Last Wednesday, the School of Medicine hosted a luncheon for student scholarship recipients and to honor donors whose generous gifts support them. Joining us at the celebration was donor Jeanne Atkinson and scholarship recipient Sofiya Diurba, a first-year medical student. Sofiya is the first recipient of the Kenneth R. Atkinson, MD, Presidential Scholarship, which is named after Jeanne’s late husband, who graduated from the School of Medicine in 1977. Kenneth died in April 2016 when he rushed to render medical aid to a victim of domestic violence. As he was providing care, Kenneth was shot by the attacker. To honor Kenneth, Jeanne and Linda Williams, MD ’84, and Ellen Burkett, MD, created a scholarship fund in his memory. More than 100 donors gave to the fund that is now helping Sofiya, whose family moved to Colorado from Ukraine when she was five years old. She chose our School in part because of the Rural Track program. We are fortunate to have so many generous supporters of scholarships. These are truly gifts with lasting impact. The most recent issue of CU Medicine Today magazine profiles three recent student scholarship recipients and the donors supporting their education.
The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes hosted a daylong seminar on Childhood Diabetes Prevention Day last Friday, February 9, focusing on general population screening for type 1 diabetes. The Barbara Davis Center is one of the world’s leaders in diabetes research, care
Congratulations to Kennon Heard, MD,
The CU Medicine Cyclers Team is organizing to ride in the 2018 Courage Classic to support Children’s Hospital Colorado. The ride on July 21-22 offers challenging high country routes for experienced riders and shorter family rides for others. For questions, contact the team manager, Jonathan Radin, MBA, director of
Construction crews celebrated a topping-off ceremony last Wednesday on the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, a major milestone in the construction of the hospital. The $310 million, six-story, 360,000-square-foot hospital at 1500 Park Central Drive in Highlands Ranch is expected to open in early 2019. The hospital will have about 72 inpatient beds with room to expand.
The SOM Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety (CEPS) Small Grants Program is requesting proposals for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. The CEPS Small Grants Program funds initiatives putting evidence into practice, implementing innovative process improvements and improving patient safety, and/or enhancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery. School of Medicine faculty, residents and fellows are eligible. Letters of Intent will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 1. More details and application information are available on the LOI Application page and on the program website.
Condolences to the family and friends of Gerald “Jerry” Hickman, MD ’65, longtime leadership volunteer of the Medical Alumni Association, who died on Monday, February 5. Jerry retired in 2012 from Table Mesa Family Practice in Boulder after 43 years of practice. Jerry was honored in 2013 with the School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. Jerry also was instrumental in the Class of 1965’s fundraising efforts in celebration of its 50th reunion, which led to more than $50,000 donated in support of medical scholarships. Gifts in memory of Jerry can be made at http://giving.cu.edu/GeraldHickman.
There will be no message next week due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
If you would like to receive these emails directly, please contact Cheryl.Welch@ucdenver.edu.
To unsubscribe →