Match Day Tradition Continues

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March 25, 2022

Match Day Tradition Continues

Last week, 146 Emory medical students took part in a tradition with important implications not only for the students themselves, but also for the future of health and medicine nationwide. The Match Day ceremony annually matches students with their preferred residency programs through the National Residency Match Program. Our students consistently fare well in the Match; they are nationally recognized as highly competitive candidates and frequently are selected to participate in the residency program of their choice.

Amid much fanfare and excitement, the students opened envelopes to reveal where their careers as doctors will begin. Thirty-five of the students will spend all or part of their residencies in Georgia, 34 will begin their training at Emory, and 28 will remain at Emory for their entire residency. The remaining students will receive their residency training at prominent peer institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, and others.

Their success reflects the excellence of the students themselves, of course. But it also reflects the excellence of our medical curriculum, the talent and dedication of our faculty and staff, and the outstanding learning opportunities made possible by our first-rate health system and our many local partnerships.

As our graduating class of extraordinary young doctors begins the residency experience, I’m confident in their ability to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead and to shape the future of health and healing. Congratulations and best of luck to all!

Please direct questions and comments to

Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, FACR
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
Executive Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare

DEI Highlight

Last fall, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s (SON) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion launched a new initiative focusing on social justice education and inclusive excellence—DiversityEdu. The project builds on sustained efforts to engage the school-wide working and learning community around evolving issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. DiversityEdu is composed of three online courses entitled Communication for Inclusion, Engagement with Diversity, and the Influence of Unconscious Bias. These courses serve as a foundational learning tool examining essential concepts relative to micro-aggressions, bystander intervention, and practical strategies individuals can take to gain knowledge and learn skills to effectively engage when diversity challenges arise.

Efforts to create an environment where everyone feels safe, affirmed, and welcomed requires buy-in from everyone in an organization, especially leadership. With the endorsement, commitment, and unwavering support of Dean Linda McCauley and her leadership council, 97 percent of faculty and 99 percent of staff completed the entire suite of DiversityEdu courses.

With more than 45 percent of the current student body identifying as people of color and 53 percent identifying as white, SON leaders understand the positive impact that diversity has on both the learning community and the nursing profession. They also recognize the need to provide staff and faculty with the tools to effectively engage within a multicultural and multigenerational environment that values the richness diversity offers. When professional development around diversity, equity, and inclusion is championed by an organization’s leadership, it builds capacity for innovation, productivity, scholarship, and community connectedness.

In Brief
WHSC establishes Emory Global Diabetes Research Center

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) and the university are building upon the fundamental and critical research and work conducted by the Global Diabetes Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health and across the campus to establish the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center (EGDRC) of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University. Under the continued leadership of executive director K.M. Venkat Narayan and co-director Mohammed K. Ali, the center will broaden and grow its work to lessen the burden of diabetes and related non-communicable diseases domestically and globally through research, education, and outreach. Read more.

Volunteers needed for Emory Farmworker Project

For more than 25 years, the Emory Farmworker Project has been providing free health care to farmworkers and their families in south Georgia who lack access to basic medical care. Outreach is planned to resume this summer: June 4-10: Bainbridge clinic, June 11-17: Valdosta clinic. Volunteers needed include preceptors (MD, PA, DPT, DMD, NP, PharmD), dental preceptors and volunteers for a dental van, and Spanish and Haitian Creole Interpreters. Hotel costs, breakfast, and dinner are covered by Emory PA program. You can also support the program by donating clothing or sponsoring meals. Contact Khaliala Ward at for information about donating or volunteering.

Volunteers needed to test COVID-19 tests

Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are looking for adults and children showing symptoms of COVID-19 to participate in a study helping to test COVID-19 tests. To be eligible, individuals must have symptoms and not have been tested for the virus during their current course of illness. Those who fit the criteria should come to a new Emory testing site at 59 Executive Park South, Atlanta, GA 30329. Appointments take approximately 30 minutes and can be scheduled online here. Read more.

New York Times lauds Emory’s role in developing COVID-19 tests

A recent New York Times article detailed how a “group of researchers at Emory and other Atlanta institutions has played a key, but largely hidden, role in getting Covid tests into the hands of Americans, working with the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.” Wilbur Lam, a pediatric hematologist and bioengineer at Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology, explained, “We kind of functioned as their eyes and hands to answer the question, Do these tests work?” Read the full article here.

AI health scholar joins SOM

Anant Madabhushi will join the School of Medicine (SOM) in July as part of the university’s growing research community focused on advancing AI to serve humanity. He will hold a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Madabhushi is a global leader in developing artificial intelligence to improve outcomes for individuals with cancer and other diseases. Read more.

Two new SOM offices

The SOM has created dedicated Office of Equity and Inclusion and an Office of Faculty Academic Affairs and Professional Development. Sheryl Heron will lead the former the chief diversity and inclusion officer and associate dean for community engagement, equity and inclusion. She assumes the new role from Carolyn Meltzer. Kathy Griendling has been appointed the executive associate dean of faculty academic affairs and professional development.

Emory Healthcare named one of best large employers

Emory Healthcare has been recognized as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes magazine in 2022. Emory Healthcare ranked No. 55 out of 500 top large employers and No. 14 out of 48 organizations in the Healthcare & Social category. Emory Healthcare is only one of two health care systems in Georgia to make the list and ranks as the top health provider in the state. Read more.

Four Emory hospitals ranked as best in 2020

Four Emory Healthcare hospitals have been named top Georgia and US hospitals, and one has been named a top global hospital, in Newsweek’s lists of the World’s Best Hospitals 2022. Emory University Hospital ranked No. 135, and is the only Georgia hospital named in the top 250 global list. It ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and No. 29 in the US. Read more.

Eun-Ok Im, senior associate dean of research and innovation in the SON, won the Southern Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award.

Tammie Quest, professor of family and preventative medicine, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Richard Payne Outstanding Achievement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Barbara Rothbaum, professor of psychiatry and founding executive director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, received a lifetime achievement award at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies annual meeting.

Vin Tangpricha, professor in the division of endocrinology, metabolism, and lipids, has been named the 2022 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation president-elect.

Sara Turbow, associate professor of medicine, was elected president of the Southern Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Jessica Wells, assistant professor in SON, won the Southern Nursing Research Society’s Research in Minority Health Award.

Kate Yeager, associate professor in SON, won the Southern Nursing Research Society’s Research in Nursing Health Authorship Award.

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