7th Annual Quality and Safety Symposium – Poster Session

The poster session is a linchpin component of every Quality and Safety Symposium, unique among most at the University of Iowa because organizers welcome works in progress. The spirit of collaboration is threaded throughout the rest of the conference and there is no reason that by presenting one’s work to a group of like-minded peers, […]

Dodd to delve deeply into MPNST metastasis

Rebecca Dodd, PhD, assistant professor in Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation, has been awarded a four-year, $792,000 American Cancer Society Research Scholar grant. Dodd will examine events driving the metastasis of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), a group of aggressive sarcomas. Connective tissue sarcomas account for 15% of all pediatric cancers. However, […]

Potential new target may aid post-stent recovery

Neointimal hyperplasia is a well-documented remodeling of the innermost vascular layer after vascular interventions and is a significant clinical outcome for many, especially people who have undergone cardiovascular procedures. Proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the innermost layer of an artery or vein results in vascular wall thickening, which leads to […]

Reported variability in healthcare facility policies regarding healthcare personnel working while experiencing influenza-like illnesses: An emerging infections network survey

Article: Reported variability in healthcare facility policies regarding healthcare personnel working while experiencing influenza-like illnesses: An emerging infections network survey Authors: Hilary M. Babcock, Susan E. Beekmann, Satish K. Pillai, Scott Santibanez, Leslie Lee, David T. Kuhar, Angela P. Campbell, Anita Patel and Philip M. Polgreen Journal: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Nov 14:1-6. doi: […]

The Pipeline

I think a lot about the challenges facing academic medicine and the need to constantly replenish our ranks. As many institutions grapple with the declining number of physician scientists, the metaphor of maintaining a robust pipeline continues to be salient. How can we as an organization and a department address this challenge? I believe that […]

Residency committees create continuous improvement

For more than 80 years, the Internal Medicine Residency Program has focused on equipping residents with the skills and experiences they need to succeed as physicians. As part of the ongoing drive for excellence, the residency program directed by Manish Suneja, MD, has resident-led committees to provide avenues for feedback and improvement. Committees such as […]

Update from the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

The following is a guest post from Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE, Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. It is the final installment of an ongoing 2019 series of┬ádivision updates. The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism continues to excel as leaders in the field of endocrinology, in research, educational and clinical practice. Leadership […]

Paterson, renowned neurobiologist, comes to Iowa

The internationally recognized neurobiologist, Oxford University Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, and President-Elect of┬áThe Physiological Society of the UK will be the Distinguished Guest Speaker of the University of Iowa Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26, 2019. David J. Paterson, D.Phil, D.Sc and […]

Suneja named Vice Chair for Education

I am pleased to announce that Manish Suneja, MD, has accepted the role of Vice Chair for Education within the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Suneja is and will remain the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, a program which he has led since 2014. Under his direction the program has achieved national […]

Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration

Article: Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration Authors: Peter Kaboli, Isomi Miake-Lye, Christopher Ruser, Elizabeth Yano, Greg Orshansky, Lisa Rubenstein, Idamay Curtis, Susan Kirsh, Susanne Hempel Journal: Med Care. 2019 Oct;57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S213-S220 Abstract: BACKGROUND: Access to health care is a critical concept […]