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Date: Monday, November 15, 2004

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UC, University Hospital Partner to Improve Patient Care and Safety
The UC Medical Center and University Hospital have been selected to participate in a new national initiative designed to improve patient care, satisfaction and safety. UC and University Hospital together will join 11 other academic health centers in Achieving Competence Today (ACT), a pilot program that will allow resident physicians, trainee nurses and other health care students to work closely with management to address problems on the front lines of care. While most teaching hospital administrators agree that quality and safety need to improve, says Greg Rouan, MD, principal investigator and program sponsor for ACT, few have successfully integrated quality improvement into their culture.


Grad Student Wins Prestigious Award
Chun Han has won the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) Merton Bernfield Memorial Award, presented annually to an outstanding graduate student. Han, a molecular and developmental biology student at UC and Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, is also a Ryan fellow and American Heart Association (AHA) predoctoral fellow. He will give a presentation to the ASCB meeting in Washington, DC.


Thanksgiving Run to Benefit Cancer Center
Mark your calendars for the 95th Annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Nov. 25, starting and finishing at Paul Brown stadium. Proceeds will benefit the UC Cancer Center/Barrett Center. Volunteers are also needed on race day. For more information contact Megan Dailer at 558-8624 or


Surgery Handbook Now Available
The COM's Department of Surgery has published the fifth edition of The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook for medical students and surgical residents. Named for Mont Reid, MD, the second Christian R. Holmes Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, the pocket-size, practical guide covers day-to-day problems encountered in the care of surgical patients. It includes a compilation of the practices of UC general surgery residents, plus contributions from resident colleagues in neurosurgery, plastic surgery, urology, anesthesia, pharmacy, orthopedics and law.


COM Hosts European Student Delegation
Last week, the Cincinnati PSR chapter hosted a delegation of medical students from Europe. A dynamic dialogue with the Europeans was followed by an informal dinner. The event also included an information exchange on nuclear terrorism, health effects of nuclear weapons, health and security ties and dialogue technique. In addition to UC, the delegation will visit Case Western Reserve, Ohio State, University of Kentucky and Indiana University. They have already been to schools in China, Russia, India and Pakistan.


eXpertise Offers Collaborative Tool
Are you a clinician looking for someone with a particular specialty interest? Or a research scientist seeking an on-campus collaborator? Or perhaps you just want to share what's new and exciting about your work?


Then log on to and click on eXpertise, a new Web application that will help you make these connections. To enter your own expertise information, click on My Professional Info and follow the steps.


In May, theIntegratedAdvanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) initiative invited faculty and staff to update their professional research and practice interests. The information for this first stage is now coming in.


Eventually, the site will become the one place to:

  • Create a CV and manage multiple versions for your personal use
  • Create an on-demand, customized NIH biosketch
  • Create and manage your personal Web page (public and private views)
  • Tell potential graduate students about research being done at UC Medical Center
  • Browse your practice and research interests and find collaborators

For more information, contact


Queen City 101
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is one of the few outdoor sculpture museums in the United States. Located on the estate of a Hamilton philanthropist who's building his collection one stone at a time, the Stonehenge-style slabs and other massive carved rocks are an amazing sight.

Question of the Week

Q: Are there plans to improve the appearance of the E-level lobby and hallway during the CARE facility construction project?


A: Yes, improvements are planned for the hallway on a temporary basis, including painting, signage and other items. Remember, though, that this hallway will open up into the new atrium connecting the MSB to CARE, so further renovations to the space will also be made to connect the two facilities.

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