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:

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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

CompHealth Medical Scholarship

May 2017 Maintenance Notification

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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!

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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

6th World Congress of Clinical Safety

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On behalf of the scientific committee we invite psychiatrists, practitioners, nurses, pharmacist. clinical enginner,
health scientists, educators, trainers, researchers, managers, and policymakers
engaged in the prevention, management, research into patient safety, drug safety, nurse safety,medical device safety, medical error survey, to submit an abstract and / or attend the 6th World Congress of Clinical Safety to be held in Rome, Italy 6-8 September 2017.

We greatly appreciate a lot of abstract submissions around the world for our coming Congress in Rome, Italy.

6th World Congress of Clinical Safety
Theme: Safe Environment and Progressive Skills Toward Smart Healthcare
— Based on Quality and Quantity Aspects
Date: 6(Wed) – 8(Fri), September 2017
Place: Ambasciatori Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy

Abstract submission deadline:
“Call for Abstracts” is now open till 31 May 2017 for a presenter who doesn’t need Italy visa.
However, it was closed for those presenters who need Italy visa.




Posted on in Events
May 5 & 6, 2017

Carnegie Library
801 K Street NW
*A Weekend of Sharing Ideas For a City that Works for All of Us*

Co-Creating the City
The Vision of an Inclusive Economy in the District
11th Street Bridge Park: A Case Study in Equitable Development
Project Sing: Aging and Solutions to Isolation in Our City
Shaping the New DC Through Design and Public Art
“Anacostia Unmapped” & Citizen Journalism in DC
We Thrive: Building a Culture of Health in DC

Elevating Community Voices in Policing and Law Enforcement

City of Trees

Salvatrucans Once Again
A Conversation with Performance Artist Holly Bass
The Busboys and Poets Literary Lounge
Sign Up Now!

Summer Employment Opportunities: Duke TiP

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Summer Employment Opportunities


If outreach and education are passions of yours, consider this opportunity to engage with future scholars in your field!


The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) offers undergraduate level coursework to highly gifted middle and high school students at our university sites across the Southeast and beyond. A wide variety of program models allow Duke TIP to serve students across grade levels and in varying time frames throughout the year.


Duke TIP is currently seeking content specialists to serve as instructors and instructional assistants for our Summer Studies and Field Studies programs during June and/or July 2017. The instructor position requires at least a year of graduate coursework, professional experience, and/or teaching experience with specific emphasis in the subject area, while the instructional assistant position requires completion of at least two years of college. Duke TIP provides pedagogical training and support throughout your term of employment, therefore teaching experience is not required. 


While we offer courses across disciplines, this sampling of courses may fall within your area of expertise:


Summer Studies Program:

The Human Body

Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Ethics

Modern Medicine: Disease and Immunology

Sports Medicine


Field Studies Program:

Innovations in Medical Care


A list of all our course and site offerings as well as full course descriptions can be found here.

All of our teaching positions include salary and room and board in the way of compensation, and are a wonderful opportunity to develop your teaching repertoire while working with dedicated students and talented professionals from across many disciplines.


Learn more and apply at


For questions, please contact

Michael du Laney (

Assistant Director for Staffing and Recruitment
Duke University Talent Identification Program
300 Fuller Street
Durham, NC 27701
919.668.9123 / (Fax) 919.681.4182

Duke TIP

Duke TIP

Graduate Student Fellowships Opportunities @ National Wildlife Federation

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untitledFour National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities!


The National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for four graduate student fellowships this summer/fall.

  • Earn a $3,000 stipend
  • Help grow the NWF EcoLeaders leadership and certification program for emerging environmental leaders
  • Gain valuable career experience and professional development

Learn more and apply!

We are seeking graduate students for the following four fellowships:

– NWF EcoLeaders Community Management Assessment Fellow
– NWF EcoLeaders Market Research Fellow
– NWF EcoLeaders Career and Technical Education Fellow
– NWF EcoLeaders Labor Economist Research Fellow

In Spring 2014, National Wildlife Federation launched the EcoLeaders Program to help students and young professionals develop sustainability leadership skills and secure great jobs that help the planet.

The EcoLeaders leadership and career development program advances a proven model of leadership for sustainability. It draws on the lessons learned over nearly three decades supporting thousands of sustainability projects at more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. and world through NWF’s Campus Ecology, Greenforce, and other programs.

Each fellowship is for a term of 4 -6 months (based on student schedule), roughly 40 hours/month. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking opportunities, and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curricula.

Application deadline: May 7, 2017

Further information, including the full RFPs and application instructions can be found at