Find the best in others

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


October 19, 2012


Congratulations to 1997 Alum … Appointed Medical Director at Washington County Regional Medical Center… Well Established Physician Leader …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Colin Aliff (Class of 1997) on his recent appointment as the Medical Director at Washington County Regional Medical Center. Dr. Aliff completed his residency at University of Tennessee College of Medicine and was an attending physician at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. We are excited to have ‘one of our own’ at the helm of Washington County Regional Medical Center and look forward to developing our relationship further.



Congratulations … Faculty Professional Development …

Also, we congratulate Dr. Wendy Bollag on recently being accepted to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. This workshop allows physicians and scientists to hone their leadership skills and gather first-hand knowledge about effective communication, developing productive partnerships and collaboration in mission-critical activities. We wish Dr. Bollag well in continuing her leadership development.


Congratulations … To Serve as an Expert Panelist …

Please join us also as we congratulate Dr. Leonard Reeves for his service as an expert panelist for the National Institute for Drug Abuse’s Addiction Performance Project. The project helps health care providers identify and treat drug addicted patients in the primary care setting.


Congratulations … Arnold Gold Foundation Award … ‘Virtual Reality’ Comes to the Classroom …

Congratulations to Drs. Adriana Foster, Jo Albritton, Christie Palladino, Ms. Edna Stirewalt and Becca Nichols on receiving the Arnold Gold Foundation Award for the project “A randomized controlled study using virtual patients to enhance medical students’ empathic communication. This is a great achievement.


Continued Full Accreditation … Family Medicine … SW Georgia Regional Campus and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital … Job Well Done …

We also applaud our Family Medicine training program at the SW Georgia Regional Campus at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for its successful review with the ACGME for Continued Full Accreditation with the next evaluation due October 1, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. George Fredrick, Dr. Doug Patten, and all who prepared for this successful site visit.



Consolidation News and Updates …

Recently a retreat was held with GHSU and ASU leadership and faculty. It was an excellent event and it is exciting to experience all the progress. Also the University Faculty Senate (UFS) workgroup has crafted a transition document to provide guidelines on shared faculty governance. Nominations and votes on delegates to UFS will take place in December. We appreciate Dr. Laura Mulloy and Mr. Jeff Heck on chairing the workgroup as well as the team members’ leadership. Please continue to check for the latest consolidation updates.


Admissions and Student Recruitment News and Updates … Welcome, Congratulations, and Data …

Welcome to Ms. Jacquelyn Dogan on being the newest member to the MCG Admissions Office. We also want to congratulate our Admissions Committee community member, Dr. Roscoe Williams on his induction into the City Classic Hall of Fame. The Augusta City Classic, a non-profit organization, founded in 1992 has given over $1 million dollars for scholarships to colleges and universities.

As we welcome Dr. Gina Duncan as our new Interim Dean for Admissions, we wanted to thank All of our Admissions Committee members and staff for their leadership and support with our student recruitment. We also want to share with you some admissions data. To date we’ve received over 2400 applications – up again last year and above national trends – with just over half of those being from female applicants (steadily increasing over the last 4 years). We’ve also seen an increase in the number of MD/PhD program applicants as well. Remember, recruitment is everyone’s responsibility.

2012 Medical Scholars Research Day … Posters Highlighted Continued …

Continuing our highlights of posters at 2012 Medical Scholars Research Day, student Zuhha Ashraf (Class of 2015) with Advisor, Dr. Paul McNeil (Cellular Biology and Anatomy) presented the poster Curcumin: An Antioxidant to Promote Cell Membrane Repair”. Curcumin, an anti-oxidant compound has been shown to protect mice from brain trauma. Curcumin was tested here (acting as an anti-oxidant) as to whether it can similarly promote membrane repair, with repair being seen in C2C12 myocytic cells and PC12 neuronal-like cells incubated for 24 hours with Curcumin. Additionally a ‘live/dead’ ratio was measured after injuring cells mechanically. Cells incubated with Curcumin showed a significant increase in this ratio compared with untreated controls, indicating Curcumin also promotes repair of mechanically –induced disruptions. These results are encouraging although Curcumin is still some way off as a preventative therapeutic for human TBI especially because of its pharmacodynamics characteristics and inability to cross the blood brain barrier. This research is provocative and informative. Very good work! More to follow …


Upcoming Dates and Events …


Month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Show your support – Wear pink on Fridays


Month of October – Patient and Family Centered Care Month – Week 4 Collaboration; Week 5 Participation. October 26th – Block Party with Congressman Barrow.


October 15th – November 9th – Open Enrollment – ASU Benefits Fair October 9th, 9 am Jaguar Center Ballroom – GHSU Benefits Fair, October 27th 10 am, Wellness Center (


October 20th – MCG Student Run Clinics Golf Tournament Fundraiser, 1 pm, Goshen Plantation Golf Club (


October 24th – Annual Practice Opportunity Medical Fair, Alumni Center, 11 am – 2 pm, or sponsored by GME and The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce. Representatives from several communities and physician recruiters from hospitals throughout Georgia will be available to discuss practice opportunities with Interns, Residents, and Fellows.


October 25th – GHSU Faculty and Spouse Club “Newcomer’s” Group, 6:30 pm, Partridge Inn Veranda, casual event, “the year ahead and what to expect and plan for regarding arts and entertainment”. A cash bar will be available with appetizers provided.


October 25th – Hallelujah for Health Benefit, 7 pm Kroc Center, Admission Free – The goal of this event is to raise funds for projects and operations of the CSRA Partnership for Community Health


October 27th – Monster Bash, 8 pm, Enterprise Mill. Funds raised will go to the CMC. Event includes a silent auction and costumes are encouraged. Please come, dress your best, and enjoy!


October 29th – 2nd Annual Augusta Research Symposium (in partnership with Augusta Warrior Project, Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center) “Advances in Warrior Care: An Integrated Approach” Kroc Community Center, Beginning at 7:30 am. For more information and to register, visit


November 1st – President’s State of the Enterprise Address, Noon, Lee Auditorium


November 2nd – Go Casual for Kids Day. Swap out your traditional work or class attire in favor of a more casual look


November 2nd – 7th – Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, San Francisco


November 9th – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting, Noon, Lee Auditorium and Memorial service for body donors, 1 pm, Lee Auditorium


November 11th – Veterans Day


November 15th – Bone Marrow Drive, ASU Student Center, CMC, and Allied Health Sciences Building, 11 am – 2 pm.


November 12th – 17th – Coinciding with Veterans’ Day, AAMC has designated November 12-17 as Joining Forces Wellness Week. The cornerstone event will be a daily Webinar series on military health issues – see link for schedule and topics. Contact Anita Navarro (


Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,