It was the last busy week
for a while – until next year at least. The executive committee of the
School met and reviewed plans for further improvement in our Phase 3 clinical
curriculum. A small grants program will be available to clinical departments
to allow planning over the next three months before the Class of 2016 starts
its clinical years.
The executive committee
also heard from a department chair who provided immediate feedback to a senior
faculty member from another department after that senior faculty member had
interacted disrespectfully with a resident. The senior faculty member then
apologized to the resident (and hopefully extinguishes such behavior in the
future). It was personally enormously gratifying to hear how this
incident was handled because we at the School have struggled for some time in
dealing with incidents of student (and resident and staff) mistreatment.
I truly believe that if we can foster a culture of immediate feedback –
pointing out inappropriate and unprofessional behavior as contrasted to
“reporting and investigating” it, or worse, silently and passively accepting it
– we will be a much better place. It would be a great New Year’s
resolution for all of us.
Wednesday evening, there
was a huge celebration of the career of Tony Ruiz, who has been vice president
for operations and facilities for University of Colorado Hospital for many
years. Tony will be retiring at the end of the month. He has been
involved in the build-out of every part of University of Colorado Hospital
since the last millennium! He will be missed.
Thursday evening, our
education team and I visited Colorado Springs again. This time we met with the
executive team at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. It was a good
opportunity to continue to engage that community in our School’s branch and
dispel the continuous stream of misconceptions about what is happening
there. One of the physicians attending the meeting, for example, asked
how “Penrose” physicians could participate in “Memorial’s medical school.” I
explained that any physician in Colorado Springs who is interested could be
appointed as a clinical faculty member of the University of Colorado School
of Medicine, which has a branch in Colorado Springs. It is not the
UCCS medical school, the University of Colorado Health medical school or the
Memorial Hospital medical school. As the only public school of medicine
in Colorado, we rely on clinical faculty, who work at all the health systems or
who are in private practice, to teach our students. And we have alumni
working in all of them. Once Erik Wallace, MD, arrives in January as the School
of Medicine’s associate dean of the Colorado Springs branch, the confusion
should begin to abate.
The A.F. Williams Family
Medicine Center at Stapleton has been recognized as the “Patient Centered
Medical Home Best Practice” by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. The
award will be given at the academy’s annual scientific conference in April. The
academy noted that its board was “very impressed with the outstanding care that
you provide to your patients and the quality initiatives and improvements of
your practice.” Congratulations.
James Borgstede, MD,
professor of radiology, has been elected to the board of
directors of the Radiological Society of North America and he will serve as the
board liaison for international affairs.
Folio: Magazine earlier
this month recognized the April 2013
issue of Neurology Clinical Practice with an “Eddie” award for editorial
excellence. John Corboy, MD, professor of neurology, is editor of the journal,
which won in the business-to-business category for healthcare/medical/nursing.
Among the articles in the issue was a piece by Maria Nagel, MD, assistant
professor of neurology, and Don Gilden, MD, the Louise Baum Professor of
Neurology. Congratulations to all.
The Anschutz Health and
Wellness Center is seeking participants from campus for its State of Slim Campus
Challenge, based on the book State of Slim by James Hill, PhD, and
Holly Wyatt, MD, the center’s executive director and associate director
respectively. The cost to participate is $99, which includes the book,
educational lectures and cooking demonstrations. One male and one female winner
at the end of the 16-week program will each be eligible for a minimum $2,500
prize based on their percentage of weight loss and an essay about their
transformation. The participants must agree to before and after photos. Start
date is Jan. 27 and winners will be announced by June 7.
Finally, thanks again to
Celia Kaye, MD, PhD, our senior associate dean for education who is retiring
this month, for a wonderful eight years here, and best wishes to all of you for
the happiest of New Years. It promises to be another really interesting
year. The next WGOH will be Jan. 6, 2014.
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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