Ride 4 Youth Virtual Bike Ride

For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  100% of Ride 4 Youth proceeds benefit youth and families at United Action for Youth.

The ride is September 26 – October 4 and there are multiple ways to give or participate. Register today!

United Action for Youth (UAY) has been providing support to youth and families in Johnson County since 1970.  UAY is a local, arts-based youth organization that provides mental health, advocacy and enrichment programs for young people in Johnson County and surrounding areas. This year, UAY celebrates 50 years of empowering young people to CREATE, GROW & LEAD.  Help us celebrate by participating in the 8th Annual Ride 4 Youth!

Save the Date: Well-Being Conference for Providers

Providers are invited to attend the well-being conference titled “Telling Your Story – A Path to Well-Being” on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 AM.

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.

The conference will be led by Cate DiCharry, Director of the Writing and Humanities Program in the College of Medicine.

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.

Please contact Dr. Amy Stier if you plan to attend.

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 (amy-stier@uiowa.edu) know if you plan to attend

Join a Winter Volleyball League on a Pediatrics Team

Meaghan Reaney (PL-3) is in the process of organizing an indoor volleyball team for a Coralville league from January-March 2020.

  • The Competitive League takes place on Tuesdays from January 14th through March 14th from 6-9pm (times vary by week)
  • The Non-competitive League takes place on Wednesdays January 15th through March 15th from 6-9pm (times vary by week)

If interested, please contact Meg by email at Meaghan-reaney@uiowa.edu. She will put together a list, figure out costs for the league, and find some open gym time to scrimmage before hand!

November 2019 Wellness Updates

Be sure to check out the attached list of November 2019 Wellness Updates from liveWell. The updates this month include:

  • a Green Living Wellness Challenge encouraging behaviors to reduce your carbon footprint,
  • a TIAA discussion the latest trends in the financial markets and the global economy that could effect your financial health, and
  • a webinar supporting healthy weight maintenance.

Healthiest State Walk Participants

Congratulations to the admin staff that participated in the Healthiest State Annual Walk over the lunch hour today. The group made it from the hospital, past MERF, past the Nursing Building, across the river, and then along the river to the IMU, back across the river, up through the College of Public Health, past MERF again, and then back to the hospital. All in 30 minutes.

Thanks to Connie Phommaly for organizing it!

Upcoming Wellbeing Conferences in the Fall

Here are some suggestions for some wellness conferences coming up this Fall, courtesy of the Pediatrics Department Wellness Committee:

  • September 20 – TIAA Financial Planning Conference – A Woman’s Guide to Financially Ever After
    • 7:30-9:00 AM, Seebohm Conference Room
    • Retirement is not as far away as you think! Learn what you can do to help plan for your retirement dream to come true on schedule. Workshop not just for Women! TIAA’s workshop leader will share retirement strategies that can:
      • Identify your “retirement vision” – how much you will need and when
      • Learn steps you can take that may get your finances on track to help reach your ideal retirement in 10 to 15 years
      • Learn the unique characteristics of retirement plans from 403(b) to IRAs to annuities to help you determine which work best for you
    • More information and registration can be found here.
  • October 5 – CCOM Faculty Development Office: Pace Yourself: Manage your Career to Avoid Burnout
  • 8:00-noon with lunch (faculty members only at this time)
  • Careers are marathons, not sprints, and in order to thrive throughout your career, you need to understand how to pace yourself. Did you know that overachievers are more likely to experience burnout? People who are driven to excel are also more likely to work long hours, over promise their time, and ignore their own needs. While this can skyrocket a career in the short term, in the long term it can lead to exhaustion, frustration, and plain old burn out. Please join us to learn more about how best to maintain a pace that will allow you to thrive.
  • Free registration!
  • October 22 – CCOM Faculty Development Office: Time Management
  • 7:30-9:00 AM, UIHC East Room, led by Susan Johnson, MD, former UI Ombudsperson
  • Like any other skill, time management takes practice, so if you’ve been to Dr. Johnson’s workshops in the past, feel free to join again. She will cover improving to-do lists, finding time for writing or project work, and managing email.
  • To register, contact Denise Jurca (denise-jurca@uiowa.edu).
  • November 12-12 – IMS Workshop for Healthcare Leaders: Leading with Leading to Burnout
  • The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids
  • In today’s employment environment retaining your best and brightest is key. Leading without Leading to Burnout, is a two-day workshop for healthcare executives (i.e., CMO, CEO, CFO, COO, CNO, etc.), administrators, departments heads, and managers that will:
    • Identify leadership behaviors that result in burnout
    • Recognize how leadership has contributed to employee burnout in the past
    • Determine what leadership needs to do differently.
    • Discover tools and techniques to lead without leading to burnout
    • Develop a personal plan of action
  • For more information contact Becca Kritenbrink at IMS (bkritenbrink@iowamedical.org).