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MPH, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Wendy Gwirtzman Lane, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine, received this year's award, which is part of the AAMC AHEAD initiative. The winning projects address improving birth outcomes in West Baltimore and reducing the lung cancer burden in northeast Kentucky.

NIH Seeks Comments on Strategies to Diversify the Physician-Scientist Workforce

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on strategies to enhance diversity in the physician-scientist workforce. The RFI is part of an NIH effort to analyze the composition and size of the physician-scientist biomedical workforce and make recommendations for actions to sustain and strengthen it. Comments should include information related to educational pathways, institutional and programmatic characteristics of degree programs, and career decision points and pathways. Responses are due by Dec. 28.

On the Move

Allen Nelson Lewis Jr., PhD, has been named dean of the College of Health Related Professions at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, effective January 2016. Most recently, Lewis was head of the Department of Health Sciences at James Madison University. As a researcher, Lewis has published more than 65 journal articles, book chapters, and other works, and has ample experience as a principal investigator, co-investigator, and program evaluator for funded research.

 

7.  Marginalia:  What?!!?  You have an 8 am class?  Then you need something to put a little ZING in your step.  Here’s my suggestion, from “Light My Fire”, a small store within the Food Court of The Grove in Los Angeles, CA… 

 

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