A day in the life of an Intern – Katelin Durham, MD

We asked a number of our residents to describe what a typical day looks like. We are grateful to share their stories in this series of diaries. This week I’m doing a Night Float rotation so I get to sleep in. I wake up around 11AM and make some breakfast. I tune in for our noon […]

A day in the life of a PGY-3 – Yana Zemkova, MD

We asked a number of our residents to describe what a typical day looks like. We are grateful to share their stories in this series of diaries. Spring 2021Inpatient VA Despite the countless days that have turned into months of similar schedules, waking up early still has not gotten any easier. Regardless, I slide out of […]

A day in the life of a PGY-2 – Robert Windisch, Jr., MD

We asked a number of our residents to describe what a typical day looks like. We are grateful to share their stories in this series of diaries. I’ve chosen to outline a dayshift as a senior resident in our Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), my favorite rotation at University of Iowa Health Care.    6:15 am – I push […]

Resident teams present ongoing QI work

Through the months of February and March, residents provided preliminary answers to some good questions at each Monday’s noon conference. Can we convince more Veterans to get their pneumococcal vaccinations? Or improve lung cancer screening in the primary care setting? Can we increase infection prevention by getting providers to go “bare below the elbow”? How […]

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 […]