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.

April 2019

Mastering teaching. Yousif Barzani and Clifford Cymrot have been selected by SMHS to be members of the 2019-2020 GW Teaching Network for Early Career Faculty Program. The program’s goal is to provide faculty with practical and tangible support for teaching and to build a community of teacher-scholars. Barzani and Cymrot are both assistant professors in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS).

Chapter contribution. Marisa Birkmeier and coauthors published a book chapter entitled, “Rehabilitation Services,” in the eighth edition of Children with Disabilities. Birkmeier is an assistant professor in HHFRS.

Proceedings. Reamer Bushardt was featured in “Proceedings of a Joint Workshop, Strengthening the Connection Between Health Professions Education and Practice,” recently published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Bushardt also published an article, “An executive order and a policy report every PA should read,” in the March issue of the  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The article is a brief analysis of  Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition, a joint report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the departments of the Treasury and Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, and several offices in the White House.

Research award. Marcia Firmani has received an $8,982 research services award from Terramera to serve as PI on a project, “96-well Plate Assay to determine growth inhibition of several microbial organisms.” Clifford Cymrot, Yousif Barzani, and Allison Cannon are co-investigators on the project. Firmani is chair, Cymrot and Barzani are assistant professors, and Cannon is laboratory manager, all in BLS.

Prizewinning poster. Rohini Ganjoo and two TAs in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program (PBPM)Genevieve Schmitt and Archita Chandra, presented a poster, “An Examination of the Flipped Classroom’s Efficacy on Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Students,” at GW’s Research Day. Ganjoo and GW colleagues Chandni LadwaRajiv RimalErica Sedlander, and Sameera Talegawkar also presented a poster, “After they finish their meals, I have my meal from the leftovers; I have to adjust,” at Research Day. The poster won the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award. Ganjoo is assistant professor in BLS.

Presenting… Mountasser Kadrie made two peer-reviewed presentations: “Developing an Innovative Online Assessment Competency-Based Master’s in Medical and Healthcare Administration: Insights, Challenges, and Lessons Learned,” at the Global Innovation Arabia Conference in Dubai, UAE, and “High-Reliability Organization Transforms Healthcare Quality,” at the American Society for Quality’s 38th Annual Quality Conference BOSCON2019 in Boston. Kadrie is associate professor and director of the Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management Program in CRL.

Traveling doc. Kevin O’Connor started the month speaking about osteopathic medicine to PBPM students at VSTC and will end April visiting Saudi Arabia as a member of a three-person delegation from George Washington University Hospital GWUH). In between those trips, he was an invited speaker at New York School of Medicines (NYSOM) ROC NY scientific assembly in Long Island, N.Y.  ( was inducted on April 5 into the Seneca Battalion ROTC Hall of Fame at St. Bonaventure University in Saint Bonaventure, N.Y. O’Connor is associate professor of medicine, senior medical advisor for HS, and medical director for GWUH International Patient Program.

Plack presents & publishes. Margaret Plack and coauthors published a monograph, “Systems Thinking in the Healthcare Professions: A Guide for Educators and Clinicians,” in March. The monograph is available at: Plack was the keynote speaker at the Larry Greenberg Grand Rounds on April 3 at Children’s National Health Services. She also presented, “Creating Reflective Questions to Transcend Expertise,” at a workshop during the event. Plack is a professor in HHFRS.

SWOT exercise. Lisa Schwartz attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' (USUHS) Recruiting Vision and Strategy event earlier this month. She represented 'pre-health advisors' in a SWOT analysis exercise, alongside military recruiters, USUHS students, and members of the USUHS admissions team. Schwartz is an assistant professor in BLS and director of student development for PBPM.

Golden apples. Margaret Plack and Elizabeth Ruckert have received Golden Apple awards. The SMHS award recognizes the contributions of professors who made a significant impact on the educational experience of the class. Plack was honored by the Physical Therapy Program Class of 2021 while Ruckert was recognized by the Class of 2020. Both are faculty members in HHFRS.

Racism & painRobert Turner­­ was a presenter at the Global Sport Summit in Phoenix last month. In a session titled, “What’s Next? Sport & The Body,” Turner explained that dealing with racism and pain are two constants for African-American NFL players. Turner is assistant professor in CRL.

A scholar & a leader. Maranda Ward has been selected to join the ninth cohort of Scholars for the Health Equity Leadership Institute 2019 (HELI), which takes place in June in Madison, Wis. Ward was also namedone of the "40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health" by the National Minority Quality Forum.