Sept. 29, 2014

KUMed Central

Fred the Preparedness Dog

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, employees could take part in several activities geared to help them become more aware and prepared. View photos from Fred the Preparedness Dog who visited to help employees develop their home preparedness plans. View photos from the Wheel of Disaster.

Open enrollment for FY2015

Open enrollment for university employees is Oct. 1-31. There are several significant changes to the enrollment process and employee benefits. You will now enroll and submit necessary forms through an online process. There are changes in insurance carriers and types of plans, more preventive care benefits, and other changes. You may read the changes here. You will receive an email in the coming days with more information, along with instructions on how to enroll. In the meantime, mark your calendars for an informational meeting Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Stuff that might interest you

Search for anesthesiology chair begins: The search for a permanent chair of the Department of Anesthesiology is underway. School of Medicine Executive Dean Robert Simari, M.D., announced that Romano Delcore, M.D., chair of surgery, and Bruce Toby, M.D., chair of orthopedic surgery, will co-chair the search committee. A position description, information about the search committee and a link to apply for the position are available at the Leadership Searches webpage.

Rediscover Your Why: One of the goals of The Jayhawk Way, the university's professional development program, is to help you understand your personal vision - your reason for coming into work each day. In short, this is your "why." Understanding your "why" and aligning it to the mission and vision of KU Medical Center can help cultivate an environment and culture that enables each of us to do our best work each day. To support this understanding, we have created Rediscover Your Why. Read more and sign up for a session.

Global Connections: Global Connections is a service offered by the Office of International Programs that aims to connect students, faculty and staff with a partner on campus or in the community who shares an interest in developing multi-cultural awareness. Sharing information and experiences about culture and language, history, values and lifestyles through Global Connections will help you meet new people, grow as an individual, prepare for and adapt to international experiences and increase your understanding of the world. Click here for more information or email Zachary Rogers.

Frontiers Scholars Program: The Frontiers Scholars program is a two-year program for junior faculty designed to assist in funding the scholar's coursework in clinical and translational research. Read more or contact Laura Mussulman for more information or with questions about the program.

KU Medical Center video: The Office of Communications recently created an overview video highlighting all the good work we do at the medical center. View video.

Experiencing health care in a different culture

Students from the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions spent time at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, as part of the Robinson Scholars Program. Read more about the adventures and adversity of two occupational therapist students.

In the news

KCUR interviewed Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine and public health and director of Juntos, about the disconnect between the growing Latino community and the healthcare system. Read more.

Share your news

Share your news so we can spread it more widely. Submit your news items by Wednesday. You can also email Carrie Brown with news items or feedback


Oct. 3: The university will hold its next computer equipment drop-off, 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Hixson Atrium. Make sure you bring the proper form. Read more.

Oct. 8: Open enrollment informational meeting, 9:30 a.m., SON G013. HR will be able to answer questions. Add to your calendar.

Oct. 22-23: KUMC Auxiliary Fall Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hospital main lobby, featuring Scentsy, Silpada, Laurie's Shoes, Jim the Watchman, and more.

Oct. 23: KU-Lawrence is sponsoring a lecture, Earth and Spirit: The Unique Life of Reindeer Herders in Mongolia, which focuses on the changes in traditional lifestyles of nomads and changes brought about by tourism, climate shift, and politics, 4 p.m., Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union. Free and open to the public. Read more.

Dec. 20: Last day to use your Discretionary Holiday. Read more.


James Fishback, M.D., professor in pathology & laboratory medicine, has been recognized for a distinguished career in teaching with a prestigious Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship. Read more.


This is the final Emergency Preparedness Week challenge.

What is the difference between RAVE and Alertus notifications? Email your answer. The winner can choose from a $5 Starbucks gift card or an emergency flashlight.


Click here for an online version of Advances, The University of Kansas Hospital's bi-weekly news publication.


Missed last week's issue? Click here for the Sept. 22 issue.


Last modified: Sep 29, 2014