The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed most of us hard into a virtual environment and in this landscape our department and many of our faculty have become or continue to be “Influencers.” It would have been hard to imagine someone listing “improve video conferencing skills” as one of their goals at the beginning of 2020, but […]

Our commitment to serving our patients and community

Many of the stories that I share in these posts focus on our research and education missions. The faculty and trainees in our department exemplify a can-do spirit and commitment to innovation that makes these stories easy to find and to tell. However, our clinical mission occupies the majority of the effort of our faculty, […]

Reflections in the afterglow of the 2021 match

It is always a nice feeling when you set your expectations high and still have them exceeded. That is what happened on last Friday’s Match Day, when we welcomed to Internal Medicine one of our most accomplished classes in recent memory. Our Vice Chair for Education and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Manish Suneja and I revealed some […]

We support our Asian community

It is a disheartening reality that I must write to you again about racism. The Department of Internal Medicine affirms our full support and concern for members of our Asian and Asian American community, including those of Pacific Islander and Pan Asian descent (AAPI). The shocking killings in Atlanta targeting women and Asians have shaken […]

Our missions from trainees to community

In a little less than a week, the results of the most unusual residency recruitment season in memory will be revealed. We will know where our extraordinary medical students are headed next and who will be joining us later this year as our new class of interns. It is an exciting time both for our […]

Recognizing trailblazers past, present, and future

Today we are nearing the end of Black History Month. If you follow our department on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen the minute-long videos each weekday at noon that our digital media team produced and posted. All of the videos have been gathered under the hashtag #BlackHistoryInMedicine and they are also here as […]

It’s a marathon not a sprint

This month and over the next few weeks, we will pass a number of one-year anniversaries. The first documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States, the first American deaths from this virus, the first cases in Iowa and the first cases we treated at University of Iowa Health Care all happened very quickly together. […]

The road to the Mountain Top

Each year University of Iowa Health Care, the Carver College of Medicine, and all our departments commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by designating the week as “Human Rights Week.” We frame these days as a time of celebration, instruction, and service, reflecting on our commitment as an institution to the tenets […]

Reflections on leadership

As many of us reflect on the significance of the present moment and the events of the past few weeks, I have been moved to think about courage and leadership and what that means for all of us. Many ask the question, what are the fundamental qualities of a good leader? Words such as honesty, […]

Perspective as we celebrate a New Year

We made it. Like most of you, I’m sure, I greeted the New Year yesterday with the same measure of bittersweetness that has infused many of our holiday traditions these last couple months. Celebrations that are typically a source of joy have had to look a little different, and after a long year in which […]