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Volume 1, Number 2 April 2014


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RESEARCH DAY MARCH 12, 2014

Student Research Day 2014This year, with over 150 student posters on display, Research Day 2014 was the largest Research Day since its inception. The students who participated are certainly to be commended. Researching and creating a scientific poster is no easy task with some students taking years to complete their presentations. Superior job, Dean Maria F. Lima, Ph.D. and to all entrants. To learn who won the grand prize and other winners, click here.

 

 


MATCH DAY MARCH 21, 2014

Dontal Johnson familyAs usual, Match Day did not disappoint with excitement and anticipation. Fourth-year medical students, their families and friends and other guests, gathered in the Compton-Nelson Auditorium and waited it out as Dr. Collins called each student to the front so they could peel open "that envelope" and see where they would be going as bona fide physicians! Read and hear the students' stories. Click here


RWJF CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY EXPANDS CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH POLICY PROGRAM TO THE PUBLIC

Fall 2014 Cohort Applications Coming Soon

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is excited to announce a new component to its Certificate in Health Policy Program.

RWJF logoBeginning fall of 2014, the RWJF Center for Health Policy will accept applications from the general public and students from other institutions for the Certificate in Health Policy Program, an initiative previously exclusive to students at Meharry Medical College. Anyone – students, working professionals, physicians, etc. – interested in health policy, may apply, either as a non-degree seeking student, or in conjunction with their declared academic degree program at their respective higher education institution.

Be sure to check back frequently for updates. To learn more about the Certificate in Health Policy Program. Click here.

Application deadline:
May 15, 2014 – Meharry students (Health Policy Scholars)
June 16, 2014 – General public


MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE PARTICIPATES WITH NASHVILLE CARES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, an estimated 6,000 people will dine out to fight HIV/AIDS in Nashville.

Nashville CaresFrom 5 – 10 p.m., on April 22, Meharry students will be serving as hosts to  diners at The Local Taco in Sylvan Park, 4501 Murphy Road. The Local Taco will donate 30 percent of the evening's proceeds to Nashville CARES which will go toward spreading awareness, providing free HIV testing and free support services to Middle Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS. By having dinner with Meharry students, diners will be entered into a drawing for two Southwest Airline tickets to a destination of their choice. Arielle Forbes, a first-year dental student who will be serving as a dinner host said, "[Meharry students] are helping to spread awareness and raise money for those in need.  Tennessee ranks 5th in the nation in the rate of HIV/AIDS deaths and 10th in the rate of new diagnoses. African Americans are 17 percent of the state population [suffering with AIDS] but 62 percent of new diagnoses." All schools and all years, along with faculty and staff and their families and friends, are invited to participate. Forbes motto: "Let's show Nashville that Meharrians Care too!"

Meharry students participated in the AIDS Walk on October 5, 2013, also a Nashville CARES event.

Nashville CARES promotes and participates in a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee. Their purpose is to educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission, to advocate for responsible public policy and to provide services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

If you want to be a host, contact Arielle Forbes: aforbes13@email.mmc.edu.


MEHARRIAN IS GIFTED BLACK HISTORY AUTHOR 

ReflectionKaren Sloan-Brown, Ph.D., a lab coordinator for the molecular biology core facility within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is the author of A Reflection: What a Difference a Day Makes, What About 100 Years?. Her book focuses on contemporary history that expands before and beyond the Civil Rights Movement in a decade by decade examination of the journey of black Americans from Jim Crow in 1909 to President Barack Obama in 2009. It is designed to be informative as well as entertaining, covering a broadly based range of subject matter. Her book was recommended by the Tennessean as a "must read" during Black History Month 2014. To read her story click here.


KAPPA MEN SALUTED BY COMEDIAN AND TELEVISION HOST STEVE HARVEY

Steve Harvey tweetOn March 31, 2014, Steve Harvey posted a photo on his Instagram page of the handsome Meharry men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. writing: "Early Morning Shout out to the Future Doctors From Meharry Medical College. Kappa Alpha Psi....Achievement!! Good Job young men." Go to: Iamsteveharveytv and scroll down to see the posting.  At press time, the posting had over 15.3k likes!

 


FLORA UKOLI, M.D. CONDUCTING STUDY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY

For the past two years, an analysis known as the Early Child Obesity Study has been led by Flora Ukoli, M.D., M.P.H., professor of surgery at Meharry, on the prevention and treatment of obesity in African-American children. The long-term goal in combating the obesity crisis is to start at the infant level and prevent rapid weight gain (RWG) in babies. It has to begin with the mothers. By implementing a culturally appropriate education intervention that will support mothers to adopt healthy infant feeding choices, including proper breastfeeding, the children are prone to developing nutritious eating habits from the start. Dr. Ukoli believes breastfeeding is the most reliable feeding method for preventing obesity in babies and that formula is overrated and not the best choice for feeding infants. The breastfeeding goals in the study are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other professional medical bodies.

Dr. Ukoli emphasizes the need and importance for paid maternity leave for working mothers for a minimum of six months. This will afford the mother every opportunity to assure that her child has the chance to eat nourishing food from the time they are newborns and is a recommendation of the World Health Organization.

To date, 100 women have participated in the Early Child Obesity Study.


GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD PEOPLE –
THE PRODUCE PRESCRIPTION

Craving fresh fruits and vegetables? Check out the Good Food for Good People (GFGP) hub, now a weekly mainstay at MMC.

Food hubs are the latest trend in offering schools, hospitals, businesses, etc., access to locally, produced foods through a centralized location: one place to send orders and one place to purchase your produce. And, food hubs are cool.

GFGP selects the best seasonal food and presents it in a "farmer's market style" for all Meharrians to enjoy. Offering fresh vegetables and fruit, the market will be open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the atrium (Busby Memorial Garden) of Nashville General. On cold or rainy days, the hub will be inside the hospital lobby area.

The market, is open to patients, staff, students, faculty and the visiting broader community. Students are welcome to volunteer for food shares and guest cooks may sample items and share recipes. Live acoustic music, offered in exchange for food shares, will be solicited and welcome.

Short on time? Your can pre-order by clicking here


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
15-Year Celebration: Celebrating Partnerships and Progress in Improving Health
Call for Grant Review Panel Members

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014

Meharry Vanderbilt AllianceThe Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance is seeking reviewers for its 15-Year Anniversary Grants, which include Partnership Development and Community-Engaged Research pilot grants.

The review panel will include community and academic stakeholders. Representatives from community organizations, public health entities, faith-based organizations and faculty from Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University and other local academic institutions, are encouraged to apply. Reviewers are required to attend an orientation session on Monday, April 28, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m., review and provide comments on up to four applications and to attend a final review committee meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. – noon. Reviewers will receive a stipend.

For more information about the review process, click here.

For questions, please contact elisa.c.friedman@meharry-vanderbilt.org.


DEAN CHERAE FARMER-DIXON RECIPIENT OF TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Dixon and Meharrians

Congratulations, twice, to Dean Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S. '90, M.S.P.H. '94, on being chosen for the Class of 2014 "Women to Watch" by Nashville Medical News and for being selected as the recipient of the Davis-Galloway Award, sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Nashville Chapter.

Among other distinctions considered, Dr. Farmer-Dixon became a "Woman to Watch" due to her leadership in training the next generation of dentists, advocacy on behalf of oral health and its connection to overall health and her research into oral health disparities.

The Davis-Galloway Award recognizes and honors women who ascend to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking and superlative community service.

The entire Meharry family is so proud of you, Dean Farmer-Dixon!


JACQUELINE GARDNER APPOINTED

ADA COORDINATOR

Jacqueline (Dee) GardnerAs AVP for Student & Academic Services, Faculty Affairs & Academic Societies, Jacqueline (Dee) Gardner has been appointed as Meharry Medical College's ADA coordinator. The position was created to assist in achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

In her role, Ms. Gardner is responsible for ensuring appropriate processes are in place to provide prompt services to those students with documented disabilities who are requesting accommodations.

"It is my desire to work collaboratively with students and advise them to take full advantage of and explore accommodations and resources available to assist in navigating the health professions curriculum. My advice to students is to seek assistance early in their matriculation," said Gardner.

Students are welcome to contact the ADA coordinator in Lyttle Hall at 615.327.6500 or, email jgardner@mmc.edu.


THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF BREAST SURGEONS HONORS MOSES OWOSO, M.D.

On March 7, 2014, Moses Adekunle Owoso, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in the School of Medicine, was appointed as a member of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He was given this status for having professed a special interest and dedication to improving the practice and elevating the standards of breast care and breast surgery and having satisfied the requirements of the bylaws. Congratulations Dr. Owoso!


NEWS YOU CAN USE:

MORENA PLACE OPENING SOON!

Morena Place IIt won't be long before students and faculty will be occupying the newly constructed apartments, with nine floor plans to choose from, located on Morena Street. Amenities include: spacious one and two bedroom apartments with a ceramic cooktop, granite countertops, black appliances, a washer and dryer, a fully equipped fitness center, FREE building-wide Xfinity high speed Wi-Fi, spacious rooftop terraces with spectacular city views, a rooftop lounge with a kitchen, gathering spaces on each floor to connect with friends and study groups, luxury vinyl wood-grain floors, a gated community and MORE.

The benefits of living on campus are enormous. After a hectic 10-hour plus day filled with classes, rotations, labs, community service, you name it . . .  you won't have far to go to wind down and "chill" from the chaotic world know as medical, dental AND graduate school!

The fact that Morena Place is designed in an upscale and contemporary style, makes it a perfect choice for living quarters. You are in close proximity to places of worship, (churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.), the Salt Wagon Café, Nashville General and easy access to bus routes, particularly the route that goes to Green Hills and back. Interested? To see floor plans and other info, click here.


RENOVATIONS TO THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE LRC

Please note: From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2014, the hallway carpet on the 5th floor of the LRC will be removed.  The equipment used to remove the glue under the carpet is extremely loud and will resonate throughout the building, including the library. It may be necessary to use other campus study areas as this work is underway.

New carpet will be installed beginning Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, 2014.  Everyone should use caution when walking on the 5th floor while this project is in progress.


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