You Make a Difference in Internal Medicine

The University of Iowa Health Care Making a Difference program is designed to recognize individuals who have performed in an exemplary manner, consistent with the goals of service excellence, and with a commitment to quality care. Over the last few months, members of our department were nominated by colleagues, patients, and patient family members for […]

Hoffman JAMA Viewpoint assesses new lung cancer screening guidelines

Randomized clinical trials, including the National Lung Screening Trial that enrolled patients at the University of Iowa, showed that lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) reduced lung cancer mortality. In 2013, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave a Grade B recommendation for LDCT screening of adults aged 55 to 80 with […]

Protecting Iowa’s vulnerable farmworkers expands to include vaccinations

While COVID-19 vaccinations are well underway in Iowa, Claudia Corwin, MD, MPH, assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, and associate medical director of University of Iowa Health Care’s Employee Health Clinic, has been working to help ensure one critical sector of the population is not overlooked — Iowa’s migrant and seasonal agricultural […]

Phase I clinical trial group finds efficiencies, increases

Opening any clinical trial requires the satisfaction of many regulatory requirements for very good reasons. Scores of people review applications, confer in committees, weigh risks and benefits, all to make sure that the investigator has patient safety as their guide. This process is important, but it can also be lengthy and overlong delays can doom a trial before it can even […]

Teamwork, Swiss cheese prove the difference in COVID-19 prevention

Frequent, universal COVID-19 testing has been one of the chief preventive methods used in long-term care facilities (LTCs). Although only 8% of COVID-19 cases occur in LTCs, these cases have accounted for 40% of all reported COVID-related deaths. Many facilities have employed the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recommendation to frequently test their employees […]

MICU faculty win Culturally Responsive Health Care Award

First awarded in 2017, the Culturally Responsive Health Care Award was established by University of Iowa Health Care to recognize individuals and groups who practice inclusive care with conscious attention to health inequities and the need for care adaptive to diverse needs of patients and their families. This year, the award has been given to […]

Goto receives K08 to develop a “smart antibiogram”

Bacterial infections that develop resistance to drugs affect at least 2.8 million Americans each year. Gram-negative rod (GNR) infections especially have high and emerging resistance rates and pose a large threat, considering the lack of new antimicrobial medicine. GNR pathogens can cause a wide variety of infections, such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, or intraabdominal […]

Kobayashi finds, treats extremely rare fungal infection

Fungal periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) are essentially unheard of, contributing to only 1% of PJIs. Because they are so rare, fungal PJIs can be hard to identify and treat, leaving physicians without answers for their patients. However, fungal PJI is associated with significant cost and morbidity, especially among immunocompromised patients. Takaaki Kobayashi, MD, third-year fellow in […]

Shielding our pulmonary fellows

“Among the aerosol-generating procedures,” an April 27 JAMA editorial cautioned, “performing endotracheal intubation is especially hazardous.” At University of Iowa Health Care, over the last ten months of caring for those individuals with COVID-19 admitted to our Medical Intensive Care Unit and needing intubation, it is safe to say that nearly every one of those […]