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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. Washington Insider: An e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) – May 7, 2018 edition.    
2.  Effective May 2, 2018, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 
3.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education:  Osteopathic Medical Education News, May 17, 2018 edition.  
4.  The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Hempstead, NY) will be holding its 3rd annual Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.   

 

1. Washington Insider: An e-publication of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) – May 7, 2018 edition.    

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AACOM

 

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May 7, 2018

What You Need to Know

Across the nation, osteopathic medical students are graduating and entering their residency programs. AACOM is excited to see new residents start their journey as part of the physician workforce to provide care and help keep communities healthy. Graduation not only marks a student’s transition into residency—it’s also when students begin repaying their loans.

AACOM launched the #SaveGradPLUS initiative to protect Grad PLUS loans, federal Direct PLUS loans that cover graduate and professional students’ total cost of attendance. Above and beyond tuition, Grad PLUS loans provide additional necessary financial support for medical and other health professions students. They provide benefits private loans do not, such as fixed interest rates, loan forgiveness options, and income-driven repayment plans. Now that legislators are actively working on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, and Grad PLUS loans are in danger of being reduced and replaced, saving the program is more important than ever.

Medical students are fighting to #SaveGradPLUS, and financial aid administrators are emphasizing how important Grad PLUS loans are to a diverse, culturally competent health professions workforce that is well-equipped to treat all patient populations. At a time when our nation faces a physician workforce shortage, specifically in rural and urban underserved communities, it is critical to sustain programs such as Grad PLUS to ensure we have a health care workforce that is meeting the needs of our nation’s patients.

Sixty-nine percent of recent osteopathic medical students relied on Grad PLUS loans to finance their education, and AACOM is committed to saving this vital program. It’s time to #SaveGradPLUS.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

 

Legislative Update

On The Hill

House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Opioid Legislation

On April 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health considered 64 opioid legislative proposals, 57 of which were reported out favorably to the full committee. These proposals will be part of a larger opioid package that is expected to be brought for a vote on the House floor before Memorial Day. AACOM has supported many of these proposals and has endorsed legislation, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018, which was included in the group of bills reported out favorably. This legislation seeks to increase the number of qualified health professionals working in substance use disorder roles in areas where the opioid epidemic has impacted communities most in need.

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to hold hearings on the opioid epidemic and will focus on how to improve drug distribution and substance abuse treatment options. The House Judiciary Committee will also be holding a hearing on the challenges and solutions to the opioid crisis.

AACOM Submits Testimony on Funding Priorities Important to OME

AACOM recently submitted testimony to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee outlining its fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding priorities, including the Title VII health professions education programs administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration. These programs support the training and education of health practitioners to enhance the supply, diversity, and distribution of the health care workforce, acting as an essential part of the health care safety net and filling the gaps in the supply of health professionals not met by traditional market forces. Learn more.

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Advocacy Update

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DO Advocates for His Daughters on Take Your Child to Work Day

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ED to MED advocate Sam Urick, DO, from the St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus, shares his perspective on why advocating for those who follow in your footsteps is important for an osteopathic physician. Learn why this father of three encourages you to join ED to MED in the fight to #SavePSLF and #SaveGradPLUS.

AACOM Honors Farrah Rink: 2018 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year

National grassroots campaigns such as ED to MED rely on their strong foundations of advocates to amplify their collective voice with policymakers on Capitol Hill. We recognize that just one voice can make a difference. Farrah Rink, a student at the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), exemplifies the strength of one voice. Learn about her hard work and dedication advocating for federal policies that support osteopathic medical students across the nation, and why we’ve named her the 2018 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year.

AACOM Announces 2019 Osteopathic Health Policy Interns

AACOM is pleased to announce the selection of three exceptional osteopathic medical students to participate in its 2019 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program:

  • Nicole Lighthouse, OMS-IV, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Farrah Rink, OMS-IV, GA-PCOM
  • Mianna Armstrong, OMS-IV, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

The OHPI Program enables osteopathic medical students to spend two months in Washington, DC, in AACOM’s Office of Government Relations on Capitol Hill. The objective of the program is to afford selected student interns the opportunity to develop an understanding and operational knowledge of how federal health and education policy is developed and how to effectively influence public policy.

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Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

2018 NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program Now Open

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently accepting applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, which supports research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers. Offering a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities, Lasker Scholars may receive NIH funding for clinical research for up to 10 years. Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization on August 31. Learn more.

DOL Publishes Updated Fact Sheet on Higher Education and Overtime Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an updated fact sheet regarding higher education and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The fact sheet outlines exemptions and policies related to personnel at higher education institutions including faculty members who provide instruction online, professional employees, financial aid administrators and counselors, and graduate teaching and research assistants. Additionally, the DOL is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update the current overtime rule, which is expected to be published this fall. Learn more.

HHS Releases FY18 – 22 Strategic Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published its strategic plan for FY18 – 22, which defines the agency’s national goals and objectives over the next four years. The plan includes five strategic goals, and updates to the plan will be accessible in an appendix on an annual basis. In October 2017, AACOM submitted comments on the draft strategic plan regarding programs and priorities vital to the osteopathic medical education (OME) community.

Administration's Efforts to Address Opioid Crisis

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has extended the nationwide public health emergency declaration for the opioid and substance abuse crisis as a result of the continued consequences of the epidemic. The declaration was originally issued in October 2017 immediately prior to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis releasing its final report. Leading the response to the opioid crisis will be James Carroll, who was officially nominated by President Trump to be Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy. AACOM continues to engage with the Administration as policies are considered that impact the OME community.

HHS Further Delays Common Rule Implementation

On April 20, HHS and 15 other federal agencies and departments issued an NPRM delaying the implementation of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also known as the Common Rule, until January 19, 2019. It provides additional time for regulated entities to prepare to implement the rule. In the interim, institutions conducting federally funded research must continue to follow pre-2018 regulations. Learn more.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

CDC Opioid Training Series: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an online module training series to help providers apply its recommendations related to opioid use and treatment in a clinical setting through interactive patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources. Each module allows providers to earn one free continuing education credit. The CDC is expected to release additional modules throughout the year. Learn more.

NIH Launches All of Us Research Program: On May 6, the NIH opened national enrollment for its All of Us Research Program, an initiative designed to advance individualized prevention, treatment, and care for people of all backgrounds. The goal is to enroll one million or more volunteers. Researchers will study the data submitted, and in the future, use that information to improve health for generations to come. Learn more.

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2.  Effective May 2, 2018, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 

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PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM

 Good afternoon colleagues:

It is a pleasure sharing this update with you and your students on behalf of our PT program director Dr. Phillip Palmer and his team.  Georgia Campus - PCOM will welcome 40 first year Physical Therapy students next month in our inaugural class.  We are excited about this recent  program addition to our campus and look forward to welcoming your students in the future.  If anyone is interested in applying for admission to our June, 2019 class, please have them click on this link, https://www.pcom.edu/admissions/apply/physical-therapy.html to learn more about the admissions process and degree requirements.

Accreditation Status

Effective May 2, 2018, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 770-682-2306 or email phillippa@pcom.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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Deborah Benvenger
Chief Admissions Officer

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
office 215-871-6700 | fax 215-871-6719


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3.  Inside Osteopathic Medical Education:  Osteopathic Medical Education News, May 17, 2018 edition.  

May 17, 2018

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Highlights from Educating Leaders 2018, the AACOM Annual Conference

Experience some of the most dynamic moments that defined Educating Leaders 2018 and made this year's Annual Conference the most successful yet.

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Research

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Report on Osteopathic Medicine Placements in 2018 Match Now Available

Read the latest AACOM report on the 2018 osteopathic match.

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Leaders in the Osteopathic Medical Education Community Recognized with 2018 National Awards

Recipients of AACOM's national awards, including the Dale Dodson and William D. Miller awards, are revealed.

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Celebrating 2018 AOGME Awardees & Collegium of Fellows Inductees

Meet the nine leaders inducted into the AOGME Collegium of Fellows and the winners of the AOGME annual awards.

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National Academy of Medicine Fellowship Nominations Closing Soon

The nomination cycle for the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine closes May 24.

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Karen J. Nichols Stepping Down as CCOM Dean

After serving the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for over 16 years, Dr. Nichols announces her plans to step down.

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AACOM Hosts Second FutureDOdoctor Recruitment Event 

Over 200 attendees heard from medical education insiders about each stage of the application process, medical school, and beyond.

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2018-2019 AACOMAS Application Cycle Now Open 

AACOMAS, the centralized online application service for the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges, is now accepting applications for the 2019 entering class.

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May 2018 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Find the latest updates and resources on the single GME accreditation system.

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Campus Roundup

Osteopathic medical students celebrate NOM week, provide award-winning care for opioid addiction, volunteer on a mobile health care clinic, and more.

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Leadership Updates

New Leadership Announced for the American Academy of Osteopathy

Welcome Dr. Hensel as the new president-elect of the AAO and Dr. Griffin to the Board of Governors.

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Interprofessional Collaboration

Register Now for a Free Webinar on Well-Being and Resiliency

Attend the IPEC webinar, Promoting Health & Welllness Through Collaboration, on May 24.

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In Memoriam

Remembering Sandra Featherman, PhD

Dr. Featherman provided mentorship to many leaders in osteopathic medical education and will be dearly missed.

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4.  The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Hempstead, NY) will be holding its 3rd annual Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.   

On behalf of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, I would like to invite your students to attend our 3rd annual Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 4:00PM EDT. We offer a 4 year, fully accredited MD program and are located in New York, approximately 30 miles outside of Manhattan.

This 90-minute webinar will include a presentation on our curriculum and admissions process by Rona Woldenberg, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions, Professor of Radiology. A student panel will also be joining us to answer all of their questions.

We ask if you could pass on the attached flyer to all students who may be interested. Thank you for your assistance.

Best wishes,

Lisa

 

Lisa H. Ellenbogen, MSEd
Director of Admissions
Donald and Barbara
Zucker School of Medicineat Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY  11549
Tel: 516.463.7508 | Fax: 516.463.7572

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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
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
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