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Fall 2015 ARCHIVES

Health Care System Under Strain

Dr. Pranay Sinha just finished his first year of residency. A regular work day for Sinha begins when he arrives at the hospital at 6:00 a.m. and then fully commences when he begins going on patient rounds at 7:30 a.m. Rounds tend to last until at least 6:30 p.m. and then he continues to work for few more hours finishing up patient notes and other administrative work. Sinha, like many physicians, works grueling 80-hour weeks.

Though Sinha said he loves his job, he also noted that he is not afraid to offer critiques of his field. "We are so busy as providers and there are so few of us we often are not able to practice medicine as thoughtfully as we could," Sinha said.

Sinha's concern that there are simply not enough doctors around to provide all the medical care that our country needs is not a new issue. According to the Computer Science Corporation's 2013 Report "U.S. Health Workforce Shortage: Caregivers," evidence of a growing caregiver shortage in the United States emerged in the early 2000s.

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the United States is experiencing both increasing demands for healthcare and inadequate growth of the health workforce.

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College-town Charlottesville Still Reeling After Disapperance

Small-town, quiet college town Charlottesville, Virginia, was shaken up after Hannah Graham went missing.  In a place like this, nothing bad is ever expected to happen in such a little farm town.  It was late after midnight on a clear, warm Saturday night in downtown Charlottesville when the second year student, Graham, was abducted and announced missing.  With only a few blocks to create the city lines, this town’s innocence was destroyed.  Graham had been missing for well over a month when her remains were reported discovered on October 29th near a small creek in the back of an abandoned farmhouse.  32 year-old man, Jesse Matthew, was pronounced as the number one suspect and therefore arrested for alleged murder and sexual assault. 

Third year UVA student, Mason Nassetta shared, “The campus was dark.  Everything just went quiet and remained like that for months.  A lot of us lost complete interest in going out to any parties, let alone any social events.  I did not know Hannah, but when we all came together on the lawn to memorialize her, the campus never felt more like a family.  I can’t believe something like this would happen and I hope she felt minimal pain.  She just disappeared.  It’s honestly depressing for all of us here at UVA.”

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Loudoun Ready to be Newest Stomping Ground for Vineyards


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It's a cool but sunny spring day at Veramar Vineyards--families, couples, and friends are sitting around enjoying the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while sipping on Rooster Reds and Pink Chickens and snacking on Italian meats and gourmet cheeses.

Meanwhile, inside the tasting room of Sunset Hills Vineyard, the scene is full of chatter—wine educators are teaching people about different grapes, explaining how the weather affects their taste, or recommending what food pairs well with Sunset White. This is a typical Saturday in DC's wine country where the atmosphere is relaxing, the views are breathtaking, and the visitors find themselves unwinding.

Of the 200+ wineries and vineyards in Virginia, 42 of them reside in Loudoun County and the list keeps growing. So how do you nurture this booming business and make sure it doesn't bust

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More Students Seek SAT-free College Options

Je’mira Johnson is ready to graduate this May from John Tyler Community College and is waiting to hear from the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Commerce. To be admitted, Johnson will need to submit standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT.  “I feel like colleges should not place as much emphasis on the SAT as they do,” Johnson said. “I don’t feel like my test scores actually measure what I can do,” she added. Johnson is Phi Theta Kappa, an officer, and involved in multiple extra-curricular activities. However, the SAT is the only variable in the equation for admissions that may stand in her way.

What Johnson did not know, until recently, is that she has a few options. First, she will be graduating from a 2-year community college. Why is this important? John Tyler Community College (JTCC) has articulation agreements with twenty-five 4-year colleges and universities in Virginia. The articulation agreement is a guaranteed admissions agreement for students graduating from JTCC with an associate’s degree. However, there is no agreement with the School of Commerce at UVA. The agreement is with UVAs College of Arts and Sciences. This is where a second option for Johnson comes into play.

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