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Alumnus helping secure supplies, training needed to diagnosis COVID-19 cases in Iraq

Due to a global shortage of supplies and equipment that are necessary to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic, alumnus Haider Alrafas and his colleagues, with the help of the University of Basrah, the United Nations and the World Health Organization assisted in successfully producing urgently needed laboratory items for testing suspected COVID-19 cases in Iraq.

Graduates focus on infectious disease as they head to residency

Graduates of the 2020 Class from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia are preparing to head to their residency destinations at a time when there is a great deal of upheaval in the medical world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For two graduates, working with infectious diseases has been an interest that they are eager to continue following.

Alumna helps battle COVID-19 in New York City

When Ellen Rhame Pottharst, M.D., moved her family to New York, New York, in April 2019, she had no idea that one short year later she would find herself working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. An anesthesiologist by training, Pottharst now finds herself working in critical care, providing care to patients infected with the novel coronavirus at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Alumni connections influence genetic counseling graduate

After meeting UofSC School of Medicine Columbia alumni at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Olivia Kesler decided to apply to the program. Now the Class of 2020 graduate is headed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to work under the direction of another UofSC alumna.

Class of 2020 graduate selected for prestigious residency in child neurology

Charmaine Jenkins matched into a residency with a premier program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, CHOP, where she will train in child neurology. CHOP is currently ranked as the No. 2 Children's Hospital by U. S. News & World Report.

Alumna takes flight to save patients

As an undergrad, Lesley Osborn thought her career lay in being a paramedic, but after shadowing an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, she changed her focus from paramedicine to medical school. Now she finds herself leading an air ambulance team through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physician assistant alumni remain focused on patients during COVID-19 pandemic

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia Physician Assistant program graduated its first class in 2019, and many of those graduates find themselves working in the middle of the pandemic from orthopedics to neurosurgery to trauma surgery.

Alumnus helps establish COVID-19 testing sites

John Propst, who earned his doctorate from the School of Medicine in 2008, is a program lead in the medical devices division of Verily Life Sciences. Currently, he is is serving as the site lead and incident command for the company's first and largest drive-through COVID-19 testing site.

Mayeaux to leave UofSC; Steen to serve as interim chair

E.J. Mayeaux, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, has accepted a leadership position at Louisiana State University. Jamie Steen, M.D., will serve as interim department chair.

Enos receives NCCIH/NIH grant to study alternative to estrogen therapy

Reilly Enos, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, has been awarded a K01 grant in the amount of $716,000 from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/National Institutes of Health.

Anderson to leave School of Medicine for new leadership role

William D. Anderson, M.D. M.H.C.M., senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and chief medical officer for the USC School of Medicine Educational Trust, has announced that he will be leaving the university at the end of March.

Music from the heart

Edward Middleton graduated from the School of Medicine's rehabilitation counseling program in 1999. Now that he's retired he's embracing music as a way to make a difference in his community.

Wood wins behavioral pharmacology award

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Division for Behavioral Pharmacology is honoring Susan Wood, Ph.D. with the 2020 J.H. Woods Early Career Award in Behavioral Pharmacology.

New assistant dean appointed for Florence Regional Campus

Alan G. Sechtin, M.D., has been named a new assistant dean of medical education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, in this role he will oversee the school's Florence Regional Campus.

Research Center for Transforming Health welcomes new interim director

Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., has been named as interim director of the Research Center for Transforming Health at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.

Hester awarded prestigious AMA award

The American Medical Association (AMA) has presented William H. Hester, M.D., with the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service for a lifetime of service to his country and community.

Project to study impact of environmental contaminants on future generations

Mitzi Nagarkatti, M.D. recently received a grant to study whether the negative effects of dioxin can be passed down generationally.

Riley receives Cornerstone Award from AAHSL

Ruth Riley has been named the 2019 recipient of the Cornerstone Award from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

Donors establish endowment to support Instrumentation Resource Facility

An endowment fund has been established to provide ongoing support for University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia's Instrumentation Resource Facility thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors.

Finding Your Future Program - June 2020

In June 2020, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Columbia in conjunction with Prisma Health Richland will once again offer the Finding Your Future shadowing program to prospective medical students in South Carolina.

Endowment Honors a Family Legacy

Timothy Fitzgibbon, a 1987 graduate of the UofSC School of Medicine, established the Rodney Fitzgibbon, M.D. and Rodney Fitzgibbon, II, M.D. Endowment Fund to help fund a student at who has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in family medicine or obstetrics and gynecology and who demonstrates a great sense of compassion.

Emerging Physician Scientist Faculty Fellows Named

Three University of South Carolina's School of Medicine (SOM) faculty members have been named 2019-2020 Emerging Physician Scientist (EPS) Faculty Fellows.

Kevin Hennessee named 2019 William C. Gillespie Staff Recognition Award recipient

Kevin L. Hennessee, building and grounds supervisor, has been named the recipient of the 2019 William C. Gillespie Staff Recognition Award.

2019 Alumni and Dean's Awards Recipients Named

Fifteen individuals will be recognized at the annual Alumni and Dean's Awards Dinner on Oct. 4 (Friday).

Researchers discover recent long-term and remote long-term memories can be uncoupled

A research team at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia has discovered that deleting an enzyme that is required for the formation of recent long-term memories does not prevent the creation of remote long-term memories.


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