The future is today.

“The future is today.” -William Osler

You Share Your Wisdom… Here and Well Beyond

The AAMC Medical Education Meeting wraps up today and the Annual Meeting starts right up in Chicago. A strong contingent of individuals from our institution is participating in one or both of these important professional gatherings. Some of our contributors include Provost Gretchen Caughman, joining Geisel School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Chip Souba ,in a session on creating true leaders and Dr. Paul Wallach discussing the benefits – and a few of the tradeoffs – of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Great information and individuals.

And Help Write Our Story…

We also wanted to share that for the first time ever, best we can tell, our medical school will participate in the AAMC’s Innovation in Medical Education Exhibits at the annual meeting. As you all know, we have a great story to tell and our brand-new exhibit is absolutely one way to do it. We thank Jeanette Balotin for making this happen and Emily Renzi in the GRU Office of Communications and Marketing for helping bring it to life. And our exhibit will have quite a life. We’ll be taking it to alumni meetings across our state and beyond, and pretty much any place folks gather to celebrate or learn more about our medical school. Simply super.

You Share Ideas…

Speaking of firsts and sharing great stories, Journal Scout, a brief, timely review of the vast health sciences literature, launched this week for our super busy faculty. This is absolutely a collaborative effort of all our health sciences colleges to help us stay up to date, which , ironically, seems increasingly difficult with information coming at us around the clock from every direction. Check it out here: We appreciate additional insight that will be gained by our faculty lending their views and knowledge on the shared articles. Our thanks to the Educational Innovation Institute, particularly Journal Scout Co-Editors Drs. Ralph Gillies and Lori Bolgla for making this significant effort on our behalf.

And Insight…

Social media is certainly another way many of us keep a quick and regular handle of the world around us. Our Dr. Jim Rawson recently penned a guest editorial for the journal Academic Radiology that tells us how he believes it to be a critical tool for his colleagues around the country. He even gave those of us less-savvy individuals on the topic more insight on related things like how to tweet and retweet. Check in out here:

Discover New Knowledge…

Of course, information is the business and the strength of so many of you. A fascinating report this week from our Dr. Robert Yu and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jing Wang who have learned a lot more about how our neural stem cell supply is maintained. This has implications of course for one day helping us better address age-related brain cell loss as well as loss that can occur from a traumatic injury or stroke. Just the kind of information our aging population needs. Check out more here: and here:

Help Keep the Next Generation… On the Right Track

Our Dr. Martha Tingen has been leading efforts that have real potential for protecting the brains and bodies of our youngest citizens. Just as she has been a tireless advocate for keeping children from smoking and helping parents stop, she is now waging a valiant effort to prevent our youth from alcohol and drug use with the help of some powerful partners such as the Columbia County Community Connections and the Richmond County School System. Recently they held a poster/essay contest at Murphey Middle School on what the students’ lives can be without the influence of drugs or alcohol. How is this for insight from generation Z? “My dream is to become a lawyer; no one will want to hire a drug addict,” and “I refuse to let anyone force me nor make me feel like I need drugs and alcohol to fit in or make me feel good.” Wow.

And Inspire…Terrific Support

Great energy and enthusiasm for your medical school at the recent MCG Foundation Retreat and Full Board Meeting. Our thanks to the Foundation Board, Jim Osborne, and Ian Mercier for a terrific event. Curtis Simic, President Emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation, shared his considerable insight into why folks donate money. We believe it’s because they can and want to make a difference and know a great investment when they see one. Insert a picture of you and our medical school here!

You Have…Respect for Yourself and Others

Our Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs and the GRU Office of Diversity and Inclusion teamed up recently to make sure that students and faculty have the information they need to provide a supportive, respectful environment of success for our sexually and gender diverse students, faculty, staff, and patients. The Safe Zone Program does just that and we applaud this ongoing initiative to help ensure that we approach our work and others respectfully and that we help educate a generation of health care providers who will do the same.

Upcoming Events

Now through Nov. 14 – Open enrollment for university employees, see

Now through Nov. 21 – Group exhibition, We Should Talk to Each Other, The Cloud and I, inspired by the Jorge Armenteros novel, The Book of I, about a painter struggling with schizophrenia. GRU Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, see

Nov. 13 – MCG Faculty Senate, 5 p.m., Lee Auditorium

Nov. 14 – Body Donation Memorial Service, 1-2 p.m., Lee Auditorium

Dec. 19 – MCG Faculty Senate, noon, Lee Auditorium

Jan. 15 – MCG Faculty Senate, 5 p.m., Lee Auditorium

Feb. 6 – MCG Faculty Senate, noon, Lee Auditorium

Feb. 24 – MCG Alumni Association Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Board Meeting and Regional Event, starting at 2:30 p.m., Idle Hour Country Club, Macon.

March 5 – MCG Alumni Association Regional Reception, 6 p.m., Northeast History Museum, Gainesville.

March 12 – MCG Faculty Senate, 5 p.m., Lee Auditorium

March 20 – Match Day, noon, location to be determined.

April 17 – Raft Debate, sponsored by the MCG Alumni Association, 6 p.m., Lee Auditorium.

April 23-26 – Alumni Weekend.

May 1 – State of the Medical College of Georgia address, noon, Lee Auditorium, lunch provided.

May 4 – MCG Graduation Dinner, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.

May 7 – Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., location to be determined.

May 8 – Graduation, 2 p.m., James Brown Arena.

Enjoy the weekend!