Fall-Dickson Wins Estelle Ramey Mentorship Award

DECEMBER 6, 2012 - A nurse scientist at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been honored with a mentorship award named after a renowned Georgetown University Medical Center endocrinologist.

Jane M. Fall-Dickson, PhD, RN, AOCN, associate professor and assistant chair for research in the Department of Nursing, received the Estelle Ramey Mentorship Award, which is given by Georgetown Women in Medicine (GWIM).

She says she was very pleased to receive an award named “in honor of such a dedicated endocrinologist, who lived her scientific beliefs through her actions and written words, and supported her colleagues.”

Mentoring Colleagues

“Mentoring colleagues here in the Department of Nursing to achieve their professional goals, and most importantly their career dreams, is tremendously rewarding,” said Fall-Dickson.  “I am most fortunate to have this professional opportunity to work with this stellar academic nursing group and am so appreciative of their support for this award.”

The award was established in 2000 to honor faculty who have provided outstanding encouragement, support, and mentorship for GUMC women faculty to reach their maximum professional potential, according to GWIM.

Women faculty members nominate and vote for the award candidates. Both male and female faculty members are eligible to win this award. Ramey, who served on Georgetown’s faculty for many years, died in 2006 at the age of 89.

Exemplifies Award

Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for nursing academic affairs at NHS, nominated Fall-Dickson and said her colleague exemplifies the intent of the award.

“She provides outstanding mentorship in the area of faculty research and scholarship,” Compton said. “For a nursing faculty heavily involved in teaching, Dr. Fall-Dickson quietly, yet very effectively, introduced and provided mechanisms for these academics to build research and scholarship into their work.”

Fall-Dickson joined Georgetown’s faculty in fall 2011 after having previously served as an investigator at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health with a program of research focused on testing efficacy of novel interventions for oral complications of cancer treatment and related symptoms and cytokine correlates.

NIH-Funded Research

Since her arrival, she has worked to catalyze research in a variety of ways, leading teams of investigators on grant development and submission, founding the department’s research task force, and serving on internal grant review bodies.

She is also a co-investigator on a new $1.9 million NINR grant to study genomics, biomarkers, and mechanics of healing in chronic wounds.  Victoria Shanmugam, MD, assistant professor of medicine, is principal investigator.

“We are delighted that Dr. Fall-Dickson is being honored for her efforts to mentor faculty during her first 15 months with us,” added Jeanne Matthews, PhD, RN, chair of the Department of Nursing. “She is a true, team-oriented collaborator and leads in bringing together investigators, who are at various points in their careers, to foster synergy and support the research process.”

The award was given at GWIM’s annual award dinner, held this year on Dec. 5.

By Bill Cessato