Family Medicine Scholarship Available
Medical students who are committed to practicing family medicine may be
eligible for up to $50,000 of scholarship aid through the Nicholas J. Pisacano,
MD, Memorial Foundation, established by the American Board of Family Practice.
Students who will enter their third or fourth year of medical school in
the fall of 1996 and who will pursue a family-practice specialty may apply.
The Pisacano Scholars Program is designed to reimburse students a portion
of medical school related debt. The Pisacano Memorial Foundation seeks to
advance the field of primary care by providing well-educated, community-minded
leaders in the primary-care movement. The scholarship is awarded to students
who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family practice, scholastic
achievement, leadership, character, interpersonal skills and community service.
Application deadline is March 1. For more information about the Pisacano
Scholars Program, please call Carolyn Little in the department of family
medicine at 2362.
1996 Payroll Tax Changes
There are a number of tax changes for calendar year 1996 that will impact
your pay beginning with your first 1996 check on January 11.
- Federal allowance amounts have increased to $2,550 from $2,500 per exemption
claimed on your W-4.
- The Social Security Administration has announced an increase for the
Social Security portion of the FICA tax. The maximum annual earnings taxable
for the Social Security portion has increased to $62,700 from $61,200. There
is no limit on the wages subject to the Medicare portion of the FICA tax.
The FICA tax rates of 6.20 percent for Social Security and l.45 percent
for Medicare (7.65 percent combined) will remain the same in 1996.
- The City of Philadelphia has announced decreases in City Wage Tax as
follows: Resident tax decreases to 4.86 percent from 4.96 percent; non-resident
tax decreases to 4.2256 percent from 4.3125 percent.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has reduced the Unemployment
Compensation Tax (Withholding) to .03 percent from .11 percent.
- Finally, both the States of New Jersey and Delaware have reduced their
tax rates for 1996.
4th Annual Clery Lecture, 'Violence in Healthcare
Settings: An Emerging Issue,' Set for Jan. 30
Deborah Spungen, MSS, MLSP, CTS, nationally recognized social scientist
and author, will speak on "Violence in Healthcare Settings: An Emerging
Issue" on Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m. in 105 Bluemle.
An expert on violence and violence prevention, Ms. Spungen is a trained
mediator, a certified trauma specialist, and president of Crisis Management
In its fourth year, the Clery Lecture program is sponsored by a grant to
the College of Allied Health Sciences from Howard and Connie Clery and Security
on Campus, Inc.
"This is a topic that should interest the entire Jefferson community,"
said William Thygeson, director of student affairs and services. Ms. Spungen
will discuss the incidence of workplace violence, legal issues, prevention,
intervention and crisis response, and how students and others in the healthcare
field can prepare themselves to address this important issue.
TJU Bookstore Ready for Spring Semester Rush
The TJU Bookstore is ready to fill all students back-to-school needs for
the spring '96 semester, says Mike Sharifnia, bookstore manager.
From books and supplies, including medical supplies, to Jefferson imprinted
clothing and gifts, the bookstore can fill your needs. Stamps, fax service,
United Parcel Service and everything to gift wrap a package are all located
in one convenient place. The bookstore offers film development and a multimedia
department. Snacks are also available.
The full-service store is located at 224 S. 11th Street. Jefferson's Bookstore
is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. The store will have extra hours from Monday, January 15 through
Thursday, January 18, until 6 p.m. to accommodate the upcoming spring semester
For more information, FAX 215-923-1844 or call 7922.
De Novo Decorin Expression Suppresses The
Malignant Phenotype in Human Colon Cancer Cells
Renato V. Iozzo, MD, professor of pathology and cell biology, Jefferson
Medical College, and his colleagues found that decorin is increased in the
tissue surrounding colon cancer. Decorin is a naturally occurring substance
in the connective tissue where, among other roles, it helps regulate cell
growth by interacting with growth factors and collagen.
Is this an effort on the part of the decorin molecule produced by the normal
cells to control the proliferation of cancerous cells in the colon? Dr.
Iozzo's group unraveled the genetic instructions in decorin, and then used
genetic engineering to "transfect" colon carcinoma cells with
decorin DNA. In vitro, the cancer cells showed a reduced rate of of growth,
formed smaller tumor colonies than nonengineered cancer cells from the same
parent cancer and did not generate tumors at all when they were injected
in immuno-compromised mice. Dr. Iozzo believes this study opens the possibility
of therapeutic interventions in human colon cancer, and possibly other epithelial
neoplasms, using naturally occuring decorin to inhibit cancer growth in
Dr. Iozzo presented his findings, which are in press in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences USA, at the 1995 Experimental Biology
meeting where he chaired a minisymposium, "Extracellular Matrix: Gene
Expression and Function."