National Williams Syndrome Association Convention: Baltimore July 11-14, 2018 – Student Solicitation

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To Whom it may concern;

The 17th biannual National Convention on Williams syndrome will be held in Baltimore,
this July 11‐14, 2018. Sixty educational sessions over 3 full days of programming will
bring together outstanding individuals from diverse disciplines who are committed to
furthering our knowledge of Williams syndrome. Sessions will be provided on
Wednesday July 11 between 1 and 4:30 PM; Thursday and Friday between 8:45 and
4:00 PM and on Saturday morning from 9 – noon. Many opportunities for dialogue and
small group networking are also built into the schedule. A program agenda is included
with this letter. We welcome medical students to attend any or all days of the
convention free of charge.

The convention will be held at the Marriott‐Waterfront on Aliceanna St. in the Inner
Harbor. We are expecting more than 1200 people to attend, and we hope that you will
consider joining us to expand your knowledge on Williams syndrome, or perhaps to
volunteer in our programs for individuals with Williams syndrome. We will be happy to
provide certificates of attendance for both the educational and volunteer portions of
the program.

To register, go to: williams‐ and click on the blue button:
and enter the coupon code MED18 for complimentary

With best regards,

Terry Monkaba
Executive Director

WIN Symposium 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching Rapidly

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Global Implementation of Precision Oncology:
WINning the war against cancer
WIN Symposium 2018 | 25-26 June 2018 | Paris, France

This year’s WIN Symposium marks the important landmark of ten years since its first edition. A journey that would not have been possible without our Vice-Chairman, Prof. Thomas Tursz. We would like to pay a special tribute to Prof. Tursz, who sadly passed away on 27 April. His work, passion, and dedication have made a profound mark in the world of oncology.

WIN Symposium 2018 program
The annual ASCO® endorsed symposium will bring together renowned experts and scientists from academia, industry, government, and advocacy. The program will allow you to network, connect and listen to speeches of some of the most respected leaders in the field of oncology. It will also include a special moment honouring Prof. Tursz’s life and career.

Check out the full program here which has been granted with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

WIN at ASCO® 2018
WIN is also proud to announce that the conclusions of WINTHER, WIN’s first global personalized clinical trial carried out at multiple leading academic cancer centers has been selected for oral presentation at ASCO® 2018.

WINTHER: An international WIN Consortium precision medicine trial using genomic and transcriptomic analysis in patients with advanced malignancies – Abstract N°12011 will be presented on June 4, 2018 by Dr Jordi Rodon, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain in the Session Innovative Immune and Genomic Biomarkers for Solid Tumors 9:45 -11:15 AM.

Have you submitted your abstract?
Are you still planning on submitting your abstract for this year’s WIN Symposium? Great news – you can still submit your application until 30 May! This year, you can choose from a variety of topics, including new strategies, biomarkers and early diagnosis of cancer and the new topics of cancer prevention and patient reported outcomes. You can find all guidelines for the preparation and submission of your abstract here!

Your abstract will be published in the international journal ‘Frontiers in Oncology’ and will be scheduled for presentation in dedicated poster viewing sessions.

The authors of the winning poster will be awarded with the opportunity of presenting it in a plenary session, and will receive a check prize of EUR 750.

Submit your abstract before 30 May and get the chance to showcase your work at the 10th anniversary edition of WIN Symposium!

Medical student opportunity in national medical education project – Applications due June 4

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Aquifer is seeking 5 to 6 first-year medical students (class of 2021) to participate in an exciting national medical education project. Aquifer (formerly MedU) is a non-profit, collaborative organization that provides high-quality virtual patient cases used in 90% of U.S. medical schools. Aquifer’s courses, including Aquifer Pediatrics (CLIPP), Aquifer Family Medicine (fmCASES), Aquifer Internal Medicine (SIMPLE), and more, reach approximately 40,000 students a year.

Selected students will assist in the review and revision of Aquifer virtual patient cases to improve the way race and culture are presented and taught. The project is expected to last from June 2018 to December 2018 and will include independent work as well as regular group conference calls. Students will be mentored by expert faculty members of the Aquifer Consortium throughout the project and will be invited to share their work and experience at the Aquifer Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., in the first week of October, with expenses paid.

Ideal candidates will have interest and experience in the areas of race and culture and/or medical education.

Interested students may submit their CV, along with a statement about why they feel they would be a good fit for this project, to by June 4. Questions about this project may be directed to Dr. Katherine Chretien ( or Dr. Stephen Scott  (

Jose’s Hands Mission Trips

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Jose’s Hands is a 501c(3) that awards scholarships to health students, connects them with medical mission trips, and helps them fundraise to go on these trips. Founded in 2009, to honor the late Maj. Jose Jamil Miranda, MD, MPH, US Army, Jose’s Hands aims to address the shortage of mission doctors and professionals, while the world’s underserved population continues to grow.

We have gone on several medical mission trips all around the world, with health students from various medical schools in the US and backgrounds such as internal medicine, podiatry, and pharmacy students.

Medical missions help students grow as a person and simultaneously, as a future health professional. These international trips focus on providing free medical care to those who need it most while expanding the students’ knowledge and medical vocation.

These trips foster sympathy, compassion, and selflessness within the missionary. The students form lifetime bonds on these missions.

Feel free to learn more about us and our scholarship opportunities at and

What’s the Fix outreach with Medical Schools

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A Special Invitation to Medical Schools: Join Us Virtually for What’s the Fix? 2018

On behalf of the Design Institute for Health and Dell Medical School, we are delighted to invite you and your medical students, residents, and faculty to join us virtually for What’s the Fix? on May 17, 2018.  This is an opportunity to share with your students and faculty some of the most modern and innovative workarounds to the challenges of our healthcare system coming from people navigating it.

What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talking to each other. What’s the Fix? highlights real people with real stories of overcoming health care challenges and driving change to the system as a result. What’s the Fix? features courageous people navigating a dysfunctional system and inspiring change along the way. Whether you’re a patient, caregiver, doctor, med student or someone who works in a hospital or health system, we all have a shared goal—finding new and better ways to fix health care. 

The conference is livecast from Dell Medical School and FREE to register. The virtual audience is actively moderated for online attendees with Q&A to the speakers from the virtual audience as well as from the live audience. We invite you and your medical students, residents, and faculty to join the virtual audience in learning from these remarkable stories of change.

2018 Speaker Highlights Include:

Toyin Ajayi– Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health who is devoted to creating scalable solutions to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations.

Bryce Olson – Global Marketing Director for Intel’s Health and Life Sciences who is using genetic sequencing to beat his own cancer.

Jeffrey Rediger – A theologian and Harvard physician, Jeff has focused on the mind-body connection for years, researching remarkable individuals who have recovered from illnesses considered incurable.

Doug Lindsay – Doug got sick at age 21 and spent the next 11 years bed bound until he developed the surgery that fixed him. Doug adapted

a long-forgotten animal model of adrenal gland surgery from the 1920s into a modern human surgery so surgeons could treat his rare autonomic-adrenal condition.

Sally Hernandez – Travis County Sheriff who is working to alleviate the unfortunate trend in county jails of inmates incarcerated as a result of crimes committed solely due to the fact that they suffer from mental illness.

Bodo & Lorelei Hoenen– Father and 8-year old daughter who worked together to address her arm paralysis by creating a robotic exoskeleton arm – without any prior training.

…and more!

You can see the full agenda here.

Instructions for Faculty Regalia Orders

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Instructions for Georgetown University

 Faculty Regalia Orders

Commencement 2018

Faculty rental regalia is priced as follows:

Doctoral regalia w/ tam                                        $58.45

Doctoral regalia w/ mortarboard cap              $49.46

                             Master regalia                              $43.69

                             Bachelor regalia                          $39.65


This includes the gown, cap, hood, tassel and standard shipping for all orders. Sales tax for the state the order is shipped to will be added at time of purchase. Please place your order at least six weeks prior to Commencement in order to guarantee hood colors, and to incur no additional shipping charge. Commencement this year is May 20th.

The deadline to order rentals is April 6th in order to guarantee hood colors.

To place an order, please call:

Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464

The information Jostens will need to place your order is:

  • Height and weight – this determines your gown size.
  • Your highest degree and the college or university this degree is from in order to determine your correct hood colors.
  • Rental mortarboard caps are all “one size fits all”.
  • A current credit card number with expiration date.
  • Your shipping address – all items will ship directly to your home address.  Please provide a street address for shipping purposes, as PO Box addresses cannot be accepted.

All items must be returned directly to Jostens

Your package will contain an instruction sheet for returning your items to Jostens.

(Please note that the cost of your rental includes shipping the items to you

as well as returning the items to Jostens.)

Jostens also offers the option to purchase custom-made,

fine quality regalia with special pricing.






Jostens is also your source for Georgetown Official Doctoral Regalia.

Please allow 5-8 weeks for custom-made regalia delivery. Jostens will provide complimentary

rental regalia in the event your custom purchase is not ready to ship by Commencement.


To purchase custom fine quality regalia please contact our Customer Call Center

at 800-854-7464.

Details and photos are at


Purchase custom regalia at the

Georgetown Bookstore, Leavey Center