I am sitting here on
Sunday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. watching as the sun is just emerging from behind
the clouds. Thank goodness. The day nearly went down as one of those rare days
of no sunshine here; we have only 65 or so of those a year. On the other
hand, my lawn has greatly appreciated the rain soaking the past week. The
sunshine arrived as the Rockies snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat and
the US won the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Last Monday I had another
open forum to discuss the proposed reorganization of the basic sciences in the
School. This second session, like the first session the previous week,
was a good opportunity to hear from several people about their concerns or
questions. This coming week, I will be meeting with members of the Immunology
and the Cell and Developmental Biology departments to hear their
perspectives. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them here.
The External Advisory
Committee of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) was
on campus last Thursday and Friday reviewing the new five-year grant. The
members were very complimentary about the new organization and approach of
CCTSI and provided, as they have for the previous five years, good feedback on
how to make further improvements. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
is likely to send a Notice of Grant Award sometime in the next month.
Congratulations to Ron Sokol, MD, and his whole team for competing so well for
this very important NIH grant.
The University of Colorado
School of Medicine is looking to increase the participation of practicing and
faculty physicians in the selection of our next incoming medical school class
matriculating in 2014. Physicians interested in interviewing outstanding
Colorado residents and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to contact
Assistant Dean of Admissions Oswaldo Grenardo, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him 303-241-7112.
Two School of Medicine
faculty members and an administrator were recently appointed to leadership
positions within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Kevin Lillehei, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery, and Pamela Peterson,
MD, associate professor of medicine in the cardiology division, will become
charter members of the AAMC’s Council of Faculty and Academic
Societies. This council is charged with identifying critical issues facing
medical school faculty and providing a strong voice for faculty within the AAMC
leadership structure. Additionally, Cheryl Welch, director of faculty
affairs, was recently appointed to the Research Project Development
Subcommittee of the AAMC’s Group on Faculty Affairs. This
subcommittee will engage in strategic planning and will oversee collaborative
and scholarly projects pertaining to faculty evaluation, faculty development,
promotion and tenure and other faculty matters.
Genetics and Ethics Conference, held in Estes Park on July 18-19, explored the
ethical, legal and social implications of biological explanations of addiction
for personal responsibility. More than 70
attendees joined legal, public policy, genetics, medical and neurobiology
experts, as well as those in recovery from addiction, in discussing the topic.
Speaker presentations are available on the Center for Bioethics and Humanities website.
Finally, last Friday
morning, Lilly Marks, executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus,
and I had the opportunity to welcome 20 or so of our faculty to an impromptu
leadership conference organized by Robin Deterding, MD, professor of
pediatrics. Robin, who was part of the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine)
program in 2009, was joined by four of her “Elums” from Calgary, Salt Lake City
and Albuquerque. The five of them have an annual reunion at one of their
schools where they put on this type of program. During the conversation
following one of the sessions, a junior faculty member thanked me for writing
these weekly emails and wondered aloud how I had the time to do it. It was nice
to know that there is actually readership of this email, which I have made time
for every Sunday since 2004, in part because I think it is important in a place
that has grown as quickly as we have to try to stay in touch with our more than
4,000 faculty, staff and students, but also because it is therapeutic.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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