What you can do

“Strength Doesn’t Come From What You Can Do; It Comes From Overcoming the Things You Once Thought You Couldn’t.” ~ Rikki Rogers


January 25, 2013


Thank You to an Exceptional Partner … A Global Commitment to Medical Student Education …

Southeast Georgia Health System recently received an anonymous donation in which Mr. Gary Colberg, CEO, included a proposal to build a $4 million lodging facility. What makes this so great is that student housing is included in this proposal. Mr. Colberg has been a great partner to us and our medical students on rotation in Southeast Georgia. Please join us as we thank our exceptional partners, Mr. Colberg, and Southeast Georgia Health System.


Congratulations … Our Primary Stroke Center Named to the AHA Honor Roll …

Please join us as we congratulate our colleagues at our Primary Stroke Center on recently being named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for excellence in emergency stroke care. We are one of only about a dozen hospitals in Georgia to make the honor roll. We also earned the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement Indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 stroke quality measures during the same time period. Way to go colleagues!


Congratulations … Local and National Exposure … GRU Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Joe Tsien and the team of neuroscientists on the local (http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-01-19/things-arent-always-how-you-remember-them) and national press (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/science/older-brain-is-willing-but-too-full-for-new-memories.html?_r=1&) received recently regarding the findings of their study “Increased NR2A:NR2B ratio compresses long-term depression range and constrains long-term memory” published in Scientific Reports (http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130108/srep01036/full/srep01036.html).


Congratulations … Invitation to Deliver Nationally Known Lecture …

Please join us also as we congratulate Dr. Abdullah Kutlar on his recent selection to deliver the Roland B. Scott, MD Lecture at this year’s Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and Annual Meeting. Dr. Kutlar is nationally and internationally known for his contributions in the field of sickle cell disease in clinical care, education, and research.


Department of Medicine Housestaff Appreciation Day … Outstanding Work and Efforts …

To show appreciation for the long hours and dedicated, hard work of our housestaff, the Department of Medicine Faculty and Fellows will provide care for all patients on the Medicine services from Noon February 9 through 8 am February 10. There is also an afternoon family outing to say thank you! Excellent leadership by our Medicine Faculty – Thank you!


Department of Pathology … Great Host … National and International Meeting …

Recently, the Department of Pathology under Dr. Diane Turnbull’s leadership (Director of Phase 2 Curriculum Development) hosted about 60 participants for the 2013 Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) Winter Meeting on campus. GRIPE is an international organization of pathology educators whose purpose is to promote and facilitate excellence in pathology education. Presentations by many MCG Education Faculty were the highlight of the meeting with focus on curriculum, evaluation and pedagogy. Attendees were from all over the USA and as far away as Australia. Great meeting!


Organ Donation Saves Lives … Our Thanks to Our Donors and Their Families and Our Emergency Department, Transplant Teams, and ICU … The Gift of Life …

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Wynn and our transplant team as well as our colleagues in the Emergency Department and ICU. Our hospital led the state in organ donation for 2012, with 24 vital organ donors contributing to 93 transplanted organs. Organ donation saves lives and we couldn’t save lives without the donors and their families. This really is a team effort and we have much to be proud of.
GRU News That You Can Use …

Dr. Azziz has written a blog published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, (http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2013/01/18/uninsured-cost-us-all/) that is worth a read regarding lack of insurance for millions of Americans. There is also communication regarding undergraduate tuition and fees (http://www.gru.edu/about/tuition-fees.php) and you can find GRU policies and related resources here (http://gru.edu/policy/).


Leadership Development … Making Progress …

As stated in a previous Dean’s Diary, we have a leading consultant, Ms. Kathi Becker (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kathi-becker/19/a79/80) to help us launch an institution-wide leadership development program. Ms. Becker requested of us recently an ‘internal leadership check’ as to what leadership competencies we think we need to focus on, what we show particular aptitude for, and what additional skills we need enhancement on. Some areas of consideration include education growth, leadership development, research growth, strategic planning, governance, and communication. Ms. Becker is kindly compiling these into an analysis with recommendations that will guide our forthcoming leadership training activities.


Upcoming Events …


TODAY – GRU Faculty Senate Meeting, 3 pm, EC 1222


January 26th – JAGS Basketball, Military Appreciation Day, hosting UNC Pembroke, 5:30 pm (Women’s), 7:30 pm (Men’s), Christenberry Fieldhouse


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.georgiahealth.edu/diversity/aahm/) for events all month


February 5th – Medical Student Advocacy Day in Atlanta


February 5th – MCG Alumni Regional Reception and Continuing Education Course, 6 pm, Maggiano’s (Atlanta),


February 7th – MCG’s Department of Medicine presentation by Dr. Virginia Huxley, Director of the National Center for Gender Physiology, University of Missouri, Noon, Lee Auditorium


February 7th – MCG Alumni Regional Reception, 6 pm, Gainesville


February 8th – MCG Faculty Meeting, 12 noon, Lee Auditorium


February 9th – GRU Day of Service (http://report.gru.edu/archives/13451)


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 Foundation Board Meeting and MCG Alumni Regional Reception, Macon


March 7th – Medical 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 – Medical Students’ Match Day


Best Wishes,