I attended my 25th
Friday morning. The first was in New York in 1968 when I opened an
envelope that had a slip of paper with the words “University of Colorado
Straight Pediatrics” on it. The next 24 were with the classes of 1991
through this year’s class of 2014, who opened their envelopes to find out where
their next adventure would be. The annual brunch is always a wonderful event as
our soon-to-be graduates get the news about where they will be residents. Most
were happy. Some were accepting. Some were disappointed. But as I told the
class of 2014 Friday morning, “Nothing in medicine – even this – is forever.”
Best wishes to everyone in the class as they prepare for what will be the most
intense learning year of their lives.
Two days before, on
Wednesday, there was a very nice celebration
for Mimi Glodé, MD, professor of pediatrics. After 36 years on the
School’s faculty, Mimi is retiring this coming month. Most of her family and
many of her friends and colleagues shared memories of her time here. Jim
Todd, MD, professor of pediatrics and microbiology, put together a very funny
animated film summarizing her career.
I left that event to meet
with the Medical Student Council, which wanted an update on the search for my
successor. The answer (in case some of you are also interested) was that
I have heard there is now a search committee formed and a search firm picked.
But because I am not involved, I really have no details other than those.
I am going to suggest that the search committee get a web page so we can all
know how things are progressing.
At the Executive Committee
last Tuesday, Ronald Sokol, MD, director of the Colorado Clinical &
Translational Institute, gave an overview of the new funding cycle for the next
four-and-half years. The formula used by the National Institutes of Health cut
funding to $51.6 million compared with $76 million received during the previous
five-year cycle. Ron reported that the external review committee concluded that
the CCTSI is an “unqualified success,” but he noted that the federal budget
cuts will undoubtedly have an impact.
The American College of
Physicians announced last week that Lawrence Feinberg, MD, professor of
medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, will receive the Ralph
O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award at a ceremony Thursday, April 10, during the
group’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The award is bestowed on an outstanding
practitioner of internal medicine who has devoted his or her career to the care
of patients. Congratulations Larry.
Huntington Potter, PhD,
director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Clinical Center, was the
featured speaker at the annual CU Advocacy Day
at the state capital on Monday, March 17. He explained that Alzheimer’s is a
“tsunami which will sink us if we don’t solve the problem.” The School of
Medicine is a source of pride for our state and it’s good that so many
lawmakers were reminded of the great work being accomplished on this campus for
Peter S. Jensen, MD,
president and CEO of the REACH Institute, on Friday, April 4, will give the
third annual Chancellor’s John J. Conger Lectureship and Visiting Professorship
sponsored by the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Peter’s
presentation, “Applying Basic Science Methods to Assist Primary Care Clinicians
to Improve Children’s Healthcare,” will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Mt. Oxford
Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Colorado. CME credit is offered and lunch will
be available. For more information, contact Bobbi Siegel.
There were a couple of
terrific reports on Colorado Public Radio last week featuring School of
Medicine faculty members. On Wednesday, Paula Riggs, MD, professor of
psychiatry and director of the division of substance dependence, was featured
in a terrific report about
her work at Adams City High in Commerce City. Riggs has adapted a program,
to get behavioral therapy to young people to develop positive and useful ways
of thinking and to break dependence on marijuana. On Friday, CPR reported
about a new clinical rotation designed to treat refugees and featured Jamal
Moloo, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Refugee
Wellness Center in Aurora.
On Tuesday, March 25,
there will be a reception, poetry reading and art exhibit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
to celebrate the release of “The Human Touch 2014,” a volume of poetry, prose
and visual art from contributors with connections to the Anschutz Medical
Campus. The event will be at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and
Humanities. Copies of “The Human Touch 2014” will be available at no charge.
And this coming Thursday,
March 27, Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will discuss his new memoir,
“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Gossard Forum in
the Fulginiti Pavilion. This event should be an enlightening talk about Dr.
Sullivan’s personal, professional and political history. He was founding dean
of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and served as HHS secretary under
President George H.W. Bush. His book describes efforts to confront the nation’s
AIDS crisis and previous efforts at health care reform.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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