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The Carver College of Medicine recently welcomed over 250 alumni, donors, and friends back to campus to celebrate this year’s Scholarship Weekend festivities and Medicine All Alumni Tailgate. It was a wonderful way for us to share our excitement about our academic medical center, as well as our appreciation to all those who provide our students a chance to receive an outstanding medical education here at Iowa.

We were also pleased to host the first gathering of our newly formed Medicine Alumni Advisory Board. Its 17 members will be tapped by our collegiate leadership to advocate on issues related to medical education and biomedical discovery. In turn, they will help engage graduates of the College both statewide and across the country in support of our educational and research missions.

Several of the visitors were also treated to educational experiences showcasing the role of simulation in our curriculum. Each donned 3D goggles for a peek at the Cyber Anatomy, Inc. program we utilize in our classrooms. Participants also enjoyed first-hand interactions with patient actors to learn about our performance-based assessment program. It was an exciting opportunity to highlight just a few ways that we are transforming medical education at Iowa.

The weekend’s activities were a wonderful way for our alumni, donors, and friends to reconnect with our medical campus. My thanks to all who helped facilitate these important experiences!

Signed, Jean Robillard

A successful visit by The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission concluded its unannounced full survey of UI Hospitals and Clinics last Friday. During the closing conference, the surveyors announced that their report will recommend that UI Hospitals and Clinics remain fully accredited when finalized in approximately 15 to 20 days. I would like to extend a special thank you to Deb Thoman and her team in the compliance office for all their hard work in preparation for this visit. The survey team stated repeatedly that the staff represented our academic medical center extremely well and praised your commitment to providing high quality patient care and achieving excellent outcomes. Everyone should be very proud of this remarkable achievement.

Free influenza vaccinations

Free flu vaccines are still available for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and hospital volunteers by appointment during regular business hours through Dec. 31 at the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) near Elevator A, Level 1.

Medical Education Celebration Day

This Thursday, Nov. 11, the Carver College of Medicine will host Medical Education Celebration Day in MERF. Activities will include a student and faculty poster forum, a luncheon, and a keynote address entitled, “The Medical Education Continuum—Fact, Fiction or Future,” by Dr. Dave Davis, senior director of continuing education and performance improvement for the Association of American Medical Colleges. For more details or to RSVP for any of the events, please contact Kristi Ferguson at 335-8900 or kristi-ferguson@uiowa.edu.

Patient safety celebration

Nurses, faculty, and staff from the 3JCP pediatrics team will be recognized at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, for going 397 days without a Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). All are welcome to join the celebration of this excellent example of outstanding patient safety and care.

UI Health Care Health Academy Day

Be on the lookout this Wednesday, Nov. 10, for approximately 80 students from high schools across eastern Iowa. UI Health Care Health Academy Day will give these students the opportunity to interact with health care professionals, experience hands-on activities in our academic medical center setting, and explore various health care careers. Any questions about the day’s events can be directed to Jackie Kleppe Williams at 384-3025 or jackie-williams@uiowa.edu.

UI involved in groundbreaking cancer study

The National Cancer Institute recently announced initial results from the National Lung Screening Test: Twenty percent fewer lung cancer deaths were seen among those who were screened with low-dose spiral CT than with chest X-ray. The UI was a major contributor to this study and enrolled 1,155 participants in the test (one of the top enrolling sites in the nation). The UI also had one of the highest rates of follow-up with those involved. For more information about this study, please click here.

Organ donor registration

Everyone is invited to stop by the Fountain Lobby between 11 a.m. and
1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, to learn about National Donor Sabbath and register to be a donor. The purpose of this observance is to focus on the life-affirming gifts that can be passed to others through organ, tissue, and blood stem cell donation. Over 109,000 people nationwide are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. More than 560 of those people live in Iowa. For details, go here.

Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building webcam

Follow progress on the construction of UI Health Care’s Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building via a webcam.

Be healthy this holiday season

A free “Health 4 the Holidays” 30-minute seminar will review simple tips to enjoy the season and promote healthy holiday preparations with minimal fuss. The presentation will be given by JoAnn Daehler-Miller, MS, RD/LD, on Thursday, Nov.11, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the UI Hospitals and Clinics 7th Floor Atrium Conference Center in Roy Carver Pavilion (Elevator D/E, Level 7).

Service excellence initiative to be rescheduled

The launch of UI Hospitals and Clinics’ service and operational excellence initiative scheduled for last week has been postponed due to The Joint Commission’s visit. The sessions introducing “The Iowa Experience: Excellence Every Time” will be re-scheduled and more details will be announced when plans are made.








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