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Volume 12 - Number 1 - Winter 2013

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Student News

Annual brunch celebrates MCV Campus scholarships
Medical students benefit from more than 70 privately-funded scholarships. This past fall, the MCV Foundation's Scholarship Brunch brought together hundreds of scholarship donors and their students to celebrate the more than $1.4 million in scholarship support that was awarded to nearly 400 students from all the MCV Campus schools. Read more about the scholarship brunch or flip through a photo gallery.

Students take the stage at national meetings
A trio of medical students had the chance to present their research at national meetings. Second-year students Audrey Le and Jaclyn Arquiette's passions for global health led them to Honduras, where they conducted research on air and water quality. Read more about the findings they presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference. Third-year student Kathryn Shaia was invited to speak at a national conference that typically features the research of residents and fellows. Her research examined an approach to lowering the hospital readmission rate on the internal medicine service.

Research News

Overcoming barriers to care in sickle cell disease patients
Internal Medicine's Wally Smith, M.D., leads a new five-year $3.1 million NIH grant examining barriers to health care among adults with sickle cell disease. Smith, who is scientific director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities, will work with Eastern Virginia Medical School, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters and the Virginia Department of Health. Read more about the statewide strategy.

Molecular pathways involved with autoimmune diseases 
Teamwork between a pair of transcription factors may be responsible for regulating the functioning of Th17 cells, which when found in excessive amounts are believed to play a major role in many autoimmune diseases. Read more about the study published in the journal Science by a national team of researchers that includes Physiology's Carlos Escalante, Ph.D. 

Cardiac arrest survivors may have long-term psychological distress
A collaboration between PM&R, Cardiology and Emergency Medicine is examining the long-term anxiety, post-traumatic stress and depression experienced by a quarter of cardiac arrest patients. Read more about the findings that were published as an ePub in the journal Resuscitation.

Clinical News

Americans have worse health than those in other high-income countries
Family Medicine's Steven Woolf, M.D., led an expert panel that has reported, on average, Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries. Read more about the report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine that made headlines in the NY TimesUSA TodayNPR and the PBS News Hour

Aligning prognosis, patient goals and policy for end-of-life care 
Geriatric Medicine Chair Peter Boling, M.D., has authored a commentary for the Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network Publication. Read more about his perspectives on the need for continuity of care at the end of life.

Handwashing instead of isolation
High compliance with hand hygiene and focusing on other simple infection control measures in ICUs resulted in reducing rates of MRSA infection by 95 percent in a nine-year study. Read more about the results that Infectious Diseases Chair Michael B. Edmond, M.D., MPH, presented during IDWeek 2012.

Alumni News

eunion Weekend 2013
MD alumni whose graduation year ends in a '3 or '8 will reunite, revisit campus and make new memories. Reunion Weekend kicks off with Friday evening's Class Parties and culminates with the Grand Opening of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center. There's also a CME course, campus tours and a chance to advise current students at the popular Career Fair. Alumni marking a Reunion Year should look for the registration brochure to arrive by mail in February.

Med school goes on the road 
Flip through the photo galleries from a recent alumni gathering in Winchester! Maybe you'll recognize a classmate or two.

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

Four-generation family marks ties to the medical school
The Ray family's connection to the MCV Campus spans four generations: Christopher C. Ray, is currently on campus as president of the medical school's Class of 2015. He was preceded by his father Gaylord W. Ray, M'76, H'79; grandfather Ed Ray, H'44, who was founding chair of the Division of Pulmonary Disease; and great-grandfather A. Chambers Ray, an 1897 graduate of the University College of Medicine, a predecessor to MCV. Gaylord recently marked the family's ties to the medical school by establishing an endowed fund to benefit the Interventional Pulmonology Service.

Alumni in the news 
The Class of 1978's Neil Martin is chair of Neurosurgery at UCLA, where his research focuses on cerebral blood flow and brain metabolism following brain injury. The Class of 2003's Dave Salley was recently back on the MCV Campus to talk with a group of M1s about careers in medicine. Housestaff alumnus James M. Gilchrist has been named chair of Neurology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Construction Progress :: a New Medical Education Building
The SOM is gearing up for the Grand Opening of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center that will be held in conjunction with April's Reunion Weekend. Virginia legislators recently got a hard hat tour of building's learning spaces. See news coverage of the tour.

Faculty in the News
Psychiatry's Susan G. Kornstein, M.D., was named founding president of the Academy of Women's Health. OB-GYN Chair David Chelmow, M.D., led development of the new Pap test guidelines that were issued in October by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Associate Dean for Student Affairs Chris Woleben, M.D., offered guidance to the nation's 80,000 med students on how to make the best use of the M4 year.

CME Opportunities 
For additional information and to register for the courses below, or call (804) 828-3640 or (800) 413-2872.

17th Annual Virginia Liver Symposium & Update in Gasteroenterology 
March 2, 2013 
Richmond Marriott Hotel 

The program is designed for primary care and sub-speciality physicians, and mid-level medical providers who treat patients with gastrointestinal and liver disorders. 

11th Annual Alumni Update Course
April 20, 2013
MCV Campus

The one-day program offers up to 6.75 credit hours and covers the latest in a broad range of topics including asthma, aging, depression and surgery to separate conjoined twins. The course coincides with Reunion Weekend, but is open to all alumni. 

35th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference - Pediatrics at the Beach
July 19-21, 2013 
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel 

Three half-day sessions include important topics in the areas of emergency medicine, primary care, developmental and behavioral pediatrics. This course is designed for physicians and other health care professionals who deliver primary care to children and adolescents. 

Richmond CME for Docs 
4th Wednesday of each month, 6 - 8 p.m.
Bon Secours Heart Institute, 7001 Forest Avenue, Richmond

A collaboration between Bon Secours Medical Group and the VCU Office of Continuing Medical Education has resulted in a relevant, evidence-based CME series. The monthly lectures are aimed at helping physicians to improve and enjoy the practice of medicine. Offered at no charge to participants, the lectures are open to physicians and physician extenders.

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The countdown to Crunch Month is on, and the M2s are starting to prep for the USMLE Step 1 exam. How well would you do? Give it a try with this sample question:

A 60 year old man presents to the doctor's office complaining of hearing loss in his right ear. A Weber test is performed and the patient can hear the sound in his right ear. Which of the following is a likely explanation of this finding? 

a) sensorineural hearing loss
b) the left ear is occluded by cerumen
c) the right ear is occluded by cerumen
d) the left ear has a perforated ear drum
e) the right ear has otitis externa

Mark your calendars for
2013 Reunion Weekend
April 19-21, 2013
For class years 
ending in a '3 or '8. 

Reunion Weekend 2014
April 11-13, 2014
For class years 
ending in a '4 or '9. 

Reunion Weekend 2015
April 17-19, 2015
For class years 
ending in a '5 or '0. 

Annual Fund dollars now go 
100% to support of scholarships! You can give online at the
school's eGiving page.

Check out the upcoming CME offerings from the medical school's Office of Continuing Professional Development & Evaluation Studies including conferences.

Check out the fall 2013 issue of the medical school's Gifts At Work.

Past issues of SOM
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