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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Kathleen Barbee, Interim Administrator, can also be reached at that number.