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March 2016


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Bioinformatics: Clinical Genomics Subject of Mini Course

On March 17, CDU students, faculty and librarians gathered in the Cobb Learning Resource Center for a bioinformatics short course on Clinical Genomics arranged by the Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Health Sciences Library. The course was taught via videoconference by Dr. Medha Bhagwat of the NIH Library simultaneously to participants at CDU and Virginia Commonwealth University. VNC servers that allow the instructor in DC to view the computer screens of all participants were also set up (this allows the instructor to assist students who have difficulty following assigned computer exercises).

Participants learned about resources for accessing information about genes and gene variants that are associated with diseases. The course also covered the impact of gene variants on drug response and drug dosing guidelines. Resources covered are freely available to the public and include ClinVar, a public archive of reports of the relationships among human variations and phenotypes, with supporting evidence, maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI); the Clinical Genomic Database (CGD), maintained by the National Human Genome Research Institute; the NCBI Short Genetic Variations database, commonly known as dbSNP, which catalogs short variations in nucleotide sequences from a wide range of organisms; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM); Exome Variant Server (EVS); 1000 Genomes, the largest public catalogue of human variation and genotype data; the Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PharmGKB); and Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion (CADD), a resource covering functional, pathogenicity, or deleteriousness annotation of variants.

This is the sixth time a bioinformatics short course has been taught remotely at CDU by Dr. Bhagwat; previous offerings include Bioinformatics Quick Start (2008), Identification of Disease Genes (2008), Gene Resources: From Transcription Factor Binding Sites to Function (2009), Correlation of Disease Genes to Phenotypes (2012), and Gene Expression Microarray Data Analysis (2013).

Please contact Dr. Lola Ogunyemi at lolaogunyemi@cdrewu.edu if you are interested in attending additional courses hosted by the Center for Biomedical Informatics.


Admissions Tours Attract Students Early

CDU is very proud of pipeline programs that plant seeds in young students' minds early so they will see this unique school of medicine and science as a place to begin their careers in the health professions. In March CDU enjoyed meeting students from three outstanding high schools and programs:

Legacy Ladies, Inc.
If you saw a group of young ladies on campus decked out in red and black those were the Legacy Ladies, which is a program founded in 2004 by Jacqueline Castillo, in Calabasas, California. Ms. Castillo, was inspired by her mother, Lessie McKerson, who established a template of philanthropy and community service for Jacqueline to follow early in her life. The members endeavored to change one life at a time and one community at a time, with the purpose of making their "village," which they define as the Crenshaw and Leimert Park area, economically self-sufficient.

The students are from South L.A.: Crenshaw, Dorsey, and Washington Preparatory High Schools.
Their interest spans from psychology to surgery and physical therapy. It seemed a trip to CDU was in order.

The tour which was coordinated by admissions counselors Risha Griffin and Rebeca Diaz planned an exciting day which including meeting a variety of health professionals from administration to the simulation labs. “The students enjoyed the Q&A during the orientation and listening to the medical professionals. They enjoyed touring the labs immensely, especially the models of patients, "said Ms. Castillo. For more information about this organizations visit http://www.legacyladiesinc.com/

The Archer School for Girls
On March 16th The Archer School for Girls remains intentional in its practice of teaching girls the way they learn best. Founded on research and supported by expert faculty, this construct prepares girls to become leaders in the 21st century. Located on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, for more information, visit https://www.archer.org.
The Cesar Chavez High School

The Cesar Chavez High School visited on March 22. The classmates walked to campus from their nearby school.They got to experience a number of hands on projects such as dissecting sheep's eyes. They toured the SIM Lab where they saw robots interact with doctors and nurses.

Cesar Chavezis designated a model school by the California continuation education association. It is the mission of Cesar Chavez High School to provide students with an opportunity for alternative education. Through individualized and collaborative instruction, we will focus on the improvement of social skills, basic skills, and self-esteem necessary for the optimal development of students’ individual potential.

The success of each school is contingent upon the empowerment of teachers, parents, students, and community members working together to actively take part in the educational process. By engaging students in a challenging and rigorous curriculum, the staff will prepare them for post-secondary education and/or a career. For more information visit http://aehs-compton-ca.schoolloop.com/

Each CDU tour is tailored for the school or organization that comes. Risha and Rebeca depend upon faculty and staff to show interesting parts of their work to the students to engage them.

Here are some of the photos from these tours which give students something to think about they never imagined.


Match Day 2016 A Success at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

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Medical Students at Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science as they entered their medical studies four years ago. On Friday, March 18th residency matches were offered to members of this class.

Match Day 2016 A Success at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
National Match Day 2016 pairs medical students with hospitals where they will serve their residencies

Match Day 2016Early Friday morning, March 18, 2016, like so many medical schools across the nation, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) College of Medicine (COM) students, their families, and their friends nervously ate breakfast as they waited until the time counted down to 9 a.m. What were they waiting for? Like their medical student peers across the country, they were waiting to see where they "matched" and to find out where they would complete their residency training.

The President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle spoke, and College of Medicine Interim Dean Daphne Calmes and Urban Underserved College Chair, Dr. Cesar Barba, took turns congratulating the medical students on reaching this milestone in their medical education. All eyes, however, were on those envelopes distributed about 10 minutes before 9 a.m.

"Open your envelopes now!" Dean Calmes said when the countdown reached zero. After reading their letters which told them where they would be going for the next few years, happy medical students hugged family members and friends as well as CDU faculty and staff.

CDU is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 National Resident Matching Program. First, 28 students matched. CDU will see 64% of those students match into primary care, 34% matched in to family medicine both much higher than national averages. The rest, 36%, matched into specialties including anesthesiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery and psychiatry at hospitals ranging from UCLA and Stanford to BrighamWomen's Hospital, a Harvard Medical School program and NYU School of Medicine.

The majority of those (78%) stayed in California, with a small percentage traveling to the East, Midwest, and the South.

"CDU is unique because of our mission. Our students match into quality residency programs to obtain the best training possible so when they finish they will be best prepared to work in underserved areas, and under-resourced communities. That is what attracted them to CDU in the first place," said College of Medicine Interim Dean Daphne Calmes. "Our match results indicate that CDU continues to deliver on the Mission for which the University was created, said President Carlisle.

Dean Calmes is inspired by the story of Lyndon Gonzalez. He attended the Physician Assistant Program at CDU and went on to attend the CDU/UCLA Medical Education program and now is accepted into the Harvard Medical School residency program in Anesthesiology.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) announced the results of the 2016 Main Residency Match the system through which United States and international medical school students and graduates obtain residency positions in U.S. accredited training programs. The 2016 Main Residency Match was the largest on record, encompassing 42,370 registered applicants and 30,750 positions. The number of United States allopathic medical school senior students grew by 221 to 18,668, and the number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions rose to 27,860, 567 more than last year.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, and medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU's mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement. For more information about the College of Medicine at CDU, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/com/.

National Library of Medicine Site Visit
Last week, we were honored to have two site visitors from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) here to visit our campus. Ms. Cynthia Gaines and Mr. Craig Locatis were in Los Angeles mainly to visit the sites of the Distance Learning Education Program and to visit the sites of program participants. Plans were made by Mrs. Dolores Caffey-Fleming and Dr. Peter Tom for our visitors to tour our campus as requested by our visitors. In their absence, Mrs. Darlene Parker-Kelly graciously received our visitors and took them to the pre-arranged areas. They toured the campus and were delighted to meet our President and CEO, Dr. David Carlisle; Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Steve Michael; College of Medicine Interim Dean, Dr. Daphne Calmes; College of Science and Health Interim Dean, Dr. Ron Edelstein; and School of Nursing Dean, Dr. Sheldon Fields and some students. Our visitors were very pleased with their site visit.
The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Distance Learning Education Program has been developed for students interested in careers in healthcare professions. The programs use synchronous, interactive online videoconferencing technology to reach special populations and expose then to a range of health professionals with similar backgrounds who discuss their specialties and careers.

NLM has managed the distance learning program for over a decade with the objectives of increasing minority high school students' interest in a range of health careers and their understanding of health science subjects and resources. The program exposes students to range of health professionals, not just physicians and nurses, who come from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds, including those of the students. Health professionals discuss the problems they solve and, when relevant, their research interests, while also explaining why they chose their careers. Information resources relevant to health careers and health concepts and issues are discussed within these contexts.



The current high schools participating in our distance learning program are King/Drew Medical Magnet, Kosabu, Alaska; Farrington High School in Hawaii; and the University of Puerto Rico Laboratory High School. The program is held on Thursday mornings when all schools are in session. Mrs. Caffey-Fleming and Ms. Thigpen help to find speakers for these presentations which are relevant to the theme of the year selected by NLM.



                          
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