glorious. The sun shone brightly and the weather cooperated with us on Friday
morning, May 23, after two consecutive days of tornado warnings on campus. I
was chosen to deliver the commencement address and it truly was an honor to
speak to this outstanding class and their families and friends. I know they are
off to do great things and I reminded them how important it is to keep balance
in their lives – personal and professional. Class of 2014 member Igor Shumskiy,
MD, gave a remarkable and entertaining address,
comparing the complexity of a Rubik’s Cube to the myriad factors we face every
day with patients. He summed up our profession well: “We chose to do the
simplest, most beautiful act. We've chosen to help people.”
The Child Health
Associate/Physician Assistant program conferred a degree upon its 1000th
graduate on the day before and the Physical Therapy Program granted its degrees
at the same time as the MD program on Friday. These two programs’ faculty took
the Memorial Day weekend off and then welcomed their new classes of first year
students last Wednesday and Thursday.
Reunions were very successful.
We welcomed the class of 1964 back for its 50-year reunion on graduation
weekend. There were many accomplished alumni at the ceremony to inspire and be
inspired by the Class of 2014. Friday night there were a dozen reunion dinners
held at the University Club and the Denver Country Club.
A number of people have
been asking how they apply for my job. To make it easier, we have posted
information on the School of Medicine’s webpage about the search for
my successor as dean of the School of Medicine, president of University
Physicians, Inc., and the university’s vice chancellor of health affairs. The
posting includes the job description, the names of the members of the search
committee and a message from committee chairman David Goff, MD, PhD, dean of
the Colorado School of Public Health. David’s message says the committee
anticipates confidential interviews with candidates this summer, with finalists
vising campus in late August or September.
Congratulations to Jean
Kutner, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine, who has been appointed as the
University of Colorado Hospital’s chief medical officer and associate dean for
clinical affairs effective July 1. In this newly created role at the hospital,
Jean will be responsible for clinical effectiveness, quality and patient safety
in conjunction with nursing and other hospital and School of Medicine leaders.
She also will work closely with School of Medicine clinical leadership to
represent the academic perspective in hospital discussions. She will step down
from her position as head of the general internal medicine division.
Physicians on our faculty
should take time to review information reported by pharmaceutical and
medical-device manufacturers to the federal government about payments for
research, consulting, gifts, travel or speaking honoraria, and entertainment.
The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act,
requires the manufacturers to report such payments. Beginning on June 1,
physicians can register on
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website to review and
dispute any of the data reported about them. I urge you to take a look because
CMS will make the data public on Sept. 30, 2014, and, based on previous news
reports, we expect intense interest in the information. Faculty Affairs has
prepared a useful summary of
The Spring 2014 issue of CU Medicine Today highlights great work by our faculty and students here at the School
of Medicine. Get up to date on research by Catherine Lozupone, PhD, in our new
Division of Personalized Medicine and Biomedical Information. Learn about 5th
Gear Kids, a program to educate grade-school children about diet and exercise.
Read about a remarkable physical therapy student, Derek Enns, who lives among
recently arrived immigrants in the Denver area. Read those stories and much
more in the current issue now posted on the School of Medicine
The Enhancing Education
Grants Program is soliciting requests for applications for a second round of
funding. The purpose of the grants is to improve education in the third year of
medical school here at the School of Medicine. It is anticipated that 4 to 5
awards, up to $175,000 per award, will be funded. All applications will be
peer-reviewed by a committee chaired by Associate Dean for Educational Strategy
Eva Aagaard, MD. Applications are due by Sept. 15. For more information,
contact Robert Anderson, MD, senior associate dean for education.
The School of Medicine is
recruiting for a 0.5 FTE physician to help lead the development and oversight
of the clinical curriculum at its Colorado Springs Branch. For more
information, including details on the job description, contact Erik
Wallace, MD, associate dean for
Colorado Springs branch.
Hard to believe June is
here and in just three weeks the days will start to get shorter. Have a
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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