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Ann Nattinger, MDAs the new calendar year begins, it is a good time to reflect on the mid course of our academic year – a time to review what goals have been met, what improvements need to be realized and what our objectives should be for the future, not only for our department but for each of us personally.

Mark Twain said “''The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.'' This idea applies to most areas of our lives, whether we are diagnosing complex medical problems, teaching students or residents or analyzing financial spreadsheets.

Let’s concentrate on moving forward during this transitional time in the Medical College. My hope is that faculty, trainees, and staff who have ideas for moving our department forward at the departmental level will communicate them to me and to our administrative team.

January Newsletter



Community Service: Riverwest Health Initiative

It’s no secret in the medical community that when an uninsured person needs urgent medical care, the only recourse usually available is the local emergency room. Emergency room care is more expensive and does not focus on the patient long term condition or treatment. After the patient’s condition has been stabilized, they are usually referred to clinics that require insurance or a cash payment. Many of these patients are “lost to follow-up.” Emergent care isn’t set up for primary or preventative care.

Education: Department of Medicine’s Upcoming ACGME Site Visit

Currently the program directors and program coordinators are working on the Program Information Forms (PIF), so be aware that they may be contacting you to obtain information to complete their respective PIF.

Patient Care: What is a Hospitalist?

I am certain the task of spreading the word about what a hospitalist is continues to be germane, as I continue to encounter the same blank stares and quizzical expressions I did two years ago when discussing my position.

Research: Jennifer Strande, MD, PhD Research Initiatives

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Wisconsin, accounting for more than 16,000 deaths annually, or 35 percent of all deaths in the state. The considerable disability and mortality of the heart disease puts emotional and financial stress on individuals and their families. Rates of obesity, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia are on the rise in Wisconsin and these cardiovascular risks are affecting Wisconsin residents at an even younger age.

Newsletter Committee

Carla Clark Staff Writer
Bradley Condon Staff Writer
Rick Hampton Staff Writer
Robin Karst Staff Writer
Susan Knaebe Staff Writer
Janice Lewis Staff Writer
Phyllis Meyer Staff Writer
Jennifer Oium Staff Writer
Lisa Pelzek Staff Writer
Kathy Rafel Editor
Pamela Souders Staff Writer
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Tracy Stasinopoulos Staff Writer
Cheryl Tolliver Staff Writer


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