I’m writing this one from Jedediah’s restaurant in Missoula, Mont., where we are waiting for a plane back to Denver. We attended the University of Montana graduation ceremony, where one of our nephews was getting his degree. Saturday was a beautiful day; it is cold and rainy today. The student graduation speaker for his School of Performing Arts ceremony was terrific. Six minutes – short and sweet!
Last Monday evening, the Department of Microbiology had a thank you dinner for Randy Holmes, MD,
The next afternoon, David Goff, MD,
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation hosted its third annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself DC Gala on Wednesday, May 7, in Washington, D.C., for the benefit of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Tom Blumenthal,
Thanks to the anonymous first-year medical student who on Friday, May 9, escorted a lost 90-year-old physician who was looking for Education 2. Dr. Knowles Curwen of Colorado Springs sent me a lovely letter describing his experience with her and how she went out of her way to be sure he got where he wanted to go. His quote: “Having medical students so concerned about the well-being of others augers well for the future of medicine.” I agree.
Congratulations to Xiao-Jing Wang, MD, PhD, for receiving the William Montagna Lecture Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology on Saturday, May 10. The award honors young active investigators. Xiao-Jing’s laboratory has developed the first genetically engineered mouse model that develops head and neck squamous cell carcinomas with full penetrance.
The Department of Surgery’s first annual research symposium will be held on Monday, June 2. Clifford Ko, MD, director of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, will be speaking at Grand Rounds that morning, followed by Department of Surgery research presentations in clinical and basic science categories. Awards will be given to the best presentation in each category. Ko’s lecture is at 7 a.m. in the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2 Auditorium.
I was struck by Timothy Egan’s piece on the New York Times op-ed page Friday entitled “The Commencement Bigots.” I loved reading the quotes from the graduation talks of David Foster Wallace, Steve Jobs
This week is commencement and reunion week here. Dinners every night except Tuesday! The Medical Scientist Training Program award dinner is tonight, the Alpha Omega Alpha dinner Wednesday night and the Silver and Gold Banquet Thursday night. Friday night, there are only eight reunion dinners to go to before the caloric climax of the week at the Saturday morning all-alumni breakfast. My annual Memorial Day weekend fast will begin shortly thereafter.
Keep your eyes on the weather forecast for Friday. Our School of Medicine’s Hooding and Oath Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Boettcher Commons. Early predictions by the National Weather Service were projecting a slight chance of rain, but hopefully it will hold off until the afternoon. It has rained on two graduation ceremonies in the last 25 years. We’ll post information on the Anschutz Medical Campus’ website if we need to take cover from the elements.
No email next Monday. Have a quiet holiday if working and a wonderful holiday if off. Congratulations to all the graduates and award winners of the coming week.
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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