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School of Medicine eNews - Spring 2017 - Vol. 16 - No. 2

The latest from the MCV Campus

Reunion Weekend 2017

Reunion Weekend 2017
Laughter filled the air as hundreds of alumni, representing 26 states, reconnected with classmates for a weekend of class parties and tours of the MCV Campus, including a behind-the-scenes look at the new McGlothlin Medical Education Center. Check out a photo gallery and coverage of the April weekend.

Newsmakers

Cheers to the Class of 2017
Cheers to the Class of 2017
The first class to graduate under the medical school’s new C3 Curriculum celebrated the milestone moments of Match Day and Graduation. Follow the links for photo galleries, Dean Buckley’s comments on graduation and a list of where students are heading for residency.
Above and beyond
Meet four of this year’s graduates with varied experiences inside and outside the medical school. All are International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship students and committed to careers working with the medically underserved.
A passion for global medicine
A passion for global medicine
Adrian Holloway, M’06, has traveled the world — to some of the most dangerous countries, by State Department reckoning — as an educator and cardiac intensivist. He’s treated children fleeing ISIS in northern Iraq, malaria victims in Malawi and earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Vitamin C to treat sepsis?
That’s what Alpha A. “Berry” Fowler III, H’79, is investigating thanks to an NIH-funded $3.2 million, multi-center study that could conclude later this year. He’s been investigating vitamin C’s potential for eight years, along with Ramesh Natarajan, PhD’97 (BIOC). Fowler was recently interviewed by NPR and The Virginian-Pilot as the science community buzzed about an adaptation of his approach. He also describes the study in-depth in this VCU video interview and article.
Leading the way
Also making news is Susan DiGiovanni, M’84, H’89, who has been named the medical school’s senior associate dean of medical education and student affairs. She had served in an interim capacity since 2015 and led the medical school to a highly successful, eight-year LCME accreditation in 2016. In addition, Alex Valadaka, H’93, is the new president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The VCU Neurosurgery chair and professor encourages neurosurgeons “to remember why we chose this profession: the opportunity to serve others.”

Top stories

‘Something more must be done’
Something more must be done
After seeing the same patient return to the hospital with a gunshot wound three times, Michel Aboutanos, H’00 (right in above photo), knew something had to change. Now the medical director of the VCU Trauma Center, he’s worked with Richmond Police, including Chief Alfred Durham (left in above photo) to create a new initiative aiming to stop the cycle of violence.
Exemplary residency education
“We don’t do things in silos. We do them across disciplines, which creates a fantastic team-oriented culture that is centered on patient safety and transparency.” It’s for reasons like these that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has honored our residency program with the annual DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award. Watch this video for more on what makes our graduate medical education experience stand out.
Richmond Academy of Medicine supports new scholarship
Richmond Academy of Medicine funds scholarship
Today, the dream of a career in medicine often comes with a heavy burden of debt. For the Class of 2019’s Jessica Li, that weight has been lightened thanks to the Richmond Academy of Medicine — the first community-based physicians’ organization to establish a medical student scholarship here. Increasing the number and size of scholarships in the medical school is one of the goals of our ongoing 1838 Campaign.
Research on employment of youth with autism
Participating in an employer-based skills program helps youth with autism gain and keep jobs. That’s what physical medicine and rehabilitation professor Paul Wehman, Ph.D., found in the first randomized clinical trial of its kind. “Individuals with autism and their families should feel validated that their true skills, abilities and human potential is being displayed with the right help and support.”
The realization of a dream
It’s a vision Emergency Medicine Chair Joe Ornato, M.D., has had for decades: an easy-to-use wearable device that monitors the wearer’s heart rate and automatically calls 911 if cardiac arrest occurs. Now a team of VCU schools of Engineering and Business students have accepted the challenge to create one as part of their yearlong senior Capstone Design course.
Attention Alumni in Virginia and North Carolina!
The School of Medicine will host a series of receptions in the fall to introduce Dean of Medicine Peter Buckley, M.D., to medical school alumni. Look for your invitation in the coming months and check out the right-hand column meanwhile.

Go online to give us your latest contact information to be sure that you’ll get an invitation to future events in your area.

And meanwhile, you can check out the photo gallery from a recent alumni gathering in Richmond.
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Alumni events

Meet Medicine’s New Dean
Sept. 28
Charlottesville, Va.

Oct. 12
Charlotte, N.C.

Oct. 26
Winchester, Va.

Nov. 16
Lynchburg, Va.
CME opportunities

For additional info and to register, visit cme.vcuhealth.org or call (804) 828-3640 or (800) 413-2872, or email cmeinfo@vcuhealth.org

39th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference - Pediatrics at the Beach
July 21-23
Virginia Beach, Va.


9th International Conference on Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla.


Best Practices in Pain Management - Primary Care and Specialty Collaboration
Sept. 16-17
Williamsburg, Va.


Stepping Stones to Excellence in Wound Care
Sept. 28-29
Richmond, Va.


23rd Annual Sports Medicine Update: Managing Sports Injuries Across the Lifespan
Dec. 1-3
Williamsburg, Va.


22nd Annual Virginia Liver Symposium and Update in Gastroenterology
March 24, 2018
Richmond, Va.
Reunion Weekends

2018: April 20-22
For class years ending in a '8 or '3

2019: April 5-7
For class years ending in a ‘9 or ‘4

2020: April 17-19
For class years ending in a ‘0 or ‘5
Alumni house
Hundreds of alumni returned to the MCV Campus for Reunion Weekend in April, but you don’t have to wait for Reunion! If you’d like to tour campus or visit the MCV Alumni House, let us know. The VCU Alumni Office, located at 111 N. Fourth St., is happy to help. You can stop by or call them at (804) 828-2586. You can also visit the medical school’s Office of Alumni and Development at the MCV Alumni House on Clay Street or call us at (804) 828-4800.
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