Our emergency medicine faculty at Grady Hospital have established a 24-hour, fast-track emergency service called PACE (Patient Ambulatory Care Express). Directed by Dr. Richard Ismach, this service employs a separate staff of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to treat patients for minor injuries in a fraction of the time a regular emergency room visit requires. More than 25% of all patients who visit Grady's Emergency Care Center are seen in the PACE area. This excellent service no doubt will improve patient access, care, and flow while benefitting our hard-working physicians at Grady.
With the passing of Dr. Charles Mason Huguley, Jr. in September, we lost a valuable leader, loyal friend, and staunch supporter who devoted 40 years of his professional life to the Department of Medicine. Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Huguley was one of 17 founding partners of The Emory Clinic. A pioneer in oncology, he focused on cancer care and education at a time when the field was still developing as a specialty. In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by his son, Charles III, 74C, and a granddaughter. Dr. J. Willis Hurst, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Medicine, said of Dr. Huguley, "His broad shoulders and keen intellect were of enormous value to the fledgling department, and he lent stability and continuity."
I am delighted to announce that Dr. Claudia Adkison, Executive Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs, has received the Women in Medicine Silver Achievement Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. She was honored along with 21 women and men who have contributed substantially to the development of women in academic medicine. Dr. Adkison has used her expertise and skill as a mentor to enhance the lives and career opportunities of women in medicine at Emory. She implemented a program to identify women who could be promoted into senior academic ranks, recruiting senior women faculty and Department Chairs to become mentors for these promising young faculty members. She wrote and codified many guidelines that helped bring women to the forefront for promotion. She sat on the first University Affirmative Action Committee, helping develop the University's policies in this area, and also chaired the SOM's first Affirmative Action Committee. As a two-term President of the University Senate, she shepherded the "cafeteria" benefits plans through the Senate for presentation to the University administration and Board of Trustees. Eventually, these plans were adopted to provide flexible spending accounts and other benefits. She is also a former chair of the SOM's Committee on the Status of Women. Dr. Adkison's services in advising faculty on promotion and other matters are always available.
On December 6 and 7, the SOM will host the annual Faculty Development Teaching Workshop, "Learning to be Better Teachers," in the WHSCAB Auditorium. Ably coordinated by Dr. William Branch, the workshops are designed to enhance the teaching skills of both basic science and clinical faculty in many formats. I strongly encourage all new faculty, and senior faculty who want to hone their teaching techniques, to attend. Sessions will cover an array of topics, including using the Internet as a teaching tool, creating fertile learning environments, mentoring, and teaching at the bedside. For example, drawing on his recent article in JAMA, Dr. Branch will explore how humanism in medicine can be taught most effectively at the patient's bedside rather than through formal coursework. Dr. Dennis Cope, Professor and Chair of General Medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in South Carolina, is this year's visiting scholar. Dr. John Stone will deliver the luncheon address on December 7. Faculty should note that participation in this training is an important inclusion in the Teaching Portfolio. For additional information and a registration form, contact Shelle Bryant at 404-727-3753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fall, the Department of Human Genetics established the Center for Medical Genomics. Directed by Dr. Neil Lamb, the center will house state-of-the-art equipment to help our faculty organize and expedite research aimed at identifying genes involved in human disease. The center will be located in the newly completed Whitehead Biomedical Research Building.
Backed by a $1 million gift from the Turner Foundation, researchers in pediatric rheumatology and immunology are beginning a concerted research effort to understand the causes and suggest new treatments for lupus in children and teens. Dr. Larry Vogler, Director of the division, notes that only a limited number of centers in the United States conduct research in the effects of rheumatic diseases on children and teens. With this funding, we will make a substantive scientific contribution as well as recruit an outstanding scientist in the field.
By year's end, the Emory Heart Center will have its own case study library and media center funded by a $45,000 gift from the Guidant Corporation. Located next to the cath lab in Emory Hospital, the library will contain tapes on various procedures and research data for use by Emory cardiology fellows. Dr. Douglas Morris, Director of the Emory Heart Center, suggested creating the library to further Emory's training in interventional cardiology. Guidant, known for its expertise in developing technologies necessary for the growth and development of this specialty, will further enhance interventional cardiology at Emory by supporting a cardiology fellow.
On October 13, our M1 students donned their white coats for the first time in an annual tradition that symbolizes initiation into the medical profession. A crowd of 600 parents, family members, and friends attended the ceremony. The keynote speaker, Dr. Herbert Karp, Professor Emeritus of Neurology, urged his audience to "look back now. Remembering your past and understanding your present are invaluable steps in adapting to the changes of the future." Good luck to our students as they begin the journey through medical school.
Continuing a holiday tradition, the Health Sciences Library is accepting canned goods in lieu of library fines owed, with each can credited from $.50 to $1.25 toward outstanding fines. The library encourages patrons to contribute canned goods, even if they owe no fines, to support the Atlanta Food Bank, which helps feed area families and provides disaster relief, including help for victims of 9/11. The Cans for Fines exchange and the donation drive run from November 10 to December 31. Last year, the library collected four barrels of food�approximately 1,200 pounds or 800 meals�to help feed the one in four Georgians who go hungry. For more information about the program, contact Penny Splain at 727-5811.
We are pleased to announce the following:
- Dr. Otis Brawley was recently appointed to the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee.
- Dr. Jeff Carney is the new chief of urology at Grady Hospital.
- Dr. Kimberly Rask is editor-in-chief of the Clinical Advisory Committee of EBM Solutions, a leading provider of evidence-based guidelines and care management applications. Emory is working with five other medical centers to develop the clinical content for www.ebmsolutions.com.
- Dr. Nanette Wenger was named to the Scientific Advisory Board of WomenHeart, a 20-member panel of prominent American physicians and nurses who provide policy direction and scientific expertise to this patient advocacy group. Its annual leadership awards are named the "Wenger Awards" in honor of her distinguished career.
In light of the many wonderful and the shockingly tragic events of this past year, I want to wish each of you a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Thomas J. Lawley, MD