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BMS prof, family med faculty, 3 Circle nurse garner service distinctions

UMMC BMS prof makes Clemson’s outstanding alumni list

Dr. Amol Janorkar, professor of biomedical materials science, has received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

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Dr. Amol Janorkar, center, UMMC professor of biomedical materials science, receives the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Dr. Douglas Hirt, left, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson and Dr. David Bruce, chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clemson.

Janorkar earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Clemson in 2005 and was subsequently a research fellow at Harvard Medical School before joining the UMMC faculty in 2007. His research interests include biomaterials engineering, novel drug delivery mechanisms and in vitro tissue models. His research is funded by a National Institutes of Health R01.

The 2018 recipient of the Regions TEACH prize, Janorkar also serves as director of the Ph.D. program in biomedical materials science in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

Clemson’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes fast-track young graduates under the age of 40 who are making a major impact on the world around them. This honor singles out those who have achieved significant career success, made notable contributions to society or have developed substantial advancements in engineering or scientific practice.

Janorkar received the award at a celebratory banquet on the Clemson campus April 25.


AAMC taps family medicine faculty for committee post

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The Association of American Medical Colleges has selected Dr. R. Stephen Manuel, UMMC assistant professor of family medicine, to serve on its Committee on Admissions for a one-year term.

Manuel serves as Southern Region representative to the AAMC.

The COA provides guidance on national policy and procedural issues regarding the admission of students to medical school and the admission of transfer students or candidates with advanced standing. It receives regular reports regarding two services of the AMMC: the American Medical Colleges Application Service and the Medical College Admission Test.


3 Circle nurse’s quick response earns Good Catch Award

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Terry Garletts, an inpatient nurse on 3 Circle in Children’s Hospital, received a Good Catch Award from the Patient Quality and Safety Group.

While on a break outside University Hospital, Garletts was approached by a family in a car seeking assistance. Garletts instructed the father to call for help while she assisted the mother with the delivery of a baby. Garletts stayed with the mother and baby until additional help could arrive.

Developed during the 100-day Workout, the Good Catch Award recognizes UMMC employees who have discovered potential events before patients are harmed. Risk Management identifies these events through I-CARE reports.

To report events, call Risk Management at 5-1994. For more information about the award, email Tine Gelston at