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- Jackie Mutcheson
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MARCH 2020

From the Leadership Team

As you will read below, each year March brings us many noteworthy events. This year, perhaps, the most noteworthy is the one-year pandemic anniversary. Dr. Earnest sent a heartfelt email to commemorate the day. In case you missed it, here is an excerpt:
We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be proud of. I couldn't be prouder of this division. Each time something was asked of us, we had a surfeit of volunteers. If there is a more dedicated, talented, caring, resilient group of people on this planet, I would love to meet them.
As we round the corner on a full year, I hope you will look back and indulge yourselves with at least a moment of pride. You've done more than survive this annus horribilis. You have cared for patients and colleagues and learners and programs and projects. You have taught and thought and created. You have moved forward the important work we do individually and collectively.

You can read the full message here.

GIM Proud

Dr. Carey Candiran was featured in a story by CPR News for her work to improve health equity and end-of-life care for LGBT seniors. You can read the full article here.

Congratulations to Dr. Erik Wallace who was recently selected to represent the American College of Physicians (ACP) in the Women in Medicine Summit (WiMS) Inclusive Leadership Development Lab.

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Earnest who was recently named the Miekeljohn Endowed Chair of Medicine. This honor is recognition of the important role clinician educators serve in the School and Department of Medicine. Funding from the endowment supports programs in GIM.

Congratulations to Dr. Judy Regensteiner and colleagues at the Center for Women's Health Research (CWHR) on the new Martin Family Translation to Impact Fund and the Martin Family Translation to Impact Endowment. The funds were made possible with a gift from Sharon and J. Landis Martin and will support accelerating innovative concepts to transform women's healthcare.

GIM Team

Please welcome Korijna Valenti, Phd, MS, MPW, our new T32 Fellow, to the team. Dr. Valenti's research focuses on geriatric palliative care for underserved populations by developing interventions that can be used to improve the goals, emotional trajectory, and relationship quality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) older adult patients, and to improve patient-dyad outcomes.

Congratulations to Drs. Phil Hitchcock, Laura Macke, Michelle Nikels, and Kelly White for being selected as Clinical Skills Coaches with the School of Medicine's Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC).  

Yesterday we celebrated Doctor's Day. We have exceptional physicians in our Division caring for patients in primary care and palliative care, investigating and innovating, advocating and impacting policy, and teaching the next generation.


In March we also get to celebrate Social Work Month! We have incredible Social Workers across our Division that effect positive change for our patients and their families.


The celebrations aren't over! March also brings us National Nutrition Month! We are so fortunate to have Registered Dietitians in our primary care clinics who help patients transform their lives through food and nutrition.


We have new Practice Administrators joining two primary care practices. Adrienne Wolf is the new administrator at Lone Tree Primary Care and Katie Ford is the new administrator at WISH.

Things You Need to Know

The School of Medicine Bridge Funding program is accepting applications to support principal investigators who are re-applying for funding. Applications and letters of support from department chairs or division heads are due before 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 15th. For more information visit their website here.

Click here to find valuable COVID-19 websites.
Our pilot Diabetes Prevention Program is well underway and seeing excellent results. The pilot started with 15 participants and still has 12 actively participating after week 9. All together, the cohort has already lost 40 pounds! What a great way to wrap-up National Nutrition Month. 
- Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
   - Michael Pollan
Congratulations to R2 Primary Care Resident, Catherine Ard, who did an oral presentation at the Academy of Medical Educators annual Education and Innovation Week. The honor to present her work is based on her curricular innovation "Professional Identity Development Within Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships: A Qualitative, Multisite, International Study."

March brings with it spring temperatures and March Madness, but most importantly - resident match day! Thanks to all the GIM faculty who participated in interviews and helped make this year a huge success. To see the full list of new internal medicine interns click here.
Drs. Judy Regensteiner and Jane Reusch received Notice of Award from NIH that their RO1 grant has been funded. The grant is entitled, "Role of microvascular insulin resistance and cardiorespiratory fitness in diabetes." Drs. Regensteiner and Reusch will research why people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) have difficulty performing exercise. The goal of the project, which is also being done at the University of Virginia, is to determine whether and by what means insulin resistance leads to the decreased functional exercise capacity in T2D. Their data suggest that the cardiac and skeletal muscle microvascular dysfunction present in people with T2D contributes to limitations in cardiac and skeletal muscle oxygenation and function associated with impaired functional exercise capacity  (a major predictor of CV and all-cause mortality). Understanding the role of microvascular disease in the diabetes-mediated exercise impairment may offer novel targets for intervention to improve exercise capacity, functional status, and longevity in people with diabetes.

Brad Morse, PhD (GIM) and Alex Wamboldt, PhD (One Colorado) received a CCTSI Improving Translational Research Through Community-Academic Partnerships Award. They will co-lead a project to assess the Transgender Health Information Resource (TGHIR) app in the trans, non-binary, and gender expansive community. Outcomes include patient empowerment in accessing and using health information, usefulness of the information for informing health decisions, and avoiding unintended consequences such as loss of privacy, anonymity, and information overload. The CU team also includes Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH (GIM); Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH (DFM); Rita Lee, MD (GIM); Andrey Soares, PhD (GIM); Brooke Dorsey Holliman, PhD (DFM); and Kristen Desanto, MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP (Strauss Health Sciences Library).
We received excellent patient comments for Anschutz IM this month:

"I had a great experience here and the doctors are great. Dr. Lam is awesome!"

"Dr. Martin and his assistant are awesome and that's who the 5 star is for. If you need a terrific Doctor with a great staff - I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Martin."

"An outstanding example of good care both physical and mentally responding to my needs and ensuring all my questions were satisfactorily answered."
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