September 2013 Newsletter
Dean Hamm outlines priorities
for year ahead
|Dr. Lee Hamm
When it comes to outlining his goals for the School of Medicine, Dr. Lee Hamm
is clear on his first challenge as dean: positioning the school's clinical programs within the region's changing healthcare market.
The city's largest healthcare organizations – HCA, the nonprofit that runs Children's Hospital, and Ochsner – are vying to run two major public hospitals in Jefferson Parish. At the same time, the new University Medical Center and Veteran Affairs hospital are under construction downtown. All have the potential to bring new training opportunities for Tulane students, residents and fellows, Hamm says. Read More >>
New $13M interdisciplinary
JBJ labs debut this fall
|Bruce Bunnell, director of the Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, stands in the center's "ballroom" lab space.
In October, Tulane University will complete a sweeping $13.5 million renovation of laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston (JBJ) Health and Environmental Research Building, setting the stage for a vibrant hub of interdisciplinary research on Tulane Avenue.
The project transforms lab space on three floors of the building – roughly 37,500 square feet – into five large, open "ballroom labs." It's the first major downtown research space to bring together the schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering and Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read More >>
New medical students receive
first doctor’s white coats
|Alina Ayzenberg receives her white coat from Dr. Earnest Sneed Jr., with Dean Hamm looking on.
The School of Medicine's Class of 2017 received their first doctor's white coats at McAlister Auditorium on August 4. "White Coat Day is when we welcome our new medical students to the medical profession," said Dr. Marc Kahn
, senior associate dean of admissions and student affairs.
All 197 new students, plus 15 HEAL-X
students admitted in January 2013, crossed the stage to receive their coats. Each received a stethoscope from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association, a pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and a Tulane University coat badge. Read More >>
Tulane major player in FDA
approval of new drug for
advanced prostate cancer
|Dr. Oliver Sartor
Patients fighting late-stage prostate cancer have an important new treatment option for bone tumors thanks in part to a major clinical trial led by Tulane University cancer specialist Dr. Oliver Sartor
Trial results, which were published this summer in the New England Journal of Medicine,
showed that men receiving radium-223 lived more than three months longer than those taking a placebo. The drug was associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of death. Read More >>
Fall ushers in reunion classes
The classes of 1953, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1983 and 1988 will celebrate their milestone reunion years on October 4 and 5 in New Orleans.
The weekend begins with a continuing medical education seminar, followed by tours of the medical school and a welcome reception at the newly renovated J. Bennett Johnson Building. Saturday attendees will celebrate with reunion dinners at a variety of locations throughout New Orleans, including Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Ruth’s Chris and Tujague’s. Read More >>
Med students create classes
tailored to their interests
When students at Tulane University School of Medicine
are interested in a particular subject or field, they have the ability to create student-initiated electives to further a field of study. The palliative and end-of-life-care elective, which was launched by medical students, is now in its fourth year.
Medical students are still involved in the coordination of the class. Under the supervision of faculty, third-year medical student Melissa Schwab Keeport
directs the elective with help from three second-year students: James Stoeckle
, William Vail
and Andrew Wickerham
. They are passionate about helping medical students learn more about this important part of medicine. Read More >>
Doctor’s scholarship fund
Second-year medical student Assumpta Twekise
knows the difference she can make in her native Uganda if she returns there as a doctor, armed with a superior education from Tulane University School of Medicine.
Last spring, she met Dr. James Bonnet Jr.
(M '71), the man who made a difference in her life through his endowed scholarship at the School of Medicine. "It felt like he was my hero," says Twekise.
And Bonnet, in turn, was thrilled to meet the exceptional young woman whose career he can now follow. "It brings me joy to see the role I have in her medical education," he says. Read More >>