New year

“Approach the New Year With Resolve to Find the Opportunities

Hidden in Each New Day.” ~ Michael Josephson



January 4, 2013


Congratulations … Dr. James Carroll … Fulbright Scholar … Returns to Kuwait …

Please join me as we congratulate Dr. James Carroll on being named one of the Fulbright Scholars (U.S. government sponsored program to enhance understanding between citizens of the U.S. and other countries) ( The program was established in 1946 and over 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists have taught, studied, conducted research and exchanged ideas around the world. While in Kuwait, Dr. Carroll will study the causes of cerebral palsy. This is a remarkable time for Dr. Carroll … returning to Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine to teach, treat patients, and study cerebral palsy … what he was doing in 1990 when he became a hostage in the U.S. Embassy. We look forward to hearing about the trip and the study from Dr. Carroll upon his return.


Congratulations … National Educational Research Award … Very Cool …

Please join me as we congratulate Drs. Richard Gordon and Matt Lyon, Emergency Medicine on being awarded the Siemens Emergency Ultrasound Research Grant in support of the research project “The Evaluation of Ultrasound as an Educational Tool in Medical School Education”. We look forward to hearing more about this exciting project in research and medical education.


Congratulations Are in Order … Pathology Excellence …

Please join me as we congratulate Drs. Natasha Savage and Suash Sharma on being accepted to the 2013 Class of the Educational Innovation Institute (EII) Scholars Fellowship. Way to Go!

Please join me also as we congratulate Dr. Amyn Rojiani on becoming a Certified Physician Executive of the Certifying Commission in Medical Management of the American College of Physician Executives.


Hello and Welcome … A New Face in Physiology …

Please join me as we give a warm welcome to Mr. Nicholas Shaurette as the new department administrator in Physiology. Please take a moment and stop by and introduce yourself. We look forward to getting to know Nick and his family.


Congratulations and Thank You for Your Service …

Please join me as we congratulate and say thank you to our colleagues who were recently awarded and acknowledged for their years of service ranging from 5 years to 40 years. We THANK YOU for your leadership and dedication to MCG.


Regional Campus Coordination … Lots Going On … Have You Heard About? …

Our Regional Campuses … Albany, Athens, Savannah, and Rome have been busy with hosting information sessions for prospective students as well as student bus tours to the regional campuses. There is a tour to the SW (Albany) campus scheduled for January 11. Our NW campus (Rome) will host the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on February 18 which is a scheduled consultative visit. Congratulations to our SE Campus on recently receiving IRB approval from St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System to initiate an asthma study in Savannah Emergency Departments.


Electronic Health Records Security Breaches … A Reminder to Us All …

Recently Modern Healthcare reported a University of Michigan Health System data breach which resulted in the release of information on 4000 patients ( Also a year-long examination into cyber security by the Washington Post ( found that healthcare is particularly vulnerable to attack/exploitation. We need to be vigilant in following our own security measures with electronic devices that carry patient information (


Upcoming Events …

January 8th – Board of Regents’ meeting formally approving Georgia Regents University name

January 11th – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting, Noon, Lee Auditorium

January 14th – 15th – New Year, New You – A Healthy Approach to Living and Learning, Student Health Initiative kick-off, 3-5:30 pm, Student Wellness Center gym. Contact Kaelan for more info

January 16th – Town Hall Meetings with Dr. Gretchen Caughman and Mr. David Hefner, 8 am and 2 pm, GHSU Lee Auditorium

January 17th – Town Hall Meetings with Dr. Gretchen Caughman and Mr. David Hefner, 11 am and 3 pm, ASU Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre

January 21st – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 24th – Monthly series to inform teaching faculty of current methods, findings, and trends in health sciences education and education‐related research, 11:30 am, EC 1210, Psychiatry Empathy: Assessment, Teaching Methods and Simulation Pilot Data by Adriana Foster, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Health Behavior

February 5th – Medical Student Advocacy Day in Atlanta

February 18th – 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

May 9th – MCG Hooding Ceremony, 2 pm, Bell Auditorium; Dr. Otis Webb Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society is our keynote speaker. Please mark your calendars for this joyous acknowledgement of medical student achievement and to hear this truly fascinating guest speaker.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.