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Caduceus Newsletter Spring 2016.13:  Week of April 11  

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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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Ladies and gentlemen, evidence suggests that women and men respond differently to chocolate, especially Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolates:

 

 

(Do ya think?)  For more information, please go to Marginalia.

 

Table of Contents:

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Dinstuhl’s Spring Open House is Sunday, April 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  
3.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Course with sections in Colorado, Costa, or Greenland.(!)  
4.  Ross University School of Medicine offers an alternative to those seeking a MD program.  
5.  The East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine (Johnson City) will be incorporating the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test into their application process.  
6.  ===AAMC STAT===. News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, April 4, 2016 edition.  
7.  Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing (Philadelphia) celebrates 125 years of nursing excellence.  
8.  Don’t be a boorish Neanderthal:  Learn proper dining etiquette…dammit.  
9.  Are you cut out for a Career in Public Health (From the Huffington Post, via the CBU Career Center e-newsletter).  
10.  Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery offers a Master of Science degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery. 
11.  St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the single largest fundraiser for childhood cancer research.  If you attend or work at a college or university, you're eligible to organize a Battle of the Bald event for your school. Sign up today for the ultimate college head-shaving tournament and help fund cures for kids with cancer.
   

12.  Marginalia:  Q:  Is it the sugar or psychoactive compounds that makes chocolate so addicting?   

 

1.  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. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016:  Dinstuhl’s Spring Open House, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.:  I am posting this as a follow-up to the Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event held on Monday, April 4.  For more information about the Spring Open House, please go to Article #2. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  Impressions Program 2016, offered by the Student National Dental Association chapter of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.   

 

2.  Dinstuhl’s Spring Open House is Sunday, April 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

 

3.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Course with sections in Colorado, Costa, or Greenland.(!)  

Dear Colleagues,

 

If your students have taken a University of Colorado School of Medicine Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Course you know how valuable they find it.  Taught by School of Medicine faculty, the classes offer a backstage pass to medicine and health care professions, as well as national certifications.  

 

We still have room in four sections being offered this summer in Colorado, Costa Rica, or Greenland (academic credit offered).  And there is still time for scholarship applications for the August Colorado class.  

 

For more information about these classes, as well as Global Health Advanced First Aid classes and Disaster Response Advanced First Aid classes, students can go to www.coloradowm.org.   

 

Or your students can check out our hands-on classes in Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Emergency Medicine, ideal for anyone interested in learning about ultrasound and the medical profession, offered in mid June (https://emergencyus.regfox.com/june2016and early August https://emergencyus.regfox.com/june2016.

 

Please forward this message to your pre-med and other health profession students.

 

In appreciation,

 

Todd Miner, Ed.D., FAWM

Instructor

Department of Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine Section

University of Colorado School of Medicine

12401 E. 17th, B215

Aurora, CO  80045

607-592-5224

todd.miner@ucdenver.edu

www.coloradowm.org

http://wms.org/conferences/adventure/

 

 

4.  Ross University School of Medicine offers an alternative to those seeking a MD program.  

ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Good Morning,

I know you depend on having the best possible information to enable you to advise your students on their path toward medical school, and as National Director of Admissions for Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), my goal is to ensure that we provide you with just that.

I invite you to learn more about our MD program by reviewing the materials below describing our medical school and the success of our graduates in securing a postgraduate residency training position.

I can also put you in touch with the Associate Director of Admissions for your area, who can assist you in some of the following ways:

  • Give you information on students from your institution who are currently enrolled at RUSM or who have graduated
  • Organize and host informational sessions for aspiring medical students in your area, or speak to student organizations, clubs, and classes
  • Answer any questions students have about RUSM, including our admissions process, curriculum, and student life
  • Keep you informed about upcoming events, like information sessions, our next pre-med advisor trip to visit our basic sciences campus, and other RUSM-related updates

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions as to how I can assist you further, I encourage you to reach out to me – you can even refer students to me directly, and I will be happy to help them in any way I can.

Sincerely,
Lisa Dougherty, MHRM
National Director, Admissions and Training

Ross University School of Medicine
485 US Highway 1 South
Building B, Floor 4
Iselin, NJ 08830
732.509.4881
lisadougherty@rossu.edu


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485 US Highway 1 South, Building B 4th Floor, Iselin, NJ 08830
855-MD-ROSSU  (855-637-6778)

For comprehensive consumer information visit
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5.  The East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine (Johnson City) will be incorporating the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test into their application process.  

This is to let you know of another change to our admissions requirements at the ETSU, Quillen College of Medicine.  Effective with the application cycle for the 2017 entering class, all applicants progressing to our secondary application stage will be required to take and have their scores reported to us on a designated Situational Judgment Test (SJT).

 

Continuing to pursue our mission in primary care and people oriented medicine, we have long sought another tool which could help us identify and select “the best applicants” for our school.  After considerable thought, our admissions committee has decided to go with CASPer™.

 

The following information will be added to our website and this is advanced notice to you.

What is CASPer™? (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)

CASPer is a computer-based situational judgment test designed to evaluate core personal characteristics considered important for students success in medical school and ultimately, as practicing physicians. Some of these include professionalism, ethical grounding, empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity.  CASPer™ can be taken anywhere you can access a computer with video capabilities and a reliable Internet connection in a quiet location.

CASPer™ consists of a series of hypothetical, everyday situations presented through a variety of formats including text, animation or live-action video. Each situation relates to one or more personal characteristics. Examinees are asked how they would respond or behave in the situation portrayed. No studying or advanced preparation is required to take CASPer™.  This test may be taken one time ever.

CASPer™ results are considered a reliable and predictive screening tool to assess personal attributes in conjunction with the holistic review process used in our admissions process. We also believe it can help us make better decisions on selecting applicants to help meet our mission and serve the people of Tennessee and the surrounding area.

Why has Quillen chosen to use CASPer™?
Quillen places a high value on personal characteristics which we believe to be important in becoming an ethical, capable, compassionate physician. Currently, to assess an applicant’s personal attributes, the admissions committee relies on its subjective evaluation of personal essays, letters of recommendation and brief personal interviews. With CASPer™, the admissions committee gains an additional tool in assessing an applicant’s personal attributes.

Since our beginning in 1978, Quillen has always been a believer in holistic review.  The incorporation of CASPer™ into our process represents an additional commitment to evaluate each applicant as a unique individual – weighing personal attributes in equal measure with academic metrics and foundational experiences.

What do I need to do to take CASPer™?
Advanced registration is required. CASPer™ is administered by an external testing company. There is a total fee of $20 associated with CASPer™ which is not part of the QCOM application fee. It consists of a $10 test fee + a $10 distribution fee which is paid directly to the testing company upon registration. These fees are waived for applicants eligible for the AAMC-FAP.  Additional score reports may be forwarded to other schools requiring CASPer™ for $10 each.

Numerous test dates are available beginning in early summer.  Applicants should schedule in sufficient time to allow for the reporting of results by the due date of their supplemental application information when requested.  We will not accept scores from tests taken past the November 19, 2016 test date.  Therefore, early scheduling is advised and applicants should anticipate a 4 week turn around in score reporting.  Consideration for interviews will not occur until these scores are officially reported to us.

Specific information about registering for CASPer™ is included at www.takecasper.com.  A sample scenario of a CASPer™ question may also be seen at this website.

 

Thank you for your support as we try to implement an additional tool to help us fulfill our mission.  Please let us know if you have any questions after you have reviewed the CASPer™ website.  Please feel to share this information with your pre-med students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Doug and Stephanie

 

 

Stephanie Cole

Admissions Counselor

Quillen College of Medicine

East Tennessee State University

423 439-2036

www.etsu.edu/com

 

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

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

April 4, 2016

AAMC Troubled about Potential Subpoenas from House Panel

The AAMC issued a letter last week to chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives expressing concern about reports that the panel will issue subpoenas to organizations to compel them to release information about individuals who have had any involvement—significant or not—with research that utilizes human fetal tissue. "AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals remain very concerned for the safety" of these professionals, said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, who urged a bipartisan solution to promote the security of this information. "Without such protections in place," he added, "we urge the panel not to force organizations to release individually identifiable information."

Medical Schools Reaffirm Commitment to Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Last week, more than 60 medical schools signed an AAMC statement expressing gratitude to the White House and Congress for their attention to the opioid epidemic and reaffirming that they will provide robust instruction and training in opioid use and dependence, promote research to best inform the community's efforts, and advance clinical innovations to combat opioid dependence. President Obama cited one example of such efforts in his remarks at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, highlighting a commitment by 35 AAMC-member institutions to integrate opioid prescribing guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into medical school curricula. Click here to learn how the academic medicine community is actively addressing the opioid epidemic.

2016 Clinical Care Innovation Award Recipients Announced

The AAMC has named six institutions that will receive the 2016 AAMC Clinical Care Innovation Award, which recognizes and supports AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals in their efforts to advance care delivery through quality improvement. The winning projects align with the AAMC's Optimizing Graduate Medical Education initiative by focusing on improving quality in a range of key areas within the clinical learning environment. All awardees will be recognized at the 2016 AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting in Rosemont, Ill. on June 9-10.

Resources Developed for Teaching Health Care Needs of LGBT, Gender Nonconforming Patients

The AAMC has developed a series of video resources, as part of the Diversity 3.0 Learning Series, to provide tools for teaching about the health care needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, and/or born with differences of sex development. The series explores various aspects of the health of sexual and gender minority patients and provides learners with the tools needed to address their health care needs. A webinar on Apr. 25 will offer examples of how medical schools and teaching hospitals are implementing recommendations outlined in the AAMC's publication on improving health care for people in these diverse patient populations.

Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative Expands to Medical Schools

The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) was established to integrate lifestyle medicine into medical school education through the collaborative efforts of medical school deans and students, curriculum developers, professional medical societies, governing bodies, and policy institutes. LMEd focuses on expanding access to lifestyle medicine education—with a focus on subjects such as exercise/physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, and self-care—in U.S. medical schools. A series of webcasts will be held throughout the year for medical schools to learn how to incorporate this area of study into their curricula, followed by the inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Education Summit in October.

On the Move

Christine Cassel, MD, stepped down as president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, effective Mar. 1, and will join the leadership team of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is set to open in 2019 in Southern California.

 

7.  Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing (Philadelphia) celebrates 125 years of nursing excellence.  

 

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Celebrating 125 Years of Nursing Excellence 

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Jefferson College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University is at the forefront of educating the most respected nurse clinicians with programs that combine clinical excellence, research and technology. We've been preparing nurses since 1891 and today we offer a continuum of nursing degree programs, from baccalaureate through doctoral levels.

  • Jefferson BSN graduates consistently score above the national average on the national licensure exam
  • MSN alumni have a 95% pass rate on national certification exams
  • DNP students and grads publish in peer-reviewed journals and present nationally

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Jefferson Nursing graduates enter the practice world with excellent clinical skills, real-world nursing experience, and confidence in their ability to work effectively with peers and team members.

 

We invite you to learn more about the Jefferson Difference at Jefferson.edu/Nursing.

 

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8.  Don’t be a boorish Neanderthal:  Learn proper dining etiquette…dammit.  

Spring 2016 Calendar Of Events


FirstImpressions2Wednesday, April 13
First Impressions Series: Dining Etiquette
Sabbatini Lounge - 5:30-7:00 pm
This is the final installment of our First Impressions Etiquette Series, sponsored in part by Enterprise Holdings.

If you're part of an important business dinner, maybe as part of a job interview, knowing how to conduct yourself can make or break your chances of landing the job!  Do you know which fork to use?  Which way to pass the butter or the salt & pepper?  How do you handl e wine or alcohol?  Come learn the answers to these questions and more as we walk you through a full four-course meal with proper dining etiquette and techniques.  
This event is geared toward graduating seniors, as you must be 21 or older to participate (wine will be served).  An RSVP is required before Monday, April 11th.  To submit your RSVP, stop by Career Services (Buckman 207), call us (321-3330), email us (career@cbu.edu), or RSVP through your CareerLinX account.

Thursday, April 14
Life After College: Renting
St. Joseph Hall, Room 10 - 12:30-1:45 pm

Thursday, April 21
"Green Careers" Career Panel
LLC Classroom - 1:00-2:0 0 pm

Tuesday, April 26
Job Search Boot Camp
Buckman 211 (Montesi) - 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 28
Pizza & Professionals (Company TBA)
St. Joseph Hall, Room 10 - 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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9.  Are you cut out for a Career in Public Health (From the Huffington Post, via the CBU Career Center e-newsletter).  

Are You Cut Out For A Career In Public Health?
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There's a lot to discuss in terms of what it takes to be cut out for working in public health, but I think the most important point to consider when looking at any career field is job prospects. Understanding what your actual job prospects are before pursuing an expensive degree or risky career change can help you to understand what you're day-to-day is probably going to look like. Also, if you can or will be happy working said capacity, as many jobs seem quite glamorous on the outside, but have a much more gritty reality on the inside.   Read More...

 

10.  Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery offers a Master of Science degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery. 

 

 

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As the health care industry continues its rapid expansion, Arizona State University's School for the Science of Health Care Delivery is helping students earn a distinct competitive advantage in the field with the Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery. You may also be particularly interested in  Mayo Medical School expanding to Arizona in partnership with ASU.



The priority deadline for on-ground applications is May 1st but our admissions committee is happy to accept applications for our on-ground option any time prior to the start of the program in the Fall. We also accept online applications on a rolling basis and accepted students may begin at any one of six online starts per year. 


Choose from three learning options:

 

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Students in the Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery program will:

  • develop a comprehensive approach to health care delivery 
  • acquire real-world experience in exclusive interactive settings 
  • gain a unique knowledge base from an innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum
  • enjoy exclusive opportunities to connect with industry leaders from such esteemed institutions as Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, Mountain Park Health Center and Barrow Neurological Institute 

With an MS in the Science of Health Care Delivery, students can enter such fields as health care delivery and administration, health policy and health system architecture, or use it as a foundation for a career in medicine, pharmacology or physician assistant. 

 

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Victor Trastek, M.D., Director and Professor of Practice, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Dr. Trastek is the former CEO of Mayo Clinic, Arizona, and leads major national efforts in leadership and professionalism in health care.

 

Program faculty includes leaders within their professions:
 

Keith Lindor, M.D.
Dean of the College of Health Solutions and former Dean of the Mayo Medical School, Rochester

 

Natalia Wilson, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director of the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery

 

Alison Essary, DHSc, MHPE, PA-C
Director of Student Affairs for the College of Health Solutions and former Director of Midwestern Physician Assistant Program, Phoenix 

 

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Other perks of being a student in the science of health care delivery master's program include MCAT prep (free online or discounted in-person), embedded pre-health advising (personal statement review, application assistance, and mock interviews), and no GRE required.

Over the past three years including this year's cohort, students within the Science of Health Care Delivery program have been admitted to the following medical schools:Dartmouth, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia, Boston University, University of Arizona, University of Iowa, University of Arizona - Phoenix, Creighton University,Howard University, Saint Louis University, Albany Medical School, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine - Arizona, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. 

 

This year's cohort also has had interviews at the following medical schools: Mayo Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles, Albert Einstein, University of California, San Francisco, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Southern California, Ross University, and St. George's University.

Students complete their capstone projects at health care sites such as Mayo Clinic, Banner Health and Arizona Department of Health Services.

Applications are still being accepted. Learn more about the Master of Science in the science of health care delivery program and apply today.

 

11.  St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the single largest fundraiser for childhood cancer research.  If you attend or work at a college or university, you're eligible to organize a Battle of the Bald event for your school. Sign up today for the ultimate college head-shaving tournament and help fund cures for kids with cancer.   
 

St. Baldrick's Foundation — Conquer Childhood Cancers

 

Calling all college students

 

St. Baldrick's Battle of the Bald starts September 1 and registration is open now!

 

If you attend or work at a college or university, you're eligible to organize a Battle of the Bald event for your school. Sign up today for the ultimate college head-shaving tournament and help fund cures for kids with cancer.

Do you know a student or faculty member? Help us spread the word by forwarding this email using the "Tell a friend" button below. (And thanks!)

 

 

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What is Battle of the Bald?

 

September 1 through December 5, college students nationwide will go head-to-head to raise the most money for childhood cancer research. One school will rise to the top and be named the national champion!

 

 

Learn more >

 

 

Battle of the Bald sisters

 

 

Leaders wanted

 

We're talking to you, students, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities, and student body presidents:


Build volunteer and leadership experience, enhance your resume and win cool prizes while making an impact in the lives of kids and young adults with cancer.

 

 

Learn more >

 

 

Battle of the Bald brothers

 

 

Battle Timeline

 

Schedule your head-shaving event for any day between September 1 and December 5. Once registered, you can start fundraising right away! The school that raises the most money will be declared the winner on December 15.

 

Questions? Email BattleOfTheBald@StBaldricks.org

 

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12.  Marginalia:  Q:  Is it the sugar or psychoactive compounds that makes chocolate so addicting?   

A:  WHO CARES?

On Monday, April 5, the students of Dr. Eisen’s BIOL 103 class hosted the annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, presented by Ms. Marian Hughes, manager of the Laurelwood location.  To fully appreciate the wonderfulness of Dinstuhl’s gourmet chocolates, you must experience its sound as it snaps, then its fra-a-a-a-a-a-a-agrance, and finally, its fla-a-a-a-a-a-a-vor.

First, some introductory comments about how the cacoa plant grows and how the chocolate is initially processed:

Marian Hughes holding a vial with cocoa butter, from which white chocolate is made.  Connor Bran, official assistant, looks on.

 

 

Inspecting the components of the seeds (Brinsley Cooper on the left, Marisa Wong on the right)

Tanquisha Mills CAREFULLY inspecting the “nibs” (L-R in the background:  Thomas Summers, Kyle Fioranelli, Nuti Desai)

 

The first step in Chocolate Connoisseurship is hearing the distinctive snap when you break the wafer, as demonstrated by Cathy Lantrip and Allison Allensworth:

Then, there is the partaking the fra-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-grance, as demonstrated by Thomas Summers:

 

Then, the GRAND FINALE, with partaking of the fla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-vor:

Foreground, L-R:  Danica Rubin, Amber , Taylor Flake, Bailey Smith

L-R:  Angelica Brown and Wendolyn Byrd

 

This is serious!  (ft. Daria Dyer)

 

And finally, this year’s winner of the door prize:  Tyler Napier!!

 

 

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/ 
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