Faculty Vitality and Our Academic Mission
October 22, 2010


Dear Colleagues and Friends:

As you may recall, advancing the careers of our faculty was one of the imperatives from last year’s AAMC Faculty Forward initiative as well as from the recent MCG Task Force on Faculty Satisfaction. One component of this is to provide external expert consultation and we wish to highlight here several forthcoming opportunities.

This coming Monday (October 25) the University Faculty Senate is hosting an exciting Forum for the Future featuring a distinguished visiting professor, Dr Jennifer Giancola. Dr Giancola’s lecture will be at 5 pm in the Health Sciences Building, Room 1210. Dr. Giancola is Dean of the School of Professional Studies at St. Louis University on Monday. Dr Giancola’s topic will be Mentoring Programs in Academic Medicine: Impact on Development. We are most grateful to Dr. Laura Mulloy for facilitating and supporting this visit. Whether you are a mentee, mentor or thinking about becoming one, this will be a great forum. Please join us there.

We would also like to remind our research community of the upcoming consultative services of Health Research Associates. We first mentioned their visit in the October 8 Dean’s Diary. The experienced consultants of HRA will be on campus Monday, November 8th and Tuesday November 9th to provide individual mentoring sessions. If you are new and/or think you could benefit from additional research mentoring, please check it out. (Details were sent out on an earlier email).

The 9th Annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit 2010 is being held in Atlanta on October 28. This is the Southeast region’s largest life sciences conference. This is a forum where professionals from industry, academia and government come together to discuss and address issues facing the life sciences (scientific research, product development, financing, business development and public policy). More than 800 individuals are expected to attend. Our President, Dr. Azziz is one of the speakers. You can find out more details, including registration information at

Many of our colleagues have made great efforts to increase the recognition and support for educational excellence on campus. This is also a core objective of the Educational Discovery Institute (EDI). We are pleased to announce that the EDI received five grant applications for the September cycle and to note that we have three new educational research fellows beginning in January 2011.

In addition to career development activities we also have important recognition events coming up shortly. The 2010 Employee Service Ceremony is being held on October 26 beginning at 2 pm. This ceremony is to recognize and celebrate those employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of employment with MCG. Please consider attending – it is a lot of fun to show appreciation to our colleagues. Congratulations to all.

Are you a 100 year old kid? The CMC Centennial Celebration will be held on October 29. This marks 100 years of caring for our kids throughout the city, state, and the Southeast. Our children’s hospital has been known by several different names, but it has been our hospital for over a century. Help us celebrate the CMC Centennial by becoming a 100 year old kid.

As much as we may be concerned about an audit, this is a necessary part of our lives and the integrity of our institution. We recently had the FDA here for an on-site for a visit and audit. It went well. Congratulations to all.

Dr. Joseph Hobbs was present at the AOA Induction Ceremony this week. Dr. John Hardman of the Carter Center was the keynote speaker at this very prestigious ceremony. This year’s inductees included fifteen students, one housestaff, one faculty member and one alumni. Dr. Clarence Joe was also recognized for his continued effort with the AOA. Please join me in congratulating all of the inductees.

November 12 is fast approaching. We hope you have already marked your calendars for the Enterprise Wide Family Celebration at Fort Discovery from 5:30 – 8 pm. Please pick up your free tickets for you and your immediate family for barbecue, live music, and play time for the kids. A brief program will begin at 6 pm and again at 7 pm. There are multiple places to pick up your tickets, but you can always come by the Dean’s office.

Many thanks for all you do every day.