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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2018.03, Week of January 22


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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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1.   Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 2018 VCU Summer Health Sciences Pipeline Program Applications Now Open - Stipends Available!     
2.  Discover Podiatric Medicine at our Virtual Fair on February 7!    
3.  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Ohio University –Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – 2018.  
4.  American Dental Education Association’s GoDental Newsletter, January 2018 edition.   
5.  Washington Insider, an e-publication from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, January 16, 2018 edition.  


1. Virginia Commonwealth University (2018 VCU Summer Health Sciences Pipeline Program Applications Now Open - Stipends Available!)     

Please encourage your pre-health students to apply today!

Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Allied Health Career Exploration


Taryn Hayes

Marketing and Program Coordinator

Division for Health Sciences Diversity


Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Mechanics Institute Building

Box 980006




2.  Discover Podiatric Medicine at our Virtual Fair on February 7!    

Happy New Year from the AACPM!

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to invite you and your students to register for the Virtual Podiatric Medical School Fair on February 7, 2018 from 11 to 6PM eastern.  Please share with your students!

This is a FREE event for college students who are interested in exploring careers in medicine.  We'll be covering podiatric medicine as a career choice - from surgery to wound care to sport medicine, podiatric physicians provide a wide range of care for their patients.  Representative from each of the nine U.S. schools of podiatric medicine will be available during the day to chat.  Additionally, we’ll have current students, faculty and DPM Speakers and Mentors available to share why they chose podiatric medicine.

We’re also excited to announce that we’ve partnered with ExamKrackers for this event; ExamKrackers instructors will be providing tips throughout the day for prepping for the MCAT and one lucky virtual fair participant will win one FREE ExamKrackers Test Prep Lesson!

See yourself in a white coat when you Discover Podiatric Medicine.  Registration is available here:

Mandy S. Nau, Career Promotion Strategist
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
Cell or Text: 253-906-4167   Email:

Why consider a career in podiatric medicine?

·          A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries.

·          DPMs can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Besides these certified specialties, podiatrists may practice a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.

·          The DPM is a vital member of the health-care team. He or she is often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease because of the human foot’s interrelation with the rest of the body.



3.  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Ohio University –Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – 2018.  

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF program provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research lab under the guidance of a biomedical science faculty member. The goal is to expose students to  the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

The SURF program is 7 weeks in length and includes room & board, a living allowance, 6 semester hours of biology credit from Ohio University  and the potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school.   Detailed information, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be obtained by going to the SURF web site at The deadline for application is February 1, 2018.

Please encourage your students to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the OU-HCOM Admissions Office at 800-345-1560.

Best regards,


John D. Schriner, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
102 Grosvenor Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701




4.  American Dental Education Association’s GoDental Newsletter, January 2018 edition.   

ADEA GoDental Newsletter | January 2018 | Excited about ADEA GoDental? Tweet About It!


ADEA GoDental Newsletter
New Year, New Opportunities


Registration Now Open: The 2018 ADEA GoDental
Recruitment Event


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This year, ADEA GoDental heads south. Your opportunity to gain insider knowledge and learn tips on how to be a successful dental school applicant has arrived! Look no further than the 2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event—THE must-attend event for all those interested in pursuing a career in dentistry—featuring over 50 U.S. dental school exhibitors.

NEW this year and exclusively for #GoDental18—observe a Mock Dental School Admissions Committee Meeting! Attendees will experience a “behind-the-scenes” sneak peek of how dental school admissions committees make decisions about applicants. Registration is FREE and now open at

Register Now


SHPEP Student Feature - Predent Marlinda Haudley

Marlinda Haudley became inspired to enter dental care through her strong desire to give back to her Native American community. The combination of participating in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and meeting a woman dentist from the same Navajo reservation as her solidified this predent’s path to dentistry.

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Deadline for Summer 2018 SHPEP Applications

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for successful application and matriculation at health professions schools. SHPEP was expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions—part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health. The deadline for summer 2018 applications is Feb. 15.

Apply Today


Fresh Tech for Savvy Students

The ADEA Dental School Explorer, a new online resource based on the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, has the information you need to make the application process a breeze. Use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to gain access to the profiles of all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools! Search by key word and filter by institution type, targeted entering-class size, DAT Total Science score (mean), Science GPA (mean) and location (state, territory or province).

A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is available for $25.

Purchase Today


Successful Applicants Start Preparations Early

Make an appointment to see your health professions advisor soon to prep for the application process opening in June 2018. Your advisor can provide a wealth of information to help you successfully complete the ADEA AADSAS® application. Look out for our upcoming webinar, Write a Stellar Personal Statement!

Get Prepared


Pathways to Success


The Annual ADEA State and Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Programs Chart is now available. See how your state can help with dental school loans, scholarship programs and more!

Get in the Know


Are you up to speed on the recent changes in financial aid and student loans? Paul Garrard, M.B.A., ADEA Consultant and Senior Advisor for Student Financial Services, breaks down the details of each recent transition and provides some clarity for proposed changes and the possible implications.

Learn More


Pursuing a career as a dental hygienist is an excellent opportunity to help others and make a positive impact on overall community health. Read on for a preview of the University of New Haven (UNH) dental hygiene program from current UNH dental hygiene students Cassandra E. Fahy and Caitlin A. Silva and UNH Associate Professor Sandra D’Amato-Palumbo.

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5.  Washington Insider, an e-publication from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, January 16, 2018 edition.  

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


January 16, 2018

What You Need to Know

As we move forward into the new year, AACOM continues to advocate on a multitude of policy fronts while Congress negotiates many legislative priorities critical to osteopathic medical education (OME). Legislators still need to deal with the fiscal year (FY) 2018 federal spending bills, which include many of our education and health training and workforce priorities. The continuation of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program must be addressed in a final package or the program will be extinct. In addition, Congress is running out of time to provide undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children a chance to stay, work, or study in the United States without fear of deportation.

This Thursday, the Senate will hold a second hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). AACOM will be reaching out to its ED to MED partners and advocates, calling on them to take action during this day. Both the House and Senate continue to mainly focus their discussions on undergraduate programs, and when graduate programs are on the table, the negotiations are geared more toward cutting or eliminating these programs. It is critical that Congress hear from osteopathic medical students and other health professions students across the country about the importance of graduate federal financial aid programs to our nation’s health care workforce and the patients they serve.

We will continue to strongly support these OME priorities and will be calling on our community in the following weeks to lend your voice to this important advocacy.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Continuing Resolution to Expire Friday

On December 22, the President signed into law another continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through January 19, 2018. The CR buys congressional leadership additional time to continue debating budgetary spending levels and parity between defense and non-defense spending, as well as negotiating solutions to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). DACA negotiations hit a snag last week after a bipartisan Senate plan was unveiled, which the White House rejected. With no deal made, the future of DACA negotiations is unclear.

Previously, another CR was signed into law on December 8 to avert a government shutdown. Of note, the CR provided short-term funding for certain programs to include the THCGME Program, the National Health Service Corps, the Veterans Choice Program, and CHIP, continuing these programs until mid-January.

AACOM Joins Letter in Support of AHRQ

AACOM recently joined 150 national organizations on letters to House and Senate Appropriations leadership requesting that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality be funded at or above $324 million for FY18.

President Signs Tax Reform Bill

On December 22, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, the Tax Reform and Jobs Act, after it passed the Senate two days prior along a party line vote. The final package preserves many of the provisions that support osteopathic medical students and medical schools, including the interest deduction on student loans, the tax-free tuition benefit for university employees and graduate students, and the private activity bonds that help assist schools to modernize and grow their infrastructure. However, it also creates a 1.4% excise tax on endowments at private colleges with assets valued at $500,000 or more per full time student. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new tax law also eliminates the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act and is projected to increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million over the next decade and increase the deficit by more than $1.4 trillion. Learn more.

HHS Nominee Testifies at Senate Finance Hearing

On January 9, the Senate Finance Committee held its confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a delay last month. This took place as the second leg of his confirmation process following his courtesy hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee in late November. The Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the HHS Secretary nominee confirmation, will review the nomination during an executive session on Wednesday to vote on Mr. Azar’s confirmation, following which it will be voted upon by the full Senate.






Advocacy Update


Make Sure Congress Gets the Message: Share Your #SavePSLF Postcard

ED to MED is uniting medical and other health professions students across the country to #SavePSLF, and we’re asking our community to tell Congress why the program matters for students and the patients they serve. As the U.S. faces a worsening health care workforce shortage, we must protect federal programs like PSLF that incentivize careers in public service. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill by sharing your #SavePSLF postcard today!

Top ED to MED Blog Posts of 2017

2017 was an important year for the ED to MED campaign. Congress began the process of reauthorizing the HEA, and, notably, there was a 50% increase in Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program enrollees. Looking back on the year, the most popular blog posts detailed the ways we can work together to #SavePSLF. Learn more about what you can do to protect this vital program while revisiting some of our top posts.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

AACOM Nominee Participates in Second Session of USDE Negotiated Rulemaking

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) convened the second session of a negotiated rulemaking committee focused on rewriting regulations governing borrower defense to repayment. AACOM nominee, Kimberly Brown, PhD, MEd, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Des Moines University, serves on the Committee as a representative of financial aid administrators, and participated in the negotiations as the Committee reviewed draft regulations put forward by the USDE. Negotiators debated issues including the standard of proof required to establish a borrower defense claim, the process for submitting and evaluating a claim, institutional financial responsibility, and disclosure requirements related to pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers.

On the first day of the meeting, James Manning, Acting Under Secretary, provided more information on the USDE’s recent announcement to update the discharge process for borrower defense claims. The announcement addresses some of the findings in a December report from the USDE’s Office of Inspector General.

The Committee will return for its final session February 12 -15 in hopes of reaching consensus on regulatory language. AACOM will continue to engage with the USDE and provide updates as this regulatory process moves forward.

Nationwide Injunction Issued on DACA; USCIS to Accept Renewal Applications

On January 9, U.S. District Court Judge, William Alsup, of the Northern District of California, ruled that the DACA Program must be maintained on a nationwide basis while the program is challenged in the courts. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5, 2017 that DACA would officially end on March 5, unless Congress passes legislation to establish a permanent solution for the program. The ruling instructs the Administration to “post a reasonable public notice that it will resume receiving DACA renewal applications.” However, the Administration is not required to accept new applications from individuals who had not previously applied. Although the Administration is likely to and has indicated that it will appeal the decision, the legal implications of the ruling are still unclear.

In the interim, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement that until further notice, “the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017.” Individuals who previously held DACA status may submit a renewal application. However, USCIS will not process new requests from individuals who have never before been granted DACA status. AACOM recently joined a letter with other health professions organizations to Congress urging them to put in place a permanent legislative fix for DACA recipients.

White House Issues Response to Opioid Commission Final Report

On December 29, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released the Administration’s response to the final recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which was published on November 1. Chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, this Commission was charged with identifying existing federal programs to combat addiction, assessing the availability of treatment services throughout the country, and reporting on best practices for addiction prevention to include provider education.

AACOM previously provided comments on the Commission’s Draft Interim Report highlighting efforts by the nation’s osteopathic medical schools and within the OME community to combat the opioid epidemic and the issue of substance abuse across the country.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

NIDA National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) January 22 – 28, focused on linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs. In addition to the annual Drug and Alcohol Chat Day, NDAFW events are locally planned and hosted by a variety of organizations, including schools, colleges/universities, community groups, and hospitals. A variety of drug or audience-specific toolkits are available to assist event organizers. Learn more.

Dr. Ben Carson to Address LUCOM Graduates: This May, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson will serve as the keynote speaker for the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)’s inaugural graduating class. LUCOM’s graduation will be held on Saturday, May 19. Learn more.






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On January 1, AACOM launched the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). With the addition of AOGME, AACOM now has the platform to connect leaders of both osteopathic undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education, and combine efforts and resources to support the continuity of OME from medical school to residency, and beyond. Learn more.


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Join the campaign today!

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
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Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
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