June 1, 2015

KUMed Central

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A Healthy U:
In August 2012, Rachel Barkley, clinical associate professor in dietetics and nutrition, was diagnosed with breast cancer. To combat the cancer, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and then reconstructive surgery in December. As a result of the surgeries, she had very limited use of her arms. She turned to yoga to rebuild her upper body strength and has been committed to yoga ever since. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires May 26. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Chalk to transition to TLC: Effective June 19, 2015, Chalk, the program used to conduct compliance training in the past, will be retired. All university compliance training has now been moved to our new compliance training system, The Learning Connection (TLC), which you will use for the 2015 compliance window Sept. 1-29. Read more.

Ask the EVC: A question was submitted regarding ADA parking during the new Health Education Center construction. Read the question and answer.

Employee Mammogram Day: The University of Kansas Hospital is hosting Employee Mammogram Days with this year's first one set for Monday, June 29. This event is open to KU Medical Center employees. Read more.

Creating Innovative Solutions workshop: Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a workshop about Liberating Structures provided by The Plexus Institute June 17. Complex challenges require adaptive actions. Liberating Structures are ways to create the conditions when we work together to look at challenges through different lenses, tap into diverse perspectives and generate surprisingly effective solutions that are owned by the people implementing them. Read more.

Welcome DPT students: A new crop of doctor of physical therapy students arrived on the KU Medical Center campus May 26. A scavenger hunt was part of their orientation. View photos.

Medical Education Retreat: School of Medicine faculty are invited to attend the 18th annual Medical Education Retreat, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., June 4, Beller Conference Center. Robert Englander, M.D., M.P.H., former senior director of competency-based learning and assessment at the Association of American Medical Colleges, will be the presenter. Sign up here.

EVC town hall recording: If you missed the May 28 EVC town hall, the recording is available here. Topics included updates on the Health Education Building, parking, clinical integration, and budget/legislative news.

Simulation Instructor Course: The University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center hosted a new course for staff and faculty designed to enhance the way they use simulation in medical education and patient care. Twenty health care professionals attended the inaugural Institute for Medical Simulation course. Read more.

Embark newsletter: Check out the School of Medicine-Wichita's 2015 issue of Embark, the magazine that highlights the good work that's happened on the campus during the past year. Read the digital version.

KU reaccreditation: The University of Kansas has been reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. Accreditation through the HLC assures students that their academic programs meet nationally recognized standards. Read more.

CSI: Kansas City

Clinical laboratory science students from KU Medical Center are learning the intricacies of forensics from crime lab professionals and whether a career in crime solving is for them. Read more

KUMed Central

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KUMed Central is moving to a bi-monthly schedule through the summer. The next issue will be June 15.


June 5: Due to budget load and fiscal year-end, time and absence must be submitted and approved by June 5 for pay period ending June 6. Contact Stephanie Galloway with questions.

June 11: Special reception to honor Dr. Karen L. Miller, senior vice chancellor, dean and professor, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Murphy Courtyard.

June 15: Deadline to nominate a colleague or supervisor for the Employee of the Quarter and Superior Supervisor awards. Read more.

June 15: Deadline to enroll for short-term disability or critical illness and accident coverage through Aflac. Read more. Contact Terry Burnett with Aflac with questions.

June 18: Next onsite biometric screening event. Once you have your biometric numbers, complete the mandatory Health Assessment Questionnaire. Read more.

June 23: A Healthy U "Can You Make the Best Food Choice" Lunch 'n Learn, noon-1 p.m., SON B018. Read more and register for event. Don't forget to start the 30-day water challenge. Read more.


John Ferraro, Ph.D., professor and the Carolyn Doughty-Margaret Kemp Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech, received the Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more.

Heather Gibbs, Ph.D., RD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, received the Outstanding Dietetic Educator for a Dietetic Internship Award from the Kansas Dietetic Association. Read more.

Tiffany Pothapragada, clinical assistant professor in clinical laboratory sciences, was named one of the American Society for Clinical Pathology's 40 under 40. Read more.

Cynthia Teel, Ph.D., RN, professor and associate dean of graduate programs at the School of Nursing, was selected to receive a state Award for Excellence by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Read more.

Neil Segal, M.D., professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation, was co-editor of Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum, an evidence-based guide for clinicians. Read more.


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