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Caduceus Newsletter  Summer 2015.01:  June 2015  

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Table of Contents:

1.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, May 4, 2015 edition.   
2. 
The Program in Narrative Medicine of Columbia University and AMSA are co-sponsoring an intensive Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine, Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12, 2015. 
3.  Received this month.  
4.  Loyola University (Chicago, IL) offers a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program.  
5. 
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting grant applications for the fiscal year 2015 cycle of the Preventive Medicine Residency with Integrative Health Care Training Program. 
6.  The American Dental Education Association announces is 2015 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair for individuals planning on applying to the 2016 application cycle. 
7. 
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is pleased to announce that we have reassessed the eligibility criteria for the VMCAS 2016 Fee Reimbursement Program.
 
8.  Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition offers a One-Year MS Nutrition Program.  

 

1.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, May 4, 2015 edition.   

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

May 4, 2015

Medical School Enrollment to Approach 30 Percent Increase by 2019

U.S. medical schools are on target to reach a nearly 30 percent increase in enrollment by 2019, according to results of the annual Medical School Enrollment Survey released by the AAMC during the 11th annual Health Workforce Research Conference. The report shows that first-year medical school enrollment in 2019-20 will reach 21,304—a 29.2 percent increase over the baseline enrollment level in 2002-03 and only 130 positions shy of the 30 percent target the AAMC called for in 2006 to address a projected physician shortage. "With the United States facing a shortage of up to 90,000 physicians by 2025, we are pleased to see our nation's medical schools increasing enrollment, both through the expansion of existing medical schools and the establishment of new ones," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.

AAMC Commends Introduction of GME Expansion Legislation

Last week, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015 was introduced in both the House and Senate by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.), Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The bills (H.R. 2124 and S. 1148) will provide a modest increase in Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) by creating an additional 15,000 residency slots over five years. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, commended the introduction of the bills noting that increased federal support for GME is a key part of a multi-pronged approach to meet the health care needs of our nation's growing and aging population.

21st Century Cures Discussion Draft Includes Language to Increase NIH Funding

A bipartisan group of key members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), released a discussion draft as part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative that includes language that would authorize and provide increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legislative draft includes $10 billion over the next five years in mandatory funding through an NIH Innovation Fund. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, applauded the representatives for their work and noted the significance of NIH-funded research to improving the nation's health, sustaining leadership in medical research, and remaining competitive in today's global information and innovation-based economy.

AAMC Publication Features Key Medical School Data, Trends

The 2015 edition of the AAMC Data Book: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers provides key data and trends on medical schools and teaching hospitals in 81 tables across 12 topic areas. The book includes information on the number of medical schools; medical school applicant, student, and graduate characteristics; tuition and fees; faculty salaries; teaching hospital finances; and more. Trend data inform topics such as the attractiveness of medicine as a career; the diversity of applicants, matriculants, students, and graduates; and the growth of U.S. medical schools.

Health Equity Research Snapshot Focuses on Mental Health Disparities

The second annual Health Equity Research Snapshot, developed by the AAMC to highlight promising new health equity research underway at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals, includes videos highlighting mental health research in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The featured projects represent research on a wide array of mental health outcomes and populations and demonstrate how research at every stage-from genetic to health policy research-contributes to closing or narrowing gaps in health and health care. The Health Equity Research Snapshot is part of a broader effort to build health equity research and promote health equity as a goal of research, quality improvement, and clinical activities at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.

On the Move

The NIH has named Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, as director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, effective Sept. 2015. Pérez-Stable comes to NIH from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. He is also director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, which is addressing issues for African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive health.

 

2.  The Program in Narrative Medicine of Columbia University and AMSA are co-sponsoring an intensive Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine, Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12, 2015. 

 

The AMSA/Columbia Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine

Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12, 2015

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY

http://bit.ly/1K8KoPQ

The Program in Narrative Medicine of Columbia University and AMSA are co-sponsoring an intensive Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine. We are seeking pre-medical students, medical students, and those studying in other health care fields, who want to develop knowledge and skill in Narrative Medicine. This five-day institute will deliver keynote lectures and small-group training in the fundamentals of narrative approaches to clinical care.

  • Receive intensive training in close reading, creative writing, and reflective practice;
  • Learn from the national leaders in inter-professional and inter-disciplinary education and team-building;
  • Hands-on creative projects in language, visual art, performance art, and multi-media;
  • Study with Master of Science in Narrative Medicine graduates, students, and faculty;
  • Visit New York resources in the arts, music, and theater.

Register at http://bit.ly/1K8KoPQ

Registration: $375 (AMSA members) // $425 (non-members; this reg fee includes a membership)

Registration deadline: Sunday, May 24, 2015

Registration fee includes breakfast/lunch each day; does not include transportation, hotel, or other meals.

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Jeffrey Koetje, M.D.
Director of Experiences
American Medical Student Association
jkoetje@amsa.org

718.915.0493 (mobile)

amsa.org

 

 

 

3.  Received this month.  

·         Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges:  Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements, 2015 Edition for 2016 Matriculation (Available for review in my office):

·         Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Viewbook (Available in the BBB/PHP lounge)

 

 

4.  Loyola University (Chicago, IL) offers a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program.  

 

 

 

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Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program

 

The M.A. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program prepares students for successful entry into medical school programs. Our faculty are well-respected leaders in their fields, who provide up-to-date lectures that are at the forefront of modern biology. The small size of the program ensures that students receive highly individualized attention throughout their time at Loyola. In addition to coursework, students also receive one-on-one advising about their medical school application from a professional pre-health advisor and MAMS faculty. Our history of preparing and advising pre-medical students has made the MAMS program one of the most successful post-baccalaureate programs in the United States with a 95% rate of admission to medical school within the last 3 years. 

 

 

Academic Excellence 

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Challenging graduate level courses that can include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Genetics, Advanced Biochemistry, Advanced Cell Biology, Advanced Developmental Biology, Advanced Neurobiology, Medical Literature and Ethics, and additional special electives. 

 

 

Externship Assistance

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Identification of volunteer opportunities to enhance medical school applications. The MAMS program partners with multiple hospitals and clinics in Chicago to help you secure a position that places you in a clinical setting outside of class hours. 

 

 

Placement Services

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Advising with MAMS faculty mentors and advisers and our partnership with the Loyola Pre-Health Professions Office, which has led over 95% of our graduates to matriculate to medical school within two years of receiving the M. A. in Medical Sciences.   

 

 

Skills Development

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Our outstanding workshop series is designed to help students develop the strongest medical school application possible, offering opportunities for writing and interview skill development.  

 

 

Admissions

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Applicants who are a good fit for the M.A. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program will already be good candidates for admission to medical school, but need to strengthen their academic preparation. This means that all medical school prerequisites must have been completed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed at least the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in one of the natural sciences. Please visit our website for the full list of admissions requirements.  

 

5.  The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting grant applications for the fiscal year 2015 cycle of the Preventive Medicine Residency with Integrative Health Care Training Program. 

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HRSA Announces Application Cycle Opening for Preventive Medicine Residency with Integrative Health Care Training Program 

Application Deadline is May 29 at 11:59 PM ET

** To ensure adequate time for the registration process, AACOM recommends that potential applicants proceed to register immediately at Dun and Bradstreet, www.grants.gov, and https://www.sam.gov/sam/It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, as applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.**       

(May 1, 2015)  The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting grant applications for the fiscal year 2015 cycle of the Preventive Medicine Residency with Integrative Health Care Training Program.  The goal of the program is to improve the health of communities by increasing the number and quality of preventive medicine physicians who can address public health needs, advance preventive medicine practices, increase access to integrative health care, and increase the integration of these two fields into preventive medicine training and practice.  Approximately $15.4 million is expected to fund 14 awards. 

The application deadline is May 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET.  For information regarding specific requirements and additional details, see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275531 and https://grants.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?fCycleID=89ACB37B-8DBC-449B-90D9-A772C4890CB1.

Eligibility:  Eligible entities are accredited schools of public health or schools of medicine or osteopathic medicine; accredited public or private nonprofit hospitals; state, local, or tribal health departments; or a consortium of two or more eligible entities as the aforementioned describes.  Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit entities, faith-based and community-based organizations, and, if eligibility requirements are met, tribes and tribal organizations.  Preventive medicine residency programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association. Graduate programs in schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Documentation must be provided for other graduate degree programs used by the preventive medicine programs.

For questions regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues, contact:

Latisha Nibblett

HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM

Parklawn Building, Room 10SWH03

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

Telephone: (301) 443-1582

Fax: (301) 443-6343

E-mail: lnibblett@hrsa.gov   

For questions related to overall program issues, contact:

Irene Sandvold, DrPH, FAAN

Project Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch

Attn: Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA

Parklawn Building, Room 12 C 05

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

Telephone: (301) 443-2295

Fax: (301) 443-1945

E-mail: isandvold@hrsa.gov  

 

 

 

 

 

6.  The American Dental Education Association announces is 2015 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair for individuals planning on applying to the 2016 application cycle. 

 

ADEA AADSAS® opens June 2nd and we are sure you are all incredibly busy helping your predental students prepare materials for their applications. For those students who plan to apply to the 2016 application cycle, the 2015 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair is an essential step in making contact with dental schools, although all high school and college predental students are invited to attend. This event is free and entirely online, so encourage your predental students to register to speak with admissions officers from over 40 U.S. dental school exhibitors. In addition to the valuable experience of chatting one-on-one with admissions representatives, students will have the chance to watch presentations about the application process, building their portfolio, ADEA AADSAS and much more.

 

This event is not just for students – you can benefit from attending as well. Advisors will:

 

·         Receive tips from Cassandra Flambouras, ADEA’s NAAHP representative, who will share best practices on how to best support students on their path to pursuing a career in dentistry.

·         Learn the meaning of holistic review and its impact on the dental school application process.

·         Hear more about the free resources ADEA provides, including ADEA GoDental and ExploreHealthCareers.org, that are available to advisors to motivate and mold the next generation of dentists and allied dental professionals.

 

Register now and use the attached email to invite your predental students to attend as well!

 

June 11th from 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 

Register today!

 

 

7.  The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is pleased to announce that we have reassessed the eligibility criteria for the VMCAS 2016 Fee Reimbursement Program. 

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is pleased to announce that we have reassessed the eligibility criteria for the VMCAS 2016 Fee Reimbursement Program and have increased the poverty level minimum to 300% and below to be eligible for a reimbursement. We’ve updated our online knowledge base (http://vmcas.helpgizmo.com/help/article/link/fee-reimbursements-waivers) and our website (http://aavmc.org/feereimbursement.aspx).  This decision was made to better align VMCAS with other health profession waiver and reimbursement programs. Please see the revised chart below.

 

We’re pleased to be able to provide VMCAS applicants who need financial support the opportunity to achieve their veterinary career goals.

 

 

 

8.  Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition offers a One-Year MS Nutrition Program.  

 

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This email is a paid announcement being sent as a service to the 

Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition. 

Please direct your inquiries to them.

 

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Are your students seeking a gap or glide year?

 

A degree in nutrition will enhance their career as a health professional.

 

Since nutrition contributes to at least six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, completion of this MS degree will prepare your students to become healthcare professionals, who can help prevent many of the leading causes of death in the US and globally.

 

What does the IHN have to offer?

  • Rigorous Curriculum and Intensive Thesis Research Project

>Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Nutrition

 

  •  Professional, Personal and Leadership Skills Development

 

 Want to learn more?

Visit the IHN in NYC or through a Webinar!

Contact our office for details.

 

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 Contact Information

Sharon Akabas, PhD  914-629-1631 or sa109@columbia.edu

http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/ihn/prospectivestudents

 

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://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
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