The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.– John Buchan

Many Thanks … Fine Leadership … Commitment

We are indebted to Dr. Kathryn Martin for once again displaying her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to our medical college by taking on the role of Interim Associate Dean for Regional Campus Coordination. Dr. Martin’s commitment is very much appreciated as she will continue to serve as our Southeast Campus Dean while Dr. Linda Boyd is transitioning to her new job in New Jersey. Dr.Martin’s expertise in growing an incredibly successful regional campus is super valuable as we continue to grow the state’s only public medical school in Augusta and across our great state. Please join me in thanking her for her many contributions to educating future physicians at Georgia’s only public medical school.

Serving our Veterans … What a Cause … What a Privilege

We send a round of applause as well to Dr. Bobbilynn Lee for her recent Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center award for her dedication to serving veterans. She also was recently named “Woman Supervisor of the Year.” Thank you Dr. Lee for your service to our veterans and your expertise in the practice of urology. Check out the photo! – http://on.fb.me/Z8RUYJ

Great Critical Care … Great Fellowship

Another “well done” goes to Dr. Thomas Dillard and others responsible for making the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship such a great program. The ACGME review committee recently applauded our Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s requirements for graduate medical education without citations. This was an excellent report and we are proud to have such great fellowship programs here at MCG. Way to go!

Thank you for your national leadership …

We got a big thank you from the National Board of Medical Examiners to our faculty for their service to the NBME and the USMLE in 2012. We are thankful for these hard- working physicians’ efforts on the home front and nationally. Many thanks to Dr. Paul Wallach, Dr. Carol Nichols, Dr. Robert Nesbit, Dr. Josephine Albritton, Dr. Andy Albritton, Dr. Ruth-Marie Fincher and Dr. Pamela Fall. What a stellar line up of educators.

Fifth Annual Health Sciences Education Day… Lessons in Teaching

The fifth annual Health Sciences Education Day was a great success. Keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Lieberman from the University of Texas Medical Branch made a great presentation about “Transformation in Medical Education.” We are grateful to the Educational Innovation Institute for helping to put such a premium on our education mission. There was great turnout from faculty, residents and students. The quality of presentations and posters was superb. Those honored include the Exemplary Teaching Award winners and new institute inductees. Congratulations to all. Many thanks to Dr. Paul Wallach, Dr. Lara Stepleman and Dr. Ralph Gillies for their leadership in hosting Education Day.

Strong Voices … Great Cause … Great Community Effort

Our colleagues in Otolaryngology are having a great event April 16 to bring much needed attention to the importance of a healthy voice with some fascinating art! Otolaryngology is joining with the Institute of Regenerative and Reparative Medicine to celebrate World Voice Day April 16 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at OddFellows Gallery, 1036 Broad St. “Tiny Worlds: Big Problem,” is the name of the art exhibition that will include patient art projects. The display will move to our hospital after April 30 and it’s not too late for faculty and staff who have created art related to the voice and airway to have their work displayed. You can call Kathy Schofe in Communications about that at 706-446-4802. Many thanks to Drs. Gregory Postma and Paul Weinberger and Ms. Schofe for their innovative leadership here.
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More Strong Voices … More Community Outreach …. Raising Awareness of Health Issues for LGBTQ

Our congratulations to so many on the success on the recent, second annual Come Out for Health Week, held in conjunction with the 2013 national LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. The event included a patient-provider panel, community resource fair, an interactive workshop on taking an inclusive sexual history, a lecture on the unique considerations of transgender health as well a whirlwind overview of disparities, inequities and anxieties that encompass LGBT health. Guest speakers included Shane Snowdon, Human Rights Campaign Director of Health and Aging and founder of the nation’s first LGBT office in a health or health education setting, and Dr. Jason Schneider, a faculty member at Emory School of Medicine who co-founded the AMA Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues. Kudos to Alexis Rossi and many others.

A Truly Grand Re-Opening … a Beautiful home for our Jaguars … a Grand Partnership

A Beautiful home for our Jaguars … a Grand Partnership
Yesterday at Forest Hills Golf Club, home of the Augusta State Jaguars men’s and women’s golf teams, our community celebrated improvements made to this beautiful facility. As a visible indicator of the power of partnerships, kudos and thanks goes to Dr. Ricardo Azziz, Athletic Director Clint Bryant , Community leaders Stovall Walker and Don Grantham and many others for moving this forward. Way to go!

Speaking of GOLF … It’s Time Again to Go for the Green … Have a Ball

The eyes of the world are truly upon Augusta this week. Please join our guests from across the globe in taking some time to enjoy this beautiful city we call home with your family and friends.

Upcoming Events…

April 8 – The Rally for Medical Research will be held in Washington, D.C.. A coalition of more than 150 national health care and medical research organizations will participate on the Carnegie Library Grounds at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW. The rally will be live tweeted #RallyMedRes. To learn more about this effort please visit this link – http://bit.ly/12g2P3J

April 19 – Come out and join us at the Earth Day Event “Think Green, Live Green, Work Green!” The event will be held in the Student Center Courtyard of the Health Sciences Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/10f0L86 to learn more about the event.

April 15 – Tax deadline J and also the deadline for completing The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program, designed to gather benchmarking data within higher education and to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. An invitation to take this confidential survey was distributed to a random selection of GRU employees March 18.

April 18-20 – The SGEA meeting in Savannah will be held at the Hyatt Regency. For more information please go to http://bit.ly/Zq7MkO.

April 19 – Raft Debate, 6 p.m., Lee Auditorium

April 20 – Come show off your muscles at the 13th annual MedWAR. The event will be held at Fort Gordon. Racers will mountain bike and canoe while navigating to checkpoints containing wilderness medicine scenarios and questions. Teams of four can contact cpogue@gru.edu for registration or to volunteer or visit www.medwar.org to register.

April 20 – In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the 4th Annual Take Back the Day 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, April 20 at the D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre on the Summerville Campus. Registration for the walk/run begins at 7:30 am and will be followed by a kick-off ceremony at 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:45 am. To register, visit www.active.com. That Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. the 17th annual Take Back the Night Rally will be held at the Maxwell Theatre lawn on the Summerville Campus.

April 26 – Dr. Delos Cosgrove, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic, will give a guest lecture in honor of Drs. Robert & Lois Ellison in the Lee Auditorium, 3 to 4 p.m.

April 27 – MCG graduates will gather at the Alumni Weekend for our institution. The MCG classes of ’48,’53,’58, ’63,’73,’78,’83, ’88, ’93, ’98 and ’03 are having reunions this year. For more information please visit- http://www.gru.edu/alumniweekend/

April 29 – MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony starts at 5:15 p.m. and will be held in Lee Auditorium.

April 30 – The Annual Sydenstricker Society Medicine Grand Rounds will occur at noon April 30 in the Lee Auditorium. Dr. Arthur M. Feldman, Executive Dean of Temple University School of Medicine, is this year’s speaker and will present on “The Genetics of Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Is It Time for Personalized Heart Failure Therapy?”

May 3 – Save the date! The annual State of the Medical College address will be held Friday will be May 3rd at noon. More details coming soon.

May 9 – MCG Hooding begins at 2 p.m. in the Bell Auditorium.

May 10 – Medical College of Georgia at GRU will graduate 200 medical students at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

May 24 – Summit on Global Health, hosted by the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology, May 24-27, Montego Bay, Jamaica. See http://bit.ly/YJasZD

June 13 – MCG Chair Investiture Ceremony, starts at 5 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium.

Have you checked out our new MCG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/grumcg? We also have a Twitter page as well #Follow.

Have a grand weekend.