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Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATES: 2015 Departmental M&M and Faculty Meetings
All meetings are held in P-117 with M&M starting at 6:30-7:15 a.m., and the faculty meeting starting at 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Jan. 14, 2015 >> M&M: Cardiothoracic and OVS
April 8, 2015 >> M&M: General Surgery and Neurosurgery
July 15, 2015 >> M&M: Transplant and OHNS
Oct. 14, 2015 >> M&M: Urology and Vascular Surgery

Location: P-117

Women in Surgery Breakfasts
The Department of Surgery hosts Women in Surgery breakfasts every quarter. Both women attendings and residents are welcome to join.

October 15
8:15-9:15 AM

January 7
8:15-9:15 AM

April 15
8:15-9:15 AM

July 15
8:15-9:15 AM

For questions or more information, please contact Jessica Kandel, MD, chief of pediatric surgery.

Location: O-224
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
8:15 AM
- 9:15 AM
Ebola Preparedness and Training Presentation
The Chicago Ebola Response Network is hosting its second presentation discussing the current Ebola situation in the United States as well as preparations being undertaken by the UCM for handling patients infected with the disease.

All BSD and UCM faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Location: Billings Auditorium, P117
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
7:00 AM
- 8:00 AM
Workshop on the Past, Present & Future of Cell Biology
Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair of Research Karl Matlin, PhD, is organizing a workshop together with Jane Maienschein from Arizona State University entitled "Updating Cowdry at the MBL."

The Workshop will bring together leading cell biologists with historians and philosophers of biology to map new directions in cell biology through consideration of its history and current practice. The workshop is one of the initial programs that have been developed as a consequence of the new affiliation between the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. To learn about the Chicago-MBL affiliation go to

Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
8:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
Contact: Karl Matlin
Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live
The University of Chicago Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital will collaborate in the presentation of the 19th Annual Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live 2014 this November. The program, featuring live cases and hands-on sessions, will be put on through the Center for Endoscopic Research & Therapeutics. Mitchell C. Posner, MD, and Mark K. Ferguson, MD, will be speaking at the event.
Location: Center for Care and Discovery
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
12:00 AM
- 12:00 AM
SAVE THE DATE: Department Holiday Party
Please save the date for the Department of Surgery Holiday Party. A formal invitation will follow closer to the event.
Location: International House - Assembly Hall
Fri, Dec 5, 2014
5:00 PM
- 7:30 PM
SAVE THE DATE: Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium
The 22nd Annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the DCAM Atrium and the CCD Boardroom and Food Court. More details will be released closer to the event.
Location: DCAM Atrium
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

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University Revamps Employer-Assisted Housing Program
The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) and Facilities Services are partnering with Human Resources (HR) and UC Medicine to launch a new Employer-Assisted Housing Program. It is a revamped version of the incentive the University and Medical Center have jointly offered since 2003.

Our two primary goals for the program are the same as when we originally launched it:
• To support a stronger mid-South Side by encouraging employees to purchase homes in nine neighborhoods surrounding campus
• To improve employee access to local homeownership opportunities, as well as reduce commutes and related costs associated with tardiness, turnover and recruitment

As you may know, the previous program offered $7,500 of down payment assistance in the form of a five-year forgivable loan to employees purchasing in the communities surrounding the campus.

Here is a summary of some key changes to the program:
• Provides the opportunity for more employees to qualify by removing previous income requirements for purchases in most communities;
• Pilots a rental program in a focus area within Woodlawn;
• Tiers incentives to support employees who are investing in areas whose growth the University is working to support;
• Eliminates the previous one-year of employment eligibility requirement to allow employees to apply once they have successfully completed their probationary period.

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Institute for Translational Medicine to Provide Grant Proposal Feedback
The University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine's R Studio will provide free 90-minute sessions for feedback from senior faculty on:
- major operational grant applications
- transitioning into an independent investigator role
- fulfilling a department grant review requirement.

If you are interested, click here to register at least 14 weeks prior to a grant submission deadline. You can list your preferred reviewers when applying.

Apply Now for the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship
AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation are accepting applications for the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship.

This fellowship is designed to retain underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities in health services research by providing professional training and networking activities for junior and mid-career level academics and clinical practitioners, who are conducting disparities research with a focus on population health.

Applications are due Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 by 5 p.m.

For more information, contact

NIH Accepting Applications to Loan Repayment Programs: Sept. 1-Nov. 15, 2014
Researchers who have incurred significant education debt and who conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by non-profit or government sources are eligible to apply. If selected, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt over a two-year period. More information is available here:


Oct 22, 2014  Urology Hosts Successful Bike Tour
The section of urology hosted a two-day, three-site bicycle tour of northwest Indiana where the physician riders met with three hospital sites, including Memorial South Bend, Franciscan Woodlawn Cancer Center and Cancer Health Treatment Centers in Valparaiso.

The riders also make the 6 o'clock ABS local affiliate news in South Bend.

Congrats to all of the riders and organizers.

UPDATE: Here is a clipping of some additional press coverage the group received: an article in a Michigan City newspaper.

Oct 22, 2014  Dr. David Song Appointed to ASPS Leadership
David Song, MD, MBA, FACS, Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and associate dean of CME, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world's largest professional society for plastic surgeons.

Please join us in congratulating him on this wonderful achievement!

Oct 21, 2014  Resident Kristina Guyton Receives Praise from Visiting Lab Team
After finishing a successful lab headed by the University of Wisconsin's Dr. Carla Pugh, Kristina Guyton, MD, a general surgery resident, received praise from Dr. Pugh's lab manager, Shannon DiMarco.

"From the moment I was put in contact with Dr. Kristina Guyton, she went above and beyond to make sure every last detail of our trip was taken care of efficiently. She spent several months helping me get this collection in order and I can say that I rarely get the opportunity to work with someone as professional as Kristi. She is a gem."

Oct 15, 2014  Dr. Jay Pinto Receives Widespread Attention for Groundbreaking Study
A team of OHNS researchers, led by Jayant Pinto, MD, made a groundbreaking medical discovery about the connection between sense of smell and five-year mortality in older adults. The study was published on Oct. 1

Dr. Pinto's work has earned much local and national attention. The following are major reports on his team's findings:

Sense of Smell 'May Predict Lifespan' - BBC News
Failing Sense of Smell May Predict Sooner Death - The New York Times
The Strange Connection Between Sense of Smell and Life Expectancy - Forbes
Loss of Smell May be Predictor of Death in Older Adults: Study - Chicago Tribune

Process Improvement Initiative
Submit ideas that provide viable solutions to department challenges - administrative, clinical or research-related. Leadership will judge submissions and pick winners each quarter. Click HERE to submit.

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