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Caduceus Newsletter Spring 2016.10:  Week of March 21  


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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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Table of Contents:

1.  PHP events coming up.  
2.  Travelogue of the visit to Lincoln Memorial Universities Colleges of Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, Sunday, March 6 – Monday, March 7. 
3.  Loyola University – Chicago offers a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program. 
4.  Georgetown University Medical Center offers an 11 Month-Master of Science Degree in Physics & Biophysics, Complementary & Integrative Medicine.  
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 14, 2016 edition.   
The Illinois College of Optometry will host its 9th annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students, Monday July 11 – Friday, July 15, 2016.  
7.  Shelby Farm Conservancy’s e-newsletter, early Spring edition.  

8.  Marginalia:  Let’s face it, we are the Buccaneers. 


1.  PHP events coming up.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016:  Introduction to US Army Healthcare Scholarships (in case you missed it the first time.):  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.  Travelogue of the visit to Lincoln Memorial Universities Colleges of Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, Sunday, March 6 – Monday, March 7. 

On Sunday, March 6, 4 students, including Miranda Anderson, Nuti Desai, Elizabeth Parr, and John Buttross drove to Harrogate, Tennessee to visit the campus of Lincoln Memorial University, home of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Caylor College of Nursing, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.   We had a whirlwind tour of the facilities and met with students, faculty and staff of the programs in nursing, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, and veterinary medicine…and the scenery was gorgeous.

Nick Hadji, discussing why he chose LMU

Dr. Ava Stanczak, Assistant Dean of Clinical Medicine & Professor of Pediatrics, discussing the  philosophy of osteopathic medicine


Blair Combs showing a map where graduates of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine have successfully acquired residencies.  Most work in underserved areas of Appalachia. 


Modern medical education includes the use of simulators, robots which are programmed to mimic symptoms of real patients.  They can “talk”, and they can produce heart and breathing sounds identical to patients.  Off-camera, there is a “control room” where faculty operate the computer which controls the simulator.  (Ms. Combs is the one standing to the right, BTW.)

Some simulators deliver babies, you understand.


Students are involved in service work throughout the community.

Therapeutic touch is an integral part of osteopathic medical education.  Here is the lab room where students learn the techniques.


I just had to take a picture of this plaque.  I never knew that Kermie was a LMU benefactor.


Gross anatomy lab at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Ewing, VA.

Jordan Green, Site Coordinator for the Veterinary Teaching Center, was our tour guide.

How veterinary medical students start learning how to deliver calves:

Some girls will insist on nothing less than a mink stole.  Elizabeth Parr is quite content sporting a plastic cow.


Inspecting the innards…


Clear water runs through the streams.


Colorful lichens and moss


For a while, some of us were lost.  It was great to be found again.

The plaque sez 1793.

The Five Amigas and Amigos, about to start our tour of Cumberland Park National Historical Park.  Photo taken by Dr. Jonathan Leo, Anatomy Professor at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Leaving the visitor center, we drove the winding, four-mile-long Skyland Road up the mountain to the Pinnacle Overlook (elevation 2,440 feet) for a spectacular view into Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.


3.  Loyola University – Chicago offers a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program. 



Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program

The M.A. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program prepares students for successful entry into medical school programs. Our faculty are well-respected leaders in their fields, who provide up-to-date lectures that are at the forefront of modern biology. The small size of the program ensures that students receive highly individualized attention throughout their time at Loyola. In addition to coursework, students also receive one-on-one advising about their medical school application from a professional pre-health advisor and MAMS faculty. Our history of preparing and advising pre-medical students has made the MAMS program one of the most successful post-baccalaureate programs in the United States with a 95% rate of admission to medical school within the last 3 years.


Advising with MAMS faculty mentors and advisers and our partnership with the Loyola Pre-Health Professions Office, which has led over 95% of our graduates to matriculate to medical school within two years of receiving the M. A. in Medical Sciences.   



Academic Excellence

Challenging graduate level courses that can include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Genetics, Advanced Biochemistry, Advanced Cell Biology, Advanced Developmental Biology, Advanced Neurobiology, Medical Literature and Ethics, and additional special electives. 



Externship Assistance

Identification of volunteer opportunities to enhance medical school applications. The MAMS program partners with multiple hospitals and clinics in Chicago to help you secure a position that places you in a clinical setting outside of class hours. 



Skills Development

Our outstanding workshop series is designed to help students develop the strongest medical school application possible, offering opportunities for writing and interview skill development.  




Applicants who are a good fit for the M.A. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program will already be good candidates for admission to medical school, but need to strengthen their academic preparation. This means that all medical school prerequisites must have been completed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed at least the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in one of the natural sciences. Please visit our website for the full list of admissions requirements.


4.  Georgetown University Medical Center offers an 11 Month-Master of Science Degree in Physics & Biophysics, Complementary & Integrative Medicine.




Application Deadline May 15, 2016


11 Month-Master of Science Degree in Physiology & Biophysics, 

Complementary & Integrative Medicine, offers Career Choices!


Does your family have "remedies" to treat the common cold, or other ailments and have you ever wondered why chewing on ginger is said to relieve cold symptoms?


This program explores the scientific basis of these health claims and trains you to critically analyze and assess the data.


As a future healthcare provider and researcher, you will know more about Integrative Medicine than your peers.....Be the expert resident on this field


Our 11-month M.S. program offers:

  • An excellent science-based curriculum that may be completed in eleven months. Ideal for students who are considering a career in medicine, other health professions or research.
  • A unique graduate/gap year program critically evaluating the scientific evidence for both western medicine and complementary and integrative medicine.
  • An examination of the similarities and differences of Eastern and Western medicine with an open but critical, and evidence-based mind.
  • Strong individual academic advising, career development workshops, mentoring and support for the medical school application process, admission to PhD programs and job applications.
  • Exploration of different health professions; opportunities for research and publication.
  • Class size limited to 30 students with a small student-faculty ratio.
  • Summer practicum placement at top academic, government, and private organizations in the Nation and overseas.
  • Develop an instant social and professional network with integrative medicine providers and leaders in the field.


See where some of our CAM graduates have gone in their careers:



Stephanie L. Southard, CAM '11,

Undergrad: Univ. of Colorado, Boulder,

Graduated May 2015 with a Pharm. D. from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy






Brian Nwanunu, CAM '11,

Undergrad: Morehouse College,

Graduated in May 2015 from

Howard University School of Medicine,

Washington, DC

Matched his first choice residency program in

Orthopedic Surgery  




Catherine Bereznay, CAM '12,

Undergrad: Loyola Marymount University,

MsPH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg

School of Public Health,

an ND Candidate Class of 2016 at 

Bastyr University, Seattle, WA 





Daniel Woolridge, CAM '12,

Undergrad: Brown University,

an MD Candidate 2016 at the University

of California Medical School, San Diego, CA







Abeeb Barqawi, CAM '12,

Undergrad: Virginia Commonwealth Univ.,

an MS in Education Candidate 2015 at Johns

Hopkins University and currently involved in

"Teach For America".






Tayler Jackson, CAM '14

Undergrad: Spelman College

Howard University College of Dentistry Class of 2019






Sigrid Nasser CAM '08

Undergrad: Boston University  

M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Currently a Resident at the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington School of Medicine



Rebecca Ann Berkson CAM '07

Undergrad: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Licensed Acupuncturist and a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM)

Practices Acupuncture at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, McLean, Virginia



Telephone: (202) 687-7979

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5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 14, 2016 edition.   

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

March 14, 2016

The AAMC Wants Your Feedback!

The AAMC is seeking feedback from STAT readers. Please click here to take a 5- to 10-minute survey that will allow us to explore readers' opinions about content and delivery methods they need to stay informed about issues facing the academic medicine community.

Registration Opens for 12th Annual Physician Research Workforce Conference

The 12th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference will be held May 5-6 in Chicago, Ill. The conference provides an opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues and will focus on the theme Getting to the Workforce We Need. Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, University of Utah senior vice president for Health Sciences, dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care, will deliver the keynote address. Preconference sessions on state and specialty workforce issues will take place on May 4. Register here.

New Publication Highlights Innovations at the Interface of Primary and Specialty Care

A new AAMC report highlights three health systems that are improving communication, efficiency, and quality of care between primary and specialty care providers and describes several innovations under way that have an impact on clinical efficiency, workforce capacity, and patient outcomes. The report also complements ongoing engagement with AAMC member institutions to improve patient care at the interface of primary and specialty care, such as Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences). Launched in 2014 through a Health Care Innovation Award grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the CORE program has expanded to include seven additional academic medical centers.

Call for Applications for Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative

The AAMC has joined with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Primary Care Progress to launch the third year of the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. Participants will learn how to identify patients with multiple complex health conditions who are super-utilizers of care in their communities, and will gain a better understanding of the root cause of their patients' health care issues and how sociodemographic factors may play a role. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Apr. 29.

Updated Strategic Planning Guide on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine Published

An updated edition of the AAMC's Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: A Strategic Planning Guide offers a roadmap for medical schools and teaching hospitals to comply with diversity standards and provides a framework for developing a sustainable culture of diversity and inclusion. It includes updates to the LCME diversity elements and the latest Supreme Court rulings on diversity and inclusion. New to the guide is an online toolkit with directions, context, institutional examples, and resources for navigating the strategic planning process.

National Academies Issues Report on Addressing Social Determinants of Health

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a framework for educating health professionals to address the social determinants of health. A committee convened last fall explored this topic and developed a foundation to strengthen learning among health professionals that aligns education, health, and other sectors to better meet local needs in partnership with communities.

Lasker Foundation Seeks Submissions for Essay Contest on Basic Medical Research

The Lasker Foundation has announced its annual essay contest, which seeks medical students, interns, residents, fellows, doctoral students, and others to write about "Which fundamental discoveries in basic medical research have not been clinically explored and translated into better human health?" The first prize winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to New York to meet the 2016 Lasker Award winners. The deadline is Apr. 25.


6.  The Illinois College of Optometry will host its 9th annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students, Monday July 11 – Friday, July 15, 2016.  

The Illinois College of Optometry will host its 9th annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.


There is no cost to participate in this program and room and board will be provided. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.


Program Dates: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2016


Application Period: December 14, 2015 - April 1, 2016


Notification: Applicants will be notified in early May


For eligibility and application information, visit Please feel free to contact me if you and/or your students have any questions.


Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your students.


Best regards,


Teisha Johnson, M.S.
Senior Director of Admissions

Illinois College of Optometry
3241 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616-3878

T: 312-949-7407

F: 312-949-7399 |


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7.  Shelby Farm Conservancy’s e-newsletter, early Spring edition.


good, green fun


Spring is in the Air


While Spring doesn't officially begin until March 20, this week's warm weather and sunshine offer a great excuse to get outside! Your favorite Park activities have reopened for the season, and we're gearing up to have some good, green fun at our Earth Day Celebrations in the next few weeks. We have included more information below, and hope you'll join us for a play day!

Spring Break Fun

March 21-25, 2016


Camp isn't just for summer! Spring Break Camp features activities focused on adventure and education for explorers in grades 3-6.


Learn more + Register...

Easter Treats 

Available through March 25, 2016


Give your little herd members some Easter treats that give back! When you purchase a set of Easter goodies, you help provide food for our thriving buffalo herd.


Learn More + Place Order...

Celebrate Sustainability

April 2, 2016

Celebrate what's great about going green at the Down to Earth Festival! Join us for eco crafts, sustainability chats, eco-friendly shopping, high-adventure actives and more! Proceeds benefit the Park + Greenline.


Learn More...

Run the Race that Runs the Park

April 17, 2016


Hit the trails for a great cause! The Earth Day 5K helps support the Park + Greenline, and all participants will receive a sapling to plant in the Park after the race!


Register Today...

Earth Day Family Campout

April 22-23, 2016


Celebrate Earth Day under the stars! Join us for a campout that includes nature hikes, earth science activities, breakfast with the buffalo and more!



Learn More...

Play the Park


Find your favorite way to play! New spring hours are offered for Go Ape Treetop Adventures, Bike Rentals, Boat Rentals, Paintball + Laser Tag and Horseback Riding.


Learn More...

Keep in Touch


Keep up with day-to-day Park news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our weekly blog


Keep up with events, races and festivals on the Park calendar here.


For volunteer opportunities, click here.


Questions? Send us an email or call (901) 222-7275.





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8.  Marginalia:  Let’s face it, we are the Buccaneers.

Is this not the most evil piratey smile you’ve ever seen?


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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