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Its called practicing medicine for good reason. Real-world solutions and bedside manners are gained through experience. Thats why medical students at UT Southwestern are stepping into hospitals and clinics earlier in their educational journey. A recently revised curriculum better trains students to be knowledgeable, confident, and forward-looking physicians.

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Marian medical school’s first graduates could fill primary-care dearth – Indianapolis Business Journal

Just two years ago, Marian University medical student Gregory Specht was seriously considering going into a highly specialized field, perhaps involving cancer treatment and research.

I was thinking radiation oncology, Specht said. That sounded really cool.

Then in his junior year, he did clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, all considered primary care fields. He quickly decided he liked treating a wide span of patients and types of ailments, from asthma to heart disease, along with providing routine checkups and preventive counseling.

When it came time to apply for a residency program this year, he selected family practice at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. Last month, after a long process of tours and interviews, he learned the hospital had selected him.

The decision to focus on primary care in Indiana, shared by almost half of graduating students at Marians novice College of Osteopathic Medicine, could help address a severe shortage of primary care physicians in the state.

On a per-capita basis, Indiana ranks 38th in the number of primary care physicians, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Much of the shortage is hitting hardest in rural areas, where entire towns are without doctors.

Indiana will need 817 more primary care physicians by 2030, an increase of about 21 percent, says a recent study by consulting firm Tripp Umbach of Pittsburgh.

But Marian University, which will graduate its first class of osteopathic doctors next month, could help make a dent in the shortage.

Of the 129 Marian graduating seniors who entered the competitive matching program for residency slots around the country, 63 won residencies in primary care.

Just as encouraging, 38 percent of Marians graduates will do their residency training in Indiana. That is expected to help, because many residents stay in the states where they do their residencies.

Osteopathic schools, which teach structural and muscular manipulation as treatments along with surgery and drugs, are similar to but less common than traditional, or allopathic, medical schools such as the Indiana University School of Medicine. Allopathic schools tend to turn out more specialists; osteopathic schools graduate larger numbers of primary care physicians.

Marian has a mission of training doctors of osteopathy with a goal of keeping many of them in Indianamany in rural, underserved areas.

Health leaders here say they are encouraged by the results.

Weve been waiting for that graduating class from Marian for a while, knowing that most of the time, D.O.s do go into primary care, said Ann Alley, director of chronic disease, primary care and rural health for the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana is experiencing a dearth of primary care providers, so were really happy about this.

Strong start

Overall, of Marians 131 graduating students who participated in the residency matching program, 129 were successful in getting residencies. That works out to a placement rate of 98.5 percentage, slightly higher than the national average of 94.0 percent.

My prediction was that the numbers wouldnt be as good as they were, said Dr. Donald Sefcik, dean of Marians osteopathic college. The surprise was, we did extremely well for a brand-new school.

For more than a century, IUs medical school was Indianas only one. Over the decades, it had grown into the nations largest medical school, annually turning out more than 300 physicians.

This year, 95.6 percent of its 321 seniors were matched to residency programs. Of those students, about 115 will attend residency programs in Indiana. The remaining two-thirds were accepted into residency positions in 40 states, including at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, the Mayo Clinic, Stanford and Duke.

About a decade ago, sensing the state could use a second medical school, Marian began exploring the idea of starting an osteopathic program. President Dan Elsener sold the vision to business and health leaders, and raised more than $100 million to get the program off the ground.

Four years ago, the school began accepting its initial class of 162 students. On May 2, the first graduates will receive their diplomas and start their careersmany of them in Indiana.

In the meantime, Indiana is gradually expanding the number of residency slots available in the state. Currently, Indiana hospitals offer about 1,400 residency positions, but thats not enough to keep up with the growing number of doctors graduating from medical schools in Indiana and in nearby states.

Between Marians osteopathic school and an enrollment expansion at the IU medical school, Indiana alone will see about an 80 percent increase in the number of graduating doctors this year.

For now, many have no choice but to look outside the state.

Hopefully, someday, all those who want to pursue their residencies in our state will be able to, said Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network, which operates five area hospitals. Thats just not possible today.

Not enough slots

A big problem is the shortage of money to fund residency programs. The average residency slot costs a hospital $100,000 to $150,000 a year, which covers a residents salary and benefits, along with teaching expenses and overhead.

Nationally, Medicare reimburses most of the cost, $10 billion a year. The federal funding, however, has been capped since 1996, and Congress has shown little interest in increasing it.

Slowly, Indiana is creating a few more residency spots. In January, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded $1.4 million in grants to fund nine new residency positions around the state, mostly in primary care. It is hoping to award future rounds of grants if the Legislature approves the funding.

Tim Putnam, president of Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, said training physicians to serve rural, medically underserved areas, is critical. He is president of a group called the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Group, which is working with the Legislature to try to win more support and funding.

Were producing some very high-quality physicians from our medical schools, Putnam said. It would be nice to keep them here.

Some of the medical students graduating from Marian agree.

Tess Edvardsen, a senior from Schererville, will begin a family practice residency at St. Joseph Health in Mishawaka, not far from where she did her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, and only about 90 minutes from where she grew up.

For me, the point of family medicine is really being part of the community, she said. I love where my family is from. Those are people I see myself taking care of.

Another Marian medical student, Trenton Schmale of Carmel, landed a family practice residency at Indiana University Healths Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He said it was a natural decision to stay in Indiana, since both his family and his wifes family are here. Like many of Indianas medical students, he has already settled into the scenery, doing clinical rotations at five local hospitals.

And Specht, the Marian student who once considered radiation oncology, said he is energized by the thought of settling into a long career of primary care in Indiana. He is from the Broad Ripple area.

Ive been in Indiana my whole life, Specht said. Most of my connections are here. I dont have any reason to want to leave.

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Marian medical school’s first graduates could fill primary-care dearth – Indianapolis Business Journal

Four-year medical school moves step closer – Bowling Green Daily News

The City-County Planning Commission of Warren County voted unanimously Thursday to recommend to the Bowling Green City Commission zoning changes and variances that pave the way for the citys first four-year medical school.

Med Center Health plans to build a two-story building at The Medical Center at Bowling Green campus to be used as medical office space and also for medical education. It also plans an 833-vehicle parking garage.

The five-story parking garage is planned to be built on the current site of the emergency medical services building. A two-story, 48,000-square-foot building would be adjacent to the parking garage, according to Jean Cherry, executive vice president at Med Center Health.

The demolition of the current emergency medical services building is slated for mid- to late April, Cherry said last week.

The EMS will be moved to a vacant building at 210 E. Third Ave. and the heliport will be relocated.

The closing of a 50-foot right of way along U.S. 31-W By-Pass would allow Med Center Health to consolidate that land with adjoining property. The right of way to be closed abuts property owned by Med Center Health.

Med Center Health will also build a pedestrian walkway connecting the newly constructed medical office space to the Riverside Professional Center.

The plan is to extend Second Street to where it connects with U.S. 31-W. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities is reserving a utility easement along the unnamed right of way, said Planning Commission Executive Director Ben Peterson on Thursday.

A medical school partnership between the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, The Medical Center and Western Kentucky University is intended to help alleviate a physician shortage in the region, allow WKU faculty access to medical research opportunities, demonstrate a community commitment to smart growth and help keep the areas best and brightest in Warren County. The medical degree will be conferred by UK, and a certain number of slots in the local program will be available first to WKU students.

The UK College of Medicine initiative which in eastern Kentucky also includes a similar partnership between St. Clair Regional Medical Center, Kings Daughters Medical Center and Morehead State University is scheduled to begin here in 2018 with 30 students.

In another matter, the planning commission recommended a plan by Legacy Built Homes LLC to build 35 multi-family units on about 2.36 acres on Shannon Drive, bounded by Trent Way and Delmar Court. There will be five two-story buildings, with seven units to a building.

Shannon Drive homeowner Judy Walker objected to the project.

There will be a bottleneck of traffic that will be unbelievable, Walker said. It will change the way that the neighborhood is.

Walker also said she was concerned about the possible declining value of her home of 40 years.

Ive looked at an empty lot for 40 years, she said.

Follow business reporter Charles A. Mason on Twitter @BGDNbusiness or visit bgdailynews.com.

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Medical school affirmative action helps reduce racial health disparities – The Diamondback

Second, is the disparity significant? That’s a bit harder to answer. Let’s approach it from a different angle. It’s well established that there are enormous health disparities in the U.S. On average, whites live about five years longer than blacks. The explanation for that isn’t biological, but rather socioeconomic and eco-social that is to say, the average conditions in which people live vary by race. What about when we control for income and education? The magnitude of the disparity decreases, but it remains.

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Medical school lessons go beyond anatomy and physiology – The Seattle Times

The path to becoming a practicing physician requires dedication and a significant investment of time and resources.

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was young, says George Novan M.D., an infectious diseases physician and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

But even long-held aspirations come with surprises, and challenges. In his second year of medical school, Dr. Novan had an experience that surprised him, challenged his expectations, and taught him a lesson thats stayed with him throughout his career.

In my school, we had a course entitled Death and Dying, Dr. Novan says. As part of the course, each student was assigned a patient who was dying and had agreed to discuss what they were going through with a medical student.

I was expecting an elderly patient, and instead, I walked into the room and met a woman in her mid-30s. It was a shock and she saw that in my expression. As she saw my expression, she began to tell me her story. And as her fears, and her emotions came out, she taught me. I had been so focused on all the facts I needed to know in my basic medical science courses yet now I was talking to a young woman dying of her cancer. This courageous woman who took the time and effort to discuss her suffering with me taught me the full responsibility of being a physician.

The path to becoming a practicing physician requires dedication and a significant investment of time and resources. It demands a deep love for learning in general, and intellectual curiosity about medicine in particular. And, as Dr. Novan learned early on, while physicians are trained to treat and cure patients, they also must learn to provide quality comfort and care to patients and families when treatment is no longer working.

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The foundational science phases of medical school provide a solid base and common understanding upon which future classwork and experiental learning will build. Coursework on anatomy, chemistry and math prepares students for the intellectual and emotional rigors to come, and builds a network of bonds as classmates and future colleagues begin to work together.

Intensive orientation courses assist students with assimilation into medical school. Clinical education is integrated into the foundational sciences curriculum, offering future physicians insights into how their coursework translates into real-life situations.

In August, Washington State Universitys Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will debut its medical education program, which leads to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The program will welcome 60 students to its charter class.

Starting in their first year, medical students will learn in classrooms and labs, as well as hospitals and clinics. In many areas, local hospitals and clinics are understaffed, and the connection between them and the medical college can be a lifeline.

Dr. Radha Nandagopal is a member of the clinical faculty of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. She also chairs the Colleges Admissions Committee.

We are looking for those students who are committed to the state of Washington, committed to the idea of rural and underserved medicine, Dr. Nandagopal says.

By the third and fourth years, medical students are gaining hands-on experience in hospitals and clinics near their campus locations. Students become part of professional teams in community clinics and hospitals. They build relationships with faculty, colleagues, mentors, patients, and communities. Small cohorts encourage team-based learning.

As part of their clinical education, students will learn clinical reasoning how to proceed step by step through a reasoning process to arrive at a diagnosis. By the time students enter their third year of clinical clerkships, students will be able to advance diagnostic ideas and participate in patient care based on the knowledge and experience they have been receiving since their first year, says Dr. Nandagopol.

Dr. Novan recalls the experience that made him feel like a doctor for the first time. In his fourth year of medical school, he was treating a patient suffering from cirrhosis. The patient needed to have fluid buildup siphoned from his abdominal cavity on a regular basis.

He had experienced the drainage so many times that the assumption always had been that the only thing needed was to remove the fluid and not order unnecessary tests, Dr. Novan says. But I had been taught well to be thorough in reviewing a patients medical records. I took my clinical rotations and of course, patient care very seriously as a fourth-year student.

I spent considerable time reading through his records. I was never able to find a time when that fluid had been sent to the microbiology lab for cultures. When I completed the procedure, I included ordering cultures for a variety of organisms. The cultures returned positive revealing that in addition to cirrhosis he had tuberculosis involving the lining of his abdominal cavity. This lead to needed new treatment.

The patient was immensely grateful. He started referring to me as his doctor his guru which made me feel both embarrassed and glad. On the last day of my rotation, I came into his room to say goodbye. In the room was his entire family. They each had a homemade vase, that they had created, in their hands. The patient shared how much my care had meant to him and the family gave me the vases that they had made in honor of the man they loved getting better and in appreciation for my care. That day I learned an invaluable lesson as a medical student.

Students at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine take the Art and Practice of Medicine that addresses not only what students know, but what they will do as a medical professional, including helping students build empathy for the patients they will serve.

By integrating clinical, simulation, and case-based learning experiences, the College prepares graduates to lead health care teams, says Dr. Ann Poznanski, pathologist and Associate Dean for Curriculum. They learn to coordinate resources in new ways to improve patient care and the health of their communities.

Many of the communities in which students at schools like the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will train are facing critical physician shortages. When the students education is complete, they will be ready to address the needs of these medically underserved communities.

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine not only trains physicians to meet the needs of todays patients, but to anticipate changes in the delivery of health care that includes wellness, as well as treating diseases. It equips graduates to thrive in a rapidly evolving health care environment and gives them the technical, behavioral and leadership skills necessary to obtain exceptional results in the states most challenging healthcare environments.

We are building a service culture in the college that will result in extraordinary outcomes for our students, says Founding Dean John Tomkowiak. It will also yield tremendous results for our clinical partners and, ultimately, the patients and communities our graduates serve.

The Colleges learning, training, and clinical environments will inspire our students to be leaders in their communities and in the health care field, says Dr. Tomkowiak.

Washington State University has delivered advanced education for more than 125 years. Its new medical school leverages that experience to achieve new milestones in medical research, innovation, interprofessional education and patient-centered care. Find out more at medicine.wsu.edu.

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Lawsuit against Martinsville medical school goes to trial | News … – Martinsville Bulletin

MARTINSVILLEA trial date has been set for a lawsuit against the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine. At the same time, at least a portion of the claim appears to have been resolved.

Late last year, a former employee at ICSM filed suit against the organization and its president, Dr. Noel T. Boaz. ICSM is the nonprofit arm of the proposed College of Henricopolis School of Medicine.

At a hearing Friday in Martinsville Circuit Court, lawyers for both sides said that ICSM concedes that it owes Dr. Bozenna M. Liszka Howland a total of $26,983.59 for wages and continuing medical education expenses. However, ICSM contests that it owes Dr. Liszka a $5,000 bonus.

Judge G. Carter Greer denied a motion by Liszkas lawyer, Elizabeth Loflen, to go ahead and rule on whether ICSM owes Liszka the $5,000 bonus without holding a jury trial.

Judge Greer scheduled a jury trial for June 5 on the remaining claims against ICSM and all the claims against Boaz. All the hearing Friday dealt with claims against ICSM only, not the claims against Boaz.

After court, Gregory declined to comment. Loflen said remaining issues include the $5,000 bonus Liszka maintains she is owed, breach of contract, and any wages Liszka claims she is owed for alleged violation of the Virginia Minimum Wage Act. Loflen couldnt immediately estimate how much that might be.

As for the $26,983.59 that ICSM concedes it owes Liszka for wages and continuing medical education expenses, Loflen argues that if ICSM is unable to pay any of that, Boaz should be held responsible for paying it.

The original lawsuit sought a total of up to $36,475.59 as well as payment for Liszkas court costs, lawyers fees and any such other relief as the Court may allow.

Liszka was hired as a consulting physician of ICSM on a yearly basis.

Loflen argued during the hearing Friday that there was an implied renewal of Liszkas employment contract from 2015 to 2016 because she continued to perform her duties and ICSM continued to pay her medical malpractice insurance. The 2015 contract also included wages of $100 an hour, reimbursement for certain continuing medical education expenses, payment of a $5,000 bonus by a March 31 due date, and other provisions, Loflen argued. Loflen said ICSM paid the $5,000 bonus for 2015 by the March 31 due date.

John Gregory, ICSMs lawyer, argued that on Jan. 2, 2016, ICSM submitted a proposed contract to Liszka, including provision of a $5,000 bonus as soon as ICSM can pay but with no deadline date. He said Liszka declined the proposed contract, and she proposed hand-written changes, including payment of a $5,000 bonus no later than March 31, 2016. Gregory said no renewal contract was ever in place. He added that ICSM never intended to pay the $5,000 bonus in 2016 unless funds were available.

The lawsuit alleged that Liszka continued to work for Boaz and ICSM until the defendants refusal to compensate her for her services forced her to resign on June 30, 2016.

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Palo Alto: Hazmat on scene at Stanford Medical School following 3-alarm fire – The Mercury News

STANFORD A three-alarm fire erupted at Stanford Medical School early Saturday and burned a laboratory containingbio-hazardous waste, prompting fire crews to activate hazmat and decontamination teams.

Hazmat crews made entry into the hot zone at about 10 a.m. to evaluate any hazards inside the lab, said Catherine Capriles, deputy fire chief of thePalo Alto Fire Department.

The incident was reported on the departments Twitter account at about 8 a.m. Though initial reports said the fire was inside Stanford Hospital on Pasteur Drive, crews later said it was in the medical school building, located in the same compound.

Anofficial cause for the fire was not immediately determined, but Capriles said it may have been sparked by an experiment inside the third-floor lab.

It appears at this point in time that there was some sort of experiment on a hot plate or heating mechanism, she said. That was on fire when our team came in.

Capriles said the fume hoods in the laboratory helped contain the blaze.

Crews temporarily closed the main entrance to the hospital and redirected people to other entrances, but there were no threats to patients, fire officials said.

No damage estimate was immediately available.

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Alumnus endows medical school scholarship program with estate gift – UChicago News

A physician who graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his spouse are bequeathing their estate to the medical school, creating a new scholarship they hope will encourage future alumni to pay it forward.

The anonymous gift, valued at $12.3 million, will become the largest endowed scholarship fund at Pritzker. The gift comes as a result of the schools Legacy Challenge, a campaign to increase student scholarships.

This generous gift will ensurein perpetuitythat bright, deserving students who want to pursue degrees in medicine will be able to do so regardless of their financial ability, said Kenneth Polonsky, dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine. Its a testament to the donors deep connection to Pritzker and their desire that future generations of physicians are able to come here and thrive.

The physician attended Pritzker thanks to financial aid provided by the school and arranged by the late Joseph Ceithaml, Pritzkers dean of students from 1951 to 1986. Without the scholarship, he said he would have been unable to attend the renowned medical school.

The donors feel privileged to be able to pay it forward to a school that gave them so much, said Holly Humphrey, Pritzkers dean of medical education. They hope this gift inspires current and future alumni to give back to Pritzker and ensure its legacy of medical education.

Known as one of the countrys best training grounds for future physicians, Pritzker is among the nations top medical schools for both research and primary care. Its the highest-ranking medical school for research in Illinois. A school with about 350 students, Pritzker places a strong emphasis on research and discovery while translating the most recent advances in biomedical science to the bedside.

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Lawsuit against Martinsville medical school moves forward – Martinsville Bulletin

MARTINSVILLEA trial date has been set for a lawsuit against the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine. At the same time, at least a portion of the claim appears to have been resolved.

Late last year, a former employee at ICSM filed suit against the organization and its president, Dr. Noel T. Boaz. ICSM is the nonprofit arm of the proposed College of Henricopolis School of Medicine.

At a hearing Friday in Martinsville Circuit Court, lawyers for both sides said that ICSM concedes that it owes Dr. Bozenna M. Liszka Howland a total of $26,983.59 for wages and continuing medical education expenses. However, ICSM contests that it owes Dr. Liszka a $5,000 bonus.

Judge G. Carter Greer denied a motion by Liszkas lawyer, Elizabeth Loflen, to go ahead and rule on whether ICSM owes Liszka the $5,000 bonus without holding a jury trial.

Judge Greer scheduled a jury trial for June 5 on the remaining claims against ICSM and all the claims against Boaz. All the hearing Friday dealt with claims against ICSM only, not the claims against Boaz.

After court, Gregory declined to comment. Loflen said remaining issues include the $5,000 bonus Liszka maintains she is owed, breach of contract, and any wages Liszka claims she is owed for alleged violation of the Virginia Minimum Wage Act. Loflen couldnt immediately estimate how much that might be.

As for the $26,983.59 that ICSM concedes it owes Liszka for wages and continuing medical education expenses, Loflen argues that if ICSM is unable to pay any of that, Boaz should be held responsible for paying it.

The original lawsuit sought a total of up to $36,475.59 as well as payment for Liszkas court costs, lawyers fees and any such other relief as the Court may allow.

Liszka was hired as a consulting physician of ICSM on a yearly basis.

Loflen argued during the hearing Friday that there was an implied renewal of Liszkas employment contract from 2015 to 2016 because she continued to perform her duties and ICSM continued to pay her medical malpractice insurance. The 2015 contract also included wages of $100 an hour, reimbursement for certain continuing medical education expenses, payment of a $5,000 bonus by a March 31 due date, and other provisions, Loflen argued. Loflen said ICSM paid the $5,000 bonus for 2015 by the March 31 due date.

John Gregory, ICSMs lawyer, argued that on Jan. 2, 2016, ICSM submitted a proposed contract to Liszka, including provision of a $5,000 bonus as soon as ICSM can pay but with no deadline date. He said Liszka declined the proposed contract, and she proposed hand-written changes, including payment of a $5,000 bonus no later than March 31, 2016. Gregory said no renewal contract was ever in place. He added that ICSM never intended to pay the $5,000 bonus in 2016 unless funds were available.

The lawsuit alleged that Liszka continued to work for Boaz and ICSM until the defendants refusal to compensate her for her services forced her to resign on June 30, 2016.

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Mini medical school lecture series starts Wednesday at IU School of Medicine – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND Diabetes, the importance of sleep and health treatment advances will be among topics discussed during a series of public health lectures starting Wednesday at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.

All the lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be in the auditorium of the medical school, 1234 N. Notre Dame Ave.

The Mini Medical School lectures will start at 6 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays. Here are the topics and dates:

Wednesday: “Everything You Wanted to Know about Sleep (But Were too Tired to Ask),” Gary Fromm, M.D., medical director of Memorial Sleep Disorder Center.

March 22: “Living Well: Quality of Life Considerations at Life’s End,” Mark Murray, president and CEO, Center for Hospice Care, and Mark Sandock, M.D., of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Michiana Life Wishes Coalition.

March 29: “Indianas Precision Health Initiative,” Anantha Shekhar, M.D., dean for translational research and director of Indiana Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, IU School of Medicine.

April 5: “The Evolving Landscape of Joint Replacement,” Mark Klaassen, M.D., Elkhart orthopedic surgeon.

April 12: “The Future Is Here: Emerging Trends in Cancer Therapy,” Rafat Ansari, M.D., and Jose Bufill, M.D., of Michiana Hematology Oncology.

April 19: “Thriving with Diabetes,” Ebonee Davis, M.D., internal medicine physician, South Bend Clinic.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Medical Education Foundation, the citizens advisory group of IU School of Medicine-South Bend.

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New medical school to offer new ways to learn – Buffalo Business First

New medical school to offer new ways to learn
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As vice chair for education and senior associate dean for medical curriculum, Dr. Alan Lesse plays a major role in the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He works with everyone from first-year medical students to

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Beloved Harvard Medical School Library Therapy Dog Missing – CBS Boston / WBZ

March 9, 2017 11:40 AM

BOSTON (CBS) Abeloved dog at Harvard Medical School is missing.

Cooper is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu who has worked as a therapy dog at the schoolslibrary in the Longwood medical area.

He disappeared from an enclosed back yard in Belmont last week.

I hope and pray that they find him and all these efforts do not go in vain, Dr. Venkatesan Renugopalakrishnan, a professor at the medical school, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030s Ben Parker.

Along with putting up posters and handing out flyers, family and friends have been using social media to alert people about Cooper.

Cooper works two days a week at the Countway Library, spending time with doctors, students and workers.

He was part of our family. People would come by and they would play with Cooper. I would take him out for a walk. Just last Tuesday, we went out for a walk. Hes part of our community, Countway Library employee Erica Nosike said.

Cooper is black and white and weighs about 15 pounds.

He brought a lot of pleasure to us. We really miss him, Dr. Renugopalakrishnan said.

He cheers you up, hes definitely got a personality, said Amber LaFountain. Its just sad when hes not here.

A reward is being offered for his return.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030s Ben Parker reports

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Ga.-PCOM students credit Eagle Scouting with medical school … – Gwinnettdailypost.com

Several students studying osteopathic medicine in Suwanee may have come from around the country, but their school is not the only thing they have in common. At least eight of them are Eagle Scouts.

The students, all enrolled at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently gathered to attend the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of Americas American Values Dinner along with Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn. The dinner featured a local scouting report and address by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Several of the students said scouting gave them a glimpse into the hard work, life-saving practices and being prepared for emergencies for the profession theyre preparing to enter. Not to mention how to prioritize tasks.

Medical school is certainly the most demanding task Ive ever agreed to, but scouting and my Eagle Scout project in particular taught me that some of the best rewards and achievements come through working hard and persevering through difficult tasks, said second-year student Coston Rowe of Gadsden, Ala. The schoolwork is hard and seemingly endless sometimes, but I know that because of scouting, I will be equipped to help my future patients on a daily basis and provide for my family in an exciting and fulfilling way.

Rowe said his Eagle Scout project was to renovate a local neighborhood tennis and basketball court, including repairing or replacing the surface.

Along with other requirements, in order to advance from Life Scout to Eagle Scout, you must initiate, plan, manage and carry out a service project directed to benefit the local community it is up to you to plan, recruit help for, and execute this project, Rowe said. There were many times within that year that I just wanted to call it quits and not worry about the logistics anymore. But with the encouragement and help of my dad, my scout masters, and my other family and friends, I persevered and finished the project one year and one week after the first day of labor.

First-year student Brant Barron of Thomaston said he learned how to stick to something in scouting, and hes applied it in medical school.

Scouting introduced me to the practice of applying constant effort to reach increasingly more difficult goals. Many challenges presented in Boy Scouts let me experience situations where my personal strengths, mental preparedness and adaptability that I normally depended on would be exhausted, Barron said. I learned that only the faith to persevere could guide me to the tasks completion.

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Investigation continues into illness linked to coffee machine at medical school – Yale News

Yale School of Medicine Dean Dr. Robert Alpern sent the following message to the schools community members on March 7:

As you may be aware, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, four members of the Yale School of Medicine community became ill after drinking from a single-service, pod style coffee machine located at an office area at 333 Cedar St. and were monitored at Yale New Haven Hospital. All have returned to work. Yale Police, the New Haven Fire Department, the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and the Yale Environmental Health and Safety team responded and initiated an investigation.

I am writing to update you on their progress and our continued efforts. Today we learned that an independent laboratory test on items removed from the area indicated the presence of sodium azide, a substance commonly found in laboratories and used as a preservative. The single-serve coffee machine was not connected to a water source and the area was evaluated and declared to be safe by Yale Environmental Health and Safety. The Yale Police Department is continuing its investigation, in collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement.

At the same time, we are reviewing security and safety procedures with our public safety team. Out of an abundance of caution, you should be aware that the symptoms of exposure to sodium azide are dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, and rapid heart rate.

In the event you experience these symptoms, please contact Yale Health Acute Care at (203) 432-0123.

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Med School Professors Worried About Federal Budget | News | The … – Harvard Crimson

As Congress begins formulating a new budget, some professors and researchers at Harvard Medical School are concerned about potential cuts in federal funding.

While Harvard as a whole received almost $600 million from the federal government in 2016, 69.9 percent of that came from the National Institutes of Health, and Medical School professors say that federal research funding is particularly important for their work. Federal funding for research at Harvard has steadily declined since 2009, leading University President Drew G. Faust to cite the NIH as a major focus of concern during a visit to Washington D.C. in February.

NIHs funds in research grants allow investigators to pursue interesting and novel ideas with a lot of academic freedom and intellectual freedom, said Medical School and pediatrics professor Kenneth D. Mandl. Its a very well-designed system to promote high quality medical research.

Mandl said while he doesnt expect any tectonic shifts in research funding, he thinks there are certain research agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute whose very existence may be in question with the new budget.

If we see those agencies diminished, we would see less research thats evaluative of the healthcare system itself, Mandl said.

Aaron S. Kesselheim 96, a Medical School professor who studies drug approval and drug development laws, said that the potential decreases in funding, combined with inflation, is worrying.

Unfortunately, it may drive some smart people out of the field and out of academia because there just isnt as much funding available to go around, Kesselheim said.

Kesselheim said that most transformative drugs that have been approved by the United States in the last 25 years have had direct origins in publicly funded research.

The kind of therapeutic innovation that is most likely to move the needle clinically comes from these publicly funded origins, Kesselheim said.

Mandl also noted that in the past two years, requirements for receiving NIH funding have also increased, resulting in a more competitive process for grant-seekers and a push for diversification of funding sources. He said he expects that trend to continue in the future.

John N. Campbell, a researcher at the Medical School, said that potential budget cuts made him nervous. Last year, Campbell catalogued 50 distinct brain cell types associated with appetite using a relatively expensive technique called gene expression profiling.

Funding is a worthwhile investment because we learn things we cant find out in any other way, Campbell said. The progress being made now in terms of understanding how the brain works will lead to breakthrough after breakthrough for medicine.

I think we are all a bit nervous about [potential budget cuts], but were staying optimistic and investment in science is always a priority, Campbell said.

Campbell said that in the event of budget cuts, researchers would most likely seek alternative sources of funding through non-profit organizations. Otherwise, Campbell said, the scope of research projects could be reduced.

Beyond the Medical School, professors across Harvard are worried about cuts in research funding despite a record fiscal year. In February, humanities professors expressed concern about the potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Environmental studies professors also expect to be affected by potential budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Staff writer Alexis J. Ross can be reached at alexis.ross@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @aross125.

Staff writer William L. Wang can be reached at william.wang@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @wlwang20.

Despite Record Year, Research Funding Remains ‘Huge Challenge’

Despite Record Year, Research Funding Remains ‘Huge Challenge’

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Med School Professors Worried About Federal Budget – Harvard Crimson

As Congress begins formulating a new budget, some professors and researchers at Harvard Medical School are concerned about potential cuts in federal funding.

While Harvard as a whole received almost $600 million from the federal government in 2016, 69.9 percent of that came from the National Institutes of Health, and Medical School professors say that federal research funding is particularly important for their work. Federal funding for research at Harvard has steadily declined since 2009, leading University President Drew G. Faust to cite the NIH as a major focus of concern during a visit to Washington D.C. in February.

NIHs funds in research grants allow investigators to pursue interesting and novel ideas with a lot of academic freedom and intellectual freedom, said Medical School and pediatrics professor Kenneth D. Mandl. Its a very well-designed system to promote high quality medical research.

Mandl said while he doesnt expect any tectonic shifts in research funding, he thinks there are certain research agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute whose very existence may be in question with the new budget.

If we see those agencies diminished, we would see less research thats evaluative of the healthcare system itself, Mandl said.

Aaron S. Kesselheim 96, a Medical School professor who studies drug approval and drug development laws, said that the potential decreases in funding, combined with inflation, is worrying.

Unfortunately, it may drive some smart people out of the field and out of academia because there just isnt as much funding available to go around, Kesselheim said.

Kesselheim said that most transformative drugs that have been approved by the United States in the last 25 years have had direct origins in publicly funded research.

The kind of therapeutic innovation that is most likely to move the needle clinically comes from these publicly funded origins, Kesselheim said.

Mandl also noted that in the past two years, requirements for receiving NIH funding have also increased, resulting in a more competitive process for grant-seekers and a push for diversification of funding sources. He said he expects that trend to continue in the future.

John N. Campbell, a researcher at the Medical School, said that potential budget cuts made him nervous. Last year, Campbell catalogued 50 distinct brain cell types associated with appetite using a relatively expensive technique called gene expression profiling.

Funding is a worthwhile investment because we learn things we cant find out in any other way, Campbell said. The progress being made now in terms of understanding how the brain works will lead to breakthrough after breakthrough for medicine.

I think we are all a bit nervous about [potential budget cuts], but were staying optimistic and investment in science is always a priority, Campbell said.

Campbell said that in the event of budget cuts, researchers would most likely seek alternative sources of funding through non-profit organizations. Otherwise, Campbell said, the scope of research projects could be reduced.

Beyond the Medical School, professors across Harvard are worried about cuts in research funding despite a record fiscal year. In February, humanities professors expressed concern about the potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Environmental studies professors also expect to be affected by potential budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Staff writer Alexis J. Ross can be reached at alexis.ross@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @aross125.

Staff writer William L. Wang can be reached at william.wang@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @wlwang20.

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WSU, UW look to strengthen their Spokane medical schools | The … – The Seattle Times

Washingtons two major universities are once again asking lawmakers for more money for medical education, but the fighting over who is best equipped to teach doctors seems to be a thing of the past.

Washingtons two research universities are once again asking lawmakers for extra money for both of their medical-school programs in Spokane.

But the frosty relationship between the University of Washington and Washington State University over medical-school funding seems to be a thing of the past.

Finally, we see this as behind us, said WSU President Kirk Schulz, speaking during a joint interview on the Seattle Channel show Civic Cocktail on Wednesday with UW President Ana Mari Cauce.

Two years ago, the two schools fought publicly over which one was more qualified and capable of quickly expanding doctor training in the state. WSU proposed and ultimately won the right to open its own medical school on its Spokane campus.

That school the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is on track to admit its first group of students this fall. Its reviewing 340 applications for 60 slots for its program.

The UW, which had partnered with WSU to teach medical students in Spokane, went its own way last year, starting a partnership with Spokanes private Gonzaga University to host its medical-school program. (The UWs cooperative, five-state medical education program is known as WWAMI an acronym formed by the names of the five states that participate: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.)

Schulz was not WSU president during the medical-school fight; he joined WSU in June 2016. Cauce became president of the UW in the fall of 2015, after the debate was largely over.

I hate to say it, but I actually like this guy, Cauce joked about Schulz on Wednesday, noting that the two became presidents of their respective universities at similar times, and most of the issues were dealing with are incredibly similar.

Cauce said all of the states four-year public universities and two-year colleges are approaching Olympia this year with a common agenda, in hopes of accomplishing more.

The truth is, a stronger WSU makes the UW stronger, and a strong UW makes a stronger WSU, she said. This state has plenty of room for two top universities.

In the Legislature this year, WSU is requesting $10.8 million to fund 60 first-year and 60 second-year medical school students over the biennium.

The WSU school received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in October. It is named after the universitys late president, Elson Floyd, who died in 2015.

Meanwhile, the UW which is teaching 60 first-year and 40 second-year medical students at Gonzaga this academic year is hoping to add 20 additional students, eventually bringing the total to 80 first-year and 80 second-year students. Its requesting $9.2 million in state funding.

For now, theres enough physical space in Spokane for both programs to continue to share an anatomy lab thats located on the WSU campus, which is located directly across the Spokane River from Gonzaga. The rest of the UWs classes are taught at Gonzagas Schoenberg Center building.

But if the UW gets the OK to increase the size of its program, it will require a new building, said Suzanne Allen, vice dean for academic, rural and regional affairs for the UW School of Medicine.

The lab, where first-year students take anatomy lessons using cadavers in the ground-floor lab on the Riverpointe campus, will be used by medical students from both programs for the next three years, while the WSU ramps up the size of its classes.

The plan is for Gonzaga to raise private funding for a building on its campus, for both anatomy and other classes. The building would be leased to the UW. Its likely to take three or four years to raise the money and construct the building, Allen said.

In 2015, when WSU and UW were battling over funding, it became clear that one of the bottlenecks was a lack of residency positions the finishing years for medical-school graduates that allow them to work with patients and complete their educations.

The Legislature that year put $16 million toward increasing family residency slots, said Ian Goodhew, director of government relations for UW Medicine.

Residencies are funded by federal dollars, but the state money helped make sure there were enough faculty for the programs to be fully accredited, Allen said. As well, it allowed residents to do rotations in clinics; federal dollars only pay for residency rotations that are done in hospitals.

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San Bernardino County awards new Colton medical school a $10 million contract – San Bernardino County Sun

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Supervisors on Tuesday approved, without discussion, a $10 million, five-year agreement to support the effort for a new medical school in Colton.

The California University of Science and Medicines School of Medicine is expected to open in summer 2018 inside temporary headquarters in San Bernardino and then move to its permanent home just north of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, the county hospital in Colton, said Dr. Dev GnanaDev, founder, president and CEO of CalMed.

Remodeling for the temporary site is ongoing at the former Everest College site at 217 E. Club Center Drive, just west of Waterman Avenue and south of the 10 Freeway.

GnanaDev is also chief of surgery at ARMC and president of the Medical Board of California. Previously, he was a longtime ARMC medical director and is a past president of the California Medical Association.

Originally, CalMed had hoped to open the new medical school in Colton this fall, but GnanaDev said Tuesday, during an interview following the supervisors vote, that it is easier to get necessary accreditations from an existing structure than from a new building.

The initial class will grow from 60 students to 90 the second year and 120 the third year. From then on, each graduating class will start with 120 students, he said.

The new medical school will work to develop additional residency slots at several hospital locations to place its graduates, GnanaDev said.

At another location, also adjacent to ARMC, the California University of Science and Medicine will ultimately include a school to train biomedical engineers, physician assistants and physical therapists, as well as provide nurses with graduate-level education opportunities.

The memorandum of understanding calls for a collaboration in clinical research studies, education and in the delivery and improvement of health care services at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The memorandum will result in the use of the countys discretionary general funding in the amount of $1 million annually for five years, while ARMC will provide an additional $5 million from its Enterprise Fund, according to county documents.

The agreement will terminate if CalMed fails to obtain appropriate accreditations on or before July 1, 2018.

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The agreement is a cause of concern for Pomona-based Western Universitys College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Dr. Paula Crone, medical school dean, said, Western U has a 40-year track record of service and success in the Inland Empire and Southern California, and is an essential source of the badly-needed primary care providers in this region.

We have a long-standing relationship with San Bernardino County and ARMC, where our graduates have filled literally thousands of rotation and residency slots over the years, without public funding coming to the university or the college to support that. So anything that might diminish training opportunities for our students and graduates is a blow.

Robert Lovingood, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, explained in a statement why the board approved the memorandum of understanding.

ARMC has a number of agreements with universities, colleges, junior colleges, and technical and trade schools through which it provides on-site clinical training for students. The training provided at ARMC prepares medical students to obtain their degree, license and/or certification, Lovingood said in the statement.

Riverside and San Bernardino counties have one of the lowest ratios of active patient care physicians. The agreement supports the creation, maintenance and growth of jobs and economic value in the county by offering medical education locally with preference to county residents, which will result in an increased pool of locally-trained health care workers remaining in the area, Lovingood said.

The contribution announced today (Tuesday) from the County of San Bernardino is a wonderful testament to the faith in the mission of California University of Science and Medicine and the value it will provide to the county, community and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, said Elizabeth Nikels, spokeswoman for the Prime Healthcare Foundation.

California University School of Medicine and the Prime Healthcare Foundation are grateful to San Bernardino County and Arrowhead Regional for their partnership and support as we build a world-class medical school dedicated to training future leaders that will give back to underserved areas like San Bernardino County, she said in a statement.

The CalMed medical school is being financed primarily through a $40 million donation from the Prime Healthcare Foundation, which was founded by Dr. Prem Reddy, a cardiologist who is founder, chairman and president of Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Services.

GnanaDev said he is working to secure additional funding from the state of California.

Prime Healthcare owns and operates 44 acute-care hospitals in California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Alabama and Missouri.

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Culinary Medicine: Teaching the importance of nutrition in medical school – Penn State News

HERSHEY, Pa. During future physicians four years in medical school, they expect to be exposed to many different environments. They become acquainted with the emergency room, operating room, delivery room and every other room in between. Instructors at Penn State College of Medicine hope to help their students become familiar with one more room the kitchen.

Fourth-year medical students at the college now have an opportunity to participate in a culinary medicine course to learn cooking and nutrition basics, which they can then pass on to patients. Culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine.

In the United States, the traditional medical approach has been to focus on treatment rather than prevention of disease and illness, said Tomi Dreibelbis, Culinary Medicine course co-director, senior director of educational affairs, and instructor of public health sciences. For the past 100 years, the standard medical school curriculum has required spending only a few days in four years discussing how nutrition affects wellness and the risk of progression of disease. Diet and nutrition will take us either on the path to wellness or on the path to disease.

Dreibelbis has a background as a public health nutritionist and holds a graduate degree in health education. She was inspired by the culinary medicine program at Tulane University School of Medicine and its teaching kitchen where students are required to take nutrition courses throughout their four years of medical school. She visited Tulane in July 2016 and worked with her counterparts there to bring the program to Penn State. The first class launched in September 2016.

Dietary intervention can positively impact health outcomes across the lifespan. Optimal nutrition throughout all phases of life, especially for the population groups that are at high risk for health disparities, must be the primary focus of health promotion and disease prevention, she said.

Nine students have completed the course this semester, which is currently offered as an elective.

The course is held at the Mohler Senior Center, which is located on the edge of the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus. Use of its kitchen adds an additional dynamic to the course, as members of the senior center participate in the course alongside the students.

Learn more about the course in this Penn State Medicine article.

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