The MD Class of 2017
gathered in downtown Denver on Friday, March 17, for Match Day festivities,
where the soon-to-be graduates found out where they will be residents. We were
also fortunate to have Maureen Garrity, PhD, former associate dean for student
affairs who retired earlier this year, as keynote speaker who reminded the
class to keep life in balance by taking time for patients, time for their
families and loved ones and time for themselves. “As a resident, you have an
opportunity to make a very real difference in the lives of your patients and
families. Please do not take this lightly or in a trivial fashion. A kind word,
a real listen, a sympathetic gesture is like a ripple in a pond that will
continue to influence.” Kristina Tocce, MD, MPH, assistant dean for
student affairs, announced that donors have contributed more than $100,000 in
just four months to create an endowed scholarship in Maureen’s name and that
the CU President’s Office is supporting the creation of the Maureen Garrity,
PhD, Presidential Scholarship. Thomas Clagett, MS4, was the Match Day
student speaker and he gave sound advice to his peers. “The older, the wiser,
the more class-dad-like I become, the more I believe that happiness is not
simply a choice, but it’s a choice that must be practiced. We’re going to move
on, we’re going to continue to work hard.” The School of Medicine has posed the
video of the event on our Match
Day 2017 webpage. Our thanks to the Office of Student Life and the Match
Day planning team for organizing the celebration and our congratulations to the
Class of 2017.
Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH,
professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs, presented Data
Science to Patient Value, or D2V, to the Faculty Senate on Tuesday. D2V is
one of the five Transformational Research Funding projects supported last year
by the Dean’s Office. D2V is a multidisciplinary research initiative that
focuses on big data methods, their applications to medicine and health care
delivery, and ultimately, the achievement of high value, patient-centered
health care. This project is essential to our ongoing efforts to find ways to
use data in ways that improve the quality of care for patients and the quality
of life in our communities.
Research Funding initiatives are major investments in programs that are
intended to position the School of Medicine as a leader in cutting-edge and
emerging fields, attract extramural funding, help recruit and retain
outstanding faculty, enhance education and training, and positively impact
human lives and society in Colorado, the nation and the world. We have made
these investments from our faculty’s clinical earnings, from annual financial
support from UCHealth and from philanthropy, including a commitment of $15
million by The Anschutz Foundation. No state-appropriated funding or student
tuition or fees are being used for the Transformational Research Funding awards.
The leaders of these
projects are involved in recruiting new faculty, managing resources that
promote collaborative science, organizing training and educational programming
and sponsoring pilot research projects. To learn more about the initiatives,
check out their websites:
Philanthropy is an
essential part of the success of our University and on Thursday, March 16, CU
Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Don Elliman and CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy
Horrell, PhD, hosted the 10th Annual Donor Recognition Dinner at the
Seawall Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s
honorees were Comcast, the Daniels Fund and Joyce Zeff and the Zeff Family. The
Zeff Family funded the Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research, which is held
by Ross Camidge, MD, PhD. The office of Advancement and CU Foundation have
posted videos about the
honorees online that are well worth watching.
The Colorado Clinical and
Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) has launched a new program to provide
study coordinator services to help researchers in adult diseases do their work.
The Clinical Research Support Team—or CReST—is led by Clinical Research
Operations Manager Benjamin Echalier, MS, MBA, CCRP. The new initiative
provides coordinator-type services like study visits, data collection and
management, regulatory and budgetary support. The goal is to help investigators
stay efficient, on time and on budget. More information about services and
pricing is available on the CReST
website. For questions, contact Benjamin Echalier.
The White House released its
proposed federal budget last Thursday and it called for deep cuts in funding
for the National Institutes of Health. According to an article
in STAT, which is dedicated to health and science news, the NIH would be
cut by $6 billion, about a fifth of its total budget, “a move that could
decimate biomedical research in a number of areas and stagger academic
institutions around the country that depend on NIH grant money to keep their
scientific research programs afloat.” Many, including the Association for
American Medical Colleges, have understandably reacted
to this budget proposal, though preliminary, with great concern. With the
University of Colorado Office of Government Relations, we are working to ask
our legislative delegation to protect the funding that has been so essential to
improving human health and the quality of life in our communities and
establishing one of the country’s best academic medical centers here in
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner last
Friday convened a roundtable to discuss issues related to residency programs
with Colorado hospital CEOs, including Liz Concordia, president and CEO of
UCHealth, and Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado.
He also invited me to attend on behalf of the School of Medicine. Many of the
speakers at the event emphasized their concerns about the current proposal to
change the nation’s health care system and they said changes in how Medicaid
funding is distributed to the states could have a profound negative impact on
U.S. News and World Report
released its annual rankings of medical schools in the United States. The CU
School of Medicine was ranked No.
8 in primary care and No.
35 as a research institution. CU also ranked high in several categories:
3rd in Family Medicine, 5th among Physician Assistant programs, 6th in
Pediatrics, 6th in Rural Medicine, and 15th in Physical Therapy programs.
Congratulations to Lilia
Cervantes, MD, associate professor of medicine, who has been named a 2017
Unsung Heroine by the Latinas First Foundation. Lily is a hospitalist at Denver
Health and has been researching how care is provided to undocumented immigrants
with end-stage renal disease and the physical and psychological toll imposed on
these patients and their families by policies that do not allow scheduled
dialysis treatments. She will be honored at the Latinas
First Foundation sixth annual luncheon on May 11 in downtown Denver.
Another honoree at that day’s events will be Irene Griego, chair of the
University of Colorado Board of Regents, who has been named a 2017 Trailblazer
by the foundation.
Michelle Loader, PA-C, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Alexandria
(Alexa) Leo, PA-C, musculoskeletal interventional radiology, who were selected
by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants to
participate in a three-day focus group to improve the focus and relevance of
the national PA re-certification examination.
The spring faculty
gathering for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is scheduled
at 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Fulginiti Pavilion. No RSVP is
required, but organizers ask those attending bring a faculty or hospital ID.
Drinks and light appetizers will be served.
The Undergraduate Medical
Education program is searching for a basic science Molecules to Medicine Block
co-director with a start date of July 1. Candidates must have a faculty
appointment at the University of Colorado, and a PhD (or equivalent) degree
from an accredited university. This at-will position will receive 0.25
FTE. Details are available in the job
description. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and current
CV to Carolina Jensen (Carolina.Jensen@ucdenver.edu)
by Friday, April 21.
Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, founding
director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
and director of the Child and Family Health Leadership and Training Program in
the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, will deliver the John J. Conger Lectureship in
Child Mental Health Policy at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 pm, Friday, March 24, at Grand
Rounds at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Mt. Oxford with a reception to
follow. The presentation will be Emerging Challenges to
Child Health in America: RX – Transformation. The lectureship is named after
John J. Conger, PhD, a pioneer in developmental and clinical psychology, who
was acting chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from
1984 to 1985 and dean of the CU School of Medicine from 1963 to 1968. Continuing Medical Education credit will be offered
and lunch is available for purchase. Contact Bobbi Siegel, assistant to
the chair of pediatrics, at 720-777-3936.
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed
Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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