St. George’ s University School of Medicine Grad Open Practice in Canada

The physician is setting up practice with Dr. Jim Dewar at the Medical Associates office at Charlotte Street and will see his first patients Jan. 26…..

Welland Tribune

St. George’ s University School of Medicine Grad Solves Dangerous Fruit Mystery

By Lisa Sanders, M.D.

Dr. Jafer Jeelani attributes patient’s unusual and deadly symptoms to unripened ackee fruit….

The New York Times

Dr. David Reindl, Class of ’92, Arrives at Samaritan Medical Center

Dr. David Reindl, who arrived at SMC in early June, received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies….

WatertownDailyTimes.com

NY, United States

Daughter follows mother in Stanislaus Family Medicine program

When Dr. Shashi Sood was in her second year of the Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program in the early 1980s, she was pregnant with her daughter Sabrina.

So when Sabrina Sood, fresh out of medical school, started a three-year stint in the program last month, her family had a sense of dejá vu.

“My parents are always joking that I have already been through everything once,” Sabrina Sood said during a break this week. “I think it’s exciting and my mom was really excited about it. I wasn’t thinking about that when I chose the program, but it is a fun coincidence.”

dr shashi sood and daughter sabrina

Dr. Shashi Sood (right) was pregnant with her daughter Sabrina when she went through Family Medicine Residency Program in Modesto about 27 years ago. Sabrina grew up and went to medical school and is now in the same residency program. It’s the first time a mother and daughter have gone through the program. (Bart Ah You/The Modesto Bee) Modesto Bee

Shashi Sood said when her daughter comes home in the evenings, they talk about what she encountered that day. Often, there are questions.

“It is hard to believe I am reliving my life from 27 years ago,” Shashi Sood said.

It’s the first time the county residency program has admitted the daughter or son of an alumnus since it began training family practice physicians in 1975. Although the Modesto program was one of Sabrina Sood’s top choices, there was no guarantee she would get in.

The program received more than 500 applications and interviewed 120 during the process of selecting nine residents for the class scheduled to graduate in 2011. After the interviews, program officials rank the candidates and the candidates rank the programs they considered, then the process is turned over to a national system for matching residents with programs.

Dr. Peter Broderick, director of the Stanislaus residency program, said Sabrina Sood was one of the top choices for the program.

“We are always pleased to get an excellent resident,” he said. “But one of our goals is to train physicians for this community. When a physician who graduates has family in the area, their likelihood of staying in the community is an added benefit.”

Shashi Sood came to Modesto after graduating from medical school in India. Her husband, Dr. Surendra Sood, was working for the Gould Medical Group. He specializes in endocrinology and nuclear medicine with the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation.

The Soods had a baby daughter when Shashi began her residency, so she had to balance being a mother with the demands of the training. She said she wore a large white coat the second year so that it wasn’t obvious she was pregnant with her second child.

“When I was eight months pregnant, I was doing a surgical rotation and I was assisting with a surgery one day,” she said. “Sabrina kicked me so hard that I moved. It caused the surgeon to stop and ask, ‘What was that?’ ”

Her stamina was tested when residents in the internal medicine rotation were required to work 36-hour shifts at county-owned Scenic General Hospital in Modesto. She might catch a couple of hours’ sleep at night if there were no admissions, but that didn’t happen very often.

Since the county hospital closed in 1997, the residents have been trained at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto and also see patients in the county Health Services Agency clinics.

“It was a tough program, but I survived,” Sood said.

After completing the program, she set up a solo practice in Modesto in 1983.

Starting with toughest rotation

As a summer job, Sabrina Sood helped out in her mother’s office. The 1999 Modesto High School graduate went to the University of California at Los Angeles and then medical school at St. George’s University on the island of Grenada, where she rode out the destruction of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

She said she put the Stanislaus County program high on her list after doing a six-week rotation in family medicine here as a medical student.

She drew the toughest rotation when she started her residency in July. The adult medicine rotation required her to spend 80 hours a week at Doctors Medical Center admitting patients from the emergency room, making rounds to patient rooms, and doing procedures such as intravenous lines and lumbar punctures. The residents are supervised by University of California at Davis faculty.

She also has spent time at the Paradise Medical Office in west Modesto and just started a rotation in outpatient elective surgery.

“What I love about family medicine is you get to be part of people’s families,” she said. “You get to watch the kids grow up and get to take care of the family unit.”

Sabrina Sood is staying with her parents, which helps to reduce expenses. Residents earn $42,224 their first year.

Her mother would like her to join her practice after completing her residency, but Sabrina Sood said she’s too busy to think that far ahead.

“It’s a demanding program,” she said. “They care about their residents and promote a good learning environment. At the same time, they push you. They want you to be a good doctor. They demand excellent patient care.”

Published August 8, 2008, by Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

Confronting Neglected Tropical Diseases In The Caribbean – Living Legacy Of Slavery

Professor David Molyneux, President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has called (17 June) for much greater international recognition of the problems caused to the poorest people of Latin America and the Caribbean by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which he has described as the living legacy of slavery.

“These are the group of diseases which afflict the poorest of the poor, producing disabling and sometimes disfiguring conditions,” he said. “They represent a burden far greater than malaria or TB”.

Speaking at the House of Lords in London at a dinner function to raise funds to combat the NTDs for the Grenada-based research institute WINDREF (Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation), he added that “although new funds have been announced, there are serious concerns that the small island states of the Caribbean, in particular, will be overlooked. It should be pointed out that many of the NTDs that now occur in Latin America and the Caribbean were first brought there during the Atlantic slave trade – so the NTDs represent a tragic living legacy of slavery. We therefore have a moral obligation to confront them with much greater vigour.”

The function included the announcement of the Mike Fisher Memorial Award 2008 to Lord May of Oxford, formerly Chief Scientific Adviser to the government, for distinguished services to science. Mike Fisher, who died in 2005 in Grenada, discovered Ivermectin in the 1970s – one of the main drugs used today in the treatment of NTDs.

“The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) refer to the benefits of controlling HIV/AIDS and malaria, but are vague about the many other diseases suffered by the vast majority of the poor,” said Professor Molyneux. He pointed out that while 2008 is half way to the MDG target date of 2015 “in many, if not all areas, progress has been depressingly ineffective”.

Speaking at the function, the Director of WINDREF, Dr Calum Macpherson, described the institute as being “uniquely placed to address the problems of NTDs in the region”. Collaborative programmes involving WINDREF included streptococcus spp infections and rheumatic fever in St Vincent and the Grenadines; lymphatic filariasis, sanitation and intestinal parasitoses in the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Guyana ; and studies on the potential elimination of soil transmitted helminths and bilharzia from the Caribbean region.

The host of the function, Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, President of WINDREF, said that many of the NTDs prevalent in the Caribbean “can be treated or prevented by the use of donated or extremely cheap drugs. The NTDs sap the energy and blunt the willpower of the poor on a massive scale. They bring stigma, disability and reduced educational prospects”.

Notes

– The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of 13 major disabling conditions that are among the most chronic infections in the world’s poorest people. These parasitic and bacterial infections include three soil-transmitted helminth infections, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, dracunculiasis, schistosmiasis, Chaga’s disease, human African trypanosmiasis, leichmaniasis, Buruli ulcer, leprosy and trachoma.

– Examples of NTDs in Latin America and the Caribbean: lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) is endemic in Guyana, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Brazil; intestinal worms, which remain endemic throughout all the islands of the Caribbean; and schistosomiasis, which is endemic in several smaller nations such as Suriname.

WINDREF (Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation) was founded in 1994 to seek to advance health and environmental development through multi-disciplinary research and education programmes. WINDREF, located on St George’s University True Blue campus in Grenada, promotes collaborative relationships between internationally recognised scholars and scientists.

Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation

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Sonic Foundry Names Finalists for Fourth Annual Rich Media Impact

MADISON, Wis., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced the finalists for its fourth annual Rich Media Impact Awards program. Launched to recognize excellence in the practical and creative integration of its webcasting platform in education, business, health and government, the awards honor organizations that have demonstrated measurable improvements in accessibility, cost savings, efficiency and productivity through Mediasite. “We are constantly inspired by the innovative ways our customers are using Mediasite; from reaching out to a global audience on major health issues to reaching the student who sits in the last row of the lecture hall,” said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. “We are privileged that these organizations have given us a glimpse of their ground-breaking work in rich media.”

2008 Rich Media Impact Award Finalists

Excellence in Education Award: recognizes a higher education institution that enhanced learning and outreach through rich media. The 2008 finalists are Technische Universiteit Delft – Netherlands and University of Maryland, Baltimore Dental School.

Enterprise Award: recognizes an organization who improved its business outcomes through rich media communication. The 2008 finalists are Ashland University and Prudential Financial.

Facility Design Award: recognizes a professional AV design or consulting firm that created innovative rich media rooms and facilities. The 2008 finalists are Shen Milsom & Wilke for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Acumen Engineering for Douglas College Health Science Building, David Lam Campus.

Global Reach Award: recognizes any successful initiative that reached the international community through rich media. The 2008 finalists are Florida State University and Rush University Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology.

Government Award: recognizes a local, state or federal government initiative that implemented rich media for training and outreach. The 2008 finalists are Michigan Public Health Institute and the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission.

Healthcare Award: recognizes an organization that implemented rich media to benefit health and wellness. The 2008 finalists are Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Stony Hill Management – Home Care Information Network.

Rapid ROI Award: recognizes an organization that used rich media to quickly achieve a measurable ROI in its training, communications or outreach initiatives. The 2008 finalists are Atitude Digital Media – Brazil and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Educational Technologies.

Scholastic Achievement Award: recognizes a school district or other organization serving the K-12 educational community that harnessed the power of rich media to improve communication, learning and outreach. The 2008 finalists are Memphis City Schools and Te Manu Aute (University of Auckland, New Zealand).

Honorable Mention

The following organizations will also be honored with Honorable Mention certificates for their Mediasite programs:

  • Ashland University College of Nursing
  • College of St. Catherine
  • Colorado State University College of Business
  • Durham College – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Mississippi State University Extension Service
  • Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine
  • Perimeter Institute
  • St. George’s University
  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Winners will be announced at a special awards dinner Wednesday, May 14 in Madison, Wisconsin during UNLEASH 2008, the company’s Mediasite User Conference. They will also be showcased in Sonic Foundry’s ad in the June/July issue of Streaming Media Magazine.

Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite has set the standard as a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

Related Links:
Finalist presentations: http://www.sonicfoundry.com/finalists
UNLEASH 2008: http://www.sonicfoundry.com/unleash2008
About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

Founded in 1991, Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, http://www.sonicfoundry.com) is the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing education and training solutions and services that link an information-driven world. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the company has received numerous awards including the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Global Market Leadership Award, Ziff Davis Media’s Baseline Magazine’s sixth fastest-growing software company with sales under $150 million and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Named a Bersin & Associates 2007 Learning Leader, Sonic Foundry’s webcasting and knowledge management solutions are trusted by education institutions, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies for a variety of critical communication needs. Sonic Foundry is changing the way organizations communicate via the web and how people around the globe receive vital information needed for education, business, professional advancement and safety. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry’s products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Sonic Foundry, Inc.

Published Apr 22, 2008, PR Newswire (press release) – New York,NY,USA, http://www.prnewswire.com

SGU’s Brian Neff Spearheads 2007 International Coastal Cleanup

Organisers say this year’s cleanup was especially successful in terms of the number of beaches cleaned. Beaches were targeted primarily for their access to communities and need for cleanup. Mr. Neff, of SGU’s Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, stated, “Our objective was to maximize the benefit of the cleanup to residents. We want Grenadians and tourists alike to enjoy our beautiful beaches and hope that beachgoers will help keep these attractions clean by their example and advocacy”.

Mr. Neff highlighted the value of the project: “The Coastal Cleanup isn’t just about pollution cleanup, it’s also about pollution prevention. Data is collected on how much and what type of trash is collected from beaches. This data is then used by Ocean Conservancy to track the behavior, and in some cases policies, that cause the debris. For example, in recent years discarded clear-plastic water bottles have become alarmingly abundant on our beaches in Grenada, but reusable glass bottles used for locally-bottled beverages remain relatively uncommon. This suggests that the current system of reusing glass beverage bottles on the island is an effective tool to prevent trash on our beaches here in Grenada.”

Numerous volunteers responded to the call for assistance. Participants included the current Miss Grenada World, Ms. Vivian Burkhardt, the Grenada Dive Association, boy scouts, the Archibald Avenue SDA Pathfinders, St. George’s University’s Significant Others Organisation, and the University’s Public Health Student Association; as well as residents from the communities surrounding the cleanup sites, tourists and St. George’s University faculty, staff, and students.

Event organisers noted that there is a rich network of community and non-governmental organisations focused on community service in Grenada. They hope to draw on these resources to encourage even greater community participation in future projects. Beaches partially or completely cleared of debris include St. Andrew’s Bay near the Marquis Community, Hope Beach near Bacolet Island, Grand Mal Beach, Pandy Beach (Martin’s Bay) near the Belmont Community, Grand Anse Beach, BBC Beach at Morne Rouge Bay, and a small beach on Mt Hartman Bay. The underwater sculpture park dive site was also cleared of debris.

Mr. Neff continued, “While all of the beaches we cleared were fantastic, my favorite beach was Hope Beach. The local community clearly takes pride in this beach. Unfortunately, over time trash can drift onto the beach from the sea or be deposited by careless beach visitors. It was fantastic to help this community in their ongoing effort to keep their beach clean.” He concluded, “Involvement in this year’s cleanup was terrific. We quite literally ran out of beaches to clean in the St. George’s area. That is a very good problem to have.”

Information on this year’s cleanup is available at http://www.oceanconservancy.org. To find out how to participate in future cleanup events, please contact Mr. Neff at bneff@sgu.edu, at 457-0249, or through St. George’s University, Department of Public Health.

Published October 15, 2007, The SGU Gazette

IST students teach, work for government ministry in Caribbean internship

University Park, Pa. — For five Penn State Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students, spending the summer in Grenada involved far more than gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear water and breathtaking views.

It also included teaching Java programming to secondary students, repairing desktops, networking two classrooms in secondary-school computer labs — and being a minority in a country with different customs, values and attitudes.

The students’ employer — the Grenada Ministry of Education.

“The first thing you notice — and the first thing that you let go of — is that you’re in a minority,” said Tim Knapton, a junior majoring in IST. “When people learned we weren’t tourists, they were interested in what we were doing and wanted to be sure we were enjoying ourselves.”

The 10-week internship was part of a unique partnership among IST, the Penn State College of Education, St. George’s University in Grenada and that island country’s education ministry. The hope is to make this internship program an annual opportunity for IST students, said Madhavi Kari, IST career solutions team lead and placement coordinator.

“This is a win-win partnership — our students have a real-world cultural experience and learn about global IT challenges while sharing their expertise and providing value to a government organization,” Kari said.

Before they left University Park, the five had only a brief introduction to Grenada, a country of islands, the largest of which is Grenada. Known as the “Spice Island” for the production of nutmeg and other spices, Grenada is home to about 100,000 — fewer people than what crowd into Beaver Stadium for home football games.

The Penn Staters also were unsure of their assignments as interns. But within hours of their arrival, they had their first project: Create a curriculum to teach Java to secondary-school students age 15 to 17 who were recommended by their teachers for week-long workshops.

“There was no book and no guidelines, so we wrote an outline of where to start, and then we created a manual with exercises,” said Augustin Kline, a senior IST major.

Said Jimmy Mesta, “We underestimated how quickly the students would learn, however, as in the first day, we went through two days of planning.”

The final version of the manual numbered 50 pages and was built around one of the hallmarks of IST classes — problem-based learning. Borrowing from IST 240: Introduction to Computer Languages, the IST students created problems which the high-school students had to solve using the manual as a resource.

“We were always walking around and helping, but we wanted the students to help each other out, too,” said Knapton, who is following up his summer experience with a study-abroad semester in Germany.

While four of the IST interns knew Java, Mesta, who is majoring in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA), had to learn it along with the Grenada students. That was not as daunting as instructing a group of secondary-school computer teachers — an assignment Kline and Knapton took on.

Adding to the challenge was Grenada’s information-technology infrastructure.

“They have the will but not the resources,” said Brenden Jeziorski, a senior. “A lot of their computers were old, and a lot of the IT teachers used their own money for their labs.”

While the interns spent days in the country’s public schools, they were housed in dorms belonging to St. George’s University, Grenada’s leading institution of higher education. They also had a couple of weeks where they stayed at island resorts after the university closed for the summer.

Even so, they experienced far more than most tourists who visit the country — including a family block party and lessons in cricket.

“The length of our internship was good because we really got to experience a very different culture where the pace was much slower, and there was a different orientation to getting things done,” said Anna Stoltz, a junior IST major. “We were helping, but we also were learning.”

The students hope to return to Grenada in December to work on setting up a wide-area network which would link the country’s schools by means of satellite dishes.

Published on September 27, 2007, Penn State News, http://news.psu.edu

Camp Medicine provides a healthy dose of learning for Bayside students

During a 10-day trip to Grenada, Hunter Shirley snorkeled, hiked the rain forest and attended a dinner cruise with about 80 of her peers.

But those experiences were not what she’ll remember most about the Caribbean country. Instead, the teen recalls suturing dog and cat cadavers, learning how to care for farm animals and feeling a live cow’s stomach.

“I would leave again tomorrow if I could,” said Hunter, 17. “It was depressing when I got home.”

About 20 students from Bayside High School’s Health Sciences Academy attended Camp Medicine earlier this summer. St. George’s University hosts the annual camp, which has premedicine and preveterinary medicine components.

“They’re touching brains and hearts… It’s just so different from just listening to a lecture,” said Luisa Zirkle, a trip chaperone and academy teacher.

About 50 Bayside students have participated in the camp over the past three summers. This year’s high school session ran from June 27 to July 6.

For many participants – including teens from Canada, England, Ghana and Scotland – the most exciting part of the experience was working with cadavers and organs.

“I wasn’t sure how I would handle the cadavers at first,” said Mark Gemender, 17. “The first time we went in there, none of the cadavers had their heads. Believe it or not, that made it a little less freaky.”

Mark and the other premed students also took each other’s blood pressures, learned how to use a stethoscope properly and diagnosed “patients,” among other activities.

“It definitely made me feel even more confident… It felt real,” said Meghan Gawne, 17.

This past spring St. George’s extended its relationship with Bayside beyond summer camp. The university has agreed to offer admission in its medical or veterinary schools to academy graduates who meet particular criteria.

“They have come down and really impressed us,” said Bob Ryan, the university’s associate dean for enrollment planning.

Bayside is the only high school St. George’s has an agreement with, Ryan said.

The conditional agreement requires students to graduate from the academy with a minimum 3.4 grade point average and a SAT score of 1800 or higher. They must maintain a 3.2 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Interested students should also take the Medical College Admission Test.

The class of 2007 is the first eligible group. Sixteen of those students have fulfilled the initial criteria.

Hunter, Mark and Meghan – all seniors at Bayside – said they’ll keep the offer in mind. However, the cost of flying to visit their families, as well as other factors, might deter them from enrolling.

Zirkle, Bayside’s academy coordinator last school year, considers St. George’s “a great option” for academy students.

“It’s a beautiful school, state of the art.” she said. “But I think most of the kids would probably say that they’ll try to get into a medical school here.”

Published September 1, 2007 By Hattie Brown Garrow, The Virginian-Pilot