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 (

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:

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

Posted on in Awards, Diversity & Inclusion, Research

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:

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 More information available here: 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:

Posted on in Medicine, Specialty Interest Meetings/Communication

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

Posted on in Awards

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

Posted on in Scholarship

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

CompHealth Medical Scholarship

May 2017 Maintenance Notification

Posted on in Communications, Facilities


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

UIS and our service providers are planning several important maintenance activities for the month of May 2017 as part of ongoing security and performance improvements.  These activities are scheduled to ensure minimal disruption to University operations, however, we ask that you take a brief moment to review the schedule and let us know if you have any concerns.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Preclinical Science Network Maintenance.  UIS will upgrade software on the network serving Preclinical Science, Basic Science and the Dahlgren Memorial Library.  The upgrade is necessary in preparation for the WiFi improvements planned over the summer. A brief 20-minute service disruption to all wired and wireless networks is expected between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

Thursday, May 25, 12:01 AM to 6:00 AM. Fiber Optic Cable work by Lightower Networks.  Our backup Internet service provider, Lightower Networks, has notified us that they will be performing maintenance early Thursday morning, which will affect multiple Georgetown circuits. We are anticipating some delay in loading web pages from the Internet; however, the service impact should be minor.

Thursday, May 25, 1:00 AM to 1:00 PM. GOCard Software Upgrade. UIS will upgrade the GOCard servers to a current software release starting the early morning hours of Thursday, May 25.  GOCard checkout will be unavailable at the Library; however, Library staff will be on hand to assist with check out of books and other material.  Point of Sale locations will only accept cash/credit during the maintenance window, though the dining hall will remain operational. Some delays on door card swipe access may require a second swipe during the morning hours.  GOCard ID production will be unavailable until 1 pm.

Thursday, May 25, 11:00 PM to Friday, May 26, 3:00 AM.  WiFi Routing Change.  To support increasing traffic and performance requirements for WiFi services, UIS is reconfiguring the University’s primary firewall to handle WiFi traffic more efficiently.  Internet and WiFi services to the University will be briefly disrupted during the overnight hours between 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM.   All services will return to normal operation no later than 3:00 AM.

Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. WiFi Controller Upgrade.  UIS will upgrade one of the first of two major WiFi controllers on campus.  The upgrade is necessary in preparation for the WiFi improvements planned over the summer.  A brief 10-minute service disruption to all wireless networks is expected between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM.

If you experience a problem with connecting to these services after the maintenance timeframe noted, please report them to the UIS Service Center at 855-687-4949 or help @ georgetown dot edu.

As always, thank you for your cooperation as we make improvements to these services.


Judd Nicholson
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

Time for a Spring Cleaning? Donate to the Campus Move Out Drive!

Posted on in Community Service & Advocacy, Events, Facilities, Special Programs


Dear Faculty and Staff,

Is your home or office in need of a spring cleaning? The annual Move Out Drive is Georgetown’s end-of-the-school-year contribution to our community and the environment, inviting members of our campus to donate gently used items to local charities. For the first time, we are happy to offer this opportunity to our faculty and staff!

We encourage you to bring any of the accepted donations listed below from home, and check with your office to see if you have any office supplies that are no longer needed. Please note that university owned electronics should be recycled through UIS, and the General Accounting Office would need to be notified of the disposal of any university property, including furniture or other equipment tagged with Georgetown University and/or Federal Property Tags.

You can bring your donations to one of the seven donation sites located around campus, listed below, between 9 AM to 5 PM, May 9 – 12. The donation site located beside 3624 N Street (#7 on map below) will be the only site that is vehicle-accessible for drop-offs.

Make plans to donate and help Georgetown divert these materials from the waste stream and care for our common home!

Robin Morey Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management

Robin Morey
Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management