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Date: Monday, April 12, 2004

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Cath Lab Reputation, Patient Load Growing

The University Hospital's Cardiac Cath Lab is making great strides in both its image and its patient load.  The Lab, under the direction of Daniel Snavely, M.D., is rapidly becoming known as the place for complex cardiac cath procedures, with patients being referred from as far away as Maysville, Kentucky.  Angioplasty procedures have nearly doubled since 2000, with 1,100 patients treated in 2003 alone.  "One of the keys of Lab's success is the collaboration we enjoy between cardiology and vascular surgery, which is uncommon," said Dr. Snavely.  "These two disciplines work together at The University Hospital and have a great relationship."  The Lab's mortality rate of .08% is also very low, especially when compared with the average of 1% to 2%, and taking into account the risk level of some of the patients.


COM Collaboration with Oakwood College Grows

Since late last year, the COM has been working with Oakwood College, a historically African American Seventh Day Adventist liberal arts college in Huntsville, Alabama.  In November, Charles Collins, M.D. (associate dean and associate professor of Psychology) and Laura Hildreth (assistant dean) visited Oakwood's biology department for two days to discuss the COM, including its M.D./Ph.D. program.  As the admission process began this year, it was discovered that four applications had been received from Oakwood, and three were accepted and confirmed to attend the COM.  Recently, Dr. Collins received a call from a professor in the Oakwood biology department explaining that the NIH had awarded a three year grant to provide research experiences for 14 minority students interested in receiving M.D./ Ph.D.s.  Most importantly, the COM was one of the five schools Oakwood chose to collaborate with in this endeavor, and will likely be sending three or four students here this summer.  While plans remain tentative, this is nonetheless a great example of the COM's community outreach endeavors.


Watch for it.  It's coming to help you provide better patient care!

The College of Medicine has created a pocket directory/calendar booklet for use by all clinicians in the College.  The directory was created by Gregory Rouan, Tiffiny Diers and Julie Valente and provides everything from an 18 month pocket calendar and telephone numbers for labs, residents and faculty to normal lab values and important hospital and clinical policies/guidelines. We created this directory to make your life easier and your clinical practice more efficient. It was modeled in part after the Department of Medicine "Budde book" and a similar pocket directory/calendar booklet at Mayo Clinic. The countdown to having it in your hands is just a few days away.


Reproductive Medicine Research Department NIH Contract Renewed

The Reproductive Medicine Research Unit within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has officially received notice from the NIH that its Contraceptive contract has been renewed for seven years.  This contract will bring in a minimum of $3.2 million over that time frame.


Medical Center Publishes Medical Errors Study

UC Medical Center researchers published a study on medical errors in the March 30 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.  The article titled "The Identification of Medical Errors by Family Physicians During Outpatient Visits," concludes that family physicians identify errors and preventable adverse events frequently during patient visits.  The study was led by Nancy Elder, M.D. (associate professor in Family Medicine) and was co-authored by Mary Beth Vonder Meulen, RN, CCRC (principal research assistant, Family Medicine) and Amy Cassedy, Ph.D., (UC Department of Sociology).  The article is available here.


Nominate Colleagues for Forty Under 40

Help us identify our younger stars by nominating them for the Cincinnati Business Courier's "Forty Under 40" program.  This program recognizes Greater Cincinnati's young and talented people who are now or are destined to make a difference in our community.  Nomination forms are available here.  Nomination deadline is July 16.


Send us Your Video

The College of Medicine News Network,  affectionately known as "COM Net," is always looking for video.  We would consider just about anything you have, with the understanding that there is an approval process to determine what actually makes it onto the screens.  We must have video on a disc in either mpeg or wmv format (no QuickTime or any others).  For more information or to offer your wares, please email us here.


Mutasim Appointed to Journal Board

Diya F. Mutasim, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the COM, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Food for Thought:

"The number one problem in clinical research is reorienting [clinical researchers'] attention to the fact the patient is the number one resource."  (NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, March 3, 2004)


Did you notice...

"that the stone emblem of the University of Cincinnati above the main entrance to the Health Professions Building (home of the Provost's offices) shows the inaugural date of the University as 1870, not the official date of 1819?  If you can explain this discrepancy, send us your thoughts and we will publish the best, and perhaps most bizarre,  explanations in an upcoming version of TDL.


Did You Know...

that Earl Choromokos (professor emeritus in Ophthalmology) is also an expert wood turner?  His creations are truly amazing.


Queen City 101

The term "stateroom" is said to have originated with the steamboat Washington.  Completed in 1824 in Cincinnati, the Washington's rooms were named after the states of Union.


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