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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2019.07, Week of February 18


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

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Memphis, TN  38104

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Table of Contents:

1.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Inside OME (Osteopathic Medical Education), February 7, 2019 edition.  
3.  Palmer College of Chiropractic invites you to attend one of its Open Houses at either its Davenport, Iowa or Port Orange, Florida campuses. 
4.  Washington Insider, an e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, February 11, 2019 edition.  
5.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) announces the “soft launch” of the ADEA AADSAS (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service.  You may submit your application starting on June 4. 
6.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL). 
7.  Loyola University – Maryland (Baltimore) invites you to apply to their Baltimore Health Immersion Program, a 5-week This five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health builds your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional. 
8.  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg) announces its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  
9.  For interested alumni, a job opening for a Pre-Health Advisor at UT- Chattanooga.    
10.  Regis University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program (Denver, CO) offers Team-Based Learning.  
11.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is undergoing a name change which more simply and accurately describes the College's presence in the state of Georgia and better speaks to the breadth and depth of the region the College serves. 
12.  Altius offers an ultra-low-cost MCAT course for $699.  

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1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Tuesday, February 19, 2019:  Career & Internship Expo

Career & Internship Expo

02/19/2019, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

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Students and alumni, join us for this annual event.  Speak with more than 70 employers who are hiring students for internships, full-time jobs, and more across a wide variety of majors and functional areas.  Mark your calendar!



2.  Inside OME (Osteopathic Medical Education), February 7, 2019 edition.  

February 7, 2019

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AACOM Announces New “Choose DO” Recruitment Brand

As the Association's first medical student recruitment sub-brand, this new initiative reflects AACOM’s commitment to promoting osteopathic medical education as a preferred pathway for future physicians.



AACOM Hosts its Second Online Recruitment Fair

Learn more about AACOM’s online recruiting event, including insights garnered from attendee survey responses.




AACOM’s Diversity Council Holds National Meeting

Read about the successes, challenges, and perspectives of osteopathic medical education diversity champions as they work to advance diversity on COM campuses.


Programs & Initiatives



AACOM Launches 2019 Financial Aid Debt Management Modules

Inside, you will find information to help osteopathic medical students borrow strategically and ensure they are financially prepared.


Educating Leaders


Educating Leaders 2019 Program Planner Now Available

View sessions and content by time and date, keyword, presentation type, and category.


Single Accreditation


Single GME Accreditation System January 2019 Update

Read about recent updates and resources on the single GME accreditation system.


News Briefs


AACOM Webinars

Register Now: Webinar on AACOM's Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress and the Federal Budget

Attend AACOM’s webinar on the Association’s federal advocacy priorities on behalf of the osteopathic medical education community during the 116th Congress.





NAM Action Collaborative to Host Webinar on Opioid Epidemic

The online event will provide an overview of the Action Collaborative’s mission, followed by reports from the leaders of its four working groups.




COM News

COSGP Research Symposium Winners, a New Student-Run Health Clinic, Ambrose Scholars, and More in Campus Roundup

You'll also read about Native American medical student scholarships at OSU-CHS, PCOM's 120th birthday celebration, and a lecture on LGBTQI+ health disparities at UNE COM.



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3.  Palmer College of Chiropractic invites you to attend one of its Open Houses at either its Davenport, Iowa or Port Orange, Florida campuses. 


4.  Washington Insider, an e-newsletter from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, February 11, 2019 edition.  

Washington Insider



Washington Insider


February 11, 2019

What You Need to Know

On February 4, osteopathic medical students participating in the American Osteopathic Association’s Match program learned where they’ll be completing their graduate medical education (GME), or medical residency training. This has been an area of focus for Congress, which recently introduced three new GME bills, sending a strong message about the importance of investing in our nation’s future physician workforce.

On February 1, AACOM announced its strong support for S. 304, the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019, a bipartisan Senate bill that expands the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, which will expire at the end of the fiscal year (FY). AACOM played an active role in ensuring that the bill included provisions critical to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community. AACOM also joined with six other national health organizations as part of the Teaching Health Center (THC) coalition in support of the bill. AACOM urges the Senate to quickly enact this vital legislation that would sustain and grow community-based primary care GME.

AACOM also commends our champions in Congress for reintroducing two additional GME bills—the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 and the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019—that AACOM championed in previous legislative sessions and strongly supported the reintroduction of in this Congress. AACOM is encouraged to see that Congress is prioritizing GME and will continue its work on Capitol Hill to advance these important bills.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations


Legislative Update

On The Hill

AACOM Endorses Bipartisan THCGME Bill

On January 31, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jon Tester (D-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), John Boozman (R-AR), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019 (S. 304), a bipartisan bill aiming to increase the primary care physician workforce in medically underserved areas by reauthorizing the THCGME Program for five years and providing enhanced funding and a pathway for growth in the number of residents trained. Established in 2010 and reauthorized in 2015 and 2018, this program has been highly effective in transitioning residents into medically underserved areas, with more than 80 percent remaining in primary care practice and over half remaining in high-need communities. The program will expire on September 30, 2019. AACOM has strongly endorsed the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019, and joined with six organizations as part of the THC coalition in support of the bill.

Last month, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Community and Public Health Programs Extension Act (S. 192). The bill would extend five years of federal funding for the THCGME Program, community health centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and two other federal health programs. On January 29, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on access to care in underserved communities where this legislation and the importance of the THCGME Program were at the core of the discussion. AACOM thanks Senators Alexander and Murray for their strong leadership in introducing the Community and Public Health Programs Extension Act.

AACOM Endorses Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019

Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Boozman (R-AR) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently introduced the bipartisan Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019, an AACOM-supported bill that would help address the nation’s physician shortage by expanding Medicare-funded GME residency slots. The legislation would increase the number of residency positions by 15,000 over five years, giving priority to hospitals in states with new medical schools or new branch campuses and emphasizing training in community-based settings.

AACOM Supports Bipartisan Rural GME Bill

AACOM has offered its support for S. 289, the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). This bipartisan legislation would help address the growing physician workforce shortage in rural areas across the country by implementing comparable per resident payment for residents training in rural hospitals relative to those in urban communities and would eliminate rural hospital residency caps to encourage growth of rural training programs, particularly across various medical specialties.






Advocacy Update


Reminder: Register for AACOM’s Public Policy and Federal Budget Webinar

Register now for the Office of Government Relations’ webinar this Friday, February 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET, which will provide membership with an overview of AACOM’s new Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress, an educational primer on the federal budget, and AACOM's planned advocacy efforts on behalf of the OME community. Register today.

Why We Love Our ED to MED Campus Ambassadors

This Valentine’s Day, ED to MED is celebrating our Campus Ambassadors, who are so important to helping the campaign grow and thrive. Learn why we are grateful to our dedicated, passionate Campus Ambassadors, and how you can get involved in the program.

ED to MED Shares Game Plan for Tackling Student Debt

ED to MED has the tools you need to help you tackle graduate student debt by making smart decisions about financing your education. Add these three tips to your playbook to make sure you’re prepared for your financial future.






Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

ONDCP Releases its National Drug Control Strategy to Address Opioid Crisis

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its National Drug Control Strategy to address the current opioid crisis in America. The Strategy’s goal is to save lives by implementing drug education and prevention programs, providing treatment services leading to long-term recovery, and reducing the availability of drugs in America. The Strategy focused on the development of a national curriculum and new provider training tools to better equip providers to screen at-risk patients and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder using medication-assisted and alternative treatments. The Strategy further proposed expanding the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and the integration of data sharing across state lines to improve communication across providers and increase accountability in opioid prescribing practices. AACOM is currently reviewing the Strategy and is working with the ONDCP to address this national crisis.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

HRSA Substance Use Disorder Regional Virtual Job Fairs: HRSA is hosting free regional Virtual Job Fairs February 26 through March 7. The Virtual Job Fairs are live, online events intended to connect health care sites with primary care trainees and practicing clinicians. Job seekers may interact with up to 100 organizations and hear from site representatives about their sites, the communities they serve, and their open positions. Learn more.

RVU Named Military Friendly® Top 10 School: Rocky Vista University (RVU) received a Military Friendly® Top 10 School Gold Award for its exemplary military educational programs and veteran initiatives. In the 2018-2019 academic year, RVU had 98 military students enrolled in the Health Professions Scholarship Program and 19 veterans enrolled in the University. To learn more about the Military Friendly® designation and RVU’s Gold distinction, continue reading.

NHSC Accepting Applications for FY19 Loan Repayment Programs: The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and Substance Use Disorder Workforce LRP are now open and accepting applications for FY19. The programs, administered by HRSA at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are open to clinicians who want to serve the nation's underserved rural, urban, and tribal communities. A complete online application is due by 7:30 PM ET on February 21. Learn more.







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5.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) announces the “soft launch” of the ADEA AADSAS (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service.  You may submit your application starting on June 4.


Mark May 14, 2019 on your calendar!


The 2020 ADEA AADSAS® (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application “soft launch” is on May 14. The soft launch allows you three weeks to work on and refine your application information. You may submit your application starting on June 4.


Why is it important to get a jump start on your application in May?

  1. You’ll be ready to apply early! Three extra weeks to collect materials and polish your answers allows you to be one of the first to submit in June.
  2. Your Fee Assistance Program (FAP) application can also be submitted for review starting May 14! Decisions will be released starting June 4.
  3. Be an early contender for the first interview spots. Dental schools review applications on a rolling basis—so position your application for a prime review spot!


Make your application stand out by taking advantage of this opportunity.


As you prepare for May 14, be sure to check out ADEA GoDental for helpful information, resources and other important dates. View the Events Calendar for information about upcoming webinars and events to help prepare. The updated 2020 ADEA AADSAS application instructions are now available.


Questions? Contact ADEA AADSAS Customer Service at or 617-612-2045.


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Higher Logic


6.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).


In the Education-Centered Medical Home program, Feinberg students are embedded into one clinic with the same preceptor, peers and patients for their entire four years of medical school. There, they experience what it truly means to provide primary care over the long run -- and in many cases, they bring that care to the underserved patients who need it most.




Save the Date: Feinberg's Second Look | April 11-12

The Office of Admissions welcomes admitted students to revisit Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at our Second Look event on April 11-12, 2019.


Second Look provides an opportunity for prospective students to sample the rich variety of learning experiences available at Feinberg, and to meet with other prospective students, current students and faculty. This event is by invitation only. All admitted students should have received an email with instructions on how to register.



Medical Student Investigates Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Anna Briker, a second-year medical student, discusses her research investigating sleep-related risk factors in unexplained infant deaths in Cook County, which could be used to inform prevention programs.


Student Discovers Role of Microbiome in Arterial Injury Response

Kelly Wun, a fourth-year medical student, was the first author of a study that links the microbiome to the development of restenosis, the renarrowing of arteries after a procedure.



Scientists Identify Function of Alzheimer's Protein

A team of scientists has discovered the physiological function of APP, a protein long known to be associated with Alzheimer's disease but whose normal function had remained elusive.


Study Suggests New Strategy to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

A Northwestern Medicine study provides new insights into a signaling pathway in metastatic prostate cancer and suggests that a novel drug combination may improve treatment response and slow cancer growth.



Measuring the Overuse of Outpatient Antibiotics

A Northwestern Medicine study found that only 13 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were appropriate, with 36 percent considered potentially appropriate. The study provides the most extensive assessment of antibiotic prescriptions to date, and demonstrates the scale of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the U.S.


Stem Cell Transplants Improve on Current MS Treatments

A one-time stem cell transplantation therapy for multiple sclerosis showed improvements over the current treatment, according to a preliminary trial published in JAMA.




'Off the Record' Brings Northwestern Community Together

We all have stories that remain untold -- stories about past experiences, struggles and identity. A new show at Feinberg is aiming to change that. In January, "Off the Record" brought the Northwestern community together by sharing stories about personal identity and life experiences that might otherwise be kept private. Fifteen stories that were crowdsourced anonymously from students, faculty and staff were performed by actors from around Northwestern.



Northwestern Celebrates MLK's Legacy with DREAM Week

During the week following Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Northwestern hosted a series of panel discussions, documentary screenings, service activities and a student oratorical contest. In one panel, legal and medical professionals, including Karen Sheehan, '89 MD, MPH, '92 GME, professor of Pediatrics, described how they integrated advocacy work into their careers.


Focus on the MD Curriculum: Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) uses clinical cases to stimulate inquiry, critical thinking and knowledge application and integration related to biological, behavioral and social sciences. Through this active, collaborative, case-based learning process, students acquire a deeper understanding of the principles of medicine and, more importantly, acquire the skills necessary for lifelong learning.


The goal is for students to:

  • Acquire, synthesize and apply basic science knowledge in a clinical context. Engage in critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Develop the ability to evaluate their own learning and collaborate with peers
  • Effectively use information technology and identify the most appropriate resources for knowledge acquisition and hypothesis testing
  • Contextualize and communicate their knowledge to others
  • Ask for, provide and incorporate feedback in order to improve performance

Each PBL group has six to nine students and a faculty facilitator. Case information is disclosed progressively across two or more sessions for each case. This process mimics the manner in which a practicing physician obtains data from a patient. PBL allows students to develop hypotheses and identify learning issues as the additional pieces of information about a patient are disclosed to the student.


Read more about the Feinberg curriculum.


Why I Chose Feinberg

Julia Murphy, a first-year medical student, didn't take the traditional path to medical school. Prior to joining Feinberg, she spent three years working seasonally as a professional ski patroller in Utah during the winter and as a sea kayak guide in Washington during the summer. As a ski patroller, Murphy functioned as an EMT on skis and did safety work around the mountain. As a kayak guide, she was a gourmet chef at camp and a current navigator on the water.


Now in medical school, Murphy continues to stay busy; She is the president of Medical Students for Choice and is a coordinator for CHC Cardiology -- a clinic focused on providing specialty care to an underserved population. She is also involved with the Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine Interest Groups, and Camp Wildcat, a program that works with Chicago youth.


On top of her medical degree, Murphy is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics. "I loved the clinical ethics class in the first semester of medical school and so I took the Foundations in Bioethics class," she said. "I naively thought that I would get answers to my most pressing ethical questions. Instead, I found that I was thrown into this marvelous intellectual discomfort. I am excited to continue to look at medicine through many lenses in the different humanities."


Why did you choose Feinberg?

Having been in the workforce for a few years, I was a little worried about my transition back to school and the workload of medical school. What drew me most to Feinberg was the focus on student wellness. I appreciated the emphasis that admissions put on the work-life balance at Feinberg and beyond. Happily, I have been very impressed with the thought put into making our learning and schedules manageable in the first year. I'm not denying that there is a lot of work, but the curriculum so far has been well designed to enable me to feel comfortable maintaining a life outside of school. I also get a sense that AWOME [The Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education], my instructors, my mentors and my peers want me to succeed.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

I have enjoyed working with standardized patients (actors) in the Clinical Education Center. With my preceptor, they have created such an open environment to try different interviewing skills in a medical context. It has been fun to see my peers and myself improve over the first few months in our confidence and history taking skills. I especially appreciated the opportunity to practice giving bad news during our SAM (Synthesis and Application Modules) week. It is not an easy thing to do, but it felt like I had the opportunity to try something challenging with no pressure. The actors are fantastic and have really helped me work on my communication skills.  


What advice would you give to prospective medical students?

Determine your personal priorities. You have decided on medicine, how wonderful! Now figure out what are the most important aspects of a training environment for you. For me, it was a supportive and collaborative atmosphere where I would find affirmation, challenge and success with my peers and mentors. There are lots of different things to consider in a medical school, though. I would urge you to consider lifestyle, extracurricular opportunities, external support networks and location. No applicant will have the same priorities, so reflect on your own before seeking other people's perspectives.


Admissions Q&A

How many Feinberg faculty members are there and what is the faculty-to-student ratio?

Feinberg offers a premier medical education and top-notch research programs in large part because of the expertise, experience and dedication of its faculty. Numbering more than 3,500, the medical school's faculty roster includes some of the best minds and hearts in medicine and biomedical research. Many have gained national and international prominence. Full-time or part-time faculty who also conduct research teach much of the core material in our clinical clerkships. Contributed services faculty members, who are in private practices, teach many of the clinical courses. Feinberg students enjoy a 2.5:1 faculty-to-student ratio.


Who advises students at Feinberg?

The dean of student programs oversees academic and career advising for Feinberg medical students. Mentoring is also an important part of our college structure and the Area of Scholarly Concentration component of our curriculum.


Most faculty have an open-door policy toward advising. During third year, students pick a clinical faculty member who serves as their personal career advisor; their role is to provide guidance through the selection of a specialty and residency program application.


Each medical specialty department has assigned a faculty member to serve as a career advising coordinator.


7.  Loyola University – Maryland (Baltimore) invites you to apply to their Baltimore Health Immersion Program, a 5-week This five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health builds your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional.


Join us!


This five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health builds your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional. The integrated course work, service-learning internship, and networking opportunities prepares you to learn, serve, and lead in the diverse and rapidly changing twenty-first-century world. The courses develop foundational skills to analyze how health is influenced by psychology, socioeconomic
factors, religious beliefs, and neighborhoods in which individuals reside. The service-learning internship in urban health care setting give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of health disparities and effective service to some of Baltimore's underserved residents.



May 19 - June 21, 2019



Introduction to Health Psychology + Urban Health and Faith
(diversity course) - 6 credits



Health service-learning internship in urban setting
Site visits, urban health bus tour, and visiting speakers



Pre-health workshops and individualized guidance



Breakfasts and lunches on teaching days

Books included


Apply by Feb. 25


Open to visiting students
Info and application:


For more information, contact Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., B.S.N.,

Director of Pre-Health Programs, at or 410-617-2218.


8.  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg) announces its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Spring Open House at WVSOM

Saturday, April 27, 2019 

9:00am - 3:00pm (EST) 


Prospective students will experience an OMT demonstration, tour our beautiful campus, learn about the admissions requirements, and get to network with faculty!  

Registration will open later this month. Please let your students know about this opportunity. 





Dr. Tom Kashiwagi - Graduate combines medicine, magic for patients 


Tom Kashiwagi, D.O., has been dabbling with magic tricks since he was a little kid, but it wasn't until high school when he received one-on-one training with a magician in the Philippines that he fell in love with the craft. 


"The thing I loved about it was the guy who trained me, Jun Suzuki, used the analogy that whatever you're trying to accomplish and no matter the goal, magic allows you to look at things in different ways because you may have an idea of something, but there are so many ways to achieve it," Kashiwagi said. "I use it as a metaphor in life. It's the art of transformation and it reminds us that things are changing all the time."

Read remainder of article online.


Dr. Breann Poling - WV native sets sights on medical career after being exposed to it her entire life

Breann Poling, D.O., grew up always exposed to medicine, so it's no surprise that the Class of 2018 graduate would one day be a physician. Poling's father is a family physician and his enthusiasm and passion for his career ultimately trickled down to her. 


"I always wanted to do something I was passionate about and something I loved that my heart was in," the Beckley, WV, native said.

 Read remainder of article online.


Dr. Robert Tavares - From nurse to physician, WVSOM grad now calls WV home 


Robert Tavares, D.O., wasn't born in West Virginia, nor did he grow up in the state. But since he moved to West Virginia in 2011 he has built a life for himself, his wife and seven kids in a state he now calls home. 


The Boston, Mass., native worked as a nurse's aid for eight years before becoming a registered nurse on the medical/surgical floor at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC). Most recently, he was a registered nurse in the operating room at GVMC. While he loved his jobs as a nurse, Tavares didn't think it was challenging enough so he decided to attend medical school.

Read remainder of article online.


Dr. Holly Berg - Graduate dubbed "Most Likely to Cure Cancer" after her son's diagnosis


Holly Berg, D.O., could have never imagined that the material she was learning in medical school was what she would experience first-hand in her personal life. 


The Class of 2018 graduate's youngest child, Titus, who was 5 years old at the time, was diagnosed with lymphoma her second year of medical school, right before she was set to start rotations in WVSOM's Statewide Campus Northern region. She explained that T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma is the lymphoma version of pediatric leukemia.

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9.  For interested alumni, a job opening for a Pre-Health Advisor at UT- Chattanooga.    

Thanks to Dr. Tracie Burke for forwarding this announcement to me: 

From: Tracie L. Burke
Subject: FW: Job opening for Pre-Health Advisor at UT Chattanooga!

Below is a job description for a pre-health advisor at UTC. Our very first one of these had to leave the area to handle family affairs but it’s a new position that requires a human very into creation and growth! Please help us support our pre-everything-health-related students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! (This position will report to the Center for Advisement, NOT the Honors College; I’m just trying to help them get the word out!)

Thanks much!

Linda Frost


Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Center for Advisement

This academic advisor will be responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive pre-health advising program and providing academic advising for students interested in pursuing a pre-health professions career (i.e. pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.). Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Meeting one-on-one with current students, prospective students, and alumni interested in applying to healthcare programs
  • Designing and delivering group advising sessions targeted at pre-health students at various stages of the pre-health exploration and application process
  • Providing information and support to students regarding healthcare careers and program admission requirements, standardized test preparation, admission essays, reviewing and selecting programs, etc.
  • Advising new students during freshmen and transfer orientation sessions, assisting with new student course preregistration, and presenting a session to freshmen interested in healthcare careers
  • Collaborating with academic departments, faculty pre-health advisors, and health practitioners within the community to coordinate campus-wide efforts to share pre-health information with students
  • Serving as the point-of-contact for individuals at regional/national health professions programs
  • Tracking and reporting professional school application/acceptance information on pre-health students
  • Creating and coordinating healthcare-related campus/community advisory committees; collaborate with faculty in academic departments and build/maintain relationships with regional healthcare programs
  • Creating and maintaining healthcare advising website, print resources for students and advisors, internship/shadowing/clinical opportunities for students
  • Tracking pre-health students’ progression while enrolled at UTC as well as application/matriculation data for applicants who apply to pre-health programs
  • Additional duties include covering general walk-in hours, etc.


Master’s degree required. Must have a work background in higher education setting working with students’ academic needs, providing advising services, and coordinating support services. Preference given to academic advising in higher education as their primary job responsibility for a minimum of three years. Experience advising for professional healthcare programs preferred. Demonstrated responsibility for advising programs (such as organizing student programs, planning advising-related events, preparing materials for students) preferred. Must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills; self-motivated and able to work independently; ability to work effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members of all cultural backgrounds and experience levels; attentiveness to detail, strong organization skills, with the ability to prioritize multiple requests and handle them in an efficient and timely manner; flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the position/office as they arise; ability to thoroughly understand and abide by federal and university guidelines regarding student confidentiality requirements; proficient use of computers. Prefer experience with relevant higher education software programs and pre-health portals including Banner, Degree Works, EAB Student Success Collaborative, and Professional Application Portals (AMCAS, AADSAS, PharmCAS, etc.).


Linda Frost, Ph.D., Dean of the Honors College
U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Dept. 1101
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
Office: (423) 425-5922

Cell: (423) 364-9692

Follow us on social media @UTCHonors  


10.  Regis University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program (Denver, CO) offers Team-Based Learning.  




11.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is undergoing a name change which more simply and accurately describes the College's presence in the state of Georgia and better speaks to the breadth and depth of the region the College serves. 

Dear Colleagues and Friends:


The new year is off to a great start in our Admissions Office and I hope it is the same for you as well.  This email is to inform you of institutional changes you will see in the near future:

1)  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is undergoing a name change which more simply and accurately describes the College's presence in the state of Georgia and better speaks to the breadth and depth of the region the College serves. You will notice the name change on the AACOMAS application beginning with the 2019/2020 application cycle, along with our web pages and external publications, including AACOM's College Information Book (CIB). It is exciting to reiterate both PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia as part of a unique and sustainable story that resonates the College's tradition and mission.  The College's Campus naming mechanisms are PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.  


2) As part of PCOM's recent academic restructuring, the institution has formed two new schools: the PCOM School of Health Sciences and the PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology.  The new schools join the PCOM College of Osteopathic Medicine which encompasses the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs across all campuses and locations and the PCOM School of Pharmacy (Suwanee, Georgia). Please note this is an internal change and will not impact any application process.


3) The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at all three locations will require the CASPer Assessment Test beginning in the 2019/2020 admissions cycle.  This score is necessary to complete DO applications in the pool and will be a part of the reviewing and selection process for DO interviews.  If anyone has questions about this addition, please do not hesitate to contact me in the Office of Admissions. My number is 215-871-6700.


4)  PCOM, as well as our Georgia locations, are hosting on campus events throughout the next several months. Please refer to our website for dates and times of our Open Houses and Information Sessions, as it will be a pleasure to welcome you, as well as your students and graduates, to campus.


In the meantime, members of the Admissions team are looking forward to connecting with you throughout the spring at the various regional meetings.  

Thank you for all of the work you do on behalf of your applicants to medical school and graduate programs.  We appreciate everything you do!

Warm regards,

Deborah Benvenger




Deborah Benvenger

Chief Admissions Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131
office 215-871-6700 | fax 215-871-6719

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12.  Altius offers an ultra-low-cost MCAT course for $699.  


13.  Marginalia:  Love the Park…Shelby Farms Park, that is…  

Park life is great, and so are you!


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Will you be our Valentine? There are lots of ways to celebrate your Valentine at the Park this year! When you take a spin around Hyde Lake on a bicycle built for two or gift that special someone an extra special something from Kendra Scott or the Lake's Edge Gift Shop, you help support the trails, lakes and green spaces you love!



Shelby Farms Park has been selected as a recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2019 Regional & Urban Design award--a big win for the Park and for Memphis!


The Park joins other notable projects, including Seattle's Pike Place MarketFront, Detroit's East Riverfront Framework Plan and Massachusetts's Infra-Space Initiative.


According to AIA, "the 2019 Regional & Urban Design program recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities."


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Spring Break Camp


Spring Break Camp: March 11-15


Camp isn't just for summer! Spring Break Camp offers a wide variety of activities for grades 3-6 that encompass all the fun of summer! Spring Break Camp offers guided nature hikes, archery lessons, water recreation, fitness classes and environmental education sessions.


Planning ahead? Summer Camp dates and details have been posted!


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Buffalove is in the Air

Give a Valentine that gives back! When you adopt a buffalo in honor of your Valentine, you help provide buffalove for Shelby Farms Park's beloved buffalo herd! Each adoption package includes an exclusive plush buffalo, locally made Dinstuhl's chocolates and more! 


Want to show your favorite Park some extra buffalove? Pick up your gift and help us save on shipping fees! Valentine's gifts may be picked up through Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 5pm, or purchased in the Lake's Edge Gift Shop during regular business hours.


If we are shipping the buffalo adoption package directly to you or to a recipient, please allow approximately 3-5 business days for delivery. Last day to order for guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day is February 10, 2019.


Adopt Now...

Give the Gift of Garden


Give your Valentine a gift that will keep growing! When you give the Gift of Garden, flowers will be planted in their honor, providing a vibrant backdrop around Hyde Lake.


The flowers planted through the Gift of Garden include vibrant varieties, such as black-eyed Susans, asters, mums, bergamot and coneflowers. These beautiful bouquets will bloom around Hyde Lake, and your gift will grow among the!


Give Now...

Playground Progress


Work is underway on some exciting improvements in the Woodland Discovery Playground! The nest will still feature an innovative climbing space, and shade structures will be added. If the weather cooperates, we plan to reopen the Climbing Nest later this spring (date TBA).


The rest of the Playground will remain open, but please be prepared for occasional temporary closures of some play areas and roads during construction. You can keep up with Playground news here.


We appreciate your patience, and we can't wait to welcome you back into a new and improved play space!


Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization, and we count on gifts from supporters like you to help manage, maintain and operate Shelby Farms Park for the benefit of our community. If you would like to help offset the cost of construction and daily playground maintenance, you can make a donation to Shelby Farms Park Conservancy here.

Tree Treatment

Wondering what the white bands are on the trees in Heart of the Park? These arbor wraps are helping the trees heal! Some of the trees have been affected by sun scorch, causing their bark to crack. These bands will not only help the trees heal, but also help prevent further damage to the bark.

Ride the Park


Did you know that bike rentals are available year round? While our Greenline Wheel House is closed for the season, you can rent bikes from the Lake's Edge Gift Shop in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center 7 days per week (weather permitting)!


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Support While You Shop


February 5, 2019 | 6pm-8pm


Join us for Kendra Scott Gives Back, a fundraiser for Shelby Farms Park! Kendra Scott will donate 20% of proceeds from sales made during this timeframe! Enjoy light snacks and wine, pick up a special Valentine's Day gift and support the Park at the same time!


Kendra Scott | Saddle Creek - Germantown

7715 Poplar Avenue, Suite 105

Germantown, Tennessee 38138



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the Park while you shop? Click here!


Shelby Farms Park Conservancy | 6903 Great View Drive North, Memphis, TN 38134



The Olde American Gothic


The NEW American Gothic, taken at Fletcher Creek Park, Wednesday, February 13, 2019



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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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