The School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Graduate Medical Education and Denver Health last Thursday sponsored a reception for residency applicants from diverse backgrounds who returned to Colorado this week for a second look at our training programs. One hundred fifteen guests, including program directors, department chairs, faculty, and current residents welcomed the returning applicants at a reception at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. Among the speakers was Elbra Wedgeworth, chief government and community relations officer for Denver Health, who has been a valuable partner in this event since its inception seven years ago. Featured faculty represented our academic community and partners including the National Association of Health Service Executives,
The leadership of Children’s Hospital Colorado last Thursday hosted a
Congratulations to Alberto Peña, MD, professor of surgery, who has been selected to receive the 2018 American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement. The award recognizes Alberto as an individual who has made a major impact on pediatric surgery and whose contributions have resulted in a major change in how pediatric surgeons manage a particular problem, with results that have been demonstrated as durable over time and widely accepted by pediatric surgeons as “standard practice.” Alberto will receive the award in May at the APSA meeting in Palm Desert, Calif. Alberto has also been named the 2018 recipient of the Sir Denis Browne Medal from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, to be awarded at its annual meeting in Liverpool, England, in July. The Denis Browne award is made annually to mark an individual’s outstanding contributions to pediatric surgery worldwide.
Jay Lemery, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is the featured guest on the most recent CU On the Air Podcast, which is hosted by Ken McConnellogue, CU vice president for communications. Jay discusses climate change and its impact on human health – ranging from how bugs carrying harmful infections are migrating to places where populations haven’t established immunity to how sustained higher temperatures are harming vulnerable populations. “This is a health issue, it’s getting worse, we have the ability to change it, and therefore we should think about how to do that,” Jay said. “We’re trying to make that link.” Jay has been a leader in raising awareness of these issues in many ways. He’s the co-author of
Our former colleague, Richard Traystman,
A couple of recent news reports have featured ways our faculty are improving health care delivery in our community and are sharing their expertise with colleagues in the medical profession.
First, the Denver Post had an article about the results of the Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot, conducted by the Colorado Hospital Association. That study found that Colorado hospitals were able to reduce the
Second, the Department of Family Medicine was featured in an article in The New England Journal of Medicine for its efforts to improve the quality of care at the A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center. The clinic instituted a team-based model that allows the provider to focus on the patient while medical assistants gather data and handle other tasks. After completing those tasks, the assistant gives it to the provider and then stays in the room to document the visit. Corey Lyon, DO, associate professor and medical director of the A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center, explains the benefit: “The greatest advantage now is that the computer no longer stands between me and my patients. This allows for deeper thinking and connection.”
Allen Staver, general counsel for UCHealth, has announced plans to retire at the end of June 2018 after practicing law for nearly 39 years. Allen joined University Hospital in 1987 and during the 30-plus years since he’s been an important contributor to building and strengthening our partner hospital. He was involved in moving the hospital to the Anschutz Medical Campus and he’s been a leader in the effort to form UCHealth and organize its structure to extend the reach of the health system. Allen has been a trusted and valuable partner and we wish him well on his impending retirement.
5280 magazine has opened its annual Top Doctors ballot, which is available through Friday, March 16. Each year, the magazine polls Denver-area doctors for the physicians they trust most and then prints the results in its August issue. Typically, about half of the physicians on the list are CU School of Medicine faculty members. Every eligible physician living/practicing in the metro area (Adams, Denver, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Jefferson, and Douglas counties) can log in to vote with his or her full first name, last name, physician license number, and a valid email address. The ballot can be found at vote.5280.com.
The CU Office of Government Relations has announced that the University of Colorado will co-host the 2018 Colorado Capital Conference with U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, Colorado Mesa University and Colorado State University. University of Colorado Colorado Springs Chancellor Venkat Reddy,
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking nominees for two major awards that are presented at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 25. The Joseph Addison Sewall Award, named in honor of the first President of the University of Colorado, is given to a current or former member of the faculty or staff of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus who has made exceptional contributions of leadership and vision to the health sciences. A letter of nomination and at least two letters of support must accompany the nomination. The Florence Rena Sabin Award, named after an extraordinary researcher in neuroanatomy who made significant contributions in public health, is given to an alumnus of a CU program in the health sciences or to an individual outside of the institution who has made an exceptional contribution to the institution or to the health of the citizens of the State of Colorado. A letter of nomination and at least two letters of support must accompany the nomination. Nominations are due by Friday, March 2. For questions, contact Beth Otis in the Office of the Provost at 303-315-2049 or email@example.com.
Children’s Hospital Colorado is hosting a medical conference on Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes on Friday, March 2, in the hospital’s conference and education center. Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders. Experts from programs across the country will discuss
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is soliciting application for four leadership development programs: (1) Clinical Scholars (applications due March 14) is for interdisciplinary teams of two to five active clinicians in community, clinical or academic settings. (2)
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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