Dean's Weekly Message

July 6, 2020

Dear colleague:

The pandemic made it much more difficult to showcase our world-class medical campus to prospective residents and fellows this year because, like all other academic medical centers, we have been forced to move to virtual interviews. Our campus and the teams who work here are a key competitive advantage in recruitment, so to put our best foot forward, the Virtual Recruitment Taskforce, led by Meredith Alston, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology who practices at Denver Health, produced a video that highlights our campus, hospital partnerships, diverse patients and community. Making a video in the time of COVID-19 has special challenges, so it is even more remarkable that the task force was able to put this video together in just three weeks. I encourage you to watch the video and hear the messages shared by some of our residents and fellows. They are inspiring and a reminder that our School has been very successful in our efforts to attract outstanding physicians to our more than 100 residency and fellowship training programs.

Larry A. Green, MD, Distinguished Professor of the University and Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care, has been elected chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board of directors. ABMS supports member boards that develop educational and professional standards and programs of assessment to certify physician specialists. More than 900,000 physicians are certified in one or more of 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. Larry has served on the ABMS board since 2010.

The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and CU Innovations are accepting applications for the 2020 Gates Grubstake Fund awards. Awards of $350,000 are granted to investigators with programs within or adjacent to regenerative medicine treatments, diagnostics, devices, and tissue engineering. Applications are due Monday, August 24. To apply and to see a list of previous recipients of these awards, go to the Gates Grubstake Award webpage. For additional information, contact the Gates Center’s Entrepreneur in Residence Heather Callahan at

CPR News featured Sarah Rowan, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, in a recent report about finding a creative and meaningful way to take a break from the non-stop cycle of work our colleagues have been facing this year. Sarah, who practices at Denver Health and is an artist in her free time, was inspired to create art that features women of color who have been providing care in the time of COVID-19. She emailed friends at local hospitals, including Shanta Zimmer, MD, senior associate dean for education, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, and professor of medicine, to ask for selfies that could be turned into portraits, which are now featured on a specially created website, Women of Color on the Front Lines. “I hope that it serves as a visual representation that our society values women and racial diversity in medicine, and their commitment is worth recording with artwork,” Sarah said. “I hope that people feel honored and appreciated. I also feel hopeful that this will inspire young people to go into medicine, particularly young Black people or Latinx people.” 

Have a good week,

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine

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