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Athens Advocate


A Quarterly Publication of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership


Volume 3 | Number 2 | Spring 2014

MATCH DAY Class of 2014

Letter from the Campus Dean


ith the decision to develop the Medical Partnership campus, the challenge was clear – could Athens and Northeast Georgia provide the education, the community resources, and a supportive learning environment to educate the quality physician expected by the citizens of the State of Georgia? Progress toward the goal of educating excellent future physicians was closely monitored both qualitatively and quantitatively. The Class of 2014 was often ‘under the microscope’ and with each challenge, the Class of 2014 proved that the State investment in a Partnership Campus in Athens exceeded the expected return – well educated and caring future physicians.

The last ‘objective’ hurdle for a new medical campus is the result of the National Residency Match through which every US senior medical student competes for the next step in their career and their ‘first job’ in a specialty of their choice. As this issue highlights, the Class of 2014 has done exceedingly well thanks to the many, many people who have participated in both the classroom and clinical education, those who have provided the physical resources and the fiscal support of the academic infrastructure, and those who have helped through personal support of individual students. THANKS ATHENS! THANKS NORTHEAST GEORGIA!

Barbara L. Schuster, M.D. Campus Dean GRU/UGA Medical Partnership

MATCH DAY Memories On Friday, March 21 at 10:30 am, members of the Medical Partnership Class of 2014 gathered in Wright Hall for a Match Day brunch with their Clerkship Directors, Senior Leadership team, and family.


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Volume 3 | Number 2 | Winter 2014

Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia have partnered to create a four-year medical education program in Athens to help alleviate a statewide shortage of physicians that threatens the health of Georgians. The Athens Advocate is published quarterly for alumni, friends, and the medical community of Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia.

Barbara L. Schuster, M.D., GRU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Dean 706-713-2186 PUBLISHER

GRU/UGA Medical Partnership EDITOR

Alison Bracewell McCullick, M.P.A.

In This Issue... Why We Give – 4 2014 Educators of the Year – 5 Devaux Lecture Series – 6 Curriculum Notions – 7 Inaugural Match Day Events – 8 Cover Story


Andrea Horsman & Chris Gustin DESIGN

Athen’s First Medical Residency Program – 10


SGO Holiday Service Project – 12

Jennifer Stowe, M.S. Andrew Tucker, Dot Paul & Alison Bracewell McCullick PHONE

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Wine & Cheese Benefit – 13 New Basic Science Chair – 14 Faculty & Student Kudos – 15 Match Day Memories – back cover

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UGA PRESIDENT Jere Morehead, J.D. UGA PROVOST Pamela Whitten, Ph.D.

GRU PRESIDENT Ricardo Azziz, M.D. GRU-MCG DEAN Peter Buckley, M.D.


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Why We Give by Bryan and Samantha Kirby


s a physician, I have been taught to rely upon the utility of previously discovered knowledge, and to yearn for the yet-undiscovered knowledge. This has, of course, served me and my patients quite well over the years. Countless tears have remained unshed, cries unheard, and fears relieved. The University of Georgia and Georgia Regents University have not only served as repositories of such knowledge, but as proliferators at the forefront of learning. My wife and I saw this first-hand as we both received our undergraduate and graduate degrees from these universities. Our future successes were therefore directly attributable to UGA and GRU. We knew we were a part of something great when we were students, and we also knew that one day we’d want to find the opportunity to support and magnify the universities in their respective missions to enable success for other students. We even dreamed of a day when our own children could experience the student life and profit from it as we had. But, as you likely expected, knowledge is insufficient to guide us through life unassisted. Not only does it currently face unfathomable gaps in every field of study, but it only represents a part of who we are as humans and how we are attempting to understand our place in the cosmos. We need something else in this life to be truly successful. We know this by those times when tears are shed, cries are heard, and fears are realized. It was in the face of such a tragedy that 4

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our opportunity arrived to reunite with our alma maters in a unique and unusual way. After shockingly losing our sons Asa Walker and Elijah John Kirby a few months after their second birthday, our dreams and hopes for the future seemed erased. Our intellectual preparation was somewhat helpful, but was plainly insufficient. It was at this point that our family and friends stepped up with the one thing that never fails: love. Knowing our affection for our alma maters, a scholarship was started in the names of Asa and Elijah to recapture that hope for a future that was thought to have been lost. Though Asa and Elijah wouldn’t be sitting in those hallowed halls, the very people who would have supported their efforts getting there had now turned their efforts towards someone unexpected, and did so out of love for our sons. That love was a huge part of our healing. Where knowledge had reached its limit, love persevered. So, we have been given the opportunity to explain why we support the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership. We support it because the individual institutions first supported us. We support it because our times at the universities represent some of the best years we’ve experienced, and that’s worth sharing. We support it because its mission to the State of Georgia is worthy and our young Georgians have such great potential to meet those needs. We support it because we love Athens as much as any place on earth. We support it

2014 Educators of the Year Awards Congratulations to Dr. Clive Slaughter, who was presented with the M1 Educator of the Year award by M1 SGO President Carlos Soriano. (below)

Pictured at left are Samantha and Bryan Kirby with scholarship recipients Breana Berry and Tina Duong (middle) in 2012. Above the Kirbys are pictured (note – misspelling in original) with M4 Breana Berry and UGA Past President Michael F. Adams at the Medical Partnership grand opening in 2010.

because of the school’s leaders, who are as loving as they are intelligent and motivated. But most of all, we support the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership because we love our sons. We love them so much, even still, and want to give to another young person the knowledge and love that they would have experienced had they been fortunate enough to have been able to attend themselves. In fact, we have found few better ways to honor their significance in our own lives than to support the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership. It satisfies our desires to share knowledge and share love in a way that almost nothing else can.

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Higgins, who was presented with the M2 Educator of the Year award by M2 SGO President Joey Krakowiak. (below)

Since the founding of the Asa and Elijah Kirby Memorial Fund, we have been pleased to meet and cheer for the welldeserved recipients. Every night, they are prayed for as we bow our heads with Asa and Elijah’s new brothers, Crawford and Solomon. It’s an honor to be a part of their young careers, part of the Medical Partnership, and part of such an uplifting body of people. If a “university” is intended to find unity out of diversity or to bring one unified body out of many individuals, it will do so using knowledge and love in such a way as we have seen UGA and GRU share them with us through fair and rainy days. And if a partnership of two great universities can create something even greater, our family wants to be a part of that. Dr. Bryan Kirby graduated from UGA in 1999 and from MCG in 2003. Mrs. Samantha Kirby is also a 1999 UGA graduate and an Augusta State 2001 graduate. The ATHENS ADVOCATE — Spring 2014 Issue


Medical Partnership Joins with the UGA Classics Department for the Devaux Lecture Series M

ethods of diagnosis are undergoing fundamental changes within American medical communities. Physicians and other healthcare professionals now recognize that successful diagnosis is not only a matter of identifying symptoms, but rather an interpretive process involving the narrative arc of a patient’s life, activities, habits, and gene profile, as well as the exhibited symptoms. This new and fundamental aspect of modern health care is rooted in ancient medical methods of diagnosis and patient narratives. With this in mind, the UGA Classics Department has joined together with the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the UGA Foundation Fellows, and

UGA Honors program to develop a twoday seminar series entitled “Ancient Medicine and the Modern Physician.” On March 23, Richard Panico, M.D. led a discussion entitled “The Art of Medicine - it’s always been about dialogue.” On March 24, Howard Cohen, M.D., faculty member in the Medical Partnership, moderated a panel discussion entitled “Practicing the Art of Medicine in the Ancient World: Teacher, Physician, Scholar.” The panelists included Jacques Bromberg from Duke University, Lesley Dean Jones from the University of TexasAustin, and Cynthia Patterson from Emory University.

Campus Dean Barbara Schuster introduces Dr. Richard Panico (left photo). Dr. Kathryn Montgomery begins her presentation regarding clinical rationality.


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At noon, the Medical Partnership Visiting Professor, Dr. Kathryn Montgomery spoke in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus about “Clinical Rationality: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes.” Finally, the Felson Family Fund keynote address took place in the UGA Chapel. Heinrich von Staden, Professor Emeritus of Classics and History of Science, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, provided the keynote, entitled “When Physicians Err...: Diagnosis, Interpretation, and the Epistemology of Error in Ancient Medicine.” A reception followed in Demosthenian Hall.

The Turtle on the Fencepost: Twelve Notions for Our Curriculum By W. Scott Richardson, MD


s the saying goes, if you see a turtle sitting on a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself. And so it is with curriculum – we have designed the curriculum here at the Partnership using what we’ve learned from the ideas, writings, and experiences of many scholars in medical education and the learning sciences in general. From the many, twelve notions stand out as essential: PERSON-CENTERED – We aim to provide education that is aligned for the care of whole patients and whole communities, with attention to the development of the professional identity of the physician as a whole person.

KNOWLEDGE-FOCUSED – We emphasize building sound knowledge (i.e. not only explicit propositional knowledge, the “know what”, but also the implicit experiential knowledge, the “know how”) that is robust enough for the full range of tasks on the cognitive taxonomy (i.e. not only recall and application but also analysis, synthesis, and higher order tasks), as well as emphasis on being wellequipped to rebuild sound knowledge and experience over the course of one’s career.

main dimensions of learning: cognitive, affective, psychomotor, and conative, to help them prepare themselves for a lifelong career of sound decisions, sound actions, and sound learning. DEVELOPMENTALLY SEQUENCED – We have conceptualized the learning tasks as occurring along a spiral learning trajectory that returns and builds on prior learning achievement, and includes the purposeful scheduling of deliberate practice to develop expertise. EVIDENCE-BASED – We have deliberately used the best available research evidence in making decisions about both the ‘content’ (i.e. what we should learn) and the ‘process’ (i.e. how we should learn) for the curriculum, as well as in deliberately helping students build their skills for high-quality, evidencebased clinical practice over their careers. BALANCED FORMATS – We have intentionally employed an adaptive combination of both active and passive learning strategies and activities aimed to optimize student engagement and learning achievement.

learn, and have deliberately used these structures as scaffolding in assignments, to help students identify and focus on what is important to learn, and organize their knowledge in structures that will be useful throughout their careers. COHERENCE – We have deliberately built and used coherent explanations in planning the weekly themes, in selecting and aligning the content to those themes, and in the engagement of students in regularly assembling coherent explanations for their learning summary assignments, to optimize students’ learning by maximizing the meaning, rather than simply assembly of unrelated facts. INTEGRATION – We have made deliberate use of integration in our curricular design and implementation, including both ‘horizontal’ (across disciplines usually taught in similar years) and ‘vertical’ (across disciplines usually taught in different years), as well as at both ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ levels within learning activities.

These twelve ideas aren’t the only ones that influenced the development of our CONTEXTUALIZED – We have sought to curriculum, yet they do represent many of the most important notions that guided provide authentic health care contexts, our decisions along the way. We continue whether in individual patient care or in serving communities, for most or all of the to develop and refine our curriculum each year, at a ‘slow and steady’ pace COMPETENCY-BASED – Starting with our content students are expected to learn. that befits a turtle, and we return to these Partnership Campus mission (which can COLLABORATION – We have deliberately notions over and over to help us stay on be paraphrased as ‘to educate excellent course. designed learning activities that involve physician leaders for 21st century all students in learning together in teams, Georgia), we have used the Medical not only to emulate the situation of the College of Georgia of GRU’s adaptation majority of clinical practice settings to of the ACGME 6 Core competencies to which they are headed and to build their deliberately align the curriculum to help students reach developmental milestones skills in teamwork and altruism, but also to capitalize on the observation that most as they grow to reach professional competence in doctoring by the time they students who learn together achieve more academically, too. graduate. MULTI-DIMENSIONAL – We have intentionally designed and implemented the curriculum to help students grow in both ‘content’ and ‘process’ in all 4

COGNITIVE SCAFFOLDING – We have developed and introduced a variety of explicit structures for several different types of knowledge that students must

W. Scott Richardson, MD is the Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.

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Cover Story

The Medical Partnership Celeb by Rachel Taylor


he Match is a very unique rite of passage in every medical student’s career, and a prominent endpoint anticipated through the entirety of medical school. That third Friday in March of a student’s fourth year grandiosely accomplishes two objectives: it tells a student where (s)he will have his/her first job as a physician, and simultaneously serves as perhaps the greatest stress test in medical school – and that’s saying something. The excitement of interview season and of weighing programs against one another quickly gave way to anxiety the moment I certified my Rank Order List in February. The only relief over the next month came with coffee dates scheduled to catch up with classmates, often after months of being in different parts of the country. There was never stronger camaraderie than that established by this waiting game to which we all fell victim. Match week brought only increasing anxiety, fellowship, excitement, and fear for what the envelopes to be opened might hold for each of us. Unfortunately, the email so tactfully titled ‘Did I Match?’ brought no relief on Monday. I, for one, often found myself apologizing to my family for being obsessive and irritable that week. Thank goodness for a couple night shifts in the emergency department and an exam that distracted me a little; I am really not sure how everyone else made it through the next few days. On Friday, I parked on campus at 10 am, and greeted a close friend at her car so we could enter bustling Wright Hall with moral support. The nervous energy was palpable. Everyone was smiling and talking fast; most were unable to sit still. (Surprisingly, one of the least visibly flustered was the one who proposed to his girlfriend on Match Day, for


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whom sincere felicitations are in order.) It was reassuring to be in such good company in those couple hours, with jittery classmates and significant others and excited faculty and staff. There were copious hugs exchanged as we ran from one corner of the room to another to greet those we hadn’t seen in months. I was asked several times what I wanted to find in my envelope come noon, and while I’ve never considered myself a superstitious person, I felt my hopes catch in the back of my throat as I tried to mention a few institutions as casually as possible. I was, needless to say, grateful for the more organized entertainment provided by faculty presentations of senior superlatives. Their wit definitely helped the time pass more quickly, and kept us all laughing until those last fifteen minutes before noon. At 11:45, we commenced the short walk to George Hall, where I quickly found my mom, sister, and friend. I was especially grateful for their support as a timer went up on the screen and a sense of inevitability was added to my emotional state. More greetings and introductions were exchanged, more hugs and well-wishes. The whole Hall was buzzing with anticipation as my classmates filtered in and found their own support groups. I’m honestly not sure what all transpired in the last ten minutes, but suddenly, we were being ushered toward a folding table at the back of the room, and a countdown from 10 seconds ensued. I know I was holding my breath, and only exhaled as I picked up my envelope among the last on the table. Walking back to my family felt surreal, and my hands were definitely shaky as I slowly opened my envelope, hearing whoops of excitement all around me. There are no words to describe the joy and relief that flooded George Hall in those few minutes after noon. Long before I had processed my fate, I was again overwhelmed with

brates First Annual MATCH DAY! excitement for my classmates. I have never been so proud of a group of friends as I was listening them announcing their matches and marking their future homes on a map of the United States. A week later, that pride has only grown, my gratitude toward those who have supported me on this journey strengthened, and the reality of being three months from internship has yet to settle. Perhaps this cloud will have lifted by graduation; until then, kudos to my classmates still reveling in well-deserved accolades. Rachel Taylor is a fourth-year medical student from Watkinsville, Georgia and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

Left: Students marked their future residencies. Above: Rachel Taylor, Xiao Li, Lance McLeroy, Bijal Vashi, Zachary Balest, and Joshua Hedrick pose after matching. Below: Students created t-shirts to further announce their ‘Match’ desinations.

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GRU/UGA MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP IN C ACCREDITATION TO START by Donnie Z. Fetter Reprinted with permission by the Athens Banner-Herald. Originally published on February 4, 2014


he Internal Medicine Residency Program to be run by Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in cooperation with St. Mary’s Health Care System received the necessary accreditation last week to start the Athens area’s first medical residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently approved 10 internal medicine residents to start their training through the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership at St. Mary’s in July 2015. “With this accreditation, St. Mary’s joins an elite group of Georgia hospitals that are committed to teaching the next generation of physicians,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Don


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McKenna in a news release. “We are very proud of the team that has come together to make this day possible, and look forward to the vital work ahead to attract residents who will go on to practice in the communities we serve.”

partnership and interim program director for St. Mary’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. “We are excited to be moving forward ... with St. Mary’s to create a high quality internal medicine residency program.”

GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s intends to start recruiting residents for the new program this summer and fall, said Dr. Bruce F. Middendorf, the health system’s chief medical officer and director of the its Graduate Medical Education program.

The accreditation process started nearly a year ago, soon after the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the disbursement of funds the state Legislature appropriated to create as many as 400 residency positions throughout Georgia.

The hospital and medical partnership eventually hopes to grow the program to host 30 residents by 2017. Medical students interested in learning more about the residency program can visit

The board of regents allotted $550,000 to St. Mary’s and the Medical Partnership to start the intern program, which Middendorf said the health system matched. However, Middendorf noted the hospital will likely spend more than $1 million to fully establish the intern program.

“Accreditation by the ACGME is a major milestone in the development of the first medical residency program in Athens,” said Dr. Michelle A. Nuss, campus dean for GME at the medical

The seemingly steep price tag should prove a wise investment in the end, Middendorf added.

COOPERATION WITH ST. MARY’S EARNS T TRAINING NEW DOCTORS “Your hope is that you break even, but most of the time you don’t,” he said of the expense. “What you lose financially, though, you hope to gain in the raised quality of medical care in the community.” With accreditation in hand, Middendorf said preparations continue to ready the program for a new crop of young physicians. The hospital and the Medical Partnership established a Graduate Medical Education Committee to help guide the residency program. Four faculty positions have been created for the program and Middendorf said he and Nuss have spoken with more than 70 area physicians to set up a volunteer faculty to work with interns. To further its plans to create medical residencies, Athens Regional Medical Center submitted an application to ACGME last week. Jonathan Murrow, the physician

spearheading the development of the residency programs at Athens Regional, called the application a “key first step,” but one that likely will take several months to win approval. Once it does, Murrow said ARMC then must submit individual applications for each residency program – internal medicine, OBGYN, family medicine, general surgery and transitional year – that will altogether host 102 interns. Still, Murrow said he is confident Athens Regional is “on target” to start training new doctors by July 2016. In the meantime, Murrow said he has received commitments from physicians to lead two of the five residency programs and they likely will start work in April.

the issue, Gov. Nathan Deal set aside funding to help offset the costs of creating or expanding intern programs in the state. Research shows that 70 percent of new doctors remain in the area where they served their residencies.

Medical Partnership students Cheney Fenn (left), Chip Carnes (center), and Peter Karempelis (right) participated in rotations at St. Mary’s Health Care throughout their third and fourth years at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership. Students will be eligible to apply for residency slots at St. Mary’s starting in the fall of 2014.

In recent years, officials and the Georgia medical community recognized a shortage of young doctors in the State to treat a growing population and replace retiring physicians. To address The ATHENS ADVOCATE — Spring 2014 Issue


Community Service

SGO Holiday Service Project 2013 by David Cazares


or the third year in a row, the Medical Partnership provided holiday gifts to the kindergarten students of Fowler Drive Elementary School in Athens, where over 95% of the children are on free and reduced lunch. Over the course of a month, we collected small gifts and shoe boxes, and even monetary gifts from considerate faculty and student donors. Each year the number of gifts needed has increased, and this year we provided gifts for 100 kindergarten students. Most of the donations arrived towards the end of the month, and it was wonderful to see that we reached our goal of gifts and shoe boxes for the 100 students. At that point, we held a wrapping party where we had snacks, music, and tons and tons of wrapping paper to wrap up the gifts. We distributed the donated gifts amongst the shoe boxes, filling each box full of surprises, wrapping the boxes and finally delivering them to Fowler Drive Elementary School. The delivery of gifts is done in the first two weeks of December to try to coincide with the upcoming holiday season as much as possible. This year, eight of us drove over to the school in northeast Athens to deliver the 100 wrapped boxes we packed into our cars. Once we arrived, we unloaded the gifts into the kindergarten hallway. Before handing out the gifts, which was an unexpected surprise for the students, we went in twos to the different kindergarten classes where we got the chance to read the kids a holiday story from their library. In the class that I visited, I saw that they had “The Nutcracker” and decided it was appropriate considering the time of year. After a few minutes of reading to the attentive class, the teacher announced that we had a surprise waiting for them in the hallway. The children sat


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in a circle, and we handed out gifts out as they waited patiently for the last child to receive theirs. When that moment arrived, we gave them the go to open their gifts, and then the classes went insane. The children were so excited and overwhelmed that they were receiving these shoe box gifts full of assorted toys and surprises. They would tear apart the wrapping paper, pull out their gifts, shout, and show their classmates and admire each other’s gifts. Before leaving, the children thanked us and gave us hugs. It was obvious that this project meant a ton to them. They were able to receive these gifts and have something to cherish and to brighten the coming holiday. While the kindergarteners’ joy was shown through their smiles and felt through their hugs, the Medical Partnership students who participated in this service project walked away knowing they had gained so much more from the experience. It has been our privilege to develop a relationship with this local school over the years, and we look forward to celebrating the holidays with Fowler Drive school children for many years to come.

Left top: Many thanks to all the individuals who donated towards our 100 shoeboxes! Left middle: M2 Grace Yaguchi wraps one of the 100 shoeboxes. Left bottom: M2s David Cazares and Colton Wood finish up sorting and wrapping just in time for delivery to Fowler Drive Elementary School. David Cazares is a second-year medical student from Bensonville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Wine & Cheese Benefit A Success by Carlos Soriano Class of 2017 SGO President


n March 4th, 2014, the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership Class of 2017 hosted the school’s second annual Wine and Cheese Benefit. The twohour event, held at Cine in downtown Athens, featured a range of choice wines donated by The Cellar and a selection of cheeses contributed by The Fresh Market, as well as other snacks and refreshments supplied by donors including Ike and Jane’s, Marti’s at Midday, and Big City Bread. The event also featured a raffle and silent auction, both of which offered prizes donated by local Athens businesses and members of all classes at the medical school.

The goal of the event was to raise funds for Mercy Clinic, a free clinic that serves as a primary healthcare provider for a large segment of the population in and around Athens. Each Wednesday night, Medical Partnership students and physicians provide care for underserved patients through a student-run clinic that is hosted at the clinic. This special relationship between Mercy and the students was developed in 2010 and has successfully grown over the last four years. In addition to Medical Partnership students, various other health professional schools volunteer to help treat patients, including the UGA College of Pharmacy and UGA College of Public Health. Between admission ticket sales, raffle tickets, and money raised during the

silent auction, the benefit was able to raise a total of nearly 4,000 dollars, sixty percent of which go directly toward Mercy clinic. That money will be used to purchase medications and maintain overhead costs so that patients are able to continue receiving the care they need. The event would not have been possible were it not for the combined efforts of the students at the Medical Partnership and the generous donations from people and businesses in the Athens community, for which the class of 2017 extends their sincere gratitude.

Carlos Soriano is a first-year medical student from New York, New York and a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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Join us in Welcoming New Basic Science Chair, Dr. Matthew Boegehold

Dr. Scott Richardson and Lynn Doster wrote an editorial that was published in the March 2014 edition of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. The editorial addresses how patients’ multiple illnesses can interact together and influence evidence-based decision-making. They propose a conceptual model of these interactions in three dimensions: risk, responsiveness, and vulnerability. They recommend using this model when customizing treatment plans to fit individual patients. Dr. Shelley Nuss will be presenting at the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine spring conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 9, 2014. The session is entitled “How Do They Do That” and will highlight new GME program development. Dr. Nuss and Dr. Bruce Middendorf, Chief Medical Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital, will present on how collaboration between hospitals and medical schools leads to successful residency program development.


r. Matthew Boegehold joined the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership as the first Chair of Basic Sciences in Athens in January 2014. As chair, Dr. Boegehold will teach and mentor junior faculty, assist with curriculum development, work with faculty in both Athens and Augusta to develop new interdisciplinary research initiatives, and in general promote excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Previously he had served as founding Director of the West Virginia University Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Research, and as Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at WVU School of Medicine. Dr. Boegehold received his PhD in physiology from the University of Arizona and was a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University. His research focuses on defining the microvascular control mechanisms that underlie tissue blood flow regulation, and on gaining a better understanding of how these mechanisms can change with (1) rapid juvenile growth, (2) the development of salt-sensitive hypertension, and (3) high dietary salt intake in the absence of hypertension. A national contributor to his field, Dr. Boegehold recently completed a term as President of the Microcirculatory Society and recently began serving as a Councilor of the Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section for the Society of Toxicology.


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On February 8, a group of first, second, and third year Medical Partnership students worked with Dr. Suzanne Lester and Dr. Farris Johnson at the Pre-Participation Sports Exams at Coile Middle School in Athens. They examined 18 student athletes, with 3rd year students mentoring 1st and 2nd year students in physical examination skills. This is the second year that the Medical Partnership has provided free sports exams for middle school students in Athens. Students are required to have a health exam before participating in a variety of sports, and the cost can be quite prohibitive for some families. Dr. Lester has worked closely with the school district to develop this program that brings together our students with local school children. M4 Peter Karempelis and Campus Dean Barbara Schuster were invited to speak at a UGA Alumni Association lunch and learn in Atlanta. Dean Schuster provided an overview of the Medical Partnership, while Peter provided a student’s perspective on attending the campus in Athens.

Faculty & Student Kudos M3 Saumya Dave recently learned that she was selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in March. She will be sharing a micro-finance initiative that would empower women and improve maternal health among the underserved. The CGI U will have five focus areas, including education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Four M1 students volunteered their time on a beautiful Sunday at a senior citizens’ Valentine’s Dance on February 16. Each month a group of UGA families sponsors a program at Talmadge Terrace Assisted Living Home, and this month they were in need of some additional young men to serve as dance partners for the women living at the facility, and the Medical Partnership students were very willing to assist with the volunteer effort. Not only did Aaron Purser, Palmer Feibelman, Don Vickers, and Tim Hutton brush off their dance moves, they also took the time to visit each table and spend a few minutes talking to the residents about their lives and their interests. The M3 Gold Humanism Honor Society winners have been announced: Rocco Cannistraro, Saumya Dave, Russell Ledford, Jeffrey Donahue, Brett Magner, and Parker Smith. M2 Grace Yaguchi will be inducted into Blue Key Honor Society in April. Additionally, the Junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society elected three new students, including Theodora Brandon, Wes Bryson, and Russell Ledford for the Class of 2015.

“Integrating Basic and Clinical Science using Macronutrient Nutrition” and Drs. Russell and Medlock presented their poster on “Incorporating Developmentally Appropriate Team Building and Small Group Learning Strategies into a Large Group Session Early in an Integrated Basic Science Curriculum.” At Athens Rotary Club March meeting, M4 Class President Cristina Elstad spoke about attending the Medical Partnership. Cristina will be a resident at Emory University in the OB/GYN program later this year. The Medical Partnership team was delighted to support the Go Red for Women Luncheon and fashion show in February. Dr. Leslie Petch Lee and M4 student Katie Zhang represented the Medical Partnership by modeling in the fashion show event.

A group of Medical Partnership faculty and students recently participated in the Athens Rotary Club Polar Bear Plungefest. The Med School Maniacs team helped raise funds for Mercy Health Center and the Athens Health Network, then joined over 100 volunteers as they ran and jumped into the frigid Lake Chapman at Sandy Creek Park.

The Medical Partnership’s resident Immunologist, Dr. Michele Monteil had her poster accepted to the Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) conference in Miami. Her poster, entitled “Teaching basic sciences to medical students in a dynamic scientific environment: educator perceptions and practices” was co-authored with Dean Barbara Schuster, Janette Hill, PhD, and Ralph Gillies, PhD. Also presenting posters at the SGEA conference were Amy Medlock, PhD, Mike Russell, PhD, and Stephen Goggans, MD. Drs. Medlock and Goggans presented a poster on The ATHENS ADVOCATE — Spring 2014 Issue


Class of 2014 Match List Name






PG1 Medical College of Georgia


Peter Karempelis

U Minnesota Med School


PG2 U Alabama Med Center

Physical Med & Rehab

Kayla Koch

Emory Univ School of Medicine


Ashley Austin

Einstein/MonteďŹ ore Medical Center


Brett Kodish

U Connecticut School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Paul Baker

Brown University


Xiao Li

PG1 Medical College of Georgia


Zachary Balest

PG1 Baptist Health System


PG2 Baylor Coll Med

PG2 Emory Univ SOM



Breana Berry

Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC


Lisa Lima

Emory Univ School of Medicine


Justin Brooten

Wake Forest Baptist Med Center

Emergency Medicine

Dylan Lovin

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Internal Medicine

Emory Univ School of Medicine

Internal Medicine

Anna Bunker

Duke Univ Med Ctr

Child Neurology

Spencer Maddox

Alan Carnes

Medical College of Georgia


Amy Martin

U Louisville School of Medicine


Chelsea Chandler

Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Brittany Martin

Self Regional Healthcare

Family Medicine

Lance McLeroy

Medical Univ of South Carolina

Internal Medicine

Porscha Dickens

North Shore-LIJ Health System


Nitya Nair

Cincinnati Childrens Hosp MC


Joseph Drwiega

U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham


Travis Palmer

Virginia Commonwealth U Hlth Sys


Rutvi Patel

U Florida COM-Jacksonville

Cristina Elstad

Emory Univ School of Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Travis Smith

Denver Health Medical Center

Cheney Fenn

U Arkansas-Little Rock

Vascular Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Lum Frundi

Medical College of Georgia


Daniel Spollen

St Lukes-Bethlehem

Emergency Medicine

Aaron Goodwin

Carolinas Medical Center

Internal Medicine

Rachel Taylor

Case Western/Univ Hosps Case Med Ctr


Sierra Green

U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham

Orthopaedic Surgery

Bijal Vashi

Morehouse School of Medicine

Internal Medicine

Erik Hansen

Virginia Commonwealth U Hlth Sys

Orthopaedic Surgery

Rachel Weaver

SUNY Upstate Med University


Joshua Hedrick

University of Virginia

Internal Medicine

Yu Zhang

Duke Univ Medical Center


Hammad Aslam

MATCH DAY Memories

At noon on March 21, 2014, the first class of students preparing to graduate from the Medical Partnership learned where they will be going for their residency training. A special event was held for the students in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Athens Advocate Spring 2014  

Spring 2014 Quarterly Newsletter

Athens Advocate Spring 2014  

Spring 2014 Quarterly Newsletter