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March 20, 2017

Looking back on an exciting week

Last week was an exciting one at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine—with the announcement on Tuesday that the college was once again ranked among the nation’s best medical schools, and ending with Match Day on Friday.

U.S. News & World Report’s listing of America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2018 highlighted the quality of the college with overall rankings of No. 21 in primary care and No. 35 in research (out of 170 schools surveyed). The specialty areas of rural medicine (No. 12) and family medicine (No. 17) also ranked highly. Additionally, Physician Assistant Studies and Services (No. 2) and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (No. 6) held steady in their rankings.

Credit for these distinctions truly goes to the faculty, staff, and students who work every day to deliver quality education, research, and patient care that values and engages everyone, as well as creates a welcoming and diverse workplace. I congratulate all of our employees for these well-deserved accolades. Our colleagues in other UI colleges are also to be congratulated for high rankings of many of their departments and programs.

This year’s Match Day event was as exciting as ever, with 138 medical students learning where they will be located for their specialty training. I am pleased to report 38 students will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 28 of those students will train next year at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For the students, Match Day signals the successful progression into their chosen profession. For the college, Match Day affirms the tremendous responsibility entrusted to us by the people of Iowa. When it comes to preparing the next generation of health care providers, the college remains committed to meeting the highest standards and the changing needs of the nation’s health care system.

My gratitude goes out to everyone with UI Health Care whose dedication to our tripartite mission allows us to achieve national recognition and train the health care professionals of tomorrow.

Match day results

On Friday, March 17, a total of 138 students participated in the National Resident Matching Program, with 36 percent (49 students) choosing primary care specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics). Among this year’s graduates, 38 will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 28 of those students will train next year at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Geographically, the most popular state after Iowa for first-year training was California, with 13 graduating students beginning their residencies there. Minnesota will receive 11 UI graduates, and Illinois will receive 10. This year’s match results, including individual results by name, state, and specialty, are available online at Visit The Loop to see photo from match day.

Clasen and Anson earn elite designation

Keith Clasen and Kyle Anson are two of only three individuals in the state of Iowa to receive the designation of Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR), granted by the American Hospital Association Certification Center. Administered since 2013, the CHHR is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among an elite group of 140 health care human resource professionals who currently hold the certification.

New Iowa City primary care clinic opens April 3

University of Iowa Health Care will open a new primary care clinic Monday, April 3, at 3640 Middlebury Road, just off of Scott Boulevard on the east side of Iowa City. The new clinic will replace the UI Health Care-Southeast Iowa City primary care location at 1130 Scott Blvd. UI Health Care employees are invited to tour the new facility at an internal open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Light refreshments will be served. Located in the Olde Towne Village—about a mile and a half north of UI Health Care–Southeast Iowa City on Scott Boulevard—the new primary care clinic features 30 patient exam rooms; on-site radiology and laboratory suites; and the latest technologies and amenities to make each patient visit convenient, efficient, and comfortable. Patients will continue to be served at UI Health Care–Southeast Iowa City through Friday, March 31.

Global Reach: Spotlight on Haiti

University of Iowa glaucoma specialist Dan Bettis, MD, recently traveled with a medical team to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, where he provided eye care and performed sight-saving surgeries. The team, comprised of experts from across the U.S., is committed to building training programs and improving patient care in this underdeveloped country. For Bettis, this is his second trip to Haiti and the Vision Plus Clinic, a local ophthalmology practice. Read the full story at

Next move into UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The next move of patients into the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will occur on Saturday, March 25. Levels 9 and 10 will be part of the move, which will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to take several hours to complete. Pediatric patients and families currently on Levels 2 and 3 of the John Colloton Pavilion will move to the new children’s hospital. As with the Feb. 25 move, Elevator G in UI Hospitals and Clinics will be used for patient transport on March 25. To avoid delays, please use an alternate travel route, if possible. With the completion of the March 25 move, all pediatric inpatient units will have relocated to the new children’s hospital. After March 25, only Level 4 (Surgery Center) and Level 5 (Surgery and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) will have yet to move into the new facility. Details on the Levels 4 and 5 move will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit The Loop.

Surgical weight loss options group meets March 21

Join UI Bariatric Surgeons, Jessica Smith, MD, and Peter Nau, MD, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at University of Iowa Health Care–Iowa River Landing as they share information about the various options for surgical weight loss. This free seminar is open to anyone interested in learning more about medial problems associated with obesity, different treatment options for obesity management, and expected outcomes for the surgical treatment of obesity. Can’t make it on March 21? This community program is held every third Tuesday. To learn more and to register, visit

‘Cancer in Iowa’ set for March 22

The annual “Cancer in Iowa” report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Callaghan Auditorium, located in the College of Public Health Building. Mary Charlton, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, will present the report findings and discuss the report’s focus on liver cancer. George Weiner, MD, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, will discuss recent advances in research of liver cancers. Michael Voigt, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine, will discuss liver cancer as well as the emphasis on early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition to the physicians, a patient affected by liver cancer will also be available to offer a personal perspective. Following the formal remarks and the Q&A session, the presenters will be available for one-on-one interviews.

Mannie Jackson lecture is March 23

The University of Iowa Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, “Embracing Respect, Understanding, Kindness, and Forgiveness,” by Mannie Jackson will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 MERF. A reception will follow. Born in a railway boxcar, Mannie Jackson went on to make history as the first African-American to own a major international sports organization, the Harlem Globetrotters. As owner, Jackson orchestrated a dramatic corporate turnaround, restoring the Hall of Fame basketball team to its status as a global icon. Jackson is currently president of Boxcar Holdings, the publisher of his best-selling memoir Boxcar to Boardrooms, and he is co-producer of three award-winning documentaries. Jackson is a founder and former president of the Executive Leadership Council, providing African-American executives with a network and leadership forum to promote excellence in business.

Live Q&A: Colonoscopy facts and myths is March 21

Alan Gunderson, MD, a gastroenterologist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will answer your questions about colonoscopy in real-time on Facebook Live at To participate, visit our Facebook page at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, and post your question in the comment section. Won’t be able to tune-in live? No problem. Just post your comment on this event page, and we’ll have him answer as many as he can during the live broadcast!

Badge Center new hours

Beginning Monday, April 3, the University of Iowa Health Care Badge Center (Elevator B, Level 1) hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact the Badge Center at 384-7089 or

Spring sale at UI Optical

UI Optical will have a sale on eyewear from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Receive a 20 percent discount on eyewear purchases. Check out the many styles and frames available for all budgets at UI Optical. All current prescriptions are accepted at our two convenient locations: Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator L, Level 2) or UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing, Level 2. Questions? Contact 384-9922 or

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any program, please contact the individual listed in the event announcement in advance at their provided contact information.

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