Champions in crisis

The past two weeks since my last post have bordered on surreal as we re-deploy our staff, reorganize our clinics, and work to keep our providers and patients safe. I want to take this time to recognize and acknowledge the effort, boundless creativity, and commitment of faculty, staff, and even our community at finding solutions […]

Resilience in times of crisis

Unprecedented events are unfolding and it is difficult to wrap one’s mind completely around the rapidly evolving landscapes being shaped by the current coronavirus pandemic. The potential impact on University of Iowa Health Care is uncertain. However, as I look at how we have responded so far, I feel a tremendous sense of hope. There […]

The Bedside

In a little less than a month, we will kick off the final season of the academic year with Match Day. This represents a meaningful turning point when we start readying our farewells and finalizing plans for the year ahead. We learn where our medical students are headed, how many will be staying at Iowa […]

The fruits of mentorship

What a month for seeing the fruits of strong mentorship. Once you start to look around for it, the examples are everywhere to be found. Regular readers of these posts know how deeply I value strong and effective mentoring and, more important, how fundamental I believe it is to shaping the future of our department. […]

Our department by the numbers

We live in a world where we are inundated by data. It is easy for data to become background noise, but a few recent pieces of data confirm our department’s remarkable growth. The first number is 30,000. Our clinical faculty and other providers will tell you that more people are coming through their clinics every […]

Our commitment to diversity

Ten years ago, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the national medical school accrediting body, directed institutions to increase the level of diversity in our programs, by working to attract and enroll greater numbers of women and minorities into our profession. Progress has been slow, however. Even as of last year, the most recently […]

Big data and big discoveries

Happy New Year, Happy 2020! I hope the past couple weeks have been restorative, whether you were able to take a lot or even a little time away from work and for yourself. The turning of the calendar to a new year and a new decade may be an arbitrary time for the establishment of […]

Review of a momentous year by any measure

It seemed like much of our spare time in 2019 in Internal Medicine was devoted to self-assessment and review. These can be essential and worthwhile activities, without question. They confirmed our strengths, clarified opportunities, and collectively revealed paths we might not have considered otherwise. My profound gratitude goes out to all the administrative personnel, faculty, […]

State of the Department, 2019

The following is an abridged and edited transcript of yesterday’s State of the Department address. To view the entire presentation, click here (hawkid login required). It’s always fun to put this stuff together. And to share with you my perspectives on where the department is and where the department is going. My hope is that […]

The Pipeline

I think a lot about the challenges facing academic medicine and the need to constantly replenish our ranks. As many institutions grapple with the declining number of physician scientists, the metaphor of maintaining a robust pipeline continues to be salient. How can we as an organization and a department address this challenge? I believe that […]