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October 15, 2010
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ACGME honors School of Medicine faculty and program administrators with top awards
The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) initiated the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2002 to honor 10 individuals each year who excel as program directors. The Council initiated the GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award in 2009 to honor five individuals annually who excel as program administrators. Nominations for these prestigious awards are accepted from more than 8,800 GME programs nationally. Since 2002, five UW Medicine program directors, including Ron Maier, surgical critical care, Karen Horvath, general surgery, Richard Shugerman, pediatrics, Deborah Cowley, psychiatry, and Teresa Massagli, physical medicine & rehabilitation, along with Harold Johnston, UW Family Medicine Residency Network program director for Alaska Family Medical Residency, have received the Parker J. Palmer award.
Remarkably, in March 2011, two additional UW program directors will receive the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award and a UW program administrator will receive the GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award. Byron Joyner, professor in the Department of Urology, program director for the urology residency program and associate dean for graduate medical education, and Karen Souter, associate professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and program director for the anesthesiology residency program, will receive the Courage to Teach Award. Michelle Rickard, program manager for the pathology residency program and 10 pathology fellowship programs, will receive the GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award.
The fact that eight of 100 Courage to Teach Awards over the award’s10-year history have gone to UW faculty and that a UW administrator will receive the GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award in the award’s second year is an indication of the remarkable caliber and high standards of the faculty, staff and administrators in UW Medicine teaching programs.
The success of the 2011 awardees in setting high standards is evident in the nomination letters submitted to the ACGME. Dr. Joyner was praised for his “dedication to the ethical treatment of others, his courage to stand for the principles which we hold dear to us, and the never-ending ‘heart’ he delivers into each encounter with a student, colleague or patient.” A description of Dr. Souter’s qualifications said, “When time and resources are scarce as they are currently, ensuring well-rounded experiences for all residents in such a large training program is no mean feat. To this end, Dr. Souter’s diligence, commitment and creativity are unparalleled.” Ms. Rickard was singled out for her creativity and innovation on the job as well as cost-savings efforts and web-based tool and database development.
I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to these three individuals for their commitment, innovation, discipline, and enthusiasm in the interest of our residents. My thanks go as well to all UW Medicine faculty and staff who have teaching and administrative roles with our students, residents and fellows. The example you set for our trainees and your work on their behalf are exceptional.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Mary-Claire King, the American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in 2012. She will begin her tenure after serving one year as president-elect in 2011.
The society is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide and represents nearly 8,000 researchers, academicians, clinicians, genetic counselors, nurses and others with an interest in genetics.
King noted that she is not the first UW faculty member to hold the ASHG presidency.
“As a University of Washington geneticist, I’m particularly pleased – though thoroughly humbled – to be following in the footsteps of my colleagues and friends Dr. Elo Giblett (1973), Dr. Arno Motulsky (1977), Dr. Peter Byers (2005), and Dr. Wylie Burke (2007), as the fifth University of Washington faculty member to serve as president of ASHG.”
Among her many accomplishments, King is known worldwide for identifying the BRCA1 gene responsible for inherited susceptibility to breast cancer; demonstrating that the genomes of humans and chimpanzees are 99 percent genetically identical; and pioneering the application of genomic sequencing methods in forensics to identify victims of human rights abuse.
King was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Association of American Cancer Institute for her “extraordinary scientific accomplishments and contributions to the cancer center and cancer research communities.” The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting Oct. 4 in Chicago. On Oct. 16, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will honor King with its Global Award of Distinction for scientific and medical achievement in the fight against breast cancer. That ceremony will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
King is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the 2004 recipient of the International Genetics Prize from the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.
Projects and grants at the UW include:
Sullivan, Jarvik and Flum are founding leaders of the UW CHASE Alliance, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative alliance of UW health sciences research groups focused on comparative effectiveness research, technology assessment, and health system evaluation.
UW Medicine launched its new marketing and messaging campaign with a special event for its leadership team at Meany Hall on Sept. 27.
The campaign's main goal is to increase the public's awareness about UW Medicine and the care the UW Medicine health system provides at its clinical sites, including Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, and the UW Neighborhood Clinics.
"The mission of UW Medicine is to improve the health of the public, locally and globally," says Paul Ramsey, chief executive officer, UW Medicine, and dean of the UW School of Medicine. “We provide a wide range of services, from primary care to the most complex care, that is unique in the Northwest."
During the past year, UW Medicine's marketing and communications team worked closely with the brand and creative strategy firm DNA-Seattle to develop a branding and messaging strategy to increase the public's knowledge about UW Medicine health care and resources. The brand development process included extensive market research, which revealed that consumers view all health-care professionals as being somewhat similar.
"This key insight confirmed the need to design an effective method of communicating health information to the public so that they can understand the depth and breadth of UW Medicine, UW Medicine has the only health-care system in the region that provides all levels of care from primary care through the most complex quarternary care," says Johnese Spisso, chief health system officer, UW Medicine. "We want our community to understand that our world-class health system is available to them locally and that they can benefit from its clinical care, teaching and research that are improving health outcomes around the world."
The campaign will feature real-life stories of patients, physicians and staff that give meaning to the brand tagline: "From here, we change the world." Each story will show how local medical advances have ripple effects that extend to the far reaches of the globe.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW School of Medicine, UW Physicians and Airlift Northwest.
Over the next several months, information about the UW Medicine health system, its benefits and how new patients can access its world-class health care will be shared in various venues including the open enrollment fairs scheduled for UW employees.
For more information, contact UW Medicine News, Community Relations and Marketing at 206.543.3620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harborview Medical Center’s satellite clinics for HIV/AIDS patients have received the 2010 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care from the State of Washington. The award is given annually by the governor to health-care providers and facilities in the state that exhibit exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health services.
Located in Bremerton and Everett, the satellite clinics are operated by Harborview's Madison Clinic in partnership with county and state agencies. They address the needs of people living in these communities who are often underserved due to travel limitations and a shortage of local HIV providers.
Staffing the satellite clinics are Robert Harrington, Madison Clinic medical director; Pegi Fina, manager; and physicians Christian Ramers, Shireesha Dhanireddy and Nina Kim, from the UW Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine.
Carlos Pellegrini, the Henry Harkins Professor and Chair of Surgery, has been elected chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the largest organization of surgeons in the world. He was elected last week at the College’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C.
The College is governed by a 22-member Board of Regents that manages and controls the business and affairs of the College. The chair provides leadership to the board and serves as the leadership representative for governance and policy issues. As chair of the Board of Regents, Pellegrini also becomes an officer of the College.
The ACS has approximately 77,000 members, including more than 4,000 fellows outside of the United States. The College was established in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
The UW and the University of Nairobi are teaming up as part of a massive effort to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health-care workers.
The UW received funding through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) -- a $130 million investment over five years funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The grants are being awarded directly to African institutions in a dozen countries, working in partnership with U.S. medical schools and universities. The initiative will form a network including about 30 regional partners, country health and education ministries, and more than 20 U.S. collaborators.
The program is designed to support PEPFAR's goals to train and retain 140,000 new health-care workers and improve the capacity of partner countries to deliver primary health care.
Eleven programmatic awards, largely funded by PEPFAR, will expand and enhance medical education and research training in the field of HIV/AIDS. The UW won a $9.5 million grant over five years to work with the University of Maryland and the University of Nairobi, said Carey Farquhar, UW associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and global health. Farquhar and James Kiarie, of the University of Nairobi, are co-principal investigators of the project.
Farquhar said UW is using the highly successful model of medical education used in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) to expand clinical training outside of Nairobi into 12 rural sites. The UW and the University of Nairobi will recruit local medical doctors and train and accredit them and then they can mentor the medical students, interns and residents. The UW will provide distance learning and innovative mobile-phone applications developed at the UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) will conduct the monitoring and evaluation of the project.
The UW also received a $2.5 million linked award to encourage the development of expertise in maternal and child health. Eight smaller non-HIV/AIDS awards, primarily funded by the NIH Director's Common Fund, were awarded to encourage the development of expertise in topics such as maternal and child health, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental health, surgery and emergency medicine. Grace John Stewart, UW professor of medicine, global health, epidemiology, and pediatrics, and Dalton Wamalwa, of the University of Nairobi, are co-principal investigators of the linked award in maternal child health.
Mary Barinaga has been selected the Idaho WWAMI program’s new assistant clinical dean, effective Oct. 15.
Barinaga will represent the UW School of Medicine at meetings with leaders of institutions of higher education in Idaho, State Board of Education, legislature, other governmental officials, and medical groups and associations. She will advocate for the School of Medicine’s needs, challenges and opportunities for medical education in Idaho by working closely with the director of the first-year program, clerkship directors, deans, and undergraduate and graduate education leaders.
Barinaga has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from The College of Idaho. She earned her medical degree from the UW School of Medicine WWAMI program, and completed a family medicine residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise.
For the past twelve years, Barinaga has practiced rural family medicine on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho. She has precepted Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) and Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program(R/UOP) students and precepted family medicine residents from various programs.
In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Barinaga has served on the UW School of Medicine Idaho Admissions Committee since 2007. Since 2006, she has been on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, working on many behind-the-scenes issues affecting physicians and medical care in Idaho. She also served as co-director of the BMC Asthma Quality Improvement Program, 1999 -2009.
Barinaga can be contacted at email@example.com or 208.364.4548 or Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, 322 E. Front Street, Suite 442, Boise, ID 83702.
The following is a listing of some upcoming events that may be of interest to the UW Medicine community. Additional events are listed on the UW Medicine events calendar.
Pathology Presents Nora Disis, Oct. 20
Immunologic Targeting of Oncogenic Proteins in Breast Cancer by Nora Disis, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, Health Sciences Center, K-069. Disis is a UW professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology and director of the Institute for Translational Health Sciences. Contact the Department of Pathology at 206.543.1140 for more information.
Robert Kocher, presidential adviser on health care reform, Oct. 20
The Policy and Politics of Healthcare Reform by Robert Kocher, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, Kane Hall, room 220. Robert Kocher, UW alumni and an adviser to President Obama during the crafting of health-care reform legislation, will return to the UW to speak about health-care reform. Koch is a principal at McKinsey & Company and is a senior fellow at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution. Hosted by the UW College of Arts & Sciences and the UW Alumni Association. Visit the UW Alumni Association's website for more information.
Roy Martin, research professor emeritus in bioengineering, and Yoky Matsuoka, the Torode Family Endowed Career Development Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will receive the 2010 Inventor of the Year and 2010 Emerging Inventor of the Year awards, respectively. A celebrationin their honor will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p .m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Contact Hazelruth Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.616.3504 for more information.
Continuing Medical Education, October
Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Oct. 15-17; Pain Management Frontline Pharmacological and Behavioral Strategies, Oct. 22-23. Visit Continuing Medical Education for more information or to register.