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Caduceus Newsletter:  Summer 2013.03, August 

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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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Give up?  Then please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Classes are just around the corner, you know     
2.  The Unites States Air Force offers scholarships to attend allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools. 
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 15, 2013 issue. 
4.  Updates on Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, from William P. King, M.B.A.

Associate Vice President for Student Services. 
5.  HHS Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas.  
6.  Tufts University’s School of Medicine (Boston, MA) offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. 
7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 22, 2013 issue. 
8.  Nature Conservancy magazine’s digital edition is now available on the iPad. 
9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 29, 2013 issue. 
10.  Trinity School of Medicine offers an alternative pathway to a medical career.  (The Trinity School of Medicine campus is located in the Ratho Mill district of Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.) 
11.  International Service Learning will be sending global health teams to learn and service in Cuba, beginning in December, 2013.  
12.
  
Greenway Soirée, Benefitting the Wolf River Conservancy Presented by Memphis Orthopaedic Group, Saturday, September 21. 
13.  Wolf River Conservancy July 2013 e-newsletter.  

14.  Marginalia:  Can you name this old tool?  (A physician sent me this, so he oughta know.)   

 

1.  Classes are just around the corner, you know…    

Bwa-ha-ha!

That is all.

 

2.  The Unites States Air Force offers scholarships to attend allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools. 

AIR FORCE HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HPSP) FACTS

 

 SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED: 2, 3 or 4-year periods.  Candidates are expected to follow a schedule leading directly to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO).

 

 SCHOLARSHIPS COVER:  Full tuition and all required fees such as textbooks, small equipment, supplies needed for classes, and a monthly living allowance.

 

 STIPEND (monthly living allowance):  Currently $2,158 per month x 11 months = $23,738.00 annually. Monthly stipends are split and paid twice monthly usually on the 15th and 30th of each month.

 

 BONUS:  $20,000 onetime bonus paid to you during your first month of sponsorship to use as you please.

 

 COMMITMENT:  1 FOR 1 (example:  4 year scholarship requires a 4 year active duty commitment) Applicants selected will also be required to complete a 45-day clerkship annually.  During such time the monthly stipend will stop and you will receive commissioned officer active duty pay:

 

    *Round trip travel between university and training site is provided by Air Force.

 **During clerkship your dependents (wife, husband, children) will be authorized to use Armed Forces TRICARE health care facilities, base

      Exchanges/commissaries, and other base facilities/activities.

 

 REQUIREMENTS AFTER GRADUATION:  RESIDENCY is required.  This can be done at a civilian institution or an Air Force facility.  Like civilian organizations, the Air Force selects the best qualified candidates for each type of residency.  Needs of the Air Force come first.  Graduates of our residency programs have consistently ranked in the top 17th percentile on initial board exams in every training area we provide.

 

 ***Residency does not count toward your active duty commitment.

 ***You will not be taken from your residencies to go active duty General Medical Officers.  You will need to complete your residency         requirements in full in order to become an active duty Air Force Officer.

 

 ENTRY GRADE:  HPSP graduates will enter active duty in the rank of Captain (0-3)

 

 SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicant submits an application through the local Air Force Health Professions recruiter.  The selection board evaluates each application based on the "whole person" concept, awarding points in the following areas:

 -             Undergraduate GPA and school attended

 -             Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score

 -             Work experiences (example:  full/part time, direct patient care, research employment, etc.)

 -             Extracurricular activities  (sports, clubs, professional organizations, community involvement)

 -             Letters of reference  (VERY IMPORTANT)

 

 WHY ME?  WHY NOT?  Serving your country while bettering yourself is the greatest honor a person can know.  The patriotic spirits that founded the democratic freedoms we enjoy today are all but gone.  Everyone seems to have the mind set of  "The military is not for me, let someone else do it," or "What's in it for me?"  Some of us must step to the front and do what others can't or won't do.  You have the opportunity to serve your country and at the same time gain a very valuable medical education, at our expense. You'll be able to practice medicine the way it's meant to be, without insurance restrictions, fear of constant malpractice lawsuits, payrolls, hassles of hiring and firing employees, facilities overhead, too many or too few patients, and many other obstacles the private sector must deal with.  Our doctors can concentrate on their patient's well being.

 

 //SIGNED//

 Jacob R Brandis, TSgt, USAF

 

 Health Professions Recruiter

 342nd Air Force Recruiting Squadron

 331 Salem Place, Ste 250

 Fairview Heights, IL 62208

 

 Cell: 618-402-8491

 Office: 618-624-3795

 Fax: 618-624-6641

 Jacob.brandis@us.af.mil

 

 

3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 15, 2013 issue. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 15, 2013

•    Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Boosts NIH, Health Professions
     Funding
•    AAMC Responds to Revisions to Physician Payment Draft Legislation
•    Briefing Highlights Importance of Primary Care Workforce
•    IOM Releases Book Version of Health Care Costs Report


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Boosts NIH, Health Professions Funding

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved $164.3 billion for the FY 2014 Labor-HHS spending bill, which will restore funding for medical research and health professions training to pre-sequestration levels. The bill also rejects the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program. In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, M.D., praised the subcommittee for restoring funding “for essential federal health programs such as the National Institutes of Health, workforce development programs under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and other critical elements of the nation’s public health infrastructure.” 

AAMC Responds to Revisions to Physician Payment Draft Legislation

The AAMC submitted a comment letter on July 9 to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on their recently revised Medicare physician payment reform legislation. In the letter, the AAMC thanks the committee for their continued efforts to repeal the problematic sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and seeks to ensure the committee considers the interests of large academic clinical practices as they work to reform Medicare physician payment. Additionally, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on July 10 titled, “Repealing the SGR and the Path Forward: A View from CMS.” In his testimony, Jonathan Blum, acting principal deputy administrator and director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, suggested the Senate focus on how to set a realistic reimbursement for physician payments and how to “shift from paying for volume to paying for value.”  

Briefing Highlights Importance of Primary Care Workforce

The AAMC and other health organizations hosted a congressional briefing on July 8 to underscore the importance of primary care in the American health care system. Speakers focused on how primary care physicians promote care coordination, strengthen care for patients in community-based settings, and advance health care for veterans and other special populations. The event further highlighted the roles of academic medical centers and community health clinics in training tomorrow’s primary care providers. One of the speakers, Monica Mix, M.D., a resident physician in the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Primary Care Residency Program, expressed concern that physician shortages—in both primary and specialty care—will impede timely access to care, particularly for vulnerable patients. The briefing was organized by the Partnership for Primary Care Workforce, a coalition of professional, provider, and educational organizations that includes the AAMC.

IOM Releases Book Version of Health Care Costs Report

Best Care at Lower Cost
, a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in September 2012, is now available as a book. The report is the IOM’s most comprehensive look at the nation's health care issues and challenges, and includes updates on insights on the quality of care and chronicles the challenges of health care’s growing complexity, cost, and waste. According to the report, there is nearly $750 billion in unnecessary expenditures annually. To achieve higher quality care at lower cost, the IOM committee concludes it will require an across-the-board commitment to transform the U.S. health system into a "learning" system that continuously improves by systematically capturing and broadly disseminating lessons from every care experience and new research discovery.

 

4.  Updates on Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, from William P. King, M.B.A.

Associate Vice President for Student Services. 

Hello Everyone:  I hope you are having a terrific summer.  We have several pieces of news at VCOM and I wanted to share them with you.  Please also forward this e-mail on to your student e-mail list.

 

 

New Process Through AACOMAS for VCOM

 

1)      In prior years, AACOM had one single designation code on the AACOMAS application for both VCOM campuses.  This year, due to national requirements, VCOM has two separate codes under AACOMAS, one for the Virginia Campus and one for the Carolinas Campus.  Applicants may choose one campus or choose both VCOM campuses when they apply to AACOMAS. 

2)      We will continue to “screen” applications prior to inviting for a secondary application (so not everyone gets an invite; only those who meet our initial screening).  If eligible for a secondary, applicants will only have to complete one secondary application and they only pay one secondary fee even if they applied to our two campuses (to save them money and work). 

3)      I am pleased to report that we reduced the secondary fee this year from $85 to $50 to help out our applicants, knowing that if they chose to apply through AACOMAS to both VCOM campuses they would pay an “extra”  $35.  So, we won’t have applicants pay two secondary fees and the fee they do pay is $35 less than last year.

4)      For those who apply to both campuses, in our initial screening which occurs along with the secondary application screening, we will either ask them to choose or we will choose -- based on what we see as the best fit for VCOM and the applicant -- the one campus where their file will be reviewed for interview.  So, if they apply to both campuses they will only interview at one campus and potentially be offered a seat at that campus.

5)      If the applicant chooses to apply to just one campus we will proceed with giving them full consideration but at that one campus.  They do not need to feel they should “strategize.”  They should apply to one campus if they are only interested in the one and apply to both if they would like to be considered at both.    

 

New Program For Veterans:

 

I am very excited to share our new Veterans Admissions Scholarship which helps defray the cost of applying to medical school for our U.S. Military Veterans (or active duty who will be Veterans before matriculation).  Please share!   http://www.military.com/veterans-report/new-medical-scholarship-opportunity?ESRC=vr.nl

 

 

Your Students Should “Like” our Admissions Page:

 

We post fun and informative things on our page and welcome your students “Liking” us to get full access:

https://www.facebook.com/vcomadmissions?fref=ts

 

 

Open Houses:

 

VCOM will host and Open House on the Virginia Campus on November 2 and on the Carolinas Campus on November 9.  Students may learn more here (or our Facebook page): http://www.vcom.edu/admissions/

 

 

Thank you so much for everything you do to advise your students! 

 

Bill

 

William P. King, M.B.A.

Associate Vice President for Student Services

VCOM – Virginia and Carolinas Campuses

2265 Kraft Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24060

540-231-5992

bking@vcom.vt.edu

 

 

5.  HHS Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas.  

(July 17, 2013)  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its updated list of designated primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).  As a substantial number of designation and withdrawal requests come from the Primary Care Office (PCO) in state health departments and are reviewed and updated as necessary annually by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the list highlights provider shortages by demography, geography, and institution, identifying areas in which National Health Service Corps (NHSC) professionals may serve and entities that include clinical training sites in HPSAs may receive priority for HRSA residency training program grants.

Please note that HPSAs are currently updated on an ongoing basis based on the identification of new areas, population groups, and facilities and sites that meet the eligibility criteria or that no longer meet eligibility criteria and/or are being replaced by another type of designation. As such, additional HPSAs may have been designated. These newly designated HPSAs will be included in the next publication and are currently included in the daily updates posted on  http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/find.html.

For further information regarding shortage designation, please view the HRSA website: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/hpsas/faq.html. Frequently updated information on HPSAs is also available at http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov.  

 

6.  Tufts University’s School of Medicine (Boston, MA) offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. 

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The Tufts MBS Program

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Dear Colleague:


The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program at Tufts University School of Medicine is seeking to recruit students who have an interest in strengthening their academic credentials in pursuit of an advanced degree in medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine or biomedical research. The MBS Program, now in its 6th year, can provide your students with the following advantages:

 

  • Coursework that closely follows Tufts University School of Medicine's first-year medical curriculum that includes unique courses in computer-based anatomy, basic human pathology, and clinical medicine.
  • Early clinical exposure via a clinical medicine course that gives students a taste of patient care.
  • Individualized attention from an award winning faculty and senior administrators that are notably accessible to students.
  • Academic partners (faculty advisors) that mentor students on all matter of the program and serve as students' personal pre-med advisors.
  • Innovative technology with our award winning online curriculum database that covers virtually every course in the curriculum and contains a wealth of multimedia resources
  • An allocation of resources geared towards providing help with course and MCAT preparation.

 

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The Tufts MBS program has been designed specifically to provide an outstanding experience and high-quality educational opportunity for students wishing to become stronger applicants to medical school or to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to enter. We recognize that admission to medical school is highly competitive and many qualified applicants are turned away despite the national need for more physicians to be trained over the next several decades. Our goal is to give our students the best possible preparation for successful admittance to the schools of their choice. To give you an idea of the success of our program, an average of 87% of Tufts MBS graduates who apply to medical school are accepted, an average of 72% of students that apply to Tufts University School of Medicine's MD program are invited for an interview, and 35% are accepted.

 

 

Application Deadline

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There are still seats available for the 2013- 2014 academic year. Our

application deadline is Wednesday, 7/31/13 and we are happy to work with your students to expeditiously complete their admissions file. Additional information about Tufts University School of Medicine's MBS Program is available on our web site at http://go.tufts.edu/mbs. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at med-phpd@tufts.edu.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Alvar W. Gustafson, Ph.D.

Faculty Director, MS-Biomedical Sciences
  

Public Health & Professional Degree Programs 

Tufts University School of Medicine 

136 Harrison Avenue 

Boston, MA 02111 

med-phpd@tufts.edu 

617.636.0935 (phone)

617.636.0898 (fax)
http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Admissions.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/tuftspublichealth

 

7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 22, 2013 issue. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 22, 2013

•    AAMC Launches New Initiative to Enhance Opportunities for Medical
     Students and Faculty Worldwide
•    CMS Announces Results from First Year of Pioneer ACO Model
•    AAMC Comments on a CMS Medicaid DSH Proposed Rule
•    Social Media Resource Highlights Medical Research Discoveries
•    New Competition Calls for Videos Depicting the Future of Academic
     Medicine
•    Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar Open for Registration


AAMC Launches New Initiative to Enhance Opportunities for Medical Students and Faculty Worldwide

A new initiative to facilitate international engagement for medical students and faculty recently launched and will aid in the ongoing effort to develop cross-cultural understanding about health systems and approaches to medical care delivery for medical students studying in the U.S. and in other nations. The AAMC’s Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®) Collaborative (pronounced “glow”) comprises a network of U.S. and international medical schools and provides final-year medical students in the U.S. and abroad with international opportunities to pursue clinical, research, or public health electives. GHLO provides participating institutions with access to many services, including a Web-based application service created to foster collaboration between U.S. and international medical schools. The service streamlines the application process for cross-border medical school electives available to final-year medical and public health students by facilitating mobility to and from the U.S.—and from one international site to another—and enables home schools to endorse student applications and track progress.

CMS Announces Results from First Year of Pioneer ACO Model

Thirteen of the 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) produced shared savings in the first performance year, generating a gross savings of $87.6 million in 2012, according to results from the first year. The Pioneer ACO, launched through the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), was designed to allow provider groups to move more rapidly from a shared savings payment model to a population-based payment model, while working in coordination with private payers. Pioneer ACOs performed better than published rates in fee-for-service Medicare for all 15 clinical quality measures for which comparable data are available, including better control of hypertension and cholesterol. Despite overall positive performance, seven Pioneer ACOs that did not produce savings notified CMS that they intend to apply to another ACO model and two have notified CMS of their intent to leave the program. Pioneer ACO participants were selected in late 2011, and included 12 AAMC-member institutions.

AAMC Comments on a CMS Medicaid DSH Proposed Rule

A new formula proposed in May by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for additional payments made to hospitals that care for large numbers of uninsured patients would significantly reduce the amount they would receive in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The AAMC recently commented on the proposed rule and commended CMS for limiting this new payment methodology to two fiscal years to start, allowing time to assess the impact, especially at the institution level. The AAMC also supported the inclusion of weighted factors in the payment methodology that would prevent payment reductions for states with high levels of uninsured individuals and states that target their payments to disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) with high Medicaid volume or high levels of uncompensated care. In addition, the AAMC urged CMS to revise the definition of “uninsured” at the service level to include patients who lack insurance for the specific services provided, rather than only individuals who have no insurance.

Social Media Resource Highlights Medical Research Discoveries

The AAMC has announced a new social media resource to highlight federally funded medical research advances being made by scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. The new Tumblr feed also includes stories of patients who have benefited from advances in medical research. Searchable by state, disease category, institution, and funding source, the new Research Means Hope Tumblr feed currently includes more than 280 posts highlighting medical innovations, with more content (including videos, photos, and text) added by AAMC-member institutions on a daily basis. Over time, the AAMC hopes it will serve as a central repository for news about medical research advances by medical schools and teaching hospitals. To view the AAMC’s Research Means Hope Tumblr feed: medresearch.tumblr.com

New Competition Calls for Videos Depicting the Future of Academic Medicine

A new video competition asks participants to explore what U.S. medical schools will look like in 20 years. The AAMC recently launched “Light-years Beyond Flexner: Academic Medicine in 2033” and challenged its member medical schools to envision the innovations of the future of academic medicine. Schools interested in participating are asked to form a team and submit a two-minute video depicting any aspect of medical school or medical education 20 years into the future. The winning team will receive a “Golden Ticket” that is redeemable for one complimentary registration for entry into 11 major AAMC meetings in 2014. For full details and contest guidelines, visit www.aamc.org/lightyearsbeyondflexner.

Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar Open for Registration

The AAMC’s popular Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is being offered September 20–23 in New Orleans for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors) and postdocs who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. This three-day seminar provides participants with real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine, developing key professional competencies, building grant writing and communications skills, and expanding their network of colleagues and role models. Additionally, interested faculty who are preparing proposals for NIH K awards can apply to attend the K-Writers Coaching Group Workshop, which is offered on the first day of this seminar and online sessions for up to three months (A separate application is required for the K-Writers Workshop. The application deadline in August 9.) To learn more about both programs, please visit the Web site.

 

8.  Nature Conservancy magazine’s digital edition is now available on the iPad. 


We'd like to view the natural world through your lens! Share your unique perspective on our planet by entering Nature in Focus: The Nature Conservancy's 2013 Digital Photo Contest. Submit your photos now.
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New Magazine Edition Now Available

 

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Check out exclusive photo galleries, videos, audio commentary and interactive maps in Nature Conservancy magazine's digital edition for iPad.

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Dear Stan Eisen,

Nature springs to life in Nature Conservancy magazine's digital edition, available on the iPad.

This free app features exclusive photo galleries, videos, audio commentary and interactive maps in addition to the same engaging stories and stunning photography as the award-winning print magazine.

Download your free July/August issue on the iPad today to:

·         Explore the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and discover how America's most famous hike connects humans with nature and biodiversity to its future

 

·         Follow a remarkable 6,000-mile exploration of Latin America that blazed a path for modern conservation. Browse lithographs from Prussian scientist Alexander Von Humboldt's journey

 

·         Learn how loggers and conservationists are working together to restore Arizona's overgrown forests before tinderbox conditions spark the next megafire, packed with interactive features

Download the latest issue of Nature Conservancy magazine on the iPad and see how your support makes a difference in your region and around the world.

Sincerely,
[Signature]
Jen Winger
Digital Editor
Nature Conservancy Magazine

PHOTOS: Coral reef © Jeff Yonover/Tandemstock. Fireworker © Chris Crisman.

 

9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 29, 2013 issue. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 29, 2013

•    Registration Opens for AAMC’s Annual Meeting
•    IOM Committee Rejects Supporting Geographic Value Index for
     Medicare Payments
•    HHS Releases National Quality Report
•    Differences in Life Expectancy Still Exist for White and Black
     Populations
•    On The Move

Registration Opens for AAMC’s Annual Meeting


Register now for Learn ● Serve ● Lead: The AAMC 2013 Annual Meeting—the signature learning and networking event for academic medicine. Join the AAMC Nov. 1–6 in Philadelphia to engage with current and future leaders—deans, CEOs, faculty, administrators, residents, students, and other medical school and teaching hospital stakeholders—in critical conversations about the changing landscape of medical education, research, and patient care. Keynote speakers Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will engage in dynamic, insightful conversations about the critical political issues of the day. Plenary speakers, Ian Morrison, Daphne Koller, and Adam Grant will address their efforts to implement change in health care, education, and organizational culture. Additionally, this year, through the “Making the Most of the Annual Meeting” program, institutions that sign up as a team will receive a discount off their registration and a toolkit of guidelines and resources to help them take a strategic approach to the annual meeting. Please note that this year the meeting officially will kick off with the AAMC Leadership Plenary session on Saturday instead of Sunday (followed by the opening reception in the exhibit hall). For full program details, please visit the Web site.

IOM Committee Rejects Supporting Geographic Value Index for Medicare Payments

In its final report to Congress, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending decided not to recommend a geographically based value index for Medicare payments despite the fact that regional differences in Medicare and commercial health care spending and use continue to persist. In Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography, the IOM committee found that the majority of health care decisions are made at the provider or health care organization level, not by geographic units, so there is a possibility that low-value providers in high-value regions could be unfairly rewarded and high-value providers in low-value regions could be punished. The committee concluded that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “should continue to test payment reforms that offer incentives to providers to share clinical data, coordinate patient care, and assume some financial risk for the care of their patients.”

HHS Releases National Quality Report

Some progress is being made on decreasing the amount of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), dropping from145 HACs per 1,000 admissions to 142 in 2011, according to the 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The goal is to reduce preventable HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2014. The report, recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), "provides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability.” The first report, published in April 2012, offered an in-depth look at the implementation activities taking place across the federal government. This year's progress report focuses more on overall quality improvement and includes a few new items such as progress in reducing the burden of data collection for providers engaged in quality improvement.

Differences in Life Expectancy Still Exist for White and Black Populations

Although the disparity in life expectancy between the white and black populations has narrowed, there is still a difference of 3.8 years between the two according to the new data brief by the National Center for Health Statistics. This mainly was due to higher death rates for the black population from heart disease, cancer, homicide, diabetes, and perinatal conditions. The report How Did Cause of Death Contribute to Racial Differences in Life Expectancy in the United States in 2010? uses data from the National Vital Statistics System to show national differences in life expectancy at birth between the black and white populations. The report also found that overall life expectancy has gradually improved for the total population going from 70.8 years in 1970 to 78.7 years in 2010, an 11 percent increase.  

On The Move

Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., has been named the new dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He previously served as the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. Before joining RAND, he was a professor of emergency medicine and public health and associate dean for health policy at the Emory School of Medicine. He founded Emory's Department of Emergency Medicine and served as its first chair from 1999 to 2007. He succeeds Larry Laughlin, M.D., who stepped down earlier this year.

Paul Ogden, M.D., was recently named interim dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Ogden previously served as the college’s vice dean of academic affairs and as the regional chair of internal medicine for the medical school’s Bryan-College Station campus. He succeeds outgoing dean T. Samuel Shomaker, M.D., J.D., who will remain on staff as a special assistant to the interim president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, E.J. Pederson.
 

 

10.  Trinity School of Medicine offers an alternative pathway to a medical career.  (The Trinity School of Medicine campus is located in the Ratho Mill district of Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.) 

 

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Stan,
Re-Apply and Wait or Consider Alternate MD Routes
The U.S. Medical School Application cycle is in full swing for the 2014 Fall enrollment and if you were amongst the majority of applicants who did not gain admission for 2013, you may be pondering your next move.

How do you evaluate your options?
Contact the medical schools where you applied and get details on where you fell short. Do some research, visit the AAMC web site for data on recent applicants to see how your grades and scores compare to matriculantsMCAT Scores and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools, 2001-2012

If your MCAT Score is the issue, rushing a re-take isn't likely to solve your problem. Re-testing the same year aveages a 2 pt increase.  If your GPA is holding you back, there is no quick fix. To impact your GPA you're looking at a two year return to school or one to two years in a post bach or graduate program before you re-apply.

What is your ultimate goal? If it's to gain admission to a U.S. Medical School then do your homework and formulate a strategy to address your areas of weakness understanding that to execute your plan properly may require anywhere from one to three years. Or, if your real goal is to become a Physician, then consider an alternate path to earning your MD, one that does not greatly extend your timeline or tack on debt from additional education costs.  

MD timeline, U.S and Trinity SOM

Read the full article on our blog, you may have an options to get back on track sooner than later.   

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11.  International Service Learning will be sending global health teams to learn and service in Cuba, beginning in December, 2013.  

ISL

International Service Learning

Serving the global community, one adventure at a time!  

 

Students: Beginning in December, ISL will be sending global health teams to learn and serve in Cuba! Stay tuned for more information!

 

Faculty:  We can integrate your academic courses with our existing programs, allowing you to tailor the service learning experience to your educational goals. Students gain valuable skills and global perspective, while developing communities receive health services and medications to which they would otherwise have little or no access.  For more information on ISL’s Integrative Programs, contact Pepper Tucker: Pepper@ISLonline.org.

 

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience while providing quality health care and other services in developing communities. We utilize in-country professionals and offer programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire volunteers to a lifestyle of service. 

 

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12.   Greenway Soirée, Benefitting the Wolf River Conservancy Presented by Memphis Orthopaedic Group, Saturday, September 21. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

   

August 3rd

First Saturday Paddle

 

August 5th

Grasses are Great

 

August 10th

Stream Stroll

 

August 11th

Wolf River Paddle Trip

 

August 24th

Canoe Training for Beginners

 

August 30th

Family Paddle Trip

 

September 7th

Baker's Pond Hike and Hummingbird Festival 

 

September 7th

First Saturday Paddle

 

September 15th

Sunset Wolf River Paddle

 

September 21st

Greenway Soiree

 

October 5th

First Saturday Paddle

 

October 13th

Ghost River Eco Tour

 

October 26th

Clark Preserve Nature Walk 

 

October 26th

Fall Ghost River Eco Tour

 

October 27th

Fall Ghost River Paddle

2013

 Greenway Soirée

Benefitting the Wolf River Conservancy

Presented by

Memphis Orthopaedic Group

 

September 21st

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Wolf River Greenway

(Humpheys Blvd. and Walnut Grove Rd.)

 

Featuring Musical Guests

Sons of Mudboy

 

Held on the Wolf River Greenway with the beautiful Wolf River as your backdrop, the Greenway Soirée promises to be an evening filled with wonderful locally prepared food, great wine, beer from Ghost River Brewery, and dancing under the stars to live music by the Sons of Mudboy! So dress in your best 'wilderness chic' attire, bring a lounge chair and join us for a benefit of the 

Wolf River Greenway.

 

Tickets

 

Individual: $75  

VIP Package Individual: $125  

*VIP Includes separate tent with private bar along with event pint glass and other event merchandise*

Purchase Your Tickets Online Now!

 

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For Furthur Questions or Information Contact:

Emma Smith

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(901) 758-3853

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 21 and Up 

Lawn or Camping Chairs are Welcome

No Dogs Please 

 
         
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13.  Wolf River Conservancy July 2013 e-newsletter.  

Wolf River Conservacy

July 2013 ENEWSLETTER

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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

July 2013

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being the Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy is all the diverse and interesting people I get to meet through our work. Last Friday afternoon was no exception.

Several WRC staff members met with a group of engineers and scientists from Pakistan who were touring the United State in order to gain a better understanding on how to improve water resource management in their country. We all know there has been much damage to Pakistan as a result of the recent military conflict and disruption; predating these issues is the arid climate in most of the country and a lack of sufficient water supplies. You might appreciate that these visitors all agreed that Memphis had the best tasting tap water of all the communities they had visited on their trip, and were amazed by the bountiful clean water provided by our aquifer. Learn More...

Thank you for your support!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

More Stories

Mark Your Calendars for the Greenway Soiree!

With the beautiful Wolf River as your backdrop, the Greenway Soiree will be an evening filled with wonderful local food, great wine, beer from Ghost River Brewing, and dancing under the stars to live music by the Sons of Mudboy! Learn More...

Natural Highlights: False Nettle

In the heart of the Ghost River section, this common plant provides food for the caterpillars of the Red Admiral butterfly, and lacks the stinging hairs of Stinging Nettle. Learn More...

Please Welcome Our Newest Staff Members!

Emma Smith and Ryan Hall have recently joined the staff of the Wolf River Conservancy, bringing expertise in communications and forestry. Learn More...

Cleaning Up the Bateman to Moscow Section

25 volunteers picked up trash along this favorite stretch of the Wolf on July 13th. Learn More...

New Michigan City to LaGrange River Trail

The wildest section of the Wolf now has a new, navigable trail. Learn More...

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Upcoming Events

August 3

First Saturday Paddle

 

August 5

Summer Lecture Series: Grasses are Great!

 

August 10

Wolf River Stream Stroll

 

August 11

Wolf River Paddle Trip

 

August 24

Canoe Training for Beginners

 

August 30

Family Paddle Trip

 

Sept. 7

Baker's Pond Hike and Hummingbird Festival

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14.  Marginalia:  Can you name this old tool?  (A physician sent me this, so he oughta know.)  


   CAN  YOU NAME THIS OLD TOOL?

                              I thought you would enjoy this

                       educational moment in American  history.

                       Do  you know what it is? Give  it a guess,

                               then look below for the answer.

  

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Hint:

  It was used by a physician .........



Hint:

  It's a kit ........


Give up?



 

 

 

 

It is a Tobacco Smoke Enema (1750s-1810s)


The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient's rectum for various medical purposes, primarily attempting the resuscitation of drowning victims. 

 

A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected

to a fumigator and a bellows that forced the smoke upwards into the rectum. 

 

The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but eventual doubts about the efficacy of 'tobacco enemas' led to the popular phrase:
"Blowin' smoke up your a__".

 



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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
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