Feature Stories
A patient in critical condition refuses treatment, adamant that she be allowed to leave the hospital, even against medical advice. Enter Claudia Sotomayor, MD, DBE, chief of the Ethics Consultation Service at the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. For more than 50 years, Georgetown has pioneered the development of an ethical framework to guide practitioners in resolving complex questions.
The Fund a Fellow Program, which began in 2013, provides funding to train early-career neurologists as movement disorders specialists. After a two-year fellowship focused on movement and memory disorders and conducting clinical trials, they are better able to diagnose patients and provide access to the latest treatments available.
Women, trans and nonbinary persons, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged economic backgrounds pursuing careers in science don’t always have the same opportunities for academic or professional growth as their peers. That is why the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) prioritizes promoting diversity and inclusion in neuroscience, and has steadily increased its recruitment and enrollment of people who are historically underrepresented in science.
Awards and Achievements
The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) honored Roberta Waite, EdD, RN, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, with the NBNA Lifetime Achievement Award for her “lasting impact” on nursing during the 51st NBNA Annual Institute and Conference Awards Ceremony in Atlanta on August 5.
Erica E. Coates, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been named the first GHUCCTS KL2 Scholar in their highly competitive 2023 cycle. In that role, she will complete a strengths-based, translational research project, Racial Socialization and Racial Identity as Moderators in the Relationship Between Parents’ and Children’s Exposure to Racism and Children’s Mental Health.
Catherine Horvath, DNP, CRNA, CHSE, CNEA, associate professor and assistant program director of the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program, was inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), a group of individuals recognized for being outstanding practitioners, educators, researchers and advocates.
Students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by the recent wildfires in Hawaii are encouraged to visit Every Hoya Cares for more information about available well-being resources. For those who wish to support disaster relief efforts through monetary donations, our network of Catholic, Jesuit and mission-based partners has identified several organizations serving the affected regions here.
Featuring food, drinks, live DJ, massage stations, photo booth, lawn games and giveaways, including Georgetown swag and two tickets for domestic roundtrip flights, the Georgetown Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held September 6, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Leavey Center Esplanade. RSVP here.
Support the fight to end cancer by lending your time as a medical volunteer during BellRinger Weekend, October 20-21. Learn more and register here.
Building D to Garage 2 Awning Demolition Starts August 21
From August 21 through August 23, Georgetown University will demolish the awning over the walkway that extends from Building D to Garage 2 and the P1 elevator lobby. The demolition will not include the awning over the Building D entrance. During this time, there will be no access to the P1 elevator level. All pedestrians are asked to exit and enter Garage 2 on Level P5, using the crosswalk and stairs. Signs will be in place to direct pedestrians to exit and enter on Level P5.
GUMC in the News
Consumer Reports How to Prevent Anemia (Michael Auerbach)

The New York Times How Bad Is a Suntan, Really? (Maral Skelsey)
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, August 22
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to use Zoom and Panopto to record your in-class lectures and narrated PowerPoint presentations to make lecture videos and post them in your Canvas course.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, August 22
4:00 p.m. 
Gaston Hall, Healy Hall

Join university chaplains from various faith traditions and President John J. DeGioia for this tradition in which the community gathers to express gratitude for God’s creative and transformative work and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming academic year.
Tuesday, August 22
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

The School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Interest Group, Georgetown Eye Health Initiative, and Rare Disease Interest Group host Mandeep Singh, MBBS, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, for a discussion on topics including genetic ophthalmology and inherited retinal disorders, which are rare diseases.
Thursday, August 24
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Faculty and staff can receive assistance with online teaching and learning tools available to them.
Friday, August 25
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn to edit and annotate lecture videos using Panopto and OpenShot Video Editor, a free open-source easy-to-use cross-platform video editor.
Wednesday, August 30 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Riggs Library, Healy Hall

Sessions are free of charge and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions to access your headshots are available here.
Thursday, August 31
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Georgetown University Law Center (500 First Street NW, 9th Floor)

Join the O’Neill Institute and the HoyaDOPE Project to learn how to detect an overdose and how to administer naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid-related overdose. RSVP required.
Thursday, August 31
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Faculty and staff can receive assistance with online teaching and learning tools available to them.
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