Highlights from Progress, 10/5 & 6, 2017

For two days, health care providers of all stripes from around the state and region met in downtown Iowa City for a tradition that stretches back 33 years. Taking advantage of the University of Iowa Homecoming, the CME conference draws between 150 and 200 attendees each year. And although reunions with classmates and colleagues are […]

SHM Brings Posters to Progress

As with the ACP Iowa Chapter, the Iowa Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) also took advantage of Homecoming weekend and Progress 2017 to hold its annual meeting. Chapter President Dr. Melinda Johnson, Clinical Professor of General Internal Medicine, organized two events. The first was an evening gathering at a downtown Iowa City […]

ACP Iowa Chapter 2017 Awards

Coinciding with the two-day Continuing Medical Education conference, Progress, the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) was held just down the block in the Hotel Vetro. Most of the chapter business had been addressed the previous evening, allowing the medical society the opportunity to enjoy […]

Exploring inappropriate certified nursing assistant glove use in long-term care

Article: Exploring inappropriate certified nursing assistant glove use in long-term care Authors: Burdsall DP, Gardner SE, Cox T, Schweizer M, Culp KR, Steelman VM, Herwaldt LA. Journal: Am J Infect Control. 2017 Sep 1;45(9):940-945 Abstract: Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) frequently wear gloves when they care for patients in standard precautions. If CNAs use gloves inappropriately, […]

Five Years of Quality

For the better part of the last decade, an increased focus on measurable outcomes, quality, and patient safety has fueled countless technological and process improvements in health care across the country. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been the vanguard for the state, its clinics and wards serving in part as carefully controlled laboratories […]

Interns Explain “Why Iowa?”

After every Match Day, our Residency Program surveys each candidate with a brief series of questions, regardless of the outcome of the interviews and decision. In an effort to constantly improve, we want to know what impressed the candidates and what they found less impressive. The anonymous responses can be insightful in shaping what we […]

Vaughan-Sarrazin Awarded R01 Grant

Dr. Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin, Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine, has been awarded a three-year, $950,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the use of four FDA-approved anticoagulants for stroke prevention in individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF). Since 2010, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxoban, which are collectively known as non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have […]

FOEDRC Investiture Reception, 9/28

Two Chairs and a Professorship were formally bestowed on their inaugural appointees last week. Two of the three were endowed by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), its nation of members each giving what they can to the larger goal of supporting the Diabetes Research Center (DRC). (It should be noted that the other Chair […]

New Faculty Additions, August-September 2017

The Department of Internal Medicine would like to introduce our newest members who joined us in August and September. We are pleased to welcome them to the department. Brittany Bettendorf, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor Immunology (Rheumatology) Dr. Brittany Bettendorf joined the Division of Immunology on August 31 from her Adult Rheumatology Fellowship at the […]

Genetic Interference With Endothelial PPAR-γ (Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-γ) Augments Effects of Angiotensin II While Impairing Responses to Angiotensin 1-7

Article: Genetic Interference With Endothelial PPAR-γ (Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-γ) Augments Effects of Angiotensin II While Impairing Responses to Angiotensin 1-7 Authors: De Silva TM, Hu C, Kinzenbaw DA, Modrick ML, Sigmund CD, Faraci FM Journal: Hypertension. 2017 Sep;70(3):559-565 Abstract: Pharmacological activation of PPAR-γ (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ) protects the vasculature. Much less is known on the […]