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Date: Monday, August 15, 2011

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College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Gold Humanism Honor Society Membership Student Nominations Open

The College of Medicine now has a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), joining 94 other medical schools with a GHHS chapter. The society aims to promote a culture of humanism in the practice of medicine by publicly recognizing medical students, residents and faculty whose clinical competence and professionalism include exceptional humanistic behavior and commitment to service.

Medical students who have completed their third year of medical school (Class of 2012) are eligible for nomination from their peers and faculty. Nominated students will be asked to submit application materials. Those chosen will be inducted in a recognition ceremony and GHHS membership will be included in their medical student performance evaluation. GHHS inductees will complete a service project which enhances humanism and professionalism at the college before graduation.

For nomination details contact Denise Gibson, assistant dean, at or (513) 558-2143. The nomination deadline is Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

Frank McCormack, MD
Frank McCormack, MD

McCormack’s Research Highlighted

Research led by Frank McCormack, MD, B. Gordon & Helen Hughes Taylor Chair of Internal Medicine, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, was featured in the correspondence section of the July 21 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article, "Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis” detailed research that was featured in the online edition of the journal in March. To learn more about the research, click here.

McCormack focuses his research on lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a progressive, cystic lung disease that occurs almost exclusively in women. He recently contributed a section on rare lung disease in the book "Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope,” published by the American Thoracic Society.

Click here to read "Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope.”

Jenna Klotz

Student Wins Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship

Fourth-year medical student Jenna Klotz has been awarded the Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a select group of 18 rising fourth-year students based on their academics, financial status and community involvement. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship to defray medical school expenses.

"These medical students represent the very best of the next generation of physicians,” said AMA Foundation President Owen Garrick, MD. "Their academic achievements, public health initiatives and volunteer activities illustrate their commitment to assume leadership roles in the medical community and improve health care in the United States.”

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CARE Crawley 

Special Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Aug. 17

The Department of Internal Medicine is sponsoring two special themed Medical Grand Rounds, "Current Controversies in Clinical Medicine—MRSA, MSSA” and "Implications for Isolation and Management” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Medical Sciences Building 7051.

George Smulian, MD, director of the division of infectious diseases, Allison Kelly, MD, assistant professor in infectious diseases, and Joseph Solomkin, MD, professor of surgery emeritus, will present recent evidence about this clinical issue with interactive discussion among the audience and discussants.

For additional information, please contact Mary Rich at or call (513) 245-3425.

Blood Drive

College of Medicine Blood Drive Aug. 23

Become a blood donor at the College of Medicine blood drive for Hoxworth Blood Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Kresge Auditorium. Appointments are preferred, but eligible walk-ins will be accepted. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds.

To sign up for an appointment, click here.

Walk From Obesity
Participants Walking

Born to Run or Walk 5K Sept. 2

The first Born to Run or Walk 5K will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, starting at West Chester Hospital and ending in Voice of America Park. The event was created in memory of Marilyn Tudor, who lost her battle with a cancerous brain tumor in the fall of 2010. The Marilyn Tudor Project was founded in 2011 and is the direct beneficiary of the Born to Run or Walk 5K. Proceeds from the Marilyn Tudor Project will benefit UC Health, A Cure Starts Now and Hospice of Cincinnati this year.

The 2011 Born To Run includes a 5K Run/Walk, Kid’s Fun Run, Silent Auction, Zhu Zhu pet races, music by the Modulators, food and more.

Click here to register and learn more.

Q-11 silos
Former Fernald Plant

History of Fernald Site Symposium Sept. 9

The Department of Environmental Health will host an interdisciplinary symposium will outline the history of uranium processing and remediation at the Fernald site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Kresge Auditorium. Presenters will describe the 18-year Fernald medical monitoring program, health outcomes, perceived benefits and risk communication, as well as the role of medical monitoring as a remedy in litigation concerning environmental health hazards.

>>For more information

Nancy Jones
Nancy Jones

One-Woman Play to Benefit Waddell Center Sept. 17-18

"Above the 37th Parallel,” a one-woman play by Nancy Jones, will be performed Sept. 17-18, 2011, in Kresge Auditorium, with all proceeds to benefit the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. 

Starring Sherman Fracher and directed by Drew Fracher, "Above the 37th Parallel” explores life, love and living with multiple sclerosis. Jones was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989.

For tickets ($30), call (513) 558-6903 or visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Mol-Gen Seminar Aug. 16: Ramy Aziz, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Cairo University, will present "Genes without Borders: A Survey of Mobile Genetic Elements in Genomes and Metagenomes” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Memory Disorders and Brain Health Lecture Aug. 17: Brendan Kelley, MD, assistant professor of neurology, will present "How to Recognize Memory Disorders and Preserve my Brain Health” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barrington of West Chester.
  • Digestive Diseases Lecture Aug. 18: Nathan  Schmulewitz, MD, associate clinical professor of medicine, will present, "Esophageal foreign bodies," at 3 p.m. in MSB 3051.
  • MMPC Seminar Series Aug. 18: Linda Rinaman, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh, will present "Hindbrain noradrenergic A2 neurons: diverse roles in autonomic, endocrine, cognitive and behavioral functions," at noon at UC Reading Campus, Lecture Room, Building A.

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