Kudos to Clinical Research & Leadership Faculty, Students, Residents, and Fellows 

Congratulations to the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) faculty, students, and residents who received appointments, awards, and honors over the past month.

March 7, 2018                              

BIG congratulations are in order for Maranda Ward and Shawneequa Callier on receiving a 2018 Medical and Health Sciences Education Research Grant Award from the SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence forEthnocultural Empathy as a Measurable Competency of the Online Health Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum. Ward is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. Callier is an associate professor and director of doctoral research with the Translational Health Sciences PhD Program in CRL.

Shawneequa Callier has co-authored an article, "Trust, precision medicine research, and equitable participation of underserved populations," that will be published in a forthcoming issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. Callier was also interviewed and quoted in the Precision Medicine and Fairness report produced by the Data & Society Research Institute.

Ken Harwood was honored as the first recipient of the Foundation of Physical Therapy Grant for Health Sciences Research from the APTA at the Combined Section Meeting in New Orleans in February. Harwood was interviewed by APTA about the study, “The effects of timing of PT on health care costs, utilization and opiod use," he co-authored with Jesse Pines and two colleagues. Harwood is an associate professor and the co-director of the Health Care Quality Program. Pines is the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research and professor of emergency medicine.

Happy work anniversary to Jessica O’Connell, who is celebrating her fifth year as a clinical placement coordinator for the PA program.

Kevin O’Connor recently discussed was interviewed on Siriusxm radio. If you have a Sirius account you can listen to the program at The shows are filed alphabetically, and the one featuring O’Connor is called "Women's Health."

Mike Steele, director of operations in the Department of Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Sciences, is back from the Olympics in PyeongChang. In-depth comments and photos of Steele’s defining moments from the Olympics can be found on his blog:

Here are his top 10 memories, in his own words:

Steele with classmate

  • Seeing the men’s Russian hockey team in their plain Olympic athlete uniforms
  • Making s’mores at Canada house and meeting friendly Canadians
  • Learning new hand gestures from the Korean security guards
  • Meeting IOC member Richard Pound
  • The cold, bone chilling weather and the awesome insulation power of thermals
  • Learning about the Korean culture and Hangul, the Korean alphabet
  • Watching the skeleton, luge, and bobsled IN PERSON!
  • Eating a traditional Korean meal in an art center to celebrate the lunar new year
  • Walking through the international broadcast center and seeing all the camera feeds
  • Taking a break and watching the Korean volunteers watch the women’s speed skating team finals on the TV. When the Korean team came back and won, the workers screamed and jumped up and down in celebration.
Above is an image of Steele with classmate Yiran Guo.