Save the Date: Pediatrics Research Day, May 27, 2020

Pediatrics Research Day will be Friday, March 27, 2020.

It will begin at 11:45 AM and take place in 2415 JCP (the conference center auditorium on 2 JCP).

Abstract and Data Blitz slides are due for submission by March 13. Faculty judges for the poster session are also needed. To submit and abstract or slides, or volunteer to judge, please contact Cheri Stevens.

Reminder: The Grand Rounds will take place this day from 1-2 PM (NOT the usual 12-1 time).

The schedule can be downloaded here for distribution, as well as viewed below.

Pediatric Research Day – March 27, 2020 – Call for Abstracts and Data Blitz slide due March 13.

To: All Fellows, Residents, Medical  Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Graduate Students

Re: Call for Posters and Oral Presentations for Pediatric Research Day – Friday, March 27, 2020

We invite all fellows, residents, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to present their research in poster and oral format on Friday, March 27, 2020. Recent and ongoing work or studies performed as part of summer projects are welcome.

The oral presentations will be 1 minute in length in a data blitz format and will be a brief summary of what will be presented at the poster session. One PowerPoint slide will be expected for each abstract. The data blitz will take place in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Conference Center JCP 2415 (located across from Elevator F, Level 2) on Friday, March 27th from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.  

The poster session and reception will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the same location. All pediatric faculty, trainees and their colleagues are invited to attend the poster session. Appetizers and beverages will be served. This session will follow an afternoon of presentations highlighting basic and translational research in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Cash prizes will be given for the best presentations in the areas of basic and translational/clinical research.

Please submit an abstract and data blitz slide of your presentation to Cheri Stevens (email: The deadline for submission is Friday, March 13, 2020. See here for templates for the abstract and data blitz slide.

2020 Fraternal Order of Eagles State Grant Applications Available

The State of Iowa Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles accepts grant applications in a number of health-related areas.  These small state grants generally range between $500 and $5,000.

You may be interested in submitting an application to the Children’s Fund, which provides grants “to establishments and/or institutions caring for and/or treating mentally and physically impaired children (under the age of 18) and to hospitals treating children or researching the diseases of children.”  The Eagles’ Cancer Fund supports cancer research, care, and prevention programs.

Here you can find grant instructions and a grant request form.  If you are interested in applying for funding, please send the completed grant request form, cover letter, and project description (including budget) to Diane Johnson by Monday, March 2, 2020.  The UI Center for Advancement will forward the applications to our Eagles contact, Mr. Randy Woods. 

Please also copy your application to the Pediatrics research staff.

2nd Annual Professional Well-Being Workshop for Providers in May

We’re happy to announce our next Professional Well-Being Workshop, 9-11am, on Friday, May 8th, 2020, in the Peds Education Center, led by Cate DiCharry, Director of the Writing and Humanities Program at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Open to all faculty, nurse practitioners, and PA’s (not trainees).

“Sick persons and those who care for them become obligatory storytellers and storylisteners. What else do we think we are doing when we ask someone in pain about their situation?” -Dr. Rita Charon

“Telling Your Story – A Path to Well-Being” This 2-hour workshop will focus on your individual story. Through creative and scholarly texts, as well as writing prompts, we will explore story the way the scholar Louise Rosenblatt conceives it: as a complex event, akin to musical performance, reliant on the personality of the performer—you. Your stories are more than chronicles, anecdotes, or the plotlines of your days; they constitute who you are, how you engage with patients, and ultimately how you practice medicine. We will read fiction, creative nonfiction and other texts, and spend time writing those stories to which you continually return. 

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how creative writing and literature can be tools for well-being, empathy, diversion, joy, and, above all, a clearer understanding of the roles of story and storytelling in a medical context.

Also plan to attend her Grand Rounds following the workshop from 12-1pm in the Education Center, on how to use, and model, storytelling in clinical care and education.  

Please let Dr. Amy Stier ( know if you plan to attend

New Baby!

Congratulations to Cody Ching, MHA, Associate Clinical Department Administrator, and his wife Erin Olufs, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, on the birth of their new son, Malcolm Olufs Ching.

Malcolm was born Sunday, January 12, 2020, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz. All the family is doing well.

Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon Funding Opportunities Now Available

Children’s Miracle Network and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Discretionary Gift Fund requests for 2020 are open. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. Visit “Funding Requests, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital” under “Administration and Staff” on The Point.

Research Applications: This funding opportunity is seeking high risk/high reward innovative research projects to advance/improve stem cell transplantation and/or immunotherapies for pediatric cancer patients. Both basic science and clinical intervention development projects are eligible.  

Individuals who were awarded funding for a research project in 2019, are not eligible for a renewal.  The instructions are attached to submit a new application.

Note:  As with all Pediatric Research Applications, please submit an internal Grant Submission Checklist along with your application to: If you have any questions, please contact:  Angi Roemerman or call (319) 678-8876.

Non-Research Applications: The UI Dance Marathon Allocations NEW Application can be found here.  If you have not been funded by Dance Marathon in the past year, please submit this new application by February 14th

Renewal applications: The UI Dance Marathon Allocations RENEWAL Application can be found here.  If you currently have a project funded through this committee, please submit this renewal application by February 14th


Transition to University Shared Services for Financial Transactions

We are excited to announce the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will officially partner with University Shared Services (USS) to standardize financial related functions including purchasing, travel, and reimbursement effective February 1, 2020.

Currently, there are more than 120 faculty and staff engaging in over 14,000 transactions per year in the Department.  The inconsistency in our process along with the large volume of transactions can lead to delays in reimbursement, auditing errors, and increased risk. The decision to partner with USS will allow us to streamline financial transactions, reduce processing timelines, and allow faculty and staff to focus on other activities related to our clinical, education, and research missions.

USS will assign two highly trained representatives to process our transactions.  Both Representatives (below) will be located within our central administrative offices in BT 2000 and provide the following scope of services:

In Scope (handled by USS)

  • Procurement Card reconciliation
  • Travel Expense Vouchers (TEV)
  • eBuy requisitions
  • eVouchers
  • pReqs

Out of Scope (remains with Department faculty/staff)

  • Travel arrangements and trip creation
  • Procurement Card purchases
  • Lab and research purchases

Additional information will be provided by your Division’s Administrative support staff. The attached cheat sheet can also be useful in learning how to utilize USS.

Pham Named Finance Manager for the Department

We are pleased to announce that Phuong Pham has been promoted to Finance Manager in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. She has been serving as the interim Finance Manager since October 1, 2019 and will assume her new position immediately.  As Finance Manager, Phuong will oversee all areas of finance, including financial reporting, research, clinical trials, budgeting, and department fund flows.

Phuong joined the Department in December 2016 as a Senior Financial Analyst. In her role, she was responsible for collaborating with the Finance Manager multiple functions, including financial reporting, budget development, and assisting with the Departmental incentive plan. Previously, Phuong served as a Financial Analyst in central finance with UI Health Care overseeing and preparing Medicare cost reports, Tricare reimbursement reports, and assisting with Medicaid audits. 

Prior to joining the University, Phuong held multiple roles in the Finance Departments at both New Pioneer Coop and Frontier Coop as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Phuong received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Please join us in congratulating Phuong!

John M. Heinemann, MHA, MPH; Interim Clinical Department Administrator