Staff Spotlight – Jan Wagoner

Jan is an the Office Coordinator for Pediatric Records Management.

I have been at the University for almost 18 years. I have always worked in the Pediatric Department. I was hired as a Sec-II transcriptionist. A few years later the transcription department and chart control department were combined into the Pediatric Records Management Department, and soon after I became the Office Coordinator for this group. I work with six other ladies in Records Management. Our duties include scanning documents, loading faxes from outside facilities, analysis of patient records after discharge, loading labs, processing the mail for Pediatrics, QA of all scanned information, gathering loose core and doc folders from inpatient units and processing that information, and transcription of the NICU patient progress notes.

I have been married for 44 years to my husband, Denny. We have two children, Brad (42), and Bethany (39). We also have 3 grandchildren ages 18 years, 9 years, and 20 months. We have a step-grandson and he has blessed us with two great-grandchildren, ages 3 years and 17 months. My two youngest grandchildren and both great-grandchildren were NICU babies! My husband retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation after 30 years. I have lived in Iowa in the small town of Columbus Junction my entire life.

I spend as much time as possible with the grandchildren, but I really enjoy time with the whole family – that just isn’t as easy to coordinate as I wish it was. Other things I have enjoyed are attending Nascar races, especially the Daytona 500 multiple times. We enjoy going fishing in Minnesota. My sister and her husband run a fishing resort so that enables us to have relaxation and family time! We enjoy golfing, going to Dubuque Greyhound Park and betting on the dogs, Hawkeye Football and Hawkeye Women’s Basketball!

I think I am at the point in my life where my dream job would be retirement! I’m getting close!

Favorite place to visit? We went on a Caribbean Cruise earlier this year to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Jamaica. Beautiful scenery and the colors of the ocean were amazing!

Favorite meal? I enjoy Mexican food – nothing too spicy though!

I haven’t taken the time to read in years – but one book that stands out in my memory is “Let’s Roll” by Lisa Beamer, the wife of 911 Hero, Todd Beamer. I don’t go to many movies, but did recently see “Breakthrough” with Chrissy Metz and thought it was a very good movie.

If I had 3 wishes – 1) Happiness and Health for my family 2) A safe/better world for my grandchildren (all children) to grow up in 3) Publisher’s Clearing House to show up on my front step with that big check!

Fun fact: I have worked a part time job at Sharpless Auctions in Iowa City for over 20 years. They hold a weekly consignment auction on Wednesday evenings. Over the years I have worked as a clerk, cashier, ticket runner, and occasionally in the kitchen, but have been a full time clerk for many years. As a clerk I work with an auctioneer and am responsible for recording the information for items sold. This information includes a brief description of the item sold, the price paid, the buyer’s number, and the lot number of the seller. This can be pretty fast paced at times. I enjoy this job because of the wide variety of items sold, the variety of customers, and the great employees I work with. You never know what you will see at this auction!

Staff Spotlight – Cynthia Waters, NNP

Cynthia is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU.

I work in the Pediatric Division, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I have worked in the NICU since 1995 and at the UIHC since 1993. I was also the assistant nurse manager in the NICU for 4 years and worked as a bedside RN for approximately 10 years. I also have a Masters degree in Business with a focus on healthcare.

I like to travel, go to movies, go out to dinner, attend concerts and culinary events.

This is my dream job. I work with an incredible team of doctors and NP’s in the NICU. Working at a teaching hospital keeps me motivated and learning all the time. How can working with babies not be fun, right?

I’m a huge Hawkeye fan, and my favorite book of all time is the Thorn Birds.

Fun fact: On a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I trapped porcupines for a local research team.

Staff Spotlight – Anna Schmitz, MD

Dr. Schmitz is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I’ve been a pediatric hospitalist at the UIHC since July 2019. Prior to that I worked at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I went to college and medical school at the University of Iowa so I was excited for the opportunity to come back home. My husband, Mike, is also an Iowa native.

I enjoy being active outdoors, running and biking. I’ve been working on expanding our plant collection and have recently learned how to crochet to keep me busy for the winter.

My favorite restaurant is Oasis, I could eat there every day.

I love the Hawkeyes of course, but I also love the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers.

Fun fact: I was part of a 6-time intramural flag football championship team while in school at the University of Iowa.

New! Division of Neonatology Research Committee

The Iowa Neonatal Clinical Research Committee (INCRC) was developed to promote neonatal clinical research and assist investigators who plan to recruit infants in the NICU. Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), along with their families represent a vulnerable population in which research is needed to provide evidence for improving care. There is considerable potential for competition among studies within this population. This committee is responsible for advocating on behalf of this finite population for the conduct of high-quality clinical research for infants in the NICU, as well as facilitating quality research with these potential study participants. This interdisciplinary team provides scientific and feasibility guidance for investigators who would like to conduct research within the NICU. The INCRC reviews and facilitates protocols to ensure patient safety, dignity, and satisfaction with the goal of minimal disruption in the typical functioning of the NICU.

Please complete the following survey for your project to initiate the process.

Or,  you can contact Tarah Colaizy, MD, MPH (6-3508) or Karen Johnson, RN, BSN (6-2924).

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Join the Pediatrics Food Drive

This year, the pediatrics residency program is participating in a Food Drive organized by one of our PL-2s, Christina Kim! We are competing against the Family Medicine and Ob/Gyn residency programs to see who can get the most donations. The donations will be going to CommUnity, an incredible group that provides crisis resources in addition to operating a local food bank and mobile food pantry. For more info on them, please check out the CommUnity website.

Faculty/staff participation is voluntary, but very welcome and appreciated. Below you will find a list of their most needed items, but of course, donations are not restricted to these items. They will even take open bottles of detergent or shampoo, etc as long as they are at least half full.

  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat
  • Baby diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Rice and pasta
  • Canned soups/stews
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Financial donations

The food drive will end on December 6th.

You can drop off your donations

  • in Dr. Amy Stier’s office in 2030 BT.
  • the Chief’s office in E 201 GH.
  • or can give them to any resident and ask to have them placed in the resident lounge at your convenience.
  • For cash donations, you can donate via the website above or can give them to Dr. Stier or the Chiefs.

Thank you! Kaitlin Stein and Emily Hvidston, Pediatric Chief Residents 2019-2020, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Dr. Uc Elected to Leadership Role in American Pancreatic Association

Congratulations to Dr. Aliye Uc (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pancreatology and Nutrition) for her recent election as a Councilor with the American Pancreatic Association. This means she is also one of 7 members of the APA Governing Board.

This is a 6 year term which includes serving as President-Elect, President and Past-President, each for 1 year, towards the end of her tenure.

Congratulations, Dr. Uc!

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 She will put together a list, figure out costs for the league, and find some open gym time to scrimmage before hand!

It’s Performance Review Season!

The annual performance review cycle is underway. The Department of Pediatrics has established a goal to have all performance reviews completed no later than February 29, 2020. Below is an outline of the necessary steps to complete this process.

P&S Review Process

  1. Employee selects “Create New Review” in the online performance review tool to initiate the review.
  2. Employee completes self-evaluation in the online performance review tool and submits to the supervisor via the online performance review tool by December 13, 2019. You can submit by selecting the green button titled “Submit Performance Review”. Attached are tips to assist you with completing a well-rounded self-evaluation.
  3. Supervisor utilizes request feedback option in the online performance review tool.
  4. Supervisor completes Performance Review in the performance review tool (does not finalize).
  5. Supervisor meets with employee to review and discuss the performance review and rating.
  6. Once completed, supervisor selects “Finalize Performance Review” which sends the form to employee for acknowledgement.
  7. Employee adds additional comments and acknowledges review with electronic signature.
  8. Performance Review and Peer Review report is automatically uploaded into employee’s ePersonnel file. Please allow 24 hours for the system to complete this process.

You can access the Performance Review tool and last year’s review through Self-Service under the Personal tab (refer to picture below). Additionally, your completed Performance Review from 2018-2019 is available via your ePersonnel file in Self-Service under the Documents section.

If you need a copy of your current job description to use as a reference during this process, you may email the general Pediatrics HR email address (listed below). In the event your job duties and responsibilities have changed or evolved over the last year, please work with you supervisor to update your job description and return an updated copy to Pediatrics Human Resources.

Please do not hesitate to email with any questions.

Staff Spotlight – Kristen Surom, BSN, RN

Kristen is a Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

I just started in this position on July 1, 2019. My background is in Family Medicine, and I worked at the Scott Boulevard Clinic in its former location from 2012 to 2014.

I have five kids and three stepkids, so eight is enough! My husband Clay is the nurse manager for Telemedicine at the VA Hospital. Our kids range in age from 24, 22, 22, 20, 18, 18, 14, and 12.

I feel like I’m still unpacking from my move back to Iowa City at the end of June, but I enjoy biking (I have a streak of biking every day since January 1, 2014) and other outdoor activities, knitting, reading, baking, going to kids’ events, and home improvement projects.

I’ve always been fascinated by rare diseases and genetics, so when this job opened up I leapt at it! I even brought a genetics textbook I had purchased on my own to my interview which I think cemented the deal. My 14-year-old daughter is intellectually disabled, so we had been to the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics as a patient before too!

Most fascinating place I’ve visited? In high school I was a science nerd, so I was in the science club and we took trips over the summer across the US and Canada in a school bus packed with kids and their supplies. I’ve been coast to coast in Canada, but Banff National Park of Canada is exceptionally beautiful. We went sliding on the glaciers up there.

Favorite meal or restaurant? I’m a much more adventurous eater than most of my family, but anything that somebody else makes and cleans up after! I’m not really picky, I like it all!

I don’t follow any sports, but I like watching the sports my kids play.

I’m not much of a movie person, it’s hard for me to sit still for that long. Lately I’ve been reading “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee because I’m more of a nonfiction kind of person.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be for quality healthcare access for all, success and health for my family, and an infinite supply of wishes.

Fun fact: I won second place in a Trading Places contest on TLC in 2008. I won a Kodak printer, point and shoot camera, digital photo frame, and other photo supplies.

I started in healthcare in 1996 as a medical transcriptionist and decided to go back to school to become a nurse after becoming a single mom of five kids. I accomplished that and also earned my BSN, but I still transcribe on the side as a home business because it’s so interesting.