Partnership Pulse Spring/Summer 2016

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Partnership Pulse A Publication of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Vol. 5 | No. 1 | Spring/Summer 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Dr. Michelle Nuss named Campus Dean of AU/UGA Medical Partnership Dr. Michelle Nuss, the campus associate dean for graduate medical education at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, who has played a key role in expanding residency options in Georgia, has been named its campus dean effective March 1. Dr. Nuss joined the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in 2010, and in her role, she has helped establish an internal medicine residency program in partnership with St. Mary’s Health Care System; she has also supported Athens Regional Medical Center in the development of its residency programs. Beyond Athens, she has worked closely with the Board of Regents to help expand residency programs at new teaching hospitals across the state of Georgia. She also has been heavily involved in campus planning for the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, accreditation, and faculty promotion and tenure. Dr. Nuss, who is also an adjunct clinical faculty member in the department of psychology in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, previously served as the director of the internal medicine and medicine/psychiatry residency programs at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is the three-time recipient of the WVU Department of Medicine Outstanding Teaching Award and led global health programs in Honduras and Ghana. In addition to her roles as program director, Nuss served as the vice president of medical affairs at WVU hospitals from 2008-2010. “Dr. Nuss has been a steadfast leader at our Partnership campus since it opened its doors to students,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and AU Interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. “Her knowledge, commitment and continued leadership will help ensure ongoing success in educating the next generation of physicians for our state and beyond.” “The appointment of Dr. Nuss to this critical leadership role is the beginning of a promising new era for the AU/UGA Medical Partnership,” said UGA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “She is deeply committed to educating world-class physicians and strengthening the ties between the academic and medical communities to create a healthier future for our state.” Peter Buckley, MD Dean Medical College of Georgia Augusta University

Pamela Whitten, PhD Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost University of Georgia


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Letter from the Campus Dean I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. We are turning a new chapter for the Medical Partnership. Through hard work, dedication and support of so many individuals, the Medical Partnership has thrived…but we can do more. I look forward to all of us working together to take the next steps to grow the campus with a more robust research program, more integration with our partner universities – University of Georgia and Augusta University, and to advance the curriculum to meet the needs of physicians training in the 21st century. Together we are stronger. Through leadership and shared vision, the Medical Partnership campus will continue to be a leader in the community and for medical education and research. To further this shared vision, Dr. Jonathan Murrow was recently appointed as Campus Associate Dean for Research. Over the next several months, Dr. Murrow will outline several research initiatives and focus areas, and he will work to expand funding for clinical and translational research across Augusta University and the University of Georgia. Over the past several months, the Medical Partnership’s faculty and staff have defined its vision, mission and values. These are shared in this summer’s copy of the Partnership Pulse along with the current senior leadership team and a look back at these past few months. I look forward to working closely with our faculty and staff, the Athens community, and our local physicians, and I look forward to building on the strengths of the University of Georgia and Augusta University. Through collaboration and support from our community partners, the Medical Partnership will continue to provide high quality, innovative education to our students and residents so that they are prepared to practice in this ever-changing healthcare environment.

Michelle A. Nuss, MD Campus Dean AU/UGA Medical Partnership

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Partnership Pulse Vol 5 | No 1 | Spring/Summer 2016

In This Issue... Welcome to Dean Nuss – 2 Letter from the Dean – 3 COVER STORY: • Class of 2016 – 5

Augusta 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 Partnership Pulse is published bi-annually for alumni, friends, and the medical community of Augusta University and the University of Georgia.

Lunch with the Provost– 10

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Wine & Cheese Benefit– 10


• Student Reflection – 6 • Celebration and Recognition – 8 AOA & GHHS Inductees & Banquet– 10

Talent Show– 10 Match Day – 12 Medical Partnership visits Haiti – 14 CTRU & MCG Clinical Faculty Conference – 18 Athens GME Expansion– 19 Community Health Poster Session – 20 Georgia Residencies – 22

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Kirsten Gunter Design

Jennifer Stowe, MS Contributing Photographers

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Deans’ Reception – 23 MCG Raft Debate & MedWars – 24 Lunch with the Provost & Staff Appreciation Day – 25 New Faculty & Staff and Educators of the Year – 26

Medical Partnership Leadership UGA President AU President Jere Morehead, J.D. Brooks Keel, Ph.D. UGA Provost AU-MCG Dean Pamela Whitten, Ph.D. Peter Buckley, M.D. AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Dean — Michelle A. Nuss, MD

Vision, MIsion, & values – 28 Campus Leadership – 29 #MPlove & Upcoming Events – back cover

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Cover Story

Class of 2016 T

he AU/UGA Medical Partnership was proud to host the Class of 2016 Community Celebration on May 14, 2016. Following the Hooding Ceremony and Commencement in Augusta that week, the Class of 2016 was recognized in Athens in a short ceremony on the HSC Parade Grounds. The event began with a processional and a moment of reflection (included below) by Joseph Vinson, Class of 2016, who was selected by his peers for this honor. Dean Nuss gave the Welcoming Remarks, and Representative Chuck Williams was kind enough to give Community Remarks for the occasion. Dr. Howard Cohen was chosen by the students to deliver a Keynote Address on the importance of the patient-doctor relationship as well as the relationships we hold dear outside of the office walls.

Each student was invited to walk across the stage and receive a gift from Dean Nuss - The Cambridge History of Medicine, edited by Roy Porter. As they crossed the stage, comments written by faculty members were read by Dr. Mary Bond and Dr. Clive Slaughter – selected by the Class of 2016. SGO President and Vice President, Joey Krakowiak, MD, and Kalie Deutsch, MD, presented the Class of 2016 gift to the Medical Partnership, a rocking chair for the porch of HSC Winnie Davis. Finally, the students recited the Hippocratic Oath before heading over to HSC Royar Square for a celebration.

and recognition of the Class of 2016. Their accomplishments and excellence has touched us all, and we look forward to seeing them succeed in their residency programs. Moment of Reflection Joseph Vinson, MD, Class of 2016, will be training in the Psychiatry Program at the Emory University School of Medicine. Keynote Address Howard Cohen, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and the recipient of the 2016 M2 Educator of the Year Award.

We would like to thank the family, friends, community members, faculty, and staff, along with the administrators from both Augusta University and the University of Georgia, for joining us in celebration

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Cover Story Moment of Reflection by Joseph Vinson, MD Class of 2016 Graduate May 14, 2016 Hello everyone. Well, after sitting through a few of these ceremonies in the last few days, including Ryan Seacrest yesterday at the UGA graduation, I’m wondering if there’s anything left to say at this point. When my classmates asked me to offer some words during this “moment of reflection,” I have to admit that my first thought was to speak about pain. As some of you might know, during first and second year, I was somewhat preoccupied with the question, “What is pain?” and probably reflected a little too much on that during small group. Even though I think I maybe finally have an answer to that question, I’ll spare you a treatise of what I believe that answer to be. Instead, I want to share advice from someone who is dear to all of us, and who has played a part in various aspects of all four years of our medical education. This would be Dr. Lucas. A few of us were having breakfast with him at Big City Bread on the last day of the Critical Care rotation, as is his tradition, and I was there since I was doing a rotation at Athens Regional at that time and was so graciously invited. We discussed things like electronic medical records, the current political climate, mental healthcare, and various other topics. Towards the end I asked him a question I didn’t want to go unanswered before leaving med school. It was something along the lines of, “How should we keep from becoming jaded by the challenges and failures of our healthcare system?” But I think beneath the surface of that question was another question: “How do we become good doctors and stay good doctors?” Of course, he didn’t skip a beat. Dr. Lucas said, “You have to be islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity.” I think what he was getting at is that other people will cut corners and look out for their own interests above all else, but it’s up to us to maintain a higher standard and maintain the integrity of the profession. I can’t help but compare it to the lesson my mom (and probably most of our moms) taught me: “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Also, there was a speaker in college whose name I don’t


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Reflection remember anymore, but whose message I’ll never forget. The main point was not to get so caught up on how to change the world and things like that, but to simply “do the next right thing.” So when we feel like the burden of this higher standard is heavy, perhaps it can be made lighter by remembering to just do the next right thing. Maybe that’s what Dr. Lucas was getting at. Second, he said, “Remember that you’re never alone.” I’m sure he was referring to our co-residents and attendings primarily, but I think we should also remember to be grateful for the support of our families, friends, and higher powers, too, if you believe in that. Also, our med school classmates are there for us. Each of us will be going through similar things. Whether we’re in New Mexico, Maine, Rhode Island, Minnesota, or Alabama, and even if we’re on different rotations or seeing different types of patients, or if we’re going through tough times or celebrating good times, in a way we’re going through it together. Although we came from lots of different places, we shared these four years together at the Medical Partnership in Athens, and I, for one, am very grateful for that. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up back in Athens, giving back to the Medical Partnership in some way. So I encourage all of us to be there for each other as much as we can as we start this next phase of our lives, and let me just reiterate the advice of Dr. Lucas to “be islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity” and to “remember that you’re never alone.” Thank you!

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Cover Story Speech by Howard Cohen, MD May 14, 2016 Wow-what a wonderful MORNING! Welcome. Let me particularly acknowledge the presence of Provost Whitten and Deans Buckley, Wallach and Nuss as well as representative Williams. Greetings to all the distinguished faculty, invited quests, friends, parents, and extended family. And most importantly, let me welcome the graduating class of 2016. I am humbled and honored to stand before you today. At this time, I would like to express my gratitude to a very special group of people. As your teachers, we provided you with an intricate knowledge of the Krebs cycle, the anatomy of the brachial plexus, and the pathophysiology of the cardiac and pulmonary systems. We taught you the clinical skills necessary to perform a history and physical. But it was your parents and grandparents who nurtured in you the seeds of integrity, compassion, and empathy. It was your parents and grandparents who instilled in you a passion to serve human-kind, so I pause at this moment to thank those who imbued you with an ethical, moral, and caring character. Will the parents and grandparents of the graduating class of 2016 please stand, so that we can acknowledge you with a round of applause? As I sought advice on what to include in a graduation speech, I received several comments that varied from telling a funny joke to quoting generously from Hippocrates as well as the ancient Greek and Roman classics. But the consensus of almost everyone was “Make it short!” I next turned to my three grown sons who I knew would be brutally honest — and indeed they were —“Dad, the less you say, the smarter you will sound!” So, I will abide by the credo “less is more” and the operative word for today will be “brevity.” 8

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Celebration and Recognition As you depart from this safe harbor of your medical education, I wish to share with you a few words of advice for the future that welcomes you. Do not allow technology to be a barrier to the sacred space that defines the patient-physician relationship. Always remember to look at your patients with discerning eyes and touch them with gentle, caring hands. Do not allow your I-Pads, smartphones, and touch screens to be palpated more than your patients. Feel the pulse, feel the pre-cordial thrust, lay your hands on the abdominal wall. This ritual has a powerful connection. As the noted author and medical educator Abraham Verghese remarked, “Rituals are about transformation—crossing a threshold.” Examining a patient is a timeless ritual. It matters. Embrace and celebrate it. Listen attentively to your patients’ stories. They have much to tell and teach you. You can heal even when you cannot cure. The simple human act of silently standing at your patient’s

bedside and holding your patient’s hand can be magically therapeutic. You have entered a career of tremendous obligation and responsibility. You are the guardians of a person’s most precious possession— their health and well-being. You may not realize at times the impact you will make. Let me pause, and reflect on my own personal experience to provide you with an example. As I was retiring from my clinical practice of infectious disease to become involved with teaching at the medical school here in Athens, I received a handwritten note with an enclosed photograph from a patient I had treated many years ago. It read: “Dear Dr. Cohen, I don’t recall if you remember me after all these years. As a 20-year old college student, you saved my life. I had a severe blood infection and lost four fingers on my right hand and part of my left foot—but I survived-thanks to you. Please look at the

enclosed picture. It shows me along with my 4 beautiful children. Without your caring heart and expertise, the faces in this photo would be empty.” As physicians, we are privileged to touch the web of life. We don’t know, at times, where and how far the thin and fragile strands of that web will reverberate and extend. A career in medicine requires that you remain forever diligent students. Retain your curiosity and thirst for knowledge. We are counting upon you to be imaginative problem-solvers. We are counting on you to expand the boundaries of medicine. Challenge the traditional. Do not always respond, “It’s OK.” But rather, say “Why?” The medicine of the future will be far different than the medicine of today. Your current skills and knowledge will, unfortunately, become rapidly obsolete. When I graduated from medical school there was no HIV, Zika virus, targeted cancer immunotherapy, or MRI scans.

Deciphering the human genome, DNA editing, and stem cell transplantation were far flung and fanciful thoughts in the minds of daring medical dreamers. Keep those time-honored traditions that serve your patients well, but enthusiastically embrace new and innovative ideas and technologies. Be a sceptic. Continue to nurture an open and curious mind. Lastly, do not forget to thank those who are your support system — your colleagues, nurses and physician extenders, your administrative and housekeeping staff. They are an essential part of the health-care team. Without them, you are useless. To paraphrase the English poet, John Donne, “No physician is an island.” The medicine of today, and even more so in the future, will require a collaborative team effort. Most importantly, be aware that medicine can be a “jealous mistress.” Without the love and support of your

spouse, significant other, and family, you will not be able to function most effectively. There will be days when you will experience overwhelming joy and satisfaction. There will also be times when you will feel frustrated and dismayed. Your loved ones will be there to share your joy. They will be there to provide a shoulder to cry on. They will catch you when you are in a spiraling free-fall. They are your safety net. Do not take them for granted. Let me end by saying, “Thank you” for allowing me to be part of your four-year journey. It’s been an amazing trip! You have taught me much, and hopefully, I have provided you with a few valuable lessons. I welcome you to this noble and honored profession and bid you my most heartfelt congratulations. I wish you Godspeed as you launch your sails and leave this harbor for what I know will be most fulfilling and impactful careers.

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A Year in Reflection

AOA & GHHS Recognition The annual honors banquet at the Medical Partnership celebrated inductees into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) this year on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Kalie Deutsch, Shannon O’Brien, Phillip Yun, Samat Kabani, Natalie Swavely, and Colton Wood were the six medical student inductees into AOA. Each graduated within the top 25% of the Class of 2016. Dr. Bryan Kirby, MCG alumnus, and Dr. Michele Monteil, Medical Partnership faculty, were also honored as inductees. Six additional students were recognized for the practice of patient-centered care by modeling integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. For these characteristics Will Galvin, Joseph Krakowiak, Shannon O’ Brien, Grace Yaguchi, and Phillip Yun were inducted into GHHS. Dr. David Stephens, Chairman of the Emory University Department of Medicine, and professor of medicine, microbiology, immunology and epidemiology was the honored invited guest speaker for the evening. His research focuses on bacterial vaccines and meningitis and he has published over 300 articles and served on expert panels with the NIH, CDC, WHO and the FDA. In his tenure at Emory, he led the development of their Vaccine Center, Center for AIDS Research, and the creation of their Ebola Unit.

Wine & Cheese Benefit

On April 1, 2016, the M1 and M2 Student Government Organizations hosted the 4th Annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser to benefit the Mercy Clinic. This year, we were lucky enough to have the event at the beautiful, newly renovated Carnegie Library on our very own campus! Featuring 10 wines along with over a dozen cheeses, assorted antipasti, and a silent auction, the event attracted around 100 people and raised $1220 for the Mercy Clinic. Planning for this event began early in the Fall Semester with the M2 class providing guidance to the M1 class. Over time and with determination, Wine and Cheese began to slowly take shape. We would like to thank Mr. Scott Blackwell for helping us secure the Carnegie Library and for helping us during the event. With the event location acquired, we still needed the most important parts: the wine and cheese. Luckily, our neighbors were willing to help! Fresh Market donated $100 worth of cheese, and J’s Bottle Shop sold us some delicious wine. 5 Points Bottle Shop also donated wine! Deciding what types of wines to feature was not easy, and we’d like to thank Mrs. Jane Hixson at J’s for coming up with an enticing selection of pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, rosé, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and Montalcino. Food and wine aside, this wonderful night would not have been successful without the silent auction. Several of our students and faculty along with some community businesses donated their time and skills to the highest bidders. Some notable donations were a gift basket from Pawtropolis, a wine and painting night at Artini’s, car maintenance lessons, a Vegandinner, self-defense lessons, weight-lifting sessions, and babysitting, but the one that took the cake was a boat ride with our new dean, Dr. Nuss. We would like to thank everyone that donated their time and unique skills to the silent auction! In closing, we would also like to thank all of our donors and sponsors: J’s Bottle Shop, Fresh Market, 5 Points Bottle Shop, Jimmy John’s, Artini’s, Pawtropolis, and the Carnegie Library. by Danny Steinberg, Class of 2019 SGO President


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Talent Show by Mark Zapata Class of 2018 SGO President On April 22nd, the Medical Partnership held its second annual Talent Show in George Hall organized by the Student Government Association. The event was suggested by Shub Agrawal (Class of 2018) as a way for students to show off their amazing talents. The event was a wonderful success that allowed the students and faculty to enjoy performances by the Medical Partnership community. This year the talent show featured improved lighting and sound to better highlight the performances. Performances included several songs performed by musically talented medical students and various dance styles, including a compilation of Beyoncé. On top of these wonderful

musical performances, there was an epic rap battle between Hannah Barney (representing Class of 2019) and Hamzah Mansoura (Class of 2018) that had the crowd going wild. The students created several skits, including a worst patient encounter simulation by the M1’s. The second year students took advantage of the opportunity to impersonate some of the faculty and administration in a faculty meeting skit. The skits were all in good fun and had the audience laughing so hard that they were crying. Not to mention the eating contest between our three hungriest M2’s (Bradley Parke, Matt Mulin, and Katy Wood)! Throughout the evening, we highlighted the friendship and beauty that medical students still find time to create amidst

M1’s Daniel Steinberg and Max Green perform at the second annual Talent Show.

their studies. The talent show featured a “Newlyfriend” gameshow that put several pairs of best friends in a competition to see who really knew each other best. Several students were kind enough to display their beautiful artwork during intermission. Some of the artwork was donated following the event and will be displayed in the student lounge. As a finale, our medical school band, The Kidney Stones, accompanied by Dr. Scott Richardson, rocked the house and got the audience up on their feet to end a fantastic evening. The Talent Show was an amazing opportunity for the students and faculty to showcase their talents in a fun event for the whole community. We look forward to seeing what they have for next year!

Students record medical histories and take vitals of future athletes.

From Backpacks to Sports Ready This past year, an anonymous donor helped the Medical Partnership enhance one of our community projects and make a distant idea a reality. Thanks to their help, we were able to create three red backpacks for use as our mobile sports exam kits. These kits will be used at the Free Sports Exam Clinics the medical students host for young, uninsured students at Athens-Clarke County schools who need the exams to play sports. Each backpack holds an oto/ophthalmoscope, wall-size eye charts, two adult and one child sized blood pressure cuff, a pulse oximeter, a mayo style reflex hammer, and a small eye chart. The mobile kits will help our

students open up their physical exams more frequently and more quickly in order to aid a larger number of students each visit. So far the backpacks have made it to one Free Sports Exam Clinic at WR Coile Middle School with more trips expected this coming academic year.

measures for concussion evaluation, heat-related injuries, foot and leg injury prevention, and general adolescent preventative health measures. Our August 2015 event served 96 student athletes for Clarke County schools, and we expect to exceed that at our August 2016 and January 2017 events.”

Referring to the mid-year physical exams, Dr. Suzanne Lester, one of the leads on this project, states that, “In February, we had 12 medical students, 6 faculty, and served 26 student athletes. We discovered 2 heart murmurs that were previously undiagnosed and made appropriate referrals to Cardiology, counseled the athletes on appropriate

Service learning is equally as important for our students as these exams are for the middle school students. We hope to keep expanding this community project amongst others, spreading our help further into Athens-Clarke County. With the continued help of community donors, we are able to give back better care to our community.

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Match Day 2016

Match Day Resident applicants at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership gathered on Friday, March 18 at noon in George Hall at the UGA Health Sciences Campus for Match Day, an event celebrating the next step in their medical careers. Sealed envelopes addressed to individual students were dropped from lanterns for each of the members of the Class of 2016, and inside each envelope was a personal letter revealing where the student will pursue his or her postgraduate medical education. An annual event, Match Day takes place after students participated in interviews and visits to residency programs in Georgia and across the

Last Name

First Name

Institution Name

Program Name



Atlanta Medical Center

Internal Medicine



University of Alabama Medical Center

Internal Medicine



Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (NC)

Internal Medicine



Medical College of Georgia




Medical College of Georgia

General Surgery



University of Tennessee College of Medicine

General Surgery- Prelim



Emory University School of Medicine




University of Alabama Medical Center

Internal Medicine



Abbott Northwestern (MN)

Internal Medicine



Maine Medical Center

Vascular Surgery



Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

Emergency Medicine



Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (NH)




Medical College of Georgia

Internal Medicine



PG1 Texas A&M PG2 Texas A&M

Medicine-Prelim Ophthalmology



University of Michigan Hospital

Internal Medicine



Maine Medical Center

Internal Medicine



Self Regional Healthcare (SC)

Family Medicine



University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Internal Medicine



WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (GA)

Internal Medicine



Loyola University Medical Center




Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (NC)

Internal Medicine



Medical University of South Carolina




Louisiana State University School of Medicine




University of Florida College of Medicine




University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Internal Medicine


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Memories country. To determine the post-graduation assignments, the students ranked hospitals where they would like to complete residencies, and hospital residency programs ranked the student applicants. The lists are then submitted to the nonprofit organization National Resident Matching Program in Washington, D.C., which uses an algorithm that aligns the choices of the applicants with those of the residency programs. The final pairings are announced simultaneously across the United States at noon on the third Friday in March. AU/UGA Medical Partnership participants in Match Day 2016 were honored with the following Residency Appointments:

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First Name

Institution Name

Program Name



Emory University School of Medicine

Internal Medicine



University of Minnesota Medical School




University of Michigan Hospital




Anderson Area Medical Center (SC)

Family Medicine



Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (LA)




Emory University School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine



PG1 & PG2 Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Health System

Surgery-Prelim Urology



Emory University School of Medicine




George Washington University (DC)

Orthopaedic Surgery



University of Virginia

Family Medicine



Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (MA)

Internal Medicine

Raybon (Class of 2015)


Vanderbilt University Medical

Radiology-Interventional (Integrated)

Left: Joseph Vinson and Kalie Deustch celebrate with family. Middle: Jonathan Swanson and his wife, Chelsea Swanson. Right: Joshua Campbell, with his wife and daughter, pin his future residency location on the Medical Partnership Residency Map. The Partnership Pulse — Spring/Summer 2016



Reflections on Haiti by Kirsten Kepple Class of 2017 This past spring, five students from the Class of 2017 joined Dr. Howard Cohen on an elective trip to work in Pignon, Haiti. The group consisted of Adam Haviland, Rachel Johnson, Aaron Purser, Sara Whyte, and myself, Kirsten Kepple. To raise funds and relieve the financial burden of the trip, the students organized a raffle drawing in which Athens-based prizes were utilized. Prizes included gift certificates to The Last Resort (provided by Joe Queen at Athens Real Estate Associates), Urban Sanctuary Spa, and the GTC University 16 Cinemas. The faculty and staff at the Partnership were very gracious and supportive of our efforts, and we were able to raise a considerable sum. For that, we could not say thank you enough. Our trip began April 2nd and ended April 27th in Port-AuPrince, Haiti. However, our trip was centered in Pignon, Haiti, where we stayed in a house provided by Promise for Haiti. We spent most days in and around this town and providing medical care to nearby villages. We did take a brief trip to Cape Haitien one weekend, a more tourist-centered city. Here, we visited Sans-Souci Palace, the former home of King Kristoff in the 1800s, which was the center of bureaucratic administration for the country at that time. During this trip, we had the opportunity to visit Haiti’s amazing beaches juxtaposed on a background of mountains. The island truly has a natural 14

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beauty to it, and I’m glad we made time to travel and see more of the landscape. However, traveling in Haiti is different from your standard American road trip to say the least. The roads are largely unpaved and require allterrain vehicles capable of going through rivers and up and down mountains. Transport is usually very bumpy, and can be nauseainducing for some. Most citizens do not own a car, so the main means of transportation are either via motorcycle or walking. Once inside Pignon, the main mode of transportation was walking, which the people utilized to carry water, groceries from the market, laundry washed in the river, etc. This meant that we did a lot of walking during our trip. It was a good way to see how our patients lived on a daily basis.

Above: Rachel Johnson meeting with a patient during the mobile clinic time.

We worked in the hospital Monday through Friday, and we usually rounded on Saturday and Sunday mornings to keep the care of our patients progressing. The bulk of our work was done in the HIV clinic at the Bienfaisance Hospital. However, each student was able to pursue individual interests. For us this included practicing in the pediatric room, scrubbing in during surgical procedures, working in the urgent care building, and so on. Once a week we ran a mobile clinic in which we delivered medical care to nearby villages whose citizens were unable to come to the hospital due to lack of funds, transportation, etc. Village days were very hectic, for we saw several hundred patients at these clinics non-stop – usually only leaving once our supplies ran out. I am not sure I fully understood the meaning and magnitude of the terms “underserved” and “poor resources” until this trip. Hospital Bienfaisance, being a smaller hospital than those in the capital, had limited laboratory tests, imaging modalities, and pharmaceutical options. For example, upon arrival we were given a short list of 10-15 laboratory tests available on site. The ultrasound was no longer operable, and there were no other imaging modalities besides X-ray available. Furthermore, all labs and tests had to be paid for by patients or their families prior to administration. The same was true of drugs. If a family could not afford to purchase the service, it was not performed. I think one can imagine that this became a frequent occurrence. The

Above left: “Me and my friend, Minoze, who is a nurse in the pediatric ward and was very kind and friendly.” - Sara Whyte Above right: “Sara and I prepared a presentation as part of a knowledge exchange between Haitian and American healthcare providers. The topic was toxoplasmosis. A Haitian nursing student talked about the life cycle of the organism, and I presented a clinical case we had seen that week. Dr. Joseph (a Haitian physician) played mediator/translator, and Dr. Cohen took questions at the end. It was great to be able to explore the differences between treatment in our two countries, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that I learned a lot!” - Adam Haviland

repercussions of such a system were probably most evident amongst the HIV patients, who were often unable to purchase their medications during their stay. Finally, there is a distinct absence of some services due to lack of capability. For example, Hospital Bienfaisance did not have the proper storage to keep blood on site, so in the event of an emergency requiring transfusion, blood had to be transported from Port-au-Prince, which was 4 hours away. Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that the hospitals in Haiti function differently than that which we are used to. Here in America, we admit patients for illness and then provide them with three meals a day, clean bedding and linens, medications, labs, and tests, which are administered by hospital staff. In Haiti, when a patient is admitted to the hospital it is the family’s responsibility to provide food, clean linens, and medications. This becomes a limiting factor to their recovery, as it is not uncommon for

a family to be unable to provide food daily. I think hands on-experience in that setting was irreplaceable – and that is by far the greatest thing I gleaned from the trip. As a potential emergency medicine doctor, this experience put into perspective the importance of diligence in ordering tests. For example, I realized the importance of thinking, “How will this lab result or test change my treatment plan for this patient?” If the answer to this was null, was it truly a necessary pursuit? Naturally, working with Dr. Cohen was an amazing experience. He has a wealth of knowledge, especially in infectious diseases, but what made him even more irreplaceable to us was the fact that he is a fantastic teacher and a fearless leader. He made sure we took advantage of every learning opportunity, and lived the experience to the fullest. During our first week on the trip, we had a pediatric patient who passed

away suddenly. Haiti does not have the capacity to handle critically ill patients of any kind (no ventilators, defibrillators, etc). The child was 3 months old and was brought in for difficulty breathing. She passed away in an instant, and the mother’s cries were heard throughout the hospital. Her family took her outside to grieve, and after some time I went out to see her and express my sympathies for her loss. Dr. Cohen came with me, and with the aid of a translator, he told her how sorry we were for her loss and that our hearts broke for her. He also told her that she needed to be strong, and that she would have more children. The mother sensed the sincerity in his voice and responded to his calming influence with cessation of tears. I believe it was a situation that will stick with me because he led by example, displaying compassion and years’ worth of experience with death and terminal illness. Although a sad moment of this trip, it was memorable and moving.

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As an example of one of the more successful cases we had as a group, there was a patient that we all grew rather fond of who was HIV+ and presented with neurologic findings and difficulty walking. We couldn’t be certain due to lack of laboratory evidence, but we believe she was suffering from toxoplasmosis. She was a patient for the majority of our time there, and the course of her illness was turbulent. However, after several weeks, we were able to discharge her home just before we returned. It was probably one of the most rewarding cases we had, and we didn’t have the resources or tests of a larger hospital. This trip definitely taught me just how deep the problems go in nations such as Haiti. Resources are limited but the infrastructure is even more deficient. I think Paul Farmer describes it best in Mountains Beyond Mountains when he talks about how it is impossible to treat TB patients who can’t feed themselves. Food, clean water, and the lack of advanced 16

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Left: Rooftop view of the city of Pignon. Below: The view of the city from the Pignon sign. “At the top we could see it all. The town waking up to the morning, children already in school. The mountains and large lakes. It was beautiful.” - Sara Whyte

care outside of Port-au-Prince or Cape Haitien made treatment of patients very difficult. In addition to this knowledge, the trip also helped me appreciate US foreign aid for medical care in other nations. For example, the bulk of Haiti’s funding for treatment of HIV comes from US AID. This funding provides patients with anti-retroviral drugs to help prevent spread of the disease and further HIV-related complications. Nevertheless, there are situations, such as that of a discordant couple hoping to conceive, in which those at high risk should receive care but are not eligible to do so. To me this highlighted the fact that though we are providing relief, there is always more that can be done. I had mixed feelings on my return home. I was excited to return to a world of air conditioning, easy transportation, and pizza, but on the other hand, there was simplicity in the Haitian way of life that I grew to appreciate and love. Coming back to the fast-paced American way took some adjusting. Now

that I am home and have had time to reflect on this trip, I see how it has changed me and my career path. I have always had an interest in combining my passion for travel with my medical career. As a future physician, I had intentions of one day running similar medical trips abroad for students and residents. This trip only helped reaffirm my desire to do this, and gave me an even better picture of the kinds of problems that exist in third world nations such as Haiti. I am ever grateful to Dr. Cohen, my fellow classmates, and all those who helped make this trip a reality.

Please visit the students’ blog to read more about their time in Haiti: medpartnershipabroad.

Below: (Posted April 6, 2016) “Today, Aaron and I were centered in the operating room, where we scrubbed in with an orthopedic surgeon. Surgery here is very different from that in the United States. If you’ve ever been in or worked in an operating room area of an American hospital, you know that each day is scheduled to the max. Both inpatients and outpatients are scheduled each day, and working hours start at 6:45am and end whenever the patient list is complete (which can often be 10pm+). Each room easily sees 5-10 patients a day, depending on the length/severity of the procedures.

Motorcycles are a more mainstream mode of transportation than cars due to expense as well as ease of navigation through traffic. Surgery here takes place in the only “airconditioned” room in the hospital, which is still probably 75°F. Sterile technique is fairly universal though, which was interesting to note in an environment with minimal resources.” - Kirsten Kepple

In Pignon, there are 2 operating rooms: one for small/minor procedures, and one regular operating room. Today, an orthopedic surgeon visited the hospital from Cape Haitian (3 hours away). This is not uncommon for this facility, as many specialists must be brought in and are not on local staff. Anyway, in the course of today we completed a grand total of 2 surgeries. There was no rushing to push patients through or complete their surgeries in a specific amount of time. This was Aaron’s second time scrubbing in this week. In the first instance, one notable difference was group prayer prior to the procedure. As many of you may know, Haiti has a large Catholic presence, and religion is not very separated from every day life. In fact, there is a picture hanging above the door to the operating room in which Jesus is present at an operating table while surgery is ongoing. This is relative practice though, as our surgeon today did not hold group prayer. I scrubbed in on a case of a compound tibia-fibula fracture, the feature photo of this post. Our patient was a victim of a motorcycle accident, which is very common here.

Above: Adam Haviland, Rachel Johnson, Dr. Howard Cohen, and Kirsten Kepple taking a break on the clinic steps.

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New Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU) on HSC The Medical Partnership is excited to welcome the newest addition to the Health Sciences Campus – the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU)! The CTRU is designed to support faculty from across the university in conducting clinical and translational research that advance our understanding and treatment of important diseases in Georgia and throughout the country. The CTRU provides key research personnel and dedicated space to conduct clinical trials as well as access to research core facilities at UGA (e.g., Bioimaging Center, Georgia Genomics Facility) and at Emory University (e.g., Biomarker Core, Proteomics Core).

For more information on the CTRU or to arrange a tour, please contact CTRU Unit Coordinator Kim Schmitz (schmitzk@ The CTRU is located at 109 Bowstrom Rd., next to the University Childcare Center. Keep an eye out for the upcoming website and open house, expected at the end of the summer.

With the creation of the CTRU, school-wide collaborations at UGA have already begun and will continue to grow with faculty from the medical campus ready to facilitate the next steps of clinical research. Currently there are seven active studies taking place at the CTRU along with a supported study at Oconee Heart and Vascular Center. Drs. Erick Avelar, Melissa Davis, and Jonathan Murrow from the Medical Partnership each have studies underway with the CTRU, and medical student Adolphia Lauture (Class of 2019) is working on a CTRU study with the College of Public Health. It is an exciting new venture for the Health Sciences Campus.

MCG Clinical Faculty Conference The Medical College of Georgia hosted a statewide faculty development conference for voluntary clinical faculty on Jekyll Island, May 19-21. Over 125 community clinical faculty and campus leadership members attended along with faculty and staff from the various regional campuses. This year’s conference focused on “Teaching with Technology” with a variety of content experts facilitating discussions on how instructional technology (as well as technology used in medical practice) impacts how we teach our medical learners. Some of the technologies featured were telemedicine, simulations, iPhone assisted physical examination, ultrasounds, and online learning. This conference was a great opportunity for educators across the state to come together and share best practices 18

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for how we teach our students. In addition to the education sessions and CME offered, we were able to express thanks to our numerous volunteer faculty members who support the Medical College of Georgia across the state. The second annual Excellence in Clinical Education Awards Banquet was held on Friday, May 20th. At this event, we were able to honor volunteer clinical faculty for their years of service and excellence of teaching, and we celebrated the faculty that were retiring, including the AU/UGA Medical Partnership’s Dr. Stephen Lucas and Dr. Sam Kini. Dr. Nancy Hockley, the Chair of Clinical Sciences at the Medical Partnership, gave a speech to recognize the nominees for the “Excellence in Clinical Education” award; Drs. Stephen Berry, Samuel Church,

Matthew Goldstein, Atul Kurhna, Angela McSwain, Dion Metzger, Katie Moore, Rachel Murthy, and Thomas Wells. She was happy to announce the recipient of the award, Dr. Samuel Church, who she says “has become a strong role model for our students as an advocate for primary care and its patients. Students and faculty alike strive to emulate his energy and enthusiasm. We could not ask for a better teaching physician than Dr. Church, and we are grateful for his continued support of our students.” The Medical Partnership was happy to follow the success of MCG’s conference, and we look forward to another year working with our invaluable volunteer faculty members. Photos at right.

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Athens GME Expansion Last year marked a major milestone for the Athens community and the AU/ UGA Medical Partnership. Through a joint effort with St. Mary’s Health Care System, we were able to welcome the first group of Internal Medicine residents to Athens. Now, a year later, orientation has just finished for St. Mary’s second group of residents, meaning that their program is now two-thirds full with ten more joining them next year to fill their Internal Medicine Residency Program. It is thrilling to see their program strengthening each year. Meanwhile, Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has begun an Internal Medicine

Residency Program as well with other programs to follow. ARMC welcomed its first fifteen residents this year. This means that Athens now has 34 residents to assist with patient care in the two hospitals. Residents focus on disease diagnosis and prevention in adults and practice alongside attending physicians to garner progressive knowledge and experience working with patients. All Internal Medicine residents complete three years of training in Internal Medicine rotations. Once an Internal Medicine program is completed, residents are

eligible to take their Board certification exam, apply for state licensure, practice internal medicine, or pursue additional education in various subspecialties such as cardiology, orthopedics or neurology. Having a growing number of residents in Athens can only mean better, more efficient healthcare for those who need it. Once again, we would like to congratulate and welcome all the residents at both St. Mary’s and Athens Regional. The Medical Partnership is excited to see Graduate Medical Education and residency programs developing in Athens, Georgia.

Left: Campus Dean Shelley Nuss, MD presents retiring Sam Kini, MD with a certificate recognizing his years of service to the Medical Partnership. Right: Medical College of Georgia’s Renee Page, MD, FACOG, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Paul Wallach, MD, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. The Partnership Pulse — Spring/Summer 2016


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Community Health Poster Session On April 18, 2016, the Class of 2019 students presented their Community Health posters to faculty, staff, and community members to demonstrate the projects they worked on this spring. Community Health Projects are a part of our M1 Curriculum where students form service learning groups to determine a way to create or reinvigorate new programs alongside one of our Community Health Partners to better serve a specific group. Below are the posters and groups represented at the Community Health Symposium this year. The Community Health Symposium is held every spring. Please join us next year to speak to our students more about their work in the community.

Poster Title: Outcome-Directed Thinking Facilitates Effective Patient Goal Setting at Mercy Health Center Student Authors: Caleb Botta, Hannah Harrison, Blake Hudson, Jonathan Pham, Jessica Principe, Taylor Oakley, Ronke Olowojesiku, Ashley Wright Community Partner: Mercy Health Center

Poster Title: Addressing Trauma in Drug Rehabilitation Student Authors: Amaan Ali, Ricardo Lopez, Audrey Martinez, Bess Matlock, Osii Mbata, Anudeep Neelam, Billie Odom, Leah Williams Community Partner: Athens Area Commencement Center


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Poster Title: Motivational Interviewing as a Tool for Lowering Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Student Authors: Travis Anderson, Hannah Childs, Charlie Gober, Cinthana Kandasamy, John Knopf, Crystal Ratchford, Nick Schoenmann Community Partner: Athens Clarke County Health Department

Poster Title: Creation of a Social Club to Reduce Loneliness in Older Adults Student Authors: Thomas Beckworth, Jane Chang, Max Green, Saacia Hasan, Adolphia Lauture, Sean Olinger, John-Michael Perez, Danny Steinberg Community Partner: Athens Community Council on Aging

Poster Title: Promoting Dialogue on Body Satisfaction Among Youth Student Authors: Gabe Pajares, Courtney Alvis, Keely Larson, Stephanie Hernandez, Zach Liang, Ranni Tewflik, Hannah Barney, Mateo Villa Community Partner: Foodbank of Northeast Georgia at the Awesome Clubhouse

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Georgia Residencies

Georgia Adds More Residencies for New Doctors Georgia adds slots in rural, suburban areas

environment for her. “I really liked WellStar because it is a community program and I liked the feel of a community program a little bit better, a little bit more than an academic institution,” Rohm said. Her husband is already doing his residency in neurology at Emory University and both of their families are in the area, she said. “Family is pretty important to me and my immediate family is here and my husband’s family is all here, too, so it is pretty favorable for us to stay here,” Rohm said.

Charlene Lo Rohm likes blazing trails, so she was keen to help fill one of the 72 new residency training slots for new doctors opening this year in Georgia. “I like new things,” she said. “I like the sense of adventure and just helping start up something.” The slots came about through a steady program of state funding with an eye toward helping retain more medical school products such as Rohm, who graduates next week from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Nationally, the number of residency slots paid for by the federal government was capped in 1997, though medical schools were later urged to increase enrollment to meet a looming doctor shortage. The Association for American Medical Colleges estimates the U.S. will need an additional 94,700 physicians by 2025 to meet its needs. Since 2002, medical schools have increased enrollment by 25 percent, the group reported last week, but those students will also need additional training in a residency program to become practicing doctors and learn their specialties. Residency programs also help states retain their medical school graduates. Georgia kept 80 percent of those students who went to high school, medical school and did their residency in the state, according to a 2014 survey by the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce. For Rohm, who is from the Atlanta area, landing a residency in a new internal medicine program beginning at WellStar Kennestone Hospital was like coming home. “I grew up in the Lawrenceville-Johns Creek area,” she said. “It is very similar to Marietta.” The community hospital provides a different learning 22

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Because many of those new slots, and ones that will open next year, are outside the traditional training centers in Atlanta and Augusta and are in more rural and suburban areas, it will also help the state better address shortages in those areas, said Dr. Paul Wallach, MCG’s vice dean for academic affairs “These programs that are around the state begin to bring residents into the corners of the state and I think will have an impact on bringing workforce there and physicians to, in part, begin to address this maldistribution of physicians,” he said. Just as importantly, it will keep them in the state, Wallach said. “It could potentially keep those additional students in Georgia, which is important to us,” he said. “And that certainly is one of the reasons we are supportive of and happy with the new residency programs being developed around the state is we need more doctors to stay in Georgia. I think it is beginning to have that impact.” The residencies were part of a five-year, $14 million statefunded effort to help new hospitals begin residency programs. They also required a lot of work on the part of the hospitals, Wallach said. But they also come with a bonus for those facilities in new doctors such as Rohm, he said. “The other benefit for the hospital is when she finishes her residency, she will likely stay there and already know the hospital and their systems and she will be well-known,” Wallach said. Rohm has three years before she finishes her residency and has time to think about where she will end up practicing. But right now, she is thinking about staying in the state and in the community. “I am very familiar with that and I like it a lot,” Rohm said. “I can definitely see myself practicing in a community setting in the foreseeable future.”

By: Tom Corwin, Staff Writer | Originally printed in Augusta Chronicle, May 7, 2016 | For the original article, visit http://chronicle.augusta. com/news/health/2016-05-07/georgia-adds-more-residencies-newdoctors

Deans’ Reception On March 24, 2016, Dean Peter Buckley and Provost Pamela Whiten hosted a reception in Royar Square to honor the newly appointed campus dean Dr. Shelley Nuss, as well as Dr. Leslie Lee for her recently completed service as interim campus dean. UGA President Jere Morehead opened the reception with warm words regarding what talent the Partnership has that we can promote from within, and that one of own leaders was able to bridge the intermission so capably. In keeping with UGA tradition, Provost Whitten presented Dr. Nuss with a black and gold lamp. This tradition is meant to serve as a symbol and reminder of how a dean’s role is a guiding light toward continued excellence. Dr. Lee received a beautiful box, made of deep redwood, from Dean Buckley in recognition of her honorable work as interim dean. The turnout from both MCG and UGA demonstrated how much they wanted to thank Drs. Lee and Nuss for their commitment to medical education and for strengthening the Medical Partnership with their leadership.

From left: UGA Provost Pamela Whitten, Dr. Leslie Petch-Lee, Campus Dean Dr. Shelley Nuss, MCG Dean Dr. Peter Buckley, and UGA President Jere Morehead. The Partnership Pulse — Spring/Summer 2016



MCG Raft Debate The fate of an internist, pediatrician, and surgeon is in the hands of students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. All three are aboard a sinking ship, and their only escape is a one-person raft. Who should be saved? Representatives from medicine, pediatrics, and surgery tried to sway MCG students during this hypothetical debate at the 14th annual Raft Debate on Friday, April 15, in Augusta. Hosted by the MCG Alumni Association, representatives debated which specialty is most important and would help the most people if saved.

Brown made a compelling argument and was the one saved. This annual program was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Paul Dainer, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Holt, Class of 2005. We can certainly see why this tradition keeps going based on the entertaining debate and the harsh audience of medical students.

Physicians aboard the ship included Dr. Shilpa Brown, assistant professor of medicine (at MCG); Dr. Brian Stansfield, assistant professor of pediatrics (at MCG); and Dr. Nancy Hockley, associate professor of surgery and chair of clinical sciences (at the Medical Partnership). Dr. Kathryn Martin, MCG associate dean for regional campus coordination, moderated the debate. Matt Homen, clerkship coordinator at MCG, served as devil’s advocate. The entire debate was streamed to regional campuses so that students off-campus could participate as well. The Medical Partnership was admittedly biased in trying to save Dr. Hockley, but alas Dr.

Competing in the MedWars Following the Raft Debate, a MedWars competition was held in Augusta on Saturday, April 16th. MedWars is a 15+ mile race where teams encounter various medical and wilderness scenarios. They run, hike, mountain bike, and kayak through the course while carrying all of their medical supplies, food and water. The race itself tests a lot knowledge learned during the first year of medical school. Each student has a chance to be a patient for our team in which we had the opportunity to act out a scenario.

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One such scenario is described below by Jonathan Pham, Class of 2019, who competed along with several other Athens classmates: “At one point we were in a desert and Mateo left the group to look for something. We heard a scream, and a sandstorm picked up (we wore blindfolds and while bird seeds were thrown at us). We had to call out to Mateo during the chaos and get to him without our vision – Marco Polo situation. Once we got there, we had to treat Mateo during the sandstorm. We were able determine that he broke his ankle and was suffering from hypoglycemia, which was more of the priority. While we desperately searched for our glucagon (without our sight), Mateo started to experience a seizure. Right before time ran out and Mateo expired, Stephanie was able to find the glucagon and treat Mateo. The sandstorm stopped, and we finished treating his ankle, successfully surviving the scenario.” While medical school is often seen as challenge enough, these students volunteered to compete with the knowledge they’ve gained thus far, and according to Pham, “It was one of the best experiences we had during our M1 year, and we want to become more involved next year… but lesson learned: carry less supplies, improve our acting, learn to land navigate, and most importantly, read instructions!”

Lunch with the Provost The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost strives to promote a campus environment that is centered on teaching and research. It is always great to see that Provost Whitten has made it a priority of hers to reach out to students directly to learn and hear about their experiences. In doing so, she stopped by the Medical Partnership to have lunch with our students this past February. She really blew our students away with her interest in hearing about their experiences with the Medical Partnership’s program. The occasion served as a fantastic opportunity for our students to get to know Provost Whitten as well – what her job entails and what she can do for the students. Alongside an enjoyable lunch, the event held quite the back and forth conversation, sharing experiences and discussing opportunities with UGA.

Staff Appreciation When people think of educational institutions, they immediately think of the students and the faculty, but in reality, the staff are the backbone of any program. On June 8th, the Medical Partnership recognized its staff members in a Staff Appreciation Field Day, and what a beautiful day it was for such an occasion! With picnic tables at the ready, Senior Leadership served the staff members a BBQ-style lunch while each table competed in a game of trivia – complete with a theme song speed round. The staff were invited to participate in field games as well, including a water balloon toss, egg balance race, bocce ball, corn hole, washers, and ladder ball. It was such a relaxing break from the office that even the Senior Leadership got involved in the games. Dean Shelley Nuss and former interim dean, Dr. Leslie Lee, gave the staff a run for their money in a Leadership vs. Staff water balloon toss, but staff members Suzanne Hall and Kirsten Gunter took the lead at the very end for a staff win! With plenty of leftover water balloons at the ready, a water balloon fight did ensue after the games were finished, but really it couldn’t be helped on such a warm, summer afternoon. An afternoon of fun and camaraderie cannot compare to the hours and care that staff members put into our institution, but it was one of the ways the Senior Leadership and the Medical Partnership have chosen to show their appreciation and gratitude. The Medical Partnership staff members are incredible, and for that, our Senior Leadership would like to tell them once more: Thank you, Staff, for always lending a helping hand. For the smiles and reassurance. For keeping us in line. For your patience during times of transition. And for your belief in the Medical Partnership. The Partnership Pulse — Spring/Summer 2016


New Faculty & Staff The Medical Partnership family has really grown this past year, and we are grateful to welcome the following wonderful new faculty and staff members during this time of change and expansion. Check out our website’s directory for more information about our faculty and staff:

Jennifer Adams

Keith Anderson

Business Office & Communications Office Communications Specialist

Clerkship Office Adminstrative Associate II

Jessica Arnold

Amy Baldwin, PhD

Clerkship Office Adminstrative Specialist I

Basic Science Faculty Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Bryson Greenwood, MD

Kirsten Gunter

Essentials of Clinical Medicine Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Graduate Medical Education Office Administrative Assistant II

Suzanne Hall

Cheryl Kennedy, MEd

Dean’s Office Executive Assistant to the Dean

Essentials of Clinical Medicine Senior Program Coordinator

Melissa Kinney

Latonda Knight

Business Office Senior Accountant

Graduate Medical Education Office GME Coordinator

Tina Marohl Business Office Operations Specialist


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Achilia Morrow, MD Internal Medicine Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital Associate Program Director

New Faculty & Staff Amber Ramsey

Bill Prigge, PhD Business Office Campus Director for Finance & Operations

Travis “Teddy” Sanders Clinical Faculty & Simulation Lab Administrative Associate I

Curriculum Office and Program Evaluation & Education Research Office Administrative Assistant II

Don Scott, MD Clinical Educator Associate Professor of Medicine

Ed Sperr, MLIS

Abby Ward, MEd

Internal Medicine Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital Clinical Information Librarian

Internal Medicine Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital Program Coordinator

2016 Educator of the Year Awards Each year Medical Partnership students vote as a class to elect an Educator of Year. For the second and third years, this includes their clinical volunteer faculty. This award is an opportunity for our students to recognize those that go above and beyond in their efforts to provide students with meaningful experiences. Congratulations to the following faculty members:

Dr. Clive Slaughter from the M1 class

Dr. Howard Cohen from the M2 class

Dr. Eva Moore

(preceptor surgery rotation) from the M3 class

Dr. Stephen Lucas from the M4 class

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Vision, Mission, and Values Vision The Medical Partnership will be: • Recognized as a premier medical school campus. • A leader in medical education by delivering an innovative curriculum that integrates cuttingedge technology and health informatics. • Outstanding in providing an educational environment that engages students, faculty, and staff to learn and work. • A leader in research and scholarship.

Mission The Medical Partnership will have an unwavering commitment to educating excellent physicians, to providing outstanding health care to Georgians, to improving access to care, and to generating new knowledge relevant to human health and disease. The mission will be accomplished by: • Making our learners our highest priority. • Providing leadership in the communities we serve. • Building strong community partnerships. • Teaching lifelong learning skills. • Hiring and retaining exceptional faculty and staff by supporting professional development. • Fostering excellence, innovation, and scholarship in education and research. • Teaching the skills necessary to practice with modern technology to meet the challenges of the 21st century practice of medicine. • Providing a catalyst for developing collaborative partnerships in clinical/translational research among AU, UGA, and Athens’ medical community investigators.

Values The mission is achieved through shared values: • Integrity • Respect • Community engagement • Open, honest, and effective communication • Trust


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Collaboration Equity Accountability Leadership Transparency

Campus Leadership

Michelle A. Nuss, MD Campus Dean

Matthew A. Boegehold, PhD Interim Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum & Chair of Basic Sciences

John S. Francis, MD, PhD Campus Associate Dean for Student & Multicultural Affairs

Nancy K. M. Hockley, MD Chair of Clinical Sciences

Leslie Petch Lee, PhD Campus Associate Dean for Integration & Academic Enhancement

Jonathan R. Murrow, MD Campus Associate Dean for Research

Bill Prigge, PhD Campus Director of Finance & Operations

W. Scott Richardson, MD Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education, Director EBCDM The Partnership Pulse — Spring/Summer 2016


Davis Waller with Angela Vaden, a midwife with Athens Regional Midwifery Practice, after helping in his first delivery on rotation!

“Angela and the entire midwifery practice have been amazingly welcoming and helpful to myself and other medical students. I am grateful that they, and their patients, allow students to be present for such a private yet joyous experience. I know I will never forget this one.” ~ Davis Waller, Class of 2017

#MPlove Top left: Joey Krakowiak, Tim Hutton, Tommaso Tosini, and Lara Smith joined clinical faculty member, Dr. Samuel Church and Augusta University at the State Capitol as representatives of medical education in Georgia. Middle left: Rising M3’s Luci Cotten, Caroline Geiger, Alex Vagasi, and Angela Holder at the clinic in Peru. Bottom left: Class of 2018 and 2019 Camping and Rafting Trip.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar!

M1 Orientation: We look forward to meeting our new M1’s for M1 Orientation, August 1st – 5th Fall Open House Dates: August 27th, September 17th, October 22nd, and November 5th (all Saturdays);

for more information, please contact Jennifer Adams at or 706-713-2637

Student & Resident Research Symposium: Monday, September 26th at HSC Russell Hall Medical Partnership Family Tailgate: Saturday, October 8th, UGA Bulldogs vs. SC Gamecocks,

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Keep a look out for more upcoming events on our social media