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.
Corridor Business Journal’s 2011 Women
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
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
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.