News Highlights from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office…
Speaking of Denver Health, they received great news last week about getting a $19.8 million Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services! This was one of 107 projects awarded from more than 3,000 applications last November. Congratulations to Patty Gabow and the team that put together the grant.
Congratulations also to Wendy Madigosky, MD, MSPH (Associate Professor, Family Medicine), who has been accepted as a Macy Faculty Scholar. She was one of five selected from a national pool. The program is designed to develop a new generation of national leaders in Medicine and Nursing. Wendy will be working on an interprofessional safety and healthcare improvement curriculum for the Anschutz Medical Campus with her mentor, Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN (Professor, Nursing, and Associate Dean, Clinical & Community Affairs).
Children’s Hospital Colorado has been making news for its growth and quality. It has opened its 50,000-square foot Outpatient Specialty Care Facility in Colorado Springs. And our affiliate again was named one of the top 10 best children’s hospitals in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Children’s Hospitals” listing for 2012-2013. Children’s was among the 12 Honor Roll hospitals that excelled in at least three specialties.
The Faculty Senate last week passed several changes to the school of medicine rules, including the creation of a Clinical Practice Series. The Executive Committee will take up these changes briefly tomorrow before their joint meeting with the UPI board to discuss the School of Medicine strategic planning draft plan. Once the Executive Committee acts on the rules changes (either tomorrow or next month), the entire faculty will have the opportunity to review and vote on them.
I thank Ron E. Gill, PhD (Associate Professor, Microbiology), for his service as President of the Faculty this past year and all of the senators who had a lot to discuss this past year. They get a two-month reprieve and will have their next meeting the second Tuesday of September.
CU received two of the three grants awarded in Colorado, among 50 given out nationally, by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Daniel Matlock, MD (Assistant Professor, Medicine — Internal Medicine and Geriatrics), is the PI on one of them, a $644,000 grant to study patient decision aids for people with implanted defibrillators. Jack Westfall, MD (Professor, Family Medicine and Program Director, Colorado AHEC), is the PI for a $724,000 project titled “Boot Camp Translation for Patient Centered Outcomes.” We can’t announce every grant here but I thought this was a significant achievement.
And maybe we will hear from the Supreme Court this week (or maybe not). Stay tuned!