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Each year, at exactly 11 a.m. on the third Thursday in March, our Carver College of Medicine fourth-year students are handed an envelope that reveals to them where they will begin their medical residency training following graduation. Its a time of great anticipation and excitement known nationally as Match Day.

As a leading academic medical center, it is our job to support our medical students academic journey, as they become the well-rounded physicians and scientists of tomorrow. I am confident that the knowledge they have gained within our walls will provide them countless opportunities in the future.

This year, 32 of the 147 total 2011 UI Carver College of Medicine graduates will become resident physicians at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and an additional 13 graduates will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training. Geographically, the most popular states after Iowa for first-year residency training were Minnesota and Wisconsin, where 10 graduating students will begin their residencies at each location. Among this year's graduating class, 46 percent (67 students) chose primary care specialties. The two top non-primary care specialties were Emergency Medicine (11 matches) and Radiology (9 matches).

I am delighted that so many have chosen to stay here in Iowa and with UI Health Care. Please join me in congratulating all of our medical students on their matches and wishing them the best as they move onto the next phase of their training and career.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Care graduate programs earn high rankings

U.S.News & World Report ranks 24 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country compared to other public universities. Five UI programs continue to rank first. Ranked No. 1 compared to public universities for 2012 are the speech-language pathology, and audiology graduate programs, the physician assistant program, and the nursing specialties of Nursing Service Administration and Gerontological/Geriatric. The UI Carver College of Medicine graduate programs which ranked highly when compared to other public universities included Physical Therapy, 3; College of Medicine-Primary Care, 9; Medicine Specialty-Internal Medicine, 9; and College of Medicine-Research, 10.

The rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition newsstand guidebook on April 5,and can be accessed online with a subscription at: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2011/03/15/us-news-ranks-best-graduate-schools.

Pediatric Research Day

Pediatric Research Day will be held on Friday, March 25. Grand Rounds speaker will be Brendan Lee, MD, PhD, professor of molecular and human genetics and HHMI Investigator at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He will present Genetics, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Brittle Bone Disease at 1 p.m. in the Ziffren Conference Room, 1502 JCP (Elevator H, Level 1). Trainee poster session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). For more information, contact Donna Reihman at 356-7883.

Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture

The Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture will take place in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF) on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 4 to 5 p.m. The lecture, Oxidants, Metabolism and Stem Cell Biology, will be given by Dr. Toren Finkel, Chief of the Cardiology Branch of the National Institute of Healths National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

Carver College of Medicine students to work and study in the West Bank

The Carver College of Medicine's global programs have taken our students to more than 50 nations over the last 30 years. This week, four fourth-year medical students embark on a month-long elective in the West Bank. Harb Harb, Joshua Fischer, Michael Bouska, and James Brown will receive medical experience at four hospitals in Israel and Ramallah, as well as medical clinics for Palestinian refugees in camps. The students will share their experience via a blog, Midwest2Mideast, which can be accessed at: http://midwest2mideast.wordpress.com/.

Service Excellence—Make a difference by providing assistance

As you travel the hospital corridors, offer help to guests who appear to need assistance. Provide clear directions by walking guests to their destinations. If you don't know the directions, dial 101 from any hospital phone; enlist the help of a Service Excellence Ambassador; ask a fellow staff member for assistance; or escort the guest to the nearest Information Desk. To order the Finding Your Way brochure call Concierge Services at 356-1900, or to download a twosided mini-map to give patients with instructions on getting to their next destination, go to The Point and click on Everyday Tools. This kind of personal attention will exceed our guests expectations and improve their overall experience with UI Health Care.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk between age 50 and 75. When diagnosed at an early stage, the five-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer is more than 95 percent. More information can be found in the annual "Cancer in Iowa" report released by the State Health Registry of Iowa, online at http://cph.uiowa.edu/shri/Pubs.html.

Social Work Month

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes March as Social Work Month. This is also a special year for UI Hospitals and Clinics, as the Department of Social Service celebrates its 90th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, the department has committed to providing 90 hours of service back to the community.

Doc Dash 5K fun run/walk

The annual Doc Dash will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Carver College of Medicine (the College). This 5K run/walk is open to all with proceeds to benefit the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and the College's Medicine Mobile Clinic. This race is sponsored by the College, the Iowa Medical Society, and the Johnson County Medical Society. The organizers of the race are the student leaders of the Flocks Learning Community. For more information and registration, go to: http://www.active.com/running/iowa-city-ia/doc-dash-2011.


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