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I met with some senior managers, and Clay Tellers from ECG Management Consultants, Inc. last week to start discussions on a strategy to build-in bonus compensations to next year's budget, in order to reward employees who perform above the call of duty.


The Human Resources department, under the leadership of Dr. Toni ELBoushi, works hard to update job descriptions and put  long-term performance evaluation system in place, management will continue to find ways to recognize employees whose performances exceed expectations. This is in alignment with the vision of the Board of Trustees to restore morale and increase retention of excellent faculty and staff at Charles Drew University.


Today, Dr. Con Hopper and I are in Oakland to meet with Dr. Kathryn Nation, Dr. Jack Stobo and Patrick Lenz from the University of California Regents. I will give an update from this meeting, and other progress at tomorrow's all-University forum in the Keck Auditorium at 11 a.m.


As we go into the holidays, I wish you and your families a happy holiday season, and a productive and fulfilling year ahead.

Happy Holidays! 

M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S.
Board of Trustees

Scott Chosen for National Honor, Winning  New Recognition and a $10,000 Scholarship     


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Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott, a fourth-year medical student at Charles Drew University, recently was awarded a Physician of Tomorrow Scholarship.


The recognition, from the American Medical Association Foundation, means he is one of 20 rising fourth-year students nationwide to receive a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for his medical school expenses.  Scott was chosen for his academic standing, financial status, as well as community involvement, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.  


"These students are truly awe-inspiring," said Barney Maynard, M.D., who is president of the American Medical Association that sponsored the scholarships. "We are proud to play a role in supporting the future generation of physicians." The program, launched in 2004 by the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association, provides financial assistance to outstanding medical students.


Ever humble,  Scott  admitted that he felt "pretty excited" about receiving the award. "I was one of the lucky few, and I feel fortunate to get it," he said. "I feel blessed." He says he centers his life around his belief in God. Growing up in Fresno, he was not always so committed to his grades. In high school, he shielded his intelligence in order to have friendships with those who were "cool," and his grades suffered. His family, though never giving up on him, just wished he could graduate high school. He did, ending up at a community college, where he found himself with new friends and suddenly flourishing. He transferred to UCLA, and studied chemistry. 


Attending Charles Drew University for medical school, he said, was his "dream," where he  could put into practice the compassion he saw in his mother, who helped the less fortunate. Stuck on the waiting list for the university, he accepted an invitation to the University of Kansas. Still, his heart was in South Los Angeles where he hoped to engage the university's mission of serving the underserved, and in his prayers. 


Hours before a flight to the Midwest where he had rented an apartment and enrolled in medical school, he received a phone call from Dr. Daphne Calmes, associate dean, College of Medicine. He had been accepted into the Medical Education Program, she told him. It was the news he had been waiting to hear.  "I was so happy," he remembered, even while unpacking his bags. "I was thanking God a lot."


Her faith in him paid off, too. Having now attained excellent grades, and high test scores, he plans to pursue one of the most demanding fields of medicine as a pediatric surgeon.  "It's nice to have validation so that your efforts don't go unseen," he said of his latest honor. "It's a nice reward."



Faculty Member Named Among Top 10

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Dr. Jasminka M. Criley, FACP

 Dr. Jasminka Criley, an associate professor at Charles Drew University, was chosen recently as one of the nation's 10  hospitalists. In the November issue of the ACP Hospitalist, a magazine published by the American College of Physicians, Dr. Criley was listed as one of the nation's best, and  the only winner chosen from California. The candidates, nominated by peers, mentors, administrators and supervisors were picked for their notable contributions to the field, including clinical skills, innovation, community involvement, improved work flow, patient safety, research, teamwork, leadership, mentorship or quality improvement. A record number of nominations were received, the magazine said. Dr. Criley, who also is the site director for inpatient internal medicine in the College of Medicine clerkship, said in a recent interview that she enjoys teaching and mentoring most. "Mentoring is listening and learning what a person's goals are and pulling in resources to help them where they want to go," she said. "It's a lot like patient care--listening and finding out what's important to the patient helps you craft a better plan of care."


News in Brief


Administration & Finance

The Administration and Finance Department will be hosting two more sessions that explain in detail how the university has become financially sustainable. Part 2: Mon., Jan. 10, 2011. (The current financial status)Part 3: Mon., Jan. 24 (The business plan). Part 1: (what is sustainability and how is it measured ran Mon., Dec. 20) All sessions have been scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Cobb 281.  (Pictured Dr. Ron Lau, vice president, Finance.)

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To donate to the Mission Maker campaign, which supports the university, its mission and its students, please contact Blanch Ross in the Office of Development. She can be reached at 323-563-4992, or at All donations are welcome.


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Charles Drew University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, Charles Drew University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians, according to the Greenlining Institute.