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  August 15, 2014

Volume 3, Issue 1 

Dean Bowman at press conference
Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., speaks at a news conference announcing the affiliation with Dayton Children's Hospital.

Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children's Hospital to venture

Dayton Children’s Hospital has affiliated with the Wright State University and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the Neuroscience Institute. The affiliation broadens the institute’s research programs and infrastructure by creating the Dayton Children’s Professorship of Pediatric Neuroscience. The new professor will focus on research into pediatric neurological disorders as well as providing clinical care at the hospital.

“Dayton Children’s Hospital and Premier Health hospitals serve as vital teaching hospitals, helping us train the next generation of physicians, and both are home to many of our residency programs,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “This new affiliation will build on those longstanding partnerships and help to speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside.”

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Toussaint & Roman take on assistant dean positions

Gregory Toussaint, M.D.Gregory Toussaint, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, has been appointed assistant dean for admissions in the Office Student Affairs and Admissions, and Brenda Roman, M.D., professor and vice chair of psychiatry, has been appointed assistant dean for curriculum in the Office of Academic Affairs. Both have received national recognition for their work in medical education.

A member of the Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty since 2005, Toussaint has served as director of the Pediatrics Clerkship and medical director for inpatient general pediatrics at Dayton Children's Hospital. The Class of 2014 chose him to give the commencement address. He currently chairs the Foundations Leadership Group for the WrightCurriculum and will be instrumental in helping the school recruit and select the best students for the new curriculum.

A member of the medical school faculty since 1992, Roman has been director of medical student education in psychiatry for the past 18 years and is the president-elect of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. She chairs the Steering Committee for the WrightCurriculum, a transformation of the medical school curriculum to be implemented in 2017.

“Dr. Roman and Dr. Toussaint will bring their many years of experience in academic medicine to their new positions as assistant deans,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “The education of our current and future students will be greatly enhanced by Dr. Roman’s expertise in curriculum development and Dr. Toussaint’s close rapport with students.”


Five Rivers Family Health Center

The Family Medicine Residency Program operates out of the Five Rivers Family Health Center located near Good Samaritan Hospital. Premier Health, in collaboration with the Boonshoft School of Medicine, has committed to building a new 25,000-square-foot family medicine center on the GSH campus that is slated to open in 2015.

Family medicine residents receive national recognition

Several residents in the Family Medicine Residency Program have won national recognition in recent months, including the following:

  • Family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of only two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund the one-year, $22,000 training awards to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in collaboration with Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., director of behavioral science and professor of family medicine; Michael Jacobson, D.O., clinical assistant professor of family medicine; and Josephine Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues. Read more »
  • A team of family medicine residents was one of 16 resident groups nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season. The residency’s clinical office, Five Rivers Health Centers Family Health Center, as part of a Federally Qualified Health Center, serves a medically underserved area in Dayton. The team is working with Lisa Collier Kellar, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, and Kate Cauley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Healthy Communities. Read more »
  • Chief resident Melanie Raffoul, M.D., was one of only two people nationwide selected for the 2014-15 Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University. The one-year, full-time program combines experiences in scholarly research and clinical practice. Raffoul will complete master’s course work in public policy at Georgetown University while engaging in collaborative research with the Graham Center. She also will teach and work clinically in an urban community health center. Read more »

Gary LeRoy, M.D., named Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Gary LeRoy, M.D.The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has selected Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at Boonshoft School of Medicine, for its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. A practicing physician for more than 22 years, LeRoy is also an associate professor of family medicine at Wright State and a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.

“I have watched his impressive career unfold over the years with great admiration, as he made a difficult decision to forego traditional private practice in order to address the health needs of the underserved in Dayton. I can think of no greater role model for our future physicians, and have a great appreciation for his many sacrifices along the way,” said Ted Wymyslo, M.D., chief medical officer for the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and immediate past director of the Ohio Department of Health.

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AAFP award winners

(From left) Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., director of behavioral science, WSU Family Medicine Residency Program; Reid Blackwelder, M.D., AAFP president; Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H., chair, WSU Department of Family Medicine; and F. Stuart Leeds, M.D., WSU assistant professor of family medicine; attended the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference where the award was presented.

Boonshoft School of Medicine wins AAFP Top 10 Award

For the second consecutive year, Boonshoft School of Medicine received an American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Top 10 Award for its consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce. The award was presented May 5 during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio. Each year, the AAFP presents its Family Medicine Top 10 Awards to honor medical schools that — during a three-year period — graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.

At Wright State, 15.9 percent of medical graduates entered family medicine over the last three years. At a time when the United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, filling the family physician workforce pipeline is vital to the health of Americans, according to AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D.

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Dr. Robert Weisman Founding chair of biochemistry department remembered

Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State University family. For more than 30 years, as biochemistry chair, associate dean, interim dean and consummate faculty member, his contributions helped to establish the fabric of who we are today. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and who benefited, knowingly or unknowingly, from his leadership and advice. In a tribute posted in the Wright State University newsroom, Drs. Daniel Organisciak, Steven Berberich, Nicholas Reo, Michael Leffak, Gerald Alter and Robert Fyffe share their memories of working with him.

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Alan Marco, M.D.Alan P. Marco, M.D. elected to American College of Physician Executives board of directors

Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE, president and CEO of Wright State Physicians and associate dean for faculty and clinical affairs at the medical school, was one of three new members to be elected to the 2014-2015 board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). The ACPE’s board nominating committee reviewed more than 60 applications. The nominating committee selected Marco and two other candidates, and APCE members overwhelming approved the nominees in an online election in March.

The ACPE is the nation’s largest health care organization for physician leaders. The organization has more than 11,000 members, including chief executive officers, chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, medical directors and other physician leaders from more than 45 countries.

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Highest award in aerospace medicine presented to Col. Kent MacDonald, M.D.

Col. Kent McDonaldThe Aerospace Medical Association has selected Col. Kent McDonald, M.D., to receive the Raymond F. Longacre Award, the highest award in aerospace medicine, for advancing the understanding of aviator personality, unique environmental stressors and their impact on optimal performance. An assistant professor of psychiatry at Boonshoft School of Medicine, McDonald also is the chief of the Neuropsychiatry Branch, Aeromedical Consultation Service, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

McDonald’s work fostered a collaborative, highly effective and operational research-oriented environment that resulted in comprehensive changes benefiting the U.S. Air Force, aircrew, flight surgeons and mental health personnel, according to Col. Daniel Van Syoc, M.D., M.P.H., USAF, MC, CFS (Ret.), deputy chief, Aeromedical Consultation Service, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Medical student is first from Wright State selected to be a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow

Udit SinghalUdit Singhal, a third-year medical student at Boonshoft School of Medicine, is one of 70 of the nation’s top medical and veterinary students from schools including Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California San Francisco, Duke and Yale, who have been selected for the 2014-15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program.

A $2.8 million annual initiative to increase the training of future physician-scientists, the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program allows medical, dental and veterinary students to pursue mentored biomedical research at academic or nonprofit research institutions in the United States. The program provides the students an opportunity to focus on a research project full time and determine how they can incorporate research into their careers. The fellows will put their professional school coursework on hold to spend the year conducting basic, translational or applied biomedical research.

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