Friday, January 21, 2011
The third annual Gumbo Chili Showdown will be held March 26, 2011, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s track. This annual event benefits the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship Fund at the USA College of Medicine.
The event will feature both gumbo and chili from competing teams representing area medical practices and local businesses.
For more information on the Gumbo Chili Showdown, click here. Register your team today by visiting http://www.gumbochili.com/.
Video from this lecture will be posted online by next week. To read more about the lecture, click here.
The next Med School Café lecture will be held on Feb. 15, 2011, and will feature Dr. Juan Ochoa, associate professor of neurology at USA. If you are interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The World Gastroenterology Organization’s (WGO) mission is to promote, to the general public and health care professionals alike, an awareness of the world wide prevalence and optimal care of digestive disorders through the provision of high quality, accessible and independent education and training.
The WGO Foundation is the philanthropic resource for the WGO. Incorporated in 2007, it supports the WGO and its mission. The principal aim of the Foundation in raising funds is to provide opportunities for training gastroenterologists in developing countries and to raise awareness of digestive disorders worldwide.
Dr. Di Palma said he was most active with the WGO’s “Train the Trainers” (TTT) program, as both a student and teacher. “TTT was conceived as an educational workshop for adults who are already experienced teachers,” Dr. Di Palma said. “It brings together faculty selected for their interest and enthusiasm as educators but who also have experience in modern educational techniques, along with participants who have been selected by their national societies as experienced educators in their country.”
The WGO is a federation of 110 national societies and four regional associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide. Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, WGO was originally known as Organisation Mondiale de Gastroénterologie (OMGE) and renamed in 2006.
For more information, visit http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/index.html.
Geoffrey Hancy, a fourth-year medical student at USA and AOA president of the USA chapter, said the event was a success with approximately 150-200 Bayou La Batre residents attending.
The health fair provided basic health screenings - measuring blood pressure, glucose, and body mass index - and distributed medical material and counseling.
“A large number of third and fourth-year medical students, along with the AOA students and members of the USA College of Medicine faculty turned out to help and participate in the care of the Bayou La Batre residents,” Hancy said.
Each year, members of the honor society choose a community service project. This year, the organization at USA chose a service project along Alabama’s Gulf Coast - providing assistance to one of the communities most affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
During the past several months, AOA medical students and faculty at USA garnered participation from their classmates, nursing students and allied health students at USA. USA students and members of the organizing committee enlisted participants from USA’s medical alumni, area private physicians, health service organizations and volunteers.