Hold on to yesterday

“Whatever it is, if it doesn’t make you happy, walk away, give it away to someone else who wants it. Let it be their next dream; let it flee from you. Then you have room to grow, to allow magnificent things to fill the vacuum of those seemingly empty places. When you hold onto yesterday, when you hold onto dead and dying adventures, you have no room in your box for greatness.” ~ Unknown
July 27, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra W. Helman …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Helman in the Department of Pathology on recently receiving the 2012 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenics (ASHI) Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Helman is being recognized for her significant contributions to the ASHI.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Caudell …

Also, please join us as we congratulate Dr. Michael Caudell on his recent election to the Board of Directors of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). He was also presented with the 2012 Diane Simpkins Service Award for his dedication, accomplishments and outstanding service to the WMS.

Recognition of Dr. Satish Rao …

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Rao on being the feature story in the 50 year old, peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology (http://journals.lww.com/jcge/pages/currenttoc.aspx). Each year the journal chooses one internationally renowned gastroenterologist to feature (with a focus on the individual and family as well as academic accomplishments).

Renewal of Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Cancer Grant …

Congratulations to our Cancer Center and staff as well as Drs. Anand Jillella, Daron Ferris and Colleen McDonough (co-PIs) on receiving continued NIH funding for three years (since 2004) on a multi-million dollar grant. This is a collaborative grant with Drs. Ferris and McDonough overseeing prevention and Pediatric trials.

Southern Translational Education and Research Conference (STaR) … Cancer Focus This Year …

Please make plans to join us for the 2012 STaR conference scheduled for September 6th & 7th at the Augusta Marriott. Although this year’s theme is “Cancer: Making it Personal”, abstracts from all the areas of basic and translational research are invited for submission and considered for the three award categories. We encourage Assistant Research Scientists and Assistant Professors within the first 5 years of faculty appointment to compete for the Young Investigator Award. More details can be found at http://www.rxugace.com/programs/details/635

Student Training and Research (STAR) … Graduate Studies Research Day … Foster New Talent …

Please join us in congratulating the STAR students in this summer’s research program (http://www.georgiahealth.edu/gradstudies/star/). This year’s agenda included biomedical research, informative workshops with faculty and other students as well as a great poster presentation session. They all did an outstanding job. Applications for the 2013 program will be available in November.

GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership Clerkship Update …

Congratulations on the successful launch of clerkship rotations for our third year students. Many thanks to Dr. Terry Steyer and the many faculty and community physicians that have partnered with us to continue to educate our students.

Getting the Word Out There … An Expanded External Communications Plan …

In addition to ongoing initiatives to spread the word about the educational, research and clinical work of the faculty, staff and students of the Medical College of Georgia through news releases, media reports and MCG/GHSU publications, we are in the midst of a concerted strategy to better inform our colleagues across the country of the superb work we do here. This initiative has never been done before and is kindly supported by Dr. Roman Cibirka. The communication plan includes several direct mailings to university presidents, medical school deans, graduate medical education leaders and others, which started this summer and will continue through early fall. Mailings include a series of letters, a multi-page brochure as well as a short video that gives flavor, scope and quality of our work. With the assistance of the MCG Alumni Association, we also are sending bi-annual letters to our graduates to supplement information provided in the biannual Georgia Medicine magazine. We appreciate the support as we ‘sing your praises’.

Safety Tips From GHS Public Safety …

Summer is in full swing and with our campus being a “pedestrian campus”, we wanted to remind you of a few safety tips from our Public Safety Office: Be aware of your surroundings; use the campus escort service; avoid poorly lit areas and walking alone; keep your belongings (in your office and car) locked up; Call our GHS Police should you need them at 706-721-2911.

Upcoming Dates and Events …

July 28th Halloween in July/Fireworks at the Augusta Greenjackets, 7:05 pm, Lake Olmstead Stadium
July 30th Cleveland Clinic Academy – We are delighted that Drs. Carly Hess and James Stoller will be on campus on July 30th: Dr. Stoller will present (7 am, Lee Auditorium) on “Leadership, Collaboration, and Change in Healthcare” and Dr. Hess will present (Noon, EC 1222) on “The Cleveland Clinic Academy: Why We Built It and What’s Been In It For Us”. Please attend these new offerings.
July 31st Back to School Alcohol Prevention and Awareness Town Hall, 6 pm, Augusta-Richmond County Library – a Collaborative community effort through a contract from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Addictive Diseases/Office of Prevention Services and Programs, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Columbia County Community Connections. Contact a team member at 706-721-8418.
August 1st Class of 2016 Orientation
August 8th Educational Innovation Institutes EAT (Education and Treats), 12 noon, Magnolia Room in Terrace Dining, “Faculty Learning Communities: Communal Professional Development”
September 8th GHSU Family Day/MCG White Coat Ceremony
September 13th MCG Faculty Senate and Richmond County Medical Society New Faculty Reception
September 20th Career Development 101 (CD-101), 8:30-3:00, Alumni Center (charper@georgiahealth.edu)
October 20th MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting
I would like to send my warm wishes to the Muslim members of the institution on the occasion of Ramadan. The Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, which began last week, is the month in which the Quran was first revealed and is a time of prayer, reflection and compassion for those less fortunate and in need. As a multicultural organization we recognize and support the diversity of all our members.

Warm Regards,