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Last Friday’s UI Carver College of Medicine commencement was a joyous occasion. The graduates have distinguished themselves not only through academic achievements but also in their willingness to go beyond their studies to serve others and further biomedical research. I congratulate them all.

Student participation in our Service Distinction Track, which encourages, supports, and recognizes students who work extensively with medically underserved, marginalized, and rural populations, continues to increase. Many of the students also participated in a Research Distinction Track project during their academic career. I commend all of our students who so generously devoted their free time and energy to these efforts. No doubt these experiences have further prepared them to enter their careers with a mind toward life-long learning and a desire to give back.

Also last week, we were pleased to welcome a delegation from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. The visit was a follow up to a trip a UI delegation made to Jordan last fall to further discuss a potential partnership. The purpose of the meetings was to develop a plan of collaboration in advanced fellowship training, undergraduate medical education, research, and hospital staff training.

Our students’ service activities and the visit by international dignitaries demonstrate the ways in which UI Health Care plays a role in reaching out to others and exploring new possibilities in the world around us. We will all learn and grow from these relationships.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Epic—Week 3

As we enter the third week of Epic go-live, clinics and inpatient units are reporting steadily improving operations. This week many clinics will be returning to full appointment schedules as staff and faculty members become more proficient in the system.

Epic project teams continue to address system issues, enhance content, develop reports, do additional training, and refine workflow. Your patience and support is appreciated as we all work toward building the Epic system as a foundation to improve operations and deliver better, safer patient care in the future.

For questions or issues about Epic, staff and faculty are reminded to contact Super Users in your area, the Epic Command Center at 356-0001, or epic@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Budget update

UI Health Care senior leaders will provide an update on the fiscal year 2010 budgets for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine at an open forum Wednesday, May 20, at noon in the East Room, (Elevator F, Level 8). The forum will also be webcast live at noon.

Researchers apply for NIH stimulus grants

As of May 13, UI researchers had submitted 338 grant applications for a total of more than $209.7 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including funding from the National Institutes of Health. UI Carver College of Medicine researchers filed 227 applications, or about 67 percent of the total number of grant applications. Of the $209,779,000 total for all applications, UI Carver College of Medicine applications total is $148,141,000, or about 70 percent.

Hultin receives honorary degree

At Friday’s UI Carver College of Medicine commencement ceremonies, Johan Hultin, MD, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree recognizing his efforts to decipher the causes of the “Spanish flu” epidemic of 1918-19. Hultin began the project in the early 1950s as a UI graduate student in microbiology by attempting to isolate the virus from the bodies of Eskimos buried in the permafrost in Alaska.

Also, at the commencement ceremonies, UI Carver College of Medicine granted the first ever Master’s in Medical Education degree.

Kwitek receives Young Scholar Award

Anne Kwitek, PhD, associate professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, has received a Young Scholars Award from the American Society of Hypertension. She is one of three recipients of the annual award. Dr. Kwitek studies animal and human genetics and has contributed substantially to the rat genome project.

Buatti named fellow of ACR

John Buatti, MD, professor and head of the UI Department of Radiation Oncology and deputy director of clinical cancer care at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The recognition is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to radiology through service to the profession, education, or research.

Medical students attain national recognition

In a reflection of the outstanding quality of our medical students, several UI Carver College of Medicine students received national recognition recently, including:

  • Christine Cho, a second-year medical student from Coralville, has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship. She will work with Michael Apicella, MD, professor and head of microbiology, and S. Ramaswamy, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry.
  • George “Chip” Wandling, a third-year student from Ames, has been selected as the first-ever medical student board member of the Iowa Medical Society.
  • Talitha Brown, a third-year student from Philadelphia, has been elected associate director of the Regional Student National Medical Association and serves on that organization’s national board.
  • Graduating senior Lauren Hughes from Searsboro, Iowa, has delayed residency training in Family Medicine to serve a one-year term as president of the American Medical Student Association.

Looking ahead

Everyone is invited to the next Speaking of Excellence lecture at noon, Tuesday,
June 2, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Edward D. Miller, MD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will present “Johns Hopkins Medicine: Its Creation and Evolution.” More information is available under Talking Points on The Point.


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