Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Read coverage of ceremonies for the MD graduating students as well as the medical school’s other advanced degree graduates, or check out the photo gallery.
New Scholarships Announced
Nearly half of the graduating students benefited from scholarships, a percentage that Dean of Medicine Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., hopes to see increase. Through his sustained effort of holding tuition increases to a minimum, our medical school's tuition and fees are the lowest in the state. Now he’s recruiting partners for the second half of the equation. Read the stories of a half dozen scholarship donors who have established funds in creative ways - from outright gifts to 5-year pledges, using teamwork, charitable gift annuities and estate planning.
41st John C. Forbes Graduate Student Research Colloquium
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars shared research findings on topics from cancer to the neuronal control of appetite during the two-day event. The event carries the name of a pioneer in graduate education, John Campbell Forbes, Ph.D., who joined MCV in 1927 and became the first chairman of the Committee on Graduate Studies. Read more about the Forbes Colloquium or the Laboratory Rotation Research Colloquium where first-year PhD students presented research.
Hospitals Should Stop Ineffective MRSA Screening of Inpatients
In a New England Journal of Medicine editorial, Internal Medicine's Drs. Mike Edmond and Dick Wenzel recommend that hospitals stop MRSA screening of inpatients. Instead, hospitals should push for more effective horizontal strategies like bathing patients in antiseptic soap and high compliance with hand washing. Read more of their NEJM perspective.
Preschool Personality May Predict Teenage Alcohol Use
A new study shows that the way children behave before they turn 5 years old may predict their alcohol use as teenagers. Psychiatry’s Danielle Dick, Ph.D., led an international research team that found two very different and largely uncorrelated temperaments to be at elevated risk – kids who show consistent emotional and behavioral problems early on and kids who are consistently sociable at a very early age. Read the VCU news release on the study and theHuffington Post’s coverage of the findings.
VCU Receives Grant to Study Novel Therapeutic for Tobacco Cessation
Pharmacology and Toxicology’s Darlene Brunzell, Ph.D., will lead the pre-clinical studies of a multi-site project investigating a new compound that may target smokers who have not benefitted from existing therapies. Read more about the $12.7 million, multi-year project that involves nine academic research groups and is funded by the NIH.
Surgeon First in Central Virginia to Implant Magnetic Hearing Device
This summer Daniel Coelho, M.D., co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center, implanted a new bone conduction hearing device to restore hearing for patients. The device can help patients with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss. Read more about the technology that could be an option for patients unable to use traditional hearing aids.
New Resources for Pediatric Care
Three pieces of news on the pediatric front: Construction is underway on what will be the largest and most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region. The $168 million, 640,000-square-foot facility that is expected to open in the summer of 2015. Secondly, the VCU Health System will seek building approval for construction of a new pediatric psychiatric facility through the Certificate of Public Need process to replace the Virginia Treatment Center for Children’s current, 50-year-old facility. Thirdly, the American College of Surgeons named the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU as the state’s first Level I pediatric trauma center, joining 39 other such centers across the U.S.
Attention Charlottesville and Philadelphia Alumni
Mark your calendars! The medical school will host an alumni reception on Thursday Sept. 26 in Charlottesville. Look for your invitation in August. A second event on Sunday Nov. 3 in Philadelphia will be held in conjunction with the AAMC's annual meeting. Philly area alumni should look for an invitation in their mailbox this fall. If you don't live in Philadelphia but will attend the AAMC meeting, let Amy Lane know you'll be in town.
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Alumni in the news
Where in the world is the Class of 1989's Samuel Dudley? He's been recruited to be cardiology chief at Brown University and at Rhode Island and the Miriam hospitals. The Class of 1998's Kristin Baird and housestaff alumna Allison 'Lise' Morrison practice together at Dermatology of the Rockies in Longmont, Colorado. The Class of 1999's Robert Feezor volunteered his skills at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center earlier this year. The military hospital in Germany is the largest American hospital outside the U.S.
Who’s Gone on to Greatness?
At Reunion Weekend, April 11-13, 2014, the medical school will celebrate the achievements of two M.D. alumni when the MCV Alumni Association bestows its Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Caravati Service Award. Tell us who’s worthy of these honors by submitting your nomination by Sept. 6, 2013. Preference is given to alumni nominees who are celebrating a Reunion year (‘4s and ‘9s in 2014).
For additional information and to register for the courses below, visit www.cme.vcu.edu or call (804) 828-3640 or (800) 413-2872.
Medical Frontlines in Primary Care
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Important topics and practical content presented by experts intended to advance primary care practice. This program will provide useful tips and guidelines for the primary care provider in active practice that will improve efficiency and patient outcomes.
VCU Annual Pain Management & Spine Symposium
October 19 - 20, 2013
Richmond Marriott Hotel in Richmond, VA
Planned for physicians and other healthcare providers who encounter patients with chronic pain, the target audience includes primary care physicians, anesthesiologists, physiatrists, neurologists, pain specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physicians in training, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who diagnose, manage and treat pain.
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.
12th Annual Alumni Update Course
April 12, 2014
The one-day program will cover the latest in a broad range of fields. The course coincides with Reunion Weekend but is open to all alumni. Mark your calendar now, topics will be announced later this fall.