Volume 1, Number 10 January/February 2015

Jay-Sheree Allen and Christopher Watson Selected as GE-National Medical Fellows

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Congratulations to fourth-year medical students, Jay-Sheree Allen and Christopher Watson who have been selected as fellows for the 2015 GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program and awarded a $5,000 scholarship made possible by the GE Foundation.

The GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program, provides externships in Ghana and Kenya to encourage academically gifted, minority medical students to prepare for careers in medicine. Both were chosen as fellows for their skills and academic backgrounds and will be studying in Ghana from March 22 through May 5, 2015. 

This program provides opportunities to learn about the management of acutely ill patients and seeks to improve population health, strengthen local hospital capacity and build a cadre of global health practitioners. Fellows are actively involved in health care delivery and institutional assessment relevant to their academic programs.

Allen will specialize in family medicine with an emphasis on health policy and Watson plans on specializing in family medicine and obstetrics.

In addition, Allen and Watson have also been designated as National Health Service Corps Student to Service Program Recipients.

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SOGSR Students Are Top Winners at Health Disparities Conference

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Amma Addai (top photo) and LaKeisha Summers (bottom photo) won first and second place, respectively, in the Graduate Student Category at the Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland in December, 2014.

Addai’s presentation was titled "Cocaine enhances HIV-1 integration in CD4+ T cells" and Summers presented a poster called "Role of Prolidase in Neuronal Dysfunction of Cocaine Abuse."

The 2014 Student Poster Competition is a program designed and developed to foster and support the innovation, ingenuity and intellectual integrity of future scientists dedicated to the improvement of minority health and the elimination of health disparities from a global perspective. Furthermore, the competition supports the future of education and the evolution of science and excellence in developing students to lead the charge of discovery and leadership.

 Report of the Fall 2014 TNACP Council Meeting

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During the Governor's Council meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Craig L. Washington, second-year medical student, was introduced as the new student member representative. The meeting was held October 9, 2014 and preceded the Scientific Session on October 10-11, 2014.

Washington earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University in public and private sector organizations and, before entering Meharry, he worked with Kaiser Permanente.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists, physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and second largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 141,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists and medical students, residents and fellows.

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Medical Students Unite Against Police Brutalityraleigh  

Raleigh Fatoki, first-year medical student, wears an expressive
surgical mask while participating in the White Coat Die-In.


Students lie in peaceful protest on Charlotte Avenue.

On December 10, 2014, approximately 50 Meharry students protested in solidarity with medical students across the nation taking a stand against the violence and race-related trauma stemming from the lack of prosecutions in the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. Recognizing that the same instances can happen in the Nashville community, and the patients they serve, the students agreed that the Die-In places a spotlight on racial bias as a public health issue.

The Nashville White Coat Die-In was a peaceful and silent protest taking place at Legislative Plaza from 3-4 p.m. CST.

Traffic was blocked for 4.5 minutes symbolizing the 4.5 hours that Michael Brown's dead body remained in the streets of Ferguson until police began their  investigation. The words, "I can't breathe" were chanted 11 times in honor of the 11 times Eric Garner yelled to police that he could not breathe. Eleven minutes of silence followed as students reflected on how they, as future physicians, could help combat these racial issues.

Students from more than 70 medical schools, were represented. These include: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland); Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program (Los Angeles); Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, North Carolina); Harvard Medical School (Boston); Howard University College of Medicine (Washington, D.C.); Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta); Tulane University School of Medicine and Yale School of Medicine (New Haven, Connecticut).

By standing together, nationwide, medical students demonstrated that the medical student community views racial violence as a public health crisis. Their slogan: "We are #whitecoats4blacklives."

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Fourth Annual Dr. Jacqueline Fleming Hampton Memorial Lecture

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Left to right: Rep. Brenda Gilmore of the Tennessee General Assembly; Heavenly Kimes, D.D.S. '98, guest speaker and Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S. '90, MSPH '94, dean of the School of Dentistry.

Monday, February 9, 2015 marked The Fourth Annual Dr. Jacqueline Fleming Hampton Memorial Lecture, held in the ballroom of The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education. The theme of the event was "Oral Health: HIV/AIDS and Health Disparities."

Heavenly Kimes, D.D.S. '98, a practicing oral surgeon in Lawrenceville, Georgia was the keynote speaker of the luncheon. Besides being an oral surgeon, graduating at the top of her class, Dr. Kimes is an award winning business, money and relationship expert. She is known for her professionalism, efficiency and caring demeanor for her patients staying up-to-date on all facets of dental technology to ensure her patients receive the best care possible.

In her keynote address, Dr. Hines discussed the issues of HIV/AIDS and oral manifestations.

Read more on Dr. Kimes' presentation.

Read more about Dr. Jacqueline Fleming Hampton.

RWJF Center for Health Policy

Reaches Landmark Year


2015 marks a milestone year for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. For five years, the Center has provided leadership in health policy education, training and research. The Center awarded $540,000 in health policy research grants, published 35 manuscripts and articles by affiliated faculty and students, gave 43 presentations at conferences, awarded 107 conference travel scholarships and added five new members to the National Advisory Board.

The first cohort of doctoral fellows from Vanderbilt University and the fifth cohort of Health Policy Scholars will graduate in May, 2015. Along with these accomplishments, the Center has also been awarded full funding from RWJF until 2018. At the culmination of this funding, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Endowed Chair of Health Policy will be established.

Meharry Faculty Member Lead  MMC Author

of Peer Reviewed Paper

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Dana Marshall, Ph.D.        Billy R. Ballard, M.D., D.D.S.

Dana R. Marshall, Ph.D., associate professor, pathology, anatomy and cell biology of the School of Medicine, was recently the lead Meharry Medical College author of the manuscript "Structural mass spectrometry of tissue extracts to distinguish cancerous and non-cancerous breast diseases" found in Molecular BioSystems, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The manuscript represents a collaborative effort between Meharry Medical College faculty, Dr. Dana R. Marshall and Dr. Billy R. Ballard; Vanderbilt University faculty member, Dr. John A. McLean and Vanderbilt doctoral student, Kelly M. Hines.

The goal was to identify differences in the metabolome (biomolecules of metabolism) of normal breast tissue compared to diseased breast tissue using cutting-edge omics mass spectrometry strategies.

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Meharry Honored at The Bobby Jones Music Matinee

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Gospel music icon, Dr. Bobby Jones, paid tribute to three distinguished groups of Meharry Medical Collge during the taping of "The Bobby Jones Music Matinee" held Sunday, January 18, 2015 in The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education.

The honorees acknowledged during the evening were Meharry 12 South Community Clinic, Meharry's Alumni and the Meharry Medical Group who are dedicated to providing quality compassionate, and often free, primary care services to the poor and underserved populations in Nashville and around the world.

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FREE flu shots are still available at Meharry 12 South Community Clinic every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. The clinic is located at 1501, 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

No appointment is necessary. Visit their web page

A Message From Chief McKinnon

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The Department of Campus Safety and Security is committed to protecting the Meharry community through community policing practices and community education with regard to individuals and their property. Campus safety also requires a commitment from the Meharry community to take responsibility to report crimes and suspicious activities and by practicing good and practical crime prevention techniques.

The month of February has been designated as "Active Shooter Awareness and Safety Month."

Click here to read a message from Theresa McKinnon, chief of security and director of campus safety and to see a list of lectures and associated activities.

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