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Last week the UI Carver College of Medicine hosted the 15th annual White Coat Ceremony, with the keynote address delivered by Richard Williams, MD, professor and head of the Department of Urology

As you may know, the White Coat Ceremony is a culmination of orientation activities for the incoming medical students in the class of 2013. During 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.

Our medical students have tremendous opportunities to work with and learn from our talented faculty and staff in a variety of settings—from classrooms and simulation centers to clinical units and research laboratories. Undoubtedly, they will become better physicians and scientists because of these experiences. It is my hope that, given the opportunity, each of us with UI Health Care will embrace the chance to be involved personally in educating and supporting these promising students.

Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our UI Health Care family as they begin their journeys in medicine at Iowa.

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

Signed, Jean Robillard

Conflict of Interest deadline September 1

Tuesday, September 1, is the deadline for all faculty and staff affiliated with UI Health Care to complete and submit the External Relationships Disclosure form as part of the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy, which became effective July 1. The form is available on the Conflict of Interest Web site, which can be accessed from The Point.

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.

Smoke-free environment reminder

This is a reminder to all UI Health Care faculty and staff that The University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus. Prohibiting smoking indoors and outdoors reflects our responsibility to create a safe and healthy environment for all those who work, learn, visit, or receive care here. Faculty and staff are asked to be mindful of the following points:

• The Iowa Smoke Free Air Act applies to all areas of the University, including hospital parking ramps.

• Staff/faculty who smoke should be role models for our patients and visitors and refrain from smoking anywhere on University property.

• Staff/faculty who smoke on University property are violating the Iowa Smoke Free

Air Act and University policies and present a poor image to our patients and visitors. In addition, staff/faculty found smoking on University property are subject to disciplinary action (which could include suspension and discharge) and a fine of $50 to be issued by University of Iowa Police.

UI leaders seek the cooperation of all faculty and staff in meeting our responsibilities under the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act and appreciate their support in refraining from smoking on University property and for reminding their colleagues who do smoke that they may not do so on campus, including in the parking ramps.

Clinical Pastoral Education Program is re-accredited

In the past year, the Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) at UI Hospitals and Clinics engaged in an extensive self-study in preparation for our 10-year re-accreditation review. The review was held April 30 through May 1; and in early August, the CPE Program learned that it met all the criteria for re-accreditation, with no notations. The report will be ratified at the next meeting of the Certification Commission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program has been available at UI Hospitals and Clinics since 1964. The CPE residency prepares a theologically educated person to sit for board certification as a chaplain by the Association for Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

Looking Ahead

Medical Psychiatry Unit open house

Everyone is invited to an open house celebration of the new Medical Psychiatry nursing unit from 2 to 4 p.m. today, August 24, 3 Boyd Tower, Elevator A, Level 3.

Many thanks to Marcia Gingerich, nurse manager; Cathy Willoughby, senior associate director; and Heidi Burak, from the Central Nursing Office, who led the renovation efforts for the department, as well as project manager Gary Eckrich of Capital Management and his colleagues, who completed the project ahead of schedule.

State of the College address Sept. 2

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 UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students 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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