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July 25, 2014

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Message from Paul Ramsey

Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) offers many opportunities

Dear Colleagues:

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.

Dr. Sara Kim

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.

Dr. Jonathan Ilgen
Several changes to the CLIME leadership were made recently. Michael Ryan, the founding director who did a superb job in launching CLIME, has stepped down from that position due to other commitments. He will continue as CLIME executive administrative officer. Sara Kim, research professor in surgery and the Clime founding associate director, has agreed to serve as the new director. She is the director of educational innovations and strategic programs in the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies. Jon Ilgen, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, who participated in the formation of CLIME, has agreed to serve as associate director.  

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
Lynne Robins, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Chris Surawicz, Department of Medicine and assistant dean for faculty development

Instructional Design and Technology Core
Michael Campion, Office of Academic Affairs

Interprofessional Collaboration and Training Core
Karen McDonough, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Brenda Zierler, School of Nursing

Leadership Core
Kurt O’Brien, UW Medicine Organizational Development and Training

Outcomes and Assessment Core
Jan Carline, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Jennifer Danielson, School of Pharmacy

Scholarship Core
Jon Ilgen, Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine

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 clime@uw.edu.


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Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington



Steroid injections' value for spinal stenosis questioned
Dr. Janna Friedly

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.

Clot drug tested with suspected brain injuries

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.

Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus

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

Jared Baeten, UW professor of global health and medicine, and Renee Heffron, UW postdoctoral fellow in global health, wrote a commentary in The Lancet on how pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with the antiretroviral drug tenofovir disoproxil fumarate alone or in combination with emtricitabine was efficacious for the prevention of HIV acquisition in clinical trials among diverse populations. "... optimization of its use and effectiveness is a priority."  Read more. Also, several UW researchers with the International Clinical Research Center at UW assessed outcomes in terms of safety issues in 1,785 HIV-uninfected African women in Kenya and Uganda who had used PrEP with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or a combination of emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate to prevent HIV infection near the time of conception. Their paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that definitive statements about the safety of PrEP during this period could not be made. Read more.


Clinical Care

UW Medical Center ranks among top hospitals in national list
Dr. Paul G. Ramsey (Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Business Journal/Mark Donner 2014).

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.

Trends in United States physician work hours and career satisfaction​

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.


Education and Training

UW launches Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

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.


WWAMI Regional News

New WWAMI director
Dr. Jeff Seegmiller

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.

First Western Washington graduate in Targeted Rural Underserved Track

Dr. Y. Ki Shin and Dr. Annie Pfahl

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

WWAMI awards of excellence

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 Medicine South Lake Union campus received the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Innovation Award. Read more.
  • Dennis Donovan, director of the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute and professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been appointed to a National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.
  • Adrienne Fairhall, UW associate professor in physiology and biophysics, and Frederick M. Rieke, UW professor in physiology and biophysics, were elected to The Washington State Academy of Sciences. They were among 18 new members elected in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the Academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. The new members will be inducted during the Academy's seventh annual meeting at the Seattle Museum of Flight Sept. 18. The newly elected bring the total number of active members to 221.


Upcoming Events

Point-of-care diagnostics in resource-limited settings,  July 31

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 of Under-represented Residents and Fellows Reception, Aug. 16

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.

First international conference on Systems Biology of Infectious Diseases, Aug. 17-20 in 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 .

Institute of Translational Health Sciences Boot Camp, Sept. 18 and 19

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.

Continuing Medical Education

Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes


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