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To reinforce our commitment to upholding the highest possible ethical standards and foster greater transparency, we have instituted a new UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy for all faculty, staff, and students.

While our previous policy addressed conflicts of interest, our new, strengthened policy responds to widespread national concern about the issue and is consistent with changes made by other academic medical centers.

Our new policy allows for:

  • Faculty and staff to advance teaching, service, and research through collaborations with industry in a manner that avoids real or perceived conflicts of interest or commitment, and
  • Greater transparency of these relationships to the public

The work we do with outside industry and other organizations enriches our academic medical center in so many ways–improving patient care through the development of new products; strengthening knowledge and skills; and contributing to growth and development.

Still, patients must be confident that decisions regarding their care are not influenced by any self-interest on the part of their health care providers.

The new policy is very important for each person individually, and for our academic medical center collectively. I encourage you to go to the Conflict of Interest Web site to learn more about the policy, and complete an online External Relationships Disclosure form. If you have questions, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or e-mail coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.


Signed, Jean Robillard

New Conflict of Interest Policy

The new UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy became effective July 1, requiring all faculty and staff affiliated with UI Health Care to complete an online External Relationships Disclosure form now available on the Conflict of Interest Web site. The form must be completed and submitted by September 1. Students will make disclosures about external relationships using a paper form that will be available at a later date.

Individuals with external financial relationships covered by the policy must provide details of the relationships on the disclosure form. The information disclosed will be made available to the public.

This disclosure does not replace disclosures for conflicts of interest in research, Continuing Medical Education, and the “Annual Disclosure of Outside Professional Activities” required by the University Provost’s Office.

For complete information, including Frequently Asked Questions, the text of the policy, and links to resources, please go to the Conflict of Interest Web site. If you have questions after reviewing the information, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or e-mail coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.


UI Health Care welcomes new residents and fellows

As of July 1, UI Health Care had welcomed 199 medical and dental school graduates who are beginning their specialty and subspecialty training at UI Hospitals and Clinics as resident and fellow physicians. These new “house staff” physicians join 529 colleagues already in 112 residency and fellowship programs.

Of the total 728 physicians involved in graduate medical education at UI Hospitals and Clinics:

  • 98 are from Iowa
  • 155 are from 35 foreign countries
  • 475 are from 42 other U.S. states

David Asprey named assistant dean of OSAC

On July 1, David Asprey, PhD, PA-C, became the assistant dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC). In addition to this new role, Asprey will continue as the director of the UI Carver College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, a position he has held since 1998.

Over the course of his tenure at The University of Iowa, he was named Physician Assistant of the Year by the Iowa Physician Assistant Society and received the President’s Award from the Association of PA Programs. He also received a UI Collegiate Teaching Award and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2007.

Asprey succeeds Catherine Solow, who is now associate dean for student affairs with the UI College of Dentistry.

Michael Graham leads society

Michael Graham, MD, is the new president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), an international scientific and medical organization devoted to raising public awareness about molecular imaging and how it can help provide patients with the best health care possible.

Graham, a professor of radiology and director of Nuclear Medicine, has been involved with SNM for 30 years. His three main goals as president are to protect and expand reimbursement for nuclear medicine procedures; to provide high-quality member service by offering essential education; and to preserve and expand available funding to support nuclear medicine research and development.

Family Medicine physicians win best poster award

A poster presentation by John Ely, MD; Barcey Levy, MD; and Jeanette Daly, MD, of Family Medicine won the “best poster award” at the annual Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2009 National Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Research Conference held recently in Bethesda, Maryland.

Their poster was titled “Primary Care Perceptions of Community-Acquired MRSA Infection.”

UI Children’s Hospital event raises more than $10,000

On June 25, former NFL player and motivational speaker Joe Ehrmann spoke at the Englert Theatre. The event, hosted by UI head football coach Kirk Ferentz and former Hawkeye football player and current kicker for the San Diego Chargers Nate Kaeding, was a sellout, raising more than $10,000 for UI Children’s Hospital.

A video featuring Ferentz and Kaeding sharing their thoughts about the importance of UI Children’s Hospital to them and the people of Iowa is now available for viewing on the UI Children’s Hospital Web site.

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