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College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Accreditation Process Under Way at College

All College of Medicine faculty, staff and students are asked to lend their support as the College continues with the accreditation process this fall. A mock site visit is taking place today, Monday, Sept. 19, and an actual site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will take place on Oct.16-19.

James Boex, PhD, professor of medical education and health care administration, is overseeing the accreditation process, which included the submission of a 133-point self-study report to the LCME in June. The report was a year-long endeavor undertaken by approximately 150 faculty, staff and students to identify the college’s strengths and weaknesses.

The mock site visit is being conducted by John Hutton, MD, dean emeritus of the College of Medicine, and Michele Pugnaire, MD, executive associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts. The actual accreditation visit in October is conducted by a team of five representatives from the LCME, chaired by J. Kevin Dorsey, MD, PhD, dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

Next Faculty Forum Meeting Sept. 22

The next College of Medicine Faculty Forum meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. The meeting will be a town hall discussion and an opportunity to meet with College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, MD.

For more information, contact Karen Christian in the Dean’s Office at or Jim Ball, president of the College of Medicine Faculty, at or 558-2388.

UC Cancer Hall of Fame 2008
Albert Muhleman, Jr., MD

Albert Muhleman Jr., MD, Memorial Service

A public memorial service for Albert Muhleman Jr., MD, professor emeritus of medicine, who passed away Sept. 4, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church,103 William Howard Taft Road.

Muhleman, a UC College of Medicine alumnus, served as professor of medicine and chief of the hematology oncology section at UC. He also was assistant chief of medical services at the Cincinnati VA Hospital and interim director of UC’s hematology oncology division in 2006. He was the first recipient of the Alumni Award from the UC College of Medicine in 1965 and received number of teaching awards, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 1988, the Silver Apple Teaching Award in 1994 and a Faculty Achievement Award in 1996.

Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification

The Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) has received certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, making it the second VA program of its kind to receive this certification in the U.S.

The VA Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a 12-week, multidisciplinary program that incorporates both breathing exercises and education about the disease and treatments to help patients live a more satisfying life.

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Michael Thomas, MD
Michael Thomas, MD

Thomas Receives ASRM Service Award

Michael A. Thomas, MD, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, has been awarded the 2011 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Service Award.

The distinction is bestowed on ASRM members who have met a 10 year milestone for serving on ASRM boards and/or committees. The ASRM is a nonprofit organization that members must demonstrate the high ethical principles of the medical profession, evince an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology and adhere to the objectives of the society.

Thomas will be recognized at the 67th ASRM annual meeting in Orlando, Oct. 15-19.

Tarek Helmy, MD, in the cath lab
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

Request for Abstracts for CVCoE Translational Research Day

The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence (CVCoE) Retreat "Translational Research Day” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11. The goal of the event is to relate basic science research being done in the CVCoE with clinical needs and to encourage interaction between clinicians and basic scientists in the field.

To submit abstracts for the poster session, submit title, authors and abstract in a one-page document to by Friday, Sept. 30. Abstracts should be no more than 150 words, excluding title and authors. Student/fellow posters will be judged and there will be cash prizes ($500-$100) for the top three and certificates.

UC Bearcats
UC Bearcats

UC Homecoming Takes New Approach This Year

UC’s annual Homecoming Weekend, themed "A Rivercity Homecoming: Bearcat Style,” will be split this year over two days, with the parade and pep rally taking place uptown at UC on Friday, Oct. 14, and the football game against the University of Louisville taking place downtown at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15.

For more information about the weekend schedule, click here.

To learn about the week-long build up of Student Alumni Council activities planned on campus, visit the UC Alumni Association Homecoming website.

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UC Academic Health Center

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 19-23

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, UC’s Postdoctoral Fellow Association is co-hosting an event with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Postdoc Association at noon, Friday, Sept. 23, in Location S, Room S1.203.

The event begins with a pizza lunch and a panel discussion on alternative jobs, enhancing the postdoc experience and a Q&A session with scientists from Procter & Gamble, Ethicon-Endo Surgery, Environmental Protection Agency and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Following the discussion, CV/resume experts will be available to help improve the CVs of those in attendance. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email

Student Jenifer Renfro (left) explains her research poster, entitled
Student Poster Session

Student Poster Session Sept. 23

As part of their Physician and Society 101 course, first year medical students will host a poster session/community agency fair from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the CARE/Crawley atrium.

Medical student learning communities were paired with agencies in 15 neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati to learn about public health, exploring a determinant of health for those communities.

The student groups will present their findings at the poster session, which is sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. The community agencies will also be attending the session to share information about the types of services they provide.

Night on the Serengeti
Night on the Serengeti

Night on the Serengeti Sept. 23

The annual "Night on the Serengeti” fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors

A fundraiser for the Village Life Outreach Project, "Night on the Serengeti" will transport guests to Tanzania, where they will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of African culture. UC President Gregory H. Williams will serve as the keynote speaker of the event.

The Village Life Outreach Project is a nonprofit organization led by UC Health primary care physician Chris Lewis, MD. Most of Village Life’s work focuses on three remote and impoverished villages in the Rorya district of Tanzania in East Africa.

Ernest Wright
Ernest Wright, FRS

Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting in Cincinnati Oct. 6–7

UC will host the 26th annual meeting of Ohio Physiological Society (OPS2011) on October 6-7. The plenary lecture will be given by Ernest M Wright, FRS, of UCLA–David Geffen School of Medicine, who will discuss "Sodium–glucose cotransporters (SGLTs) as new drug targets for diabetes,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building.

Non-registrants are welcome to attend the plenary lecture. A reception and dinner will follow in the Kaplan Reception Hall, CARE/Crawley Building. The OPS2011 meeting continues with scientific sessions—spanning molecular physiology, systems biology and translational science—throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Tangeman University Center.

The deadline for abstracts is September 22. For registration, abstract submission and program details, visit the OPS2011 meeting website or contact

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds Sept. 20: Randy Seeley, PhD, professor and Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair of medicine and director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, will present, "Bariatric Surgery: Beyond Restriction and Malabsorption," at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
  • Procter & Gamble Scientific Lectureship Series in Dermatology Sept. 29: Ethan Lerner, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School and associate biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cutaneous Biology Research Center, will present "Scratching an Itch,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.
  • Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute Seminar Series Oct. 3: Stephen Lessnick, MD, PhD, of the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute, will speak from 1-2 p.m. in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Research Auditorium, Location R, 3381.
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