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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2019.11, Week of March 18


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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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Table of Contents:

1.   Campus events coming up.
2.  Georgetown University’s School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.) now offers a Master’s Degree Program in Systems Medicine. 
3.  Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (New Orleans, LA) offers a One-Year Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program.  
4.  University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, CU In The Wild, Volume II, #3, March 2019.   
5.  Saint Louis University offers a Master of Public Health Program.  


1. Campus events coming up. 

·         Tuesday, March 19, 2019:  Leading Ladies

Good morning!

Each year, Career Services co-sponsors the annual “Leading Ladies” career panel with your student organizations.  Below is information on this year’s panel.  Please send this out to all of your members and strongly encourage participation in that the group with the most participants present will receive $50 toward their philanthropy!

Please let me know if you have any questions.  See you all soon.

Thank you,

Amy Ware, Director



2.  Georgetown University’s School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.) now offers a Master’s Degree Program in Systems Medicine. 

Master's Degree Program in Systems Medicine

The very first degree program in Personalized Medicine


Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019

Sign up for Information Sessions on March 20th and March 23rd


Two-semester Master of Science Degree in Systems Medicine 

First degree program in the Nation to introduce 

concepts of Personalized Medicine


With the sequencing of the human genome and availability of high power computational methods and various high through-put technologies, biomedical sciences and medicine are undergoing a revolutionary change. The new field of systems medicine (Personalized Medicine) is the application of systems level approaches and tools to biomedical problems. A defining highlight of this program is a capstone Internship, which allows students to work with some of the most renowned health institutions in the world, such as the NIH and the FDA. This requirement ensures that students will be able to develop prestigious vitae that can vault their education and career to the next level. The Systems Medicine Master's Program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in academics, industry, research, medical school and any health-related professions.


Our Year-long M.S. program offers the following main learning objectives:

  • The curriculum has the option of being completed in either 2 or 3 semesters.
  • Students will gain the ability to recognize the broad relevance of computational thinking in everyday life, as well as its applicability within other scientific domains.
  • The curriculum will train students to understand and appreciate the basics of informatics and its applications to biological and biomedical research.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts and theories relating to Systems Medicine.
  • Students will have a unique opportunity to perform Sequencing using a hand-held MinION sequencer.


To view curriculum or other information visit:

Email questions to the Director Dr. Sona Vasudevan:



3.  Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (New Orleans, LA) offers a One-Year Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program.  


4.  University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, CU In The Wild, Volume II, #3, March 2019.


Vol II, #3
March 2019

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


University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Section News

Dogs, Fish, and Now Birds! – Last summer and again in April the Section is offering WECC, Wilderness Emergency Canine Care, for dog owners who take their bowsers to the woods and mountains (see below for more information).  In November we again ran FFAST, Fisheries First Aid & Safety Training, a class for the commercial fishing industry – the most dangerous occupation in the country.  And now this month we’ll offer a brand new class, Wilderness First Aid for Birders, designed to teach bird watchers how to prevent and treat injuries and illnesses in the exotic locales they travel to do their birding.  From humans to the animal world, we are helping to make the wilderness and austere environments a safer place to work, play in, or explore.



Wilderness Medicine Links

Wrinkles and skin cancer -
Mountain lion attacks -




Highlighted Classes

Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine classes – Earn Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications while getting a backstage pass to a career in medicine.  First week of the class held on Anschutz Medical Campus with lectures, labs (ultrasound, suturing, cardiac dissection, etc.), and scenarios, with a focus on emergency medicine. The second week is up at a camp in the Rockies where we’ll focus more on wilderness medicine and we’ll hike, backpack, and rock climb. Need-based scholarships covering all of our fees are available!  Three upcoming sessions:

  • May 21-June 1
  • June 1-13
  • August 5-16

For more information and a link to the registration page, please check out

First Aid for Fido – Do you know what to do if your dog gets hurt in the wilderness?  Learn how to take care of canine injuries and illnesses in the backcountry and front country with our Wilderness Emergency Canine Care class. Gain the knowledge and skills to prevent and/or to treat a dog suffering from heat stroke, cut foot, porcupine quills, hypothermia, and much, much more. To learn more or to enroll please go to sessions coming up in April:

  • April 6, Denver
  • April 13, Ft. Collins




Check out the Emergency Medical Minute -



Case Study

YOLO Abuelo

It is day two of a four-day trek to Ciudad Perdida, or the Lost City, in the foothills of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains.  There are 17 of you, 15 gringos (almost all from Europe) and two local guides.  Everyone is trekking with just daypacks as the food and lodging are provided at the various camps where the treks overnight. With one exception, all are in their 20s or 30s. 

The one exception, a sixty something, slightly overweight father, who came with his two twenty-something kids, is a persistent old cuss, but he’s been lagging behind the whole time. At a break the guides realize no one has seen him for an hour or so. The one guide who speaks some English, asks you to head back with him to check on “Abuelo,” as they affectionately have started calling the older guy. You walk back down the trail for 15 minutes, maybe a kilometer, and find Abuelo sitting on the side of the trail. He slowly stands up when he sees you and insists on continuing, mumbling “You only live once.”

Scene Assessment: Other than an occasional Wiwa Indian leading a string of pack mules on the narrow trail, the scene appears safe, but it is definitely hot.  No clear MOI and there is just one patient.

Primary Assessment: No clearly significant threats to ABCs. He is soaking wet from what you assume is sweating. 

SAMPLE: He complains of being hot, and having an upset stomach/GI system, with a mild case of the runs. He has no allergies and tells you he is on some kind of cholesterol meds and an over the counter daily acid reducer, which he has been taking more or less regularly. He tells you he feels weak; that normally he keeps right up with folks and he has no major chronic issues. You ask him if he has been eating and drinking and he tells you he is almost out of water. He ate part of his breakfast and little bit of lunch, but he just doesn’t have much of an appetite. He doesn’t remember when he last peed and his last bowel movement was after breakfast and it was runny (but no blood). He said he stopped because he just needed to sit down. He has one liter-sized water bottle that is one-quarter full (he drank the rest, but that is all the water he has consumed since breakfast. He doesn’t remember how long he’s been sitting there.

Secondary Physical: Other than being wet, secondary physical normal. 

Vitals: HR 88, RR 24.  Skin flushed.  AOx4 but he seems a bit slow in responding.

Setting: About 2500 feet in elevation. It is 85-90 degrees with humidity in the 90% plus range. It’s 2:30 in the afternoon in late March. There is faint thunder in the distance, but almost no wind and intermittent sun and shade from scattered clouds. The muddy trail you are on has been going up and down, with virtually no level sections, but mostly up. It is accessible by foot or horse, but that is it. You are a WFR, but you doubt the guides have much if any, first aid training. You have very little first aid gear (bandaids and some ibuprofen), a granola bar left over from lunch and less than half a liter of water, about the same as the guide. Your guide tells you it is another 1.5 hours up a steep climb to the next (and final) camp where the rest of the group is heading and where there is food, drinking water, and shelter. You think you remember a small mountain stream about 20 minutes back towards the trailhead, which the guide confirms and he tells you there is another stream about a half hour before the final camp.

It’s 15 km back down to the original trailhead on a muddy and up and down, but decent, trail, and another one and a quarter hours on a rough and steep dirt road to pavement and then 45 minutes to a small hospital.
What do you do?  What is your assessment, anticipated problems, and plan?



The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
– Alfred Adler


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5.  Saint Louis University offers a Master of Public Health Program.



Why do more Public Health students choose Saint Louis University?

  1. Within the first year of graduation, 99% of our graduates are beginning their careers, participating in fellowships, or furthering their graduate education.
  2. Our small class sizes, accessible professors, and practice experience options add up to a highly personalized experience for students.
  3. Our courses emphasize collaboration and applied learning in and outside the classroom, preparing our graduates for leadership in today's dynamic public health workforce.
  4. Our Jesuit identity is a moral foundation for our social justice purpose: working with and in communities to improve health and well-being, with a focus on inequities in health.


Call Dr. Nancy Weaver directly at 314-977-4048, or e-mail her at for more information about the Master of Public Health program at SLU.

>>Click here to learn about our 8 concentrations and dual-degree options.




Contact Bernie Backer, director of graduate recruitment and admission, at or 314-977-8144.




Copyright © 2019 SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice, All rights reserved.



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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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