As 2014 begins, we take a quick look at successes of the UC Academic Health Center community in 2013.
AHC-wide, faculty, staff and students have:
∑ Put focus on diversifying the workforce to improve health outcomes.
∑ Celebrated 75 years of saving lives through the work of Hoxworth Blood Center.
∑ Placed emphasis on holistic review in the admissions process for health professions.
∑ Been recognized with numerous distinctions including the naming of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows and all-university faculty awards.
∑ Formed a collaborative Institutional Review Board agreement allowing participating sites to serve as the IRB record for human subjects research conducted across multiple participating study sites.
There were also a number of accreditations and national recognitions in such areas as:
∑ Breast Cancer
∑ Lung Cancer
∑ Cellular Therapy
∑ Bone Marrow Transplant
∑ Emergency Medical Services
∑ Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency (read more in the Jan. 9 issue of Featured)
From the College of Allied Health Sciences, offerings for students expanded to include:
∑ The creation of the certificate in Spanish for Social Work and Health Care Services.
∑ Approval of master's programs for both Health Informatics online and Occupational Therapy.
From the College of Nursing, thereís been a burst of innovation (and of funding to develop these ideas) including:
∑ The use of iPads for sophomore students, the creation of workspaces for the future in Procter Hall and at Maple Knoll Village and launching of a Designated Educational Unit at UC Medical Center.
∑ Awards of over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí Health Resources and Services Administration.
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy had a strong growing year with:
∑ Gaining a new dean in Neil MacKinnon, PhD.
∑ Being recognized on a national level through Jane Pruemer, PharmD, receiving the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundationís 2013 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Preceptor Award and by students taking home first prize at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition.
∑ International representation at the 2013 International Pharmaceutical Federation Congress.
The College of Medicine also saw expansion and excellence, which included:
∑ The Master's of Public Health Program becoming a founding member of the Public Health Association.
∑ Being selected as the coordinating center for the national stroke trials network.
∑ Several awards going to faculty and alumni of the college, including the Billings and Drake awards.
∑ A new chair in the division of cardiovascular health and disease and leader for the newly named UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.
∑ A director being named for the Cincinnati Cancer Center.
∑ More exploration surrounding partnerships in China.
And, as well as naming a new CEO, UC Health has seen the creation of new programs and centers such as a headache and facial pain program within the UC Neuroscience Institute, the Womenís Health Center, Integrative Medicine services and the Center for Reproductive Health in West Chester, along with expansion for primary care locations.
These are only a few the highlights. Itís exciting to think what 2014 will bring.