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Caduceus Newsletter:  Summer 2016.03 -- August 


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Christian Brothers University

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Table of Contents:

1.  Ya know, the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester is not that far away
.  The Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) MD-PhD program has now entered its 25th year of continuous NIH support.  
3.  AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) Information Alert:  VA Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  
4.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, July 2016 edition.  
5.  AMA (American Medical Association) MedEd Update, July 2016 edition.  
6.  Information alert from AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  President Signs into Law Bipartisan Opioid Abuse Reform Bill
7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 11, 2016 edition.  
8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 18, 2016 edition.  
9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 1, 2016 edition.  
10.  Wolf River Conservancy July 2016 e-newsletter.   

11.  Marginalia:  After all, we are the Buccaneers, aren’t we?   


1.  Ya know, the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester is not that far away…  

I hope all of you have had an enjoyable summer.  Needless to say, as King Solomon said a long, long time ago, “This, too, shall end”, and it is time to look forward to the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.  The “So you want to be a <Fill-in-the-blank> series of monthly presentations was quite successful, so these will continue during the upcoming academic year as well, with the following tentative dates:

Fall 2016 semester

·         September 7

·         October 5

·         November 3

Spring 2017 semester

·         February 1

·         March 1

·         April 5


2.  The Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) MD-PhD program has now entered its 25th year of continuous NIH support.  



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Our Stony Brook University (SBU) MD-PhD Program has now entered its 25th year of continuous NIH support, a note of con­siderable distinction since only a third of all US medical schools have such funding. The program has been integrated seamlessly into the Medical School’s exciting new LEARN curriculum and is benefiting tremendously from the flexibility and accelerated preclinical training offered. Construction is nearing completion for a new translational research building and a new Children’s Hospital (opening in Spring, 2018), which will nearly double the size of SBU’s medical center. In 2010, the medical school recruited an extraordinarily distinguished physician-scientist dean (Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky). He in turn recruited a new vice-dean for research and distinguished physician-scientists to chair our departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology, Surgery, and Radiation Oncology, as well as to lead the Cancer Center and a newly formed department of Biomedical Infor­matics. They join physician-scientist chairs already at SBU in Pediatrics, Pathology and Pharmacology.  Many physician-scientist junior faculty are also newly arrived.  Indeed, young faculty are being hired throughout the University at an unprecedented rate, thanks to new support from New York State and generous philanthropy.

We are eager to recruit students passionate about the physician-scientist career path to our MSTP. If you have not been contacted before and/or have any questions, simply e-mail me ( or call to chat (631-444-3067). I would be delighted. Also attached to my e-mail is a one-page (double-sided) flyer that advertises our program; please feel free to distribute and/or post.

As you are undoubtedly aware, there is a pressing need to recruit and train tomorrow's academic physicians.  NIH continues to support programs such as ours, even in these times of intense competition for federal dollars. If any of your students are interested in a career combining medicine and scientific investigation, we have a highly supportive program designed to address that path here at SBU, offered in conjunction with both Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Students can earn their PhD in any of many life-science and computational Graduate Programs. Our goal is to train medical scientists for both research and teaching. Graduates are equipped to study major problems at the basic level and to recognize the clinical significance of their pursuits and discoveries. Of recent SBU MSTP alumni, many are established in faculty positions at prestigious institutions, including UVA, Mt. Sinai, Penn, Yale, Brown, Einstein, Johns Hopkins, Wash U, UWA, Harvard and Columbia, and many have achieved competitive independent research funding from the NIH. More details regarding both publications of current trainees (many in Cell, Neuron, Science, Nature and PNAS as well as various specialty journals) and accomplishments of recent graduates are highlighted on our website ( 

SBU MSTP Students receive full financial support throughout their training (7.9 years on average). Support includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend, currently $28,000, that is competitive nationally and ade­quate for living on Long Island. The students receive training in grant writing and science communication (through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a recently opened center unique to SBU) and are encour­aged to apply for external fellowships (e.g., from the NIH). If successful (almost 2/3’s of our students are successful!), fellowship acquisition is rewarded by increasing the stipend level by 10%. The MSTP also supports travel to scientific and career development meetings and a variety of enrichment activities.

Once again, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to write or call.

With best regards,


Paul A. Fisher, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Former & Founding Director; telephone 631-444-3067; mstp office telephone 631-444-3219



3.  AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) Information Alert:  VA Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.


VA Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Nominations Due: August 1, 2016, no later than 4:00 PM ET

(July 12, 2016)  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a call for membership nominations for the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  Authorized by 38 U.S.C. Section 542, the Committee advises the Secretary of VA on the administration of the VA’s benefits and services for women Veterans; conducts studies and reports on issues pertaining to women Veterans; and provides guidance on matters regarding the needs of women Veterans.  The Committee meets at least twice annually; one of these meetings may include a site visit to a VA field location.  In each even-numbered year, the Committee provides the Secretary with a Congressionally-mandated report, which includes an assessment of the needs of women Veterans, a review of VA programs and activities designed to meet those needs, and other recommendations the Committee deems appropriate.

The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2016, no later than 4:00 PM ET.  All nomination packages should be sent via email (recommended) to the Advisory Committee Management Office at, or via U.S. mail to: Advisory Committee Management Office (00AC), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20420. 

Nomination Requirements:

Nominations packages must contain a typed (12-point font) cover letter from the nominee and a current resume no more than four pages in length.  The cover letter must contain the nominee’s contact information (name, address, email address, phone number) and a statement confirming that she/he is not a Federally-registered lobbyist.  Additionally, the cover letter should summarize the nominee’s interest in serving on the committee and the contributions he/she can make to its work; any relevant Veterans service activities; the military branch affiliation and timeframe of service (if applicable); and information related to the nominee’s race, national origin, disability status, or other information that may give the nominee a diverse perspective on women Veterans matters.  Non-veterans are also eligible for nomination. 

The Committee is currently comprised of 12 members.  It consists of members appointed from the general public, including representatives of women Veterans; individuals who are recognized in fields pertinent to the needs of women Veterans; representatives of both female and male Veterans with service-connected disabilities, including at least one female Veteran with a service-connected disability and at least one male Veteran with a service-connected disability; and women Veterans who are recently separated from service in the Armed Forces.

For more information about the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and this nomination opportunity, including current membership and its charter, please visit:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Julie Crockett, AACOM Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager, at for assistance and information.  






4.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, July 2016 edition.  

ADEA GoDental Newsletter | July 2016 | Excited about ADEA GoDental? Tweet about it!

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Health Professions Week

Don't Miss Health Professions Week This September!

Considering a career in health care? Don't miss the inaugural Health Professions Week (HPW), September 26-30, 2016! HPW is an exciting, FREE week-long event for high school and college students that offers multiple opportunities to explore 19 different health professions. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to learn about the roles and responsibilities of each profession, talk directly with current health care practitioners, and access the educational requirements for each career. HPW will include an online treasure hunt, campus outreach events, and TWO virtual fairs. High school students, counselors, undergrads and advisors are encouraged to participate. 

Learn more.


Herman Ostrow

What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then

As the expression goes, hindsight is 20/20. But what if you could have the benefit of foresight as you make financial decisions about how to pay for a health sciences education and manage your student loans? A group of high school and college students interested in dentistry were asked if they had thought about how dental school and the financial choices they are making now might affect their lives for years to come. The advice given afterwards to all students considering their financial choices: preserve your options. This simply means when borrowing for school, don’t force your hand into a repayment option that you will later regret.

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The Official Guide

Applying to Dental School? 

Don’t forget to purchase the 2015-2016 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. In addition to providing profiles for 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, find answers for key questions about opportunities in dentistry, the dental school admissions process and financing a dental education. Available in print and online. 

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Oral Health Careers

Practitioner Profile:
Oral Health Careers On the Rise

Becoming a dentist or a dental hygienist doesn’t have to be a clear-cut path. There are a plethora of positions, specialties and areas dental students can pursue to achieve professional success. Open your mind and future to a variety of options by hearing from REAL practitioners about different dental career paths.

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Interest Rate Primer for Student Loans

If you are considering taking out student loans this fall to help finance your education, then you will need to educate yourself about how loans work. In this interest rate primer, Paul Garrard, financial aid advisor, explains how interest rates work on student loans.

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Pathways to Success

Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race in college admissions. Read ADEA's analysis of Fisher v. UT.

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Health Professions Fair

Save the Date for the 2017 National Association for Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) Student Development and Recruitment Event on Saturday, September 17, in Arlington, VA from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET.  The event features morning breakout sessions followed by a health professions recruitment fair in the afternoon. See you then!

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ADEA Advocacy: Learn about policies impacting dental education and dental and craniofacial research. Subscribe to ADEA’s monthly Washington Update and State Update plus Action Alerts. Follow @ADEAAGR for daily updates. 

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5.  AMA (American Medical Association) MedEd Update, July 2016 edition.


July 2016 

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Top Stories

Becoming a master in med school takes on new meaning

Tackling a master's degree during medical school—usually in public health or business—has become increasingly popular among students as they prepare for the rigors of the profession. Many schools now are focused on developing a mastery of learning that is essential for physicians' entire careers—but it doesn't involve an additional degree. Read more at AMA Wire®.

How med schools are training tomorrow's physician leaders

Medical school faculty members recognize that, as the health care delivery system changes, curricula must incorporate new classes and hands-on experiences to create future leaders in medicine. Find out what several schools are doing to better prepare the next generation of physician leaders. Read more at AMA Wire.

What Supreme Court ruling on admissions means for med schools

The Supreme Court of the United States has made a ruling in a case considering race as one factor in academic admission, which allows medical schools to create a more racially and ethnically diverse physician workforce that more closely reflects the patient population and can combat racial disparities in health outcomes. Read more at AMA Wire.

Medical Schools

How students can thrive in the wards, from one who knows

Always be nice to the nurses. Mark Nolan Hill, MD, professor of surgery at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, had that and more advice for students as they prepare for their third year and the start of caring for patients. Read more at AMA Wire.

This month's toughest USMLE Step 2 question to master

Getting ready for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 is no easy feat, but we're sharing expert insights to help give you a leg up. Take a look at the exclusive scoop on this month's most-missed USMLE Step 2 test prep question. Think you have what it takes to rise above your peers? Test your USMLE knowledge, and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Read more at AMA Wire.

Graduate Medical Education

Resident burnout: Unearthing the bigger picture

To fortify our understanding of burnout among residents, we have to widen the list of themes we consider, a leading scholar told a gathering of physicians from across the medical continuum. Learn what guidance he had to offer. Read more at AMA Wire.

Ink on the page: Get your quality improvement project published

Medical journals welcome research papers from trainees on quality improvement (QI), but those papers are often faulted for inconsistent approaches and formats. Two editors at the Journal of Graduate Medical Education offer some guidelines on how to construct your paper and what to emphasize in order to get your research published and enhance your CV. Read more at AMA Wire.


Continuing Physician Professional Development

Showcase your original research: Submit an abstract by Aug. 17

Want to put your research in the spotlight? The 14th annual AMA Research Symposium will take place Nov. 11 in Orlando. All AMA member residents, fellows, medical students and ECFMG-certified candidates who are awaiting residency are invited to submit abstracts by the Aug. 17 deadline. Learn more.

Damaged patient-physician relationships: Ethics essay contest

The AMA Journal of Ethics® is accepting essays analyzing a case in medical ethics as part of its annual essay contest. In this year's case, clinicians respond to a so-called "difficult" patient with a history of chronic pain and opioid use who has just had an amputation. The John Conley Ethics Essay Contest is for currently enrolled U.S. medical students. Learn more.

Lessons from Rwanda: The intersection of care abroad and at home

When it comes time to build or reinforce health care infrastructure in resource-poor areas of the world, what role should aiding physicians play—and what can they learn in the process? "Global is all the world, not only Africa or … foreign countries," said Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD, the minister of health in Rwanda, in a podcast interview featured in the July issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics®. Read more at AMA Wire.

More Med Ed News

Call for nominations: Specialty boards, LCME, ACGME review committees

AMA members are invited to apply for nomination for leadership positions in key medical education organizations. Take advantage of opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience, enhance your career and make your voice heard in the service of helping shape the future of our profession. Current leadership positions available include opportunities with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Inc., the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and various Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committees. Learn more, and submit a nomination application.

Network with academic colleagues Nov. 11 in Seattle

Academic physicians should plan to attend the 2016 AMA Academic Physicians Section (APS) Interim Meeting, Nov. 11 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle. This event will be held prior to the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, taking place Nov. 11-15. Read more at AMA Wire.

Physician behind KevinMD reveals how to leverage social media

Kevin Pho, MD, founder and editor of the popular physician blog bearing his name, recently shared practical insights about how to make a difference in health care through social media. Learn Dr. Pho's tips for using social media and taking control of your online reputation before it's defined for you. Read more at AMA Wire.

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6.  Information alert from AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:  President Signs into Law Bipartisan Opioid Abuse Reform Bill.


President Signs into Law Bipartisan Opioid Abuse Reform Bill

(July 26, 2016)  President Obama has signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic. The law is the first major overhaul of grant programs to battle addiction in more than a generation and marks a shift toward treating addiction as a disease, not as a crime.

Overall, CARA includes a multi-faceted approach to combat opioid and heroin abuse, including provisions related to prevention, treatment, recovery, and education. The law grants funding to states to establish opioid response plans inclusive of medical student and resident training on prescription guidelines, and establishes an interagency task force to identify best practices for pain management.  The most immediate impact from the law will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to opioid addicts. CARA will also expand access to the overdose antidote naloxone, fund drug courts, and give states incentives to improve their prescription drug monitoring programs and adopt comprehensive substance abuse plans.

Although federal agencies will begin to lay the groundwork for program implementation, CARA’s programs will remain inactive unless Congress appropriates the necessary funding, which is expected to be taken up in the fall when Congress returns from August recess.  

Following the immediate passage of CARA in Congress, AACOM joined the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) letter with 78 other provider organizations urging lawmakers to continue to build on CARA’s achievements, and ensure that appropriate funding is made available in order for providers to have the resources they need to further prevent opioid and heroin addiction.

In March, AACOM, along with the AOA, partnered with the White House in its initiative on chronic pain opioid prescription education to combat the fight against the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic.  In support of this initiative, 27 colleges of osteopathic medicine pledged to join other medical schools across the nation to require their students to take some form of prescriber education in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain beginning fall of this year.





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7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 11, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 11, 2016

AAMC Names Ross McKinney Jr., MD, as Chief Scientific Officer

The AAMC announced that Ross McKinney Jr., MD, has been named the association's new chief scientific officer. McKinney is currently director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine and professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Duke University Medical Center and will join the AAMC on Sept. 19. "Dr. McKinney's leadership in bioethics and clinical research at the national level makes him exceptionally well suited to direct AAMC programs and priorities in research, training, and science policy on behalf of the AAMC and our members," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Proposes NIH Budget Increase

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) approved the FY 2017 spending bill, which included provisions to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, expressed that "the AAMC appreciates the House subcommittee's recognition that sustainable, predictable growth in NIH funding is key to making progress on these goals. As lawmakers consider final funding levels, the AAMC stands ready to work with both chambers to ensure that the approved package maximizes real growth in the NIH budget."

New Resource Collection Focuses on Well-being in Academic Medicine

The AAMC has created a collection of resources on well-being and resilience in academic medicine following its recent 2016 Leadership Forum, which included participation from approximately 80 deans, CEOs, researchers, medical school faculty, residents, and others. The resources are intended to help those engaged in academic medicine address challenges related to depression, resilience, burnout, and increased suicidal ideation in health care, while creating a culture of wellness in the medical education learning environment. For more information, visit

Academic Medicine Podcast Expands Accessibility, Now Available on iTunes

A podcast from the editors of Academic Medicine is now available on iTunes. Listeners will hear from medical students and residents, clinicians, educators, and health care thought leaders as they delve deeper into the issues shaping medical schools and teaching hospitals. Each episode chronicles the stories of individuals as they experience the science and the art of medicine. A few of the most downloaded episodes include "Confessions of a Medical Voluntourist," "Roundtable Discussion about the Future of Graduate Medical Education," and "When Patients Teach." To subscribe to the podcast, click here.

Applications Accepted for 2016-2017 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

The NIH has announced its 2016-2017 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars program, which supports clinical researchers early in their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions. Lasker Scholars are appointed as independent investigators in the NIH Intramural Research Program for five years, followed by three years of funding at an extramural research institution. Candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree and a professional license to practice in the United States and must have completed their core residency training by June 2006 or more recently. The application deadline is Aug. 26.

On the Move

John J. Warner, MD, has been named president-elect of the American Heart Association, effective July 1. Warner is currently vice president and CEO of UT Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals. His term as president will begin in 2017.

The NIH has selected M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, president of Wayne State University and current AAMC board member, to serve on its Advisory Committee to the Director. The committee provides recommendations to the NIH director for program development, resource allocation, and policy matters and will consult with and make recommendations to the secretary of health and human services and the assistant secretary for health.


8.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 18, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 18, 2016

AAMC Names Marc Levy as Chief Information Officer

Marc Levy has been named the AAMC’s new chief information officer, succeeding Diana Bourke, who was appointed chief operating officer earlier this year. He will join the AAMC on Aug. 8. In this role, Levy will lead the association’s IT unit in executing a long-term IT strategic plan in support of the AAMC and its member institutions. “The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals depend on the AAMC’s strong information technology capability to support its many services, programs, data, and IT infrastructure. Marc’s expertise in IT strategy and operations will serve the AAMC well as he takes on this new role,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

Report Examines State-based Medicaid Graduate Medical Education Payments

A new AAMC report provides results of the 2015 survey of state Medicaid programs and their policies for financing direct graduate medical education (GME) costs. Behind Medicare, Medicaid is the second largest explicit source of funding for GME and the other special missions and services of America’s teaching hospitals. The report highlights state and national Medicaid funding trends and includes insights for strategic and tactical planning within teaching hospitals. Key findings show that Medicaid GME support has nearly doubled since 1998, reaching $4.26 billion, and in 14 states, nurses, medical residents, and other health professions trainees can have their graduate training subsidized by Medicaid.

AAMC Health Equity Virtual Site Visit Highlights Duke Health

A new AAMC Health Equity Virtual Site Visit (VSV) highlights Duke Health and the institution’s approach to health equity, including the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. The center was established to address and improve health equity through clinical service, research, education, and community engagement. Developed in 2014 to highlight the outstanding portfolio of health-equity research at AAMC-member institutions, each VSV incorporates videos, webinars, presentations, journal articles, and other resources that reflect the innovative research, curricula, and care delivery at the featured institution. To inquire about being included in a future VSV, email

IPEC Releases Revised Set of Core Competencies for Interprofessional Practice

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), of which the AAMC is a founding member, has released an updated version of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. First published in 2011, the IPEC core competency document has helped frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education and practice as a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes.

ACGME Selects Institutions for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the eight institutions that will participate in the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative. The four-year program is aimed at driving improvements within clinical learning environments, during which residents and fellows pursue training in their specialties or subspecialties. The selected institutions will meet later this year to share information about their proposals, including ideas for improvements in patient safety, health care quality, and interprofessional learning.


9.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 1, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

August 1, 2016

AAMC Calls Hospital Compare Star Ratings "Deeply Flawed"

Last week, CMS released the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, which the AAMC called "deeply flawed." Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, urged patients to "beware of making decisions about hospitals" based on the ratings because they do not take into account important differences in the patient populations and the complexity of conditions treated at teaching hospitals. Kirch expressed AAMC support for providing patients with "transparent and meaningful information about hospitals." Before the ratings were released, the AAMC applauded the introduction of the Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act of 2016, calling for CMS to work with stakeholders "to fix the methodology so that patients can make the best possible decisions about their health care."

New Report Examines Lack of Diversity in Biomedical Research Workforce

The AAMC, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) have published a report that examines the shortage of underrepresented scholars in the nation's biomedical research workforce. The report, Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, calls for university leaders to support investments to gather evidence about successful strategies for increasing diversity and outlines a set of actions for the nation's universities, medical schools, and teaching hospitals to take. Short- and long-term action items include conducting pilot projects, cross-institutional studies, and analyses of national datasets.

Webinar Focuses on Creating a Welcoming Environment for Sexual- and Gender-Minority Medical Students

On Aug. 4, the AAMC will host a free webinar focused on improving the institutional culture and climate for sexual- and gender-minority students, recognizing that medical schools can face a variety of challenges in creating a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment. The webinar will provide an overview of the methods and resources medical educators can use to improve the environment at their institution for students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and with diverse forms of gender expression. Click here to register.

Medical Schools Develop New Ways to Encourage Faculty Engagement and Advancement

A recent AAMC Reporter article highlights incentive programs at the nation's medical schools to encourage faculty engagement and advancement. The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has established the Meaningful Participation Program, which offers incentives to clinical faculty to support the teaching and service missions of the school. Additionally, faculty are required to earn professional development and service credits in order to maintain their appointment. At the University of Utah School of Medicine, faculty are recognized for contributions such as committee participation, community service, and demonstrating excellence in a particular service area.


10.  Wolf River Conservancy July 2016 e-newsletter.   

Wolf River Conservacy



Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

Last week as part of our Summer Lecture Series, the Conservancy hosted a presentation by Chris Grow entitled “Bats of the Midsouth.” Chris, a biologist with Ensafe Inc, included an overview of the unique characteristics of bats, focusing on the bat species found in the in the Midsouth, and discussed bat houses and habitat, White Nose Syndrome, and conservation. You can check out his website at

Over 90 people of all ages attended, filling the room to capacity and beyond.  The keen level of interest in this topic was reflected in the numerous questions asked by the group at the end of the program.

Why is this important to share with you? Having over 90 attendees at an event such as this illustrates the importance of our environmental education programming to the community.

As many of you know, most of our environmental education outreach is facilitated by Cathy Justis, the Wolf River Conservancy’s  Director of Education, with a focus on students at area schools, as well as family and community programs such as our Summer Lecture Series, which is generously underwritten by Buckman.

We wish to thank the Buckman for its continued support of the Wolf River Conservancy, as well as Memphis Botanic Garden for partnering with us to present this lecture series each summer.  And of course, many thanks to our wonderful speakers!

Next up in the series on Aug. 22 is a Monarch Butterfly Workshop  during the day, followed by an evening lecture on Monarch Butterfly Conservation.  We close our season on Sept. 26th with a brand new documentary film screening:  Hometown Habitats by Catherine Zimmerman.  Please visit to learn more about these and other upcoming Wolf River Conservancy activities.

Only with your continued financial support can we provide such high quality education programs, in addition to our recreational activities and our all-important land conservation work.  Thank you for your help in delivering on our mission!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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FedEx, Autozone, First Tennessee Volunteers Brave the Heat for July 22 Service Project

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Drink a Beer, Save A River at Whole Foods and Hammer and Ale

Join us on July 28 for a Beer and Cheese Tasting at Whole Foods and on August 9 for our monthly fundraising happy hour at Hammer and  Ale, 921 Cooper.  Drink A Beer, Save A River - it's that simple!  Learn More...

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11.  Marginalia:  After all, we are the Buccaneers, aren’t we?   

Photo taken while on assignment at Stingray Bay, Memphis Zoo, June 8, 2016.  (“Stingray Bay” does sound pirate-y, doesn’t it?)


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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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