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July 25, 2014
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Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) offers many opportunities
It is a pleasure to bring you news on the progress of the Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME), formerly the Center for Medical Education. CLIME was created to advance and support educational excellence at the UW School of Medicine and throughout the WWAMI region. It promotes an integrated continuum of medical, graduate and lifelong education, and strives to foster interprofessional collaborations across health professions. CLIME is committed to supporting the curriculum renewal underway at the UW School of Medicine through faculty development and programs to promote scholarship around medical education best practices. Recently, CLIME launched its inaugural website. I urge you to visit the site at clime.washington.edu.
In 2014-2015, CLIME is offering opportunities for faculty, staff, students and trainees to develop their educational skills, including teaching, research and scholarship, and to forge collaborations between educators. CLIME recently issued a request for proposals to support innovative medical education research and curricular projects. Five projects will be selected, funded at up to $5,000 each and showcased at CLIME’s Work in Progress sessions.
In addition to supporting educators through a range of skill-building workshops, CLIME will host the Medical Education Research Certification program from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This will take place at UW, which plans to support the workshops biannually. The upcoming all-day workshops will be held Oct. 10, 2014, and Feb. 20, 2015. An announcement regarding times, location and registration will be made widely available to the UW Medicine community soon.
CLIME has six core groups and core leaders who meet regularly to plan and integrate projects and activities. Each core is looking for new participants. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate core leader(s) or visit the website to join CLIME. The core groups and their leaders are:
Educator Development Core
Instructional Design and Technology Core
Interprofessional Collaboration and Training Core
Outcomes and Assessment Core
I would like to extend my appreciation and thanks to Michael Ryan, Sara Kim, Jon Ilgen and the many individuals involved in initiating this excellent resource. I anticipate many developments over the coming years that will benefit the UW Medicine community and create exciting opportunities for faculty, staff, students and trainees in advancing our education and scholarship activities at all levels. The CLIME leaders and participants are eager to have interested individuals contact them and become involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the medical education community. More information is available at the website (clime.washington.edu) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Janna L. Friedly, UW assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, was the lead author on a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine that found epidural injections with a corticosteroid in combination with the local anesthetic lidocaine appear to be no better than injections of lidocaine alone for reducing pain and physical limitations in patients with spinal stenosis. Read more.
Eileen Bulger, chief of trauma at Harborview, is the lead Seattle researcher on a national study to determine what role tranexamic acid plays in decreasing mortality for trauma victims with suspected brain injuries. "Many patients with severe brain injury have bleeding around the brain. The bleeding can get worse and is life-threatening,” she said. “This study offers a promising new approach to address such an injury before it has the chance to progress.” Read more.
Juliet Morrison, UW senior fellow in microbiology, Michael Katze, UW professor of microbiology, and their collaborators have identified six potential therapeutics for the highly virulent flu strain H7N9. These drugs work on strengthening the immune response. Their research is published in the Journal of Virolgy. “Six of these drugs are FDA approved and could potentially be repurposed as H7N9 influenza therapeutics,” said Morrison. “I believe that computational biology represents an exciting new way to study viruses and to discover drugs to fight them.” And that, she says, is what drew her to join Katze’s laboratory. Read more.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis updates
UW Medical Center ranks No. 11 of 17 on the list of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals. The annual report ranks nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialty categories by using surveys from more than 9,500 physicians. UWMC ranked nationally in 13 specialties overall, and in the top 10 for three categories: rehabilitation, cancer and diabetes and endocrinology. Additionally, UWMC ranked No. 1 in the Seattle metro area and No. 1 in the state. Harborview ranked No. 3 in Seattle and No. 4 in the state, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center ranked No. 5 in Seattle and No. 7 in the state. Read more.
Andrea Christopher who did her residency in internal medicine at UW (Seattle and Boise) and who is now doing a Harvard Medical School fellowship in general internal medicine and primary care, was the lead author on a study published in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. The study found that found one avenue toward bolstering the primary care work force may be a focus on decreasing physician work hours to increase physician career satisfaction. Read more.
Michael Sayre, UW professor of medicine and associate medical director for the Seattle Fire Department, is directing the UW’s first fellowship program to train emergency medical services medical directors. The selected fellow will take part in up to two years of training at local sites including Harborview Medical Center, King County Medic One, the Seattle Fire Department, UW Paramedic Training, Airlift Northwest and Physio Control. Read more.
Jeff Seegmiller, associate professor of movement sciences at the University of ldaho, is the new director of the University of Idaho's WWAMI program effective Aug. 1. Since coming to the University of ldaho in 2007, he has chaired musculoskeletal anatomy for the WWAMI program and co-developed masters and doctoral programs that have gained national recognition. Seegmiller serves as the director of the University of ldaho Biomechanics Laboratory, where he researches factors related to lower extremity injury. Read more.
The first Western Washington Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) scholar, Annie Pfahl, graduated in May 2014 and will be completing her family medicine residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.
"My TRUST experience confirmed my interest in family medicine, and gave me some terrific role models. The time I spent with Dr. (Birdie) Safford and her colleagues in Ferndale was the highlight of my medical education, and also had the largest impact on the family doctor I am becoming," she said. Pfahl plans on returning to Mt. Vernon, Wash., where she grew up, to practice family medicine after completing her residency. Pfahl’s TRUST site was in Ferndale, Wash. Her preceptor was Safford, the medical director and vice president of Quality Family Care Network, and an alumna of the UW School of Medicine. For more on the TRUST program.
At the annual pediatric WWAMI retreat, two WWAMI faculty received departmental teaching awards. Colleen Marron, the WWAMI site director in Great Falls, Mont., for more than 10 years, was awarded the 2014 Ronald Lemire Pediatric WWAMI Student Teaching Award. Lloyd Jensen, a leader at the WWAMI Pocatello site for many years and former site director, received the 2014 Ronald Lemire Pediatric WWAMI Resident Teaching Award. These awards are given every other year to a student site preceptor and a resident site preceptor who have distinguished themselves with leadership and teaching activities.
UW graduate Paul Drain, an infectious disease physician and clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will be giving a job talk, “Point-of-Care Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Settings” 4-5 p.m., Thursday, July 31 with a reception from 5-5:30 p.m. R&T Auditorium, Research & Training Building, Harborview Medical Center, 300 Ninth Ave. Seattle.
Network with residents, fellows, medical students and School of Medicine leadership, and meet the new Chief Diversity Officer Keynote Speaker Leo S. Morales. The summer welcome reception will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Waterfront Activities Center, 3900 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle.
Discover how innovations in genome science, technology and computing are leading to advances in the study of human infectious diseases. Research aimed at understanding, treating and preventing conditions such as respiratory infections, tuberculosis and AIDS will be highlighted. The conference will also feature presentations on the identification of emerging pathogens, the role of the host response and host genetics in determining disease outcome and the promises of personalized care. Keynote speaker Nathan Myhrvold will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 17. For more on the event .
The 2014 ITHS Clinical and Translational Boot Camp will be held in the Orin Smith Auditorium at UW Medicine’s South Lake Union campus in Seattle Sept.18 and 19. This year’s Boot Camp includes a series of lectures for incoming and novice researchers to learn the latest about clinical and translational research in a relatively short but intensive period of time. For more information and to register, visit the ITHS website.
Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes