St. George’s University Medical Students Attend AMREF Tropical Medicine Selective in Kenya

Bahamas Press

Students from St George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, have visited Kenya to take part in the first practical tropical medicine course to be held in collaboration with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), one of Africa’s leading health development organisations.

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Fortune 500 Recognizes SGU School of Medicine Alumna as Outstanding Physician Citizen

Doctor Lisa Radix of Hopkinsville & Christian County Dialysis Recognized as Outstanding Physician Citizen

DaVita’s Outstanding Physician Citizen Program Highlights Physicians for Outstanding Patient Service

Hopkinsville, KY (March 2009) – DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation’s leading providers of kidney care services, today announced that Dr. Lisa Radix Medical Director, of the Hopkinsville & Christian CO. DaVita® dialysis centers, has been recognized as the divisional Outstanding Physician Citizen, receiving the  Doctor PEPper award, for the River Valley Division. The honor will be presented to Dr. Radix during a dinner celebration.

DaVita’s Doctor PEPper program seeks to recognize those physicians who exemplify DaVita’s mission and core values. The Patients Enriched by Partnershipsm (PEPsm) department is a department within DaVita that strives to involve patients and their families to educate and better their quality care. The doctors are nominated by Facility Administrators who feel the nominee is an integral part of the PEP program and their DaVita team. The doctors must have strong clinical results, actively participate in the Wall of Fame (a way to help DaVita patients and teammates to get to know one another by decorating a wall with photographs and fun facts), involve themselves in political action as well as being a strong member throughout the kidney care community. The doctors who are nominated enjoy the celebrations, games and events in the dialysis unit.

“Receiving the Doctor PEPper award is such an honor because it comes directly from the teammates I work with every day. I am very humbled by it.” said Dr. Radix, DaVita Medical Director. “The Doctor PEPper award also represents some of the aspects of patient-care that makes the practice of Nephrology so fulfilling.”

The Doctor PEPper program was founded in 2006, and promotes DaVita’s mission To Be the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice, and core values, Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment, and Fun. At DaVita, that means high quality clinical care is generally coupled with a personalized approach.

DaVita, Patients Enriched by Partnership and PEP are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, providing dialysis services and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita manages more than 1,400 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 110,000 patients. As part of DaVita’s commitment to building a healthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For more information about DaVita, its kidney education materials, and its community programs, please visit

SGUSOM Grad and Native New Yorker Returns Home. “Single best decision I have made professionally,” says Dr. Jack D’Angelo Jr.

North Shore Weekly

He graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., and St. George University Medical School, Granada, then completed his pediatric residency at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He entered private pediatric practice there in 1988.

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Grenada’s Beauty and Charm Praised by UK TV Personality and Writer: “What a place to become a doctor.”

The Mail on Sunday

Of all the islands, Grenada struck me as being the one to revisit. It is stunningly beautiful and friendly. Known as the Spice Isle, it is made up of three islands: Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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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….

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”.


– 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


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.

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About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

Founded in 1991, Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, 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.

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Published Apr 22, 2008, PR Newswire (press release) – New York,NY,USA,