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RESPECT: give it. get it. So goes the University’s campaign to create a welcoming environment that fosters excellence, learning, community, diversity, respect, and responsibility, and an inclusive community that encourages every individual to be treated with openness, mutual appreciation, and therefore Respect.

Respect is also one of UI Health Care’s “I CARE” values (Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence)–or behaviors–that we embrace in carrying out our mission every day. It highlights our commitment to honoring diversity and recognizing the worth and dignity of every person.

What makes UI Health Care great is its people: talented, resourceful, and dedicated individuals working together, whether it’s delivering outstanding patient care; advancing biomedical research; educating and training the next generation of health care professionals; or providing services and expertise that benefit our communities. Together, we can create collaborative inclusive environments that foster respect, trust, and value among all those who work, learn, and receive care within UI Health Care’s walls.

The benefits of mutual respect and the importance of personal responsibility in promoting respect in the workplace will lead to improved research, education, and patient care outcomes within our organization. It is my hope that we continue to foster that spirit of respect and understanding, as we provide world class medicine to the people of Iowa and beyond.

Signed, Jean Robillard

College ranked for social mission

A recent article in the American College of Physicians publication Annals of Internal Medicine ranks the UI Carver College of Medicine as 10th in the nation for accomplishing the social mission of academic medicine. In the article titled, “The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools,” all but the newest medical schools were ranked for the extent to which they produce physicians who practice primary care, work in underserved areas, and represent the diversity of the population.

While the UI Carver College of Medicine is honored to be included in the top 10 of this new ranking, the scale measures just one aspect of the college’s social mission. The college is also committed to meeting society’s health needs through research, outreach programs, and patient care, including care of the uninsured and underinsured.

Faculty honored for teaching

Two UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members are among 18 UI faculty members receiving Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2009-10 academic year. Receiving the honor:

Gwen Beck, MD, associate professor of internal medicine. Dr. Beck trains students at all levels of medical education in ambulatory practice with a focus on women’s health issues, and fourth-year students during the year-long Continuity of Care rotation. She is an associate residency program director in internal medicine, and has participated in the UI Teaching Scholars Program.

Dee Dee Stafford, MD, PhD, associate professor of internal medicine, is course director for Foundations of Clinical Practice IV and has worked closely with lecturers to develop effective course content and improve how it is taught. Students frequently cite her dedication and commitment to teaching as a key to their success in the clinical aspects of their training.

Dr. Buettner honored

Garry Buettner, PhD, professor of radiation oncology and director of the Electron Spin Resonance Facility, is the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. The awards committee chose Dr. Buettner “based on his solid and long-standing track record of scientific accomplishments, leadership as a master teacher, mentor, and an outstanding contributor to the society and the field.”

Mini-fellowship awarded

Melissa Lai Tee Teoh, PhD, a post doctoral scholar in radiation oncology, has received one of two mini-fellowships awarded by the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. The mini-fellowships provide research training opportunities for young investigators that are not available at their home institution. Dr. Teoh’s fellowship will be at the University of Pittsburgh.

Looking ahead

Game room celebration

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital leaders will hold a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating a “game room makeover” for pediatric patients at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, in Room 2392, Colloton Pavilion. UI Children’s Hospital was one of three hospitals nationwide to receive the most votes in an online contest organized by Xbox 360 and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). The “Gameroom Giveaway” contest, which ran from Sept. 3 through Oct. 16, allowed people to vote online for the CMN-affiliated hospital of their choice to win a $10,000 “game room makeover.”

Thank you to everyone for your strong support–without your votes, UI Children’s Hospital would not have won!

UI Health Care hosts IHA Webinar on health care reform

Local area business leaders have been invited to participate in a Webinar Wednesday, June 23, on the impact of health care reform on businesses. Topics to be covered will include extending coverage for dependent adult children up to age 26, “grandfathering,” tax law changes, and other related matters. Jean Robillard, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs, will host the group.

Next forum set for July 14

Everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to “UI Health Care TODAY”–a staff forum featuring a new and improved format on July 14 at 12 noon in the Atrium Conference Center(Elevator F, Level 7), or online.

The new format is less formal and features more information. During this session, we will be talking about our financial and other performance trends, service excellence, staff and faculty awards and recognition, and the Iowa River Landing project. Everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to “UI Health Care TODAY”–a staff forum featuring a new and improved format on July 14 at 12 noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator F, Level 7), or online.



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