Mar 172015
 

We are in the midst of an exciting week for our senior students at the Brody School of Medicine – Match Week! As medical students near the end of their third year, they begin to apply to residency training programs in their specialty of choice. These applications are completed in September of their fourth year, and students are invited for interviews from October through January.

At the end of the interview process, each student submits a ‘rank list’ through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). A rank list is an ordered list of programs indicating where the student would like to train. Residency programs also submit their rank lists through the NRMP, indicating their preference as to which students they would like to have in their program.

On Friday of this week, all medical students will find out where they will be completing their medical training. This day is called ‘Match Day’. At noon, in the Brody Auditorium, surrounded by their family and friends, our students will each receive an envelope with a letter inside letting them know where they matched. The event will be televised on ECU-TV.

The Brody School of Medicine Annual String of Pearls event will also be held this week, on Thursday, in the Brody Auditorium at noon. Our senior medical students have chosen eight faculty and staff mentors to give them five minutes of wisdom as they graduate from medical school. This is a fun event with wit and humor mixed with celebration. This event is open (and free!) to all Brody faculty and staff.

I look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2015 – I hope that you will join me!

Susan Schmidt, MD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Brody School of Medicine

Schmidt

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Mar 102015
 

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, March 6. The event, which also recognized the college’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

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The evening’s honorees, from left: Rita Coggins, Roseanne Leahy, Distinguished Alumnus Dianne Marshburn, Madge Dews Thompson, Michelle Skipper, Becky Whitley and Pam Reis with ECU College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown.

This year’s class includes inductees from a range of impressive backgrounds, including a widely acclaimed Chicago-based speaker and author, the chief nursing officer of a major health system, two members of the college’s first graduating class, the former editor of the military’s Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, and several esteemed College of Nursing faculty members.

Not only does the Hall of Fame honor prominent nursing professionals, it has raised approximately $85,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fifth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, Kelsey Leonard, a master’s student in the nurse anesthetist program, was recognized at the event.

“This Hall of Fame not only recognizes our outstanding leaders, but is another way to give back to future generations of nurses,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing.

The 2015 inductees join a list of 70 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize a commitment to service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class:

Barbee Bancroft
Rita Coggins
Jeanette Jones
Roseanne Leahy
Pam Reis
Michelle Skipper
Jacquelyn Jones Stone
Madge Dews Thompson
Becky Whitley

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Dianne Marshburn, who has three degrees from the ECU College of Nursing. Marshburn recently retired from a 33-year career at Vidant Medical Center, where she served as director of clinical research at Vidant since 2008.

Learn more about the Hall of Fame by visiting www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof.cfm.

Mar 032015
 
Left to right, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Dr. Wiley Nifong, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Rick Niswander, and Governor Pat McCrory

Left to right, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Dr. Wiley Nifong, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Rick Niswander, and Governor Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory announced during his March 2 visit to the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University that his budget will allocate $16 million over the next two years to stabilize the financial challenges at the Brody School of Medicine.

“With those funds, my goal is for all of us to use the next two years to develop a long-term plan for a sustainable economic model that will allow the school to continue producing the doctors North Carolina needs for generations to come,” said McCrory.

Following a private meeting with ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Rick Niswander and Brody administrators, the governor toured the heart center’s Robotics Lab and tried his hand at a robotic surgery simulation.

Also in attendance were Dr. Aldona Wos, secretary for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, N.C. Sen. Louis Pate and N.C. Rep. Brian Brown.

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and Dr. Wiley Nifong examine an interactive display illustrating that ECU has trained surgeons from 33 states in the use of the robotic da Vinci Surgical System.

At a press conference following the tour the governor said, “The Brody School has continued to deliver on the mission our state legislature set forth for it. Now we need to find a way to build upon those successes and expand them.

“I don’t see ECU as being only for eastern North Carolina. I see it as being for all of North Carolina,” he added.

Wos said, “It’s critical that we continue to fulfill the promise of 1974 – to provide access to care for the citizens of this region. The only way to do that is to have a viable medical community here that’s training the next generation of providers. The majority of physicians who train here, stay here. And I want to thank Brody for that.”

Ballard told McCrory, “I assure you that ECU will do our part. We’ll continue to spruce up the long-term plan we’ve been working on. It focuses on increasing efficiencies and continuing the excellent relationship we have with Vidant Medical Center, who is instrumental to our long-term plan.

“This funding means a flagship program of ours will be sustained,” he said, “and we’ll be able to continue impacting health care and economic development in the east.”

The governor’s recommended budget will soon be delivered to the legislature for consideration.

Mar 022015
 

Excel22East Carolina University freshmen and transfer students who are either majoring in an area within the College of Allied Health Sciences or interested in pursuing a degree from the College and earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester were recognized for their academic achievements on Feb. 20 as part of the annual ECU EXCELS program.

Following a brief presentation by Interim Dean Greg Hassler, senior students and faculty members from the four undergraduate programs at CAHS, Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Services Management, Speech and Hearing Science, and Rehabilitation Services spoke about their programs and gave the students advice about how to make the most out of their majors and to continue succeeding in their college careers.

After hearing from the seniors, advisors Anthony Coutouzis and Kristal Gauthier presented the awarded students with an ECU Excels certificate, along with Dr. Hassler.

The following students were invited to be recognized as part of the ECU Excels Program:

Adams, Kathryn A.

Adams, Melissa D.

Alford, Carter L.

Almutairi, Rashed A.

Ayscue, Ashley K.

Baggett, Anna M.

Bates, Lindsey H.

Best, Morgan B.

Bogert, Hunter S.

Bridgers, Maci A.

Brinkley, Mariana E.

Bullard, Madison A.

Burgin, Stephanie

Butler, Jennifer B.

Cantrell, Casey F.

Clarke, Kimberly M.

Cline, Anna E.

Cooper, Alicia J.

Coro, Jeisy C.

Cox, Ashlyn B.

Currier, Madison M.

Daborowski, Jared D.

Dahrooge, Victoria M.

D’Artois, Kelsey A.

Davis, Kensleigh G.

DeGree, Meagan N.

DeRoche, Carina A.

Donaldson, Christina M.

Driver, Carrie L.

Echols, Aliyah D.

Evans, Brittany G.

Flaster, Traci M.

Fleming, Dusty L.

Furimsky, Stephanie A.

Gagliardi, Elizabeth R.

Garner, Elizabeth L.

Gibson, Wendy R.

Glenn, Corey S.

Goodman, Angela K.

Gregory, Candace C.

Hamiel, Kionna R.

Hancock, Paige E.

Hart, Dawn A.

Hauhuth, Kelly E.

Hernandez, Alicia N.

Herold, Amy C.

Hill, Matthew G.

Hoffman, Maria Christina K.

Holcomb, Michael J.

Houston, Kayla E.

Hughes, Anna J.

Jama, Hodan A.

James, Louisa D.

Jarman, Haleigh P.

Johnson, Chynah A.

Kea, Angela F.

Kline, Kylie P.

Koogler, Mary R.

Lancaster, Brittany D.

Lanier, Deanna T.

Le, TuAnh N.

Lee, Aspyn P.

Lee, Patricia L.

Luyster, Sydney R.

Marriaga Castillo, Abner E.

Marsh, Connie L.

Medina, Alexis M.

Miller, Jamie L.

Miller, Melissa L.

Mills, Kristina K.

Miranda, Shawn H.

Moore, Jessica M.

Murray, Harley K.

Nelson, Lani D.

Newnam, Andrew P.

Nguyen, Kristina Y.

Niccoli, Jennifer B.

Nicks, Charlotte E.

Palmiotto, Jessica L.

Paynter, Janis D.

Pemberton, Colleen A.

Phthisic, Rachel D.

Poole, Janice G.

Pozegic, Lejla

Price, Donna

Quick, Brandon F.

Ringenberg, Rachel N.

Robbins, Whitney A.

Robinson, Julie A.

Rodriguez, Angela N.

Sampson, Deion T.

Scales, Autumn K.

Schulman, Emily B.

Scribner, Haley

Skinner, Julia M.

Smith, Harley G.

Smith, Shadona R.

Stanley, Erica N.

Starling, Allison K.

Stevens, Erika

Stokes, Joel E.

Stone, Savanna J.

Strickland, Lydia G.

Taylor, Aubrie W.

Taylor, Garrett F.

Teeter, Meredith E.

Terrell, Teresa M.

Tisdale, Ashlynn S.

Valdez, Tatiana V.

Vue, Susan

Wallace, Shamika L.

Warren, Eddie E.

Waterman, Maryelizabeth

Williams, Vantisha B.

Wilson, Sierra K.

Ziegler, Melissa L.
The students then had the chance to tour the College and learn more about their intended or current majors.

This is the sixth year that the ECU Excels program has recognized the accomplishments of first time ECU students. For more information contact Anthony Coutouzis at coutousiza@ecu.edu.

Feb 192015
 
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This winter marks the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heralded it, “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century” (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013).

The term “community water fluoridation” means fluoride levels are adjusted in an area’s public water supply to help prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. “Water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25% over a person’s lifetime,” (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013).

In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first city in the world to receive additional fluoride in their public water supply (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). Before this occurred, extensive research was done. Dr. H. Trendley Dean, head of the Dental Hygiene Unit at the National Institutes of Health, was among the first to study fluoride with the help of his research team. After developing a new method of measuring fluoride levels, the team began testing water across the country (Statement on Water Fluoridation, 2004). It was found that fluoride measures up to 1 part per million in drinking water did not cause enamel fluorosis, or brown spots occurring on teeth (Statement on Water Fluoridation, 2004). Then the Michigan Department of Health voted to add fluoride to their drinking water (Statement on Water Fluoridation, 2004).

Today, over 204 million people, 74%, in the United States consume water supplies containing enough fluoride to enhance oral health (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). In North Carolina, about 87% of people have access to fluoridated water supplies (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). Charlotte was the first city in the state to fluoridate its water in 1949 (Gerald, 2012). The NC Department of Health and Human Services says dental decay rates in children living in North Carolina were reduced by about 60% after the introduction of fluoridated water in the state.

Several years after the first water fluoridation treatments began in North Carolina; Pitt County started adding fluoride to the area’s water. According to Julius Patrick, Greenville Utility Commission’s Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, Greenville began adding fluoride to water supplies in 1957. He also says Greenville’s water comes from the Tar River which naturally contains .1 mg/l of fluoride. Patrick oversees the team as they filter this water and then add fluoride. In addition, Patrick says the water plant conducts a daily analysis measuring substances in water in parts per billion. This fluoridated water reaches many in the Pitt County area. For example, when the CDC collected data via a fluoridation census in 1992, it was found that over 47,000 Greenville residents were provided with fluoridated water.

Due to the research of the inquisitive Dr. Dean over 70 years ago, the United States will continue to boast more favorable oral hygiene thanks to the discovery of community water fluoridation.