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At a time when many parts of the country are increasingly relying on well-trained family care practitioners, UI Health Care continues to play an important role in educating the next generation of Iowa’s physicians, delivering world-class primary care to our patients, and helping assure access to basic care for generations to come.

In recognition of this, the UI Carver College of Medicine was recently honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians with a Top Ten Award. The annual award recognized 10 medical schools that, during a three-year period, graduated the largest percentage of students who choose family medicine.

The Academy noted that the top schools all employ initiatives that support students interested in becoming family physicians. That is certainly the case here at Iowa. Training in family medicine and community-based practice is a long-standing, integrated part of our medical curriculum. Students work with family physicians and have experiences through six UI-affiliated medical education centers. The centers also offer residencies for students seeking careers in family medicine and these residencies have been a major source of Iowa’s supply of family doctors.

Much of our success is due to the outstanding leadership of Dr. Paul James and the entire Department of Family Medicine. My thanks go out to all of those who work with our students and help foster their interest in the primary care field. We can all be proud of this well-deserved AAFP recognition.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Drs. England and Rao receive Regents awards

Two UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members have received the 2010 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. They are among six UI faculty members receiving the awards given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education.

Sarah England, PhD, is a professor in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Her long-term research interest is in the role of ion channels in smooth muscle as they pertain to women’s health. In addition to her teaching, research, and patient care duties, Dr. England is co-director of the Iowa Biosciences Program, a bioscience research program preparing underrepresented minority students for PhD study.

Satish Rao, MD, PhD, professor, Internal Medicine, serves as a researcher, educator, and clinician. Dr. Rao’s research interests focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and fecal incontinence, and visceral pain, particularly esophageal chest pain. He has pioneered several new techniques for evaluating esophageal, gastric, colonic, and anorectal function and pursued various techniques for treatment, including biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation.

UI Hospitals and Clinics reaches major milestone

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics now stands among the most advanced health care facilities in the nation in achieving the goal of installing an electronic medical records (EMR) system.

Using the Epic system to achieve the goal of a paperless patient record system, UI Hospitals and Clinics recently earned HIMSS Stage 6 certification.

HIMSS Analytics, the Chicago-based independent source on EMR Adoption trends, devised its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) to track progress at hospitals and health systems. The EMRAM scores hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database on their progress through seven stages to create a paperless patient record system. At the beginning of 2010, only 1.6 percent of the more than 5,000 hospitals in the HIMSS database had reached Stage 6 certification.

Chief Information Officer for UI Hospitals and Clinics Lee Carmen said, “What we have accomplished to date is very difficult, as evidenced by the small number of institutions that have achieved this level. This positions us to meet the new emerging requirements from the federal government regarding electronic medical record adoption.”

HIMSS Analytics says that hospitals and clinics must reach Stage 6 or higher by 2015 to avoid Medicaid/Medicare penalties. In Stage 7 EMR, clinical information can be readily shared with all providers who are authorized to treat a patient.

Curriculum ideas sought

As part of the curriculum renewal efforts under way at the UI Carver College of Medicine, everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to complete a brief online survey to:

• identify key concepts that graduates should know

• note deficiencies (if any) in the preparation of students

• add other comments regarding medical education at the UI Carver College of Medicine

Please take a few minutes to provide your input to this important process at our website. If you experience any difficulties in accessing the survey, please contact Kristi Ferguson at 335-8900, kristi-ferguson@uiowa.edu.

UI Women’s Health offers preeclampsia programs June 3-4

Mark Santillan, MD, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Lauren Larsen, a preeclampsia survivor, will discuss preeclampsia at two upcoming events. Preeclampsia is a blood pressure disorder that can occur during pregnancy and have immediate and lifelong effects on mother and baby.

A free public presentation, “Understanding Preeclampsia: During Pregnancy and Beyond,” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For details, call 335-8886 or visit the registration website.

In addition, a day-long Continuing Medical Education course, “Preeclampsia: From Bench to Bedside,” is set for Friday, June 4, at Hotel Vetro Conference Center in Iowa City. The course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers who care for women of childbearing age. To register, visit the CME registration website or call 335-8599.

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