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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2018.07, Week of February 19


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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.   The schedule for the annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University on April 14-15, 2018 has been announced.    
2.  Washington Insider:  An e-publication from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, February 12, 2018 edition.  
3.  The University of Arkansas Medical School Office of Continuing Education announces the 23rd Annual UAMS Diabetes Update Symposium, April 6-7, 2018.  
4.  AAMC News, News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, February 14, 2018 edition.  


1. The schedule for the annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University on April 14-15, 2018 has been announced.    

The schedule has just been announced for the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 14-15, 2018! 

With more than 2,000 participants, the Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest and leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting.  Register by February 15 for a highly reduced registration rate.

Interested in presenting? Two types of presentations are currently being accepted.

Learn about the GHIC experience: Watch a short video about the conference here.

Conference ScheduleApply to PresentInnovation Prize

Unite For Sight • 234 Church Street, 15th Floor, New Haven, CT 06510 • 203-404-4900


2.  Washington Insider:  An e-publication from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, February 12, 2018 edition.  

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


February 12, 2018

What You Need to Know

On Friday, Congress passed an extensive budget deal that provides funding for essential non-defense discretionary programs over the next two years, which is the largest domestic spending increase since the 2009 stimulus package. The measure funds the federal government through March 23, when legislators are expected to finalize an omnibus spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018. It includes the reauthorization of and funding for both the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for the next two years.

AACOM applauds policymakers for prioritizing these crucial programs that are vital to addressing primary care physician workforce shortages that deliver health care services across our nation to underserved communities most in need. However, there is more work to be done. Congress failed to include a solution for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. Health professions students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and the institutions that train them need an immediate remedy as the students enter the next stage of their education and career.

In the Senate, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is moving full steam ahead debating the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Congress has already put forth proposals to limit student borrowing during graduate school as well as eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Osteopathic medical students and other health professions students must use your voices to Save PSLF and Grad PLUS and share your stories about why you chose to become a part of the health care workforce and how these programs are critical to serving the nation’s patients. Continue to join with AACOM in your advocacy and remain diligent and persistent in your outreach to policymakers and demand they hear from you, their constituents.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

Bipartisan Budget Deal Signed into Law; THCGME, NHSC Funding Included

On February 9, President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, a massive budget deal and continuing resolution that funds the federal government through March 23, while suspending the debt ceiling through March 1, 2019, providing $131 billion for non-defense discretionary spending over a two-year period, and funding a number of critical public health programs, to include the THCGME Program and the NHSC. This followed on the heels of a very brief shutdown early that same morning. AACOM has worked vigorously to advocate for the continuation of these important programs and commends Congress for legislators' bipartisan efforts to include these programs in the budget deal.

Although FY18 began on October 1 of last year, Congress had previously been unable to broker a final spending deal, instead temporarily funding the government through the passage of five subsequent short-term stopgap measures due to partisan disagreements over budget caps, immigration, and other issues. The current deal does not address the fate of the “Dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. Congress is running out of time and has only until early March to find a solution. AACOM is reviewing the budget deal legislation and will provide additional analysis on the impact of the measure to its membership.

AACOM Joins Letter to Congress in Support of Expiring Health Care Programs

On January 29, AACOM joined other national organizations in a letter to House and Senate leadership to reauthorize and fund key expired health care programs, including the THCGME Program, NHSC, and Community Health Centers, among others. These programs are crucial to ensure that primary care physicians are trained to adequately serve our nation’s most vulnerable populations’ health care needs.

Senate HELP HEA Reauthorization Hearings Continue; AACOM Reiterates Policy Priorities

The Senate HELP Committee has continued its hearings on the reauthorization of the HEA. Convened by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Committee held its fourth hearing on January 30, focusing on accountability and risk to taxpayers in the higher education sphere. On February 6, the Committee held its fifth hearing focusing on improving college affordability. AACOM will continue to strongly advocate for key priorities for osteopathic medical students and schools as this process continues to move forward.






Advocacy Update


Urge Your Senators to Save PSLF and Grad PLUS

As noted above, the Senate HELP Committee has been holding regular hearings on the HEA reauthorization; they expect to release their bill this spring. ED to MED continues to call on its grassroots advocates to strongly urge their Senators to support both the PSLF and Grad PLUS Loan Programs as the debate continues.

ED to MED Celebrates Holidays with Advocacy

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but you can still have a say in whether your financial future will be bright or bleak. Join the ED to MED campaign, and urge Congress to Save PSLF and Grad PLUS. To learn more about Grad PLUS and how we’re fighting to save it, read our latest ED to MED blog post, right in time for Valentine’s Day.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

Negotiators Consider USDE Proposals for GE Reform

Last week, the negotiated rulemaking committee on Gainful Employment (GE) reconvened to debate draft regulations put forward by the U. S. Department of Education that would expand the scope of the existing GE rule to instead apply to all educational programs eligible for Title IV federal financial aid. Under the proposal, low performing programs that do not meet certain debt-to-earnings rates would not be at risk of losing federal aid, a significant point of contention among the Committee members. Learn more.

CMS Updates Policy Regarding Student Use of EMRs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its policy on Evaluation and Management to allow students to document services in the electronic medical record. Rather than re-documenting the work, the teaching physician is permitted to verify the student’s documentation or findings, which may include history, physical exam, and/or medical decision-making. The policy will be implemented on March 5. Learn more.

Alex Azar Sworn in as HHS Secretary

On January 29, Alex Azar was sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency’s first permanent Secretary since Tom Price’s resignation last September. Most recently, Mr. Azar was the head of Eli Lilly USA, and he previously served as HHS General Counsel and as Deputy Health Secretary under the George W. Bush Administration. During the swearing-in ceremony, President Trump emphasized his Administration’s health care priorities, including health insurance affordability, ending the opioid addiction epidemic, and lowering prescription drug prices. Learn more.

VA, HHS Partner to Strengthen Prevention of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and CMS recently announced a partnership to share data, analytics tools, and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse to ensure veterans receive high-quality, accessible health care. The VA plans to capitalize on the ongoing advancements in analytics CMS has made through the Center for Program Integrity established in 2010 using advanced technology, statistics, and data analytics. Learn more.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

HRSA Webinar on Successful Models of Interprofessional Training Programs: Save the date for February 26, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST, for the newest webinar in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workforce Grand Rounds webinar series, which will highlight best practices to combat health disparities through the integration of primary care and oral health training. Learn more.

CMS Updates Open Payments Data: CMS has updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication on June 30, 2017. The changes included record updates, disputed records, and record deletions. Additionally, CMS has enhanced the data website and conducted a site redesign to improve user experience and accessibility. Learn more.






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3.  The University of Arkansas Medical School Office of Continuing Education announces the 23rd Annual UAMS Diabetes Update Symposium, April 6-7, 2018.  

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23rd Annual UAMS

 Diabetes Update Symposium

April 6-7, 2018

Audiologist to Speak on the Effects of Diabetes on Hearing and Balance


Research in the past few years has shown a link between hearing loss and diabetes.


Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD, will be a guest speaker on Friday, April 6th at the Diabetes Update where she will discuss hearing and balance disorders associated with diabetes.  


Dr. Dowd received her undergraduate degree in French Education from Spalding University, Masters in Audiology from University of Louisville and Clinical Doctorate from Salus University. In April 2016, her advocacy efforts moved the Centers for Disease Control to consider a recommendation for hearing testing to the patient guide: Take Charge of Your Diabetes. 


The 23rd Annual Diabetes Update Symposium is designed to improve the ability of healthcare teams, including physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals around the state of Arkansas to provide evidence-based strategies for the prevention and management of diabetes and obesity in pediatric and adult patient populations.  


Other topics include:

  • Culinary Medicine and the Treatment of Obesity
  • Management of Prediabetes
  • GLP1 and New Therapies
  • Interprofessional Panel Discussion on Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
  • Rapid Fire Didactics on Lifestyle and Standards of Care
  • Simulation Sessions
    • Foot Care
    • Role of Insulin Pumps
    • Continuous Glucose Monitoring



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4.  AAMC News, News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, February 14, 2018 edition.  

Also inside, new publication on alleviating digital burnout.


News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals


February 14, 2018

Depiction of Despair

Addressing the Escalating Psychiatrist Shortage

More people are seeking mental health treatment, but there aren't enough psychiatrists to meet the demand. Learn what the academic medicine community is doing to help deliver care now and train more psychiatrists for the future.

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A Successful Effort in Reaching Rural Communities

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, winner of the 2017 AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service, shows how community partnerships and retaining physicians with training in rural settings are critical to serving these areas.

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Check out additional AAMCNews features: Data explore black and African American physicians in the workforce; primary care programs bring comprehensive care to homebound patients; stricter immigration controls, rescinding DACA could threaten health care.

More from AAMCNews

AAMC Statement on President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal

Earlier this week, the AAMC issued a statement in response to President Trump's FY 2019 budget request. "The administration's proposed cuts would be devastating to patients, current and future providers, the health care safety net, and, ultimately, our nation's health security," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.
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AAMC Responds to Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Following the House and Senate passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 last week, the AAMC issued a statement noting appreciation for lawmakers who have "come together in a bipartisan fashion to approve a budget deal that will allow for robust investment in agencies and programs vital to our nation's health security and will help safety net hospitals continue to serve vulnerable patients."
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New Publication on Alleviating Burnout in the Digital Environment

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has published a new discussion paper titled "Care-Centered Clinical Documentation in the Digital Environment: Solutions to Alleviate Burnout." The paper, coauthored by AAMC colleagues, examines how the administrative burden of clinical documentation has been linked to burnout among clinicians.
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Report Addresses Clinician Well-Being in Academic Health Centers

The Blue Ridge Academic Health Group (BRAHG) has released a new report, The Hidden Epidemic: The Moral Imperative for Academic Health Centers to Address Health Professionals' Well-Being. The report examines and recommends responses to the growing epidemic of clinician burnout, which can affect all health professionals. BRAHG membership comprises leaders in academic medicine, including representatives from many AAMC member institutions and Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.
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On the Move

Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, has accepted the role of dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine in addition to her role as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was named CEO of the medical center May 2017 and has been serving as interim dean of the School of Medicine since July.
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John Warner, MD, has been appointed executive vice president for health system affairs at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He previously served as CEO of UT Southwestern's University Hospitals.
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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
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Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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