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Message from the Dean: Welcome to 2012

What a great time to be at Tulane School of Medicine! As we enter a new year, many exciting initiatives are taking place at the medical school as we strive to fulfill our mission "We Heal Communities: Education, Research and Patient Care."



A Day with the Doctors

For the first time in Tulane history, the School of Medicine partnered with the Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center to host "A Day with the Doctors."

Last month, more than 30 East Baton Rouge high school students spent the day at the School of Medicine learning about careers in medicine through hands-on activities in the Sim Center, a visit to the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology labs, and observations in the Standardized Patient Program training center.

This successful event helped both the school and AHEC reach out to qualified students who may become healthcare professionals in the future. Special thanks to the Tulane faculty and staff whose hard work made this event possible.



Class of 2012

Please mark your calendar with these important dates for the Class of 2012:

  • Match Day
    Friday, March 16 at Mardi Gras World in the River City Ballroom (doors open at 10 a.m.,
    program starts at 11 a.m.)

  • Graduation
    Saturday, May 19 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the New
    Orleans Theater on the second floor (doors open at 1 p.m., ceremony starts at 2 p.m.)

I look forward to seeing you there.



Student Achievements

I wish to recognize and congratulate the following students for their recent achievements:

  • Olivia Chang (MD, ’13) won the Tulane School of Medicine inaugural Medical Science Innovation Business Proposal Competition. Her submission, “Developing the dual-purpose water vessel: The SODIS-friendly Jerry Can,” proposes the creation of a new jerry can that can provide solar disinfection capabilities, therefore reducing water-borne diseases in third world countries.

  • Catherine “Brie” Howard (MD/PHD, ’14) was selected by the International Society of Hypertension as the new Investigator of the Month for February 2012.

  • Jessie Kittle (MD, ’12) was published in the December 14, 2011 issue of JAMA. Her column “The Artist of Medicine” was the monthly feature in the “A Piece of My Mind” section of the magazine.



In Conclusion

As dean since 2006, I can say with complete conviction that what makes Tulane School of Medicine exceptional are the faculty and staff who come to work every day dedicated to our patients, committed to excellence in research and determined to help our medical students become compassionate, highly-skilled healthcare providers for future generations. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012.



Tulane School of Medicine Publications: A Brief Glance

We continue to track, on a quarterly basis, the number of published articles in peer reviewed journals. The following table represents publications from various departments for the 2011-12 academic year (this also includes collaborative efforts within the School of Medicine).

Med News Winter 2012 publication chart



Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. David Busija, Regents Professor and chairman of pharmacology, will present a lecture entitled “Mitochondrial Mechanisms in the Cerebral Vasculature in Health and Disease” at the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Albert Szent-Györgyi’s Nobel Prize Award at the University of Szeged, in Szeged, Hungary, on March 22-25. The program includes lectures by nine Nobel Laureates. Dr. Busija has a long standing relationship with the University of Szeged Medical School and was awarded the Doctorem Medicinae Honoris Causa in 2009 for his scientific and educational contributions to the university.

Dr. Buddy Savoie, professor of clinical orthopaedics in the department of orthopaedics, will participate in the 2012 American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco this month. His presentation, “Current Controversies in Shoulder Surgery,” will stream live to participations through the AAOS Web site.

Romy Vargas, senior program coordinator, and Kelly Branford, program coordinator, both working in the Standardized Patient Program, have successfully completed the requirements to become Certified MammaCare Specialists. MammaCare is the recognized standard for teaching and performing clinical breast examinations in breast cancer screening clinics. According to Dr. Elma LeDoux, medical director of the Standardized Patient Program, this certification will be valuable as Tulane moves to the Community Care clinical model and becomes even more vested in patient education. Vargas and Branford will be able to train Tulane medical students and residents to perform comprehensive breast exams.



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