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 […]

State of the Department, 2020

The following is an abridged and edited transcript of last week’s State of the Department address. To view the entire presentation, click here (hawkid login required). Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a real pleasure and honor to be delivering the State of the Department address. I look forward to this every year. This has been a […]

World AIDS Day in Internal Medicine

Today is World AIDS Day and here at University of Iowa Health Care we are proud of the decades of care we have provided people living with AIDS and HIV. Four years ago, we profiled the founder and director of the first HIV Clinic in the state of Iowa, Jack Stapleton, MD, and his team’s […]

A day in the life of a PGY-3 – Laura Hill, 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. Clinic Week 7AM brings a ringing alarm and exciting realization – it’s clinic week (better known as Y-week). After four weeks of wearing green scrubs on inpatient, the decision […]

Our trainees on the frontlines

You know that things are serious when we are in the national news every day this week. There should be no doubt that our state (and country) is experiencing one of the worst health crises in our history and our hospital is at the epicenter. The spotlight is on us, and our faculty have become […]