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Colon cancer
Statehouse rally
AP Council event
Group Quality noms
Cancer retreat
SIU on YouTube
Junaia Carter MD 5K
SIU cookbook
Police brown bag lunch
PA Employee of the Quarter
Harbinger of Good Will
Enos winter coat drive
Media coverage
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Presidents' Day
School is open
2.21 - 3.2
Enos Art Exhibit
Dean's Lobby, 801 N. Rutledge St.

AP Council professional networking event  
4 - 5:30 pm, Dirksen Conference Room, 801 North Rutledge St., 4th Floor, Medical Library

Police & Health Care Brown Bag Lunch
Noon, Dirksen Conf. Room, 801 N. Rutledge St., 4th Floor, Medical Library. See article for details.


SIU Day of Giving
More information at siuf.org 
Enos Artists' Reception
4:45 pm, Dean's Lobby, 801 N. Rutledge St.

Colon cancer seminar
5 - 6:30 pm, MCLI. See article for details.

3rd Rural Cancer Disparities Retreat
9:30 am - 2:30 pm. See article for more details. 

Building Our Children's Futures: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference to Address and Confront Child Poverty 
University of Illinois-Springfield. Speakers include Diana Rauner, president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and Linda Baker, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Services. Sponsors include SIU Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and SIU School of Medicine.

SURS Retirement Counseling
Appointments scheduled by SURS through Feb. 28 for anyone considering retirement within the next 4 years. To request a session, visit SURS' Instructions.


Rebecca Wolf, Clinical Research Specialist, Cancer Institute
Angela Williams, LPN II, FCM Springfield
Sandra Olson, Certified Medical Assistant, and
Christina Anderson, Medical Office Assistant, both Internal Medicine
Greg Jensen, Director of Administrative Services for Neuroscience Institute, Neurology
Crystal Dvorak, Office Support Specialist, OB-GYN
Sherry Atkins, Medical Insurance Representative, Pediatrics
Isabella Anger, Office Support Specialist, Public Relations
Kara Gideon, Medical Office Associate,
Tracy Mitchell, Medical Office Associate,
Devyn Rodden, Medical Office Associate,
Ashleigh Sommer, Certified Nurse Practitioner, and
Courtney Watkins, Medical Office Associate, all Surgery
Sarina Horn, Clinic Nurse, Telehealth

Robert Deters and Justin Harris, Capital Planning and Service Operations
Briana Johnson, Clinical Affairs
Theresa Byers, Family and Community Medicine Springfield
Sandra Olson and Tarah Yates, Internal Medicine
Julie Cooper, Office of Regional Programs
Emily LeVault, Student Affairs
Wendy Willis, Surgery Clinic

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Free colon cancer seminar March 9 
Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on colon cancer on Thursday, March 9, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
The 90-minute program will feature keynote speaker Shannon Davis, a registered nurse and a colon cancer survivor. The program, 'Get Your Rear in Gear: Demystifying Colon Cancer to Save Lives,' begins at 5 pm.
Dr. Ashish Chopra, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with Springfield Clinic, will talk about colonoscopies, bowel preps and who should be screened for colon cancer.
SIU colorectal surgeon Dr. Jan Rakinic will discuss polyp discovery and removal, follow-up and understanding of final reports and who is a high-risk patient.
Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in the MCLI's parking garage. To register, visit MemorialMedical.com/Events or call 217-788-3333.
Students rally for higher ed
MS4 Judith Chatto
A group of SIU medical students, staff and faculty joined representatives from colleges and universities from across Illinois at the Statehouse Rally to Save Higher Education in the Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 8. The audience heard how the  historic state budget stalemate was impacting campuses and students, as state senators worked to advance a "grand bargain" budget plan. See photos from the rally on Zenfolio.
AP Council hosts networking event
The Administrative Professional Council is hosting a networking event for members from 4 - 5:30 pm, Thursday, February 23, in the Dirksen Conference Room of the Medical Library, 801 North Rutledge. Come meet the AP Council, its representatives and AP colleagues and discuss professional development opportunities and any concerns you may have. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to apcouncil@siumed.edu by February 21.

Group Quality nominations sought 
SIU Medicine is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Group Quality Award, which recognizes a group of  colors_people_group.jpg employees for outstanding contributions in delivering services or improving health outcomes or work processes. All of the School's staff and faculty are eligible for nomination. The winning team w ill be honored during Staff Appreciation Week in April and receive a $1,000 monetary award.
For more information about potential nominations, see the email sent by Stacy Burkett on February 7 on behalf of CMO Dr. Harald Lausen. Forms are available on the intranet site and should be submitted by Friday, March 31 to Darren Barnes.

Saving the planet, 
just not alkaline batteries 
Recycling is encouraged at SIU School of Medicine. However, not everything is salvageable. Environmental Health & Safety officer Michael Zagotta recently clarified a finer point about batteries in a February 14 all-campus email. 
Battery recycling containers have appeared at different locations around the School with good intentions. Many fill up with alkaline batteries, the most common type used in portable devices. Alkaline batteries should be disposed of in the regular trash. They contain no harmful chemicals and recycling centers do not reclaim them. For more detail about the batteries you CAN recycle, see Mike's email.

cancerCancer disparities retreat rescheduled  
The 3rd Rural Cancer Disparities WUSTL Siteman - SIUSM Partnership Retreat has been rescheduled to 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday, March 17. 
Dr. Laurent Brard and Wiley Jenkins, PhD, invite investigators from SIU and Washington University/Siteman Cancer Center to attend for a chance to learn about rural cancer disparities and to find potential collaborators to apply for pilot funding.
The 2017 Collaborative Cancer Disparities Research Program includes joint research projects that specifically address cancer disparities relevant to Central and Southern Illinois and include at least one investigator (with faculty appointment) from each of the two sites: Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Carbondale or Edwardsville (including the Dental and Pharmacy Schools).
Clinical open house scheduled for April 11
Know someone interested in a nursing, medical assisting or medical office position at SIU Medicine? Invite them to the clinical open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at 327 W. Calhoun Ave. Representatives from a variety of departments and divisions as well as benefits and employment counselors from the Office of Human Resources will be available.

Careers at SIU Medicine
Find your next career at SIU Medicine!




Register for the Junaia Carter, MD 5K 

The Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5K will be held Saturday, April 8, in Washington Park, Springfield. This 23rd annual event, formerly the AMA 5K, benefits M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, a nonprofit organization that provides support to homeless and low-income families. The run is organized by a committee of SIU medical students in honor of the late Dr. Junaia Carter, Class of 2010. Register online for $20 or at the event at 7:30 am for $25; the race starts at 8:30 am. Awards will be given to top finishers and winners in multiple age groups.
Get cooking & eat better!
The Healthy SIU Cookbook is back on sale at a low, low price. Originally $15, remaining copies are now $7. It's filled with recipes appropriate for anyone watching calories, sodium, fat, cholesterol, fiber, carbs, protein, calcium or for anyone who just wants to eat better. Many are for 2 servings -- convenient for smaller households.
Cookbooks can be purchased at the Endo Clinic reception desk on the lower level of the SIU Clinic, 751 N. Rutledge St., by cash or check made out to SIU. Checks can also be sent to Endo c/o Sara Lopinski, MC 9654.




policePolice & health care brown bag lunch  
Local police officers, campus police and health care professionals will discuss ways law enforcement and health care can work together to improve the community at the School's next Brown Bag Lunch at noon on Tuesday, February 28, in the Dirksen Conference Room of the Medical Library, 801 N. Rutledge St. Police department officials will talk about how criminal activity affects both patients and law enforcement, outline prevention programs that have been effective in other communities and discuss ways for health care and police to share strategies and resources. 


Employee of the Month
The Civil Service Employee of the Month for February is Cindy Ringer, staff clerk for the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Her nominator said: "Cindy has to work with many personalities and sometimes faces very short deadlines. She works with this pressure and is always the first to assist when someone needs it. She also provides excellent feedback on projects. She is managing a wide range of duties, from design work with brochures, newsletters, fundraising and newspaper ads to tracking event details. She is juggling many balls and keeping them all in the air. People often comment how pleasant Cindy is. These are just some of the reasons why Cindy is deserving of the Employee of the Month recognition."
Cindy answered some questions for our profile.
1.  How long have you worked at the School?
I started working for SIU in September 2001 as an extra help employee in the SCI grant writing office. I'm now a staff clerk. I work on SCI special events such as the Women's Power Lunch, Butterfly Release and Denim & Diamonds, designing print materials and graphics.
2.  What do you like about your job?
I love that my job is ever-changing. I am fortunate to work with so many different people from SCI staff to volunteers that help with our special events. I've met a lot of people who are generous with their time and talents to help raise funds for cancer research. Many have become good friends.
3. What's one thing your co-workers might not know about you?
I am a graduate of the American Floral Arts School in Chicago.
4. What is the most interesting job you've held outside the School?
My degree is in horticulture, so in college I worked at a large wholesale greenhouse operation, planting and rooting. I have even helped build a few greenhouses. 
5. What is your favorite thing to do away from work? 
I love spending time with family. One of our sons plays college baseball for the University of Southern Indiana so we travel often to watch him play. In February we'll go to Florida and then to Nashville in March for their season openers (Go Eagles!). I also enjoy gardening and photography.

Employee nominations needed
The Office of Human Resources is seeking nominations for Civil Service Employees of the Month and Principal Administrative Employees of the Quarter.
The EOM award is recognition for the outstanding contributions of the School's Civil Service employees. Employees receiving this honor are treated to lunch with the Dean, receive a School of Medicine portfolio and certificate recognizing their achievement, are invited to the annual recognition luncheon, have their photograph displayed in the Dean's Lobby and are eligible to be named Civil Service Employee of the Year!
The PAEOQ award recognizes the exemplary contributions of the School's Principal Administrative employees. Honorees are given an engraved clock, have their photograph displayed in the Dean's Lobby and are invited to lunch with the Dean.
To nominate an individual for Civil Service Employee of the Month or Principal Administrative Employee of the Quarter, fill out the nomination form located on the OHR website and return it to Human Resources at MC 9601.


Robert M. Abrams, MD, OB-GYN, was published in PROLOG: Patient Management in the Office. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Seventh edition. 2017.
Tsuda P, McNeely C, Markwell S, Hazelrigg S, Vassileva C. Mitral valve surgery in the elderly: Should we treat atrial fibrillation too? J Heart Valve Dis 2015. 24(6):736-743.
McNeely C, Telila T, Markwell S, Hazelrigg S, Vassileva C. Hospital readmission after aortic valve replacement: Impact of preoperative HF. J Heart Valve Dis 2016. 25(4): 430-436.

Medical students and surgery residents gave the following podium presentations at the Academic Surgical Congress on February 7-9 in Las Vegas.
Nicholas Lanzotti, Zahnd WE, Tseng JF, Mellinger JD, Ganai S. Impact of Travel Distance on Survival from Early-Stage Breast and Pancreas Cancer.
Alexandria McDow, Zahnd WE, Angelos P, Lanzotti NJ, Mellinger JD, Ganai S. Impact of Endocrinologist and Surgeon Density on Thyroid Cancer Survival.
Emily Sturm, Zahnd WE, Mellinger JD, Ganai S. National Trends in Surgical Decision-Making for Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer.  
Nader Tehrani, Ganai S, Garfinkel M. Oncologic Adequacy of Resection in Elective Versus Emergency Cases of Colon Cancer.

Media coverage 1.31.17 - 2.15.17 
Dr. Andrew Varney, Internal Medicine, discussed informed consent and resident training with AAMC News, 2.13.17. 
 According to the Shelbyville Daily Union, Simmons Cancer Institute will offer four summer research internships, 2.12.17.
 Medical Ethics Advisor interviewed Bethany Spielman, PhD, JD, Medical Humanities, about her research on the complexity in clinical ethics co nsultation. February issue, 33:2. 
■  Dr. Ramzi Souki and Dr. Beau Batton, both of Pediatrics, discussed advancements in the treatment of congenital heart defects with Fox Illinois, 2.10.17. 
■ According to WGEM, SIU Center for Family Medicine - Quincy will offer parenting classes, 2.7.17. 
Jackie Ackerman, Pediatrics, spoke with Fox Illinois after winning a free lunch for her coworkers in honor of American Heart Month, 2.3.17. 
■ Fox Illinois spoke with Maggie Schaver, Neurology, about "Hope, Love, Art," an art exhibit featuring the work of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, 2.12.17.
■ Dr. Michael Kim, Cardiology, was on WTAX for "Ask the Experts" to discuss heart health, cardiovascular disease, 1.31.17.

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