By Lisa Brown

Save the Date Jan. 9, Provost Workshop: Smoking Cessation

October 24th, 2016 in Featured, Research

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Oct. 10 Columbus Day Parking and Transportation Information

October 4th, 2016 in Featured

Columbus Day will be observed on Monday, Oct. 10, please note:

Shuttles
All medical center and patient shuttles will be operating, except the BU shuttle, the daytime shuttle is not in service on Columbus Day, but the late night shuttle will operate according to the normal schedule.

MBTA
All buses will be operating on a Weekday schedule· Commuter rail trains will operate on regular weekday schedules. For additional information on routes, schedules, and fares, please call the MBTA Customer Service Center at (617) 222-3200 or www.mbta.com

Parking
All parking facilities will be open and regular rates apply. Monthly parkers should park in their assigned lot.

If you have any questions regarding this holiday schedule, please call the Office of Transportation Services at 638-7473 or the Parking Office at 638-4915.

Planning for an Emergency

September 29th, 2016 in Announcements, Featured

A new academic year has begun, and with it new students, as well as faculty and staff on campus. In an emergency, everyone needs to be aware of basic emergency initial responses and actions to take, and whom to notify.

Please visit the Managing Emergencies training module on the Environmental Health & Safety website and take this interactive training course to ensure you’re prepared in an emergency. Questions? Contact Aron Vinson at avinson@bu.edu or 617-638-8807 or Steve Morash at samorash@bu.edu or 617-358-1577.

Please view these short videos to ensure you’re prepared in an emergency.

Public Safety is the responsibility of all members of our BUMC community. If you see something, say something. Please report any Medical Campus suspicious activity or behavior to Public Safety at 4-4444.

Campus-wide Resource for Postdocs Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs Celebrates First Year

September 29th, 2016 in Featured

The Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs Office (PDPA) recently celebrated its first full year of operations. During the 2016 fiscal year the office advised 116 postdoctoral fellows, responded to postdoctoral skill needs by offering ten in-person and three online professional development opportunities attended by 175 BU postdocs and 71 BU graduate students, awarded seven travel awards to support postdoctoral presentations at national and international conferences, supported postdoc networking by supplying 67 postdocs with business cards, actively participated in three University committees focused on the development of new policies and guidelines, and applied for four sponsored awards to fund new collaborative professional development programs.

With the goal of providing a supportive and competitive environment for postdoctoral fellows, PDPA offers professional development opportunities and advising services to postdocs and their faculty mentors. Upcoming events include a “Managing Research Staff” bootcamp for faculty members, and a “Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement” workshop for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. To learn about and RSVP for upcoming professional development events, please visit the PDPA website.

PDPA is led by Director Sarah Hokanson sch1@bu.edu, 617-358-2111 and in August Administrative Manager Kate Baker khbaker@bu.edu, 617-638-5229 joined the Office.

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Sarah Hokanson

Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Hokanson oversees all services and programming PDPA provides for postdoctoral scholars at the University, as well as supporting the development of policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. Baker oversees the administrative infrastructure necessary to support postdoctoral fellows and manages day-to-day operations, including coordinating orientation sessions for incoming postdocs and synchronizing communications.

PDPA is housed in the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research on the Charles River Campus, and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences on the Medical Campus. Baker and Hokanson can be reached on either campus by postdocs@bu.edu.

Medical Campus Flu Vaccination Clinics for Employees

September 28th, 2016 in Featured

The Occupational Health Center will be offering influenza (flu) vaccine at no cost to BU employees. Employees are encouraged to get the vaccine during one of the scheduled clinics to not only protect yourself, but also your colleagues and your family. For information regarding the 2016-2017 flu vaccine please refer to the Occupational Health Center’s website at http://www.bu.edu/buohc/flu/. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or clinic schedule, please email buohc@bu.edu.

Please note:
· To enable easier administration of the vaccine please wear a short sleeve shirt.
· Additional clinics will be held as needed.
· MA DPH recommends that all health care providers receive the influenza vaccine unless contraindicated

Please walk-in during the dates and times listed below that correspond with the first initial of your last name. If you are unable to come on your designated date, you may walk-in during one of the other scheduled clinics. Please note there will be clinics held on both the Medical and Charles River Campus.

Medical Campus
Location: Medical Campus Human Resources, Crosstown Building, 801 Mass. Ave., Suite 400

First Initial of Last Name: A – M
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

First Initial of Last Name: N – Z
Friday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Contraindications:
· History of severe reaction to influenza vaccination
· Moderate-to-severe illness
· History of Guillain-Barre syndrome
· Allergy to neomycin/polymyxin

Oct. 12 Women’s Guild Event Features Office of Ombuds

September 27th, 2016 in Featured

Join the BU Women’s Guild at their first event of the 2016-17 academic year on the Medical Campus.  Learn about the BU Women’s Guild and Office of the Ombuds, an independent, impartial, informal problem-solving resource for faculty, staff and students.  The Office is a safe place for off-the-record conversation on just about any kind of problem or conflict you may have related to life, work or study at BU.

The BU Women’s Guild includes faculty, staff, trustees, and overseers, as well as friends of BU.  Members join together to get to know one another better, to network for career and personal development, and to support women graduate students at the University. Events reflect the broad spectrum of studies and research at the University. The Guild also raises funds for BU’s women graduate students 30 years and over. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
8-9:30 a.m., Evans Building, Evans Seminar Room, E112A
Free, all invited to attend.  Enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation.
RSVP by noon, Oct. 10  www.bu.edu/womensguild

BU-CTSI Offering Free Research Consults

September 21st, 2016 in Featured, Research

The Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU-CTSI) offers consultations through the Clinical Research Informatics and Technology Consultation (CRITC) Service for BU/BMC researchers.

The CRITIC consultations help researchers identify, develop and implement the effective and efficient use of information technology and informatics in their clinical studies.

Free 1-hour One-on-One Consultations Are Available

Contact Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH, cshanahan@bu.edu or christopher.shanahan@bmc.org.

Shanahan is a member of the BU-CTSI’s Clinical Research Informatics Team and Faculty Lead for BU-Profiles and Research Networking. Consultations and short-term services are provided free of charge. More extensive consultations will be offered for a fee.

Former DOD Official Heads New BU Health Innovation Institute

September 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Jonathan Woodson, brigadier general, was MED associate dean

Vascular surgeon Jonathan Woodson, a MED professor and former associate dean and former US Department of Defense assistant secretary for health affairs, will head the University-wide, Questrom-based Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Photo by Cydney Scott

Vascular surgeon Jonathan Woodson, a MED professor and former associate dean and former US Department of Defense assistant secretary for health affairs, will head the University-wide, Questrom-based Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Photo by Cydney Scott

A collaborative endeavor, the new institute will focus on expanding health system research initiatives across both the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus, deepening connections between scholars, policymakers, and corporations and advancing curricular initiatives across the University’s schools and colleges. With Woodson as director, it will focus on bringing together world-class academic, industry, and regulatory resources to address important national and global health care challenges.

Freeman says the institute is extremely fortunate to have a leader of Woodson’s stature, adding that health care and policy is front and center in issues affecting the global economy.

“The institute is a unique opportunity for BU to distinguish itself in the highly competitive universe of research universities,” says Freeman. “I am very pleased and excited that the business school is the home for administering this University-wide institute, which brings at least nine BU schools and colleges together and will drive progress for years and years to come.”

The directorship marks a homecoming for Woodson. Before his appointment to the DOD by President Obama, he was a MED professor of surgery and associate dean for students, diversity, and multicultural affairs and senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He holds the rank of brigadier general in the US Army Reserve, and served as assistant surgeon general for reserve affairs, force structure and mobilization, in the Office of the Surgeon General, and as deputy commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command.

For Woodson, steeped in every aspect of health care, heading the institute is a perfect fit. At the DOD, he administered the more than $50 billion Military Health System (MHS) budget and was principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues. With 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide, the MHS comprises over 133,000 military and civilian doctors, nurses, medical educators, researchers, health care providers, allied health professionals, and health administration personnel worldwide, providing the United States with an integrated health care delivery and expeditionary medical, educational, and research capability.

The recipient of the 2009 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Woodson was deployed in Saudi Arabia in Operation Desert Storm, in Kosovo, and in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a former senior medical officer with the National Disaster Management System, where he responded to the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Woodson’s many military awards and decorations include the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Woodson commends the work Questrom has done toward improving intelligent design and operation, as well as in training future leaders in health care. “In the 21st century,” he says, “these leaders need to be equipped with new skills to utilize data and organize multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems.” He says the institute will consider how all the information out there—about 15,000 biomedical articles published every month—can shape the way we deliver health care. And then, “as you drive innovation, how do you encode it?” he asks. “We must create smart, sustainable public policy that all people will benefit from.”

Describing the new endeavor as “a University-wide institute that will leverage all pockets of excellence across the University and drive innovation across domains,” Woodson says further that there is “a hunger out there for identifying new ways to lead health organizations and meet emerging imperatives and achieve better health for the populations we serve.

“The overarching message is, we have got to move to intelligent design driven by data and integrating new technology, redesign of health promotion and health care delivery, 21st-century leadership, and sound policy,” he says.

Woodson is a graduate of the City College of New York and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate medical education at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and completed residency training in internal medicine and general and vascular surgery. He is board-certified in internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care surgery. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies (concentration in strategic leadership) from the US Army War College. In 1992, he was awarded a research fellowship at the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Services Research Institute.

 

This BU Today story was written by Susan Seligson.

More TV Ad Exposure Linked to Higher Levels of Youth Drinking

September 9th, 2016 in Featured, Research

COM Study Ads and AlcoholThe more brand-specific alcohol advertising that young drinkers are exposed to, the higher their consumption of those brands, according to a new study led by researchers from the School of Public Health and School of Medicine.

The study, in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found an association between past-year exposure to advertising, measured in what the researchers called “adstock” units, and consumption of the brands advertised. Every 100 adstock-unit increase in exposure was associated with an increase of six drinks consumed during the past 30 days, while exposures of 300 or more adstock units were associated with an increase of 55.7 drinks.

The study examined links between exposure to brand-specific TV advertising and drinking among a national sample of more than 1,000 youths, ages 13 to 20, who reported drinking in the past 30 days. Participants were surveyed about their past-month viewership of the 20 most popular non-sports shows that contained alcohol ads. They also were asked about their past-month consumption of the 61 brands in those advertisements.

The study estimated that the advertised brands accounted for almost 47 percent of all alcohol consumed by the young drinkers, and that there was a “dose-response” relationship between exposure to ads and drinking levels.

“The exposure-consumption relationship was particularly strong among those with 300 or more adstock units of exposure,” the researchers said. “There were fewer youth with these higher levels of advertising exposure, but they consumed a disproportionately large amount of the alcohol consumed by the entire youth sample.”

The research team noted that while alcohol advertising has been linked with youths’ brand choices in past studies, alcohol marketing remains self-regulated by the industry. Manufacturers have guidelines saying that ads should be limited to media that have a mostly adult audience. But alcohol companies don’t always follow their own guidelines, and there is no penalty for violations. The current study confirms that under-21 audiences are seeing plenty of alcohol ads, the authors said.

“Although previous studies have shown that exposure to advertising is related to which brands underage youths drink, few studies have assessed whether the quantity of exposure is associated with the total quantity of alcohol consumed by these youths,” said lead author Timothy Naimi, associate professor of community health sciences and of medicine at BUSM, and a physician at Boston Medical Center.

Michael Siegel, the study’s co-principal investigator and professor of community health sciences, said the study suggests that advertising influences “how much kids drink, not just what they drink.

“This has important implications because we know that the amount of alcohol consumption is associated with increased risks of harm, including motor vehicle fatalities, suicide and violence. We believe these findings should prompt a reevaluation of the industry’s self-regulatory framework, in order to reduce advertising exposure among underage youth,” he said.

Among study participants, the median number of drinks consumed in the past 30 days was five. The average number of drinks consumed increased from 14 to 33 per month as advertising exposure increased from zero to 300 adstock units. For participants exposed to 300 or more adstock units, per-person consumption skyrocketed from 33 drinks to more than 200 drinks consumed in the past 30 days.

The authors said they hoped the study would prompt research that further examines the exposure-consumption relationship, especially among youths who have high exposure to ads on TV and in other media.

Naimi said that, for parents, the findings offer extra motivation to curb kids’ time in front of the TV, particularly for programming with alcohol advertising. In general, experts recommend that children and teenagers spend a limited amount of time each day in front of a “screen”—whether a TV, computer, or phone.

“This could be yet another reason to limit screen time,” Naimi said.

Co-authors on the study were: William DeJong, professor of community health sciences; David Jernigan of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Craig Ross of Fiorente Media, Inc., also research assistant professor of epidemiology at SPH.

Submitted by Lisa Chedekel.

Inaugural PA Program Class Graduates 23

August 26th, 2016 in Featured


The inaugural class of the Physician Assistant Program graduated on Friday, Aug. 26. Twenty-three students, selected from 1,000 program applicants, were conferred the Master of Science degree by Associate Provost for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Linda Hyman, PhD.

Their journey began 28 months ago with a year-long intensive didactic phase that included a full dissection lab in anatomy; physiology and molecular sciences; introduction to research; the second year medical school course that teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology by body system called DRx; preventive medicine and three clinical skills courses. They participated in DRx small group clinical reasoning sessions, took the same examinations and were graded using the same standards as the second year medical students. The clinical phase of the program included 14 one-month clinical rotations and a two-month thesis project.

Founding Director Mary Warner, MMSc, PA-C, welcomed the students, faculty, invited speakers, family and friends. Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C, was the commencement speaker. Morton-Rias is the president and CEO of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is the first PA to serve in that capacity in the organization’s 38-year history. She reminded students that they are the first class at Boston University and as such they set the pace, they chart the course … they have the opportunity to positively impact healthcare in Boston and beyond.
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PA Students nominated the following for awards: Didactic Instructor of the Year: Robert Lowe, MD, Course Director of the DRx course and GI module; Clinical Site of the Year: Brockton VA CLC, Drs. Juman Hijab and Marcus Ruopp and Sandra Vibrun-Bruno,PA-C; Carl M. Toney Student Society Award: Mary Warner, MMSc, PA-C Founding Director of the program.

Student awards included: Outstanding Academic Achievement, Flora Traub; Outstanding Clinical Achievement, Sarah Grzybinski; and Humanitarian Award, Aline Souza for her work with the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship at Casa Esperanza.

Carl Toney, PA, led the students in reading the PA Oath and closed with, “Welcome to the profession! I am so proud of you.”

Forty-three percent of the graduates have accepted clinical positions as physician assistants. Sixty percent of those will be employed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Primary Care, Intensive Care (MICU), Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and General Surgery. At this time NCCPA board scores are pending.

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