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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2019.05, Week of February 4

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
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STAND BACK, SCIENCE HAPPENING HERE!

 

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

1.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Husson University (Bangor, Maine) offers a variety of Masters and Doctorate level programs.  
3.  The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Abroad German Neuroscience course will be offered this summer. 
4.  Project Horseshoe Farm offers a 13-month gap-year fellowship program for recent college graduates and undergraduate internship opportunities of varying duration.
 
5.  The Future Pharmacist, an e-publication of the Union University College of Pharmacy (Jackson, TN), January 2019 edition.  
6.  University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, January 2019 edition.  
7.  Please be advised that registration for July-September 2019 MCAT dates will open on February 6, 2019.
 
8.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, January 30, 2019 edition.  
9.  Palmer College of Chiropractic is sponsoring Open Houses at its Davenport, Iowa and Port Orange, Florida campuses.   
10.  From cancercure.com:  Keeping the Faith:  People with cancer who subscribe to a strong spiritual belief system report a better ability to cope.  

11.  Marginalia:  STAND BACK, SCIENCE IS HAPPENING HERE!  

 

1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Thursday, February 14:  Kelly Cline, Admissions Recruiter for Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN, will be talking about opportunities in osteopathic medicine and about the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in particular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Husson University (Bangor, Maine) offers a variety of Masters and Doctorate level programs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Abroad German Neuroscience course will be offered this summer. 

This is just a reminder that the FUN Abroad German Neuroscience course is back for the summer of 2019 and the application deadline is February 20th.  The program dates are May 22nd to June 14th, 2019.  Please share with your neuroscience students as they return to campus for the spring semester.  Students from any College or University in North America are welcome to take the course.  Specific course information can be found at the course website - http://blogs.cofc.edu/germanneuro/

 We are particularly excited to report that two former students earned Fulbright fellowships in 2017 and 2018 to return to Germany for a year of research after taking the course. 

Neuroscience Seminar in Germany is a summer study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in Neuroscience.  It is a collaboration between the College of Charleston, the Faculty for Undergraduate NeuroscienceLudwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich and Charité

 Medical University

 in Berlin. Since 2012, the course has brought together neuroscience students from across North America to engage with cutting edge neuroscience research while immersing themselves in the deep history of the discipline found in Germany.  The course can also be stepping off point for future neuroscience research experiences abroad. Former students have returned to Germany to do summer research through the RISE program, several students have earned Fulbrights and spent a year in Germany, and several have also applied to German neuroscience graduate programs.

 Thank you for the assistance in recruiting students for this course. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

 Sincerely,


Chris

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Christopher Korey, Ph.D., Professor | Biology Department
College of Charleston
Office: Room 207 | Rita Hollings
Mailing Address: 66 George Street | Charleston SC 29424
Phone: 843-953-7178  
Google Scholar Page

 

4.  Project Horseshoe Farm offers a 13-month gap-year fellowship program for recent college graduates and undergraduate internship opportunities of varying duration. 

My name is Amy Xu, and I am writing on behalf of Project Horseshoe Farm, a community-based nonprofit in Greensboro, Alabama. One of my colleagues reached out earlier in the recruitment season because we believe that students at UT-Austin would be interested in, and benefit greatly from, the hands-on experience in nonprofit management, education, and community-based health care that our organization provides. It is only through the support of educators such as yourself that we are able to thrive.

Project Horseshoe Farm offers a 13-month gap-year fellowship program for recent college graduates and undergraduate internship opportunities of varying duration. Alumni have expressed how transformative their Fellowship experience was and have gone on to top medical schools, graduate programs, and nonprofit organizations across the US. Our organization is a growing part of the community, with ever-expanding Enhanced Independent Living Housing Programs, Community Center Programs, and K-12 Youth Programs run by the Fellows year-round.

https://www.projecthsf.org/

 

5.  The Future Pharmacist, an e-publication of the Union University College of Pharmacy (Jackson, TN), January 2019 edition.  

 

 

Alumni Spotlight

 

 

Emily Taylor ('16) has made the transition from retail to the Director of Pharmacy at Cane Creek in Martin, TN. Cane Creek is a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility. The facility brought pharmacy services in house as of December 2018. She is responsible for admission and discharge medication reconciliation. She works closely with physicians and other members of the interdisciplinary team, ensuring optimal patient care before patients return home. She also plans to work on implementing a renal dosing protocol, as well as other protocols as needed. She is also responsible for Coumadin and Vancomycin monitoring and dosing for the facility. In her words, "I am excited about this new opportunity and can already see how well Union prepared me for this opportunity."

 

 

Alumni News

 

 

Credentials


Position Update

Expecting

Births

 

 

Faculty News

 

 

Dr. Taylor Mathis has been appointed to APhA's New Practitioner Network (NPN) Education Standing Committee. She has the opportunity to serve one year in this position, effective March 2019. The committee's goal is to facilitate the development of New Practitioner members into exceptional pharmacy professionals by continually developing and adapting APhA NPN educational opportunities.

 

6.  University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, January 2019 edition.  

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Vol II, #1
January 2019
 

CU In The Wild 
University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Wilderness Medicine Newsletter 

 

University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Section News
    
Congratulations to Cory Kim and Patrick Truong for coming up with the new name of the Section newsletter, CU in the Wild.  We hope you continue to enjoy the newsletter and that you enjoy your new Colorado Wilderness Medicine daypack. 
 
Our Climate and Health Science Fellow,
Dr. Cecilia Sorensen, was featured on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters” on how climate change disproportionately impacts women’s health. To hear the story go to https://www.cpr.org/node/218387.   
 
A recent article in the Journal of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine demonstrated that both acetaminophen and ibuprofen taken prophylactically reduce the incidence of AMS. The research was conducted by, among others, U of Colorado SOM colleagues or collaborators
Dr. Linda Keyes, Dr. Jennifer Starling, and Dr. Catherine O’Leary (past med student participant).  The article, Prophylactic Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen Result in Equivalent Acute Mountain Sickness Incidence at High Altitude: A Prospective Randomized Trial, can be found in Volume 28, pages 72-28 (2017). 

 

 

Wilderness Medicine Links
           
Footprints in the Snow – For a fascinating survival/wilderness medicine story check out this recent saga from Mt. Washington at https://www.unionleader.com/nh/outdoors/footprints-in-the-snow-lead-to-an-emotional-rescue/article_482a2e0f-e725-5df6-9e7c-5958bdb272e5.html.
 
Avalanche Airbags Can Saves Lives – While no piece of safety equipment replaces good judgment, recent studies have shown that avalanche airbags can reduce mortality from avalanches.  For a good overview of avalanche airbags see https://wms.org/magazine/1230/Avalanche-Airbags

 

 

 

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Highlighted Classes

Spring Break Channel Islands Pre-Med – Earn Wilderness First Responder certification and learn about emergency medicine in this mini-med school experience, March 23-30.  Lectures, labs (suturing, orthopedics, etc.), and simulations are balanced with adventures including rappelling, hikes, a gorgeous boat ride, and tide pooling. Taught by med school faculty; get a back-door pass to med school admissions and health care professions.  Early bird discount of $100 for registrations before Feb. 28.  For more info or to register go to https://www.coloradowm.org/courses/pre-med/channel-islands/.

WMS Utah Canyon Country CME – Earn 20 CMEs while experiencing the best of Canyon Country: Spring wildflowers, desert towers, Anasazi ruins, slot canyons, and gorgeous red rock sunsets.  April 23-May 1.  For more info or to register go to https://wms.org/conferences/canyonlands/.

 

 

Podcasts

Our colleague, Dr. Terry O’Conner, has a podcast featuring interviews with leading physicians doing wilderness medicine and/or work abroad. Check out interviews with global/wilderness medicine leaders such as Peter Hackett, Paul Charlton, or Steve Boyer via soundcloud at 
https://soundcloud.com/user-416669535.

 

 

Pre-Med News

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program 
provides financial assistance to individuals who, without this aid, would find it very difficult — if not impossible — to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), apply to medical schools through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and fulfill other obligations on the path to a career in medicine. The AAMC encourages all eligible aspiring physicians to apply for fee assistance. Visit their website for the full list of Fee Assistance Program benefitsFor questions
contact 
fap@aamc.org or 202-828-0600.   

Pre-Med Podcasts - For fascinating pre-med/pre-health podcasts, catch Dr. Ryan Gray’s interviews and information at mededmedia.com.

 

 

Case Study

Burn Out
 

It’s late January and it’s been a long couple of weeks at work; you’re feeling a bit crispy after lots of holiday family visits and way too much overtime.  You decide to head out for a weekend ski tour to a “secret” old mining cabin up above Breckenridge that you’ve been wanting to check out for years.  You and your three mid-twenties Denver buddies arrive to the one room primitive cabin after a long and tiring climb, ecstatic to find the cabin at the end of a long and very cold day.  After a quick snort from the flask passed around, and putting your sleeping bags in the rustic bunks, Pete breaks out his backpacking stove and tries to start it.  Nothing – he curses an empty gas cartridge and throws another one on the stove and lights it.  A few moments later there is a blinding flash and a big “WHUMP” as a flash fire engulfs the room.  You and your buddies grab your sleeping bags and beat out the flames around the stove.  You see Pete on the floor looking dazed, but amazingly he seems okay, at least at first glance.

Scene and Primary Assessment: The fire is out and there is surprisingly little smoke.  Everyone is accounted for.  Other than a bit of wheezing by Pete, he has good ABCs and no apparent other primary issues.

Physical: On exam Pete complains of a very sore left ankle.  Apparently, he badly twisted it when he stumbled from the flames.  He has a blister on the back of his right hand about the size of a silver dollar that is super painful.  He voice is bit raspy and he says his throat is kind of sore so you look more closely at his face.  You laugh as you see that his long bangs are singed, as is his part of his scraggly beard.  He is shivering a bit in the cold cabin, otherwise nothing else of note.

SAMPLE: Symptoms as described; Pete is allergic to cats and dogs and pollen.  He is on some kind of anti-allergen medicine, but doesn’t know what it is (he took his daily dose today).  No relevant history.  He had lunch 5 hours earlier and probably got a liter of water down over the day—it was too cold to drink much.  In terms of E, Pete was starting to put a pan of water on the stove when there was the big “whump.”  You figure that maybe the “empty” stove canister wasn’t really empty and that it leaked and the gas ignited from the stove flame.

Vitals: Round 1 – HR 88, RR 24 and “wheezy,” AOx4.  Round 2, 10 minutes later – HR 92, RR 28 and “wheezy,” AOx4, but a bit anxious.

Setting: About 11,500 feet, it’s now 6 pm.  Calm and clear skies, but cold—about 5 degrees F. below.  You are 3.5 miles from, and maybe 1500 feet, above the trailhead.  It is a moderate ski down through trees on a broken trail.  While you are a beginner backcountry skier, the other three of you are competent and experienced skiers.  You have a cell phone but there is no cell service, at least at the cabin; there was at the trailhead. 

What do you do?  What is your assessment, anticipated problems, and plan?

 

 

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all
~Helen Keller

 

 

Check back on our Facebook or Instagram account for case study responses soon! (Answers will be posted on February 12th)

If you are looking for the answers from our last newsletter please visit our website: https://www.coloradowm.org/blog/case-study-december-newsletter/

 

7.  Please be advised that registration for July-September 2019 MCAT dates will open on February 6, 2019.  

Please be advised that registration for July-September 2019 MCAT dates will open on February 6, 2019. To assist students in securing a test center and location faster once scheduling becomes available, we encourage them to log into the MCAT Registration System and fill out biographical, background, and consent information in advance.

It is important to note that the MCAT Registration System will be unavailable after 11:59 pm ET on Monday, February 4, as we make final preparations. The system will not come back online until the full calendar is made available on February 6.

Please have your students follow us on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for updates and announcements. For more information about registration, please visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/mcatregister.

If you have any questions, please email us at advisors@aamc.org.

Warm Regards,

Alejandro Benavides

Director, MCAT Administration and Reporting
Association of American Medical Colleges

 

8.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, January 30, 2019 edition.  

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9.  Palmer College of Chiropractic is sponsoring Open Houses at its Davenport, Iowa and Port Orange, Florida campuses.   

 

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10.  From cancercure.com:  Keeping the Faith:  People with cancer who subscribe to a strong spiritual belief system report a better ability to cope.  

https://www.curetoday.com/publications/cure/2018/bonus-2018/keeping-the-faith-spirituality-may-help-patients-cope

 

11.  Marginalia:  STAND BACK, SCIENCE IS HAPPENING HERE!  

On January 16, 2019, the students in Dr. Eisen’s Invertebrate Zoology class went to Shelby Farms to collect invertebrates and to measure water chemistry. 

You can caption this photo as “STAND BACK, SCIENCE HAPPENING HERE!”  (Jasmine McKinney and Adriana Mendoza measuring oxygen concentration in water of Beaver Lake, using the Winkler method.)

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/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html