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Dean's Weekly Message

July 10, 2017

Dear Colleague: 

​Earlier this year, fourth-year medical students in the Gold Humanism Honor Society led a project in the University of Colorado Hospital emergency department where they distributed cards to patients asking “What Worries You Most?” While some patients wrote that they were most worried about the condition that brought them to the hospital, many listed concerns beyond the present medical emergency. Among their responses, patients mentioned families, economic hardship, substance use, and safety. Cards from this project are now on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion, offering a glimpse into the lives of our patients and serving as a reminder that our patients always are more than an injury or an ailment to be treated. I encourage you to stop by the gallery, where the exhibit will be on display until Sept. 8. 

The Department of Neurology has organized a forum, “The Future Practice of Neurology,” to honor Steven Ringel, MD, vice chair of neurology, who retired July 1 and has been named professor emeritus. The symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Bruce Schroffel Conference Center of the University of Colorado Hospital. RSVPs are requested and questions should be sent to Steve joined the CU faculty in 1976 as the director of the neuromuscular section, becoming an internationally recognized expert in neuromuscular diseases, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Steve served as president of the medical board from 2003 to 2006 and as vice president for clinical effectiveness and patient safety from 2007 to 2015. Since 2010, he served as editor-in-chief of Neurology Today, which posted a farewell from the editorial team. 

Richard Zane, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and chief innovation officer for UCHealth, will be moderating a panel session, “Leading Physicians Well,” during a free, live web event, Physicians Leading | Leading Physicians. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 12. NEJM Catalyst is organizing the event. The panel Rich is moderating will discuss questions including: “What abilities do leaders of physicians need today? What experience and professional qualifications? Are MDs the best leaders of other MDs? Or do intangibles like interpersonal skills matter the most?” Speakers on the panel include Thomas Lee, MD, MSc, member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Raffaella Sadun, PhD, associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. 

Congratulations to Todd Guth, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who has received the National Emergency Medicine Junior Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, development of innovative educational programs, community education, and contributions to regional and global programs. Todd will receive the honor at the American College of Emergency Physicians meeting in Washington, D.C., in October. 

Congratulations to Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD, who received the 2017 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology from the American Diabetes Association. She accepted her award and presented the Kelly West Award Lecture at the Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions last month in San Diego. Dana is the Conrad Riley Endowed Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, holds a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, and is also the director of the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes Center on campus, a collaboration of Colorado School of Public Health, the Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Among other findings, Dana’s research has described increases in prevalence and incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youth in the U.S. 

Have a good week,

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine


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