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Service and Leadership

Sara Melita was recently selected to serve as the senior advisor and chief of staff to Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). In her new role, she’ll work with the SMHS senior leadership team to advance Akman’s vision and priorities for the school.

Melita brings 20 years of senior leadership and advisory experience to the post, a decade of which has come at GW. In that time, she served as the assistant vice president for organizational development and effectiveness, where she focused on building effective teams and improving performance throughout GW. More recently, she was a senior advisor to GW’s senior leadership team, working across schools and divisions to develop annual and strategic goals aligned with mission priorities. She also was involved in the development and implementation of GW’s Vision 2021 Strategic Plan.

SMHS Events

Match Day
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1) Marcus Mitchell welcomes an embrace after learning he has matched in his top choice for anesthesiology: the University of Maryland Mercy Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

 

 

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2) Olivia Beaubrun, left, and Theiju Sebastian, right, smile for the camera after opening their envelopes to see where they’ve matched: St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Yale University New Haven Hospital, respectively. “This is way more emotional than I could’ve imagined,” said Sebastian, who matched in pediatrics, as did Beaubrun. “It’s the best day ever.”

 

 

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3) Cristina Zottola, right, who matched in obstetrics and gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital with Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, laughs at the reaction from family and friends after showing them her letter.

 

 

 

Follies
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4) Fourth-year medical students bid Auf Wiedersehen — with lyrics tweaked to better suit a medically inclined audience — during Follies, the annual student-run program of skits, dances, and songs.

 

 

 

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5) The M.D. Class of 2017 celebrates the end of their final Follies with an eye toward the future: the institutions where they will complete their residencies.
 

 

 

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6) Third-year M.D. students Christina Canini, left, and Omid Manoochehri, right, have a spirited debate over Suzanne Arnott, who awaits a decision.

 

 

 

Day in the Life
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7) First-year medical student — but almost a doctor! — Vinay Rao stands with his family at the kickoff to “Day in the Life,” a biennial event when M.D. students’ family and friends participate in a white coat ceremony, interactive sessions and discussion groups, and a diploma ceremony.
 

 

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8) Juliet Lee, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at SMHS, helps an SMHS family member perform proper CPR technique during “Code Blue,” one of several sessions offered to Day in the Life participants.

 

 

 

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9) Day in the Life participants get a true taste of what medical students regularly face: an exam.

Putting Health Care on Center Stage

Putting Health Care on Center Stage: Standing on the stage in George Washington University’s (GW’s) Jack Morton Auditorium in February, Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated the state of the U.S. health care system.

Although the lawmakers did not agree on much throughout the debate, they were able to have a frank and open discussion about the Affordable Care Act’s future.

“It was nice and refreshing for neither side to be yelling, but simply stating the facts and their positions,” said John Marin, a first-year M.D. student at GW. “I definitely appreciate GW holding all these talks.”

During the almost two-hour debate, Cruz and Sanders spoke about the role of the government in health care and the future of Medicare.

Taking Home the Golden Apple

Every year, medical and physical therapy students vote on the educators who have had a significant impact on their education; the 2017 Golden Apple Award recipients were Zhiyong Han, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine; Marie Almira-Suarez, M.D., assistant professor of pathology; Kristin Gorelik, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Kathleen Calabrese, M.D. ’08, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Holly Jonely, D.P.T., assistant professor of physical therapy and health care sciences; and Margaret Plack, D.P.T., Ed.D., professor of physical therapy and health care sciences.