I was on the road again
this past week, so I had to compress several meetings into the two days I was
here. On Monday, I met with the Departments of Immunology and Cell and
Developmental Biology to discuss the proposed reorganization of basic sciences
and on Wednesday met with most of the clinical chairs to discuss the proposed
reorganization of the governance of our clinical practice. All three meetings
were successful, I thought, in allowing broad input into our thinking and
process. This week, I will meet with the Departments of Microbiology and
Pharmacology as well as all the basic science chairs.
Tuesday morning, I drove
to Aspen to have lunch with the leadership team of the Department of Psychiatry
at their annual retreat. The drive over Independence Pass in the morning and
back through Glenwood Canyon in the afternoon bookended a nice discussion about
the Department of Psychiatry’s role in our educational, research and clinical
missions. I arrived in Aspen just after noon to witness the thrilling end to
their bocce match and an amazing toss by Professor and Vice Chair Randy Ross,
MD, to seal a victory for his team. On the way out of town I drove by the
corner of Garmisch and Francis streets where the Given Institute used to be and
where it appeared new construction is about to happen. After a small
spasm of nostalgia, I headed home.
Thursday morning, I
welcomed a large group interested in carbon-ion radiation technology at a
two-day meeting organized by our colleagues from the College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Studies at Colorado State University. I previously met
some of the visitors, who were from the Japan National Institute of
Radiological Sciences and from industry, on a trip to Japan earlier this year.
I hoped to be present for most of the two-day meeting here, but left that
morning to fly to Charleston, SC, where I attended a meeting of the Blue Ridge
Academic Health Group on behalf of Vice President for Health Affairs Lilly
Marks. She had been invited to describe the evolution of our involvement with
University of Colorado Health, but when her second grandson was born earlier in
the week, she asked me to give her presentation. The Blue Ridge Academic Health
Group has been meeting annually since 1993. It is funded by Emory University
and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and is an august body of past and
present senior leaders from some of America’s leading academic health science
centers. I found the discussion very interesting and look forward to the
publication of the proceedings later in the year. And the opportunity to meet
with an august body in August was doubly special.
University of Colorado
Health announced last Thursday that Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs is taking the steps necessary to become a Level I
Trauma Center, making it the first such Colorado hospital outside metro Denver.
A Level I Trauma Center must have trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic
surgeons and their teams of nurses and anesthesiologists at the hospital or on
call and ready to treat patients 24 hours a day. Pursuing the designation could
take one to three years. The move coincides with the expansion of the School of
Medicine’s annual class size, beginning in 2014, from 160 to as many 184
students. Members of the expanded class will train during their third and
fourth years in medical school at the new Colorado Springs branch of the School
Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has long benefited from the
leadership of physicians from our School. Paul Bunn Jr., MD, professor of
medicine, and Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and pathology, are
longtime executive leaders of the group. Last week, the IASLC announced that
Laurie Gaspar, MD, MBA, professor and chair of radiation oncology, was elected to the IASLC board.
Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD,
director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, has been elected to a
three-year term on the board of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.
The group represents 95 academic and free-standing cancer research centers in
the United States.
5280 magazine published
its annual list of “Top Docs”
and, as usual, our faculty members are well represented. Out of 334 physicians
listed in the August issue of the magazine, 135 are full time regular faculty
and 61 are on our voluntary clinical faculty with the School. Congratulations
Colorado Public Radio
featured an interview
with Tom Campbell, MD, professor of medicine, about an effort to rebuild the
health system in Zimbabwe, which collapsed during a decade of economic and
political strife. It’s a terrific story that reminds us again that the School
of Medicine’s reach extends far beyond this corner of Colorado.
The Academy of Medical
Educators is providing online training for all members of the Anschutz Medical
Campus with a faculty or clinical instructor designation. The modules
cover teaching, career issues and technology in education. A list of specific
topics and information about signing up for a Crowd Wisdom account to access
the modules are available at the academy’s website.
Finally, we were wandering
around Cherry Creek on Saturday and stopped by the “Robert Anderson Gallery.”
We mentioned last month that Bob is working part-time helping us with the
preparation for our next Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation
in 2016. He has opened a gallery on East Third Avenue near Columbine Street
where he has a terrific collection of his and other artists’ photographs.
There is a lot to see and he is a great tour guide.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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