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Fourth Annual Diabetes Symposium of Wisconsin

May 19 & 20, 2011
Italian Community Center
Milwaukee, WI

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Fourth Annual Diabetes Symposium of Wisconsin will be held Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20, 2011 at the Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street. The event is sponsored by the Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition.

This is a two-day program with the specific purpose of increasing education and knowledge of all aspects of endocrine clinical practice and research. This symposium consists of medical lectures given by healthcare professionals on topics related to Diabetes Updates. This course is designed for primary care physicians, adult endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians, physician assistants, fellows, residents and medical students.

This conference is designed to:
• Improve diabetes care by identifying and expounding evidence-based advances in management.
• Outline the areas that are at the outer limits of current knowledge and define our limitations.
• Improve management and knowledge of drugs and therapy, using well-controlled trial data.
• Gain further knowledge about the scientific knowledge of the pathophysiological processes involved in diabetes.

Registration will begin at 7:00am on Thursday, with a continental breakfast to begin at 8:00am and introduction and welcoming remarks are at 8:45am on Thursday and Friday. The course will run until 5:00pm on Thursday and 5:25pm on Friday. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch (both Thursday and Friday), a syllabus and CME credits.
Shailendra Patel, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Staff Attending, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is the committee chair.

The cost is $160.00 for physicians, nurses, physician assistants and all other healthcare providers and $75.00 for students, fellows and residents.

If you would like additional information, please visit our web site at www.mcw.edu/endocrinology/2011DiabetesSymposium.htm  or contact Beth Wilke, senior administrative assistant, at 414-955-6722.

 

ACGME Wrap-Up

The Internal Medicine Residency program, along with fellowships in the Divisions of Cardiology, Endocrine, Geriatrics, Hematology-Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology were reviewed by the ACGME over the time period March 15-24th.

Dr. Lawrence Russell was our site reviewer, and while he couldn't reveal much, he was impressed with how well-organized our graduate medical education programs are in the Department of Medicine.   

Thank you to all of the faculty, housestaff, and program coordinators who helped to make the two weeks run smoothly. We will receive our accreditation information sometime in October 2011.

 

2011 College Bowl a HUGE Success!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 2011 College Bowl. With over 40 individuals in attendance, it was a great success!

And for those of you who were not able to join...I'm sure you've been waiting to hear who took home the trophy! By the slimmest of margins ($10,501 to $10,500), the PGY III-IVs edged out the interns (who demonstrated great spirit and enthusiasm in what was nearly an unbelievable upset!). The PGY 2s, although few in number, certainly had a terrific late run in Double Jeopardy and had a respectable third place finish ($9649).

A special thanks to former College Bowl Winner (and guitarist for the band Genetic Drift) Dr. Pfeifer for being the celebrity judge....we had to turn to him early and often for difficult rulings on questionably constructed questions and nearly correct answers.

Again, thanks to all for coming out and making it a successful 2011 College Bowl.

The Chiefs

 

 

 

MCW's Eight Week Wellness Campaign

The Medical College’s recent eight week Wellness campaign was a great success! The three Department of Medicine teams finished in the top 30. Below please find final data:

• Total weight lost = 1,607.46 lbs
• Average lost per person = 2.7
• Total participants (weight loss) = 600
• Most individual pounds lost = 28.5
• Highest individual percentage of weight lost = 11.4%
Total
• 1196 total participants
• Employees averaged 276 minutes (a little over 4 hours) of exercise per week during the physical activity portion of the campaign.
• The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week. During the campaign MCW employees more than doubled that amount.
• 97 different divisions/departments participated (includes off site clinics/locations).

Also, if you’re interested and haven’t done so already, MCW Wellness is offering a free and confidential Health Risk Assessment (HRA). Biometric screenings start April 6th and continue through the month of April. If you’re interested in participating, please visit the link below to learn more. The online questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the biometric screening appointment takes approximately 15 minutes.

The goal of the HRA is to raise each participant’s awareness of their own health and identify any potential health risks they may face. Risk detection is the first step in preventing disease and illness. Interra Health, an independent wellness company, will be conducting the HRA on behalf of MCW. All individual results will go directly to Interra Health and will never be seen by an MCW representative.

Participants who complete the HRA and BioScreen will receive a free 1GB USB Flash Drive and the book, “Self Care Essentials – A Guide to Living Well”. Employees will also have their name entered into a drawing for one of four gifts: a $1,000 gift certificate for Southwest Airlines tickets, one of two one-year memberships to the Wisconsin Athletic Club, or a bicycle. A drawing for these items will be conducted in May, 2011. Employees will have the option to take the cash equivalent in lieu of the prize. All prizes will be subject to any applicable taxes.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: Information Technology Passwords

Each employee of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of her/his user Information Technology ID passwords. The Corporate Policy of MCW forbids disclosure of any password to anyone else. The owner of the password is responsible for all activities under the password, following Wisconsin Statues. Violation of this policy may lead to termination. If you are an employee of the Department of Medicine and have questions about this policy, please contact Rick Hampton (rhampton@mcw.edu, 414-805-0511).

 

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