Dr. Ferguson Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Polly Ferguson (Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology) was awarded with the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Distinguished Service Award during the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The award reflects her outstanding contributions to the advancement of rheumatology.

The ACR recognizes leading researchers, clinicians, mentors, and other professionals exhibiting superior commitment to the advancement of the field of rheumatology with the Awards of Distinction honors. The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR.

The ACR Distinguished Service Award is presented to Polly Ferguson, MD, the Marjorie K. Lamb Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa (UIowa).

Dr. Ferguson strongly believes in the ACR’s mission for a multitude of reasons. She says the organization provides those in academic medicine with opportunities to advance their career, advocates for patients and providers on a governmental level to ensure needed care is delivered, and leads clinicians, researchers, and practitioners in the rheumatology field. That’s why it was easy, she says, to volunteer for numerous committees over the years.

She has served on at least eight different committees, including the Pediatric Rheumatology Section Executive Committee, the Committee on Research, the Abstract Review Committee, the Abstract Oversight Committee, a research sub-committee of the Government Affairs Committee, the Committee on Nominations and Appointments (ACR), the Committee on Membership and Nominations, the JIA Treatment Guideline Development Group, and chaired the Pediatric Rheumatology Special Committee.

Not to mention her current service as a member of the NIH/NIAID Board of Scientific Counselors, the Arthritis Foundation Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, and the American Board of Pediatrics Rheumatology sub-board.

Dr. Ferguson received her medical degree from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at UIowa in 1990. During the next decade, she completed her training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, which included her pediatric residency, pediatric rheumatology and immunology fellowship, and a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Then in 2000, she served for two years as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But in 2002, she returned to UIowa where she now serves as the director of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at UIowa.

Her current NIH-funded research focuses on uncovering the genetic and immunologic basis of autoinflammatory disease, particularly those that affect the bone, and understanding the role of inflammation in neurologic disease.  She has identified several genes that cause sterile osteomyelitis and has translated findings into effective treatment. Her work has been cited in medical journals more than 5,000 times.

Meanwhile, she has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty from UIowa and other schools. She also serves as the training director of the school’s Department of Pediatrics K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program.

 “What means the most to me about this award is that that my peers thought to nominate me when there are so many other outstanding volunteers, and that they value what I’ve done,” says Dr. Ferguson. “It’s a very humbling experience.”

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator Opportunity

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator to assist in programmatic development to support clinical investigations in Pediatrics and serve as a clinical coordinator for a subset of clinical research studies in multiple disciplines within the department. The coordinator will be involved in all aspects of research including patient recruitment and enrollment, patient education and assessment, data collection and monitoring, regulatory documentation, and coordination of research visits with all appropriate disciplines. The coordinator will independently manage multiple research trials, and work collaboratively with other coordinators throughout the Department. Programmatic activities will include serving as primary contact for a national pediatric clinical trials group, assisting in monitoring department-wide compliance, and providing creative input regarding optimization of pediatric clinical research. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a valid Iowa Nursing License and 3 or more years of clinical experience.

Interested candidates can review or apply for this position here. Additionally, please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications! Questions? Please contact maeve-jackowski@uiowa.edu.

Two Epic Upgrades Coming in December

There are two important Epic upgrades coming in December.

  • December 7 – 2019 System Upgrade
    • The next system update to Epic goes live December 7th at 1:00 AM. Check out the Epic Report Support Site for a full deck of upgrade slides.
    • Beginning October 28, providers can also begin practicing with the new Epic layouts and features in the Epic Playground.
    • There will be drop-in help days established in the near future so any provider can drop-in and get some help with the new updates, as needed.
  • December 17 – MyChart Proxy Access update
    • UI Health Care has decided to provide parents and legal guardians with full access to their child’s information via MyChart up until 14. At that point, they can continue to view their child’s MyChart account, but with a limited level of access to information. They can print immunization records, send messages to clinic staff, and pay bills. Additionally, parents and legal guardians always have access to any portion of their child’s medical record to which they are legally entitled. They can request this information via MyChart or in a letter addressed to Health Information Management Department.
    • This change from full to limited access in MyChart for parents and legal guardians when the child turns age 14 will go into effect on December 17, 2019.
    • Additionally, if the patient has a long-term chronic illness, we have now created a new type of MyChart Parental/Legal Guardian (Unrestricted) Access.  This allows providers to grant full parental/legal guardian access after the child turns 14 years old.  This access is good for one year and needs to be renewed annually if appropriate.  Providers will need to have private conversations with both the patient and parent/legal guardian before access can be granted. 
    • Additional resources can be found here or here.

Drs. Colburn and Modi Honored in Corridor Business Journal

Far left: Michael Colburn; Far right: Arun Modi

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Colburn (Adolescent Medicine) and Dr. Arun Modi (Hem/Onc) as being named to the Corridor Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ List of individuals who have made a significant impact in their business and community.

Dr. Colburn directs the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at IRL; and Dr. Modi manages the bone marrow transplant (BMT) service.

Bruene Wins ASPMN Clinical Poster Award

Congratulations to Deb Bruene, MA, RN-BC on winning the Clinical Poster Award at the 29th National Conference of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) that was held in Portland September 18-20, 2019.

Deb is the Nursing Practice Leader for Pediatric Pain Management in the children’s hospital. Her poster was titled “Keys to Successful Implementation of a Jet Injector to Decrease Needle Pain“.

September is Now Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa

Family members and Newborn Screening Program (NBS)  staff with Governor Kim Reynolds. Carol Johnson, Program Coordinator for the NBS program from the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics is on the far right, with her granddaughter, Lillian.

Due to the work of the individuals in our Iowa Newborn Screening (NBS) program, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a proclamation designating the month of September as Newborn Screening Awareness Month in Iowa!

Congratulations to all the NBS staff in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics for all they do for newborns and their families.

Watkinson Named Nurse of the Year by National Hemophilia Foundation

Congratulations to Karla Watkinson, RN on receiving the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation!

Nominated by Tami Bullock, Karla has proven to be a great resource and pillar for the many individuals and families at the University of Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for nearly 30 years. She is admired for her dedication and kindness to the bleeding disorder community.

The award will be officially presented at the NHF Bleeding Disorders Conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Congratulations, Karla!