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Capehart joins WVU School of Pharmacy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Krista Capehart, Pharm.D., joined the [...]

Marshall and WVU Schools of Medicine team up to host Gold Educational Summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an effort to educate health professions students about the importance of compassionate care in medicine, the Marshall University and West Virginia University schools of medicine today hosted the inaugural Gold Humanism Educational Summit at the Cultural Center in Charleston. The event kicked off a week-long observance of Gold Humanism Week recognized by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a proclamation issued at the State Capitol prior to the summit. Organizers say the educational summit allows medical, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy students to learn the essentials of delivering compassionate and patient-centered care from practicing health professionals. “Studies show that patients heal quickly when healthcare providers take time to know them,” Darshana Shah, Ph.D., founding faculty advisor to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter at Marshall and recipient of a Gold Foundation grant to host the collaborative summit, said. “Keeping the balance between scientific knowledge and humanistic attitude is the key to providing quality care. This summit is intended to inspire participants and remind them of the value of humanism, while encouraging them to continue its promotion.” “Our chapter was established in 2008 to recognize members of our learning community who are exemplars of humanistic qualities in caring for patients,” said Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs, professor and chair of the WVU Department of Medical Education, and founding faculty member of the GHHS chapter at WVU. “We are most pleased to partner with our colleagues from Marshall University this year in having a statewide celebration and educational conference showcasing the ideals of the Gold Foundation and its support of humanism in medicine.” Medical students at WVU and Marshall are selected for inclusion in GHHS based on practicing patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy. Medical residents, faculty, and administrators may also be recognized. “My main vision for the Gold Humanism Educational Summit was to unite healthcare professionals across the state to recognize the importance of compassion when caring for patients,” Keri Geronilla, member of the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2014 and liaison for the WVU GHHS chapter, said. “I wanted a session that can demonstrate how West Virginia’s healthcare providers value the connection with their patients and stories because that is what can continually motivate us in our careers. At its essence, medicine is simply one human being caring for another. Because medicine is both a science and an art, to be effective healthcare professionals we have to not only practice cutting-edge medicine but also utilize skills of communication, empathy, and compassion.” GHHS is an international initiative of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which works to improve healing and healthcare outcomes by restoring the balance between the cutting-edge science of medicine and compassionate, patient-centered care. For a complete listing of topics and speakers for the Educational Summit, visit the event site at https://sites.google.com/site/goldhumanismeducationalsummit. For More Information from Marshall University: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713, edwardl@marshall.edu. [...]

WVU’s Dr. Sanford Emery selected president-elect of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sanford Emery, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, was elected to be the next president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He will begin his one-year term in September 2014. The ABOS is the governing body for certifying orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. The board creates and administers both a written and an oral test for new surgeons, oversees maintenance of certification for established surgeons, and responds to peer reviews of practicing surgeons. The purpose of the board is to protect the public by ensuring the quality of both beginning and established practicing orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Emery has been a director of the board since 2009 and treasurer since 2011. As president, he will set the agenda of what issues in the field the board will address, such as standards for maintenance of certification and the digitization of records. Emery’s leadership is already well known within WVU in his role as department chair and as a member of the University Health Associates Board of Directors. Arthur Ross, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, called Emery a role model for students and a faculty member whose many accomplishments have honored the school. “Our orthopaedic department has always been a very strong clinical department with a terrific, patient-centered focus. During his time as chair Dr. Emery has transformed it into one of the premier academic orthopaedic departments in the country,” Dr. Ross said. “Dr. Emery has accomplished this via the outstanding faculty he has chosen to hire into the department, the research program that he’s developed in the department, and the focus, rigor, and intensity that he’s put upon the educational excellence of the department.” His election as president of the ABOS, according to Ross, is an acknowledgment of Emery’s consistent excellence in all aspects of his work. The ABOS is the body which establishes the education and performance standards for orthopaedic surgeons. “This honor and recognition represents the pinnacle of a career for someone who has dedicated his or her life to academic orthopaedic surgery. Each year there’s only one person in the entire country who is chosen to serve as the ABOS president; how wonderful that the person who was chosen is at our school,” Ross said. “If this was football, Dr. Emery would be this year’s Heisman trophy winner.” Emery’s appointment is expected to increase the School of Medicine’s national exposure, especially for the orthopaedics program, attracting medical students and residents who notice the school’s positive leadership presence on a national level. “It’s humbling, and I’m honored to do it,” Emery said. “Leadership organizations are what drive a lot of us in academic medicine. It’s work, but most of us are pretty passionate about the profession. Orthopaedics is fun. You get to fix people and often have significant impact on their lives.” Originally from Albany, N.Y., Emery completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine before returning to New York to complete his medical internship, surgical residency, and orthopaedic residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Emery completed a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and became a faculty member there. While at Case Western, he also received his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. In 2003, he joined the faculty of WVU as professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. [...]

Lockman joins WVU School of Pharmacy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Paul Lockman, Ph.D., has joined the [...]

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 8-14

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year on average roughly five to 20 percent of U.S. residents contract the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu-related complications. The [...]

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