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The Omaha World Herald reported on Tuesday, “A former Creighton University pathology resident has been arrested in connection with the two double homicides with ties to the university’s department.” The paper reported that individual arrested, Anthony J. Garcia, “had been a doctoral resident at Creighton until Dr. Roger Brumback and William Hunter fired him [in 2001]…Garcia is accused with the double homicide of Brumback, the former chairman of Creighton University’s department of pathology, and his wife, Mary.” The couple was found dead on May 14. The paper further reported, “Garcia was also arrested in connection with the March 2008 killings of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old housekeeper Shirlee Sherman in the Dundee home of the Hunter family…Thomas Hunter’s parents, William and Claire Hunter, are longtime faculty members at Creighton. He works in the pathology department.”
Nashville’s The Tennessean newspaper on Tuesday reported, “Vanderbilt University Medical Center is looking to trim $100 million from its budget for the current fiscal year and will pursue several options, including offering early retirement for certain employees. That option would be available to staffers who might wish to retire earlier than planned, Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine, said in a memo that offered new details on cost-cutting measures at Nashville’s largest private employer. He said details on the early retirement would be released soon.” The article further reported, “The cuts are coming as Balser and other officials said VUMC is experiencing declining reimbursements for its three largest sources of federal revenue — reimbursements for services to patients insured by Medicare and Medicaid, along with declining federal support for research through the National Institutes of Health. People familiar with VUMC’s plans expect its workforce to be reduced by more than 1,000 employees over the next two years.”
Recognizing an increasing need to treat different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care delivery in other nations, the AAMC on Monday announced a new initiative to facilitate cross-border engagement for medical students and faculty. Consisting of a network of U.S. and international medical schools, the association’s new Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) Collaborative (pronounced “glow”) provides final-year medical students in the U.S. and abroad with international opportunities to pursue clinical, research, or public health electives. The program also promotes faculty engagement and development of increased global awareness and understanding by allowing faculty to become better acquainted with medical students and patient care practices from cross-cultural perspectives. GHLO provides participating institutions with access to many services, including a Web-based application service designed to foster collaboration between U.S. and international medical schools. The service streamlines the application process for cross-border medical school electives available to final-year medical and public health students by facilitating mobility to and from the U.S. — and from one international site to another — and enables home schools to endorse student applications and track progress.
The AAMC on Monday announced a new social media resource to highlight federally funded medical research advances being made by scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. The new Tumblr feed also includes stories of patients who have benefited from advances in medical research. Part of the AAMC’s Research Means Hope initiative, the new feed is intended to serve as a resource for legislators and staff, the media, patients, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the medical research discoveries happening as a result of the nation’s sustained federal investment in medical research. Scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals conduct about half of all external research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Searchable by state, disease category, institution, and funding source, the new Research Means Hope Tumblr feed currently includes more than 280 posts highlighting medical innovations, with more content (including videos, photos, and text) added by AAMC-member institutions on a daily basis. Over time, the AAMC hopes it will serve as a central repository for news about medical research advances by medical schools and teaching hospitals.
The New York Times published an article this week on “Intern Boot Camp” at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The program “provides the interns with a three-day session in June to prepare them for bedside assignments.” The article reported, “It is not just the new interns, thrust into settings of real-life health care, who naturally feel some anxiety this time of year. Patients, too, might be a bit skittish. The so-called July Effect, though disputed by some, holds that medical errors spike when beginners arrive at hospitals.” According to the article, “Northwestern officials say the program is the most rigorous of its kind in the nation, with a requirement that interns pass graded tests in procedures and communication skills before being allowed to move ahead.”
Patrick Muldoon has been named president of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Mr. Muldoon currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital, also a member of the UMass Memorial Health Care system.
Following the July 6 crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, 55 patients were treated at Stanford Medicine. Officials at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, “quickly established a command center, bringing together cross-functional teams from emergency, trauma, operations, security and others to safely and efficiently coordinate the expected surge of patients.” Ann Weinacker, MD, chief of staff at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, described Stanford Medicine’s emergency response to the plane crash in a recent podcast. Dr. Weinacker is also a professor of critical care medicine at the medical school.
An article posted by UCSF discussed how the outstanding trauma care for Asiana plane crash victims reflects strong the strong collaboration between UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital.
The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have developed “a high value, cost-conscious care curriculum to help train internal medicine residents about how to avoid overuse and misuse of tests and treatments that do not improve outcomes and may cause harm.” The free curriculum “is designed to engage internal medicine residents and faculty in small group activities organized around actual patient cases that require careful analysis of the benefits, harms, costs, and use of evidence-based, shared decision making. The flexible curriculum consists of 10 one-hour interactive sessions that can be incorporated into the existing conference structure of a program.”
The 2013 AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar will be held September 20-23, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. In addition, the AAMC is sponsoring a one day pre-seminar workshop, the AAMC K-Writers Coaching Group, which is designed for junior faculty who are actively working on an NIH Career Development (K) proposal, and interested in obtaining additional support with developing such proposals. In addition to the one-day workshop, the program will continue with weekly to bi-weekly virtual meetings for several months to assist with proposal development. A separate application and registration are required for the workshop and there are a limited number of slots. The application deadline for the K-Writers Workshop is August 9, 2013.
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Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) has named Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J., chief operating officer for the HSD, which comprises the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the university’s health sciences research enterprise. Father Yesalonia, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, most recently held the position of treasurer of the Society of Jesus of New England. He has also served as general counsel to Boston College and the College of the Holy Cross. Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, has also named Anne M. Bolger, RN, MSN, executive director of Loyola’s Catholic Health Care Leadership Forum to support leadership development at faith-based health care organizations. Ms. Bolger most recently served as senior vice president, Women’s Health, and senior vice president, Hospital Operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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