The Student National
Medical Association (SNMA) University of Colorado School of Medicine Chapter
held its annual mentor day/graduation banquet last Friday morning where faculty
and staff gathered to welcome accepted students in the Class of 2021 and honor
the graduating seniors in the Class of 2017. We are fortunate to have a strong
SNMA chapter here and I would like to thank our admissions staff for its
diligence in recruiting students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.
We have seen an improvement in our recruitment efforts in recent years and I am
optimistic that we are going to build on that success. The SNMA event was
organized to coincide with the school’s second-look day, where about 178
prospective medical students and guests came to campus. I’d like to thank our
faculty and alumni who volunteered to facilitate problem-based learning, and
the Emergency Medicine and Radiology department faculty who also played a
significant role in facilitating sessions for the group. I’d also like to thank
the Medical Alumni Association for providing gift bags with snacks and other
treats for the prospective students, and Nichole Zehnder, MD, assistant dean
for admissions, and the rest of the team for coordinating the festivities.
Children’s Hospital Colorado
and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), have been listed among 100 great hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. In addition, UCHealth’s
Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins is on the list. The Becker’s Hospital
Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis
of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report’s
2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades,
Truven Health Analytics top hospitals, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet
accreditation. In UCHealth’s announcement of the honor, Will Cook, CEO and president of UCH,
said that UCH is set apart from other hospitals in our region because it is an
academic medical center that is dedicated to high-quality patient care and
innovation. Congratulations to the hospitals on the recognition and to our
faculty providers who contribute so significantly to this distinction.
The faculty teams
participating in the Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) program
made presentations Friday afternoon to campus leaders, including Chancellor Don
Elliman, College of Nursing Dean Sarah Thompson, PhD, and Elaine Morrato, DrPH,
MPH. The LITeS program was initiated by the Colorado Clinical and Translational
Sciences Institute (CCTSI) and is now supported by the School of Medicine as
well. LITeS annually enrolls a cohort of 21 to 28 senior faculty and
academic leaders in a year-long program focused on the development of
leadership skills for biomedical and health research. As part of the
LITeS leadership training experience, participants also work in
multidisciplinary teams of 5 to 7 to address questions and issues of importance
to the Anschutz Medical Campus, its affiliated hospitals and CCTSI
institutions. This year’s 21 participants considered three major issues facing
our campus: maintaining a quality academic mission in an era of changing health
care systems; catalyzing an innovation-entrepreneurship ecosystem at academic
clinical and translational research campuses; and emerging ethical
considerations for public-private partnerships. The teams put considerable time
and effort into the recommendations they presented. The past reports of the
LITeS teams are posted online and I
would encourage you to watch the website for these teams’ reports.
LITeS is seeking
participants for its 2017-2018 class. Participants should be senior or advanced
mid-career faculty involved in clinical/translational research or with
responsibilities related to academic administration or training programs in
which clinical/translational research is involved. The participants attend a
quarterly series of two-day workshops, work together throughout the year on a
team project and receive individual coaching sessions. The program schedule and
additional details are posted on the program website.
Nominations should be sent to Galit Mankin, program manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 20. In addition, LITeS is seeking an intact
team of leaders who wish to enhance their teamwork through the program. This
intact team will be participating alongside a senior research leadership team
from the University of Minnesota, who will be commuting to Colorado to
participate. For more information, contact LITeS Director Judith Albino,
or Associate Director Susan Johnson, PhD, email@example.com.
Randy Repola is joining
the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus as the Chief of
Police on April 17. He will succeed Doug Abraham who is retiring in May. Randy
has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience, most recently serving as
deputy chief of police at CU Boulder. Doug has led the CU Denver | Anschutz
University police for more than 12 years. An article
about his career was published in CU Anschutz Today in late March. We join
others in wishing Doug happy retirement and in welcoming Randy to our campus.
Andy Fine, MD, assistant
clinical professor of medicine, has been named governor of the Colorado chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is a general care internist in independent
practice in Littleton. The American College of Physicians represents 148,000
internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists, and medical students.
Colorado hosted it annual medical staff dinner last Thursday at the Hyatt
Regency Aurora, where several faculty received staff awards. The award
- Tessa Mandler,
MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, received the Century Award, which
recognizes a staff member with five or fewer years of training who has made
major contributions through committee work, leadership and/or advocacy.
- The Pediatric
Kidney Injury and Disease Stewardship Program and its co-leaders Katja Gist,
DO, assistant professor of pediatrics, Danielle Soranno, MD, assistant
professor of pediatrics, Timothy Stidham, MD, assistant professor of
pediatrics, received the Quality and Patient Safety Award for outstanding
contributions to organizational performance improvement, patient safety and/or
Robinson, PhD, scientific director of the microbiology virology laboratory,
Lynne Studebaker, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, and Scott Turner, FNP,
assistant professor of pediatrics, each received outstanding service awards.
- Jay Markson, MD,
clinical professor of pediatrics, received the James E. Strain Award, which is
given to a practitioner who exemplifies the ideals of the American Academy of
Pediatrics and its advocacy for child health.
The National Academy of
Medicine (NAM) each year presents two prestigious awards recognizing
individuals in the fields of health, medicine, and science. The Gustav O.
Leinhard Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving
health care services in the U.S. and includes a medal and $40,000. The
Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health recognizes
individuals, groups, or organizations worldwide for their outstanding
achievement in improving mental health. This award includes a medal and
$20,000. More information about the awards and links to the nomination
forms are available on the NAM’s website.
Nominations are due by Tuesday, May 23.
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed
Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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