April 23, 2009: Final Monthly Meeting of the Year
The April meeting of the MUSC chapter of AOA was held at the beautiful James Island home of Drs. Elisha Brownfield and Ben Clyburn. A wonderful home cooked meal was prepared and enjoyed by all before the business of the meeting was started. After reviewing all of the projects completed by AOA this year, we started officer elections. The following rising 4th year students were elected as officers: John Korman, president; Brendan O'Connell, vice president; and Ann Leylek, secretary. This year marked the end of the 3-year term for our chapter's councilor and treasurer. Dr. Chris Pelic was elected as AOA's new councilor and Dr. Alan Brown was re-elected as treasurer.
March 21, 2009: Annual AOA Banquet
The venue of this year's banquet was at the newly renovated Charleston Marriott located on Lockwood Boulevard in downtown Charleston. The evening began at 6:30pm with a cocktail hour so that AOA student member and their families had an opportunity to socialize with each other and the AOA faculty members before settling down for a formal dinner. The invocation was given by Dr. H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. and our guest speaker was Dr. Steven Shapiro. The topic of Dr. Shapiro's very interesting talk was "Genetic Disease and its Role in History." Each of the AOA members of the Class of 2009 and the Class of 2010 were recognized, as well as our newly elected faculty and housestaff members. Elizabeth Edwards was present and recongized as the Hiram Curry Award Recipient and Dr. Ramey was recognized as the Volunteer Clinician Award Recipient. The H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. Award, which goes to a 3rd year AOA student for their outstanding leadership, academics, and volunteer work, went to John Korman.
March 9, 2009: Faculty Jeopardy
While Dr. Jay Brzezinski was poised to defend his title of Jeopardy Champion, he faced some tough competition from fellow internist Dr. Ben Clyburn and otolaryngologist Dr. Boyd Gillespie. There was a packed house to see these 3 attendings answer questions from categories such as "Path-pourri," "The Doctor at the Opera," and "The Criminal Doctor." After the completion of Round 1, Dr. Clyburn was narrowly leading the game by a few hundred points. By Round 2, he had increased his lead before clenching the victory in Final Jeopardy. Congratulations to Dr. Clyburn.February 22, 2009: Monthly Meeting
Our February meeting was an extremely important meeting and took place at the lovely Mount Pleasant home of Drs. Chris and Christine Pelic. Nominations for faculty and housestaff AOA where carefully reviewed and discussed by the members before choosing the following individuals: Dr. Jeffrey Cluver and Dr. Julio Chalela (faculty), as well as Dr. Jason Goebel and Dr. Marie Ventre (housestaff). Dr. John Ramey was chosen as the recipient of the Volunteer Clinician Award for his work with the community and involvement in teaching. 4th year medical student Elizabeth Edwards was chosen as the recipient of the Hiram B. Curry Award for her extensive work with MUSC's student-run CARES Clinic.
January 20, 2009: Monthly Meeting
The first meeting of the new year took place at the Mount Pleasant home of Dr. and Mrs. John Ramey. Vanessa Martin, one of the Ramey's close friends and personal chef/owner of Dinner for You, prepared some of her favorite dishes for dinner. We had many important business items to discuss for the upcoming semester, which included Faculty Jeopardy, the Spring Banquet, and Spring Lecture. We also discussed how our 3rd and 4th year members will be helping teach physical diagnosis to the 1st year students. We're all looking forward to an exciting and busy semester.
December 12, 2009: Monthly Meeting
The last meeting of the calendar year took place at the home of Dean Reves and his wife. There was no formal business discussed, as everyone was present to enjoy each other's company and the holiday seasons. Donations were accepted for the local organization Fields to Families and over $1,100 was collected.
November 11, 2008: Annual Scotch Tasting
The November meeting was AOA's Annual Scotch Tasting, which was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Schabel. After enjoying a delicious meal, which included an alligator/venison/shrimp stew over rice, and discussing a few business items, Dr. Schabel lead the scotch tasting. Attendees learned about different qualities and types of scotch and got to decide on their favorite after tasting several for themselves.
October 11, 2008: New Member Picnic
The annual fall picnic to welcome newly elected members was held at the lovely home of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Clarke on Sullivan’s Island, SC. Despite the rainy weather, there was a great turn out to welcome and congratulate the newest AOA members. Many thanks to Dave and Mary Ann Snell for preparing such a delicious meal. We discussed upcoming events for the academic year and look forward to another year as an active chapter.
September 11, 2008: Student Member Election MeetingThe first official meeting of the academic year was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Silver in order to electnew student. Members had the opportunity to catch up with old friends before we all sat down to discuss the business of the meeting. We were excited to find such a talented group of eligible 3rd and 4th year students, which made the selection process quite difficult. We are extremely proud to announce our newest members, which you can find under the membership tab on our website.
August 7, 2008: AOA CV Workshop
Tom Smith from the Center of Academic Excellence presented a CV workshop for interested College of Medicine students. He provided some very valuable information for prospective AOA and residency applicants.
July 1, 2008: 3rd Year Orientation
Ben Thomas, AOA Secretary, presented the “AOA Intro to the Wards” PowerPoint presentation to the beginning third year students to help orient them to the wards. Topics covered included structure of the medical team, general format of the SOAP note, how to access patient information in the MUSC system, and general study tips for the NBME SHELF exams.