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
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.
STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 14,
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!
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.
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.
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
2. U.S. Dental Schools: Academic Profiles of Class Entering
Fall 2014 – Data from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis,
IN) welcomes its Class of 2019.
Greetings from the Marian University College of Osteopathic
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.
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
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
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.
admissions information can be found online.
Welcome Class of 2019!
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
A detailed class profile is available
Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony
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.
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
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
Medicine Match Timeline.
Assistant Professor Named Co-Chair of Subcommittee
Physicians Recognized as Outstanding Mentors at Marian
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
Good morning Advisors and
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
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
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,
The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy
P. O. Box 1848
1007 Thad Cochran Research Center
University, MS 38677-1848
6. ===AAMC STAT===,
News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 14, 2015
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
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…