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Traveling the country for interviews in search of the “best fit” for residency is a rite of passage for all UI Carver College of Medicine fourth-year medical students. This process is made easier through the Help Our Students Travel (HOST) program—an outstanding partnership that’s been established with many of our generous Iowa alumni.

Alumni provide lodging for the students in their homes, as well as offer advice about the community in which they are interviewing. This invaluable partnership is not only a wonderful resource for students to help relieve some of the costs associated with the interview process. It’s also a great way for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and a unique chance for them to see first-hand the caliber of students learning at our academic medical center.

Our alumni showed their strong support of the HOST program once again this year, as we matched students with 94 alumni volunteers. Including this year’s participants, over 491 alumni have now served as hosts to our students since we launched in 2000, and nearly 1,200 have asked to be included in our volunteer database.

We are extremely grateful to all who assist us in meeting the needs of our medical students, as every little bit of professional guidance and financial support helps. Through their generosity, our alumni are directly influencing a new generation of physicians and scientists, as they embark on their own journey to becoming outstanding physicians and scientists.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Care faculty honored with awards

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their continued hard work and dedication, and for receiving such prestigious honors:

  • Dr. Allyn Mark, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been selected as the 2011 Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lecturer by the American Physiological Society. The society says Dr. Mark’s selection is a reflection of his scientific contributions to the field, which distinguish him as a leader and a role model for younger scientists.
  • Dr. Stuart Weinstein, professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, appears on the Chicago Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review’s recently released annual “100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America” list, which recognizes some of the country’s most prominent spine surgeons.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Lab professionals are critical partners for patients and those who treat them. To recognize their contributions, April 24-30 has been designated National Laboratory Professionals Week. Thanks to all of UI Health Care’s outstanding laboratory professionals for their hard work and dedication.

Federal budget’s impact on medical research, education

An Association of American Medical Colleges “Washington Highlights” summary states that the recent budget agreement between the White House and congressional leaders—to continue funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011—cuts federal spending by $37.6 billion below the 2010 level. This includes a 0.2 percent reduction of all nondefense discretionary spending. For the National Institutes of Health, the final bill includes $30.7 billion, a $320 million (1.0 percent) reduction from 2010, which includes the 0.2 percent across- the-board cut. Other research and health-related programs that received funding cuts include the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because the legislation directs the administration to specify how some of these cuts will be applied, final funding levels for programs such as Title VII health professions and children’s hospitals graduate medical education have not yet been determined.

More information on how the 2011 budget affects medical education, research, and health care.

Women in U.S. Academic Medicine report

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released the 2009-10 Women in U.S. Academic Medicine: Statistics and Benchmarking Report. Produced annually, the report examines data on women faculty by rank, gender, department, degree, and ethnicity, as well as levels of institutional support for women in medical education.

Read the report online.

Start! Heart Walk 5K

On May 7, the 2011 Johnson County Start! Heart Walk 5K, sponsored by the American Heart Association, will take place at Lower City Park in Iowa City. Ann Williamson, associate vice president for nursing and UI Hospitals and Clinics chief nursing officer, is this year’s Johnson County chairperson for the walk. UI Hospitals and Clinics’ goal is to recruit 450 walkers for the event. Please consider walking to raise awareness and dollars in this very important fight against heart disease.

Join a team or to donate.

Transfusion educational opportunity

The Transfusion Subcommittee continues to move forward with education and practice change related to transfusion processes and blood management at UI Hospitals and Clinics. This initiative has already seen success, as caregivers work together to ensure that our patients receive appropriate transfusion care. The next educational session for all physicians, nurses, and other clinicians is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, at 7 a.m. in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator D/E, Level 7). For complete information, see “Blood Management Initiative” on The Point.

Buckle Up For Safety

“Buckle Up For Safety” is a free community program on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the Iowa Children’s Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall. This fun event for kids includes bike safety, finger casting, and exploring the museum for free. Register by calling 877-MED-IOWA.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its thousands of community partners will hold the second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites throughout the United States.

Find where to take medications in the Iowa City/Coralville area.

Did you know?

The new Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center office is now up and running. Dr. Daryl Granner, Director, is located in 108 CMAB. He can be reached at 353-3050 or via email at fpedrc@iowa.edu. Kathleen Barbee, Interim Administrator, can also be reached at that number.

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