Exactly one year ago today as I sit here watching the Broncos-Colts game on Sunday (better to write this than watch that) I reported that I had asked the Chancellor and Vice President to start a search for my successor. It took six months to establish the process, advertise the position and have the search committee meet at the end of June, but then it only took six months for one of the candidates to rise to the top of a large and very good group of candidates. John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, was named dean of the School of Medicine and the University’s vice chancellor for health affairs, effective April 1. John is currently the Jack D. Myers Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I am sure you will all make him feel welcome and all of us will work with him to make his transition a success.
I had a really good week last week. On Wednesday, there was a dinner for the rising third-year medical students, at which Philip Stephens, who sadly passed away on Christmas day, was made an Honorary Member of the Class of 2017, and his classmates spoke about his contributions to their class. Steve Lowenstein, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and medicine and associate dean of faculty affairs, gave an inspiring talk to the class summarizing many of the “Letters to Third Year Students” that have been written over the years by our senior students along with several of his own observations. The class still needs to get through some coursework and the national boards, but it was fun to see them beginning to emerge from their classroom-heavy Phase 2 and look ahead to the clinical years.
I spent Saturday afternoon at the National Western Stock Show with 10 of our medical, pharmacy, nursing and physical therapy students and Mona Pearl,
Ronald Sokol, MD, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for clinical and translational science, concurrent with his role as director of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute. This position recognizes the importance of this program to the research enterprise of our campus and also recognizes Ron’s terrific work over the past seven years of the grant’s funding.
Congratulations to Robin Deterding, MD, professor of pediatrics, who has been named
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April Armstrong, MD, MPH, associate professor and vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Dermatology, had an article published last week in JAMA Dermatology. She and her co-authors estimated the annual U.S. cost of psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, at between $112 billion and $135 billion in 2013. A summary of the article is posted on the School of Medicine’s website.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties recently recognized three of our faculty for serving on an effort to develop measurable outcomes for graduate medical education. Thank you to Eva Aagaard, MD, associate professor of medicine, Aviva Abosch, MD,
Mark your calendars for the Wednesday, Jan. 28, open house celebration of the Charles C. Gates Biomanufacturing Facility. The event will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bioscience Park Center at Fitzsimons, 12635 E. Montview Blvd. The facility will serve academic, clinical and commercial investigators who are looking to translate their discoveries into clinical-grade products suitable for investigational use in humans. The facility should be a significant boost to researchers and clinicians on our campus.
The CU School of Medicine’s Office of Women in Medicine and Science will sponsor two participants to attend the Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, July 11-14, in Englewood, organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Information about the seminar, which is targeted
The Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit of art created by the faculty, staff
Finally, we offer condolences to the friends and family of Max Bartlett, MD, a 1954 CU School of Medicine graduate who was a tireless champion for the Medical Alumni Association and steadfast supporter of the stethoscope fund. Max died on Friday, Jan. 9. His wife, Diane, and their family and friends will be gathering from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 31, at Citroen Bistro, 3535 S. Yosemite St., Denver, to remember and celebrate Max’s life.
No weekly email next week. The University will observe Martin Luther King Day.
Have a good two weeks,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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