Dean's Weekly Message

April 17, 2017


Dear colleague: 

The Faculty Senate received updates from the Office of Professionalism and the Resilience Program last Tuesday. Barry Rumack, MD, director of the Office of Professionalism, said the office has reviewed 331 cases since its inception in March 2014. The office is set up to provide a fair process for addressing professionalism concerns for students, residents, fellows, staff and faculty. The Resilience Program, which operates separately and independently of the Office of Professionalism, offers resources, connections and support for the well-being of providers in the School of Medicine. Abbie Beacham, PhD, associate director of the Resilience Council, outlined a menu of current offerings by the program, including an online survey that evaluates the respondent’s current status, a lunchtime miniseries on resilience topics and a program of Koru Mindfulness, which is a course developed by two physicians at Duke University. 

Also at Faculty Senate, Neil Krauss, director of initiatives and outreach for the Chancellor’s Office, announced that the parking lot south of the Henderson Parking Garage at East Montview Boulevard is expected to be completed before commencement ceremonies next month. The completion of that lot had been delayed by the need to mitigate asbestos that was discovered in the soil when construction began last year. 

Nicole Restauri, MD, assistant professor of radiology and director of the Beginning to Advanced Radiology (BAR) Lab, has been named to the Apple Distinguished Educator Program Class of 2017. The Apple Distinguished Educator Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning. Today, it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are using Apple technology in and out of the classroom. 

Margaret Wierman, MD, professor of medicine, has been accepted into the 2017-18 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. The School of Medicine is fortunate to have many alumnae of this year-long fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry and public health. ELAM, a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s health care environment, with special attention to the challenges facing women in leadership positions. 

Thank you to alumni and supporters of the CU School of Medicine for turning out to an event in New York last Thursday evening. The Medical Alumni Association and Office of Advancement organized a dinner where I gave an update on the School and discussed our plans for investing in education, research and clinical care. We are fortunate to have alumni and supporters who are so generous with their contributions and time. In particular, I would like to thank Donald West King, MD, who chaired the Department of Pathology from 1961 to 1967, for sponsoring the event. Philanthropy plays an important role in contributing to the success of our campus and I was proud to highlight the accomplishments our School and our faculty and students at the meeting.

The Annual Donor Memorial, a commemorative event to honor and give thanks to the people who donated their bodies to medical education at the Anschutz Medical Campus, will be held Friday, April 21, in Education 2 South Room 1102. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. 


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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