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Last Thursday, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics Dr. Edmund Pellegrino passed away at the age of 92. Pellegrino is revered for his founding work in the field of medical ethics and taught at Georgetown from 1982 all the way until his death.
After receiving his B.S. at St. John’s University and his M.D. from New York University, Pellegrino worked in several hospitals before taking up research and an interest in medical ethics.
Prior to Pellegrino’s teaching career, it was unusual for medical students to receive education in humanities during their time in medical school. Pellegrino prided himself on introducing medical students to the concept of bioethics, a practice he began in 1959, when he helped found the University of Kentucky’s department of medicine.
“As a founding father of modern bioethics, he has had an immense effect on students, residents and practicing physicians,” Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics Director Dr. G. Kevin Donovan said. ”He taught virtue ethics and personified it in his actions. He always recalled our attention to the bedrock of medical practice, the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship.”
Pellegrino authored over 600 published items in medical science, philosophy, and ethics, including 23 books, and founded or directed over a dozen of academic centers. Pellegrino taught in Intensive Bioethics at Georgetown right up until his death.
“For this year’s course, held last week, he was there every day leading a small discussion group and giving his final master class on virtue ethics in the caretaking professions,” Kennedy Institute Director Maggie Little said.
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On May 15, former DC United defender Robbie Russell announced his retirement and that he’d be taking a very different post-career path than most athletes. Russell is coming to Georgetown to pursue a career in medicine.
“I’m really excited about going back to school, opening up the mind again, and learning,” Russell said in a phone interview with Vox.
Russell leaves behind an impressive professional playing career spanning two continents and six teams.
He began at Icelandic club Breiðablik before moving to Norway to ply his trade with Sogndal Fotball. His outstanding performances there earned him a transfer to Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg BK. Russell was an integral part of the side that brought home the club’s nineteenth Norwegian title.
After one more stint in a different Scandinavian league, playing for Vibrog FF in the Danish Superligaen, Russell began a new chapter of his career upon being transferred to Utah’s Real Salt Lake. He proved the deciding factor in securing Real Salt Lake’s 2009 MLS Cup after scoring the winning penalty kick in the seventh round of the shootout against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
After several successful years with Real Salt Lake, Russell asked for a transfer to DC United to be closer to his wife. His wish was granted and he was transferred to United in exchange for a first-round pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft. He played at United until the recent end of his career.
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Last week, the Association of American Medical Colleges announced dramatic changes to the Medical College Admissions Test. These changes, which will be implemented in 2015, plan to test aspects of psychology and sociology in addition to the exam’s traditional biological components, and will increase the length of the test from four to six hours. According to the association’s website, “the changes preserve what works about the current exam, eliminate what isn’t working, and further enrich the MCAT exam by giving attention to the concepts tomorrow’s doctors will need.”
The new MCAT exam will include new sections focusing on critical analysis, reasoning skills, and the psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior. To make room for these extra sections, the test makers also eliminated a writing section included in previous years. ”These changes should signal that someone who was a psychology major, or a cross-cultural studies major, or an English major has as much potential to enter medical school as someone who majored in chemistry,” Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, the Dean for Medical Education at Georgetown Medical School, said.
Mitchell said the whole medical school application process is a “system that, at a lot of different levels, is flawed.” Georgetown Medical School alone received about 11,700 applications last year for a total of 196 slots, making it the sixth most selective medical school in the United States.
However, in such a competitive environment, admissions counselors lack adequate time frames to holistically review each applicant. Admissions counselors must instead resort, largely, to numbers––grade point average and MCAT scores. The decision made by the Association of American Medical Colleges strives to replace this balance between scores and an overall behavioral understanding that they believe a doctor should possess.
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Dr. Matthew Levy, an associate professor of general pediatrics at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, was recently chosen to join a federal health policy program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and supported by the Institute of Medicine.
Levy, who also serves as the medical director of community pediatrics at GU Medical Center, will spend a year working with the White House and Congress, advising officials on health care policy.
“I hope to bring to Capitol Hill all the experience I have gained working at Georgetown and provide an understanding of the real challenges our children and families face in reaching care and achieving better health,” Levy said in a press release.
During his time at Georgetown, Levy has established multiple programs aimed towards improving access to health care for high-risk children, including the KIDS mobile medical clinic, a medical student-staffed clinic based out of a homeless shelter, and a community-oriented mental health program.
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On Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reported that a Maryland inspector found 40 body bags—and their occupants—illegally stored in the garage of a Prince George’s County funeral home.
The shocking part of the story? Many of the bodies came from Georgetown’s School of Medicine.
The University contracted the Chambers Funeral Home & Crematorium “to take its anatomical donor remains for cremation,” according to Sun reporter Jacques Kelly, who spoke with Dean for Medical Education Stephen Ray Mitchell.
“The School of Medicine’s contract with the Chambers Funeral Home specifically outlines the school’s requirements that the remains be treated in a ‘respectful and organized manner.’ It appears that this was not the case in this instance,” Mitchell wrote in a released statement.
William Chambers, a co-owner of the funeral home, claimed that the contract’s specifics lead to many bodies being delivered at once, hence the pile of bodies.
“It was agreed to, but discouraged,” Chambers said of the deliveries, according to the Sun.
(Editor’s note: Here’s where you stop reading if you’re eating now, plan to eat soon, or ever want to eat again.)
According to the state inspector’s notes, the body bags were discovered in a “large pile, approximately 12 by 12 feet … on the floor of the garage in front of a removal van.”
The inspector also noticed “visible leakage from the body bags” and noted the “a pungent odor” that presumably came from the decaying bodies.
(Editor’s note: GROSS.)
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