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Spring 2022 feature stories
Largest gift in university history propels vision for worldwide impact, improved health for all
The historic, transformational $104 million gift from Richard Todd Stravitz, M.D., F’93, F’97, and his family’s Barbara Brunckhorst Foundation is the largest publicly shared gift for liver research in U.S. history. It will support research and education about liver diseases and metabolically driven disorders as well as care for patients with these conditions.
Match Day 2022
Coming to a medical center near you! Find out where our graduating students are headed for residency training.
Dare to follow your vision
National leader Alice A. Coombs, M.D., has been appointed new chair of the VCU Department of Anesthesiology. She says to address complex problems that affect all of us as a society, you need multiple perspectives. “We benefit from learning from others. Having that diverse input takes us away from single-channel group think.”
From the heart of Downtown Richmond, caring for rural Virginia and beyond
The School of Medicine, its residency programs and its alumni are increasing access to care in rural areas, from the local level to the national stage.
Why she does it
Dawn G. Mueller, M’72, H’75, F’77, has found motivation in a host of past experiences. As she’s moved through life, her ability to make an impact has grown and evolved. In the process, she’s left a legacy of generosity that will live on at her alma mater.
First Person: Meagan Shinbashi
The Class of 2023’s Meagan Shinbashi has been drawing comics since elementary school. She had the chance to put her talents to work in the medical school’s Physician, Patient and Society course. Her class assignment touched on topics like patient autonomy, cultural competency and difficult patient encounters — and ended up attracting the notice of Graphic Medicine, which published her comic in January 2022.
Piece of the Past
The Joseph Lyons Miller Collection, which dates to 1500, returns to 12th and Clay streets after more than three decades. “Health sciences students will have an opportunity to learn about the antecedents of their professions, history scholars may learn more about the development of health care and aspiring artists may be inspired by the images found throughout this amazing collection.”
Through Your Eyes
Paulius Mui, M’20, created the 280-card game Table Rounds to bring playfulness to medical education. Just like the children’s song reminds us that “the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone,” Table Rounds’ four-sided cards give medical students the chance to make the case to their fellow players that copper is connected to cirrhosis. Or to bilirubin. Or to Wilson’s disease.
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Spring 2022 expanded stories