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Date: Monday, September 20, 2004

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Reason to Celebrate: 99% Pass USMLE Part I

The COM class of 2006, along with their teachers, mentors and the rest of the COM family, have reason to be proud today: an amazing 99% of them passed Part I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). This outstanding performance, which is well above the national mean, is testament to their hard work and dedication to the field of medicine. These students are now doing their third year clerkships and will take Part II of the USMLE in their fourth year; Part III is taken at the end of the first year of residency. Congratulations to one and all. You've made us proud!


Residents, Students Make Abstract Presentations

Last week, the Department of Internal Medicine hosted its annual resident and medical student poster judging and oral presentations at Medical Grand Rounds. Some 46 residents and students entered posters for the competition. Resident winners were Jason Valent, MD (first place), J. Matthew Freer, MD (second place), and Sarah Corathers, MD (third place). Student winners were Timothy Fernandes, UC-III (tie, first place), Michelle Mueller, UC-III (tie, first place), Krista Birkemeier, UC-IV (second place), and M. Derek Kreitel, UC-IV (third place). Providing oral presentations were residents Amanda Barrett, MD, Pankaj Dhingra, MD, Adam Mitchell, MD, Alyce Oliver, MD, and student Michael Straiko, UC-IV.

Medical Education Seed Grant Recipients Announced

The Office of Medical Education has announced the six recipients of seed grants for medical education research projects. The awardees include Aurora Bennett, MD, Department of Psychiatry; Phil Diller, MD, PhD, Department of Family Medicine; Corinne Lehman, MD, Department of Internal Medicine; Bruce Gebhardt, MD, Department of Family Medicine; Andrew Bazemore, MD, Department of Family Medicine; and Patricia Joseph, MD, Department of Internal Medicine. These seed grants are designed to stimulate faculty to explore new methods for effectively teaching medical students, residents and colleagues.


Welcome Back Grad Students

The College of Medicine would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new and returning graduate students. Twenty-six new master's students and 69 new PhD students bring our total graduate student body to 365. New programs this fall include the Immunobiology Graduate Program, directed by Dr. Marsha Wills-Karp at Cincinnati Children's. We are also proud to announce that each of our graduate programs selected for a required external review have received successful evaluations: molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology; molecular and developmental biology; environmental health; and medical physics. 


Tami Receives National Award

Thomas A. Tami, MD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has received the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Distinguished Service Award. The Award recognizes Dr. Tami for his presentation of several instructional courses and scientific papers at AAO-HNS annual meetings. In addition, he has served on AAO-HNS editorial boards, clinical and educational committees, and has participated in otolaryngology research.  


Student Organization Spotlight: Medical Students with Children
Medical Students with Children (MSWC) was formed at the College of Medicine during the 2003-2004 school year. Founded by a COM student in her second year who is also the mother of three, MSWC is a support group for COM students with families. The club is a great way to meet people who share parenting responsibilities, and is excited about planning many family activities throughout the year. MSWC held a picnic earlier this month and plans trips to the Cincinnati Zoo and Museum Center. Other social outings are in the offing. Anyone is welcome to attend MSWC events, with regular attendance by medical students, spouses/significant others, and their children. For more information, contact Janice McDaniel via e-mail at

Noyes Publishes in Consecutive JBJS Issues

Frank R. Noyes, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, published articles in two consecutive issues of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), the most widely read and prestigious journal in orthopaedics. In the June issue, Dr. Noyes teamed with Jason Shearn, PhD, and Edward Grood, PhD, both from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, to publish "Two-bundle posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: How bundle tension depends on femoral placement." In the July issue, Dr. Noyes published the first investigation to appear in JBJS on the clinical outcome of meniscus transplantation, "Meniscal Transplantation in Symptomatic Patients Less Than Fifty Years Old."


Queen City 101

Herman Schneider, one of the most important figures in University of Cincinnati history, was the founder of co-op education, which allows students to gain valuable work experience while attending college. UC has the oldest and second-largest co-op program in the country.

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