Quality is a verb

“Excellence every time” was the rallying phrase of a new employee training that many of you may recall. Although those sessions have since been discontinued, the idea at the heart of them is one we can all agree has value. Because what else is excellence but quality? And how else do we achieve excellence every […]

Hem/Onc fellow, faculty granted access to international database for retrospective study

Two Iowa researchers—third-year hematology and oncology fellow Kittika Poonsombudlert, MD, and Christopher Strouse, MD, clinical assistant professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation—will examine potential cardiovascular risks from a drug in a recently approved study. The proposal, “Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide Related Cardiomyopathy; incidence, risk factors, and outcome,” was approved by the Center for International […]

Mokadem appointed to state medical cannabidiol review board

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has named Mohamad Mokadem, MD, associate professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Medical Cannabidiol Board (MCB). The nine-member advisory body is composed of eight physicians of different specialties and one law enforcement agent. Among a number of responsibilities, the board reviews petitions to expand […]

Midwest fellows focus on POCUS

Last year showed that, despite a COVID-induced year off in 2020, there was still plenty of appetite among fellows and programs to attend the Midwest Fellows Critical Care Ultrasound Symposium. That year attendance still increased over 2019’s numbers, though it may have been due in part to the inclusion of second-year fellows who had to […]

Meet Our APPs: Joseph Cates, PA-C

We are pleased to present the next in our weekly series introducing you to Internal Medicine’s Advanced Practice Providers. In addition to sharing information about where they work in the department, we asked them each to tell us a little bit about their “Why” (the sustaining pull for their work) and what relaxes them. (Read […]

Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of sarcoglycan-δ leads to dilated cardiomyopathy, autonomic dysfunction, and exaggerated stress-induced cardiovascular reactivity

Article: Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of sarcoglycan-δ leads to dilated cardiomyopathy, autonomic dysfunction, and exaggerated stress-induced cardiovascular reactivity Authors: Gabriela Cavazza Cerri, Liping Yang, Kathy Zimmerman, Alyssa Bosko, Mark Chapleau, Robert Felder, Robert Weiss, Rasna Sabharwal Journal: The FASEB Journal, 36:(S1). May 2022. Abstract: Deficiency of sarcoglycan-δ (Sgcd) induces disruption of the dystrophin glycoprotein complex, resulting in […]

Anderson named dean at University of Chicago

Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye. We are pleased to share news from the University of Chicago that Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, will become the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences, and Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine, effective October 1, 2022. Anderson came to the University […]

OSCEs stress the “formative” for learner and faculty alike

Now in its sixth year and its impact on trainees established both locally and nationally, the organizers of our residency program’s Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCE) have begun to think about how the formative assessments can also aid faculty members. “One of the chief strengths of the OSCE is its immediacy,” said Jane Rowat, MS, […]

Chiefs leading a tradition of quality

The United States Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety is working to revise and improve its VA Chief Residents in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program and Iowa has a seat at the national table. Matthew D. Soltys, MD, clinical assistant professor in General Internal Medicine and Iowa’s 2020–21 Chief Resident in Quality and […]

Online presentation: LONG COVID: AKA Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 – July 21, 2022

Internal Medicine’s Virtual Grand Rounds presentation for Thursday, July 21, 2022, will be: LONG COVID: AKA Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 12:00-1:00pm Thursday, July 21, 2022 Loreen Herwaldt, MD, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases Click this link on Thursday just before noon to join the presentation: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97185297350 This Grand Rounds presentation will be recorded and available […]