Chavez Publishes on Clerkship Administrator Certificate Program

Cathy Chaves, administrator of the Pediatrics Clerkship for medical students, was recently a contributing author on a paper in Medical Education Online about the clerkship administrator certificate program. This article provides an overview of the program, how it has been evaluated, and how it continues to evolve.

Donnita Pelser, Cathy Chavez, Lindsey Allison, Virginia Cleppe & Gary L. Beck Dallaghan (2020). Professional development for clerkship administrators: a 16-year overview of the clerkship administrator certificate program. Medical Education Online, 25:1, DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2019.1710327.

Way to go, Cathy!

DeGeeter and Reinking Named Co-Faculty Directors for Med Student Communities

Catherine DeGeeter and Ben Reinking

Drs. Catherine DeGeeter (GI), and Ben Reinking (Cardiology) were recently co-Faculty Directors of 2 of the 4 medical student communities in the College of Medicine.

Dr. DeGeeter will be co-Faculty Director of the Flocks Community, and Dr. Reinking will be co-Faculty Director of the Boulware Community. Both leadership roles are effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Arenas Morales Receives Teaching Award from Blank

Congratulations to Dr. Aura Jeannette Arenas Morales (Nephrology) on receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award this afternoon from the residents at Blank Children’s Hospital!

Dr. Arenas is University of Iowa faculty, but sees patients full time at Blank Children’s Hospital. It’s a great honor to have her represent the teaching excellence that is supported through this unique collaboration between the University of Iowa and Blank Children’s Hospital. The residents have provided great feedback to her knowledge and support she has provided to them both in the clinic and inpatient realms.

Congratulations, Dr. Arenas!

Faculty Recruitment Request for AY 2019-2020

Dear faculty members,

Thank you for the time and effort you provided to help fulfill the department’s obligations towards mentoring and facilitating small groups of M1-M2 medical students. The department reached the needed contribution level for the 2018-2019 academic year which allows us to maintain the funding and recognition that we get from the College. This is never possible without help from all divisions.

Now it is time to start the process for the 2019-2020 academic year. Attached is a catalog with descriptions and schedules for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester activities. Faculty can sign up by accessing: this site or by contacting Carrie Bernat (carrie-bernat@uiowa.edu) or by phone 335-7641. Signing up sooner will optimize chances to get into preferred activities. The course coordinators can often work with you if there is a scheduling conflict. As a reminder, meeting educational contribution is a condition to participate in divisional clinical incentive program.

New this year: As part of the recently approved individual education incentive in our department, these M1-M2 medical student activities are among the activities that will be counted towards the education incentive.

As Iowa’s only comprehensive pediatric academic medical center, our mission includes educating our medical students and the next generation of pediatric healthcare providers. I thank you again and I look forward to seeing more faculty participation to continue emphasizing our educational mission. I will update your division directors on the status of our department’s contributions.

–Riad Rahhal, MD, MS Clinical Professor Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Director Vice Chair for Education Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Welcome our 2019-2020 Interns!

Join us in welcoming another new class of interns! Click here for the full composite.

Thank you to everyone in the department for your efforts during another successful residency recruitment season. From our residents and Chiefs, who spend many hours getting to know the candidates, to our faculty committee members who review applications and interview, to our amazing administrative team who keeps the process running, this is a group success, and we have so much to be proud of.

Thank you!

Amy, Eyad, Erin, and Glenda

DeGeeter and Tigges Accepted into 2019-2020 Teaching Scholars Program

Congratulations to Dr. Catherine DeGeeter (Gastroenterlogy, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition) and Dr. Cody Tigges (Critical Care) for being accepted into the College of Medicine’s 2019-2020 class for the Teaching Scholars Program!

The Teaching Scholars Program promotes faculty development efforts in the College of Medicine by developing a cadre of faculty with advanced skills in teaching and related areas who can then convey this knowledge to their departments. A new class is accepted every other year with the 10th class starting in September 2019.

MOC Part 2 Credit for Departmental Grand Rounds

We are pleased to announce that through coordination with the Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of Iowa, we will start offering Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit for some of our departmental Grand Rounds sessions. Such sessions will be clearly labeled as eligible for MOC part 2 in the announcements. To claim MOC Part 2 credit, faculty members should follow the steps outlined in the attached guide.

General tips include:

Faculty members have to attend the specified Grand Rounds session in person or remotely view the live broadcast. Unfortunately, activities accessed after the actual live session time frame cannot be used to claim MOC Part 2 credit. The first eligible session is this Friday March 1, 2019

Document your attendance using the CME cloud texting system

Access the exam questions for the session through the CME portal provided after each activity. This will require faculty member login with access restricted to those who have registered their attendance

A correct response rate of ≥ 75% is required to claim MOC Part 2 credit. Up to three attempts will be allowed to reach that target. Each hour Grand Rounds session will allow one MOC Part 2 credit.

It is our goal to offer this about once per month. The process requires review of the presentation content and associated questions/answers at least 2 weeks before the event time to allow adequate time for construction by the Division of CME. If you have internal or external speakers invited through your divisions who can fulfill these timelines, please let us know ahead of time. We look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can improve this process.

-Dr. Riad Rahhal, Vice Chair for Education, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics