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The Department of Health Systems Administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies worked with Georgetown’s academic health system partner, MedStar Health, to develop its comprehensive 2021 community health needs assessment.
The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, in collaboration with Med-IQ, will provide virtual mentorship and education on Huntington’s disease treatment and care coordination to multidisciplinary clinical teams across the U.S. This 12-month landmark initiative will be co-led by Karen Anderson, MD, director of the Huntington’s Disease Care, Education and Research Center (HDCERC).
News and Announcements
We join in saluting our colleagues for their many years of service at Georgetown. The names of our GUMC fellow employees reaching significant milestones in 2020 and 2021 can be found here. Thank you!
Bringing vast experience working with a multitude of personnel to support vivarium operations and research outcomes, Crystal Johnson, DVM, (right) is the new director and chair of the Division of Comparative Medicine.
Johnson will be taking on this role following the departure of Patricia Foley, DVM, who served as director of the division for eight years. In that time, Foley successfully guided the animal research program, transformed the division’s electronic software system, improved security measures, expanded services offered to researchers and more.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services named Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, deputy administrator and director of Center for Medicare effective July 6. In her new role, Seshamani will lead the Center’s efforts in serving people 65 and older, people with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease that rely on Medicare coverage. Seshamani recently served as vice president of clinical care transformation at MedStar Health.
Dr. Meena Seshamani Headshot
Health Justice Alliance Faculty Participate in White House Summit
Invited members of the Health Justice Alliance (HJA) served as facilitators for the White House’s Eviction Prevention Summit on June 30. Yael Cannon, HJA co-founder; Marta Beresin, visiting professor and director of the HJA’s Perinatal LAW Project; Ana Caskin, MD, HJA deputy medical director and medical director of the MedStar Health-operated school-based health center at Anacostia High School, and others joined leaders from 50 cities as they considered a variety of locally-tailored solutions and other coordinated efforts to address the impending pandemic-related eviction crisis.
The School of Medicine Office of Admissions is seeking faculty members (MDs or PhDs) to serve as volunteer interviewers for medical school applicants. The interview process runs August through February, with each volunteer interviewing (virtually) about 10 applicants. If interested, email admissions by July 12 and complete the interviewer availability survey by July 26. Please register for a training workshop by July 26.
Share your voice and perspective with members of the incoming Georgetown University School of Medicine Class of 2025 by contributing personal essays or poetry about identity to Cura Conversations. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is especially interested in reflections on race and identity given the current national dialogue on racial justice. Read previous editions of Cura Conversations and submit your work by July 21.
The Bias Reduction and Improvement Coaching (BRIC) program is a train-the-trainer professional development opportunity for a diverse cohort of faculty and staff. The goal of BRIC is to mitigate the impacts of unconscious bias, as this bias affects recruitment, selection, cultivation, promotions and advancement of employees at GUMC. Applications to participate in the BRIC program are due July 30 and the program will start in September. An information session about the BRIC program will be held July 27. Learn more about information sessions and register. Email somdiversityandinclusion@georgetown.edu with questions. 
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Calendar of Events
Monday, July 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Graduate students can learn tips on how to write about their research for a non-specialist audience. This session also addresses how grant writing differs from academic writing, and includes a basic proposal template to follow when the solicitation does not provide specific guidance. Presented by the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards.
Monday, July 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

“Cancer Survivorship” is the next presentation in this series designed for all trainees to learn about ongoing research in the field of cancer prevention at Georgetown Lombardi and opportunities to engage in research.
Tuesday, July 13
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom.

This lecture series showcases Georgetown Lombardi research. Barry Hudson, PhD,
associate professor of oncology, presents “Inflammation and Cancer.”
GUFaculty360 Class - Updating Your Profile
Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or
Monday, July 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register 7/14 or 7/19.
Wednesday, July 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to use Zoom for student engagement in four models of teaching and learning in preparation for the “new normal” that the upcoming fall semester will bring.
Wednesday, July 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

This session of the GHUCCTS Regulatory, Ethics, Knowledge & Support (REKS) summer webinar series on “Pathways to Decentralized (Virtual) Clinical Trials” features Mary Anne Hinkson, MBA, vice president, research operations, MedStar Health Research Institute, discussing “E-Consent: Paperless Consent with 21 CFR 11 Compliant Workflow.”
Monday, July 19
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

“Clinical and Public Health Cancer Genetics” is the next presentation in this series designed for all trainees to learn about ongoing research in the field of cancer prevention at Georgetown Lombardi and opportunities to engage in research.
Tuesday, July 20
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom.

This lecture series showcases Georgetown Lombardi research. Amrita Cheema, PhD,
professor of oncology, presents “Metabolomics as a Tool for Basic and Translational Cancer Research.”
Wednesday, July 21
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, who leads the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer and Aging Initiative, discusses research opportunities at the intersection of cancer and aging focused on cancer prevention and control.
Wednesday, July 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Part of the GUMC Teaching for Inclusion & Equity (TIE) Series, facilitated by Donna Cameron, PhD, MPH, professor, Department of Family Medicine, director, Community-Based Learning, Georgetown. Sponsored by GUSOM Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Biomedical Graduate Education, CNDLS, CENTILE, Dahlgren Memorial Library, IDEAA & the FDC Subcommittee on Faculty Diversity & Inclusion.
Pedagogy + Technology
CNDLS’ annual Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISIwill kick off May 25 - 27 with Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS) for teams wanting to work on their own teaching and learning projects as well as virtual sessions including panels with students, faculty, and staff. You can propose a PODS team project or contact cndls@georgetown.edu for more information.  
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom (meeting ID: 995-332-8350).
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Virtual Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CNDLS holds instructional continuity office hours virtually in this Zoom room. Please stop by if you need help or dial 646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 386 980 1070).
After hours, email cndls@georgetown.edu.
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