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“To laugh often and much; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


February 22, 2013

Congratulations … GRU Academy of Educators … A Superb New Group …

Please join us as we say welcome and congratulations to GRU Academy of Educators newest members: Dr. Julie Behr, CON; Drs. Katherine Ciarrocca and Jan Mitchell, CODM; Dr. Alyce Oliver, MCG; Dr. Scott Richardson, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.
The Academy ( caters to educators from across the institution who demonstrates continued excellence in education and scholarly activities. Membership is open to anyone holding a faculty appointment at GRU.

Congratulations … GHA Board of Trustees Appointment … Key Leadership Statewide …

Please join me also as we congratulate Mr. David Hefner, CEO GR Medical Center on his recent appointment to the Georgia Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Congratulations … A First-In-The-Nation Network of Children’s Hospitals … Key Leadership Statewide …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Bernie Maria, Chair, Pediatrics on recently been appointed Chief Medical Officer for the newly incorporated Pediatric Health Improvements Coalition (PHIC).PHIC represents more than 1,500 pediatric physicians and the five pediatric hospitals in Georgia (

Congratulations … Josh Nahum Special Achievement Award … Statewide Patient Safety Award Received … Bar Raised …

Please join us as we congratulate the faculty, staff, residents, and students of GR Medical Center on earning the Statewide Patient Safety Award for its efforts in reducing infections that result from disease-causing germs in healthcare environments. Our hospital received the Josh Nahum Special Achievement Award for Infection Prevention and Control from the Partnership for Health and Accountability, a subsidiary of the Georgia Hospital Association, for cutting down surgical site infections through an aggressive asepsis program. Way to go everyone!

Our Thanks … Our Alumnus Donates Historical Book … A Great Gift …

This week we had the extreme pleasure of being with Dr. Leslie Wilkes, retired Orthopedic Surgeon, (MCG Class 1965) and his wife Ge-Juan, as they donated to our library, the historical book Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrata [The anatomy of the human gravid uterus exhibited in figures] published in 1774, by Dr. John Hunter. Dr. Hunter was a famous anatomist, surgeon, and obstetrician in 18th Century Great Britain and author of numerous articles on anatomy, surgery, and midwifery and the Gravid Uterus is his most well-known work (one of the best anatomical atlases ever published) and is in Latin and English. Dr. Wilkes began collecting rare books after graduating from MCG. This is a remarkable gift by Dr. Wilkes. We greatly appreciate this.

Our Thanks … Job Well Done … Our Statewide Educational Network Gains Affirmation …

Please join me as we say thank you to our colleagues at our Northwest Campus in Rome for their hard work and preparedness for the LCME Secretariat Visit held this week. Our special thanks go to Drs. Linda Boyd, Leonard Reeves, and Paul Wallach for their efforts in making sure our team was ready. The visit went off without a hitch and the support of the Rome community was remarkable. This will be a great training site for our students.

Professionalism and Operating Room Conduct … Zero Tolerance …
Come and Hear …

We want to invite you to attend the Department of Anesthesiology’s Grand Round Presentation “Professionalism and Operating Room Conduct: Zero Tolerance” on March 11 at 7 am in the Lee Auditorium. Professionalism is a major focus nationally with operating rooms being particularly challenging with high stress environments. We need to support and commit together to advance the best working environment and culture. Please join me.

Student Educational Enrichment Program (SEEP) … Two Programs Accepting Applications …

Pre-College SEEP program serves current high school juniors and seniors in the CSRA while College SEEP serves students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent graduates ( Applications are being accepted for a summer enrichment program designed to help under-represented minority, underprivileged and non-traditional students find their way to the health professions. SEEP helps diversify the physician workforce by exposing participants to life as a “student”. Including living on our Health Sciences campus during the seven-week program and taking courses in the biomedical sciences, preparing for admissions exams, gaining hands-on experience in labs, shadowing health care professionals and receiving networking opportunities and exposure to insightful guest speakers.

Student Admissions Committee Hard at Work … Outreach …

Recently, Drs. Gina Duncan and Greer Falls as well as students Joseph Rimando and Alexandra Olney (all Admissions Committee members) traveled to California where interviews with prospective students took place as part of an out of state initiative. The team was well-received and it was quite enlightening to learn that although some students had a connection back to Georgia, others decided to apply in response to an email sent to pre-health advisors in late fall. Many students had indeed done background checks on MCG (referencing the state of the college on YouTube as well as familiarity with MCG’s program and mission). Thank you to our Admission Committee for their hard work on ensuring we have the best and brightest medical students. Remember, recruitment is everyone’s business.

MCG Logos …

MCG logos are in and ready to be released to the college. Please contact Patricia Johnson, MCG Web Content Editor and Communications Coordinator, or 1-9177 for assistance.


Upcoming Events …

Homecoming Week Events Finale …

February 23rd – Homecoming Week Finale – Basketball games (women’s beginning at 1:30, men at 3:30) against Francis Marion with the crowning of the GRU Homecoming King and Queen at halftime during the men’s game, Christenberry Fieldhouse (Forrest Hills Campus) … see you there!

Month of February – Celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red Movement – Look for exciting events throughout the month

Month of February – Celebrate Black History Month and check out (
for events all month

February 22nd , 23rd , 24th – Battle of Aiken, 18th Anniversary of the Reenactments at the Battle of Aiken, 1210 Powell Pond Road, Aiken, SC 29801 (

February 23rd – Igniting the Dream of Medicine – Office of Diversity Affairs Conference for high school and college students around the state to examine health care fields (

February 24th – GRU Augusta Half Marathon and 10 K, Enterprise Mill, (

“Physiology Sweet Hearts” have 13 members and are raising money for the endowment that supports the Lois T. Ellison Lectureship. Please contact Dr. Anne-Cecile Huby if you are interested in donating or participating (

February 26th – Augusta Richmond County Historical Society presents Retired Calloway Professor of History (Paine College) Leslie J. Pollard, PhD, “Segregated Medicine: African American Physicians in Augusta, 1902-1952”, 7:30 pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way

February 28th – MCG Alumni Regional Reception, Macon

March 7th – MCG Students’ Lunch with Deans (Dr. Buckley and Dr. Wallach) 12 noon, 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.



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