Building a diverse community of scholars

Summer is winding down, fall is knocking at the door, and the academic year across campus is getting into full gear. We welcome undergraduates, both the returning ones as well as those just finishing their first full-week of college ever, and of course our new medical students. This yearly cycle of transitions reminds me of […]

Recruiting for our future

It seems like we barely get a new class of fellows situated here and it is time to begin the process of identifying the members of next year’s class. Toward the end of this month, we will enter Interview Season. Graduating residents from all over the country will visit Iowa City to meet with faculty […]

Teaching clinical medicine

There are few activities in this role that drive home for me the importance of each component of our mission than leading Chair’s Rounds each Thursday morning. I look forward very much to accompany our Chief Residents and trainees to round on patients that represent the breadth and diversity of the clinical cases on our […]

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 […]