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Banking on Science

International Partnership Creates a sub-Saharan African Biorepository to Support HIV/AIDS Research

By Kristin Hubing

W en the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced in July 2013 that Stellenbosch University had been selected as the site for its first AIDS Malignancy Consortium sub-Saharan Africa biorepository, it represented the culmination of a longstanding relationship between the South African university and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Read more

Managing in the Midst of Disaster

Immunologist Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., Joins GW’s Efforts to Eradicate HIV/AIDS

By Laura Otto

It was a blustery December afternoon in 1983 when Douglas F. Nixon, a medical student at Westminster Medical School in London, found himself in the midst of a manmade disaster, one that he had to manage. A car bomb planted by the IRA had exploded at Harrods department store, killing six people and injuring 75. “I was the medical student on duty when the bomb went off,” says Nixon. “It was my responsibility to triage the injured and oversee the situation.” The magnitude of that catastrophe changed Nixon’s outlook on medicine forever.

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The Fine Art of Curriculum Enhancement

By Thomas Kohout

Since the 1910 publication of the Flexner Report, Abraham Flexner’s famed assault on the state of medical education, two years of basic sciences followed by two years of clinical rotations has been the standard prescription for physician training among U.S. medical schools. But much has changed in health care since the dawn of the 20th century, and faculty leaders at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) believe it’s time medical education evolved as well.

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