The road ahead: Women in Medicine Month

The American Medical Association has designated September as Women in Medicine month. Last year, I asked a few of our women faculty to offer their thoughts on what the subject means to them. Last year’s writers revealed hope and talked about finding a supportive environment here in the Carver College of Medicine or in a […]

Further excellence in education

It is hard not to be regularly impressed with the ways in which our educators demonstrate excellence. To say that education innovation is just a part of our department’s culture almost diminishes the effort and creativity of the individuals who produce it. It is not just something in the air or the water that designs […]

Focus on the fundamentals

Let’s cover the issue that is probably of greatest interest to you first, namely where things stand with Mercy Iowa City right now. Things are relatively quiet while the bankruptcy process works its way through the courts, though more definitive answers are expected within the next few weeks. Some reports in the press and on […]

New VPMA, new opportunities, same great fundamentals

I think we all knew that the arrival of Dr. Denise Jamieson, our new dean and vice president for medical affairs, was likely to bring a new energy and a new direction for University of Iowa Health Care, but I doubt few had any idea such dramatic change would happen so quickly! There are still […]

Research is a team sport

Today our community will be feeling a little fuller than usual. RAGBRAI riders are arriving and will be with us until tomorrow morning when they start their final leg of a 500-plus mile journey. Tomorrow they will dip their front tires into the Mississippi River after pulling the rear ones from the Missouri River just […]

Recommitment to innovation

Welcome to the new academic year! It is an excellent time to set new intentions and goals for success, to build new habits, and to pursue new and better ways of fulfilling our department’s missions. What I continue to find amazing is that given the right conditions, good questions can foster whole new programs. With […]

Taking stock

An odd coincidence of the calendar means today’s post aligns with the end of the 2022–23 academic and fiscal years. As we are also now at the halfway point of the 2023 calendar year, it seemed like a good use of today’s post to give you a sort of mini-State of the Department address. Since […]

Our fine fellows

For many, fellowship graduation is the last formal stop on a very long road that began in medical school or maybe even before. It is also the time when a young physician really discovers what they are passionate about and where their talents truly lie. Residency brings the exhilaration of finally becoming a physician, refining […]

Clinical leaders, clinical excellence

Providing superior healthcare to the people of Iowa and our global community is an important part of our mission. We want to be—and we are—the place people turn to when they are desperate for help for their health problems. There is so much more to providing the best clinical care than just seeing patients. And […]

Priming the pipeline

I have mentioned before that one of my top priorities is to attract and grow diverse talent for discovery in outstanding clinical care, for shared discovery in research, and for education. As part of my role, I get to interact with Chairs of Internal Medicine at other institutions and hear their perspectives and experiences. It […]