The stethoscope is considered the symbol of medical professionals. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, each member of the BU School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2018 received one as a gift from a BUSM alum.
“This is a special day for first-year medical students as they receive their medical equipment that will serve as their clinical tools for years,” says Nanette Harvey, MD, BUSM course director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course and coordinator for the medical equipment distribution to first-year students. “When we announced to the class that they would all be receiving their stethoscopes compliments of the School’s graduates, they broke into applause. They are so appreciative of alumni generosity.”
More than 160 alumni participated in the Stethoscopes for Students program, now in its seventh year and coordinated by the BUSM Alumni Association. Along with the stethoscope, the distribution of medical equipment included a blood pressure cuff, ophthalmoscope, otoscope, reflex hammer, tuning fork and a CD of heart sounds. Harvey notes that by the School organizing the distribution of medical equipment for the students, the difficulty and worry about purchasing the tools has been alleviated for them.
Students wrote thank-you notes to the alumni who purchased their stethoscopes.
“What makes this gift so meaningful is that it is something we will carry with us for our entire medical careers,” said first-year student Gareth Marshall. Tovah Koswosky noting the milestone of receiving her stethoscope also was especially gratified, “that she received this from alumni who were in my exact shoes at one time. This makes them present.”
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) announced the 2014 recipients of the Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. Through a highly competitive process, 22 Fellows from 18 medical schools were selected including two from Boston University School of Medicine Katrina Ciraldo and Daniel Silva.
This Fellowship is the only medical student award dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. It is awarded annually to full-time medical students at accredited medical schools in North America. Fellows receive airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic. ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.
“The future of global health and tropical medicine is in great hands with a group as dynamic and committed as this class of Fellows,” said Kean Fellowship Committee Chair, Chandy John, MD, MS, University of Minnesota. “Headlines and news reports remind us that diseases that affect people in the tropics can have worldwide consequences. These fellows will be part of the next generation working to alleviate the suffering and long-term disability caused by these diseases.”
“This premier award is both honorific and substantive. It makes overseas training experiences for students interested in tropical disease possible, and works to build the ranks of physician-scientists focused on diseases in low-income countries,” said ASTMH President Alan Magill, MD, FASTMH. “The Fellowship enables these future leaders to expand their scientific networks, which in turn advances their professional contributions. As a Society, our goal is guide them towards fulfilling career options allowing them to do the work that helps improve the lives of so many who suffer needlessly from tropical disease.”
The Fellowship is named to honor Benjamin H. Kean, MD, (1912-1993), an internationally acclaimed tropical medicine expert and personal mentor to many of today’s world-renowned tropical medicine experts who were inspired by him as his students in medical school. Kean is also credited with discovering the causes of several diseases, including turista or travelers’ diarrhea.
BUSM’s Domenic A. Ciraulo, MD, was appointed as the chairman of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) study section AA-3, which reviews all grant applications requesting funding for clinical studies of treatments for alcoholism and health services research on alcoholism. He has been funded by NIAAA for more than 18 years, serving as a Principal Investigator at the BUSM site for the COMBINE study, PI on his own R01 grants, and mentor for a number of K awards.
Ciraulo is the chairman of the department of psychiatry at BUSM and chief of psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. He is internationally recognized as an expert in medication development and clinical trial methodology in alcoholism and addiction therapies. His research in alcoholism and addiction focuses on medication development, the interaction of psychosocial therapy and medication therapy, neuroimaging, and clinical psychopharmacology.
He has served on several national committees, including FDA advisory panels, NIH scientific review groups, and the American Psychiatry Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Ciraulo has authored or co-authored more than one hundred fifty papers and book chapters and co-edited five books. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975, was a psychiatric resident at the Institute of Living from 1975-77, and Chief Resident of the Somatic Therapies Unit, Clinical Fellow Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Mental Health Center from 1977-78.
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The following letter was sent to all associated with the Boston University School of Medicine from Dr. Karen Antman:
I am delighted to congratulate Howard Bauchner, MD, professor of pediatrics and community health sciences at BUSM and BUSPH, vice chair of academic affairs and director of the Division of Pediatrics at BUSM and BMC, on his appointment as the 16th Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which was announced earlier today. Howard will begin his tenure there July 1.
JAMA, published continuously since 1883, is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. Dr. Bauchner follows Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH, who is leaving the post after 11 years to return to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Howard has published more than 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has had a senior career mentoring award from the NIH (K-24), and research support from NIH, USDA, MCHB, and numerous foundations. Howard has mentored over a dozen fellows and faculty, many of whom have become successful members of academic departments around the country. In 2003, he became Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC), the first US Editor, a publication of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. Howard has served on numerous other editorial boards and is currently on the boards of the British Medical Journal and Journal Watch.
Dr. Bauchner also has served on grant review groups for the NIH and Bureau of Health Professions and is currently on the Advisory Board for the National Library of Medicine. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He chairs the BUSM Appointment and Promotions Committee and is an Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Alumni Affairs. In 2009 he received the BUSM Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni award.
We congratulate Dr. Bauchner on this crowning achievement and know you all join us in wishing him great success at JAMA.
Karen Antman, MD
Provost, Boston University Medical Campus
Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Additional stories highlighting Dr. Bauchner’s achievement can be found here:
As featured on the BUSM News webpage: American Medical Association Names New JAMA Editor-In-Chief: Howard C. Bauchner, MD, to Become 16th Editor in Journal’s 127-Year History
As featured in BU Today: Longtime MED Prof to Lead AMA’s JAMA
As featured in the Boston Globe section “G Force”: Dr. Bauchner discusses his new role as editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association
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