January 2010

January 2010

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Welcome to the January 19 edition of Round Table.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to take some time off this past holiday season to get some rest. As the University prepares to welcome Teresa Sullivan as our next president, the School of Medicine faces many challenges in 2010. The continued financial uncertainty from budget cuts and projections by the Commonwealth has demanded that we incorporate declines in revenue into the School of Medicine’s strategic planning. As part of these plans, we are soliciting input from our faculty and deans.

The SOM will see major changes in 2010, from the implementation of our Next Generation curriculum and opening of the new Claude Moore Medical Education building, to further strengthening our relationship with the Medical Center and development of new clinical opportunities. I have called a special faculty meeting for Wednesday, January 27, at 5 p.m. in the Jordan Hall Auditorium to discuss many of the challenges we face and how we will address them. I hope you will join me.

In this issue of Round Table, we have information on the special faculty meeting January 27, details about UVA’s new president, a national honor for Dr. George Beller, several research and funding opportunities, and an update on the new School of Medicine website.


Steven T. DeKosky, MD

Special State of the School Address at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 in Jordan Hall Auditorium

I invite all faculty and staff to a special State of the School Address entitled "UVA School of Medicine 2010: Challenges, Changes, & Strategy" on Wednesday, January 27, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Jordan Hall Auditorium. I will be outlining some of the issues and strategic initiatives the SOM will be undertaking in the coming year, providing details on how the School is preparing for another round of budget cuts from the state, and sharing ways we can increase our revenues to support the school’s missions.

For all faculty, if you have not done so, please fill out your annual faculty survey. More than 500 of you have already done so, and I thank you for taking the time. I assure you these surveys remain anonymous; however I read all the summary data and all comments submitted with the surveys. I find this is one of the best ways to better learn your thoughts and wishes. If you have not received a reminder to take the survey or need the link sent to you, please email Juliet Trail at trail@virginia.edu.

Teresa A. Sullivan, PhD, Named Next President of the University of Virginia

Last week, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors named Teresa A. “Terri” Sullivan, the University of Michigan’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the eighth president of the institution.

Dr. Sullivan will succeed John T. Casteen III, who announced last summer that he will step down as president at the end of his 20th year. She has served in large universities for more than three decades and understands the challenges we face at UVA. She was chief budget officer at Michigan and faced many of the same financial pressures we currently do.

I have met with Dr. Sullivan twice during her recent visit to the University, when she was announced as the 8th President of UVA. She is an engaging, focused, and highly-skilled individual with a delightful sense of humor and clear understanding of the challenges facing higher education in general and our particular issues.

George Beller, MD, Awarded 2010 Distinguished Scientist Honor from American College of Cardiology

Congratulations to one of our well-deserving faculty members for being recognized by his national peers for his outstanding body of work advancing the science of cardiology. George A. Beller, MD, has been selected by the American College of Cardiology to receive the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain).

Dr. Beller has long been at the forefront of advancing education, research, and clinical discovery for the benefit of students, fellows, colleagues and most importantly, our patients. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Beller on this great honor.

NIH Announces New Program For Five Areas

The NIH has announced an RFA titled "Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Director’s Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas” (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-005.html). The program will support projects “to develop and implement critical research innovations in one or more of the following five thematic areas:

  1. Applying Genomics and Other High Throughput Technologies
  2. Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments
  3. Using Science to Enable Health Care Reform
  4. Focusing on Global Health
  5. Reinvigorating the Biomedical Research Community”

The program will support projects costing >$500K/year for a project period of three years.  Successful projects will address research specific areas that will benefit from a short-term infusion of funds, without expectation of continued NIH funding.

2010 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award, Call for Nominations

I ask for your nominations for the "2010 Sharon L Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award".

The recipient should be a faculty member, female or male, who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship and mentoring and exerted influence in fostering a better institutional environment by advocating for women.

To nominate a faculty member, please send a CV and a letter that describes the qualities and achievements that make your candidate an apt choice to Dr. Nina Solenski at  njs2j@virginia.edu. Letters should be submitted by January 25, 2010.

Academy of Medical Educators Seeks Abstracts for 6th Annual Medical Education Poster Session

The Academy of Medical Educators (ADE) at the UVA SOM is seeking abstract submissions for its 6th annual medical education poster session, which will be held the week of February 22-26th. Abstracts can be submitted on any aspect of medical education (UME, GME, CME) and can be authored by any faculty member, fellow, postdoc, resident or medical student.

I recall this event from last year and found it to be truly outstanding in the quality and breadth of the abstracts. I was especially pleased to see so many of our fellows, postdocs and residents participating.

Posters will be displayed for a full week in the corridor outside the Health Sciences Library. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, January 22, 2010.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Bob Bloodgoodat rab4m@virginia.edu if you have any questions or need any additional information.

VP for Research Announces 2010 FEST Competition

The VP for Research has announced its 2010 FEST competition, for junior faculty members in the sciences, engineering, and medicine.  “Junior faculty members” are individuals whose first full-time appointment at UVA occurred no later than fall 2007, and who are currently at the Assistant Professor level.  There will be four awards of $50,000 each. For additional information about the program and past winners, see http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/fest.html.

The 2010 deadline February 25 at 4:00 PM.  Proposals must be in PDF format, sent by e-mail to Dr. Jeffrey Plank (jp4q) and to Mollie Iseli (mjm8k).

SOM Launches New Website, More to Come

I hope you have noticed the many changes that have been made to the School of Medicine website. We have created a distinct website for the School of Medicine, created consistency throughout the site, and have made it easier to navigate than the previous version. Please help us continue to improve the website by providing feedback to the webmaster.

Homepage:  http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/som/home.cfm

In April 2010, the next phase of development for the website will begin with the implementation of a new system which will allow dynamic web elements, such as video, audio, blogging, calendaring, podcasting, slideshows, etc.

We will expand the use of our website to provide faculty and staff with enhanced communication efforts and new tools to highlight our education, clinical and research efforts.