Volume 1, Number 3 May 2014

HINDSIGHT IS 20/20  . . . A BIG HIT!

Hindsight 2020

Jay-Sheree Allen with Drs. Edmonds and Ross

Kudos to Jay-Sheree Allen, 3rd-year Meharry medical student, for sponsoring the event, Hindsight is 20/20, featuring Ruth Ross Edmonds, D.D.S. '97 and Rachael Ross, M.D. '01.

Dr. Ruth is the owner/principal of Braces by Ruth and her sister, Dr. Rachael, is a recurring co-host on the Emmy® Award-winning talk show, The Doctors, a practicing board-certified family medicine physician and sexologist.

The siblings were enlightening and sometimes outright funny bringing laughter to the crowd who convened in the Compton-Nelson Auditorium the evening of May 1, 2014 to hear their stories.

They are sisters with the same relatives . . . and that’s where the similarities end!

Admitting she was the “regimented, stringent one,” during the program, Dr. Ruth turned to Dr. Rachael and asked her to describe herself. Dr. Rachael quipped, “I studied, but I like to have a good time, so I partied too!” Though they may be like oil and water, it wasn’t long before everyone could see their love and respect for each other and the love they have for their family.

Dr. Ruth, graduating number one in her dental class, wore an exquisite dress, pumps and matching jewelry while Dr. Rachael, donning a typical Hollywood, California (where she tapes The Doctors) style mini, relaxed, sat back in her chair and showed off her bright gold sneakers.

Both were in agreement when it came to giving sound advice to the students in the audience, telling them to “study, choose what you like and like what you choose (referring to their specialties), keep family close, get a GOOD financial advisor and listen to what God is telling you.”

Other recommendations? “Build your own brand and don’t be afraid to conduct shameless self-promotion.” In other words, you are allowed to toot your own horn.

Students had a chance to ask questions, talk one-on-one with the doctors and pose with them for pics.


A group of nine Meharry students, seven from the School of Medicine and two from the School of Graduate Studies and Research, along with Sanika Chirwa, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and pharmacology with Meharry’s School of Medicine, embarked on a mission of good will to the Republic of Ghana, March 20 – March 30, 2014. Their mission, dubbed “Meharry for Africa,” proved productive and a highly memorable educational experience. Click here to read about their trip and view their awesome photos.


MAOP members

MAOP 45th logoWith the theme, “Building Bridges to Success – Reaching New Horizons,” the Meharry Association of Office Personnel (MAOP) kicked off their week-long celebration beginning on April 21 and culminating with their annual awards luncheon on April 25, 2014. This was a milestone year marking the organization’s 45th anniversary. 
MAOP is an organization that is rooted in the history and legacy of Meharry Medical College.
In the late 1960s, recognizing the need for improved working conditions, increased salaries and effective communication between supervisors and the administration, a group of concerned secretaries at Meharry Medical College and George W. Hubbard Hospital organized a steering committee to address these issues. The members of the committee successfully crafted a constitution and by-laws for the establishment of a professional secretaries association and subsequently founded the Meharry Secretaries Association (MSA) in 1969. The founding members of MSA were Mrs. Jewell Bennett (deceased), Mrs. Virginia Brooks, Mrs. Dorothea Dotson (deceased), Mrs. Betty Jennings, Mrs. Audrey Hall and Mrs. Annie Price. In 1981, MSA was changed to the Meharry Association of Office Personnel (MAOP).
For forty-five years, MAOP has demonstrated the Meharry mission of “serving the underserved” through its community outreach efforts, scholarship support and professional development/continuing education endeavors. Click here for more.


The final report for the naming survey of the apartments under construction on Morena Street are available. Winners will be receiving gift cards. Click here for the survey results.


Dr. LimaThe 2014 William A. Hinton Research Training Award, given in memory of William Hinton, one of the first African Americans to join the American Society for Microbiology, was recently presented to Dean Maria F. Lima, Ph.D. The award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions toward promoting the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology. To view the article in Microbe Magazine, click here.

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BarnesFatima M. Barnes, EDD, MPH, MSIS, received high praises for her presentation, “Turning Data into Knowledge: 21st Century Libraries,” at the Joint Spring Workshop held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2014. Trudie A. Root, Librarian of the Army and Chair of the workshop, praised Dr. Barnes saying her ideas were innovative, relevant and useful for the jobs of the librarians who attended the workshop. In a letter to Dr. Barnes, Root wrote, “Your presentation fit perfectly with the theme [of the workshop] and provided people with many new ideas to move their libraries forward.”

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BaileyA scientific paper entitled, "The Impact of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in African-Americans; Current Challenges Associated with Diagnosis and Treatment" written by Rahn Kennedy Bailey, M.D., FACP, Chairman of the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center, has achieved impressive readership results by InTech Publications, a company which publishes articles covering the fields of science, technology and medicine.  Dr. Bailey’s findings were included as a chapter in the book, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents and has been accessed more than 3,000 times.

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CollinsThe power of wearing a white coat is . . . ?

Find out the answer by reading the article, “our white coat” written by Millard Collins, M.D. ’01, associate dean, Office of Student & Academic Affairs and associate professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Collins’ article was published in The Service Minded Physician, a book which shares how physician leaders across the United States mentor, and are mentored by their patients, as people. Each chapter features thoughts contributed by a different physician also includes a full color photograph of the "author" physician. See what Dr. Collins thinks about the white coat! Click here.

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Dr. KeeferAn article written by Christopher J. Keefer, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric medicine, Meharry’s School of Medicine, is featured in The Best of Nashville magazine. His article, “Pediatric Medicine: Healthier Kids,” can be read here.



A big “thank you” to Christopher D. Watson, MPH, MS-III, president of the Pre-Alumni Association, who keeps MARCOM up-to-date on student news and activities. Read what’s going on below!

What is M-SERF? The Meharry Student Emergency Relief Fund (M-SERF) is a joint venture between the Division of Student Services and Faculty Affairs and the Pre-Alumni Association. The M-SERF assists Meharry students by providing financial support when assistance is needed to cover unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or travel funds for residency interviews. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. To find out some of the expenses that are covered by the Emergency Relief Fund and other information, click here.

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Meharry SOM Sole Winner of Region X at SNMA Conference
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) celebrated their 50th Anniversary at the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) April 16-20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Founded in 1964, at Howard and Meharry Medical Colleges, the SNMA is firmly committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of the underserved community and to increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and social conscious physicians. Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, was well-represented at the AMEC 2014 sending fourteen students to serve as delegates. A total of three Meharry students presented original research at the conference’s Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum and fielded questions from scholars and audience members. The presenters were: Tulani Washington-Plaskett, MS-III; Taryn Smith, MS-III and Christopher D. Watson, MS-III

Additionally, Meharry Medical College was the only school of medicine from Region X to win any awards at the conference. Meharry’s SNMA Chapter won 1st Place for the Community Service Poster Session with the winning project titled, “Into the Streets: Community Health Outreach in Barbershops and Beauty Shops.” This was a student led community outreach effort where students partnered with local Nashville barbershops and beauty salons to educate community members about certain health risks that most commonly affect minorities. Christopher D. Watson was awarded the Clinical Sciences Membership Scholarship.

Three Meharry Students will serve on the newly elected Region X Executive Board.

    • Assistant Regional Director—Christopher D. Watson, MS-III
    • Regional Treasurer—Zalika Nisbeth, MS- III
    • Regional Parliamentarian—Estevana Isaac, MS-I

Congratulations to SNMA Meharry Chapter President, Tulani-Washington Plaskett, MS-III and outgoing Regional Treasurer, JaMia Washington, MS-III for organizing a successful year and trip to the conference. 

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Dembi Huya-Kouadio Wins Cancer Foundation Award
On behalf of the Conquer Cancer Foundation and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2nd-year medical student, Dembi Huya-Kouadio, was presented with a 2014 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Medical Student Rotation Award for Underrepresented Populations, supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment. The Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations (MSR) provides eight to 10 weeks of clinical or clinical research oncology rotations for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in pursuing oncology as a career. Candidates must also have a record of good academic standing.

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Recipients of the Meharrian Factor Announced
The Pre-Alumni Association announced the "Meharrian Factor" Award this academic year. The Meharrian Factor is an award designed to recognize students that have demonstrated a strong commitment to Meharry Medical College and/or the greater Nashville Community.

Criteria for this award is as follows:

    • Dental, Medical or Graduate Students
    • Commitment to service to Meharry or the community
    • Nominated by a Meharry student  

The following students were recognized throughout the year:


Oluwatoni (Toni) Aluko, Portia Thomas, Ijagha Eme, Marche’ Smith, La’Nyia Odoms, Kevin McFadgen, Nick Kramer, Taylor Corley  


Dion Jacobs, Jayla Nelson, Elizabeth Alston, LaToya Butler, Christopher Hardy, Akilah Stringer, Hughes Jean, and Kirk McDonald  


Jessica Sutton, Meardith Poole, Oromo Igwe, Stephanie Pulliam, Colette Davis, Jane Mantey, Jennifer Todd, Jalyessa Lopez

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Erika KingCongratulations to Erika King, 4th-year dental student, for being a member of the Cystic Fibrosis of Middle Tennessee's 2014 class of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30. To see the announcement, click here.


Oral cancer screeningIn recognition of Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, The Oral Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and Meharry Medical College provided free oral cancer and soft tissue screenings on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Screenings were done in the School of Dentistry. Dental students who participated are: Ciera Scales, CaAdrian Norman, John Burney, Brittney Macklin, Sabrina Joline-Ellis, Lauren Thompson, Brian Taylor, Brian Maynor, D. Phillip Battles, Jessie Dixon and Bruno Kuloba. Another great example of our students engaging with the community.


OZ Arts is a destination for world-class, innovative contemporary art experiences supporting the development and presentation of significant performing and visual art works. Housed in a newly renovated former cigar warehouse in Nashville, Tennessee, OZ provides a modern, flexible performance and installation space where leading artists from multiple disciplines can present Brave New Art in a non-traditional context, influencing the advancement of their fields.

The Suit promo
The Suit, May 22-24, 2014 is completing runs at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Center for Performance at UCLA Center.  Nashville’s OZ Arts is the last venue in the U.S. for “The Suit,” the evocative theatrical production from Peter Brook’s Paris-based Théâtre de Bouffes du Nord. Based on South-African writer Can Themba’s powerful novella, “The Suit” is a poignant, music-filled tale that provides a unique perspective on apartheid-era life in South Africa. The show utilizes three actors and three musicians. The LA Times review proclaims “every actor moves like a dancer. For more information, click here.


Don’t forget about the fresh fruits and vegetables available every Tuesday sponsored by GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD PEOPLE.  Produce can be purchased from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the atrium of Nashville General Hospital.

The fare includes squash (yellow and butternut), greens (all types), tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, strawberries and mangoes all grown by Tennessee and Kentucky farmers and the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Unique cuisine pops up every week and some of the produce is organic. You can pay by credit card, cash, check or through EBT.

The Office of Financial Planning and Analysis, which includes the Post Award Office, has relocated in LRC to suite 509 (former General Counsel Suite). 

This move offers workspace and training space for campus-wide fiscal managers to host discussions on policies and procedures and regularity matters. 

All budget related communications should be directed to Financial Planning and Post Award in the new location. All office phone numbers of our staff will remain the same.

Ms. Bandy-Neal, Mr. Alexis Dean and Ms. Monica Chrisom will remain in the Finance Immediate Office, Suite 502 of the LRC.

We look forward to seeing you and serving you at our enhanced service center.

The final report for the naming survey of the apartments under construction on Morena Street are available. Winners will be receiving gift cards. Click here.

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