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Caduceus Newsletter: Summer 2016.02, July 2016  

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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.  Are you considering careers where you can make a real difference in health and health care?  Consider earning a Master's in Public Health.
2.  From R&D mag.com:  Nearly 2M Concussions in Kids' Sports, Play Yearly? (by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer
)     
3.  From MedlinePlus.gov:  Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments:  Family members may pressure doctors to attempt heroic interventions, researcher says, By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, Monday, June 27, 2016
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4.  U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions:  Update from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, June 24, 2016. 
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 6, 2016 edition. 
6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 13, 2016 edition.   
7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 20, 2016 edition.  
8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 27, 2016 edition. 
9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 4, 2016 edition.  
10.  School for Field Studies:  Environmental Field Studies Abroad e-newsletter, June 22, 2016 edition.   

11.  Marginalia:  Working as a volunteer at the Memphis Zoo is ALL work and NO play.
   
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1.  Are you considering careers where you can make a real difference in health and health care?  Consider earning a Master's in Public Health.   

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Are your students seeking careers where they can make a real difference in health and health care?  

Invite them to consider earning a Master's in Public Health. 

 

 

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A Master's in Public Health (MPH) and graduate certificate from New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice will open doors to entry-level positions in health policy; health education and promotion; environmental advocacy; and epidemiology. There is a MPH concentration suited to ANY undergraduate major. We offer a fully accredited (www.CEPH.org) MPH that is available online, on-campus and accelerated formats in:  

  • Health Policy and Management
  • Behavioral Science and Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Graduate certificates in global health, health education, industrial hygiene, emergency preparedness, and others 


 

 

Our graduates work in hospitals, consulting firms, international , local, state and federal agencies, health departments, pharmaceutical companies, managed care and community-based organizations. Many report that the work they did in their practicum and Capstone projects were instrumental to obtaining their positions. ASPPH (Association of Public Health Schools and Programs) estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. Even now, there are shortages of epidemiologists, healthcare educators, and health care administrators.  

 

For students with particular strength and passion in quantitative subjects, we also offer a Master's of Science in Biostatistics. This degree, too, will position students for success. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for operations research analysts, especially health analytics professionals, will increase rapidly as technology advances and the demand for efficiency in the healthcare field continues to grow. 

 

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The public health field is booming. To replenish the workforce and avert a crisis, public health schools will have to train 3 times the current graduates over the next 10 years.

 

Let us introduce you and your students to public health. We can conduct an on-campus information session - or an online webinar - on the exciting challenges and many rewards offered by an MPH, or an MS in Biostatistics. Your students can play a powerful role in preventing illness, controlling disease, reducing hazards in the environment, and writing the policy that will change the way the world thinks about health care.

 

MPH graduates come from all educational backgrounds and professions who are drawn to public health. How to prepare?

  • Bachelor's Degree (BA, BS or BPH) in any major with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Public health work experience is recommended but not required. The practicum (public health internship provides a customized work experience).
  • Volunteer time in a public health setting (hospital, non-profit, health department, community organization)
  • GRE is not required for our program 

 

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Featured Program - MPH in Health Policy and Management and Graduate Certificate in Global Health Focuses on the delivery, quality, and cost of healthcare for individuals and populations - students learn about complex structures of healthcare delivery in the U.S., legal and ethical foundations of healthcare, and policy processes designed to improve healthcare access among diverse populations. Global health examines the ways health disparities and specific risk factor affect local and global populations, and how international agencies advocate for individuals, and ensure health standards are met around the world. 

 

Public health provides a multitude of opportunities for students interested in making a difference in health and healthcare for individuals, communities and the world. 

 

"Changing the world one student at a time."

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Pamela Suett, Director of Recruitment

New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice

Pamela_suett@nymc.edu

914-594-4510 

 

 

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2.  From R&D mag.com:  Nearly 2M Concussions in Kids' Sports, Play Yearly? (by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer) 

Here’s the first paragraph:

 

Nearly 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur in U.S. children and teens each year and many receive no treatment, according to a new study.

 

And here’s the link to the article:

 

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3.  From MedlinePlus.gov:  Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments:  Family members may pressure doctors to attempt heroic interventions, researcher says, By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, Monday, June 27, 2016.

It’s a serious problem.  Here’s the first paragraph:

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People dying naturally of old age often receive unnecessary end-of-life medical treatments in hospitals, a new global study finds.

And here is the link:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_159579.html

 

4.  U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions:  Update from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, June 24, 2016. 

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions

(June 24, 2016)  On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision affirmed the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin holding that the University of Texas lawfully factored the race of applicants into its considerations for undergraduate admissions.   

This decision impacts all institutions that receive federal financial aid. As a condition of receiving federal funding, these institutions are subject to Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C § 2000d), which prohibits racial discrimination. 

Decision

The High Court found that the University’s purpose for considering an applicant’s race –– promoting a diverse educational environment –– is both constitutionally permissible and substantial, and that the University’s use of race in admissions criteria is necessary to achieve this objective.

The Court ruled that Fisher failed to present sufficient evidence that she was denied equal treatment at the time the University rejected her application.

Further, the Court advised that going forward, the University must periodically review its policy to ensure that race plays no greater role than is necessary to meet its diversity objectives.  In his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy explained, “the Court’s affirmance of the University’s admissions policy today does not necessarily mean the University may rely on that same policy without refinement.” 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the 4-3 decision, was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Clarence Thomas filed an individual dissent and joined Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent with Chief Justice John Roberts.  Justice Elena Kagan recused herself due to her prior involvement in this case as the U.S. Solicitor General.

Background

In 2008, the University of Texas at Austin rejected Abigail Fisher’s application based on a holistic review of her academic achievements and personal factors. Fisher then filed suit, alleging that the University’s consideration of race within the review process violated the Equal Protection Clause under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

For further information, see below and visit the SCOTUS blog coverage of this case.

In 2013 and 2015, the American Association of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine along with various other health professions education and medical organizations joined the Association of American Medical Colleges amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the University of Texas. 

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AACOM Signs on to Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

(December 8, 2015)  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) recently joined with 32 other health professions education and medical organizations in signing on to an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) amicus brief supporting the University of Texas at Austin in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

The U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear this case and the issue of affirmative action in higher education, announcing that it will consider whether the courts gave close enough scrutiny when they upheld the University of Texas' program to create racial diversity on campus.  Oral arguments will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 9, with the Court’s decision expected in summer 2016.  The Court’s consideration of this case once again will give conservative justices another chance to rein in or eliminate race-based preferences at colleges and universities, with Justice Kennedy expected to be the court's swing vote.  Justice Kagan recused herself from the decision to take up the case again.  Her absence raises the prospect that the justices could wind up splitting evenly, which would result in no binding precedent for other cases.  

Background
On 2/10/2015, Abigail Fisher filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for its review of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in July 2014 where it ruled in favor of the University of Texas at Austin in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  The Fifth Circuit ruled on the basis that the university’s use of affirmative action in admissions was “narrowly tailored” and that it lacked other viable ways to increase diversity.

Shortly after the ruling, Fisher, the undergraduate applicant who sued the university for its use of affirmative action in its admissions process, filed with the Fifth Circuit Court a request for a rehearing of the case, but was denied in November 2014.  Earlier, the Fifth Circuit Court heard oral arguments in November 2013, after the Supreme Court sent the case back in June 2013 on the basis that the lower court did not apply “strict scrutiny” and the constitutionality of the university’s affirmative action policy had yet to be determined.

In 2013, AACOM previously joined with various other medical and health professions education organizations in signing on to an AAMC amicus brief supporting the University of Texas at Austin in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.

For further information on the case, please visit: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/fisher-v-university-of-texas-at-austin-2/.

 

 

 

 

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5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 6, 2016 edition. 

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

June 6, 2016

AAMC Names Alison J. Whelan, MD, as New Chief Medical Education Officer

The AAMC has named Alison J. Whelan, MD, as the association's new chief medical education officer. Whelan is currently senior associate dean for education and professor of medicine and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In her new role, she will lead initiatives to transform the current models of education and workforce preparation across the full continuum of medical education, and will direct AAMC efforts that support medical education officers, regional campuses, education researchers, students, and residents. Whelan joins the AAMC on Oct. 3.

Report Indicates U.S. Undergraduate Health Humanities Programs on the Rise

A report by Hiram College and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus finds that the number of undergraduate health humanities programs has increased from 14 to 55 since 2000, and five additional programs are currently in development. Research has shown that students in these programs—which must focus on health or medicine and require at least one humanities course with additional humanities or social science electives—can benefit from stronger preparation for medical school and improved performance in health care delivery and health care leadership. Click here to view the report.

Call for Abstracts for Association for Academic Minority Physicians Meeting

The Association for Academic Minority Physicians (AAMP) is seeking abstracts related to medical education, biomedical research, clinical care, and preventive medicine. Abstracts are encouraged from all professions and levels, including students, trainees, and faculty. Visit aampinc.org for more information, or contact Pam Nixon (pnixon@som.umaryland.edu) with questions. The submission deadline is Aug. 5.

Seeking Submissions for Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is seeking submissions for the inaugural Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in incorporating the social mission into health professions education, including initiatives that teach, model, or improve community engagement, diversity, disparities reduction, value-based care, or engagement with the social determinants of health. The nomination deadline is June 17, and winners will be named during the Beyond Flexner Conference, Sept. 19-21, in Miami.

On the Move

Jeremy Berg, PhD, has been named the next editor in chief of Science magazine, effective July 1. Berg is a biochemist and administrator at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a former director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Dirk Stanley, MD, has been appointed UConn Health's first chief medical information officer (CMIO). He previously served as CMIO at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass.

 

6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 13, 2016 edition.   

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

June 13, 2016

AAMC Testifies at House Committee Hearing on Veterans' Affairs and Academic Affiliations

Last week, AAMC Chief Health Care Officer Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP, testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (VA) during a hearing on the relationship between the VA and academic affiliations. In Orlowski's testimony, she said, "The AAMC believes VA graduate medical education, research, joint ventures, sole-source contracting, and the proposed Core Network of the Veterans Choice Program help ensure access for our nation's veterans to the highest-quality care by preserving academic affiliates as a direct extension of VA care and a preferred provider."

House Passes Legislation with Provisions That Increase Patient Access to Care

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (H.R. 5273), which includes two proposals that will help teaching hospitals increase patient access to care in their communities. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, praised House passage of the bill and urged the Senate to "pass this important legislation that will help increase access to health care for all Americans."

Register Now for Learn Serve Lead 2016 in Seattle

Registration for Learn Serve Lead 2016, the AAMC's annual meeting in Seattle, Nov. 11-15, is now open. The program features more than 100 sessions, ranging from issues and challenges facing academic medicine to the latest innovations in clinical and classroom settings. Plenary speakers include Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, surgeon and health policy scholar; presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry and author. For more information and to register, visit aamc.org/learnservelead. The early bird rate ends Aug. 31.

AAMC Launches Standardized Video Interview Research Study

The AAMC has launched a research study to explore the use of the AAMC Standardized Video Interview as a tool in the residency selection process. The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is the result of feedback collected from program directors expressing a need to better assess applicants; and from applicants expressing a desire to share a more holistic picture of themselves, beyond academic metrics, to add breadth and depth to their application. This video interview tool is being developed as part of the AAMC's efforts to improve the transition to residency process. All ERAS 2017 applicants to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs are invited to participate in this voluntary research study. Residency programs will not have access to interview videos or scores during this application cycle, nor will they know who has participated in this study.

2016 Rally for Medical Research Registration Opens

On Sept. 22, the American Association for Cancer Research will host the annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day to raise awareness around NIH research investments and "improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope, and save more lives." Participants will have an opportunity to meet with representatives and senators from their home states and districts. Click here to register.

On the Move

Craig Albanese, MD, MBA, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women, effective June 6. Albanese previously served as vice president of quality and performance improvement at Stanford Children's Health in Palo Alto, Calif.

John Kastanis has been named president and CEO of University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital and clinical research site for New Jersey Medical School. Kastanis was previously CEO at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center-Jacksonville, has been named president of Western University of Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

 

7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 20, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

June 20, 2016

Medical Students Selected for 2016-2017 Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Collaborative

The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, a joint effort of the AAMC, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and Primary Care Progress, has selected 31 teams of students at 27 medical schools across the country for the 2016-2017 cohort. In this six-month project, participants will learn from pioneers in hotspotting how to identify patients who have multiple complex health conditions and are high utilizers of care in communities. The program will allow participants to better understand the root cause of their patients' health care issues and how sociodemographic factors may play a role. For more information and to view the list of participating institutions, visit aamc.org/hotspotter.

New AAMC Resources Offer Strategies for Improving Institutional Culture for LGBT and DSD Patient Populations

As part of its Diversity 3.0 Learning Series, the AAMC has added new resources to its collection of videos that are focused on improving the institutional culture and climate for caring for patient populations who are LGBT or born with differences in sex development (DSD). In the "Enhancing Institutional Culture and Climate" videos, leaders from medical schools and teaching hospitals are interviewed about strategies to create an inclusive environment for LGBT and DSD populations at their institutions, as well as the ongoing challenges these efforts present.

NIGMS Seeks Information on Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking input on strategies for modernizing biomedical graduate education to "ensure that trainees gain the skills, abilities and knowledge required to be successful in the biomedical research workforce." The deadline to provide input is Aug. 5.

On the Move

Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, AAMC chief diversity officer, will join UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as the institution's executive vice president for institutional advancement, effective Sept. 1. Nivet joined the AAMC in 2010 and during his tenure established a new vision for diversity and inclusion efforts in academic medicine that continues to drive excellence in patient care, research, and medical education.

Margaret Steele, MD, has been named the new dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, effective Aug. 15. She is currently vice dean for hospital and interfaculty relations at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ont.

 

8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, June 27, 2016 edition. 

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

June 27, 2016

Supreme Court Reaffirms Constitutionality of Race-conscious Admissions

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the race-conscious university admissions process in the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, emphasized that the court's decision reinforces "the ability of medical schools to conduct holistic evaluations of applicants, including personal interviews of every student. The AAMC will continue to support the work of medical schools as they craft and periodically review the impact of race-conscious holistic review processes that are narrowly tailored to achieve each school's unique educational mission."

Academic Medicine Named Top Journal in Education, Scientific Disciplines

Academic Medicine, the AAMC's peer-reviewed journal, has earned the highest Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in the Education, Scientific Disciplines category, according to Thomson Reuters and the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports. The JIF is a measure of a journal's influence based on a formula that compares the number of citations in a given year and the total number of articles published in the two previous years. With a JIF of 3.857, Academic Medicine was the top-cited publication in its category, earning nearly 11,000 citations in 2015.

Research Highlights Role of Gaming as a Learning Tool in Medical Education

When asked to rank modes of learning such as lectures, small-group study, and simulations, 21 percent of incoming clerkship students and 43 percent of incoming medical interns surveyed listed gaming as among their top three ways to learn. A recent AAMC Reporter article highlights research findings that demonstrate the potential impact of game playing as an educational learning tool for medical students and residents. The article is part of a year-long Reporter series on innovation in medical education.

Application Deadline Approaching for Minority Faculty Grant Writers Coaching Group

The AAMC is hosting a coaching group for grant writers for faculty working on National Institutes of Health (NIH) career development or research grant applications. The coaching group will be held before the AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar and will provide attendees with hands-on assistance and continued learning through virtual meetings for 2-3 months following the event. The application deadline is June 29.

2016 Golden Goose Award Recognizes Innovative Research

The annual Golden Goose Award honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered odd or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Edward F. Knipling, PhD, and Raymond C. Bushland, PhD, are among the 2016 award recipients and will be posthumously honored. Their research, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, led to a novel pest control technique and the eradication of the screwworm fly in North and Central America, saving ranchers and consumers billions of dollars over the past 50 years. The AAMC is a sponsor of the award program.

On the Move

West Virginia University Medicine announced that Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH, will retire as president and CEO of West Virginia United Health System. Albert L. Wright Jr., PharmD, who is now president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals and COO of the health system, will take over as leader. Both changes are effective Aug. 31.

The Ohio State University has named K. Craig Kent, MD, as its new medical school dean, succeeding E. Christopher Ellison, MD, who has served as interim dean since November 2014. Kent has served as the surgery department chair at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for eight years and is expected to begin on Sept. 6.

Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, the Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, has been named acting dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Jeffrey S. Flier, MD.

Richard C. Sheerr has been named as the next chairman of the board of trustees of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He succeeds Jordan J. Cohen, MD, former AAMC president and CEO, who has served as chairman for the past 10 years and will remain an active board member. Sheerr previously served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Einstein Healthcare Network and MossRehab hospital.

 

9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 4, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 4, 2016

National Academies' Recommendation Would Allow Critical Examination of Proposed Rule Revision

Last week, the AAMC responded to a report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that included a recommendation to withdraw the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the "Common Rule." Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, noted that "the AAMC and its member institutions have grave concerns about the implementation and unintended consequences of moving forward with the revised rule as proposed. Particularly troubling is the requirement that virtually prohibits all research with unidentified biospecimens without written consent. This requirement would increase administrative burden and cost, and it would add to the complexity of the rule without enhancing protections for research participants in a meaningful way."

Analysis in Brief Examines Hospitalists in Primary Care Workforce

A new Analysis in Brief (AIB) shows that the number of hospitalists has grown rapidly in the past two decades but that they are not readily identifiable in existing physician databases. The authors linked Medicare fee-for-service physician claims data to the American Medical Association Masterfile, updating the estimated number of hospitalists trained in adult primary care specialties and the fraction of the primary care physician workforce they represent. Findings showed that more than 30 percent of internal medicine physicians who treated Medicare patients practiced as hospitalists in 2013, an increase from the 19 percent identified in 2006.

AAMC Oncology Care Model Collaborative Offers Support for Bundled Payment Program

The AAMC has established the Oncology Care Model (OCM) Collaborative to provide member institutions with support around the new voluntary bundled payment program, including advocacy support to clarify regulatory policies, data and policy analyses, project management services, and facilitated shared learning. Click here for more information about the AAMC's OCM Collaborative, or send an email to aamcbundledpayments@aamc.org.

Academic Medicine Study Finds Mentorship Program for Clinician-Scientists Improves Grant Success

A new Academic Medicine study compares 25 scholars from the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program (CFSP) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with a cohort of 125 comparison faculty. The mentorship program for clinician-scientists provides targeted research skills training and mentoring by senior faculty and peers in order to build a support network and foster an institutional culture of mentoring, with the goal of improving grant outcomes. The authors concluded that scholars typically see extramural grant success one year after training and that the CFSP is a financially sustainable program that can help build the medical science workforce.

NIH Finalizes Policy on Use of Single Institutional Review Board for Multisite Research

The National Institutes of Health has released its final policy on the use of a single institutional review board (IRB) for multisite research. Under the policy, a single IRB of record will be accountable for conducting the initial and continuing ethical reviews of NIH-funded, nonexempt human subjects research carried out at more than one clinical trial site in the United States. The AAMC previously submitted a comment letter to NIH in response to the draft policy. The requirement that all NIH-funded multisite clinical trials identify a single IRB of record for all domestic study sites will go into effect May 25, 2017.

On the Move

Francisco Fernandez, MD, dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine since May 2014, announced he will be stepping down, effective July 1. Steven Lieberman, MD, senior dean for administration at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, will serve as interim dean.

Thomas Gellhaus, MD, has been elected president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Gellhaus is clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Paul Katz, MD, founding dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, will become the next president of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, effective Sept. 1. Katz succeeds Kathleen R. Mayes, PharmD, interim leader since December 2014.

 

10.  School for Field Studies:  Environmental Field Studies Abroad e-newsletter, June 22, 2016 edition.   

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Environmental Field Studies Abroad

June 22, 2016



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Our Global Farm
Summer students visit one of the most diverse areas of Costa Rica, Braulio Carrillo National Park, and travel to an integrated farm in Manu to explore the idea of our planet as a "global farm with limited resources.” READ MORE


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Education and Adventure
"One week into the program students are preparing for their ID exam for mangroves and seagrass as well as both invertebrates and vertebrates," writes SFS Turks & Caicos faculty member (and SFS alumna) Kathy Baier-LockhartREAD MORE

+ SFS TCI student Dominique Papa shares her first "amazing" week at the field station. READ MORE


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A Study in Impermanence  
SFS Bhutan students make the best of a travel delay, spending four fortuitous days in Thailand. "Our excursion led us to Ayutthaya, where we explored ancient temples, the old summer palace (Bang Pa-In), handicraft markets and other famous landmarks," writes Director Matt Branch. Read More

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Lessons from Kenya
SFS alumnus Dylan Beach (Kenya Spring '09) reflects on how his experience abroad had an impact on his career path -- from "a sterile exa mination room to the woods to the boardroom (well, a cubicle...for now)." Read More


Peru's Incredible Cloud Forest  
"The sunrise began to unfold while we were still in the car, and it looked like the sky was on fire. By the time we were settled on our mountaintop, the sun was just beginning to rise over the Andes. I have never seen anything so beautiful." - SFS Peru Student Kathryn Zamorski Read More

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New Zealand's Motatau Marae
In her blog post, SFS New Zealand/Australia student Hannah Floren writes: "I think I speak for the entire group of 24 students when I say I have been inspired by the Maori peoples’ spiritual connection to the environment, and the dedication with which they seek to protect it." Read More 

 


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