We are working to create options for those who want to make donations in her honor. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Rajczewski (email@example.com or 804-628-0180).
Division Chair, Professor, teacher, and mentor Dr. Saba Masho passed away on May 28, 2018, after a lengthy illness. A vital member of the Division of Epidemiology (formerly known as the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health) since 2001, Dr. Masho served as an inspiration to countless faculty members, staff, and perhaps most importantly, graduate students. As family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate her life, it became evident how many lives she impacted in myriad ways. In addition to the importance and far-reaching significance of her work, her guidance, friendship, and kindness were particularly meaningful to all who crossed paths with her.
We will honor her by ensuring that the Epidemiology Division that she chaired will grow and prosper, inspired by her memory. We are working to create options for those who want to make donations in her honor. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Rajczewski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-628-0180).
Master of Public Health Students Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas Featured in SOM News for Internship AchievementsTue, 27 Feb 2018 11:52:21 EST
Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas featured in SOM News for internship Achievements
All MPH students complete a 180-hour internship to engage them in real-life public health work, making substantive contributions to the organizations where they work. Recently, Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas completed major projects that will have a lasting impact for the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and the Virginia Department of Health.
Sterling Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP (M’92, H’95) Elected to serve on American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors
Dr. Mark Ryan & Team Visit Puerto Rico
Mark Ryan, MD, and an interdisciplinary team comprised of VCU clinicians and students traveled to Puerto Rico in December and learned a great deal while providing care to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico last month. Perhaps two of the greatest lessons: Even months after the September storm caused a humanitarian crisis, the situation on the island is still changing rapidly and health needs — especially mental health needs — will continue for a long time.
It was like life was on standby:” reflections on the December 2017 trip to Puerto Rico (via VCU News)
Read about the preparation for the trip, in a VCU News article from December 2017
Drugs, alcohol, and suicides contributing to alarming drop in life expectancy, Dr. Steve Woolf arguesWed, 21 Feb 2018 14:40:08 EST
Drugs, alcohol, and suicide contribute to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy
Drugs, alcohol, and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, according to an editorial co-authored by Steven Woolf, MD, director of VCU’s Center on Society and Health. The editorial, titled “Failing Health of the United States,” was published in the British Medical Journal on Feb. 7.
Read full VCU News article
Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley Honored as 2017 VCU Alumni Star
In November 2017, Dr. Elizabeth-Prom Wormley, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was honored as a recipient of the 2017 VCU Alumni Star award. As noted at the celebration, “Throughout the worlds of art, business, education, service and health care, Virginia Commonwealth University alumni shine in all areas of human endeavor, illuminating problems, creating solutions and strengthening the quality of our lives. VCU Alumni is honored to recognize 15 alumni for their career and humanitarian achievements and for the infinite possibilities they bring to the future.” Congratulations, Dr. Prom-Wormley!
I2CRP Program and Alumnus Dr. Richard “Rick” Moore II, class of 2011 Featured in the AAMC Premed NavigatorWed, 07 Feb 2018 13:39:32 EST
I2CRP Program and Alumnus Dr. Richard “Rick” Moore II Featured in AAMC Premed Navigator
Contributions can be made online at https://www.support.vcu.edu/give/familymedicine (click on Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice in the drop down box) or by check payable to the MCV Foundation, Box 980022, Richmond, Va. 23298. Please note 'Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice' in the memo line of your check.
Fitzhugh Mayo, MD passed away on 11-11-17. He was recruited from his private practice in Virginia Beach by Dean Kinlough Nelson to become the founding Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at MCV in 1970, and served in that role until 1987. The MCV Department was one of the first six in the country, and Hugh was deservedly seen as one of the founding fathers of the discipline. During his tenure the Department established residency programs in Newport News, Blackstone, Fairfax, Virginia Beach, and Chesterfield. Along with David Marsland and Maurice Wood, Hugh was an author of "VirginiaStudy (ADA Compliant)" which compiled over 450,000 visits to family physicians across the Commonwealth and thereby established an accurate picture of the content of family medicine. This served as an essential guide for undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the discipline as well as continuing practice-based research. In recognition of this, the American Academy of Family Physicians awarded him the Thomas Johnson Award for lifetime contribution to Family Medicine education. Hugh also served as the President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. The family wishes any memorial contributions be made to support the Harris-Mayo Chair in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU. Contributions can be made online at https://www.support.vcu.edu/
"I might help heal someone this week"
Each summer, dozens of rising second-year VCU medical students travel with a medical brigade known as HOMBRE.
Started more than 15 years ago on the MCV Campus, it's grown over the years to include four sites in Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Peru. In June, the Class of 2019's Lipi Gupta was research coordinator for the Dominican Republic trip. She's given us a window into her experience.
Dr. Steven Cohen wins teaching award
We are happy to announce that Dr. Steven Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Teaching Award for "Best Teacher" during the 2014-2015 academic year in the M2 Scientific Foundations of Medicine Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine Division. He will receive a teaching pin award, a certificate, and $100 for educational development.
Dr. Cohen will be presented the Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2015 School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 p.m. in the Kontos Medical Sciences Building.
Congratulations on your award Dr. Cohen!
Faculty awards and appointments
- Dr. Steve Cohen was elected to the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association in August. Dr. Cohen will be a Governing Councilor representing the Aging and Public Health section of APHA. Congratulations Dr. Cohen!
- Dr. Steve Cohen won the Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education from the SOM. This awards honors outstanding teaching in areas other than physician training through departmental awards.
- Dr. Briana Mezuk won the 2015 Busse Research Award in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Duke Center for Aging. This award is given to mid-career investigators in recognition of their contributions to the field of aging. Congratulations to Dr. Mezuk!
Dr. Masho honored by Birth Matters Virginia
Congratulations to Dr. Saba Masho on being chose by Birth Matters Virginia as their 2015 Advocate of the Year!
We are all very excited that Dr. Masho is being honored for her dedication to eliminating health disparities and improving the healthcare of underserved pregnant women. In particular, Dr. Masho is being honored for her role as principal investigator with the Strong Start grant in Virginia.
The 2015 Advocate of the Year Award Celebration will be held Sunday, November 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at City Space in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For the 6th Consecutive Year...
The School of Medicine’s Student Family Medicine Association has been honored for a sixth consecutive year with the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Program of Excellence Award, which honors medical student organizations that generate interest in family medicine. Although the AAFP received a record number of entries for the award this year, the SFMA remained ranked on the list as one of the 10 best programs in the country. To see photos and read more.
The VCU Student Family Medicine Association received the AAFP Program of Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year!
VCU Student Family Medicine Association (SFMA) received recognition for it's excellence in programming to expose medical students to family medicine.
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 19 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as the 2015 Program of Excellence Award winners for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine. Award winners will be honored July 31 during the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.
FMIGs are medical school-sponsored, student and faculty-run organizations that give medical students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence Awards recognize FMIGs for their efforts to promote interest in family medicine and family medicine programming.
"Attracting medical students to the specialty of family medicine is critical to answer the ongoing primary care physician shortage,” said Clif Knight, MD, vice president of education at the AAFP. “Excellent FMIGs such as these award winners are an important component in these efforts. They’re essential to helping medical students understand the professional challenge and satisfaction of being a family physician.
“All of this year’s award winners have done outstanding work giving students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”
The program received a record number of entries this year. Full press release.
Alexandra "Lex" Tee chosen to be one of 30 individuals to attend the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute
Alexandra "Lex" Tee has been chosen from among 115 medical student and resident applicants to participate in the AAFP Foundation's Emerging Leaders Institute. The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute looks to identify Family Medicine residents and medical students who display leadership potential but may or may not have served in a leadership role. The Foundation’s intent is to help expand the number of future Family Medicine leaders and to provide valuable training to help equip them for this important work. The year-long leadership development program will bring together 30 participants following a competitive application process. It will include a $1,000 scholarship, plus the potential for additional $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships related to the project awards.
Participants will gather at AAFP headquarters following the 2015 National Conference for the full group training event, where they will be split into three tracks:
- Policy and Public Health Leadership
- Personal and Practice Leadership
- Philanthropy and Mission-Driven Leadership
An integral component of the FML Emerging Leader Institute is mentoring. After attending the Institute, residents and students will be assigned a mentor, who will provide guidance and support in the execution of the mentees’ projects. The completed projects will demonstrate leadership skill development while accomplishing important work related to the chosen track: Policy and Public Health Leadership, Personal and Practice Leadership, or Philanthropy and Mission-Driven Leadership. The mentor will not only provide guidance and support, but will serve as a role-model, reflecting those leadership attributes that the program is hoping to impart.
Lex, a second year student is also enrolled in the VCU Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admissions Track, fmSTAT.
Dr. Kuzel installed as President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine
Anton Kuzel, M.D,. M.H.P.E., was installed as president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine during the organization’s annual winter meeting in Savannah, Ga. in February. Kuzel is a professor and the Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine.
At the meeting, he delivered the first address of his one-year tenure, taking the opportunity to focus on the importance of the triple aim of better health, better care and better value through lower costs.
“Changing how primary care is financed – moving away from fee-for-service towards comprehensive primary care capitation – will be essential for primary care to reach its full potential in helping us achieve the triple aim,” Kuzel told his audience. “Large, self-insured employers are already doing direct contracting with primary care practices because their workforce ends up being healthier, more productive and less costly in terms of health care. I see them as our natural partners to achieve true health care reform in the U.S.”
The ADFM represents chairs and senior administrators of 150 family medicine departments across the United States. In the coming year, Kuzel expects it to continue its partnership in a national effort backed by all the family medicine organizations called Family Medicine for America’s Health.
With the tagline “Health is Primary,” the initiative’s goal “is to engage the public and important stakeholders in moving us to a system of health care that focuses on prevention and keeps people healthy and productive, rather than one that rewards treatment of complications of advanced disease,” Kuzel said.
Kuzel earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his residency training in family medicine at MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. He is associate editor for Qualitative Health Research and co-editor of two books on qualitative and health services research. Kuzel joined the VCU medical school’s faculty in 1984, first at the VCU-Fairfax residency program site before coming to the MCV Campus in 1990.
See the article here.