March 2012

March 2012

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Welcome to the March edition of the Round Table!

I'd like to begin this month's Round Table with some observations about the wonderful changes in our appearance as a Health System. Our facilities, and our emphases on access for our patients, aids our ability to provide first-rate care, teach our students and house staff, and provide access to clinical research protocols—a competitive advantage to provide diagnostics and therapies that are not offered by others. And we will be able to do so in beautiful new facilities, with patient-centered care.

The University of Virginia Health System reached a milestone in construction as the Medical Center completed its work on the new North Tower Units and started the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Refurbishment Project. The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has relocated to the new 3 North unit and part of the new 5 North unit, and the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) relocated to the remaining portion of the new 5 North unit. These movements have allowed for renovations of MICU and MSICU to begin and to be completed over the next few months.

The Hospital Bed Expansion (HBE) is one of the ongoing steps in growing our clinical enterprise and in offering our patients the best quality care. This expansion, a beautiful glass-clad extension pushing out from the north side of University Hospital, was designed with the needs of both patients and clinicians in mind. It will add 72 private patient beds, all of them adaptable enough to provide varying levels of care. I recently toured the HBE with the Medical Center Operating Board and we were all excited about what the completion of this project means for UVA, as we move forward into the implementation phase of our new clinical strategy.

Access is everything — and we are improving access to our wonderful facilities, advanced technologies, and expert physicians. A new, climate-controlled stair and elevator tower in the Lee Street Garage, along with other connective elements, will make it more convenient for patients to travel to their appointments. This construction, coupled with other projects, such as the lobby renovation, the elliptical plaza and the roundabout, will change the look and feel of UVA, and will make it easier for our patients and their families upon arrival.

As we grow and change, I urge to you take a moment to visit our completed construction projects. None of them could be accomplished without your hard work, dedication, and commitment.


Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP

Clincal Updates

Clinical Strategy Presentation and Q&A Is Now Online

For the past several months I, along with other Health System leadership, have been attending open-forum meetings, such as Uteam and Town Hall meetings, to discuss the new clinical strategy. If you missed these meetings, you can now view the January 10 session online. For your convenience, the questions and answers from the various venues have been transcribed and compiled, covering topics such as the strategic direction, construction and growth, compensation, EPIC, patient satisfaction, and employee engagement. You will find both the presentation and the Q&A at: (login required).

Education Opportunities & Awards

Dean's New Faculty Seminar Series

Thank you to everyone who attended February’s installment in the Dean's New Faculty Seminar series, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuroimaging correlates of repetitive blast exposure in human military service members,” presented by James Stone MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology. In addition to education, the seminars are an opportunity for presenters to introduce themselves (and their research programs) to other faculty and to make contacts with others in their field and around the School of Medicine and the Grounds.

All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend the seminars, which are held in Jordan Hall Auditorium. Upcoming speakers will be:

Tuesday, March 20, 4 p.m.

  • Presenter – Erin Pennock Foff, MD, PhD, Instructor of Neurology
  • Topic – Fn14 and tweak promote muscle injury in myotonic dystrophy type I and represent a novel therapeutic target

Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m.

  • Presenter – Jung-Bum Shin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
  • Topic – Proteomic analysis of hearing and deafness


It is my hope that this merit-based series will speed the introduction of exciting new research ideas, and accelerate collaborations and interactions between our new faculty and all of our established colleagues.

Joanna Goldberg, PhD, Wins 2012 ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award

Please join me in congratulating Joanna Goldberg, PhD, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, for winning the 2012 ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) presents this award and it “honors exemplary teaching and recognizes an individual for distinguished teaching of microbiology and mentoring of students at the graduate and postgraduate levels and for encouraging students to subsequent achievement.” Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Dr. Goldberg.

LAM for Administrators Kicks Off

Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) for Administrators will kick off on March 21 with a reception, followed by weekly sessions continuing through May. LAM is a professional development opportunity focused on supporting, inspiring, and rewarding those who have demonstrated leadership characteristics. LAM also provides participants with concrete resources, access to expertise, and experiential learning opportunities focused on a variety of topics, including teambuilding, negotiation, managing change, strategic decision-making, financial management, developing successful networks, and finding life balance in a dynamic and growing career. Experts in leadership, business, and higher education facilitate LAM sessions.

LAM for Administrators tailors the LAM program to School of Medicine administrators, as well as those from different areas in the Health System. This year we have a total of 30 participants representing 20 different departments, centers, and offices in the School of Medicine, UVA Physicians Group, Medical Center, and School of Nursing. For more information on the 2012 LAM, or future sessions, please contact Troy Buer, Educational Programs Director, at

Medical Education Week Is March 5 – 9

Please join us as the School of Medicine celebrates this year’s Medical Education Week, March 5 – 9. This annual week of activities is presented and arranged as a joint effort among the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE), the Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities, and the Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Committee. Posters will be displayed outside the Health Sciences Library all week, describing the accepted submissions from faculty throughout the School of Medicine that represent both medical education innovations and medical education research projects.

The 2012 awardee of the Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Scholar Award, Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, Director of the Academy of Medical Educators, University of California, San Francisco, will be our special guest. The Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Scholar Award’s purpose is “to advance medical education by bringing together the University of Virginia education community and nationally recognized scholars who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in clinical education.”

During her two-day visit, Dr. Cooke will speak with the NxGen Curriculum Journal Club about the Undergraduate Medical Education-Graduate Medical Education Interface; attend the monthly Deans’ meeting where she will discuss “Medical Education Leadership and the Future of Clinical Service Delivery”; join us in the Jordan Conference Center Auditorium for a combined Medical Center Hour/Medical Grand Rounds presentation on “Preparing the Physician of 2030: We’re Doing It Now, Are We Doing it Right?” (March 7, 12:15 p.m.); meet with the Faculty Development Advisory Committee about “Developing Clinician Educators in a Changing and Resource-Limited Academic Environment”; and attend the Wednesday ADE poster session in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, offering remarks on the importance of medical education research (March 7, 5 p.m.).

This promises to be an exciting week for medical education and I urge you to come out and participate in the discussion and lectures. For more information please contact Elizabeth Graham, Manager, Faculty Leadership Programs, at

National Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 4 – 10

The 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week is underway and will be running through March 10. This week is dedicated to raising awareness about safety and encouraging the engagement of patients, families, healthcare providers, and the public in this matter. This year we will have displays in the cafeteria with posters describing patient safety processes at the Medical Center, as well as a large poster session on research related to patient safety. More information on the National Patient Safety Awareness Week can be found at the National Patient Safety Foundation’s site,

Research News and Opportunities

Changes in Conflict of Interest Policy

I am sure that you agree with the need for School of Medicine (SOM) faculty to avoid potential or actual conflicts of interest (COI). Our COI policy is governed by Virginia state law and Public Health Service (PHS) policy. The PHS policy was recently revised, requiring more detailed disclosure of financial interests to one’s institution, and creating a new process for the review and management of financial interests associated with PHS-funded research. We have modified our COI policy to reflect the new requirements of the federal policy. When our policy goes into effect in April, faculty (and any other individuals responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research) must disclose the following financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities:

Source of financial interest

Threshold for reporting under PHS policy:



Income - publicly traded entity


>$5,000 (total income + ownership interest)

Ownership - publicly traded entity


Income - non-publicly traded entity



Ownership - non-publicly traded entity




No reporting requirement

All sponsored or reimbursed travel

There is some good news: Faculty no longer needs to disclose financial interests that are unrelated to their institutional activities (for example, a spouse’s income or investments in Kraft). Faculty also will not have to disclose income from activities performed on behalf of government agencies, academic institutions, and medical centers/research institutes associated with academic institutions. For travel, faculty need only disclose name of sponsor, number of days of travel, destination, and reason for the travel.

Because this represents a substantial change in the reporting process, I have asked Steven Wasserman, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research, to discuss these requirements at department and center faculty meetings, and to make himself available to discuss specific issues with individual faculty. I urge you to review these changes before the annual request for financial disclosure (for calendar year 2011), which will occur in mid-April. You may contact Dr. Wasserman at 243.7088 or When the policy goes into effect next month, you can read the full text on the SOM Policies page, found here:

UVA-University of Chicago Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program

The University of Virginia-University of Chicago Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program (VRGTP) brings talented students to Charlottesville and Chicago from select universities in Poland for a year of research experience. This program has been in operation for more than a decade and has graduated nearly 150 students. At UVA we retain approximately 30 percent of these students, all of whom have gone into the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS), biology, or chemistry. This year we are hosting 14 students who work across a range of departments. The program is well-suited for labs that have funds for a limited time, but cannot hire long-term associates or graduate students, yet still are in need of capable and hard-working assistants for a year.

Zygmunt Derewenda, PhD, DSc, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, will be traveling to Poland this month to conduct initial interviews with potential students. If you are interested, please contact him at 243.6842 or More details can be found at

Other School of Medicine News

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Breaks Donating Records

Thank you to all in the School of Medicine who participated in the 2011 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) and helped to raise a record-setting $982,000. More than 3,900 donations were received, an increase of more than 17 percent over the 2010 campaign. Your support went to charities ranging from health and human services to animal welfare assistance to environmental causes. I’m proud that for the past decade UVA employees have led all state agencies in giving to these worthy causes. This year, your donations accounted for more than 27 percent of the statewide CVC total of approximately $3.6 million. In economic times like these, it’s an inspiration to witness such an abundance of giving.