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Date: Monday, January 26, 2004

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Environmental Policy Center to Address Sprawl

The Environmental Policy Center (EPC) will hold three workshops this year designed to develop action and implementation plans for dealing with the health impacts of sprawl on individuals.  The first workshop is slated for January 29th; participants will include planners, health professionals, environmentalists, economists, citizens and several UC professors.  The workshops are made possible by a grant from the COM's Dean's Discovery Fund.


Next Honduras Trip Slated for February

A team from the COM and their colleagues in the College of Nursing will be leaving for Honduras February 3rd to render medical assistance to those who desperately need it.  The trip is part of Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in 1989 by Jeffery Heck, M.D. (Department of Family Medicine) in collaboration with that Department.  Students take a course in tropical medicine, then spend two weeks in remote Honduran villages.  The students' expenses (both COM and Nursing) are partially funded by a scholarship from UC's Global Studies and Affairs office.  They are joined by students from other medical schools as well as other COM doctors and faculty.  Shoulder to Shoulder and its Honduran companion organization, Hombro a Hombro, operate a year-round clinic that provides health care, dental and nutritional services to an area of about 20,000 people living in one of the poorest and most remote areas of Honduras in the State of Intibuca. The clinic has received national attention within the country of Honduras as being a model collaboration. .


Innovative Program Combines Business with Medicine

The COM has a unique program that allows medical students to earn an MBA and MD at the same time.  Students take the first three years of medical school before embarking on the MBA through the University of Cincinnati's College of Business Administration.  Once the MBA work is completed, they return to medical school to finish up the MD portion of this dual degree program.  This program is especially valuable given how much medicine intersects with business issues these days.  For students who want exposure to business but not the whole MBA, a newly developed elective entitled "The Business of Medicine" will be offered beginning in the 2004-2005 academic year.  


Martin Elected to a Variety of Posts

Joyce Martin, Environmental Policy Center Director at the Department of Environmental Health, has been elected Chair of the Ohio River Way.  Ms. Martin has also joined the Boards of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments and Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment.


COM Icon Celebrates 40 Years

IvaDean Lair-Adolph, known to legions of COM graduates, faculty and staff, is celebrating her 40th anniversary with us.  IvaDean, married to emeritus faculty member Bob Adolph (Professor Emeritus in Cardiology), knows, by name, just about every COM student from the past four decades.  In acknowledgment of her tremendous service to the COM and the esteem with which she is regarded by students and faculty, a scholarship was established in her name last year.  We encourage everyone to contribute, which you can do by going to the "IvaDean Fund" at or sending donations directly to the Development office.


Good Housekeeping Names COM/UH Cardiac Center Among Tops for Women

The February edition of Good Housekeeping names the Heart Failure and Transplant Clinic at TUH among the top 44 cardiac centers for women, and names Lynne Wagoner, M.D. as one of the top doctors.  The Clinic is the only Cincinnati cardiac operation featured.


Departmental Newsletters

As you know, we're always looking for information to consider for inclusion in The Dean's List.  Some departments have taken to including us in the distribution of departmental newsletters, which are a wonderful source of information.  If you have such a newsletter and haven't done so, please include Joe Shields ( on your distribution.  Thanks!


Did You Know...

Jay A. Johannigman M.D., Director of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, recently returned from active duty in Iraq (he is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves).  From August to November, Dr. Johannigman served as the Deputy Commander of an Air Force hospital in Southern Iraq (the 332d EMEDS/Tallil Air Base), where he was one of two surgeons operating out of a mobile hospital called an EMEDS.


Queen City 101

Cincinnati has the highest number of chili joints per capita in the country.

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