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Date: Monday, October 25, 2004

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UC Physicians Upgrade to Electronic Medical Records

UC Physicians is upgrading to a new, state-of-the-art system for outpatient medical records. The "electronic medical records" project will improve patient safety, quality of care and office efficiency. Design and steering committees are undertaking the complex task of transforming the outpatient practices of UC's nearly 500 physicians. The first phase of the project goes online March 2005, when a subgroup of practices will begin using the system at University Pointe. The Dean's List will keep you updated on the project.


Parkinson's Research Bolstered by $100,000 Gift

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research and Wellness presented a $100,000 check to the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital last week. The gift will support research into causes of and treatments for Parkinson's disease and will aid in the recruitment of internationally recognized research scientists and the establishment of a clinical research fellowship. "This generous gift from the Davis Phinney Foundation will have a galvanizing effect on the Parkinson's research community at UC," said Kim Seroogy, PhD, director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory at the COM. For more information about the Davis Phinney Foundation, visit


NetWellness Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Ten years ago on Oct. 1, UC received the first grant to create NetWellness (, the internationally recognized consumer health Web site that is now a collaborative effort between UC, The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University. The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in the first year of a program to extend the Internet to underserved areas of the country, awarded UC one of a handful of grants. With its over 40 community and business partners, UC developed one of the first consumer health sites on the Internet and installed dozens of computers for public use throughout the Cincinnati area and across southern Ohio. While thousands of Web sites have come and gone, NetWellness continues to serve consumers world-wide and will celebrate its official "go live" June 2005. To date, nearly 25,000 questions have been answered.      


Workshop to Highlight Opportunities for Community Service

UC Medical Center is holding a staff development workshop titled "Career Development Through Community Service" on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The workshop will include presentations by Jane Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, and UC President Nancy Zimpher. There will also be a panel discussion, hosted by the American Heart Association, United Way and the American Red Cross, and a Volunteer Opportunities Expo. Additional information and registration is available from Maria Bolten at 558-3613 or


UC Med Mentors Receive Grant

Wan Lim, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, has received a grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation for UC Med Mentors. A group of more than 100 medical students from all four classes, Med Mentors have committed themselves to being role models in one-on-one relationships, with children at Cincinnati Public Schools. Med Mentors encourages students to strive for academic excellence, exposes them to the world outside of their environment and offers special opportunities to experience Cincinnati's diverse cultural scene. The grant from the Dater Foundation, which supports projects that enrich children's lives, will be used to buy tickets to museums, theatrical performances and other activities.


Research Poster Wins First Place

A research poster titled "Utilization of a Formative Evaluation Card in a Psychiatry Clerkship," by Aurora Bennett, MD, Department of Psychiatry, and Linda Goldenhar, PhD, director of the Office of Evaluation and Research for Medical Student Education, won first place at the Academic Psychiatry Meetings in New Mexico earlier this month.


COM Alum and Flight Physician to Speak

Michael Abernethy, MD, COM alum and flight physician at the University of Wisconsin, will speak at noon tomorrow in MSB, Room 5051, on his experience as a flight physician. Dr. Abernethy has been a prehospital care provider for more than 25 years. Over the last few years, he has recorded over 100 hours of first person video for EMS teaching purposes using his wearable miniature video system, aka the "Doctorcam."


Bernstein Misidentified

The Dean's List last week misidentified David Bernstein, MD, as being in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bernstein is actually in the Division of Immunology and Allergy.


Queen City 101

When Cincinnati's Lunken Airport opened in 1930, it was the world's largest municipal airport.

Question of the Week

Q: I have heard there will be a "green area" outside of the CVC where the construction is going on. Will this be available for lunches, etc.? How long until it is completed?


A: Levine Park, located immediately outside the front entrance to the CVC, will be redone as part of the Eden Quad landscaping project. This project, which is being done in coordination with the MSB renovation/CARE addition, will provide landscaping in front of the new CARE building and the current front entrance to the MSB along Eden Avenue and Albert Sabin Way. Levine Park will undergo grading and replanting to coordinate with the new landscaping of the overall project. The new landscaping will provide space similar to the existing park for the enjoyment of staff and students. We are expecting a final schedule of construction from the contractors within the next few weeks. For updates on the MSB/CARE project, visit

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