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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Medicine ~ 2014 Annual Report

Polly E. Parsons, M.D., E.L. Amidon, M.D.'32 Chair

The Department of Medicine had another excellent year in 2014, with significant contributions in all areas of our mission: clinical care, education, research, and service. To support all of those missions we continue to grow. This year we welcomed new faculty in Dermatology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Hematology-Oncology, Primary Care Internal Medicine, Public Health, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Transplant Nephrology, new residents in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, fellows in all of our subspecialty areas, and graduate students and post-doctoral trainees in our laboratories.

The department expanded its clinical practice, increased its focus on high-value costconscious care, and participated in the creation of service lines that extend across our partner hospitals.

Education is a core mission for the department and this year the department leadership identified goals and objectives focused on the enhancement of medical student, resident and fellow education. Faculty are engaging in new ways of teaching including an innovative, multidisciplinary simulation-based education program for the ICU team lead by Laurie Leclair, M.D., and supported by a Frymoyer Scholarship award. This year we celebrated the first graduates of the Certificate in Public Health program and the launch of both the Masters in Public Health and the Certificate in Environmental Health programs under the leadership of Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H. The faculty continued to participate extensively in the Vermont Integrated Curriculum and again received a number of honors and awards for their contributions to education. William Hopkins, M.D., received the Foundations Course Director Award for the eighth consecutive year and the Dean Warshaw Integration Award for 2014. The Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems course, directed by Dr. Hopkins and taught by many of our faculty, won the award for Outstanding Foundations Course for the eighth time. In recognition of their contributions to resident education, Dr. Hopkins received the E.L. Amidon M.D. Award for Subspecialty Medicine and Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D., received the William Osler, M.D. Award for General Internal Medicine. This year’s recipients of the Department of Medicine Mentor Awards were Ben Suratt, M.D., and Matthew Poynter, Ph.D.

The department continues to be a nationally/internationally recognized leader in research with contributions to new scientific knowledge spanning from the bench to the bedside to the community. In aggregate, members of the department published more than 300 manuscripts, reviews, chapters and books, and were asked to serve on NIH study sections and advisory councils, FDA review panels and editorial boards. They are invited from around the world to present at scientific meetings and to be visiting professors, and they are elected to leadership in national societies. The SPARKVT program, which encourages the translation of novel ideas into therapies, diagnostics, and devices that will improve health, was expanded to include the departments of Neurological Sciences and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Although research funding continues to be a challenge, the faculty continue to be successful in obtaining grants.

Highlights this year include a large federal subcontract from Johns Hopkins University awarded to Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., Vaccine Trials Unit; the competitive renewal of a large multi-site study awarded to Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.; and the competitive renewal of the Pulmonary Division’s and Vermont Lung Center’s NHLBI T32 training grant awarded to Charles Irvin, Ph.D.

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