Ultimate results

“Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.”
~Bill Owens


September 16, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Team Science: Gearing Up to Take on Cancer …

Last week, we highlighted some challenges (http://provocativequestions.nci.nih.gov/rfa) in cancer research. This week, we are delighted to welcome a new scientific leader – Dr. Samir Khleif as our new Director of the Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center. Dr. Khleif, a world renowned cancer leader will oversee our cancer research and cancer clinical care, developing an integrated basic, translational and clinical research program. (http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2011-09-12/new-cancer-center-director-has-experience-building-and-researching). Our thanks go to Drs. Martha Tingen and David Munn and the entire Search Committee for their hard work and successful search. We look forward to collaboration, support and success with Dr. Khleif at the helm of our Cancer Center.

Reaching Out to Our Community … New Health Equity and Access Leaders (HEAL) Program …

We want to let you know about the new Health Equity and Access Leaders (HEAL) program which will advance programs related to diversity, cultural competence, and health disparities and expand access to information about medical education to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Nineteen first and second year MCG students will earn elective credit by attending weekly seminars and providing service through mentoring of high school students (AR Johnson & Academy of Richmond County) and developing events to increase awareness of culture, diversity, and health disparities. This partnership with Georgia Statewide AHEC program is a real opportunity for our students to show leadership.

Support Our Students … They Support Our Community …

In previous Dean’s Diaries we’ve highlighted GHSU student-run community clinics that provide free, quality health services to the CSRA underserved populations (Homeless, Latin, Women’s, and Asian). Now our student leaders along with St. Vincent de Paul Downtown Health Center are hosting a golf tournament to raise money for these clinics. The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 15 at River Golf Club, North Augusta, SC. All proceeds go directly to these clinics that support our community and enrich our future medical leaders. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Guilly Rebagay at grebagay@georgiahealth.edu. Please lend your support.

Iron Men and Healthy Hearts Among Us … Run Augusta Run …

Georgia Health Sciences (GHS) Sports Medicine Center is the proud medical sponsor of the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Several of our healthcare providers will participate including Dr. Sheldon Litwin, Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Stevin Dubin, Anesthesiology and Dr. Christopher Fly, Emergency Medicine along with many other ‘healthy hearts’ GHSU family. Volunteers are needed to assist with medical coverage at the competition. Please email Christen Carter at chrcarter@georgiahealth.edu to volunteer at this great event.
Research Mentoring … Our Commitment to Your Research Career Development …

Once again, Georgia Health Sciences University Research Institute is providing consultative services of Health Research Associates to assist the development of fundable grant proposals to external sponsors. Dr. Anthony Coelho will be on campus Monday-Tuesday, November 7-8 to provide individual mentoring sessions. Faculty members preparing new proposals or revising previous applications for resubmission are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Please contact Margo Townsend (mtownsend@georgiahealth.edu) for more information

Synchronicity Front Lines … Progress Update …

In response to feedback, the physician led Synchronicity team has developed global auto text which will save time and reduce clicks. Repeated signatures have also been a major frustration and the team has developed a ‘one-sign’ button which will alleviate the repeated signatures issue. We appreciate your patience as our colleagues worked this out with legal, medical records, and others. Please watch your email for more information. Many thanks for your continuing support and patience.

Celebrate and Say Thanks … Environmental Services Week …

Did you know that it is Environmental Services Week? Please join us as we celebrate and say thank you to all of our staff that work in Environmental Services. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to keep our offices, facilities, clinics, labs, and grounds clean. We appreciate your guidance in keeping us ‘Environmentally Friendly’ as well.

Upcoming Events …

September 23, 2011 – Grand Opening of the new College of Dental Medicine Building

Ribbon cutting is schedule for 2 pm. Please join us as we ‘officially’ open the state-of-art building.

September 24, 2011 – GHSU Family Day and MCG White Coat Ceremony

Family Day begins in the Wellness Center and then will move to Lee Auditoria Center before lunch time. MCG White Coat Ceremony will be at 2:30 pm, Warren Baptist Church, reception after. We are looking forward to seeing our faculty and staff at this event.

September 27, 2011 – GHSU Arts Council “Performing Live Noon Music”

MCG is the proud sponsor of the first ‘Noon Music’ of the academic year. This is the 9th year of the GHSU Arts Council Noon Music events. Please join us for an hour of fun, relaxation, and great entertainment provided by faculty, residents, staff and students from across the institution. Also, mark your calendars for future events – December 16, February 14 and April 10.

September 28, 2011 – President’s Lecture Series

We encourage you to attend the next Presidential lecture where Dr. Eli Adashi, world renowned academic healthcare leader will speak. Please place a hold on your calendar for March 7 and April 24 as well. We look forward to seeing you there.

October 4, 2011 – President’s State of the Enterprise Address

Dr. Azziz’s State of the Enterprise Address is slated for October 4 in the Lee Auditoria Center. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend.

The 31st Annual Arts in the Heart Festival begins tonight at 5 pm on the Augusta Commons and runs through Sunday. We hope you get the chance to spend some time downtown this weekend enjoying this wonderful community event. Check out http://www.artsintheheart.com/ for the schedule of events. See you there!