AMSA fellow sees beyond the individual: “I view the community as my patient”
Awarded annually to a single U.S. medical student, the AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellowship offers recipients a chance to help shape educational and advocacy programming while delving into issues ranging from health care access to global health equity, diversity and social justice.
Accepting the fellowship meant deferring graduation for one year, a choice that can feel risky for students already committed to at least seven years of medical school and training."
“I was nervous about possibly being away from clinical medicine for a year,” Jayaweera says. “But I just knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have this much time to study these policies.”
Richmond Mural Tours
Kayla Diggs Brody, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Public Health program, wanted to find a new way to showcase Richmond’s murals and help people explore the city’s rich history. She started a business giving walking tours of Jackson Ward, and she’s taking the time to share her knowledge and appreciation for the art many of us see each day in passing but don’t often stop to consider. See the NBC 12 story here.
Congratulations, Hannah and Jackie!
M’17 Jackie Britz, an I2CRP program alumna and current resident at UVA, was selected as a Resident Representative. Both members were elected by their peers and will serve a one-year term, which began in November 2018. Congratulations, Hannah and Jackie!
M4 Michelle Baer aims to use communication to help patients lead healthier lives
Michelle Baer, a part time fitness instructor and nutrition coach, took the opportunity to intern with Dr. Oz for four weeks to help with the production and researching food safety, nutrition, & health trends for the show as well as to learn how to communicate vital information in a short span of time to those who need it.
Baer says, “I was really interested in finding out how he shares his information so that I can one day incorporate that into my own practice. We have all this knowledge as health care providers, but how do we best relay it all in a 10- to 15-minute appointment?”
Baer holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology, health and society from Cornell University, a master’s from Columbia University in human nutrition and metabolic biology, and is also enrolled in fmSTAT, the medical school’s Family Medicine Scholar Training and Admission Track that’s designed to develop and nurture students interested in family medicine careers.
Learn more by reading the full article.
Randy Merrick, M’85, Mitchell B. Miller, M.D., H’82, & Rebecca O. Sinclair, M’98 are honored for their service to Virginians
Randy Merrick, M’85 was honored as a 2018 Unsung Hero by the Virginia Health Care Foundation for cofounding the Orange County Free Clinic in 2006. Since its foundation, Merrick has treated nearly 1,000 patients every Tuesday and also volunteers as the clinic’s board president and medical director.
“He even paid for the Holiday Inn to house local homeless shelter residents when the shelter had to be fumigated for bedbugs. Known for his genuine character and compassion, it’s no wonder that this unsung hero is beloved by all.” – VHCF
Mitchell B. Miller, M.D., H’82, recently was a first-time recipient of the Virginia Family Physician of the Year award by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, and has accepted the award on behalf of all family physicians in Virginia.
“It acknowledged the dedication that my colleagues show on a daily basis to taking care of the citizens of Virginia despite the many barriers to doing so — from regulations and insurance companies to financial and others — they place the well-being of their patients above all else,” Miller says. “So this award was really a celebration of the difference that family physicians can and do make.”
Rebecca O. Sinclair, M’98, received the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation 2018 Salute to Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Uninsured and Underserved.
Sinclair’s efforts lead to the development of the county’s only free medical and dental program offering services by appointment 41 hours a week.
“She truly cares about our community, the working poor and indigent. Words like ‘can’t’ or ‘impossible’ are not in her vocabulary.” Says Carol S. Shapiro, M.D., M.B.A.
Read the full article and watch highlight and award videos for their dedication and service to underserved Virginians.
fmSTAT student Kathryn Gouthro completes medical rotation at Yellowstone National Park
M4 Kathryn Gouthro, a scholar in the fmSTAT track program, recently completed one of the more unconventional medical rotations when she spent a month at the clinics in Yellowstone National Park. For Gouthro, the president of the Class of 2019, it was a homecoming; she grew up inside the park and visited those same clinics for her own medical care. Seeing firsthand how the doctor was a vital part of the Yellowstone community itself spurred her interest in family medicine. It seems a perfect fit, as her supervising physician and Yellowstone medical director Luanne Freer, M’88 noted, “She has this way of connecting with people.”
Once she completes a seven-year commitment with the Army after graduation, Gouthro hopes to makes these connections even stronger. “I would love to be a rural family doctor. When you are it – when you are the only person available – you have the opportunity to really become a resource for the people there. You become part of the community, which is really a special thing.”
To read more about Kathryn’s time in Yellowstone, please see the article here.
fmScholar Paulius Mui’s Interest in Rural Medicine Guides His Research
M2 Paulius Mui, a scholar in the fmSTAT track program, wants to know what happens when rural communities lose a physician. To dig deeper into this question, he is conducting a microresearch project through a grant from RuralPREP – Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice. As part of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health regional meeting this summer, Rural PREP’s Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS) connected community stakeholders with medical students like Paulius, in an effort to offer guidance on research projects and create opportunities for collaborating on shared interests in rural health and family medicine.
Dr. Davis Patterson, Rural PREP project director, noted, “Paulius is a very motivated, passionate student who wants to make a difference. He wants to do that not only in providing good care for his patients, but also by helping address some of the problems that rural communities face in providing care to patients. This opportunity through microresearch allowed him to deepen the understanding of what he can do as a leader in his community and in a larger sense as well.”
For more information about the work Paulius and other students are doing with Rural PREP, please see the article and video here.
Dr. Alex Krist Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
Alex Krist, H’99, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Krist, a graduate of the VCU Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program, is a faculty member at the Fairfax program, a practicing family physician, and a professor in the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, where he leads several research teams and projects.
Congratulations, Dr. Krist!
Read the full article on the VCU News website.
I2CRP Student Austin Oberlin Wins Young Investigator Award
As a student in the I2CRP track program, M4 Austin Oberlin is committed and dedicated to working with medically underserved populations. This desire to make a difference is what led him to the I2CRP program and to VCU, and it inspired him to apply for the prestigious Fogarty Global Health Fellowship. When he was selected to one of seven Fogarty fellows traveling abroad, he spent a year in South Africa to conduct his research, with a focus on women’s preferences for cervical cancer screening. After presenting his research to the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, he received the Young Investigator award at their 2018 annual meeting.
Read the full article on the School of Medicine website.
I2CRP Student Jessica Li Named 2019 STFM Student Scholar
M4 Jessica Li, a student in the I2CRP track program has been awarded a competitive scholarship by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) to participate in the 2019 conference on Medical Student Education.
She will present a poster on her I2CRP scholarly capstone project titled “Motivators, barriers, and ways to improve engagement in Alcoholics Anonymous among the Hispanic/Latino Richmond community: a qualitative study.”
The scholarship is highly competitive and is granted in recognition of the student’s strong commitment to family medicine through scholastic, volunteer and leadership pursuits. The award also recognizes the student’s potential for a career in academic medicine.
For more information about the scholarship program, please visit the STFM website: http://www.stfm.org/Conferences/ConferenceonMedicalStudentEducation/StudentScholarshipAward.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Faculty Development Endowment Fund/Paul J by visiting www.support.vcu.edu/give/familymedicine or (804) 828-4800
Our dear friend and former Professor in the VCU Department of Family Medicine, Paul J. Munson passed peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Paul was a passionate and devoted educator with a long and influential career in the VCU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. He served as Predoctoral Director and was instrumental in establishing the culture of collaboration and educational innovation within the department, across the VCU School of Medicine, and beyond. He was dedicated to helping others develop their potential as educators and leaders. Paul enjoyed piano, woodworking, gardening, and traveling to see family and friends, and touched so many with his compassion, kindness, respect for others, humility, and optimism. Paul will long be remembered for his educational design concepts (“personal anchors,” “collective wisdom,” etc.) and for his contributions in building the culture of service to students, many of whom are now faculty who contribute to our educational programs.
For Paul, nurturing learners was like the care family physicians provide for their patients – personal and enduring over time. The Paul J. Munson Faculty Development Endowment fund was established to honor his legacy of designing curriculum and teaching others how to create experiences that promote meaningful learning. Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Faculty Development Endowment Fund/Paul J by visiting www.support.vcu.edu/give/familymedicine or (804) 828-4800.
Scholarship established in her memory, to honor her contributions to public health.
The Dr. Saba Masho Endowed Scholarship in Epidemiology was initiated in 2018 by a contribution from Dr. Abraham Teklu in loving memory of his wife, Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH. Since then, interested friends, colleagues, and alumni have started making contributions toward the scholarship fund to provide substantial and meaningful support for PhD and MPH students. We encourage you to join in making contributions of any amount online as described below. The endowed scholarship honors the impact and legacy of Dr. Masho’s outstanding contributions to public health through her many years of dedicated teaching, mentoring, and research at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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.
The endowed scholarship will be used initially to recognize doctoral students of epidemiology and will provide funding to present research at a refereed national conference or for professional development training. As resources allow, the scholarship will also support Master of Public Health students.
To give your gift, please visit the VCU School of Medicine donation website. Click on the drop-down menu (that reads “Medicine Annual Fund”) and select “Search for other funds.” Then enter “Masho” in the “Search for a fund” box that appears to identify the Dr. Saba Masho Endowed Scholarship in Epidemiology, and proceed to make your donation.
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.