I am sitting here on Sunday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. watching as the sun is just emerging from behind the clouds. Thank goodness. The day nearly went down as one of those rare days of no sunshine here; we have only 65 or so of those a year. On the other hand, my lawn has greatly appreciated the rain soaking the past week. The sunshine arrived as the Rockies snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat and the US won the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Last Monday I had another open forum to discuss the proposed reorganization of the basic sciences in the School. This second session, like the first session the previous week, was a good opportunity to hear from several people about their concerns or questions. This coming week, I will be meeting with members of the Immunology and the Cell and Developmental Biology departments to hear their perspectives. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them here.
The External Advisory Committee of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) was on campus last Thursday and Friday reviewing the new five-year grant. The members were very complimentary about the new organization and approach of CCTSI and provided, as they have for the previous five years, good feedback on how to make further improvements. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is likely to send a Notice of Grant Award sometime in the next month. Congratulations to Ron Sokol, MD, and his whole team for competing so well for this very important NIH grant.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is looking to increase the participation of practicing and faculty physicians in the selection of our next incoming medical school class matriculating in 2014. Physicians interested in interviewing outstanding Colorado residents and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to contact Assistant Dean of Admissions Oswaldo Grenardo, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him 303-241-7112.
Two School of Medicine faculty members and an administrator were recently appointed to leadership positions within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Kevin Lillehei, MD, professor
The 15th Genetics and Ethics Conference, held in Estes Park on July 18-19, explored the ethical, legal and social implications of biological explanations of addiction for personal responsibility. More than 70 attendees joined legal, public policy, genetics, medical and neurobiology experts, as well as those in recovery from addiction, in discussing the topic. Speaker presentations are available on the Center for Bioethics and Humanities website.
Finally, last Friday morning, Lilly Marks, executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, and I had the opportunity to welcome 20 or so of our faculty to an impromptu leadership conference organized by Robin Deterding, MD, professor of pediatrics. Robin, who was part of the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) program in 2009, was joined by four of her “Elums” from Calgary, Salt Lake City
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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