The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Friday, May 12, announced a $38 million gift from the Marcus Foundation of Atlanta to establish the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, a first-of-its-kind center serving military veterans with traumatic brain injury and related psychological health issues. Chancellor Don Elliman, with Bernard Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, hosted an event at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to celebrate the announcement. Neurologist James P. Kelly, MD, has been named
As the School of Medicine prepares for commencement later this month, it’s also the time of year when our Office of Admissions is putting the final touches on the MD class that will join us in August. Last week, Nichole Zehnder, MD, assistant dean for admissions, reported that 183 of the 184 seats in the Class of 2021 are filled. While there are always possibilities that some of the details about the class can change, it is clear that we will have an impressive group joining us this summer. The current details about the class show that 65 percent are from Colorado, the class is equally divided between men and women, and 27 percent of the class are from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. That group includes 17 percent who are the first generation in their families to attend college and 15 percent from rural communities. The average student age is 24 and the average MCAT score ranges from 88th to 91st percentile depending on which exam was taken. A notable feature about the incoming class is that one of the students participated in the summer program overseen by John Repine, MD, associate dean for student advocacy. That program brings undergraduate students to our campus for a summer program that introduces them to biomedical and clinical practice, social activities and mentorship with our faculty. I would like to thank everyone on the admissions staff and in the Office of Student Life for their exceptional work.
The Faculty Senate met Tuesday, May 9, and received a presentation from Terri Carrothers, senior vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief financial officer for the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus about the University of Colorado intercampus dependent tuition benefit pilot program that is set to begin in the fall semester 2017. The pilot program will provide a benefit of up to $2,430 (or $270 per credit hour). The University’s benefits webpage regarding employee tuition waiver benefit says more details will become available in July. Also at the Faculty Senate meeting, Pamela Peterson, MD, MSPH, associate professor of medicine, provided an update about the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. The council aims to give a voice to academic faculty within the AAMC’s governance and leadership structures.
Thanks to all who attended the CU Anschutz Medical Campus spring faculty gathering at the Fulginiti Pavilion, hosted by Chancellor Don Elliman, on Tuesday, May 9. Every day, we rely on the dedication of our faculty to achieve our goals of providing excellent care, educating current and future medical professionals and expanding our understanding of biomedical science. Our successes are due in large part to your commitment to our students, patients
The Denver Health Nightshine Gala on Saturday, May 13, honored concert and event promoter Chuck Morris, who has been active in supporting the Denver Health Foundation. Each year, the Nightshine Gala draws hundreds of people to raise money for
The School of Medicine’s Foundations of Doctoring program held its eight annual Golden Stethoscope
Thanks to Lilia Cervantes, MD, associate professor of medicine, who invited me to join her at the Latina First Foundation luncheon last Thursday, May 11, where she was named a 2017 Unsung Heroine by the foundation. Lily is a hospitalist at Denver Health and has been researching how care is provided to undocumented immigrants with end-stage renal disease and the physical and psychological toll imposed on these patients and their families by policies that do not allow scheduled dialysis treatments. Another honoree at the luncheon was Irene Griego, chair of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, who has been named a 2017 Trailblazer by the foundation.
ColoradoCancerBlogs.org has been named among “The Best Cancer Blogs of the Year” by Healthline, an online consumer health information site. The 18 blogs were selected “because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and
Randy Repola, the new chief of police for CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, will be welcomed at an open house reception Friday, May 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridgway Board Room (Room 7000) of Academic Office Building 1. Randy joined CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in mid-April to ensure a smooth transition from retiring Chief Doug Abraham. Randy has nearly 20 years of police work, most recently serving as deputy chief of police at CU Boulder.
Welcome to Kimberly Spiering, who has joined the legal team as associate university counsel. She joins us with experience in the private and public sector. For the past three
CU President Bruce Benson announced last week that Venkat Reddy,
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is hosting a Launch Celebration on Thursday, May 18, for publication of the 10th edition of The Human Touch, an anthology of poetry, prose and visual art published annually featuring the creative work of members of the Anschutz Medical Campus community. The 2017 edition is dedicated to Henry N. Claman, MD, founder of The Human Touch and Distinguished Professor of the University. The editorial board of The Human Touch, contributors and friends will gather for readings and refreshments 4 p.m. at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Congratulations to the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, which last week was named the recipient of the Science, Medicine and the Arts Award by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. J. Landis Martin, chairman of the board for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, commended the program “for changing the way healthcare education can use the arts to help patients, students and providers alike, and achieve better healthcare outcomes for all.” The Arts and Humanities Program provides educational opportunities for our students and is home to the Journal of Medical Humanities, the leading peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of health humanities. The foundation also noted the program’s community outreach endeavors, which include lectures, film series, art exhibits, theatrical and musical performances, and presentations and workshops with visiting artists and writers. The program will be recognized at the foundation’s annual luncheon on Friday, May 19, along with other award winners.
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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