V.37:3            8.9.13   
Family Fun Health Fair
Red Cross talk
New residency
PA graduation
McNeese certied
Civil Service elections
Aspects coming
Freedom From Smoking
Car seat inspections
Annuitant / retirement meeting
CPR renewal
Camp COCO benefits
Mum sale Sept. 19
Alzheimer's Walk
Employee of the month
Media coverage

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6th Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride, begins at The Other Bar in Morrisonville, 10 am - noon. Fundraiser for Camp COCO includes food, silent auction, live music. All vehicles welcome.  See article for details.  



Hot dog lunch welcoming second year students, 11:30 am - 1 pm, 801 Courtyard. Beach wear optional. Contact Suzann Welch, 545-1955.



Quality Improvement vs. Clinical Research, noon - 1 pm, Pearson Museum, Sandra Puczynski, Ph.D. For more information contact Carol Conover at 545-9700.


Family Fun Health Fair, 3 - 6 pm, SIU Family Medicine Health Center, corner of 4th and Carpenter. See article for details.



White Coat Ceremony, 4 pm, McLeod Theater, SIU Carbondale. Student Affairs, 545-2860.



Red Cross report on Oklahoma tornado assistance, noon - 1 pm, Dirksen Rm., 801 N. Rutledge, 4th Fl. Medical Library

Lunch with the Doctor, noon - 1 pm, Dove Conference Center, Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason. Gayle Woodson, M.D., discusses "Treating Sinus Infections in Children."  Call Annette at 545-7133 or register at  www.siumed.edu/surgery BYOL; free drinks and snacks provided. 




Annuitant and retirement meeting, 2 - 4 pm, location TBD. See article for details. 



Need for Speed Race, noon, Springfield R/C Raceway, 3415 S. Chatham Road, benefiting Camp COCO. See article for details.



Miracle Jeans Day, proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network.  



Mum sale, 11 am - 1:30 pm, Calhoun warehouse, sponsored by the Civil Service Council. See article for details. 


Academy for Scholarship in Education, noon - 1 pm, 913 N. Rutledge, Rm. 1252 (videoconf. to Lindegren 310 & Decatur Family Practice). Psychological Interventions with Impact: Improving Achievement Among the Underprivileged and Underrepresented, Paul O'Keefe, Ph.D., Stanford University.



Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer's, 10 am kickoff, Southwind Park Hope Picnic Shelter. See article for details.    



Enos Elementary starts the new school year in a brand new school building. The Enos Committee would like to provide even more new materials to welcome the students to their new home.
The annual school supply drive is underway! If you can donate, please drop off materials or a check payable to SIU Enos Acct. 10-6751 by August 30. Look for the
blue Enos bins on the SIU campus.

School supplies needed:  

backpack or book bag; scissors (4, 5 or 6-inch); white glue sticks; white glue (Elmer's pref.); pencil case/supply box; crayons (24 ct); colored pencils (8 ct); handheld pencil sharpener; pink erasers; wide-ruled notebook paper; washable markers (8 ct); #2 pencils (12 ct); 2-pocket folders, no clasp; wide-ruled spiral notebooks; 14-pocket expandable folder, large box of tissues; box of wet wipes; and slide-lock plastic bags (pt/gal).

For more information, call
Anne Barnett, Education/ Curriculum;
Judy Harbison, Continuing Education;
Julie Robbs, Alumni Affairs;
Jan Meyers, Student Affairs;
Susan Ryherd, Research Affairs;
Susan Helm, Surgery;
Tracey Smith, Family/ Community Medicine; or

Rebecca Budde, Public Affairs. 



Welcome to:

Patrick Dorsey, Academic Support, Carbondale

Amanda Fogleman, Research Development Coordinator, Center for Clinical Research

Janelle Buss, Payroll Specialist, Comptroller

Heather Jordan, Business Administrative Associate, Internal Medicine

Nancy Powell, Medical Office Associate, OB-GYN

Bree Schmulbach, Clinic Nurse, SIU HealthCare

Tony Tzeng, Researcher, and

Virginia Pearman, Medical Office Associate, both Surgery


Farewell to:

Kent Epplin, Academic Support, Carbondale

Charlotte Keller, CIR/CNS, Carbondale

Cynthia Ledbetter, M.D. (retirement), Family & Community Medicine

Felicia Dilley and Kirtana Witherspoon, Family & Community Medicine Decatur

Diane Brinkman, Management and Budget

Ross Silverman, J.D., Medical Humanities

Ayman Omar, M.D., Ph.D. and Crystal Sakautzky, Neurology

Becky Fitzwater, Ob-Gyn

Tracie Riggs, Pediatrics

Haojiang Huang, M.D., Ph.D. and Nichole McCoy, both Psychiatry

Ted Clark, M.D., Sabrina Holmes, Jenica Krushall and Leanne Loyd, all Surgery



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Welcome lunch for new students is Monday!

Everyone is invited to dress tropical and enjoy a "Hot Dog in Paradise" at the free lunch to welcome the second-year students this Monday, Aug. 12, 11:30 am - 1 pm, in the 801 N. Rutledge Courtyard. Guests can enjoy franks cooked to order by our executive chefs, sparkling beverages and a smorgasbord of sides and cookies (veggie dogs will also be available). The annual event is hosted by the Unity Council's Holidays R Us committee. Come join us at the oasis!


Family Fun Health Fair Wednesday, August 14 

The SIU Center for Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), will host a Family Fun Health Fair in its parking area at 520 North 4th on Wednesday, August 14, from 3 - 6 pm. The event will help celebrate National Community Health Center Week, August 11 - 17. It will include educational stations, health screenings, face painting, games, fun exercises, door prizes, and light food and snacks -- sandwiches, water and ice cream. Drop by after work and help celebrate our Center! 


Red Cross recovery report 

Employees are welcome to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 20, to hear about disaster recovery work done by the Red Cross in Moore, Oklahoma. A school-wide casual day earlier this summer raised $3,440 that was donated to the Red Cross to aid their efforts. The presentation will be at noon in the Dirksen Conference Room, 4th Floor-Medical Library, 801 N. Rutledge. 


New neurosurgery residency

SIU School of Medicine is now offering a seven-year residency in neurosurgery starting with the residency match in 2014. It has received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Medical school graduates interested in neurosurgery will focus on the branch of surgery dealing with the brain, spine and nerves and be eligible for board certification in neurosurgery upon completion.  (more)

Physician assistants graduation

Congrats to the 27 physician assistants who graduated from the Physician Assistant Program on August 3 at SIU Carbondale. The students received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) last Saturday at the White Coat Ceremony, marking the students' completion of the program.

"Physician assistants are one of the fastest growing occupations today," said Don Diemer, program director.  Kyaw Naing, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of outreach services at the SIU Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program, is the medical director. The SIU program has a five-year average certification rate of 98 percent.

The new physician assistants are: Krista Chin, Lindsay Dubnicek, Thomas Dust, Amanda Endrizzi, Monica Everett, Alex Frantz, Britney Hall, Michael Heise, Colleen Kemp, Sarah Knapczyk, Erin Knapp, Eric Miller, Kelli Nowak, Benjamin Rayhorn, Lauren Rennie, Shanel Rhodes, Megan Skolasinski, Jacquelyn Spence, Meghan Sreniawski, Krista Stewart, Shanna Strieker, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth Sweitzer, Heather Thomas, Brett Wassink, Nicolette Weeke and Marty Wilson.

A total of 95 students are currently enrolled in the 27-month program, which takes place on the SIU Carbondale campus. The students gain clinical experiences in Olney, Mattoon, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy, Peoria and the Carbondale area. (more)


McNeese earns diversity certificate 

Wesley Robinson-McNeese, M.D., executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs, earned a Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Georgetown University and the American Association of Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. The intensive academic program is designed to develop the competencies leaders need to drive diversity as a core component of excellence in health care. It consisted of nine modules to be completed in person and through distance learning within nine months.  


Civil Service elections

The Civil Service Council held elections for officers last month with the following results:
Vivian Williams - Financial Affairs, President
Carol Forestier - Neurology, Vice President
Julie Rhodes - Residency Affairs, Secretary
Mark Morten - Management & Budget, Treasurer

The other Council members for 2013-14 are

Terry Bolton - SCI
Carol Conover - CCR
Dawn Crowhurst - Psychiatry
Julie Goff - SIUHC C & P
Danny Hicks - Surgery
Lisa Linehan - SIUHC Clinics Ops
Sheryl Lloyd - Alumni Affairs
Stacy Miller - Internal Medicine
Cris Milliken - Alumni Affairs
Tim Mooberry - Neurology
Renata Rimkus - Neurology
Robin Watts - Neurology

The Council meets on the second Wednesday, January through November, from 2 - 4 pm. Comments, suggestions or questions may be shared with any Council member, emailed to csc@siumed.edu, or sent anonymously to the suggestion box at the Council's webpage.


Aspects is coming

Look for the new issue of aspects in your mailbox soon. The summer edition of our alumni quarterly includes articles on women's health, the 2013 class commencement, class reunions, and the ongoing contributions that 15 of our alumni are making in the field of health care. 




Kick a habit, add some years

Simmons Cancer Institute is offering "Freedom from Smoking," a program by the American Lung Association that uses individual techniques and group interaction to help people quit smoking. According to the ALA's website, people who use the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.

Participants will attend eight scheduled classes from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 20 through October 1. Tuesday, September 10 is "Quit Day," with an additional session to be held that same week on Thursday, September 12. To learn more or register, go here 


Free car seat inspections in Beardstown 

ThinkFirst, SIU's injury prevention program, will provide free car seat inspections from 10 am to 1 pm, Thursday, August 29, at the Team Knipmeyer Dealership, 205 E. 4th Street, Beardstown. The event is sponsored by ThinkFirst, the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety, Team Knipmeyer Dealership and Beardstown HS Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. For more information, contact Nancy Kyrouac at 217-545-9112.

Annuitant and retirement meetingant

All School of Medicine annuitants and employees eligible for retirement are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on September 11, 2 - 4 pm, location TBA. Linda Brookhart, executive director of SUAA, will provide an overview of the changes to retiree benefits and introduce employees/annuitants to the Insuraprise Portal as a source for supplemental health insurance. The meeting will be hosted by the SIU School of Medicine Civil Service Council. If you have specific questions / topics you wish to be addressed, send them by August 21 to csc@siumed.edu.


Simplifying passwords

Effective July 28, policies have been changed for HR Self-Service and AIS passwords to make it easier for employees to manage and remember their passwords. The minimum requirements for mixed case, numbers and special characters will be removed but are still encouraged. The minimum length will be 16 characters and the maximum length 30 characters. The change will allow for the easier use of "passphrases" or sequences of words, rather than a hard to remember and hard to type random password string. Password expiration will be extended from 60 days to 365 days, and existing password expiration dates will remain in effect until the next password change.  

For any HR Self-Service questions/issues, contact Paula Jordan at 217-545-8435; for AIS questions/issues, call Joe Jennings, 217-545-8428.  


Fall CPR renewal courses   

CPR renewal courses will be offered September 11 - 13. Staff can take the class online and then take a skills validation check-off course. (Residents should contact the hospital for their CPR testing.) Skills validation will take a half-hour or less. Call Kim Sherman at 545-4069 to sign up for the skills validation. Once enrolled, you will receive an email with a sign-in code and directions. Participants must complete the online course and print a certificate in order to do the skills validation. Available time slots are:

Wednesday, Sept. 11: 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 pm 

Thursday, Sept. 12: 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 am, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 pm

Friday, Sept. 139:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 am  


Community support: Medical students presented a check for $3,000 to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities on June 28. The funds were raised at the Junaia Carter, MD 5K run held in Washington Park this spring. From left to right: Kris Yoon, MSIV, Sid Chandra, MSIV, Deb Stonikas, MERCY, and Ashley Leverenz, MSIV.




Riding & racing for Camp COCOcoco 

Two upcoming events will help support the camper class of 2014 at Camp COCO.

This Saturday, August 10, the Sixth Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Ride takes guests to friendly places right in our central Illinois back yard! It starts at The Other Bar in Morrisonville, with registration from 10 am- noon. Riders of any/all vehicle types are welcome; the caravan is departing at noon. Circuit stops include Pana, Taylorville, Bulpitt, Divernon and Harvel, with a return to Morrisonville for festivities and live music. The day includes food, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 drawing and music by Super Mario Speedwagon. For more information contact michellergoebel@gmail.com or call 217-825-3724.

race car Smaller vehicles are the focus of fun at the second event next month. Adventure Hobbies' First Annual Need for Speed Race will begin at noon on Sunday, September 15, at Springfield R/C Raceway, 3415 S. Chatham Rd. (behind 5Star Cheerleading). Bring your kids and lawn chairs for exciting off-road, remote-control races. The day includes raffles, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, bake sale, live entertainment and a "try me" racetrack for kids; all proceeds will be dedicated to Camp COCO. Contact Heather or Jason Southard, adventurehobbies@yahoo.com, 217-523-0265.


Mum sale September 19mum

Also next month, mark your calendar for the Civil Service Council's one-day-only plant sale Thursday, Sept. 19. Mums and other fall plants will be available from 11 am - 1:30 pm at the warehouse, 327 W. Calhoun. A variety of plants and colors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (no pre-orders). The large plants (10" pot) are provided by Shelby County Community Services Greenhouse and are a great value at $8 each or 2 for $15. Proceeds benefit the Council's Education & Professional Development Program, which offers financial grants to civil service employees enrolled in accredited educational programs.


Give a penny for Alzheimer's research alz

The SIU Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) in the Department of Neurology is sponsoring a team at the Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event will be held Saturday, September 21 at Southwind Park. The team -- the SIU Cure Searchers -- is spearheading a penny drive to help raise money for research and services. Employees can collect and send pennies, other change and checks (made out to the Alzheimer's Association) for the team in care of Rhea Bartlett, MC9645, or call Rhea at 545-7181 for pick up. Anyone interested in walking, volunteering or donating toward a cure can learn more at www.alz.org/walk.



Employee of the Month

The August Employee of the Month is David White, IT technical associate from Telehealth Networks and Programs. Here is what his nominator said:

"David is an exemplary member of Telehealth Networks and Programs and the SIU SOM team. He supports the majority of the School's departments during their videoconferencing of administrative, educational, grand rounds, CME and clinical events. Two recent events include Dean Dorsey spotlighting the Telehealth program after Dr. Leventhal, a board member for the Autism Program of Illinois, complimented him for his technical and customer service skills. The other event involved David's support during an Alzheimer's CME event where he collaborated with an out-of-state medical school, which later led to a weekly meeting of these two schools. These examples are a testimony to David's technical acumen and excellent customer service support."

David answered a few questions for our profile.

1. How long have you worked at the School?  8 years

2. What do you like best about your job?   

I like the people I work with, and I like that there is always something different to challenge me each day.

3. "I highly recommend ..."   

Listening carefully when someone tells you something cannot be done. Have them explain to you how they tried to do it. It doesn't mean what you are trying to do cannot be done. It just means there are ways that have been tried that won't work. If you have a new way, don't be afraid to try it.

4. What is your favorite thing to do away from work?   

Spend time with my family...doesn't matter what we are doing, just love being with them.



Sandra Shea. A TAB no more. Pulse 7.26.2013 online.  


Media coverage 7.12.13 - 7.25.13 COCOmedia

Tobias Kohler, M.D., Surgery, was quoted about prostate exams on the MSN Healthy Living blog 8.9.13.

Jerry Kruse, M.D., SIU HealthCare, and Janet Albers, M.D., FCM Springfield, discussed the effects of the Affordable Care Act on health care in The State Journal Register 8.8.13.

Wesley Robinson-McNeese, M.D., Diversity, was quoted in an article about earning a diversity certificate from Georgetown University and the Association of American Medical Colleges in The St. Louis American 8.8.13.  

Dr. McNeese was also quoted in the personality profile of the Springfield Business Journal's August issue.

Kristi Lessen, SCI, was interviewed about the Freedom From Smoking campaign by WICS-TV20, 8.7.13.   

David Steward, M.D., Community Service, was quoted in a story about childhood obesity declining in some states but not Illinois in The State Journal-Register 8.6.13.    

Debra Klamen, M.D., Education, was quoted about SIU's medical education programs by the Springfield Business Journal's August issue.

James Daniels, M.D., FCM Quincy, was interviewed by WGEM about medical marijuana 8.1.13.

Casey Younkin, M.D., Ob-Gyn, was quoted in an article about medical marijuana in The State Journal-Register 8.1.13.

Sibyl Cox, Pediatrics, was quoted in a story about foodborne illnesses by the Champaign News Gazette 7.31.13. 

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