Volume 2 and Issue 2

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On a beautiful morning, May 9, 2016, members of the Emory School of Medicine Class of 2016 received their Medical Doctor degrees.  Dr. Christian Larsen, Dean, was the Master of Ceremonies and was joined by our Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Lewin when presenting the diplomas. Emory's own Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, addressed the students and their families, speaking of the honor of being a caregiver.  Stacy Higgins, MD, was awarded the Papageorge Teaching Award, the SOM's highest teaching award.  Dr. JP Gorham was elected Class Speaker and warmed the hearts of his classmates and their families.  This year's class elected Dr. C. Whitaker Sewell as their honorary class member. Dr. Sewell is our most consistenly honored faculty member, having now carried this honor 11 times. We wish the best to the Class of 2016.

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Doctors Enter the Military

Four MD graduates were sworn into the Armed Services.  Lt. Anthony Chase of the US Navy began the small ceremony at the SOM Lawley Fountain.  Joe Marcus was sworn in by his uncle, Captain Albert Slomovitz, USN, Retired.  Liza Roger was sworn in by her father, Captain James Roger, USN, retired, and Lt. Chase performed the swearing in of Trevor Tompane and Alex D'Andrea.  Family and friends were on hand to cheer them on! We wish you the best and thank you for your service.

Alex D'Andrea, US Navy
Trevor Tompane, US Navy
Liza Roger, US Navy
Joseph Marcus, US Air Force

Student Shout Out

Matthew Stern has been accepted to the Howard Hughes Medical Intsitute and will spend a full year of mentored biomedical research training as fellows in HHMI's Medical Research Fellows Program.

Lisa Shandley has been awarded a 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship to support her research on "The Impact of Tamoxifen Therapy on Fertility in Breast Cancer Survivors."


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

In April the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society met to elect the new members from the Class of 2017.  On April 23, 2016, the induction banquet was held.  Drs. Ralph and Claire Brindis from University of California, San Francisco, were the guest speakers.  Eleven members of the 2017 class, 2 faculty members, 1 house staff member, and 2 alumni were elected to the AΩA

AΩA Junior Inductees, Class of 2017

Meredith Bowen
Yaanik Desai
William Godfrey
Sameer Halani
Alexander J. Kiener
Christopher Glenn Miller
Mina M. Naguib
Bhavesh M. Patel
Trisha Patel
Ilana Schwartz
Kaitlyn Strickland


Bhavin Adhyaru, MD, Department of Medicine
Mary S. Dolan, MD, Department of Gyn/OB


David Zhou, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine (PGY3)


Peter Ehrenkranz, MD, MPH, 02
Leigh Robert Hochberg, MD, PhD  ‘99

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AOA in our Handbook


Match Day could be considered the most exciting day in a medical student's journey through medical school. On Friday, March 18, 2016 the faculty and many colleagues joined the Class of 2016 to delight in another outstanding match. This year's celebration was filled with loud screams, tears of happiness and relief, and hugs from friends and family. Our students matched in 20 different fields of medicine across 28 states. Thirty-five students will begin their internship at Emory and 28 will remain at Emory for their entire residency training.  On behalf of Dr. Eley and the education leadership, "we are proud of the accomplishments of our students and know that they will represent the Emory name well as they continue their medical training."
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Medical Education Day 2016

Medical Education Day at Emory SOM has  become a highlight at Emory SOM and has quickly expanded to become a regional conference. Past keynote speakers have included Dr. Carol Aschenbrenner, former Chief Medical Education Officer at the AAMC and Dr. David Battinelli, Dean for Education and Chief Medical Officer, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. At this year's event, Dr. Tom Nasca, CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, presented the keynote address to a standing room only audience of students, staff, and faculty. His excellent presentation was followed by 7 workshops and 24 electronic poster presentations about a wide variety of approaches to improving education.
Hamilton Holmes Lecture

The Hamilton E. Holmes, M.D. Memorial Lecture 2016

This year, the featured speaker was the Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, 5th Senior Pastor of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, previously co-pastored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Warnock spoke on the subject of social justice. His lecture was entitled: "If We Are Wrong: Justice Is A Lie and Love Has No Meaning".

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After 18 months of engaging in a self-study, the Emory School of Medicine hosted a site visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on March 6-9, 2016. In the words of Dean Larsen, "Know that Emory University School of Medicine is a very special place. The positive impact of your work is felt every day and will be felt across the globe by the next generation through the work of our graduates." The school will learn of its re-accreditation status by mid-summer.
Grady ED Tower, Second Floor - Now Open
The newest addition to the School of Medicine's academic space will be housed in the 2nd floor of the Grady ED tower - allowing members of the School of Medicine to work collaboratively outside of clinical areas without having to leave the Grady campus. This new "Innovation Center" was planned by a committee of students and faculty and will serve as a gathering point for academic work amongst medical students, faculty, and residents. The center includes quiet study areas with computer terminals for research, group meeting areas, lounge space and a small kitchen. Staff from Emory Libraries will be on hand regularly to aid in literature searches and answering research questions.
Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT)
An increasing body of research suggests that for medical students the stress of academic and psychological demands can impair social and emotional well-being. For this reason, a group of Emory researchers and meditation scholars - including Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi (Religion), Carol Worthman (Anthropology), Andrew Miller (Psychiatry), and Jennifer Mascaro (Center for the Study of Human Health) - conducted a pilot study to better understand the experiences of second year medical students.
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Clifton Road Updates

RESIDENCY DAY - Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 continued the process of selecting a specialty for their future residency training.  In this exciting time, Residency Day Part 1 brought together several program directors to discuss the strategies for matching into residency. Dr. Felner led the session by discussing key points that would guide students on navigating the process including information on NRMP and ERAS. This was followed by a panel of program directors who discussed the "Road to the Match" with words of wisdom from their perspective.  Dr. Mary Dolan, Director of Career Counseling, was also in attendance as well as several of the departmental career counselors. This first of a 2-part series on Residency Application for the Class of 2017 included information on:
  • the timeline for residency applications
  • choosing a specialty
  • meeting with your clinical advisor
  • obtaining recommendation letters from faculty
  • meeting with Drs. Felner or Heron regarding the Medical Student Performance Letter (MSPE)
  • national trends as well as information on the competitiveness of residency specialties

Residency Day 2 is scheduled for June 7th, 2016, SOM 120.

Sign-in will begin at 4:10 pm, and the meeting will begin promptly at 4:30.  This is a mandatory meeting, and we appreciate your timeliness.

Working Together

    You Said, We Did
  • You said that you were unaware of the secure storage space available to students in the hospitals.
    • We compiled a list of secure storage space at each site and directed all clerkship directors to inform you about them during each individual clerkship orientations.
  •  You said that you were unclear about the policies and procedures regarding reporting perceived student mistreatment.
    • We simplified the procedure and corresponding policy to report any perceptions of student mistreatment and have communicated the new procedures to all students, small group advisors, module and clerkship directors over the last several months.
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SOM Café Coming Soon!
Kaldi Coffee is opening a café in the School of Medicine Building this summer. The café will offer coffee, pre-made salads and sandwiches, fresh pastries and other snacks, and will be located on the first floor of the SOM Building near the fountain entrance.
Photography Credit
Our sincere thanks to Jack Kearse from Health Sciences Photograpy for his kindness and professionalism.  His photos are shown in this newsletter. Please visit this site for more SOM Diploma Ceremony Photos.
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