Research, diversity, and immunology

During this month of transition, we have focused quite a bit on our education mission, but research within the Department of Internal Medicine never slows down. This last month has seen a number of compelling research stories come to light that reflect the diversity of research that is being conducted within our Department. These include […]

Welcome to our new trainees

Happy day after the Fourth of July. For many of us, holidays do not equate with time off, but on the contrary, might increase the amount of work on our plates. For those who had to work, I hope that yesterday and the next few days pass quietly and pleasantly. Many thanks to those of […]

Taking stock as the academic year ends

There have been many reviews and pulse-checks these last few months. We have completed our department’s five-year review and will soon receive formal feedback. Many members of the department contributed to this process. I hope that the information gleaned will assist our institutional leadership in understanding the breadth of our mission and our impact on […]

Supporting learners at all levels

Just a month ago we were saying good-bye to medical students who were graduating and moving on to residencies at other institutions besides the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. We are grateful that so many of that class have chosen to stay with us. Their numbers are a testament to the rigor and collegiality […]

Measuring our impact

Reputation matters. Rankings by outlets like U. S. News & World Report or by other private or governmental sources of our clinical services as a whole or a particular subspecialty or our training programs influence a raft of decisions made by potential students, trainees, and even faculty recruits about whether to come here. Patients, referring […]

Strengthening our culture of scholarship

I am writing to share my perspectives on scholarship in our department, how we support and enhance it, and how it should be measured. The University of Iowa is internationally recognized for its research output, and the Department of Internal Medicine has been an important contributor to our university’s academic reputation. Our research productivity wins […]

Departures and arrivals

One week from today, a newly minted cohort of medical students will walk across the stage in Hancher Auditorium and receive a diploma that represents the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice, not only their own but those made by family members, partners and even children! Achieving a Doctor of Medicine degree does […]

Dokun named Endocrinology Division Director

I am pleased to announce that Ayotunde O. Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE, will become Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Dokun joins us from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he […]

Our history and our future

No greater reminder exists that we are brief stewards of this university and its work than an anniversary, and this month brings two of them. When the first clinical manifestations of HIV appeared nearly four decades ago, many were bewildered, and prior to our understanding of its pathogenesis and development of treatments, HIV infection often […]

Maintaining a robust pipeline

The choice to pursue a career in academic medicine is not an easy one. Last weekend, I participated in the annual joint meeting of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Physician Scientist Association. All of the keynote and presidential addresses independently, but passionately, spoke to the importance […]