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GRU offers free summer camp for children with asthma

asthma camp newsAUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University is sponsoring a free all-day camp for children with asthma July 8-12 at Camp Tanglewood in Columbia County.

Slots are available for 60 children age 6-13 at the second annual Augusta Area Asthma Day Camp. Daily activities include swimming, hiking, games, sports and arts and crafts. Lunch and snacks are provided. Transportation from the GRU campus and south Richmond County will be provided on a space-available basis.

“The camp is a chance for kids with asthma to just be kids. It’s a safe environment for them to participate in all the normal summer camp activities,” said Kitty Hernlen, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy, who researches asthma management and education. “All they have to bring is a bathing suit and a towel.”

The program includes one hour of daily asthma education to help children recognize their asthma symptoms. A parent or guardian must attend a brief orientation and education session.

Volunteer camp counselors include GRU respiratory therapy students, College of Allied Health Sciences faculty members, Richmond County school nurses, private physicians and Georgia Regents Medical Center respiratory therapists, as well as volunteers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Asthma Management Program and the CSRA Asthma Awareness Coalition.

Approximately 300,000 children in the United States have asthma. In children with chronic diseases, asthma is the leading cause of school absences. The condition is often undiagnosed, and if symptoms are uncontrolled, children may lose sleep, avoid physical activity, sidestep medication and feel embarrassed, frustrated or isolated.

This year’s camp is funded by a grant from the W.G. Raoul Foundation and co-sponsored by the CSRA Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Hernlen at 706-721-3554 or khernlen@gru.edu.

GRU to explore partnership with Albany State University for health professions education

Georgia Regents University and Albany State University are exploring plans to establish a health professions program in Albany, Ga. The GRU College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Science & Health Professions at ASU will collaborate with the goal of producing a more diverse physician assistant workforce for Georgia. As a first step, officials from both universities will work together to further explore plans to expand educational opportunities for students in Southwest Georgia.

“As the state’s academic medical center, we are committed to the expansion of health professions education and workforce development for the state of Georgia,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. “This type of relationship could allow us to leverage our combined academic and clinical resources to produce more health professionals for the region and better serve the citizens of Southwest Georgia.”

“This relationship brings great potential to expand our academic portfolio, to produce better trained African-American physician assistants for our city and for our state,” said ASU President Everette J. Freeman. “As one of the nation’s historically black institutions, my hope is that this collaboration may someday assist in the creation of a more diverse workforce for Georgia and a better experience for our students.”

Albany is also headquarters for the Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, which provides training opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical students in partnership with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Established in 2010, the campus is part of the university’s strategy to address the statewide physician shortage.

About ASU

Albany State University, a historically black institution in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African American youth, the University proudly continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the University responds to the needs of all its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. http://www.asurams.edu

Clinical use of MRI is focus of Pool Society Weekend March 2-3

MRI-roomClinical use of magnetic resonance imaging, from helping diagnose degenerative spine disease to stroke, is the focus of the 2013 W.H. Pool Jr. Society Weekend March 2-3 at Georgia Regents University.

The course, which also covers the physics of MRI technology, is for diagnostic radiologists and other health care professionals interested in MRI and provides continuing medical education credit. Dr. James V. Rawson, Warren Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU, is Course Director.

Lectures begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the GRU Alumni Center, 919 15th St. The eight-year old society honors Pool, a 1952 MCG graduate and Professor Emeritus who chaired the Department of Radiology from 1974-87.

For more information, call the GRU Division of Continuing Education at 706-721-3967 or 800-221-6437 or visit http://www.georgiahealth.edu/ce/medicalce/2013/PoolSociety-March2013.html.  Lectures are supported in part by the Dr. John Scott Coleman Lecture Fund and the MCG Foundation, Inc.

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Greenspan receives President’s Award from American College of Nuclear Medicine

B.Greenspan[1]Dr. Bennett S. Greenspan, Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has received the 2013 President’s Award for outstanding contributions and meritorious service to the American College of Nuclear Medicine.

Greenspan, who joined the MCG faculty in 2012, has been a member of the American College of Nuclear Medicine for 15 years, a fellow since 2006 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2011.

He recently completed his second term as President of the Academic Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, which honored him with its 2008 Distinguished Service Award. Greenspan is the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s representative to the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories. He chairs the society’s Committee on Councils and Centers and is a board member of the PET Center of Excellence.  Greenspan is serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

He has served for a decade as an oral board examiner and item writer for the written board exam for the American Board of Radiology. He is a member of the board’s Certifying Nuclear Radiology Committee and received the board’s 2010 Distinguished Service Award.  He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and former President of the American College of Nuclear Physicians and American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine. He is a board member of the Academy of Radiology Research and a member of its Public Relations Task Force.

Greenspan is an editorial board member for the journal Clinical Nuclear Medicine and a nuclear radiology abstract reviewer for the Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

A graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine, Greenspan completed diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine residencies at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Los Angeles and Sepulveda, Calif., respectively, and a pediatric nuclear medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  He also has a master of science in medical physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.