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OCTOBER 2020

From the Leadership Team

GIM. You continue to impress. Your dedication to your craft is obvious. Whether that is in an exam room, with a learner, behind a spreadsheet, or on a zoom meeting, you have carried on through this unimaginable year with determination and care. Thanks for making sure we stay better together.

GIM Proud

We are excited to announce a $2 million gift to GIM that will create the Sissel Family Endowed Distinguished Clinician Chair. Distributions from the fund will provide support for a faculty chair in the Division of General Internal Medicine. The funds will allow the Division to support key mission areas through which we promote the development of clinical excellence through education.
This generous gift comes to us from Mary and George Sissel in recognition of the outstanding care they have received from Dr. Ron Colson. Dr. Colson will be the first Sissel Family Endowed Distinguished Clinician.
We offer our deepest thanks to the Sissel Family for their generosity and recognize Dr. Colson for this terrific honor and for the outstanding care and commitment that led to this gift.

Congratulations to Dr. Barry Martin and colleagues who recently published the GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome. These are the first evidence-based guidelines to support clinicians caring for adults with Down syndrome. You can find the full guidelines, toolkit, JAMA article, and more here.

GIM Team

Please welcome Catherine Quintana, DNP, AGNP-C, RN our new Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at the Highlands Ranch Hospital. Catherine joins us from UNC Chapel Hill where she also worked as a Palliative Care NP. Glad to have you on the team, Catherine!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Nikels has been selected as the GIM Liaison in the new Trek Curriculum at the CU School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Nikels will work with the University-based faculty and clinics as the School of Medicine transitions to the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model. This role will begin July 2021.

GIM is thrilled to have two representatives on the Faculty Senate for the School of MedicineCarey Candrian, PhD and Maurice "Scotty" Scott, MD are serving in this year's Senate. A special thanks to Dr. Rita Lee, whose term ended this summer, for her service in the Senate.

This month, we got to recognize our awesome GIM Physician Assistants during National PA Week October 6-12. The theme of this year's week was 'PAs Are Essential.' This theme recognizes the contributions of PAs throughout the COVID-19 response. We are grateful to have dedicated PAs in our GIM family.

Things You Need to Know 

On November 2, 2020, federal rules will require immediate release of provider progress notes (inpatient and outpatient), and all laboratory, radiology, and pathology reports to the patient via My Health Connection. To learn more about the background of this rule, the impact to our current procedures, examples of best practices, and recommendations for workflow adaptations click here.

The Department of Medicine is hosting a COVID-19 Town Hall on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm. The topic, "Fighting Stigma: Facing Barriers to Mental Health for Faculty and Staff," will include discussions around confidentiality, stigma, licensure, and access. For more information and the zoom link, click here.

There is still time for GIM staff to participate in the WellDOM Staff Well-being Survey. You can take the survey here.

The application period for the DOM Outstanding Early Career Scholar program is open. You can find more information and application details here.

Here are a few valuable COVID-19 links:
School of Medicine COVID-19 page
Department of Medicine COVID-19 page
Division of Infectious Disease COVID-19 page
Department of Psychiatry COVID-19 support
UCHealth The Source
CU Anschutz Medical Campus COVID-19 page
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities COVID-19 page
Anschutz and Lowry providers and staff may remember participating in a survey in July about your perspectives and experiences on the potential disparities introducted by the rapid implementation of telehealth. Drs. Amy Huebschmann and Amber Sieja and colleagues are please to share the results of that survey. Key take-aways of the survey include:
  • Providers and staff were generally satisfied with the telehealth care experience.
  • Telehealth improved reach and access to patients who otherwise would not make it to clinic due to transportation challenges, mobility limitations, or other issues.
  • Certain populations were more challenged to do video visits.
For more data and analysis, please review the executive summary here.

Billing for eConsults will go live next week. Please be on the look-out for an email with more information about consent, workflows, and charges from the Project CORE leadership Dr. Linda Oberst-Walsh and Matt Thompson.
Dr. Yasmin Sacro and the Primary Care Track residency are gearing up for their first ever virtual recruitment season. Applicants will be learning about the program entirely electronically this year. As such, the program is looking to provide a list of alumni that prospective students could email to learn more about their experience as a PC track resident. If you are an alumni and willing to be included in their database, please complete this one-minute survey with your information.
Dr. Carey Candrian was recently featured in an issue of CU Medicine Today for her work on ways to improve the quality of elder care for the LGBT community. You can learn more about Dr. Candrian and her work in the full article here.

This year has been... unusual, to say the least. But that has not stopped our GIM researchers from finding answers to compelling questions. Check out all the new grants that have started since the beginning of this academic year:
Christine Baugh: Ethics-Informed Decision Making and the Return of College Sports amidst COVID-19, sponsored by The Greenwall Foundation
Jennifer Carroll: Positive Affect Regulation as Adjuvant to Integrative Therapies for Chronic Pain: Development of the LARKSPUR Clinic-based Intervention, sponsored by Northwestern University
Matthew DeCamp: Making a Difference Support: Mass Administration of Antibiotics: Reaching Clinical and Community Equipoise, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University
Jean Kutner: Palliative Care for Persons with Late-stage Alzheimers and Related Dementias and their Caregivers: a Randomized Clinical Trial, sponsored by the University of North Carolina
Judy Regensteiner: CU Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists, sponsored by the Doris Duke Foundation
Matthew Wynia: Professionalism Grant, sponsored by Stony Brook University

 
We have received several compliments for our GIM providers over the past couple of weeks. Here are a few examples of the gratitude our patients have shown:

"Dr. Tanaka is top of the line. He practices evidence-based medicine with compassion and care and is one of the more knowledgeable physicians who I have known."

"I specifically researched doctors who specialize in the care of LGBTQ patients and Dr. Schultz was great! I felt very comfortable in being able to discuss all of my medical history and he was very receptive to questions and provided great guidance."

"Dr. Nikels and her team are so kind and caring. She explains things and conditions I am having problems with"

"Dr. Lam is great! Competent, thorough, efficient, nice, and gentle. Everything I was looking for in my PCP."

We already know our GIM providers are the best, but we still like to hear it when other people think so, too!
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