Alumni receptions in Seattle and RTP plus students on a national stage
School of Medicine

School of Medicine eNews - Summer 2016 - Vol. 15 - No. 3

The latest from the MCV Campus

Welcome Class of 2020!

Welcome Class of 2020
Let’s get to it
Roll call in the historic Egyptian Building. The official class photo under a blazing August sun. And getting helped into their first white coats with family and friends looking on. The 216 incoming students who make up the Class of 2020 capped off orientation week hearing from keynote speaker Susangeline S. “Angie” Strickland, M’06, H’09. See event pictures and read coverage of Strickland’s talk.


Deborah Lebman
Deborah Lebman finds a new way to support students
She makes a difference in students’ lives every day. Now Microbiology’s Deb Lebman has laid the groundwork for her impact to continue even after she’s no longer on the MCV Campus.
Students on the national stage
Our Student Family Medicine Association was honored this summer by the American Academy of Family Physicians for their work to promote the scope of family medicine. And, in a rare feat, three of our medical students had original research accepted to the Society for Vascular Surgery's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
From wrestler to neurosurgeon
The Class of 1992's Mark McLaughlin talked to the NCAA about how he's translated lessons learned as a college wrestler to his neurosurgical practice.
Social work students deliver extraordinary help at pediatrician's office
It was one of the worst days ever experienced by the practice’s staff. That morning, a young patient had died from an illness, and everyone was grieving. The challenges kept coming, but a pair of VCU social work students interning with the office stepped in to help. “My training is medicine. Their training is social, psychological, emotional,” said by the Class of 1970's Ted Abernathy. “It’s like when you’re building something and you’re doing a pretty good job, but somebody comes up and hands you a new tool.”

Top stories

Kathryn Holloway
VCU Health home to one of nation’s busiest deep brain stimulation surgeons
Neurosurgery professor Kathryn Holloway, H’90, has been ranked the eighth-busiest deep brain stimulation surgeon in the nation. To date, she’s performed more than 500 lead implant surgeries and close to 1,000 general deep brain stimulation surgeries. Read about her program or a patient whose life was turned around.
Drug that targets multiple viruses is ready for clinical trials
Researchers have detailed the anti-viral capabilities of a drug currently in clinical trials to treat certain cancer tumors. Biochemistry's Paul Dent, Ph.D., led the research team that spanned four continents and worked out why the drug stops so many different kinds of viruses in the laboratory and in animal models, including multiple strains of drug-resistant HIV, Ebola, influenza, mumps and measles.
Increasing the odds of prostate cancer detection
Over the past five years, Radiology's Jinxing Yu, M.D., has developed techniques using MRI technology to investigate difficult to diagnose cases of elevated PSA. Learn about how he uses magnetic resonance technology to diagnose with a more than 90 percent success rate.
Love notes: An interdisciplinary project helps new and expectant mothers
Musicians, researchers and health care providers from VCU are joining Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project to evaluate its impact on the mother-child bond. Through the project, new or expectant mothers facing the hardships of parenting in challenging settings such as correctional facilities, group homes for teenagers and hospitals work with musicians to create original lullabies for their children.
Attention basic health science alumni in the Research Triangle Park!
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the basic health science departments along with students from the VCU School of Engineering will visit the RTP this fall. Please join them at a reception 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn Research Triangle Park, 4620 S. Miami Blvd., Durham, N.C. Help them connect with scientists in your field and explore career options by sharing your lessons learned and answering their questions. For more info and to RSVP, contact VCU Career Services at or (804) 828-1645.
Attention alumni in Seattle!
The School of Medicine Dean’s Office and Glenn Barnhart, M'77, H'86, will host a reception for medical school alumni who live in Seattle on Monday, Nov. 14. The event will be held in conjunction with the AAMC's annual meeting, so if you don't live in Seattle but will attend the AAMC meeting, let the Alumni and Development Office’s Priscilla Wiggin know you'll be in town. Invitations will be mailed next month.

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Reunion Weekend 2017 - April 7-9
We're looking forward to welcoming back M.D. alumni whose graduation year ends in a '2 or '7. Activities kick off with Friday evening's Class Parties. There's also a Mini Medical School, campus tours, a CME course and many opportunities to reconnect with classmates. Go online to update your contact information to ensure you receive registration materials, and if you have questions, please contact the Alumni and Development Office’s Jodi T. Smith at or (804) 628-2248.
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CME opportunities

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Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oct. 27-28
Richmond, Virginia

Practical Frontiers in Primary Care
Oct. 29
Richmond, Virginia

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

21st Annual Virginia Liver Symposium
April 1
Richmond, Virginia

15th Annual Alumni Update Course
April 7
MCV Campus

45th Annual Hans Berger Clinical Neurophysiology Symposium
May 23-24
Richmond, Virginia

39th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference - Pediatrics at the Beach
July 21-23
Virginia Beach, Virginia

9th International Conference on Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Orlando, Florida

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

Reunion events

Reunion Weekend 2017: April 7-9

For class years
ending in a '7 or '2

Reunion Weekend 2018: April 20-22
For class years
ending in a '8 or '3

Reunion Weekend 2019: April 5-7
For class years
ending in a '9 or '4

Reunion Weekend 2020: April 17-19
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ending in a '0 or '5
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