No limitations

“Do Just Once What Others Say You Can’t Do, and You Will Never Pay Attention To Their Limitations Again” ~ James Cook

December 9, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Talent Show … A Complete Success … What A Blast! …

Many thanks to Vijay Palvia, Talent Show Committee, Class of 2014, and all performing medical students for all the hard work and artistic innovation that went into this most successful show as well as to our judges, Drs. Kevin Frazier, Kathy McKie, and Vadivel Ganapathy. We very much appreciate our student leadership in community activities, volunteerism and advocacy. All proceeds will benefit children with HIV infection. We will update you on the final count.

Congratulations and Kudos …

Ms. Allison Dubner recently presented her Dean’s Summer Research findings (2011) at the American Medical Association meeting, with her oral presentation tying for first place. Congratulations Allison!

We also applaud our Department of Pathology training program for its successful review with recommendation for another five (5) year accreditation cycle. Many thanks to our GME office, faculty, staff, residents, and students that prepared for this site visit.

Radiology Residents, Dr. Chaltsy Carlton and Dr. Brad Abrahams and student Mr. Sirishma Kalli recently presented on health policy and health economics at the Radiology Society of North America meeting. Congratulations on excellent presentations.

Pictures Say A Thousand Words …

Congratulations also to Mr. Mike Stanley, Chief Ophthalmic Photographer, Eye Care Center for taking first place in the Eye as Art category at the 42nd Annual Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society competition at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. This is a highly specialized form of medical imaging incorporating techniques of medical and commercial photography that aids the diagnoses and treatment of eye disorders.

Funding Awards In CHDI …

Recently the Child Health Discovery Institute (CHDI) announced awards for pilot funding ranging from $10,000 to $33,335 in the areas of compound for kids, child and family research, community-based pediatric research and pediatric scholars (all thematic programs of CHDI). Congratulations to Drs. Jim Carroll, Greg Harshfield, Valera Hudson, Larry Layman, Kathryn Martin, and Betty Pace on receiving these awards.

AAMC‘s On-line GME Advocacy Campaign Numbers …

We want to thank all our faculty, students and residents who participated in the AAMC’s on-line GMC advocacy campaign. We recently sent out a request inviting our faculty, students and residents to sign an on-line letter (email) to Congress urging opposition to potential massive GME cuts as part of deficit reduction. As indicated by AAMC, some 16,500 medical students sent over 51,000 emails, 6,800 residents sent over 20,000 emails and over 5,100 physicians, administrators, and others sent over 15,000 emails. Your support is very much appreciated as is AAMC’s leadership here.

Pre-legislative Breakfast with Chancellor Huckaby …

This week we had the privilege of attending the pre-legislative breakfast with Chancellor Huckaby and other leadership. We are grateful to have been able to hear Chancellor Huckaby’s vision and the three major themes guiding the vision: performance, partnership, and value of education. The Chancellor is excited about the challenges ahead of us and will continue emphasizing higher education and workforce development even though USG has seen a $1 billion dollar reduction in the last years.

LCME Secretariat Site Visit – SE Georgia Campus – Savannah and Brunswick …

Also, this week we went through a LCME Secretariat Site Visit at our SE Georgia Campus … our reviewers talked with local leaders, clinical faculty, medical students, and our Dean’s staff. They evaluated and confirmed ‘first-hand’ information, which had previously been favorably received at the LCME October meeting, regarding resources, curriculum, training, etc. The reviewers remarked on the high level of enthusiasm at the campus as well as the quality of trainers and resources available to our students. They also gave us invaluable advice regarding LCME expectations for regional campus integration, faculty development, and how best to prepare for our MCG LCME review taking into account our new distributed educational network model. We want to thank Drs. Kathryn Martin, Turner Rentz, and Linda Boyd, faculty, staff, and students that prepared for and participated in the visit.

Upcoming Dates and Events …

GOING ON NOW – 2011 Cares for Kids Radiothon

Radio stations 104.3 WBBQ and 96.3 Kiss FM will broadcast live from the lobby of the Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center. Pledges can be made anytime through the online giving portal at and during the Radiothon by calling 1-877-719-KIDS (5437).

December 13 – Richmond County Medical Society Monthly Meeting and Holiday Party

Contact Nancy Graham for more information. Meeting begins at 7 pm – Old Medical College.

December 14 – President’s Lecture Series – Noon – Lee Auditorium – President’s Lecture Series

Dr. Gautam Chaudhuri, Distinguished Professor in the departments of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and ObGyn at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will present “Free Radicals and Their Interactions: Implications in Breast Cancer”.

January 1 – Happy New Year!

January 13 – MCG Faculty Senate – 12 Noon, Large Auditorium

Save the date … more details to follow.

January 26 – Alumni Association Regional Reception – Atlanta

Save the date … more details to follow.