Day: November 17, 2020


Green Bay’s first residency program for family medicine draws over 150 student applicants

GREEN BAY – The city’s first residency program for family physicians has already attracted over 150 student applicants with interviews starting this week.

a man wearing glasses: President and CEO of Prevea Health Ashok Rai.

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President and CEO of Prevea Health Ashok Rai.

That’s a good sign for organizers from a local health care system and the Medical College of Wisconsin, who say they launched the program to help solve a doctor shortage in northeastern Wisconsin.

Prevea Health/Hospital Sisters Health System has long identified residency programs as a way to address the shortage. With baby boomers aging, hospital systems nationwide had been working to prepare for a surge in demand for medical services.

“Recruitment to future positions in Green Bay is very important given the nationwide provider shortage that we’ve seen for many years and will continue to see,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health/HSHS.

Studies have shown there’s a higher likelihood that somebody will stay in the town where they completed their residency, he said.

“That’s even more likely than the town that they went to medical school in,” Rai said.

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As Prevea looks for physicians, primary care is a major concern for the future, and family medicine is one of its largest specialties in primary care. Family medicine residents also have a higher likelihood of working in rural areas as well as suburban and smaller urban communities like Green Bay, Rai said.

Prevea expects residents to be prepared to work in a variety of fields and settings, including in rural clinics. Training in Green Bay also will allow residents to serve in Prevea’s clinics north of the Green Bay area.

The residency program will begin July 1, 2021 and will train four family medicine residents per year for three years. A total of 12 physicians will be trained by 2023. The program will accept applicants until Nov. 18.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with Prevea for the program. The program’s director, Dr. Manal Soliman, is associate professor of family and community medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Accreditation and hiring for the residency program happened during the pandemic, and the accreditation process had to be virtual. Rai expressed hope that residents will not need many pandemic-specific skills next July when they start practicing.

However, residents’ perspective will likely be changed because of the pandemic. He looks forward to hearing about what students have learned during the COVID-19 outbreaks and how they will apply these lessons in their residency and practice.

“It’s going to be the most unique time in modern history to train to be a physician because of the stresses, both physical and mental, but also the demonstrated resiliency of our profession,” Rai said.

Contact Nusaiba Mizan at (920)-431-8310 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @nusaiblah.

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Aspetar organises Sports Medicine Online Forum Series

Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital announced yesterday the launch of the Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection Online Forum Series, a series of online forum meetings where healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion format with the chapter editors of the recently published Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection.
The Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection Online Forum Series will provide participants free access to evidence-based sports medicine and science published in the two-volume Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection book.
Each month, starting in December 2020 until the FIFA World Cup in November 2022, the respective Chiefs of Chapters will be discussing different topics related to the 24 chapters of the Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection, and one section of the Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection will be ‘unlocked’, available to download at no cost.
The first online forum meeting, on Wednesday 2, December at 8pm Doha time (GMT+3), will be on “Foot and Ankle” injuries, presented by Dr Pieter D’Hooghe, Chief of Surgery and Aspetar Acting Chief Medical Officer.
The monthly online forum meetings will cover a selection of sports medicine and science topics, relevant to support the best sports medicine and science preparation for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
These include Groin Pain, Hydration and NutriNutritiontion, Recovery Strategies, Ethics in Sport Medicine, Concussion in Sport, Shoulder Injuries, Elbow Injuries, Hand Injuries, Hamstring and Knee injuries.
The forum will be delivered online, allowing safe interaction between presenters and participants. Registration is open through Aspetar’s website and the online forum discussion will be recorded and shared on Aspetar’s YouTube channel.
Also, participants can use the hashtag #AspetarCollectionForum and mention @Aspetar to ask their questions that will be answered during the LIVE forum.
The Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection is a two-volume limited edition book of more than 1400 pages; Volume 1 focuses on topics in Sport Science, Medicine of Sport, and Exercise and Lifestyle Medicine, and Volume 2 addresses management of sports injuries of the upper and lower extremity.
The editor-in-chief, Prof Dr Nebojsa Popovic and his co-editors carefully curated the best 200 Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal papers written by more than 300 international experts.
This Collection aims to assist health professionals and students, coaches, and athletes to improve their understanding of Sport and Exercise Medicine and make better decisions when caring for athletes.
This can only be achieved through open access sharing of sports medicine and science knowledge, an initiative Aspetar takes pride in to support and promote.

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Baylor Scott & White teams with Baylor College of Medicine on new med school campus in Temple

Two of Texas’ leading health care players are teaming up to create a new medical school campus to reduce the state’s physician shortage and foster more health care innovation.

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital system in Texas, said it’s collaborating with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the state’s top-ranked medical school. Their 20-year agreement will be anchored by a regional medical school campus in Temple, about a two-hour drive south of Dallas.

In 2023, an inaugural class of 40 medical students is expected to begin training in Temple, and over four years, enrollment is projected to total 160.

The organizations will rely on tuition and donations for expenses, not state funding — with Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White covering any financial shortfalls, said Peter McCanna, president of the hospital company.

“We really believe this is crucially important for our patients and for Texas,” McCanna said in an interview. “Having top educators and top students and residents in the mix makes for the best medical care for our patients.”

Four years ago, the two announced a research alliance that included working together on clinical trials. They share a common heritage and the school started in Dallas in 1900. The school moved to Houston in 1943 and separated from Baylor University in 1969 to become independent.

“This is a great opportunity to expand Baylor College of Medicine’s outstanding medical education programs to a regional medical school campus,” Dr. Paul Klotman, CEO of the school, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to being in Temple.”

“This affiliation is good for Texans in a number of ways,” said Jim Hinton, CEO of the health system. “It will not only help us develop and keep more clinicians in a state that projects a continued physician shortage, it makes groundbreaking research from the country’s top institutions more available to the millions of Texans we serve each year.”

Baylor Scott & White already has a regional medical school campus in Temple with Texas A&M University. That will be relocating to Dallas as part of the moves announced on Tuesday.

Over 200 medical students from Texas A&M currently train at BS&W facilities, the company said. That number will grow to over 300 medical students over the next three years. A majority of those students will train in Dallas, making it the school’s largest regional medical campus, officials said.

The two also may develop a new physician assistant program and increase educational opportunities in nursing and pharmacy in Bryan-College Station.

“This collaboration leverages our strengths to develop an innovative health care workforce to deliver the next generation of high-value care,” John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, said in a statement. “I am excited to see this relationship grow and continue to flourish.”

Baylor, whose revenue topped $10 billion last year, operates 52 hospitals, 26 surgery centers and 557 specialty care clinics. It has about 49,000 employees, including joint ventures, and does over 7.5 million patient encounters a year.


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Nomad launches fitness-oriented Sport Strap for Apple Watch

Nomad has launched a new Apple Watch band titled the Sport Strap, a minimalist band that combines a sporty aesthetic with a custom Pin and Tuck Closure mechanism.

Made from compression-molded FKM fluroelastomer rubber, the Nomad Sport Strap is a soft-touch Apple Watch band design with a microtexture satin finish. The band’s design is intended to increase ventilation of the user’s wrist while also minimizing the weight, to make it as ideal as possible for fitness-focused Apple Watch users.

Channels in the bottom of the strap increase the breathability of the band, as well as minimizing sweat buildup during exercise. The material’s resistance to oils and 100% waterproof nature also makes it easier for wearers to wipe clean after an intense workouts, or from occasional spills in everyday use.

Nomad Sport Strap

Keeping the Sport Strap in place is a Pin and Tuck Closure mechanism, a custom-designed system where a pin pokes through and out from the strap, while the tail of the strap is tucked up against the wrist.

Available now, the Nomad Sport Strap for Apple Watch costs $49.95. It is offered in 44mm and 44mm versions, and is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch.

The Sport Strap follows two months after Nomad launched the Rugged Strap, which is also produced from FKM fluroelastomer rubber and has similar oil and water resistance.

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Jane Seymour talks financial and personal struggles on ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ in the early days

Jane Seymour spoke candidly about the financial and emotional crisis she was in during the early days of her hit show, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” 

The actress starred as the title character on the CBS series for six seasons. It followed the adventures of a physician from Boston who sets out for adventure in the American west, ultimately settling in Colorado Springs. 

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Seymour explained that she initially took the role out of desperation after a past relationship left her in crushing debt. 


“The first thing I remember is that my ex-husband at that time had lost all our money, left me nine million in the red with lawsuits from every major bank,” she told the outlet. “I was homeless, penniless and I called my agent and said I would do anything. He called the networks, and they said, how about a little movie of the week? But she has to sign for five years in case it becomes a series, she has to start tomorrow morning — less than 12 hours from now — and that was it.”

Jane Seymour explained how an off-screen romance affected her on-screen character.

Jane Seymour explained how an off-screen romance affected her on-screen character.
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The actress, now 69, said that the paycheck she received from the show helped her get back on her feet financially, and having a regular job helped her be a mother to her kids while putting a roof over their heads. However, with her professional problems solved, personal ones crept up. 


The actress attributes the success of the show to her co-star, Joe Lando, who she noted was likely a big draw for women who tuned into the show. However, an off-screen relationship between the on-screen couple complicated things behind-the-scenes. 

“Never fall in love with your leading man in the pilot and then break up before they pick it up,” she explained. “We fell madly in love, ran off to Bora Bora, he realized that everyone recognized me even in the middle of nowhere and that wasn’t going to work. So, that was it. And then they picked up our show. So, all that sexual tension you saw, it was real!”

Jane Seymour talked about the early days of 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.'

Jane Seymour talked about the early days of ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.’
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She told the outlet that things got extra complicated when she married regular series director James Keach.

“He had to direct Joe and I making out,” she noted.


Fortunately, she says she and Lando are now close friends.

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Man City’s Bundesliga midfield target is ‘keen to move’ at the end of the season

Sky Germany, as translated by Inside Futbol, have reported on Tuesday morning that Manchester City target Denis Zakaria is ‘keen to move‘ on from Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season – providing fans with even more to speculate about when it comes to midfield targets ahead of next summer. 

The Swiss midfielder reportedly wants a ‘fresh start‘ and feels he is ‘ready to play for a bigger club on a bigger stage‘, as per the claims of Sky Germany.

However, what is interesting to note from the latest claims surrounding the midfielder is that any potential transfer is reportedly hinging on the player proving his fitness in the second-half of the season, after sustaining a serious knee injury in the spring.

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His potential suitors, presumably including Manchester City, are monitoring his fitness closely and will watch how well he returns to action in the second-half of the season.

Denis Zakaria could be the powerful, ball-carrying midfielder that City have been missing since club legend Yaya Toure departed in 2018. The ‘Gladbach midfielder has scored eight goals and assisted on six occasions in his 96 appearances for the Bundesliga side.


Popular statistics website Transfermarkt value the 23 year-old at £33 million, however at his age and the high-esteem in which clubs around Europe hold him, a player of his skillset and potential could possibly cost nearly double that. A previous report from BILD last month suggested that Manchester City were preparing a bid in the region of £40 million for the player – thus defending the view that the player could be worth significantly more than his valuation.


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Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness adapts, evolves during pandemic

Tennis players wear masks and socially distance while playing at Maine Pines in Brunswick last week. Eli Canfield/The Times Record


BRUNSWICK — Barbara Fraumeni acknowledged it took a little time to get used to playing tennis while masked up, as is the requirement at Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness these days. 

Slowly, however, wearing a mask felt more natural than uncomfortable.

“It was a little tough in the beginning, but now I’m used to it and sometimes even forget it’s on,” said Fraumeni, of Brunswick. “I’ve noticed that the paper masks suit me better than the cloth masks while I’m exercising.”

Fellow tennis player and Brunswick native Bill Elmore said he, too, needed time to adjust.

“I guess my biggest issue is that my glasses tend to fog up, but I would rather be safe than sorry,” Elmore said.

Like many businesses in the state, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

A pickleball court has been set up for use at Maine Pines in Brunswick. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

Maine Pines closed for three months, from mid-March to June, which prompted owner Rob Manter to brainstorm creative ways he could safely re-open his business.

“We spent that time deep cleaning our facility, and designing our safety protocol plans to make upgrades to follow the protocols that were established,” he said. 

The facility opened in the summer and hopes to keep its doors open even as the pandemic shows no signs of easing. Manter said Maine Pines has made some changes to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.   

Maine Pines has five tennis courts open, down one from its usual operations. 

The sixth court was transformed into a new fitness center, complete with weights, ladders and ropes. People can also play pickleball, with two courts set aside for use.

“The biggest challenge with adding the fitness center to the courts was finding the proper noise level to accommodate everyone,” Manter said. “When you have tennis players wanting it to be quiet to focus, and members in the fitness center playing loud music while working out, we had to find a happy medium between each party.”

Manter added several new fans and air purifiers throughout the facility, plexiglass at the desk in the lobby, and hand sanitizing stations in the lobby and at the net on each tennis court. There is also a self temperature check as you walk in the door.

Manter says he’s pleased with the number of people who are showing up to play tennis.  

“We’re hoping more people will come out and see that they can play tennis or work out safely and comfortably,” Manter said.

Masks must be worn at all times while in a public setting, including while exercising.

A whiteboard displays a sign-in at the doorstep of the gym at Maine Pines in Brunswick. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

Jason Terry, the club’s tennis pro, has had to adjust how he approaches his lessons and clinics during the pandemic.

“For the most

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ClubReady Announces Partnership With Factor4 to Provide Gift Card Program to Fitness Studios

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClubReady, the leading provider of full-suite studio fitness and wellness club management software, today announced it will launch an integration with Factor4, the leading provider of gift card and loyalty solutions, this October. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for gift cards is estimated at $1 trillion this year and is projected to reach a revised size of $2.7 trillion by 2027. This integration will allow fitness studios, and their members, to benefit from this preferred and profitable method of gifting and payment.

“The ClubReady and Factor4 integration will provide our fitness studios customers access to a new revenue stream while adding value for their members,” said Fred Elias, Vice President of Business Development at ClubReady. “The gift program will also help studios acquire new members,” he explained. Studios can operate their gift card program out of a single management portal to view transaction data and trends. Factor4’s online gift card solution will enable studios to have custom branded pages integrated with ClubReady so members can purchase digital and plastic gift cards seamlessly from their websites. This is especially important considering the number of cards purchased online soared 57% in the first 6 months of this year compared to the first half of 2019, while purchases of digital gift cards jumped 61% comparatively, according to InComm.  

“We are excited to partner with ClubReady and to provide fitness studios with a new revenue source that will help them recover from the COVID-19 closures that impacted the fitness industry,” said Dan Battista, Factor4 CEO. “Our solution complies with social distancing standards by enabling contactless delivery of gift cards via email and text, as well as the ability for members to pay by phone. Factor4 will help fitness studios use gift cards to attract new members and retain existing members.” 

This integration provides fitness studios with versatility in developing their gift card programs. ClubReady and Factor4 estimate an implementation period of two to three weeks. With the integration complete, studios can launch their gift card program in time for the holiday season. Gift cards have been the most popular holiday gift to give and receive for 13 consecutive years. Learn more about this solution here.


Factor4, LLC was formed by four payment service experts to provide the premier gift card and loyalty solution. The founders’ strength comes from their combined industry expertise and extensive network. Factor4’s strength is from its best-in-class, proprietary platform, technology, integrations and team. The RewardOS API provides effortless, feature-rich integration to a wide range of point-of-sale devices. Factor4 boasts the most integrations of all gift and loyalty providers. Factor4 serves over 13,000 customers and growing. For more information, visit


ClubReady is the leading provider of full-suite studio fitness and wellness club management software and services. Founded in 2009, ClubReady has been committed to building the studio fitness business of the future.  The ClubReady Fitness Management Platform provides clients a full membership management and engagement

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Michigan Medicine, JDRF commit to raise $14M for new diabetes center

ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine has partnered with type 1 diabetes research nonprofit JDRF to establish the new JDRF Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan.

The goal of the center, through U-M’s Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, is to accelerate research to cure type 1 diabetes and to improve lives. This includes safer day-to-day management of diabetes and improving health for those living with T1D by understanding metabolism in teenagers, young adults and those living long term with the condition.

The Center of Excellence was made possible by a grant from JDRF of $7.37 million. Both partners aim to raise nearly $14 million, with JDRF’s goal of more than $7 million and Michigan’s Medicine goal of $6.5 million for the new COE.

In addition to researching the human metabolism and driving a cure, the COE will advance the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute’s broad expertise in understanding beta cells that create insulin, and will aim to address life-threatening complications from T1D, including psychological effects.

Ann Arbor resident Elizabeth Weiser Caswell and her father, Regent Ron Weiser, have made leadership gifts to kickstart the project.

Read: University of Michigan regent, wife donate $30M for new diabetes institute

Caswell’s husband, Trey, and two of her three sons have T1D. Her personal experience drove her to become a T1D advocate. Currently an executive committee member of the board of directors of JDRF’s Metro Detroit/Southeast Michigan Chapter, Caswell said she is excited for the new collaboration and hopes it will deliver breakthroughs for T1D.

“Michigan Medicine is the ideal partner for JDRF,” Caswell said in a news release. “The Pediatric Endocrinology team at Michigan has been there for our family very step of the way — advising us on daily care, advances in treatment technologies, and opportunities for clinical research. U-M is asking questions that aren’t being asked. I think the science is so exciting and there are so many areas where we’re poised for a breakthrough.”

“This center offers us game-changing possibilities,” Sanjoy Dutta, Ph.D., vice president of reseSanarch at JDRF, said in a news release. “Through it, we will be able to accelerate the depth of work already underway, connect to other critical projects and readily collaborate in ways not previously possible. This center is a partnership of strengths that we know will advance research in meaningful ways, and, we all hope, will deliver cures for T1D.”

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An autoimmune disease, T1D causes a person’s pancreas to stop producing insulin, a hormone that allows people to get energy from food. In people with T1D, their body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

Scientists are still trying to understand what causes the condition but believe that both environmental triggers and genetic factors are involved. Unlike T2D, the onset of T2D has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet.

There is no cure for the disease and it is not preventable.


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Sidra Medicine ‘test’ to aid the call for immunity passports

Scientists at Qatar Foundation’s Sidra Medicine are working on developing a better antibody test that provides more detailed information than existing commercial assays for Covid-19 antibodies.

This is expected to make life easier during the pandemic times by identifying and certifying people who have developed immunity to the virus, making them safer candidates for travel and work.
“Immunity passports” is a huge area of interest for governments and researchers alike .The idea is that someone who has already recovered from Covid-19 develops antibodies to the virus that will remain in their body for at least a few months. This means they are much less likely to be re-infected and develop symptoms from the virus, making them safer candidates for travel and work.
However, the use of immunity passports has been hampered partly by inaccurate testing. A false positive antibody test in a person who is not immune may lead that individual to believe that they are immune and engage in high-risk activities that may lead to a true infection. A false negative antibody test may cause an individual, who is already immune, to be unnecessarily re-screened for the virus for travel or work-related purposes.
The test that scientists at Sidra Medicine are working looks at multiple types of antibodies against the different protein components of the Covid-19 virus, as well as against the other common human coronaviruses.
The test is also high-throughput and, because it has been developed locally, less expensive than all commercially available tests. The preliminary results show that the test developed by Sidra Medicine is much more accurate than the currently available antibody tests and provides more detailed information about each person’s immune response.
But does this mean that those who test positive for antibodies against other coronaviruses could also be immune to Covid-19? Or potentially face milder symptoms or be asymptomatic? “That’s the million-dollar question,” says Dr Jean-Charles Grivel, director at the Deep Phenotyping Core at Sidra Medicine whose team is working on the new serology assay.
“There are seven human coronaviruses. Our assay measures reactivity against all of them, unlike most commercial assays. We are working with other entities in Qatar to figure out if antibodies to other coronaviruses impacts immunity and how it affects the clinical trajectory of infected patients.”
Dr Grivel’s team at the Deep Phenotyping Core consists of Igor Pavlovski and Selma Maacha who have been instrumental in conducting the research for Sidra Medicine’s serological tests.
Dr Patrick Tang, division chief, Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine said that if this test can be applied to a larger population, it would definitely improve the accuracy of the results.
“Commercially available serology tests have an accuracy rate of about 85 to 90%. If we had a more accurate serology test, we have a greater degree of assurance about who is immune and not likely to become symptomatic if exposed to the virus again. This would mean that these people would be safe for customer-facing duties, or to travel or participate in public gatherings and

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