Fall 2009

Noon
Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium

September

Sept. 10

Trench Warfare and Butterfly Wings: Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet and the Unexpected Origins of Cancer Chemotherapy

Wade K. Smith, M.D.
Professor
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Department of Internal Medicine
VCU School of Medicine

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the origins of the research from treatments specific for cancer in humans
  • Appreciate the unanticipated benefits of basic and clinical research originally directed at one clinical problem for seemingly unrelated problems

Sept. 17

Clinical Ethics

Laurel Lyckholm, M.D.
Sidney Page, M.D. Professor of Bioethics and Humanities
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Department of Internal Medicine
VCU School of Medicine

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic ethical principles that guide our daily clinical decision-making, and on a macro, our medical policy decision-making
  • Identify ethical issues occurring in clinical medicine
  • Describe how to approach and resolve a clinical ethical dilemma
  • Know where to go to get help

Sept. 24

Life Boat Ethics and the Baby Doom Generation: Rationing Kidney Transplant Resources Equitably

Douglas Keith, M.D.
Assistant professor of medicine
Division of Nephrology
Medical director, Kidney Transplant Program
University of Virginia Medical Center

Through this grand rounds presentation, the speaker will:

  • Elucidate the problem of deceased donor kidney supply in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate disproportionate access to the waiting list and causes of delayed listing
  • Discuss the concept of universal listing criteria and back dating of waiting time
  • Elucidate the problem of disproportionate waiting times
  • Discuss the politics of allocation policy and difficulties in finding a consensus
  • Demonstrate the value of organ donation for recipients
  • Discuss the process of organ donation and potential ways of improving donation rates

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October

Oct. 1

Wallerstein Lecture
Evidence-Based Management of Valvular Heart Disease

Robert O. Bonow, M.D.
Professor
Division of Cardiology
The Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the physiological adaptations of the heart to chronic pressure and volume overload
  • Recognize the role of echocardiography in diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease
  • Understand the indications for valve surgery based on current AHA/ACC guideline

Oct. 8

The U.S. Health Care System — Need for Reform?

Gustavo Montana, M.D.
Professor emeritus
Radiation Oncology
Duke University Medical Center
Member, Physicians for a National Health Program

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the current state of the health care in the U.S.
  • Identify factors driving the cost of health care in the U.S.
  • Enumerate reasons supporting the need for health care reform
  • Compare and contrast the U.S. health care model with that of other countries
  • Identify and explain potential solutions/changes to the U.S. health care system

Oct. 15

Mexico’s National Response to the First Pandemic of the 21st Century

Samuel Ponce de Leon, M.D., M.Sc.
Director of the National Vaccine Program for Mexico

Through this grand rounds presentation, the speaker will:

  • Describe the beginning and evolution of the influenza in Mexico
  • Review the clinical picture and differential diagnosis
  • Establish the best learning lessons for this winter

Oct. 22

Clinicopathologic Conference

Discussant: Lisa Laycock Willett, M.D.
Associate director
Associate professor of medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
UAB School of Medicine
CPC Protocol prepared by Reena Hemrajani, M.D. [PDF]

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize etiologies and diagnosis from the clinicopathologic case presented
  • Observe an experienced clinician's diagnostic reasoning process

Oct. 29

Fellows’ Research Day
Development of an Improved Surveillance Definition for Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection

Michael P. Stevens, M.D.
PGY-5, Division of Infectious Diseases

Ranjith Shetty, M.D.
PGY-2, Division of Cardiology

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Have a greater appreciation for the breadth and scope of research being conducted by fellows
  • Describe current and/or recent research projects conducted by fellows

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November

Nov. 5

Perel Lecture: Tailoring Treatment to the Diabetic Platelet

Dominick Angiolillo, M.D.
Assistant professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
University of Florida
College of Medicine Jacksonville

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of platelet dysfunction in diabetes mellitus patients
  • Discuss the rationale for the use of antithrombotic drugs in diabetic patients
  • Define mechanisms to tailor antithrombotic treatment strategies in diabetic patients

Nov. 12

Prescriptions for Optimizing Patient Understanding of Medications

Kate L. Lapane, Ph.D.
Professor and chair
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
VCU School of Medicine

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify evidence that suggests patients often do not understand medication instructions
  • Discuss how doctors are often unaware that their patients do not understand medication instructions
  • Describe current research projects being conducting at VCU on the topic of patient understanding of medications

Nov. 19

Genomics of rheumatic diseases — RA, SLE and OA

George Moxley, M.D.
Associate professor
Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine
VCU School of Medicine

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define key concepts and major advances in human genetics, including how to identify common markers or rare variants in complex human diseases
  • Describe the major breakthroughs in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoarthritis genetics, potential functional significance, and the role of environment
  • Recognize the challenges and approaches to incorporating genetic information into medical practice

Nov. 26

Thanksgiving holiday

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December

Dec. 3

Causes of Diseases and Health

Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor and former chair
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
VCU School of Medicine

Through this grand rounds presentation, the speaker will:

  • Provide a broad perspective of disease and health in terms of culture, lifestyle and geography beyond the biomedical model
  • Provide a perspective of disease over varying human epochs

Dec. 10

No grand rounds presentation this week

Dec. 17

Clinicopathologic Conference

Following this grand rounds presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize etiologies and diagnosis from the clinicopathologic case presented
  • Observe an experienced clinician's diagnostic reasoning process

VCU closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3

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