May 28: Dr. Frederick Kinard Passes
The Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha in South Carolina lost one of its founding members on May 28 when Dr. Frederick W. Kinard passed away at the age of 94. Dr. Kinard was elected to AOA at the University of Tennessee during his time as a medical student, and he, along with five other similarly elected Medical College of South Carolina faculty members, initiated the creation of the collegeís chapter of AOA in 1952-53. This group of distinguished professors and leaders included Kenneth Lynch, Vince Moseley, Kelly McKee, Henry Mayo, and John Hawk in addition to Dr. Kinard. Frederick Kinard was born in Leesville, SC, on October 14, 1906, and he received degrees from Clemson College (B.S.), the University of Virginia (M.S. and Ph.D.), and the University of Tennessee (M.D.). Dr. Kinard enjoyed a long relationship with what is currently known as the Medical University of South Carolina that spanned the period from 1927 to 1977. Indeed, as an appointed professor of Physiology beginning in 1953 and as chair of the Graduate Committee of the School of Medicine, Dr. Kinard proved instrumental in the establishment of university status for MUSC. The Graduate Studies Alumni Association annually gives the Kinard-Gadsden Award to the winner of the MUSC Student Research Day competition to honor him. Dr. Kinard rendered distinguished service in the Lutheran Church and participated in numerous scientific societies, publishing more than 50 scientific papers in collaboration with others. The Alpha Chapter of AOA in South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina owe much to Dr. Frederick Kinard, and his legacy continues to stretch into the future. He and his wife endowed a scholarship in 1997, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Frederick William Kinard Scholarship, MUSC Health Sciences Foundation, 18 Bee Street, P.O. Box 250450, Charleston, SC 29407.
May 3: Final Meeting and Election of Officers
In keeping with our annual tradition, our final meeting was hosted by Drs. Virella at their home in West Ashley. As always, the hospitality was outstanding! The "business" of the meeting had a very busy agenda. Michael DeWolfe, the outgoing president, started by presenting the results of a COM-wide vote to select MUSC's candidate to the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. The four top voted candidates were Drs. Gabe Virella, Steve Schabel, Julius Sagel and Donna Johnson. Dr. Schabel moved and Dr. Betty Roof seconded a motion to ratify the election of Dr. Virella as MUSC's candidate. The motion passed. The second item on the agenda was the presentation of a new set of rules for election of student members. Several amendments to the draft presented at the meeting were suggested and recognizing the difficulty of discussing the amendments and voting on each one it was decided to have a committee formed by the members of the chapter's executive committee plus two additional members to be chosen by the student officers. Finally, the group elected officers for 2001-2002 were from the group of students elected to AOA as juniors. The newly elected officers are Jennifer Young (president), Paul Bhella, (vice-president) and Stewart Edmunds, (secretary). Joel Vaughan was elected as chapter's webmaster. Congratulations! Good luck and best wishes for the next exciting year. In addition, it is traditional at this meeting to thank our outgoing officers for their contributions over the last year: Michael DeWolfe (president), Amy Anne Donatelli (vice-president), Emily Ellis (secretary) and Mark Horney (webmaster). Thanks for all your hard work! A hardy thank you as well to Dr. Schabel (treasurer) and especially Dr. Virella (councilor) for your continued effort to make our chapter one of the best in the country.
Joel Vaughan, Steward Edmunds, Paul Bhella, and Jennifer Young
May 2: Inter-Chapter Medical Jeopardy at USC
USC Captures Title at the Second Annual Battle of the Chapters
As announced, a delegation from our chapter traveled to Columbia to compete with members of the Beta Chapter in our second Inter-Chapter Medical Jeopardy game. The delegation consisted of four competitors (Alex Di Bona, Robert Meya, Melissa Miller, and Jennifer Young) and a cheering section (Michael DeWolfe, Mark Horney, and Dr. Virella). After two rounds of thrilling competition, the two schools were tied at 4600. Final Jeopardy made all the difference... Both schools missed the final question, but our team had wagered all of its hard earned (fake) dollars, while USC took a conservative approach, betting only 500! We all had a good time and proceeded to a local sports bar where we had the opportunity to meet, talk, drink, and even play pool (more or less successfully). All in all, an enjoyable trip and an excellent way to have the two chapters interact. Next year USC will again visit MUSC. We hope home field advantage will allow us to bring the plaque back to MUSC.
April 5: Spring Banquet
Our chapter's annual Spring Banquet is always a wonderful event. This year we continued the tradition at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Our guest speaker was Dr. McLean Stith, a former junior AOA member from our chapter who is recognized as an outstanding dermatologist and painter. The room fell quiet as we listened to her inspiring perspectives about her life as an artist and as a physician. New members were then inducted into the organization and the evening closed with some thoughts from this year's president, Michael DeWolfe, on our successful year.
March 22: Career Day at Jenkins Institute
The Jenkins Institute welcomed back our chapter for a Career Day, planned under the direction of Amy Anne Donatelli. Volunteers from the community, including a police officer, a doctor, a real estate agent, a minister, a politician, a banker, a lawyer, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a marine biologist, a photographer, a school counselor, a pharmacist, and an engineer, introduced themselves and their professions to the children. Wells Brabham was even able to get the Charleston County Fire Department to bring a fire truck! We are truly grateful for all of the community volunteers who supported our event, which ended with an ice cream sundae party that put a smile on everyone's face. Thanks to all of the AOA members who helped with this event: Emily Ellis, Stuart Edmonds, Robert Meya, Wells Brabham, and Paul Bhella.
March 21-22: Spring Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. James W. Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, visited MUSC as the Spring AOA Distinguished Lecturer. He participated in a Parallel Curriculum teaching session, met with AOA students for lunch, met several faculty members, and delivered two lectures. The AOA lecture on March 21 was entitled "The Global Epidemic of AIDS: Lessons Learned in the 20th Century." On March 22, he gave a noon seminar organized by the Department of Medicine on "New Trends in HIV/AIDS Epidemiology and Prevention."
March 15: Special Award Recipients
The chapter met at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Otherson. Wayne Harsha, MS4, was chosen to receive the Hiram Curry Humanitarian Award and Dr. David Albenberg was selected as the recipient of the Volunteer Physician Award.
March 14: Student Research Award
Kathleen A. McConnell was granted an AOA Student Research Award for research on Alterations in blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) activation around astrocytic tumors impinging on the motor homunculus in progressive stages of malignant transformation. She will be mentored by Drs. Diana Vincent, Mark George, and Steven Haines.
February 21: Election of MD Members
The chapter met at the home of Drs. Lyndon & Janice Key. Dr. Mark Green was elected a new faculty member. Our new alumnus member is Dr. Charles Banov. Drs. Mark Bland and Robert Malanuk were elected as house officers. Visit our 2000-2001 member page for a complete list of this year's new student and MD members.
February 15: Medical Jeopardy
Our annual faculty challenge game show turned out to be an exciting competition between reigning champion Dr. Perry Halushka, returning challenger Dr. Donna Johnson, and first-time challenger Dr. Leslye Pennypacker. When the smoke cleared after Final Jeopardy, Dr. Halushka and Dr. Pennypacker finished in a dead heat. We extend our thanks to these competitors for volunteering and helping make this a fun event. We also extend our thanks to everyone who submitted questions. Prizes were awarded to David Grier (COM) and Dr. John Heffner for their questions, which were used as the 3 Daily Doubles.
January 21: Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting was held at the Edisto Island home of Dr. and Mrs. Steve Schabel, who presented the group with a sumptuous feast. Dr. Lawrence Bandy, a local gynecology oncologist, spoke on his experiences and the history of gynecological surgery in the US during the last 125 years. Business during the meeting was the discussion of upcoming elections for alumni, faculty and housestaff to be held during the February meeting.
December 19: Christmas Party at Jenkins Institute
This Christmas, AOA sponsored a party at the Jenkins Institute for Children in North Charleston. The evening's festivities included interactive games for the children of the orphanage designed to entertain as well as help to develop teamwork skills and build self-esteem. Competitions included a rap/rhyme contest, musical chairs, relay races and an eat-off. AOA student members served as group leaders in these events.
December 19: Visit to Jenkins Institute
Dr. Virella, Michael DeWolfe and Amy Ann Donatelli visited the Jenkins Institute for Children. They presented Mr. Maurice Johnson with a $10,000.00 check to cover half the cost of a new 15 passenger van (see below) and the $940.00 raised at the Christmas Party, which will be used to help with day-to-day operational expenses. Ms. Elsa McDowell from The Post and Courier was also present and will be writing a feature about our contributions to the Institute. On page 4 of its January 19th issue, The Catalyst published a story about our recent contributions to and activities at the Jenkins Institute (below, right) . This event was also reported in The Pharos as part of a profile of our chapter (below, left).
December 15: Annual Holiday Party
Dr. Layton McCurdy, Dean of the College of Medicine, and his wife hosted our annual holiday party at their home on historic Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. The decorations were beautiful and a large group of members had the opportunity to relax in good company and share some excellent food. The Christmas Party served also as our first annual fundraising event to benefit the Jenkins Institute for Children in North Charleston. A total of $940.00 was raised. Thank you to all of those that contributed.
November 15: Annual AOA Fall AIDS Lecture
The AIDS Symposium began with the annual AOA Lecture in the Basic Science Auditorium at 5:00 PM.
November 9: Monthly Meeting
Dr. & Mrs. John Maize opened their home for our regular monthly meeting. Dr. Steven Schabel discussed interviewing for residency positions.
Chapter Receives $5000 Development Award
The AOA Board of Directors awarded the South Carolina Alpha Chapter one of four Chapter Development Awards. This award, along with $5,000 in matching funds from our chapter and $10,000 from the City of North Charleston, will be given to the Jenkins Institute for Children, as the initial step in what we hope will be a series of service activities to support this organization. These initial funds will allow the purchase of a new 15-passenger van, which will be used to transport children residing at the institute to a variety of events and activities.
Sribneck Wins Pitts Award
Each year, our chapter presents the Dr. Thomas Antley Pitts Award to the top ranking freshman medical student. The recipient receives $500 and a one year subscription to the New England Journal of Medicine. This year's winner, Eric Sribneck, received his award at the fall picnic on October 7.
October 7: Annual Fall Picnic
Dr. and Mrs. Sosnowski continued their long tradition of opening up their farm and home on Wadmalaw Island to AOA for the annual fall picnic. This is the first social event of the year for newly elected members, and it was a great success. Besides welcoming the new members and their significant others, an important event took place: Paul Bhella was "elected" as the "drink master"! View pictures of the event.
Student Members Teach Sophomores
AOA student members Amy Anne Donatelli, Emily Ellis, Wayna Harsha, Jennifer Holland, David Horne, Teddy Kotz, Tanya Kowalczyk, James Loging, Robert Meya, Melissa Miller. Christie Pees Thomas, and Shirley Woo are participating as group co-leaders in the problem-based learning component of the Infection and Immunity course. This is the third consecutive year in which AOA student members have contributed to this course.
September 12: Election
A meeting to elect new student members was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Halushka. Student and faculty members participated in the election of eighteen senior students (16 traditional and 2 parallel) and six junior students (5 traditional and 1 parallel).
July 6-7: Third Year Orientation
AOA members participate in the Third Year Orientation activities. Chapter president Michael DeWolfe gave an overview of the junior year on the opening day of orientation. This was followed by a panel of attendings, residents, and senior medical students who discussed expectations for a third year medical student. This panel was organized by student members of AOA's Executive Committee and many rising third year students felt that it was the most informative and beneficial part of the orientation. AOA would like to thank Donna Johnson (Ob/Gyn), Dan Topping (Surgery), Darlene Shaw (Psychiatry), Kim Rakes (Internal Medicine), and Eric Graham (Pediatrics) for their participation in the panel. Also, the following medical students were instrumental in making the panel a huge success: Ashley Mullinax, Chuck Stoddard, Randy Goodroe (AOA member), Steve Riggs, and Lucy Yarbrough. The rising third years truly benefited from these senior medical students who relayed information on numerous topics, such as being a team player, note writing, presentations, the rural rotation, text books, and study strategies for the shelf exams.
June 6 & 13: Wadmalaw Health Screening
AOA members participate in health screening at Wadmalaw migrant workers camp. Michael De Wolfe, Mark Horney, Wells Brabham, and Dr. Virella participated in a Health Screening event at a migrant workers' camp at Wadmalaw Island organized by the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach, in Johns Island. Emily Ellis participated in a similar event on June 13.