Keaton Mash is named delegate of the year by the American Student Dental Association

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Jun 082015
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The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce that Keaton Mash, Doctor of Dental Medicine Candidate 2016, has been named District 4 Delegate of the Year by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).

Originally from Jefferson, North Carolina, Keaton has served as the ECU ASDA First Delegate and as a student member of the North Carolina Dental Society Board of Trustees. As an ASDA delegate, he has focused on helping pre-dental students learn more about the dental profession and on providing oral hygiene instruction and screening for older adults through a program called “Smiles for a Lifetime.” He has been instrumental in building ASDA membership nationally and hosting national ASDA leaders at ECU.

While as the ASDA First Delegate, Keaton represented the ECU ASDA Chapter at National Leadership Conferences in Illinois, California, and South Carolina. Besides his work as an ECU dental student, he has also been active in Centershot Ministries and Cross Trail Outfitters.

“ECU’s ASDA Chapter has become stronger and has gained momentum under Keaton’s leadership,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, ASDA faculty advisor and vice dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

“Upon hearing that I was receiving the Delegate of the Year award, I felt very honored. I couldn’t have done it without the support of great students and faculty advisors who worked alongside me during my term as First Delegate,” said Keaton.

Each year, ASDA recognizes the significant accomplishments of one student from each of its 11 districts across the country and awards those students with the title of District Delegate of the Year. The award is based on nominations selected by national leaders prior to ASDA’s annual session. Mr. Mash was recognized at ASDA’s Annual Session Gold Crown Awards ceremony earlier this spring.


About ASDA

The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. Visit ASADA at

About the ECU School of Dental Medicine

The ECU School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to addressing North Carolina’s ongoing shortage and misdistribution of dentists. The school educates primary care dentists who desire to meet the challenges of providing care in rural and underserved areas of the state. Programs include the pre-doctoral program leading to a doctor of dental medicine degree (DMD), two post doctoral residency programs in general dentistry, and a pediatric dentistry residency program. A key component of the DMD program is the fourth-year experience in community service learning centers in rural communities across the state. The school leverages the latest educational and patient-care technologies to maximize student learning and patient care. Visit the ECU School of Dental Medicine at




Brody’s Summer Program for Future Doctors

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May 262015

The Brody School of Medicine welcomed 31 students May 18 who were selected from 115 applicants for the 2015 Summer Program for Future Doctors. The participants include aspiring applicants to medical school and matriculating students who will start their first year at the Brody School of Medicine in August.

Since beginning in 1978, the summer program has been driven by the same mission as the medical school. It is focused on improving the preparation of medical school applicants with an emphasis on North Carolina natives from groups that are underrepresented in medicine. While all North Carolina residents are encouraged to apply, special consideration is given to minority students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds and non-traditional students who are changing paths and retooling for medical school.

SPFD 2015 blog

The Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intense, nine-week academic program that allows participants to experience the rigors of the medical school curriculum. Participants take courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and neuroanatomy. These courses are taught by the same faculty members who teach the first year of medical school and give the students an opportunity to show that they can perform, and even thrive, in this learning environment.

The program provides more than an academic challenge. The students interact with rising second-year medical students who serve as teaching assistants. They have shadowing opportunities provided with Brody physicians, experience patient interviews through the Office of Clinical Skills and participate in a medical simulation experience. The program provides the future doctors with feedback on a mock medical school admissions interview and helps them prepare their personal statement required in the admissions process. Time is also allocated for MCAT preparation.


After the program ends, each participant is provided with a comprehensive evaluation that includes more than test scores. Each student is evaluated for his/her professionalism, work ethic, ability to work with others and other non-cognitive values that contribute to the student’s ability to become an effective and compassionate physician. Most medical schools accept this evaluation at the level of an evaluation by a university premedical committee. Highly-rated participants do matriculate to medical school:

  • Eight participants from the 2014 program applied for admission this year.
  • Seven have been admitted to medical school.
  • Five will attend Brody and two will attend other North Carolina medical schools.
  • Two students from the 2013 SPFD will also attend BSOM this fall bringing the total admitted from that program to 12 (of 15 who have applied to date).

Please welcome the 2015 participants! The second floor of Brody will be full of hard-working students who hope to become Brody students and future graduates. A smile or a kind word will help them accomplish their goals.

Dr. Richard Ray, director

Hall named 2015 top nurse at ECU Physicians

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May 192015

A nurse specialist in vascular surgery has been selected by her peers as this year’s top nurse at ECU Physicians, the group medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Marquita Hall, a Duplin County native, works at the East Carolina Heart Institute. She has seven years of nursing experience and an undisputed reputation among her coworkers as “the calm amidst the daily storm.”

Marquita Hall

Marquita Hall

Her daily responsibilities include ensuring the vascular surgery clinic operates efficiently and patients’ needs are met quickly. She oversees patient scheduling and provides preoperative and postoperative education to all the clinic’s patients. All this she does, according to vascular surgeon Dr. C. Steven Powell, “in an excellent fashion and with a smile on her face.

“She is excellence personified,” Powell said. “She is cool and calm in all situations, always pleasant, has outstanding interaction with patients, and is always on top of getting things accomplished even in the busiest of situations. She is the best I have ever worked with.”

Hall’s primary source of motivation is her patients, she said. “Most of them have overcome many obstacles, and throughout it all, they continue to smile,” she said.

“I strive to provide my patients with the same quality of care I would want provided to one of my loved ones,” Hall added. “I wholeheartedly believe in treating others as you would want to be treated, and that is also what motivates me to care for my patients as I do.”

Her compassionate attitude is readily apparent, according to Hall’s coworkers. “She carries the biggest smile on her face, and it absolutely will light up a room and warm a patient’s troubled heart,” said physician assistant Brandy Wilson.

Dr. Dean Yamaguchi, a cardiovascular surgeon who works closely with Hall, said of her, “She has become the voice of patients who call into ECHI, helping to resolve often-complex medical as well as social barriers to providing appropriate medical care. She embodies what it means to be a nurse.”

Hall credits her grandparents with inspiring her original interest in nursing. Her grandmother has worked as a nursing assistant for 28 years and her grandfather has worked in mental health for Hall’s entire life.

“Growing up under their care, I witnessed the dedication, patience and compassion they exhibited toward their clients,” Hall said. “Their genuine caring natures inspired me to make a difference, as they have, in the lives of others.”

Hall’s academic success and leadership during high school garnered her a North Carolina Nurse Scholarship, and she graduated magna cum laude from the ECU College of Nursing in 2008.

After working approximately 18 months as a staff nurse in the Cardiac Intermediate Unit at Vidant Medical Center, Hall was employed for three years by ECU’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences in their electrophysiology division. She followed that job with a brief stint at the Pitt County Health Department before returning to ECU in her current role.

Hall is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2011, she received an ECU Treasured Pirate Award in recognition of her unique contributions to the university.

She has no intention of resting on her impressive list of accomplishments, however. Although she has no plans to leave her current position anytime soon, she eventually would like to pursue a career in nursing administration. To that end, she’s currently enrolled in the masters of nursing leadership program at ECU.

“I have a desire to not only make a difference in the lives of my patients, but to also make a difference within the nursing profession itself,” she said.

Hall’s colleagues have no doubt she’ll do just that. “Marquita is a woman who is going somewhere,” Wilson said. “She has the drive, the unlimited potential and the compassion to do great things.”

May 122015

Laupus received an Express Outreach Project Award to augment consumer health classes.  The award of $6,000 will be used to fund ten iPads and Otter Box iPad Defenders for “Healthier U @ your Library” and “Healthier U @ your Hospital” consumer health presentations.

Consumer Health Classes serve to educate the public, senior citizens, nurses and nurse educators and other health care professionals about finding good consumer health information on the Internet. Classes offered at public libraries and hospitals sometimes have a shortage of technology. With the iPads, users will be able to link to local Wi-Fi connections for Internet access to resources right in the hands of the consumers who need it most. With the benefit of mobile technology, users will also be able to view the pre-loaded presentation, find answers to questions they may have or even research health care information for a family member.

Eastern North Carolina has some of the highest incidences of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease in the US.  There are also a myriad of underserved populations in our area including seniors, minorities, and caregivers. The award will help Laupus Library assist the public with finding the best information on the Internet that can make a difference in their daily lives.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.


Allied Health scholarship honors wife of ECU trustee

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May 082015
Kieran J. Shanahan and Christina Alvarado

Kieran J. Shanahan and Christina Alvarado

A member of East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees has established a scholarship that will aid students in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Health Services and Information Management.

Kieran J. Shanahan ’79 wanted to honor his wife and U.S. Navy Reservist Rear Admiral Christina “Tina” Alvarado in a way that would support his alma mater. So he enlisted the help of Pat Frede, ECU’s gift officer for allied health, to establish the Rear Admiral Christina M. Alvarado Scholarship.

It is available to students in the Health Services Management program within the Health Services and Information Management. Though Alvarado’s background is in nursing, she is primarily an administrator of programs. So the scholarship was a good fit.

Also a Navy Reservist herself, Frede had asked Alvarado to be her re-enlisting officer – a ceremony they intended to conduct via live video chat. Instead, Frede and Shanahan surprised Alvarado by introducing her during that call to the very first recipients of her scholarship, Shelly White and Brittany Linkous, who explained how the scholarship will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Shanahan, of Raleigh, is the founder of the Shanahan Law Group. He was appointed to the ECU Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2011.

Alvarado began her Navy Reserve career as a direct commissioned officer and attended school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. She was called to active duty from 1990 to 1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In January 2002, she again served in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

Additionally, in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Alvarado joined a medical team that operated a clinic in a remote part of the island outside of Port Au Prince, providing medical care and treatment.

Anyone interested in supporting student success, research or regional transformation at the College of Allied Health Sciences can contact Pat Frede at 252-744-3523 or