Nationwide Network Examined in Dean's Grand Round Series
The February 9, 2006, Dean’s Multi-Disciplinary Grand Rounds featured Anna Orlova, PhD, Executive Director of Public Health Data Standards Consortium, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She discussed an effort initiated by the Department of Health and Human Services to build a nationwide health information network to integrate public health systems by the year 2014. Dr. Orlova explained that the national system would improve patient safety and deliver quality care. Close to 100 people attended this Dean’s Grand Rounds session, sponsored by the UTGSM and Department of Medical Genetics.
Bird Flu, Perinatal Depression, GERD Topics of Dean’s Grand Rounds
Receive free CME/CEUs and improve your knowledge base at the upcoming Dean’s Multi-Disciplinary Grand Rounds:
April 6, 2006, 3:30 pm, Wood Auditorium Convergence of Human and Animal Health: Update on SARS, Mad Cow Disease and Avian Influenza
May 12, 2006, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Wood Auditorium
Managing Perinatal Depression: What’s Best for Baby
June 13, 2006, Wood Auditorium
Surgical and Endoscopic Treatment of GERD and Atypical Manifestations of GERD
The Dean’s Grand Rounds series offers free CME credits to physicians and physician assistants as well as free CEUs for nurses and allied healthcare professionals.
Townsend Invited to Speak at 2007 Nobel Symposium
David W. Townsend, PhD,
Professor of Medicine and Radiology, and Director of the Cancer Imaging and Tracer Development Research Program, has been invited to join the program of distinguished scientist speakers at the 2007 Nobel Symposium, "Watching Life through Molecular Imaging." The Nobel Symposium will be held in Stockholm, Sweden in the official Nobel Foundation facilities, May 7-9, 2007.
Beasley Awarded Plaque of Appreciation
The Office of Graduate Medical Education recently presented Alfred D. Beasley, MD, with a plaque of appreciation for his donation of photography to redecorate the Resident On-Call Sleeping Quarters.
When the approval was given to plan and redecorate the resident on-call sleeping area, a suggestion was made to ask Dr. Beasley if he would consider allowing his photographs to be showcased there. He agreed and 32 beautiful photographs of nature, local landscapes and scenes from Dr. Beasley's travels were chosen for framing. These images now decorate the sleeping rooms and resident lounge area on 6 North in the UT Medical Center.
Dr. Beasley is an active member of the Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers, a local photography club. He is Director of Graduate Medical Education, UTGSM, and Emeritus Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Medicine.
Yu Receives Society of Nuclear Medicine Grant
Meixang Yu, PhD, Cancer Imaging and Tracer Development Research Program (CITDRP), has been named the first recipient of the Society of Nuclear Medicine's (SNM) Mallinckrodt Seed Grant in Molecular Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Research. Dr. Yu's research grant is entitled, "Molecular Imaging and Biological Evaluation of 124|Avastin Anti-VEGF Antibody: Implications for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Response."
According to SNM's web site, "This competitive grant is designed to assist researchers in conducting new and innovative pilot projects that have potential for future support from foundation, corporations or government agencies." The Education and Research Foundation of SNM awarded Dr. Yu $25,000 through a donation from Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt Corporation.
Dr. Yu is the Chief Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Radiochemist in CITDP and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine.
Electronic Medical Records in Family Medicine
After many months of planning, evaluation and implementation, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is now a reality in the Department of Family Medicine. The new system is Centricity EMR (formerly Logician®), a product of General Electric. Daniel E. Brewer, MD, Associate Professor, who helped spearhead the EMR project, says there are many benefits in using an EMR system including:
- Instant access to the patient record
- Simultaneous access to the record by multiple people
- Improved legibility (prescriptions are typed rather than handwritten)
- Improved accuracy of medication lists, health problem lists, allergies, immunizations, etc.
"Paper records are inherently disorganized, inefficient, bulky and expensive. As charts increase in size they become more and more difficult to use and the data within them simply cannot be extracted in an efficient manner. Issues such as FDA drug recalls and important new clinical studies such as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) make this point obvious. We are generally helpless to extract clinical information from multiple charts as long as we rely on paper documentation," Brewer said.
"Our hope is that the EMR will streamline workflow, enhance patient documentation and also become an effective teaching tool. More important than improving efficiency, however, is the fact that using electronic records demonstrably improves the quality of healthcare though preventive care reminders, drug interaction checking and chronic disease management. It will also allow the department to do research that would not be possible with paper records," Brewer added.
Twenty US States Represented at Health Literacy Conference
This month, the UTGSM took its message of improving health literacy across the nation with its conference, Soul Speak: Plain Talk about Health Literacy in the Physician-Patient Partnership, held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Physicians, healthcare professionals, chaplains and academicians representing more than 20 US states, 10 fields of expertise and a dozen different types of organizations attended.
UT Health Science Center Chancellor William F. Owen,Jr., MD, led the opening night’s conference on Feb. 8, 2006.
During the three-day conference, attendees learned about the issue of health literacy and its impact on the health of patients. They learned how to better assess language needs, conduct motivational interviews, break communication and motivation barriers and more. They also participated in the American Medical Association’s Train the Trainer series. Featured speakers included Barry Weiss, MD, the leading expert on the issue of health literacy; Thomas Moore, PhD, best-selling author and philosopher; and UT’s own Mahlon Johnson, MD, PhD, who spoke about his and others’ difficulties finding compassionate care in situations of life and death.
Hematology Conference Exceeds Capacity
A record number of physicians and other healthcare professionals attended the 2nd Annual Hematology Conference, Jan. 21, 2006. Distinguished speakers Christopher Flowers, MD, Emory University School of Medicine; John Greer, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Michael Keating, MB, BS, MD, Anderson Cancer Center; and Maurizio Zangari, MD, Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy presented cutting-edge information on multiple myeloma, indolent and aggressive lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. Dr. Wahid Hanna, Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UTGSM Department of Medicine, served as course director for this conference, which was presented by the UTGSM.
Join the D Team: Fighting Diabetes Together
Fighting diabetes is serious business. The disease doesn't fight fair. But with the combined powerful forces of The D Team: physician, nurse, physician assistant, dietitian, health educator and patient, diabetes doesn’t stand a chance. Learn about the value of fighting diabetes using the strength of a team at the March 11, 2006, conference: The D Team: Fighting Diabetes Together—2nd Annual Diabetes Update. This one-day conference at the University Club will examine American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations, insulin dosing, rules of reimbursement, wise food choices and current medications in the fight against diabetes. Door prizes will be given, and each attendee will receive a powerful D Team Toolkit to help in the fight against diabetes. CME credits available from AMA, AAFP, AAPA, ACPE and ANCC COA, and CEUs also are available. Join the D Team. Help your patients get in the fight! Register today or call 865-974-0280.
“Prevention” is Focus of Family Medicine Conference, April 27-29
The 29th Annual Family Medicine Update “Prevention in Practice for the Family Physician” offers physicians and allied health professionals the latest information on prevention and how physicians can help their patients stay healthier. The agenda features our own expert faculty from the UT GSM plus dynamic guest speakers from across the southeast. The conference is set for April 27-29, 2006, Park Vista Resort, Gatlinburg.
This year, topics will include
- Immunization schedule changes
- Management of cirrhosis
- USPSTF update
- Depression in young adults
- Well-child screening and more valuable topics.
CME credits are available through the AMA, AAFP and AAPA, and CEUs also are available. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register and to secure their hotel rooms now. For more information and registration, visit this link or telephone 865-974-0280
Examine Life…Inside and Out
An amazing new conference, Life…Inside and Out: Perinatal and Neonatal Care Symposium, May 24-26, 2006, Asheville, North Carolina, offers physicians and other healthcare professionals valuable information on the most recent treatments, technologies and innovative care advances for perinatal and neonatal care. At the conference, participants will learn about prematurity, new obstetrical methods, treatment of the ELBW infant, fetal therapy, magnesium sulfate, plus a dozen more important topics presented by nationally known experts. The conference also features a pre-conference course: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) renewal. What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than in a mountain setting learning from the experts? This dynamic conference is sponsored by UTGSM, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics and is directed by UTGSM Professor, Mark S. Gaylord, MD. Register today or call 865-974-0280.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education announces the following CME courses:
- March 11, 2006: The “D” Team: Fighting Diabetes Together—2nd Annual Diabetes Update
- April 6, 2006: Dean's Multi-Disciplinary Grand Rounds: Convergence of Human and Animal Health: Update on SARS, Mad Cow Disease and Avian Influenza
- April 27-29, 2006: 29th Annual Family Medicine Update: Prevention in Practice for the Family Physician
- May 12, 2006: Dean's Multi-Disciplinary Grand Rounds: Managing Perinatal Depression: What's Best for Baby
- May 19, 2006: Patterson Endowed Lecture: Long-Term Health Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- May 24-26, 2006: Life…Inside and Out: First Annual Perinatal and Neonatal Care Symposium
- June 5-6, 2006: 22nd Annual Alzheimer's Disease Research Symposium
- June 13, 2006: Dean's Multi-Disciplinary Grand Rounds: Surgical and Endoscopic treatment of GERD and Atypical Manifestations of GERD
- November 11, 2006: Dr. R. Ben Alley Endowed Lecture Series
These will fill up quickly. Visit this convenient link for more information and details on the events listed, or call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at 305-9190.
Ejournals Evolving at Preston
There has been rapid change in the last three years in the number of journal titles that are available electronically. The result has been a corresponding change in the way in which UTGSM staff access journal content. A recent survey indicates that UTGSM users prefer access to the electronic versions of journals over the print. This year the Preston Medical Library added thirteen more titles to their list of over 300 ejournals.
UTGSM staff also has access to the electronic journals available at the UT Libraries. You must know your "NetID & Password" to access those titles. Please contact the library for more information on electronic journals.
Did You Know? If you search PubMed via the URL provided on the library's home page, you will automatically be mapped to electronic journal holdings available at Preston or UT Libraries when you view the article's abstract. Ask a librarian for details.
Supporters "Adopt-A-Journal" at Preston
Preston Medical Library is pleased to announce the lists of individuals and corporations who have adopted journal titles for 2006 subscription year. The adopt-a-journal campaign is a unique way to support the library by "adopting" or donating the funds to purchase a journal subscription. Thanks to all of the contributors.
Doctors' Day Is March 30--Celebrate with the Library
Preston Medical Library will hold its annual Doctors' Day Celebration on Thursday, March 30 from 10 am - 2 pm. The library will honor all Doctors on their special day with refreshments, a book give-away and library informational sessions. Contact the library for more details.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty Chronicles Past, Present and Future of Department
The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, official publication of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, recently invited the UTGSM Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to chronicle the history and development of the department. "It was a great honor to be asked to write this history of our Department and residency program. I am proud of the exemplary national reputation that we hold," said Dr. Eric Carlson, Professor and Chairman of the Department.
"From The Teaching Centers" is a new segment of the journal and will highlight outstanding oral surgery residency programs in the United States. The UTGSM Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery's article is second in the series on Teaching Centers. Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard MD Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program published the first.
Radiology Faculty Members Serve on ACR Panels
Read the article>>
Carlson ER, Chase DC, Gotcher JE, Hudson JW, McCoy JM
From the Teaching Centers: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Tennessee Medical Center-Knoxville.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Jan;64(1):2-3.
Kathleen Hudson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology has been selected to serve on the 2007 Panel on Breast Imaging for the American College of Radiology
(ACR) In-Service Training Examination. Dr. Hudson is also the Director of the Radiology Residency Program.
Judson Gash, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, will serve as an Oral Board Examiner for the Genitourinary Radiology Section of the ACR in June 2006.
- Lynn F. Blake, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
- Kimberly B. Fortner, MD, Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- John R. Hilsenbeck, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
- Stephen J. Kennel, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Radiology
- Juli D. Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
- Yongxia Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
Best Practices: Rewarding Learner Participation
By James Neutens, Ph.D., Interim Dean, UTGSM
This is the third article in the series Best Practices in
Teaching. The first one was “The Lecture” and the second addressed “Thoughtful Questions”.
The purpose of this best practice is to support student and resident actions with effective, well-timed positive feedback. All teachers are aware that as learners grow they move into areas of risk and incompetence. It is your task as a teacher to recognize and support deftness rather than focus on the maladroit. Of course the timing and nature of the message you send to the learner is very important since it is likely to convey what is important to achieve as well as whether the reward is supposed to be intrinsic or external approval (including grades).
Whichever technique(s) you may choose, keep in mind that the best “rewards” are not contrived and promote independence, personal reflection, and they work. While “praise” is often used, be advised that is generally the least successful in rewarding performance since it tends to encourage approval seeking rather than independence. Use “description” to objectively address learner performance needing support; for example, “That’s a topic we need to discuss”. For good performance you can objectively describe also; for example, “That’s an excellent knot, it is just like the one in diagram”.
You can use “narration” to detail the action a learner takes as soon as it is apparent. Two examples are: “You are giving this a lot of thought and it is very obvious that you are trying to fit the pieces together.” “You are right in raising a question about the off-label use of that pharmacologic agent.”
Add your own thoughts to that of the learner through “self-talk”. You may talk about your own experience, for example “You know, I’ve wondered about that too,” or “That question has intrigued me for quite some time.” Of course an easy, yet effective way, to give positive rewards is through “nonverbal or abbreviated vocal sounds”. How many times have you used a thumbs-up gesture or exclaimed “Wow!”? They work.
Of course expressing your personal, emotional feelings can be very influential. You can act like a member of the group or an observer by stating “It’s been great listening to this discussion” or “Hey, I get discouraged too.”
Four words to remember when wanting to highlight self-worth (without resorting to praise) through “intrinsically-phrased statements” are:
- Enjoyment – “That was fun!”
- Growth – “You’ve taken a huge step forward.”
- Cleverness – “That was quite creative.”
- Competence – “Fantastic….you did it!”
Needless to say, know your learner and what makes him or her tick. That way your selection of technique will be simple and effective.
Smith Delivers Keynote Address
Gary T. Smith, MD, Professor of Radiology and Medicine, presented the keynote address to the 2005 American College of Veterinary Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting on December 1st in Chicago, IL. The lecture was entitled, "Nuclear Medicine - Atomic Past, Chemical Present, Molecular Future."
Dr. Smith also serves as the Program Director of the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chair of Research and Chairman of the Institutional Review Board at UTGSM.
Surgery Faculty Members Teach at IT Boot Camp
Drs. Dana A. Taylor, Blaine L. Enderson and Brian J. Daley, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care, recently taught Information Technology (IT) sessions at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) held in Orlando, FL , January 2006. Drs. Taylor and Enderson delivered a hands-on workshop covering "Software," while Dr. Daley taught sessions on "Connectivity" and Hardware" during the IT Boot Camp for Trauma Professionals Course.
Kendrick Speaks on Diabetes in Pregnancy
Jo M. Kendrick, MSN, Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently the invited speaker at the Miami Valley Hospital, in Dayton, OH. "Diabetes in Pregnancy: An Education Program for OB Nurses" was the topic of the course sponsored by the March of Dimes and Mead Johnson.
Resident Presents Paper at RSNA
Surgery Department Residents Present Papers/Posters
Kelley K. Whitmer, MD, Department of Radiology Resident, presented a paper at the recent Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, IL. The paper was entitled "Biphosphonate-Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Radiologic Manifestations, Case Series, and Literature Review." The paper was co-authored by Anton Allen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Eric Carlson, DMD, MD, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Robert J. Wilmoth, MD
, Chief Resident, Department of Surgery
, was selected as an Alexander Paper Award Winner at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma
(EAST) in Orlando, FL in January 2006.
Dr. Wilmoth presented a three year prospective trial conducted at UT Medical Center on "Prospective Evaluation of Hematuria in Blunt Trauma." The paper was co-authored by Drs. M. Eric Brewer, Blaine L. Enderson, and Brian J. Daley. Dr. Wilmoth received a plaque from the Program Committee of EAST and a cash prize.
Gui Christiano, MD, Department of Surgery Resident, also attended the EAST Annual Meeting as the Frame Resident Award Winner from the Division of Trauma and Critical Care. The Frame Award is given annually to the junior resident who embodies the qualities of the late Dr. Scott Frame. Dr. Frame was an integral and enthusiastic member of the Department of Surgery from 1990 to 1997. The characteristics of quality, universality, timeliness, efficacy and continuity are gauged and the award is given for travel to this meeting.
Dr. Christiano has also been recognized as winner of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma's "Residents Trauma Papers Competition" and will soon compete in Chicago for the national prize. His paper, co-authored by Drs. Enderson and Daley is entitled, "Prioritizing Trauma Prevention Efforts Using the University of Tennessee Prevention Ranking Score."
Craig S. Swafford, MD, Surgery Resident, presented his poster - "Timing of Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Blunt Trauma" - at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 35th Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, January 2006. The poster presentation is co-authored by Drs. Jose D. Amortegui and Daley.
CITDRP Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
The Cancer Imaging and Tracer Development Research Program (CITDRP) of UTGSM welcomes three new members to their faculty and staff.
Xukui Wang, MD, joins CITDRP as laboratory manager of the program's Preclinical Imaging Facility. Dr. Wang attended Suzhou Medical College, in the People Republic (PR) of China.
Claude Nahmias, PhD, Professor, Departments of Radiology and Medicine, is the Applications Physicist for CITDRP. Dr. Nahmias obtained his PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Surrey and
comes to UTGSM from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario where he had been based since
1970. Read more>>
Meixiang Yu, PhD, joined the CITDRP as Chief PET Radiochemist and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Yu obtained PhD degree from Peking University in Beijing of PR
China. Read more>>
Other New GSM Employees
The UTGSM Office of the Dean is pleased to announce Marti Willen as Administrative Services Assistant to the Dean. Marti will provide support to the Dean and Associate Dean and the Office of Compliance. Marti succeeds Missy Maples who is now with the Office of Student Affairs. Marti and husband, Tim, (who is a nurse in the Department of Family Medicine) are natives of Knoxville.
Jennifer Wolfenbarger has recently joined the UTGSM Office of Business Administration as Administrative Support Assistant. Jennifer was previously employed with the UT Office of Real Estate Administration. Jennifer will provide support for the GSM Business Office, Faculty and Staff Affairs, and the Institutional Review Board.
Jennifer is a native of Knoxville and lives in Seymour with her husband, Fred.
Improved Access to Remote Email
The GSM Department of Information and Instructional Technology Department recently updated the remote email system for GSM employees. The new Outlook Web Access software from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is greatly improved. The full functionality of this new web server system is best accessed by using Internet Explorer. Add this convenient URL: http://gsm.utmck.edu/email to your favorites list.
Please let the IT Team know what you think.
The following list of publications reflects only journal articles indexed in PubMed (MEDLINE). If you are interested in obtaining a copy of an article listed, please contact Preston Medical Library.
Patients' health literacy skills: the missing demographic variable in primary care research.
Ann Fam Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;4(1):85-6.
Kabalka GW, Al-Masum M.
Microwave-enhanced palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of potassium vinyltrifluoroborates and allyl acetates: a new route to 1,4-pentadienes.
Org Lett. 2006 Jan 5;8(1):11-3.
Wallace LS, Rogers ES, Turner LW, Keenum AJ, Weiss BD.
Suitability of written supplemental materials available on the Internet for nonprescription medications.
Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006 Jan 1;63(1):71-8.
Wallace LS, Turner LW, Ballard JE, Keenum AJ, Weiss BD.
Evaluation of web-based osteoporosis educational materials.
J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2005 Dec;14(10):936-45.
Keenum AJ, Stockton MD.
Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for traveler's diarrhea.
Am Fam Physician. 2005 Dec 15;72(12):2525-6.
Wallace LS, Ballard JE, Holiday DB, Wells HE.
Comparison between 60 matched pairs of postmenopausal black and white women: analysis of risk factors related to bone mineral density.
Maturitas. 2005 Nov-Dec;52(3-4):356-63.
Hollis JD, Daley BJ.
10-year review of knee dislocations: is arteriography always necessary?
J Trauma. 2005 Sep;59(3):672-6.
Carlson ER, Cheung A, Smith B, Pfohl C.
Neck dissections for oral/head and neck cancer: 1906-2006.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Jan;64(1):4-11.
Kabalka GW, Wu Z, Ju Y, Yao ML.
Lewis acid mediated reactions of aldehydes with styrene derivatives: synthesis of 1,3-dihalo-1,3-diarylpropanes and 3-chloro-1,3-diarylpropanols.
J Org Chem. 2005 Dec 9;70(25):10285-91.
Bhattacharyya A, Thakur AK, Chellgren VM, Thiagarajan G, Williams AD, Chellgren BW, Creamer TP, Wetzel R.
Oligoproline effects on polyglutamine conformation and aggregation.
J Mol Biol. 2006 Jan 20;355(3):524-35. Epub 2005 Nov 9.
Watson CC, Casey ME, Bendriem B, Carney JP, Townsend DW, Eberl S, Meikle S, Difilippo FP.
Optimizing injected dose in clinical PET by accurately modeling the counting-rate response functions specific to individual patient scans.
J Nucl Med. 2005 Nov;46(11):1825-34.
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Alison Lockett, Sherry Brewer,
and James Neutens, PhD
©2005 The University of Tennessee
Graduate School of Medicine