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Next week, we will be welcoming a group of talented new medical students to campus. It is always an exciting and promising time of year for UI Health Care. This year’s class comes to us from an applicant pool that is one of the best and the brightest we’ve ever had the pleasure of admitting. We’re delighted that they have chosen us for their medical educations, and we are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed.

Along with the students, we also look forward to hosting hundreds of alumni and guests as they return to campus for a variety of fall activities. In October, Carver College of Medicine alumni and friends will have the opportunity to reconnect with their former classmates at this year’s homecoming weekend events which will include the ever-popular pre-game tailgate. Our 11th annual Scholarship Weekend takes place later in the month, as well as a second all-medicine alumni reunion. Everyone will also be invited to an open house celebrating the opening of our UI Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation facility October 9-10. In short, it will be a busy and exciting fall semester celebrating important milestones as we pave the way for new ones.

As we prepare for the “back to school” transition and upcoming campus activities, I hope each of you will feel the renewed energy across not only UI Health Care,
but the entire University.

As always, please continue to e-mail me at vpma@uiowa.edu with your comments, questions, and suggestions.

Signed, Jean Robillard

University ARRA funds announced

Late last week The University of Iowa announced the results of a competitive process to allocate $14 million in federal stimulus funds under ARRA (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Additional ARRA funds in the amount of $1.5 million have been set aside for allocation later this year.

During the competitive process, more than 200 proposals, totaling $100 million, were submitted by academic and administrative units. On Friday, the University announced it has approved 18 of the proposals, four of which will come to the UI Carver College of Medicine for a total of $1.9 million:

  • $1 million for Medical Laboratories renovation to aid recruitment of a director for the new Diabetes Center and accompanying commitments for diabetes research
  • $640,000 for DNA core robotics
  • $148,000 for Virtual Microscopy Lab
  • $112,000 for a campus license for DNA analysis software

Four of the UI-approved proposals, including the Med Labs renovation, will require additional approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, because they contain infrastructure components greater than $500,000. The board is expected to consider those proposals at the September 16 and 17 meeting.

UI Health Care represented at the
State Fair

If you are going to this year’s Iowa State Fair (Aug. 13–23) in Des Moines, be sure to stop by The University of Iowa booth in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building. University of Iowa Health Care is represented with a standing display featuring our comprehensive cancer programs.

In addition, over the past weekend UI Health Care faculty and staff members were on “center stage” at the fair, with the following exhibits:

  • “Gross Anatomy,” presented by the UI Carver College of Medicine, explored the human body and the processes that happen underneath human skin, and showed some of the most advanced surgical techniques happening today.
  • “How Do You Measure Up?” presented by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, illustrated how eating fruits and vegetables can reduce health risks.
  • “Reducing Your Cancer Risk,” presented by the Iowa Cancer Consortium, showed how the Consortium works to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa, including implementing projects related to reducing cancer risk, improving treatment options, and enhancing survivorship.

Web business planning continues this week

The second round of meetings to develop a business plan for the UI Health Care Web sites will be held on campus on August 19–20. Six committees are helping chart the course for the future of UI Health Care’s presence, focusing on UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Children’s Hospital, the Carver College of Medicine, UI Physicians, and The Point intranet. The sixth committee is composed of technology experts who will help implement the Web business plan when it is completed in mid- to late-autumn.

Looking ahead

White Coat Ceremony

The UI Carver College of Medicine’s 15th annual White Coat Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, August 21, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI main campus. The keynote address will be delivered by Richard Williams, MD, Professor and Head, Department of Urology.

The White Coat Ceremony is a culmination of the orientation activities of the incoming medical students of the class of 2013. At this special occasion, new students receive their first white coats and take the Hippocratic Oath before an audience of family and friends. This long-standing tradition represents a defining moment in the medical careers of our students and signals the tremendous responsibilities that lie ahead for them on the road to becoming caring physicians.

State of the College address

UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Paul Rothman, MD, will give his annual State of the College address on Wednesday, September 2, beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, Level 1, Medical Education and Research Facility. All faculty, staff, and students of the college are invited.

UI Health Care Update Forum Sept. 3

Everyone working, learning, or volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to a UI Health Care Update Forum Thursday, September 3, noon to 1 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator E/F, Level 7).

The forum will also be Web cast live and video will be made available on The Point after the forum.

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