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Observation: Social Responsibility

Strong commitment to social responsibility is at the heart of the SMHS mission

By Katherine Dvorak

Cumberland, Maryland, is a picturesque city nestled in the lush ridge-and-valley country of the Appalachian Mountains. Small and isolated, it’s a place that has seen more than its share of hardships; not long ago, it was named the poorest city in the state. But its residents are eager to help their neighbors, boast a can-do spirit, and live by the motto “we don’t give up.” Read more

Health Care Beyond the Exam Room

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

During their third-year OB/GYN rotation, a group of medical students at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) filtered through the mock-exam rooms of the Clinical Learning And Simulation Skills Center (CLASS Center). The standardized patients, or “SPs,” they met — actors taking on temporary roles — discussed typical maladies and conditions an OB/GYN would potentially diagnose. One patient, however, was different. This SP was a sexual assault survivor. Read more

Targeting Excellence

New center puts faculty development resources in the bull’s-eye

By Katherine Dvorak

Nestled on the first floor of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, the new Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) gathers an array of the school’s faculty development resources in one place.   Read more