Being willing

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

February 3, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Congratulations to Our Paine College Colleagues …

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Board of Commissioners recently reaffirmed accreditation of the business program at Paine College. Accreditation by the ACBPS certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school meet the rigorous educational standards established. Congratulations Paine College!

ASU/GHSU Consolidation … Update …

Plans for the consolidation of ASU and GHSU are advancing with the consolidation working group being named. This workgroup will be ‘charged’ by Chancellor Huckaby next week. There is a wide diversity of people from both institutions and the community on the committee, including MCG faculty and Alumni leadership of Drs. Michael Brands and Sandra Freedman. One example already of greater synergy is the longstanding collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning at ASU and GHSU Educational Innovation Institute … also look forward to many more … Please see for updates and we are also committed to keeping you informed as additional details become available.

Making Noise … Being a Player …

As we’ve previously told you, we are excited to now have Dr. Samir Khleif on-board as our new Cancer Center Director. There is much enthusiasm about growth in cancer research and in Governor Deal’s pledge of $5 million to support GHSU’s initiative to establish the state’s second NCI designated cancer center. There are 48,130 estimated new cases of cancer and 15,790 estimated cancer deaths in Georgia for 2012, with Cancer death rates for men higher than the US average. Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute is the only NCI–designation Cancer Center in Georgia. Having two in the state will mean more cancer patients will be able to find expertise closer to their home.


Student Admissions News … By the Numbers …

Many thanks to our Admissions Office and Committee for their hard work in evaluating, application reviews, interviews, and campus tours of this year’s competitive pool of applicants. As you know we had a 10% increase in applications this year with a total of 2,384 leading to an interview increase over 20%. To date we have conducted 462 interviews, 192 more to come over the next several weeks. Applicants are from 139 universities with underrepresented minorities increased by 39% and female applicants increased by 21%. As you can see by our numbers, we are on the path to a successful recruitment year.

Solicitation for Education Day Posters

GHSU will be celebrating its 3rd annual “Education Day” on March 9. As part of the day’s activities, from 12:00-1:00 pm, faculty will have the opportunity to present posters of their educational projects or research. Previously presented posters as well as new submissions are welcome. This is a great opportunity for GHSU’s educators to share their educational innovations or ideas with their colleagues. To submit a poster or gather information, please send an email to

Synchronicity Update …

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Belita Smith who will leading the charge in addressing the most pressing problems facing us in the clinical systems arena. Our thanks also to Mr. David Hefner for his leadership in this important recruitment.

Alumni Continuing Education Event and Reception …

We recently held an MCG Alumni Continuing Education Event and reception in Atlanta. We had a wonderful crowd attending. Dr. Satish Rao, Chief of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases Center, gave a terrific continuing education presentation. Alumni expressed their enthusiasm and support for our vision and ‘raising the game’.

Stakeholders’ Retreat …

For those of you unable to attend the November Stakeholder’s Retreat, a make-up session is scheduled for Friday, February 24. This event will be held from 9 – Noon in Room 1210, Health Sciences Building. Attendees will learn more about creating a Culture of Philanthropy and will participate in an interactive workshop customized for Academic Medical, Research and Health Leadership. Please make every effort to attend – you and your colleagues will learn transferable skills of great benefit to you.

Nominations Being Accepted …

Nominations (call 1-6838) are being accepted for the 2012 Family Choice Award, honoring an employee who embodies patient and family centered care principals. Nominations are also being accepted for the 2012 Patricia K. Sodomka Leadership Award for patient and family centered care.

Upcoming Dates and Events …

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

February 17 – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting – 12 Noon, Lee Auditoria Center

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 –

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


April 26-29 – GHSU Homecoming

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

Final thoughts … you may notice a little different view of the Dean’s Diary today …. We, like everyone else, have migrated to Outlook and that has created a few ‘hiccups’. We appreciate your patience as we work through them.

Best wishes,