The transition from summer
to fall here has been very abrupt and incredibly soggy. While the flooding in
Aurora has been significant and we have had some outages and road closures to
deal with, it has been nothing compared to what has been going on in Boulder,
at the CU-Boulder campus and in northern Colorado. We hope the prediction of a
drying-out period beginning tomorrow is right.
The Faculty Senate met for
the first time this academic year on Tuesday with a full agenda. I gave an
update on the strategic-planning process and the proposed changes in both the
basic science and clinical areas. I had to leave for a reception at Chancellor
Don Elliman’s home for new faculty who have joined the University of Colorado
Denver, the consolidated university that includes two campuses, one in downtown
Denver and ours at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The rain made the usual
25-minute trip an hourlong process. Meanwhile, the senate discussed the revised
Professionalism Code and the new Faculty Evaluation System, which consolidates
the DOMINO and FIDO systems we have had within the school.
Wednesday at noon I had
lunch with the first class of the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program, which
started this year. It was fun to talk with them about their pioneer efforts on
this campus and it reminded me of my first faculty position at our school in
1973 when I worked with the first classes of the Child Health
Associate/Physician Assistant program, which now has nearly 1000 graduates.
I drove to Vail Thursday
afternoon for the Colorado Hospital Association annual meeting, where I
participated in a session on the impact to the state’s health care system of
adding 540,000 insured state residents as a result of health care reform.
During the drive, just past Idaho Springs, the sun was out periodically and the
aspen were showing spots of turning.
Friday the 13th passed
uneventfully, and I spent the weekend doing things around the house and
watching a little football. If there is a gene, or set of genes for quarterback
competence, the Manning family sure has several copies.
Next week, there is a lot
going on. “Mini Med School Part 2: The Clinical Years” begins Wednesday, Sept.
18, at 7 p.m. The free lecture series is a community service that invites people to campus each Wednesday
evening to learn about a specific topic such as stroke, obesity, mental illness
and women’s health. The nine-week program is simulcast in Boulder and Colorado
Springs. The series is free, but registration is required.
The Department of
Psychiatry will conduct its annual violence prevention threat simulation
exercise on Thursday, Sept. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. The activity associated
with the event will be confined to the second floor of Building 500. The
simulation will be conducted by the Anschutz Medical Campus Police with the
Pianist Richard Kogan, MD,
a psychiatrist affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, will perform
works of George Gershwin and share stories about the composer on Thursday, Sept.
19, at 7 p.m. in Education Building II South, Room 1102. The event is free and
open to the public, although donations to the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare
Program are welcome.
A symposium to honor the
scientific contributions of Celia Sladek, PhD, professor emerita in the
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, is set for Friday, Sept. 20, in
Hensel-Phelps West Auditorium. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. and features
five visiting speakers. It’s a terrific tribute to Celia, who has been a dedicated
researcher here since 2002.
The Anschutz Medical
Campus is hosting its first annual Anschutz Block Party on Friday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bonfils Circle south of
Building 500. Food vendors and some of the food trucks we’ve come to know and
love on Wednesdays will be there to serve. Music of many flavors will be on tap
too: the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Delta Sonics, the Belle Jar and Dogs in the
Yard will be performing. Hopefully the rain will stay away and you can come out
to celebrate with your campus neighbors.
Finally, I got word that
Dale Liechty, MD, a longtime member of the School of Medicine faculty, died last
week. Dale was on the Department of Surgery faculty from 1972 until he retired
in 1995. His son-in-law, J. Scott Millikan, MD, a surgeon in Billings, Mont.,
completed his residency here. Dale’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20,
at 1 p.m. at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. Our condolences go out to
Dale’s wife, Valerie, and the rest of his family.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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