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Finding a Seat at the Table

By Katherine Dvorak

Tirsit Makonnen, a second-year MD student at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, understands the power of giving back. Even before becoming a medical student, she made an impact on communities in the United States and abroad through internships and volunteer work.

Then, in November 2017, Makonnen got the opportunity to help medical students in the mid-Atlantic region find their seat at the table as aspiring medical professionals. 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

Advancing Burn Relief in Africa

Through her nonprofit, Jennifer Wall, PA-C, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, has made a significant impact on patient care in Malawi, where residents are at high risk for burn injuries

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

In photographs, Malawian families huddle around makeshift fires, where nsima, a traditional cornmeal porridge, bubbles in large pots, and women, dressed in traditional wax-printed cloth garments known as chitenje, labor above. It’s a routine scene — and one posing excessive risks for burns. Read more

Getting Out of Their Comfort Zone

By Ashley Rizzardo

The population of Guyana, a small country on South America’s northern coast, stands at around 800,000. The population of the country’s capital, Georgetown, is about 240,000, or 300,000 in the surrounding metro area. The city is home to one of the country’s few hospitals, Georgetown Public Hospital. Experts in specialties such as urology are scarce — you can count the number on one hand. Read more