Education and Independence

Happy July Fourth, a day early. Tomorrow marks 244 years since 56 men dipped a sharpened quill in ink and signed the Declaration of Independence, risking their lives to resist the largest empire in the world at the time. Although many have recognized and commented on flaws that accompanied the courage of the signers, their […]

Juneteenth, Today and Tomorrow

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the final emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States in 1865. Learn more about the importance of this date. Slavery was abolished in Jamaica, the land of my birth, in 1834. My maternal grandparents, Phillip Baker and Ina (Lillian) Haynes, were both born in 1909, and my paternal […]

Thomas appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Advancement

It is my pleasure to announce that Christie Thomas, MBBS, Professor of Internal Medicine, has been appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Advancement. This position is of unique importance to our department, providing guidance and oversight to faculty members as they advance through their career tracks and serving as a liaison to the Carver College of […]

Tribute to our Hospitalists

When I decided to focus on this topic, top of mind was a desire to talk about the significant contribution of our entire inpatient service to the care of hundreds each day. Our focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and our spectacular response moved me to note the ongoing heavy lift of our faculty and trainees […]

Our responsibility in the present moment

Colleagues: Events of the past week have no doubt produced a variety of emotions in each of us. The video of the events leading to George Floyd’s death shocked many, but reinforced for others their regular experience that inter-racial animus is a present reality for many, with lethal consequences for some. Demonstrations in cities near […]

Honoring and celebrating our learners

Many things feel simultaneously familiar and foreign these days. The middle of May kicks off our annual graduation season, and although we have had to replace processionals across a stage with drive-through diploma pick-ups and celebratory banquets with Zoom links, that strong feeling of pride and excitement for our graduates cannot be suppressed. This year’s […]

Our imperative to address health care disparities

We are data-driven. Although data will provide an accurate picture of a situation, it is empathy that motivates us to act on it. This week, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) began to report demographic breakdowns on which Iowans are being most affected by COVID-19. As has been reported for other parts of the […]

A day in the life . . .

Models are by their nature subject to constant revision. Two weeks ago, we believed we would now be in the peak of demand on University of Iowa Health Care resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent well-publicized outbreaks in Iowa and other factors have now pushed our peak to around May 8. That […]

Our department on the front lines

Many models predict that Iowa will see a peak in COVID-19 infections very soon and that peak resource utilization could occur within two to three weeks. The implication of this is that we should expect to see a significant increase in admissions of COVID-19 patients to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. We are […]

Champions in crisis

The past two weeks since my last post have bordered on surreal as we re-deploy our staff, reorganize our clinics, and work to keep our providers and patients safe. I want to take this time to recognize and acknowledge the effort, boundless creativity, and commitment of faculty, staff, and even our community at finding solutions […]