Be not the slave of your own past

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


March 1, 2013


Congratulations…Elected to leadership post of national chairs’ group…

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chair of our Department of Family Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Primary Care, who was elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine at the group’s meeting last week. He will serve for two years.
Way to go Dr. Hobbs!


Fantastic presentations… Black History Month…

An inspiring message “Segregated Medicine: African-American Physicians in Augusta, 1902-1952,” was delivered at the Church of the Good Shepard in Augusta on Tuesday. Dr. Leslie J. Pollard, Retired Calloway Professor of History at Paine College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at MCG, gave this compelling and insightful talk about the history and significant impact of African-American physicians in our city. Many thanks to Dr. Nesbit for his efforts in organizing GRU’s moving event, “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This was another wonderful tribute to these defining moments and individuals in our history. Many thanks as well to Dr. Guion for hosting and to Sheriff Roundtree and the terrific artists for their contributions.


Great news… Applications up AGAIN…

It is wonderful to hear that 87 percent of Georgia residents who applied to medical school this year applied to MCG and total applications were up for the second year in a row: 18 percent this year on top of a 10 percent increase last year. Read all about it in The Augusta Chronicle.


Student Affairs… Looking good…

The MCG Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee met Tuesday and student leaders shared insight on their education as well as related activities such as how the Class of 2016 is reaching out to the Class of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition into the MCG family and plans for an April 20 cooking competition fundraiser by the Class of 2015 in Athens to support the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Athens Regional Medical Center. Our students are truly inspirational and exceptional. Way to go!


International Representation… Our stellar leaders…

Our Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Paul Wallach, had his first term chairing the International Foundations of Medicine Oversight Committee extended thru March 2014. Great news Dr. Wallach!


Colossal Representation at Southern Regional Meetings… Great leadership…

The Medical College of Georgia had a mega presence at the Southern Regional Meetings, held Feb. 21-23 in beautiful New Orleans. During the meeting:

Dr. Stanley Nahman Jr., Professor and Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program, represented Medicine Chair Michael Madaio at the Society for Clinical Investigators Chairs and Residents Forums.
Students Chris Ellington, Michael Witlow and Puja Chebrolu presented abstracts that will be published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Great job students!
Fellow Hari Garapati placed second in the Society’s Young Investigator forum- Terrific job!
Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, Chief of the Section of Neonatology, received the Founder’s Award for his research achievements and contributions to the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. Way to go Dr. Bhatia!
Neonatologist Catalina Bazacliu, recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research, presented her research on the effect of early life stress on heart function.
Dr. Rhonda Colombo, infectious disease physician, was elected a counselor of the Southern Section, American Federation for Medical Research.

Awesome job everyone!


AAMC Webinar Representation… Highlighting our innovation…

Andria Thomas, Linda Boyd and Jake London presented at the first Group on Regional Medical Campuses AAMC Webinar. The Educational Tracking System is an innovative dashboard for streamlining curriculum oversight. This presentation highlighted the SCOPE dashboard that Andria and Jake created. There were 105 participants and the presentation was recorded and will be posted on the AAMC website. Keep up the innovative work.


ACGME… Residency Milestones…

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and the American Board of Internal Medicine have released 22 milestones for Internal Medicine residency programs to use when reviewing resident performance. These are part of a great effort for self-regulation and continuous performance improvement in residency training… check it out at


Our condolences… A great alumnus and physician leader in Georgia…

We respectively mourn the passing of our distinguished colleague, Dr. Bill Collins, Class of 1962, who had served as a past President of the MCG Alumni Association and had been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. He was beloved by our colleagues and other alumni. Click here to send your condolences:


MCG Logos …

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Congratulations are in order…

Please join us in congratulating Toni Baker on her promotion to Communications Director for our medical college. Toni, who has been with the university since 1985, has led the medical school’s public relations during her entire tenure. We were fortunate last year when Toni came to work directly with the medical school enabling her to take a more active role in our overall communication- and we have already seen very positive results. Congratulations, Toni!



Upcoming Events …

March 2nd – 7th Annual Heart and Sole 5k run/walk and evening celebration benefiting Children’s Hospital of Georgia. For more information, visit

March 7th – MCG Students’ Lunch with Deans (Dr. Buckley and Dr. Wallach) at noon in the Student Center.

March 9th – American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, North Augusta Greenway – To participate in the Heart Walk, contact Nancy Hannan ( or 1-1118.

March 11th – Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds Presentation, 7 a.m., Lee Auditorium “Professionalism and Operating Room Conduct: Zero Tolerance Policy.”

March 15th – MCG Students’ Match Day, as we did last year, we will be live tweeting #MCGmatchday. You are most welcome to join us at the Lee Auditorium– the fun begins at Noon.

March 29th – Education Grand Rounds will be sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics, “Transformation in Medical Education,” Dr. Steven Lieberman, F.A.C.P., Vice Dean of Academic Affairs from the University of Texas Medical Branch will speak at the CHOG (Children’s Hospital of Georgia) auditorium on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 a.m.

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



Have you checked out our new MCG Facebook page? If not, check it out here GRU Medical College of Georgia and make sure to like us too!


Remember today is First Friday- come downtown for a nice evening out and to support our community!


Best wishes,