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Dr. Veena Bhanot Recognized as Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Congratulations to Dr. Veena Bhanot, who has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Distinguished Fellows are nominated first by their district branches before being recommended for approval by the APA Membership Committee and voted upon by the Board of Trustees. Candidates for this category have to meet more comprehensive criteria, including significant achievement in several areas of psychiatry.
Dr. James Mears Honored for his work with CHASM
Students and colleagues of Dr. James Mears, assistant professor of family medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division gathered recently to honor him for his service to Project CHASM, a student led project to bring medical attention to the streets of our community.
WVU physicians are required for every street rounds as a physician leader and teacher, and Dr. Mears has been a true champion of the program from its inception. Medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students, and social work students are all needed and welcome on street rounds. In addition, professional or community members may attend as well.
Setting out on foot, Project CHASM (Charleston Homeless and Street Medicine) strives to seek out the homeless, bridge gaps, & break down barriers to ensure that all members of our community have access to basic medical needs and are treated with the human dignity and respect that everyone deserves.
Participants complete brief online training and HIPPA module before attending rounds, then gather for street rounds in small multidisciplinary groups of students and a WVU physician to provide services and participate as a team in medical education.
They seek out the homeless on the streets and in homeless shelters to provide care in the environments most comfortable to them, providing needed supplies, medical advice, blood pressure checks, medication counseling, and connections to various resources around Charleston.
Dr. Molly John in Journal of American Geriatrics Society
Dr. Molly John, an associate professor of internal medicine at West Virginia University Charleston Division got a Letter to the Editor accepted for publication in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society for her study titled: Long-Term Outcomes of Patients Aged 75 and Older with Pulmonary Embolism. Congratulations, Dr. John!
Dr. Heather Tarantino Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Dr. Heather Tarantino, an assistant professor of internal medicine at West Virginia University Charleston Division has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science. The society’s values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership. Members have a compelling drive to do well and to advance the medical profession and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.
More than fifty Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, and in Chemistry, have been AΩA members. More than thirty of those were elected to AΩA prior to winning the Nobel Prize.
Nearly seventy-five percent of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Each year, AΩA grants more than $575,000 to medical students and faculty for awards, projects, and prizes that recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to caring for others and providing high quality health care. Our congratulations to Dr. Tarantino on this honor!
Department of pediatrics receives grant toward 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure machine
WVU Department of Pediatrics would like to thank the Marmet Hospital Foundation for their generosity in providing grant money towards the purchase of our second 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure machine. Over the past 14 years, the foundation has donated $17,500 towards the purchase of various medical equipment for the department of pediatrics, which has improved patient care.
Twenty four hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is becoming the standard of care in patients with suspected or confirmed hypertension. We are happy to announce that with the addition of the second machine we will be able to offer this service to more patients, including adult patients. To schedule a patient, please call 304-388-1502.
Submitted by Myra Chiang, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Dye on passing her American Board of Pediatrics Endocrinology exam. Dr. Dye completed her Pediatric Endocrinology training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University and joined our Department of Pediatrics in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.
Congratulations to Dr. Ritu Walia on passing her American Board of Pediatrics Gastroenterology exam. Dr. Walia completed her Pediatric Gastroenterology training at Cleveland Clinic and joined Department of Pediatrics in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.
Residents Place 4th Nationally in "Mind Games" Competition
The team of residents from the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the CAMC/WVU Charleston Division clinical campus finished fourth out of more than 90 programs in the recent “Mind Games” competition sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association.
MindGames, now in its eighth year, tests the teams’ knowledge of medicine in general, psychiatry in particular, and patient-care issues.
MindGames is open to all psychiatry residency programs in the United States and Canada. The preliminary online competition begins in February, when teams of three residents together take a 60-minute online test consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions follow the ABPN Part I content outline, covering both psychiatry and neurology, with a few difficult history-of-psychiatry questions to make it interesting.
MindGames is a collaboration between APA and the American College of Psychiatrists.
CAMC recognized as only WV hospital ranked among top 5% in nation
Charleston Area Medical Center has been ranked among the nation’s top 5 percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide as released by Healthgrades, the nation’s leading health care ratings company.
CAMC is the only hospital in West Virginia and one of only 260 hospitals nationwide to achieve the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ based on its outstanding clinical quality performance.
“This award acknowledges the achievements CAMC has made to provide our patients with consistently high levels of clinical care,” said Dave Ramsey, CAMC’s president and CEO. “Our physicians and staff have demonstrated the commitment and collaborative spirit necessary to implement the best possible programs and processes that produce exceptional clinical outcomes, which this recognition validates.”
The Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence is presented only to those hospitals that stand out above the rest for overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of services. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas, the select hospitals recognized with this award exhibit comprehensive high-quality care across multiple clinical specialties.
“National honors like these are important because they represent years of commitment to excellence by our physicians, clinicians and staff,” said Dale Wood, CAMC’s chief quality officer. “For patients, this recognition represents objective confirmation that we are continuing to offer exceptional quality, and they can feel confident that they are receiving high quality care.”
From 2010 through 2012, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 156,036 lives could have potentially been saved.
“We’re fortunate to be part of a health system that places quality and patient safety at the forefront,” Wood said. “Our success comes from everyone working together and being committed to doing the right thing for every patient, every time.”
New Books in the Health Sciences Library:
Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care (2014) Middle Range Theory for Nursing (3rd edition, 2014; co-authored by WVU's Dr. Mary Jane Smith)
Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, volumes 1 & 2 (9th edition, 2012)
Step-Up to Medicine (3rd edition)
Physical Assessment of the Newborn (4th edition)
Rosen's Emergency Medicine (8th edition)
Clinician's Pocket Drug Reference 2014 (The Scut Monkey Drug Manual) Publishing & Presenting Clinical Research (3rd edition)
The Successful Match: 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match (1st edition, 2009) First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK (8th edition)
COMLEX Secrets Study Guide (2014 edition)
Library Staffer Deborah Workman to Retire in May
Our dedicated, hardworking staffer Deborah Workman will be retiring this May. Many of you know Deborah not only from the library but also from the basement bookstore where she had worked for many years. Please stop by and wish Deborah good luck in her upcoming retirement.
Library Renovation Work Continues
Our renovation work continues upstairs. Much of the area is still open for studying and research but for your safety please stay clear of the work areas. Thank you.
Don't forget the computer lab on the first floor of the library and the webcast room on the second floor may be reserved for group work, classes, and training. Sharon Smith is now in charge of room scheduling. Please send an e-mail to
if you would like to make a reservation.
World Book Night
The library will be participating in World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23rd. World Book Night will be held in selected libraries and bookstores nationally. A limited number of free books (to keep) will be distributed to help promote the love of pleasure reading. Stay tuned for more details!
To view a video about World BookNight, watch
If you have any questions about the library please feel free to stop by or contact library director Rob Cagna (email@example.com; 304-347-1287).
WVU medical students meet their match 100 percent of medical graduates selected for residency training
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the better part of Mark Leekoff’s life, his educational goal was to finish medical school. This was no small feat for a man who will soon become the first deaf graduate of a medical school in West Virginia. Diagnosed at 17 months as profoundly deaf, Leekoff, at age 3, became one of the first children in the U.S. to receive a cochlear implant.
“When I was applying to medical schools, I wanted to attend a school with a great reputation that was close to my home in northern Virginia,” said Leekoff, current West Virginia University School of Medicine student. “Most schools were hesitant to take on a deaf student, but WVU gave me a chance, and it has paid off very well. The physicians and staff have been nothing short of amazing in helping me succeed in my pursuit of a medical degree by providing support and accommodations, and I’m going to miss my family in Morgantown.”
Today, Leekoff was happy to learn that he matched with the University of Maryland and residency training in neurology.
For four years, students at the WVU School of Medicine have worked toward Match Day – the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians. WVU medical students, as well as those throughout the nation, participated in the complex process that matches graduating medical students’ preferences with program preferences.
Members of the Class of 2014 received traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, which contained letters identifying their resident match at noon today. This year’s WVU celebrations were held simultaneously at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown, Four Points by Sheraton for the Charleston campus and the Purple Iris in Martinsburg for the Eastern campus.
“We have seen more students choosing to stay in the state or nearby for the start of their residency training, despite being heavily recruited by programs all over the country,” Norman Ferrari, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs and chair of the WVU Department of Medical Education. “Research has shown that residents tend to establish their practices close to where they train. Forty percent of our graduating medical students will begin their residency training in West Virginia this July.”
Fifty-three percent of the Class of 2014 will train in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology, fields that typically represent a person’s primary care.
The career goals of West Virginia native and current School of Medicine student Jess Johnson include serving rural populations in the state and nationally as an internal medicine and pediatric physician. Johnson spent her third year of medical school on WVU’s Eastern campus. She learned today that her residency will be at WVU.
“I was hoping to match here at WVU, because I feel like it’s the perfect fit for me,” Johnson said. “I grew up in Elkins. Both of my parents are from West Virginia, and they always taught me the importance of being proud of where you came from.”
The WVU School of Medicine places an emphasis on rural health and teaching in local communities throughout the state. Just this month, the School was ranked 11th for rural medicine in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”
Ali Hajiran, also a West Virginia native and current School of Medicine student appreciated the financial support that he received from the school and the state. Hajiran matched early in a urologic surgery residency in the WVU Department of Surgery.
“I was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, and am very proud of my hometown and state,” Hajiran said. “As a West Virginia resident, I was fortunate to receive a generous amount of financial support from WVU and the state, which helped me focus on discovering my true interests in medicine without the burden of hefty student loans.”
Hajiran and Johnson met during medical school and have participated in a service trip to rebuild houses in New Orleans and on a medical rotation to Guatemala to provide primary care to a vast number of people who have limited access.
“Having a significant other who is also a medical student turned out to be quite a blessing,” said Hajiran. “It was nice to have someone who understands everything that you are going through, including all of the daily obstacles and pressures that come with being a medical student.”
“The Class of 2014 has earned a 100 percent pass rate on both U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 tests for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, an accomplishment that is distinctly rare,” Arthur J. Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said. “We are so proud to have this talented group of students become physicians. The number of students remaining in West Virginia and bordering states, plus the number of students entering primary care indicate that we are keeping the important promises as the state’s land grant institution of caring for West Virginians and helping West Virginia students succeed in their education.”
Students in the School of Medicine Class of 2014 matched in 22 different fields and will go to 21 different states. Some selected training opportunities not offered anywhere in West Virginia, such as radiation oncology, plastic surgery, and combined pediatrics/psychiatry/child psychiatry programs.
The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) couples prospective applicants with residency programs. Each applicant makes a list ranking the residency program in their order of desirability. The residency programs do the same with the applicants, and the NRMP matches them up.
Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty. Not all graduating medical students get matched. According to NRMP, last year 975 graduates of U.S. medical schools did not match, accounting for 5.6 percent of U.S. grads.
WVU has the largest number of graduate medical education offerings in the state, with more than 50 specialty training programs, all of which are fully accredited. One-half of the training programs are the only such specialty programs offered in the entire state.
Residency training begins at WVU the first week of July for more than 100 new residents from medical schools across the country.
By the numbers:
Top States: West Virginia (40 percent), Ohio (9 percent), Pennsylvania (8 percent), South Carolina (5 percent)
Top Specialties: Internal Medicine (20 percent), Family Medicine (13 percent), Transitional Year (13 percent), Pediatrics (9 percent)
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The West Virginia Poison Center Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week
The West Virginia Poison Center is celebrating National Poison Prevention Week with poison centers across the nation. Each year during National Poison Prevention Week, the West Virginia Poison Center has a special focus on poison prevention outreach and provides special programming throughout the state. This year's focus is adding the West Virginia Poison Center's number into cell phone contact lists. A special flyer was distributed throughout the state--from health departments to pediatrican's offices, and from schools to senior centers. Don't forget to add our number into your phone! West Virginia Poison Center 1-800-222-1222
Nearly Half of CAMC Staff Trained in Residency Program Here
CAMC is above average when it comes to retaining medical residents
– Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston Area Medical Center is doing a good job of retaining residents or drawing them back to the area following out-of-state fellowships, said Sharon Hall, president of the CAMC Health Education Research Institute.
Hall presented an annual report at Wednesday morning’s meeting of the CAMC Board of Trustees.
“Upon graduation, on average, 33 percent enter practice in West Virginia and many come back after fellowships in other states,” she said.
Graduates leave the state in order to find slots to pursue further training in their specialties because there may not be an adequate number of opportunities to do so here.
“Forty-nine percent of our staff were trained in the residency program here,” she said.
“CAMC is probably above average in retaining residents or bringing them back to the area. They have a good learning and training experience here. Every student is a prospective employee.”
Sandra Y. Pope Re-appointed to ACICBL Federal Advisory Committee
Sandra Y. Pope, MSW, Director of the WV Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, has been re-appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL). This Advisory Committee recently released a report: "Redesigning Health Professions Education and Practice to Prepare the Interprofessional Team to Care for Populations". This is the 12th in a series of reports to HRSA focused on topics related to providers covered under Title VII. This latest report, "Redesigning Health Professions Education and Practice to Prepare the Interprofessional Team to Care for Populations", is now available online and covers issues related to population health, cultural competency, health promotion, technology, and interprofessional teams. Download your copy and share today:
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