Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Steven G. Gabbe, MD, and OSUCCC-James Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, hosted hundreds of state and local dignitaries and Medical Center faculty and staff at the groundbreaking of the largest and most visible phase of Ohio State’s ProjectONE on June 18. ProjectONE will be home to a new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, a new critical care center, and numerous research and education facilities. The afternoon ceremony featured remarks by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, OSU Board of Trustees President Les Wexner, Gee, Caligiuri, Gabbe, Richard Solove, Dr. David Schuller, Dave Ryan and special guest Dr. John Niederhuber, Ohio State alumnus and director of the National Cancer Institute. Follow the progress of ProjectONE at projectone.osu.edu.
The Ohio State University Medical Center has purchased a former Veterans Administration medical building on Columbus’s Near East Side for use as an outpatient facility. The facility awill be named CarePoint East and is located two blocks from University Hospital East. The 136,000-square-foot building on Taylor Avenue at the Leonard Avenue exit of I-670 will provide expansion opportunities for the Medical Center’s orthopaedic surgery program and alternate sites for several other services, including cardiology and pulmonary medicine.
Mega Match Day
On March 18, fourth-year medical students across the nation participated in the largest Main Residency Match Day on record. Match Day is the day medical school graduates find out where they will be spending the next three to five years in their residency-training programs. Of the 197 Ohio State students participating, 48 percent were placed in programs in Ohio. Pediatrics was the most selected specialty with 25 trainees, followed by internal medicine with 24 and family medicine with 19. The 2010 Match Day encompassed more than 37,000 applicants and 25,500 residency-training positions.
New Medical Clinic
Noor Coummunity Clinic, a free medical clinic for economically challenged families, opened in January at Ohio State’s Rardin Family Health Center. The clinic, operated by Muslim physicians, healthcare professionals and medical students from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is open to all faiths from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. It is affiliated with the Muslim Clinic of Ohio.
P4 Medicine Institute
The Ohio State University Medical Center has partnered with The Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle to found the P4 Medicine Institute (P4MI). The Institute’s goal is to bring together resources and capabilities from commercial, industrial, academic and government entities throughout the world to accelerate the adoption of P4 Medicine – health care that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory. Clay Marsh, MD, the Medical Center’s senior associate vice president for Health Sciences Research, vice dean for Research and director of Ohio State’s Center for Personalized Health Care, led efforts to create the partnership. As a co-founder, Ohio State’s Medical Center will serve as the primary clinical demonstration site for P4MI pilot projects, ideas and technologies. The partnership is focused on creating, developing and commercializing many of the innovations needed to drive the personalized healthcare systems of the future. Read more at http://phc.osumc.edu
Medical School Ranks 27th
The Ohio State University College of Medicine ranked 27th on the 2010-2011 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” medical school list released in April. This is the same ranking as the previous year and represents a gain of 17 positions since 2003. Ohio State ranked 11th among medical schools at public universities.
“Med Into Grad” Grant
The Ohio State University College of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to establish a new graduate program to create interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human disease. Ohio State is one of 23 institutions selected for funding. Ohio State’s program will integrate students from six basic science areas, including biomedical engineering, computational biology, genetics, infectious disease, neuroscience and RNA biology.
A procedure to regenerate healthy cartilage cells and implant them into a damaged knee can delay or eliminate the need for more invasive repairs according to Ohio State surgeons. The procedure, called autologous chondrocyte implantation, may have distinct advantages for athletes, shortening the time it takes for them to get off the injured list. David Flanigan, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Ohio State, specializes in the procedure.
Customer Service Award
Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital received the 2010 Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, which recognizes America’s most customer-friendly hospitals.
A pinwheel garden sprang up on The Ohio State University Medical Center Plaza in April to remind patients, visitors, faculty and staff of the importance of organ and tissue donation. Each of the 7,000 pinwheels represented an organ and tissue transplant performed at Ohio State since the program began in 1967. The pinwheel garden recognizes those who have given the “gift of life” and those who have received a second chance at life through transplantation.
Ride for World Health
Several Ohio State medical students and peers from around the country passed through Columbus on May 16 en route to Washington, D.C. for the Ride for World Health. The annual cross-country bike tour, started by Ohio State students in 2004, is designed to raise national awareness about global health disparities.
University Hospital East’s 10th annual Community Day took place Saturday, June 19, at various locations throughout the University Hospital East campus. Community Day is the Medical Center’s largest community benefit project. It provides a variety of free screenings and health information to hundreds of participants.
Flu Vaccine Honors
Ohio State’s Medical Center was recognized by Joint Commission Resources for having a greater than 65- percent seasonal flu vaccination rate among its faculty and staff during the 2009-2010 Flu Vaccination Challenge. This is a significant improvement over last year’s 34 percent. Flu shots were available to faculty and staff at numerous special events and inoculation centers throughout the fall and winter to ensure protection for themselves, their families and Medical Center patients and visitors.
Nearly 50 medical staff members, led by Ohio State obstetricians David Colombo, MD, and Leandro Cordero, MD, were involved in delivering sextuplets June 9 at the Medical Center. Mia and Rozonno McGhee are the proud parents of four boys and two girls, who were treated in the neonatal intensive care unit for several weeks before the first of the babies went home in August. Fewer than 200 deliveries of sextuplets have occurred in the United States. This is the first set born in Columbus and only the second in Ohio.
Hundreds of research trainees from throughout Ohio State’s Health Sciences colleges presented posters at the ninth annual OSUMC Research Day April 8 in the Biomedical Research Tower. The day featured poster displays and lectures and culminated in an awards presentation and social hour. The keynote speaker was Michael Welsh, MD, professor of medicine, of molecular physiology and of biophysics at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. Welsh is co-director of the school’s Medical Scientist Training Program and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Read more at http://researchday.osu.edu
Medicine and the Arts
Ohio State’s College of Medicine and Medical Center have announced a new initiative called Medicine and the Arts. The initiative will bring the arts – ranging from visual to performance – into Ohio State’s medical community, and also encourage Medical Center faculty and staff attendance at local arts events. Inaugural events have included theatrical troupes and musical performances at the Medical Center, sponsored events at local arts venues and a monthly book-discussion group.