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Monday, March 4, 2019

We are caring for 702 inpatients and have 4,356 outpatient visits today.

High: 8 Low: 3 Mostly sunny

High: 17 Low: 4 Chance flurries

Epic: What’s new

See the Epic Status Report for March 5, 2019, for all updates and screenshots.

  • Epic 2018 upgrade scheduled downtime: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 9
  • Temporarily unavailable Epic customization options

Epic Education Resources

  • New and revised tip sheets, eLearnings, and “It’s Possible” videos for Epic 2018

News: In The Loop

UI Health Care receives prestigious Center of Excellence designation for HCM program

UI Health Care’s hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) program has received the prestigious Center of Excellence designation by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) and is one of only 36 programs in the U.S. with this designation. Congratulations to our staff who have worked hard to meet the designation requirements.

Parent blog: Tara Von Ahsen

“They see you at your most vulnerable moments, when you’re crying, scared, nervous, AND happy. They don’t HAVE to, but they go above and beyond to show they care.” Tara’s son Nolan was born with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

Objective structured teaching evaluations

Even if internal medicine residents do not pursue careers in academic medicine, the skills of a clinician educator are critical to performing good medicine. This is why a group has designed the three-year Teaching Skills Curriculum.

Project Art presents a new painting exhibit by Joseph Patrick

Project Art announces a new temporary exhibit at UI Hospitals & Clinics by artist Joseph Patrick, professor emeritus in the School of Art and Art History. This exhibit is a selection of his recent smaller works that depict market scenes from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Girl Scout cookies sale: until 5 p.m. today, Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1); proceeds benefit Volunteer Services
  • Special Mardi Gras menu: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7), with Cajun stuffed chicken, shrimp po’boys, dirty rice, king cake, gumbo, fried okra, and complimentary hurricane punch
  • Schwartz Center Rounds: noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow, East Room (Elevator D, Level 8)
  • Wall of Scholarship dedication: 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, EMRB atrium
  • Spiritual Services Labyrinth Walk11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, East Room (Elevator D, Level 8); open to patients, staff, and visitors


  • Performance reviews for all UI Health Care staff (all regular appointment job records of 50 percent or greater time) must be completed by March 31. Some departments may have earlier deadlines. Performance reviews are accessible through My Training within Employee Self Service, and search for “New Performance Review Tool Training.” Questions? Consult your supervisor or departmental HR representative.
  • The UI Carver College of Medicine is seeking senior faculty members to serve on the Executive Committee. The nomination deadline has been extended to today. Send nominations to
  • Want to win cookies for you and your department? Stop by Hills Bank and Trust (Elevator C, Level 1) and enter to win.


Outside UI Health Care

UI announces suicide-prevention training requirement for incoming students and RAs

The UI announced it will begin requiring suicide-prevention training for incoming students, resident assistants, and faculty and staff, The Daily Iowan reports.

Near-record cold to start the week

The calendar may say March, but winter has no plans of leaving anytime soon, CBS 2 reports.

Man and dog snowbound in Oregon survive on taco sauce

A man and his dog were trapped by deep snow in their vehicle in central Oregon for five days, and they survived by eating taco sauce, BBC reports.

‘Does your knee make more of a click or a clack?’ Teaching ‘Car Talk’ to new docs

In their classic radio show, Car Talk, hosts Ray and Tom Magliozzi demonstrated what some doctors consider an ideal example of the thinking doctors need to learn to make a good medical diagnosis, NPR reports.

Space station celebrates ‘a new era’ in exploration with arrival of SpaceX capsule

Humans have entered SpaceX’s Crew Dragon while in orbit for the first time, just hours after the commercial spacecraft docked at the International Space Station yesterday, NPR reports.

Abbi Stastny representing USA in World Summer Games

A Special Olympics athlete from Cedar Rapids will represent the United States in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, KWWL reports.

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