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Worn by scientists and physicians for over 100 years, the white coat is an immediately recognizable symbol of the modern medical practitioner. This Friday, our incoming medical students will experience an important rite of passage when they are ceremonially “cloaked” with their own white coat at our 16th annual CCOM White Coat Ceremony.

The ceremony impresses upon our students the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and encourages them to be excellent in science, to be compassionate, and to lead honorable lives. It is our hope that each of them will embrace their responsibilities from the first day of training and embody the notion that it is the role of a physician to “care” as well as “cure.” A segment from the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath that is part of our ceremony perhaps best relays this sentiment: “There is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.”

I hope you have a chance to attend this year’s ceremony on August 20 at 3 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Niebyl from the UI Department of Obstetrics and Genecology. I also encourage you to become personally involved in supporting these promising students throughout their educational journey. I know I speak for everyone with UI Health Care in extending a warm “welcome” to the class of 2014.

Signed, Jean Robillard

MyChart pilot phase continues

Beginning Tuesday, the MyChart pilot program begins in Radiation Oncology, after a successful introduction in the Dermatology Clinic that began July 20.

MyChart is an Epic-based feature that gives patients secure, web-based access to an electronic version of their medical records and enables them to communicate online with clinic physicians and nursing staff.

In the three weeks that MyChart has been available in the Dermatology Clinic, more than 900 patients have received authorization codes, and more than 200 have gone online to activate their MyChart accounts.

Dermatology Clinic nurse manager Cynthia Heaton, RN, BSN, reports that use of MyChart by patients and staff has resulted in less “phone tag” about prescription renewal and medication questions. In addition, patients are using MyChart to request and change appointments.

During the pilot phase, patients using MyChart will be able to access their complete medical records, but MyChart messaging functions will be active only for pilot site clinics.

While Dermatology and Radiation Oncology are the first clinical departments to use it, MyChart will eventually be activated across all areas of UI Hospitals and Clinics. It is important that all employees know basic information about MyChart in order to respond to patients’ questions during the pilot phase. Information about MyChart—including potential questions you may receive from patients, with suggested responses—is on The Point. Please take time to review this material so you are familiar with MyChart during this important pilot phase. We have also asked supervisors to print and post this information and review with staff. Your efforts are helping make this a successful program!

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact HCIS at 356-0001 or helpdesk-hcis@uiowa.edu.

Leaders of committees announced

Bruce Gantz, MD, has been appointed chair of the Surgical Services Subcommittee of the University Hospital Advisory Committee effective immediately. Dr. Gantz is professor and head, UI Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Gantz had served as vice chair of the subcommittee since 1998 and provided steady leadership of the subcommittee as interim chair due to the illness and death of former chair Dr. Richard Williams. Ronald Weigel, MD, EA Crowell Jr. Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery, will assume the responsibilities of vice chair of the subcommittee.

In addition, Dr. Weigel has been appointed chair of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Executive Committee effective immediately. He takes over the responsibilities of Joseph Buckwalter, MD, professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Arthur A. Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, who served as chair of the committee since the inception of the Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2005. Dr. Buckwalter will remain an active member of the committee and will continue to provide ongoing support to Dr. Weigel and the ASC leadership team.

Disclosure forms deadline is September 1

UI Health Care employees employed 50 percent time or more in faculty, P&S, SEIU covered, and Merit exempt positions are reminded that they are required to complete an External Relationships Disclosure form by Wednesday, September 1. While the revised UI Health Care Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment Policy and covers all UI Health Care employees and students, only employees noted above are now required to disclose their financial relationships with outside industry.

The External Relationships Disclosure form and additional information, including an FAQ, are available on the Conflict of Interest website. For questions contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or e-mail: coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Webcam features construction site

UI Health Care staff can check out the progress of the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building via a webcam.

The 200,000 sq. ft. building, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, will provide state-of-the-art research space and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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