Founded in 1825, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences is the 11th oldest medical school in the country and the first in the nation’s capital. Since its establishment, the school has been at the forefront of medical education, and has grown to include highly-ranked programs in the health and biomedical sciences. With dozens of top-tier residency programs, SMHS is a competitive and esteemed destination for medical school graduates across the country.
Emphasizing education through cooperation and collaboration, and using state-of-the-art facilities, the MD curriculum prepares graduates for residencies in numerous concentrations.
Recognized as a leader in Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Clinical Research education, these programs develop clinicians and leaders for successful careers.
The 19th Annual GW Research Days showcased health-related research from SMHS students and residents, April 2.
Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D., dean, vice president for health affairs and Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, talked to GW Today about common issues for college students and how to seek help.
SMHS students presented the Golden Apples during follies, a time-honored tradition where first, second, third, and fourth-year medical students perform parodies, skits, and choreographed dance numbers.
In the 46 years since Class of ’68 graduated, members have given more than $1 million to SMHS.
Fourth-year medical students congregated in Ross Hall March 21, for a pivotal moment of their medical education: Match Day.
The GW Healing Clinic's Annual Charity Auction raised more than $25,000 to support the student-run clinic on March 19.
Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., was installed as the Walter G. Ross Professor of Basic Science Research on March 18.
SMHS hosted the inaugural Dr. Harry C. Miller Visiting Professorship, Symposium, and Reception, Feb. 22.
Howard Straker, M.P.H., PA-C, and Paige McDonald, Ed.D., revise course to be more interactive using a blended learning format.
As a champion for educational opportunities for women, Dr. M. Elizabeth "Lee" Tidball will be remembered by those at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and outside the school, for many years to come. She was a mentor to many students during her time as a faculty member from 1960 until her retirement in 1994.
Before coming to GW, obstetrician Amr Madkour, M.D., volunteered in West Africa with Doctors Without Borders.
Scott Faucett, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, is a team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams.
George Washington University faculty and students, including Leana Wen, M.D., director for patient-centered care research, took the stage at Lisner Auditorium to speak to a crowd of 1,200 attendees representing GW, D.C. and the surrounding areas, at TEDxFoggyBottom on Friday.
Darrell Kirch, M.D, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, addressed the effects of political dysfunction on academic medicine during his Jan. 16 psychiatry grand rounds lecture.
Shawneequa Callier, J.D., M.A., discusses the benefits and dangers of home health genetic testing.
The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in partnership with the GW Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, participated in the 2014 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo on Jan. 11 and 12.
Beginning in fall 2014, each first-year GW medical student will also receive an iPad—a tool that is commonplace in today’s hospitals, allowing physicians to access electronic medical records and information on the web from their patients’ bedsides.
GW doctors explain how to stay safe during a dangerously cold winter.
Panel of SMHS medical experts addressed topics in healthy aging as part of the Frontiers in Medicine lecture series, Dec. 12.
For clinicians looking for insight into the new standards of care for cancer survivorship, such as providing follow-up care, managing long-term and late medical and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment, or the importance of survivorshi
In 2013, the GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) was the recipient of two awards that will allow the organization to continue to bring multidisciplinary clinical, research, education, and outreach programs together in a comprehensive approach to cancer pre
Alexis Janda never pictured herself as a runner. “The word wasn’t part of my vocabulary,” she said. However, the word cancer sadly was. When Janda was 10 years old, her father, Michael, passed away from stomach lining cancer.
Former Sen. Tom Daschle joined experts at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health to discuss the role of technology and education in improving health care.
Elizabeth Prevou, a dual-degree, physician assistant and MPH candidate, brought her medical perspective to the inaugural D.C. public health case challenge.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National hosted the 2nd Annual Mentor Development Conference, Nov. 20.
Thomas Joiner, M.D., delivered the 20th Anniversary Seymour Perlin, M.D. Lecture on Suicidology and Life-Threatening Illnesses, Oct. 31.
The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is now officially credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
A interdisciplinary team of students representing the Milken Institute School of Public Health (formerly the GW School of Public Health and Health Services), the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences was awarded the prize for “Best Interdisciplinary Approach” at the very first D.C. Public Health Case Challenge, held at the Institute of Medicine.
Stephen Bergman, M.D., Ph.D., psychiatrist and author of the landmark, best-selling medical novel, “The House of God," described his journey as a physician and writer and how those two worlds intertwined at the 8th Annual Stuart M. Fidler, M.D., Memorial, Nov. 6.
SMHS senior leadership discussed their personal and professional paths to becoming effective leaders during a luncheon Oct. 23.
Yolanda C. Oertel, M.D., RESD ’72, and her husband James E. Oertel, M.D., donated $2.5 million to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences to establish The Yolanda and James Oertel Professorship for the Medical Humanities.
The GW SMHS community gathered to celebrate academic achievements and welcome the new class of students at the 2013 Physical Therapy Excellence Awards and White Coat Ceremony, Oct. 15.
Victoria Mui, M.D., a PGY3 resident in the OBGYN program, received the 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Postgraduate Award.
Compton Benjamin, M.D., Ph.D., RESD ’09, assistant professor of urology at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), regularly treats patients for everything from kidney, prostate, and testicular cancer to kidney stones and erectile dysf
The newest member of the Department of Urology at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Paul Rusilko, D.O., specializes in an area of the field that has long been underrepresented amongst the medical community in Washington, D.C.
Within most successful researchers there lies a stubborn streak; a flicker of perseverance that lights the way past personal and professional setbacks en route to the next big idea. So it was for Jean L.
Nixon recently toured the department’s new laboratory space with Dean Akman.
Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., shared her perspective on the future of health care quality during the inaugural SMHS Annual Health Care Quality Lecture, Oct. 17.
The Physician Assistant Class of 2015 received their short white coats during a ceremony, Oct. 4
GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Installed as the Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
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"Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life" by Eric Lindner was released on Oct. 12. Lindner is donating all of the book profits to organizations committed to improving the lives of hospice patients and their families, including the GW Institute for Spirituality and Health.
Jill Davies, M.D. ’93, RESD ’97, associate professor at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine, discussed “Vaccinations During Pregnancy" at the Annual Weingold Lecture.
The SMHS Class of ’63 was honored at a special luncheon hosted by Dean Akman.
The annual state of the school address keeps alumni up-to-date on the latest Developments at SMHS.
“I don’t know many people outside my class who can say that they loved medical school, but I loved being a GW medical student,” said Tara Jeanne O’Toole, M.D. ’81, one of three recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
“I had no parents and no money. There was not much in the way of financial aid available, and tuition was higher than I could afford.”
GW medicine and health sciences students, along with staff and faculty teamed up for Commitment to Community Day.
SMHS students spent the summer gaining experience through internships around the world.
Five multi-million dollar federal grants were recently awarded to SMHS faculty.
SMHS, GW Hospital, and the MFA co-hosted this annual event to screen community members for certain types of cancer.
Members of the M.D. class of 2017 took their first step toward physician-hood at the White Coat and Honor Code Ceremony Aug. 24.
The new physical therapy class is composed of 41 students from across the United States, making it the largest in SMHS history.
Camp Cardiac is a week-long summer experience for exceptional D.C.-area high school students who are interested in exploring careers in medicine.
George Washington University’s Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Center awarded more than $500,000 to 12 university researchers to accelerate the pace of collaborative clinical and translational research investigations.
Multiple families gathered at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., to celebrate, not only their established bond to GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), but also their continued connection to the school through one of this year’s 177 first-year medical students, donning their first “white coat” that day.
The Summer Institute on Aging, July 10-13, discussed and examined the realities of aging in America.
Robert Hawley, Ph.D., recently traveled to China to further a research initiative with Jining Medical University.
The fifth annual GWish Spirituality and Health Summer Institute brings psychosocial and spiritual well-being into focus.
Genomic Opportunities for Girls In Research Labs (GO GIRL) is a week-long educational outreach program for female high school students.
During a graduation celebration June 12, 11th cohort of the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP) presented a glimpse of the results they achieved during a year-long leadership development program for faculty in medicine, health sciences, and basic sciences.
First-year residents received their long white coats during a ceremony, June 19.
The Environmental Health track draws medical students who are passionate about the environment and its effect on human health.
Residents and attending physicians in the Department of Internal Medicine published the third edition of Cuentos, their annual humanities magazine, June 14.
At the 2013 graduation ceremonies, three generations of GW physicians came together.
The sounds of bagpipes echoed throughout Lisner Auditorium as the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) M.D. diploma ceremony commenced, May 19.
Health Sciences graduation ceremony was held May 18 in Lisner Auditorium.
Members from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) community gathered with friends and family to pay tribute to a select group for their induction into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society.
The 33 students who make up the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Class of 2013 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, gathered in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the program’s highest achievers during the Health Sciences program’s DPT Graduation Awards Ceremony, May 17.
The M.D. Class of 2013 donned their finest attire and headed out to the Fairmont hotel for an evening of recognition and fun, May 17.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Physician Assistant graduates received their long white coats during a ceremony May 17.
Every year the Health Sciences program honors an outstanding undergraduate student and graduate student for their excellence in academics, service, and leadership. Katherine Lemming was the recipient of the health sciences outstanding undergraduate student award.
The GW Institute for Neuroscience (GWIN) hosted its 3rd Annual Neuroscience Symposium May 2. GWIN Director Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology at SMHS, says the event is "an acknowledgment of our commitment to continued progress in neuroscience at GW."
GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the GW Hospital, and the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) hosted Stroke Screening Day to help community members identify their risk factors for stroke on May 10.
Commencement weekend is an exciting time for any graduate -- the rewarding culmination of what can feel like a long and grueling journey.
As a professor, mentor, and friend, Dr. Frank Miller was one of the most beloved faculty members at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He was an outstanding teacher, shaping the future careers of generations of medical students from 1944 until his retirement in 1985.
Members of the GW community converged on Ross Hall to place their bids at the GW student-run HEALing Clinic’s 14th annual charity auction, April 11.
Students, staff, and faculty gathered in Ross Hall for the grand opening of the Center for Otolaryngology Microsurgery Education and Training. The six station lab will be used as a surgical training and simulation center for otology and lateral skull-base surgery.
Josh D'Angelo, a third-year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) student at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is the first GW student to receive the prestigious Mary McMillan Scholarship Award.
The George Washington University Hospital has been moving medicine forward for the benefit of the region and beyond since 1825.
Friends of the George Washington (GW) University gathered at the Jack Morton Auditorium for a discussion about women’s heart health led by a panel of experts from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA).
The George Washington University’s Urban Food Task Force hosted its first-ever “Research and Education in Food and Nutrition” expo March 28.
Christine George is quick to admit that she’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie. “It’s horrible when disasters happen,” she says, “but when there’s something you can do about it for those who are suffering, it’s incredibly rewarding.”
Gaetano "Guy" Lotrecchiano, Ph.D., Ed.D., assistant professor of clinical research and leadership, and of pediatrics at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his latest research and his road to GW.
Retired physicians work one-one-one with third year medical students for the Observed History and Physical Examination requirement.
GW fourth-year medical students gathered in Ross Hall March 15, for a pivotal moment of their medical education: Match Day.
Before the White House, a trip to the grocery store required First Lady Michelle Obama to be armed with a “finely honed plan of attack” to get in and out in 30 minutes.
In an effort to break down barriers and achieve greater innovation across all departments of the GW medical and engineering communities, several prominent organizations teamed up to host the “Second Leadership Summit: "Teaming Up to Innovate".
Gearing up for Match Day 2013. Take a look back at Match Day 2008, through the eyes of Sigrid Bairdain, M.D. '08, M.P.H.
Kenneth J. Harwood, Ph.D., PT, recently returned from an educational initiative in Singapore where he was a member of an international team of experts teaching management and leadership to physical therapy students.
Each spring, medical students at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) embark upon an annual rite of passage, taking their talents from the classroom to the stage to perform parodies, skits, and choreographed dance numbers in a time-honored tradition known as the follies.
GW SMHS participated in the Sister to Sister Foundation's annual heart screening event on Capitol Hill. The event offered free heart screenings and heart-healthy education to legislators and their staff members.
It's American Heart Month. Richard Katz, M.D., Bloedorn Professor of Cardiology, offers tips to GW Today to avoid dangerous heart problems.
Addressing the GWU medical community, Julie Silver, M.D., assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, discussed the importance of cancer rehabilitation, specifically its role in the cancer care continuum, during a conference hosted by the GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) with the support of the NIH Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU), on Jan. 18.
Dr. Akman hosted a town hall to discuss his priorities as the new vice president for health affairs and dean, addressing the school’s efforts around scholarships, research, diversity and philanthropy.
Students at GW SMHS plan annual memorial service for families of body donors, a key part of medical education.
Ask medical students what is most important to them and you get similar responses— support for their education and overall well-being. That’s certainly the case for Amy Waldner, a third-year medical student at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), who will use her new leadership role to advocate for her fellow medical students. As of January, Waldner is the GW student representative to the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), and she was elected as a national delegate to the OSR Administrative Board. Founded to represent medical students nationwide, the OSR ensures that students actively participate in directing their education, while working with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to improve the nation’s health. Waldner will represent students in the AAMC by providing feedback on programs and services the organization sponsors, then disseminating that information to her fellow students.
The Upward Bound Program in GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is rolling into 2013 with high energy and purpose.
This year’s flu season is in full swing, with District health officials reporting 310 cases since September.
The new year often symbolizes new beginnings and that couldn’t be more true for Kelsey Young, a third-year dual-degree physician assistant (PA)/M.P.H. student, at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), who will begin her duties as chief delegate for the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA).
With a new year comes new leadership. Taking a lead role in 2013 are two George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) students: Josh D’Angelo, a third-year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) student and Pete Tooley, a second-year DPT student. Both students were elected by their peers to serve in national leadership positions for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Driven by his passion to promote psychiatric education and awareness of mental health issues, Jerry M. Wiener, M.D., held many titles during his medical career at the George Washington University (GW). Arguably, his most important role was that of professor, advisor, and mentor to countless medical students and psychiatry residents.
Sometimes lessons are learned in ways that we’d least expect – information delivered in a unique and meaningful way tends to resonate more with students and faculty and makes the instruction stick.
For the third year in a row, Tracy and her team of cardiologists from the GW Heart & Vascular Institute traveled to the city of Comayagua, Honduras to bring specialized cardiac care to people in need.
It was an unseasonably cold late-October afternoon, with Hurricane Sandy churning up the East Coast. Ominous skies threatened to unleash a downpour at any moment, but that didn’t keep the 13 members of the Challenger team off the baseball diamond at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va.
Aiming to promote mentorship and its importance to the academic community, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Medical Center (CTSI-CN), in collaboration with the George Washington University, hosted “Building the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: A Mentor Development Conference.
In an effort to create compassionate health care systems driven by dignity-based, person-centered care, The George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) hosted the first National Consensus Conference on Creating Compassionate Healthcare Systems, Nov. 28-30.
It’s a typical Thursday for John Larsen, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Utsha Khatri’s first exposure to medicine was from the perspective of treating the underserved. She believes that multiple factors influence a patient’s prospects for good health — education, stress, access to healthy foods, etc.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) honored second- and third-year PT students who exemplify those essential skills, recognizing their achievements at the Physical Therapy Program 2012 Excellence Awards on Nov. 8.
An Innovative Study Led by GW Researchers Explores Using Telemedicine to Improve both Care and Costs
Women in pink scarves, hats, and jackets filed into the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. They registered and received nametags, but few needed them; they were at home.
Early this fall, GW’s Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) launched the Medical Research Fellowship Program (MRFP).
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, along with the GW Medical Faculty Associates and the GW Hospital, hosted a free cancer screening day on Oct. 19 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Science and engineering research is entering a new era where global challenges require global solutions. Subra Suresh, Sc.D., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with this new era of science and engineering research and development (R&D) before an audience of George Washington University researchers Oct. 4.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Student Interest Group Pairs Medical Students Eager for Experience with Expectant Mothers for Better Outcomes
On the 50th anniversary of the installation of the first Lewis B. Saltz Chair of Surgery, the George Washington University medical community turned out to honor Anton Sidawy, M.D., M.P.H. ’99, on the occasion of his installation as the Lewis B. Saltz Chair of Surgery, Sept. 19.
One out of every 88 children in the United States will develop autism sometime during the first three years of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In August, The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) received three federally funded research project grants (R01s) and one federally funded cooperative agreement research
Students, faculty, and alumni from SMHS, the School of Public Health and Health Services, and the School of Nursing saw more than 1,100 patients and treated everything from malnutrition and respiratory issues in children to adults with diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension, during a medical mission to Haiti.
The 1960s was an era of social change, a time when a number of medical corpsmen were returning home from the Vietnam War searching for a way to re-enter the medical practice arena.
Change can be a good thing, especially at the George Washington University student-run Healthcare, Education, and Active Living Clinic (HEALing Clinic), where new plans are being put in place that promise more than just healing. The clinic is in the process of launching new initiatives, expanding current programs, and establishing new goals aimed at providing better health care for underserved populations in the Shaw and Anacostia neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.
For most people it’s not uncommon, after a busy week or a long day of strenuous work or exercise, to fall asleep a little earlier than usual. It’s often a one-time thing and following a good night of sleep they return to their normal routine. For a small segment of the population, however, it’s a life-long problem.
“Is this going to be on the final?” Mykia Washington eagerly asked her instructor during a fierce round of math Jeopardy.
Marcia Firmani understands the importance of mentorship for budding scientists. During her graduate training at UC Berkeley, Daniel A. Portnoy, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry, played an influential role in encouraging her dissertation research. “He once told me that there are two kinds of scientists,” she said. “He said that ‘There are good scientists and bad scientists. Bad scientists try to prove themselves right and good scientists try to prove themselves wrong.’ Because of Dr. Portnoy’s influence and support, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career as a good scientist.”
Anyone who has taken a course in higher education is familiar with end-of-semester evaluations. They typically come in the form of surveys that employ Likert scales, which score responses along a range that spans from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Students are presented with statements such as Instructor demonstrated knowledge of subject matter and check a box to indicate their level of agreement.
Historically minorities have been underrepresented in the science and research fields.
Healing involves much more than just treating a disease. For many patients, spirituality plays an integral role in the journey through illness and healing.
Family and friends of the newest class of medical students at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) packed the aisles of Lisner Auditorium Aug.18 to celebrate the symbolic
Legacy families and adopt-a-doc families from 1975–96, gathered for the second annual Medical Legacy Brunch at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Aug. 18.
For many students in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), summer is a time away from training when they can embrace unique experiences through internships, some of which were organized by the Office of Student Opportunities. These experiences, whether abroad or state-side, vary from clinical settings to offices to laboratories – and they often influence students’ decisions on the road to becoming medical professionals. Read on for a glimpse of these summers of discovery.
While most students are reporting to campus to begin their coursework, fall marks a different kind of beginning for the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Physician Assistant (PA) class of 2012.
By his junior year at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978, Barry A. Wolfman already knew that he wanted to become a hospital administrator. His very deliberate career was a result of what he calls the meshing of his interests in medicine and business. “It was crystal clear,” he says. “And I’ve done it ever since.”
For the 40 residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine at GW Medical Faculty Associates, the pace of life is frenetic. Their demanding schedules at GW Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center leave limited time for weekly lectures.
Dominic Raj, M.D., Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and of Biochemistry and of Molecular Biology at SMHS and Director of the Division of Renal Disease and Hypertension at the GW Medical Faculty Associates has been nominated to be a standing member of the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section (CICS), a subcommittee of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences Integrated Review Group of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review.
For high school students, making the decision about how to spend the summer months can be difficult. But for the 16 girls who attended the Genomic Opportunities for Girls In Research Labs (GO GIRL) summer program, held from June 11-14, the choice was easy.
In the fall of 1981, fresh from the Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Master of Science in Medical Technology, Carol Smith joined the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) as the education coordinator of the Clinical Laboratory Science program.
Life-long learning is a commonplace, throwaway line that seems to work its way into nearly every graduation ceremony. Every graduation that is, except for the 10th Cohort of the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP).
Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., professor and Catharine Birch & William McCormick Endowed Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been elected as the foreign member of the Advisory Board of the Russian National Research Center’s Institute of Immunology in Moscow. Kumar has also been elected as a member of the Editorial Board of the Russian Academy of Sciences journal Physiology and Pathology of Immune System.
During his childhood in Indiana, Ferid Murad had a habit of memorizing license plate numbers. At the restaurant his parents owned, he would keep customers’ orders in his head and tally their bills without pen or paper. He admits these exercises seem “crazy,” but says they helped him a great deal with the memorization required in medical school.
In Hippocrates’ ancient Greece, uroscopy, the visual examination of a patient’s urine, was a common diagnostic practice. Dark urine was considered to indicate acute illness and light urine suggested chronic disease. Even until the 1800s, diabetes was diagnosed by tasting urine to determine if it was sweet. To the relief of lab technologists everywhere, the health sciences have progressed dramatically since that time.
After a bagpipe procession set the tone for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) M.D.
On May 18, the GW Doctor of Physical Therapy program held its annual Commencement Awards Ceremony.
The M.D. Class of 2012 was decked out in formal attire and headed to the Ritz Carlton to attend the 2012 Class Gala, on Friday evening.
Develop the right mentors, continue to learn, and be open and alert. These were words of advice given by Jonathan Himmelfarb, M.D. ’83, professor of Medicine and Joseph W.
GW Faculty member Esma A. Akin, M.D., and alumnus Roger S. Eng, Jr., M.D. '91, M.P.H. ‘92, have been inducted as Fellows in the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Two dozen 9th and 10th graders, dressed smartly in their school uniforms, gathered on the cafeteria floor. Each student kneeled in front of a Mini-Anne – an inflatable, portable mannequin – and used the palms of their hands to pump its chest to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.”
“I’m here for my test!” exclaimed Sammie Whiting-Ellis as she strode below the “Free Stroke Screening” banner that hung across the entrance to the Eye Street Mall outside of the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Gloria Wilder, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of Core Health, arrived more than an hour late to the Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service’s (ISCOPES) end-of-year celebration at the George Washington University, April 17. Despite leaving her home near Manassas, VA, at 5:30 AM, she couldn’t defeat the traffic.
In late March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report estimating that about one out of every 88 children was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2008. That’s a more than 20 percent increase from 2006 and a spike that’s dominated recent headlines nationwide.
Match Day was different this year for Elizabeth Wiley, J.D., M.P.H., a fourth-year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).
Alex Fortenko, M.P.H. ‘11, a first-year medical student in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), says it’s a minor miracle when he catches a meal outside of Ross Hall. Between classes, exams, and studying, grocery shopping sinks to the bottom of the to-do list.
It’s called “the disease that whispers.” Its incidence is relatively low, its symptoms are easily misattributed, and when it’s discovered, it’s often too late.
It would be easy to spend Match Day Eve — the day before fourth year medical students learn where they will be completing their residency — pacing, nail-biting, playing “what-if,” and indulging other nervous compulsions.
From the diagnosis of acute upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage to the awareness of urban pests and pesticides to the epidemiology of dengue fever in St.
Two years of basic sciences, two years of clinical rotations. That’s the standard medical education curriculum, a formula that’s been in place for decades in many American medical schools.
Raphael Karkowski, a fourth-year medical student at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), wasn’t sure if it was nerves or just a sugar rush from brunch. Whatever it was, he knew his heartbeat was picking up its pace.
Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), says the goal of his department’s Nobel Laureate lecture series “is to bring th
In the popular media, emergency departments (ED) are usually associated with long wait times and uninsured patients.
Robert Wooten, P.A.-C., president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, often tells fellow physician assistants (P.A.) that they are leaders. And just as often, they deny it.
Nobel laureates Aaron Ciechanover, M.D., Ph.D., and Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., had a number of lessons to offer George Washington University students earlier this week.
The Nash twins have a routine. It plays out in their Pentagon City apartment on the occasional nights when their schedules overlap. Rachel prepares dinner and Leah packs tomorrow’s lunches.
Since launching “Joining Forces,” a national initiative to support military families, last spring, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Ed.D., have successfully recruited the participation of numerous businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals
Now that classes are back in full swing, so are coughs and sniffles. And the viruses that cause the common cold and influenza are everywhere – on keyboards, on doorknobs, on elevator buttons, and especially on your classmates and co-workers.
In many ways, patient navigation has gotten ahead of itself. The relatively modern profession has grown so widely and rapidly that patient navigators now vary in education, skill set, role, responsibility, and even name.
John Sargent M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, vice chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, went through residency training thre
A lot of things seem to walk away from Katalin Roth’s office, which, she admits, is “due for a clean.” But a simple greeting card isn’t one of them. She locates it swiftly, plucks it off the bulletin board, and reads it aloud.
In the coming years, the U.S. is expected to face a national shortage of nurses twice as large as any experienced since the mid-1960s.
Whether it’s the Gulf oil spill, the obesity epidemic, lead in children’s toys, or the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, major public health issues regularly capture newspaper headlines and the public’s attention.
You won’t find Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., stuck in a rut.
Sitting in his office along Pennsylvania Avenue, Alan E. Greenberg, M.D. ’82, M.P.H., radiates an air of excitement.
Sarah Diamond, M.P.H. Candidate 2012, Global Health
Leighton Ku, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and director of the Center for Health Policy Research in the Department of Health Policy at the School of Public Health and Health Services, doesn’t try to quell the political and ideological discord ignited b
Seated with his colleagues at a conference table, Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., founding director of the new George Washington Institute for Neuroscience (GWIN), intuitively used his hands when describing a stage in brain development.
Sub-Saharan Africa bears 24 percent of the world’s disease burden, but has just three percent of its health workforce. Training — and retaining — physicians on the continent has been an ongoing challenge.
When Tim Russert, the longtime moderator of Meet the Press, died in the offices of WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., he did not succumb to a “massive heart attack,” as some reports suggested.
On the fifth floor of Children’s National Medical Center, in the southeast corner of a large lab, is a cubby with a desk, a computer, two bike helmets, and three phones.
The southeast African country of Mozambique has endured a tumultuous past. Battered by civil war until 1992, the nation now faces an enemy just as fierce: HIV/AIDS.
Sunburns can lead to cancer. Colitis can lead to cancer. Hepatitis B and C can lead to cancer. Persistent infection and inflammation may lead to cancer. Lead a perfectly healthy life, and you might get cancer nonetheless.
Accident-prone travelers take note: “If you get hit by a moped in a country like the Netherlands, you will most likely be taken care of by a first-year doctor — one who has not had any specialized training in emergency medicine,” says Terrence Mul
Braving morning temperatures below 40 degrees and a freak blast of winter weather the day before, a team of 61 George Washington University alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends joined more than 21,000 others to run in the 36th Annual Mari
If you want to assess a nation’s healthcare system, take a good look at its emergency medicine departments, said the speakers at “Emergency Care GPS,” a recent seminar at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium.
Around the emergency department, it’s known as “testing creep.” Conventionally, it’s called human nature — the more you have, the more you use, the more you want.
GW Breast Care Center Celebrates the Inspiration, Dedication and Commitment to Beating Breast Cancer
Christie Teal, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and director of the GW Breast Care Center, arrived at the Center’s annual luncheon, Oct 20, with a newly cropped
At its best, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is “the common cold of psychiatric illness,” according to Robert Ursano, M.D. Like a cold, its symptoms are common and usually temporary.
At first glance, the physician workforce in Washington, D.C. looks robust: about one licensed physician for every 60 residents. That’s far higher than the nationwide ratio of about one doctor for every 300 Americans.
Margaret Plack, P.T., Ed.D., interim senior associate dean for the Health Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), says her passion for education is attributable in part to her father, who loved t
Saba Ghorab, a second year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), remembers the day in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.
Allison Hoff had nearly exhausted her five minutes at an internet café when the e-mail arrived.
When Brian Blades, M.D., was appointed chair of Surgery in 1946, there was no way he could have imagined what his department would look like today.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, roughly 50 million men and as many as 30 million women in the United States experience some form of hereditary hair loss.
The world is growing smaller as the cost of mobile technology plummets and more high-powered smartphones reach the hands of eager new customers.
The question had puzzled doctors for more than 100 years: How did nitroglycerin — the same explosive compound Alfred Nobel famously tamed in his invention of dynamite — work as a therapeutic?
On a Wednesday last April, Valerie Hu, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), eagerly anticipated the release of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) study that she authored and t
The concept of “flow” is a defining characteristic for Ramesh Mazhari. As an interventional cardiologist, she is dedicated to restoring and improving patient blood flow to the heart.
A lot of things seem to walk away from Katalin Roth’s office, which, she admits, is “due for a clean.” But a simple greeting card isn’t one of them. She locates it swiftly, plucks it off the bulletin board, and reads it aloud.
As he anticipated the final out in the World Series last November, Ken Akizuki, M.D. ’93, ran from the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse to the end of a tunnel behind the team’s dugout.
A decade ago, Jennifer Ambroggio, M.D., was a seasoned embryologist living in California with her husband and young child. But something wasn’t quite right. “I felt isolated in the lab,” she remembers.
The business-savvy side of Evelyn Y. Davis appreciates that her physicians at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) work together to keep her healthy.
A home can offer shelter, safety, and a sense of belonging, but what if it could also provide a path to self-discovery, or academic achievement, or advancements in research?
Everybody knew H. George Mandel, Ph.D., a faculty member in GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (SMHS) Department of Pharmacology and Physiology for over 60 years.
Lauren Finely’s iPhone alarm buzzes. Finely, a 26-year-old first-year medical resident, slips on baby blue scrubs, grabs some fruit, and makes a coffee-to-go for her 15-minute commute to GW Hospital, where a long day is about to begin.
According to Christina Puchalski, M.D., F.A.C.P., director of the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health (GWish) and professor of Medicine in the GW School of Medicine in Health Sciences (SMHS), what hospital patients report wantin
Everybody knew H. George Mandel, Ph.D., a faculty member in The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Department of Pharmacology and Physiology for over 60 years.
It was Mary Kaldas’ first trip to the Boston area and Zach Wegermann’s second. The city, they said, was “awesome,” but sightseeing wasn’t their first priority.
Kathryn Boling was not the conventional medical student. At 53 years old, she has raised two daughters, been through a divorce, had a 30-year career, and moved across the country to pursue her “life’s dream.”
One day, it will all be over, thought Lauren Antognoli when she was 17 years old and undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma.
It was not an ordinary day for graduating medical students at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), as they followed the bag-piped procession to their seats at their Medical School Diploma and Hooding ceremony—this day was definite
“You are all a part of a community working together to improve health care,” said Margaret Plack, P.T., Ed.D., interim senior associate dean for Health Sciences, as she welcomed graduates, faculty, family and friends to the Lisner Auditorium at Th
The line for free stroke screenings in the Ross Hall courtyard, May 6, provided a snapshot of Washington, D.C.’s eclectic foot traffic.
At The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), excellence in teaching is not an exception — it’s the rule.
What do the New York Subway system, the Peace Corps, and GW’s Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) have in common?
Just a few decades ago, the connection between neurobiology and cancer biology was suspected, but unspoken.
The thought first struck what Vinayak Jha, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, calls his “ridiculous nerve.”
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) welcomed 600 new students on Saturday. Some held human body parts in the gross anatomy lab. Some learned how to suture. And others were shown how to deliver a baby.
Since its founding in 2006, the GW HEALing (Healthcare, Education and Active Living) Clinic has helped expand healthcare access to vulnerable populations in Washington D.C.
It’s not surprising that Karin Kuhn, a first-year medical student at The George Washington University, decided to become a doctor.
Move over, Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Primary Care is where the excitement is these days, a group of 20 students in GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences came to believe during a special hands-on event at the GW Hospital in January.
In just a fraction of the 5,100 square feet that used to swell with patient files at the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), a digital x-ray machine, a nuclear reading room, and the Dr.
The best way Bert O’Malley, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine, knows how to describe a career in research is by comparing it to a detective’s work.
Surprisingly, Kofi Essel, a fourth year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), was able to sleep through the night, March 16.
Less than 24 hours after discovering where they will be continuing their medical education in residency, a group of fourth-year medical students at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was not quite ready
Some people tell Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) that she is lucky to be alive. But Wasserman Schultz, who battled a particularly lethal type of breast cancer, attributes her survival to more than luck.
The bar has been set high for Anton Sidawy, M.D., M.P.H., who became chair of the Department of Surgery in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences in December 2010.
During medical school, the majority of students’ curriculum is centered around the biomedical sciences and how to relieve a patient’s physical pain.
Rahul Vanjani claims he has a hard time acting normal. In fact, it’s a leading reason the third-year medical student is attracted to a career in pediatrics. Around kids, he explains, “you can be goofy.”
The vital signs — pulse, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate, and sometimes pain — are the ABCs of the health care professions; the building blocks upon which future decisions and communications are based.
The world according to Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., is a place where rules are made to be broken.
The concept once seemed futuristic: medical decision-making hinged on an individual’s genetic makeup rather than population statistics.
For thousands of years, philosophers have gappled with the ideas of determinism and free will. Does human nature abide by the laws of physics — that actions are no more than reactions?
There is one thing in which each of us is an expert: ourselves.
With programs and projects spanning the world, The George Washington University Medical Center’s influence is increasingly global. But at the eighth annual Foggy Bottom/West End Block Party, October 17, its mission stayed close to home.
Playing the role of a 46-year-old African American woman with a lump in her breast was a trying experience for Ireal Johnson, a first-year medical student at the GW Medical Center, who found herself shuffled between examination rooms and specialis
Infectious disease researchers strive to halt the harmful effects of viruses — and for Richard Whitley, M.D. ’71, the same was true, for the first 25 years of his career.
At first glance, Public Health student Maureen Collins and Medicine student Frederik Rebling couldn’t be more different.
When it comes to quantitative issues in health care, there is no shortage of statistics, polls, rates, or dates. Qualitative issues, however, are another story.
Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., breezes into the office, shakes my hand, whips off his coat, and gently thrusts a printed e-mail my way. He’s just returned from Japan but brushes aside small talk about the trip. This e-mail has caught his attention.
I t should have been a routine sonogram.
There is something special about the third floor of 2175 K Street. It is the feeling that for those here, an office is more than a workplace, a colleague is more than a co-worker, and a job is more than its title.
In his computer science laboratory on The George Washington University campus, James Hahn, Ph.D., holds what he calls a magic wand — a slender, black piece of plastic about eight inches long.
Perry’s Nut House is a roadside attraction on the central coast of Maine known for its collection of bizarre items: seahorse water pistols, a large stuffed albatross, exotic nut seeds.
It’s a problem of colossal proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
Video games, with their hypnotic flashes of color and light; their promise of hours of distraction; their offer of competition without need for coordination, strength, or stamina, might seem to be the furthest thing from a pathway to peak fitness.