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Caduceus Newsletter:  Summer 2012.03, August

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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Medical tourism to India is increasing!

 

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For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Welcome back!  
2.  The University of California-Irvine is offering open enrollment for a fully online version of Physiology 206A/B, a first-year medical school course
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3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 9, 2012 edition. 
4.  Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA) is implementing a Ph.D. to M.D. track. 
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 16, 2012 edition. 
6.  For people interested in applying to dental school, the AADSAS Holistic Coversheet is a new page to the application. 
7.  ===AAMC STAT===News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 23, 2012 edition. 
8.  Press release from the AAMC:  New Report Offers Recommendations for Educating More Culturally Competent Physicians and Public Health Practitioners
.  
   
9.  AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) Endorses Graduate Medical Education Reform Act. 
10.  International Service Learning (ISL) announces Global Health Opportunities for Winter Break.

11.  Marginalia:  Medical tourism to India is increasing.(!) 

 

1.  Welcome back!  

I hope all of you have had an enjoyable summer.  Please mark your calendars with the following upcoming events.

 

·         Thursday, September 6, 1 to 2 p.m., in CW105:  Introduction to US Army Healthcare Scholarships, a presentation by Sergeant Martell Todd.  Lunch will be served;

·         Thursday, November 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Sabbatini Lounge:  Annual Health Career Opportunities Fair, anchored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Representatives from a variety of regional clinical healthcare graduate programs and from US military scholarship programs will be available to answer questions;

·         Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in rooms AH 103, AH 121, AH 122:  Presentations regarding the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine,

 

2.  The University of California-Irvine is offering open enrollment for a fully online version of Physiology 206A/B, a first-year medical school course. 

For the first time ever, UC Irvine is offering open enrollment for a fully online version of Physiology 206A/B, a first-year medical school course.  This is a great opportunity for your students to attend a top-ranked medical school and earn UC graduate credits without formal admittance to the University.  “Introduction to Medical Physiology” is a two-part series offered during Fall and Winter quarters, totaling 11 units.  The course begins on September 11, 2012 and ends on March 11, 2013.  For more information, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/courses/access_uci/premed/?WT.mc_id=premed_Email or feel free to contact me directly at ayngelmo@uci.edu or 949.824.0697. 

 

Benefits to Your Students:

§  No admission requirements

§  Study at a top-ranked medical school

§  Enjoy maximum convenience of 100%, instructor-led online courses

§  Learn from UCI School of Medicine faculty and staff

§  Earn transferable UC graduate credit

§  Prepare for the rigor of medical school

§  See how they compare against UCI medical students

 

Thank you for passing on this information to your students.  Have a wonderful rest of the week!

 

Best,

Amanda Yngelmo

UC Irvine Distance Learning Center

p - 949/824-0697

f - 949/266-0396

ayngelmo@uci.edu

 

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3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 9, 2012 edition. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 9, 2012

• Study Finds Medical Student Debt Levels Slowing
Academic Medicine Article Examines Gender Differences in Deanships
• New Program to Support Research of Undiagnosed Diseases
• ECFMG Launches Career Support and Development Program
• NIH Announces Clinical and Translational Science Awards
  Funding Opportunity
On the Move



Study Finds Medical Student Debt Levels Slowing

The cost to attend a U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical school has grown at a rate roughly double that of inflation, according to the latest edition of Analysis in Brief.  The study looks at cost and debt trends using a new measure that calculates the cost of the full four years of attendance, which creates a more accurate picture compared to the traditional focus on single-year tuition and fees.  Over the same time span, debt has grown at a similar rate, although the last three years have seen an unprecedented slowdown in the growth of average debt levels between 2008 and 2011.


Academic Medicine Article Examines Gender Differences in Deanships

According to a published ahead-of-print article in Academic Medicine, the number of deans who are women at academic medical centers has been steadily increasing. In the last decade, 24 women were appointed to deanships, compared with only two in the 1980s.  However, female medical school deans remain significantly underrepresented and take longer to advance through the ranks.  They serve at less research-intensive institutions, and also have shorter tenures—only three years as opposed to 5.4 years for men.  The authors looked at data on 534 deans serving at Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)–accredited schools between 1980 and 2006.  In that timeframe, only 7.1 percent, or 38 of the 534 deans, were women.


New Program to Support Research of Undiagnosed Diseases

A new program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund will provide $145 million over the next seven years to research, diagnose, and care for patients with undiagnosed medical conditions.  The Undiagnosed Diseases Program will provide a network of medical research centers and clinicians from a variety of medical specialties to advance knowledge of rare and common diseases.  The program also “will test whether this type of cross-disciplinary approach to disease diagnosis is feasible to implement in academic medical centers around the country.”  The program is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2013.


ECFMG Launches Career Support and Development Program

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has created a program that provides career planning support and services to international medical graduates (IMGs) who have become ECFMG-certified physicians or who are preparing to be certified.  The ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) provides resources to help IMGs be better prepared and organized in making career decisions, and provides guidance on applying to U.S. graduate medical education programs, obtaining a U.S. medical license, and gaining medical specialty certification.  The program also will provide opportunities for IMGs to network and share resources with each other and other experts and organizations.


NIH Announces Clinical and Translational Science Awards
Funding Opportunity


The National Institutes of Health on Friday released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).  Letters of intent are due by Dec. 10 and applications are due by Jan. 8.  The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which administers the CTSA program, intends to commit approximately $110 million to fund up to 18 awards.  Applicants may request up to five years of support.  CTSAs support an academic home that creates an integrated research and training environment across applicant and partner institutions in order to promote and enhance clinical and translational research.


On the Move

Daniel V. Schidlow, M.D., has been appointed the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine.  Schidlow has been serving as interim dean and senior vice president for the past eight months.  He has been with the college of medicine since 1994, formerly serving as professor of pediatrics, pharmacology, and physiology, and chair of the department of pediatrics.


What’s New on aamc.org

A new page dedicated to analysis and resources of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act is available at www.aamc.org/initiatives/aca/.

 

4.  Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA) is implementing a Ph.D. to M.D. track. 

From the HLTHPROF listserv –

 

Good Morning Everyone:

 

There is a new program that Tulane University School of Medicine is implementing now and they asked that I pass this information along to the listserve. Dr. Beckman the Associate Dean will be glad to answer any questions you might have about this new program and her email is listed below.

 

 

Innovative PhD to MD Track

 

Applicants who hold a PhD degree in one of the biomedical sciences are invited to apply to Tulane School of Medicine for the new PhD to MD program beginning in January of 2013.  Up to 15 qualified students will be accepted into the program by November 1, 2012, and will have a unique expedited 3˝ -year curriculum.   Learning will be accomplished through limited traditional lectures, innovative learning modules online, as well as periodic outcome-based learning objectives, structured so that students can guide their own learning.  Early clinical exposure will be used throughout the first 18 months to emphasize and integrate the clinical application of basic science.  Students should expect to graduate in 3 ˝ years.

 

Applicants must have their AMCAS and Secondary applications submitted by October 1. Three letters of recommendation are required via AMCAS, one of which must come from the PhD advisor.  In addition the PhD advisor must validate that the PhD degree has been awarded or will be awarded by January, 2013. Selected applicants will be interviewed in mid- October.  Final decisions will be made by November 1 and interviewees will be notified regarding the outcome.

Should you have any questions about this new program email bbeckman@tulane.edu

 

 

Best,

 

Kathleen Maier

Senior Pre-Health Advisor

Tulane University

218 Richardson Bldg.

New Orleans, LA  70118

(504)865-5370

http://tulane.edu/advising/pre_health.cfm

 

5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 16, 2012 edition. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 16, 2012

• AAMC Members Selected for Accountable Care Organization Program
• Groups Urge Congress to Avoid Discretionary Spending Cuts
MedEdPORTAL Introduces iCollaborative and Continuing
  Education Directory
• Series Offers Inside View of Teaching Hospitals



AAMC Members Selected for Accountable Care Organization Program

Medical schools and teaching hospitals will participate in the new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program to coordinate care for Medicare patients and reduce costs, according to an announcement from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.  Among the 89 ACOs selected, 15 are from or affiliated with AAMC-member institutions.  “Medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their physician faculty are committed to leading the development and implementation of transformative models for delivering well-coordinated, high-quality health care,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.  Twelve of the 32 participants in the Pioneer ACO Program announced last year also were from AAMC-member institutions.


Groups Urge Congress to Avoid Discretionary Spending Cuts

The AAMC joined nearly 3,000 national, state, and local organizations in a July 12 letter urging Congress to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD (nondefense discretionary) programs.”  The letter warns, “Such indiscriminate cuts threaten the entire range of bipartisan national priorities,” noting, for example, “there will be fewer scientific and technological innovations.”  The Coalition for Health Funding (of which the AAMC is a member) and the Committee on Education Funding organized the letter, which is signed by organizations representing the health, education, law enforcement, science, housing, workforce, transportation, and faith communities, among others.


MedEdPORTAL Introduces iCollaborative and Continuing
Education Directory


The AAMC recently launched MedEdPORTAL 4.0, upgrading the existing Web site and introducing two additional services: the iCollaborative and the Continuing Education (CE) Directory.  The new MedEdPORTAL suite of services is a one-stop shop for peer-reviewed publications, innovative resources in development, and continuing education activities in medical education.  The iCollaborative is a non-peer reviewed venue to share innovative resources, including effective practices, policies and guidelines, and educational resources and assessment tools in development.  The CE Directory provides a centralized collection of evidenced-based online courses aimed at providing health professionals with continuing education credits.


Series Offers Inside View of Teaching Hospitals

A new eight-part documentary series from ABC profiles the daily work of the physicians, residents, nurses, and staff from New York-Presbyterian Hospital at both the Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers.  The show is from the producers of Boston Med and Hopkins, which also highlighted the innovative work at academic medical centers.  NY Med airs at 10 p.m. (EST) on Tuesdays this summer.  The first episode is available for viewing at http://nymedshow.com/

 

6.  For people interested in applying to dental school, the AADSAS Holistic Coversheet is a new page to the application. 

Advisors:

 

The 2013 ADEA AADSAS application for dental students has been open more than a month.  There is a new feature this year that you might receive questions about; the AADSAS Holistic Coversheet made its debut as part of the dental admissions community’s focus on a holistic admissions process during the application review.

 

The AADSAS Holistic Coversheet is a new page to the application that is provided to each of the applicant’s designated dental schools. It provides the dental school with a quick reference of an applicant by displaying selected highlights of his/her background, experiences, and achievements as well as an outline of academic attainments.  The coversheet is a one page addition to the application and does not require applicants to answer additional questions in order to complete the required information.

 

Throughout the application, an applicant will be prompted to select up to three experiences from various sections of the application (i.e. professional experiences) to include on the coversheet. These options cannot be changed after the application is submitted (although any updates to an applicant’s biographic information, i.e., contact information, received by ADEA AADSAS after submission will be updated on the coversheet).  Should you or an applicant have a question in regards to the cover sheet or any other aspect of the ADEA AADSAS application, customer service is available at 617-612-2045 or email aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org

 

Once an applicant has submitted the application, the applicant may view his/her coversheet along with the rest of the application. Instruct applicants to log into the portal, click on “Dental School Designations” and then “Application PDF.” There will be a unique PDF for each school the applicant applied to. 

 

Please direct any feedback to Chonte James, Director of AADSAS, at JamesC@adea.org.

 

Emily Rhineberger

Senior Director of Application Services

American Dental Education Association

The Voice of Dental Education

1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

Voice 202-289-7201

Fax 202-238.3979

rhinebergere@adea.org

www.adea.org

 

 

7.  ===AAMC STAT===News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 23, 2012 edition. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 23, 2012

• House Bill Slashes Funding for National Health Priorities
• AAMC and ASPH Release New Report on Cultural Competencies
• Leaders Examine Next Steps After Supreme Court Decision
  at Health Affairs Conference
• Survey Results Highlight Joining Forces Participant Educational Efforts 
• Electronic Health Record Adoption Rates Over 50 Percent in 2011
• NSF Report Shows Education and Employment Patterns of
  Underrepresented Groups
• On the Move



House Bill Slashes Funding for National Health Priorities

The House spending bill approved last week for fiscal year 2013 would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which supports initiatives to improve quality and patient safety, eliminate health disparities, and provide health care delivery research.  The measure also proposes freezing funding for the National Institutes of Health and would impose prescriptive management policies on the agency.  In addition, the proposal calls for deep cuts to Title VII health professions training programs.  In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said the bill “would impair the ability of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to conduct the groundbreaking research that improves the health of the American people and identifies ways to improve quality of care.  It also would severely limit the efforts of these institutions to shape tomorrow’s health care workforce to respond to the nation’s changing needs.”  A complete summary of the bill is available at www.aamc.org/advocacy/.


AAMC and ASPH Release New Report on Cultural Competencies

A new report from the AAMC and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) for the first time brings together research from medical and public health educators on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for addressing the health needs of an increasingly diverse nation.  The report, Cultural Competence Education for Students in Medicine and Public Health, presents recommendations for training students from both disciplines on ways to become more culturally competent practitioners.  The online report contains links to supporting materials, resources, and instructional examples for application in the classroom.


Leaders Examine Next Steps after Supreme Court Decision
at Health Affairs Conference


Representatives from the academic medicine community participated in a Health Affairs conference last week focused on strategies for improving health care delivery, population health, and lowering costs.  AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., and Tom Priselac, M.P.H., president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System, joined a panel discussion on reforming payment and delivery systems.  Kirch pointed out that the physician shortages would impact health care delivery once 32 million Americans enter the health system.  “We can give every American a health insurance card with great benefits, but if they can’t find doctors, it’s all for naught,” said Kirch.

James Keeton, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean of the school of medicine, also spoke on a panel about the future of Medicaid explaining the importance of disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to teaching hospitals and how they will be impacted by DSH payment reductions under the Affordable Care Act.  A video recording of the conference is available through the Health Affairs Web site.


Survey Results Highlight Joining Forces Participant Educational Efforts

In January, the AAMC and 110 medical schools announced they would participate in Joining Forces, an initiative to improve the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families.  Results from a recent AAMC survey show that educational efforts from the majority of participating medical schools provide training to medical students and residents related to Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The survey collected responses from Joining Forces-participating institutions in order to gain an understanding of the educational efforts related to the initiative.  Based on these results, the AAMC is launching new activities to enhance this initiative, including collaborations with key experts to identify effective educational practices focused on caring for military service members and veterans with PTSD and TBI and to promote a greater awareness of the needs of family members in dealing with these tragic illnesses. 
The AAMC will be highlighting activities from various schools throughout the initiative.


Electronic Health Record Adoption Rates Over 50 Percent in 2011

Over half (55 percent) of physicians in office-based practices had adopted electronic health record systems in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Physician Workflow study from the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics.  The study includes data on academic medical centers (AMCs), showing that 70 percent of physicians at AMCs adopted electronic health records systems.  They were more likely, along with physicians in community health centers and HMOs, to adopt systems than doctors in physician-owned practices, according to the results. 


NSF Report Shows Education and Employment Patterns of
Underrepresented Groups


Updated tables for a biannual report by the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering were recently released.  The report contains data and statistics on employment and education from a variety of sources.  Some of the updated tables include freshman intentions to major in science and engineering and employment plans of science and engineering doctoral recipients.  A formal, interactive report highlighting key information is scheduled for release in January 2013.


On the Move

Debra A. Schwinn, M.D., was named dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, effective Nov. 1.  Schwinn serves as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of pharmacology and genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She succeeds Paul B. Rothman, M.D., who began serving as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine on July 1.

Lloyd B. Minor, M.D., has been named dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Minor is provost of Johns Hopkins University. He will assume his position as dean on Dec. 1.  Minor succeeds Philip Pizzo, M.D., who has led the School of Medicine as dean since April 2001.


What’s New on aamc.org

The July issue of the Reporter is now available and includes an article examining the implications of the ACA Supreme Court Ruling for medical schools and teaching hospitals. www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/

 

8.  Press release from the AAMC:  New Report Offers Recommendations for Educating More Culturally Competent Physicians and Public Health Practitioners  

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For Immediate Release


New Report Offers Recommendations for Educating More Culturally Competent Physicians and Public Health Practitioners

 

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2012—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and the ASPH (Association of Schools of Public Health) have released recommendations for training medical and public health students to become more culturally competent practitioners. The report, “Cultural Competence Education for Students in Medicine and Public Health,” offers guidance on the core cultural competencies at the nexus of medicine and public health, and for the first time highlights findings by educators in both disciplines on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes critical for addressing the health needs of an increasingly diverse American public.

 

“The interdependence of medicine and public health is vital to improving health care and public health at the individual, community, and national levels,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. “The next generation of doctors and public health practitioners are being trained to ensure the delivery of appropriate, culturally competent clinical care and population health services and policies to serve a diverse population. This report is an invaluable resource for institutions as they educate and train tomorrow’s health professionals.”

 

While some content published in the report can be found separately in the literature of medical education and public health, the recommendations bring together for the first time resources from both disciplines.

 

“National health reform, coupled with the critical need for an integrated system of health promotion, disease prevention, and quality care for all, mandates a strong working relationship between experts in public health and medicine,” said Marla Gold, M.D., chair of the ASPH Diversity Committee and dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. “One important avenue to the reduction of health disparities among our nation’s people is to ensure a culturally competent workforce. The competencies in this joint report represent a step forward in our efforts to synergize cultural competence education in both public health and medicine. This report also provides a solid framework for continued collaboration in producing high-quality graduates who will help ensure the public’s health and work diligently to eliminate health and health care disparities.”

 

The comprehensive report features embedded links to background materials, supporting resources, and examples that can be adapted for instructional use by faculty in medical schools and graduate schools or programs of public health to standardize curricula, benchmark student performance, and prepare graduates to work in culturally competent practices. The learning objectives outlined in the report are organized by knowledge, skill, and attitude categories. Additionally, a guide mapping the medicine and public health cultural competencies to the general areas adopted by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education is included in the appendix.

 

The AAMC and the ASPH have collaborated previously on other educational initiatives, yet this report marks the first time cultural competency education has been the focus. In spring 2011, the AAMC and the ASPH partnered with the other founding members of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) to publish “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

 

Contacts:         Brooke Saltzer

                        Association of American Medical Colleges

(202) 828-0419

bsaltzer@aamc.org

 

Elizabeth M. Weist, MA, MPH, CPH

Association of Schools of Public Health

(202) 296-1099, ext. 129

eweist@asph.org

 

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 138 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 47 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom

 

The Association of Schools of Public Health is the only organization representing the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools of public health and programs seeking accreditation. ASPH promotes the efforts of schools of public health to improve the health of every person through education, research, and policy. Based upon the belief that “you’re only as healthy as the world you live in,” ASPH works with stakeholders to develop solutions to the most pressing health concerns and provides access to the ongoing initiatives of the schools of public health.

 

Allison J. Foster, MBA, CAE | Deputy Executive Director

Association of Schools of Public Health | www.asph.org

1900 M Street, NW, Suite 710 | Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel: 202.296.1099, ext. 127 | Fax: 202.296.1252 | Cell: 202-262-7360

Email: afoster@asph.org

 

Public Health is Your Health

 

9.  AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) Endorses Graduate Medical Education Reform Act. 

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For Immediate Release

August 6, 2012

Contact Information:

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO
(301) 968-4142
president@aacom.org
www.aacom.org

 

AACOM Endorses Graduate Medical Education Reform Act


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has endorsed legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA) to address the shortage of physicians and to ensure greater accountability among hospitals overseeing the nation’s medical residency training programs. 

“The U.S. is already facing the reality of having a significant shortfall in trained doctors and medical professionals, and this shortage will only continue to grow if we don’t begin to address the problem now. It’s estimated by 2015, the country will have over 62,000 fewer doctors than needed,” said Congressman Aaron Schock. “The primary way our country can address the physician shortage is by ensuring we increase the number of graduate medical education slots. By doing so, we are increasing the number of medical school graduates who will receive hands-on training in a patient setting to gain the experience needed to become a practicing physician.”

“The shortage of physicians in our health care system, particularly in primary care, is nothing short of a national crisis,” said AACOM President and CEO Stephen Shannon, DO, MPH. “This legislation addresses many significant problems in the current GME system, and does so in a cost-effective and responsible manner.  AACOM is pleased to offer its strong support.”

The “Resident Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability Act” would create 15,000 new graduate medical education (GME) slots – 3,000 per year for five years. While the bill creates two methods to apply for the slots, each hospital would be restricted to a maximum of 75 additional slots. Hospital eligibility would be determined annually by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The bill would require a payment adjustment of 2 percent to hospitals if the hospital fails to meet specific patient care quality measures to be developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with accrediting bodies, by January 1, 2015. In addition, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on physician specialties with shortages; strategies to enhance diversity of the health professional workforce; and provide annual reports describing how the increased funding has been used.

“Creating more GME slots – and mandating accountability for the increased funding – represents a balanced approach to addressing a serious crisis in health care that has a direct impact on patients’ access to doctors.  We commend Representatives Schock and Schwartz for their leadership on this important legislation, and we urge Congress to move quickly to consider this legislation,” said Dr. Shannon.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine promotes excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and fosters innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.

 

10.  International Service Learning (ISL) announces Global Health Opportunities for Winter Break.   

ISL seeking inspiration through service!

International Service Learning

 

We are accepting applications for Winter Break global health teams to Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic & Haiti, Jamaica, and Tanzania! Visit our schedule for dates and costs.    

 

Faculty: We can integrate our existing programs with your academic courses, allowing you to tailor the service learning experience to your educational goals. Students gain valuable skills and global perspective, while developing communities receive medications and care to which they would otherwise have little or no access. 

 

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience, while providing quality health care and other services for the underserved. We utilize in-country professionals and offer practical experience through socially responsible programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire students to a lifestyle of service. 

 

Find out more:  www.ISLonline.org  Facebook    Twitter

 

11.  Marginalia:  Medical tourism to India is increasing.(!) 

Medical tourism to India is increasing. Here is a film about economy dentistry practised over there.

 

Bookings can be made via post only.

 

http://devour.com/video/the-dentist-of-jaipur/

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