Oct. 26, 2015

KUMed Central

AHU finale_Jordan Metzl, M.D. 
A Healthy U finale: Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to take part in several A Healthy U events, including a presentation and IronStrength workout by Jordan Metzl, M.D. (pictured), and a breakfast cooking demonstration and presentation by Cynthia Lair. View photos. Recordings of the cooking demo and presentations will be available on the A Healthy U website later this week.

New dean for KU School of Health Professions

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, associate dean for research in the College of Allied Health Sciences and professor of physical therapy, ophthalmology and neurology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, has been named dean of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions effective Jan. 18, 2016. Read more

Stuff that might interest you

Open enrollment deadline approaching: The last day to complete open enrollment for health insurance is Oct. 31. Employees can expect a new supplemental vision company, changes in copays and deductibles as well as some premium changes. Open enrollment is the time to add/remove dependents or change plans, change tax status and enroll in a flexible spending account, which requires new enrollment every year. Last day to enroll in optional group life insurance for employees, spouses and children also ends Oct. 31. Read more and enroll.

Active shooter exercise: The final After Action Report and Improvement Plan for the Sept. 24 Run, Hide, Fight active shooter exercise is complete. If you would like a copy of the full report, email uem@kumc.edu.

Construction update: View the Health Education Building progress report for week ending Oct. 23. You may also read the updated schedule for the new Parking Garage 5.

Future of health care lecture series: The Department of Health Policy and Management is co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Anupam Jena, Harvard School of Medicine, titled "What happens to patients when doctors leave town," 3-5 p.m., Nov. 4, SON Auditorium. A panel comprised of KU hospital and area cardiologists including Drs. Buddhadeb Dawn, Barbara MacArthur and James Vacek will follow. View flier and RSVP.

Book signing event: You're invited to a book signing event featuring Marc Asher, M.D., professor emeritus in orthopedic surgery, and his new book, Dogged Persistence: Harrington, Post-polio Scoliosis and the Origin of Spine Instrumentation, 4 p.m., Nov. 12. Clendening Library Reading Room. Following will be a lecture on the "Historical Evolution of the Scoliosis Research Society and Spinal Deformity Care" as a part of the Friesen Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m., Clendening Auditorium (2004 Robinson) as well as a reception with light hors d'oeuvres. Read more.

Toastmasters: If you want to develop your oral communication and leadership skills in a mutually supportive and positive learning environment, you should try out a KUMC Toastmasters International meeting. Toastmasters meets onsite every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Upcoming dates include Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 19 and Dec. 2. Meeting rooms change periodically. View the schedule. If you want to find out more information about Toastmasters, visit their website. You may also contact Dan Arbuckle at 913-945-8652.

Physical Therapy Awareness Month: First-year and second-year physical therapy and rehabilitation science students and representatives from Exercise is Medicine conducted several wellness tests for employees and students. They also demonstrated workouts in honor of Physical Therapy Awareness Month. View photos.

Sweatshirt sale: The Student National Medical Association is selling KU Medicine crew neck sweatshirts for $22 and hoodie sweatshirts for $25. Colors available include blue, burgundy and grey. View flier.


Oct. 28-29: KUMC Auxiliary Fall Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hospital lobby. View flier for list of vendors.

Nov. 10: "Driving your Career: Practical Goal Setting and Productivity," noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Panelists Lauren Aaronson, Ph.D., RN; John Ferraro, Ph.D.; Cynthia Teel, Ph.D., RN; Belinda Vail, M.D.; and Doug Wright, Ph.D., will discuss strategies for goals, the importance of sponsors and mentors in achieving goals and more. Read more and RSVP on the WIMS Events Calendar. Lunch will be provided to the first 40 people.

Nov. 17: End-of-Life Care and Attitudes: Crossing Cultures When Crossing Over, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Part of the Clinical Cultural and Diversity Series. Add event to your calendar.

Nov. 18: Metastatic Breast Cancer 360: Conversations and Questions about Treatment and Quality of Life, 5:30-7:30 p.m., KU Cancer Center in Westwood. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, come learn from experts. View flier. Register by Nov. 13.  


Did you know every bedroom needs a smoke alarm? According to FEMA, half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Be sure to test alarms once a month and replace when they are 10 years old or if they do not sound when tested.


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