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Awards Offered by the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


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Dr. Sammie I. Long, board certified in radiology, has held positions at medical facilities including University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile and Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. additionally, Dr. Sammie I. Long is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, which recognizes educational attainment and community service through a number of awards.

Founded in 1902, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society shows its commitment to leadership, service, and professionalism by asking its over 3,500 members to go above and beyond. The society welcomes those who are about to graduate from medical school and who show high academic standing, excellent leadership skills, a commitment to professional ethics, and promised future success in their field. Alpha Omega Alpha offers a postgraduate fellowship award, given to those whose research projects support the mission of the society as a whole.

Awards are also available for educators, with the Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award recognizing best practices in medical education. Any program nominated for this $10,000 award must be exportable to other medical institutions, show effectiveness, and instill the highest manner of professionalism in participants.

Three Ways to Help a Child Dealing with Grief


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With over four decades in the medical profession, Dr. Sammie I. Long most recently served as the clinical assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Today, Dr. Sammie I. Long is writing a children’s book exploring grief in children. For those who have a child going through the grieving process, here are three strategies that may help.

1. Be honest. As difficult as it can be to have a discussion about death with a child, it’s imperative to be open. In order for a child to open up and turn to an adult for support, they have to feel that the adult is trustworthy. Depending on the child’s age, explain what has happened in a simple way that they may understand. Make it a discussion, not a lecture.

2. Stick to a routine. While a death can easily disrupt a child’s sense of normalcy, keeping to a routine schedule, including school, recreation, and social outings, will help young people feel grounded and in control. This also reassures a child that things will go back to normal in time.

3. Engage children in creative activities. Though activities can be used as a distraction, they can also be used to express emotions. Read books and watch movies dealing with loss, and ask the child how he or she feels afterwards. Drawing pictures is another way to get a child to open up, if speaking doesn’t come easily.

Myths about Nutrition for Older Adults


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Dr. Sammie I. Long has worked as both an academic and clinical radiologist. A former clinical assistant professor of radiology and special fellow at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, Dr. Sammie I. Long regularly completes continuing medical education courses dealing with aging.

Here are a few common myths about nutrition as people age:

Seniors need fewer nutrients. 

As adults age, their appetite decreases to account for their smaller energy output each day. However, this does not mean seniors need fewer nutrients. In fact, many older adults need supplements of basic vitamins, such as vitamin D and B12, because their bodies become less able to produce and absorb these nutrients.

Some extra weight is fine. 

Contrary to popular belief, seniors who are moderately overweight are not in good health. Being overweight decreases adults’ expected lifespan and prevents them from being active. Further, extra weight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses.

– Drinking water will prevent dehydration. 

Normally, drinking water does prevent dehydration, but this is not always the case with seniors. Dehydration can be caused by medications, a lack of thirst, or decreased kidney function. Simply drinking water won’t solve these problems. Physicians must determine why an older adult becomes dehydrated before they can solve the problem.