Blog Site Transition

To help with some server maintenance and upgrades, this blog for the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will be going away in the near future. The content that would be placed here will begin to be published on the College of Medicine Pediatrics website under the “News and Events” page.

The “News and Events” page will become the new home for content that would have been posted under the blog site. This transition will take a little time and result in having to make a design edit to the home page of the SharePoint, but should be rolled out in the next couple weeks.

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Bermick

Please welcome Dr. Jennifer Bermick at Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

Dr. Bermick earned her BS from Purdue University in 2003.  She earned her medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2007 after which she completed pediatric residency training in 2010 and completed neonatal-perinatal fellowship in 2013, both at the University of Michigan.  She is board certified in pediatrics and sub-boarded in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  Dr. Bermick joins the University of Iowa after spending 7 years as a member of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Michigan where she was an Assistant Professor. 

Dr. Bermick will provide inpatient services in the Neonatal Critical Care unit, Neonatal transport and NP teams (Bay II/III), and level VI  service. Her area of research focus includes epigenetic regulation of the neonatal immune system and the impact of early life inflammatory exposures on neonatal immune system development and function. Dr. Bermick was just awarded two RO1s to study the neonatal immune system.

Please welcome Dr. Bermick to the Department, the University and the community!

O’Brien Receives Patient Praise

Congratulations to Dr. O’Brien in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for his recent patient praise.

“Outstanding client centric approach. Dr O’Brien spent more than allocated time with us, was very thorough, explained his perspectives and possible path forward. Excellent first impression. We are enthusiastic and optimistic about partnering with him.”

Staff Emergency Fund for Derecho Recovery

The UI Health Care Staff Emergency Fund (SEF) provides limited financial assistance for those impacted by the August 10, 2020, derecho. Funds granted to you may be counted as income and may be subject to federal and state taxes.

This specific fund is dedicated to employees whose employment does not require student status.

The SEF is made possible through the support of the Vizient Foundation.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a currently employed, active, UIHC staff member
  • Have full or part-time continuous employment for at least 3 months prior to the date you apply
  • Have experienced a significant financial hardship because of damage caused by the August 10, 2020, weather event
  • Have an annual base salary (equivalent to 100% FTE) of $75,000 or less
  • Awards will be limited to $250 per household
  • The deadline for application is Sept. 21, 2020

Given the limited amount of funds, not all requests will be granted even though there may be a clear need for assistance. Awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, so qualifying employees are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Employees separating from university employment are ineligible.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Staff Emergency Fund – Derecho Recovery Workflow form at: (you may need to copy and paste link into your browser). Be sure to verify that the information is valid and accurate.
  2. You will be required to attach copies of bills related to the hardship, insurance filings, and a relevant photo illustrating the loss to the Workflow form.  Other documentation may be requested during the application process.
  3. You may be contacted by Human Resources staff to review the application and to discuss other resources or services.
  4. You will be notified by HR of approval or denial after your completed application and supporting documents are received and reviewed.
  5. If your application is approved, disclosure of your Social Security number (SSN) will be requested from you in order to process payment. Internal Revenue Service regulations require that the money be reported as income. Failure to provide your SSN may result in inability to release the funds. Payment will be made by direct deposit (if you have an established accounts payable ID in the UI system) or by check sent to the MAILING address you specify.

Note: If your application is found to contain misleading or false information it will be invalidated.

If you have questions or need to make alternate arrangements to submit your application, please email or call 319-356-2008.

Chair Search Update

Drs. Jackson and Winokur informed us that the final 2 candidates for chair have declined at this time. Because of COVID the recommendation from the search firm is to hold off the search for 6 months and reconsider at that time.

Dean Jackson is committed to a National search.

He emphasized that the candidates were enthusiastic about the state of the Department and their decision not to join at this time was personal.

Dean Jackson is encouraging us to continue the great work everyone is doing in the Department of Pediatrics. The Deans were appreciative for all the help the Department faculty had provided before and during the search.

Let me know if you have questions

Thank you

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Interim Physician-in-Chief, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.