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Caduceus Newsletter  Spring 2016.12:  Week of April 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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Coon Creek, located near Henderson, TN, is the site of one of the most important fossil deposits in North America.(!)



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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!
  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. 
4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 28, 2016 edition.  
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).   
7.  Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy offers an Early Decision option. 
8.  Feinberg 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. 

Monday, 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. 

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. 

Saturday, 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 #3. 


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 chocolate:

·         The history of chocolate;

·         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:

The sound…

The fragrance:


The flavor!!



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 its box.

13. Chocolate might make you fat, but it can’t make you pregnant.

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 fridge.

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. 

The Student 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).


Last year 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. S. Covington



J. Stansill Covington III, DDS, MS, FRSM


Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
College of Dentistry
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
875 Union Avenue                                                      
Memphis, TN 38103                                               



4.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 28, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

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 pre-conference workshop, 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 performance.

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 April.

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.


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. 

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

Oakland, CA

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,


Robert Penman

Director of Admissions Outreach

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA






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 Engineering (HSE)


The Loyola Marymount University Master's degree program in

Healthcare Systems Engineering offers a high quality and unique education addressing an urgent national need.


What is Systems Engineering and what is Healthcare Systems Engineering?  

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 management. 


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 Medical Group.


HSE helps healthcare professionals with managing complex problems such as:

  • Patient safety systems
  • Powerful 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
  • Interoperability and computer connectivity of medical devices
  • Implementation of increasingly complex electronic health/medical records and healthcare enterprise informatics
  • Integration of fragmented healthcare system elements
  • Big data analytics, systemic support of medical research
  • Systems thinking in healthcare
  • Project management

Benefits of a MS degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering

  • Education in a fascinating and nationally needed body of knowledge
  • Potential to serve a 3-trillion dollar U.S. healthcare segment of the economy
  • Vast 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
  • Strong differentiating element in applications to Medical Schools
  • Education with applicability in a large number of industries outside of healthcare

Why Loyola Marymount University?

  • Renowned faculty serving in leading national bodies in HSE
  • Cooperative programs with Kaiser Permanente, highest-ranking US healthcare institution
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio, personal attention and advising
  • Great location near Los Angeles LAX airport and scenic campus overlooking the Pacific
  • Option to complete the MS degree in one year (10 courses) including summer sessions.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited school in science, math, computer science, nursing, pre-med, and engineering
  • Rolling admission
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Essay demonstrating passion for healthcare
  • Application form and 3 letters of recommendation
  • Students 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 spring semester.           

For More Information contact:

Bo Oppenheim, Ph.D., 

Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering

INCOSE Fellow, Shingo 2011, 2013, 310-338-2825


1 LMU Drive

Los Angeles CA 90045


Loyola 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 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:


Why I 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: online today.


For more information about Jefferson, visit 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.



Feinberg Rises in Medical School Rankings

Feinberg has moved up two spots to become the 17th best medical school in the country for research, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.



PhD Student Explores Heart Cell Growth and Regeneration

MPH/PhD student Erin Lambers identified mechanisms that shed light on how cardiac cells develop from stem cells, which can help scientists better understand how the heart grows and regenerates.



Discussing 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 teaching.


On March 18, a group of nearly 300 students in Feinberg's MD, Physician 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 population.


"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 here


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 choose Feinberg?
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.


Admissions Q&A


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 Curriculum.


How open and inclusive is the Feinberg environment to LGBT students, faculty and staff?

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.

Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 East Superior Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611


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:

Ms. Pat

Ms. Vickie


The 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.


Ms. Vickie holding a delicate fossil just picked from the gray clay matrix.


Anna Swiger holding a solidified concretion with fossils in it


When 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.(!)


Leslie 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:

1)      Cut a base in the matrix so that it can stand;

2)      Use a sharp probe to scrape most of the matrix off the fossil;

3)      Use a spray bottle of water to wash off the loose matrix;

4)      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.)

5)      Apply three coats of a 1:1 mixture of floor wax (e.g. Future) and water onto the fossil;

6)      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).




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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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