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School of Medicine eNews - Fall 2016 - Vol. 15 - No. 4

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Alumni gathering in Seattle!

Welcome Class of 2020
Check out the photo gallery from a recent alumni gathering in Seattle!


Peter Buckley to be School of Medicine’s next dean
Following Dean of Medicine Dr. Jerry Strauss’ announcement earlier this year of his intent to retire, a national search was launched for his successor. This week, Peter Buckley, M.D., was named as the 24th dean of the medical school. Buckley is currently at Augusta University where he is dean of the Medical College of Georgia and executive vice president for medical affairs and integration. A psychiatrist and expert in schizophrenia, he is a national leader in academic medicine and recognized internationally for his research. You can learn more about Buckley, whose tenure will begin Jan. 17.
Sina Mostaghimi and Simone Gregor
Patient education wins big at first VCU HealthHacks
The brainchild of the Class of 2017’s Sina Mostaghimi and senior biomedical engineering student Simone Gregor, HealthHacks drew more than 140 students who worked in teams to find solutions to unmet medical needs. The winning team was a pair of medical students from the Class of 2019 who used 2D scans to create 3D images to help patients get a better grasp on their own anatomy. Learn more about the event and the winning project.
Heroic actions in unexpected situations
Matthew Bartholomew, M’97, has received the Carnegie Medal for heroism. An emergency room physician, Bartholomew "has treated people struck by lightning, trains and bullets," according to a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but a different set of skills was called on when he came across a woman trapped in a car that was sinking into a frozen pond.

The Class of 2019’s Cecelia “Cece” Elam has been honored along with her sister, Leah, for their quick intervention that saved 3-year-old Coleman Ross from drowning this summer. Last month they received the Citizen Commendation Medal from the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Eduardo Rodriguez
Face time
One of the world’s leading surgeons in the field, Eduardo Rodriguez, M’99, returned to campus to discuss the pioneering surgery of face transplantation. In such an evolving field, he notes, there’s not yet a blueprint for success. “Physicians and patients are on this journey together.”
John M. "J." Salmon IV
The lure of the track
John M. “J.” Salmon IV, M’95, says a love of cars drove him and his dad into racing. Last month, the younger Salmon drove onto the track at the Petit Le Mans in Georgia as part of the support race. “Racing is so fast,” says Salmon, whose speeds topped 140 mph. “It’s a blend of science and art. A lot of physicians are drawn to that.”

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A hands-on approach for emergency medicine interns
Hands-on approach for emergency medicine interns
In addition to the clinical shifts and lectures you'd expect, the Emergency Medicine Department’s four-week orientation block also takes interns to a ropes course to get experience problem-solving and working as a team. An EMS Day includes checking out a helicopter and suiting up to simulate extrication from an automobile.
CDC grant to advance youth violence prevention
A nearly $6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow researchers to work with residents of three neighborhoods to evaluate existing violence intervention approaches and build on the strengths of those programs. If effective, the intervention strategies developed over the next five years could be helpful beyond Richmond.
'Nothing is more addicting than the thrill of discovery'
A study abroad program in Italy invigorated cardiologist and researcher Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D. H’07, as much as it did the students he was teaching. A native of Italy, Abbate led pre-med students from the VCU Honors College along with Italian medical students on day trips to hospitals in Rome as well as in coming up with their own concepts for future research projects.
Where you are born can predict how long you live
Where you are born can predict how long you live
Perhaps you’ve seen the life expectancy maps from cities and rural areas across the country showing a person’s ZIP code may have as much to do with their health as their genetic code. The 21-part series was produced by the VCU Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “When it comes to health, the choices we make depend on the choices available to us,” says the center’s Derek Chapman.
Launched: VCU’s largest, most comprehensive fundraising campaign
The $750 million Make It Real Campaign for VCU was announced in September. It kicked off with three days of events that included a panel of distinguished alumni featuring Tom Scalea, M’78, who recalled how training in critical care medicine during his fourth year “shaped my life.”
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. From Friday evening's class parties to Mini Medical School, campus tours and a CME course, there are 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.
Med School on the Road
Med school goes on the road
Check out the photo gallery from a recent alumni gathering in Seattle. Maybe you’ll recognize a classmate or two!

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

5th Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium
Feb. 4, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

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

15th Annual Alumni Update Course
April 7, 2017
MCV Campus

45th Annual Hans Berger Clinical Neurophysiology Symposium
May 23-24, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

39th Annual Pediatric Primary Care Conference - Pediatrics at the Beach
July 21-23, 2017
Virginia Beach, Virginia

9th International Conference on Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2017
Orlando, Florida

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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