I’m writing this one from
LaGuardia Airport where my wife and I are wrapping up our third annual,
post-State of the School weekend in New York with a set of grandchildren.
There may be a busier weekend in New York City, but you would never know it. Even
snow, sleet and bitter cold (which, except for the sleet, we had seen in Denver
last week) did not keep several hundreds of thousands of visitors from clogging
the streets, restaurants and hotels here this past weekend. What a city!
But landing in Denver last night made me happy again with the decision we made
45.5 years ago to move to Denver from here.
Thanks to all those who
came out on Wednesday, Dec. 11, for my 2012-2013 State of the School
address. Hard to believe it was the 22nd time I have had the
opportunity to report on what has been consistent, and in some ways, amazing
growth and development of not just our School, but the campus around us.
Our School is strong thanks to its successful clinical enterprise, the ongoing
support of its affiliated health care providers and the dedicated work of
faculty and staff. I also reported that we are implementing proposals from the
strategic-planning process that will make our School an even better place to
learn, teach, work and provide care. The initiatives touch all parts of our
mission – education, research, clinical care and community service. It’s not
easy to change, but it’s essential to keep pace in a world that is changing
around us. If you weren’t able to attend the address, we’ve posted a summary, the
slides and a link to the video on the School’s website.
The University of Colorado
Health (UCHealth) announced on Thursday, Dec. 12, that it will provide a new
and expanded health insurance option for businesses interested in offering their employees
a partially self-funded health plan. UCHealth is one of the only integrated
health care systems in the Rocky Mountain region to provide this type of
insurance product. People will have access to UCHealth’s locations and
services, including primary care clinics and high-quality hospitals where
physicians on our faculty practice. UCHealth is establishing a new division, UCHealth
Plan Administrators, to assist
Colorado employers in managing health care risk while providing plan
administration functions such as claims processing, customer service, billing
The Dean’s Distinguished
Seminar Series features Michael Young, PhD, vice president of academic affairs
at The Rockefeller University, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. in Hensel Phelps
West Auditorium. Young will discuss “Genes Controlling Sleep and Circadian
Corey Lyon, DO, assistant
professor of family medicine, last week was notified that he has been named the
Family Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Academy of Family
Physicians. He will receive the honor at the academy’s awards ceremony in April
2014. Corey joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2011 and practices at the
AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Stapleton. Congratulations.
Here’s another reminder to
mark your calendars for the annual meeting of University Physicians, Inc., on
Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Trivisible Room. A reception starts at 5 p.m. with the
business meeting beginning at 6 p.m.
And here’s another call
for volunteers to work at the National Western Stock Show. The Anschutz Medical
Campus will again have a health-screening exhibit at the stock show, which runs
Jan. 11-26. Volunteers are needed for each day. There are two shifts daily
–from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information about
signing up can be found on the Colorado Area Health Education Center website.
Earlier this month, David
Pollock, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics,
earned some national attention for his research sequencing the genome of the Burmese python,
discovering large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes.
Last Friday, the
paraskevidekatriaphobics among us had a stressful day. It was Friday the 13th
– the second time in four months that the 13th has fallen on a
Friday. Perhaps you recognize this condition by another name:
friggatriskaidekaphobia. The superstitious should have a better year in 2014
because the 13th falls on a Friday only once, in June.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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