12th & Marshall, Winter 2020-21 issue

12th & Marshall is the twice yearly magazine for alumni as well as faculty and friends of our medical school.

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Winter 2020-21 Feature Stories

[View Image]Cover: Class of 2024

The remarkable Class of 2024: Former medical scribes study alongside a middle school math teacher from Detroit, a high school wrestling coach and an EMT who served in San Diego in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.




[View Image]Equity scholarships propel pipeline programs to next level

The medical school’s pipeline programs have put underrepresented-in-medicine students on the path toward careers as physicians. Now the Dean’s Equity Scholarship expands the financial resources available to these students. “It’s the other part of the equation.”


[View Image]Changing course(s)

Prompted by world-changing events, the School of Medicine quickly adjusted its curriculum for medical students. Our story provides a window into the past 11 months and a look at what changes may prove to be long-lasting.



[View Image]‘An opportunity to do something bigger than me’

In dual roles, Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., tackles the ‘hard problems’ of health disparities: “We are so well-positioned to learn what factors are unique to the populations we serve and what may contribute to helping them to live longer and healthier lives.”



[View Image]Exploring the genetics of alcohol use disorder

Federally funded research center, one of 20 in U.S., spans disciplines and models: “Perhaps if we can identify a key gene that controls a network of other genes that impact alcohol behaviors, we may actually be able to give clues about new therapeutic agents.”



[View Image]The courage to speak out

Trailblazer’s life inspires fellow alumna’s commitment to action: “If we all work together, we can understand the barriers to delivering equitable care. We all have a responsibility to ensure everyone receives the care they deserve. Dr. Goodwin knew that and lived it. I just hope I can make her proud.”


[View Image]Crucial conversations

Last spring and summer, in addition to the outbreak of COVID-19, the city of Richmond experienced major social unrest. Incoming students — who arrived amid the protests — took part in an orientation program that included crucial conversations designed to orient them to the medical school’s and Richmond’s complex histories.


[View Image]#StopTheStigma | #StandWithLorna

The tragic loss of alumna Lorna Breen, M’99, has inspired awareness and legislation surrounding mental health services for clinicians.




[View Image]Through Your Eyes

Andrew DelSordo, M’69, is having the time of his life restoring antique clocks. “You have to listen to the complaint, make a diagnosis and fix it.”




Eleanor Love, M'21, sits with a bouquet of flowers. [View Image]The Simple Sunflower

Fourth-year medical student Eleanor Love delivers bouquets of hope and happiness to hospitalized patients.



[View Image]First Person: Scholarships mean more than financial help

Relationship with donors means even more, says the Class of 2021’s Medjine Jarbath, who holds a Dean’s Scholarship and a memorial scholarship that carries the name of A. Jarrell Raper, M’59, H’63.



[View Image]Record-breaking philanthropy

The Make It Real Campaign for VCU was the largest in the university’s history with $841.6 million raised. The School of Medicine and VCU Health are grateful beneficiaries of $372.3 million of that total, including $27 million for endowed scholarships as part of the 1838 Campaign.



[View Image]COVID coverage

To keep up with the latest campus news related to COVID-19, please visit these VCU and VCU Health resources.


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