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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

Health Care from the Inside Out

Addressing the health of the justice system’s at-risk population to improve the public’s health at large

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

In 1991, as Newton Kendig, MD, was on the cusp of completing an infectious disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, his next step was opaque — until a lawsuit led him down the path of correctional medicine and, eventually, criminal justice health. Read more

Hearts and Minds

By Ashley Rizzardo

Talal Alzahrani, MD, MPH, was always interested in cardiology, particularly in cardiovascular disease. Not long after earning his medical degree from King Abdulaziz University in his native country, Saudi Arabia, the newly minted doctor completed his residency in internal medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), where he found himself an unbeatable opportunity: a cardiology fellowship. Read more