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This week, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is pleased to host its 11th annual scholarship luncheon, here on our medical campus in the beautiful Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. It is always exciting to give our donors a chance to meet the medical students they assist, and thank them for their overwhelming kindness.

In these times of economic uncertainty, our community of devoted supporters and champions becomes more important than ever in helping us achieve our goals. Private support helps ensure that Iowa will remain a leader in educating first-rate physicians and scientists, in forging new frontiers of scientific discovery, and in meeting the health care needs of generations to come.

We are also genuinely grateful to each of you who cares for, in various capacities, the needs of our students as they pursue their educations in medicine. It is an incredible honor to educate the next generation of doctors, because what they learn here will determine the quality of health care for our state and for our nation in the future. And if the enthusiasm and commitment of our current medical students is any indication of things to come, I would say that future is very bright indeed.

Support for our medical students has a lasting and multiplying effect on the entire academic medical center, beginning with the individual student and ending with well-served patients, today and into the future.

Signed, Jean Robillard

H1N1 vaccine availability

The Johnson County Department of Public Health is receiving very limited supplies of the H1N1 vaccine and is allocating a portion of each shipment to UI Hospitals and Clinics. Manufacturing problems have slowed production and the vaccine is in short supply across the nation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, in accord with national priorities set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has designated initial shipments of the vaccine for health care workers with direct patient contact. Due to the limited supply, current allocations of vaccine are being directed to pregnant health care employees with direct patient care responsibilities. Vaccine is also being allocated for pregnant patients because the H1N1 virus can severely affect pregnant women. UI Hospitals and Clinics has been working to make the H1N1 influenza vaccine available to these two particular groups.

The injected form of H1N1 vaccine is currently available to pregnant health care employees with direct patient care duties at UI Hospitals and Clinics through the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) (Level 1, Boyd Tower, 6-3631) until the end of the day Tuesday, October 27, or until the supply is depleted.

We remain unable to offer the injected form of the H1N1 vaccine to staff who are 50 years of age or older or those with chronic health conditions. We will notify those groups when our vaccine supply is adequate to permit us to begin offering the vaccine.

Intranasal H1N1 vaccine is still available in UEHC for direct patient care employees who are 49 years of age or younger and without chronic health conditions.

We remain unable to offer the H1N1 vaccine to the general public due to limited supplies of both forms of the vaccine. Federal authorities and the Iowa Department of Public Health expect that the supply of H1N1 vaccine will begin to increase within the next four to eight weeks and we will notify the public when UI Hospitals and Clinics receives a vaccine supply that is adequate for public vaccinations.

New general visitor rules in effect

On Friday, October 23, UI Hospitals and Clinics announced general restrictions for visitors in order to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff from widespread influenza in the region. (See general rules below.) Specific units may have slightly different rules, so visitors should contact nursing units for information specific to that unit.

General Visitor Rules:

• No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted in patient care areas.

• No more than two adults will be allowed to visit a patient at the same time.

• Individuals who show any signs of influenza (fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees F, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath; fatigue, chills, muscle pain, or headache; vomiting or diarrhea) will not be permitted to visit.

• Tour groups and celebrity guests will not be allowed to enter patient care areas.


UI Children’s Hospital Visitor Rules:

• Parents, siblings, and visitors will be screened on entering the unit and individuals who show any signs of influenza (fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees F, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath; fatigue, chills, muscle pain, or headache; vomiting or diarrhea) will not be permitted to visit.

• Parents can be present at all times and are not considered visitors.

• Siblings under 18 may visit if it is determined to benefit the wellbeing of the patient and/or the sibling.

• Adult visitors will be limited to two.

Exceptions can be made for cases involving critically ill patients or end-of-life circumstances. For additional general guidance on visitation, staff should refer to the Interim Standards and Guidelines for Screening on The Point.

Staff and faculty will receive regular e-mail updates on the flu situation and find additional information on The Point and on www.uihealthcare.com.

Distinguished Mentor event November 4

Everyone is invited to the Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor Lecture Wednesday, November 4, at 3 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF. A reception will follow in the atrium.

This year’s Distinguished Mentor Award will honor Stuart Weinstein, MD, and the legacy of Ignacio Ponseti, MD.

David Kingsley, PhD, HHMI Investigator and Professor of Developmental Biology, Stanford University, will deliver a lecture titled, “Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution.”

This celebration of mentorship was envisioned and is supported by Daryl and Nancy Granner.

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