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A Broader Perspective on Health Care

Dual-Degree MD/MPH Program Helps Students Link Patient Care to the Community

By Katherine Dvorak

Inside the walls of a hospital or clinic, physicians only get a glimpse of their patients’ lives, and for MD/MPH student Ciara Brown that’s not enough. She wants to know about their lives outside the four walls, about the world in which they spend their days — the relationships between communities and the health of their residents.

Letter from Russell C. Libby

Dear fellow alumni and friends of GW,

The opportunity to become a physician in the special tradition unique to GW changed my life. The approach to class composition, learning, and the diverse clinical settings in which we trained have sustained me with confidence and altruism through a nearly 40-year career. To be a physician is an incredible privilege, and being in a position to help improve the lives of our patients, communities, and society is more fulfilling for me than any other endeavor could have afforded. It is with that attitude that we need to think about how we can sustain the values and qualities of the profession, and support those willing and ready to follow their hearts and dreams to become doctors.

Bio Banking

Major NIH Grant Sustains the Largest HIV Malignancy Specimen Bank

By Ashley Rizzardo 

HIV/AIDS currently affects nearly 38 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Infection with HIV is associated with a wide range of long-term health complications, including the development of cancer, which is a major cause of death among individuals living with HIV. The AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR), the largest collection of annotated HIV malignancy specimens globally available to researchers, has received renewed grant funding, with the George Washington University (GW) serving as the primary site for the next five years. The renewal comes following a $22 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.