Pediatrics Begins Scribe Pilot Study

The Department of Pediatrics is beginning a pilot study to test the use of scribes in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic and the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Clinic. The pilot will continue for 3-6 months with the goal of determining the impact on both the patient experience and the provider experience, using defined outcome measures. These measures include: provider burnout, time spent completing documentation, coding accuracy, and patient satisfaction. Four faculty in two specialties (endocrinology and developmental and behavioral pediatrics) will participate in the pilot, with the hope that the results will provide data to justify a broader use of scribes beyond the pilot period. The Department will be updated after completion of the pilot study.

Staff Spotlight – Jason Fuerst

Jason is an Admin Services Coordinator in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, and recently transferred to the Division from HR where he had been for about 9 months.

I have one older brother who is a classical composer and teaches at Doane University in Nebraska. He received his Masters and DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) from Juilliard. He is married and has twin 17-month old daughters.

I host trivia two nights a week at Old Chicago and Rocky O’Brien’s. I watch movies and binge watch shows, typically comedies. My favorite movie is Inception – I saw it 12 times in the theatre. While I do not play video games much, I do play through the Mass Effect trilogy 1 to 2 times a year.

I am a dorkestra nerd and enjoy listening to classical music while I follow along with the conductor’s score. My dream job would be a timpanist in a symphony orchestra, as I originally went to school for music performance. But my realistic dream job would be a personnel officer (in essence, HR) in a symphony orchestra. I’m currently in the process of saving up to go to grad school for Performing Arts Administration.

The most interesting place I’ve lived is Anchorage, AK for about a year in high school. At the time I didn’t care about nature and the environment and hated it. But now that I’m older, I wish I had appreciated the beauty of Alaska while I was there.

In terms of sports, I love the New Jersey Devils – the only sports team that matters! As Puddy on Seinfeld says ‘Gotta support the team!’.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. Have my massive student loan debt paid off, 2. Live in Canada or the UK 3. To have been old enough to have grown up with U2 in the 80s and see them live on every tour (pre-2000, their albums since 2000 have been mediocre at best).

I’m a big coffee drinker. Growing up I saw my parents drink coffee every morning. Lots of coffee. And I told them I would never drink coffee. I think I am more addicted to coffee today than they have ever been.

Staff Spotlight – Tori Edgerton, BA

Victoria “Tori” Edgerton, BA is an Admin Services Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She has been with UI Healthcare for a little over 2 years, and was previously in the Division of Medical Genetics.

My family, which consists of my parents and four younger siblings, live in Hardin County, IA. I try visiting them at least once a month or as often as time allows. My family in Iowa City consists of my two roommates, Emily & Margaret, and our close friend, Kara. We spend our time together watching movies and sports, going on adventures, and cooking & baking.

In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts and sporting events, reading, binge watching Netflix, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy spending time outdoors and going on new adventures! Despite being adventurous, I’ve never broken a bone or had a major surgery.

My dream job would be to work in event planning or management for a professional sports team, a large event venue, or an artist/record company. I feel like event planning or management could connect the best of both worlds (work and fun) for me!

Favorite foods include anything on the grill or Union Jack Flying Tomato Pizza from Wig & Pen.

For sports, many say I’m crazy, but my heart is divided. I cheer for both Iowa and Iowa State, and I can often be found wearing both teams’ colors on CyHawk Gamedays.

Staff Spotlight – Kortney Barrett

Kortney recently started as a secretary in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology.

I live in Cedar Rapids with my husband of 4 years, we have 2 cats that are spoiled beyond belief, and 3 guinea pigs. I have owned Jelly fish in a home aquarium. We moved to Cedar Rapids 6 years ago and we love where we are at!

I love to crochet in my free time, most of the time I just make things for other people and that is fine with me! I also do a lot of pen paling and mail swaps with people around the globe. I love learning about people and where they are at! Some people I have swapped with are from New Zealand, Poland, Italy and Malaysia. I also read a lot, Stephen King is my favorite author and I read just about anything.

My dream job would be a Marine Biologist. I love the water and science and think it would be amazing to be able to combine the both of them!

The most fascinating place I’ve ever visited was Spain/Morocco. I went for a trip in high school. I got to see amazing architecture, try new foods, experience new cultures, and even see a group of gypsys perform. It was an amazing experience and walking through the street market in Morocco was like nothing I have ever seen before.

My favorite food is TACOS! So it’s fitting my favorite restaurant is the El Bajio in Cedar Rapids, they have the best Mexican food I have ever had.

I don’t really follow sports, but in my household we cheer on the Oregon Ducks, Hawkeyes (of course!) and I grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. So I still root for those 3 teams when I do partake in football. And my husband and I enjoy going to Kernels Baseball games during the season.

I have so many favorite books and movies! My favorite book would have to be a tie between Shadow of Night By Deborah Harkness, the Harry Potter Series and The Shining by Stephen King. As for movie I would say between Noises Off, Paris When It Sizzles and Do not Disturb would be my top 3 all time favorite movies, I like the more classic movies.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. Be able to travel anywhere I wanted, any time I wanted 2. My house to ALWAYS be clean 3. A llama (I really would love to have a llama!).

Dr. Davis Publishes in the Journal of Fungi

Dr. Davis recently had an article published on “The Zebrafish as a Model Hostfor Invasive Fungal Infections”. Congratulations, Dr. Davis!

Abstract: The zebrafish has become a widely accepted model host for studies of infectious disease, including fungal infections. The species is genetically tractable, and the larvae are transparent and amenable to prolonged in vivo imaging and small molecule screening. The aim of this review is to provide a thorough introduction into the published studies of fungal infection in the zebrafish and the specific ways in which this model has benefited the field. In doing so, we hope to provide potential new zebrafish researchers with a snapshot of the current toolbox and prior results, while illustrating how the model has been used well and where the unfulfilled potential of this model can be found.

New Email Address for Peds Bench Research

Please begin using for questions relating to grant submissions and awards (including NIH clinical trials), rather than emailing Donna Friel or Angi Roemerman directly. This will help us provide a more timely and coordinated response to your requests!

Please continue to direct your clinical research questions to Jessica Gallagher and Lindsey Eckrich.

CMN, Dance Marathon, and Stead Leadership and Excellence Grant Applications are Available

The CMN, Dance Marathon, and Stead Leadership and Excellence grant applications are now available for Spring 2019. All information and forms can be found on the Research page of the Pediatrics SharePoint. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019.

Consistent with our departmental internal grant submission policy, ALL Peds Grant research applications, (CMN, DM, Stead Leadership and Stead Excellence) need to be reviewed and signed off on as stated in the attached grant submission checklist. Once Dr. Hirsch reviews, the department will make a pdf of the application and deliver ALL of them to Lela Schumacher in Hospital Administration at one time.

Note: Dance Marathon non-research applications are a direct web submission. We will receive all the Dance Marathon non-research applications after the grant end date, for review.

If you have any questions, please contact

Dr. Glykys Joins Division of Neurology

Please welcome Dr. Joseph Glykys to the Department in the Division of Neurology as Assistant Professor. Dr. Joseph Glykys earned his medical degree from Universidad de Carabobo in 2001. He then completed his PhD in 2007 at the University California. Dr. Glykys completed pediatric research fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology in 2009. Subsequently, he completed a pediatric internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2010. He then completed pediatric residency training through Partners Neurology Residency Program of the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in 2013. Upon graduation, Dr. Glykys has worked as an Instructor in Neurology and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has also worked as an Assistant in Neurology and Assistant Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

We have recruited Glykys to the physician scientist position. His research areas include neuronal hyper-excitability, neonatal seizures, GABAA receptor physiology mediating phasic and tonic inhibition, as well as changes in neuronal chloride concentration during development and under pathological conditions.

Dr. Glykys’ clinical responsibilities will include half day clinic sessions and on-call responsibilities in rotation with other faculty members. Additionally, he will share in the coverage of the neurology inpatient and consultation services.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Glykys to the Department, the University, and community!

Staff Spotlight – Marty Krall

Meet Martha (“Marty”) Krall, Insurance Referral Coordinator. I am the Revenue Cycle Coordinator in the Pediatric Insurance Authorization Unit. I have worked at the University for 34 years, and in Pediatrics 33 years. In the earlier years I was in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic, first as a receptionist at the front desk, then as lead scheduler. I was the primary scheduler for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and took care of all of the master scheduling templates for our providers, including general pediatricians and the residents. I worked with many wonderful people over the years and have made life long friendships along the way.

I have been married for 29 years to my husband Mark, whom I was introduced to by a co-worker in the clinic 33 years ago. We live in Solon and have two wonderful daughters, Ashley 27 and Camille 24, both University of Iowa graduates. I also have a 17 year old cat named Oliver.

My interests outside of work include cooking, exploring wineries in the area, walking for exercise and spending time with family and friends. I also have a very high regard for the services that are provided at UIHC – particularly the Department of Pediatric Rheumatology, Ophthalmology and Orthopedics for the exceptional care my family has received over the years.