FACE Class of 2020

Members of the Faculty/Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE) Program were awarded their certificates of completion this past June. Unlike in years past, this year the program held their graduation event virtually, but this was not an unfamiliar environment. This year FACE participants faced unique challenges of trying to teach in the midst of a pandemic […]

Allergy / Immunology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology Fellows Graduation, 2020

For the last couple years, these three fellowship programs have combined their graduation celebrations for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that two of them—Allergy / Immunology and Rheumatology—are both housed within the Division of Immunology, a strength lent to both fellowship programs. Faculty within the division can easily “cross the hall” to […]

Nephrology Fellows Graduation, 2020

Medical Alumni Auditorium may not be as picturesque as the rolling hills and woods surrounding Rapid Creek Cidery and Wilson’s Orchard north of Iowa City where the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension celebrated its graduates last year. Program Director Lisa Antes, MD, and Program Coordinator Sara Murph still transformed the well with flowers and other […]

Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellows Graduation, 2020

If there is any group that can “roll with it” and come through smiling, laughing, and having grown closer as a team, it is the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine. The celebration of their graduating fellows recently showed that affection and adaptability.  Like all other graduation events this season, only a handful […]

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Graduation, 2020

One of the strengths of University of Iowa Health Care’s Supportive and Palliative Care program is its multidisciplinary structure, touching every area of the system. Chaplains, music therapists, pharmacists, physicians of many specialties, social workers, nurses, and more all combine their expertise to offer treatment. This structure also makes the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship […]

Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduation, 2020

The need to maintain social distancing balanced against the need to celebrate graduates has inspired creativity from each of our fellowship programs. The members of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology were inspired when they ditched the views above Kinnick Stadium in favor of their computers and cameras. Only the graduates themselves, Program Director Adrian […]

Internal Medicine Residents Graduation, 2020

In graduation celebrations past, scores of family and friends gathered in a hall inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, posed tightly together for group photos, plucked appetizers from common trays, and hugged. Lots of hugs were shared. Things looked slightly different than that on Tuesday evening. A concern for safety had to match the amount of pride that […]

The Chiefs’ Grand Rounds, 2020

Every year the Chief Residents deliver a Grand Rounds in Internal Medicine. Though social distancing kept Medical Alumni Auditorium mostly empty, hundreds still logged on to cheer these four beloved members of the department dazzle them in their role for one of the last times. Before that could begin, though, Manish Suneja, MD, Residency Program […]

Cardiology Fellows Graduation, 2020

Succeeding Paul Lindower, MD, as program director for the cardiology fellowships, Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD, might have hoped for a less dramatic year but the pandemic had other plans. Adapting procedures to the presence of the coronavirus, all while ensuring that trainees satisfied their education requirements meant a lot of creative and quick steering from […]

Honoring and celebrating our learners

Many things feel simultaneously familiar and foreign these days. The middle of May kicks off our annual graduation season, and although we have had to replace processionals across a stage with drive-through diploma pick-ups and celebratory banquets with Zoom links, that strong feeling of pride and excitement for our graduates cannot be suppressed. This year’s […]