One step at a time

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman


March 2, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Congratulations Are In Order …

We want to congratulate Dr. Richard Pawl on his induction as American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) fellow. The ACLM is an organization of physician-attorneys focusing on legal issues concerning the practice of medicine.

Also, please join us in congratulating Dr. David Stepp on recently being appointed to the Vascular Cell and Molecular Biology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for the NIH – an important task and evidence of the quality of his research accomplishments, publications and other scientific activities.

Congratulations also to Wen Chen, Wuhan Student in Dr. Sally Atherton’s lab, Karishma Chosksi, Graduate Student in Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey’s lab, and Barbara Maysona, PhD, in Dr. Azza El-Remessy’s lab on being awarded ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Travel Awards to attend the annual meeting.

Project GREAT (Georgia Recovery-Based Educational Approach to Treatment) recently received the prestigious 2012 Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education from the American College of Psychiatrists. Project GREAT supports transforming mental health education and services with the Recovery Model and Patient-and Family-Centered Care, incorporating people who receive mental health services and their family members into advisory, teaching, and care-giving roles. Congratulations to Project GREAT team: Drs. Alex Mabe, Anthony Ahmed, Gina Duncan, Ms. Gareth Fenley and Ms. Denise Noseworthy, and many others who have contributed to this successful program.

Quality Campaign Update …

This week we attended a follow-up University Hospital Consortium (UHC) administrative retreat. Once again, we appreciated the large turnout from our institution. The focus was on team work and building. There was an emphasis on drilling down on our areas of improvement, drawing upon other programs and national data. As an example, there has been considerable effort and real improvement in sepsis reporting. Although we still have a way to go, everyone was impressed by our progress. Keep up the good work. Thanks to Dr. Bill Kanto, Mr. David Hefner, and colleagues for hosting this.

Research Profiles Indexing Tool … Great News!! …

All of our faculty are now included in the Research Profiles indexing tool (SciVal/Collexis) linked from our main research page ( In the past, this tool only looked at publications indexed by PubMed and faculty were the only ones included. Recently Elsevier expanded their indexing scope across a broader set of publications and journals resulting in all departments and faculty being represented. Individual profiles are linked from their page on the IFL (

Admissions Update … Another Recruitment Opportunity …

Recently our Admissions Team visited Georgia Tech. Dr. Jack Yu gave a presentation on “Changes in Healthcare Reform” and also conducted “mock” interviews with students. We also held a Q & A Panel and provided counseling to the students as well. Ms. Christina Ostrowski represented our MD/PhD program. Our thanks to Dr. Yu, Ms. Ostrowski, and Ms. Linda DeVaughn for hosting this recruitment fair.

HEAL … Students Inspired and Making A Difference … Women’s HEALth Makes Cents! …

March 1 is the start of Women’s Health month. Recently Ms. Janice Sherman, Interim Director, Belle Terrace spoke to our HEAL students regarding the issues surrounding women’s health care, awareness and funding for Belle Terrace. Belle Terrace is Augusta’s Community Health Center, which provides low-cost, primary care to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Please support the Office of Diversity Affairs and the HEAL program as we raise women’s health issues and fundraise for Belle Terrace. See events in our Current Events Section.

MCG Alumni Association Update …

Last week MCG Alumni Association’s Board of Directors met in Macon. Board Member, Dr. Sandra Freedman serves on the Implementation Working Group for the consolidation of ASU and GHSU and gave a consolidation update. Mr. Scott Henson updated the board on MCG activities. A regional reception was also held where we had a great turnout of alumni. Our thanks go to Dr. Bill Brooks and his committee for hosting such a wonderful reception, as well as Regent Bob Hatcher for his longstanding support.

ASU-GHSU Consolidation Update … Our Commitment to Keeping You ‘in the Loop’ …

There are 16 consolidation workgroup teams covering key areas: Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Advancement and Development, Alumni Affairs, Athletics, Audit and Compliance, Branding, Communications and Organizations Changes, Faculty Governance, Government Affairs, Inclusion and Diversity, Information Technology, Institutional Effectiveness, Legal, Research Administration, Student Affairs. These workgroups are co-lead by ASU and GHSU leaders. Also needed is to define the mission of the new university as well as a vision and values. Please share your perspectives before March 9 here:


TOMORROW – March 3 – American Heart Association Heart Walk – Greeneway, North Augusta

March 7th – President’s Lecture Series Continues – Dr. Jonathan Braun, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine – 12 Noon – Auditoria Center

March 8-9th – MCG Education Day with guest presenter Dr. Craig Brater, Dean & Walter J. Daly Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine. Presentation on Regional Campus Management, 3:00 p.m., March 8, Large Auditorium, BC 140. Education Day Award Ceremony and Keynote Speaker, 1:00 p.m., March 9, Health Sciences Building, EC 1222“Can Medical Education as We Know it Survive?”

March 9th – MCG Faculty Senate meeting, 12 noon, Lee Auditorium, featuring Sally Atherton, PhD, Chair of Cellular Biology & Anatomy and Julian Nussbaum, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology: ‘More than Meets the Eye’ and ‘The Eyes Have It’.

HEAL Students Events

March 8th Bake Sale, Hamilton Wing Lobby and Student Center

March 8th-16th MCG Penny War, Hamilton Wing Lobby and MCG Dean’s Office, Join students and faculty as they compete to raise CENTS!

March 17th Augusta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Augusta, 2-9pm , HEAL students will be walking in the parade to raise awareness of women’s health issues and the services provided by Belle Terrace!

March 22nd – Teaching with Technology Series, AB 108, Dr. Erik G. Van Eaton, University of Washington Assistant Professor, Surgery and Critical Care will give presentations on mobile solutions to complement electronic medical records systems and Dr. Jeffrey Taekman, Director of Duke University’s Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center will give a presentation on the shortcomings of health education and what can be done to improve it by using simulation technology. Learn more about the Teaching with Technology seminars and register at


April 24th – President’s Lecture Series Continues – Dr. Linda Burns Bolton will be the guest speaker

April 26-29th – GHSU Homecoming

May 4th – MCG Dean’s State of the College Address, 12 Noon, Large Auditorium

May 10th – Hooding, 2 pm, Bell Auditorium – Keynote Speaker – Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, Navy Surgeon General

May 11th – GHSU Graduation, 2 pm – James Brown Arena. Faculty are encouraged to visit to register for the event and request regalia. The deadline to order faculty regalia is Friday, March 16th!