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Sept. 30, 2013

What's Going on Here?


Dear Colleague,

I write this one at home at the end of yet another impressive Broncos victory, while occasionally watching the second victory in a row by the Rockies in Los Angeles. The Rockies’ season is over but the Broncos are on a roll.  One hopes that they stay healthy. The Avalanche open their season Wednesday and the Nuggets start at the end of the month.  All this, and beautiful fall weather.

Last week was another interesting week.  Tuesday, I had presentations to make at both the University of Colorado Health board strategic-planning retreat and at the Kempe Children’s Foundation strategic retreat. The latter is one of eight boards of 501(c)3 organizations I attend in my role as Dean. After those, I went to Washington, D.C., for the Wednesday morning release of an Institute of Medicine committee report, “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.” 

Thursday, the Children’s Hospital Colorado board met and briefly discussed the joint strategic-planning process that the School of Medicine, UPI and Children’s have undertaken, aiming to be completed in time for yet another retreat – the Children’s Hospital board retreat on Oct. 24-25. Someone once said that every significant advance is accompanied by a retreat. We should be in for a lot of advances here….

The annual community luncheon hosted by the Center for Women’s Health Research was also Thursday, and there was also a two-day women’s reproductive health national symposium here Thursday and Friday. Sadly, I was unable to attend either of them, but heard that these were terrific events.

Late Friday morning, five members of former Chancellor Vince Fulginiti’s family (his wife Shirley, his children John, Laura and Paul, and his oldest grandson Dan) came to Denver for a brief ceremony and unveiling of the plaque that will be displayed in the lobby of Building 500. At Shirley’s request, only a few individuals were there, all of whom shared reminiscences of Vince and then went over to the Bioethics and Humanities Pavilion that bears his name.

The UCD Office of Regulatory Compliance is launching a virtual Clinical Research Support Center in October. The center is a free, centralized source of guidance for investigators and professional research assistants, offering one-on-one assistance with budgeting, IRB review, FDA submission, ongoing compliance and more.  Meet the team and learn more at their October lunchtime meet-and-greet events. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Building 500 cafeteria. Other dates are posted at the support center’s website.

Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, associate professor and chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado, last week became board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP board of directors. Cain was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.

Next Monday, Oct. 7, begins National Primary Care Week when the American Medical Student Association highlights the importance of primary care, particularly to underserved populations. On our campus, there will be several events including a career panel, lectures and discussion and a viewing of “The Waiting Room,” a documentary about an Oakland, Calif., hospital emergency room. Events start with a breakfast Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Education 1 Lobby.

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) annually accepts applications for small grants, ranging from $3,500 to $5,000, to support efforts to create, implement and evaluate innovative medical education programs. Special consideration is given to projects that relate to the School of Medicine’s priorities, such as longitudinal curriculum, learning communities, lifelong learning, master educator development and quality and safety education. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1 and details are available at the AME website.

Finally, today is the last day of the federal fiscal year.  It will be interesting to see whether we will be able to say “Happy New Year” tomorrow or not.

Have a good week,

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

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