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Throughout UI Health Care, countless mentors give generously of their time and talents as trusted friends, counselors, and teachers—giving so many learners a chance to discover their full potential as they reach for new heights.

Later this week, the UI Carver College of Medicine will honor the importance of mentoring in medicine, as two individuals receive the Distinguished Mentor Award. This year’s honorees are Dr. Stuart Weinstein and the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, both outstanding talents from the UI Department of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Weinstein is a world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has mentored innumerable students, residents, and fellows throughout his career. Dr. Ponseti was a remarkable physician whose pioneering work in the treatment of clubfoot changed the lives of tens of thousands of children worldwide, and by mentoring others in the Ponseti method, his legacy of healing will continue. Although he is sadly unable to share in this wonderful tribute, memories of him as an extraordinary educator and mentor will live on through those he taught and healed. Notably, Dr. Ponseti was Dr. Weinstein’s mentor, and their longstanding relationship and successful careers underscore the tremendous and lasting power of mentoring.

Again, I would like to thank all of you who help others achieve their dreams through mentorship, and please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail at vpma@uiowa.edu.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Limited injectable H1N1 vaccine available

A limited supply of the inactivated, injectable H1N1 influenza virus vaccine is available to UI Health Care faculty and staff with direct patient care duties until 4:30 p.m. today (or while supplies last) in the University Employee Health Clinic, Level 1, Boyd Tower for those who (1) are 50 years of age or older, or (2) have chronic medical conditions.

Those health care workers who are healthy, provide direct patient care, and are less than 50 years of age (except those who work with bone marrow transplant patients) may receive the intranasal H1N1 vaccine, which will also be available while supplies last. Persons who received FluMist® for seasonal influenza must wait for at least 28 days before receiving the intranasal H1N1 vaccine.

The nasal vaccine is safe and effective for most people who are age 2 to 49 and who are not pregnant. For more detailed information about the nasal vaccine, see this Web site.

Additional vaccine opportunities will be announced as we receive more vaccine from the Johnson County Public Health Department.

National praise for vaccine trial work

UI Health Care faculty and staff involved in the H1N1 vaccine trials have received thanks and praise from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their contributions to this critically important national project.

Patricia Winokur, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science and principal investigator for pediatric trial, passed along to faculty and staff working on the trial several e-mail messages from Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Carol Heilmann, director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; and Suzanne Murray, program officer at NIH.

Dr. Murray’s e-mail noted the teamwork and expertise required to support the following national numbers: 11 clinical trials in adult, elderly, pediatric, and other special populations; 21,113 visits to date.

109,599 specimens drawn, processed, and shipped; and 80,808 data forms submitted. “I also know that the 3,365 subjects that have been enrolled in such a short period of time would not have been possible without many long hours, nights, weekends, and the sacrifice of time away from your families. All of the H1N1 trials will impact public policy. The work that you and your staff do is important and your contribution has been significant.”

UI Health Care’s support of the trials included screening more than 450 people and enrolling 376 volunteers to date. More than 3,500 visits with volunteers will be recorded by December. In addition, there are two more studies that are close to starting so H1N1 trials will be active at UI Health Care for many more months.

As Dr. Winokur thanked faculty and staff involved, saying, “The bottom line is you have made amazing contributions that have already impacted decisions on how to vaccinate for H1N1. I want you to know how much I appreciate your hard work and how much recognition you have gotten in the University and the community, from Sally Mason, and all of your day to day colleagues.”

UI Health Fair

Receive great information and fun giveaways at the UI Health Fair, Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Main Deck of the Field House.

  • Free health screenings: bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, pulmonary function tests, and more
  • Blood drive by DeGowin Blood Center
  • Visit with representatives from UI Health Plans, UI Benefits, TIAA-CREF, Wellmark, and Delta Dental

Distinguished Mentor event

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.

Special forum on health care

The University Lecture Committee invites everyone to a Special Forum on Health Care Wednesday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge. The guest speaker will be Wendell Potter, former national health insurance executive and whistle blower. After his talk, Potter will participate in a panel with Iowa health care professionals, including:

Daniel R. Kueter, CEO, UnitedHealthcareIowa and Central Illinois

Stacey T. Cyphert, PhD, UI Assistant Vice President for Health Policy

Cecilia Norris, MD, Medical Director, Iowa City Free Medical Clinic

For more information, visit the University Lecture Web site.

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