GU Symposium Sept 28: Mendel’s Peas and Today’s Healthcare, Ethics and Genetics

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You are invited to attend a free Symposium: Mendel’s Peas and Today’s Genes: Healthcare, Ethics, and Genetics, on September 28, 2017, at 10 am at Georgetown University. The event and light buffet lunch of Czech foods are being co-hosted by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Embassy of the Czech Republic as part of the Embassy’s 2017 Mutual Inspirations Festival honoring Gregor Mendel. 

RSVP is required by September 25, 2017 to Admission is free. Registration check-in is from 9:30 am-10 am on September 28. A buffet lunch of Czech cuisine prepared by the Embassy of the Czech Republic will follow the event. LOCATION: Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business Rafik B. Hariri Building, 4th Floor, Fisher Colloquium, Washington, DC 20057. 


The Symposium will begin with opening remarks by Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček. The keynote address on Gregor Mendel and his legacy will be delivered by Ondřej Dostál, PhD, Director of the Mendel Museum in the Czech Republic, followed by an expert panel discussing these topics:

  • 1) inherited breast cancer by Professor of Oncology and Senior Genetic Counselor at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Beth N. Peshkin, MS, CGC
  • 2) reproductive ethics by legal expert Susan L. Crockin, JD
  • 3) genomic medicine by Oncology Professor and Lauler Chair in Catholic Healthcare Ethics Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD, and
  • 4) early 20th Century eugenics in Bohemia and Moravia by Kennedy Institute of Ethics Professor Emeritus LeRoy B. Walters, PhD.



National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) Opens in October

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As individuals who have long been concerned with the future of biomedical education and research, the NIH writing to inform you about a truly special program at the NIH, the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP; The MRSP is a yearlong research training program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. 

The MRSP is designed for rising fourth-year students (initial clinical rotations completed), but does not exclude second year students in medical school who have strong research interests from applying. While taking a year out from medical school can present many challenges for both the student and the school, the opportunities offered by the MRSP are truly phenomenal and make the challenges worthwhile.

During the year, students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive Journal Club addressing major issues in clinical research.

The NIH will begin to accept applications for the 2018-2019 MRSP class on October 2, 2017, and the deadline for complete applications is January 12, 2018

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the MRSP, please do not hesitate to contact .

Announcing New Saturday GUTS Service

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Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,
Continuing our efforts to enhance student access to the greater Washington, D.C. area, the Office of Transportation Management and GUSA are happy to announce the Fall 2017 Saturday GUTS service schedule.

  • Saturday GUTS Service will begin on September 16, 2017.
  • Saturday service to Dupont will depart campus from the bus turnaround every 20 minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. through 7:40 p.m. You can view the full Saturday schedule on the GUTS website.
  • The GUTS service to Dupont includes a stop at Trader Joe’s in the West End. The Trader Joe’s stop can be found at 25th and L Streets, NW.

We will monitor ridership and route timing and make appropriate service adjustments as necessary. Please contact the Office of Transportation Management at 202-687-4372 with any questions.

Kamar Mack
President, GUSA

Robin Morey
Vice President, Planning and Facilities Management

Invitation to Educational Event at Westminster Hall

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MedStar Health would like to extend an invitation to the medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine to attend an educational event discussing patient safety at Westminster Hall in Baltimore City on September 20th from 5:30 to 9 PM.

The topic is, “How a Healthcare System Supports Patients and Providers when Medical Catastrophe Occurs – The Jack Gentry Story.”

Jack is a former SWAT team member who was paralyzed during a cervical spine surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. The surgeon immediately disclosed the event to Jack’s family, apologized for the catastrophic error, and both he and Jack were fully supported by MedStar after the event. Jack never sued and now works as a consultant and patient advocate for MedStar Health. The evening will be a celebration of his life and advocacy work, and a opportunity to understand what makes MedStar’s approach to medical error so unique. A post-presentation discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Seth Krevat, Vice-President of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, and Larry Smith, Vice-President of Risk Management for MedStar Health.

The event is open to all residents, physicians, nurses, medical students, other healthcare professionals, and anyone with an interest in patient safety. The event is free however registration is required. No one will be allowed to enter the event unless they are on the guest list. Wine, beer, appetizers, desserts and coffee will be served. Students can go to to register.

VCU SOM Pediatric Conference Invite

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9th Annual Pediatric Conference

VCU School of Medicine Pediatric Interest Group is excited to invite you to the 9th Annual Pediatric Conference on Saturday, October 14th! The event will consist of a keynote speaker, pediatric professionals panel, series of interactive clinical workshops, and networking opportunities.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Romesh Wijesooriya, Assistant Professor and Chief of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and one of Style Weekly’s Top 40 under 40 in 2016. Hands-on workshops will cover a variety of clinical skills, including lumbar punctures, suturing, pediatric counseling, birthing simulations, and more. The conference will also provide a great opportunity to network with pediatric clinicians, residents, and peers from other health professional schools. Space is limited so please register here!

SHM’s Student Scholar Grant is Now Open

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SHM’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Program offers first- and second-year medical students the opportunity to engage in scholarly work with guidance from an SHM mentor to gain a better understanding about the practice of hospital medicine. SHM offers two options to eligible students, the Summer Program or the Longitudinal Program.

Scholarship Recipients Will:

Get first-hand experience with inpatient clinical work, hospital-related adminstrative responsibilities and educational activities
Participate in scholarly work alongside of a leader in hospital medicine
Increase their visibility by regularly sharing project updates on Hospital Medicine Exchange and the upcoming SHM Resident and Student blog

FUMC Health Fair Volunteer Opportunity

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Eighth Annual Hyattsville Community Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair

First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville

6201 Belcrest Road

Hyattsville, MD 20782

Telephone No: 301-927-6133

Dear Health Care Provider:

Greetings from the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville!

Kindly add to your calendar the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 8th Annual Hyattsville Community Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair. This fair will take place on Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. at the above address. There is no registration fee for health care providers participating in this fair.

This fair brings together health care professionals from a variety of health sectors to offer their time and services to the residents of the Hyattsville Community and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be part of this community outreach effort, please respond to this email.

Many thanks for all your support and we look forward to seeing you in September. Kindly call or email me should you need additional information.

Warmest regards,

Janet Burrowes


FUMCHY Health and Wellness Ministry

Email address:

Phone: Church Number: 301- 927-6133

New DC Mobile App Matches Med Students with the Best Places to Study Productively

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Place Tempo (, is a DC area startup and Free Apple and Android app that matches you with the best six places nearby, on and off campus, to study that best fits your selected productivity needs (quiet, great wifi, how busy, open seating and outlets…).

It is driven by daily Real-Time and recent crowdsourced ratings from fellow users.

On the app you can rate and will find ratings of places near Georgetown and across DC and the area from fellow users (cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, work spaces…). You can also find and rate places on campus like the libraries, labs, campus buildings and spaces.

Download the app and learn more at!

Current promo:  If you download the app and rate Baked by Yael across from the National Zoo, you can get a free Cakepop or Bagel with any purchase: