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“If You Want To Run Fast, Run Alone….If You Want To Run Long, Run Together”

African Proverb

October 14, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Board of Regents Comes to Augusta … A Big Deal …

This week GHSU co-hosted, along with Augusta State University, the October Board of Regents Meeting. While conducting their monthly meeting in Augusta, the Regents also toured both facilities and they were very impressed. Our thanks to Ms. Susan Barcus and her entire team for all the detailed work preparing for a visit of this magnitude. Dr. Azziz gave a terrific presentation on our research and Dr. Nuss also gave a detailed report on GME residency enhancement activities across the state. While our community has waited a few years for the Regents to hold a meeting here, this was a great meeting for the Regents and the Augusta community.

Southwest Georgia Consortium Visits GHSU …

Many thanks to Dr. Linda Boyd, Mr. Jim Mumford, Mr. Stephen Black, Ms. Alicia Stewart, Ms. Laura Sherrouse, Ms. Jackie Stephens, and Mr. Gerry Aldridge for their ‘behind-the-scenes’ work in making the recent visit with the Southwest Georgia Consortium a success. Leaders from SW Georgia met with us to strengthen and solidify this partnership to advance new GME residency development in SW Georgia. We greatly appreciate the Consortium leadership and efforts to date.

AHEC Primary Care Summit …

Drs. Joseph Hobbs, George Chastain, Shelley Nuss, Barbara Schuster, Kathryn Martin, and Ms. Denise Kornegay recently attended (alongside other healthcare organizations) the AHEC Primary Care Summit at Clayton State University. A common message was sought to advance advocacy at legislative, philanthropic and organizational levels. The discussions centered on physician workforce and AHEC’s pipeline from middle school through graduate medical education with emphasis on retaining graduates.

Admissions Outreach Across the State …

Our admissions team, faculty and students have been holding ‘admissions fares’ across the State with two recently at UGA and ASU. We had representatives from Augusta, Athens, and our MD/PhD program. Dr. Langford from UGA remarked, “Many thanks to you and your fine ‘crew’. Your willingness to travel to UGA and your capable and fervent presentation by MCG faculty, staff, and students are a most positive testimonial to you and those you serve. Many positive comments here have been received.” Professor Stephanie Myers, ASU Pre-med advisor commented: “We really appreciated your visit today and that you would bring so many committee members and the MD/PHD director. Again, thanks so much.” Our thanks to Dr. Kathryn Martin, Ms. Linda DeVaughn and their dedicated team for this important outreach.

American Society of Hematology …

Congratulations to Drs. Jillella, Kutlar, Awan, and Kota of the Hematology Section on acceptance of 14 research abstracts to this year’s international meeting.

Don’t Let the Flu Get You Down …

In preparation for flu season, all medical staff working or entering a GHS Health System facility are required to receive the flu vaccine by 5:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Vaccinations are available in Occupational Health Services 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. To be vaccinated … you must have your badge.

Human Simulation Lab … Have You Visited? …

Have you seen the Human Simulation Lab? Revisions in lab have been implemented this year. Students have the opportunity now to have hands-on CV lab experiences, as well as to gather data and participate in patient simulation of hemorrhage and measure their own blood pressure and ECG. Stop by and see what is new in the Human Simulation Lab.

Upcoming Dates and Events …

October 1-31, 2011 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wear pink during October to show your support for breast cancer awareness, research, and survivors. Also, on Saturdays in October, schedule a routine mammogram at the Breast Health Center between 10 am and 2 pm.

October 19, 2011 – UFS Fall Faculty Assembly and New Faculty Reception

Please join University Faculty Senate for the Fall Faculty Assembly and New Faculty Reception at Savannah Rapids beginning at 6 pm.

October 20, 2011 – RiverHawks Season Opener 7:35 pm – Civic Center

Come join us as we watch the RiverHawks take on Mississippi Surge. The GHSU Vision Discovery Institute (VDI) is again the proud sponsor of the Augusta RiverHawks.

October 20, 2011 – First Ever State of the Region Address … Join in Augusta’s Community …

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from our local government leaders and major employers. Please register at We will see you at the North Augusta Municipal Building at 5:30 pm.

October 20 & 21, 2011 – Teaching With Technology Event

Dr. Bryan Bergeron, (Harvard Medical School-MIT Health Sciences-Technology), is guest speaker for ‘Educational Technology in Health Sciences Education Today and Tomorrow’, Greenblatt Library (12-4 pm or 9-1 pm). Please join us for this enlightening lecture.

October 23, 2011 – GHSU Faculty Spouse Club Ice Cream Social – 2-4 pm River Island Pavilion

Bring your family for an afternoon of fun with a ‘do-it-yourself’ ice cream sundae bar, cookie station, nature trails, and lots of fun. RSVP to Visit for more information on the Faculty Spouse Club.

October 26, 2011 – GHSU-MCG 10th Annual Practice Opportunity Medical Fair – 10 am – 2 pm

Representatives and physician recruiters from hospitals throughout Georgia will be available at the Alumni Center to discuss practice opportunities with Interns, Residents, and Fellows. Please call Mary or Lynette, GME office, for more information.

October 27, 2011 – Hallelujah for Health

This ‘Benefit Concert’ is to raise funds for projects and operations of the CSRA Partnership for Community Health. Please join us at 7 pm at Paine College for a worthy cause.

October 28, 2011 – Great Strides Fore CF Golf Tournament – Forest Hills Golf Club

Registration begins at 11 am. Shotgun start at noon. All proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Please call Dr. Caralee Forseen for more info: 706-721-4658

November 3, 2011 – Inaugural Lois T Ellison, MD Lectureship in Physiology

We invite you to attend the Inaugural Lectureship where Dr. Marlene Rabinovitch will be guest speaker – Health Sciences Building – 5 pm.

And On A Sad Note … The Passing of a Treasured Colleague and Friend …

As you may know by now, our great colleague and friend, Dr. Alan Roberts passed away this past Saturday. Alan came to GHSU in 1992, was the founder and director of the much appreciated Mini-Medical School (community education program), chaired our Ethics Committee, and was a consummate physician, educator, ethicist, role model, colleague and friend to many …. His absence in our lives will weigh heavy on hearts for a long time.

Many thanks for your leadership …