Positive emotions

“The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress

lies at the heart of effective leadership.”
~ Jim Loehr


February 8, 2013


Congratulations … Radiology Faculty and Residents … In the News …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Janet Munroe on recently receiving the first “Caught in the Act of Great Teaching Award’ given in the health system. The award, given by the GRU Center for Teaching and Learning, was based on colleagues’ nominations.

We also want to congratulate Dr. Bennett Greenspan for receiving the American College of Nuclear Medicine 2013 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions and Meritorious Service to the ACNM and to the specialty of Nuclear Medicine, recognizing his past and ongoing leadership in the Nuclear Medicine community.

Please join us also as we congratulate Dr. Robert Mackey, first year resident, on being chosen as the 2013 Georgia Radiology Society Fellow in Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Mackey will spend one week at the American College of Radiology studying health policy.


GME … GRU-UGA Medical Partnership Strengthening Relationship with NE Hospital … Real Progress …

We want to thank Dr. Shelley Nuss, GRU-UGA Medical Partnership Campus Associate Dean for GME and Mr. Don McKenna, CEO, and Mr. Bruce Mittendorf, CMO, St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens on their leadership and hard work in building a high quality GME program for our NE Georgia Region. Our colleagues have just submitted to ACGME for consideration of an Internal Medicine program. We are excited to partner with St. Mary’s in this endeavor. Lots of work still ahead … but what a big step for our statewide GME expansion. Our thanks to many …


Dr. Azziz and Dr. Darrell Kirch … AAMC Reporter …

Please check out the AAMC Reporter on-line with Dr. Azziz’s guest article (https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/jan2013/325918/viewpoint.html) in which he discusses the alignment of academic medical centers and cities as the key to economic growth. Also in the latest AAMC Report, AAMC President and CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch, (and prior Dean, MCG) discusses the long road to sustainability in his monthly column, highlighting AAMC’s advocacy agenda (https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/jan2013/325916/word.html). Both articles are a good read and interesting to check out.


Medical Student Day at the Capitol … A Remarkable Experience …

Our medical students recently attended the first annual Medical Student Day at the Capitol with our legislators. Over 50 faculty, students, and staff rode a bus to Atlanta and spent the day with our Congressmen and women. Our students met with our legislators as well as the Governor and his staff. It was a remarkable experience for us all. Our thanks to Meg Fisher, Detra Brown, Denise Kornegay, Jeanette Balotin, Jackie Stephens, and Nikki Erickson for their leadership in making this day a success.


Continued Full Accreditation … Job Well Done …

We applaud our Gastroenterology, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, and Orthopedic Surgery training programs for their recent successful reviews with the ACGME. All three programs were awarded with Continued Full Accreditation for four years. Great accreditation results are due to the efforts of all the program GME teams involving medical faculty, residents, inpatient and outpatient nurses, administrative staff, technologists, technicians and all who prepared for the visits. Thank you! Job well done!


Congratulations . Leadership From Within … A Major Program …

Please join me as we congratulate Dr. David Fulton, vascular biologist, on being named the new Vascular Biology Center Director. Dr. Fulton has been Interim Director since 2011. We are looking forward to Dr. Fulton’s continued leadership.


AAMC Faculty Forward Initiative Update … Thank You for Your Commitment …

We want to thank you for your support and efforts with the AAMC Faculty Forward initiative. The survey recently closed and we are pleased to share with you that we achieved an impressive 55 % response rate. Thank you! We anticipate receiving general survey results in March and will be contacting you shortly to set up the next Task Force meeting to review the data and begin developing recommendations. Our peer institutions include UC Irvine, University of Oklahoma, University of Florida, and University of New Mexico. Our thanks to Dr. Jack Yu and Dr. Kent Guion on their leadership for this initiative. More later …


Does Anyone Facebook? … Like Us …

We are pleased to announce that we have an official page for Facebook GRU Medical College of Georgia.

Also as we did last year, we will be live tweeting #mcgmatchday on Match Day which is March 15.


Homecoming Week Events …

Check out our homecoming events which begin Monday February 18 with Wear Blue Get Food & Dance Marathon Kickoff and ends on Saturday February 23 with the basketball game at Christenberry Field House and crowning of the king and queen. For more information, call GRU’s Office of Student Life and Engagement at 706-737-1610.



Upcoming Events …

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 (http://www.gru.edu/diversity/aahm) for events all month

February 11th – Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work presents Gun Violence and Gun Legislation: A Public Panel Forum from 7 – 9 pm, Maxwell Theatre

February 13th – President’s Lecture Series continues. Noon, Lee Auditorium, Dr. Alan Hersh DeCherney, will present The History of Reproductive Endocrinology in the 20th Century

February 18th – NW Campus (Rome) LCME Site Survey

February 18th – Education Grand Rounds, a monthly series to inform teaching faculty of current methods, findings, and trends in health sciences education and education‐related research, 7:00 am, BC 1810, Anesthesiology, The Student as a Consumer: Addressing the Expectations of Today’s Students, Rick Callan, DDS, Professor, General Dentistry

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, www.augustahalf.org.

“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 (ahuby@gru.edu)

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, Saturday, March 9 at the North Augusta Greenway – To participate in the Heart Walk, contact Nancy Hannan (nhannan@gru.edu) or 706-721-1118.

March 15th – MCG Students’ Match Day


Best Wishes,