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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2018.12, Week of March 26


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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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The School for Field Studies (SFS) offers a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia (southern Chile) Program during the fall and spring semesters.


For more information, please go to Marginalia. 


Table of Contents:

1.   Altius Test Prep offers full-length practice exams and affordable MCAT prep tools.    
2.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education, March 22, 2018 edition.  
3.  From Sigma Xi News:  Test of male birth control pill shows few side effects.  
4.  For those of you interested in applying to dental school, you can start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May.  

5.  Marginalia:  The School for Field Studies (SFS) offers a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia (southern Chile) Program during the fall and spring semesters.  


1. Altius Test Prep offers full-length practice exams and affordable MCAT prep tools.    

Dear Pre-Professional Advisor:

You want to help students earn higher MCAT scores this year...Altius can help.
We are offering Altius full-length practice exams, already one of the most affordable MCAT prep tools, at an even greater value during the month of March. Students across the country consistently report that using Altius exams gave them an advantage...

"Many of the questions I saw on test day seemed like they came directly from the Altius practice materials."
Oleg Sostin, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine


"The practice tests that Altius provided were very representative of the real MCAT.  The MCAT I saw on test day looked very familiar.”
Kyle Gashler, UT-Southwestern Medical Center

It is relatively inexpensive for students to add the Altius Full-Length MCAT Practice Exams to their arsenal of study resources. During the month of March, your students can take an additional 20% off. Students can even try their first Altius exam for FREE:
Please forward the email below to your students. Altius exams come with one full year of access and include unlimited attempts. The coupon codes below are valid any time before 11:59 PM on March 31, 2018.
Thank you for making your students aware of this opportunity.

Warm Regards,
Lauren Curtis
Founder & CEO
Altius Test Prep
Office: (435) 671-5783 ext. 702

Dear Pre-meds:
While I do not endorse one MCAT preparation method or resource over another, Altius is offering sizeable discounts this month for students interested in full-length MCAT practice exams. Details are included below:
Message from Altius Test Prep...
MCAT in 2018? Self-study? Enrolled in a prep course?
Whether you are studying on your own, or have invested in a formal prep course, you can still boost your MCAT score significantly by practicing with full-length exams that more accurately mirror what you will see on test day. 

  • More accurate figures. Status quo MCAT materials use figures that are too simple. Figures on the real MCAT can include up to a dozen or more experiments reported on a single graph or axis. Altius exams give you ample practice deciphering the most advanced figure types.
  • More accurate passage content. Unlike the real MCAT, most prep company practice passages are too conversational and easy-to-read. Students are then blind-sided on test day because real MCAT passages include dense scientific language and many acronyms. Altius exams allow you to regularly practice reading journal-based passages that are appropriately difficult.
  • More accurate question types.  In many cases, most of the questions on a status quo practice exam would never be on the real MCAT. Other resources over-use memorization and fact-based question types; they even ask you questions that have never been used by the AAMC. 100% of the Altius practice questions are mapped to a previous question type asked on a real MCAT.
  • Proven track record of matching the real MCAT.  Tens of thousands of students have used Altius materials and then taken the real MCAT. These students consistently report that the real MCAT looked exactly like their Altius practice exams. Students and advisors around the country are reporting excellent test-day outcomes after using these exams...

“There is NOT a difference between the Altius practice tests and the real exam. Every time you take an Altius practice exam you can pretend you’re actually taking the MCAT.  My real MCAT really did feel like the same thing.” 
Online Review from Sterling Rosqvist, Altius Exam User

"Five stars! Representative of the real MCAT, and definitely worth the money."
Facebook Review from Kate Price, Altius Exam User
"Those who use the word "battle" to describe a student's efforts to conquer the MCAT can credibly and accurately 
take the metaphor one step further by calling Altius tests "training with live ammo." It is clear that great efforts have been made to make these materials like the real thing, down to the smallest details."
Feedback from James Montren, Director of Pre-professional Advising at SUNY-Stony Brook



20% OFF Full-Length MCAT Practice Exams

  • Ten (10) Full-Length Exams: USE Code 10MARCH20
  • Five (5) Full-Length Exams: USE Code 5MARCH20

To claim this offer, enter either code on page 2 of checkout at before 11:59 PM on March 31, 2018.
Want to increase your MCAT score even higher? 

  • OPTION A: Review each full-length exam 1-on-1 with an MCAT Mentor who scored in the 95th-100th percentile! The Altius 10-10 Tests+Tutoring Package is ideal for self-study students who want to boost their score. The 10-10 package includes both the 10-pack of Altius Full-Length Exams ($300 value) and 10 1-on-1 Exam Review Sessions ($2,750 value), all for only $1,200. Save another $200 during the month of March, reducing your cost to only $1,000 (payment plans available). That's over $3,000 of MCAT prep for only $1,000 (66% OFF). Most students increase their score by 4-6 points after their first 1-on-1 Exam Review.
  • OPTION B: Attend the Altius Summer Full-Immersion MCAT Program. Save over $6,000 compared to other summer intensive courses. Plus, you may qualify for an additional $5,000 scholarship! Our 10-Week Platinum Summer Full-Immersion Program includes 42 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, 220+ hours of face-to-face instruction, and an Altius Admissions Assistance Program for $9,999. The 6-week Kaplan summer course ($9,499) with 42 sessions (additional $5,999), and a basic admissions package (additional $749) would cost a total of $16,227. If you qualify for the scholarship below, you'll only be responsible for ONE HALF the tuition ($4,999).
    • Tutor-in-Training Scholarships: Students willing to become an Altius 1-on-1 MCAT Mentor for premeds the following year qualify for a $5,000-6,000 scholarship. This gives you the BEST possible Summer MCAT program, a guaranteed job next year, AND what amounts to a $5,000 or $6,000 signing bonus to reduce your tuition bill up front. Call us for full details.
    • See what students who took last year's Summer Full-Immersion Program have to say:

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2.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education, March 22, 2018 edition.  



Students celebrating
 Match Day

 Congratulations on Match Day 2018!
Follow @aacom_do to learn more about student life.

Medical Education


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2018 NRMP Results Show Record Highs for DO Students

The 2018 National Resident Matching Program results are in and point to an increase in student matches.




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New Video on Core EPA's for Residency Released

What are the basics of Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)? We break it down in this video.


Annual Conference



Educating Leaders 2018 Advance Registration Closes on March 27

Register by March 27 to save on registration fees in advance of the conference. Don't delay!


Awards & Leadership



COSGP Announces the Outstanding Advancement in Osteopathic Medical Education Award

Congratulations to the Wellness Initiative at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine for changing student lives.


Single Accreditation


SAS in Brief

March 2018 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Find the latest updates and resources on the single GME accreditation system.


News Briefs


AACOM Scholarship

Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Application Cycle Ends March 31

Apply now or forward this information to eligible students who might be interested in the Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship.




COM News

Campus Roundup

Osteopathic medical students partake in suicide prevention training, advocate for osteopathic medicine during a lobby day, host Special Olympics-Pennsylvania, and more.







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3.  From Sigma Xi News:  Test of male birth control pill shows few side effects.  

Test of male birth control pill shows few side effects

Reproductive hormone levels in men given a contraceptive pill were lowered enough to block sperm production without major side effects, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. Dimethandrolone undecanoate, or DMAU, was tested on 83 men and will next move on to a clinical study that will examine sperm counts in study participants.

Science News (3/21) 


4.  For those of you interested in applying to dental school, you can start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May.  

Gain Early Access: Start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May!


Ready? Set? Let’s Get Started! The 2019 ADEA AADSAS® (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) “soft opens” on May 15, 2018, allowing applicants to start the 2018-2019 application three weeks prior to the official opening. 


  • For advisors, encourage prospective students to take advantage of extra preparatory time. Prepare in mid-May, then submit as early as June 5, 2018.
  • For applicants, this added preparatory time ends the pressure to submit same-day, resulting in applications at-the-ready for submission on June 5, 2018.
  • The submission period runs from June 5, 2018 to February 1, 2019.

Top Benefits for Applicants


  • Gain Early Access. With an early start in mid-May, applicants may submit in early June once the cycle opens.
  • Plan Ahead. Applicants now have extra time to learn what the application requires and what is needed for its completion before having to submit it.
  • Submit Early. Now applicants may time a submission to submit in the month of June for an early submission.
  • Manage Application Costs. Applicants who request an ADEA Fee Assistance may obtain a decision in June.

The 2019 ADEA AADSAS Application Schedule

Starting May 15, 2018 *:


  • Applicants and reapplicants may begin to prepare the 2019 ADEA AADSAS application in mid-May. Added time for preparation allows applicants to submit early—June 5, 2018 is the first date to submit an ADEA AADSAS application.
  • Applicants can print the Transcript Matching Form and send it to their registrar’s office.
  • Applicants can request recommendation letters.
  • ADEA AADSAS will accept Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores from the American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Applicants requesting funding from the ADEA Fee Assistance Program (FAP) can mail the required documents to ADEA AADSAS.

* Of Note: Advisors may also create a 2019 ADEA AADSAS “test” application starting May 15.

 Starting June 5, 2018:

  • Applicants and reapplicants, make the choice to submit early—June 5, 2018 is the first date to submit an ADEA AADSAS application.
  • If all official transcripts are received, ADEA AADSAS will start the application verification process.
  • Applicants who submitted all required documents for ADEA Fee Assistance will begin receiving decision statuses.

Questions? Review the ADEA AADSAS instructions on ADEA GoDental or contact the ADEA AADSAS Customer Service Team at, or 617.612.2045.

Thank you,


Chonte James, Director of the Predoctoral Application Service
American Dental Education Association
The Voice of Dental Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20001



5.  Marginalia:  The School for Field Studies (SFS) offers a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia (southern Chile) Program during the fall and spring semesters.


SFS is excited to announce the launch of a new program in Patagonia for Fall 2019!

The SFS Center for Climate Studies will be based in the iconic Patagonia region of southern Chile and will offer a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia program during the fall and spring semesters. SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world's most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, explore the rich biodiversity of the Straight of Magellan and fjords, glimpse the gaucho and baqueano way of life, as well as visit neighboring Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and environmental challenges to examine in this one of a kind region.

This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours.

  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

SFS will begin accepting applications for this program this coming fall. More information about this new program will be added to the SFS website this summer. Stay tuned!


The School For Field Studies 


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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