12th & Marshall, Spring 2016 issue
Welcome to the spring 2016 issue of 12th & Marshall, the twice yearly magazine for alumni as well as faculty and friends of our medical school.
You can flip through the pages below, or click for a larger view. You'll also want to note that many headlines are hyperlinks that will take you to expanded coverage of the stories.
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Spring 2016 Feature Stories
A troupe of more than 40 Richmond-area actors are the standardized patients who help students learn everything from modest draping
to how to make a diagnosis to breaking bad news.
A Non-Traditional Path to the Family Business
Kristen Ashby, M'16, is proud to follow in the footsteps of Kermit Ashby, M'80. In fact, she’s actually a third-generation physician; her grandfather, Samuel, was a general practitioner in Newport News, Virginia, for more than half a century.
When Lew Stringer, M'66, responds, he brings a hospital with him.
Basic Science Back Up Plan
Academia is not for all. In fact, only about 20 percent of graduate students will secure a position in academia within five years of receiving their degrees. So how does a Ph.D. student plan for life after graduation?
A workshop last fall gave graduate students tips for making connections with potential employers. They then had the chance to put into practice what they'd learned with members of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, a statewide non-profit trade organization representing the life sciences industry.
The Humble Art of Great Teaching
While bad teaching is impossible to miss, good teaching can look misleadingly effortless. In this long-running workshop, residents learn how to make learning happen.
Piece of the Past
When William Shelton, M'52, retired in 2002, he closed the doors to his four-room office, and it’s been left unchanged to this day. It still houses his collection of several hundred medical artifacts, and he hopes to use it as a medical museum.