Making a living

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” ~ Woodrow Wilson




February 17, 2012


Dear Colleagues and Friends:


Congratulations Are in Order … One of Ours Appointed to the AMA … A Big Deal …


Please join us in congratulating Russell Kirks, MCG third-year student on the recent appointment of delegate to the American Medical Association. Russell is one of only two student delegates from Georgia and will represent medical students’ interests, help organize service projects and raise students’ awareness of issues they will face as practicing physicians.


AMA Med-Plus Advantage Program … One of Our Own a Finalist …


Congratulations also go to Hevil Shah, class of 2012 and a future pediatrician on being selected as a finalist in the “Take a Trip with Timmy” contest. The contest is open to students and residents pursuing education in medicine or allied health fields, supported by the AMA-sponsored Med Plus Advantage program and those selected will volunteer in local Timmy partners’ clinics in Guatemala, Ecuador or Dominican Republic.


Students’ Advocacy Day at Georgia Capital … A Wonderful Leadership Experience …


The GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership second year medical students visited the Georgia Capitol as part of their health policy curriculum and observed House of Representatives hearings, visited local legislators and learned from David Tatum, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Mary Daniels, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians, about how hospitals and physicians advocate on behalf of healthcare policies… a great opportunity and our commitment to leadership development and advocacy. Congrats to all for organizing this event.


Community Health and Wellness Fair …


We want to applaud our residents who are sponsoring a free community health and wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kroc Center. This fair, the first community service group of GHSU House Staff Organization, will include health screenings and information about healthy living and is open to the public. Attendees will also be able to sign up for memberships and classes held at the Kroc Center. (For information –


Dedication Ceremony Honoring the Memory of John Wesley Gilbert …


You are most welcome to join in the dedication ceremony honoring the memory of John Wesley Gilbert on February 25 at 2 p.m. A monument will be placed on the site of the College of Dental Medicine. The monument design, an engraved, semi-circular cast stone bench, was selected by a team of community leaders and commemorates our neighborhood’s namesake, John Wesley Gilbert. We look forward to seeing you there.


Mark your calendars … Outstanding AAMC National Conference Available in Our Own Backyard …


TEDMED 2012,, April 10th – 13th, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., features 21 leaders who will share with us the ideas, innovations and challenges that will help shape the future of health. Thanks to AAMC sponsorship, this event will be available on our campus by simulcast from Room EC1218, Health Sciences Building from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 11th – 12th and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13th. TEDMED has a reputation for innovative, groundbreaking, and forward-thinking talks and we are fortunate to have access to this exceptional event. Please come and check it out.


Know Thyself … Going Up for Promotion? … Here’s a Great Resource …


Dr. Rhee Fincher will be offering several workshops in March and April designed to help faculty prepare for promotion this coming cycle or those who may “go up” in the next several years. It will include how the promotion and tenure process works, the time-line, and the role you and others play in the process as well as being “user-friendly” and “hands-on”. Contact ( for more information.


Progress in Stroke Care Making Noise … National Media Interest Too …


Dr. Hess recently enrolled his second patient in a clinical trial of adult, bone-marrow derived stem cells to determine if the cells will aid stroke recovery. The study was featured in Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle as well as in numerous media outlets across the country including and NBC’s The Today Show.


News on the Education Commons Project … Supporting our Students …


Progress is moving along with the Education Commons project and we recently received Board of Regents approval of the architect. We have begun looking at space and classroom configuration and needs. Design meetings are scheduled on a regular basis. This is a great opportunity for us to be ‘hands-on’ with the project and to keep growth of our medical school and the needs of the students in the forefront of planning. Many thanks to all those involved.


Performing Live: A Valentine Concert …


Many thanks to everyone who put on such a wonderful show at this week’s Valentine’s Day noon concert. It was a lively event showcasing impressive talent at our institution.


Upcoming Dates and Events …


Month of February – Celebrate Black History Month – Check this website for events all month long


Until the end of February – Sparkle Car Wash will donate $4.00 to the American Heart Association for every car washed between now and February 29. Please contact Kari Martin ( or Tim Wilson (


February 21 – HEALing Connections presents… “A Look at Black Medical Care: Past, Present, and Future”, Noon, CL 1103, Lunch-&-learn to explore the history of African American healthcare, the current concerns of patients and physicians, and the next steps to improving care. Brought to you by students of the Health Equity and Access Leaders (HEAL) Program, MCG Office of Diversity Affairs – Justin Neisler ( or Adatee Okonkwo (


February 21 – MCG Foundation Board Meeting and Alumni Association Reception – Idle Hour Country Club, Macon


February 28 – Richmond County Medical Society Dinner and Meeting – 6 pm Old Medical College


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


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


March 8-9 – 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?”




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


April 26-29 – GHSU Homecoming


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


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


May 11 – GHSU Graduation, 2 pm – James Brown Arena

Many thanks for all you do,