A snowy Sunday afternoon
and I am flying back from a weekend trip to Atlanta to visit family –
celebrating two birthdays and Mother’s Day with two of the mothers in our
family. It’s not entirely clear whether this will be the last of the snowstorms
this spring, but I have scheduled time this week to have my snow tires removed.
Hope springs eternal!
This past week was a nice
one. We hosted the 2014 Annual Golden Stethoscope Preceptors Awards on
Monday evening at a wonderful event here on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
It was the fifth annual “Golden Stethoscope,” but the 20th
opportunity to thank the many individual physicians who precept our students a
half day a week for three (sometimes four) years in their offices or clinics.
Several of the physicians there that evening have been preceptors every one of
the 20 years! We owe all of them our thanks. These awards honor
excellence in clinical education and let the School recognize the preceptors’
outstanding contributions to the next generation of physicians. Students
nominate their preceptors and the competition is difficult to
judge. This year’s winners are:
- Emergency Medicine – JP
- Family Medicine – Daniel
- Internal Medicine – Amber
- OB/GYN – Ken Moss, MD
- Patient/Physician Communications
– Anthony Elias, MD
- Pediatric – Tai
- Physical Exam – Karin
- Role Model – Susan Ryan,
- Specialty – Kimi Kondo, DO
- Foundations of Doctoring
Faculty Choice Award – Jerome Buckley, MD
- Kris Wenzel Award – Bobbi
Last Thursday, David
Schwartz, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, received the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Annual Award for significant and unique contributions in Science
and Medicine. This award is a tribute to David’s lifetime of work and he joins
a roster of other distinguished faculty members, including David Talmage, MD,
Theodore Puck, PhD, and Henry Claman, MD, to be recognized with the award,
which is sometimes called “Colorado’s Nobel Prize.” Congratulations. David’s
not resting on his laurels, though, upon receiving the award. He will be adding
a new title, Interim Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and
Biomedical Informatics, while the search for a director restarts.
I was invited to the
Bonfils-Stanton dinner, but as I often do, had a competing event: the Class of
2014 Senior Skit, which was held at Casselman’s in lower downtown. The
evening was filled with good humor, very creative videos, and several on-stage
skits. Robert Rivard’s impersonation of me was good satire, and my comment
later in the evening, when I had an opportunity to shoot back, that he would
get a blank diploma was not true (and probably would be unfair). More faculty attended
than usual, which was nice to see.
Congratulations to Marc
Moss, MD, professor of medicine, on his election as secretary-treasurer of the
American Thoracic Society for 2014-15. The election puts him on a path to
become president of the group in 2017-18. In addition
to Marc, other society board members from Colorado are Robin Deterding, MD,
professor of pediatrics and chair of the society’s pediatrics assembly; Greg
Downey, MD, professor of immunology and chair of the society’s allergy,
immunology, and inflammation assembly; and James Beck, MD, professor of
medicine and chair of the society’s planning and evaluation committee.
received some good news from the statehouse before the lawmakers packed up and
went home last Wednesday. Legislators approved Senate Bill 14-211, which will
dedicate $250,000 to the CU Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Clinical Center to
demonstrate a state commitment to helping achieve the federal Alzheimer’s
Disease Research Center designation.
for benefits plans will continue through 5 p.m. this Friday, May 16.
Descriptions of changes to some benefits and explanations of what happens if
you don’t participate in open enrollment are available at the website. Be sure
to get it done.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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