Partnership Pulse, Summer 2018

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Partnership Pulse A Publication of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership

New Mobile Clinic Serving the Underserved in the Athens Area Also In this issue... First Class of Residents Graduate Match Day 2018 Following Residents to Fellowships Guest Lecture: Physician Burnout Faculty & Staff Accolades

Vol. 7 | No. 2 | Summer 2018

Partnership Pulse Vol. 7 | No 2 | Summer 2018

In This Issue... Letter from the Dean – 3

Class of 2018 Community Celebration – 4 Keynote Speaker – 6 Match Day 2018 – 8 Community Health Projects – 10 Student Spotlight: Saadia Hasan – 11 Residency Graduation – 12 New Residency Program Match Lis t– 14 Fellowship Match List – 15

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. Michelle A. Nuss, MD AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Dean 706-713-2183 |

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COVER STORY: Mobile Health Clinic – 16 Teddy Bear Clinic – 18 Community Outreach – 19

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A Look Back – 20 SP Highlight: Ann Darby – 22 Dyrbye Guest Lecture – 23 Middendorf Memorial Scholarship – 24 Student Accolades – 25 Faculty & Staff Accolades – 26 New Faculty & Staff – 27 Upcoming Events – Back Cover


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Letter from the Campus Dean This past spring has been an exciting time at the Medical Partnership! In May, we celebrated our fifth graduating class since we opened our doors eight years ago. This class will be attending residency programs in 17 different states in 14 different specialties, and 59 percent will be completing a primary care residency program. In June, I am proud to share that our first class of Internal Medicine residents at the AU/ UGA Medical Partnership completed their three years of specialty training. Three members of the initial class of 10 residents will be remaining in Athens to practice medicine, three others will be attending fellowships across the country, including one at MCG in Augusta. You can learn more about this great group of physicians on page 12 in this issue of the Partnership Pulse. In other exciting news, we are planning to expand the Medical Partnership from 40 students per class to 60 students per class over the next several years. This increase will happen gradually, with an additional 10 students coming in the fall of 2020, then the full 20 students per year beginning in the fall of 2021. This expansion will continue to address the ongoing physician shortages across the state of Georgia. I continue to be amazed and so grateful for the overwhelming support from our community partners, area hospitals, and local physicians. The Medical Partnership’s mission is to educate outstanding physicians to practice in the 21st century – we could not do this without the support we receive from our dedicated faculty. We have approximately 650 volunteer clinical faculty helping to educate our students throughout northeast Georgia. Students consistently share the impact that our community faculty have had on their education. So, thank you for your dedication to our mission. This summer issue of the Partnership Pulse is a celebration of many of our students, our first graduating class of residents and faculty and staff. I hope you enjoy it! As always, thank you for all of your support.

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

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Congratulations, Class of 2018 The Class of 2018 celebrated their achievements at the fifth annual Community Celebration on the Health Sciences Campus on Saturday, May 12. Thirty-four students, along with their friends and family, gathered for this momentous occasion. The ceremony began with a processional led by Campus Dean Michelle Nuss along with the Medical Partnership Faculty. Dean Nuss provided the welcoming remarks to the Community Celebration attendees and served as the host of the event. Medical Partnership student Caroline Geiger was selected by her fellow classmates to provide the Moment of Reflection speech on behalf of the Class of 2018. Following this, Dr. Mark Ellison provided remarks on behalf of the Athens community and congratulated the many accomplishments of this class, as well as the entire Medical Partnership team.


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Medical Partnership faculty member, Dr. Scott Richardson, provided the keynote address at the Community Celebration. He was selected by the Class of 2018 for this honor and provided sound advice while encouraging the graduates to continue learning throughout their careers. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the class gift by SGO President, Mark Zapata and Vice President, Alex Vagasi. Following graduation, the Medical College of Georgia students attending the Medical Partnership campus will be going to 17 different states in 14 different specialties. Fifty -three percent will stay in the southeastern United States, and fifty-nine percent will attend primary care residencies.


Top, left, pg 4: Dr. Caroline Geiger provides the Moment of Reflection at the Community Celebration on May 12. Above, Left to Right: Dr. Scott Richardson provides the keynote address at the 2018 Community Celebration; Dr. Michelle Nuss shakes the hand of new graduate, Dr. Will Thomas; Dr. Stephen Ballis celebrates beside the Sailor Dawg on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

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Keynote Address: 12 Tips for Learning Throughout One’s Career By W. Scott Richardson, MD Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education I would like to add my voice to others’ welcome to members of the class of 2018, and to all of our honored guests, to the fifth Medical Partnership community celebration. I want to thank this class for asking me to speak today. We come together today to reflect on and celebrate these graduates’ many accomplishments so far, and to predict their future career successes. I serve as the Associate Dean for Medical Education here at the Partnership, so it is fitting that I shall use the lens of learning to focus my remarks today. Just for this class, I have chosen to frame my advice in the format of a Learning Summary. I challenged myself to summarize my remarks not on the usual one side of one page, but onto one side of a 3 by 5 card. Members of the Class of 2018, you can follow along by opening the envelope on your seat with your name on it, where you will each find your very own copy of this 3 by 5 card.

1. Learn with purpose: to serve others.

In On Walden Pond, Henry Thoreau wrote that most people live lives of quiet desperation, because they lack meaning in their lives. Many students seem to learn with quiet desperation, never quite fully understanding what they are studying, why they are studying it, or how this knowledge could be useful. Yet as physicians, we get to see every day what should give meaning to our work and to our learning. You may have started out like others, studying just to get good grades and to just get into medical school. Once in medical school, although you still have had tests to take and grades to achieve, I have seen you find more important reasons to learn – to serve your patients, their families, and their communities. As you move into the next stages of your career, keep in mind that we learn in order to serve others. Also, as you advance, you’ll have more ‘others’ to serve with your learning, including other team members and students of your own.

2. Keep building your learning prowess.

We built this curriculum to help you to not only acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be excellent physicians, but also to help you build skills for the learning you’ll need to do throughout your careers. I have watched you develop your learning prowess in both classroom and clinical settings, and watched you start managing your own learning. As you continue in residency and beyond, keep building and refining your learning prowess, keep becoming more independent in coaching yourself, and keep sharing these learning strategies with others.

3. Rebuild knowledge into scripts for use.

Studies of expert clinicians have found that these experts draw upon a large ‘case library’ that accumulates automatically from patients they’ve seen. We had you learn by discussing cases in small group from the first day of the first week of the first year of medical school,


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to get you started early in building your case libraries. Expert clinicians also organize their formal knowledge into structured ‘knowledge scripts’ for use in clinical decision making. Rather than have you learn to do this implicitly, by trial and error, over several decades, we have designed the curriculum to deliberately and explicitly show you how to organize your knowledge into scripts for clinical use. I have seen you use specific templates when learning about topic knowledge, like the ‘Disease 7’ and the ‘Clinical Problem 5’. I have also seen you use the explicit approach we’ve taught you to build distinguishing knowledge and to put all this knowledge into plans for clinical decisions and actions. As you move forward in your career, keep using these explicit devices to organize your knowledge and continue to broaden the range of knowledge templates you use. This will help you to more readily extend and update that knowledge and more easily teach your own students to learn this way, too.

4. Learn how to unlearn, relearn, and update.

Knowledge advances and changes over time, and the pace of this change is quickening, so we now frequently need to update our knowledge and our practice. Since I’ve seen how hard you have worked to study all that you have already learned, I would understand the temptation you might feel to cling that knowledge because of how much effort it took to learn it. Yet to keep up to date and to learn throughout your career means being able to recognize ‘update signals’, to unlearn outdated knowledge, and to relearn the topic by integrating the new knowledge. From our work together, I have already seen you do some of this work, so I know you can do it. During residency and beyond, build time to deliberately practice unlearning and relearning, and to show your own students how to do this, too.

5. Learn critically: sort sense from non-sense.

Just because something is new does not mean that it is credible enough, important enough, and applicable enough to your patients and clinical settings that you should change your practice. You’ll need to be able to sort the sense from the non-sense, in order to distinguish true update signals from noise. From our work together, I know you have already learned how to critically appraise some types of evidence from clinical care research, and you have had practice using these skills. During residency, I encourage you to broaden the range of types of clinical care research studies for which you can independently appraise the evidence critically, to deliberately practice this appraisal skill so you become better and faster at it, and to share with your students how to do this.

6. Learn to balance benefits and burdens of care.

All clinical interventions we use, whether therapeutic, diagnostic, or preventative maneuvers, have the potential to cause both benefits for patients and burdens upon patients. These burdens include the adverse effects and costs of care, as well as the substantial work involved in self-care patients are asked to carry out. From our work


together, I have seen you learn about the benefits and burdens of some interventions, and have seen you work on your ability to balance these benefits and burdens while engaging in shared decision making. During residency and beyond, I encourage you to build knowledge about the balance of benefits and burdens for the main clinical interventions in your chosen field, and to practice shared decision making with your patients. Doing this will help you become highly knowledgeable about the decisions and actions you do every day.

7. Learn to see problems whole, from all sides.

During the year I served as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, I quickly learned I needed to hear both or all sides of the story before I could make well-informed decisions. From the first day of the first week of the first year, we had you work in teams as you learned, for many reasons, one of which was to help you learn to see problems, from all of its sides, as viewed by all group members. Doing this builds your capacity to recognize problems, characterize what those problems are and what they are not, and to work through the analytic and synthetic processes of problem solving as members of a team. During residency and beyond, keep building your team-oriented problem-solving skills and see problems whole. I also encourage you to address and resolve team conflict constructively, rather than to avoid dealing with it, for your patients’ sake.

8. Learn both the words and the music.

When we speak, we say words that have meaning as words. Yet we also speak them with inflection, rhythm and tone that forms the music of language and this music can have additional meaning. Also humans can express great deal of additional meaning via non-verbal communication, such as gestures or facial expressions. From our work together I know that you have been learning to observe patients and hear both the words and the music in what they say. You have also been paying attention to what you should say and how you should say it, as part of the art of medicine. During residency and beyond, keep refining your abilities to hear the words and music you hear from patients and to observer their nonverbal communication. Also, keep paying close attention to the words, music, and non-verbal communication you use, to make sure what you say and how you say it align with what you truly mean to communicate.

9. Learn by imitation and by evitation.

We learn by imitation when we copy the examples set for us by our teachers and others. We learn by evitation when we avoid following

some of the examples we observe, because they appear ineffective or unwelcome. As you’ve gone through medical school, we hope you have seen many examples of good doctoring to imitate, and you might have also seen some less good examples you will want to avoid. During residency and beyond, take advantage of the greater number and wider range of excellent role models to emulate, yet also be alert for those you’ll want to avoid copying. Let’s not get too smug, because imitation and evitation are also the tools we can use to learn from our own experience, noticing both the specific features that worked well that we want to replicate, and also the specific portions that worked less well, that we’d like to avoid in the future. By using both imitation and evitation, we can gain the most learning yield from our observations of others and ourselves.

10. Learn about the human condition.

As doctors we aim to serve our patients as whole persons and to serve our communities and societies as whole peoples. I know that you have studied the humanities and that you are sensitive and caring people. As you continue on in your career, I encourage you to keep learning about the human condition, both directly from your patients and also from the humanities. We can also learn about the human condition by living our lives fully and in balance. As one of my teachers used to emphasize, “The care of whole persons takes whole persons.”

11. Learn for the present and the future.

At some level, I have already seen you do this – when you were studying for a test, like USMLE Step 1, most of you also knew you were learning for the Clerkships that followed. As you went through your Clerkships, you learned not only for that course’s Shelf examination and the USMLE Step 2, but also to prepare yourself for residency. Now as you enter residency, keep the same approach, learning both for each rotation and for your clinical future after residency. Metaphorically, we need to keep two sets of ‘learning eyes’ on two different time horizons. We should ask both “What should we learn today to best help us care for this patient?” and “What should we learn next to prepare ourselves for clinical excellence and eventual mastery?”

12. Appreciate those who help you learn.

Many people have helped you get this far, including family, teachers, advisers, and patients. I have already seen you show these people gratitude, such as at the recent faculty appreciation evening your class held, and this morning in your expressions of thanks to your families and other supporters. During residency and beyond, continue this practice and extend it, by appreciating your clinical team members, your patients, and their families. Starting this summer, you’ll have your own students on clinical teams, so you’ll see how much you get to learn by teaching them. Show appreciation for those who help you learn important lessons, whether these lessons feel ‘easy’ or ‘hard’ at the time. In keeping with this twelfth notion, I want to close by thanking my many teachers of the past and present, as well as by thanking my wife, Sherry Parmer, and my daughter, Lexi Richardson, for all they have taught me. I also want to thank each and every one of the class of 2018, for all that we learned together, and for how much you taught me and supported me over the last four years. Thank you, and congratulations! The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Summer 2018 Issue



AU/UGA Medical Partnership Celebrates Fifth Successful Match Day Resident applicants at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership gathered on Friday, March 16 at noon in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus for a Kentucky Derby-themed Match Day, an event celebrating the next step in their medical careers. Sealed envelopes addressed to each member of the class of 2018 were opened at noon, and inside each envelope was a personal letter revealing where the student will pursue his or her postgraduate medical education. MCG students who attended the Medical Partnership campus are going to 17 different states in 14 different specialties with 53 percent staying in the southeastern United States, and 59 percent joining primary care programs. Thank you to the faculty, administrators, staff and mentors in our community who have devoted their time to educating our future physicians. AU/UGA Medical Partnership participants in Match Day 2018 are honored with the following Residency Appointments:



First Name

Institution Name





Medical University of South Carolina





Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard

Internal Medicine




Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion

Internal Medicine




Emory University

Orthopedic Surgery




University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical Center





Carolinas Medical Center

Internal Medicine




Howard University Hospital





US Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Family Medicine




Emory University

Internal Medicine




University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals Pathology-AP & CP



Kent Hospital Program

Emergency Medicine




NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia & Cornell

Emergency Medicine




University of Massachusetts Medical School





Emory University

Family Medicine




University of Alabama Medical CenterBirmingham

Internal Medicine




WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center

Internal Medicine


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MATCH DAY 2018 Last Name

First Name

Institution Name





University of Massachusetts Medical School





PGY1 Brookwood Baptist Health PGY2 University of Alabama

Transitional Radiation Oncology




Florida State University

General Surgery




Halifax Medical Center

Family Medicine



...and THEY’RE OFF! Bradley

Oregon Health & Science University

Internal Medicine



PG1 Grand Strand Regional Medical Center PG2 Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

Transitional Anesthesiology



Pennsylvania Hospital





University of New Mexico

Family Medicine




University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Family Medicine




Anderson Medical Health

Family Medicine



University of Florida - Shands Hospital

Internal Medicine/ Gainesville



University of Florida –Shands Hospital




University of Alabama Medical CenterBirmingham

Internal Medicine



South Nassau Community Hospital

General Surgery



Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University





Duke University Medical Center

Internal Medicine




Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester





Boston University Medical Center

General Surgery


Patel Perry-Walker

Seawright Shumans Thomas Vagasi Ward

Join us for the Class of 2018



First Name Grace

Institution Name Henry Ford Hospital

Specialty Urology

State MI


First Name Shannon

Institution Name University of Colorado

Specialty Preventive Medicine

State CO

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8th Annual Community Health Poster Session & Reception On April 16, the first-year Medical Partnership students gathered in George Hall to present their Community Health posters to faculty, staff, and community guests. Community Health Projects are part of the M1 curriculum where students form service learning groups to determine a way to create or reinvigorate new programs that are part of our Community Health Partners. The goal of the projects is improvement of services. The students chose an area of need from a Community Health Partner and explained how they would help alleviate/address that problem.

Peer Education and Hepatitis C

The projects presented this year were:

Students: Abdi Abdulhakim, Andrew Block, Brad Butler, Cyril Lukianov, Jordi Gaton, Shelby Buckner, Tony Huynh

Addressing Rising No-Show Rates at a Local Safety-net Clinic Students: Brett Askins, Peter Bodunrin, Wes Brown, Grant Deedy, Jennifer Landry, Devaunsh Thaker, Nathan Walter Community Partner: Mercy Clinic Educating Meals on Wheels Volunteers to Increase Risk Recognition and Reporting Students: Lindsey Baer, Wendi Bao, Xiaodong Hua, Jungmin On, Sherayar Orakzai, Debbie Shim, Sarah Smudde, Amanda Wachtel Community Partner: Athens Community Council on Aging Raising Awareness of Alcohol Misuse Resources at Nuci’s Space Students: Sahar Alimohamadi, Shouron Ghassemlou, Sarah Ellen Williams, Austin Isaac, Terrance Johnson, Quinn Peragine Community Partner: Nuci’s Space

Austin Issac explains his project, Rising Awareness of Alcohol Misuse Resources at Nuci’s Space, to Medical Partnership faculty member, Dr. Neil Taylor.


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Students: Kelsey Barber, James Cho, Emily Duncan, Ehi Ediale, Kendall Flanigan, Nathan Harris, Emily Solon, Lauran Zeineddine Community Partner: Athens Nurse’s Clinic and Athens Area Commencement Center Standardizing Weekly Assessment of Treatment Compliance of AACC Clients

Community Partner: Athens Area Commencement Center

MCG students selected to participate in yearlong NIH research program


Medical Partnership student, Saadia Hasan, hopes to pursue translational research in dementia or pain management. Two students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have been selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Research Scholars Program. Third-year students Saadia Hasan and Deeti Pithadia are two of only 37 students in the nation chosen for the research training program that allows medical, dental and veterinary students to pause their university studies to live on the intramural campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, and conduct basic, clinical or translational research. The accepted scholars begin their fellowships in July/August. “The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program attracts the brightest talent from across the country. These scholars are the future leaders in American medicine,” says Dr. Thomas R. Burklow, director of the MRSP. Pithadia, of Columbus, Georgia, earned her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech before coming to MCG in 2015. During the summer between her first and second years of medical school, she worked as a summer research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston as part of MCG’s Medical Scholars Program. Her experiences there piqued her curiosity about a career as a physician scientist, she says. During her time at the NIH, she hopes to conduct research in type 1 diabetes, dermatology or reproductive endocrinology. Hasan, who came to MCG from the University of California, Los Angeles, studies at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens. During her undergraduate studies she conducted basic science work in learning and memory and hopes to pursue translational research in dementia or pain management. Hasan hopes to have a career as a physician scientist who, as a family medicine

physician, has a lab and clinic focused on aging and the accompanying neurological problems. The MRSP received over 115 applications during the 2018-19 submission cycle. The scholars will receive mentored training and will conduct research in areas that match their personal interests and research goals. The training experience forms the core of the program and allows these future physician scientists and medical researchers to carry out research across the full spectrum of science in the interest of improving public health. The scholars work with an adviser who provides guidance on creating a career development plan and on selecting an NIH research mentor. Mentors are fulltime NIH investigators with basic, clinical or translational research programs. More about the program participants: ʞʞ The 37 participants consist of 34 medical, two dental and one veterinary student ʞʞ The participants represent 28 U.S.-accredited universities ʞʞ The class consists of three second-year, 32 third-year and two fourth-year students ʞʞ 65 percent of participants are female Over the course of the academic year, MRSP scholars participate in courses, journal club seminars, a structured lecture series and clinical teaching rounds. They also present their research to the NIH community and at professional conferences. The MRSP is supported by the NIH and other partners via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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First Class of Residents Graduates and Many Will Practice in Georgia Georgia needs more doctors. In fact, the entire country does. According to a 2017 study by the American Association of Medical Colleges, the United States is expected to face a shortage of between 40,800 – 104,900 doctors by 2030. This is fueled by a growing population, and an increase in the amount of aging Americans and retiring physicians.

Since the inception of the Medical Partnership residency program, an additional internal residency program has been established at Piedmont Athens Regional bringing an additional 15 residents to the Athens community each year. Combining the two programs, the total number of resident positions in Athens is now 85.

Georgia is currently ranked 41st in the nation in terms of physician to population ratio. In order to meet the national average, which is 36.6 physicians per 100,000 people, Georgia needs an additional 1,456 graduate medical education positions in various specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery.


Augusta University and the University of Georgia are making this happen. On Saturday, June 16th, 10 residents from the initial class of the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership Internal Residency Program marched in recognition at the Georgia Club outside of Athens. Each was surrounded by their family members, mentors and other physicians who guided them along the way. Several graduates accepted positions in the state.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Internal Medicine Residency Program, a joint effort of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s Health Care System, received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in January 2014, becoming Athens, Georgia’s first medical residency program. This program takes three years to complete and concentrates on producing community-based physicians.


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Following graduation from the University of Georgia, Brian Brewer knew he wanted to attend the Medical College of Georgia at the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens. Attracted to the smaller class size with active learning methods, he was a member of the second class of graduating physicians.

RESIDENCY GRADUATION This month marks the achievement of another one of Brewer’s milestones: He graduated from the AU/ UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program, where he also happened to be a member of the inaugural residency class. “I wanted to be hands on from the beginning,” Brewer states. “I knew that by being at a new program I would be first in line for all the training activities. In addition, the strong connections to the city that I made in undergrad, as well as in medical school, afforded me the opportunities to organize rotations around my professional interests.” Following graduation, Brewer will complete a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical School. As a former running back for the Georgia Bulldogs, this is a natural fit for the physician. Brewer said that he received a lot of support from the team physicians at the University of Georgia while pursuing his career in sports medicine.

STARTING A RESIDENCY PROGRAM There are many challenges to starting a graduate medical education program including funding, the need for a teaching hospital, and the perceptions of medical staff as well as their willingness to take on additional duties and responsibilities. “I’m grateful for the partnership we found with St. Mary’s Healthcare Systems,” said Medical Partnership Campus Dean, Dr. Michelle Nuss. “Without their help, the residency program would have never come to fruition. It takes commitment and dedication not only from the community physicians and hospital leadership, but from every employee that is part of the organization.”

KEEPING GRADUATES IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA Studies have shown that residency programs help states retain their medical school graduates. According to a 2014 survey by the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, Georgia kept 80 percent of those students who went to high school, medical school and completed their residency in the state.

This has proven to be true with this inaugural residency class. Out of the 10 residents graduating from the Medical Partnership Internal Residency Program, three will remain in the Athens area. Dr. Andrew Ke will work at as a hospitalist at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Narayana Gowda will be the Chief Resident at the AU/ UGA Medical Partnership Residency Program and Dr. Akhil Reddy will be the Chief Resident at Piedmont Athens Regional. Three more of the program’s graduates will return to Athens to practice in the upcoming year. Dr. Christina Elstead will be joining Athens OB/GYN, Dr. Parker Smith will join Piedmont Athens Regional as an emergency care physician, and Dr. Chip Carnes is joining Athens Area Urology. Brewer also plans to return to Athens after his fellowship. He said, “I have now lived in Athens longer than anywhere in my life. I consider it home. I feel that I could provide a lot of service to the area in the field of non-operative orthopedics, as well as preventative care.” He continued, “I am excited to see the impact our class will have on the field of medicine.” AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program Class of 2018 Appointments: Brian Brewer, MD – University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Fellowship Heather Brody, MD – East Carolina University Hematology/ Oncology Fellowship Narayana Gowda, MD – Chief Resident AU/UGA MP IMRP Andrew Ke, MD – Hospitalist St. Mary’s Hospital Soma Mandal, MD – Physician Kaiser Permanente Tenzing Phanthok, MD – Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Akhil Rasim Reddy, MD – Chief Resident Piedmont Athens Regional Sonia Suda, MD – Locum Tenems Sumter, South Carolina Kyle Walker, MD – Physician Oregon/Washington state Addison Zhang, MD- Primary Care Physician North Carolina

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All Spots Filled in Medical Parternship Residency Program For the fourth year in its four-year history, the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary’s Health Care System has filled all openings for its new class of medical residents. The AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program was the first new graduate medical education program in Northeast Georgia in recent years and received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education in October 2016. The new residents began practicing at St. Mary’s on July 1 under the supervision of advanced resident physicians and physician faculty from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “This is another exciting year in the history of our program as we prepare to graduate our first class of residents and welcome in our forth class.” said Montez Carter, St Mary’s President and CEO. “Our first three classes have been filled with truly fine young physicians. We are confident this next class will continue the tradition of compassion and excellence. St. Mary’s is proud to be an integral part of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and its success in bringing more medical doctors to Georgia and to the Athens region.” “We are honored to have received so many truly exceptional applicants to our program,” said Achilia Morrow, MD, MPH, Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. “The supportive medical community, dedicated volunteer faculty, staff, and St. Mary’s Health Care System truly make this an excellent program to learn and train physicians in Northeast Georgia.” The Internal Medicine Residency Program Class of 2021 and the schools at which they completed their education are: ʇʇ Akuoma “Yvonne” Akabogu, MD. Bachelor’s and medical degree from Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University.


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ʇʇ Zachary Hart, DO. Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rhodes College; medical degree from Lincoln Memorial UniversityDeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. ʇʇ Lara Khamo, MD. Bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Al-Kindy College of Medicine and the Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine. ʇʇ Shabtab Khan, MD. Bachelor’s degree in Biological SciencesPsychology from Clemson University; medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. ʇʇ Bao “Chau” Nguyen, MD. Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of North Texas; medical degree from International American University College of Medicine. ʇʇ Somtochukwu Nwokoye, MD. Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington; medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine. ʇʇ Caridad “Cari” Padron, MD. Bachelor’s in Biology from Barry University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Davenport University; medical degree from Avalon University School of Medicine. ʇʇ Jamila-Duyen Pham, MD. Bachelor’s in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia; medical degree from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts. ʇʇ Joshuam Ruiz Vega, MD. Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico; medical degree from University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts. ʇʇ Vandana Yanamadala, MD. Bachelor’s in Health Science from Kasturba Medical College International Center; medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

FELLOWSHIP MATCH The Internal Residency Program, a joint effort of the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s Health Care System, is pleased to announce that three members of the initial residency class that began practicing in 2015 have matched in fellowships across the country. As part of the first class, these physicians will completed their three-year residency program at the end of June. After completing a residency program, physicians may choose to enter practice or continue their education by completing a fellowship in a specific discipline. Fellowships allow for further training and additional knowledge in a particular sub-specialty. After a fellowship is complete, the physician is certified to practice in that particular sub-specialty.

Residents Move on to Fellowship Programs Across the Country

“We are excited to reach our next milestone in this collaborative effort,” said Campus Dean Michelle Nuss. “The placement of these residents across nationally recognized fellowship programs speaks volumes about the high quality of training the internal residency program is providing our physicians. I could not be more proud of these three residents.” “It has been great to watch these residents recognize their passions in medicine, then not be afraid to set the goals and do the work to achieve them,” said Dr. Achilia Morrow, Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. “I am so excited and happy for them as they prepare to begin the next stage of their career.” “The Internal Medicine Residency Program truly is an inspiration to St. Mary’s and our medical staff,” said Dr. Bruce Middendorf, St. Mary’s Chief Medical Officer. “It has been such a privilege to be part of the process of helping these physicians grow and transform from new graduates to fully independent practitioners. We are very proud of the whole group and honored to be part of the process of bringing more physician access to our state.” The following Internal Medicine Residency Program residents are honored with fellowship appointments.

Brian Brewer, MD. Brewer will be completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. He

completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, and then attended medical school the Medical College of Georgia at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership campus in Athens. Following his fellowship, Brewer wishes to return to northeast Georgia.

Heather Brody, MD, Sc. Brody will be completing a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at East Carolina University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University, her graduate degree at the University of South Florida, and received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Brody would like to stay in the Southeast following her fellowship.

Tenzing Phanthok, MD, MS. Phanthok will be completing a Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University, her graduate degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Phanthok wishes to remain in Georgia following her fellowship.

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MOBILE MEDICINE Mobile Clinic serves communities in Athens For one young man, the visit was preventative. He knew high blood pressure ran in his family, so he went to have his checked. For another family, it was a primary care visit for their children, one that may have otherwise been impossible due to work schedules and transportation challenges. These patients were able to get quality health care through the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership mobile health clinic. Since March, faculty, residents and medical students at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership have run a mobile health clinic, bringing free health care to underserved communities in Athens to help people get the health care they need, despite obstacles they may face. The clinic volunteers travel to neighborhoods around town, setting up tables and tents in the heart of the communities. The mobile health clinic has humble roots. An interdisciplinary group of faculty across the University of Georgia, along with community partners, recognized the need for a mobile health clinic over five years ago. This was validated by findings in a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. The clinic’s goal is to reach both uninsured and underinsured patients who have trouble accessing health care through the traditional outlets because of transportation issues, untraditional work schedules or other barriers. As part of a twelve-month pilot program, primary care is delivered to all ages and genders with acute and chronic conditions, as well as health screening and prevention.


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Nearly 38 percent of Athens’ residents live at or below the poverty line according to 2016 census data, and an estimated 13 percent of Georgians are currently uninsured. Dr. Suzanne Lester, assistant professor at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and practicing physician at Piedmont Athens Regional, partnered with UGA pre-medical students Zac Adams and Hamzah Ali to bring the vision to life. As undergraduates, Adams and Ali volunteered at the Mercy Health Center and the Shifa Clinic, both in Athens. These free-standing clinics meet a large need, but both students realized there were populations not being reached. “Patients have to come to those clinics by themselves,” Ali says. “Now we are going into these people’s homes.” When patients arrive at the clinic, they register with medical students who take vitals and initial notes about the reason for the visit. The patients then work with residents and physicians for a diagnosis and treatment. “This is not simply a health screening,” Lester says. In less than five months, the mobile health clinic has seen 100 patients, an estimated value of over $17,000 of free medical care. The mobile clinic service route is determined by data from the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment for Athens-Clarke County, as well as census track data, the Athens Wellbeing Project atlas and

OUTREACH: MOBILE CLINIC input from community partners. Patrick Reilly, program coordinator for the Northeast Health District with the Georgia Department of Public Health is one of the community leaders who helps identify and notify neighborhoods. “It makes me happy to see the confluence of community and interagency partnerships take shape” Reilly states. “Agencies are working alongside each other with the common goal of extending care to the community, meeting the community where they are outside of the confines of traditional brick and mortar. If we want to see changes in the community’s health, it’s where we all need to be.” Not only is this clinic an asset for the people of Athens, but it’s allowing UGA undergraduates, Medical Partnership students and medical residents to have a hands-on experience in patient care with an inside look into their community. “As soon as you go into a community, you see the need that’s present,” Adams says. “It’s been a really unique experience that many students don’t get. It’s great to be a part of that.” Lester agrees. “Because of the great need across Athens, and the privilege of meeting patients in their communities, the mobile free clinic is some of the most rewarding work I do.” For more information or ways to support the mobile clinic, contact Mary Kathryn Rogers at Bottom, Left to Right: Third-year student Jakob Feeney take the blood pressure of a patient. Dr. Faisal Fa’ak consults with Campus Director of Clinical Skills, Dr. Andrew Albritton for patient treatment strategy. Forthyear medical student Amaan Ali takes the medical history of a patient at the mobile clinic. Third-year medical student Arishna Patel checks the blood pressure as part of the initial screening for a patient. Top, Right: Pre-Med and UGA student, Zac Adams, works on a rapid HIV screening test at the mobile health clinic. MCG students Matt Schwartz, Kathleen Herring, and Naser Ibrahim gather for a photo at the mobile clinic.

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Students Host Teddy Bear Clinic By Kelsey Barber Class of 2021 Medical Student The Medical Partnership students hosted a Teddy Bear Clinic on Wednesday April 4th at Alps Road Elementary. We spent time with a group of kindergarten students, teaching them how to correctly wash their hands, cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze, and get 30 minutes of exercise every day. We also wanted to use this opportunity to show kids that going to the doctor isn’t scary and that the main goal of a doctor is for them to feel better and be healthy. The event was a great success for both us and the kids: they had fun learning from us and it gave us the opportunity to practice teaching a new age group about healthy lifestyle habits.

Above: Third year student, Kenny Hearn demonstrates and explains how a physician checks your blood pressure to an elementary school student. Right: First year students, Kelsey Barber and Emily Duncan read a book to a group of the elementary students about what it is like when you visit the doctor’s office.


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Youth Groups Get Hands-On Medical Experiences During the week of June 11, two groups of high school students made their way to the Medical Partnership campus to get a hands-on experience of the medial field. The Emory Pipeline Collaborative (EPIC) is a three-year program for high school students that aims to prepare participants for college and a career in healthcare. Students are selected as EPIC scholars during their sophomore year for this three-year program where they receive mentoring and guidance for college, and a future career in a health-related profession.

Above: Faculty member, Dr. Toby Tally demonstrates how an ultrasound works to a group of high school students attending the AHEC Health Careers Youth Conference Below: A group of students from the EPIC program learn the benefits of using simulation when pursuing health-care related fields.

Participants of the Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Health Careers Youth Conference visited the Medical Partnership campus as well. The three-day conference featured 30 students primarily from northeast Georgia who also have a desire to pursue a healthcare career. This program is done in collaboration with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The groups toured the campus and participated in different stations such as an ultrasound station, a simulation lab, and the virtual anatomy table. The ultrasound station allowed students to look deep inside their own bodies and see veins and organs, such as the liver. The simulation lab is utilized by AU/UGA students to recreate real-life patient scenarios and have them develop a solution. The virtual anatomy table creates a virtual dissection, designed to show real patient data in a 1:1 life size scale. It illustrates a wide variety of rare and unique pathology cases. The students enjoyed and learned a lot from the hands-on activities offered. Both groups ended their days with lunch at Bolton Dining Hall on the main University of Georgia campus. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Summer 2018 Issue



Teamwork makes the dream work

The Medical Partnership’s Internal Medicine Residency Program participated in the University of Georgia’s Challenge Course to build camaraderie, leadership, and communication skills. Challenges included the high ropes obstacle course and a non-verbal communication balance beam activity. Fun was had by all while learning how to better work as a team.

A very special ‘Thank you’ luncheon with our Volunteer Simulated Patients

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The Kidney Stones Reunite!

Members from the Class of 2018 gathered at Terrapin Brewery for graduation week festivities, including the “reunion tour” of The Kidney Stones. The band, comprised of fourth-year students Matt Broggi, Blake Rudeseal, Justin Belk, Emerson Floyd, and Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education Dr. Scott Richardson, first performed together at the Medical Partnership’s 2016 Talent Show. Sound engineering by fellow classmate Andrew Caudill.

6th Annual Wine & Cheese Benefit a Success The Medical Partnership M1 and M2 Student Government Association hosted a Wine and Cheese event on April 20th at Carnegie Hall on the Health Sciences Campus. This event featured a silent auction with items donated from local businesses. Over $3500 was raised to benefit Mercy Health Center. Left: Rising M2 students check out the items that are on the silent auction Right: Rising M3 student, Nick Austin, played his guitar as the entertainment for the Wine and Cheese event

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Spotlight on Simulated Patient Volunteer:

Ann Darby

For this edition of the Partnership Pulse, our Simulated Patient Spotlight is highlighting Ann Darby. Darby has been a Simulated Patient volunteer since the beginning of the program in 2010. “Ann has a spirited personality,” said Tina Powers, a program coordinator for Simulated Patient. “She’s wise and witty and always pleasant to be around.” Simulated Patient Volunteers (SPVs) are individuals from the community who portray patients for the purpose of teaching medical students within an educational program. SPVs allow students to develop excellent bedside manner, data-gathering skills, and other clinical skills such as physical examination. Unlike a real patient, SPVs have the opportunity to provide the medical student with valuable feedback to help improve their ability to interact with patients. Training with SPVs has proven beneficial in helping medical students learn to become excellent physicians. Even after being committed to Simulated Patient for eight years, Darby sees no end in her volunteering adventure. “It’s important to have volunteers like Ann who are dependable, competent, and genuinely care about our medical students’ education,” said Powers. Q: Tell us a little about your background and how you came to Athens. A: I’m an Ohioan, who came here by way of New York City, the Massachusetts coast, and Bucknell in Lewisburg, PA where I taught English in public high schools. I moved to Athens as a new UGA faculty member’s wife, with three pre-school children. I soon returned to teaching, this time in middle school. I learned to love the town and to feel a real part of it. I’m very glad my own kids were raised here in such an unusually diverse Southern community. I earned my Master’s and Specialist degrees here, and I’m a loyal UGA alum. Q: How did you get started with Simulated Patient? A: When I retired I began a new life of leisure – of recreation and volunteering, and have had a great time, feeling I can still 22

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contribute. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) was one place I volunteered. When the Medical Partnership was first initiated, they gave OLLI members the opportunity to become simulated patients. I’d long thought there should be a med school here, love education, and am not a shy person, so I jumped at the chance. I’ve enjoyed doing it ever since. Q: What has it been like being a volunteer since the very beginning of the program? A: That 1st year was very special, a beautifully renovated building just for 100 students complete with a river rolling by. By the end of the year we’d learned to know them well – and their great teachers, who instructed us as well. Dr. Don Scott and others rehearsed our scenarios with us. As the school increased from 1 to 4 classes and moved, and the clinical program expanded to doctors’ offices and the hospitals, we’re still welcomed as having a role, now with a member of the drama department and practice videos as our guides. Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a Simulated Patient? A: What I like best is our interaction with the students, giving them face to face experience with someone who actually could be a patient. I always love our year-end luncheon when we can talk to each other as ourselves, about their lives and plans for the future. This year, one of the second-year students about to move beyond us honored me by calling me “her SP.” A truly memorable moment for me. I really love being a small part of the education of these fabulous prospective doctors who’ll contribute their muchneeded skills to our society. I’m not stopping yet, even at 83.


Physician Burnout: Why it Matters to Patients & Healthcare

With physician burnout reaching epidemic levels, the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership was proud to host a lecture with a leading professional on the topic, Dr. Lotte Dyrbye. Dyrbye delivered a lecture on Wednesday, February 21, at noon on the University of Georgia Health Science Campus entitled, “Physician Burnout: Why it Matters to Patients and Healthcare.” Dyrbye discussed the prevalence, drivers, and consequences of burnout, as well as mitigating strategies in healthcare related fields. Through her research, she co-developed the Physician Well-Being Index, the Resident Well-Being Index, and the Medical Student Well-Being Index, which are self-assessment tools designed to identify healthcare workers who are in distress and in need of treatment. Physician burnout is common in the United States, with research illustrating an estimated thirty to forty percent of physicians experience burnout at some point in their career. This can comprise their well-being, as well as affect patient care and satisfaction. “I could not be more excited that Dr. Dyrbye agreed to deliver a lecture on our campus,” said Campus Dean Michelle Nuss. “This is such an important topic that affects all physicians beginning when they are students, and throughout their professional careers.” In addition to the noon lecture, Dyrbye hosted breakout sessions with campus leadership, faculty, students, and residents from

both Piedmont Athens Regional Internal Medicine Residency Program and the AU/UGA Medical Partnership/ St. Mary’s Healthcare System Internal Medicine Residency Program. Lotte Dyrbye MD, MHPE, FACP is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Education, and Consultant in the Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She is also Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Staff Satisfaction, and Diversity for the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Director of Faculty Development for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, and Co-Director of the Department of Medicine Program on Physician Well-being. She is the Primary Investigator on Mayo Medical School’s grant “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” awarded by the AMA. Dyrbye is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School where she was selected AOA, and she subsequently completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. She also holds a Masters in Health Profession Education from University of Illinois, completed in 2009. She holds numerous national education leadership positions, has received many national awards and competitive grants, and has published in prestigious journals. Her research interests are focused on medical student, resident, and physician well-being. This lecture was sponsored by a generous donation to the AU/UGA Medical Partnership by Dr. and Mrs. Lonnie Herzog. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Summer 2018 Issue



Wayne Middendorf Memorial Scholarship A new scholarship for Medical Partnership students has been established in honor and memoriam of Dr. Wayne F. Middendorf. The proceeds of the investment will help support medical education on the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership in the form of financial support for one or more medical students. Wayne Middendorf was a physician who practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Athens, Georgia from 1980 until 2015. After training at the Mayo Clinic, he moved to Athens and became one of the founding members of Athens Pulmonary. During his medical career he was an active member of the medical staff of Piedmont Athens Regional, St. Mary’s and Landmark Hospital and served as President of the medical staff at Piedmont Athens Regional and St. Mary’s and Medical director of Landmark Hospital. He also served as medical director of the intensive care unit of both Piedmont Athens Regional and St. Mary’s and was instrumental in introducing the discipline of Critical care medicine to Northeast Georgia. Dr. Middendorf was passionate about the Athens community and medical education. He was very excited about the presence of a Medical school in Athens, and was also keenly aware of the costs incurred while in medical school. This scholarship has been established to honor his memory and to help defray costs incurred during medical school to a student in need. If you are interested in donating please reach out to Mary Kathryn Rogers at or visit our website at https://gail.


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Schoenmann Selected to Participate in the AAFP Emerging Leader Institute Conference Nicholas Schoenmann was selected for a Scholarship by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation to attend the 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students and participate in the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute from August 2-5. Nicholas was one of 30 student and resident Scholars chosen for an innovative immersion into leadership development, focusing on Policy & Public Health Leadership, Personal & Practice Leadership, and Philanthropic & Mission Driven Leadership. The training will conclude with a Project Management session.

The major focus of the FML Emerging Leader Institute is transferring the leadership development experience into the project component designed to build and expand on leadership skills. Each Scholar will be assigned a mentor and complete a leadership project related to his or her assigned leadership track.

Honors & Awards Angela Holder, class of 2018, received the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow Rubin Certificate of Commendation for Academic Achievement. Sabina Sorondo & Michael Scott, class of 2020, presented their Community Health Poster titled, “Developing a Pamphlet Summarizing Key Information for Supporters of Athens Area Commencement Center Clients” to the American College of Physicians International Medicine Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stephen Ballis, class of 2018, was presented with the Williams Weston, III, MD award from the Department of Pediatrics. This award recognized the medical student with the most outstanding performance during his/her pediatric clinical clerkship. Johnathan Seawright, class of 2018, published an essay, “The Fuel that Drives My Passion,” in the IMpact Medical Student Newsletter in February 2018 through the American College of Physicians

Nicolas Schoenmann, class of 2019, was accepted into the Blue Key Honor Society at the University of Georgia.

2018-2019 Ambassador Officers Osii Mbata President Class of 2019

Hannah Childs Vice President Class of 2019

Devaunsh Thaker Secretary Class of 2021

Sarah Ellen Williams Outreach & Training Officer Class of 2021

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FACULTY & STAFF ACCOLADES Amy Baldwin, PhD Associate Professor of Microbiology Dr. Baldwin received a Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) Ambassador Travel Award. These awards are sponsored through a Department of Education’s National Resource Center. She also recently spoke at the Grenada HPV/Cervix Collaborative Symposium at St. George’s University, Grenada. The title of her talk was “Hearing Women’s Voices: Using Focus Groups to Plan Culturally Acceptable High-risk HPV Testing for Primary Cervical Screening in Grenada”. Xu CL, Cantalupo PG, Sáenz-Robles MT, Baldwin A, Fitzpatrick D, Norris DE, Jackson E, Pipas JM. “Draft Genome Sequence of a Novel Rhabdovirus Isolated from Deinocerites Mosquitoes.” enome Announcements. 2018. Available from, DOI:10.1128/genomeA.01438-17

Sperr received an honorable mention from the Congressional Data Challenge at the Library of Congress for his project, titled “Members by Interest.” The online tool examines the types of bills that an individual Member of Congress sponsors and cosponsors. This is useful information not only to observers of Congress, but also for individuals who are interested in a particular issue. Entries were evaluated based on three criteria: usefulness, creativity and design. The Library of Congress sponsored the challenge to advance the discovery, use and exploration of the collection of legislative information available to the nation and the world through the website

Michele Monteil, MB.BS, PhD Professor of Immunology

Michele Griffin, MPA Basic Sciences Administrative Specialist I

Dr. Monteil recently spoke at the Caribbean Medical Diaspora Annual Conference in Trinidad this month. The title of her talk is “Breastfeeding, the Infant Microbiome and the Implications for Long Term Good Health.”

Michele graduated in May from the University of Georgia with her master in public administration with specialization in personnel management and public policy.

Brett Szymik, PhD Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Gerald Crites, MD, MEd Campus Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development

Dr. Szymik was selected as “Educator of the Year” for the Medical Partnership Campus by the Medical Partnership’s Class of 2021.

W. Scott Richardson, MD Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education Dr. Richardson published the 5th edition of the book, “Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM.” This classic introduction to the practice and teaching of evidence-based medicine is written for busy clinicians at any stage of their career who want to learn how to practice and teach evidence-based medicine (EBM). It is short and practical, emphasizing direct clinical application of EBM and tactics to practice and teach EBM in real-time. The first edition was published in 1996. Straus, S. E., Glasziou, P., Richardson, W. S., & Haynes, R. B. (2018). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM. Edinburgh: Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0702062964


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Kay, D, Teal, C, Crites, G, Berry, A, Hurubise, L, Hall, E, and Khalil, KM “Being There”- Building Productive Scholarly Teams Across Distance and Over Time. 2018, Journal of Regional Medical Campuses: 1(2).

Cheryl Kennedy, MEd (PhD Candidate) Essentials of Clinical Medicine Senior Program Coordinator Cheryl published an article in International Forum of Teaching and Studies on “[Her] Educational Journey.” She is a second-year doctoral student in the Learning Leadership & Organizational Development program at UGA.

Matthew Crim, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Dr. Crim was selected by the University of Georgia Alumni Association as a member of the Class of 2018 Forty Under Forty. This program began in 2011 and celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40.


Medical Partnership Faculty Recognized Twenty-five Medical Partnership faculty members have been honored with Exemplary Teaching Awards for their work with students and residents. Overall, the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University had nearly 200 faculty members recognized with this award. Undergraduate awards were based on the amount of teaching that was done (the number of students taught, or the number of hours lectured) and student evaluations. Graduate awards were based on innovations or contributions, and nominees were selected by MCG department chairs. All of the Medical Partnership awardees were in the undergraduate category: Leslie Petch Lee, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Clive Slaughter, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Virgil (Thomas) Gaddy, Cellular Biology and Anatomy Gregg Nagle, Cellular Biology and Anatomy DeLoris Wenzel Hesse, Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Jonathan Murrow, MD, Campus Associate Dean for Research,

was a guest lecturer on ‘Rehabilitation for Cardiovascular Disease: Updates and Opportunities’ at the University of Zagreb in Croatia in early May 2018.

New Faculty & Staff The Medical Partnership family has grown this past year, and we are grateful to welcome the following new faculty and staff members during this time of change and expansion.

Brett Szymik, Cellular Biology and Anatomy William Grimsley, Family Medicine Thomas Albritton, Medicine

Casey Bassett, PhD Associate Professor of Pathology

Cathy Martin, MBA Senior Accountant Office of Finance and Operations

Lindsey Derrick, ABJ Public Relations Specialist Office of Communications & External Affairs

Lisa Shaw, BS Operations Specialist Office of Finance and Operations

Gerald Crites, Medicine John Francis, Medicine Aimee Martin, Medicine John Norris, Medicine Michelle Nuss, Medicine Donald Scott, Medicine Greg S. Smith, Medicine Angela McSwain, Neurology Harlan Bruner, Neurosurgery Larisa Pearlman, Obstetrics and Gynecology Jaroslava Halper, Pathology Carrie Kelly, Pediatrics Matthew Boegehold, Physiology Dion Metzger, Psychiatry & Health Behavior Howard J. Cohen, Surgery Gary Walton, Surgery Mohammed Obeidin, Surgery

Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni: Did you win an award, have an article published, or an abstract accepted to a conference? Let us know so we can share the good news! Email the Medical Partnership’s Office of Communications & External Affairs at Please include all pertinent information related to the award, publication, or conference, such as the journal name or professional association, publication citation, and a brief description of the award or article. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Summer 2018 Issue


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Mark your calendar!

M1 Student Orientation Week: Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd State of the College Address with MCG Dean David Hess: Friday, September 21st at noon State of the Campus Address with Campus Dean Michelle Nuss: Tuesday, August 28th at 4:00 pm Open House Saturdays: September 22nd, October 20th, and November 3rd, beginning at 10:30 am Student & Resident Summer Research Symposium: Monday, October 22nd MCG White Coat Ceremony: Saturday, October 6th Keep a look out for more upcoming events on our social media!