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Volume 1, Number 7 September 2014

Christopher Watson Elected to Board of 

AAFP Foundation

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Congratulations to Christopher Watson, a fourth-year School of Medicine student, on his election to the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP). Watson will serve a one-year term, beginning November 1, 2014 and will be the AAFP representative for medical students across the nation.

Some of the responsibilities Watson will assume include: establishing policies to guide the Foundation; enhancing the public image of the Foundation; recruiting volunteer leadership; identifying priority needs, short-term and long-term goals and ensuring that all legal, regulatory and ethical requirements are fulfilled.

ASH Selects 2014 MMSAP Class

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Olusola Laja, a 2017 candidate for the Doctor of Medicine degree, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to participate in the 2014 class of its Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP). Laja is one of 12 students to be accepted to participate in this career development program and was chosen for the research topic of the role of FGF23 in sickle cell disease, kidney disease and cardiac hypertrophy.

Congratulations, Olusola!

Read more here.

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Charlane Oliver, M.P.A., program coordinator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, has been designated as a member of the 2014 Nashville Junior Chamber Leadership Institute. Through a competitive selection process, Oliver was one of 15 applicants chosen for the 2014 class, which comprises young professionals representing a diverse array of industries. The Nashville Junior Chamber Leadership Institute is a professional development training program that prepares young professionals for leadership roles in their respective fields and in the community. This interactive nine week training, led by prominent Nashville leaders, helps participants find and develop their leadership style and develop skills in areas such as communication, building and managing a team, revenue and finance, character development and goal setting.

Call For Abstracts for the 2015 WSSA


Students and faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract of a paper, panel or roundtable for presentation in the Chronic Disease and Disability section at the Western Social Science Association's (WSSA) 57th Annual Conference to be held April 8-11, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

The section on Chronic Disease and Disability (the precursor of the Society for Disability Studies) encourages research and papers on policies, problems, health issues, cultural representations and experiences that involve people with disabilities and/or chronic illness.

The WSSA conference provides an affordable opportunity to present at a peer-reviewed national conference.  

Your abstract must be received via email or post-marked regular mail by December 6, 2014. Please include the following information:

  • Title of presentation
  • First author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and email address
  • Other authors' names, affiliations and email addresses
  • An abstract that does not exceed 200 words

Email your abstract to Cynthia Jackson, Ph.D., or you may call Dr. Jackson, 615.327.6371. You may also submit your abstract at

Please click her for the "Call for Abstract" form:

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