Partnership Pulse, Winter 2018

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Partnership Pulse A Publication of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Vol. 7 | No. 1 | Winter 2018

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Students’ Farmworkers Trip to Bainbridge, Georgia Also In this issue... Summer Research Symposium New Campus Technology MD/MBA Degree Program Student, Resident, & Alumni Features Faculty & Staff Accolades

Partnership Pulse Vol. 6 | No 3 | Winter 2018

In This Issue... Letter from the Dean – 3 Faculty Spotlight – 4

Summer Research Symposium – 5 Student Summer Research – 6 A Look Back – 8 Visiting Guest Lecture – 10 Staff Highlight: Keith Anderson – 11 Campus Updates – 12 COVER STORY:

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 |

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jennifer Adams, Mark Ralston PHONE 706-713-2183

PUBLISHER AU/UGA Medical Partnership EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mary Kathryn Rogers, MPA EDITOR Jennifer Adams DESIGN & LAYOUT Jennifer Stowe, MS

Student Farmworker’s Trip – 13

New Residents – 16

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Resident Spotlight: Jacob Kopp, MD – 17 Student Accolades – 18 Student Honors & Awards – 19 Alumni Highlight: Ashley Austin, MD – 20 SP Spotlight & CTRU Update – 22 MD/MBA Dual Degree Program – 23 Faculty & Staff Accolades – 24 Student Community Service – 26 New Faculty & Staff – 27 Photos & Upcoming Events – Back Cover


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Letter from the Campus Dean As we begin 2018, I continue to be amazed by the many things accomplished here at the Medical Partnership thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students. Our students continue to exceed expectations. They scored above the national average on their USMLE exams. The Medical Scholar’s research program for students achieved record attendance this past summer, with nearly 75 percent of our first-year students completing a project. You can find information about their research projects in this issue of the Partnership Pulse. Our faculty published 23 articles in peer-reviewed journals, gave 51 presentations at regional, national, or international meetings and garnered 14 honors/ accolades. We generated more than 3 million dollars in grant funds in this past year alone. More importantly, our 160+ students are learning medicine in an innovative, active learning environment that emphasizes compassion and building a better community through partnerships with area hospitals, agencies and rural Georgia. When speaking with our students, the sense of unity and teamwork that our campus instills, is one of the many reasons they are successful in their medical careers and in future leadership roles. You will see this illustrated throughout the stories in the Partnership Pulse - particularly the cover story regarding the Farmworker Health Project. Lastly, we would not be successful without the support of our partners at Augusta University and the University of Georgia, as well as our partners here in Athens and throughout the state. We now have nearly 650 volunteer community physicians in Northeast Georgia currently educating the medical students located at the Medical Partnership – we would not be successful without their dedication and passion for teaching. Together we are working towards building great physicians to fulfill the needs across our state and country. I look forward to seeing what we accomplish together in 2018! As always, thank you for all of your support.

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

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Morris named Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum Dr. Andrew P. Morris has been named the Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum at the Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, Georgia, a four-year campus of the Medical College of Georgia. Morris joins the Partnership Campus after serving as Assistant Dean for Foundations of Medicine at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine for the past four years. “Dr. Morris will be an extraordinary asset to the Partnership campus,” said Campus Dean Michelle A. Nuss, M.D. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in curriculum development and was instrumental in developing an integrated medical education curriculum at the Stryker School of Medicine. We look forward to his leadership as we continue to develop a curriculum that is innovative and forward-thinking.” Morris is originally from South Wales, United Kingdom. He obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1983. He then earned a Ph.D., in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool, UK. This was followed by a Cystic Fibrosis Fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 1988-1992. Morris has a total of 24 years in medical school education with 12 years of practice in curriculum design, assessment, evaluation, and administrative management. He has been involved with designing, building and implementing the school TBL (team based learning)

curriculum at Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan since its inception. In his role as Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum, Morris will be responsible for leading and managing the four-year undergraduate medical education curriculum at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus, while ensuring the overall Partnership curriculum meets the mission of the Medical College of Georgia. In addition, Morris is appointed as a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Medical Librarian Receives Outreach Services Award Julie Gaines, MLIS, was honored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine with the 2017 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for her achievements as an outstanding outreach health sciences librarian serving rural or underserved populations. Gaines was nominated this fall by the Augusta University Director of Libraries, Brenda Seago, MLS, MA, PhD. In her role as a medical librarian and core faculty member at the Medical Partnership, 4

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Gaines has contributed extensive work towards lectures about researching; mentoring students and faculty through the process of obtaining information; helping all learners to discriminate the quality of information; and teaching students and faculty to use the literature to answer clinical and basic science questions both at the bedside and in the classroom. Gaines also plays a significant role in the community and population health components of the curriculum where there is an emphasis on self-directed and small group learning. Her mentorship and guidance of students’ community-based projects as a faculty coach for the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) team has greatly enhanced the overall wellness of the

underserved population of older adults. Outside the classroom, Gaines has contributed to research and collaborations on technology needs, including social, medical, and mobile technologies in academic and clinical settings; was the first librarian accepted as a ServiceLearning Fellow at the University of Georgia; serves as the Chair of the Augusta Universities Library Faculty Assembly; and is the Chair designate of the Medical Library Association’s Grant and Scholarship Committee. Gaines is truly an asset and integrated member of the medical school faculty as well as a role model in all aspects of academic life.


7th Annual Summer Research Symposium Simultaneous to the Medical College of Georgia’s Medical Scholars Research Day, the Medical Partnership hosted its largest annual Research Symposium to date in terms of participation on September 20, 2017. Approximately 75% of the Class of 2020 chose to spend their only free summer in medical school doing research. In addition to the posters presented by current medical students, residents from both St. Mary’s and Piedmont Athens Regional presented posters on their recent research endeavors as well. Students conducted research at UGA, AU and outside institutions including the CDC, Emory, UCLA, Yale, Vanderbilt, USF, St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. While most were focused in the southeast, students did research in seven states across the nation this past summer. All of the students who presented their summer projects received stipends as part of MCG’s Medical Scholars Program (MSP). MSP aims to broaden student experiences in clinical and translational research, and it helps alleviate the burden of focusing on research rather than a summer job. MSP allowed second-year, Silki Modi to travel to Illinois to work with one of the nation’s top pediatric specialty hospitals, the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. There she was able to address issues in clinical trial recruitment, patient postoperative recovery rates, factors leading to readmissions, and more: “I not only gained exposure to the basic pitfalls of

developing and implementing studies, but I also was able to observe clinical applications to the concepts we learned M1 year. The supportive academic environment allowed me to attend grand rounds and curriculum conferences, as well as observe surgeries in the operating room. It was exciting to feel my knowledge base expand as I became more able to be a part of “the conversation.” These exposures, as well the guidance I was given from these mentors, were invaluable.” ~Silki Modi The more opportunities our students have to interact with academic medicine, the more we can cultivate them to be active members in future medical and research teams. To find out more about how you can help support research growth and student learning experiences, contact the Office of Communications and External Affairs at For a copy of the full list of presentations and abstracts, please email the Office of Communications and External Affairs at

Above, left: Silki Modi presents her poster on Logistic Factors Affecting Enrollment in Prospective Clinical Studies. Right: Second-year student, John Collar, shows Campus Dean Nuss his summer research at Yale School of Medicine about hand reconstruction for both functionality and aesthetics. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Winter 2018 Issue



Reflection on Summer Research Experience By Navdeep Singh, Class of 2020 When it came time to seek out a research opportunity, I actually was not quite sure what I wanted to do. I enjoyed various topics covered during the M1 year, so focusing on and further exploring just one topic was a difficult decision for me. Throughout the year, I often found myself trying to learn more about the brain on my own time and always felt as if emergency medicine would be the path for me, so eventually, I decided that it would be best to find clinical research involving either stroke or traumatic brain injuries. Once I decided what interested me, I sought mentors whose interests aligned with mine. I went to the emergency medicine department websites of several medical schools and went through the profiles of all the clinical researchers in the department. Following this, I narrowed it down to three people who I believed would make a great mentor for me and sent them an email. Of these three, Dr. Melnick was one that expressed interest, and after video chatting with him, I was confident that this was the right mentor and research opportunity for me.

In the end, I decided to spend ten weeks of my summer at the Yale School of Medicine to work on a research project under Dr. Edward Melnick and in conjunction with Dr. Erik Hess from Mayo Clinic. Two classmates, John Parker and John Collar, also did their summer research at Yale. We lived in and enjoyed New Haven together, and the Medical Scholars Program provided the funding to help make this summer in research possible. The premise of the research project was to encourage evidence-based doctorpatient conversations and address the excessive head CT rate in the emergency department (ED), so my research team developed an iPad application called Concussion or Brain Bleed. This interactive app serves as a clinician- and patientfacing electronic tool to guide decisions about head computed tomography (CT) use in patients presenting to the ED with minor head injury. The app integrates a patient decision aid and clinical decision support (using the Canadian CT Head Rule, CCHR) at the bedside to promote conversations around individualized risk and patients’ specific concerns within the ED context. The project was a pilot study assessing the use of this app in adult patients presenting to Yale-New Haven Hospital’s ED with a minor head injury. Ultimately, the app showed to have high degree of patient satisfaction, clinician acceptability, and system usability, and although further research is needed, it seemingly had an impact on reducing unnecessary head CT use.

Ted Melnick, MD, MHS, assistant professor of emergency medicine; director of the clinical informatics fellowship


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The work itself involved identifying and recruiting minor head injury patients as well as their caring clinicians to participate in the pilot study. During the patient encounter, I would assess the efficacy of the application using several

validated scales. I also collected pre- and post-surveys from both the patient and clinician. Following the completion of the study, I individually surveyed participating clinicians on their experience, identified areas where the application could be improved, and expectantly improved the usability of the application by making a few minor changes. One particular aspect I really enjoyed was the challenge of convincing notoriously busy ER doctors to participate in the pilot study and use the Concussion or Brain Bleed application with their minor head injury patient as opposed to their straightforward usual care. I feel as if my persuasion skills really grew during this summer. Additionally, I have gained a lot out of this research experience, both personally and professionally. It is worth noting that this was not my first ever research project. In undergrad, I conducted independent research that involved assessing which statistical functions would most accurately predict the spread of infectious disease.

STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH Though to be honest, I did not think my prior research was much fun. It just involved me sitting at the computer and programming for hours. I found my clinical research at Yale to be a lot more enjoyable. I was constantly engaged as I got to interact with clinicians and patients and then eventually shaped how they interacted with each other. Initially, whenever I heard the word “research,” pipettes and test tubes would come to mind, and I had associated it with the idea of doing mundane and seemingly unfruitful tasks. It is much more than this though. Research is an avenue to argue, challenge, or explore any point of interest, which ultimately leads to critical thinking, innovation, and discovery. After performing clinical research, I not only developed new skills but also developed a newfound perspective and appreciation for evidence-based medicine. I now realize how rigorously and diligently research must be performed in order for an argument to be validated. Along with this, I have learned to be more skeptical and aware of bias when assessing other research. Meanwhile, forming a relationship with a mentor that genuinely cares for my success is probably one of the most valuable things that came from my summer research experience. Dr. Melnick would often go out of his way and actively seek opportunities for me to learn and grow, such as shadowing shifts, teaching me certain research techniques, and obtaining access for me to attend Emergency Medicine lectures along with the residents. I am grateful to have Melnick as a mentor. Despite being in the north for academic purposes, I still found the time to explore nearby areas and enjoy my summer break. Prior to leaving, Dr. Francis, campus dean of student and multicultural affairs, gave me a list of must-try restaurants in the vicinity because he was previously a resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and is familiar with the area. I made it my personal goal

Following Singh’s summer research, he obtained a first-author publication available at articles/PMC5639208/ : Tablet-Based Patient-Centered Decision Support for Minor Head Injury in the Emergency Department: Pilot Study Navdeep Singh, BSAB, BSA,1,2 Erik Hess, MSc, MD,3 George Guo, BS,2 Adam Sharp, MS, MD,4,5 Brian Huang, MPH,4 Maggie Breslin, MDes,6 and Edward Melnick, MHS, MD 2

to eat at each one, and although I fell short by one or two restaurants in the end, I had eaten at some very notable places, such as Louis’ Lunch (the birthplace of the hamburger), Frank Pepe’s (ranked #1 on USAToday for America’s Best Pizzas), and Modern Apizza (ranked #11 on USAToday for America’s Best Pizzas). I also had the opportunity to go to Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ and ride Kingda Ka - the tallest coaster in the world and fastest roller coaster in North America. This was something that had been on my bucket list for quite some time. I even made a few trips to NYC as well, since it was so close, and I got to see Times Square.

1 Medical College of Georgia, AU/UGA Medical Partnership, Athens, GA 2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 4 Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, CA 5 Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 6 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Stepping outside of your comfort zone to go to an unfamiliar environment, work with unfamiliar people, and perform unfamiliar tasks, truly puts you in a position where personal growth is inevitable. Summer research also serves as an opportunity to gain clarity on your career interests and goals. Overall, this summer was immensely productive, enjoyable, and rewarding. _____________________________________ Above: While Singh found time to explore surrounding areas and enjoy New Haven, the Yale University School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine building remained home base during his research. Right: Needing a break from the noise and hectic atmosphere of an emergency department, Singh would visit the beautiful Yale School of Medicine’s historic library, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Winter 2018 Issue



Class of 2021 Orientation At the end of a long week of informational sessions and training, the new M1’s relax with faculty, staff and other students at the home of Dr. Leslie Lee, associate dean for campus integration and academic enhancement. During M1 orientation, local MCG alumni and current MCG Alumni Association leadership met the new students over lunch to demonstrate the support and strength of the alumni network. Graduating from the Medical College of Georgia is not the end of the road for the mentoring, friendships, and professional relationships developed while in medical school. The MCG Alumni Association offers students a way to give back, get involved, and stay connected to one another and the future physicians of MCG.

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The Medical Partnership staff underwent a ropes course in October to strengthen leadership skills and interdepartmental relationships. The course involved communication, balance, teamwork, creativity, and a lot of laughs!

A LOOK BACK Chris Jackson, MD, Class of 2014, visited students in September to present on “Making the Most of Medical School.” Jackson is currently a third year categorical internal medicine resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Alumni Visit: Dr. Jackson Grand Rounds: Dean Hess

MCG Dean David Hess visited Athens in September to deliver Grand Rounds at St. Mary’s Hosiptal and discuss the evidence for exercise in preventing stroke and heart disease; the mechanism of ishemic preconditioning; remote ishemic conditioning and its role in heart attack, stroke, and dementia; and the concept of “exercise mimetics.”

Student Friendsgiving UGA Provost Whitten met with the Class of 2021 in order to get to know the physicians of tomorrow, introduce what UGA has to offer to them, and to hear their thoughts about the Athens campus, admissions, and their needs as medical students.

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The students participated in a canned food drive for the surrounding community, and on the final day of the drive, they collected the cans during a Friendsgiving potluck in the student lounge. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Winter 2018 Issue



Above: Centor’s presentation drew a large and an attentive audience. The lecture’s objectives were to utilize guidelines and clinical data to reduce unnecessary testing; recognize appropriate antibiotics for the age group and avoid use of macrolides for pharyngitis; and know the warning signs of Lemierre syndrome.

Robert Centor, MD, MACP visits the Athens Campus The Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership hosted Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP, to deliver a lecture, “Pharyngitis 2017: New Thoughts and Challenges,” on Monday, November 27, on the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus. Most patients and physicians consider sore throats a minor problem. However, on occasion they can evolve into a more serious condition. Centor’s lecture focused on the complexity of adolescent and young adult pharyngitis when and why sore throats evolve into conditions prone to diagnostic errors. Centor graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1975 where he also completed his residency and chief residency. He worked in the division of GIM until 1993, first serving as residency program director and then division chief. He moved to UAB in 1993, started the Division of GIM, and served as the initial Associate Dean for Primary Care. From 2004 until 2017, Centor served as the Regional Dean of the Huntsville Campus. He has served many societies in leadership positions – President of Society for Medical Decision Making, Association of Chiefs of GIM, Society of GIM, and Chair of the Board of Regents for ACP.


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His primary research interest has focused on adult pharyngitis, creating the score that carries his name. More recently, Centor’s studies have focused on Fusobacterium necrophorum and its role in adult pharyngitis. His passion is clinical education, focusing on clinical reasoning and the thought process in internal medicine. Centor has coauthored several clinical reasoning vignettes in NEJM, JGIM, JHM and the American Journal of Medical Sciences and won multiple teaching awards. This event was free and open to all students, faculty, staff and members from the medical community here in Athens with the opportunity to earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit. In addition to the lecture, Centor graciously met with senior leadership regarding the challenges and opportunities of regional campuses. Centor’s visit was made possible by the donations given to the Medical Partnership Dean’s Discretionary Fund that allows for the campus to provide special events and lectures that best suit the campus strategic plan and students’ needs. If you are interested in helping the Medical Partnership sponsor more events like this, please contact Mary Kathryn Rogers at

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Keith Anderson Keith Anderson joined the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in 2015 and is a program coordinator for the Office of Clerkship Administration. He works solely with 3rd and 4th year students and clinical faculty. Prior to his work on the Athens campus, Anderson has had a wide variety of jobs - everything from a music teacher to a record producer, knife salesman, and even a professional poker player! Since joining the Medical Partnership, Anderson has gained a greater appreciation for volunteer work. Since the program uses only volunteer preceptors, it simply would not exist if not for the generous amounts of time that the preceptors donate. Additionally, he enjoys interacting with the students, talking with them about their clinical rotations, and solving their logistical problems. Anderson admits that his clinical knowledge is close to zero, so he is happy when he can help students with logistical problems. According to Anderson’s supervisor Nan Hockley, MD, chair of clinical sciences, “Keith has become a great asset to and a valuable member of the team in the Office of Clerkship Administration. He is efficient and thorough in his tracking of all student requirements during their clerkships as well as collecting and processing all clinical

grades. The students rely on him to get it right, and he does!” Outside of work hours, Anderson teaches music yearround, primarily to middle and high school students and some adults as well. He has been the Director of Percussion at Jefferson High School since 2011, both writing and teaching their marching band program as well as teaching lessons, master classes, and full-day clinics. When he’s not teaching, he closely follows Georgia football, Atlanta United soccer, and Braves baseball, and he still finds time to play some poker from time to time. This past summer, Anderson gave a presentation on workplace efficiency at the 2017 Medical College of Georgia Faculty Development Conference. He also gave a presentation on improving communication with millennial medical students at the same conference. Recently, he was accepted into the AU Educational Innovation Institute’s Faculty Development Fellowship Program as a 2018 Fellow. Anderson hopes to use this new role to help MCG become a template for regional medical campuses.

Left: Anderson working with high school marching band students on a new percussion piece. Above: Anderson presenting at the MCG Faculty Development Conference. Anderson is grateful that he has been afforded the opportunity to expand his skill sets while helping the medical faculty and students.

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New Campus Technology The Medical Partnership was awarded $94,386 from the UGA Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee to allow major A/V upgrades for Russell Hall classrooms 202 and 228. These two classrooms support the large group classes for the M1 and M2 students. The upgrade provides support for the technology needs of the faculty and students and now has the most current presentation technology available. In addition to classroom updates, The Medical Partnership added the Anatomage virtual anatomy table to the campus. The Anatomage table creates a virtual dissection, designed to show real patient data in a 1:1 life size scale. The male and female cadavers have over 2,500 segmented and annotated structures. In addition to the high resolution data sets of regional anatomy, the Anatomage library contains a wide array of pathology cases that range from medical device demonstrations to rare and unique cases. The table offers a solution to the limitations of cadavers and provides a novel experience for students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of anatomy. The use of virtual dissection technology has a promising future in educational training as the Medical Partnership introduces it to the students and finds additional ways to enhance our student learning.


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Students participate in Farmworker Health Project in Bainbridge, Georgia

This past summer, five students from the Medical Partnership M1 class joined Emory’s annual Farmworker Health Project over their break. This project creates an inter-professional team of medical, physical therapy, physician assistant, and nursing students and preceptors to provide free health services to migrant farmworkers and their families. Over the years, the program has expanded its outreach to provide care for an estimated 1200 – 1700 farmworkers and their families throughout southwest Georgia. Tom Himelick founded the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project in 1996 in collaboration with the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA AHEC) and the Georgia Farmworker Health Program, State Office of Primary Care. This program has received multiple honors and awards throughout its

existence. The participants from the Medical Partnership were Kenneth Hearn, Jiaqi Mi, Alisa Zezetko, Jimmy Zhou, and faculty member, Dr. Howard Cohen. Many people are not fully aware how an abundance of fresh produce reaches the grocery store each week, so the migrant farmworker population remains a hidden side of the food industry. In the words of M1 Kenneth Hearn who participated in the Farmworker Health Project: “Without these friendly, goodnatured, patient, and overwhelmingly respectful individuals, our society – filled with easy food access– would simply not exist.” The week in Bainbridge consisted of two daily clinics – one in the morning and one at night. The students were paired with members of other healthcare professions and a limited

supply of interpreters to meet with patients and present their history and the students’ treatment plans to various preceptors for final approval. Some nights patients were seen until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., but no one complained about the long hours when they could see the benefits gained by this community. In their reflections following the trip, all five students commented on their original insecurities in clinical practice at the beginning, of the trip versus their personal and professional growth by the end of the week. Hearn and Zhou returned to South Georgia later in the summer to serve with the Farmworker Health Project once again.

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Alisa Zezetko, Class of 2020:

Kathleen Herring, Class of 2020:

My comfort zone was expanded multiple times each day. Every in-school simulated patient experience is formatted in generally the same way: in a room with a standard arrangement and standard equipment. Having a real patient with multiple, actual problems was frightening to me. I did not have a rubric or a checklist of what I needed to do to pass. Every initial change from my simulated patient standard was a shock to my comfort zone: feeling hot, wanting to drink water during my encounter, waving my Elstad, hands in front of my face to keep away the gnats, By Cristina MD not having enough chairs, working with young translators, asking uncomfortable questions, and sitting on the ground.

The medical trip to South Georgia with my classmates Kenny, Jiaqi, Alisa, and Jimmy confirmed that I made the right decision to come to medical school.

After only one year of learning in the classroom, I was providing real care to people who needed it significantly more than the average population. What made this even more intimidating is how thankful these people were for my care. I felt, and still feel, that my limited knowledge did not deserve the level of gratitude that they expressed. After the first few days, I finally understood that these people were satisfied with me doing my best; they were thankful that I was there doing anything at all. This gave me confidence to overcome my insecurity regarding my limited training and instead focus all my energy into providing the best care I could with what I did know. I learned how much I had to trust my patients and how much they trusted me. They believed that I could help them, and that reinforced my belief in my own capabilities.


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My insecurity over providing the best care for the farmworkers disappeared when I knew I belonged to a team of supportive, intelligent, and compassionate healthcare professionals. Dr. Cohen taught us about Haitian culture and tuberculosis, while Dr. Gardner explained developmental milestones for children before going to the migrant worker school. It inspired me to see well-established physicians and PAs taking time off in the summer and spending longs hours to be here with the farmworkers and students. Furthermore, the inter-professional team of medical, PA, and physical therapy students allowed each patient to be seen as long as needed to address their chief complaints.

Kenneth Hearn, Class of 2020: I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Bainbridge getting to know this wonderful group of people and provide them with care that they not only needed but deserved. I went from being clueless and fearful

STUDENT FARMWORKER TRIP Overall, the program was a great opportunity for growth in my skills and confidence. At the beginning of the week, I felt much like the first year of medical school– absolutely clueless and unsure of what I knew or what to do. By the end of that first night, I could feel my confidence growing and no longer worried about seeing patients whether real or simulated. By the end of the week, I felt prepared for M2 year and reaffirmed that medicine was the right choice for me. to taking a full history and physical, working my differential diagnosis, and even going so far as to pick up physical exam findings not mentioned by the patient to determine other ways I could provide support to him. I had the confidence at this point to determine my treatment plan and present this to my preceptor so that after reexamining the heart, lungs, arm, and back of my patient just to be sure, he had no other remarks to be made before signing off on the plan that I had come up with on my own. My week in Bainbridge was one of great personal growth that affected not only my professional self but has also has begun to reflect on my world view. Professionally I have gained the utmost respect for my fellow healthcare colleagues – be they PTs, PAs, MDs, RNs, or even volunteers that are teachers or industrial engineers normally but decide they want to make a difference in the world. I cannot be more thankful for this opportunity and I truly hope to continue contributing to this program for years to come because I whole-heartedly believe in the good this program is providing to the migrant farm workers and the participants of the program.

Jimmy Zhou, Class of 2020: Working with an actively delusional patient, I realized the value of how subtle cues while talking to a patient can be just as important as taking a thorough history and focused physical exam. In addition to this patient, it was eye opening to see farm workers close to my age or even younger. Seeing firsthand the limited access to health care was unexpected. It was almost like being in another country. The lives of the workers compared to my own experiences were vastly different; yet through this clinic, we could bridge their gaps in healthcare and communicate. I also had the opportunity to practice my Spanish skills while talking to patients when the interpreters were limited in availability.

Jiaqi Mi, Class of 2020: I will probably never forget his eyes – kind, shy, but also confused and lost. He came to the clinic for a simple eye irritation problem, and he kept saying thank you and gave me a smile every time I asked him a question. All he needed was an anti-allergy eye drop. As usual, I finished my interview with the PHQ-2 screening questions; then I noticed that he became a little nervous. He hesitated and said something to the interpreter. Yes, he felt loss of interest all the time. Then he screened positive for all the following depression tests. The reason he was depressed was simple; he had a bad allergy from some powder in the corn field, which made his eyes swollen and hurt, and it slowed down his work. He was terrified that he couldn’t make enough money for his whole family, and the employers would kick him out. I was shocked. It is such a simple option for us to just pick up the eye drops, but he can’t. Life placed a heavy burden on him, and he had no options. I hope I can do more; I want to give him more, but the truth is that we had nothing to offer but an eye drop. However, when I gave him the eye drops, he was excited and his eyes filled with tears. The interpreter told me how grateful he was, but that was already clear. At that moment, I realized that there is so little he can do for better health, but there is so much more that we can offer to help them – not just the medication, but also an understanding smile, a big hug, and respect for hardworking people. It doesn’t matter how little the help is, even one bottle of eye drops can light up a person’s life. What is important is the sense of mission that we must help the people who are in need. Suddenly all the complaining about long hours and hard work in medical school faded away. I feel I am privileged to play a role in making a person’s life better, and I will fight everything for that cause.

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St. Mary’s, Medical Partnership welcome 12 new residents Jacob Kopp, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology, University of California-Los Angeles

Sarah Singh, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Master’s degree: epidemiology, Columbia University

Master’s degree: biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Medical degree: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

Medical degree: Ross University School of Medicine

Medical degree: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Joshua Estep, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: history, University of Colorado, Denver

Robyn-Ann Lee Hing, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology and bioethics with a minor in cultural anthropology, University of Toronto

Meet Shah, M.B.Ch.B. Bachelor’s degree: University of Manchester School of Medicine, Great Britain, UK

The Internal Medicine Residency Program class of 2020 is: John Crawley, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Medical degree: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts Jane Fon-Ndikum, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: clinical laboratory science, Stony Brook University Master’s degree: health care administration, Plymouth State University Medical degree: American University of Antigua College of Medicine Amit Koduri, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biophysics, University of California-Los Angeles Medical degree: Univ. of Texas Southwestern

Medical degree: American University of Antigua College of Medicine Sarah Nuzzo, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology, University of Georgia, Athens Medical degree: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Xaimarie Santiago Gonzalez, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: science, University of Puerto-Rico Medical degree: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

Medical degree: University of Manchester School of Medicine, Great Britain, UK Amir Shirazi, M.D. Bachelor’s degree: biology, Emory University, Atlanta Medical degree: Emory University, Atlanta Yousef Treki, M.B.B.Ch. Bachelor’s degree: University of Tripoli Faculty of Medicine Medical degree: University of Tripoli Faculty of Medicine

The Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Resident Class of 2020 takes a moment out of orientation to pose for a photo in St. Mary’s atrium lobby. Pictured, from left to right, are: Drs. Joshua Estep, Sarah Singh, Amir Shirazi, Xaimarie Santiago-Gonzalez, Jane Fon Ndikum, Robyn-Ann Lee Hing, Yousef Treki, Sarah Nuzzo, Jacob Kopp, John Crawley, Meet Shaw and Amit Koduri


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Spotlight on Resident Jacob Kopp, MD Jacob Kopp, MD is a first year resident at the Internal Medicine Residency Program in association with St. Mary’s. For his undergraduate career, Kopp attended UCLA for ecology and evolutionary biology. During this time, he served as the senior battalion medical officer for the civil affairs unit in Mountain View, California. Following graduation, Kopp finished his remaining months on an 8-year contract with the U.S. Army and began a master’s degree in epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Before coming to Athens, Kopp completed his doctorate in medicine at the Ross University School of Medicine. While adjusting to the residency program, Kopp has managed to continue serving on two committees at the American Public Health Association. He chairs the Emergency Services and Disaster Preparedness subcommittee of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section at the American Public Health Association. Over the past 4 years they have organized a special session at each of the APHA annual meetings. Currently Kopp is looking forward to APHA 2018, which will focus on evacuation during natural disasters. He hopes to have representatives from Harris County Texas speak about their experiences during hurricane Harvey as well as representatives from areas affected by the recent wildfires in California. Previous panels have focused on: the Boston Marathon bombing, gun violence and its effect on youth in Chicago, the public health implications of legalized marijuana in Denver, and lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina 10 years later. According to Kopp, one of the most rewarding aspects of producing these panels has been working with professionals across multiple fields and collaborating towards a common goal. Kopp is grateful that the Medical Partnership has been extremely accommodating with time and resources to allow him to continue his work at APHA, including time set aside for conference calls, a generous stipend to attend meetings, and even travel assistance. The academic setting, unopposed residency, and excellent schools nearby for his children were all reasons that led to him selecting the Partnership program. Thus far, he says the best experience during his residency is actually the summation of all the patient encounters he has had. Surely with his experiences and expertise, Kopp will continue to have positive experiences throughout his three years in Athens.

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Student Government Organization Officers CLASS OF 2021: President- Andrew Block Vice President- Quinn Peragrine Secretary/Treasurer- Kendall Flanigan Social Chair- Sarah Ellen Williams Community Service Chair- Kelsey Barber Curriculum Chair- Nathan Harris Honor Council- Austin Isaac & Mandy Wachtel CLASS OF 2020: President- Ben Daniel Vice President- Nick Austin Secretary/Treasurer- Jason Jeong Social Chair- Michael Scott Community Service Chair- Nasar Ibrahim Curriculum Chair- Silki Modi Honor Council- Kenneth Hearn & Julia Stephens CLASS OF 2019: President- Danny Steinberg Vice President- Gabe Pajares Hurtado Secretary- Max Green Treasurer- Cinthana Kandasamy Social Chair- Courtney Alvis Community Service Chair- Stephanie Hernandez Curriculum Chair- Jessica Principe Honor Council- Blake Hudson CLASS OF 2018: President- Mark Zapata Vice President- Alex Vagasi Secretary/Treasurer- Bradley Parke Social Chair- Angela Holder Curriculum Chair- Andrew Caudil Honor Council- Kevin Lee


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Class of 2021 Student Ambassadors Sahar Alimohamadi Wendi Bao Peter Bodunrin Wes Brown Grant Deedy

Ehi Ediale Kendall Flanigan Austin Isaac Cyril Lukianov Debbie Shim

Devaunsh Thaker Nathan Walter Sarah Ellen Williams Nadiya Zafar

Ronke Olowojesiku, Class of 2019, received a 2017-2018 United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program award and scholarship. With this award, she must conduct a self-directed community health project of 200 hours at a community site of choice in an underserved community. Olowojesiku’s project is through (fem)me, which is a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene kits to women and girls experiencing homelessness. She is focusing on menstrual education for adolescent girls, evaluating any gaps in knowledge and stigmas related to menstruation, and developing patient education tools to help fill in those gaps.

Abstracts presented at Conferences

C. Geiger, S. Das, A. Glassman, A. Khurana, N. Louis, C. Lindsey, V. Payton, K. Roach, D. Ollis, C. Gresham, S. Hughes, N. Kennedy, H. Alexander, J. S. Martin. Reduction of Antibiotic Use in Newborn Nursery through Education and Changes in Sepsis Protocol. Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress. October 2017 E. Shumans, A. Khurana, N. Louis, R. Rogers, D. Ollis, L. Hyde, J. S. Martin, iNICQ year 2, Continued Elimination of Unnecessary Ampicillin Doses and Timely Administration of Antibiotics. Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress. October 2017 S. Ballis, A. Khurana, N. Louis, S. Das, A. Glassman, C. Lindsey, V. Payton, L. Woodruff, P. Reihm, E. Murray, C. Gresham, R. Rogers, K. Roach, L. Hyde, J. S. Martin. Providing antibiotic education to parents of newborn babies through a novel informational handout Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress. October 2017


Honor Society Members Recognized at Banquet in December The Medical Partnership’s AOA Honor Medical Society Selection Committee considered scholastic achievement, leadership capabilities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, demonstrated professionalism, potential for achievement in medicine, and the student’s record of service to the school and the community at large. Class of 2018 Senior AOA Students: Matthew Broggi Kyla Mohler Will Thomas Class of 2018 Junior AOA Students (previously selected) Justin Belk C. Allen Witt Mark Zapata

The Medical Partnership’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Selection Committee considered nominees submitted by peers, faculty, and staff. Students selected for GHHS represent exemplars of compassion, empathy and concern for others. The committee, in making their final selection, considered the students’ integrity, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy. Class of 2018 GHHS Students: Shub Agrawal Lucia Cotten Caroline Geiger Anne Robinson C. Allen Witt Mark Zapata

The Medical College of Georgia established the Dean’s Clinical Honor Society in 2017 for the purpose of honoring outstanding medical students who consistently achieved high academic excellence throughout the core clinical clerkships of the 3rd year of medical school. Class of 2018 Recipients: Stephen Ballis Justin Belk Amelia Donlan Angela Holder Kyla Mohler Kayla Perry-Walker Christopher Allen Witt Kathryne Wood Mark Zapata

Clerkship High Academic Achievement Awards The Medical College of Georgia has begun a tradition of recognizing the top performers in each of the third year required core clerkships. We are very pleased to report that the Athens students are well represented among this select group. These successes (and there are many others!) demonstrate the outcome of the experiences and the teaching provided by our preceptors. We sincerely thank all of our preceptors for their dedication to our students and for contributing so significantly to their education.

The Athens students who earned the Recognition of High Academic Achievement award in the given clerkship for the 2016 – 2017 academic year include:

OB/GYN Clerkship Pediatrics Clerkship Pediatrics Clerkship Surgery Clerkship Angela Holder Justin Belk J. Will Thomas Matthew Broggi

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An Alumni Interview with


After graduating from the Medical Partnership in 2014, what residency program did you join? • Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY—Preliminary General Surgery (2014 – 2015) • University of Virginia Family Medicine (2015 – present); Final Year How is your residency experience going? Having had a previous interest in orthopedic sports medicine, I could appreciate the versatility of primary care sports medicine in returning both high level athletes and the general population to their respective playing fields in a non-operative yet interactive fashion. I also knew that family medicine would allow me exposure to treating pediatric and adult populations alike. 20

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Outside of your work, what are you up to nowadays? I am currently interviewing for a primary care sports medicine fellowship and enjoying the unique opportunities and responsibilities of being a chief resident. Additionally, I had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro! It seems as though you have been involved in quite a bit of research recently (see end of article). What was a particular aspect about research that you really enjoyed? It would definitely be the collaboration with several sports medicine attending physicians from all across the U.S. who are leaders in their specific areas of expertise within sports medicine (e.g. UCLA, JMU, Penn State, Pittsburgh).

What future plans do you have for research? I will likely pursue a career in academic medicine, so I anticipate many research projects to come. My current interests are the female/male athlete triad, sports cardiology, and injury prevention protocols for athletes. How did the Medical Partnership prepare you for becoming a resident and a doctor? Given that I was in the first class to come through, I think it taught me to be adaptable, a trait that I feel is useful for all residents to possess. What do you miss about the Medical Partnership? Athens! There’s no place like it. As an Athens student, we have access to UGA football tickets and gymnastics meets. Graduation

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT Week was memorable for going to all of our favorite places to eat, favorite breweries, and floating the Broad River. It was a nice way to send off after four years training together. What were you possibly not appreciative of during your time at the Medical Partnership but are grateful for now? The free weekends and long holidays… Unfortunately, residency program is work – rewarding work, but still work without the luxuries of student life.

How has the intimate atmosphere of the Medical Partnership affected your lasting relationships? The friends that I made are still my home base. There are a core group of about 7 or 8 people that I still keep in touch with today. It doesn’t matter how long it has sometimes been, we always pick right up where we left off.

How do you talk about or explain your history with the Medical Partnership? There was something magical about being a member of the first class to graduate from the Medical Partnership. It was an experience with a group of people I will never forget. This experience was the foundation on which I built my medical education, and it will always be a part of me. Through the good moments and the challenging ones, we made history! What advice would you give to current Medical Partnership students? Study hard, but make time for fun. You will need this balance when the pressures and time demands of residency are upon you. In the spirit of my love for sports medicine, I will share a couple of my favorite motivation quotes from the legendary former UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach, John Wooden: • “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” — John Wooden • “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” — John Wooden What about for prospective students? The Medical Partnership campus is not a fit for everyone. It is a very unique environment, but those who identify it as their niche are forever changed in a positive way. The small group, case-based learning and community health projects/outreach are definitely memorable and helpful, but it is certainly a different learning experience from undergrad lecture halls.

go into family medicine.

AUSTIN’S RECENT RESEARCH: Peer Reviewed Book Chapter: • Statuta, S.M. MD, Vaughan, A.J. MD, and Austin, A.V. MD. (2017). Doping and Ergogenic Aids. In M.D. Miller, MD and S.R. Thomspon, MD, MEd FRCSC (Ed.), DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice (pp. 5th Edition). Philadelphia: Elsevier. • Statuta, S.M. MD, Williams, N.I. Sc.D., FACSM, and Austin, A.V. MD. (2017). Female Athlete Triad: Future Directions for Energy Availability and Eating Disorder Research and Practice. In Siobhan M. Statuta, MD (Ed.), Cli nics in Sports Medicine: The Female Athlete (pp. Volume 36-4, 1st Ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier: Health Sciences Division.

Where do you see the Athens campus in 5-10 years? I think the campus has already outgrown any vision I may have had for it. I’m so proud to see how far it has come! From our single building on the edge of North Campus to a now bustling medical campus at the old Navy school. What are your “next step” plans as you finish your residency? I intend to follow residency with a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washinton in Seattle and obtain a job as a collegiate team physician. Is there anyone that you would like to thank for their help and guidance from the Medical Partnership? Dr. Nuss for being my unofficial advisor about life things. Dr. Tally for her advisement when I was considering a career in surgery. Dr. Lester for her support when I decided to

Poster Presentation: Austin, A.V., and Kent, J.B.. (May, 2017). The Case of The Rower With Difficulty Texting: Central venous sinus thrombosis due to antithrombin III deficiency Poster presented at: AMSSM Annual Conference; San Diego, CA, USA. Other Articles: • Austin, A.V. MD. (2017, July 07). Nonoperative management of grade III-V acromioclavicular joint dislocations may improve early function and allow for earlier return to work compared to operative plate fixation. Dynamed Resident Focus Article, Pub Status: Published. • Austin, A.V. MD, Kent, J.B. MD. Video Incidence Analysis of Concussions in NCAA Men’s College Football, positionspecific analysis. Plan to submit to the ACSM 2018 Annual Conference. 2017, Jul; Pub Status: Submitted.

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Simulated Patient Volunteer: Dan Childs My wife of 46 years and I have lived in Athens for 15 years. We have two sons; one lives in Winder and the other in Houston. We have one granddaughter in Winder and two granddaughters and a grandson in Houston. My professional life was approximately thirty years with DuPont and ten years with a South Korean chemical company. Both of these consisted of marketing chemicals to the electronics industry. After that I worked five years part-time with the U.S. Census Bureau before retiring six years ago. I became a Simulated Patient about five years ago. I attended the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UGA during that time, and the Medical Partnership was advertising for volunteers. My neighbor, Sylvia Byrd, expressed her enjoyment of

being a simulated patient as well. My wife is a volunteer at the regional hospital, and I was looking for other volunteering opportunities. Volunteering with medical students seemed like a great idea. Additionally, I have volunteered to be a test subject a couple of times for studies of aging at the university. I even got free piano lessons from one of the studies! The best aspect of being a simulated patient is the interaction with the students. It is a great opportunity to meet and assist these exceptional young people as they begin their adult lives. My most memorable day as a simulated patient was a year ago when I was actually a real pneumonia patient in the hospital. A nurse asked if I would allow a group of student doctors to listen to my lungs as they had recently been studying lung problems. I told her about being a simulated patient at the medical school, so of course I was happy to help. When the students entered, I recognized a couple from the simulation encounters.

The students were incredibly excited about listening to my back. They would say things like, “Did you hear the [medical term] over here?� They would move around so that the others could hear. They did this many times and became more and more excited as the sounds that they had been studying came to life. That was the one good thing to come out of my pneumonia experience, and it was nice seeing the students I had formerly interacted with getting to further their clinical experience. The country needs more doctors as the population ages, so I welcome the opportunity to do a small part in helping meet this ever increasing demand.

CTRU Update This year, the CTRU was awarded seed grants of up to $40,000 to seven investigator teams for topics covering stress, protective factors, and antibody response to flu vaccines in children; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Schizophrenia; improving food security and health of medically underserved Georgians; miniaturized implantable sensors and lessoning heart failure; label-free ferrohydrodynamic cell separation (FCS) technology; and Ivermectin and Human Immunity.


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Furthermore, the CTRU is part of a new five-year, $51 million grant given to a team of Georgia research universities to create the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance, which is a partnership of Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Georgia to further advance bench-to-bedside clinical and translational science. Please find additional information here: releases/article/uga-joins-academic-alliance/


A Look into the MD/MBA Dual Degree Program By William Saunders and Nicholas Clemm As two of the four third-year medical students that the Terry College of Business admitted to the MBA Class of 2019, each of us have slightly different reasons for pursuing a dual degree. However, some common themes are present in our hopes and expectations for the dual degree: refining leadership skills, understanding changing healthcare landscapes, better advocating for our patients, and learning to speak the language of business. Our first four months in business school have been filled with new ways of analyzing and solving problems – not just from a business point of view. We are privileged to work with new classmates from all over the world. The small group style of learning that we used so much in our first three years at the Medical Partnership prepared us very well for these new challenges. While our new study routine might not be as rigorous as preparing for CardioPulm LOs or working through anatomy GUTS & SPAs, we still spend time on Sundays reading for marketing case studies, economics quizzes, or the dreaded

financial accounting. In addition to a full course load, the MBA curriculum is also structured to provide us ample room for personal and professional growth. Our business communications class has a curriculum that is analogous to ECM. It focuses mostly on honing professional skills that are not traditionally taught in class but are critical to avoiding etiquette blunders that could hamper a young career. We have also tried to take advantage of the time in our schedule allotted for career development to meet with professors and business leaders who have experience in healthcare. The most common question that we are asked both by our mentors in medicine and business is what we plan to do moving forward. While we may not have a concrete answer, we are certain that our MBA will provide us with new tools to examine healthcare systems at the micro and macro level as well as how we best fit in as physicians and leaders. We may not be able to deploy our new skills immediately or regularly in residency, but we look forward to deploying our improved communication skills towards becoming better teammates and advocates. The PARTNERSHIP PULSE — Winter 2018 Issue



Presentations Julie Gaines, MLIS, associate professor and head of the Medical Partnership Campus Library, presented a paper at the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN. The paper Gaines and her colleagues collaborated on received the first place research award. Gaines JK, Blake L, Davies KJ, Kouame G, Ballance D, Wood E, Gaddy VT, Gallman E, Russell M. Effect of librarian involvement on use of evidence-based resources in small group case-based learning.

Basic Science faculty appointed to leadership roles for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Eve Gallman, PhD

(Cellular Biology and Anatomy): Phase 1 Coordinator

Thom Gaddy, PhD

(Cellular Biology and Anatomy): Assistant Phase 1 Coordinator

Gaines also presented the following paper while at the SCMLA meeting: Mears K, Connolly-Brown M, Gaines JK, Blake L, Davies K, Shipman P, Kouame G. Healthy embedded programs: The embedded ecosystem framework and toolkit. Gerald Crites, MD, MEd, campus associate dean for faculty affairs and development, recently presented a paper at the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Crites GE, Blanchard RD, Nagler A, Howley L. IRBs Are Inconsistent with Their Protocol Decisions for Multi-Site Educational Studies. Julie Martin, MD, site clerkship director of pediatrics, presented at the Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress, Chicago, IL. Martin, J. Reduction of Antibiotic Use in Newborn Nursery through Education and Changes in Sepsis Protocol.

Three faculty were invited to speak at the Cardiovascular Summit at Kiawah, sponsored by the MCG Division of Cardiology in July 2017: Catherine N. Marti, MD, MSC Assistant Professor of Medicine, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Director, Advanced Heart Failure at Piedmont Athens Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Kent R. Nilsson, MD, FACC, FHRS Associate Professor of Medicine, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Khan Pohlel, MD, FACC, FSCAI Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Augusta University Co-Director, Structural and Valvular Therapies Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center 24

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Amy Baldwin, PhD

(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology): Phase 2 Coordinator

Lynetta Jobe, DVM, PhD

(Pharmacology & Toxicology): Assistant Phase 2 Coordinator

Awards & Funding

Amy Baldwin, PhD, is part of an interdisciplinary group that has received funding from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute. Their project will use technology to bring University of Georgia students and their peers from the island of Grenada together in virtual spaces to expand their knowledge of global social work challenges and interventions. DeLoris Hesse, PhD, assocaite professor of cellular biology and anatomy, was awarded an Affordable Learning Georgia mini-grant to update an Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual.

Laurel Murrow, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the Medical Partnership, was awarded a $5000 grant in conjunction with the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation from the Mag Mutual Foundation to help improve the care of disadvantaged patients with diabetes and mental health conditions.

Peer-reviewed Publications Amy Medlock, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry with tenure, has published two peer-reviewed papers Cahill MA, Medlock AE. Thoughts on interactions between PGRMC1 and diverse attested and potential hydrophobic ligands. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 171: 11-33, 2017. Medlock AE, Dailey HA. Heme Biosynthesis in Metalloprotein Active Site Assembly (the “Work”). Eds: Michael K. Johnson, Robert A. Scott. In Press Philip Holmes, PhD, professor of neuroscience program chair, published: Stringham NT, Holmes PV, Stringham JM. Supplementation with Macular Carotenoids Reduces Psychological Stress, Serum Cortisol, and Suboptimal Symptoms of Physical and Emotional Health in Young Adults. Nutritional Neuroscience [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1080/1028415X.2017.1286445, 2017 Julie Gaines, MLIS, associate professor and head of the Medical Partnership Campus Library, and her Augusta University colleagues published: Mears K, Connolly-Brown M, Gaines JK, Blake L, Davies K, Shipman P, Kouame G. Evaluation of an embedded program through the embedded ecosystem framework and toolkit. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 2017. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.001.

Memberships & Programs Keith Anderson – 2018 Faculty Development Fellowship Program starting in January that includes faculty and staff committed to further developing their expertise in teaching, curriculum and program development, learner evaluation, and health sciences education research. Thom Gaddy, PhD was invited to join the NBME Histology Item Harvesting Task Force for NBME subject exams.

William J. Hardman, III, MD was selected to be on the Editorial Board for the journal “Research in Pediatrics and Neonatology”.

Ed Sperr, MLIS - gained a membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals

Visiting Lectures

Jaroslava Halper, MD, PhD, professor of pathology, was a visiting professor at the Kunming Medical University in Kunming , China. Halper presented on animal tendon disorders as models for human disease at the Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University in Jinan, China and at the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China. Separately, Harper presented “Avian tendon pathology – model for human tendon diseases” at the Kimron Veterinary Institute in Beth Dagan, Israel, in July 2017.

Faculty & Staff Updates

Keith Anderson named program coordinator I for the office of clerkship administration.

Jessica Arnold, MBA named program coordinator II for the office of clerkship administration.

Aimee Martin, MD named the campus director of simulation.

Courtney Simmons-Dorsey named administrative manager for the office of finance and operations.

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The Class of 2021 initiated a new Halloween event – the Medical Partnership Trunk-or-Treat. Recognizing that there are youth within the Athens community living in unsafe neighborhoods, students decorated their trunks in the visitor parking lot for children from local elementary schools to visit.

Trunk or Treat & Healthy Halloween

In conjunction with the Athens Boys and Girls Club, the annual Healthy Halloween event was organized into several stations with medical students guiding each activity. The participants were able to decorate pumpkins, wrap mummies, play active outdoor games, and blindly feel spooky surprises in the creepy crawlers’ room.

Holiday Service Project The M1 and M2 classes joined forces this winter for several holiday events. They championed a successful toy drive, went caroling at Avery Place, and rounded out their semester with a gift-wrapping party for the toys collected. On December 15, the students delivered the gifts to children at Fowler Elementary School.


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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. Check out our website’s directory for more information about our faculty and staff: http://

T. Andrew Albritton, MD

Rene Mackay, MD

Professor of Medicine, Campus Director of Clinical Skills

Nephrologist, Core Faculty Internal Medicine Residency Program

Jo Albritton, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Lia Bruner, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

Megan Spivey Office of Clerkship Administration Administrative Associate II

An update on the Medical Partnership IT services: The Medical Partnership is proud to announce the establishment of an internal Office of Informational Technology Services. While in the past desktop support was provided through agreements with EITS, the need for expansion of services provided and increased customer service led to this decision.

Matthew Crim, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

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.

Having built on previous services, the IT Office holds classroom training sessions, offers personal training, demonstrates new instructional technology, and more. They have also created an IT Committee with faculty and staff to discuss current IT topics and issues The IT Office consists of two staff members who came to us with extensive IT knowledge and years of experience. Both have received customer service awards and bring the same integrity to our program.

Office of Information Technology Services

Ginger Nix, MS IT Manager

John Autry IT Professional

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Solar Eclipse

Faculty, staff, and students took time out of their day to gather in Royar Square and on the roof of Winnie Davis Hall to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. Special eclipse glasses and ice pops were graciously provided by Campus Dean Shelley Nuss so that all could participate in this historical event. While the eclipse was near absolute, leaving roughly 1% of the sun visible, there was still plenty of light on campus. However, the effect of the altered lighting left quite an eerie impression on some of the historical campus buildings! Overall, everyone had a good time and got to experience a fantastic phenomenon.

Mark your calendar!


Open Houses: Saturday, February 17th Visiting Lecture on Physician Wellness with Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE: Wednesday, February 21st Match Day 2018: Friday, March 16th SGO Wine & Cheese Benefit: Friday, April 20th Community Health Poster Symposium: Monday, April 16th SP Appreciation Luncheon: Wednesday, May 2nd Community Celebration: Saturday, May 12th Resident Graduation: Saturday, June 16th Keep a look out for more upcoming events on our social media!