Departments Seeks Applicants for Fellowship Coordinator

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Fellowship Coordinator to assist in the design, planning, integration and evaluation of fellowship curriculum; manage application enrollment process; ensure compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards and graduate medical education (GME) office; and manage teaching resources.

Some of the specific duties will include:

  • Some of the specific duties will include:
  • Coordinating administrative and operational activities for multiple Pediatric Fellowship programs in collaboration with Pediatric Fellowship Program Director(s) and the Vice Chair for Education within the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
  • Monitor national subspecialty match system and prepare reports for Pediatric Fellowship Director pertaining to success and suggested methods for improvement.
  • Plan and organize events for Pediatric fellowship Program (graduation, retreat, etc.).
  • Plan, schedule and facilitate orientation for incoming fellows. Compile required documentation for orientation packet, including documentation guidelines and electronic medical record training at UIHC.  
  • Organize and coordinate Departmental Fellow Core Curriculum for Pediatric Fellowship Programs, including weekly conference series. 
  • Serve as liaison for site visits with ACGME and GME (internal).
  • Monitor Pediatric Fellowship Program expenditures, including travel, books, food and Departmental Fellow Core Curriculum series.
  • Collaborate with Residency Education and Medical Student Education Programs within the Department.

We are encouraging all interested departmental candidates to consider applying for this great opportunity. To review or apply for this position click here. The posting close date is October 4, 2019. You are encouraged to contact John Heinemann or Maeve Jackowski Price with any questions about the position.

Please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications. Thank you!

Department Seeks Applicants for Admin Services Coordinator

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking an Admin Services Coordinator to support the functions and daily operations of multiple Divisions in the Department of Pediatrics at the direction of the Department’s administrative leadership team.

  • Support the daily operations of an office, project or program, including coordination of specialized events and activities, appropriateness of expenditures, contract or grant requirements, and changes in policies and procedures
  • Support assigned division director in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing short and long range goals as outlined in the strategic plan for the division
  • Assist with recruitment including coordinating visits, arranging travel and planning itineraries
  • Assist with bi-weekly ELMS editing of division timecards
  • Adherence to University and Departmental policies regarding purchases and expense management to meet division fiscal responsibilities.
  • Understand business need/justification for the use of any UI funds and applies sound judgment.
  • Collect, analyze, maintain and provide information on various divisional activities. 
  • Support Division operational and programmatic functions at the direction of the Division leadership.

We are encouraging all interested departmental candidates to consider applying for this great opportunity. To review or apply for this position click here. The posting close date is October 4, 2019. You are encouraged to contact John Heinemann or Stefanie Pirkl with any questions about the position.

Please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications. Thank you!

Dr. Strathearn Publishes Two New Articles

Congratulations to Dr. Lane Strathearn (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) on his two most recent articles.

Dr. Kate Robb Joins the Division of Critical Care

Please welcome Dr. Katharine Robb to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Robb received her BS from University of Wisconsin 2005. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. Dr. Robb completed both her pediatric residency and critical care fellowship training at the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics from 2012-2018. Subsequently, she recently completed fellowship training in Cardiac Intensive Care and ECMO at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Critical Care.

Dr. Robb will attend on both of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and to help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

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

Meet the New Child Life Manager, Jodi Bauers

Ms. Jodi Bauers, MM, CCLS, CPI! joined the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital team as Manager, Child Life Program on June 24, 2019.

Jodi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Studies (therapeutic recreation emphasis) from the University of Iowa in 1991. She completed graduate studies at Aquinas College, receiving her Masters of Management degree in 2012.

Jodi brings to Iowa extensive and diverse experience in the Child Life profession as a leader, educator, and children’s health care professional. This includes over 11 years as Manager, Child Life Services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additionally, Jodi’s professional practice has been informed by experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and most recently, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Actively involved at the national level in the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP), Jodi currently serves on the Volunteer Recognition and Engagement and Leadership Development Mentor committees.

  • Office: 22130-C [Level 2] SFCH
  • Phone: 319-356-4469
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Staff Spotlight – Sandy Hong, MD

Dr. Hong is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.

I am a physician with Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. I do both in patient and out patient care and have been here for 12 years.

I have a mother who lives with me part of the year, two energetic boys and a husband.

I like to play with my boys! I enjoy sewing and listening to music and reading. I also enjoy great food. I love great Japanese soups and Italian pasta.

My fantasy job would be to become a professional food critic. I love trying new things.

Favorite place I’ve ever visited? I loved visiting Kyoto, Japan. The food, gardens, and culture are beautiful.

Fun fact: I have pet shrimp!

Staff Spotlight – Kaitlin Carr, PA-C

Kaitlin in a Physician Assistant in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

I work within the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and I spend the majority of my time within the Pediatric Catheterization Lab assisting with and performing procedures. I also provide backup for the pediatric PICC line service and assist with the training for placement of pediatric central lines. Finally, I get to spend one day a week in clinic performing consult and prescreen visits for patients with upcoming catheterization procedures. This is my first position at UIHC and I am coming up on being here for 3 years!

My family is made up of my wonderful husband Ben, who is a firefighter in Davenport, our energetic 9 month old, Charlotte, and our dog Andi.

We enjoy any time we are granted outside, whether that be spent working on our property or venturing to local festivals and markets. We try to find time to spend with our family and friends as often as possible. Finally, we love to travel even if that means a quick weekend trip to a new location within the Midwest.

I feel very fortunate to say that at this point in my life I have my “dream job”. I have the opportunity to help children and their families while working with the absolute best team. I am able to continue to grow my skillset and my scope of practice and I am challenged to learn and improve daily. There is no where else I would want to be.

Favorite trip? I spent a month in Africa living with a host family and working at a women’s clinic. It was the most eye opening experience and my favorite international trip. The people, the culture and the experiences were amazing. And, I got the opportunity to go on a safari which was unbelievable.

When it comes to favorite food, you cannot go wrong with good biscuits and gravy!

My favorite sports team will always be my alma mater, the Coe College Kohawks. But these days, I prefer watching the NFL.

Favorite book or movie? I have read too many good books to count. I guess I feel the same way about movies but if Matthew McConaughey is involved that always helps!

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. More exposure and funding for congenital heart disease (probably sounds cliché but it is greatly needed). 2. Unlimited first class airline miles so I could travel the world in style. 3. World peace?!!

Fun fact: I spent my summers in high school and college running a detasseling crew and the best part was getting to drive a big 70 passenger school bus!

Staff Spotlight – Michelle Krantz, RN

Michelle is a Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

I am one of the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinators, working with both the pediatric and adult bleeding disorder patients, I have been with the Hemophilia group for 6 years. In total I have worked at UIHC for 10 years. I previously worked on 3JCP, the Pediatric/Hematology/BMT unit before the children’s hospital was built.

My family is all in Cedar Rapids so I get to visit them quite often. I have been cohabitating with a feisty feline named Cleo for about 12 years now. Sometimes we tolerate one another. My dream job is to be a stay at home cat mom.

I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to the theater, any sort of crafting/art project, traveling to historical sites, photography, and baking.

Most fascinating place I’ve lived? I used to live in Australia. I lived in Melbourne and on the island of Tasmania. Australia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and often get “home sick”.

Favorite meal? I love Mexican food, the more authentic the better!

I love The Hawkeyes…if they aren’t playing I am not that interested in sports.

My favorite movie would have to be a tie between “Across The Universe” and “Pride and Prejudice”.

If I had 3 wishes they would be: 1) The world was blind to hatred 2) The ability to time travel 3) Ice Cream didn’t contain any calories.

Fun fact: I am going back to school and pursuing my Doctorate of Nursing in the Family Practice Program.