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When people think about medical school, things like poetry, writing, and creative works don’t normally come to mind. Those perceptions may soon change. The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has a long tradition of providing the most comprehensive and innovative education for our medical students, and with the recent formation of the Humanities Distinction Track, this legacy will be even further enhanced. The newly created program will give our academic medical center the opportunity to encourage, support, and recognize students who pursue scholarship in ethics, writing, or the humanities.

Depending on the nature of a student’s pursuits, the work they create may constitute anything from a single manuscript (e.g., research or scholarly paper) to a collection of creative works (e.g., a portfolio of an appropriate number of poems or short stories). By learning to listen, empathize, and display compassion, our students will be more in tune with patients’ needs and have the skills to provide more personal care.

The Humanities Distinction Track has already received mention in a recent Wall Street Journal article as being at the forefront in a movement to teach students how to be effective promoters of humanism within the profession of medicine. We are truly excited about this new opportunity and we look forward to seeing how it will benefit our medical students and our UI Health Care community.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Corridor Business Journal’s 2011 Women
of Influence

Congratulations are due to two of our colleagues who have been selected as 2011 Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal. Jane Paulsen, PhD, and Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEABC, were among nine women honored recently by the newspaper for making a difference in the corridor and serving as representative role models and leaders in their fields and communities.

Paulsen is professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience and director of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a gifted teacher and clinician, but her research program represents the most profound and remarkable achievement of her distinguished career. Simply put, she has made some of the world’s most important discoveries in Huntington’s Disease.

Williamson is Associate Vice President for Nursing, UI Health Care, and Chief Nursing Officer, UI Hospitals and Clinics. Since joining UI Health Care in 2008, she has been an inspiring role model and positive agent for change, not only for the hospital, but also for the nursing profession as a whole. One of her many accomplishments was leading UI Hospitals and Clinics through successful re-designation as a Magnet hospital—the first in Iowa.

Dr. David Elliott to direct GI Division

Dr. David Elliott was recently named director of the Division of Gastroenterology-Hepatology within the UI Department of Internal Medicine. Elliott received his PhD in Immunology from Wayne State University in 1985 and his MD in 1988. Elliott joined the UI faculty in 1993, rising to professor in 2006. During his tenure, he has served as director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, interim director of the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, and interim director of the Clifton Center for Digestive Diseases.

Let’s Talk Patient Safety

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a new, monthly forum where safety issues will be discussed in an open, confidential environment. The “Let’s Talk Patient Safety” forums tackle safety issues raised in the recent Patient Safety Culture Survey. The first forum is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Badges are required for admittance. Continuing education units and continuing medical education credits are available and lunch is available to the first 50 attendees. For more information, please call 356-4311.

GLBT and Allies Afternoon Social

UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students are invited to the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) and Allies Afternoon Social from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the Graduate Medical Education Conference Room, C-125 GH (Elevator B, Level 1). Light snacks provided. For more information, contact medicine-diversity@uiowa.edu.

American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days

The American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days will be here soon. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 11 in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1). Proceeds support the fight against cancer. A $10 donation buys 10 flowers. For a $25 donation, Gifts of Hope bouquets will be delivered anonymously to local cancer patients receiving treatment. The “Liv N. Hope” Boyd’s Bear also will be available for a $25 donation. For more information, contact kacie.arkels@cancer.org.

Catch this UI Sports Medicine seminar

“Throwing Safely—Preventing Injury in Baseball and Softball Players” will be the focus of a free community seminar from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. Presenters will include UI Sports Medicine specialists George Phillips, MD (Pediatrics); Brian Wolf, MD (Orthopaedics); Paul Pursley (Physical Therapy); and Jack Dahm, UI Head Baseball Coach (UI Department of Athletics). Register online at www.uihealthcare.org/communityseminars.

The 5th Annual Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine

Beginning Thursday, April 21, the Carver College of Medicine will host The 5th Annual Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine, a three-day conference exploring the intersections of writing, medicine, and medical education. Featured presenters include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding, author Chris Offutt, and poet and essayist Rachel Hadas. More information and registration information can be found at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/examinedlife.

Leonard Tow Humanism Award seeking nominations

The Carver College of Medicine is accepting nominations of a fourth-year medical student and/or a faculty member for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Awards of $1,000 will be given to one graduating medical student and to one faculty member for demonstrating the highest standards of compassion in their interactions with patients. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Please use the survey at http://survey.uiowa.edu/wsb.dll/37/ghhsTow.htm to submit nominations.


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