College of Medicine and Life Sciences News

Physiology and Pharmacology honors faculty and students

The Department Service faculty award was given to Dr. Guillermo Vazquez.

The Department Service faculty award was given to Dr. Guillermo Vazquez.

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology recently honored outstanding faculty and students at its annual retreat. Department Chair Bina Joe, Ph.D., handed out the awards.

The following awards were handed out to faculty:

  • Department Service faculty award: Dr. Guillermo Vazquez
  • Faculty Recognition award: Dr. Jennifer Hill
  • Best Faculty Publication award: Dr. John Turner
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty award: Dr. Nitin Puri
  • Faculty Innovator award: Dr. Terry Hinds

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Med students complete summer community health project

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids.

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

This summer, medical students spent more than 4,500 combined hours of service in the community.

Rising second-year medical students were part of the eight-week Waite Brand Community Health Project, a summer work-study program that pairs medical students between their first and second years with local social service agencies.

For medical students, it’s their last free summer of college before they begin year-round clinical rotations and they could spend it doing anything they want.

From May to July, these 15 students spent roughly 300 hours each at one of 11 sites throughout Northwest Ohio. They were Reynolds Elementary School, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, ProMedica, Feed Lucas County Children, Cherry Street Mission, YWCA of Northwest Ohio, Prescribed Pediatric Center, Mercy Health, UT CommunityCare Clinics and The University Church Garden.

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Students inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

Nandini Abburi

Nandini Abburi

Megan Mooney

Megan Mooney

On Monday, May 2, third-year medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The society recognizes individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.

Inductees were nominated by their classmates and selected by current fourth-year members, along with senior leadership from the college.

“Like most honorary societies, you are not admitted because of what you have done, but because of what you are likely to do,” said Dr. Ronald McGinnis, senior associate dean of student affairs, to the inductees. “You have been nominated to carry the humanistic values of medicine for the rest of your life in medicine.”

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Ret. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Desjardins named commencement speaker

Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins

Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins

We are proud to announce that Ret. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Desjardins will serve as the commencement speaker for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences ceremony on May 27 and will also be awarded an honorary degree of doctor of public service.

General Desjardins was selected by a committee of medical students and faculty from a national pool in recognition of her service to our country through her career. Dean Christopher J. Cooper, M.D., formally nominated General Desjardins, and she was approved by Interim Provost John A. Barrett Jr, J.D., and the Board of Trustees.

“General Desjardins has a remarkable resume,” Dean Cooper said in his nominating letter. “She was one of the first group of women admitted to the Air Force Academy back in 1976. She has experience at every leadership level in the Air Force during her highly decorated career. These leadership positions include tours of duty at Major Command Headquarters Air Force, the Joint Staff and U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters.”

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Faculty participate in activities for National Board of Medical Examiners, United States Medical Licensing Examination

Imran Ali, M.D.

Imran Ali, M.D., professor in Neurology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

This week, we are recognizing faculty members who have participated in activities in 2015 for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Imran Ali, M.D., professor in Neurology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, serves two roles for the NBME. He is a Test Committee Member who develops and reviews the test items from which the USMLE is composed. The activities required for development of test materials are challenging and require talented individuals who are highly respected by their peers. The Federation of State Medical Boards and the NBME choose test committee members very carefully. Dr. Ali’s second role is a Executive Chief Proctor, having responsibility for the subject examinations and all administrative tasks for the provision of subject examination services to our school.

Mary R. Smith, M.D.

Mary R. Smith, M.D., professor in Pathology and Medicine

Mary R. Smith, M.D., professor in Pathology and Medicine, is a Medical School Liaison Representative and has oversight responsibility for our school’s connection to the NBME secure website. Representatives also assume responsibility for exploring NBME and USMLE issues with the school and for disseminating relevant information to appropriate individuals.

Lance A. Talmage, M.D.

Lance A. Talmage, M.D., Interim Chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lance A. Talmage, M.D., Interim Chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an NBME Board Member, serving the NBME Membership. He is one of approximately 80 members constituting the governing body, which has ultimate responsibility for establishing policy for the NBME.

“We are deeply grateful to these individuals, and hope that you regard their service as highly as we do. The value of their contributions to the NBME and the national licensing examination cannot be overstated,” said NBME Chair Suzanne T. Anderson and President Donald E. Melnick, M.D.