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JANUARY 2020

From the Leadership Team

This month's newsletter highlights many "firsts" for the Division, kind of perfect for the first issue of the new year. The past year came with more than its fair share of challenges, but the firsts we have to share today demonstrate that we met those challenges while still finding new ways to care for our patients, educate the next generation, and support new discoveries. 

GIM Proud

Congratulations to Cara Thompson, MSPC, RN, CHPN, nurse care manager in Palliative Care for receiving this year's UCHealth Medical Staff Partners in Care Award. Cara earned this honor for her inpatient telehealth innovations during the COVID pandemic, which was instrumental for maintaining communication, therapeutic relationships, and human connection.

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Doolan for his acceptance into the 2021-2022 SGIM Leadership in Health Policy Program. This is a year long program that focuses on federal health policy knowledge and advocacy skills aligned with SGIM's core missions.

GIM Team

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Loeb who was recently selected as the new GIM Transgender Care Lead.

We wanted to send a grateful shout-out to everyone who has been able to volunteer at a vaccine clinic or event. For faculty who would like to volunteer, you can email Jim Lally with UCHealth. Finally, for some fun afternoon reading, click here to check out Dr. CT Lin's blog about the UCHealth mass vaccination trial last weekend at Coors Field.

Things You Need to Know

The Department of Medicine is accepting applications for the Program for Academic Clinician Educators (PACE). For more details about the program and application process click here.

Click here to find valuable COVID-19 websites.
This week we launched our very own Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). We have already received pending recognition from the CDC and after completing our first cohort we will be eligible for full recognition. Patients who participate in CDC-recognized programs cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half! Our GIM dietitians, Kristina Comer and Stephanie Snell, and a group of 15 patients from across our GIM practices got started this week on this year long journey of healthy eating, weight loss, and lifestyle changes. What a perfect way to kick off the new year! For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, check out the CDC's website here.
By now, most everyone knows that CU is home to the first ever Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) program. But, it's one thing to know and another to really understand what this program meas to the students it serves. One of those students is Dr. Erin Schneider, an ER physician in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Schneider heard about the MSPC from a friend of hers who was doing a Palliative Care fellowship. She had an interest in palliative care and a desire to get more education and training in the field, but was not at a place in her life where she could move for that education and training. The MSPC was the perfect fit. Through the online program, Dr. Schneider said she received high level training in palliative care medicine, communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration. What she really loves, is that the program reaches into communities that truly need the support.  
GIM and The Center for Bioethics and Humanities held their first Works in Progress (WIP) meeting this month. The purpose of these meetings is to present drafts of grants and manuscripts in progress and to receive constructive feedback. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of your peers and to form new collaborations. Disparities and equitable research will be a focus. The meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending please contact Rosa Lawrence. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Matt DeCamp.
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