Make them great

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and

make them great.” ~ Orison Swett Marden


November 16, 2012


Memorials … Our Way to Remember Those That Touch Our Hearts and Minds … Doing the Right Thing … and Doing it Right …

Last Friday’s Annual Body Donors’ Memorial Service (, to honor donors who contribute so much to health sciences education was a touching event in many ways. The heartfelt sentiments from students were motivational and our class had opportunities to better appreciate human dignity, personal sacrifice and sanctity of the human body as they studied and trained with these cadavers. Many family members remarked how much the ceremony meant to them and they were overwhelmed with the music, student’s perspectives, poems that were read, but most of all the dignity and respect that their family member received. Our sincere gratitude goes to our students, faculty and staff who put so much time, effort and thought into the ceremony.


Congratulations … Alumni Leadership Strong in Southwest Georgia …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. A. Kenneth Fuller, class of 1982 and Thomasville psychiatrist, on being named the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior 2012 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Member. The annual award for an outstanding volunteer clinical faculty member is based on third-year medical student feedback on their psychiatry clerkship rotations. Our students remarked that “Dr. Fuller is an enthusiastic educator and mentor with an instinctive ability and willingness to share his knowledge and time”.

We also want to congratulate Dr. Lane Price, class of 1974 and Medical Director at Willson Hospice House on winning a seat on the Dougherty County School Board ( Our Alumni are a strong presence in our state and we appreciate their leadership and their support.


Congratulations … A Great National Leader …

Please join us as we also congratulate Dr. Abdullah Kutlar on being appointed to serve on the American Society of Hematology’s Scientific Committee on Red Cell Biology. This is a great opportunity for Dr. Kutlar to serve in this national capacity.


Congratulations … Elected to the American College of Emergency Physicians …

We also want to congratulate Dr. Hartmut Gross and Dr. Stephanie Lareau for their work with the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Gross was elected as Secretary, ACEP Telemedicine Section and Dr. Lareau was reelected as Chair, ACEP Education Committee, Wilderness Medicine Section.


Congratulations … Medical Photography Showcased … Very Cool …

Please join us also as we congratulate Mr. Mike Stanley, Ophthalmology, on his photograph of Avellino Corneal Dystrophy being the cover of EyeNet Magazine ( at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. Mike was also awarded first place for his fluorescein angiographic photo in the annual Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society competition which receives photos from programs nationally and internationally. Job well done!


Excellence in Healthcare Education … Teaching Toolbox …

Our thanks to Dr. Ralph Gillies on his excellent presentation, “Teaching Toolbox “at the recent “Excellence in Healthcare Education” Preceptor Development Conference. This was a collaborative partnership with Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Dalton State College, Hamilton Medical Center, Georgia Mountains Health Services and the Georgia Rural Health Experience Project


Student Talent Show … A Night on the Town … Supporting Our Community …

This year the MCG Student Talent Show will benefit the Reach Out and Read program ( which is an organization that partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Please join us on Friday November 30 at 6:30 pm in the Lee Auditorium. The panel of judges will be Drs. Buckley, Wallach, and McKie. There will be free hors d’oeuvres & refreshments following the event. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door (open at 6 pm) ( Come join us … it will be a blast.


ELAM Nominations … Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women …

Drs. Linda Boyd and Ralph Gillies are soliciting nominations for the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women) Fellowship for the 2013-2014 program year. It is a year-long program that develops the professional personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s healthcare environment. We are very proud of our prior ELAM graduates Drs. Linda Boyd, Sally Atherton, and Sylvia Smith. (

The ELAM selection committee is made up of Co-Chairs, ELAM graduates on campus, Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs and the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs. ELAM has 700 graduates that serve in numerous leadership positions nationally and internationally.


Medical Scholars Research Day Highlights …

Continuing our highlights of 2012 Medical Scholars Research Day, student Robert Hunt Dunlap, III (Class of 2015) with Advisor, Dr. David Stepp (Vascular Biology Center – Cardiovascular, Diabetes, and Obesity Discovery Institute) presented the poster “Improvement of Salt-Sensitive Hypertension in SS-MSTN Rats”. Nearly one-third of American adults deal with hypertension and exercise helps lower blood pressure. Also exercise increases muscle mass and so to determine the effects of increased muscle on blood pressure regulation they monitored pressure via telemetry in salt-sensitive knock-out rat model in which myostatin (SS-Mstn) had been targeted for disruption by zinc finger nuclease technology. Their data suggested that an increase in muscle mass or a loss of myostatin signaling is of significant benefit in regulation of arterial pressure. This may reflect improvements in vasodilator function and more extensive studies will fully determine the putative mechanisms. Great study! More to follow …


Upcoming Events …


TODAY – Consolidation Open Forum, GHSU Large Auditorium, Noon and ASU Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, 3 pm


November 22nd and 23rd – Thanksgiving Holidays


November 28th – J. Harold Harrison M.D. Education Commons Groundbreaking, 10:30 am


November 28th – Employee and Faculty Service Recognition Dinner, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (honoring employees and faculty with 25, 30, and 35 years of service)


November 30th – Student Talent Show, 6:30 pm, Lee Auditorium, Benefiting Reach Out and Read


November 30th – GHSU Faculty and Spouse Club “Newcomer’s” Group, Partridge Inn Veranda, 6:30 pm, casual event, “the year ahead and what to expect and plan for regarding arts and entertainment” – Cash bar and appetizers


December 6th – NIH Grant Training Seminar, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Georgia Institute of Technology, (


December 6th – Georgia Gives Day, statewide campaign encouraging GA citizens to give to their non-profit of choice during day’s 24 hr. flash giving event – Donor website:


December 7th – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting, Lee Auditorium, 12 Noon


December 11th – Richmond County Medical Society Meeting, Old Medical College, 7 pm


December 14th – Employee and Faculty Service Recognition Breakfast, The Salvation Army Kroc Center 7:30 – 9:30 am (honoring employees and faculty with 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service)


December 24th and 25th – Christmas Holidays


January 1st – Happy New Year and Holiday


Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,