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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which have been overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington


June 22, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

First-of-its-kind Collaboration … “DREAM” … Building a National Educational Repository …

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the GHSU Educational Innovation Institute (EII) and the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) MedEdPORTAL have teamed up to create a new international initiative – DREAM: the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures. DREAM will feature peer-reviewed assessment tools in an easy-to-locate, publically accessible online resource for health science educators, educational researchers, and program/curriculum evaluators. Be on the look-out in late June for the DREAM Call for Authors.


Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship … First in Georgia … Another Footprint in the State for Medical Education …

Dr. Leonard Reeves, Campus Assistant Dean for our NW Georgia Campus in Rome, is embarking on a new era in medical education with longitudinal integrated clerkships (

This integrated approach allows for movement away from big lectures and toward small group learning. Students follow patients for a year. Dr. David Hirsh, director and co-founder of Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Integrated Clerkship spoke about this program to the Rome medical community recently. In a report authored by Hirsh and others, in last month’s Academic Medicine (, it was noted that Cambridge students felt they had more of an impact on the patient’s life, were better prepared for exams and to go out and be a doctor.


First Steps of Financial Incentives for Rural Physicians …

Recently the Georgia Secretary of State filed Rule 560-7-8-.20 to become effective July 1, 2012. This is an important first step in addresses the financial incentives for rural physicians. This is something that we need to keep an eye on, as the impact of this rule could have a far reaching effect.


Gathering Research Momentum …

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Weinberger in Otolaryngology on recently receiving two intramural research grants (Institute of Regenerative and Reparative Medicine) and Savannah River National Laboratories Collaborative Grant Program Award.


Georgia Neurosurgical Society Meeting – Well Represented …

Congratulations to Dr. Cargill Alleyne, Neurosurgery chair on being elected as the new President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. Neurosurgery was well-represented at the recent spring meeting contributing five presentations by our faculty and residents.


29th Annual OBGYN Resident Research Symposium …

Dr. Larry Devoe, joined the OBGYN department in 1983 and was recently awarded Professor Emeritus status, was the guest speaker at the 29th annual Resident Research Symposium. We very much appreciate Dr. Devoe for his continued support of our residency program and the department. Our thanks also go to Kathy Kline and the faculty and staff for their efforts in making this symposium a success every year.


MAG Alliance … Physician Spouses Improving the Health of Georgia’s Children …

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Alliance is a volunteer network comprised of physician spouses who are committed to improving the health of Georgians with children being a main focus. Currently, the Alliance is sponsoring a health education curriculum in 42 Georgia schools reaching over 19,000 students. The Alliance is also assisting the MAG Foundation on the “Think About It” campaign which brings awareness to prescription drug abuse ( This is an important issue too for all of us to be vigilant about.


Letter of Thanks …

We recently received a letter of thanks from a family who had a loved one in the Shock Trauma Unit. Nurse Tiago Martin and Dr. David Hardy were mentioned for their caring and gracious ways. Although the outcome was not as the family wished, they took the time and effort to send a letter of thanks to those who cared for their loved one. “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU to all the staff on duty that night and into the morning.”


Upcoming Dates and Events …

Through June 23rd The traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” developed by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, will be on display at the Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library
June 25th Housestaff Orientation, 8 am, Alumni Center
June 27th Technology Seminar, 10 am, Lee Auditorium – Warner Yuen, a Scientific Computing Consultant Engineer at Apple will provide demonstrations and discuss topics including mobility in the clinic and mobile technologies in medical and nursing programs
June 28th GHS Blood Drive, 7 am to 6 pm, Cancer Center
July 4th Independence Day
August 1st Class of 2016 Orientation
September 8th GHSU Family Day/MCG White Coat Ceremony, 2:30 pm, Warren Baptist Church
September 13th MCG Faculty Senate and Richmond County Medical Society New Faculty Reception
October 20th MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting, Savannah
Many thanks for all you do. Enjoy the weekend!