Keep going

“I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?’ ”

~ General George S. Patton, Jr.

September 14, 2012


Family Day and White Coat Ceremony … What a Great Day!

This past Saturday was GHSU Family Day and MCG White Coat Ceremony. The day turned out to be a great success. Our White Coat ceremony honored the Class of 2016 with their first white coats. There was a great turnout among families and the greater presence this year also of our faculty is very much appreciated. Dr. Sharon Kuhn gave invigorating remarks to the new class on her lifetime of experiences in missionary work in developing countries. Ms. Lael Reinstatler and Ms. Zachery Rohm (Class 2015) each gave remarks on the year gone by, as well and Mr. Ronnie Zaiden (President Class 2013) speaking of his journey of becoming a physician. Dr. Paul Wallach led the class oath with inspiration and guidance. We thank the Admissions Committee for ‘donning the white coats’. It was a fun day overall and thanks also to Dr. Kathy McKie, and all the faculty and staff for their hard work in support of this most successful day. Our thanks to all of you who have helped along the way. This year, an encouraging momento from an Alumnus was in each student’s white coat. An inspirational example is: “Remember you are joining a sacred profession, not a job, not a trade. Be a good steward with your talents, your gifts, and your knowledge. You will be given much and much will be expected of you during your career. Give back, contribute, and make this world a better place to live, one patient at a time.” ~ James L. Lemley, MD, MBA, Family Medicine Class of 1985.


MCG Alumni Association Reception … What a Turnout! …

Many thanks to Ms. Susan Barcus , Mr. Scott Henson and our Alumni Association staff for their hard work in putting together the most recent and successful Alumni Association reception. We’ve had a 20% increase in attendance over the last year as well as almost 15% of alumni are made up of our “young alumni”. Our staff have made several improvements overall look of the reception including a slideshow of photos and highlights of MCG as well as information on philanthropy opportunities including the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons and Dean’s Scholarship Fund opportunities. Our next Alumni Association reception will be October 11 in Valdosta.


Congratulations … Assistant Professor in Pathology Named Finalist …

Please join us congratulating Dr. Ravindra Kolhe, Pathology, on recently being named a finalist in the Best Scientific Poster Award Competition at the 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Annual Meeting for the abstract miRNA expression profiling of Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL): Upregualtion of mir-196a shedding new insight into disease biology and aggressive clinico-pathological behavior. Dr. Kolhe was Chief Resident when the abstract was submitted and is now Assistant Professor.


Congratulations … 2012 Special Service Award Received …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Ron Lewis on receiving the 2012 Special Service Award from the International Society for Sexual Medicine. Dr. Lewis is a renowned sexual medicine expert and promotes international research in human sexuality including better treatment for male infertility and erectile dysfunction.


Congratulations … 2012 NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes Participant …

Please join us also in congratulating Mr. Michael Lavantucksin (Class 2015) on his recent participation in the 2012 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes. This two to three month program is funded by the National Institute of Health and allows medical students during the summer between the first and second year to conduct diabetes-related research with an established scientist at an NIH supported Diabetes Center. Michael presented his research results as part of an NIH sponsored national research symposium at Vanderbilt.


Congratulations … 1st Prize Awarded for Oral Presentation …

Please join us as we congratulate Priya Narayanan on recently being selected as a finalist and winning 1st Place for her oral presentation for the Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Young Investigator Award at the 2012 STaR Research Conference. This year’s theme for the conference was Cancer Therapy – Making it Personal It was a great conference.


Students Partner with Kroc Center … Volunteering and Collaboration at Its Best …

In a past Dean’s Diary, we told you of the Medicine-Pediatrics Interest Group, led by Dr. Katrina Nguyen which is now partnering with the Kroc Center to offer an obesity intervention program for 20 physician-referred children between 7-18 years old. The program will include aerobics, cooking classes (hosted by Kitchen 1454) and nutrition meetings led by volunteers from GHSU, Kroc Center and our community. The students hope to equip the families with information necessary to maintain healthy living habits. Our thanks to Dr. Nguyen, Ms. Heather Altman (Health and Wellness Manager, Kroc Center) and our students in the interest group in coming together to help fight childhood obesity.


Mandatory Flu Vaccine for Credentialed Members of Our Medical Staff …

All members of the Medical Staff must receive the flu vaccine and this year we have to report our results to the CDC. If you receive your shot at another facility, please provide documentation to the Medical Staff Office. The exceptions to this requirement are previous adverse reaction to flu vaccine, egg allergy, and religious objections. Vaccine will be available between October 17 and December 1.
Upcoming Dates and Events …

Week of September 10th – 14th – National Environmental Services Week. Our heartfelt thanks go to all who continually keep our facilities clean and spiffy. We very much appreciate the hard work that you do.


Today – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting, 12 Noon, Lee Auditorium


Today – Diversity Summit – GHSU – Soledad O’Brien key note speaker – Kroc Center This will be a spectacular conference building on the success of last year.


September 20th – Career Development 101 (CD-101), 8:30-3:00, Alumni Center (


September 22nd – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk”


September 24th – 4th Annual Medical Scholars Day, 12-2 pm, Wellness Center


September 25th – Richmond County Medical Society Meeting, 7 pm, Old Medical College


October 11th – Alumni Reception in Valdosta


October 18th – Alumni Reception in Savannah


October 20th – MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting, Savannah Georgia


November 2nd – Go Casual for Kids Day. Swap out your traditional work or class attire in favor of a more casual look and help raise funds for kids! Print and complete the Go Casual Order Form 2012 attached here and send with your payment no later than September 26, 2012 or online at Shirts will be available for pick up in the CMC lobby on October 18th and 19th.


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


November 11th – Veterans Day


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 (


We hope you will be able to enjoy the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival at Augusta Commons and Broad Street ( which begins today. Enjoy your weekend!


Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,