Also featured: Dean to step down, MedWAR and anti-vaxx on social media
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School of Medicine eNews - Spring 2016 - Vol. 15 - No. 2

The latest from the MCV Campus


Graduation 2016


Congratulations to the Class of 2016
Congratulations to the Class of 2016
They’ve topped off their four years with milestone moments at Match Day and Graduation. Follow the links for photo galleries, features on graduating students and a list of where students are heading for residency.
Words of wisdom
A pair of alumni were called into action as graduation speakers this spring. The Class of 2004’s Chris Kogut delivered the medical school’s convocation address, and Class of 1976's Camilla Buchanan challenged her audience at VCU's Lavender Graduation ceremony to build a better future.
Reunion Weekend 2016
Reunion Weekend 2016
More than 225 alumni from 23 states and even overseas celebrated with class parties all over town. They also met standardized patients, marveled at the simulation mannequins and earned CME credit. Check out a photo gallery and coverage of the April weekend.
Testing the limits
Congratulations to new graduates and marathoners Suzanne Giunta and Amanda Filiberto! They topped off four years of medical school by turning in their fastest times ever at the Boston Marathon.

In addition, a med school trio teamed up to win at the Mid-Atlantic MedWAR. Superior knot-tying skills and the know-how to stabilize a skydiver caught in a tree prevailed in the event that combines wilderness medicine with adventure racing.

Top stories

Jerry Strauss III stepping down
Dean Strauss to step down
Dean of Medicine Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., has announced he will step down after 11 years leading the school. He will spend the next phase of his academic life as a faculty member, directing his funded research program. Strauss is the medical school’s longest serving dean in the modern era and will remain on as dean until the national search for his successor is concluded.
Screening adolescents for depression
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 be screened for depression. In a VCU Q&A, Family Medicine’s Alex Krist, M.D., offers insight on the screenings’ importance.

Krist serves on the Task Force that’s been called “the most powerful group of doctors no one has ever heard of” by the Washington Post.
Addiction studies with a cross-cultural perspective
Students from 19 countries on six continents have graduated from the International Programme in Addiction Studies. The online program is cross-cultural, led by three of the world's top research universities in the field of addiction science, including VCU. It unites students from around the world who have very different perspectives.
How vaccines are portrayed on social media
Social and Behavioral Sciences doctoral student Jeanine Guidry has been investigating the anti-vaccine movement on Pinterest. Her findings, published in the journal Vaccine, so far have generated a call to action for vaccine researchers and coverage in the mainstream media, including Forbes magazine.

Most recently she teamed up with fellow student Caroline Orr in a study that was the top paper at the International Public Relations Research Conference.
Opening doors for underrepresented students
“There is a belief that when you have diversity, science itself is enriched in the broad sense,” says Physiology's Louis De Felice, Ph.D. “Diversity itself is something worth pursuing in its own right. It has scientific benefits.” De Felice directs one of several research training programs at VCU designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds who'll pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.
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CME opportunities

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38th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference “Peds at the Beach”
July 15-17, 2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia

22nd Annual VCU Sports Medicine Update in Primary Care
Dec. 2-4, 2016
Williamsburg, Virginia

21st Annual Virginia Liver Symposium
April 1, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

Richmond CME for Docs 
6-8 p.m. 4th Wednesday of each month
Bon Secours Heart Institute, 7001 Forest Ave., Richmond
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