Dean's Weekly Message

August 23, 2021

Dear colleague: 

All Anschutz Medical Campus faculty and staff are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine verification form by Wednesday, September 1. Completing this form is not voluntary. It is a necessary step to ensure that we are thoroughly tracking our progress toward making campus a safe place to work, study, and learn. We have an obligation to one another and to those we serve to protect their health. Our campus COVID-19 vaccination requirement is essential to that effort. If you have not yet completed the form, please do so. The campus is tracking compliance with completing this form. Supervisors will be notified with the names of those who have not filled it out. If you have questions about the vaccine verification process, consult the campus FAQ or contact

CU President Todd Saliman announced last week that the 2021-2026 strategic plan, “Innovating for the Future,” was approved earlier this month by the Board of Regents on an 8-0 vote. He said the plan “will complement and support the campus strategic plans, not supersede them.” The plan sets goals related to affordability and student success; diversity, inclusion, equity, and access; discovery and impact; and fiscal strength. The plan also includes an implementation and assessment process. We look forward to the continuing contributions of School of Medicine community members to the strength of the University of Colorado. 

Marilyn Manco-Johnson, MD, co-director of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and professor of pediatrics, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation on Saturday, August 28, during the group’s virtual meeting. Marilyn is being honored for her 40 years of dedication and contributions to the field.

The Sohrab Amini, MD, FACS, Endowed Chair in Pancreatic Cancer Research has been established with a $2 million gift from Christine Amini, according to an announcement last week by the Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Advancement. The gift is named after Christine’s father and was made in gratitude for the care she and her family received on our campus.  The gift commitment will support physician researchers providing pancreatic cancer care. Christopher Lieu, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, has been named the inaugural chair holder. 

The School of Medicine is recruiting for the associate director for the Integrated Clinicians Course that will transition into the Trek Basecamps Course. The associate director, working with the director, will lead this curricular transformation, as well as administrate and coordinate these courses during the legacy, hybrid, and Trek Curriculum implementation. The Basecamps will be delivered during important transitions throughout the clinical phases of medical school, including two weeks during the transition to the Foothills phase, two weeks during transition to the Alpine phase, and four weeks during the Summit phase focusing on the transition to residency. Interested faculty should refer to the full job description and application process here.

Have a good week,

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

The Dean’s weekly message is an email news bulletin from John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, Dean of the CU School of Medicine, that is distributed to inform University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members, staff, students and others about issues pertaining to the School’s mission of education, research, clinical care and community service.  See the UCH-Insider →


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