Thursday, September 3, 2015

September Med School Café- 'Young Athletes: Injury Prevention and Treatment'

The September Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Angus McBryde, professor and acting chair of orthopaedics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

His lecture, titled “Young Athletes: Injury Prevention and Treatment,” will take place Sept. 17, 2015, at the USA Faculty Club on USA’s main campus. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation begins at noon.

Dr. McBryde earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He completed his internship and junior residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Med School Café lunch and lecture are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Kim Partridge at (251) 460-7770 or e-mail

Med School Café is a free community lecture series sponsored by the USA Physicians Group. Each month, faculty from the USA College of Medicine share their expertise on a specific medical condition, providing insight on the latest treatment available.
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Second-Year Medical Student Completes Summer Pipeline Program

Olivia Means, a second-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently completed the Memorial Sloan Kettering 2015 Summer Pipeline Program. This program is a highly competitive medical student summer fellowship program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York.

“I loved my experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. My time spent shadowing in the clinic and operating room helped confirm my desire to pursue a career in surgery and take care of patients with cancer,” Means said.

Means worked with Dr. Bernard Park on a clinical research project titled “Anatomic Resection for Peripheral Pulmonary Typical Carcinoid Tumors: Is it Mandated in All Cases?” Means conducted a retrospective review to determine if non-anatomic wedge resection is equivalent to anatomic resection, which is the current standard of care for small peripheral tumors. Her responsibilities included developing a hypothesis, study design, data collection, analysis and writing a manuscript for publication.

“The Summer Pipeline Program will be a huge benefit to my medical career,” Means said. She also hopes to return to MSKCC in the future for fellowship training.

Means’ favorite part of the program was being in the operating room and attending the thoracic surgery tumor board meetings. “I enjoyed seeing the collaboration between experts in so many different fields,” she said.
Olivia Means Summer from USA Health System on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

USA Health System to Participate in Heart Walk

The University of South Alabama is hosting and participating in the American Heart Association’s Mobile Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m., beginning at the USA Mitchell Center.

Because heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, this event encourages exercise as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. It is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) signature fundraising affair, in which the proceeds from walkers across the country raise funding for lifesaving research and educational programs.

Teams of businesses or organizations are encouraged to participate. A team is comprised of 15 or more registered walkers or runners.

Click here to join one of the USA Health System teams.

Mark Your Calendar: Pediatric Grand Rounds

As part of this year's Pediatric Grand Rounds, Dr. Samar Bhowmick, professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a pediatric endocrinologist with USA Physicians Group, will present "Fetal and Neonatal Thyroid Transition: Congenital Hyper and Hypothyroidism."

The event will take place Sept. 18, 2015, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Atlantis Room in the CWEB-2 building behind USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Bhowmick will review and summarize current knowledge on fetal and neonatal thyroid function, discuss the critical role of thyroid hormones for prenatal and postnatal development, discuss the diagnosis and management of neonatal thyroid disorder and emphasize medical urgency on diagnosing congenital hypothyroidism. The event is open to faculty, staff and students at USA.

For additional information, contact Katie Catlin at