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School of Medicine eNews - Winter 2016 - Vol. 15 - No. 1

The latest from the MCV Campus

Med School goes on the road

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Check out the photo galleries from recent gatherings in Lynchburg and Baltimore!


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Swim, study, bike, study, run
A normal day for M4 Samone Franzese might mean eight or nine hours on campus and two or three hours of training. Read about how she balances medical school and triathlon. 
National hot spotting initiative
Medical students are working with colleagues from other schools in the second year of a selective national hot spotting project. It helps students learn to identify and serve the small percentage of patients who account for almost half of total health care expenses in the U.S. 
M.D.-Ph.D. student earns first author credit
Mackenzie Lind is first author on a study published in the journal Sleep. The M.D.-Ph.D. student discovered females are more at genetic risk for developing insomnia than males. It’s the first formal evidence for sex differences in insomnia heritability. 
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It's a small world
In the late 60s, John Bagley, M’67, was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps. They sent him 7,000 miles away to Korea. And who did he meet there? The father of pioneering transplant surgeon Dr. H. M. Lee, who’d been one of Bagley’s professors at MCV. 
Look for Paul Dallas, M87, at Internal Medicine 2016 in May. He’ll be presented with ACP’s Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service at the annual conference. 
New face on campus
Stephen Kates, M.D., has been selected to serve as chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Top stories

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Innovative tasting device
To help people who have lost their sense of taste or who have difficulty monitoring what they eat, Physiology’s Richard Costanzo, Ph.D., has led a team of researchers in working on an artificial taste-sensing system. They started with salt, which is pretty easy to detect and could help people with hypertension. 
Safety net collaborative a win-win
What do you do when your safety net clinic can’t fully meet the mental health needs of your primary care patients? Rachel Waller, M’99, who’s now on faculty in the medical school, turned to the VCU Department of Psychology’s doctoral trainees. Since 2008, trainees have delivered more than 10,000 pro bono sessions at four clinics in the Richmond area.
$4.2M NIH grant to study placental function
Biochemistry's Charles Chalfant, Ph.D., is working to develop a noninvasive device for the early detection of placental disorders such as preeclampsia. “With our technology, we predict that our lipid fingerprint can determine very early who is actually going to be predisposed to develop preeclampsia in about 80 to 90 percent of cases,” he told the The Wall Street Journal.
Tune in 
The Department of Internal Medicine's new weekly podcast is hosted by housestaff alumnus Steven Bishop, M.D., now on faculty. You can tune in as he talks with different generalists on various topics that expose new ways of thinking about patient care or research. 
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March 31
Boca Raton, Florida
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CME opportunities

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20th Annual Virginia Liver Symposium and Update in Gastroenterology
March 26
Richmond, Virginia

14th Annual Alumni Update Course
April 15
MCV Campus

44th Hans Berger Clinical Neurophysiology Symposium
May 23-24
Richmond, Virginia

38th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference “Peds at the Beach”
July 15-17
Virginia Beach, Virginia

22nd Annual VCU Sports Medicine Update in Primary Care
Dec. 2-4
Williamsburg, Virginia

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

Reunion Weekend 2016: April 15-17

For class years
ending in a '6 or '1.

Reunion Weekend 2017: April 7-9
For class years
ending in a '7 or '2

Reunion Weekend 2018: April 20-22
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