been quite a full two weeks surrounding the Labor Day weekend, which heralds
the fall season. The Thursday before the holiday, more than 600 new students to
this campus began their interprofessional course. That day, I had a meeting
with Representative Mike Coffman prior to welcoming the new students and I
brought him along to the 600-seat auditorium to listen in to the start of the
program. There is always a lot of excitement in the room on the first day of a
new course, but the atmosphere in that auditorium that morning was electric! I
welcomed the group and gave them the nearly 20 years of history that the
schools and programs on this campus have written into interprofessional
education. Rep. Coffman was impressed. He returns to Washington this week
for what should be another interesting week of political negotiation. And after
a week of hot weather in our region, it should be a lot cooler here.
of the University of Colorado, including President Bruce Benson, gathered
Wednesday, Aug. 28, to celebrate School of Medicine students receiving the
President’s Diversity Scholarships as well as the UPI Medical Scholarships. It
was a wonderful gathering of talented students and the many faculty who donated
to these programs. The faculty contributions are testimony to their dedicated
support of this upcoming generation of physicians.
The day after Labor Day, I went to another funeral for one
of our retired faculty. Charles Halgrimson, MD, passed away Tuesday, Aug.
27. Charlie was a terrific help to me during my early years as Dean. He
made significant contributions to the Department of Surgery and its transplant
team in the early years, and to the School of Medicine, especially when he
stepped in to be Acting Dean in the mid-1980s. He was a man who was sparing
with his words, but long with his wisdom. He will be missed.
Friday there was another well-attended gathering of our faculty and directors
of finance and administration from our basic science departments with the
chairs of current and proposed departments. This session completed a series of
open forums and meetings I have had with the individual departments. Faculty
were encouraged to talk with the chairs of the proposed new departments and
with their colleagues to decide where they could be most successful in their
careers. We will update the Faculty Senate this week and bring a proposal to
the Executive Committee next week.
Allen, MD, professor of medicine, and his wife Nancy Carroll Allen have
committed $1 million for the Robert W. Schrier, MD, Endowed Chair in the
Department of Medicine. The gift brings fundraising for the endowed
chair more than halfway to the $2.5 million goal. We thank the Allens for their
generous ongoing support of the School of Medicine.
campus police are reminding pedestrians on campus to use the crosswalks. The CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Police Department has a zero-tolerance enforcement policy for motorists failing
to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. But pedestrians treading across
campus should remember that they do not always have the right of way. Outside
the crosswalks, vehicles have the right of way. Let’s be careful out there.
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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