Table of Contents:
1. Events coming up.
2. This year’s
Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Event is THIS
Monday, April 4, 2016 in Buckman Hall!
Student National Dental Association chapter at the University of Tennessee
College of Dentistry is offering its “Impressions” program again this year on
Saturday, April 23 in Memphis. It is intended for individuals in
under-represented groups who are interested in health care as a career but
are uncertain as to which area.
STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 28,
5. The California School of Podiatric Medicine at
Samuel Merritt University is pleased to announce the return of Podiatry 3D—a
three day podiatry immersion and workshop program.
6. Earn a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Systems
Engineering (HSE) at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA).
Jefferson University College of Pharmacy offers an Early Decision option.
411: A monthly newsletter for
prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine
(Northwestern University, Chicago, IL), March 2016 edition.
9. Marginalia: Fossils of Coon Creek(!)
1. Events coming up.
April 4, 2016: Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Event(!): This event,
presented by the students in Dr. Eisen’s BIOL 103
class and featuring Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolates,
will be held in the Montesi Room on the second
floor of Buckman Hall, 2 – 3:30 p.m. For more information, please go to Article #2.
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.
April 23, 2016: Impressions Program
2016, offered by the Student National Dental Association chapter of the
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
For more information, please go to Article
2. This year’s Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Event is THIS
Monday, April 4, 2016 in the Montesi Room of Buckman Hall!
Here is your opportunity to learn about
The history of
How are where the
cacao plant is grown;
How the pods are
harvested, fermented and roasted;
How to enjoy the sound, the aroma, and finally, the flavor
of white, milk and dark chocolate.
Our guide will be Ms. Marian Hughes, manager of
the Laurelwood location. Door prizes will be awarded!!
Here are some pictures from previous events:
And let’s not forget the following:
The Top 20 Reasons Why Chocolate
is Better Than a Man:
20. All the good Chocolate isn’t already taken.
19. Chocolate never leaves the seat up.
18. Chocolate is easily molded.
17. All your friends understand what you see in it.
16. Every Chocolate is rich.
15. Its sole purpose is to give you pleasure.
14. When you’ve had enough Chocolate, you can put it away in
13. Chocolate might make you fat, but it can’t make you
12. You can spot the nutty ones immediately.
11. PMS only makes you appreciate it more.
10. With Chocolate, you can admit that size really matters.
9. You don’t have to go clubbin’ to pick up Chocolate.
8. Your mother will never say it’s not good enough for you.
7. If you and your best friend like the same Chocolate, it’s
not a problem.
6. Chocolate can be sweet without having ulterior motives.
5. You can have more than one Chocolate a day, and nobody
will call you a skank.
4. You always know where your Chocolate is.
3. If you want to make it hard, you just stick it in the
2. With Chocolate, you never have to fake being satisfied!
And the #1 Reason Why Chocolate
is Better Than a Man…
1. Chocolate is always there for you when you need it!
3. The Student National Dental Association chapter at
the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is offering its “Impressions”
program again this year on Saturday, April 23 in Memphis. It is intended for
individuals in under-represented groups who are interested in health care as
a career but are uncertain as to which area.
National Dental Association chapter at the University of Tennessee College
of Dentistry is pleased to be able to offer their “Impressions” program
again this year. This year’s date is Saturday, April 23 in Memphis.
Attached are documents describing the day and registration materials. Registration deadline is March 31.
(Application materials are posted on the PHP Bulletin Board.)
We hope some
of your students will be able to attend. We are looking for students who
are interested in health care as a career but are uncertain as to which
area. Dentistry is a wonderful profession with zero unemployment and
currently ranks as the #1 Profession in the United States (for the third
time in the last four years).
there was some confusion about the target audience. If a student has taken
the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) or has toured our College, there is no
need for them to attend as they have already explored the field. We are
looking for students who are members of under-represented groups seeking
information about various health care fields.
If I can
provide further information, please let me know.
J. Stansill Covington III, DDS, MS, FRSM
for Admissions and Student Affairs
College of Dentistry
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN 38103
4. ===AAMC STAT===, News from
the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 28, 2016 edition.
News from the Association of American Medical Colleges
March 28, 2016
Registration Opens for 2016
Integrating Quality Meeting
The 8th Annual AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting will be held
June 9-10 in Rosemont, IL, and will feature innovative and integrated approaches
to quality improvement, patient safety, and care transitions across the
continuum of medical education, clinical care, and research. This year's
meeting will focus on the theme "Optimizing Care and the Clinical
Learning Environment" and will include expert presentations,
interactive workshops, and poster sessions designed for those who are
working to improve value, quality, and patient safety. A one-day
Leading for Quality, will be held on June 8. Register here
(early bird rate ends May 4).
Article Highlights Role of
Medical Training in Providing High-Value Care
A recent AAMC Reporter
article highlights efforts at the nation's medical schools and teaching
hospitals to integrate value-based care into their curricula. Part of an
ongoing series on innovations in medical education, the article
explores programs at AAMC member institutions—including the University of
Colorado School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Massachusetts General
Hospital—that have been implemented to teach students the benefits of
high-value care. According to the article, value-based care is more
cost-effective and leads to high-quality care and better patient outcomes.
New Research Examines the
Consumer Perspective on Access to Health Care
Recent changes in U.S. health care policy were designed to
increase consumers' access to health care services, especially among low-
and middle-income individuals. A new AAMC Analysis in Brief
reports on how consumers'
access to health care has changed in the period leading up to and
following the implementation of Medicaid expansion and insurance exchanges
through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and examines
the variations in access to care that persist.
AHRQ Develops Training
Resource to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has
developed TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance
Performance and Patient Safety) to help office-based health care providers
and team members produce efficient and effective health care teams that
optimize information, people, and resources in ambulatory settings to
achieve the best outcomes for patients. The online toolkit includes
scripts, videos, and other resources to train health care professionals in
developing and optimizing communication, team knowledge, and team
On the Move
Stuart Flynn, MD, has been named
founding dean of the Texas Christian University and the University of North
Texas Health Science Center. Flynn is currently the dean of the University
of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and will begin his new role in
Carolina HealthCare System has named
Gary Little, MD, MBA, as chief medical officer for Carolinas Medical
Center. Previously, Little served as medical director for The George
Washington University Hospital.
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University is
pleased to announce the return of Podiatry 3D—a three day podiatry immersion
and workshop program.
The California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt
University is pleased to announce the return of Podiatry 3D—our three day podiatry
immersion and workshop program that provides participants with an opportunity
to explore the profession of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Please spread
the word among your students who might be interested in exploring the profession.
Podiatry 3D Immersion Program at the California
School of Podiatric Medicine
July 20-22, 2016
During the Podiatry 3D program, students will:
Have an invaluable learning experience and an
opportunity to explore the profession of podiatry
Interact with faculty and students in a
variety of settings
Participate in a full day MCAT workshop, learn
and understand the increase need for podiatric physicians in medicine
Experience a hands-on clinical day learning
how to cast, sports taping and much more!
Students who are interested in the program should submit
their application to attend (available on the website) by May 20, 2016. Students should have a minimum of 40
semester units of undergraduate coursework completed.
For more information about the program, visit our Podiatry 3D website.
Our sincere thanks,
Director of Admissions
Samuel Merritt University
6. Earn a Master’s
Degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) at Loyola Marymount
University (Los Angeles, CA).
Earn a Master's Degree in Healthcare Systems
The Loyola Marymount University Master's degree
Engineering offers a high
quality and unique education addressing an urgent national need.
What is Systems Engineering and what is Healthcare
Systems Engineering is a body of knowledge that originated in aerospace
industry to assure perfect performance and integration of complex
multi-disciplinary systems. Healthcare is among the most complex
systems in our society. Healthcare
Systems Engineering (HSE) is mostly a
non-mathematical body of knowledge on how to manage complex
programs and projects in an optimal way, although some areas use
statistics, modeling and simulations, and informatics and analytics
U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology PCAST Report
In 2014, the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology issued the so-called PCAST report
recommending that healthcare professionals should seek help from
Systems Engineering when dealing with highly complex challenges in
modern healthcare, stating: "...Systems Engineering know-how
must be propagated at all levels [of healthcare]" and
"Implementation of [Systems Engineering] bears potential not
only to improve the efficiency of care delivery, but also to
improve its quality."
What Medical Professionals are saying about HSE?
"Although health care can do some amazing things,
anyone working in health care has also seen examples of suboptimal
patient outcomes, unaddressed patient safety issues, poor
reliability, and inefficiencies. Traditional medical thinking is
not well equipped to improve many of these problems. Much of this,
however, can be addressed if systems engineers, physicians, and
health care professionals could better collaborate and use well
known systems engineering techniques... This really should create
the burning platform for greater incorporation of systems
engineering into medical care." - Michael Kanter, M.D., Regional Medical Director of
Quality & Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente
HSE helps healthcare professionals with managing
complex problems such as:
streamlining, cost and throughput reduction, and quality and
capacity increase of operations in emergency departments,
operating rooms, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, supply chain,
administration and any other activity using Lean and modeling
and computer connectivity of medical devices
of increasingly complex electronic health/medical records and
healthcare enterprise informatics
of fragmented healthcare system elements
data analytics, systemic support of medical research
thinking in healthcare
Benefits of a MS degree in Healthcare Systems
in a fascinating and nationally needed body of knowledge
to serve a 3-trillion dollar U.S. healthcare segment of the
number of stakeholders. In the Los Angeles area alone, there
are over 250,000 jobs in healthcare, almost three times as
many as in defense industry
differentiating element in applications to Medical Schools
with applicability in a large number of industries outside of
Why Loyola Marymount University?
faculty serving in leading national bodies in HSE
programs with Kaiser Permanente, highest-ranking US healthcare
student-to-faculty ratio, personal attention and advising
location near Los Angeles LAX airport and scenic campus
overlooking the Pacific
to complete the MS degree in one year (10 courses) including
degree from a U.S. accredited school in science, math,
computer science, nursing, pre-med, and engineering
demonstrating passion for healthcare
form and 3 letters of recommendation
begin taking courses in Summer Session II. If the student does
not have a background in healthcare, they must take an
introductory course about healthcare in the
For More Information contact:
Bo Oppenheim, Ph.D.,
Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering
INCOSE Fellow, Shingo 2011, 2013
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles CA 90045
Marymount University Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE)
7. Thomas Jefferson
University College of Pharmacy offers an Early Decision option.
Are your students thinking about Jefferson College of
Pharmacy? Tell them about the Early
Decision option and applying by early September 2016 at
PharmCAS.org to get started for their next steps to a future in Pharmacy.
Getting the application started early gives students access
to an earlier review, interview and decision. Once you see what the
Jefferson College of Pharmacy has to offer, you'll know you're giving them
the right advice. Just ask Class of 2018 student, Jessica Olsen:
chose Early Decision...
"I first found out about Jefferson's pharmacy program while
attending my undergraduate at the University of Delaware. I went to a few
information sessions throughout the year held by some of the faculty from
Jefferson College of Pharmacy. After attending an open house at Jefferson I
immediately knew that it was the place where I wanted to complete my
Pharmacy degree. When I became aware of the early decision option I felt as
if it would give me the opportunity to really show the school my commitment
and serious interest in attending Jefferson."
- Jessica Olsen, JCP Class of 2018
PCAT Registration information: Register for the first PCAT
tests of 2016 by May 20th by visiting: PCATWEB.info
For more information about Jefferson, visit Explore.Jefferson.edu/PURL or
encourage a student to speak with us directly:
Mary Hess, PharmD, FASHP, FCCM,
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
130 S. 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
8. Feinberg 411: A monthly newsletter for prospective
and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern
University, Chicago, IL), March 2016 edition.
A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted
students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
On Match Day, fourth-year medical students tore open
their envelopes to learn where they will be spending the next
several years of residency training.
the Zika Virus
The Institute for Public Health and Medicine hosted
a seminar on the epidemiology and virology of Zika
virus, risks associated for travelers and possible links between
the virus and microcephaly in infants.
Focus on the MD Curriculum
As part of medical degree program at the Feinberg School
of Medicine, a number of new teaching modalities have been put in
place. Along with simulation technology and Problem-Based Learning,
which have become mainstays of the curricular model, Team-Based
Learning and screen casting have been introduced. These new
learning strategies also incorporate role modeling and peer-to-peer
On March 18, a group of nearly 300 students in
Assistant and Doctor
of Physical Therapy programs, plus nursing students from
DePaul University, participated in the schools' first-ever interprofessional teamwork learning initiative.
During the session, students worked in groups to
talk over strategies for preventing falls in the geriatric
"This is an interactive session that tries to mimic
how you all will work together when you're in clerkships,"
says faculty leader Brigid
Dolan, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in
the Division of General
Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. "The goal is both
to learn a bit about falls and also to think about how all of you
will be working in a team and what each of your roles are when
caring for this patient."
The groups practiced role-playing during the stages
of the patient journey, from hospital admission to safe discharge,
and discussed how to decrease the risk of a patient falling while
in the hospital.
"It was interesting to collaborate with
students in all of the other professional schools and to see what
role each person brought to the table when we talk about the topic
of falls," says Matthew Mosquera, a
third-year medical student.
Read more about student experiences and perspectives
Why Did I Choose Feinberg?
Alex Ireland is
a fourth-year medical student.
Fourth-year medical student Alex Ireland's favorite
memory at Feinberg was participating in a mentorship session for
incoming third-year medical students.
"They were, of course, very nervous to be
entering their first clinical year and it was our job to ease them
through this transition," he says. "While we initially
felt unprepared for the responsibility, by the end of the
afternoon, we as a class were shocked at how much practical
knowledge we had learned in the past year and were delighted to
pass on this wisdom to the next class."
Why did you
Feinberg's national reputation for academic excellence is what
originally drew me to the program. In delving deeper, I liked the
focus on independent and self-motivated learning, as well as peer
education and mentorship. It is an expectation that as a senior
student you will take part in the education of younger medical students.
I've always found that I learned best by teaching others, so this
model really appealed to me.
What parts of the
curriculum did you enjoy the most?
My favorite parts of the curriculum have always been simulation
sessions. The act of practicing a clinical encounter on
high-fidelity mannequins before being thrust into the real-life
situation is such an invaluable experience. I take every
opportunity I get to perform simulation, from practicing
central-line insertions to running cardiac resuscitations. I know
that when I need these skills in the real clinical environment, I
will be better prepared for having practiced.
Are diversity-related health issues part of the Feinberg curriculum?
We integrate diversity initiatives throughout our teaching,
research and clinical activities. Chicago offers an incredible
backdrop for training. The size and cultural diversity of our city
allows us to infuse cultural competency training into our students'
clinical experiences, including our clinics in Chinatown and on
Devon, where they volunteer with the Indian American Medical
Association Charitable Foundation.
Learn more about how Chicago plays a part in the MD
How open and
inclusive is the Feinberg environment to LGBT students, faculty and
The Feinberg School of Medicine is welcoming to all
groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Feinberg is home
to the Northwestern
Chicago Out Network, a social network of people who
identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Participants
include students, faculty and staff from Northwestern University
schools and clinical affiliates on the Chicago campus. In addition,
the Feinberg student group, Queers
and Allies, offers educational and other resources to
students, faculty and staff. The group also provides information
for prospective students.
9. Marginalia: Fossils of Coon Creek(!)
On Wednesday, March 30, some of the students in
Dr. Eisen’s Invertebrate Zoology class took a trip
to the Coon Creek Science Center, where 1 of the top 10 fossil deposits of
North America is located. The
Mississippi Embayment is a geological formation which indicates that this
part of North America was once covered by a shallow sea. The fossil deposit at Coon Creek
corresponds to the Cretaceous period, approximately 60 million years
old. Most of the fossil
which are retrieved from the site are molluscs. You will find the actual shells of
creatures who lived 60 million years ago, as well as
burrows, shell molds, and coprolites, AKA fossilized fecal masses.
The first step is an orientation session, led by
our tour guides, Ms. Pat and Ms. Vickie:
group (L-R: Austyn Harriman, Megan
Mosier, Alma Godoy, Kyle Fioranelli) learns the
difference between fossils and other artifacts, like a feather or a rock:
The second step is to look for fossils embedded
in the grey clay matrix. The matrix is
dug out of the ground with a backhoe and then covered with a tarp. Little chunks are cut out of the mound and inspected
for fossils for cleaning later.
Vickie holding a delicate fossil just picked from the gray clay matrix.
Anna Swiger holding a solidified concretion with fossils in
gentle persuasion fails to dislodge bits of the matrix, brute force (with a
kitchen knife) usually does.
The third step is to look for loose fossils on
the surface of the stream bed. In this
case, the matrix has been washed away from the fossils, so they appear
whitish against a tan or earth-tone background of mud and gravel.
Ms. Pat showing the exact
spot where a mosasaur vertebra was found.(!)
Hogan, proudly showing her catch of an Exogyra specimen.
You never know what a rainstorm will bring
out of the stream bed. Here, Kyle Fioranelli (l) and Austyn Harriman are combing the
stream bed for fossils.
The last step is to learn how to clean the fossils
and prepare them for presentation.
There are 6 steps, you know:
Cut a base in the
matrix so that it can stand;
Use a sharp probe to
scrape most of the matrix off the fossil;
Use a spray bottle
of water to wash off the loose matrix;
Allow the fossil and
the matrix to COMPLETELY dry. (This
may take 5 days for a matrix the size of a brick. Smaller fossils will take less time.)
Apply three coats of
a 1:1 mixture of floor wax (e.g. Future) and water onto the fossil;
Apply three coats of
the same mixture to the matrix.
A good time was had by all (Front row, l-r: Leslie Hogan, Megan Mosier, Austyn
Harriman, Anna Swiger, Mariana Tonelli Ricci, Ellen
Garner, Alma Godoy; Back row, l-4: Dr.
Stan Eisen [wearing shorts, i.e. BEFORE he fell into the Creek], Kyle Fioranelli).