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Date: Monday, March 21, 2005

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Graham Named Smith Chair

Robert Graham, MD, has accepted the position of professor and Robert and Myfanwy Smith Chair of Family Medicine. Dr. Graham has been executive vice president/CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the head of the Academy's foundation, and administrative officer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In September 2000, the Academy renamed its Center for Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care as "The Robert Graham Center."

Dr. Graham has held a number of other leadership responsibilities in the federal health sector.  He has spoken extensively and written about a number of critical topics in health policy, such as health care reform and the need for universal coverage, federal health workforce policy and the organizational characteristics of effective health systems. 


UC Students Do Well on Match Day

UC College of Medicine students were among the record 14,700 U.S. medical school seniors that participated in "National Match Day" last week. Of the 150 UC students participating in the Match, 57 students have been placed in residency programs locally, including programs at University Hospital. U.S. medical school seniors constituted 58 percent of all applicants in the 2005 Match. The NRMP also receives applications from foreign graduates, students from osteopathic (DO degree) schools and others. This year more than 25,300 applicants participated in the Match, and nearly 83 percent of them were placed in one of their top three residency program choices. A total of 24,012 positions were available for medical students and 22,221 were filled. This, according to NRMP, broke previous Match records.


COM Inventors Celebrated

UC celebrated the accomplishments of its inventors during the halftime of a men's basketball game this month. On hand to present the awards were Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs; Anne Chasser, associate vice president for technology transfer and commercialization; and Richard Kordal, PhD. Recipients were Pankaj Patil (accepting the award for Wim J. van Ooij, PhD), Joanna Groden, PhD, Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam, PhD, Andrew Steckl, PhD, and David Melvin, MD, PhD.


Center Plans First International Down Syndrome Conference

The Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children's Division of Developmental Disabilities is planning its first international conference on Down syndrome in May. The conference, Realizing Potentials: Down Syndrome from Research to Practice, will be a two-day event with opportunities for hearing current research trends, best practices in healthcare and educational/therapeutic strategies. The conference will be open to families and professionals. Information and registration are available here.


UC|21 Strategic Planning Council

UC President Nancy Zimpher and the UC|21 Strategic Planning Council are holding a UC|21 Town Hall meeting from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, and you're invited. At this meeting, to be held in Great Hall TUC, details will be provided about UC|21 implementation developments with opportunity for feedback. Also included will be brief presentations on UC|21 implementation proposals and highlights of divisional and college alignment reports. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by March 23 to


Queen City 101

Famous faces raised in Cincinnati include Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vicki Lewis, Jerry Rubin, Annie Oakley, Norman Vincent Peale, George Clooney, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Tyrone Power, Andy Williams, Rod Serling, Roy Rogers, Theda Bara and Woody Harrelson.

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