COM Receives Full Eight-Year LCME Accreditation
After two years of hard work, the COM has received notice that it has received a full eight-year accreditation, the maximum possible, from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). We will also be forming an educational cabinet to help us meet the areas of needed change. The LCME concurred with the survey team that our institutional strengths include a thriving research enterprise, an outstanding Department of Pediatrics, the support for medical education provided by our clinical partners, the integrated multidisciplinary model of the Brain and Behavior course, and the investment in outstanding facilities and services to support the educational programs. Particular mention was made of the excellent support and services provided by IvaDean Lair-Adolph, assistant dean and registrar, and the high quality financial aid counseling and services that are provided. A special thanks to Ward Bullock, Andy Filak and Laura Wexler for coordinating the LCME process. We also wish to express our deep appreciation to all the faculty members, students and staff who worked with such great diligence and insights to bring about this enormous accomplishment that will serve to guide us for many years to come.
COM Well Represented Among "Health Care Heroes"
The recipients of the Cincinnati Business Courier's seventh annual "Health Care Heroes" awards have been announced, and the COM was quite well represented. Andrew Lowy, M.D. and Debbie Soldano, R.N. won in the "Provider" category. Michael Privitera, M.D. and Hwa-shain Yeh, M.D. won the "Innovator" category as a team and Elwood Jensen, Ph.D. was a finalist. And Elizabeth Kelly, M.D. won in "Community Outreach," a category in which William Barrett, M.D. was a finalist. Congratulations to all for representing the COM so well.
Dean's Discovery Fund Deadline Looms
The deadline to submit "Letters of Intent" for the Dean's Discovery Fund (DDF) is March 1. Information is available at http://www.med.uc.edu/ddfletter.cfm. This Fund is designed to provide needed grants to faculty to encourage development of new approaches to specific areas, such as translational research, patient safety, geriatrics, programmatic grants and the like. After March 1, the next deadline - applications is April 15. Recipients will be announced May 15 and funding will begin July 1.
Cincinnati Children's Lands Epilepsy Grant
As was reported on the front page of the February 18 issue of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has been awarded $17.3 million from the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke to lead the nation's largest federally funded study of childhood epilepsy. The five-year study will involve more than 400 children to be treated at 20 medical centers nationwide. Specifically, the study will focus on three medications (Zarontin, Depakote and Lamictal) commonly used by children who suffer "petit mal" or "absence seizures," brief staring spells that can occur dozens, even hundreds, of times each day. Tracy Glauser, M.D. is the principal investigator.
Uptown Consortium Launched, Hires CEO
Tony Brown, currently director of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, will be CEO of the newly formed, non-profit Uptown Consortium. UC President Nancy Zimpher is chairing the board of the new organization. The consortium was formed by five major employers, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Health Alliance, TriHealth, and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, to work in collaboration with the community in building a better Uptown. Uptown generally includes the communities of Avondale, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Corryville, Mt. Auburn and University Heights, and with downtown and Over-the-Rhine, forms the core of our region. A vibrant Uptown will contribute to COM's ability to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and staff.
Academic Plan Moving Forward
Thank you to everyone who participated in the February 11 Input Session, part of President Zimpher's Comprehensive Academic Planning Process. The session featured great discussions and input. Frequently occurring themes included thoughts that UC needed to be a leader in research, teaching and clinical care as well as in community issues; that UC should be innovative and progressive; and that it should "be the best." "Research" was the most cited area of focus for the COM. The notes are posted at http://med.uc.edu/about/inputsessions/. The planning process began in December 2003, and this "input" part of the process will continue through May. In addition to the February 11 gathering, the COM has also had input sessions at Faculty Forum, Faculty Council, and focus groups for both faculty and students. The Departments of Surgery and Pathology also did their own input sessions.
Waddell Team Looking for Cyclists
The Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis cycling team, captained by John M. Tew, M.D., (professor of neurosurgery and medical director of The Neuroscience Institute), is gearing up for an encore. Dr. Tew is hoping to field a Waddell team of 100 riders for this energizing, team-building event. The team had a great time last year while raising $20,556 for local and national MS programs. 2004 Tour dates are July 10-11. If you're interested in participating, you can register by phone at 513-769-4400 or online at www.fightmstoday.org. When registering, you will need the team name (Waddell Center for MS), team captain (John Tew) and team code (OHGBWADCO1). And please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org when you register, so that you can receive updates and (if you don't already have one) a beautiful Waddell Center jersey.
Breast Cancer Support Network Donates to UC for Breast Cancer Registry
Pink Ribbon Girls, a Cincinnati-based breast cancer support network, has donated $5,000 to the Department of Environmental Health for the development of a Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Registry. Drs. Susan Pinney and Katie Brown, epidemiologists in the Department of Environmental Health, are establishing this regional registry. Pink Ribbon Girls originated in 2001 as a support group for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The more than 100 members are strong advocates for communication between researchers, legislators and the general public.
Did You Know...
that Tim Broderick, M.D., associate professor, Department of Surgery and medical director, Center for Surgical Innovation, is intimately involved with NASA and is interested in becoming an astronaut? Dr. Broderick serves as a Consulting Surgeon on Telemedicine and Robotics for NASA's Medical Informatics and Technology Application Consortium. Through peer-reviewed NASA funded research, he recently had the opportunity to fly a virtual reality simulator on NASA's "Vomit Comet", a flight he'll repeat in March. In September, there are tentative plans to live under the ocean for 10 days to evaluate advanced technology in the care of patients in extreme environments. Last October, Dr. Yvonne Cagel, a NASA astronaut, led a NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) team to visit to the "CSI" (surgery.uc.edu/csi) at the COM. This relationship continues to develop with the goal being to create a NASA Center at UC that would specialize in medical care and "surgery in space." Every two years, Dr. Broderick joins many other applicants for just a few astronaut candidate positions. "Even if I am not selected an astronaut, I have a great job," he says. "I work closely with NASA and I will continue to help develop surgery in space. Someday, astronauts will need to do surgery during an exploration class mission such as a trip to Mars, and we are helping make that possible."
Did you know, too...
that the idea for "Fast Facts" originated at the COM in the person of Eric Warm, M.D.? Dr. Warm (Department of Internal Medicine) conceived the idea in 1999 while part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project aimed at improving end-of-life care among residents, a concept not normally covered by standard clinical training. He started a newsletter that compiled ideas, suggestions, best practices and learnings. Now, Fast Facts is a national endeavor. Writers from across the country send suggestions to the director of the project (David Weissman, M.D. of the Medical College of Wisconsin); other input comes from a bi-annual conference on palliative medicine. After peer review, articles are distributed every two weeks via email to thousands of doctors and cataloged at www.eperc.mcw.edu. And each quarter, two of the articles are published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Arts Trivia Challenge
Our friends from the Fine Arts Fund have provided us with a variety of arts-related trivia questions that are both fun and interesting. To find the answers, simply check out the archived edition of today's Dean's List at http://www.med.uc.edu/deanslist/deanslistarchive.cfm; the answer has been added to this article. By the way, the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund (CFAF) ranks second nationally in dollar amount raised through a united arts fund campaign, and number one in amount received through employee contributions. The CFAF is also the oldest united arts fund in the country.
True or False: Ballet slippers and pointe shoes have no distinguished left or right.
The Answer is "True".
Queen City 101
Cincinnati is known for any number of culinary innovations, besides its unique chili spaghetti. Due largely to the city's pork packaging and brewing heritage, Cincinnati is the home of "city chicken" (pork cubes on a stick), "Cincinnati oysters" (a slang term for pickled pig's feet), and a "Cinci," which is 1880s slang for a short glass of beer.