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June 2011 Edition
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GME Week 2011In 1961, the WVU School of Medicine received accreditation for four Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs: Surgery, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. This month, WVU is celebrating 50 years of accredited GME with a system that now includes more than 50 specialties and 385 residents.

“What started as accredited GME in 1961 when the University hospital opened its doors has grown substantially. We have become the largest sponsor of graduate medical education in West Virginia, offering more than 50 specialties – half of which are the only training program in the state,” Norman Ferrari, III, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education, said. “This links to our mission of serving West Virginians and providing them with a variety of specialists to meet their complex healthcare needs. We are really proud to be of such great service to the state.”

Currently, WVU School of Medicine faculty members supervise residency programs at six West Virginia hospitals. Thirty-eight of those are in specialties for which Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation is possible, and all are fully accredited. In addition to the programs at WVU Hospitals in Morgantown, WVU sponsors training for physicians at City Hospital in Martinsburg, Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson and the Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Clarksburg and Martinsburg. In Charleston, WVU faculty physicians supervise training of residents in programs sponsored by Charleston Area Medical Center.

For more information on the 50 years of Graduate Medical Education click on this link.

The School of Medicine and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are both benefiting from a $5 million gift from the Cline Family Foundation. Two million dollars will be used to create an endowed chair in orthopaedic surgery while $3 million is earmarked for the new basketball practice facility. The Cline Family Foundation was established by Christopher Cline, a southern West Virginia native and highly successful coal operator. The endowment creates the Christopher Cline Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and will qualify for matching funds from the state Research Trust Fund, making the total benefit to WVU $4 million. For more information on this chair endowment click on this link.
Last month, WVU provided several health reports to the West Virginia community. To learn more on Vertigo, Cochlear Implants,and Snoring click on the links.
Community Service Opportunities:

Medical Students are collecting the recycling bins in the HSC on Fridays. Contact Janice Ahn at jahn@mix.wvu.edu for more information.
Faculty Goings:
Alia Rai, M.D., has left the Morgantown Campus of the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.

Claude Shannon, M.D.,
has left the Morgantown Campus of the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine.

John Vanin, M.D.,
has left the Morgantown Campus of the School of Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry.
In the coming months
Grand Rounds
Faculty Happenings
Ruth Kershner, Ed.D.Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., professor, Department of Community Medicine, was recognized last month by the Women In Science and Health (WISH) Committee as the winner of the 2011 Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements by women at the HSC who are characterized by a demonstration of commitment to diversity, education, scholarship/mentorship, service to West Virginia, leadership, research and the mission of the HSC. Current and retired employees of the HSC are eligible for nomination. For more information on this award click on this link.

Resident happenings
Elizabeth Dunham, M.D., PGY 4, Department of Otolaryngology, attended the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Chicago, IL on April 27-30, 2011. She was awarded 1st prize on her poster presentation, “Evidence of Biofilm on Adenoid and Sinus Mucosa in Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis”.

Student Happenings
Commencement Weekend 2011

The School of Medicine had two ceremonies for its graduates last month. One for MD/PhD (doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy) students and the other for the Professional Programs (includes masters and doctor of philosophy in Public Health; Bachelors of Science, Masters of Sciences, and doctor of philosophy in Exercise Physiology; bachelor of science in Medical Laboratory Science; bachelor of arts in human performance in health and masters in Occupational Therapy, and doctorate in Physical Therapy) students.

For a recap of the WVU commencement ceremony’s from last month click this link.

MD Graduation Photos
Professional Program Graduation Photos
MD Awards Convocation
PT Awards
OT Awards

Joanna Adkins, M.D., Class of 2011, is a first-generation college student. She has always wanted to be a doctor. She graduated from medical school last month and plans to complete a family medicine residency at WVU, and then return to Wyoming County as a family doctor to give back to her community. For more information on Dr. Adkins or the MD/PhD commencement ceremony click on the respective links.

Alyssa Evans, M.O.T., Class of 2011, was one of 28 Master’s of Occupational Therapy graduates who received their degree last month. Alyssa’s mother is also an occupational therapist and will be joining her mother’s practice in Beckley, WV. For more information on Alyssa or the Professional Programs graduation click on the respective links.

WVU Class of 2011 Commencement weekend ceremonies on YouTube.
Members of the School of Medicine's AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) and AMA-Student Section organized the Annual 5K "Run For Cover" benefit for Bartlett House. This year's event on March 20th was a great success. There were 130 runners and $4,078 was raised (exceeding the goal of $3000). The photos show the student leaders presenting the check to the Bartlett House representatives. If you would like to post a photo, I can tell you who the people are. Results of the race are posted at the Run For Cover website.
Ajay Nayak, a Ph.D. student., Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, is helping researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) develop an early-warning system for exposure to specific disease-producing fungi. Fungal infections can be dangerous to people with compromised immune systems. They’re also a hazard for workers in agriculture and other occupations where long-term exposure to molds and other fungi can lead to allergies or trigger allergic reactions. For more information on this research click on this link.
Note Worthy
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Making it work – that’s an everyday responsibility for the Health Sciences’ faculty, administrators and staff. Collectively, we appreciate the benefit which everyone’s labors provide to those who seek out the services provided here.

As a team, much is accomplished. As team members, we can find additional ways to extend the benefits. One option is to consider including a gift provision in your will or revocable trust when the time is right for estate planning.

The provision should be worded “to the West Virginia University Foundation for the benefit of the School of Medicine / Department of _____” to carry out your dream. You can specify that the gift fund will be endowed to last forever and provide annual income or can be used on an expendable basis to meet the greatest needs at that time.

Many support options are available, and the Development Office (304-293-3980) can assist you to make it work.
Research Happenings
Valeriya Gritsenko with Xbox

Valeriya Gritsenko, Ph.D.,
assistant professor, Department of Human Performance and Applied Exercise Science, Division of Physical Therapy, is using motion capture in the XBOX Kinect to learn how the nervous system deals with damage that may be caused by a stroke or other nervous system related trauma. Motion capture is the process of recording movement and translating that movement on to a digital model. For more information on this research click on this link.
Maria Merzouk, D.O.Maria Merzouk, D.O., assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been working on a study on the methods used to teach teens about sexually transmitted infections (STI) that could have a real impact on the amount of information retained. The study included more than 600 high school freshmen who completed a written test to measure their knowledge about HPV. The students were divided into two groups: one group attended health class with their regular curriculum about STI; the other group viewed an educational DVD about HPV in combination with their regular curriculum. The DVD addressed three main topics, including the virus itself, its symptoms and the actions required for treating it. for more information click on this link.
Charles Whiteman, M.D.Charles Whiteman, M.D., associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, is the lead author of a trauma in dementia patients study. The two most difficult questions for family members and caretakers of dementia patients to answer involve the patient’s driving privileges and whether the patient should be moved to a long-term care or nursing facility. For more information on this study click on this link.
Did you know?
In 2006, Robert Stitzel, Ph.D., formerly Associate Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, was honored as one of the Most Loyal Mountaineers.
Can you guess who these faculty members are?

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The answer will appear in next
month’s issue.

Last month’s faculty members were James Arbogast, MD. and Joseph Selby, MD.
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