March 2011

March 2011

Welcome to the March 2011 edition of Round Table.

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I hope everyone took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the recent dedication events for the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. For the many of you who played a part in making the new center a reality over the last several years, I stand in awe of what you have accomplished. This new center is a monument to the spirit of the Health System’s mission of compassionate service and care. The Center is a major milestone for cancer care in Central Virginia and will be an important factor in elevating the Health System to that of a National Institutes of Health Comprehensive Cancer Care institution. The building was designed and constructed with the patient in mind, and we are also grateful to the patients who helped us design it.

This week the School of Medicine will be celebrating Medical Education Week. The week’s events include poster sessions, a social event in the Health Sciences Library and a presentation to the NxGen Journal Club by Dr. Bonnie Miller, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Journal Club grew out of the Teaching in Academic Medicine (TAM) program held in the fall of 2008. The program focused on skills in curriculum development and pedagogy as well as teacher development. One of our faculty observed that TAM had taught the group a new language - and that change in language was the first step in bringing change to the teaching culture. Sue Pollart, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, thought a journal club that brought new language into conversations among the teaching faculty would facilitate the culture change. It seems to be working beautifully!

Thank you to those of you involved in organizing and facilitating our Medical Education Week events and celebrations!

In this issue of Round Table, you’ll find information on:

  • Medical Education Week
  • Department of Medicine Leadership Changes
  • Reaccreditation for Radiology Programs
  • Faculty Honors
  • Hospital Drive, the School’s Online Journal
  • The UVA Faculty/Staff Campaign


Respectfully, Steven T. DeKosky, MD

Medical Education Week Events, March 7 – 11

Please join us as the School celebrates this year’s Medical Education Week. This year’s events, held from March 7 - 11, include:

  1. Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) medical education poster session: Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11, in the corridor outside the Health Sciences Library. Presenters will be in front of their posters on Wednesday, March 9, from 5 – 6:00 pm.
  2. Academy of Medical Educators (ADE) annual medical education week social event: Wednesday, March 9, from 5 - 7:00 pm in the Health Sciences Library. Randy Canterbury, MD, will be making introductory remarks on medical education at 6:00 pm.
  3. Medical Center Hour on Wednesday, March 9, from 12:30-1:30 pm (Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium), will feature this year's Brodie Medical Education Scholar Awardee, Bonnie Miller, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who will be speaking on "Moral Distress in Health Professionals - A Call for Resilience or Retreat." Dr. Miller will also be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 8, midday meeting of the NxGen Journal Club.

Please contact Eugene C. Corbett, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education, at for more information.

Department of Medicine Leadership Changes

I am pleased to announce officially the appointment of Mitchell Rosner, MD, as Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine, effective February 21, 2011. Although he retains his faculty position, Robert Strieter, MD, has gone on leave from his role as chair and will be focusing on his research program. Dr. Rosner has agreed to lead the department while we seek a long-term chair.

Dr. Rosner is tremendously dedicated to his colleagues in the department and the School. His personal integrity, consideration of others, belief in what is possible, enthusiasm, and pragmatism are qualities that have generated respect and faith in his abilities.

I know that Dr. Rosner will want to meet with faculty, staff and residents to hear their thoughts and their suggestions for putting the department on a path to success. Everyone’s input is important; in the end, the strength of any organization rests with its people. He will establish an environment of respect, teamwork, honesty and openness in communications, and a focus on continued excellence in research, and compassion and the highest standards in patient care.

Thank you to Dr. Rosner for assuming this interim role. I know we all will support his leadership and vision.

Radiology Dept. Residency and Fellowship Programs Earn Five-Year Reaccreditation

I want to share the superb news that the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging not only has received five-year reaccreditation for a number of its residency and fellowship programs but it also received zero citations for all reaccredited programs. This is a remarkable accomplishment, particularly given the rapidly changing rules and mandates these programs face. Those programs that achieved reaccreditation include Diagnostic Radiology Residency, as well as Fellowship programs in Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine.

Congratulations to department chair Alan Matsumoto, MD, and all radiology faculty, residents and staff who strove to make this achievement possible. You certainly have set the bar quite high for the rest of us!

Faculty Honors

William G. Wilson, MD,

is the winner of the Alpha Omega Alpha – Anne L. Brodie Teacher’s Teacher award. This annual award is intended to recognize University of Virginia School of Medicine faculty who model excellence in the mentoring of clinical faculty educators. This is the inaugural year for the award. It was made possible by a generous honorarium from the national Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) organization and matching funds from the UVA Brodie Medical Education Fund Committee.

Dr. Wilson is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Education in Pediatrics. He is director of the third year Pediatric clerkship, and serves as chair of the Clinical Medicine Committee, made up of all the clerkship directors. In nominating Dr. Wilson a fellow faculty member noted his dedication to medical education and his investment not only in teaching but also in learning, the hallmark of a true educator. Dr. Wilson was also noted for being an extraordinarily humble and selfless individual who continuously looks for and finds ways to help those around him be better educators, and who celebrates people when they succeed. The award will be presented at the annual AOA dinner on March 18. Many congratulations, Dr. Wilson!

Hospital Drive, Fifth Issue Now Online

I encourage all of you to read the latest issue of Hospital Drive, the online journal sponsored by the School. The journal publishes original creative work that examines themes of health, illness and healing. This issue – the largest to date -- includes a wide variety of poetry, prose and photography. Hospital Drive Five

The Editor-in-Chief is our very own Daniel Becker, MD, MPH, MFA, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Director of the UVA Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities. Dr. Becker has assembled yet another inspiring collection of creative works.

We are one of only a few medical schools in the country that publishes a medical humanities or literary journal with a national audience – others include the University of Iowa, New York University, and Northwestern. This accomplishment speaks to the breadth of our people, who know that science, medicine, art and healing are inextricably linked.

UVA Faculty/Staff Campaign

Overall Campaign

Our faculty and staff consistently have supported the UVA Faculty/Staff Campaign year after year, and I hope you will continue your support this year. As you probably know, your gift helps our institution go above and beyond what we already provide for our patients, students and our colleagues. Please visit for more information about how you can help.

Cancer Center’s Commemorative Brick Campaign

As we celebrate the opening of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, I want you to know about the UVA Cancer Center's Build the Future of Cancer Care commemorative brick campaign – it’s a special way to support the future of cancer care at UVA and recognize someone who has impacted your life. A number of our faculty and staff already have purchased these commemorative bricks, which will be displayed permanently in an outdoor garden at the new building. For more information or to purchase a brick, please visit