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22nd Annual Research Day and Award Winners

The UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford hosted its 22nd Annual Research Day on Friday, April 21, 2017. Luisa DiPietro, DDS, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Professor of Periodontics, UIC College of Dentistry, provided the Keynote Address, “How to Heal Perfectly: A Blueprint for Skin Regeneration.” A panel discussion followed on Regenerative Medicine: Implications for Clinical Practice & Research followed.  Panelists included Xue-Jun Li, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford; Benjamin Mathew, MD, Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mercyhealth, Rockford; Louis Mercuri, DDS, Clinical Consultant for TMJ Concepts, Ventura, California, and Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; and Jalees Rehman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago.  The panel was moderated by Mathew Mathew, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Lawrence L. Yen, fourth year medical student, both from University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

Student research presentations kicked off the afternoon and included Jenny Schmidt, fourth year medical student in the Rural Medical Education Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford’s “Assessment of Diabetes Education and Barriers to Self-Management in Chester, IL: A Healthcare Provider and Patient Perspective.”  Jordan Sharlin, fourth year medical student and James Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, spoke on “Incidence and Impact of Post-Operative Hypertension on Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Outcomes.”  “Optimization of Polymeric-Drug Conjugates Containing the HSP90 Inhibitor SNX-5422” was the topic of Jose Antonio Suarez Del Pino’s research.  He is a PhD student in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford.  Pooja Vinay, student in the Master of Science Biotechnology Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, rounded out the presentations with her research on “Elucidating Novel and Critical Roles for the Inflammatory Mediator Pentraxin 3 in the Pathogenesis of Basal-Like Breast Cancers.”

There were 94 entries submitted for Research Day. Seventeen student awards were given as follows:

Tsatsral Iderzorig “Comparison of Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Mediated TKI Resistance NSCLC Cells Containing Wild Type EGFR and Mutant EGFR” Best Basic Science Research Award ThermoFisher Scientific

Jenny Tumba “Case Report: Helicobactor Pylori and Hepatitis A Virus Coinfection in an Adolescent Refugee” Best Case Report Award Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated

Adam Lake “Results of A Community Based, Randomized Study Comparing a Clear Liquid Diet to a Low Residue Diet using a Magnesium Citrate Preparation” Best Clinical Research Poster Award Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center

Pooja Vinay “Elucidating Novel and Critical Roles for the Inflammatory Mediator Pentraxin 3 in the Pathogenesis of Basal-Like Breast Cancers” Best MBT Student Research Poster Award Master of Medical Biotechnology Program and Department of Biomedical Sciences

Daniel Principe “KRASG12D and TP53R167H Cooperate to Induce Pancreatic Carcinoma in Sus Sofa Pigs” Adam Lake “Results of A Community Based, Randomized Study Comparing a Clear Liquid Diet to a Low Residue Diet using a Magnesium Citrate Preparation” Best Student Technical Poster Award (two awards) Winnebago County Medical Society

Robert Freidel “Best Practice Alerts in Clinical EHR Workflows to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: An Evaluation” Best Use of Literature in a Student Research Project Crawford Library of the Health Sciences

Yongchao Mou “Modeling Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias with Patient-Specific Stem Cell-Derived Cortical and Spinal Neuron Co-Cultures” Biomedical Sciences Best Basic Science Research Poster Award Department of Biomedical Sciences

Matthew Gilbertson “Characterization of Etoposide Hypersensitive Top2α Mutants” College of Pharmacy Outstanding Poster Award UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford

Robert Freidel “Best Practice Alerts in Clinical EHR Workflows to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: An Evaluation” Dean’s Action Council Award Dean’s Action Council, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Abhijit Segu “Promising Method for Quick and Total Eradication of  Root Canal Infection Based on Electrochemistry” Innovation in Basic Science Research Award Office of the Regional Dean University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Jordan Sharlin “Incidence and Impact of Post-Operative Hypertension on Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Outcomes” James Scholar Award James Scholar Program, Office of Research University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Ezekiel Hartman “Evaluation of Preventative Screening Implementation in Rural Illinois Primary Care Practices” Brock Phillips and Brandon Barringer “Increasing Colon Cancer Awareness and Education in Litchfield, IL” NCRHP Poster Award for Encouraging Excellence in Rural Health National Center for Rural Health Professions

Dawn Mosher “Student Perception of Interprofessional Education Competency Change Following an IPE Immersion Day” Sister Mary Linus Nowak Research Award Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Ezekiel Hartman “Evaluation of Preventative Screening Implementation in Rural Illinois Primary Care Practices” Supporting Model Public Health Practices – Research Award Winnebago County Department of Public Health and its Board of Health

Closing remarks were provided by Manorama Khare, PhD, Chair of the Campus Research Committee, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

Research Day is a forum that is open to the public to highlight research conducted at the UIC Health Sciences Campus–Rockford, and researchers from affiliated and regional institutions.

Glasser participates in TUFH conference

Michael Glasser, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Rural Health Professions and Dr. George T & Mrs Mildred A Mitchell Professor in Rural and Family Medicine, recently participated in the Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) annual conference held in Hammamet, Tunisia.  The conference theme was World Summit on Social Accountability, with approximately 450 participants.  Dr. Glasser presented in two workshops: ‘Growth of Social Accountability among North American Academic Health Centers’ and ‘How to Become an Effective Reviewer for Academic Publications.’  Dr. Glasser is also a member of the Executive Committee of the organization and participated in its day long retreat and update session.  

Dr. Glasser is a co-editor of the Network: TUFH journal, Education for Health, and with a co-editor convened a meeting of the journal’s Editorial and Operations Boards, and with several students began planning for a Student Section of Education for Health.  It was a positive and productive conference - and, as a bonus, olives in Tunisia are served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

May is global employee health and fitness month!

UIC Health Sciences Campus - Rockford is further collaborating with the YMCA of Rock River Valley to engage employees during Global Employee Health and Fitness Month. The inaugural YMCA Employee Health Challenge is open to all Rockford area companies looking for a little friendly competition. Will you help us get to the top?

Who is this for?

Employees/faculty/staff at the UIC Health Sciences Campus Rockford and the College of Medicine Clinics

What do I have to do?

Each day in May you use a journal to record:

-Amount of water you drink

-Number of hours of sleep

-Servings of fruits and vegetables

-Minutes of exercise

While there are many other factors that contribute to healthy lifestyles, these few, small changes can make a big impact on someone's health. After the month is over, journals will be collected and given to the YMCA so they can review the results with their Healthy Living and Wellness staff. The YMCA will then determine who are the healthiest employees at the UIC Health Sciences Campus - Rockford. There are rewards for the healthiest employees at the UIC Health Sciences Campus - Rockford!

How do I sign up?

The YMCA has provided a sign-up sheet and journal.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?​​

Employee Portal/Cerner Password

Effective immediately, the Employee Portal/Cerner password requirement has changed. When you receive the message that your password will expire in 13 days, or if you use the Forgot Password link for Password Station, all passwords must be a minimum of 12 characters long and contain 3 of 4 of the following elements:

   One capital letter: A,B,C, etc.
   One small letter: a,b,c, etc.
   One number: 0,1,2, etc.
   One special symbol: !, @, #, etc.

Call EMR Support if you have trouble logging onto the network or need assistance resetting your password.

In memoriam

Dr. Larry Morrissey, '93, recently lost his son.  See the obituary below.

Colin Joseph Morrissey, 14, of Stillwater MN, a perpetually kind, intentionally quirky boy who wore size 12 shoes but never grew a whisker; took his life in a bad moment in time on April 11, 2017. He will grow into adulthood under God's direct care with the help of his grampa Garry DeMott, grandpa Larry Morrissey, great-grandma Margaret Morrissey, his mother's friend Nancy Chinander, and so many others who have greeted him at heaven's gate with love. As a young child, Colin loved to play imagination games with his sisters. He let them dress him in all kinds of princess outfits; until the day he learned he could be a ninja, or knight, or superhero. Always willing to sacrifice himself, he sought out others who needed a laugh or some reassurance. Colin loved making pinewood derby cars with his dad and earned the Star rank in Boy Scouts. He grew to like working in the yard with his Mom. Fishing was a hobby he enjoyed so long as the fish went free uninjured. Last October, he happily confirmed his baptism. Recently, he earned a school letter in Fitness Center. Colin had many plans for the future. Colin will continue to be dearly missed by his father Larry, mother Tamara, his big sisters Elizabeth and Sarah, grandma Kathleen Morrissey, gramma Judy DeMott, aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates, friends, teachers, community members, and so many more people than he could ever have realized. There is no room for whys, blame, or regrets; just random acts of Colin (silliness and love). We must all go forward and live. The seeds of love Colin planted will continue to grow. All who might find healing and closure are welcome to attend services.  Service Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 14107 Hudson Road South, Afton. Private interment Evergreen Cemetery, Afton. Visitation Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:00-8:00 P.M. at BRADSHAW CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTER, 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard, Stillwater and also one-half hour prior to the service at the church.

Extended hours for student studying

Now through June 2, 2017, the building hours will be extended to 2 a.m. to allow students more access for studying. 

 
 
Advancement

Bringing Docs to the Rock Campaign – Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Doctors

The arrival of our first-year medical students (M1s) is quickly approaching! In August 2017, we will officially welcome M1 students to the Rockford campus at the same time the College launches its updated inter-campus collaborative curriculum.  Preparations for these changes have already begun with the recruitment of new basic sciences faculty and staff and the renovation of campus spaces to create a new anatomy laboratory and a state-of-the-art team-based learning classroom.  Through this transformation, a bold new vision for medical education in Rockford is happening here!

The impact of this transformation for our campus, students and community will be significant. We need your support and advocacy as a member of our campus community.  Help us inspire the future of medicine in Rockford by making a gift today to the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford’s M1 Expansion Fund.  Make a gift today!

Every gift, regardless of size, makes an impact. Thank you in advance for helping us achieve our bold new vision by improving the foundation of medical education in Rockford.  We appreciate your generosity and support.

On the Move - M1 Update
 
 
The Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center
 
 

ActivTrax

The power of ActivTrax Workouts comes from its ability to prescribe you a custom workout on the equipment you have available. Each workout is generated for you, based on your abilities (determined in a short strength test) and preferences. Our intelligent workout engine keeps your muscles guessing, eliminates plateaus, and takes away the boredom that comes from doing the same exercise routine over and over again. Each workout comes with instructions (and videos when using the app) on exactly how much weight to use and the number of reps to perform. All you need to do is follow the plan.

Your ongoing feedback clues the system in to making the appropriate weight changes so that you're continually challenged.

You simply access your workout on your iOS or Android device (there is an Ipad in the Glenn Netto Center). Next, you perform your prescribed exercises. Then, record your workout as you go on your mobile device or on your printed workout sheet. Remember to enter your results into ATX Workouts if you used the paper version when you are done.  Your results determine your next workout.  It’s that simple!

Call Gina at 815/489-1261 to schedule your one-hour ActivTrax orientation and strength test today!

 
 

Yogo class switch

Our yoga instructor, Monica, has switched her Monday 12:00 p.m. class to Wednesdays at the same time. 

Fitness Center hours

The Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center is open when the campus is open.  Regular hours are:

Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - midnight
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - midnight

Holidays - 9 a.m. to midnight

Office of Research

Office of Research News

The mission of the Office of Research is to increase student and faculty research productivity through developing infrastructure and providing research opportunities needed for students and faculty in the College of Medicine Rockford. With this in mind, the Office of Research is pleased to announce the following internal funding opportunities – Bridge Funding and the Clinical, Educational, and Community Health Research grant.

BRIDGE FUNDING is intended to provide short term financial support to sustain the research programs, laboratories, and momentum of productive researchers during funding gaps to give researchers a chance to regain extramural funding. Bridge funding is targeted to all members of the faculty of the College of Medicine Rockford who have established projects that demonstrate high probability of securing extramural funding.

Eligibility

  • Full time faculty who have an active research laboratory are eligible for funding.
  • They must have been a PI on an external grant funded research during the last three years.
  • They must have at least submitted a grant application(s) for funding support from a national funding agency which was scored but not funded.
  • Only research projects will be supported under the bridge funding mechanism. Funds cannot be used for graduate training, student research projects, demonstration projects, travel, and faculty or post doc salary support.
  • Bridge funding requests typically can be made only one time for a specific research project. Additional support may be considered based on the research progress, need and funding situation.

Awards

  • Funds up to $10,000 will be awarded for one year or less.
  • PI will have to submit an application that will be reviewed by a selection committee. The application and application guidelines can be found on the College’s Intranet site at: https://web.rockford.uic.edu/departments/researchsupport/. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf document to Dr. Sherry Falsetti at falsetti@uic.edu. Document should use 12 point Arial font with a minimum of ½ inch margins all around. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1 of each year. Funds are still available.

CLINICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH RESEARCH GRANT is to fund clinical, educational and community research that will improve health care delivery or expand the body of knowledge in an area of clinical research, educational research and/or improve the health of the community. The program is also intended to foster collaboration across disciplines, amongst faculty and students and with community organizations. (We understand this may vary greatly depending upon the project.) The types of projects sought are those that will provide the foundation for development of larger grants and/or develop, enhance, or expand clinical, educational or community research. These awards are intended for faculty and students.

Awards

  • Awards for faculty can be up to $5,000. Three faculty awards will be given annually.
  • Awards for students can be up to $2,000. Five student awards will be given each year.
  • Requests for amounts over $5,000 (faculty) or $2,000 (student) may be considered, however, consultation with the assistant dean of research, office of research is required prior to submission. The application and application guidelines can be found on the College’s Intranet site at: https://web.rockford.uic.edu/departments/researchsupport/. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf document to Dr. Sherry Falsetti at falsetti@uic.edu. Document should use 12 point Arial font with a minimum of ½ inch margins all around. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1 of each year. Funds are still available.

STUDENT/RESIDENT TRAVEL AWARD The purpose of the Student/Resident Research Travel Award is to provide Rockford medical students and residents the opportunity to share their research at a national/international forum and network with researchers from around the country/world who are involved in similar research. Medical students are eligible for $1,000 grants and residents $500. Grants are available through the College of Medicine Rockford office of research for medical students and residents who meet the following requirements:

1. Be in good academic standing.

2. Be the first author on the presentation.

3. Be the individual who will be presenting the oral presentation or the poster at the meeting.

4. Research was done while a student/resident at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

5. Submit a one-page summary of the experience (called the Presentation Research Summary Form) after the presentation discussing the experience and the impact it has had on your interest in research in general and in your specific area of research.

Application

The application and application guidelines can be found on the College’s Intranet site at: https://web.rockford.uic.edu/departments/researchsupport/. Applications should be submitted to Lori Dredske at lorindah@uic.edu.

Crawford Library of the Health Sciences

Extended library hours for students

The Crawford Library will be open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to midnight through Saturday, May 27. The extended hours are for students only. The general public is welcome to use the library on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

New books, April 25

Saunders nursing drug handbook 2017 QV39 S2577 2017
Medicine morning report: beyond the pearls WB293 M489 2017
Netter’s concise neuroanatomy WL17 R896n 2017
PreTest Neurology W18.2 A617n 2017
Glenn’s urological surgery WJ168 G559 2016
The Parathyroids WK300 P2239 2015
Psychiatry test preparation & review manual WM18.2 S755p 2016
ABSITE review WO18.2 F531a 2017
Llewellyn-Jones Fundamentals of obstetrics and gynaecology WQ100 O11L 2017
Textbook of pediatric care WS100 M152a 2017
Nursing’s greatest leaders: a history of activism WZ112.5 N974 2016

Human Resources

MyBenefits Marketplace

Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the CMS MyBenefits Marketplace! You will need to use the state’s new benefits website during the upcoming Benefit Choice (in May 2017) or if you experience a Qualifying Event.

You are encouraged to login at MyBenefits.illinois.gov, review your personal details on the new website, and enter your email address to receive state benefit alerts.

View Tips for using MyBenefits Marketplace
View Frequently Asked Questions

Questions For assistance with your state benefit plans (health, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts), contact the MyBenefits Marketplace Service Center. Bilingual customer service representatives are available.

  • Phone: 844-251-1777 or TTY 844-251-1778
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 467846, Atlanta, GA 31146

For questions about university plans or benefit counseling, contact University Payroll and Benefits.

Satellite Human Resources

Human Resources has established a schedule of regular office hours at our clinic locations.  This is intended to provide employees with a convenient opportunity to meet directly with a staff member from HR.  Please check with your clinic manager for the specific room location at each clinic. 

Wednesday, May 3, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, May 15, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, June 19, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, July 17, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, August 21, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, September 18, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, October 16, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, November 20, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 6, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, December 18, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Job postings

Upcoming CMEs

Click here to view the CME calendar.

Upcoming College Events
 
 

April 25 
PharmD Information Session

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      

 
 

Student Health and Wellness Events

Stress and Burnout in the “Helping Professions” – What You Can Do

Wednesday, April 26 - 5:30-6:30pm | Student Wellness Conference Room N118

Anne Zuba, LCSW, Student Mental Health and Wellness Counselor  4

   Recognize the factors that contribute to stress and burnout. 
   Assess your personal risk for burnout. 
   Identify, learn and apply healthy coping skills that help manage stress. 
   Increase resilience and prevent burnout. 
   Recognize when you may need professional help.

 
 

There will be a brief program around 2:00 p.m.

May 8
Health Screenings You Need and When You Need Them with Dr. Mona

Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, MRO, FACP, FACPM, FACOEM, QME, is an Emmy-Award-winning medical journalist, a public health specialist and a triple-board-certified medical doctor who is currently the medical director of occupational medicine at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. Since graduating from the College of Medicine Rockford in 1991, she’s not only maintained a clinical practice, taught medical students and reported on health and medical issues, but she’s also travelled the world to help disaster victims.

She’s presented health information on national television shows such as Dr. Oz, CBS News, CNN and Fox News Channel and helped people around the globe, and for one night only in Rockford, Dr. Mona will share information on preventive screenings for men and women that can keep families healthy right here in the stateline area.

Please join us for this free community seminar on Monday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m.

 
 

May 15
College of Medicine seeks nominations for Distinguished Awards

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford has three awards honoring faculty and community partners. These “Distinguished” awards will be presented at a faculty recognition celebration, referred to as the Dock Doc Awards, in June.  We ask for your help in soliciting nominations for these awards.

Criteria for Distinguished Teaching Award

Nominee demonstrates outstanding interest and commitment to the College of Medicine by providing special support and/or activity for teaching of undergraduates, graduates or in continuing education.

Criteria for Distinguished Service Award

Nominee demonstrates outstanding organization and leadership qualities in committee service, administration, health care and medical education at the College of Medicine, the College level and/or nationally.

Criteria for Distinguished Community Award

Nominee enhances the stature or growth of the College of Medicine with contributions of a special nature. Cannot be a faculty member of the College of Medicine.  (Individual or Organization)

Please check the list below of faculty who have received the awards in the past as faculty may not receive an award more than once in each category. The Rockford Executive Committee will vote on these awards at their May meeting.

Distinguished Teaching Award - Past Recipients

1984                Richard Christiansen, MD
1985                Gary Rifkin, MD
1986                Thomas Root, MD
1987                Harold Komiskey, PhD
1988                William Baskin, MD
1989                Phil Zimmerman, MD
1990                James Frakes, MD
1991                Charles Welford, MD
1992                Raymond Quock, PhD
1993                Glenn Netto, MD
1994                Gary Anderson, MD
1995                Joseph Giliberti, MD
1996                Donald Hajek, MD
1997                Errol Baptist, MD
1998                Linda L. Downey, MSN
1999                Connie M. Vitali, MD
2000                Michael J. Potts, MD
2001                Karen Phelan, MD/Eduardo Scholcoff, MD
2002                Scott R. Homann, MD
2003                Kenton Lee, MD
2004                David E. Deutsch, MD
2005                Jan A. Elliott, MD
2006                Krishna Sankaran, MD
2007                Craig B. Rogers, MD
2008                Ronald E. Burmeister, MD
2009                Aoshuang Chen, PhD
2010                Jeffrey R. Smith, MD
2011                Atisak Sapying, MD
2012                Mike Werckle, MD
2013                Paul E. Reith, MD
2014                Hugh McHugh, MD
2015                Alesia O. Jones, PhD
2016                Isaac H. Cha, PharmD

Distinguished Service Award - Past Recipients

1984                Donald Wortmann, MD
1985                John Koepsell, MD
1986                Robert Heerens, MD
1987                Kent Hess, MD
1988                Craig Booher, MD
1989                L.P. Johnson, MD
1990                Richard Christiansen, MD
1991                William Langewisch, MD
1992                Gary Rifkin, MD
1993                Richard Webb, MD
1994                John McHugh, MD
1995                C. Lowell Edwards, MD
1996                Thomas Root, MD
1997                James Frakes, MD
1998                Jan A. Elliott, MD
1999                Lucia Fischer-Pap, MD
2000                Stanley W. Olson, MD
2001                Loyd Wollstadt, MD
2002                Richard F.  Novak, MD
2003                Thornton C. Kline, Jr., MD
2004                Phillip K. Fulkerson, MD
2005                Glenn D. Netto, MD
2006                Errol C. Baptist, MD/Michael Werckle, MD
2007                Margaret Maynard, PhD
2008                Joel Cowen 
2009                Phil Zimmerman, MD
2010                Richard A. Londo, MD
2011                Michael Glasser, PhD
2012                Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, PhD
2013                Martin S. Lipsky, MD
2014                Vivek Kantayya, MD
2015                Farion R. Williams, MD
2016                John Dorsey, MD

Distinguished Community Award - Past Recipients

1984                Galey Day Lucas
1985                Gordon Wesner, PhD
1986                James Bremseth
1987                John McCarthy
1988                Johanna Lund, PhD
1989                John McNamara
1990                Phillip Polgreen
1991                Robb Anderson
1992                Winnebago County Medical Society Auxiliary
1993                Theresa Tremulis/Betty Noegel
1994                Fran Middleton
1995                Joanne S. Reid-Walker, LSW
1996                Jodell Lofgren
1997                Jeffrey S. Morris
1998                Robert A. Urish
1999                Barbara Roman
2000                Pierce Chemical Company
2001                Al Goode
2002                Philip W. Eaton, MS
2003                William T. Pratt
2004                The Honorable Donald A. Manzullo
2005                Winnebago County Health Department
2006                Gordon Eggers, Jr./Darryl L. Vandervort
2007                Harry Ritter
2008                Joseph Orthoefer, DVM
2009                Rockford Gastroenterology
2010                Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition
2011                Male Genitourinary Workshop Group
2012                Bridge Clinic/Rockford Infectious Disease
2013                Critical Care Nurses/SwedishAmerican Hospital
                           Beverly Ralph, RN
                           Elizabeth McNeill, RN, BSN
                           Brenda Kinney, RN
                           Ann Miller, RN, BSN
                           Cindy Kelling, BS, RN, BSN
                           Karyl Carter, RN
2014                Carrie Lynn Children’s Center
2015                Rockford Sexual Assault Center, Inc.           
2016                YMCA of Rock River Valley

Please address award nomination letters to the Rockford Executive Committee.  Letters should be sent via e-mail to teresaj@uic.edu, by fax to 815-395-5575 or by mail to: Dean’s Office, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL  61107. Nominations are due by Monday, May 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact the Dean’s Office at 815-395-5600.

May 23
PharmD Information Session

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

May 24        
PharmD Information Session

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

June 13
Training opportunities

The College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Library human resources departments are co-sponsoring a series of quarterly training opportunities for employees on the Rockford campus. To register, please contact Brett Ruiz in the College of Medicine human resources department at brettr@uic.edu or 815-395-5863.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – Diversifying your Workforce through Targeted Recruitment Efforts
10:30 – 12:00PM (North Dining Room)

Addressing underrepresentation requires continued efforts involving deans, department heads, academic search coordinators, departmental HR contacts and search committees. This workshop will discuss the challenges and benefits of workforce diversity and will provide strategies for increasing diversity through the search process.

June 20 
PharmD Information Session

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

June 28
PharmD Information Session

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

July 7 - Save the Date
Wine Tasting at Artale to benefit MERIT

Save the date for July 7!  The College of Medicine Rockford will host a wine tasting at Artale from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $15 per person and will support our Medical Evaluation Response Initiative Team (MERIT). MERIT provides comprehensive child abuse evaluations to children under the age of 18.

Watch for details.

July 20
PharmD Information Session

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

August 12
PharmD Information Session

10:00 a.m. to noon

August 16
PharmD Information Session

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 12
Training opportunities

The College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Library human resources departments are co-sponsoring a series of quarterly training opportunities for employees on the Rockford campus. To register, please contact Brett Ruiz in the College of Medicine human resources department at brettr@uic.edu or 815-395-5863.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Preventing and Stopping Harassment in the Workplace
10:30 – 12:00PM (North Dining Room)

It is essential that all employees know what constitutes harassment in the workplace and what to do if they experience or witness potentially harassing behavior. This workshop discusses the federal and state anti-discrimination laws and University policies prohibiting unlawful harassment in the workplace. Employees are provided with the tools to recognize conduct and circumstances that can give rise to a claim of unlawful workplace harassment including those which create a hostile work environment. It also discusses the steps to take if one witnesses or experiences harassment at work and assuring that retaliation is prevented once a report of harassment is made.

 
 

December 12
Training opportunities

The College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Library human resources departments are co-sponsoring a series of quarterly training opportunities for employees on the Rockford campus. To register, please contact Brett Ruiz in the College of Medicine human resources department at brettr@uic.edu or 815-395-5863.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Accommodations in Employment and Education under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
10:30 – 12:00PM (North Dining Room)

This workshop will discuss the University's obligations under the ADA to provide accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities, as well as for students with disabilities. Discussion will include the interactive process required as part of the compliance process of the ADA and Employee Accommodation Policy and Procedures, and the process required for students with disabilities involving the academic setting including faculty responsibilities. 

Upcoming Community Events
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 19
Slam Dunk Basketball Camp

Slam Dunk for Diabetes® Basketball Day Camp is free to eligible kids ages 5 through 18 who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Click the link below for details.

http://slamdunkkids.org/camps/

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