WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU School of Medicine students to receive white coats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students in the West Virginia University School of Medicine will soon be adding a new article of clothing to their ensembles. The conferring of white coats represents a big step in the progression of most medical students across the country. WVU’s John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on March 19 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.  Upon entering their second year of medical school, students are presented with their white coats as a reminder of the dedication to expertise, professionalism and excellence that is an inherent part of a medical career. The white coat is meant to be a symbol of compassion and focuses on the importance of the relationship between doctors and patients. The first ceremony took place in 1993; its main goal was to help students realize that not only did they have a responsibility to patient health but also managing patient relationships. At this point, medical students begin to practice more hands-on medicine. The WVU ceremony stresses the importance of this transitional point in the medical student’s career. During the event, professor and current member of the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Association, David Tingler, M.D., will be speaking on some of the impacts the ceremony has had on his life and career. Dr. Tingler, Class of 2003, is the first alumnus to have both attended the ceremony as a student and later serve as the featured speaker. The ceremony is named for John W. Traubert, M.D., former associate dean for student and curricular affairs at WVU School of Medicine. He practiced family medicine in Wellsburg before joining the WVU faculty as founding chair of the Department of Family Practice, now the Department of Family Medicine. A reception follows the ceremony.   [...]

WVU School of Medicine ranked 7th in U.S. News for rural medicine

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine has been ranked higher than ever – at number seven – for rural medicine and placed in the top 50 for primary care in the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”  [...]

WVU Pharmacy student to present seminar for Alzheimer's disease caregivers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Second-year students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy are hosting a seminar to educate caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia office, located at 1299 Pineview Drive in Morgantown. The presentation will include information on how to achieve effective communication between caregivers and their loved ones, management of their medications, behavioral changes associated with the disease, services that your pharmacist can offer and services that the Alzheimer's Association offers. There will also be a question-and-answer session following the presentation. Food and beverages provided by Subway will be available to all attendees. For additional questions or to RSVP for the event, please contact Pam Shriver at the Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia at 304-599-1159 or pam.shriver@alz.org.   [...]

Art students brighten WVU Children’s Hospital walls

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A friendly, familiar face is a welcome sight to any hospital patient. Thanks to a group of Morgantown eighth graders, three well-known celebrities now greet visitors to West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. Led by teacher Mary Jane Herrington, art students at South Middle School put several weeks of painstakingly tedious work into the creation of three collages depicting popular “Toy Story” characters Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl. Each finished piece stands four to five feet tall and was “painted” with bits of color snipped from magazine pages glued to heavy cardboard. Herrington uses the exercise with her eighth grade classes to illustrate how proper use of color and color value can make an image created on a flat surface appear three-dimensional. Students nominate a list of unique looking people or characters and then narrow the field of contenders. After the subjects are selected, the real work begins. “The collaging process takes the entire six weeks of their art class, five days a week and 45 minutes per class,” explained Herrington. “These three figures are by far the best overall success because the kids were so into this project, were great kids to begin with, took pride in their work and enjoyed this lesson. We ended up staying after school numerous times throughout the six weeks, working until 5 p.m.” As the colorful figures took shape, Buzz, Woody, and Jessie looked so great that Herrington suggested her students’ work could brighten the day of WVU Children’s Hospital patients. “When I saw the high degree of perfection, I suggested that maybe we could donate them,” said Herrington. “The kids got all excited and were really inspired by that goal to do even better.” The popular trio’s arrival offered a chance for their creators to enjoy breakfast and a tour of WVU Children’s Hospital. The collages are now prominently displayed at the entrance of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).   [...]

Grateful patients can honor WVU doctors online

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – We trust our physicians not only to diagnose and heal, but to inspire and educate. Wednesday, March 30 is National Doctor’s Day, and the opportunity to recognize an excellent healthcare provider for WVU Healthcare is just a click away. National Doctor’s Day gives patients a chance to show their appreciation for their physicians’ role in caring for the sick and advancing the art and science of medicine. 2011 marks the sixth annual observance of Doctor’s Day at WVU. Since the yearly celebrations began in 2006, WVU physicians have received hundreds of messages of gratitude and appreciation from current and former patients. Many patients have also chosen to make a tax-deductible gift in a special physician’s honor. To submit your message or make a gift visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/development/doctorsday.html. Doctor’s Day brochures containing submission forms are also located throughout WVU Hospitals and clinics and at participating area pharmacies. Each honored physician will receive a certificate including the patient’s written expression of appreciation and will be recognized at WVU’s Doctor’s Day celebration.   [...]

WVU Alcohol Awareness Program announces winner of spring break T-shirt design contest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jesse Lewis, a senior graphic design major from Scott Depot, W.Va., has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Spring Break Alcohol Safety T-shirt design contest. The contest was sponsored by the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine’s Alcohol Awareness Program. The contest sought student input and creativity about alcohol and safe, responsible behavior. The winning design was chosen from an entry pool of nearly 50 applicants. “Selecting the winner proved to be a very challenging task for the students and staff volunteers at the Health Sciences Center as the many submissions were outstanding,” Ruth Kersher, Ed.D., organizer of the event and professor in the Department of Community Medicine, said. For his efforts, Lewis received a 32 GB Apple iPad. He said graphic design is a good way to communicate a safe-drinking message because he was able to use art, humor and creativity to convey what he was thinking. “If you are of drinking age, you should try to pace yourself as much as possible to avoid unsafe situations,” he said. “We encourage all students to exercise good judgment and responsibility and choose designated drivers while on spring break,” Dr. Kershner said. Lewis’ design will be made into T-shirts that will be distributed to students the week before spring break, which begins on March 19. Photo caption: Dr. Ruth Kershner (left) and Jesse Lewis, a senior graphic design major, display Lewis’ winning design for the 2011 Spring Break Alcohol Safety T-shirt design contest. Lewis is holding the iPad he won for his efforts.   [...]

Chestnut Ridge Center seeks Grassroots Grants applications

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Chestnut Ridge Center, part of WVU Hospitals, is seeking applications for its annual Grassroots Grant Program, which is open to any not-for-profit organization in West Virginia. Organizations that sponsor a community project relating to mental health, substance abuse, dependence or family preservation are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded annually for up to $1,000. Projects receiving awards may be funded in part or full. Funding received from the program may be used for events, materials, educational campaigns, treatment programs, conferences or related expenses. Applications and additional information can be found online at http://wvuhealthcare.com/grassroots. All applications should be submitted to Chestnut Ridge Center Attention: Janet Scarcelli, 930 Chestnut Ridge Road, Box 9846, Morgantown, W.Va., 26505. The application deadline is April 30.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms March 19 in Masontown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Preston County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Reedsville Fire Hall in Masontown from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through a special grant from the Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call Kim Riley at Preston County Hospice at 304-864-0884.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie. Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

Cisco CEO, WVU alumnus John Chambers establishes endowed chair in cancer research

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The family foundation created by Cisco Systems Chief Executive Officer and West Virginia University alumnus John T. Chambers is donating $750,000 to establish an endowed chair in cancer research at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research is named after Chambers’ parents, who both graduated from WVU and had successful careers in the medical profession. John T. “Jack” Chambers is now retired and lives in Charleston. June Chambers passed away in 2005. “My parents were doctors and they taught us from an early age that education and giving back to the community were two very important parts of life,” said John Chambers. “We are honored to support the university’s work in cancer research.  We believe continuing cancer research is not only important to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, but to the future of science for our country.” The endowment will allow the chair holder to conduct substantial research in biological, biotechnical and biomedical sciences, and qualifies for a match from the state Research Trust Fund as approved by the WVU Board of Governors Feb. 4. "The Chambers family has meant so much to WVU for decades,” said Scot Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. “This generous grant and the match from the state Research Trust Fund allow the Cancer Center to move forward with the significant oncology research under way here. It will have a major impact in our fight against cancer." “I am very grateful to John and his family for their wonderful gift,” said WVU President Jim Clements. “It is an honor for WVU to be entrusted with this investment in our cancer research efforts. The gift carries such special meaning in honoring John’s parents and reflects his sincere commitment to helping others.  The Chambers’ family legacy of service will definitely serve as an inspiration to the faculty researchers who have the honor of being the John T. and June R. Chambers Chair.” John T. “Jack” Chambers graduated from WVU’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1943; June Chambers received a bachelor’s degree from the WVU School of Medicine in 1947. The Chambers have long ties to WVU and provided strong financial support to the institution. Jack is a former member of the School of Medicine Visiting Committee and was inducted into the Order of Vandalia in 1977.  In 2001, both Jack and June were named Most Loyal West Virginians, an award honoring faithfulness to the ideals and goals of the state of West Virginia through business, professional and civic achievement as well as support of WVU. Their son, John T. Chambers, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the WVU College of Business and Economics in 1971 and a degree from the WVU College of Law in 1974. As chairman and CEO of Cisco, he helped build a company known for being the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.   He is a member of the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame, and has earned numerous awards and international respect. “The creation of endowments such as this one ensures that the critical research necessary to battle such dreaded diseases like cancer will go on at WVU for years to come,” said Wayne King, WVU Foundation president and CEO. “We are very grateful to John for establishing this endowment in honor of his parents.” In 2008, the state created the Research Trust Fund with an initial appropriation of $50 million ($35 million for WVU, $15 million for Marshall) to leverage public and private investments that will transform West Virginia’s economy. WVU is able to tap into the fund to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, healthcare, and job growth. To date, private and state dollars combined for WVU total over $32 million. The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private non-profit corporation that generates, receives, and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU. [...]