During this past week, we have witnessed an abject failure of leadership by the President of the United States in his unwillingness to unequivocally condemn the racial hatred propounded by the hate groups that descended on Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. His statements, whether he intended to or not, have lent support for people with such abhorrent views. This harms our country and does not represent the values we prize at our School and in the medical profession. As distracting and disheartening as the national discourse has become, I urge you to redouble your already considerable efforts to learn, to teach, to seek and to care for each other. We value the contributions of the members of our diverse community who are motivated by their willingness to help one another. We stand together because we are stronger together.
The University of Colorado announced last Thursday that the entire system reached a record level of sponsored research funding during the 2016-17 fiscal year with faculty receiving awards totaling $1.034 billion. It is the first time the CU System has topped the $1 billion mark and is a 12 percent increase over the previous year’s total. Most sponsored research funding is awarded by federal agencies. Systemwide in 2016-17, CU received $636.6 million in federal awards and $398 million in non-federal awards. CU Boulder tallied $507.9 million for the year and CU Anschutz Medical Campus totaled $490.6 million. Our research improves the quality of life for individuals and communities and is an engine for the Colorado economy.
The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded a $3.3 million grant to ECHO Colorado (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) to support the program center’s work through 2020. ECHO Colorado, based on the Anschutz Medical Campus and led by CU School of Medicine faculty members John F. “Fred” Thomas,
Students in the Colorado Undergraduate Summer Program (CUSP), the DREAM (Department of Medicine Research and Equity in Academic Medicine) Program and the Colorado Undergraduate Research in Environmental Sciences Programs completed their research studies earlier this month with a graduation ceremony and poster presentations. In total, there were 32 students in the programs. CUSP and DREAM are led by John E. Repine, MD, director of the Webb-Waring Center. CUSP is supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and provides a comprehensive learning experience for 18 undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country. In addition to those students, there are seven National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-supported, CUSP-trained, University of Colorado undergraduates in a program led by Jared Brown,
Congratulations to Vik Bebarta, MD, professor of emergency medicine, who has been promoted to Colonel and appointed to the Office of Chief Scientist of the 59th Medical Wing as a member of the Air Force Reserve. With the appointment, Vik will be an IMA (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), who are Air Force Reservists assigned to active-component units and government agencies. Vik has been serving in the Colorado Air National Guard and now will transfer to the Air Force Reserve. The 59th Medical Wing is the Department of Defense’s largest ambulatory surgical care facility, a multi-campus organization with over 1,500 medical personnel providing operational and expeditionary medical care to more than 55,000 enrolled members. The Office of the Chief Scientist commands 100 research staff and a $100 million operating budget. Earlier this year, Vik was featured in news reports on Colorado Public Radio, the Denver ABC affiliate and the International Business Times for his expertise on treating victims of chemical weapons attacks. Vik has more than 16 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force and four combat deployments.
Congratulations to Saketh Guntupalli, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on the publication of his first book, “Sex and Cancer: Intimacy, Romance, and Love After Diagnosis and Treatment.” Saketh’s publisher hosted a book release party in downtown Denver in late July that attracted about 400 people. Saketh, who has received national attention for his work as a gynecologic oncologist, said he was inspired to write the book after working with some of his patients. Saketh and his co-author, Maryann Karinch, who is a uterine cancer survivor, drew on his research on the sexual effects of chemotherapy in women with gynecologic cancers. They also drew on the questionnaire his patients filled out about their sexual experiences during and after treatment, as well as talking with sex therapists and physical therapists doing research on this topic. Saketh has discussed writing his book in reports on the Denver ABC and local Fox television stations.
Congratulations to a collaborative team of faculty from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Medicine who received a Best Poster award at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance meeting for their poster, “Variations of Blood Pressure Measurement Results between Primary Care and Specialty Practices.” This work has also been accepted for presentation at the upcoming American Society of Hypertension 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. The team consisted of Sarah Billups, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacy, and co-authors Joseph Saseen, PharmD, professor of pharmacy and family medicine, Joseph Vande Griend, PharmD, UCHealth, clinical associate professor of pharmacy, and Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine.
Barry Rumack, MD, director of the Office of Professionalism and professor emeritus of pediatrics and emergency medicine, has announced that he plans to step down from his position leading the Office of Professionalism effective September 1. The office was created in 2014 to improve how the School handles behavioral conflicts between members of our community. For many years, our graduates, in surveys conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), had noted concerns about professionalism. As a result, the Office of Professionalism was established to develop processes to redress concerns and to help improve the culture of professionalism at the School. The office reviews complaints,
The University of Colorado chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society, elected 19 senior AOA members from this year’s graduating class. Criteria for selection are academic performance, community service, leadership
The Department of Psychiatry is offering evening sessions for mental health
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Graduate School are accepting applications until Friday, September 1, for fall matriculation in the new Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics. One of only a few programs nationwide to integrate the study of both health humanities and healthcare ethics, the certificate is designed to expand the traditional learning of health professions students and graduate students; to enhance the expertise of working professionals and researchers; and to provide an educational opportunity for community members as we explore the moral, social and cultural dimensions of healthcare. Upon completion of two foundational courses in health humanities and health ethics, students can pursue targeted electives in clinical and research ethics; narrative medicine; health communication; bioethics, law and social justice; and literature and visual arts. The certificate is 15 credit hours and can be completed in two years with courses offered as weekly evening seminars and as hybrid
The Directors of the Foundations of Doctoring Course and the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program are recruiting faculty to facilitate teaching Observation Skills and Clinical Reasoning Concepts Using Works of Art to Phase I and Phase II Students. An upcoming session on Thursday, September 7, with Phase II
The School of Medicine is hosting the Association of American Medical College’s Western Group on Education Affairs meeting in March 2018. The Office of Medical Education plans to open an abstract submission and is recommending anyone who is interested in attending the meeting to save the dates: March 24-27, 2018. The meeting will be at the Westin Denver Downtown with the theme, “Training the Physician of the Future.”
The deadline to submit the tuition waiver benefit form is approaching on the CU Denver, CU Anschutz
The CU Medical Alumni Association is hosting a reception and performance of “La Bohème” by Opera Colorado at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex, on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Registration with early-bird pricing is available through Thursday, Aug. 31. Tickets for early bird pricing are between $50 and $95.
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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