January 2012

January 2012

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Welcome to the January edition of the Round Table!

I hope you and your families have had a wonderful holiday season and a safe New Year.

The University of Virginia Health System starts off 2012 with a great new benefit for all employees and their families: Starting January 1, those enrolled in the UVA Health Plan receive 50% off their co-pay for most office visits when using a UVA provider. This discount applies to both the high-premium and low-premium plans and includes primary care, specialist, prenatal, and mental health visits. Office visits for UVA providers will be as low as $10 for primary care or maternity visits and $20 for a specialist visit.

This is good news for both employees and those of us who provide care. We’re reinvesting in our greatest asset, other employees, and renewing our commitment to take care of our own. This lower co-pay offers greater access for employees, and also presents providers with an opportunity to demonstrate our quality, care and facilities to new patients. This discount dovetails nicely into the other employee-focused initiatives, such as UVA Care Connection (where appointments for UVA employees and their families can be made within two days for primary care and five days for specialty care) and the Employee Same Day Clinic located in Employee Health at 1222 JPA.

Now, not only can our employees receive rapid access to health care, but they can do so economically. We will be thanking them for choosing us as their healthcare provider. You will see placards at registration desks saying, “In appreciation of your business, UVA Physicians Group and UVA Medical Center will cover half of your co-pay.”

As we move into this new year, offering affordable health care with improved access will continue to be a key goal as we put the Health System’s new strategic direction into practice.

In this edition of Round Table you will find information on:

Clinical Updates

  • Peter Netland, MD, PhD, Shares EpicCare Successes
  • David A. Peura, MD, Named on Becker’s ASC Review List of 125 Leading Gastroenterologists
  • Jonathon Truwit, MD, MBA, Is Elected Chair of the AAMC Chief Medical Officers Group

Education Opportunities

  • 2011 School of Medicine Appointments
  • Call for 8th Annual Medical Education Research Week Abstracts
  • MLK Day: Arc of Justice
  • Piedmont Regional Science Fair Needs Mentors

Research News and Competitions

  • 2012 Packard Fellowships in Sciences and Engineering Proposals
  • Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Reforms Curriculum
  • Second Annual Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster Competition
  • Be Aware of Phishing Schemes


Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP



Peter Netland, MD, PhD, Shares EpicCare Successes

Please join me in congratulating Peter A. Netland, MD, PhD, DuPont Guerry III Professor and Chair of the Ophthalmology Department. Based on Dr. Netland’s successful implementation of the EpicCare Electronic Medical Record (EMR) in the University’s Department of Ophthalmology, he has been asked to provide education and leadership to other institutions and in other regions of the country.

The most recent invitation for Dr. Netland comes from the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO). He will be presenting information this month about the department’s EMR experience. Leaders from many academic institutions in the country will be in attendance. The Department of Ophthalmology had no prior EMR and had certain specific imaging requirements. Through teamwork, planning, training and communication they were able to implement EpicCare in the practice, and over the past year have grown the department in terms of patient volume and charge volume – without additional practitioners. Ophthalmology is also using the EMR to improve quality of care in the department; because of the improvement in quality, Dr. Netland’s efforts are being used as an example by other department chairs around the country.

The January AUPO event promises to be a wonderful opportunity to share UVA’s EMR successes with others in our field. Congratulations again to Dr. Netland and his team.

David A. Peura, MD, Named on Becker’s ASC Review List of 125 Leading Gastroenterologists

I would like to congratulate David A. Peura, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, for being included on Becker’s ASC Review list of the “125 of the Leading Gastroenterologists in America.” This list recognizes outstanding gastroenterologists in healthcare organizations across the country, those who are leaders in their field in clinical and research efforts, and further the practice of gastroenterology though hard work, knowledge and dedication.

Dr. Peura was the 100th president of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and chaired its Digestive Health Initiative Ulcer Campaign and its education committee. Last year he won the Julius Friedenwald Medal, the highest honor awarded by the AGA. He has been involved in clinical investigation on acid peptic disorders, particularly peptic ulcer disease, and Helicobacter pylori and its role in ulcer pathogenesis. Congratulations, Dr. Peura.

Jonathon Truwit, MD, MBA, Is Elected Chair of the AAMC Chief Medical Officers Group

Please join me in congratulating Jonathon Truwit, MD, MBA, on his recent election as chair (elect) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Chief Medical Officers (CMO) Group. This group provides the CMOs of AAMC member organizations a forum for networking and professional development as well as addressing pressing challenges in healthcare delivery. Dr. Truwit was appointed CMO of UVA Health System in Fall 2008 and has not only been an excellent leader of the Health System but has now achieved national recognition and trust of his peers.


2011 School of Medicine Appointments

Last year brought a wealth of new talent to the School of Medicine. I would like to welcome and congratulate the following people who have been newly appointed in the School of Medicine:

Casey White, PhD

Casey White, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction. She’s charged with creating, developing and directing a robust medical education research program, including publishing the results of our successful launch of the Next Generation curriculum. She is collaborating across the School of Medicine and across Grounds to design and conduct research and evaluation on our current and future curricular and pedagogical advances. Dr. White will oversee our undergraduate medical education program support services, including educational technology, instructional and course support, and administrative programs. She will also advise and assist faculty on matters relating to classroom instruction. Dr. White will play an integral role in preparing for our upcoming LCME accreditation site visit in 2014.

Michael D. Moxley, MD

Michael D. Moxley, MD, was appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education. In this role Dr. Moxley serves as a chief liaison to internal and external constituents in the University’s efforts to recruit, retain and foster a diverse faculty and student body in the School of Medicine, as well as to develop pipeline initiatives for under-represented students seeking to enter the field of medicine. Dr. Moxley also plays an integral role in assisting the Provost’s office in pan-Grounds efforts to enhance diversity at the University.

Keith Littlewood, MD

Keith Littlewood, MD, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education. His chief responsibilities include developing the Clinical Performance Education Center (CPEC) and integrating the Medical Simulation Center and the Clinical Skills Training & Assessment Program. Dr. Littlewood guides the integration and use of patient simulation, standardized patients, and clinical skills facilities across the Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education experience. Collaborating with education deans, system leaders and clerkship directors, and curriculum committee leadership, Dr. Littlewood enhances competency-based training and assessment within the Next Generation curriculum and across the continuum of medical education.

Nancy L. McDaniel, MD

Nancy L. McDaniel, MD, is our new Director of Clinical Performance Development. The goal of Clinical Performance Development (CPD) within the Next Generation curriculum is to create a clinical education experience for medical students that is longitudinal and developmental during the four-year curriculum, and that will enable each student to learn and continually advance in their clinical skill ability in the 12 UVA competencies required of the contemporary physician, as defined by the medical education objectives. In this role, Dr. McDaniel provides overall organizational and operational oversight for the CPD leadership team and collaborates with that team in coordinating the design and content of the pre-clerkship, clerkship and post-clerkship curriculum.

Eugene C. Corbett, Jr., MD

Eugene C. Corbett, Jr., MD, has been appointed Interim Clinical Director of the Clinical Skills Center, with chief responsibility to provide clinical oversight and guidance in all instructional aspects of the Clinical Skills Center. Collaborating with the Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education, education deans, system leaders, and clerkship directors, Dr. Corbett enhances the development and the training of clinical skills experiences, including the creation of additional Objective Structured Clinical Examinations in the pre-clerkship and clerkship years to support innovations in the Next Generation curriculum.

Congratulations to all our new position leaders.

Call for 8th Annual Medical Education Research Week Abstracts

The Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) will be sponsoring the 8th annual Medical Education Research Week and Poster Session. The poster session will highlight medical education research and innovations in medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine on any aspect of Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education or Continuing Medical Education.

Any faculty member, PhD or MD research fellow, clinical fellow, resident, graduate student, or medical student involved in medical education activities is invited to submit an abstract. The posters will be displayed from March 5 through March 9.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 30. Please contact Dr. Robert Bloodgood at rab4m@virginia.edu if you have any questions.

MLK Day: Arc of Justice

On January 16, the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine present “Arc of Justice,” an event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starting at noon with a lunch in the Learning Studio in the Claude Moore Medical Education Building, the program will run until 7:30 p.m. and will include panel discussions, undergraduate shadowing in the hospital and clinics, an orientation and tour of the Medical Education Building simulation center and the Nursing School, and interactive sessions where participants will learn about blood pressure measurements, intubation, nutrition education and more. The Sirens, singers from Charlottesville High School, will perform as well.

The keynote speakers for the event are Judy Martin-Holland, PhD, RN, MPA, FNP, and Norman Oliver, MD, MA. Dr. Martin-Holland is Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity Initiatives and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research interests include minority patients with chronic conditions (health disparity) and their perceptions of health services; lung health and illness in minority populations; and chronic illness care. For the past three years, Dr. Martin-Holland has been working in Tanzania as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded grant awarded to a partnership between UCSF Global Health Sciences and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, to strengthen the Tanzanian health workforce.

Dr. Oliver is the Spencer P. Bass Twenty-First Century Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Anthropology. Dr. Oliver has extensive experience in the area of racial and ethnic disparities in health, particularly in cancer health. He is one of the founders and the Director of the UVA Center on Health Disparities, which was established to coordinate research, education, and community outreach in the University’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. His research focus is on the social determinants of racial and ethnic health disparities, using geographic information systems technology and spatial analysis. His most recent research projects involve investigating the role of implicit racial bias in the delivery of health care.

The day will conclude with closing remarks from Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing, and me. A reception will follow, starting at 6 p.m. This promises to be a wonderful and engaging day. Thanks to all of you who have donated your time to this event.

For more information, contact Dr. Ishan Williams at icw8t@virginia.edu or 924-0480. Please RSVP to Judy Pointer at jjp5s@virginia.edu or 924-1867 for the reception.

Piedmont Regional Science Fair Needs Mentors

Because of the lack of availability of school science teachers to mentor students, participation in the Piedmont Regional Science Fair (vprsf.org) has been dwindling over the past few years. The fair, however, presents the scientific community at the University of Virginia with a significant outreach opportunity. By mentoring these students we can have a real and powerful impact on a local student’s interest in the sciences.

Our community is filled with a myriad of potential mentors: faculty, post-doctoral students and graduate students. This is a wonderful opportunity to help our community, to encourage and inspire the next generation of scientists, and to help shape how the public views science. Please consider offering your time to mentor a local student and their science fair project. You can visit an area school or invite the student to present a project in one of our laboratories. This small donation of time can yield huge results for tomorrow’s scientists.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Gioeli at dgg3f@virginia.edu. If you would like to make a monetary contribution, you can do so at vprsf.org.


2012 Packard Fellowships in Sciences and Engineering Proposals

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has announced its internal Request for Proposals (RFP) schedule for the 2012 Packard Fellowships in Sciences and Engineering. The 2012 competition is open to faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers. The University of Virginia is permitted two nominees; the award is $875,000 over five years.

These fellowships provide support for highly creative young investigators engaged in an innovative, new endeavor in the physical or natural sciences or engineering. More details may be found on the David & Lucile Packard Foundation website, packard.org. Past UVA winners include Kevin Janes, Kelsey Johnson, Hilary Bart-Smith, Steve Majewski, Robert Jones, and Gabe Robins, who serves as the UVA Packard faculty liaison.

Pre-proposal packages should include a three-page research narrative, a two-page CV, a Chair's nomination letter, current and pending funding, and four potential external references. The pre-proposal package should be sent in PDF format to Megan Harris at msh8n@eservices.virginia.edu and Dr. Jeffrey Plank at jp4q@virginia.edu. Questions should be directed to Gabe Robins and other former Packard winners, or Dr. Jeffrey Plank.

Internal proposals are due at 4 p.m. on February 15. Proposals will be reviewed and two UVA nominees selected within two weeks. The Foundation notes "Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective." Good luck to all who participate.

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Reforms Curriculum

After a process that spanned much of the fall semester and engaged almost the entire School of Medicine basic science faculty, as well as many colleagues across Grounds, we are moving ahead with a major curriculum reform in the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate program.

The new curriculum will include a dynamic core course designed to provide first-year PhD candidates with the core knowledge and skills needed for careers in biomedical research. Laboratory rotations will span both ends of the core course, providing first-year students an opportunity to gain experience in various scientific disciplines prior to selecting a thesis advisor and specific area of research for their thesis work. The remaining didactic course material will be provided in six-week modules covering diverse subject areas – a wider array of discipline substudy than had been offered before.

This new curriculum is designed to be flexible, inclusive and reflective of diverse faculty interests and teaching styles. As we move forward in developing the curriculum, we expect to work closely with our colleagues across Grounds to develop modules that will both solidify and enhance interdisciplinary interactions at the University. There is no doubt that the engagement of our faculty during the initial phases of this process, and their passion and devotion going forward, will serve ultimately to create a truly exceptional curriculum that will be a tremendous benefit to our students and graduate program.

Second Annual Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster Competition

Due to the popularity of last year’s Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster competition, we have decided to make this an annual event. This year it will be held on May 4 in the Rotunda Dome Room. This competition is open to all post-docs, fellows, research assistants and associates, graduate, and undergraduate students. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your research and make your ideas visible. While there is no category for faculty presentations, faculty involvement is encouraged through their trainees. The Office of the Vice President for Research will select three “postdoc,” “graduate,” and “undergraduate” finalists from each of the following categories: “Physical & Environmental Sciences,” “Engineering, Biosciences, & Health,” “Humanities, Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences,” “Law, Business, Policy, & Education,” “Translational & Applied Research,” and “Performing & Fine Arts & Architecture.” One winner will be chosen from among the finalists in each category.

Finalists must attend a judging poster session and entertain questions from the judging committee and/or President Sullivan. Winners will receive $500 in travel funds.

Submissions are due (uploaded to the website) by Monday, March 12. Please see virginia.edu/presidentialposter for additional information. All submissions will be on display in the Rotunda from May 4 until May 11, and will be featured on the poster website.

Thank you for helping make this event a success. We look forward to seeing the best work of our students and faculty on display.

Be Aware of Phishing Schemes

Phishing is a way for scammers to acquire personal information. By pretending to be a trusted online entity, like Facebook, PayPal, your bank, or even an IT administrator, users can be tricked into giving out personal information, like your password. Many times these communications are carried out via email or instant messages.

Recently we’ve had some of our users fall victim to phishing schemes. It is important to remember that the University of Virginia will never ask for your computer password. Treat your password like your bank account or social security number.