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June 17, 2009

At A Glance

Woodhead is president-elect of national organization

Jerold Woodhead, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UI Children's Hospital, has been elected president-elect of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics. His two-year term began April 29 and will be followed by a two-year term as president of the council.

Woodhead, who directs medical student education in pediatrics at the UI, has been active with the council for many years and helped develop the core curriculum for medical students in general pediatrics. In his new role he intends to continue the council's efforts to promote educational research, develop new programs and identify ways to evaluate educational activities and outcomes.

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UI Hospitals and Clinics recognizes National Time Out Day

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is supporting National Time Out Day on June 17. The initiative is sponsored by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and focuses on patient safety and preventing surgical errors such as wrong-site surgery.

National Time Out Day raises awareness about the importance of requiring the entire surgical team to take a "time out" to verify correct patient, correct procedure and correct surgical site before every invasive procedure.

In 2004, driven by the prevalence of preventable operating room errors, the Joint Commission instituted the "Universal Protocol," which requires the entire surgical team, including physicians, nurses and surgical technologists, to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors.


Jack reads from ‘Iowa: The Definitive Collection’ June 26

Iowa writer Zachary Jack will read from his new book, “Iowa: The Definitive Collection,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University Web site of the University of Iowa:

Jack was raised on the Iowa farm his family settled in the early 1860s. The recipient of the Prentice Hall Prize for Poetry and the founding director of the Iowa School of Lost Arts for children, he has been a writer in residence at New York's Blue Mountain Center, Mexico's Great River Arts Institute and Ireland's Tyrone Guthrie Centre. He is an English faculty member at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

His other books include “Letters to a Young Iowan,” "The Furrow and Us," "Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom" and "Love of the Land: Essential Farm and Conservation Readings from an American Golden Age, 1880-1920."


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