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Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2004

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Memorial Day Message

Yesterday, we hope that you took a moment, perhaps more than a moment, to remember our faculty and staff colleagues, and their families and friends, who served or are currently serving in the military.  They are all deserving of our appreciation, as are the brave men and women they serve alongside.


Welcome to New Chairman of Medicine

Today is the first day for our new Chairman of Medicine, Dr. Bradley Britigan from the University of Iowa.  Until yesterday, he was the Division Director in Infectious Disease at Iowa.  Let's join and welcome Brad to the UC family.  We would also like to again extend our thanks for the many years of outstanding service to the outgoing chairman, Dr. Robin Luke.


The University Hospital Lands in Top Ten, Again

The University Hospital (TUH) has been named as one of Solucient's Top 100 hospitals in the category of Major Teaching Hospitals nationwide for 2004, the fourth time TUH has made the list. Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals®: Benchmarks for Success program evaluates some 2,900 hospitals on three main performance components: clinical excellence, operating efficiency and financial health, and responsiveness to the community.  This accomplishment can be shared by every associate, physician, volunteer and others at TUH and should be seen as recognition of the hard work and efforts of every single day. It is a result of not just the big initiatives and projects, but also the small details and services we give.


Cook Selected for Swain Memorial Award

Tyson Cook (UC II) has been selected by the students of UC II as the recipient of the Swain Memorial Award.  The Award is given to a student who, during the first two years of medical school, has best exemplified the qualities of treating people on equal terms, showing concern for fellow classmates and possessing the skill to transfer the challenges of the first two years of medical school into an enjoyable experience for all. 


Clark Receives Fulbright to Poland
C. Scott Clark, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Health, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in Environmental Science at Silesian University of TechnologyFaculty of Power and Environmental Engineering.  The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world.  The program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries


Watts Receives Masters Designation

Nelson Watts, MD (Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine) has received the Master designation by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), the scientific and educational arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).  The Master designation is awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional level of leadership and made significant contributions to the field of endocrinology.


College of Nursing, TUH Offer Care to the Homeless

The College of Nursing and The University Hospital have opened an after-hours clinic for Cincinnati's homeless at City Gospel Mission downtown.  The clinic will see patients and refer them to the Health Resource Center for problems that can't be addressed without a physician.  The clinic stems from a study conducted by a nursing student on the number of people entering TUH's ER after hours for problems that did not warrant being admitted, which drives up costs due to the fact that people without an address are not covered under the tax levy.  TUH is paying this nurse to staff the clinic that she created and College of Nursing students will get clinical hours there.  This is another great example of the Medical Center's outreach to Cincinnati's homeless.  The COM's Department of Family Medicine, for example, treats homeless patients on the City of Cincinnati's Homeless Health Van.  The Department is currently working to develop respite care programs for homeless persons who are acutely ill and primary care for homeless women and children who do not qualify for other assistance. 


Two Elected to Prestigious Organizations

Christof von Kalle, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics and part of the Experimental Hematology Division, has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI).  The ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists and membership is by election only and only researchers who are 45 years of age or younger are eligible for nomination.  George Deepe, Jr., MD (Internal Medicine) was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), which serves as a "repository of the best medical minds and as a forum to promote friendship, to create and disseminate knowledge and to provide role models for upcoming generations of physicians and medical students."


Ricer Publishes on Internet, Linked to NetWellness

Rick Ricer, MD (Family Medicine) recently published three Internet books based on research he did on sabbatical. Because two of the three books offer a great deal of information to the consumer, gleaned from Dr. Ricer's experience traveling the country to extract pearls of knowledge from practitioners, as well as to the clinician and student, NetWellness has decided to provide links to them here.    All three books can be accessed here.


Brittsan, Tencza Recognized by ACP

Angela Brittsan, PhD and Christian Tencza will be recognized by the American College of Physicians (ACP) as this year's outstanding students entering Internal Medicine.  Both will continue their training in IM at the COM next year.


Waltz Awarded $1.5 million to Study Breast Cancer

Susan Waltz, PhD (associate professor in the Department of Surgery) has received a five-year, $1.5 million National Cancer Institute grant to study the link between one of the body's naturally occurring "receptor" proteins and breast cancer.  Dr. Waltz will investigate the function of the Ron receptor tyrosine kinase, a protein that occurs normally in epithelial cells, which form the covering and lining of tissues in the body.  Although no one can yet explain the connection between increased Ron receptor protein and breast cancer, it does exist, and Dr. Waltz and her team have been able to reproduce this association in laboratory mice.  "It's a very promising direction," Dr. Waltz says, "and obviously a new target for investigation and therapy--so we jumped on it."

McLain Honored With Endowed Chair

Clarence McLain, MD, (professor emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) is being honored with an endowed chair in his name.  More than $1 million has already been contributed to the new Clarence R. McLain Chair in OB/GYN for Medical Student Education, including a significant pledge from Dr. McLain himself.  Dr. McLain joined the COM in 1967 as an assistant professor and director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which qualifies him as the longest serving OB/GYN "clerkship" director in the nation.  His many other honors include the COM's highest award, the Daniel Drake Medal for Distinguished Service; a Lifetime Achievement Award; UC's first-ever President of the University Quality Service Award and a Distinguished Teaching professorship.


Limerick Contest

For those of you who were offended by one of the limericks in last week's edition, please accept our sincere apology.  The limerick in question was in fact written by a tenured faculty member, and certainly offered in jest.  No offense was meant by the writer or by The Dean's List.  Some felt otherwise.  We are truly sorry.


Queen City 101

When New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley wrote "Go west young man, and grow up with the country," he was writing about the Midwest and in particular, Cincinnati. Greeley also wrote in 1850, "Within 50 years, Cincinnati will become the greatest city on earth."

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