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  June 4, 2014  
Venkat Narayan

Alfred W. Brann Jr. (pediatrics, gyn/ob) has been appointed to the Alfred W. Brann Chair in Pediatrics for Reproductive Health and Perinatal Care.

Venkat Narayan

Maha Lund has been appointed director of the Physician Assistant program. She joins Emory from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, where she was program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Venkat Narayan

Helen Mayberg (psychiatry, neurology, radiology) received the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

David Stephens (medicine) was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Venkat Narayan

Lary Walker (neurology) received the 2014 MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research for his work in late-life brain disorders.

Nanette Wenger (cardiology) was honored with the 2014 Joseph Stokes Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

Venkat Narayan

Young-sup Yoon (cardiology) was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Larry Young (psychiatry) has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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June 7-8: Southeastern Immunology Symposium, Rollins School of Public Health, forum for the newest developments in basic, translational, and clinical immunology. More info.

June 13: Opening celebration at the Health Sciences Center Library, "When the Emory Unit Went to War," free and open to public, 6-8 p.m., 1462 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta.

Sept. 27: Winship Win the Fight 5K, starts at Emory's McDonough Field. Event info.


Medical Education—Planning for Our Future


Christian Larsen, Dean and VP for Health Center Integration


We're continuing work on our medical education strategic plan, with input from more than 100 faculty members who participated in the interactive sessions at Medical Education Day on March 19. With more than 2,350 students and trainees, Emory is one of the nation's largest and best medical education programs. We are committed to preparing the next generations of caregivers, researchers, and teachers and to developing the newest models of care to meet the needs of our patients. Over the past several months, Executive Associate Dean Bill Eley has led the planning effort for the entire medical education continuum, including medical students, academic health professionals, residents, fellows, and participants in our continuing medical education program. "We want to continue to integrate academics and patient care," Eley says. Teams within each program developed individual strategic plans and then together identified eight shared goals:

1. Reduce the financial burden on our students and residents.

2. Enhance collaboration between Emory School of Medicine and the health systems in which we teach, train, and provide patient care.

3. Integrate patient safety and quality improvement education across the medical education continuum (CLER, curriculum, health services research, projects).

4. Facilitate system-wide cultural changes to maximize the success and well-being of our patients, learners, and teachers.

5. Create a medical education space plan that maximizes utilization and encourages an interprofessional learning community.

6. Support professional and academic development across the medical education continuum.

7. Enhance interprofessional education across the medical education continuum.

8. Assess and maximize opportunities for a shared services model across medical education programs.

Please send your thoughts and ideas about the medical education strategic plan to Emily Hulkower.

SOM Graduation 2014

SOM doctor of physical therapy graduates

In addition to the School of Medicine's MD diploma ceremony for 128 graduates at Glenn Auditorium on May 12, several other SOM divisions and programs held diploma ceremonies that day as well, including genetic counseling, physical therapy, and medical imaging.

Celebrating its first graduating class, the Genetic Counseling Training Program held its ceremony in Whitehead Auditorium, where 10 graduates received a master of medical science in human genetics and genetic counseling. Director Cecelia Bellcross, medical director Richard Olney, and assistant director Christine Stanislaw awarded the diplomas and hoods. The keynote speaker was Michael Gambellow, associate professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics and section chief of the Division of Medical Genetics. The Paul Fernhoff Excellence in Teaching Award went to Shana Cohen and Rachel Webster.

The Division of Physical Therapy, directed by Zoher Kapasi, graduated 65 students who received doctor of physical therapy degrees. At the diploma ceremony in the WHSCAB Auditorium, the keynote speaker was Rebecca Craik, professor and chair of physical therapy at Arcadia University and editor in chief of the Journal of Physical Therapy, who recounted the rich history of the PT profession and shared advice from her years of experience with patient care.

The Medical Imaging Program, directed by Assistant Professor Dawn Moore, graduated 24 students with a bachelor of medical science in radiologic technology. Emory Healthcare radiologic technologist Eric Edmondson, a 2003 alumnus of the program, spoke about the bright future of the industry at the diploma ceremony at Harland Cinema.

The Anesthesiologist Assistant and Physician Assistant programs graduate students in August and December, respectively.

And the survey says…

Results are in from the 2014 Alumni Attitude Study commissioned by the Emory Alumni Association, and SOM graduates ranked the highest of all Emory's schools on the question, "How would you rate your decision to attend Emory?" with 80% saying it was a "great" decision and nearly all the rest saying it was a "good" decision.


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