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Nov. 11, 2013

What's Going on Here?


Dear Colleague,

I spent a good part of last week in Tokyo with colleagues from Colorado State University renewing our Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Radiological Sciences of Japan.  We are exploring the feasibility of bringing carbon ion radiation technology to our state.  Research and clinical work is clearly now global in scope; I saw one of our faculty on his way to Korea on the flight out, and another who was also in Tokyo for his research program on the flight back. As a result of my travel schedule, I am catching up on everything that went on here last week, although I was up at 5:30 a.m. Japan Standard Time to participate in the University of Colorado Hospital Authority Board meeting, which took place here Thursday afternoon. The board voted to build out some of the shelled space in the new Anschutz Inpatient Tower because the hospital is running at more than 90 percent capacity again, less than six months after the new tower opened. 

The School of Medicine’s Academy of Medical Educators is inviting submissions for the second annual Educational Scholarship & Innovation Symposium, which will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The symposium is a chance to share educational research, ways to use technology in education, changes in curriculum and new methods of teaching in the classroom, ward, clinic or community.  The online submission form and other details can be found at the call for abstracts. Abstracts are due by Friday, Nov. 29.

The School of Medicine has created a new clinical trials webpage to help researchers advertise their clinical trials to potential participants. All schools located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, along with affiliated institutions (University of Colorado Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, and Denver Health), are eligible to advertise clinical trials on this webpage. To be listed, researchers must submit a request form.

The Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities will host a sale of musical instruments on Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 17. A selection of grand pianos, baby grand pianos, digital keyboards, orchestral strings and acoustic and electric guitars will be available for purchase. Most instruments are less than a year old and a substantial portion of the purchase price is considered a charitable contribution to the Rockley Family Foundation, so it may be tax deductible. The Rockley Family Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes music education, has provided pianos for use on campus at no cost since the opening of the Fulginiti Pavilion in 2012.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program announced last week that it is accepting applications through Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The program provides master’s degree graduate-level study and research in a university-based, post-residency training program. Up to 20 scholars will be selected to receive leadership training, protected research time and networking opportunities. The selected scholars will train at one of the following institutions: the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Michigan; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.

David Schwartz, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine, will deliver the State of the Department Address this afternoon, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. in Hensel Phelps Auditorium West.

Hugo Rosen, MD, head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine, is featured in current issue of CU Connections, the newsletter for faculty and staff.  His observations about the value of research in an academic setting and the importance of innovative thinking are worth reading.

An article published last week by the Journal of the American Medical Association by P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and several of his colleagues here at the School of Medicine, attracted national media attention. The article assessed whether testosterone therapy is associated in some cases with heart attacks, strokes and death. Reports about the article appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, ABC News and many others.

Rob Leeret, director of emergency/trauma services at University of Colorado Hospital, and Richard Zane, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, received the President’s Award for Partners in Leadership at a ceremony last Friday. The award recognizes the remarkable transition to the new emergency room this past April.

And finally, congratulations to chief surgical resident Max Wohlauer, MD, and third-year surgical resident Akshay Chauhan, MD, who last month won the international Surgical Jeopardy finals at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  Richard Schulick, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery, described their victory: “Not only did we win, but we devastated the other teams. It was almost a little embarrassing to watch these guys do so well.”

Have a good week,

Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine


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