Inside Tulane Med: Quarterly News from the Tulane University School of Medicine

April 2014 Newsletter

Vision 2020 proposes top priorities
for future

Dean Lee Hamm
Dean Lee Hamm
Focusing more resources on translational research, enhancing value in education and identifying centers of excellence are just some of the priorities emerging from Vision 2020, an intensive strategic planning process that will shape the School of Medicine's growth and distinction in the years ahead. Read More >>

Michael A. Fitts named 15th
president of Tulane University

Michael A. Fitts
Michael A. Fitts
Michael A. Fitts, dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 15th president of Tulane University. Fitts will begin his term on July 1, when current President Scott Cowen retires after 16 years of service.

Although he has spent his career in law, medicine is not unfamiliar territory for Fitts. Read More >>

Tulane and Eli Lilly launch program
for med students

Students from Tulane University School of Medicine are the first to participate in a pilot rotation program designed to provide third- and fourth-year medical students a lens into the pharmaceutical industry at the Indianapolis headquarters of Eli Lilly and Co. The rotation assignments cut across different aspects of the pharmaceutical company's business – from drug discovery and development to bioethics and patient safety. Read More >>

Tulane primate center part of new
AIDS drug discovery

A new study shows that injections of a novel long-acting AIDS drug protected monkeys against infection with a virus similar to HIV. The study was conducted by researchers at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, an affiliate of Rockefeller University; GlaxoSmithKline; ViiV Healthcare and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. It appears in the journal Science online. Read More >>

Fund supports student research

Drs. Bourgeois
Drs. Bourgeois
Student research is integral to the mission of Tulane University School of Medicine. Such research can be transformative for society as budding scientists work to make revolutionary discoveries. And it can also be life-changing for the young scholars who are getting an early taste of a career in science.

Alumnus Dr. Warren R. Bourgeois III (E '78, M '82, R '87) and his wife Dr. Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois are ensuring that research will remain a part of the student experience in the Department of Physiology. Read More >>

Med student elected chair of
national group

Justin Halls
Justin Halls
Justin Halls, a third-year student in the Tulane University School of Medicine, will represent medical students from across the country as chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives. Halls is the first Tulane student to be elected to the prestigious position. Read More >>

Romania’s abandoned children

Dr. Charles H. Zeanah
Dr. Charles H. Zeanah
Romania's Abandoned Children, a new book from Harvard University Press, chronicles the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a landmark study of the devastating effects of deprivation on the development of children.

"This study has important implications for the million or so children in the U.S. who experience neglect sufficient to involve child protective services every year," says Dr. Charles H. Zeanah, one of the principal investigators, a co-author of the book and Sellars-Polchow Chair of Psychiatry. Read More >>

Match Day news thrills graduating
med students

Match Day
Celebrating Match Day
As the third Friday in March approaches each year, graduating Tulane medical students look forward to their Match Day ceremony. At this and similar events across the country, students, together with their families and friends, learn where they have been assigned to do their residencies by the National Residency Matching Program. Read More >>

In This Issue

Vision 2020 proposes top priorities for future

Michael A. Fitts named 15th president of Tulane University

Tulane and Eli Lilly launch program for med students

Tulane primate center part of new AIDS drug discovery

Fund supports student research

Med student elected chair of national group

Romania’s abandoned children

Match Day news thrills graduating med students

Department Spotlight:
Sim Center

Inside Tulane Med Newsletter

Sim Center

Since it opened five years ago, the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation & Team Training (Sim Center) has provided over 16,000 training encounters for Tulane medical students, residents and fellows in the areas of basic and advanced medical procedures.  Medical director Dr. James R. Korndorffer Jr. notes that "the Sim Center has become an intergral part of education, from medical students to practicing physicians." Read More >>

Class Notes

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Upcoming Events

13th Annual George Adrouny Memorial Lecture
April 14, 2014
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School of Medicine
Class of 1964 Reunion

May 15-18, 2014
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Tulane Commencement
May 17, 2014
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Spring Reunions 1949, 1954, 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009
May 30-31, 2014
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