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1.   George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) offers a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 
2.  The question was, “How will nanobots change medicine? 
3.  The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges announces that Colorado now licenses and recognizes naturopathic physicians. 
4.  Georgetown University Medical Center (Washington, D.C.) offers a Master’s Degree program in Complementary & Alternative (CAM). 
5.  Inside OME (Osteopathic Medical Education), June 2013 issue. 
6.  Received this week. 
7.  The Soul of Bioethics: June 20, 2013 issue. 
8.  AMA Declares Obesity of Disease.  From Medscape.com. 
9.  Summer Events for All at Maryland University of Integrative Health.  
10.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting Open House events for the Graduate and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs.  
11.  Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) offers a Master’s Degree in Biomedicine. 
12.  Wolf River Conservancy June 2013 E-Newsletter. 
13.  Union University’s “Future Pharmacist:  School of Pharmacy Newsletter”, Summer 2013 issue.  (Thanks to Ms. Aven Humphreys for sending me this.) 

14.  Marginalia I:  I would not have believed this fish story if it weren’t for the photographs, which appear legit and not photoshopped. 
15.  Marginalia II:  You know it’s hot when 


1.   George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) offers a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 


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2.  The question was, “How will nanobots change medicine?” 

Published on May 17, 2013

Nano-robots that fix tissues and control drugs have been envisioned for over 30 years. Now, using DNA origami and molecular programming, they are reality. These nanobots can seek and kill cancer cells, mimic social insect behaviors, carry out logical operators like a computer in a living animal, and they can be controlled from an Xbox. Ido Bachelet from the bio-design lab at Bar Ilan University explains this technology and how it will change medicine in the near future.

Ido Bachelet earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T. and Harvard University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Nano-Center at Bar Ilan University, Israel, the founder of several biotech companies, and a composer of music for piano and molecules.
Website: http://dogbach.wix.com/rebit/
Email: ido.bachelet@biu.ac.il


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3.  The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges announces that Colorado now licenses and recognizes naturopathic physicians. 


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper paved the way for naturopathic doctors (NDs) to become an essential part of the state health care system by approving a measure requiring naturopathic doctors to obtain a license to practice medicine. The bill, which goes into law in January of 2014, will make Colorado the 17th state to require licensure for NDs.


We were already planning a prospective student forum in conjunction with our annual conference in Keystone, Colorado on July 13, 2013.  Now there is even more reason for celebration.


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In health,


Dr. Jo


JoAnn L. Yanez, ND, MPH

Executive Director

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges www.AANMC.org



4.  Georgetown University Medical Center (Washington, D.C.) offers a Master’s Degree program in Complementary & Alternative (CAM). 

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5.  Inside OME (Osteopathic Medical Education), June 2013 issue. 

Please find our June 2013 e-newsletter, Inside OME, with many timely articles of interest for you and your aspiring pre-medical students.  The launch of the 2014 AACOMAS Application, Two COMs Announce Approval of New Campus Locations, Dr. Shannon’s article, Innovation is Key to Success in Alleviating U.S. Physician Workforce Shortage, and much more that is taking place across the nation at Osteopathic Medical Schools.  We hope many of your applicants will be able to attend recruitment events taking place across the nation at our member medical schools by checking out our Recruitment Calendar.

Happy Summer everyone!


Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.

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Dr. ShannonInnovation is Key to Success in Alleviating U.S. Physician Workforce Shortage

Dr. Shannon discusses HRSA's Teaching Health Center (THC) GME Program as one approach to addressing the nation's physician workforce shortage. Read more

Leadership Updates
KCUMB and DMU-COM announce leadership changes. Read more

2014 AACOMAS Application Now Open
The centralized application service for the nation's osteopathic medical schools is now accepting applications for fall 2013.
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Nation's COMs Celebrate 2013 Commencements
Congratulations to all of the 2013 osteopathic medical school graduates! Read more

Two COMs Announce Approval of New Campus Locations
Two of the nation's colleges of osteopathic medicine have received final approval to move forward with plans for new extension campuses. Read more

AACOM Announces 2013 Medical Education Research Grant Awardees
Seventeen COM educators receive grants to fund medical education and institutional research projects. Read more

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Awards Grants to Two Osteopathic Medical Schools
Two osteopathic medical schools to be awarded funding for geriatric training programs. Read more

The AOF Announces New Scholarship in Honor of Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA
The leadership efforts of Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, have inspired the foundation of an endowed scholarship. Read more

Introducing AACOM OHPI Keith Egan
AACOM welcomes its second 2013 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI), a fourth-year student from UNECOM. Read more

OHPI Spotlight
Roberto J. Fernandez, DO, MPH, reflects upon his experience serving as AACOM's inaugural 2013 osteopathic health policy intern. Read more

2013-2014 Stemmler Fund Grant Application Deadline Approaching
Letter of intent submissions are due July 1. Read more

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Federal Updates

CMS Announces Teaching Hospitals Closure & Opportunity to Apply for Available Slots

CMS Releases Second Round of Health Care Innovations Awards Funding Opportunity

AACOM and AOA Jointly Nominate Osteopathic Physician to the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

AACOM-AAMC Submit Joint Comments to USDE Regarding Gainful Employment and Student Loan Repayment

HHS Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services

AACOM Joins HPNEC Letter Urging Congressional Subcommittee Leadership for $520 Million Funding for Title VII & Title VIII Programs in FY14

PCORI Announces $81 Million in Primary Research Funding

NIH Pain Consortium Hosts 8th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research

HHS Seeks Nominations to National Vaccine Advisory Committee

AACOM GR Staff Attends NIH NACCAM 49th Council Meeting

AACOM GR Staff Participates in Institute of Medicine Workshop on Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families

Additional Federal Updates

Campus Roundup

ATSU-SOMA Enters Partnership to Establish the First Residency and Medical Training Community Campus in Washington, DC

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging Earns NICHE Certification

PCOM Hosts the 2013 National SOSA Convention

VCOM Students Participate in Terrorism Response Training

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6.  Received this week. 

·         Washington University (St. Louis) School of Medicine Viewbook 2013-14.  (Copies in the BBB/PHP lounge.)


7.  The Soul of Bioethics: June 20, 2013 issue. 



                THE SOUL OF BIOETHICS

                         (June 20, 2013)


                Edited by H.R. Moody


         - Soul in the Hospital

         - Sacred Dying

         - Urban Legends of Aging: 4% Fallacy

         - Caregiving Dreams

         - Case Study: Dementia Care

         - Web Sites to See

         - Books of Interest

         - Transience of Life


I encourage you to subscribe to “HealthCare Chaplaincy Today,” the free, twice monthly e-newsletter for the latest developments on the integration of palliative care and multifaith spiritual care at http://bit.ly/hycJ2O




                SOUL  IN THE HOSPITAL


       "A few weeks ago I had an accident.  I fell on my hip. 

There it was ... a broken hip...


    I’m in the hospital getting my hip repair.  Hospitals are

body-oriented.   It’s the body shop.  To most of the hospital

staff I am the old guy in Room 322 with a broken hip.  That’s who I am in their minds.  They are the nurses and doctors, they’re the professionals and they must know, right? 


     But, don’t we also have a spiritual identity?  Aren’t we also souls?  The overwhelming mindset of the hospital is, no, we are not souls, we are just bodies.  Now, my view is that I am in this

 incarnation to learn about my true self, to learn about my soul.  

Along the way I have also learned a lot about strokes and broken hips. 

I have found you can think about them in many different ways.


     Did I lose my soul in the hospital?   Well, maybe I lost my

connection with my soul for awhile, but I didn’t lose my soul. 

Where could it go?  I’m still here.  I have a new hip.

 I’m even hipper than I was."


From Ram Dass, "Content To Be" Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (2011), Vol. 43, pp. 246-252.


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                         SACRED DYING


     "In Western society, many people have lost touch with the spiritual aspect of death and dying. Medicine and technology, while valiantly saving lives, treat death as a failure or an embarrassment. How can the dying reclaim grace and dignity for themselves? How do we refocus attention on the profound spiritual experience that is fundamental to the end-of-life process?"


     To learn more about answers to these questions, explore the Sacred Dying Foundation at:



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                URBAN LEGENDS OF AGING:

                      The Four Percent Fallacy


     "Only 4 percent of older people live in nursing homes."


      This one is a half-truth propagated by well-intentioned advocates like to portray old age in "happy talk," without any downside.


      Alas, long-term care is much more likely to be part of our future than many people believe.  The 4% number is accurate but the number applies only at a single point in time.  But on a life-span basis, 40%  or more of those who reach age 65 will spent time in a long-term care facility before they die.  One more example of the fallacy of cross-sectional versus longitudinal comparison.



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                         CAREGIVING DREAMS


     Consider the following dream of a woman whose father had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.  There was a period when her father's deterioration created such a burden that she lost interest in anything else in life.  During that period she had the following dream:


                     DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY


     Her father was in a car rolling slowly downhill, but for some reason he was unable to step on the brakes. Terrified, she ran after the car and grabbed the bumper, pulling backward with all her strength to keep it from rolling any further. But the car continued to roll forward, dragging her through thorny underbrush and forcing her to let go. Then she ran in front of the car and stopped it with her hands, straining to hold it in place, but it kept pushing forward until, in order to save her life, she was forced to jump clear.



    When this dreamer awakened, she understood immediately that the car rolling inexorably downhill symbolized the trajectory of Alzheimer's.  Neither she nor her father nor anyone else could stop it from running its course. "Of course I kept on helping take care of my father," she said. "And I loved him just as much as ever.

But I tried not to let the disease run me down and destroy me, too. I knew that's what my father would want me to do: jump clear."



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                    CASE STUDY: Dementia Care


    Alice watched her mother's long slide into Alzheimer's type dementia certain that her mother's careful attention to advance planning would be able to prevent her worst nightmares.  What happened in practice is another story:



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                    WEB SITES TO SEE


     JUSTICE BETWEEN GENERATIONS.  Look at "Think Long,"

which contains presentations from the programs sponsored by the Oxford University Center on Aging, at:



     REGRETS. What are the top five regrets of the dying?  Find out now at:



     ZEN BUDDHISM. Learn more about the Zen Center for Contemplative Care at:



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                BOOKS OF INTEREST


ETHICS, HEALTH POLICY AND (ANTI-) AGING: Mixed Blessings, edited by Maartje Schermer and Wim Pinxten (Springer, 2012).


THE INEVITABLE HOUR: A History of Caring for Dying Patients in America, by Emily K. Abel ( Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2013).


METHODS IN MEDICAL ETHICS: Critical Perspectives, by Tom Tomlinson (Oxford University Press, 2012).





    "As we grow older and draw nearer to physical death,

    we inevitably become more conscious of the transience

    of our life here and of the world to which we unduly



                                     -Hugh L'Anson Fausset

                                      Towards Fidelity (1952)




This electronic newsletter, edited by Harry (Rick) Moody, is published by HealthCare Chaplaincy and co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs at AARP.


The opinions stated are those of Mr. Moody and may not necessarily reflect those of HealthCare Chaplaincy or AARP.


To submit items of interest or request subscription changes, contact H.R. Moody at soulofbioethics@yahoo.com


HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York is a leader in the research, education and practice of multifaith spiritual care within health care and palliative care, and the only organization that does all three. HealthCare Chaplaincy provides professional chaplaincy services—one of the most cost-effective resources to increase patient, family, and staff satisfaction—in major metro New York health care facilities. Since 1961 it has helped close to 6 million patients, loved ones and hospital staff find meaning and comfort – whatever their religion, beliefs, values or culture. Now in collaboration with the California State University Institute for Palliative Care it is providing the first online professional certificate course in palliative care for chaplains and other spiritual care providers.  Also, it is developing the National Center for Palliative Care Innovation, including an enhanced assisted living residence. Learn more at www.healthcarechaplaincy.org



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8.  AMA Declares Obesity of Disease.  From Medscape.com. 

From Medscape.com:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/806566?nlid=31783_1049&src=wnl_edit_dail&uac=40240FX


AMA Declares Obesity a Disease

Marcia Frellick

Jun 19, 2013

CHICAGO — Physicians voted overwhelmingly to label obesity as a disease that requires a range of interventions to advance treatment and prevention.

However, there was impassioned debate in the hours before the vote here at the American Medical Association (AMA) 2013 Annual Meeting.

Although policies adopted by the House of Delegates have no legal standing, decisions are often referenced in influencing governmental bodies. This decision could have implications for provider reimbursement, public policy, patient stigma, andInternational Classification of Diseases coding.

"Obesity is a pathophysiologic disease. There is a treatment for this disease; it involves behavioral modifications, medications, and surgeons. Obesity affects minorities disproportionately," said Jonathan Leffert, MD, alternate delegate for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. "The scientific evidence is overwhelming."

Melvyn Sterling, MD, said this brings to mind to the debate over whether hypertension is a disease.

"I'm a general internist, among other things, and I treat the complications of this disease. It's interesting to look back in history at a time when hypertension was not thought to be a disease," said Dr. Sterling, who is from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section, but was speaking for himself. "Obesity is a disease. It's very, very, very clear that even though not every hypertensive gets a stroke and not every obese person suffers the complications, that does not change the fact that this is a disease."

Some Not Convinced

Others testified that the measure for determining obesity is imperfect and although it is an epidemic, obesity does not meet the criteria for disease.

Russell Kridel, MD, incoming chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSPH), told Medscape Medical Newsthat there is no debate about the importance and urgency of addressing the problem, but he doesn't believe it qualifies as a disease.

"It's more like smoking. Smoking isn't a disease. Smoking can cause disease such as lung cancer and emphysema in the same way that obesity can lead to diabetes and hypertension," he explained. "We're really talking nomenclature here, not philosophy."

He noted that behavior and dietary choices play a part in obesity. "Thirty years ago, we did not have the obesity problem we have now. If you look scientifically at what has changed, our diet has changed. There's been no change in our genetic structure in the past 30 years."

Dr. Kridel said he would like to see more attention focused on prevention and personal responsibility. The CSPH issued a 14-page report opposing the classification of obesity as a disease.

"We did not think the evidence rose to the level where obesity could be recognized as its own distinct medical disease state. Obesity is a very serious condition. It's a scourge on our nation. It's an epidemic. It's a significant risk factor for many other diseases," said Robert Gilchick, MD, speaking on behalf of the CSPH. "But that does not alone make it a distinct medical disease state."

He explained that because body mass index, an imperfect measure, is used to determine obesity, people who are otherwise healthy are being diagnosed as obese.

"Why should one third of Americans be diagnosed as having a disease if they aren't necessarily sick?" he asked.

One Third of Americans

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of Americans are obese. Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, are some of the leading causes of preventable death.

In other AMA actions, a policy that supports banning the marketing and sale of high-energy drinks to anyone younger than 18 years was adopted.

Also accepted was a policy that supports letting students have sunscreen at school without restrictions. Currently, most states don't allow students to possess over-the-counter medications in school without a note from a physician. Sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter medication because it is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.


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Send comments and news tips to news@medscape.net.

Cite this article: AMA Declares Obesity a Disease. Medscape. Jun 19, 2013.



9.  Summer Events for All at Maryland University of Integrative Health.  

Maryland University of Integrative Health

Summer Events for All at MUIH

Join us in person, online, or by phone this summer to learn about nutrition, herbs, yoga therapy, our academic programs, and more! Click on the title for details and to register for each of our upcoming free events and continuing education opportunities.


Webinar: The Power of Raw and Living Foods
Free Event
Tue. July 2, 7 – 8 p.m. online
What power lies in adding a higher amount of raw plant-based foods into your nutrition program? Learn highlights of the raw foods diet and kitchen.

Yoga Therapy Career Panel
Free Event
Wed. July 10, 7 – 9 p.m. at MUIH
Hear about the journey of several enthusiastic yoga therapists who have built successful practices.

Herb Walk
Free Event
Wed. July 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at MUIH
A relaxing and informative tour of the MUIH herb garden and surrounding property.

Herbal Medicine and Food Show
Free Event
Sun. July 28, 4 – 6 p.m. at MUIH
Experience the amazing world of herbs through samples and helpful information from MUIH herbal medicine students.

Webinar: American Ginseng: Stimulant or Relaxant?
Free Event
Mon. July 15, 12 – 1 p.m. online
Join us for a critical analysis of both the traditional herbal knowledge and evidenced based research on this commonly used herb.

Graduate Programs Open House
Free Event
Wed. July 17, 7 – 9 p.m. at MUIH
Attend our open house to learn more about MUIH's graduate programs.

Research Day
Free Event
Fri. July 19, 4 – 8 p.m. at MUIH
MUIH Research Day is an opportunity for students and faculty to share significant work that advances the knowledge of their discipline.

How to Restore Vitality and Relaxation with Herbs
Free Event
Tues. July 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at MUIH
Discover how medicinal plants can help you achieve balance and vitality in today's hectic world.


Internet Marketing for Health Professionals
Paid Event
July 6 – 7, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at MUIH
Take a “deep dive” into online marketing tactics by learning how to create a signature clinical program. Open to all healthcare professionals.

Energetics of Food
Paid Event
July 27 – 28, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at MUIH
How to cleanse toxins or purge parasites, choose whole food supplements, reduce or build up body mass, and overcome infections, arthritis, cancer or fatigue. Open to everyone.

Redefining Health
Paid Event
Sat. Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at MUIH
A weekend workshop for personal reflection and transformation

NCCAOM Review Course
Paid Event
Wednesdays, Sept. 4 – Dec. 4, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at MUIH
This 14-week course is designed to prepare students for the NCCAOM certification in acupuncture.

Building, Managing, and Marketing Your Practice
Free Event
Sat. Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at MUIH
This seminar is designed to prepare you to establish and manage a successful and profitable business or clinical practice.



10.  The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting Open House events for the Graduate and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs.  

Graduate Programs Open House on Wednesday, July 10th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.  The following programs will be represented that evening: Biomedical Sciences, Physician Assistant Studies, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Organizational Development and Leadership, Forensic Medicine and Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology.


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Open House on Tuesday, July 23rd from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.   Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative therapy and life in medical school.


Attendees at both Open Houses will have the opportunity to connect with faculty, currently enrolled students and tour the campus. Refreshments will be served both evenings; additional details can be found at pcom.edu, with registration available on line.


Thank you for all of your support. We are looking forward to working with you and your students throughout the coming year!





Deborah A. Benvenger

Chief Admissions Officer

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

4170 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

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11.  Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) offers a Master’s Degree in Biomedicine. 


From the NAAHP listserv:


EMU Biomed


EMU's MA in biomedicine program is a new interdisciplinary postbaccalaureate program with three tracks designed to prepare students for entrance into medical school, teaching or work in biomedicine.

Who is the program for?

Have you dreamed of becoming a physician or dentist or physical therapist? Then consider the MA in biomedical science track, built upon the proven success of EMU's undergraduate premedical program. During the past 20 years more than 85% of our undergraduate student applicants have successfully gained entrance into medical school.


Are you an educator who wants to increase your skills and knowledge in biomedicine in order to teach more effectively? Or, do you want to prepare to teach biomedicine or biology courses in a community college or technical school? Then consider the MA in biomedical teaching track, offered in collaboration with EMU's graduate program in education.

Do you want to work in administration within health care or biomedical settings? Then consider the MA in biomedical leadership track, offered in collaboration with EMU's MBA program.


Distinguishing characteristics of our biomedical science track:

  • Small, personable and caring. Built on a cohort model of 15 students who enter the program each fall.
  • Transdisciplinary with quality teaching in basic natural sciences (biology, organic chemistry, physics and mathematics), social sciences, ethics and religion, and cross-cultural courses.
  • Faculty member assigned to one-on-one advising for each student.
  • Assist in placing students in clinical practicum experiences.
  • Specialized tutorial help in foundational courses.
  • Periodic seminars on different health-related fields.
  • Supports MCAT preparation and the medical school application process.
  • Offers selected financial aid opportunities through teaching assistantships and scholarships.
  • Holistically promotes broad understanding of biomedicine.
  • Designed to enhance student success.

We believe that health involves the whole person. In our program, you will explore the physical, mental, spiritual and social dimensions of the person.

We believe that Christian faith is a vital dimension in our experience and motivates our compassion, attitude and relationship with others.

The MA degree is awarded with satisfactory completion of 48 graduate credit hours. A certificate can be awarded upon the completion of 28 credit hours.


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12.  Wolf River Conservancy June 2013 E-Newsletter. 

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June 2013

Last week I had the good fortune to take a field trip with Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), which supports worldwide research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. Ed is one of the authors of Green Infrastructure – Linking Landscapes and Communities, a book which has influenced many urban planning projects with its emphasis on greenspace and connectivity. Ed was visiting Memphis in order to see some of our city's developing projects, e.g., the Wolf River Greenway, Shelby Farms Park, the Harrahan Bridge project, and others. He liked what he saw.

Connecting green spaces is the driving mission of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Consortium, an all-volunteer group that is helping to implement Shelby County's $2.6 million dollar sustainable planning grant. The final result of the MRGC’s work will be a plan that will identify all of the natural resources and green spaces that should be protected and connected in our community. The Wolf River Conservancy is pleased to be participating in the Regional Greenprint planning process, and to be part of a community with such a wealth of natural resources and green spaces.

As always, thank you for your support.

Keith Cole

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13.  Union University’s “Future Pharmacist:  School of Pharmacy Newsletter”, Summer 2013 issue.  (Thanks to Ms. Aven Humphreys for sending me this.) 

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Summer 2013 Union University School of Pharmacy Newsletter


Below are the most recent highlights and events from the UUSOP. We encourage you to read the full articles on our newsletter website.  

Dean Sheila Mitchell

Dean's Corner

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..."

Well, not quite that easy! But it is a change of pace for our students and all of us at the Union University School of Pharmacy.

Greetings to you all as we have finished up the spring semester and settled into our summer routine!

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Honors and Awards

Class of 2013: Honors and Awards

On the morning of May 18, 2013, the Class of 2013 held their Honors & Awards Ceremony. See the list of students who received awards from industry partners and the Union University School of Pharmacy.

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Alumni News

Alumni News

Residencies, Weddings, Births and Employment updates from Alumni of the Union University School of Pharmacy.

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PGY1 Residency Update

PGY1 Residency Update

On July 1, 2013, Megan Calk from Texas A&M University and Kyle O'Brien from the University of Tennessee became the first PGY1 residents at the UUSOP. The PGY1 program offers a broad exposure to pharmacy services in community, ambulatory care and institutional settings, along with a strong pedagogy component.

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Research Update


Research Update

After considerable design and synthesis work by a number of students, the first generation of a new class of potential anti-anthrax agents were submitted for biological testing.

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Experiential Update


Experiential Update

The Annual Preceptor Appreciation Banquet was held on Tuesday, April 30th at the Carl Grant Events Center on the Union University Campus. The evening featured a presentation by Dr. John Bridges, Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women located in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Bridges has served as a Clinical Preceptor for the school of pharmacy since its inception. The banquet also gave the opportunity to recognize preceptor of the year award recipients.

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Faculty and Staff News

Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Jones, Assistant Dean of Student Services and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, who has been appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) national Council on Education and Workforce Development for the 2013-2014 year.

We are also thrilled to recognize several for their board certifications and promotions.

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The latest scholarship from Union University School of Pharmacy faculty members including research poster presentations and published journal articles.

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Interviews for the Class of 2017 are complete. We have a diverse group of students joining us this fall and they are very eager to start the program. The application process is now open for the Class of 2018. Admissions Interview Days will begin in October. The Office of Admissions at the Union University School of Pharmacy announced the launch of the Pharmacy Early Admission Program (PEAP) this summer.

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Five faculty members, one alumnus and 27 students from the UUSOP went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 5-12, 2013, with World Gospel Outreach to participate in a medical mission trip.

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Student News and Organization Updates


Student News and Organization Updates

Updates from current student and various student organizations within the School of Pharmacy.

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The UUSOP Office of Pharmacy Outreach has been very busy participating in more than 40 graduate and health care professions career fairs, presentations on "Pharmacy as a Career," and professional conferences across the United States. Read more about this and other exciting events such as the Area Relief Ministry’s Christmas Toy Store and West Tennessee Healthcare's Adventures in Health Care event.

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Union University School of Pharmacy


Admissions, Kristina Martin, khmartin@uu.edu, 731.661.5910
Aven Humphreys, ahumphreys@uu.edu, 731.661.5979


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14.  Marginalia I:  I would not have believed this fish story if it weren’t for the photographs, which appear legit and not photoshopped. 



Fish Story.........


A guy who lives at Lake Saint Marys (60 miles north of Dayton , OH ) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange in the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish that had apparently tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to, because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface.

The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut
the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish.

You probably wouldn't have believed this,

if you hadn't seen the following pictures:





Be kinder than necessary

Because sometimes

everyone bites off

more than they can chew

in life... 


15.  Marginalia II:  You know it’s hot when… 
















Stay cool !

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

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Memphis, TN 38104

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