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Dr. Michael Widlansky awarded grant to study method for increasing activity of older adults

Aug. 20, 2010 College News - Michael E. Widlansky, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), was one of seven physicians nationwide named a 2010 T. Franklin Williams Scholar. Scholars receive two-to-four-year career development awards for research that identifies and addresses the challenges of an aging population.

Dr. Widlansky’s award is for $130,000 over two years to investigate the effectiveness of a pedometer combined with a computerized feedback tool in increasing physical activity, thereby lowering the risk of cardiovascular dysfunction in older adults.

The T. Franklin Williams Scholar program is funded by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Association of Specialty Professors, which represents 11 internal medicine specialties.


Dr. Marilyn Schapira accepted into national women’s executive leadership program

Aug. 17, 2010 College News - Marilyn Schapira, MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), was one of 54 senior female faculty across the United States and Canada selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

The one-year program prepares senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The curriculum combines traditional MBA training, such as finance and organizational theory, which is oriented toward the academic health center environment. It also incorporates activities that enhance personal and professional development around leadership, career advancement, communication, and the use of information and learning technologies.

Dr. Schapira’s research, through the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, focuses on health numeracy. She has served as national leader in the Society of General Internal Medicine and is presently president-elect of the Society of Medical Decision-Making. She has mentored many fellows and researchers in general medicine.

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.


Department of Medicine’s Grand Rounds lecture series begins on September 10th

The first Department of Medicine Grand Rounds for the new academic year will be held on September 10th, 8:00am in Helfaer Auditorium, first floor, Froedtert West. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University will speak on “Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in 2010 and Beyond.”

On September 17th, Carlyle H. Chan, Professor and Vice Chair for Professional Development and Educational Outreach in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine will give a presentation on “Death by PowerPoint: a Review and Update on Effective Presentation Skills.” The month will finish on September 24th with Geoffrey C. Lamb, MD, FACP, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine speaking on “Quality measures and Public Reporting: Do they make any difference?”

For further information regarding the Grand Rounds lecture series, please contact Kathy A. Rafel, Program Coordinator ( 


PGY II retreat to be held on September 17th

The PGY II retreat will be held on Friday, September 17th at the Wisconsin Athletic Club, Community Conference Room 3. The day begins with the Grand Rounds presentation at Helfaer Auditorium followed by opening remarks from our Interim Chair, Dr. Ann Nattinger. 

Reminder-the retreat is an all day event and second year residents will be relieved of all clinical and rotation responsibilities beginning at 11:00pm on Thursday, September 16th. They will be expected to return by noon on Saturday, September 18th if scheduled for overnight call. 

CTSI to provide consultations for faculty

Effective September 1, biostatisticians from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) will be available to provide consulting support to faculty members, fellows and residents in the Department of Medicine. There will be a biostatistician available in Room C5416 in the Division of General Internal Medicine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm.

The Division of Biostatistics of the Medical College of Wisconsin offers comprehensive statistical consulting, computing and data entry services for clients within the Medical College and has state of the art statistical software packages and computing facilities. The Division of Biostatistics and was formed in 1993 as one of three divisions of the Health Policy Institute (formerly known as the Department of Population Health until June 2010).
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