3rd International Conference Systems and Complexity for Healthcare Abstract Deadline September 15th

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Abstract Close extended to September 15, 2017

3rd International Conference Systems and Complexity for Healthcare

We seek to engage those in the physiological, social, environment, clinical, prevention, educational, organizational, finance, and policy domains to share their experiences and build new relationships at this conference. We aim to provide a forum where learning is fostered, connections across disciplines are encouraged, and new approaches to complexity and systems-inspired healthcare, policy-making and leadership are explored.

Here are some of the topics on offer:

  • A Puzzling Question: How Can Different Phenotypes Possibly Have Indistinguishable Disease Symptoms?
  • Embracing Complexity in Health: The Transformation of Science, Practice, and Policy
  • Is perceived need-for-action among women in violent relationships nonlinear and, if so, why?
  • If you change the way you look at things, things you look at change. Clinical Disease  – Cause or Consequence?
  • Preparing the next generation of health professionals to understand and use complexity and system sciences
  • Positive Deviance: A Novel Process for Optimizing Antibiotic Use
  • Agent-based models for influenza epidemic dynamics and its decision-making capability

September 15 – Submission deadline for oral presentations and poster abstracts
September 30 – Abstract acceptance decisions announced


Yates Closed for Annual Maintenance: August 5-20, 2017

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Dear Faculty and Staff,

Please take note that Yates Field House will be closed for maintenance work and facility updates from Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 20, 2017.

During this time, Yates will be updated and refreshed with select new equipment, new coating on court floors, and other updates. We will also be cleaning and repairing all current equipment and facility spaces. In addition to these upgrades, we will be opening a new designated equipment checkout space, where members can access recreation equipment such as basketballs, racquets, and more.

For our Faculty and Staff who are current Yates members, we will be partnering with local facilities that all members will have access to during the closing at no additional charge. For more details about these offerings, please read the full announcement here.

Furthermore, once the facility work has been completed, Yates would like to invite all Georgetown Faculty and Staff to an open house from Monday, August 21st through Sunday, August 27th, 2017. Faculty and Staff may access Yates FREE of charge during this time by presenting a GoCard to our front desk staff upon entry. This offer is extended only to Georgetown University/MedStar Faculty and Staff, no guests. Be sure to keep an eye on our website to stay-up-to date with facility hours and offerings!

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to refresh our facility, and we hope to see many of you during our open house!

Yates Field House

Children’s National Health System Research Opportunity

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Position:  Community health liaison for research project on social navigation in emergency department patients

Location:  Children’s National Health System, Division of Emergency Medicine (111 Michigan Avenue, NW and 1310 Southern Avenue, SE)


The community health liaison will serve as a link between adolescent patients and families and community health resources. This will occur as part of a research project conducted at CNHS that will examine the effects of social navigation services on adolescent patients at the point of care in the emergency department; specifically, the research team will examine whether there are reductions in ED recidivism and unmet social needs and improvements in community health resource use as a result of interaction with the social navigation team.

The job of the community health liaison will be to serve as the key member of the social navigation team.  This team will include the community health liaison, a clinician (physician, PA or nurse practitioner), and the ED social worker.  The community health liaison will review the results of a survey administered to adolescents during an ED visit that screens for the following social issues:  education, food security, housing stability, firearms access, substance abuse, access to health care, depression and suicide, sexual health, intimate partner violence and human trafficking.  For each area in which the adolescent’s responses indicate high risk, the community liaison will follow pre-developed protocols to create a referral plan for the family. This plan will then be approved by the social worker.  A key component of the referral plan will be warm handoffs to accepting organizations. The referral plan will include organization contact information for each risk area, warm handoff steps completed in the ED by the community health liaison, and next steps that require completion by the family (e.g., documents to gather and phone calls to make/answer).  In addition, the community health liaison will help assure that any emergency issues (e.g., suicidality) are forwarded to the team clinician and/or social worker.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess a passion for community improvement and patient interaction.  She will be skilled in soliciting and conveying sensitive information to patients and families, and will pay exquisite attention to confidentiality.  This unpaid position is perfect for a graduate or exceptional undergraduate student in medicine, social work, public health, nursing or physician assistant studies who needs to complete a research or community health practicum, internship or experience as part of degree requirements.  In addition, valuable research experience and knowledge of community resources will be gained. There will be opportunities to assist in enrollment, consent and follow up of patients, data analysis, and manuscript preparation in addition to performing the duties of the community health liaison.

Please direct interested students to Alexandra Rucker, MD (arucker@cnmc.org).

William B. Bean Student Research Award

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Bean Student Research Award

Bean Award

The American Osler Society announces the availability of an award for support of research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanities. Candidates must be currently matriculated students in approved schools of medicine in the United States or Canada. The successful applicant may be eligible to present a paper based on his or her findings at the annual meeting of the American Osler Society. The stipend for the coming year will be $1,500, and up to $750 additional may be available to support travel to the annual meeting contingent on submission of a paper acceptable to the Committee at the conclusion of the studentship.

The deadline for submission of application is March 1, 2018.

The Bean Award Committee will consider the following criteria in evaluating proposals: (1) The project should represent scholarship in medical history and/or the medical humanities (2) The goal should be realistic and stated clearly (3) The project should be original and conducted with a scholarly approach (4) The applicant should demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature, in part through appropriate citations.

For more information please go to this website: http://www.americanosler.org/bean-award.php

Two GUSOM Students selected to take part in the 2017 Minority Medical Student Award Program

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The American Society of Hematology (ASH) today announced the names of 22 medical students selected to take part in the 2017 Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP). This program encourages eligible underrepresented minority medical students to pursue careers in hematology by supporting them as they implement their own hematology-related research project in the lab of a research mentor.

MMSAP participants will receive support in the amount of $7,000, which will help cover their research projects and travel expenses to the 59th ASH Annual Meeting in December, where they will present their research findings during a special session. In addition, each student is paired with two ASH mentors: an MMSAP research mentor who will oversee the research project and a career-development mentor who will guide the participant throughout his or her MMSAP experience. They will also receive complimentary subscriptions to Blood, a journal of ASH, as well as to The Hematologist, the Society’s newsletter, during their medical school and residency years.

For the first time, ASH is offering expanded opportunities to accommodate the schedules of medical students interested in the program. Medical students can either participate in a summer-long program or a flexible option (MMSAP Flex), which allows them to spread out the research experience during one year. This change represents an increased commitment from ASH to support the hematology careers of underrepresented minorities.

“ASH places high importance on attracting and retaining talented minorities in hematology,” said ASH President Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, of the Lebow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “The ASH Minority Medical Student Award allows the Society to form a relationship with medical students before they commit to a field of study. By giving them the support to pursue an exciting research opportunity early on in their careers, we hope these students will see a path forward for themselves in hematology and with ASH.”

The MMSAP is one of four programs under ASH’s Minority Recruitment Initiative, a series of programs committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities training in hematology-related fields and the number of minority hematologists with academic and research appointments.

The two GUSOM students participating and their research topics include:

Recipient Project Title Research Mentor Career-Development Mentor
Wilton Robinson, Jr.
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, D.C.
Predictors of treatment outcomes for relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients Jonathon Cohen, MD, MS
Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
Atlanta, GA
David Bodine, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Allison Taylor
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, D.C.
Analyzing the antigen expression profile on multiple myeloma cells for CAR T-cell therapy Timothy Graubert, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, MA
Courtney Fitzhugh, MD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Mission Trips for Medical Students with Jose’s Hands

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Jose’s Hands is a non-profit organization (501c(3)) that awards scholarships to health students, connects them with medical mission trips, and helps them fund-raise 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 under-served population continues to grow.

We have gone on several medical mission trips with health students from various medical schools in the US and backgrounds such as internal medicine, podiatry, and 4th year pharmacy students, some notable examples include:

– Guatemala 2017

– Dominican Republic 2015

– Panama 2013

– Peru 2012

Medical mission trips help medical school students grow as a person and as a  future health professional, expanding their knowledge and medical vocation, taking them out of their comfort zone and giving them the opportunity to have more hands-on clinical experience, it fosters sympathy, compassion, and selflessness in the individual who is going, but also helps build long lasting friendships and promotes comradery, and last but not least it gives students an opportunity to travel to countries and villages that they might not get to know otherwise.

If you are interested in working for Jose’s Hands, feel free to learn about us at: http://joseshands.org/.

PharmedOut’s Conference, “Does Industry Influence Medical Discourse?” June 15-16, 2017 at GUMC

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PharmedOut’s  Conference,  “Does Industry Influence Medical Discourse?”will be held June 15-16, 2017 at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. Our conferences are known for intellectual stimulation, interdisciplinary fellowship, great networking,  and homemade cookies. Registration is  free for Georgetown medical and graduate students; just register under “special arrangement” and indicate that you are a Georgetown grad or med student in the “How did you hear about us?” section.   Register today at  bit.ly/pharmedout2017. More information available here: http://pharmedout.org/2017-conference.html. The latest schedule follows.
This conference is accredited for 13.25 CME credits and registration is now open.

Thursday, June 15

8:15-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Edward B. Healton MD MPH, Georgetown University Medical Center, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean, School of Medicine

Adriane Fugh-Berman MD, Georgetown University Medical Center

9:00-9:30 The Overuse of Orthopedic Procedures

James Rickert MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

9:30-10:00 Salespeople in the Surgical Suite

Bonnie O’Connor PhD, Brown University

10:00-10:30 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: Tony Scialli MD, George Washington University)

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Why Medical Researchers Stay Silent About Wrongdoings

Carl Elliott MD PhD, University of Minnesota

11:30-12:00 p.m. How the Prescription Drug Epidemic is a Symptom of a Faltering Healthcare System

Anna Lembke MD, Stanford School of Medicine

12:00-12:30 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: E. Paige Boggs JD, Office of the Illinois Attorney General)

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Abstract Slam: Student Presentations (Moderator: Bonnie O’Connor PhD, Brown University)

Ethics of Participant Recruitment in Phase 1 Pharmaceutical Trials

CME and Pharmaceutical Industry Involvement

DCRx: A Model for Non-Industry Funded CME

Diabetes Drug Promotion in Washington DC

Binge Eating Disorder: An Example of Condition Branding

Is HbA1c a rational screening test for diabetes?

Are online CME modules on male hypogonadism accurate?

Differences in Reporting of Industry Funded Trials

2:45-3:00 PharmedOut: The First 10 Years

Adriane Fugh-Berman MD

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:00 Myths and Realities about Why US Drugs Cost So Much

Joel Lexchin MD, York University

4:00-4:30 How Industry Influences Trade Discourse and Why It Matters

Ruth Lopert MD, George Washington University

4:30-5:00 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: Marc Rodwin JD PhD, Suffolk Law School, Boston)

5:00 Reception


Friday, June 16

8:15-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks

Kenneth Dretchen PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center

Stephen Ray Mitchell MD MBA, Georgetown University School of Medicine

9:00-10:30 Pharma Funded Patient Advocacy Groups: Panel Discussion (Moderator: Adriane Fugh-Berman MD)

Sharon Batt PhD, Dalhousie University

Barbara Mintzes PhD, University of Sydney

Cindy Pearson, National Women’s Health Network

Susan Wood PhD, George Washington University

Phil Kucab MD, Detroit Medical Center

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 A.D.H.D.: The Making of an American Epidemic

Alan Schwarz, New York, NY

11:30-12:00 p.m. Why Routine Screening for Depression May Be Bad for Your Health

Lisa Cosgrove PhD, University of Massachusetts

12:00-12:30 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: Yulia Chentsova PhD, Georgetown University)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 When Retractions Become Weapons

Ivan Oransky MD, Retraction Watch

2:00-2:30 Are Journalists Not Setting the Example/Agenda for COI Discussions?

Gary Schwitzer, HealthNewsReview

2:30-3:00 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: Shannon Brownlee MS, Lown Institute)

3:00-3:30 Break

3:00-4:00 The Limits of FDA-Approved Labeling and the Evolving Informational Needs of a Changing Healthcare System

Coleen Klasmeier JD, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

4:00-4:30 Public Health Considerations in Off-label Promotion

Joshua Sharfstein MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

4:30-5:00 Q&A/Discussion (Moderator: Robert Langreth, Bloomberg News)

5:00 Conference Ends

JAMA Issue devoted to Conflicts of Interest:

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This timely and important special issue of JAMA relates to physician conflict of interest. This is a topic addressed in our medical ethics course and is of concern generally in the medical community.   We encourage you to engage in discussion with your colleagues about this topic and welcome your comments regarding the articles.

Irene Anne Jillson, PhD
Associate Professor

JAMA Issue devoted to Conflicts of Interest:

2017 Hugh H. Hussey Resident Award Recipients

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Congratulations to the 2017 Hugh H. Hussey resident award recipients, selected by fourth year Georgetown medical students in recognition of their demonstrated excellence in medical student teaching and mentorship!  A certificate will be delivered to each of the Department Chairs to present to their resident.

2017 Hugh H. Hussey Awards

Emergency Medicine: Lindsey DeGeorge, MD

Family Medicine: Emily Platz, MD

Internal Medicine: Connor Benton, MD

Neurology: Ryan Williamson, MD

OB/GYN: Patricia Mwesigwa, MD

Pediatrics: Amy Hapip, MD

Psychiatry: Joanna Lim, MD

Selectives: Max Schellinger, MD (Radiology)

General Surgery: Johnny Costello, MD

Surgical Subspecialties: Sarah Rapoport, MD (ENT)

CompHealth Medical Scholarship

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We’re offering a $5,000 scholarship to one medical student in the United States. The best video response to one of the topics below wins it all.


  • How do you plan to make a difference in the lives of your patients?
  • We get to know you so we can connect you with the just right job. How can you apply that mindset in your patient interactions?
  • How do you find a balance between your job and your personal life to avoid getting burned out?

Video requirements:

  • Video must be less than 2 minutes and answer one of the above questions.
  • In addition to submitting your video to CompHealth, video must be posted to YouTube or Facebook, with a tag for @CompHealth.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Entry deadline is August 1, 2017
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • The CompHealth Medical Scholarship is to be used exclusively for school tuition and related expenses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0. Or, if your school participates in an alternate pass/fail grading system, a passing status is required.
  • The awarded recipient shall provide proof of admission and enrollment in an institution of higher education
  • Must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution of higher education
  • If selected, please be prepared to provide an official statement of your current academic status. Your school’s registrar will be able to provide you with documentation that proves your enrollment. Failure to include all required materials will result in immediate rejection of the application

Award announcement:

The CompHealth Medical Scholarship recipient will be notified on or about August 15th.


Completed applications must be submitted no later than August 1, 2017. Please send any questions to scholarship@comphealth.com.

CompHealth Medical Scholarship