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).

Dr. Lutz Joins Neurology Division as Faculty

Please welcome Dr. Katie Lutz to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lutz received her BS from Iowa State University in Ames, IA in 2008. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2014. Dr. Lutz recently completed a Pediatric Neurology Residency at the University of Iowa in June 2019. She is board eligible in Pediatrics and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology.

Dr. Lutz will staff pediatric specialty clinics at Stead Family Children’s Hospital and outreach, attend on the inpatient and consult service, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and to help continue the development of the Neurology program.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lutz to the Department as faculty!

Dr. Morgan-Harris Joins Neonatology

Please welcome Dr. Ana Tracey Morgan-Harris to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Morgan-Harris received her BS from Wheaton College in 2008. She then earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in 2012. She completed both her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship training at the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics from 2012-2019. Dr. Morgan-Harris was previously employed with the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as a Visiting Associate, and this appointment transfers her to the faculty rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Dr. Morgan Harris will attend on NICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, and participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and to help continue the development of the Neonatology program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Morgan-Harris to the Department as faculty!

Dr. Tsalikian to Present State of the Department Address

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Physician-in-Chief of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, will present the annual “State of the Department Address” on Friday, September 6, 2019.

The presentation will be from 12:00-1:00 in 2415 JCP (the auditorium within the Pediatrics Conference Center at Elevator F, 2nd floor). Lunch and CME credit is available.

All are welcome to attend.

Iowa Hemostasis and Thrombosis Centre Open House

Everyone is invited to an Open House for the Iowa Hemostasis and Thrombosis Centre (HTC):

  • Friday, September 27, 2019
  • 8:00 – 11:30 AM
  • 2415 JCP (within the Pediatrics Conference Center)

Please join us for an introduction to the HTC program and its services. Download the flyer here!

The symposium will provide an opportunity to learn more about “Artificial Surface, Hemostasis & Thrombosis, specifically ECMO and VAD Circuits.”

Guest speakers will include Drs. Faustino and Chitlur, and experts from the International Society of Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Vincent Faustino, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Yale School of Medicine.

Meera Chitlur, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Additional information about the full schedule of events and speakers will be included once finalized.

Staff Spotlight – Cheri Stevens

Cheri is an Admin Services Coordinator in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

I provide administrative support to the division director, Dr. Yatin Vyas. I also support the Hematology clinical director, Dr. Anjali Sharathkumar and the Oncology clinical director, Dr. David Dickens. I am the coordinator for the Frontiers in Pediatric Research lecture series. I started at the university in 2015. I worked in the PAC scheduling for neurology and then worked in the Department of Anesthesia providing administrative support.

My husband is Mike and we live in North Liberty. We have two sons, Logan and Max. Logan will graduate in December from the University of Iowa with a degree in Finance. Max will start at the University of Iowa this fall and will major in business.

I like spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being near water, taking walks and bike riding.

The best vacation I’ve had was to Turks and Caicos. I’ve never seen water that clear before.

My favorite cuisine is Mexican or Chicago style pizza from Wig and Pen; and ideally if I’m watching the Hawkeyes or Chicago Cubs.

No real favorite book or move, but I love anything suspenseful.

Staff Spotlight – Steve Rumelhart, PA-C

Steve is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Hematology-Oncology/BMT.

I started in Peds Hem-Onc/BMT in Feb. 1987. I am involved with managing inpatient BMT and seeing outpatient BMT and leukemia/lymphoma.

I grew up in Waukee, IA, and attended undergrad and PA school at UIowa. I worked in ED at St. Paul-Ramsey Med Center in St. Paul for the first year following PA school. I have been in current position ever since.

I’ve been married for 23 years to my wife, Susan, who is a nurse practitioner in the Cedar Rapids Public Schools.  We actually met in Peds Hem-Onc. My daughter, Helen, is starting her senior year at Iowa State. We have one dog, Ruthie.

My free time is spent doing yard work, running and playing golf.  I completed the Crandic half marathon the past 2 years.  I hope to do a marathon some day.

I feel like I am in my “dream job” in that I can try to make a difference for children with life-threatening illness. It is a privilege being involved in their care.

The most interesting place I have visited was Florence, Italy, this past spring. The food and history were great.

Besides closely following the Hawkeyes, my favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, followed by the Chicago Cubs (by osmosis having lived in eastern Iowa for most of past 40 years).

Favorite movie recently is “The Green Book”.

My favorite meal is anything with the brussel sprouts appetitzer, and my favortie restaurant is Big Grove in Solon.

Staff Spotlight – Ben Reinking, MD

Dr. Reinking is Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

I graduated from the University of Iowa College medicine in 2000. I completed pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona, and returned to the University of Iowa in 2003 for pediatric cardiology fellowship. I’ve been on faculty for 13 years.

My partner, Lynn, is a family practitioner in the Quad Cities. I’m thankful he doesn’t mind the commute, as we both love living in Iowa City. Lynn has two children, Jenna and Griffin, who are in medical school. We spend a lot of time spoiling our dogs, Stanzi, Moe, and Daisy. I enjoy seeing my parents, six siblings and 16 nieces and nephews regularly.

I enjoy spending time with family, exercise, grilling, traveling to the beach, hiking, walking the dogs, and watching the neighborhood wildlife. Gardening has become an unexpected passion. Iowa is the most plowed state in the country. Creating a pollinator and wildlife friendly backyard is an ongoing challenge!

Favorite meal? I have an unhealthy relationship with pizza.

Favorite sports teams? Go Hawks! College football season and March madness are two of the greatest times of the year.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a little book with a big message. Right now I am reading The Overstory: A Novel. I will be very happy when Patrick Rothfuss finishes the Kingkiller Chronicles soon. I like any movie that involves a superhero saving the universe.

My great grandfather graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1917; I am the 4th generation in my family to receive a degree from the University of Iowa.