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The University of Iowa is known as “The Writing University” and through the years some of the world’s best writers—including this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, Paul Harding—have come here to hone their craft.

Perhaps less well-known is our own distinguished Carver College of Medicine Writing Program, which provides an outlet for our medical students to sharpen their academic and extracurricular creative writing skills. This week, the CCOM Writing Program will play host to people from around the world for its annual three-day conference, “The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine.”

The conference aims to foster discussion on the role of creative writing in medical education. It also will talk about the importance of writing throughout a lifelong career as a physician. There will be examples of the role of creative writing in patient care; as well as skill-building sessions on the writing, editing, and publishing of creative work.

Four keynote addresses and several group sessions are free and open to the public. Please see The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine website for more information.

This conference is an exciting educational opportunity for UI Health Care’s faculty, staff, and students, and an excellent way to once again express our values of innovation and collaboration. I hope you have an opportunity to attend.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Dr. Iannettoni to lead UI Heart and Vascular Center

Mark Iannettoni, MD, MBA, has been named Interim Physician Executive Director of the UI Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Iannettoni is also Professor and Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Deann Montchal will continue to provide administrative leadership within the Heart and Vascular Center as Chief of Operations, reporting to Dr. Iannettoni and John Staley, Interim Chief Operating Officer, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Iannettoni has been charged by the UI Heart and Vascular Center Executive Board with executing the Heart and Vascular Center Strategic Plan, and will focus initially on the Clinical Quality and Service goal. Top priorities include improving patient and referring physician satisfaction and making the Heart and Vascular Center “employer of choice” for faculty and staff.

Leaders meet with Regents Wednesday

UI Health Care leaders meet with the Board of Regents from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Iowa Memorial Union. Agenda items include:

• UI Women’s Health

• Operating and financial performance

• Iowa River Landing project

• FY 2011 operating budget

Dr. Hohl will lead society

Raymond J. Hohl, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology and Associate Chair of Internal Medicine, has been appointed president of The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) for a one-year term, effective March 21, 2010.

Dr. Hohl also holds the Holden Family Chair and is associate director of clinical and translational research in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As a 20-year member of the society, Hohl has served on numerous committees in the organization and is a former associate editor of the society’s journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The ASCPT is the leading forum for the exchange, development, and integration of translational science in drug development—from drug discovery to safe and effective use.

Laboratory professionals celebrate

The more than 500 members of the Department of Pathology last week celebrated National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week with several events and information materials about their valuable services.

Among the little known statistics noted: Laboratory test results comprise about 70 percent of the average patient record and are the basis for many clinical decisions. That is not hard to believe, with more than 10 billion laboratory tests conducted annually nationwide, including more than 4.4 million at UI Health Care in Fiscal Year 2009.

Iowa Medical Society Alliance honors volunteer

Heidi Quenzer, former chairperson of the Volunteer Services College Student Leader Board and a graduate student in the College of Public Health, has received the 2010 Adult Volunteer Health Service Award from the Iowa Medical Society Alliance

Heidi began volunteering at UI Hospitals and Clinics in 2004 as a floor host visiting newly admitted patients and families across the hospital and offering them information and resources. Her exemplary record of service and her work on the Student Leader Board earned her the position of chairperson from 2008-2009. Heidi has contributed more than 900 hours of service and “exhibited the highest levels of character, service, and leadership,” according to Volunteer Services Director Jean Reed.

Ride raising funds for Diabetes Association

This is the last week for early bird registration for the 2nd Annual Corridor Classic Tour de Cure in support of the American Diabetes Association. UI Health Care is one of the sponsors of the event, which is set for Saturday, June 26, 2010.

This scenic bicycle tour will start at College Community Schools (Prairie) in Cedar Rapids and take riders through the Iowa countryside along four course choices (5, 25, 50, and 100 mile). The courses will be fully supported to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird registration of $15 is in effect until Saturday, May 1. Sign up today as an individual, join the UI Health Care team, create your own team, or volunteer to help at www.diabetes.org/tour or by e-mailing stephen-hamilton@uiowa.edu.

Tissue Procurement Core Facility available to researchers

After an extensive “revamp” of its services and operations, the Tissue Procurement Core Facility offers the following improvements for UI researchers who are collecting and storing fresh frozen human specimens for research:

• Electronic application request system to request tissue specimens

• Specimen inventory list on the TPC Web site

• Investigator-driven approach to tissue collection and distribution

Visit the Tissue Procurement web site for updates and application procedures.

Researchers who have an experimental design or project in mind involving human tissue can call our staff for consultation at 353-3051.


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