May, June, July, and August. Yes, it’s that time of the year in academic medicine when we celebrate the accomplishments of our students, residents, and fellows as they take the next steps in their careers, and we welcome to the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) another cohort of outstanding individuals to pursue its dreams in medicine, health care, and science. Each year at this time I find myself truly inspired by the SMHS education mission and the number of bright, talented, and altruistic individuals that come through SMHS for their education and training. These learners are truly the best that humankind has to offer, and I am in awe of their personal stories and their potential to cure the sick, improve their communities, and make important medical discoveries.
The stories within this magazine offer a glimpse of the drive, values, and generous spirit of a few of our learners. You’ll meet a resident who will complete her training in Washington, D.C., with her eyes set on returning to the medically underserved community where she grew up. You will also read about a faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program who has created a nonprofit to care for Malawian children with burn injuries.
The stories in this magazine are a reflection of the importance that we, as an institution, place on social responsibility and community action – a part of SMHS that continues to be a point of immense pride. Leveraging our location in the nation’s capital, SMHS faculty, students, residents, fellows, and staff are actively engaged with our local, national, and international neighbors to make a difference.
Our students learn to see the whole patient, not just the illness, through a transformative curriculum that continues to evolve. We also work to fortify our relationships with our clinical partners to strengthen our mission, our footprint, and our ability to provide excellent care to our community.
SMHS is an exciting place with an extraordinary level of achievement. I am truly humbled and honored to be a part of this community that inspires me every day!
Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81, RESD ’85
Vice President for Health Affairs
Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
and Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences